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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 - Land Rover future models to 2030

9 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Land Rover is both the vehicle volume and profits powerhouse of not only JLR but Tata Motors Limited too. Thanks to a spark of genius which saw the L538 project take on Range Rover branding and pricing, what became the Evoque changed everything for Land Rover. Now comes the hard bit: new generations of the Evoque, Sport and Range Rover are being developed. Can Land Rover remain TML's biggest money spinner?

Toyota C-HR waistline not a problem for Kidsview

7 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Consider a large slice of humble pie cut, served and eaten. Traitorous kids. Soon as Toyota last year started issuing early pix of the controversially styled C-HR crossover (people seem to love or hate it), I was convinced the high waistline would make the view out for little ('ish' in my case now) people. "Don't your designers have kids?" I fired at Toyota GB. "For the more conservative family, we have the RAV4," their soshul meedjah team tweeted back. Touche. I should have kept quiet. Finally, we get one in, the troop lines up for inspection, their first quick drive. No problem at all with the view out the back. So much for my problem with Toyota's waistlines (it also does this with the Aygo city car, unlike Peugeot and Citroen with their versions).

Picanto 1.0-litre and Kia's plans for A segment

7 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Known as the Morning in the country of its manufacture, the Picanto is one of Kia Motors Europe's best sellers. As an import from South Korea it won't ever be the regional segment's number one against the likes of the built-in-Europe VW up! and Fiat Panda. That doesn't mean that the new shape model isn't as good as these two or other A segment hatchbacks.

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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.

Citroën will adapt for success in UK market - MD

19 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Bek Hassan, Managing Director - Citroën & DS Automobiles UK, talks to just-auto about the opportunity ahead for the two brands in the UK car market, despite current 'challenging times'.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Will GM pull out of Korea?

14 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Rumors are spreading that General Motors is planning to pull out of Korea, according to a local media report.

BYD wins first pure electric bus order in Israel

14 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

BYD has secured its first major pure electric bus order in Israel for a a fleet of 17 single-deck 12m vehicles to serve the northern port city of Haifa, the country's third largest city.

Russia rebound powers on for fifth straight month

10 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia has continued its upward trajectory of automotive sales with July seeing sales of new passenger cars and LCVs increasing 18.6% according to the Association of Russian Businesses (AEB).

Toyota delays production start for Mexico plant

10 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota said it would delay the start of operations at its planned new plant in Mexico to the first half of 2020 from the initial plan of 2019.

Turkish vehicle exports surge in July

10 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Turkish automotive industry provided around one fifth of all exports for the Turkish economy in July, figures issued by the Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters Association (OIB) show.

VW workers want more German factory spend

9 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen workers in Germany reportedly want more to be spent on local production and a new model to build in the country.

Jaguar Land Rover boosts pre-tax profit

9 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover revenue for the first fiscal quarter ended 30 June 2017 was GBP5.6bn, up GBP244m, parent Tata Motors announced.

New generation Toyota Camry launched in Japan

8 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota Motor has launched the new generation Camry mid-size passenger sedan in Japan, produced at its Tsutsumi plant near Tokyo.

Renault signs Iran JV to swiftly raise production

7 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Groupe Renault has inked a joint venture agreement with Iranian partners, Industrial Development & Renovation Organisation (IDRO) and Parto Negin Naseh to produce 150,000 vehicles per year in the country.

Nissan Mississippi employees reject UAW

7 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan said employees voted to reject the United Auto Workers (UAW) effort to unionise the Canton, Mississippi plant by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. The NLRB conducted election tally was 2244 to 1307, opposing the UAW.

Faraday Future lowers US factory ambitions

7 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Faraday Future no plans to lease an old tarp manufacturing plant in California to build its electric car, US media reports said.

Toyota deal will return Mazda production to US

4 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As reported by the Nikkei Asian Review ahead of the official announcement, Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation signed an agreement on Friday to enter a business and capital alliance covering several areas which will include a return to Mazda production in the US, again in a joint venture factory.

Toyota buying stake in Mazda - report

3 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Nikkei Asian Review claims to have inside information on a deal which will shortly be announced concerning Toyota and Mazda. Japan's largest company is said to be on the verge of not only taking a minority holding in Mazda but also establishing a manufacturing JV in the United States.

Opel tackles synergies on 'Day 1' of PSA tutelage

1 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Opel/Vauxhall says its formal integration today (1 August) into the PSA stable will trigger concrete moves towards purchasing synergies now it can formally discuss them with its previous competitor.

Proton to produce first Geely-based model by 2019

1 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysian automaker Proton plans to launch its first passenger vehicle based on a Geely model in early 2019 at the latest, according to local reports citing international trade and industry minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.

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