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Sinking Ssangyong, Suzuki revival, chips latest - the week

9 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Is the end nigh for Ssangyong? News on just-auto this week does little to discourage such thoughts.

Auto Shanghai - Zhiji Motor IM L7 world debut

9 April 2021 | Glenn Brooks

The latest addition to just-auto's list of global premieres for 2021's biggest motor show is the IM L7, an elegant sedan prototype from the start-up Zhiji Motor.

Peugeot goes after Tiguan with updated 3008

9 April 2021 | Glenn Brooks

It took more than four years for the Peugeot 3008 to be facelifted and when the changes came a few months ago, they were far from major. Those tweaks have been clearly more than enough to build on the model's already strong reputation, which saw it end 2020 third in segment behind the Qashqai and Tiguan: this year, the 3008 is doing even better, becoming the European market's number two model in its segment behind the Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Golf GTI - sensible or sharp?

7 April 2021 | Glenn Brooks

You can't blame Volkswagen for choosing not to mess with a decades-old formula of evolution when this has delivered such great results for the Golf GTI. There are some fundamental changes for the latest generation though, with frontal styling and interior digitalisation both proving controversial.

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Industry perspectives on 2020 - NIO

23 December 2020 | Dave Leggett

In these extraordinary times, we have reached out to parts of the global auto industry for perspectives on current challenges and a take on prospects for 2021. In particular, we wanted to get a range of perspectives and viewpoints. In this latest in the series we are publishing this month, we hear from Hui Zhang, VP of NIO Europe.

INTERVIEW – Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida

24 August 2020 | Paul Horrell

Makoto Uchida became president and CEO of Nissan in January 2020, and by May had unveiled his four-year transformation plan, Nissan Next. It's a company in no little turmoil: Uchida is the third CEO since the ousting of Carlos Ghosn in 2018, last year's loss was $6.2bn, it has huge excess capacity and strategic troubles not least around the Alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi.

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FREE TO READ - Global pandemic sector recovery briefing

9 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

As we enter a recovery phase around the world, we aim to bring you the latest news and intelligence on the speed, nature and shape of the automotive sector's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toyota Poland starts production of Yaris hybrid drives

9 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP), the automaker's European powertrain operation, has started production of hybrid electric transmissions.

Automakers hit the brakes again amid chip shortage

9 April 2021 | Robert Scammell

General Motors, Ford and Hyundai have made further production cuts and closed more assembly plants because of the global semiconductor shortage plaguing automakers.

XPeng plans new EV manufacturing base in Wuhan

9 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

XPeng says it has entered into a cooperation agreement with the City of Wuhan to build a new XPeng Motors Wuhan Smart EV Manufacturing Base.

Mahindra global SUV W601 to be branded XUV700

9 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) has unveiled the brand name of its much-awaited SUV, built on the W601 platform, as the XUV700 (pronounced as XUV, 7 double ‘Oh’).

Free2Move eSolutions appoints Roberto Di Stefano as CEO

9 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

Free2Move eSolutions has appointed Roberto Di Stefano as CEO, a new joint venture between Stellantis and Engie EPS.

Ssangyong to begin court-led restructuring this week

8 April 2021 | editorial team

Ssangyong Motor is expected to enter a court led restructuring process this week after its sole prospective buyer failed to submit a letter of intent (LOI) to buy the South Korean automaker by a 31 March deadline.

GM announces more 'no chips' output cuts

8 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors is temporarily halting output at plants or extending shutdowns at several North America plants due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage impacting the global automotive industry, a US media report said.

GM targets lost chips output recovery in H2

8 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

General Motors has said that it continues to be impacted by the global semiconductors shortage, but that support to dealers can help to optimize vehicle orders and deliveries to ease any disruptions.

Geely's Polestar aims for true carbon neutrality by 2030

8 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Polestar EV car brand has set a "moonshot" goal to create the first truly climate neutral car by 2030.

Rolls-Royce sets Q1 sales record

8 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Rolls-Royce has reported record first quarter sales, up 62% on the same period in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic started, initially in China.

Ford China sees fourth quarter of growth to start 2021

8 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Ford China first quarter sales grew 73.3% to 153,822 vehicles with the rider that the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns began in the country in Q1 2020.

BMW Group Q1 sales up by a third

8 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

In the first three months of the year, the BMW Group delivered a total of 636,606 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers (+33.5%) and achieved a new all-time high for the first quarter. The comparison with last year is against lockdown depleted markets.

Volvo and SSAB ink deal for fossil-free steel

8 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

Volvo Group and SSAB have signed an agreement for research, development, serial production and commercialisation for vehicles to be made of fossil-free steel.

Russia Q1 light vehicle sales fall 2.8%

8 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

Russia sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles decreased by 2.8% in the first quarter of this year and fell by 5.7% in March, according to the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC).

Volvo Cars appoints Bjorn Annwall as CFO

8 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has appointed Bjorn Annwall as Chief Financial Officer, effective 19 April 2021. He is the successor to Carla De Geyseleer, who has elected to step down from her position for personal reasons.

Ssangyong CEO calls it a day

7 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

SsangYong Motor CEO Yea Byung-tae is resigning, a South Korean media report said.

Volvo Cars reports 41% growth in Q1

7 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Cars has reported the best first quarter in its history as the company’s global sales increased by 40.8 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Biden administration to host chips meeting

7 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

In a sign that the semiconductor shortage crisis is worsening in the US, the White House is preparing to host a virtual meeting to discuss solutions to supply chain issues that are disrupting US industrial output, particularly in the automotive sector.

Mercedes Q1 sales rise

7 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes-Benz Cars sales rose 22.3% year on year in the first quarter of 2021 to 590,999 units.

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