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Volkswagen goes after Qashqai with Bamtastic T-Roc

15 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has at long last entered Europe's C-crossover segment, with a rival for the Qashqai. The T-Roc is strong on driving dynamics and, from certain angles, looks. One major surprise however, is an interior with plastics which will disappoint anyone who owns a Golf or Polo. Is this the first new vehicle to suffer from the company's post-emissions scandal cost cutting?

ANALYSIS - Future EVs and SUVs will transform SEAT

13 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This year, SEAT has finally pleased its paymasters in Wolfsburg. The company might not yet be exactly awash with cash, but the black ink is at last flowing. The Volkswagen Group's belief that its Spanish outpost could be turned around saw the Germans injecting much money and goodwill into SEAT. Crucially, it was put to good use in the form of adding SUVs. More models are on the way.

ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen EVs and SUVs

12 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In this final part of three articles which discuss the current and future models plans for the Volkswagen passenger car brands, just-auto takes a look at electrified models, crossovers and SUVs. This follows features which looked at cars, and then pick-ups and MPVs.

ANALYSIS - Audi ditches the V8 in new RS 5

8 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The old RS 5 Coupé sounded so much better than its BMW M4 rival, so why has Audi dropped the sonorous 4.2-litre V8 and replaced it with a muted turbo V6 in the new model?

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FRANKFURT - PSA's Tavares sees need to raise Opel efficiency

12 September 2017 | Chris Wright

In an interview with just-auto at the Frankfurt Motor Show, PSA chief Carlos Tavares warns of productivity gaps across the Opel manufacturing network that will require work to bring plants into line with PSA efficiency levels. He also says the company is planning several post-Brexit scenarios in the absence of any guidance from the UK government and European Commission.

AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on recent up-tick

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.

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PSA/OV purchasing integration to account for 30% synergies

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA has unveiled a new unit bring together Peugeot/Citroën/DS (PCD) and Opel/Vauxhall (OV) Purchasing and Supplier Quality Organisations.

Renault forms JV with Brilliance for China LCV production

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings [BMW's car JV partner] have inked a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) using Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands aiming for 150,000 sales annually by 2022 and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains.

EXCLUSIVE - VW Touareg world debut at Beijing show

15 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A source has confirmed to just-auto that the third generation of Volkswagen's Touareg is only months away from production. Its public debut will be at AutoChina 2018 in April and it will look a lot like the T-Prime Concept GTE from AutoChina 2016.

Renault opens new Alpine A110 production line in Dieppe

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, as well as France’s Minister for Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, have inaugurated the new Alpine A110 production line at the automaker's facility in Dieppe, Normandy, the brand’s original home.

Aston Martin production returns to Newport Pagnell site

15 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Another landmark in Aston Martin’s Second Century Plan was achieved with production officially returning to the company's historic Newport Pagnell site.

Ford moving Fusion/Mondeo to China - reports

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources told Reuters.

Hyundai agrees truck JV in Indonesia

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor signed a preliminary agreement with Indonesian conglomerate Artha Graha (AG) Group to establish a joint venture to assemble and supply commercial vehicles to markets across south east Asia.

Major Morocco OEM/supplier deal to create 11,500 new jobs

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Morocco has inked a huge raft of automotive deals with international OEMS and suppliers worth around US$1.5bn and creating more than 11,500 jobs.

just-auto Plus only BASF inaugurates new automotive coatings plant in Shanghai

12 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

BASF’s Coatings division inaugurated a new, world-scale automotive coatings plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Caojing, Shanghai, China. The EUR140m (US$164m) project is...

Groupe PSA planning secret SC21 car for India

8 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A business daily says Groupe PSA is planning to build a B segment car at its Indian JV in 2020.

Hyundai unions to step up strike action

8 December 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Hyundai Motor's labour unions are stepping up strike action follow their failure to reach an agreement with management over renumeration, according to local reports.

Lada Russia sales surge 14.3% in November

8 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Lada has posted November sales up 14% to 29,163 units, with 11-month figures showing 279,008 registrations, up 17%.

Renault unveils new Alliance/Daimler petrol engine

7 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault has unveiled a new direct injection turbocharged 1.3L petrol engine co-developed by the Alliance and Daimler.

Groupe Renault announces senior management changes

7 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Current AvtoVAZ president and CEO, Nicolas Maure, has been appointed SVP, chairman of Eurasia Region to replace Denis Le Vot, who will take on new responsibilities within Renault- Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Thai Toyota trucks head to Japan

6 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota's Hilux truck has returned to Japan after 13 years. This time, it's made in Thailand, a hub for Japanese and Ford brand pickups (though European Hilux supplies come from South Africa).

Ford withdraws from Thai Eco-Car II programme

5 December 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Citing weak demand, Ford announced it was withdrawing from Phase II of the Thai government’s Eco-Car programme, according to local reports.

Nissan begins US latest Leaf production

5 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Production of the redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf is now under way at the automaker's Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant ahead of retail sales starting next month.

Skoda building new paint shop in Mlada Boleslav

5 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Skoda Auto has laid the foundation for a new paint shop in Mlada Boleslav which will cost EUR214.5m (US$254m) and create up to 650 jobs. The shop is expected to be running by June 2019.

NEVS starts electric 9-3 production

5 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

NEVS's 9-3 electric car has started production in Tianjin, China, marking the stage from development to industrialisation.

UK would slash corporation tax if Brexit no-deal - think tank

4 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

In a blog posting the free-market British think tank, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), has suggested that the absence of a trade deal between the UK and EU following the UK's departure from the EU would not be as bad for the UK auto industry as is often suggested, not least by the industry itself.

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