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Good and bad news and a Defender competitor revealed - the week

3 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Gestamp is consolidating here in the UK. It is to close two plants as well as move staff from the Cannock site to the Wolverhampton facility it opened in 2018.

Daimler future models - Mercedes EQ [now with Hambach update]

3 July 2020 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has i and Audi has e-tron: these are reserved for electric vehicles. Mercedes-Benz instead has one name for both electric and electrified vehicles: EQ.

Daimler future models - Mercedes-AMG

1 July 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Soon to lose its CEO to Aston Martin Lagonda, Mercedes-AMG is a major money maker for Daimler AG. Under Tobias Moers, the division has shifted from being a name for fast cars into a brand in itself, stretching from high-priced accessories and trim levels for Mercedes-Benz hatchbacks to supercars, super-SUVs, and in 2021, a hypercar with a Formula 1 engine.

Daimler future models - smart, Maybach and Denza

30 June 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Mercedes-Maybach has just gained a giant SUV powered by a thundering, gas-guzzling V8. By contrast, another Big-In-China division - Denza - has an EV-only future, as does smart.

Latest interviews

T-Roc Cabrio - has Volkswagen created a segment?

29 April 2020 | Glenn Brooks

One of the many recent events which Volkswagen had to cancel was the media launch of the T-Roc Cabriolet. The driving has to wait but the project's leaders could be interviewed at least. Fielding questions from just-auto's Glenn Brooks via Skype were Project Manager Franz Kaltofen, Günther Witte from Technical Development and Jan-Ingo Theuner who works in Product Marketing.

CEO Alain Visser on the future of Lynk & Co

9 October 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The chief executive of VCC and Geely's Lynk & Co division stated on several occasions in recent years that the brand would be selling half a million vehicles annually in 2020. That won't now happen, due to delayed launches in the USA and Europe as well as turbulence in the Chinese market. Nonetheless, what Geely chairman Li Shufu calls his 'disrupter' brand will push ahead with new ways of doing business on three continents.

Latest news

Daimler to sell French Smart plant

3 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz AG said on Friday it would start talks to sell its Smart car plant in Hambach, France, "with the aim of giving the location the best possible future prospects".

Ford lays off temps at Romania factory

3 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Some 213 temporary workers at Ford's factory in Romania will lose their jobs as the company faces weak demand, local daily Adevarul reported.

Perodua offers support for new Malaysian car project

3 July 2020 | editorial team

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua), Malaysia second national carmaker, is looking to participate in a new national car project being planned by the Malaysian government, according to local reports.

GM Korea reconfirms Changwon investment plan

3 July 2020 | editorial team

GM Korea Company confirmed its plans to invest KRW800bn (US$667m) over the next few years were still on track despite the difficult trading conditions brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan vehicle output plunges 67% in May

1 July 2020 | editorial team

Vehicle production in Japan plunged by a record 67% year on year to 287,502 units in May, based on data provided individually by the eight main domestic vehicle manufacturers.

Toyota RAV4 PHEV becomes Suzuki ACross

1 July 2020 | Glenn Brooks

As reported recently, Toyota began building a version of the RAV4 plug-in hybrid for Suzuki in June. Now the ACross has been officially announced ahead of its arrival in left- and right-hand drive European markets commencing in October.

Volkswagen decides against Turkish factory - reports

1 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen reportedly has decided against building a new factory in Turkey.

Volkswagen ends short time working in Germany

30 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volkswagen Group Components brands plan to discontinue short-time working at their German plants until further notice from 1 July, 2020.

just-auto Plus only Toyota launches stamping-type plating machine that significantly reduces environmental impact and transforms plating process

30 June 2020 | just-auto plus

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced that it has developed a world's first stamping-type plating technology that uses a polymer membrane (solid electrolyte membrane), through which...

Barcelona's loss, Rosslyn's gain - Nissan SA to build Navara

29 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan South Africa expects to begin commercial production of the new Navara pick up truck in January 2021, the company said on Monday.

China scraps foreign ownership limits on commercial vehicle manufacturers

29 June 2020 | editorial team

The Chinese government plans to scrap the 50% limit on foreign ownership of commercial vehicle manufacturing companies in the country next month, according to local reports.

just-auto Plus only Zwickau car factory to produce only electric models in future

29 June 2020 | just-auto plus

The last model with a combustion engine left the assembly line at the Zwickau car factory. The seventh generation Golf R Estate with 2.0-litre petrol engine in Oryx White Pearl Effect was produced...

Hybrid PowerBoost V6 for new P702 2021 Ford F-150

26 June 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Ford has shown the new, 2021 model year F-150. Production won't start until September and the media preview event saw no firm news about engines and gearboxes, with the exception of what the company is calling 3.5L PowerBoost, a gasoline-electric engine and motor combination available with RWD or 4WD.

UK car production down 95.4% in May as sector begins restart

26 June 2020 | Dave Leggett

UK car manufacturing output fell 95.4% in May with just 5,314 vehicles rolling off production lines, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

just-auto Plus only Navistar virtually breaks ground on San Antonio manufacturing facility, slated to begin vehicle production early 2022

26 June 2020 | just-auto plus

Navistar International Corporation, a leading maker of International brand commercial trucks, proprietary diesel engines and IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, joins the City...

GM axes third Spring Hill shift

25 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The COVID-19 pandemic impact on market demand has led General Motors to lay off the third shift at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, plant, media reports said.

FCA agrees EUR6.3bn credit facility with Intesa Sanpaolo

25 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

FCA Italy, the wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and other Italian companies in the FCA Group have signed a three year, EUR6.3bn credit facility with Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy's largest banking group.

Brexit could yet cause manufacturing disruption in UK - report

25 June 2020 | Dave Leggett

Although the UK formally left the EU trade bloc at the end of January this year and is in a 'transition period' to the end of this year (still effectively in the EU single market until then), with a UK-EU trade deal being negotiated currently, big risks remain for the UK's manufacturing sector if a free trade deal and other regulatory fixes with the UK's biggest trading partner aren't agreed, according to a new report.  

Unite urges UK support package

25 June 2020 | Simon Warburton

British labour body, Unite is calling for a comprehensive support package to help the UK automotive sector following the SMMT's warning that car and light commercial vehicle production is forecast to fall by a third in 2020.

Kia Motors shows KA4 series Carnival-Sedona

24 June 2020 | Glenn Brooks

A new generation of Kia Motors' big MPV/minivan has been revealed online. The KA4 series model will again be sold as the Carnival in South Korea and many other countries, while the Sedona name should be retained for North America.

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