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Electrics, Frankfurt, GM, FCA - the week

18 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Our scrutiny of future Jaguar SUVs and electric models drew a lot of looks this week as did news of electric Ford Transits developed with DHL Deutsche Post.


Honda & Acura NSX: better than an Audi R8?

18 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

What could better demonstrate the strange situation that Honda UK and Honda Motor Europe find themselves in than the NSX? Even if you pay the circa GBP33,000 list price for what had been the brand's priciest model until recently, there is then a GBP110,000 leap from there to the cheapest NSX. How on earth do they market this supercar?


Will Ford sieze an EV opportunity for Lincoln?

17 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It has been just over a year since what Ford calls The Lincoln Motor Company was the subject of a just-auto in-depth analysis feature. China is still nowhere near being the brand's largest market but sales there are up by a staggering 92 per cent and that's even without a local manufacturing presence. With things good in the US too, it surely won't be long before Lincoln returns to being a make selling in excess of an annual 250,000 vehicles worldwide.


ANALYSIS - is the future for Jaguar electric?

15 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Once in danger of going the same way as Saab or Lancia, Jaguar has been brought back to life via massive infusions of cash, intelligently spent. Thanks to the success of the F-PACE, it is probably now profitable too. Such are the plans for the ongoing transformation of the leaping cat brand, Jaguar's reinvention is really only just beginning.


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INTERVIEW - Mazda's UK MD

14 June 2017 | Chris Wright

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.


AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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FCA denies Great Wall approach for its business

21 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) has denied that it has been approached by Great Wall as rumours continue to swirl over Chinese OEMs interested in acquiring all or part of its automotive operations.


VW to put ID Buzz concept car into production

21 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen has confirmed that it will put the ID Buzz electric concept car into production.


2017 Pebble Beach Concours - world debuts

21 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Monterey Automotive Week, including the 66th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, took place on California's Monterey Peninsula between 15 and 20 August. The following is a list of concept and new model world premieres.


GM confirms investment in southern Brazil

18 August 2017 | Fernando Calmon

General Motors will spend BRL1.4bn/US$430m on its Gravataí plant in state of Rio Grande do Sul.


Switzerland bans Porsche diesel registrations

18 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Switzerland's road agency has imposed a preliminary ban on new registrations of Porsche Cayenne cars equipped with manipulated diesel engine management software, a media report said.


Will Daimler and BMW combine car sharing services?

18 August 2017 | Chris Wright

Daimler and BMW are rumoured to be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, the chief executive of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt hinted to the Reuters news service.


GAZ launches van production in Turkey

18 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GAZ Group has started assembly of Gazelle Next cargo van and combi van models in Turkey.


GAZ/PJSC Rosseti ink Russia agreement

18 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

GAZ Group has inked an agreement with Russian energy network company, PJSC Rosseti.


Hyundai Motor previews new fuel cell vehicle

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor has offered an early glimpse of its next generation fuel cell vehicle, well ahead of the hydrogen-powered SUVs official launch early next year.


Court orders temporary halt to Takata lawsuits

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Automakers reportedly have won a temporary reprieve from lawsuits filed by victims of defective air bags made by bankrupt Takata that led to the largest ever auto safety recall and at least 18 deaths.


Hyundai Motor eyes electric bus opportunity

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor recently unveiled its new all-electric-powered bus, which it plans to put into mass production next year.


Vauxhall expands passenger carrying Vivaro range

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

PSA Group's Vauxhall has announced two new up level, passenger carrying Vivaro van variants which make their debut at the Frankfurt show next month: the Tourer Elite and Combi Plus.


Nissan sees e-Power potential in emerging markets

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor Indonesia displayed the first model to receive the new e-Power drivetrain, the Note, at the motor show in Jakarta. The car was launched first in Japan last year and the automaker sees potential for it in emerging markets.


Chery to launch new brand, SUV, at Frankfurt

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Chery Automobile said it would start sales of passenger cars in Europe within the next few years under a new brand.


Honda Europe revises 1.6 diesel for Civic

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor Europe has announced a comprehensively revised 120PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine for its Civic range from March 2018, tested under new real world procedures.


IAA world debuts - Chery M31T prototype

16 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IAA might be missing Alfa Romeo, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot and Volvo, but one new brand will be making an appearance: Chery Auto will reveal an SUV prototype.


Deutsche Post and Ford show off e-van

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Deutsche Post DHL Group and Ford presented the first of their jointly produced electric delivery van – or e-van – today in Cologne, Germany.


Volvo Cars owner Geely books healthy first half

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely has promised cars on the platform developed with its Volvo Cars unit [the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) which will underpin Volvo's smaller 40 series cars currently under development and also Lynk models] later this year and announced healthy first half profits.


Ford Europe sales down 4.8% in July 2017

15 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Europe sold 99,900 total vehicles in July, down 4.8% year over year, but year to date total sales of 845,300 were up 2.6% for the best first seven months of the year since 2009 in the traditional Euro 20 markets.


DTNA announces senior communications changes

15 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced two key transitions in the senior leadership of channel marketing and corporate communications.



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