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New Audi Sport RS 4 Avant - powered by Porsche

21 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Audi Sport must have some of the best margins of any car company division. A range of RS models sits under the umbrella of this GmbH (limited liability company), with the newest addition being the super-fast, super-exclusive, super-expensive fourth generation RS 4 Avant.

England to Ford's rescue again - the week

18 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Once again, good old Blighty has helped out Ford's F-150 series across the pond. You're welcome. Few weeks ago, we learned the new three litre diesel V6 engine for the top selling North American pickup truck line comes from England. The engine is a variant of the three-litre turbodiesel sold in Jaguar and Land Rover models and is built at the Dagenham Engine plant just east of London. This week, we've been helping out with bits. Magnesium castings, to be precise.

Volkswagen withdraws from Paris motor show

18 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The importer for France has confirmed rumours which had claimed that Volkswagen would not have a stand at the 2018 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. Other Group brands will, however, go ahead with their displays.

Nissan planning new models for future of Datsun

16 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

RSM Renault Samsung was the most recent division of the R-N-M Alliance to be looked at as part of just-auto's current and future vehicles reports. This followed an exploration of strategies for Renault, Alpine, Dacia and Lada. Now comes an overview of Datsun, to be followed by features on Venucia, Nissan, Infiniti and Mitsubishi.

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VW’s vision of car interiors – a mobile living space without a steering wheel

14 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

In today’s car interior, space in front of the wheel remains a priority with the explosion of added content and features. In tomorrow’s self-driving car, space behind will be transformed into a comfortably designed control and entertainment centre. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with OEMs, we spoke to Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design Volkswagen Brand to learn more about I.D. VIZZION, consumers’ desire for individuality, new mobility concepts and the implications for automotive interiors.

Interview - VW Group Rus purchasing director Patrick Huseman

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group Rus says it has learned from the crisis years not to rely too heavily on imported components as a weak rouble made imports uncompetitive.

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GAC sets up company to handle overseas business

21 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

GAC Motor has announced the establishment of GAC Motor International Company to manage GAC Motor's overseas businesses. It says the move is a critical part of the automaker's global expansion strategy to strengthen cooperation, enhance competitiveness, and better improve its potential for sales growth in the global marketplace.

Volvo UK claims WLTP testing first

21 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Cars says it has become the first car manufacturer in the UK to homologate its entire model range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

French Ministers to debate automotive future in Paris

21 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

France's Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire will participate at a meeting in Paris tomorrow (22 May) to discuss the future of the country's automotive sector.

EC outlines measures to protect businesses in Iran

21 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

European Union (EU) leaders meeting in Sofia have authorised the Commission in Brussels to take steps to protect the interests of companies operating in Iran.

Honda recalls CR-V in China over engine lubricant

21 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Dongfeng Honda Automobile is set to recall 130,455 vehicles to replace parts affected by lubricant issues which may cause safety hazards and damage the engine.

FCA value drops as diesel emissions probe continues

21 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shares fell late last week on investor concern about allegations made in court filings over alleged excess diesel emissions.

Toyota to sell GAC brand EVs in China

21 May 2018 | Staff reporter

oyota Motor plans to sell an electric vehicle in China sourced from its local partner GAC Motor from next year, according to reports in Japan.

VW Brazil to include five SUVs in 20 launches by 2020

18 May 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Volkswagen's launch plan for Brazil and Argentina totals 20 new products of which five are SUVs, a segment in which the automaker has been weak in South America so far.

MEDEF sets up hotline for French companies with Iran business

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French business confederation, MEDEF, says it has set up a hotline for companies nervous about what the implications of the US withdrawing from the Vienna Agreement easing sanctions against Iran will be.

GM shuts Gunsan but Opel-Vauxhall deal continues

18 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

General Motors Korea has confirmed to that the company's Gunsan plant has ceased production and will close by the end of this month.

French Smart plant to build electric Mercs

18 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars is expanding its capacities for electric cars in Europe by using the Smart Hambach plant in France to produce a compact electric car for the EQ brand.

Groupe PSA to optimise powertrain design process with new R&D partnership

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Groupe PSA and Ecole Centrale de Nantes have launched an R&D partnership for  powertrain design processes for the group’s future vehicles.

Magna Steyr starts on Merc G-Class update

18 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Production of Daimler's updated Merc G-Class has started at contract assembler Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.

BMW warns of customs costs down the UK supply chain

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW board member Ian Robertson has warned that any future trade agreement between the UK and EU needs to avoid adding bureaucracy and additional admin costs that would be particularly burdensome for small companies further down the industry supply chain. He also told just-auto that the UK auto industry could be disadvantaged by stricter rules of origin that typically apply in WTO bilateral trade deals, should they apply in the future.

English magnesium castings help Ford get F-150 back on line

17 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is set to resume production of its profitable F-150 pickup at the Dearborn Truck Plant on Friday using parts sourced from tooling shipped as far away as England.

US Iran nuclear deal withdrawal "unacceptable" - France

17 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French diplomatic sources are branding the US decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Vienna Agreement allowing Iran sanctions relief in return for scaling back its nuclear programme, as "unacceptable."

Car sales in EU up almost 10% in April

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Data released by European vehicle manufacturers' trade association ACEA shows that sales of cars in the EU area were up by 9.6% in the first four months of the year versus the same period of last year.

UK government understands our trade concerns - Toyota

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota Motor Europe's London representative, Tony Walker, has told just-auto that the UK government is listening and understands the concerns of the UK's auto industry over future trade arrangements with the EU when the UK exits from the EU.

New Euro 6d-Temp engines for Opel/Vauxhall Astra

17 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

PSA's Opel/Vauxhall unit, like the parent company, is continuing its move to Euro 6d-Temp with two new engines for the C-segment Astra range, a 1.6-litre Turbo (200PS) petrol and a 1.6-litre CDTi (136PS) diesel unit.

Mazda selling updated CX-3 in Japan

17 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation has begun taking orders for the updated CX-3 SUV at dealerships in Japan.

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