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Land Rover world debut at Seoul motor show

25 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The biennial Seoul Motor Show gets underway later this week. Here below is just-auto's round-up of confirmed concept and production vehicle world debuts.

Shanghai motor show world debuts list - Porsche Cayenne Coupe

22 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai, the motor show which in odd-numbered years alternates with Beijing as China and the industry's biggest and most important, takes place in April. Below is the latest list of vehicle world debuts, with the Porsche Cayenne Coupé and facelifted Dongfeng Honda XR-V newly added.

ANALYSIS – SsangYong future models

21 March 2019 | Mike Vousden

We investigate SsangYong's future model strategy – under parent Mahindra & Mahindra, it's pushing to become a global competitor with its wide range of SUVs after years of being a niche player.

2019 LA auto show - BMW 2 Series GC world debut

20 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has announced initial details of a future model, the 2 Series Gran Coupé, noting that it will not be fully revealed until the Los Angeles auto show in November.

Latest interviews

Digital Proving Grounds - Q&A with simulation software specialist rFpro

7 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

With driving simulators becoming increasingly realistic, allowing more tests to be effectively undertaken in a virtual environment, growing numbers of proving grounds are investing in ‘digital twins’ of themselves. To learn more about what is accelerating this trend, we spoke to asked Chris Hoyle, from simulation software company rFpro.

Testing times for AVs – Q&A with AB Dynamics

6 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

The development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is still in its infancy. How do OEMs test these vehicles to ensure they are safe on the road in the real world?  AB Dynamics has been developing testing systems for automakers for decades, pushing back the boundaries of advanced driver assistance (ADAS) test systems, the building blocks of an AV. To learn more about how the auto industry is developing testing regimes for AVs, we spoke to Jeremy Ash, Head of Commercial, AB Dynamics.

Latest news

FCA chairman fuels PSA merger speculation - FT

25 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) chairman and Fiat family investor group chief John Elkann is making a push for a tie-up with another car company, with PSA leading the field of possible partners, according to a report in the Financial Times.

JLR wins copyright case over Jiangling's Evoque copy

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has won a major copyright case in China against a local car maker.

Geely Auto boosts 2018 revenue and profit

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars owner Geely Automobile Holdings said total revenue increased by 15% year on year in 2018 to RMB106.6bn as the group's average selling price continued to improve, mainly driven by the improvement in product mix.

Kia UK expanding import centre

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors (UK) has announced a deal to create additional storage capacity at its UK import and distribution centre in Stallingborough, North Lincolnshire.

Yin Long to make e-buses in Serbia, take over Ikarbus

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese bus manufacturer Yin Long Group plans to start manufacturing electric buses at the Serbian Ikarbus factory, according to a local report.

Faraday and The9 to manufacture EVs in China

25 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Faraday Future has signed a joint venture agreement with The9 Limited, a China-based internet company to manufacture, market, distribute and sell luxury electric vehicles in China.

GM confirms new electric model for Orion Township plant

22 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors has confirmed it was spending US$300m at its Orion Township, Michigan, assembly plant to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle that will bring 400 new jobs to the factory.

Renault pilots 'large scale' vehicle-to-grid charging in EVs

22 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Renault says it is beginning the first large-scale pilot schemes in alternating-current, vehicle-to-grid charging in electric vehicles.

BMW selects Kumho tyre for new X3 SUV

22 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

BMW has selected Kumho Tyre to be the OEM supplier for the new X3 SUV.

GM to announce Orion Township plans today

22 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors was expected to announce on Friday afternoon (EST) plans to spend US$300m at the Orion Township plant near Detroit to boost autonomous and electric vehicle output, media reports said.

Ford names new CFO, Europe president

21 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has named a replacement for its retiring CFO and a new head for the European operations, among other appointments.

Volvo Cars to deploy in-car cameras and intervention against intoxication and distraction

21 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has revealed a new step in its ambitions to end fatalities in its cars by addressing the issues of intoxication and distraction.

Volvo Cars introduces Care Key for safe car sharing

21 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has launched the Care Key, allowing any buyer to set a speed limit for themselves or other drivers.

Skoda worldwide sales up 4.4% in 2018

21 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Skoda Auto set another record in 2018, the VW Group-owned brand delivering 1,253,700 vehicles, up 4.4%.

Opel and unions agree to trim jobs at Russelsheim R&D centre

21 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Opel management and the Works Council have reached an agreement in the arbitration board to overcome overcapacity in the Russelsheim engineering centre, concerning 2,000 posts.

Daimler and NewMotion offer charging solutions

21 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Daimler is cooperating with Dutch company, NewMotion, which has been developing ideas for the expansion of charging infrastructure since 2009.

Ford expands BEV capacity in Michigan

21 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Ford is expanding its production capacity for battery electric vehicles at a second North American plant.

Aston Martin adds distributor for central and eastern Europe

21 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Aston Martin has appointed a Romania-based distributor for that country and central and eastern Europe.

BMW lowers profit expectation for 2019

20 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

BMW has said profits will be lower in 2019 as the company faces rising costs and market uncertainty.

Toyota and Suzuki to share models and hybrid technology

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor announced and agreement to "begin considering concrete collaboration in new fields".

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