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Volkswagen goes after Qashqai with Bamtastic T-Roc

15 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has at long last entered Europe's C-crossover segment, with a rival for the Qashqai. The T-Roc is strong on driving dynamics and, from certain angles, looks. One major surprise however, is an interior with plastics which will disappoint anyone who owns a Golf or Polo. Is this the first new vehicle to suffer from the company's post-emissions scandal cost cutting?


COMMENT - US sales plummet as Smart goes electric

11 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Might the initial results of a strategy which has been smart USA dropping its petrol-powered fortwo range hold a warning for others? In November, the brand was not only outsold by Lamborghini, but Rolls-Royce was the only make which delivered fewer cars.


End of the road for the Philippines’ iconic Jeepney

6 December 2017 | Tony Pugliese

The  Philippines' government is demanding that old fleets of public utility vehicles, mostly comprising colourful iconic Jeepney vehicles, be replaced with safer, more comfortable and more environmentally-friendly vehicles. Tony Pugliese reports


ANALYSIS - Can B479 Fiesta keep Ford as UK number 1?

1 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

You have to hand it to Ford of Europe's engineers: the Fiesta might use a less than fresh Mazda-based platform, but the new car again sits at the top of its class for driving dynamics. Will that be enough to keep it as the UK's number one model in 2018?


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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.


SMMT chief bangs EU single market drum - Interview

12 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Speaking exclusively to just-auto, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes says the UK auto industry’s interests would be best served by continued membership of the European Union’s single market following the UK’s planned exit from the trade bloc in 2019.

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Renault forms JV with Brilliance for China LCV production

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings [BMW's car JV partner] have inked a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) using Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands aiming for 150,000 sales annually by 2022 and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains.


VW group YTD volume up 3.9% so far

15 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group sold 995,900 vehicles in November, up 11.1% year on year. YTD volume was up 3.9% to 9,743,400.


Renault opens new Alpine A110 production line in Dieppe

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, as well as France’s Minister for Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, have inaugurated the new Alpine A110 production line at the automaker's facility in Dieppe, Normandy, the brand’s original home.


Ford moving Fusion/Mondeo to China - reports

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources told Reuters.


Europeans still want to drive in autonomous world - survey

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Two out of three European drivers want to be able to drive even if self-driving cars become commonplace, according to research from Mazda.


Philippine sales up 24% in November ahead of tax hikes

14 December 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in the Philippines jumped by almost 24% to 40,799 units in November from 32,966 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).


Nissan recalls 320,000 vehicles in Japan after eight fires reported

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan is recalling nearly 320,000 vehicles in Japan to fix defective coating in an electronic power unit that could cause a short circuit and fire in the worst case scenario.


just-auto Plus only Skoda Global sales surge 17.5% in November 2017

14 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

This is the best month in the history of Skoda Auto: In November, the Czech car manufacturer delivered 114,600 vehicles - more than ever before in a single month. Skoda Auto surpassed last...


Hyundai agrees truck JV in Indonesia

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor signed a preliminary agreement with Indonesian conglomerate Artha Graha (AG) Group to establish a joint venture to assemble and supply commercial vehicles to markets across south east Asia.


just-auto Plus only Car2go marks one million customers in North America

13 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Car2go, the largest, fastest-growing one-way carsharing service in the world, announced that its North American member base has eclipsed one million users. The milestone comes nine years after 200...


Major Morocco OEM/supplier deal to create 11,500 new jobs

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Morocco has inked a huge raft of automotive deals with international OEMS and suppliers worth around US$1.5bn and creating more than 11,500 jobs.


Volkswagen deliveries reach all time record in November

12 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen brand said it delivered more vehicles worldwide in November than ever before in a single month: 594,300 units.


just-auto Plus only Infiniti global sales up 4% in November 2017

12 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Infiniti is on a roll. The premium brand has achieved record sales so far this year and unveiled two new global SUVs last month: the QX80 and QX50. Infiniti has sold 221,204 vehicles so...


just-auto Plus only BMW Group global sales up 5.2% in November 2017

12 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

BMW Group sales continued their positive trend last month with a total of 220,649 vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 5.2% and a new all-time high for the month of November. With its...


Toyota reshuffles European management for 2018

11 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has announced a new organisation and several executive level appointments at its European headquarters and affiliates.


Ford modifies scrappage scheme to save classics

11 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has modified its 'scrappage scheme' as it extends it into the first quarter of 2018. After an outcry over the fate of a Standard car traded in earlier (it was saved after classic car fans' pleas all the way to the top at Ford UK), the automaker said, from 2018, vehicles which are classified as 'historic vehicles' by the DVLA would not automatically be scrapped.


Bosch opens new auto parts plant in Thailand

11 December 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Robert Bosch has opened a new THB3.2bn (US$98.5m) automotive components manufacturing facility in Thailand's Rayong province.


just-auto Plus only Tata Motors global sales up 22% in November 2017

11 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Tata Motors Group global wholesales in November 2017, including Jaguar Land Rover, were at 1,12,473 numbers, higher by 22%, over November 2016. Global wholesales of all Tata...


just-auto Plus only Nissan Europe sells 55,248 vehicles in November 2017

11 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nissan announced European sales for November of 55,248 vehicles (Nissan and Datsun), representing a market share of 3.4%. November sales (vehicles): 2017 - 55,248 units; 2016 -...


Groupe PSA planning secret SC21 car for India

8 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A business daily says Groupe PSA is planning to build a B segment car at its Indian JV in 2020.



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