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Honda & Acura NSX: better than an Audi R8?

18 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

What could better demonstrate the strange situation that Honda UK and Honda Motor Europe find themselves in than the NSX? Even if you pay the circa GBP33,000 list price for what had been the brand's priciest model until recently, there is then a GBP110,000 leap from there to the cheapest NSX. How on earth do they market this supercar?

Will Ford sieze an EV opportunity for Lincoln?

17 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It has been just over a year since what Ford calls The Lincoln Motor Company was the subject of a just-auto in-depth analysis feature. China is still nowhere near being the brand's largest market but sales there are up by a staggering 92 per cent and that's even without a local manufacturing presence. With things good in the US too, it surely won't be long before Lincoln returns to being a make selling in excess of an annual 250,000 vehicles worldwide.

ANALYSIS - Land Rover future models to 2030

9 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Land Rover is both the vehicle volume and profits powerhouse of not only JLR but Tata Motors Limited too. Thanks to a spark of genius which saw the L538 project take on Range Rover branding and pricing, what became the Evoque changed everything for Land Rover. Now comes the hard bit: new generations of the Evoque, Sport and Range Rover are being developed. Can Land Rover remain TML's biggest money spinner?

Picanto 1.0-litre and Kia's plans for A segment

7 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Known as the Morning in the country of its manufacture, the Picanto is one of Kia Motors Europe's best sellers. As an import from South Korea it won't ever be the regional segment's number one against the likes of the built-in-Europe VW up! and Fiat Panda. That doesn't mean that the new shape model isn't as good as these two or other A segment hatchbacks.

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AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

SMMT chief bangs EU single market drum - Interview

12 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Speaking exclusively to just-auto, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes says the UK auto industry’s interests would be best served by continued membership of the European Union’s single market following the UK’s planned exit from the trade bloc in 2019.

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Auto groups oppose Trump NAFTA US content plans

18 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Auto industry groups from Canada, Mexico and the US are pushing back against the Trump administration's demand for higher US automotive content in a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a media report said.

Switzerland bans Porsche diesel registrations

18 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Switzerland's road agency has imposed a preliminary ban on new registrations of Porsche Cayenne cars equipped with manipulated diesel engine management software, a media report said.

GAZ launches van production in Turkey

18 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GAZ Group has started assembly of Gazelle Next cargo van and combi van models in Turkey.

GAZ/PJSC Rosseti ink Russia agreement

18 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

GAZ Group has inked an agreement with Russian energy network company, PJSC Rosseti.

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz GLC surpasses 1m sales since launch

18 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Since the market launch in 2008, the sales figures of the successful GLC and its predecessor GLK reached more than one million vehicles. The model is produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen...

just-auto Plus only GWM sales up 7% in July 2017

18 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

GWM released its report on production and sales of July. It can be noted from the data that GWM in July sold 69,100 vehicles, with a month-on-month growth of 7%, realising sales growth against the...

Malaysia sales rebound in July

17 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s new vehicle market rebounded by 14.3% to 48,553 units in July, from 42,471 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Court orders temporary halt to Takata lawsuits

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Automakers reportedly have won a temporary reprieve from lawsuits filed by victims of defective air bags made by bankrupt Takata that led to the largest ever auto safety recall and at least 18 deaths.

Chery to launch new brand, SUV, at Frankfurt

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Chery Automobile said it would start sales of passenger cars in Europe within the next few years under a new brand.

just-auto Plus only VW CV global sales up 5.3% in July 2017

16 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In the first seven months of the year, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 286,800 vehicles from the T, Caddy, Crafter and Amarok series to customers all around the world. This represents an...

Japanese sales rise 3% in July

15 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Japan’s new vehicle market continued to grow in July, by 2.9% to 427,549 units from 415,615 sales a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Ford Europe sales down 4.8% in July 2017

15 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Europe sold 99,900 total vehicles in July, down 4.8% year over year, but year to date total sales of 845,300 were up 2.6% for the best first seven months of the year since 2009 in the traditional Euro 20 markets.

Philippine sales rise 23% in July

15 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in the Philippines increased by more than 23% to 37,961 units in July, from 29,967 units in the same month of last year, according to a data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

Will GM pull out of Korea?

14 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Rumors are spreading that General Motors is planning to pull out of Korea, according to a local media report.

Opel claims 50,000+ European Insignia orders

14 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Opel is claiming its new Insignia flagship has already attracted over 50,000 orders across Europe.

BYD wins first pure electric bus order in Israel

14 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

BYD has secured its first major pure electric bus order in Israel for a a fleet of 17 single-deck 12m vehicles to serve the northern port city of Haifa, the country's third largest city.

BMW Group global sales up 0.4% in July 2017

11 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The BMW Group had a record July with sales of 180,726 BMWs and Minis, a 0.4% increase year on year. The year to date tally of 1,401,551 (+4.3%) vehicles was also a record.

VW group YTD sales rise 1.3%

11 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen group has boosted year to date sales 1.3% year on year to 5.98m vehicles after July sales up 4.3% to 820,900 units.

just-auto Plus only VW Truck and Bus increases production in Brazil

11 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In the first half of 2017, Volkswagen Truck and Bus markedly increased both production at its Brazilian plants and sales of the vehicles built there. At 11,750 units, sales at Volkswagen Caminhos e...

just-auto Plus only Skoda global sales up 4% in July 2017

11 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Global demand for Skoda’s models continues to rise: the traditional Czech brand delivered 87,000 vehicles to customers in July, surpassing the previous year's result by 4.0% (July 2016:...

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