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Chips, solid state batteries, vans - the week

7 May 2021 | Graeme Roberts

The chip crisis continues. Volkswagen chief Herbert Diess has said the carmaker was in "crisis mode" over an ongoing lack of badly needed automotive chips, adding the impact of the shortage would intensify and hit profits in the second quarter.

A week with the hydrogen fuel cell Hyundai Nexo

5 May 2021 | Glenn Brooks

What's like to run a fuel cell vehicle as your only car? Enjoyable and surprisingly easy is the short answer, albeit with refuelling being something of an obstacle.

BMW future models - SUVs for the 2020s

5 May 2021 | Glenn Brooks

After extending its offer of Sport Activity Vehicles as BMW calls crossovers and SUVs, the line-up now stretches from X1 to X7 with no missing numbers. There may be an X8 coming too, probably aimed at the Audi Q8 rather than being even lengthier than the already XL-sized X7.

COVID support, Ssangyong, BMW futures - the week

30 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

An article from our wider GlobalData family drew many just-auto readers this week: UK-based carmakers forced to halt or reduce production in recent months have been placing workers on COVID-19 furlough and claiming their wages from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, according to newly published government figures. But were their struggles directly attributable to the pandemic or due to other issues such as the well-known semiconductor shortage that has been hitting several industries in the past few months?

Latest interviews

Transitioning from ICE to EV production – Q&A with ABB

17 March 2021 | Matthew Beecham

As the auto industry shifts from ICE power to EVs, manufacturers face opportunities and challenges on a number of levels. To learn more about the ins and outs, and how existing vehicle production lines can be adapted to suit, we spoke to Joerg Reger of robotics and automation specialist ABB.

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.

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FREE TO READ - Global pandemic sector recovery briefing

7 May 2021 | Graeme Roberts

As we enter a recovery phase around the world, we aim to bring you the latest news and intelligence on the speed, nature and shape of the automotive sector's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

just-auto Plus only Valmet Automotive signs 3rd customer deal for Uusikaupunki battery plant, production line installations started

7 May 2021 | just-auto plus

Valmet Automotive has signed a third customer deal for manufacturing battery systems at the Uusikaupunki battery plant. The customer is a major automotive OEM. Installations of the...

Renault Samsung workers vow to continue strike after plant shutdown

6 May 2021 | editorial team

Renault Samsung Motors relations with its labour union deteriorated further this week after the company shut down its only car plant, located in the South Korean city of Busan, after a third consecutive day of strike action by its 1,900 union workers on Tuesday.

just-auto Plus only Dürr’s final assembly technology ensures efficient electric car production at Volkswagen Zwickau

6 May 2021 | just-auto plus

Preparing existing factories for manufacturing electric cars requires comprehensive modernizations. This was also true for the Volkswagen site in Zwickau. High efficiency is ensured by...

VW opens expanded Zwickau press shop

5 May 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has officially launched a new press shop at its newly EV-centric Zwickau site in Germany.

Stellantis boosts UK vans as sales surge

5 May 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Stellantis announced to its employees and union today the restarting of the third, night production shift in its Luton plant in June 2021 in order to satisfy increased demand for the Vauxhall and Opel Vivaro, Citroën Jumpy/Dispatch and Peugeot Expert light commercial vehicles.

Chips chop Ford Europe output

4 May 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has said it would halt production at its German plants in Cologne and Saarlouis for several weeks due to a lack of semiconductors.

ICE decline will hit Romania auto within a decade

4 May 2021 | Graeme Roberts

An accelerated decline in demand for cars with ICE engines in Europe, expected for the next five to 10 years, would significantly affect Romanian manufacturers with direct consequences including state revenues in this field and the loss of dozens of thousands of jobs, according to a Frames & Factory 4.0 analysis quoted by Adevarul and reported by Romania Insider.

Renault Samsung workers continue strikes for higher wages

4 May 2021 | editorial team

Workers at Renault Samsung Motors' car plant in Busan planned to go on strike for eight hours on Tuesday to demand higher wages, union officials confirmed on Monday.

just-auto Plus only Audi launches initiative for digital factory transformation in Heilbronn

4 May 2021 | just-auto plus

Pooling competence for Smart Production and Logistics: Audi will be collaborating closely in the future with the Technical University of Munich and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial...

GM announces Mexico EV build at SUV plant

30 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors plans to spends US$1bn in Mexico to produce electric vehicles, a move that has angered US unions, according to media reports.

Suzuki suspends plants in India to free up oxygen

30 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Suzuki Motor said it would suspend operations at its three assembly plants in India for over a week early in May to make available oxygen normally used in car manufacturing to COVID-19 patients in the country.

UK CV and engine manufacturing up in March

29 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

UK CV manufacturing was up 16.9% in March to 6,166 vehicles, one year on from the pandemic shuttering factories.

VW starts building new EV plant in China

29 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group China has begun the construction of a new MEB plant at Volkswagen Anhui.

just-auto Plus only Toyota Indiana adds two EV SUVs

29 April 2021 | just-auto plus

With its 25th anniversary right around the corner, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) is poised to celebrate with gusto as it announces an investment sure to drive the team through the next...

BMW's Mini hit by chips shortage

29 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Mini will lose three days of production at its Oxford, England factory due to the computer chip shortage.

Ford to build EV LCV in Romania

27 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Europe confirmed on Tuesday a development president Stuart Rowley hinted at a couple of months ago - the Romanian plant in Craiova will build an EV.

Proton builds new stamping shop at Tanjung Malim

26 April 2021 | editorial team

Proton Holdings last week began construction of a new stamping shop at its vehicle assembly plant in Tanjung Malim, 70km (40 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur.

Jidu Auto to invest US$7.7bn in smart EVs

26 April 2021 | editorial team

Jidu Auto, a new electric vehicle (EV) joint venture between Chinese technology giant Baidu and local automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, said it planned to spend CNY50bn (US$7.7bn) in the next five years to develop smart EV technology.

just-auto Plus only Toyoda Gosei boosts China capacity

26 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Toyoda Gosei subsidiary in China, Toyoda Gosei (Zhangjiagang) (TGZH), has started production of millimetre wave compatible emblems and airbag inflators to meet the growing local demands for these...

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