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Ford starts to restructure Europe - the week

22 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has begun its European business restructure announced in January and the fact that the axe is hanging over 5,000 jobs was our most-read story this week.

Subaru Forester and its e-Boxer hybrid future

11 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Rarely do I try any vehicle for the first time right at the end of its life cycle. In the case of the Subaru Forester that is exactly what has just happened. It was a handy way of discovering why well in excess of a million have been bought during the last six years.

Cupra convinces - how SEAT created a premium brand

7 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Cupra is off to a decent start. SEAT claims to have sold 3,600 Cupra Atecas so far this year. With the sole model in demand and due to be joined by others later in 2019, the experiment to evolve what had been a sports trim level into a brand is working.

Vitara - why Suzuki Europe outsells Honda two to one

5 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Europe's best selling Suzuki isn't a small car, it's an SUV. In 2018, the regional division delivered more than 70,000 units of the vehicle in question: not bad for a model which dates to 2015 and competes in a class where new rivals keep appearing. Now, fresh engines and a facelift should keep the Vitara popular throughout 2019.

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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.

Latest news

Kia UK expanding import centre

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors (UK) has announced a deal to create additional storage capacity at its UK import and distribution centre in Stallingborough, North Lincolnshire.

Continental provides car sharing access and start

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Continental is providing a keyless technology system, QuickStart, for Hiyacar, the peer to peer car sharing platform ('Airbnb for cars').

Thai sales rise 9% in February

22 March 2019 | editorial team

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to expand in February, by 9.1% to 82,324 units from 75,466 units in the same month last year, according to data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Malaysia sales fall 2% in February

21 March 2019 | editorial team

Malaysia's new vehicle market fell by 1.8% to 39,838 units in February from 40,563 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Indonesia sales fall 13% in February

21 March 2019 | editorial team

New vehicle sales in Indonesia continued to fall in February, by over 13% to 81,684 units from 94,260 units a year earlier, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo.

Aston Martin adds distributor for central and eastern Europe

21 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Aston Martin has appointed a Romania-based distributor for that country and central and eastern Europe.

just-auto Plus only Skoda to push eMobility in 2019

21 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Skoda is entering the era of eMobility in 2019, starting with the all-electric version of the Citigo and the Superb with plug-in hybrid drive. Skoda is also rigorously pressing ahead with the...

just-auto Plus only Hyundai and Kia invest in Ola to develop unique fleet and mobility solutions in India

21 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) and Ola ? one of the world’s largest ride-hailing platforms ? announced a strategic partnership under which Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) and Kia Motors...

just-auto Plus only MAN Group sales revenue up 9% to EUR12.1bn in 2018

20 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

2018 was an eventful year for the MAN Group. The Company made progress in many areas and improved key financial indicators. The MAN Group’s order intake increased by 12% to EUR13.9bn...

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.

Toyota Australia to redevelop factory site for hydrogen refuelling

19 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia, with funding assistance from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has announced plans to build a A$7.4m hydrogen centre at its former car manufacturing plant in Altona in west Melbourne.

Ford aims to axe 5,000 German jobs

18 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

As part of a European business restructure announced in January, Ford is reorganising its workforce in the region by up to 5,000 jobs.

Daimler opens new Fuso design centre in Japan

18 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler Trucks has officially opened the new product centre building and design centre at the Kawasaki Plant of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation.

Philippine sales rebound in February

18 March 2019 | editorial team

New vehicle sales in the Philippines rebounded strongly in February, by 17% to 30,644 units from 26,176 units in the same month of last year, according to wholesale data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

just-auto Plus only JAC's Mexican brand influence enters new level

18 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

In March 2017, JAC passenger car completed its brand launch in Mexico and launched two S2 and S3 small SUV models. It officially entered the North American market and competed with mainstream...

just-auto Plus only VW Group February 2018 sales drop 1.8%

18 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

In February, the Volkswagen Group handed 724,400 vehicles over to customers throughout the world, corresponding to a fall of 1.8% compared with February 2018. Volkswagen developed better than the...

just-auto Plus only BMW Group makes strategic decisions to secure its long-term success

18 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

In the course of a challenging financial year 2018, the BMW Group made important strategic decisions set to secure its long-term success. As part of the company’s Strategy Number One >...

US SEC charges VW, former CEO, over 'dieselgate'

15 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it had charged Volkswagen AG, two of its subsidiaries, and its former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, for defrauding US investors, raising billions of dollars through the corporate bond and fixed income markets while making a series of deceptive claims about the environmental impact of the company's "clean diesel" fleet.

UK local authority EV charger roll-out slows - report

15 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

At least a quarter of local authorities in England and Wales have put a brake on the expansion of charging networks for electric vehicles, according to a media report.

Nissan and Docomo test I-2-V in 5G moving vehicle

15 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan and NTT Docomo, are putting Nissan’s 'Invisible-to-Visible' technology through its field test in a moving vehicle, using Docomo’s fifth-generation mobile communications connectivity.

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