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Chengdu motor show world debuts list - the just-auto preview

20 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Every year the Chengdu motor show seems to grow in importance. The 2018 event is no exception. Below is an initial list of vehicle world premieres, with many more to be added during the coming weeks.

Proton under Geely - the future models

19 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final Geely group brand to have its current future passenger vehicles assessed is Proton. Due to unremarkable cars, a home nation where the annual market remains well below three quarters of a million vehicles and poor marketing in the few countries it has tried to export to, the formerly state-run firm is a lacklustre operation. Could a cash infusion and a management shake-up transform the firm?

Paris motor show world debuts list - 300hp RenaultSport Megane Trophy

19 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The public world premiere of the Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy will take place at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.

ANALYSIS - Mercedes-Benz Vans' electric future

18 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

OEMs are increasingly tasking their light commercial divisions with responsibility for certain passenger models too. Mercedes-Benz Vans is no exception, with the V-Class and X-Class being two of the better known model lines. The Vito though, is a bigger seller than either, with the premium pricing of multi-occupant luxury variants and new electric LCV versions greatly assisting the rising profits of the Vans division.

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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.

Interview - Turkish Automotive Suppliers Association - Taysad

23 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Turkey today stands at something of a crossroads both literally and metaphorically as this enormous country of 80m people – whose average age is just 30 – looks to leverage its attraction as a manufacturing powerhouse and availability of a significant labour pool. Just-Auto Business Editor, Simon Warburton visited the Turkish Automotive Suppliers Association, Taysad in Istanbul to take the temperature of the country's most important manufacturing sector.

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Toyota to close Japan plant on tech shift

20 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is reportedly planning to shut down a car assembly plant in Japan as it looks to consolidate its production network ahead of the auto industry's technological shift towards electric and driverless vehicles.

New Aston Martin plant on track for 2019 SOP

20 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Aston Martin says construction work at its new UK plant - which is earmarked to produce a premium SUV/crossover ('DBX') in late 2019 - is on track.

VW Wolfsburg wins lean production award

20 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen's main plant in Wolfsburg is heading for greater productivity and efficiency "with an exemplary pace of change" according to an assessment by a team of independent experts in its European competition study to make the Lean Production Award for 2018. The internationally renowned award for slim and agile production systems in the automotive industry went to Wolfsburg for the first time.

Pure EVs "final destination" for industry - Renault

19 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault says pure EV vehicles will represent the "final destination" of the automotive industry as the sector continues to power ahead at around 50% per year growth of the market, although the manufacturer cautions on price.

Volvo shifts production of XC60 to avoid US tariffs

19 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Cars is planning to shift US-bound production of its XC60 to avoid US import tariffs on care made in China.

Mazda to resume two-shift operation in Hiroshima

19 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor said it now had a "degree of certainty regarding parts supply and employees' commuting methods" and would restart two shift production at two plants in Hiroshima, Japan.

Skoda global sales surge 11.6% in H1 2018

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

In the first six months of this year, Skoda delivered 652,700 vehicles, a record result.

just-auto Plus only Covestro to increase film production globally

18 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Covestro intends to significantly expand its global film production to meet the growing demand in all regions. In particular, capacity expansions are planned at Map Ta Phut, Thailand, Guangzhou,...

SEAT starts assembling Arona and Leon in Algeria

17 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW Group-owned Seat has begun the final assembly of the Arona and the Leon models at a plant in Algeria.

just-auto Plus only VW Chattanooga builds 800,000 vehicles in 10 years

17 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 15 July 2018, Volkswagen marked the 10th anniversary of the day that civic and government officials gathered with Volkswagen executives and announced the decision to build an automobile assembly...

Honda NA production disrupted by Mexico floods

16 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Due to the overflow of a river near Honda's auto plant in Celaya, Mexico, all auto and component production was suspended on 28 June. 

just-auto Plus only Bendix expands Huntington facility

13 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Call it seizing the opportunity. Last fall, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems began adding two new production lines at Plant-2 of its Huntington, Indiana, manufacturing campus. At the same time,...

VW confirms T-Cross SUV for Navarra plant

12 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen's upcoming T-Cross small SUV will be manufactured for European markets at its Navarra, Spain, plant.

Nissan Canton manufacturing chief returning to the UK

12 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan has announced that Steve Marsh, head of manufacturing at its Canton, Mississippi factory, will return to Nissan Manufacturing United Kingdom (NMUK) as vice president.

just-auto Plus only Nissan announces senior management changes at Mississippi facility

12 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nissan is announcing senior management changes to its Canton, Mississippi facility. Steve Marsh, vice president, Manufacturing, will return to Nissan Manufacturing UK (NMUK) as vice...

Lada lifts export sales in first half

10 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Lada says it sold 16,592 cars in overseas markets in the first half of 2018, a 64% increase compared to the results for the same period last year.

just-auto Plus only Mitsui Kinzoku to build door latches plant in Morocco

10 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation has decided to establish an European branch in the suburb of Paris, France, as a sales and development base to facilitate business growth in Europe and a new company...

Floods halt car production in Japan

9 July 2018 | Staff reporter

Devastating flash floods and landslides in Japan so far have left more than 90 fatalities and 50 people missing, and have prompted the evacuation of over 2m people from their homes. The natural disaster has also brought to a halt automotive production at a number of plants in the country, mainly in the western prefectures of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Yamaguchi, as well as in the nearby city of Osaka.

BMW US plant gears up for new X5

9 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina is in the final phases of gearing up for production of the redesigned X5, which begins later this summer.

Ford begins Ranger Raptor production in Thailand

9 July 2018 | Staff reporter

Ford Motor began production of the Ranger Raptor in Thailand at the beginning of July, with local deliveries set to start in August.

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