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Kia ready for the return of diesel demand with Stonic

13 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

May saw Kia setting yet another sales record in its largest European market. Surprisingly, that's not Germany, but Britain, where the brand is ahead of not only its parent, but Nissan too. The Sportage is much of the reason for the ongoing rise but another, smaller crossover is playing an ever greater role in the growth.

Anhui Jianghuai and JAC-Volkswagen future models

10 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

A partnership with Volkswagen AG and a certain degree of expertise in EVs have become vital assets for JAC as it tries to recover from losses of Yuan 786.1m during fiscal 2018 and a plunge in home market vehicle sales.

ANALYSIS - Lexus UX 250h hybrid

5 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

While rivals pursue low CO2 numbers via plug-in petrol-electric powertrains, Toyota keeps refining what it terms 'self-charging hybrid' systems. That effort is paying off, especially for Lexus, which is making sales gains in many markets. In hybrid form, the brand's latest additional model offers a convincing alternative to other C-premium crossovers.

ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

28 May 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The eighth generation is only months away from being officially revealed and still the Golf continues to dominate its segment. What's more, this remains far and away the best selling vehicle in the European region. Volkswagen has even been adding new variants, the latest and likely final one being the Touring Car Racing version of the GTI.

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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

SAIC to begin production of MG cars in Egypt in 2020

18 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese automaker SAIC Motor has agreed to set up a new joint venture in Egypt with its current local distributor to assemble MG brand cars in the country.

Philippine sales up slightly in May

18 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The Philippine new vehicle market was up slightly in May 2019, by 1.2% at 30,998 units from 30,620 units in the same month of last year, according to member 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 Honda India sells 100,000 new Amaze since launch

18 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda Cars India (HCIL), leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, announced that its All New Second Generation Amaze has crossed 100,000 sales mark in just 13 months since its launch in mid...

Nissan reports strong sales of e-LCV in UK

17 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan in the UK reports sales of its Nissan e-NV200 fully electric light van up by 200% in 2019 as more firms switch their light commercial vehicle (LCV) fleets to electric propulsion.

Toyota North America to standardise two environment/safety items

14 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) plans to standardise Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic transmission Park selection.

just-auto Plus only Proton sales up 51.3% in May 2019

14 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

May 2019 was a landmark month for Proton as the national carmaker posted its highest sales figure in 46 months. 10,611 units were sold in May, an increase of 51.3% over April and helping push...

just-auto Plus only BMW Group opens its first independent digital company in Beijing

14 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lingyue Digital Information Technology (hereinafter referred to as "Lingyue") was officially opened in Beijing, thereby accelerating BMW's customer-centric digital transformation....

Volvo Trucks puts Vera to work in a Swedish port

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Trucks' electric, connected and autonomous vehicle Vera will transport goods from a logistics centre to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Nissan North America lures former Lincoln designer

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan North America has hired former Lincoln designer David Woodhouse as vice president, Nissan Design America (NDA).

DRB-Hicom in connected car services JV with Altel, Ecarx

13 June 2019 | editorial team

DRB-Hicom, the majority owner of Malaysia's first national carmaker Proton Holdings, is joining forces with local company Altel Communications and China's Ecarx (Hubei) Technology to provide connected car services in Malaysia.

just-auto Plus only Skoda global sales drops 6.6% in May 2019

13 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Skoda delivered 104,900 vehicles to customers worldwide in May. Compared to the same month last year, this represents a decline of 6.6% (May 2018: 112,400 vehicles). The main reason for this...

just-auto Plus only BMW Group worldwide sales up 3.2% in May 2019

13 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

May was a positive month for BMW Group sales, with worldwide deliveries increasing by 3.2% to achieve a total of 210,563 premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles sold. This brings the...

Chinese vehicle market plummets 16% in May

12 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Vehicle sales in China dropped sharply in May, with about 1.913m vehicles sold, a decline of 16.4% year on year. That marked the 11th consecutive month of decline and followed a similar rate of decline in April.

India car market down 26% in May

12 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Sales of cars in India fell sharply in May according to data released by the Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers (SIAM). The trade body said sales of passenger vehicles fell for a seventh straight month in May, the longest run of successive monthly declines since 2014.

Volkswagen brand sales slump in May

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen brand sales fell 5.1% year on year to 512,100 vehicles worldwide in May with the automaker calling the month's results a mixed picture.

Mercedes-Benz May global sales dip

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes-Benz sales dipped 1.3% year on year last month to 195,690 vehicles worldwide as sales the new A-Class and CLA Coupe were offset by ongoing SUV model changes.

BYD sells electric buses to Chile, Volvo a fleet to Dubai

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The Chilean minister of transportation and telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, has announced a new order for 183 pure electric buses for the Chilean capital of Santiago, due to arrive in August.

Jaguar Land Rover sales down (again) in May

11 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover retail sales in May 2019 fell 12.2% year on year to 42,370 vehicles worldwide.

just-auto Plus only Maruti Suzuki India sells 250,000 Dzire in 2018-2019

11 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Maruti Suzuki India announced brand Dzire continues to maintain pole position as India’s best-selling compact sedan for more than 10 years. It has become the preferred choice for over 1.9m...

West European car demand flat in May

10 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

West European new car sales fell slightly - by 0.3% year-on-year (YoY) in May, according to data released by LMC Automotive. The annualised selling rate (SAAR) rose slightly, to 14.4m units a year last month, from 14.3m units a year in April.

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