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ANALYSIS - Global light vehicle sales hit record low SAAR of 48.1m

20 May 2020 | Calum MacRae

Data compiled by GlobalData shows that global light vehicle sales fell 47.5% in April to 3.8 million from 7.2 million a year ago, providing confirmation of everyone's worst fears for markets in April.


D&C - Looking to the post-Covid automotive world (3)

19 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

In the third of a series of conversations, just-auto editor Dave Leggett and GlobalData lead automotive analyst Calum MacRae discuss some of the big questions prompted by the coronavirus crisis and its potentially lasting impact on the automotive sector. In this third instalment, they consider demand-side issues.


Tentative restarts and restops - the week

15 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Much better news of late. Automakers and component suppliers slowly resuming output with a huge emphasis on worker health and safety.


ASEAN sales sharply lower in Q1

15 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

Sales of new vehicles in southeast Asia’s six largest markets combined are estimated to have declined by over 19% to 700,528 units in the first quarter of 2020 from 865,532 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto from local industry sources including vehicle manufacturers, trade associations and government departments.


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China’s shift to online sales gathers pace

13 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen in China is reporting that sales have recovered sharply after the COVID-19 slump that hit the market hard in the first quarter. It now says there is a big shift towards online sales and reducing human contact in a digital sales process. Michael Mayer, head of sales and marketing for VW in China, provides an update.


Citroen UK plans for a 'hard Brexit'

14 October 2019 | Dave Leggett

Citroen UK's managing director Karl Howkins has told just-auto that his company is planning on a 'hard Brexit' with import tariffs added on cars shipped from the EU that could cause the UK market to decline by as much as 25%

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UPDATED - Daily automotive coronavirus briefing FREE TO READ

27 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

A daily update of news and views on the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and its impact on the automotive sector


Malaysia vehicle sales plunge 99% in April

27 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

New vehicle sales in Malaysia plunged by over 99% to just 141 units in April 2020 from 49,935 units in the same month of last year, as the government imposed lockdown restrictions on consumers and businesses to help slow the spread of the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic.


PSA hails State sector support

27 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

PSA has welcomed plans by the French government to support the domestic sector, with aid of more than EUR8bn (US$8.8bn) for a range of new technology and relocalisation initiatives.


just-auto Plus only Grande West announces first quarter results

27 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Grande West Transportation Group Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of mid-sized multi-purpose transit vehicles for sale in Canada and the United States, announced, financial results for the first...


just-auto Plus only Groupe PSA welcomes the support plan to the automotive sector of French government

27 May 2020 | just-auto plus

On the occasion of the presentation of this plan, Carlos Tavares, Chairman of the Management Board of Groupe PSA, declares: "The plan presented by the President of the French republic fits...


just-auto Plus only Maruti Suzuki partners with ICICI bank to offer customers specially curated, flexible EMI financing schemes

27 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has partnered with ICICI Bank to offer customised auto retail financing solutions across the country. ICICI Bank is a long-standing and preferred...


English car dealers can re-open from June 1

26 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Car dealerships will be allowed to re-open in England on June 1 as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are eased further.


France to inject more than EUR8bn into auto sector

26 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

France is to plough more than EUR8bn (US$8.8bn) into its domestic automotive sector as it looks to address the myriad challenges facing the industry in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.


Thai auto industry struggles to overcome COVID-19

26 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) said it is studying the feasibility of some automotive component plants in the country switching to manufacture medical devices and aircraft parts, as the outlook for vehicle sales and production in the country remains challenging.


Macron to unveil "new stage" in auto support plan

26 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

President Emmanuel Macron is currently meeting senior OEM, supplier and union representatives in Paris with a major announcement concerning support for the sector being made later this afternoon (26 May).


Hertz files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in US

26 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Car rental firm Hertz has announced it and certain of its US and Canadian subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.


Jetta offers entry-level mobility in China

26 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

VW says that Jetta, its sub-brand in China, continues to be a well-received option for buyers in China seeking to own a car for the first time. In April, Jetta delivered 13,500 cars to customers.


just-auto Plus only China Yuchai International announces unaudited first quarter 2020 financial results

26 May 2020 | just-auto plus

China Yuchai International Limited, a leading automotive manufacturer and distributor of engines for on- and off-road applications in China through its main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai...


just-auto Plus only Kia Motors announces upgrade to fourth-generation Kia Rio

26 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Kia Motors has announced a significant upgrade to the fourth-generation Kia Rio. Upgraded Rio features Kia’s first petrol mild-hybrid...


just-auto Plus only Suzuki announces financial results for FY2019

26 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Suzuki has announced financial results for FY2019 (April 2019 to March 2020). Outline of Financial Results for FY2019 Net sales and income of FY2019 (April 2019...


just-auto Plus only New Renault Kaptur revealed in Russia

26 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Renault Russia opens a new chapter in its product history with the reveal of its New Kaptur. Updated exterior and completely revised interior with a new level of quality and...


just-auto Plus only Mitsubishi Motors joins Open COVID-19 Declaration

26 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) joined OPEN COVID-19 DECLARATION, which aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19,...


just-auto Plus only Sonic Automotive provides update to 2020 outlook

26 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Sonic Automotive Inc. (Sonic or the Company), one of the nations largest automotive retailers, today provided an updated outlook on anticipated vehicle sales volume and parts and service gross...


just-auto Plus only Cooper Standard announces pricing of $250 million of senior secured notes

26 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., today announced the pricing of the private offering by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc., of $250.0 million in aggregate principal amount...


just-auto Plus only Toyota to restart its last two European manufacturing plants on May 25 and 26

26 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) will resume production at its two remaining manufacturing sites in the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom in the week commencing May 25, after restarting its other...



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