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GM future vehicles - electrifying Buick

17 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series which looks http://intr.aroqgroup.com/cas3/qubearticlelist.aspx?SiteID=1at what's planned for the many divisions of General Motors out to the late 2020s now turns to Buick, having already covered Baojun, Wuling, GMC and Chevrolet. Soon to come will be analyses of future models for Cadillac and then in the last chapter of this series, Holden.


Updated Hyundai i20 heads for 250,000+ deliveries in 2018

13 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The i20 is a car which can be overlooked when considering the most important models in the global B segment. It shouldn't be. Hyundai is on course to sell around 140,000 units of this five-door hatchback in India this year and more than 100,000 in Europe.


Will SAIC GM Wuling benefit if China's SUV boom fizzles?

5 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Baojun was first, now Wuling is the second General Motors brand to have its current and future passenger vehicles looked at as part of a new series of articles. Both makes are part of SGMW, and while GM is not the majority owner, it holds a large stake.


Chengdu motor show world debuts list

3 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

SAIC, General Motors and the Volkswagen Group revealed the most important new and future models at this year's Chengdu motor show. Below is a list of vehicle world debuts. A trending return towards C segment sedans and the addition of wagons (see Hyundai) continues.


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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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SMMT wants 'no-deal Brexit' ruled out

19 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

As negotiations between the UK and EU reach a final stage for the UK's 2019 departure terms, the SMMT has said that it would like a 'no deal' Brexit to be ruled out. A 'no deal' Brexit would likely mean a resort to WTO rules and the imposition of new tariffs (10% for cars) on UK exports to the EU customs union area (new EU import tariffs likely to be reciprocated by the UK). In addition, new border checks on goods shipments could disrupt 'just-in-time' pan-European supply chains.


Steady car sales will keep global auto sector outlook stable - Moody's

18 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The outlook for the global automotive manufacturing industry remains stable over the next 12 to 18 months, reflecting expectations for steady demand across key regions despite looming challenges, Moody's Investors Service said in a report.


Toyota sells 2m hybrids in Europe

18 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has delivered its two millionth hybrid electric vehicle in Europe nominating the milestone car a C-HR Hybrid crossover sold in Warsaw, Poland.


just-auto Plus only VW Group to drive future deployment of ITS

18 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volkswagen Group is presenting its activities in the intelligent transport of people and goods at the 25th ITS World Congress in Copenhagen (17 – 21 September 2018). As a member of ERTICO...


just-auto Plus only Opel appoints LansiAuto Oy as import partner in Finland and the Baltic States

18 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Opel is further developing its business strategy in selected European markets to become more agile, flexible and efficient as outlined in the PACE! strategic plan. In a further step to foster...


Mahindra's Ssangyong reinstates workers fired in 2009

17 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mahindra & Mahindra's SsangYong Motor has reinstated workers sacked nine years ago, the Korea Herald reported.


just-auto Plus only VW Group global sales up 6.8% in August 2018

17 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

August was a successful month for the Volkswagen Group: Group brands delivered a total of 875,300 vehicles to customers, a rise of 6.8%. Europe was the region with the strongest growth: 327,700...


just-auto Plus only Groupe PSA and partners field-test city-level LTE-V2X in Wuxi, China

17 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Groupe PSA began demonstrating its latest vehicle communication technologies in Wuxi, China. As an important part of the world's first city-level Internet of Vehicle LTE-V2X application...


Putin, Abe attend Sollers Vladivostok engine plant opening

14 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Mazda Sollers has opened is new engine manufacturing plant in Vladivostok with a capacity of 50,000 units per year in an inaugural ceremony attended by Russian President, Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.


just-auto Plus only VW Commercial Vehicles global sales up 3.9% in 2018

14 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles supplied 336,000 vehicles to customers from January until August. Considering last year’s figures, it is an increase of 3.9%. In the domestic German...


just-auto Plus only Skoda global sales up 6.6% in August 2018

14 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Global demand for Skoda models continues to rise: In August, the Czech brand delivered 91,800 vehicles to customers, exceeding the previous year's result by 6.6% (August 2017: 86,100 vehicles)....


just-auto Plus only BMW Group global sales up 2.1% in August 2018

14 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

In August, the BMW Group sold a total of 173,454 BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles around the world, an increase of 2.1% year-on-year. This means that in the first eight months of the year,...


BMW US plant expected to dodge Hurricane Florence's worst - report

13 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW is continuing to build cars at its US SUV assembly plant in the state of Southern Carolina as towns and cities nearer the coast are all but abandoned as Hurricane Florence approaches, expected to make landfall early on Friday (14 September).


just-auto Plus only VW brand global sales up 3.7% in August 2018

13 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volkswagen brand handed over 513,300 vehicles to customers worldwide in August, representing an increase of 3.7% compared with the same month of the previous year and a new record for the month...


just-auto Plus only Maruti Suzuki increases Baleno production in India

13 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

With a core focus to enhance customer experience, Maruti Suzuki India has increased production of its blockbuster model Baleno. This will help to delight customers by reducing the waiting period...


just-auto Plus only Europe-wide public charging infrastructure for Audi e-tron

13 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The e-tron marks the dawning of a new era for Audi. The brand with the four rings is being transformed from a classic automotive manufacturer into a premium mobility systems supplier. The Audi...


Nissan US to standardise safety and driver assist package on all 'top selling' models

12 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's US unit said it was introducing Safety Shield 360, six active safety and driver assist items, as standard equipment on all of its top selling models by 2021, about 1m vehicles a year.


Updated Mazda MX-5 reaches UK

11 September 2018 | Chris Wright

Mazda's upgraded MX-5 is now being rolled out in its most important European market, the UK.


Japan sales rise 2.5% in August

11 September 2018 | Staff reporter

Japan's new vehicle market rose by 2.5% to 364,216 units in August from already strong year earlier sales of 355,307 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.


South Korean imports rise in August despite BMW slump

11 September 2018 | Staff reporter

Sales of imported passenger vehicles in South Korea rose by 9.5% to 19,206 units in August from 17,547 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA).



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