Euro Auto Trends


US: Gentex posts net income up 30% to US$72m

Posted in Market Trends by jonas on the October 24th, 2014

Gentex has posted net income for the third quarter of 2014 up 30% to US$72m, compared with net income of US$56m in the third quarter of 2013.3.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Interesting, interesting…

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends,New & Coming Models by jonas on the October 24th, 2014

If I had to think of one adjective to describe this week’s autobiz news, ‘interesting’ is as good a fit as any. Bit of this, bit of that.

US: Ford Q3 pre-tax profit plunges $1.4bn

Posted in Market Trends,New & Coming Models by jonas on the October 24th, 2014

Ford Motor Company on Friday (24 October) reported 2014 third quarter pre-tax profit down $1.4bn year on year to $1.2bn though it was nonetheless the automaker’s 21st consecutive profitable quarter.

COMMENT: Sweden looks to warm up emerging markets

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by frank on the October 24th, 2014

It’s as if the Cold War never went away.

BRAZIL: Honda imports Civic Si coupe from Canada

Posted in Market Trends by jonas on the October 24th, 2014

Making use of its new 9,600 units a year quota limit for additional IPI excise tax exemption, Honda is, for the first time, importing the Civic Si 2-door coupe version – from Canada.

CHINA: Novelis expands aluminium output

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the October 24th, 2014

US aluminium company Novelis is ramping up production at its new automotive aluminium sheet plant in Changzhou, in China’s Jiangsu province, to meet growing demand from the country’s automakers.

JAPAN: Nissan recalls 260,000 cars globally over Takata airbags

Posted in Market Trends by jonas on the October 24th, 2014

In the latest development in the Takata airbag saga, Nissan Motor said it is recalling 260,000 vehicles globally due to a defect in driver-side air bags made by the supplier.

COMMENT: FKG keeps ears on the track in Gothenburg

Posted in Market Trends by frank on the October 24th, 2014

Last week saw Scandinavian automotive supplier body FKG’s Annual Forum in Gothenburg, bringing together more than 400 component producers, politicians and union leaders. Just-auto was there and here is a quote snapshot of what is always a fascinating and lively conference organised by the tireless FKG.

US: Former PR executive claims Ford bugged his telephone

Posted in Market Trends,New & Coming Models by jonas on the October 24th, 2014

Former Ford PR chief Jason Vines, a key lieutenant of CEO Jacques Nasser at the time, says the company bugged his telephone during the company’s 2001 Firestone tyre crisis.

MEXICO: Mazda starts 2 production at MMVO

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by jonas on the October 24th, 2014

Production of the redesigned Mazda 2 (Demio in Japan) has started at the automaker’s new plant in Mexico.

UK: Mazda aims for new-look dealers by March

Posted in Market Trends,New & Coming Models by jonas on the October 24th, 2014

Mazda UK plans on completing installations of the brand’s new visual identity at 80% of its 136 outlets by next March.

MEXICO: Fiat Strada becomes RAM 700 mini pick-up

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by jonas on the October 23rd, 2014

FCA has added a new model for the Mexican market’s 2015 model year: the RAM 700.

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