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Paris motor show world debuts list - Audi e-tron & Ferrari Monzas

18 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Audi revealed the e-tron to the media at an event in California on Monday but this electric SUV's public premiere will take place at the Paris motor show. Production has already started and sales will commence in European markets during November.

GM future vehicles - electrifying Buick

17 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series which looks what's planned for the many divisions of General Motors out to the late 2020s now turns to Buick, having already covered Baojun, Wuling, GMC and Chevrolet. Soon to come will be analyses of future models for Cadillac and then in the last chapter of this series, Holden.

3D metallic printing gains traction - the week

14 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

I'm not usually one for blowing me own hooter but this week's most-read item on just-auto was last week's week, if you get my drift, mostly musing on the former GM Europe brands Opel and Vauxhall, now in the steady hands of PSA. Worth a read - especially the underlying articles - if you missed it.

Chevrolet future models - part 2 of 2

14 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After the recent analyses of the current and future models of Baojun, Wuling, GMC and certain Chevrolet vehicles, the latest feature in the GM series centres on Chevrolet's SUVs and pick-ups. Following this will be a look at what's ahead for Buick, then Cadillac, with Holden being the final chapter.

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Interview - ex-Renault CEO Louis Schweitzer

31 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Among a long list of French industrialists treading a familiar path through Paris' elite business universities, is Louis Schweitzer, whose storied and glittering career takes in a breathtaking canter through the rarefied air of the country's very top jobs. Simon Warburton spoke to him on the fringes of the recent Forum on the European Automotive Industry (FEAL) in Lille.

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.

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SMMT wants 'no-deal Brexit' ruled out

19 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

As negotiations between the UK and EU reach a final stage for the UK's 2019 departure terms, the SMMT has said that it would like a 'no deal' Brexit to be ruled out. A 'no deal' Brexit would likely mean a resort to WTO rules and the imposition of new tariffs (10% for cars) on UK exports to the EU customs union area (new EU import tariffs likely to be reciprocated by the UK). In addition, new border checks on goods shipments could disrupt 'just-in-time' pan-European supply chains.

PSA trials Sochaux autonomous technology

19 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA’s Sochaux plant is trialling automated technology on a portion of its logistics platform, with the TractEasy autonomous industrial tow tractor able to navigate the plant environment without human intervention.

BMW plans Mini 2019 'summer shutdown' to coincide with Brexit

18 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW will bring forward the 2019 summer maintenance shut down at its Mini factory in Oxford to 1 April - just after the UK is expected to 'Brexit' (leave the EU) at the end of March.

Steady car sales will keep global auto sector outlook stable - Moody's

18 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The outlook for the global automotive manufacturing industry remains stable over the next 12 to 18 months, reflecting expectations for steady demand across key regions despite looming challenges, Moody's Investors Service said in a report.

just-auto Plus only VW launches Electric For All campaign, allocates EUR6bn to upgrade plants

18 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen is driving the transition to e-mobility with a consistency and commitment unlike that of virtually any other automaker. As part of the Electric For All campaign launched, the brand will...

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover puts UK plant on three day week

17 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has put its Castle Bromwich Jaguar plant in Birmingham on a three-day week, ironically, just ahead of opening its new Land Rover Discovery plant in Slovakia.

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant begins AMG GT 4-door coupe production

17 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The production of the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe has officially started at the Mercedes-Benz plant Sindelfingen. "The production of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe at the Mercedes-Benz...

just-auto Plus only Hella opens new lighting electronics components plant in Lithuania

17 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The lighting and electronics specialist Hella has opened a new plant in Lithuania. With its new plant in the Lithuanian Kaunas region, Hella will serve the rising demand for electronics components...

VW China completes four factory projects

14 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has announced the completion of a major production expansion in China, opening four new facilities in Qingdao, Foshan and Tianjin in recent months.

Putin, Abe attend Sollers Vladivostok engine plant opening

14 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Mazda Sollers has opened is new engine manufacturing plant in Vladivostok with a capacity of 50,000 units per year in an inaugural ceremony attended by Russian President, Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

just-auto Plus only Constellium expands aluminium structures capacity at Dahenfeld plant

14 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Constellium announced that it has expanded its operations in Dahenfeld, Germany to increase the supply of aluminium automotive structures. Constellium will manufacture a wide range of components...

BMW US plant expected to dodge Hurricane Florence's worst - report

13 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW is continuing to build cars at its US SUV assembly plant in the state of Southern Carolina as towns and cities nearer the coast are all but abandoned as Hurricane Florence approaches, expected to make landfall early on Friday (14 September).

just-auto Plus only Maruti Suzuki increases Baleno production in India

13 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

With a core focus to enhance customer experience, Maruti Suzuki India has increased production of its blockbuster model Baleno. This will help to delight customers by reducing the waiting period...

Toyota in Japan plans restart for earthquake hit production lines

10 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has issued a statement regarding vehicle production in Japan following earthquakes in Hokkaido since September 6.

Hyundai set to start Philppines assembly 

10 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor's Philippine importer and distributor, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc (HARI), said it plans to spend PHP5bn (US$93m) over the next five years to set up local assembly operations in the country, according to local reports.

Earthquake halts Toyota Japan production - reports

7 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota reportedly has halted much production in Japan following an earthquake. It has 18 plants there.

Nissan announces new India strategy

7 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan has announced a new strategy for India which will see it launch new products, strengthen the Nissan and Datsun brands, expand its dealer network, optimise flexible manufacturing and boost R&D facilities together with Alliance automakers also operating in the country.

just-auto Plus only BASF to increase alkoxylates production capacity at Antwerp facility

7 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

BASF has started a stepwise capacity increase of its production plant for alkoxylation – a downstream technology of ethylene oxide production – in Antwerp, Belgium. The first additional...

Daimler switches US Sprinter build from SKD to CKD

6 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The US launch of Daimler's 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vans Sprinter follows the opening of a much expanded assembly plant in North Charleston and a switch from semi knocked-down (SKD) to completely knocked-down (CKD) importation requiring new body and paint shops.

just-auto Plus only New Actros with active drive assist makes its world premiere in Berlin

6 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

World premiere of the new Actros in Berlin. Shortly before the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which is to be held in Hannover from 20 to 27 September 2018, Mercedes-Benz Trucks presented the...

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