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Chengdu motor show world debuts list - the just-auto preview

20 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Every year the Chengdu motor show seems to grow in importance. The 2018 event is no exception. Below is an initial list of vehicle world premieres, with many more to be added during the coming weeks.

Proton under Geely - the future models

19 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final Geely group brand to have its current future passenger vehicles assessed is Proton. Due to unremarkable cars, a home nation where the annual market remains well below three quarters of a million vehicles and poor marketing in the few countries it has tried to export to, the formerly state-run firm is a lacklustre operation. Could a cash infusion and a management shake-up transform the firm?

Another good Volvo arrives at platform SPA

18 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

There was a noticeable air of excitement amongst Volvo Car UK people at the redesigned V60's press launch in Yorkshire this week. This was not at all surprising: as the company's head of PR, Mike Gale (a recent recruit from one time Volvo powertrain partner Renault) noted, the brand has a "long history of wagons".

ANALYSIS - Mercedes-Benz Vans' electric future

18 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

OEMs are increasingly tasking their light commercial divisions with responsibility for certain passenger models too. Mercedes-Benz Vans is no exception, with the V-Class and X-Class being two of the better known model lines. The Vito though, is a bigger seller than either, with the premium pricing of multi-occupant luxury variants and new electric LCV versions greatly assisting the rising profits of the Vans division.

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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

Toyota C-HR SUV misses IIHS top safety pick rating

20 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

A poor headlight rating came between Toyota's US specification C-HR small SUV and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, the IIHS said.

just-auto Plus only Ford India sells one million vehicles since launch

20 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford India joined the elite group of automakers in the country and welcomed its One-Millionth customer in India. In a special ceremony, characteristic of the company’s Feels...

No-deal Brexit won't faze Mazda UK

19 July 2018 | Chris Wright

Vehicle makers have been issuing stark warnings over the future of their investments in the UK unless a sensible customs agreement is made with the EU after Brexit but one company chief will be happy enough with no deal.

Linamar CEO tears into tariffs

19 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The CEO of Canadian automotive components supplier Linamar has warned that the North American auto industry is potentially facing a crisis that will 'make 2009 look like a walk in the park' if the US imposes new import tariffs on vehicles and parts in addition to tariffs already imposed on steel and aluminium.

GAC building new R&D centre in Michigan ahead of US launch

19 July 2018 | Staff reporter

China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC) is spending US$4.45m on an R&D facility in Michigan ahead of its planned sales launch in the US in 2019.

Mazda My Way London trial snares 375 buyers, national roll-out to come

19 July 2018 | Chris Wright

A two year trial in London taking Mazda cars to customers instead of waiting for them to come into the showroom has resulted in 375 sales. Now the project will be rolled out across the UK.

Honda launching Clarity PHEV in Japan

19 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor will begin sales of the Clarity PHEV, a new plug-in hybrid variant, on 20 July at dealerships in Japan.

Malaysia sales jump 28% in June

19 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded by 28.3% to 64,502 units in June from 50,273 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Philippine sales fall 22% in June

19 July 2018 | Staff reporter

The Philippine vehicle market continued to deteriorate in June, with new sales plunging by 21.7% to 29,350 units from peak year-earlier sales of 37,479 units, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

just-auto Plus only Nissan Europe sells 18,000 Leaf cars in H1 2018

19 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The new Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe for the first half of this year, as the zero-emission car continues to win over customers across the region.  

Skoda global sales surge 11.6% in H1 2018

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

In the first six months of this year, Skoda delivered 652,700 vehicles, a record result.

Thai sales rise 26% in June

18 July 2018 | Staff reporter

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to grow strongly in June with sales rising by 25.9% to 87,854 units from 69,797 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Porsche global sales up 3% in H1 2018

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Porsche says it has hit a record with 130,598 vehicles delivered worldwide in just the first six months of 2018, up 3% on the same period last year. 

VW Group global sales rise in H1 2018 but June sputters

18 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Group said it had booked record first half sales for 2018, delivering 5.5m vehicles globally, up 7.1%.

Quarter of journeys could be in AVs by 2025

17 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

UK government-backed 'MERGE Greenwich' - an autonomous vehicle consortium in the UK - says that one in four journeys could be made via autonomous vehicle ride-sharing by 2025, delivering 'substantial consumer and social benefits'.

just-auto Plus only VW Chattanooga builds 800,000 vehicles in 10 years

17 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 15 July 2018, Volkswagen marked the 10th anniversary of the day that civic and government officials gathered with Volkswagen executives and announced the decision to build an automobile assembly...

just-auto Plus only Nissan Sunderland plant rolls off one millionth Juke

17 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Eight years after it created the compact crossover segment, the one millionth Juke has rolled off the line at Nissan Sunderland plant. On average, a brand new Juke is built at the plant every 105...

just-auto Plus only Ford Europe sells 126,600 vehicles in June 2018

17 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford sold a record 126,600 vehicles in its Euro 20 markets in June 2018. Ford Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) sales grew more than 21% in June year over year in Ford’s...

Renault H1 sales up 9.8% driven by emerging markets

16 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe Renault sales volumes were up 9.8% in the first-half helped by the inclusion of the two brands Jinbei and Huasong (over 85,000 units combined). On a like-for-like basis Groupe Renault sales increased 5.3% in a global market up 4.2%.

South Korean EV sales jump 170% in H1

16 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Electric vehicle (EV) sales in South Korea jumped by close to 170% to 11,866 units in the first half of 2018 from 4,412 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

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