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Groupe PSA future model plans - Citroën

18 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

For a long time, Citroën was in trouble in many European markets. No longer. Its French market sales in particular are surging, which will come as a relief to parent firm Groupe PSA. In common with DS and Peugeot though, things are not so good in China.

New Pugs and partnerships - the week

14 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ignoring the high count for this column last week, the top-read story on just-auto this week was our look at future Peugeot models. Thanks to the 208, 3008 and 2008 (in that order) Peugeot is holding on to a strong third position in its largest regional market behind Renault and Volkswagen. A new version of its best seller, revealed three months ago but not yet available, has strong looks and has generated a large bank of orders. In contrast to that good fortune in Europe, the picture in China is much darker, however. Well worth a look.

Honey, I stretched the Lexus

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Memo to self - when a car company kindly loans you a press review vehicle, write it up before the model gets updated. In this case, twice. Oh, the blushes. Fortunately for slacker here, Lexus UK has an online press archive dating back to the stone age, conveniently shooting down my theory we're actually overdue an RX full redesign - the present model dates back only to a New York show debut in April 2015 - and a tweak or two since launch makes perfect sense.

Kia ready for the return of diesel demand with Stonic

13 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

May saw Kia setting yet another sales record in its largest European market. Surprisingly, that's not Germany, but Britain, where the brand is ahead of not only its parent, but Nissan too. The Sportage is much of the reason for the ongoing rise but another, smaller crossover is playing an ever greater role in the growth.

Latest interviews

Digital Proving Grounds - Q&A with simulation software specialist rFpro

7 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

With driving simulators becoming increasingly realistic, allowing more tests to be effectively undertaken in a virtual environment, growing numbers of proving grounds are investing in ‘digital twins’ of themselves. To learn more about what is accelerating this trend, we spoke to asked Chris Hoyle, from simulation software company rFpro.

Testing times for AVs – Q&A with AB Dynamics

6 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

The development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is still in its infancy. How do OEMs test these vehicles to ensure they are safe on the road in the real world?  AB Dynamics has been developing testing systems for automakers for decades, pushing back the boundaries of advanced driver assistance (ADAS) test systems, the building blocks of an AV. To learn more about how the auto industry is developing testing regimes for AVs, we spoke to Jeremy Ash, Head of Commercial, AB Dynamics.

Latest news

SAIC to begin production of MG cars in Egypt in 2020

18 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese automaker SAIC Motor has agreed to set up a new joint venture in Egypt with its current local distributor to assemble MG brand cars in the country.

Volvo Group and NVIDIA to develop AI platform for trucks

18 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

The Volvo Group has signed an agreement with NVIDIA to jointly develop the decision making system of autonomous commercial vehicles and machines. Volvo says that utilising NVIDIA's end-to-end artificial intelligence platform for training, simulation and in-vehicle computing, the resulting system is designed to safely handle fully autonomous driving on public roads and highways.  

Geely Auto sales drop 27% in May

18 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Geely Automobile Holdings has announced that the total sales volume of the Group (including the sales volume of Lynk & Co branded vehicles sold by the Group’s 50% owned joint venture) for the month of May 2019 was 90,309 units, a decrease of approximately 27% from the same period last year and down approximately 13% from April 2019 as the group continued to reduce aggregate inventories of its dealers.

Renault again gives Zoe longer legs

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Renault has given its little Zoe EV a third update with 52 kWh battery and an additional 100kW R135 electric motor option and boosted range to 242 miles under WLTP conditions.

Geely's LEVC spins van off range extender London taxi

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) - the latest name for Britain's main 'London Taxi' maker - has spun off a PHEV light van based on its latest TX electric taxi.

Nissan reports strong sales of e-LCV in UK

17 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan in the UK reports sales of its Nissan e-NV200 fully electric light van up by 200% in 2019 as more firms switch their light commercial vehicle (LCV) fleets to electric propulsion.

Daimler Plant 56 at Sindelfingen goes 5G

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Telefonica Deutschland and network supplier Ericsson is putting in what is claimed to be the world's first 5G mobile network for automobile production at Daimler's Factory 56 in Sindelfingen.

Unions agree to revised Renault-Samsung pay deal

17 June 2019 | editorial team

Renault Samsung Motors agreed a wage deal with its labour union last week, bringing to an end months of industrial action which has resulted in production losses estimated by the company at around KRW300bn (US$253m).

PSA readies Tremery engine plant for e-mobility

14 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA is about to start the assembly of electric powertrain motors at its Tremery, France, engine plant.

Kia to stop production at Chinese plant on weak demand

14 June 2019 | editorial team

Kia Motors announced it would cease production at one of its vehicle assembly plants in China this month due to weak local demand, according to South Korean news agencies.

Toyota North America to standardise two environment/safety items

14 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) plans to standardise Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic transmission Park selection.

US analyst bullish on Ford European restructure

14 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Goldman Sachs analyst David Tamberrino sees value in Ford's restructuring in the European region, a media report said.

LG Chem in China EV battery JV with Geely

14 June 2019 | editorial team

South Korea's LG Chem said it had signed an agreement with China's Geely Auto Group to jointly invest in a new electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing plant in China.

Localising X3 gives BMW China a boost

14 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Localisation works, according to a Bloomberg report from China.

Geely Auto and LG Chem to manufacture EV batteries in China

14 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Shanghai Maple Guorun, an indirect 99% owned subsidiary of Geely Automobile, has announced a new joint venture partnership with LG Chem.

Groupe PSA announces its 2019 supplier awards

14 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Some 15 suppliers have been recognised by PSA for their commitment and excellence in 'meeting the expectations of Groupe PSA'.

Byton opens Shanghai design studio

14 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Premium electric car company Byton has opened its Shanghai Design Studio which it says will focus on the Chinese market, as well as work closely with the existing Design Studio in Munich on advanced and intelligent design for the global market.

Huawei working with Audi and GAC on driverless cars

13 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei says it will launch self-driving cars as early as 2021 in partnership with several carmakers, including Audi, Toyota and Chinese firms.

Byton shows more of M-Byte interior (expect screens)

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Byton has revealed more details of the interior design for its first production model, the M-Byte.

Hyundai steps up collaboration with Aurora Innovation

13 June 2019 | editorial team

Hyundai Motor said it was expanding its collaboration with US self-driving technology developer Aurora Innovation to accelerate co-development of autonomous vehicle technology.

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