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Have we hit peak automotive production?
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31st Jan 2020
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Have we hit peak automotive production?

Global automotive production may have already peaked and is likely to remain in a steady decline, the CEO of a top engineering company said this week. Volkmar Denner, CEO of German giant Bosch, shared his predictions during a news conference in Stuttgart while announcing plans to cut jobs in response to decreasing demand. "It could well be that we have passed the peak of automotive production," Denner told Automotive News.
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Susannah Guthrie
2020 Mazda CX-30 scores five stars in ANCAP testing
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30th Jan 2020
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2020 Mazda CX-30 scores five stars in ANCAP testing

Mazda's important CX-30 SUV has achieved five stars in ANCAP testing, returning the highest score for Adult Occupant Protection in the road safety body's history. The high-riding CX-30, which rivals the Kia Seltos, scored 99 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection. It also returned an impressive 88 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, and 80 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection.
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Scott Collie
Next Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail to debut this year, plug-in hybrid Qashqai planned – report
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30th Jan 2020
3 min read

Next Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail to debut this year, plug-in hybrid Qashqai planned – report

Nissan is expected to debut a redesigned Qashqai in September, while a new X-Trail could debut even sooner. Autocar reports the redesigned Qashqai should appear at this year’s Frankfurt motor show, while the next X-Trail may appear mid-year. The upcoming Qashqai won’t move to a new platform but will instead remain on the current model’s CMF platform, shared with the X-Trail, according to the report.
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William Stopford
Renault confirms former Seat boss as its new CEO
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29th Jan 2020
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Renault confirms former Seat boss as its new CEO

Luca De Meo will take up the role Renault CEO on July 1, 2020, replacing interim boss Clotilde Delbos in the process. Renault's interim CEO Clotilde Delbos will remain in her current role until de Meo can join the company. When he starts on July 1, she will become deputy CEO in addition to her regular job as chief financial officer (CFO).
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Derek Fung
Volkswagen Arteon 'Shooting Brake' of interest for Australia
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29th Jan 2020
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Volkswagen Arteon 'Shooting Brake' of interest for Australia

An upcoming wagonised version of the Volkswagen Arteon liftback, which an executive has previously referred to as a 'shooting brake' design, is on the wishlist for the company's Australian arm. The long-roofed Arteon was first referenced in a 2017 interview, when executive Dr Elmar-Marius Licharz revealed that not only was the design of interest, but that plans were underway.
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Mike Stevens