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COVID-19 adds to M&A rationale in automotive sector

21 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Exor NV – Fiat-Chrysler’s (FCA’s) largest investor – has confirmed the timing for the proposed FCA-PSA merger for completion by early 2021 as initially announced. It is both a timely reminder that the long-term drivers of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the automotive sector have not gone away and that the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on companies will actually accelerate restructuring.

Next for Nissan - dead Datsun, vigorous Venucia?

21 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Has Nissan Motor Corporation's experiment with the revival of one make and the creation of another worked?

Infiniti braced for Nissan Motor cuts

20 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

In ten days' time, Nissan's luxury brand will have a new boss. Much work awaits Peyman Kargar.

Proposed UK import tariffs raise big questions for UK’s auto industry

20 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

The UK government is preparing a new set of import tariffs which would include a 10% tariff applying to all imported new cars when the UK's Brexit transition period ends at the end of this year.

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China’s shift to online sales gathers pace

13 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen in China is reporting that sales have recovered sharply after the COVID-19 slump that hit the market hard in the first quarter. It now says there is a big shift towards online sales and reducing human contact in a digital sales process. Michael Mayer, head of sales and marketing for VW in China, provides an update.

T-Roc Cabrio - has Volkswagen created a segment?

29 April 2020 | Glenn Brooks

One of the many recent events which Volkswagen had to cancel was the media launch of the T-Roc Cabriolet. The driving has to wait but the project's leaders could be interviewed at least. Fielding questions from just-auto's Glenn Brooks via Skype were Project Manager Franz Kaltofen, Günther Witte from Technical Development and Jan-Ingo Theuner who works in Product Marketing.

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UPDATED - Daily automotive coronavirus briefing FREE TO READ

26 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

A daily update of news and views on the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and its impact on the automotive sector

Volvo Cars secures new credit facilities

26 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Car has signed a new 2-year SEK 10,666m revolving credit facility with a 1-year extension option with a group of Nordic banks (DNB, Nordea, SEB and Swedbank (coordinator)) as well as a new 2-year SEK4,000m credit facility with a 1-year extension option with the Swedish Export Credit Corporation (SEK).

Nissan considering 20,000 job cuts, mainly in Europe - reports

22 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor is considering cutting 20,000 jobs from its global workforce, focusing on Europe and developing countries, as it struggles to recover from plunging car sales, Kyodo News reported on Friday.

BorgWarner extends engine cam timing cooperation with GAC

22 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

BorgWarner says it partnered with Chinese OEM GAC Motor to introduce its next generation of variable cam timing actuators – intelligent cam torque actuation (iCTA) – to GAC's combustion and some models with hybrid applications.

GM gradually restarts in Mexico as Lear readies for return

22 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors on Thursday said it was gradually restarting the transmission and engine lines at its Mexican facilities in Silao and Ramos Arizpe, while supplier Lear also geared up for production.

BMW applies AI solutions to increase paint shop quality

22 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialists from BMW's central planning and its Munich plant are working on a pilot project in the plant's paint shop that improves precision and finish.

BYD delivers 20 electric buses to Montevideo

22 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

BYD and Uruguan distributor, Abriley, have delivered a fleet of 20 pure electric buses to CUTCSA, the country’s largest urban public transport operator in Montevideo.

FCA investor confirms FCA-PSA merger timings

21 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

In a call with investors and analysts Exor NV - FCA's largest investor - has confirmed the timing for the proposed FCA-PSA merger for completion by early 2021 as initially announced.

Paris "uncompromising" on France site retention

21 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Paris has delivered an indication to Renault its wish to see sites preserved in France as speculation swirls the future of some plants is being reviewed. 

Virus alerts shut Ford plants temporarily

21 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford shut down its Dearborn Truck Plant on Wednesday afternoon after learning a worker tested positive for coronavirus and released its early shift  about 1:30 pm.

Thai sales plunge 65% in April

21 May 2020 | editorial team

Thailand's new vehicle market plunged by 65% to 30,109 units in April 2020 from strong year earlier sales of units 86,076 units, according to wholesale data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Renault continues Zity deployment in Paris

21 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Renault is continuing the deployment of the Zity free-floating service in Paris. 

Japan goes after Ghosn escape help

21 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Japan said on Thursday it was working to secure the rapid extradition of two men arrested in the United States on charges of enabling the dramatic escape of former Nissan Motor boss Carlos Ghosn from the country.

Dacia Europe sales down in 2020

21 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Romanian carmaker and Renault unit Dacia's sales in Europe dropped by 53% to 93,258 units in the first four months of this year, according to the Romanian Automobile Manufacturers Association - ACAROM.

Visteon gives VW new infotainment platform

21 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Visteon is supplying a new infotainment platform for Volkswagen Group's (VW) new Nivus model for Brazil.

Nissan still after Ghosn - report

21 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor said it still reserved the right to take further legal measures in the case of its ousted former chairman Carlos Ghosn, after the United States arrested two men on charges they enabled his escape from Japan.

First 'social distance' Range Rover comes off Solihull line

20 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The first Range Rover made under new social distancing measures drove off the production line at Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover's assembly plant in Solihull, England, today (20 May) following the recent temporary pause in production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PSA GSM behind closed doors on 25 June

20 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

PSA's annual General Shareholders Meeting will be held on 25 June, 2020 behind closed doors.

Ford Romania plant boosts restart output

20 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Romania doubled operations at its Craiova factory from one to two shifts (of three) on 18 May.

Mazda enters EV era as MX-30 build starts

20 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The first series production electric Mazda has rolled off the line at the company's Ujina #1 factory in Japan.

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