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ANALYSIS - Audi A6 Avant 40 TDI

16 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo's success with the V90 proves there is strong demand for premium-priced estates in certain mainly northern European countries. Which is why Audi sees a worthwhile opportunity for its latest A6 Avant in not only Sweden and Germany but Britain too.

ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen pick-ups and SUVs

11 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Last year saw Volkswagen adding or replacing a large number of SUVs, especially in China and Europe. This second part of a series which looks at the Volkswagen Group's current and future models now collates what is already on sale with selected highlights of the VW brand's secret crossover, SUV and pick-up plans.

ANALYSIS - The reinvention of SsangYong

7 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

SsangYong likes to be thought of as Korea's equivalent to Jeep. A long history of building rugged four-wheel drive vehicles can play well to buyers in many countries. Now, following a period of consolidation after the post-bankruptcy years of rebuilding its image, SsangYong is trying a push into premium priced market segments. Can it work?

Defiant Volkswagen gives Touareg a new diesel

3 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Unlike the previous Touareg, the new model won't ever be truly global, as Volkswagen will not offer it in North America. That means the major markets should be China, Russia and Europe. So is it the right size for Europeans and how will buyers respond to the brand's decision to boost rather than reduce the model's diesel engine choices?

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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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Tech firm announces two UK fleet industry acquisitions

21 January 2019 | BusinessCar magazine

Fleet management software provider Trace Systems and logistics firm Labyrinth Logistics Consulting have been acquired by technology company Big Change.

just-auto Plus only Nissan marks one million car exports globally from Thailand

18 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nissan recently celebrated a significant milestone for its manufacturing operations in Thailand when it reached one million car exports to key destinations worldwide. The Nissan Terra, the all-new...

just-auto Plus only Alto launches on-demand ride service in Dallas

18 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Alto, a new Dallas-based on-demand ride service, launched in Dallas, focused on safety and hospitality. Alto is turning the traditional ridesharing business model on its head. The...

Malaysia vehicle market down 12% in December

17 January 2019 | editorial team

The Malaysian new vehicle market declined by 12% to 48,188 units in December from 54,728 units in the same month of the previous year, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Indonesian vehicle market up 7% in 2018

17 January 2019 | editorial team

New vehicle sales in Indonesia increased by 3.5% to 87,846 units in December 2018 compared with 84,880 units in the same month of the previous year, according to wholesale data compiled by industry association Gaikindo.

just-auto Plus only Ford Europe sells 1.35m vehicles in 2018

16 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford sold more than 1.35m vehicles in 2018 in its traditional European 20 markets, reaching 7.6% market share Ford is Europe’s Number-1 commercial vehicle brand for the fourth...

Mitsubishi Europe sales rise in 2018

15 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Europe (MME), currently reorganising and expanding its Netherlands based operations, boosted calendar year 2018 sales 19% year on year to 165,259 vehicles.

Philippine sales plunge in December

15 January 2019 | editorial team

The Philippine new vehicle market plunged by almost 30% to 31,945 units in December 2018 from 45,494 a year ago, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

Detroit - Germans emphasise US importance

14 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

As the last 'winter' Detroit show opens, German trade association VDA's managing director has stressed the importance of the US market to his country's automakers.

VW Group China delivers over 4.21m units in 2018

14 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group China has announced deliveries for 2018 and says that with its Chinese joint venture partners, SAIC Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen, the group delivered 4.21m (2017: 4.18m, +0.5%) vehicles to customers in the Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong, including 196,300 imported vehicles.

just-auto Plus only VW Group global sales up 0.9% in 2018

14 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

With 10.83m vehicles delivered throughout the world, 0.9% more than in 2017, the Volkswagen Group set an all-time record. In many markets of the world, South America, Europe, the US and China, both...

just-auto Plus only Lotus sells record 1,630 cars globally in 2018

14 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lotus Cars has posted its strongest sales results in seven years with 1,630 cars sold worldwide in 2018. Concluding a landmark year for the company, 2018 saw Lotus celebrate its 70th birthday, new...

just-auto Plus only Ford sells 1.075m F-Series trucks globally in 2018

14 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

It would take more than eight hours in a commercial jet flying more than 500 miles per hour to travel the full length, parked bumper-to-bumper, of all the Ford F-Series trucks sold globally in 2018...

just-auto Plus only BMW Group global sales up 1.1% in 2018

14 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

The BMW Group has achieved its eighth consecutive annual sales record with a total of 2,490,664 (+1.1%) BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles delivered around the world in 2018. Best-ever figures were...

Japan sales fall in December, full year inches up

11 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Japan's new vehicle market declined by 1.7% to 387,525 units in December from 394,253 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

VW-Audi return boosts South Korean import sales in 2018

11 January 2019 | editorial team

Sales of imported light vehicles in South Korea were flat at 20,450 units in December 2018 compared with 20,428 a year ago, according to the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (KAIDA).

just-auto Plus only VW Commercial Vehicles worldwide sales up 0.4% in 2018

11 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

In 2018, the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand handed over a total of 499,700 vehicles from the T, Caddy, Crafter and Amarok model ranges to customers worldwide (+0.4%). This makes the past year...

just-auto Plus only Skoda UK sells 74,724 vehicles in 2018

11 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

In an overall new car market that fell by 6.83%, Skoda recorded 74,724 registrations in 2018 (2017: 79,758 registrations). The brand’s critically acclaimed Kodiaq and Karoq...

just-auto Plus only Lamborghini world wide sales surge 51% in 2018

11 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

In Fiscal Year 2018 (1 January – 31 December), Automobili Lamborghini achieved another historic sales record. With 5,750 cars delivered to customers around the world, +51% over the previous...

just-auto Plus only Lada Russia sales up 16% in 2018

11 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lada sold 360,204 cars in Russia in 2018. This is 16% more compared to 2017. According to the assessment of the Company, it is ahead of the entire market growth making Lada brand the undisputed...

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