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Nissan and Dongfeng planning Venucia EVs and SUVs

22 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Dongfeng Motor and Nissan Motor's Venucia, a brand which concentrates on low-price vehicles for the Chinese market, is having a cracker of a 2018. And this after high levels of year-on-year expansion since its inception in 2010. Time to look at what the partners have planned for this increasingly important division.


New Audi Sport RS 4 Avant - powered by Porsche

21 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Audi Sport must have some of the best margins of any car company division. A range of RS models sits under the umbrella of this GmbH (limited liability company), with the newest addition being the super-fast, super-exclusive, super-expensive fourth generation RS 4 Avant.


England to Ford's rescue again - the week

18 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Once again, good old Blighty has helped out Ford's F-150 series across the pond. You're welcome. Few weeks ago, we learned the new three litre diesel V6 engine for the top selling North American pickup truck line comes from England. The engine is a variant of the three-litre turbodiesel sold in Jaguar and Land Rover models and is built at the Dagenham Engine plant just east of London. This week, we've been helping out with bits. Magnesium castings, to be precise.


Volkswagen withdraws from Paris motor show

18 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The importer for France has confirmed rumours which had claimed that Volkswagen would not have a stand at the 2018 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. Other Group brands will, however, go ahead with their displays.


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Interview - VW Group Rus purchasing director Patrick Huseman

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group Rus says it has learned from the crisis years not to rely too heavily on imported components as a weak rouble made imports uncompetitive.


Interview - Turkish Automotive Suppliers Association - Taysad

23 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Turkey today stands at something of a crossroads both literally and metaphorically as this enormous country of 80m people – whose average age is just 30 – looks to leverage its attraction as a manufacturing powerhouse and availability of a significant labour pool. Just-Auto Business Editor, Simon Warburton visited the Turkish Automotive Suppliers Association, Taysad in Istanbul to take the temperature of the country's most important manufacturing sector.

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Ford confirms 2nd vehicle for Romania plant

22 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford has confirmed it is investing up to EUR200m and adding an additional 1,500 jobs to manufacture a second vehicle at its Craiova Assembly Plant, in Romania.


French Ministers to debate automotive future in Paris

21 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

France's Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire will participate at a meeting in Paris tomorrow (22 May) to discuss the future of the country's automotive sector.


EC outlines measures to protect businesses in Iran

21 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

European Union (EU) leaders meeting in Sofia have authorised the Commission in Brussels to take steps to protect the interests of companies operating in Iran.


MEDEF sets up hotline for French companies with Iran business

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French business confederation, MEDEF, says it has set up a hotline for companies nervous about what the implications of the US withdrawing from the Vienna Agreement easing sanctions against Iran will be.


GM shuts Gunsan but Opel-Vauxhall deal continues

18 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

General Motors Korea has confirmed to just-auto.com that the company's Gunsan plant has ceased production and will close by the end of this month.


French Smart plant to build electric Mercs

18 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars is expanding its capacities for electric cars in Europe by using the Smart Hambach plant in France to produce a compact electric car for the EQ brand.


Groupe PSA to optimise powertrain design process with new R&D partnership

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Groupe PSA and Ecole Centrale de Nantes have launched an R&D partnership for  powertrain design processes for the group’s future vehicles.


Magna Steyr starts on Merc G-Class update

18 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Production of Daimler's updated Merc G-Class has started at contract assembler Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.


just-auto Plus only Lanxess to build new plant in Brazil to ramp up prepolymers production

18 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Speciality chemicals company Lanxess is building a new, state-of-the-art facility for the production of prepolymers at its site in Porto Feliz, Brazil. The Urethane Systems business unit is...


just-auto Plus only Aston Martin begins Vantage production at Gaydon plant

18 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Aston Martin has commenced production of the new Vantage, the most sporting model in the luxury carmaker’s series production range. With the first Vantage coming off the...


English magnesium castings help Ford get F-150 back on line

17 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is set to resume production of its profitable F-150 pickup at the Dearborn Truck Plant on Friday using parts sourced from tooling shipped as far away as England.


US Iran nuclear deal withdrawal "unacceptable" - France

17 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French diplomatic sources are branding the US decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Vienna Agreement allowing Iran sanctions relief in return for scaling back its nuclear programme, as "unacceptable."


SMMT chief wants 'technology neutral approach' to fuel policy

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

SMMT chief Mike Hawes has told just-auto that he would like to see a clear statement from the UK government that diesel engines have a future in the automotive powertrain mix. He also favours a 'technology neutral approach' that would allow the industry to further refine technologies - such as diesel - in line with market demands and affordability.


New plant to make Mercedes EVs in China in 2019

17 May 2018 | Staff reporter

China's Beijing Automotive Group Company this week signed an agreement with Beijing Shunyi district authorities for the construction of new facilities for the production of Mercedes-Benz new energy vehicles from next year.


Honda Ohio plant starts on 2019 Acura RDX

16 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Honda's OEast Liberty, Ohio plant has started of mass production of the redesigned 2019 Acura RDX, the first in a new generation of models.


Groupe PSA announces raft of executive appointments

16 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA's Executive Committee has unveiled a raft of management changes as it looks to further deploy the Push to Pass Strategic Plan and its Opel / Vauxhall's Pace operation.


just-auto Plus only Audi Hungaria begins series production of three-cylinder engines

16 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Series production of the first three-cylinder engine starts at Audi Hungaria. The 1.0-litre gasoline engine delivering 63kW and 85kW (86hp and 116hp) is efficient and powerful. “Our...


Honda Indiana plant begins Insight hybrid production

15 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Honda has started mass production of its new 2019 Insight hybrid in Indiana, also announcing US$61.5m in new capital investment in Indiana and Ohio for production of this latest electrified vehicle.


UPS and Arrival team for 35 EVs in London and Paris

15 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

UPS says it is working with UK-based technology firm, Arrival to develop a pilot fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles to be trialled in London and Paris.


GM Korea cancels press conference after temps invade

14 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors Korea cancelled a news conference on Monday after a dozen temporary workers forced their way into the event venue minutes before, chanting slogans that called on the automaker to hire them full time.



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