Daily automotive news - from just-auto.com
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Fallout from General Motors' allegedly faulty ignition switches - most fitted to North American market brands and sold largely in the US - is rumbling on but, so far, there has been no threat from officialdom to "hold the automaker's feet to the fire" - a promise made infamously to Toyota by then-transportation secretary Ray LaHood during the sudden acceleration recall crises.
Pertamina Lubricants, a producer of automotive lubricants, plans to invest IDR1.3 trillion (US$114m) to increase its capacity to produce lubricants.
Indian owned Ssangyong Motor has announced plans to rebrand the company as it seeks to shed some of its more negative legacies and enter a new era of growth.
Volkswagen's Audi brand has posted record car deliveries for the 2013 fiscal year and said it will expand its German workforce in 2014.
Honeywell is insisting the European Commission's (EC) Joint research Centre (JRC) operates "at arm's length" from Brussels as the scientific body published its report backing the chemical producer's 1234yf refrigerant.
Jaguar will cease production of the XK before the end of 2014 to concentrate on the F-Type line and the recently announced XE small sedan, reported Autos.ca.
BMW group worldwide sales rose 5.6% year on year to 141,093 units in February, a record for the month. The year to date (YTD) tally of 273,999, up 6.6%, was also a record.
New car sales in Australia declined 3.8% year on year in February to 86,818 units.
Honeywell says the European Commission's (EC) scientific report concerning its r1234yf refrigerant marks the "final word" in the contentious issue that has pitted Germany and Mercedes-Benz in particular, against Brussels and France.
Forecasters at IHS Automotive have downgraded their forecast for vehicle sales in Russia this year as a result of the economic effects of the geopolitical crisis in Ukraine.
Ford is expanding its research and development complex in China by doubling the number of employees there by over 50% by the end of 2018, adding a new building and test track and broadening activities, the automaker has said.
Faurecia has announced a new just-in-time component assembly plant in Brussels, Belgium, inside an Audi factory.
American Honda, based in Torrance near Los Angeles, is splitting its upmarket Acura brand into a separate division to "create greater clarity and more cohesive sales and marketing plans", the company said in a statement (see below). The move is effective from 1 April.
The Brazilian government's new Inovar-Auto regime introduced in 2013 has provided stimuli for the auto industry to invest a proportion of its revenue in research and is leading to more proving grounds and R&D centres.
TRW has unveiled a new steering wheel concept offering features to help drivers during semi-automated and automated situations.
A network of 14 electric vehicle (EV) rapid chargers, forming the so called 'Milton Keynes CrossLink' was completed four weeks before the planned launch date, supplier/operator Chargemaster said.
European Commission (EC) scientists have concluded there is "no evidence of a serious risk" for automakers using r1234yf refrigerant, despite Mercedes-Benz having deep misgivings concerning the coolant.
Vehicle sales in China rose by 17.8% year-on-year in February to 1.6m vehicles according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
Mitsubishi Motors will launch the new version of its Triton pickup truck in a range of emerging markets in fiscal year 2014, with a particular focus on Thailand, a major market for such vehicles.
Car sharing, where drivers can have the use of a car for just a few hours rather than the typical 24-hour minimum, is beginning to attract new users in Japan where use grew by 40% last year. The country now has almost 500,000 registered car sharers.