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Published: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:59:34 GMT

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Ford shutdowns and a much awaited new Volvo - the week

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:24:00 GMT

It's not unusual for things to go a bit quiet the week after the week of a major motor show's press days - Frankfurt's were the 12th and 13th and the public days continue. You knew that. Cue Geely's Volvo Cars, one of several notable absentees from the Messe, announcing its much-awaited XC40 SUV, first Volvo product on the new CMA architecture which will be shared with the new Lynk and Co brand and the Chinese parent's Geely, with little risk (that a showtime launch runs) of getting lost amongst all the buzz emanating from Germany last week. Not the first time the Swedes' PR has been a little bit clever, enjoying, as we used to say in the print days, "a lot of ink".

All Brazil measures and forecasts on the rise

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:10:00 GMT

The Brazilian auto industry's results at the end of August for the three main indicators - domestic sales, production, and exports - point to a recovery with no expectation of a reversal.

Tokyo show debuts: Suzuki world premieres

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Mitsubishi Motors was the first manufacturer to announce a world premiere for the Tokyo motor show. Now, Suzuki has revealed details of its global debuts.

Malaysia sales slightly lower in August

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:43:00 GMT

Malaysia's new vehicle market drifted lower in August, by just over 1% to 51,720 units from 52,312 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Toyota Indiana plant builds 5m vehicles in 20 years

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:31:00 GMT

When long-time Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) Princeton workers Sandra and Andres Chaparro saw the first vehicle roll off the line in 1998, they felt a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing they'd had a hand building it. Little did they know then they were to help build 4,999,999 more vehicles over the next 20 years.

Turin takes first BYD electric buses

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:47:00 GMT

Turin has taken delivery of the first zero emission pure electric BYD ebuses which are to go into service in Italy.

ABB secures EnBW Germany charging station order

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:28:00 GMT

ABB has received a further major order from energy supplier, EnBW for the expansion of the charging column network on German motorways.

OEMs at Brussels Hydrogen for Clean Transport conference

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:23:00 GMT

Several global automakers are meeting today (22 September) in Brussels with refuelling infrastructure providers at the Hydrogen for Clean Transport conference to discuss moving towards a zero emission transport sector in Europe by 2040.

Toyoda Gosei Saga plant to start automotive parts production

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:29:00 GMT

Toyoda Gosei is repurposing its Saga Plant in Kyushu, Japan to produce automotive parts following the ending of LED manufacture.  

Mecaplast-Key Plastics rebrands as Novares

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:17:00 GMT

Mecaplast-Key Plastics has unveiled its new brand identity as Novares.

FEV and Coventry University team on EUR33m UK low carbon centre

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:55:00 GMT

FEV and Coventry University are to construct a EUR 33m (US$40m) low carbon technology centre in the UK focusing on powertrain concepts.

Thai sales rise 7% in August

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:50:00 GMT

Thailand's new vehicle market expanded by 6.8% year-on-year to 67,962 units in August, compared with 63,609 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.

Volvo launches XC40 SUV

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:49:00 GMT

Volvo has launched the XC40, its first new model on the Compact Medium Architecture (CMA), which completes its global range of premium SUVs. Images and video were 'leaked' to the media by Volvo Hungary last week.

IG Metall and VDA push for realistic climate policy

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:46:00 GMT

IG Metall and German automotive association, Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) have set out requirements for European and national climate protection policy, which formulate "challenging but realistic targets."

ZF looks to add piece to puzzle with Baidu link

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:41:00 GMT

ZF says its tie-up with Chinese internet company, Baidu provides another "piece in the puzzle" as it looks to extend its technological reach into nrew spheres.

Yanfeng CTO on redefining vehicle interiors

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:13:00 GMT

Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is a joint venture between Yanfeng, one of the largest automotive suppliers in China and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating. Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Han Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer for YFAI at the IAA to learn more about its showcase.

Plastic Omnium to focus 100% on automotive

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:43:00 GMT

Plastic Omnium is to sell its whole Environment Division to focus exclusively on automotive operations.

Bosch e-axle for new hydrogen-electric truck

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:46:00 GMT

By 2021, Nikola Motor Company will bring to market the One and Two, a class 8 hydrogen-electric truck line that will deliver more than 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft lb of torque - nearly double the horsepower of any semi-truck on the road - plus with "zero local emissions". The truck has a new commercial vehicle powertrain achieved thanks to a development partnership between Nikola and Bosch.

Volvo Car UK announces XC40 price and specs

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:37:00 GMT

Volvo Cars UK said it new XC40 "urban SUV" is now available to order in the UK with prices starting at GBP27,905 for the T3 Momentum version.

VW begins production of new Passat in India

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:52:00 GMT

Volkswagen has started Indian production of its Passat, positioned in that market as a premium luxury sedan, at its Aurangabad factory in Maharashtra state.