Safety cameras are big business in the UK – and the devices you can buy to beat them even more so.Read more
CSM Worldwide expects passenger car and light commercial vehicle sales and production in Western Europe to continue to decline well into 2010 as credit remains tight and consumers avoid replacing their vehicles until absolutely necessary.Read more
Europe’s market for commercial vehicles has contracted for the six month running. New registrations in October 2008 totalled 204,118 units, a decline of 17% compared to the same month last year.Read more
BorgWarner says that a new four-cylinder diesel generation from Mercedes-Benz meets the Euro 5 standard and achieves 20% more power output with 13% less fuel.Read more
Financially hard-pressed automakers are starting to pull out from exhibiting at auto shows as budgets come under pressure.Read more
The French government will launch a major stimulus plan to revive its flagging economy within the next 10 days, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday.Read more
As PR gaffes go, it was a pretty large one. Top executives from GM, Ford and Chrysler did themselves no favours last week by going cap in hand to Washington for financial help – and arriving in private ‘planes.Read more
GKN has issued its second profits warning in four weeks, a further sign, if one were needed, of how quickly the outlook for the auto industry is worsening.Read more
President-elect Barack Obama has said the US auto industry is too vital to disappear, but he also emphasised his support for Congress’ approach in asking Detroit for a plan and said that there could be no blank cheques.Read more
Spanish car sales for all manufacturers will fall 50 percent in the fourth quarter and the struggling sector needs government support to promote car loans, the head of Renault in Spain said on Tuesday.Read more
While the Swedish government has ruled out any immediate financial support for local subsidiaries of crisis hit American companies, it is also keeping a close eye on the situation.Read more
Russian truck maker Kamaz has placed most of its workers on two-week mandatory leave starting Monday because of lower demand.Read more
Renault will soon begin selling low-cost Logan vans and pickup trucks manufactured by its Romanian unit Dacia across western Europe.Read more
The Dutch government has agreed a 1.5 billion euro guarantee for LeasePlan, Europe’s largest fleet and vehicle management company. LeasePlan is one of the car industry’s largest single customers. The company buys about 300,000 new cars a year.Read more
A fun, affordable fuel-sipper would be the perfect addition to the Opel-sired Astra, Aura, and Vue models already gracing Saturn showrooms and an excellent alternative to the Korean-built Chevy Aveo and Pontiac G3 at the gimme-mileage end of GM’s product range.
The visionary who slipped an Opel Corsa onto General Motors’ stand at last January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the individual currently strutting corporate halls with the “I told you so!” look on his face. If only Saturn‘s general manager, Jill Lajdziak, had mustered the courage to splash an ARRIVING THIS FALL banner over the electric-blue Corsa OPC hatchback. A fun, affordable fuel-sipper would be the perfect addition to the Opel-sired Astra, Aura, and Vue models already gracing Saturn showrooms and an excellent alternative to the Korean-built Chevy Aveo and Pontiac G3 at the gimme-mileage end of GM’s product range.
It reminds you how much fun we used to have behind the wheel-how satisfying it was to rev the bejeezus out of a willing little four-banger; how exciting it used to be to drive at crazy high speeds like 75 mph; and how much fun it was to go forty miles on a single gallon of gasoline.
No one is better than Americans at blurring the lines between wants and needs, and the sudden upheaval in the car market is proof of that. In the past few months of this year, small-car sales have shot up, while sales of large SUVs and pickups have dropped sharply. American car buyers’ needs haven’t changed; consumers have just realized that they never actually needed those gas guzzlers in the first place. And now they’re seeking ways to contain their fuel bills.
Aston Martin has told just-auto that it is to extend its planned Christmas shutdown for another two weeks ‘based on current economic conditions’.Read more
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged support for the auto industry in France and said that France and Germany are determined to help their car industry weather the economic storm.Read more
The UK’s auto industry trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), has said it supports the substantial, but temporary, economic stimulus package announced in yesterday’s ‘pre-Budget report’. It says it provides positive incentives for consumers to begin spending, but ‘will need to be accompanied by a more active approach to lending by banks and financial institutions’.Read more
Volvo has unveiled more details of its new S60, which will be unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show. The Swedish carmaker issued a teaser picture that offers a hint of how the new S60 sedan will look when it launches in 2010.Read more