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ANALYSIS - Skoda drops diesel from updated Fabia

21 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A facelift and updated engines for the big-selling Fabia have arrived at just the right time for Skoda, helping the brand into ninth place in the European region, placing it ahead of Toyota for the year to the end of October.


Will Suzuki still dominate India in 2030?

19 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

In October, Maruti Suzuki's share of the Indian market dipped below fifty per cent. In no other market of this size, let alone one of around five million vehicle sales per annum, does a single brand dominate. As India's economy expands and its new vehicle market inevitably overtakes Japan to become the world's third largest, will Suzuki Motor have the right models to stay firmly in first place?


2018 Guangzhou motor show - world premieres list

19 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Below is a list of vehicle world premieres which appeared at the 2018 edition of AutoGuangzhou.


Citroen 'Europeanises' the C5 Aircross with new rear seats

15 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

When it reaches European showrooms early in 2019, Citroen's C5 Aircross C-SUV will be new to this market but not new to the world - as we note in our PLDB database, it's actually been in production in China since the second half of last year, having made its global debut at the Shanghai show in April 2017. In China, with 40,000 sales to date, it supplemented the C5 sedan, over here it replaces the C5 (sedan and estate car) completely, tipping the established nameplate out of the non-premium D-segment pack and into the competitive C-SUV segment into which tout le monde de l'automobile is piling. On first look, it's very competitive.


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Paris Interview - PSA Global Purchasing EVP Michelle Wen

23 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

New Groupe PSA Executive Vice President, Global Purchasing & Supplier Quality, Michelle Wen has held a number of senior managing positions with blue-chip companies across various industries including the automotive business. Just-Auto caught up with her at the recent Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris.


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.

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just-auto Plus only SEAT begins Ateca assembly in Algeria

20 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

SEAT goes one step further in strengthening its presence in Algeria. The carmaker has begun assembling the Ateca at the multi-brand plant owned by the Volkswagen Group and Sovac, the Group’s...


just-auto Plus only Audi and FAW celebrate 30 successful years of partnership

20 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Audi and First Automotive Works (FAW) are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their partnership. The approximately 650 guests at the anniversary event at the FAW plant in Changchun include...


Skoda to build Passat as VW Group reassigns plants

19 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Groups's supervisory board has approved new 'strategic' plant assignment plans which, it said, "reflects the challenges of the next five years and lays the necessary foundations".


Mazda, Toyota, break ground for US JV assembly plant

19 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda and Toyota have broken ground in Huntsville, Alabama, on their jointly owned and operated production plant that will have capacity for 300,000 vehicles a year from 2021.


VW Group plans EUR44bn e-mobility, digitalisation, spend

19 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Following a recent supervisory board meeting, the Volkswagen Group said it would spend almost EUR44bn (US$50bn) on e-mobility, autonomous driving, new mobility services and digitalisation of its vehicles and plants by 2023.


just-auto Plus only Mahindra opens new electric vehicle technology manufacturing facility in India

16 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mahindra Electric Mobility, part of the US$20.7bn Mahindra Group, dedicated to the country its first ever Electric Technology Manufacturing Hub in Karnataka. This new hub aligns with...


Mitsubishi to invest in local parts sourcing in Vietnam

13 November 2018 | Staff reporter

Mitsubishi Motors plans to expand its operations in Vietnam, as it looks to increase its exposure to one of Asia's most promising developing markets, according to reports in the region.


just-auto Plus only Mitsubishi Motors to expand use and availability of EVs in Indonesia

13 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Government under which it will work to expand the use and availability of electric...


just-auto Plus only Cummins Charleston Plant produces five millionth turbocharger

12 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Cummins announced its Charleston Turbo Plant has produced its five millionth turbocharger, marking a significant milestone at the plant which is on track for a record year of production.


BMW Dingolfing SOP for BMW 8 Series Convertible

9 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Earlier this week, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing began series production of the new BMW 8 Series Convertible, which will be built alongside BMW 5 Series and 7 Series variants on a single assembly line.


New Renault van build for Maubeuge and Sandouville

8 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault has announced new van production at its manufacturing facilities in Maubeuge and Sandouville, France.


just-auto Plus only BMW Group sales up 1.3% in 9M 2018

7 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The BMW Group remains firmly committed to following its forward-looking strategy, despite the current challenging conditions. In line with its Strategy Number One Next, the BMW Group continues to...


just-auto Plus only Toyoda Gosei commences production at new plant in Gujarat, India

6 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Gujarat Plant of Toyoda Gosei Minda India (TGMIN), an Indian subsidiary of Toyoda Gosei , began operations in October 2018. The Gujarat Plant will supply airbags, the demand for...


Brazilian Volkswagen T-Cross slightly larger than European version

5 November 2018 | Fernando Calmon

The production version of Volkswagen's compact T-Cross SUV was unveiled simultaneously in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Shanghai (China) and Sao Paulo (Brazil) recently. It is the first SUV VW has made in Brazil - at its Sao Jose dos Pinhais manufacturing plant in the southern state of Parana.


Toyota Brazil confirms investment for new Corolla

5 November 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Toyota Brazil has confirmed a BRL1bn/US$280m investment for its Indaiatuba, Sao Paulo state, manufacturing plant, 95km/57miles northwest of the state capital Sao Paulo City.


Tesla targets initial output of 3,000 Model 3s per week in Shanghai

5 November 2018 | Staff reporter

Tesla said in a regulatory filing it had set a production target of 3,000 Model 3 sedans per week in the early stages of operation at its planned factory in China, according to local reports.


Alliance Ventures leads WeRide.ai investment

31 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

Alliance Ventures has become the lead investor of WeRide.ai, formerly JingChi.ai, China’s leading autonomous driving company focused on Level 4 (L4) self-driving technology, following completion of the company’s Series A funding.


'Hot-forming' boosts Ford Focus body strength

31 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford says a fully automated process using furnaces, robots and lasers to craft car parts with boron steel is strengthening the new Ford Focus, helping it earn a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.


JLR opens EUR1.4bn Slovakia plant

25 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover has formally started its EUR1.4bn (US$1.6bn) manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia, the first time a UK automotive company has opened a factory in the Central European country.


UK car production down 17% in September

25 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

UK car output fell by 16.8% in September according to the latest data issued by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).



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