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New Audi Sport RS 4 Avant - powered by Porsche

21 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Audi Sport must have some of the best margins of any car company division. A range of RS models sits under the umbrella of this GmbH (limited liability company), with the newest addition being the super-fast, super-exclusive, super-expensive fourth generation RS 4 Avant.

England to Ford's rescue again - the week

18 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Once again, good old Blighty has helped out Ford's F-150 series across the pond. You're welcome. Few weeks ago, we learned the new three litre diesel V6 engine for the top selling North American pickup truck line comes from England. The engine is a variant of the three-litre turbodiesel sold in Jaguar and Land Rover models and is built at the Dagenham Engine plant just east of London. This week, we've been helping out with bits. Magnesium castings, to be precise.

ANALYSIS - Future models for Renault Samsung Motors

14 May 2018 | Mike Vousden

After the recent features on the future models strategies for Renault, Alpine, Dacia and Lada, this chapter of our analysis covering Renault-Nissan Alliance brands focuses on Renault Samsung Motors (RSM).

Has Hyundai created a new segment with i30 Fastback?

9 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Audi recently confirmed the rumours that it won't be replacing the A1 and A3 once they come to the end of their lifecycles. Hyundai too has begun phasing out three-door hatchbacks due to a drop-off in demand, especially in the European region, while Kia plans to replace the Pro_cee'd with a five-door shooting brake. Might low roof C segment hatchbacks turn into a new vehicle class?

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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

French Ministers to debate automotive future in Paris

21 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

France's Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire will participate at a meeting in Paris tomorrow (22 May) to discuss the future of the country's automotive sector.

EC outlines measures to protect businesses in Iran

21 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

European Union (EU) leaders meeting in Sofia have authorised the Commission in Brussels to take steps to protect the interests of companies operating in Iran.

US and China call off trade war

21 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

China has praised a significant dialing back of trade tension with the United States, with the government saying agreement was in the interests of both countries while state media emphasised what it saw as China's refusal to surrender, a media report said.

just-auto Plus only VW Group global sales surge 10.2% in April 2018

21 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volkswagen Group and its brands continued on their growth path in April. At 927,200 units, deliveries by the Group in April were 10.2% higher than the same month last year. Over 3.6m vehicles...

MEDEF sets up hotline for French companies with Iran business

18 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French business confederation, MEDEF, says it has set up a hotline for companies nervous about what the implications of the US withdrawing from the Vienna Agreement easing sanctions against Iran will be.

Philippine sales fall a further 9% in April

18 May 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in the Philippines continued to decline in April, by 9.3% to 25,583 units from high year-earlier sales of 28,216 units, according to member data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

US Iran nuclear deal withdrawal "unacceptable" - France

17 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

French diplomatic sources are branding the US decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Vienna Agreement allowing Iran sanctions relief in return for scaling back its nuclear programme, as "unacceptable."

UK minister wants deeper UK-EU supply chains

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

The UK minister responsible for Business and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, has told an industry conference that the government appreciates the importance of UK-EU automotive supply chains and wants to retain frictionless trade to deepen cross-border trade relationships further. His remarks come amid mounting political tensions inside the government over the terms of the UK's separation from the European Union and pressure from Brussels to speed up negotiations ahead of the UK's exit from the EU in March of next year.

SMMT chief wants 'technology neutral approach' to fuel policy

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

SMMT chief Mike Hawes has told just-auto that he would like to see a clear statement from the UK government that diesel engines have a future in the automotive powertrain mix. He also favours a 'technology neutral approach' that would allow the industry to further refine technologies - such as diesel - in line with market demands and affordability.

Car sales in EU up almost 10% in April

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Data released by European vehicle manufacturers' trade association ACEA shows that sales of cars in the EU area were up by 9.6% in the first four months of the year versus the same period of last year.

Mazda selling updated CX-3 in Japan

17 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation has begun taking orders for the updated CX-3 SUV at dealerships in Japan.

just-auto Plus only SsangYong Motor global sales drop 1.3% in April 2018

17 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

SsangYong Motor Company announced that it sold a total of 10,930 units in April 2018 – 8,124 units in domestic sales and 2,806 in exports. Despite the popularity of its brand-new...

NHTSA after automakers over Takata airbag fixes

16 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The US auto safety agency NHTSA wants to meet with 12 major automakers that failed to meet a December 2017 target deadline for completing repairs on the highest-priority vehicles with dangerous Takata air bag inflators, a media report said.

Ford 'Euro 20' sales up 12.6% in April

16 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford sold 113,300 total vehicles in its Euro 20 markets in April, up 12.6% compared with April 2017.

just-auto Plus only Skoda global sales up 10.1% in April 2018

16 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Skoda can look back on another record month: For the first time in its history, the Czech car manufacturer delivered more than 100,000 vehicles to customers in an April. With 107,100 vehicles,...

France to "protect" Iran interests as US imposes sanctions

15 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

France says it will act to protect its businesses in Iran and has asked the US that sanctions against Tehran do not apply to its interests in the country.

BMW sales inch up in April

15 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW Group's BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands boosted April sales 1.2% year on year to 194,889 vehicles worldwide.

Japan sales rise 3% in April

15 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Japan's new vehicle market bounced by 3.2% to 366,155 units in April from 354,747 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Nissan to expand ProPILOT Assist to additional models

15 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan said its innovative ProPILOT Assist semi-autonomous driving system has been a hit with customers, with more than 120,000 vehicles featuring the technology sold globally, and now set to expand to additional models.

just-auto Plus only VW Commercial Vehicles global sales surge 16.2% in April 2018

15 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 46,300 vehicles to customers around the world in the month of April alone (+16.2%). The markets in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as South America,...

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