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ANALYSIS - The future models Toyota is planning for Lexus

18 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The second feature in a series which looks at the future models of brands under the Toyota Motor Corporation umbrella is all about Lexus.

ANALYSIS - Civic Type R leads export boom for Honda UK

16 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It's fast, high-priced and not exactly subtle in appearance. Honda is hoping that the Type R version of its built-in-England Civic five-door will be shocking enough to change how people across Europe mainly see the brand - a maker of ultra-reliable cars for the elderly.

COMMENT - Uncertain future ahead for Ellesmere Port

16 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

The news that the UK's Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant is dropping a shift, reducing output and its workforce, gives it a shot at improving its competitive position in the context of the Opel/Vauxhall European manufacturing footprint.

ANALYSIS - New SsangYong Rexton an equine taste

13 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Easily the smallest of the three Korean vehicle brands available in Europe, SsangYong doesn't intend to remain a minor player in the region forever. As was the case with Kia a decade ago, every new vehicle is a major improvement over the outgoing model. The latest Rexton, which sees the importer going after the horsebox-towing set, is proof in point.

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FRANKFURT - PSA's Tavares sees need to raise Opel efficiency

12 September 2017 | Chris Wright

In an interview with just-auto at the Frankfurt Motor Show, PSA chief Carlos Tavares warns of productivity gaps across the Opel manufacturing network that will require work to bring plants into line with PSA efficiency levels. He also says the company is planning several post-Brexit scenarios in the absence of any guidance from the UK government and European Commission.

AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on recent up-tick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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Skoda marks 70 years of car production at Kvasiny plant

19 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Skoda is marking 70 years of car production in Kvasiny where around 8,000 employees produce 1,000 cars each day.

Magna to build paint shop in Slovenia

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Due to full capacity at its contract manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria, Magna will build a second paint shop 75km away in Maribor/Hoce, Slovenia.

Volvo Cars spending to launch Polestar

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars and owner Geely Holding said they would jointly spend RMB5bn (EUR640m, US$752m) to support the initial phase of Polestar's product, brand and industrial development.

Nissan factory still did uncertified checks

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor reportedly said on Wednesday it conducted uncertified vehicle checks as recently as last week even after revealing the widespread misconduct at its domestic factories.

just-auto Plus only Hankook Tyre opens its first manufacturing facility in the US

18 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hankook Tyre held a grand opening ceremony for its first manufacturing facility in the US, underscoring its commitment to technology, innovation and growth in North America. The development of the...

just-auto Plus only Bridgestone to further invest in European production sites

18 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Bridgestone is pleased to announce its commitment to invest approximately EUR266m (US$313m) into three key European production sites. The funds will be used to expand plant production capacity,...

Nissan to increase production in Russia

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan says it has added a second production shift at its manufacturing plant in St Petersburg in another sign that the Russian auto industry is firmly in recovery.

Vauxhall plant to drop a shift and shed 400 jobs

16 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant is to cut some 400 jobs as it looks to improve its competitive position amid changes to demand in the European car market.

just-auto Plus only Renault Flins plant produces 18m cars since 1952

16 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Groupe Renault celebrated the 18 millionth car to roll out of its Flins plant in France. The car was a white Zoe Intens manufactured for Green City, a German company based in Munich and Starnberg...

2017 GUANGZHOU SHOW - Jaguar XEL world debut

13 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

An extended wheelbase Jaguar XE is to be a world premiere at AutoGuangzhou.

Volvo to export cars from Malaysia 

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car group, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding, soon plans to begin exporting cars from Malaysia to other markets in the region, according to local reports.

Hino to assemble trucks in Russia

13 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Hino Motors, Toyota Motor's commercial vehicle subsidiary, announced plans to spend JPY1.89bn (US$16.8m) to build a new truck assembly plant in Russia.

PPG teams with Renault-Nissan for structural adhesives

13 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

PPG has unveiled a partnership with Renault-Nissan Alliance to deliver structural adhesives to more than 1m one million Renault, Nissan and Samsung cars across Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

Will BMW outsource China Mini making to Great Wall?

12 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW is working on a deal that would take Mini manufacturing outside Europe for the first time, according to news agency sources. The automakers are not commenting.

Ford starts European production of EcoSport SUV

12 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Production of the revised and facelifted Ford EcoSport SUV has begun at Ford's Craiova, Romania, plant.

SsangYong developing an electric SUV

12 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A plug-in version of C300, the next SsangYong Korando, is under development, has learned. The new EV will be sold worldwide and is on schedule for release in 2019.

Skoda emphasises commitment to home country

11 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Skoda Auto has underscored its commitment to its home country, reportedly saying it was planning to add jobs in the Czech Republic amid worries the business could lose some production to parent Volkswagen Group's Germany.

South Korean domestic sales jump 20% in September

11 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Domestic sales by South Korea's five mainstream automakers combined jumped by over 20% to 133,551 units in September from weak year earlier volume of 111,159 units, according to preliminary data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.

Volvo starts Indian assembly

11 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has joined rival premium brands Audi, BMW and Mercedes with local assembly of vehicles in India.

Durban storm halts Toyota South Africa production

11 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A huge storm in the Durban area of South Africa has stopped Toyota production until at least Thursday, local media reported.

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