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Groupe PSA future model plans - Opel and Vauxhall

25 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

A lot has changed since just-auto.com looked at Opel and Vauxhall future models a year ago. Legacy vehicles from the GM ownership era are disappearing, replaced by fresh ones with PSA platforms, along with BEV and PHEV models. There is much more to come.


Don't call our range extender a PHEV - the week

21 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Another note to self this week: don't automatically assume a range extender is also a PHEV - certainly the maker of a clever van spin-off of London's latest taxi didn't want it called that. With British cities increasingly bringing in clean air zones, this new van can do 80 miles on 'lecky alone but, if it's anything like the taxi on which it's based, it'll be expensive.


Groupe PSA future model plans - DS

19 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

DS Automobiles remains a troubled division of Groupe PSA. Sales have slid to minimal levels in China and in May were only 4,192 for all of Europe. Things might be about to improve though, with the 7 Crossback starting to find relative favour in EU countries and deliveries of the 3 Crossback commencing. But what to do about China?


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.


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Paris Interview - PSA Global Purchasing EVP Michelle Wen

23 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

New Groupe PSA Executive Vice President, Global Purchasing & Supplier Quality, Michelle Wen has held a number of senior managing positions with blue-chip companies across various industries including the automotive business. Just-Auto caught up with her at the recent Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris.


Interview - ex-Renault CEO Louis Schweitzer

31 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Among a long list of French industrialists treading a familiar path through Paris' elite business universities, is Louis Schweitzer, whose storied and glittering career takes in a breathtaking canter through the rarefied air of the country's very top jobs. Simon Warburton spoke to him on the fringes of the recent Forum on the European Automotive Industry (FEAL) in Lille.

Latest news


GM spends $20m to ready Arlington for new large SUVs

26 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors said it was spending an additional US$20m at Arlington Assembly to upgrade plant conveyors in preparation for the launch of redesigned full-size SUVs.


Mitsubishi to sell stake in Chinese engine JV

25 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors plans to sell its 15% stake in Harbin Dongan Auto Engine Company, its engine joint venture plant based in the Chinese city of Harbin, according to reports in Japan.


Daimler moves on with resuming Egyptian Mercedes car assembly

24 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has moved on its plans - first announced in January - to resume Mercedes-Benz car assembly in Egypt.


VinFast launches first home grown model in Vietnam

24 June 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The leading domestic conglomerate in Vietnam, VinGroup, officially opened its new vehicle assembly plant in the northern port city of Haiphong with a ceremony attended by prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other government officials.


e.GO launches '5G car manufacturing' in Germany

21 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Automotive 5G manufacturing production has begun at German electric microcar company e.GO Mobile AG's Aachen complex, enabled by 5G connectivity from Ericsson and Vodafone Germany.


Dacia state subsidised plant capacity extension ready in September

21 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Renault-owned Romanian carmaker Dacia is preparing to launch new models, the company's CEO Christophe Dridi told local media.


PSA starts production in Morocco

21 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA has started production at its Kenitra plant in Morocco which has a capacity of 200,000 vehicles from mid-2020 to serve customers in 80 markets.


just-auto Plus only Groupe PSA begins production at Kenitra plant

21 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Groupe PSA starts production at the Kenitra plant in Morocco, in the presence of his Majesty King Mohammed VI. The project was launched with the signing of an agreement between...


Opel to invest in hot-forming steel facility at Kaiserslautern

20 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

PSA-owned Opel is to invest in a German manufacturing facility in a move that will safeguard its long-term future.


Renault launches sub-4m Triber MPV

20 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Seeking to revitalise falling sales in the Indian market, Renault has announced the Triber, an additional model which will be manufactured at the Alliance's RNAIPL plant in Tamil Nadu.


Veoneer presents active safety solutions at North American event

20 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Veoneer has showcased the company’s newest Active Safety products during a Ride and Drive event for customers at the American centre for Mobility. At the event, Veoneer showcased the first demonstration of Zenuity’s system software using Veoneer sensors and computing platform.


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.


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.


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.


Kia to stop production at Chinese plant on weak demand

14 June 2019 | just-auto.com 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.


Localising X3 gives BMW China a boost

14 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Localisation works, according to a Bloomberg report from China.


Ford North America recalls to cost $180m

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Various recalls will cost ford US $180m, seeking alpha.com reported.


Rebounding from crash, Volvo and Uber show production autonomous car

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

An unfortunate crash last year that killed a jay-walking pedestrian was a setback to Uber's autonomous driving programme with Volvo Cars but the ride hailer and automaker have now presented a "production vehicle ready for self-driving".


BMW opens new car plant in Mexico

7 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

BMW has officially opened its new automotive plant in San Luis Potosi in Mexico.


Renault-Samsung unions call for full-scale strike as talks fail

6 June 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Talks between South Korean automaker Renault-Samsung and its labour union broke down this week after they failed to reach an agreement on wages and working conditions after months of negotiations.



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