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Future Audi cars - the fightback begins

21 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Even with the downturn in China, Audi still sold over 575,000 vehicles in 2018, way more than either Mercedes or BMW. Things are also good in the US, where the brand delivered in excess of 220,000 SUVs and cars. Europe, however, is a disaster. That's due to Volkswagen AG having been ill-prepared for WLTP. Plus, it will take a while yet for all current models to be approved as compliant. What though, is coming down the pipeline in terms of fresh, future models? Lots, is the short answer.

ANALYSIS - Audi A6 Avant 40 TDI

16 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo's success with the V90 proves there is strong demand for premium-priced estates in certain mainly northern European countries. Which is why Audi sees a worthwhile opportunity for its latest A6 Avant in not only Sweden and Germany but Britain too.

ANALYSIS - Kosmiq and other future Skoda models

14 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Handsomely profitable and with a record 1.253 million vehicles delivered in 2018, the news only keeps getting better for Škoda. The Czech make has built solid foundations on a small number of category-busting cars, most of which sit outside the size norms of conventional segments and sell in big numbers. Its SUVs are now doing the same and more models on the way.

ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen pick-ups and SUVs

11 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Last year saw Volkswagen adding or replacing a large number of SUVs, especially in China and Europe. This second part of a series which looks at the Volkswagen Group's current and future models now collates what is already on sale with selected highlights of the VW brand's secret crossover, SUV and pick-up plans.

Latest interviews

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

Daimler to restart Egyptian car assembly

21 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler is planning to build a Mercedes-Benz passenger car plant in Egypt in cooperation with a local business partner, resuming local assembly after several years.

Nissan to cut output, jobs at its Mississippi plant

18 January 2019 | editorial team

Nissan Motor said it plans to eliminate 700 contract worker jobs at its Canton assembly plant in the US state of Mississippi in response to slowing local demand and rising competition.

Audi Münchsmünster facility produces 25m components in 2018

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Audi has released details of its Münchsmünster production site that produces key components - such as chassis modules - for Audi and other VW Group brand models.

Tesla axing 3,000 workers as cars too expensive

18 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla CEO Musk has told employees the company will cut about 7% of its workers as its cars are too expensive.

Suzuki begins operations at Gujarat plant number-2 in India

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Limited (SMG), a 100% subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation for the production of automobiles in India, has completed construction of the Gujarat Plant Number-2, and has started production of the Swift.

Ford shocks with electric F-150 statement

17 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Jim Farley, Ford Motor's head of world markets, has told attendees at an industry conference in Detroit that the company will bring a fully electric version of the world's best selling vehicle to market.

Ford and Volkswagen announce commercial vehicle alliance

15 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

As widely expected, Volkswagen and Ford have announced the first formal agreements of broad alliance that will see Ford develop medium pickup trucks for worldwide sale by both automakers, collaboration on vans for Europe and likely partnerships for mobility and electrification.

Toyota officially starts Corolla production in UK

14 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has marked the official start of production of the redesigned Corolla hatchback and wagon with a ceremony at UK car plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire.

Cummins 1,000 lb-ft diesel for Ram HD pick-up

14 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Fiat Chrysler US today announces not only replacements for its long-lived Heavy Duty Ram pick-ups, but also a Cummins in-line six-cylinder engine with a class-best 1,000 lb-ft (1,356Nm) of torque.

Honda UK plant plans 6-day Brexit shutdown

11 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Honda's Swindon plant in the UK will shut down for six days in April as part of the company's Brexit planning measures.

just-auto Plus only Vauxhall reveals new British-built Vivaro Life MPV

11 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Due to go in to production at Vauxhall’s manufacturing facility in Luton, Bedfordshire, the Vivaro Life is a comfortable multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) that will be offered in two lengths,...

Ford starts talks over European restructure and job cuts

10 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said today (10 January) it was starting consultations with unions and other parties to begin a restructure of the brand and make its European business "sustainably profitable".

Canada union head to talk Oshawa closure with GM

8 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors' decision to close its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant is going to be hard-fought as far as the country's auto union is concerned.

Denso and partners to establish J-QuAD Dynamics

3 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Aisin Seiki, Advics, JTEKT and Denso have announced they have formally agreed to form a new company to develop integrated control software that will be used for automated driving, vehicle motion control, and other related functions.

Aisin and Denso to develop driving modules for electric vehicles

3 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Aisin Seiki (Aisin) and Denso Corporation (Denso) announced they have formally agreed to form a new company to develop and sell driving modules used for electric vehicles. The new company is named BluE Nexus and will be established in April 2019. In August 2018, Aisin and Denso first announced their basic agreement to establish a joint venture.

CAAS and Hyoseong Electric join to produce electric motors for EPS

3 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

China Automotive Systems (CAAS) has announced it has entered into a joint venture agreement with Hyoseong Electric to design, manufacture and sell electric motors for automotive electric power steering systems ("EPS").

UK car output down a fifth in November

21 December 2018 | Dave Leggett

British car production fell by a hefty 19.6% in November against last year's pace, according to SMMT data, as export demand slumped (down 23%).

just-auto Plus only Kobe Steel Kentucky plant to increase production capacity

19 December 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Kobe Steel announced that its US subsidiary, Kobelco Aluminium Products and Extrusions (or KPEX), will invest approximately US$42m to increase the production capacity of its plant in Bowling Green,...

just-auto Plus only Covestro building new polycarbonate film production plant in Thailand

19 December 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Covestro has started to build up a new manufacturing line for polycarbonate films at Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, Thailand. With this new capacity, the company will serve the fast growing demand...

GM offers new posts to most 'unallocated plant' workers

17 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors expects to be able to offer new posts to about 2,700 of the 2,800 hourly employees affected by plans to halt production at four US plants next year, a Detroit paper reported.

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