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Volvo's 'American car' gets a UK visa

13 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

This new S60 may well be the first Volvo Car made in the United States (but not in North America as there once was a CKD kit assembly operation in Canada) but you'd be hard pushed to find any evidence anywhere an owner might look.

From Vegas to Tatarstan - The Week

12 January 2018 | Simon Warburton

There's really only one place to start this week and it has to be in the Nevada desert where the annual tech-fest of the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 kicked off the year in a technological blitz which was high on AI.

Suzuki already planning to triple capacity at new Indian plant

15 September 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Having opened its first car plant in the Indian state of Gujarat earlier this year, Suzuki Motor Corporation now says it will lift capacity of the 250,000 units per annum plant to 750,000 by 2020. The statement was made by chairman Osamu Suzuki at an event where a new battery factory was also announced.

Nissan and Mitsubishi synergies begin in SE Asia - Analysis

8 June 2017 | Staff reporter

Nissan Motor expects its global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors will yield some early synergies in South-east Asia, a region in which it has struggled to keep pace with Japanese rivals Toyota and Honda.

Latest interviews

Interview part 1: Sernauto CEO José Portilla

17 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spanish suppliers association CEO, José Portilla has had many years experience in manufacturing sectors such as steel and automotive, while he is now CEO of Spanish suppliers association, Sernauto. Simon Warburton caught up with him as Spain looks to address the twin challenges of slowing global demand and the transition to new mobility.

INTERVIEW - ZF board member Wilhelm Rehm

5 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Wilhlm Rehm was appointed ZF board member in 2012 after many years at the German supplier working in fields such as Off-Highway and head of Location. He spoke to just-auto as the industry faces huge opportunities offered by the megatrends shaping future mobility.

Latest news

Chery Automobile selects Quanergy Systems as its lidar partner

19 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Lidar provider, Quanergy Systems says it is partnering with with Chery Automobile.

Teijin inks joint agreement with AEV Robotics

19 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Teijin has signed a joint development agreement with AEV Robotics (AEV).

Nemak to cease Windsor production by mid-2020

19 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Lightweighting solutions provider, Nemak is to stop manufacturing operations in Windsor, Canada, by mid-2020.

Mahle installs 100 charging points in Stuttgart-Bad

19 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Mahle says it will install 100 charging points in its own parking garage in Stuttgart-Bad.

PSA and CTAG team on autonomous driving tests

18 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA and CTAG and Groupe PSA are testing the contribution communication technologies can make to the development of automated vehicle functions in an urban environment.

Motus selects Alabama for interior factory

18 July 2019 | Richard Jackson

Motus Integrated Technologies has selected Gadsden, in Etowah County, as the location for its new manufacturing facility.

Spain "hungry" for new government - Sernauto CEO

17 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spain's automotive supplier association (Sernauto) says it is "hungry" for a new government to be formed in Madrid as long-running political horse-trading raises the prospect of a further general election later this year.

Vibracoustic opens Germany material development centre

17 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Vibracoustic has opened its new Material Development Centre in Weinheim, Germany, with 25 material staff supporting new prototype compounds and conducting testing in the 2,200 square metre facility.

Spain to attract CASE business - acting Industry Minister

16 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spain's acting Industry Minister says she wants the country to become a platform to attract companies involved in CASE technologies as the industry transits from conventional fuel burn to cleaner propulsion alternatives

JTEKT to acquire 100% stake in Toyo Seimitsu

16 July 2019 | Dave Leggett

JTEKT Corporation, a manufacturer and seller of steering systems, driveline components, bearings, machine tools, electronic control devices, home accessory equipment, has agreed to acquire 100% stake in Toyo Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd., engaged in manufacturing of differential gears, from Toyota Motor Corporation. All companies involved in the transaction are based in Japan.

ANFAC lauds Spain efficiency and labour harmony

15 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spain is not playing a low-cost labour game to attract overseas OEMs and suppliers, says its automotive association, but is more concentrating on the efficiency of its factories and solid union agreements.

Spain still attractive for suppliers - Sernauto

15 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spain's supplier association is underlining why the country is proving so attractive to overseas and domestic producers, who are now grappling with the new challenges of CASE technologies and Industry 4.0.

Nokian makes first test tyre at Dayton facility

12 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Nokian has produced its first test tyre at its factory in Dayton, Tennessee, which has benefited from an injection of US$360m.

Bekaert appoints Taoufiq Boussaid as CFO

12 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Bekaert has appointed Taoufiq Boussaid as CFO succeeding Frank Vromant, who took on the role of interim CFO in November last year.

Lucid opens new global headquarters in California

12 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Lucid has moved into its Lucid One new headquarters in Newark, California.

Denso establishes South Africa aftermarket JV

12 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Denso and Smiths Manufacturing have established Denso Sales South Africa, a joint venture dedicated to selling aftermarket products and services in Southern Africa.

Woodbridge ploughs up to CS$100m in Ontario sites

12 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Foam technology supplier, Woodbridge is investing up to C$100m (US$77m) for creating and promoting innovation in Ontario, Canada.

Goodyear secures NC grant for tyre plant upgrade

12 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Goodyear has been awarded a Job Maintenance and Capital Development Fund (JMAC) grant by North Carolina authorities to support the upgrade and addition of manufacturing equipment at its Fayetteville tyre plant.

AkzoNobel to add three China powder coating lines

12 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

AkzoNobel has unveiled plans to add three new production lines at its Changzhou powder coatings plant in China – the company’s largest facility of its kind in the world.

VW details group EV parts production ahead of ID.3 launch

11 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

In an unusual move, given that the model is not yet on sale, Volkswagen Group Components (VGC) has detailed some of the "numerous components and parts" it is making for the production ID.3 electric car. Key takeaway: as much as possible is being made in-house for this key new designed-as-electric model built on the MEB platform destined to underpin numerous future VW Group models.

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