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EVs in US not such a Smart move - the week

15 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Going all-electric in the US does not appear to have worked too well for Smart, as we noted in this article. "Might the initial results of a strategy which has been Smart US dropping its petrol-powered Fortwo range hold a warning for others? In November, the brand was not only outsold by Lamborghini but Rolls-Royce was the only make which delivered fewer cars." As automakers dive headlong into 'e-mobility', does a cautionary tale lie therein?

Volkswagen goes after Qashqai with Bamtastic T-Roc

15 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has at long last entered Europe's C-crossover segment, with a rival for the Qashqai. The T-Roc is strong on driving dynamics and, from certain angles, looks. One major surprise however, is an interior with plastics which will disappoint anyone who owns a Golf or Polo. Is this the first new vehicle to suffer from the company's post-emissions scandal cost cutting?

The Ingenium petrol Evoque - any good?

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Last time I spent more than 10 minutes with a Range Rover product: it had an inline six cylinder engine. Diesel. Made by BMW. That long ago.

ANALYSIS - Future EVs and SUVs will transform SEAT

13 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This year, SEAT has finally pleased its paymasters in Wolfsburg. The company might not yet be exactly awash with cash, but the black ink is at last flowing. The Volkswagen Group's belief that its Spanish outpost could be turned around saw the Germans injecting much money and goodwill into SEAT. Crucially, it was put to good use in the form of adding SUVs. More models are on the way.

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Q&A with VW Group on quantum computing

7 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Group and Google have announced a far-reaching research partnership in quantum computing. Quantum computers are high-performance super computers that function in a completely different way from conventional computers. In this interview, Martin Hofmann, the head of group IT, and Hartmut Neven, the development director of the Google Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, discuss their companies' goals in the partnership and the way that their collaboration can facilitate future mobility solutions.

TOKYO SHOW - Mazda designers explain 'Kodo'

25 October 2017 | Chris Wright

When Mazda broke off its relationship with Ford some 10 or more years ago the brand had to come up with a new design direction of its own – and so in 2010, its new design philosophy: Kodo —Soul of Motion was born.

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PSA/OV purchasing integration to account for 30% synergies

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA has unveiled a new unit bring together Peugeot/Citroën/DS (PCD) and Opel/Vauxhall (OV) Purchasing and Supplier Quality Organisations.

Renault forms JV with Brilliance for China LCV production

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings [BMW's car JV partner] have inked a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) using Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands aiming for 150,000 sales annually by 2022 and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains.

Opel worker hours trimmed

15 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

As part of a drive to reduce costs and make PSA's Opel-Vauxhall unit more competitive, workers at Opel will have their hours pegged at 35 hours per week. Opel/Vauxhall has agreed a number of measures with labour union IG Metall that it hopes will reduce cost.

EXCLUSIVE - VW Touareg world debut at Beijing show

15 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A source has confirmed to just-auto that the third generation of Volkswagen's Touareg is only months away from production. Its public debut will be at AutoChina 2018 in April and it will look a lot like the T-Prime Concept GTE from AutoChina 2016.

VW group YTD volume up 3.9% so far

15 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group sold 995,900 vehicles in November, up 11.1% year on year. YTD volume was up 3.9% to 9,743,400.

Paccar appoints new president and chief financial officer

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Paccar has appointed Harrie Schippers as president and chief financial officer, effective 1 January next year.

Renault opens new Alpine A110 production line in Dieppe

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, as well as France’s Minister for Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, have inaugurated the new Alpine A110 production line at the automaker's facility in Dieppe, Normandy, the brand’s original home.

Aston Martin production returns to Newport Pagnell site

15 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Another landmark in Aston Martin’s Second Century Plan was achieved with production officially returning to the company's historic Newport Pagnell site.

Renault takes stake in publisher to ready driverless content

14 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Groupe Renault is to take a stake in a French publisher of magazines in a move that it says will help it to develop 'editorial services' for the passengers of autonomous cars in the future.

Ford moving Fusion/Mondeo to China - reports

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources told Reuters.

Scania spends SEK1.5bn on energy efficient foundry

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Scania plans to spend about SEK1.5bn on a new foundry in Sodertalje, Sweden, in order to triple production capacity and achieve a 50% reduction in energy consumption compared to the technology and methods used in the current foundry.

Bendix Wingman technology standard for Mack Trucks Anthem

14 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bendix’s advanced driver assistance system, Wingman Fusion, will come as standard on all models of the new Anthem from Mack Trucks.

Nissan recalls 320,000 vehicles in Japan after eight fires reported

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan is recalling nearly 320,000 vehicles in Japan to fix defective coating in an electronic power unit that could cause a short circuit and fire in the worst case scenario.

BAIC eyes 2025 phase-out for gasoline cars - report

13 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) is reportedly planning the phase-out of conventional fuel-powered cars sold under its own brand by 2025 as part of an ambitious new energy cars campaign.

Mini car wash tests paint durability in US

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A miniature car wash, about the size and shape of a popcorn machine, plays an important role at the Nissan Technical Center North America in Michigan.

VW bank eyes higher annual profit

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Financial Services has said its 2017 profit would exceed the record EUR2.1bn euros ($2.47bn) it made in 2016.

RHD Chevrolets returning to Australia

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Right hand drive Chevrolet models are returning to Australia (and likely New Zealand) with local conversions by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV).

Euro NCAP names a zero stars Fiat

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Euro NCAP has rounded off its busiest year with new safety ratings for 15 more car models, including zero for a Fiat model many probably thought was obsolete by now.

Hyundai agrees truck JV in Indonesia

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor signed a preliminary agreement with Indonesian conglomerate Artha Graha (AG) Group to establish a joint venture to assemble and supply commercial vehicles to markets across south east Asia.

DETROIT AUTO SHOW - Mercedes G-Class world debut

13 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Known world premieres for the 2018 North American International Auto Show are noted below, with the latest one, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, now added.

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