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ANALYSIS – SsangYong future models

21 March 2019 | Mike Vousden

We investigate SsangYong's future model strategy – under parent Mahindra & Mahindra, it's pushing to become a global competitor with its wide range of SUVs after years of being a niche player.

Electric SUVs and 1100hp Battista - Pininfarina future models

19 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

xMahindra subsidiary Automobili Pininfarina GmbH has now shown its first model, the Battista, in public. The hypercar, still more than a year away production, is promised to be the first in a multi-vehicle series.

India's quiet achiever - the rapid rise of Mahindra

18 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The battle for third place in the Indian market for passenger vehicles is hotting up, with both rivals drawing on foreign subsidiaries to expand their ranges. Tata is well placed to attack the country's traditional number three brand from later in 2019 as new models come on line. For now though, Mahindra is pulling ahead thanks to ever more Ssangyong-derived SUVs.

Model Y is revealed - but what will Tesla do next?

15 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Following the presentation of the long-awaited Model Y, now is the perfect time to have a look at what Tesla Incorporated might be planning next.

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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.

Latest news

Yin Long to make e-buses in Serbia, take over Ikarbus

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese bus manufacturer Yin Long Group plans to start manufacturing electric buses at the Serbian Ikarbus factory, according to a local report.

GM confirms new electric model for Orion Township plant

22 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors has confirmed it was spending US$300m at its Orion Township, Michigan, assembly plant to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle that will bring 400 new jobs to the factory.

GM to announce Orion Township plans today

22 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors was expected to announce on Friday afternoon (EST) plans to spend US$300m at the Orion Township plant near Detroit to boost autonomous and electric vehicle output, media reports said.

just-auto Plus only Ford to expand BEV production capacity at Michigan plant

21 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford announced it is expanding its production capacity for the company’s next-generation battery electric vehicles at a second North American plant. Tied to the company’s...

Toyota and Suzuki to share models and hybrid technology

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor announced and agreement to "begin considering concrete collaboration in new fields".

Suzuki, Toyota, eye car making JV in Ghana

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Officials from Suzuki Motor Corporation, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and CFAO are eyeing a joint venture to manufacture and distribute vehicles in Ghana.

GM to spend $2.7bn on Brazil factories - report

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors has said it would spend US$2.7bn at two Brazilian factories over the next five years, sparing them from closure.

Ford to boost Romanian plant capacity

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford will spend EUR200m at its Romanian plant in Craiova, targeting capacity for 250,000 cars a year, Ziarul Financiar reported.

Ford adding 500 US jobs to build big SUVs

19 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said it would again boost production of its popular Expedition and Lincoln Navigator large SUVs this summer as both vehicles continue to gain share over their competitors in the segment.

BMW Dingolfing plant starts new 7 Series production

15 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Production of the new BMW 7 Series has begun this week at the BMW Group Dingolfing plant in Germany.

Dongfeng and Maxion Wheels to form new aluminium wheel JV

15 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Maxion Wheels is to form a new passenger car aluminium wheel joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group, one of China’s largest automotive parts companies.

Mitsubishi-Nissan JV rolls out semi-autonomous minicars

14 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

New minivehicles introduced by the Nissan-Mitsubishi NMKV joint venture will be first in their kei-class segment to offer semi-autonomous driving technology, the automakers said on Thursday.

Toyota finds another $3bn to spend on US plants

14 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota will now spend almost US$13bn by 2021 at its US operations and will add about 600 new jobs.

just-auto Plus only Sibur set ready to ramp up polypropylene production

14 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

The polypropylene unit at ZapSibNeftekhim, a deep hydrocarbon conversion plant under construction, is 99.8% complete. Construction and installation works on the process unit are over, and...

Infiniti gives up on western Europe, UK manufacture

12 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's luxury brand Infiniti has thrown in the towel and will abandon western Europe to focus on markets in which it is more successful. This will include ceasing production of a model line here in the UK.

Paris convenes auto summit as headwinds blow

11 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

France's Finance Minister has held an urgent meeting in Paris with unions, regional Councils, suppliers and representatives of the country's car industry as the sector undergoes radical change surrounding the increasing move to new propulsion.

Kia considers plant closures in China

11 March 2019 | editorial team

Kia Motors revealed at the weekend it was considering closing one of its main vehicle assembly plants in China in response to weak local demand.

Russian market falls first time in two years

11 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Russian sales of new passenger cars and LCVs fell for the first time in nearly two years last month as the effects of a 2% increase in VAT feed through.

Toyota denies UK Brexit exit

8 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has denied media reports earlier this week which suggested it could end UK production as early as 2023 if the country leaves the European Union without a deal on the terms of its departure.

BMW again biggest US auto exporter by value

8 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

BMW claimed it was again the biggest US automotive exporter by value for the fifth year in a row, with exports worth over US$8.4bn in 2018.

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