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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.

Global automotive market report - Q3 2018

20 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

There were signs of global vehicle market weakness in the third quarter and stock market volatility suggests investors have become more nervous as 2018 has progressed. Dave Leggett assesses the state of the global vehicle market.

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?

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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Interview - Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation

2 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Avtovaz Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation's (ARNPO) scale in Russia is quite staggering in a country which specialises in the colossal and the gigantic. ARNPO Alliance localisation director, Denis Chirkov outlined some of the issues in this challenging country, but which is coming back strongly after years of recession at the recent Russian Automotive Forum organised by Adam Smith Conferences in Moscow.

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.

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Subaru details its first PHEV ahead of Los Angeles show debut

20 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Subaru of America has launched its first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the 2019 Crosstrek which it said offers "real all wheel drive capability in a hybrid package".

Lexus partners with Queensland for connected vehicle trials

20 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Lexus Australia said it had become the first vehicle brand to partner with the Queensland government in a trial of advanced technologies designed to improve road safety and reduce congestion, fuel consumption and emissions.

Hyundai-Kia sales recover in China, struggle in US

20 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

South Korea's Hyundai Motor and its domestic affiliate Kia Motors have enjoyed moderate sales rebounds in China this year after suffering sharp declines in 2017, after dealers were targeted by boycotts and protests following the Beijing government's anger at Korea's deployment of the US THAAD missile defence shield.

just-auto Plus only VE Commercial Vehicles sales surge 14.4% in October 2018

20 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

VE Commercial Vehicles. (A Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture) has sold 4,560 units in October 2016 (FYTD 34,039 units) as compared to 3,985 units in October 2015 (LFYTD 27,770 units)...

just-auto Plus only Lada expands its reach in Uzbekistan

20 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lada continues to strengthen its presence in Kazakhstan. Lada Sergeli, the 12th Lada dealership in Uzbekistan opened in Tashkent after rebranding. The dealership fully meets the visual...

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.

Philippine vehicle sales down 9% in October

19 November 2018 | Staff reporter

The Philippine new vehicle market continued to decline in October, by 9.2% to 33,150 units from peak year-earlier sales of 36,511 units, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

Malaysia sales flat in October

19 November 2018 | Staff reporter

The Malaysian new vehicle stabilised in October, with sales rising 0.5% to 47,273 units from 47,041 a year ago, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Indonesia sales rise 12% in October

19 November 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Indonesia continued to grow in October, by 12.3% year on year to 106,050 units from 94,433, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo.

Iberdrola to supply 50 IKEA charging stations

19 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Iberdrola and IKEA have signed an agreement though which the energy company will install more than 50 e-vehicle charging stations and supply 100% renewable energy to the stores, logistics centres and corporate buildings of the company in Spain in 2019.

BMW 'preparing for no-deal Brexit'

16 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW has said it is continuing to prepare for a so-called 'no-deal' Brexit, given ongoing political uncertainty surrounding the ratification of a terms-of-exit 'outline agreement' between the UK and the EU.

just-auto Plus only VW Commercial Vehicles YTD global sales down 0.4%

16 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 409,300 vehicles to customers worldwide from January until and including October. Considering last year’s figures, it is a decrease of 0.4%. This is...

SMMT says Brexit agreement 'a positive step'

15 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

An 'outline agreement' on the terms of the UK's exit from the EU in March next year has been described by the SMMT as a 'positive step'.

just-auto Plus only Skoda global sales down 7.4% in October 2018

15 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Skoda Auto delivered the millionth vehicle this year in mid-October – earlier than ever before in the company’s history – and had delivered 1,038,500 vehicles to customers by the...

just-auto Plus only Mahindra Q2 FY2019 revenue up 8% to INR136.38bn

15 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Board of Directors of Mahindra and Mahindra announced the financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2018 of the Company and the consolidated Mahindra Group. Q2 F2019...

just-auto Plus only Ford Europe sales up 3.4% in October 2018

15 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford achieved its best October total vehicle market share since 2009, rising 0.6 percentage points versus October 2017 to 8.2%. Total vehicle sales rose 3.4% to 108,200 units in its European 20...

just-auto Plus only BMW Group global sales up 1.7% in October 2018

15 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The BMW Group has sold more cars in October than ever before in the month, despite the current challenging economic and political situation. The company delivered 200,883 vehicles to customers...

just-auto Plus only Aston Martin Q3 2018 revenue up 81% at GBP282.4m

15 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings, the producer of luxury handcrafted sports cars, reported a record increase in third quarter revenues and Adjusted EBITDA amid growing demand for new models...

just-auto Plus only Acura RDX sets new annual sales record in the US

15 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Acura RDX continues its quest to conquer luxury's largest segment, topping its previous annual sales record with more than six weeks remaining in 2018. Since the launch of the fully...

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.

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