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COMMENT - Is there politics behind Nissan Ghosn charges?

21 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Companies are not just about the clinical science of conducting business and maximising returns for stakeholders. There are other elements in these sometimes complex social organisations.

ANALYSIS - Skoda drops diesel from updated Fabia

21 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A facelift and updated engines for the big-selling Fabia have arrived at just the right time for Skoda, helping the brand into ninth place in the European region, placing it ahead of Toyota for the year to the end of October.

LA auto show world debuts list - Subaru Crosstrek PHEV and facelifted Mercedes-AMG GTs

20 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Multiple new model and concept world premieres which will take place at the LA auto show. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, which is a plug-in hybrid, is the latest of these to be added to just-auto's preview list.

Will Suzuki still dominate India in 2030?

19 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

In October, Maruti Suzuki's share of the Indian market dipped below fifty per cent. In no other market of this size, let alone one of around five million vehicle sales per annum, does a single brand dominate. As India's economy expands and its new vehicle market inevitably overtakes Japan to become the world's third largest, will Suzuki Motor have the right models to stay firmly in first place?

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Hyundai-Kia's design chief on CASE opportunities

16 November 2018 | Chris Wright

Hyundai Motor Group Design chief Peter Schreyer is rightly proud of his role in changing not only the look,  but the perception of the South Korean carmaker’s two brands. His work is far from done, however. There are plenty more challenges ahead, not least with the advent of autonomous vehicles.

How drivers with engineering expertise create a better user experience

15 November 2018 | Matthew Beecham

As vehicle quality and reliability has improved, OEMs are increasingly aware of the role user experience can play in the customer decision-making process. That user experience could be planned in during the vehicle development, demonstrated at the dealer or during the test drive. Providing drivers with engineering-led expertise for such scenarios is offered by UK firm ProTwo. We spoke to its founder Simon Poole about why OEMs, Tier ones and dealers are using its services to deal with changing consumer expectations.

Latest news

Renault retains "temporarily incapacitated" Ghosn as CEO

21 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault says it is retaining Carlos Ghosn as CEO but has asked alliance partner, Nissan for "all information in their possession" while the Japanese automaker investigates the Brazilian-born Frenchman for what it says is "misconduct."

Mitsubishi Motors chairman supports under-fire Ghosn 

21 November 2018 | Staff reporter

Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko has come out in support of under-fire Nissan CEO and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance kingpin Carlos Ghosn, telling local reporters the three-way alliance may be harder to manage without the unifying force of the long standing chairman.

Japanese government offers support to Nissan-Renault alliance

21 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Media reports from Japan said the government was ready to work for the stability of the Nissan-Renault global alliance following the shock arrest of common chairman Carlos Ghosn on Monday but a Nissan executive said the automaker was seeking ways to weaken the influence of its French partner.

Daimler uses organo panels in new SUV

21 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz is using organo panels in the main front end member of the redesigned, US-built GLE SUV, noting it's the first time it has used this innovative material for such a large and visible component.

Thierry Bolloré takes temporary Renault helm

20 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault says COO, Thierry Bolloré, will be "specifically in charge of the continuity of the Executive Committee of Groupe Renault," following CEO, Carlos Ghosn's arrest in Tokyo yesterday by Japanese authorities.

Renault-Nissan finances to be scrutinised?

20 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's investigation into alleged misconduct by disgraced chairman Carlos Ghosn is expanding to include Renault-Nissan finances, sources have told the Reuters news agency, a further sign Nissan may seek to loosen its French parent's hold on their global carmaking alliance.

Ghosn in no position to lead Renault - French finance minister

20 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Disgraced Carlos Ghosn should not remain in charge of Renault after his arrest in Japan, France's finance minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday, urging the carmaker to move swiftly to install an interim management team to limit the damage.

Subaru details its first PHEV ahead of Los Angeles show debut

20 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Subaru of America has launched its first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 2019 Crosstrek which it said offers "real all wheel drive capability in a hybrid package".

Lexus partners with Queensland for connected vehicle trials

20 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Lexus Australia said it had become the first vehicle brand to partner with the Queensland government in a trial of advanced technologies designed to improve road safety and reduce congestion, fuel consumption and emissions.

Ghosn "no longer" able to run Renault - finance minister

20 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

France's Finance Minister says Renault CEO, Carlos Ghosn is "no longer in a position" to run the manufacturer following the automaker chief's arrest in Tokyo yesterday (19 November) concerning allegations of financial misconduct.

Hyundai-Kia sales recover in China, struggle in US

20 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

South Korea's Hyundai Motor and its domestic affiliate Kia Motors have enjoyed moderate sales rebounds in China this year after suffering sharp declines in 2017, after dealers were targeted by boycotts and protests following the Beijing government's anger at Korea's deployment of the US THAAD missile defence shield.

Porsche boosts nine-month profit as VW surges

20 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) booked group profit of EUR2.67bn euro for the first nine months of 2018, a rise of 25% year on year.

Carlos Ghosn arrested, to be fired from Nissan board

19 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The axe has fallen on Carlos Ghosn - the Nissan Motor chairman was arrested on Monday for alleged financial misconduct and will be fired from the board this week, media reports from Japan said.

Renault board meets as Ghosn situation swirls

19 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault's board of directors is holding an urgent meeting "very shortly" in Paris to discuss Nissan's investigation of its chairman, Carlos Ghosn and representative director Greg Kelly regarding what the Japanese manufacturer says is "misconduct."

Skoda to build Passat as VW Group reassigns plants

19 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Groups's supervisory board has approved new 'strategic' plant assignment plans which, it said, "reflects the challenges of the next five years and lays the necessary foundations".

Mazda, Toyota, break ground for US JV assembly plant

19 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda and Toyota have broken ground in Huntsville, Alabama, on their jointly owned and operated production plant that will have capacity for 300,000 vehicles a year from 2021.

VW Group plans EUR44bn e-mobility, digitalisation, spend

19 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Following a recent supervisory board meeting, the Volkswagen Group said it would spend almost EUR44bn (US$50bn) on e-mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalisation of its vehicles and plants by 2023.

Nissan to remove Ghosn from post following 'misconduct' investigation

19 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

As reports in Japan circulate on Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest by prosecutors looking into suspected under-reporting of income, Nissan has issued a statement saying that it has been investigating 'misconduct' involving Ghosn.

Japanese prosecutors questioning Ghosn on salary - reports

19 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Media reports in Japan say that Tokyo prosecutors are questioning Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn over suspected under-reporting of his corporate salary by several hundreds of millions of yen.

VW delivers 30 millionth car in China

19 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen brand said it had set a record in China with its 30 millionth delivery this month – a Touareg.

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