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Scion's Millennials have moved on. Time to go mainstream again

THE WEEK THAT WAS - Scion and Ford workers' chop

The two top-read stories on just-auto this week were both on subjects I get no joy from publishing - axing of a brand and (so far, voluntary...

RenaultSport Trophy is powered by 220hp 1.6 turbo engine

Clio R.S. 220 Trophy & future Renaults

Does it matter that a version of the Clio now holds the record as the fastest small hatchback at the 20.8km long Nordschleife? To Renault it...

Kia Sportage 4G - much improved, particularly inside

THE WEEK - New car, mergers, results, Iran

Started the week with, shock horror, driving an actual car for once, in fact several - old Kia Sportage as a means of transportation to the...

Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest Land Rover yet

Range Rover Sport SVR - the fastest Land Rover yet

Jaguar has been in the news this week with the first details of the F-TYPE SVR. We should get used to those initials, as they signify what y...

ASEAN region vehicle sales picked up in the fourth quarter, but are down for the year

ASEAN vehicle sales fall 4% in 2015

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets expanded by 4.4% to 858,872 units in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with 822...

ZF TRW’s retractable steering wheel featured in Rinspeed’s Etos autonomous driving concept.

January 2016, management briefing (Part 2)

The second part of this month’s briefing reviews just some of the supplier autonomous driving innovations that caught our eye in the consume...

Vehicle analysis - Kia soon to release Sportage 4G 26 Jan 16

Kia is set to launch its fourth generation Sportage, which made its global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt show, across European markets in this first quarter of 2016.

2016 QX80 - Infiniti's monster sized money spinner? 25 Jan 16

Infiniti had a record year in 2015, selling 215,250 vehicles worldwide. January is looking good too, with the addition of the UK-built Q30 just starting to add some decent volume, especially across European markets. But surely no Infiniti makes as much of a visual impact - and as much profit - as the range topper, the XXL-sized QX80.

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Top Auto News

Toyota profits rise as vehicle sales slow

Graeme Roberts | 5 Feb 16 In 'other' regions (including Central and South America, Oceania (including Australia where the Corolla hatchback is about to be launched), Africa and the Middle East), vehicle sales totaled 1,241,555 units, a decrease of 99,527 units

Despite a quarter million slide in vehicle unit sales, Toyota Motor Corporation profits rose in the nine-month period ended 31 December, 2015.

Volvo nixes range extenders

Chris Wright | 5 Feb 16 T8 tops the XC90 range. Coming soon to a school run near you...

Volvo has decided against using range-extenders with its hybrid models, or using internal combustion engines to charge up batteries on the move because of the increased fuel consumption this causes.

AvtoVAZ lauds Medvedev auto interest at summit

Simon Warburton | 5 Feb 16 AvtoVAZ CEO, Bo Andersson (r) greets Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev ahead of Togliatti summit

AvtoVAZ is hailing the Russian government's close interest in the automotive industry after Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev held a recent conference at the manufacturer's Togliatti headquarters.

Recent News - (Updated: 4:31pm 5 Feb 2016)

AvtoVAZ to four-day week as Russia woes continue

China's JAC to invest in Algerian truck plant

New York show debuts list - 2017 Buick Encore

Geneva premieres list - Bentley Mulsanne facelift

Honda to recall more Takata airbag cars in Japan

B-Quick expands Thai service network

Johnson Electric inks AML Développement offer

ZF TRW wins Electronic Park Brake India contract

Latest Auto Interviews

Q&A - Visteon CEO Sachin Lawande 1 Feb 16

Dave LeggettSachin Lawande

Visteon specialises in providing cockpit electronics to automotive manufacturers worldwide. CEO Sachin Lawande outlines the company’s strategic priorities as he sees them and offers views on the industry’s broader development. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him in Detroit.

HERE Automotive on strategies to support autonomous driving 1 Feb 16

Cat Dow

At the 2016 CES, Cat Dow talked with Floris Van Der Klashorst, vice-president of HERE Automotive. HERE's a creator of connected navigation solutions and since December 2015 has been owned by an alliance of the German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors VP on the Chinese luxury car market potential, young consumer preferences, urbanisation dynamics and creating a better life on board an autonomous car – Q&A 1 Feb 16

Matthew Beecham'While only 20 percent of the time spent in the [autonomous] car will have a cognitive focus on driving, we prepare for 80 percent “new found time”.  Han Hendricks

Last summer saw the official launch of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), a joint venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co Ltd and Johnson Controls. YFAI has sales revenues of some $8.5 billion, an order backlog of $10 billion and expectations to gain further market share in China and other Asian markets. Its product portfolio includes instrument panels and cockpit systems, door panels, floor consoles and overhead consoles. Matthew Beecham caught up with Han Hendriks, Vice President Advanced Product Development & Sales at YFAI to learn more about the company’s growth prospects.

Automotive Blog

Why PSA might be on to something with the DS brand

Dave Leggett, just-auto editorial team Dave Leggett | 25 Jan 16

I got to visit the Louvre museum in Paris last week with PSA Peugeot-Citroen. It was a pretty lavish affair for a facelift to the DS 3 model, but the scale of the event and the lavishness points to how important the premium DS brand is to PSA.

The old and the new

Dave Leggett, just-auto editorial team Dave Leggett | 11 Jan 16

This is coming to you from a chilly Detroit. I am in town this week for the auto show (NAISA) and to attend some industry conferences.

Happy New Year!

Dave Leggett, just-auto editorial team Dave Leggett | 4 Jan 16

Let me begin 2016 by wishing everyone reading this a very Happy New Year! If you had a festive break, I hope it was a good one. It seemed to pass rather quickly for me, as ever.

Hot Automotive Issues

CES show 2016

CES show 2016

The Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas is fast becoming as important an attraction for motor industry watchers as key motor shows as autos and consumer electronics converge. Our coverage from this year's juicy techfest is grouped here

FKG Annual Suppliers' Forum 2015

FKG Annual Suppliers' Forum 2015

FKG, the Scandinavian Automotive Supplier Association, is a trade association with almost 400 members looking after the interests of the Scandinavian automotive supplier community. The FKG's annual Supplier Forum provides a valuable platform for the discussion of current concerns. This year's event in the FKG's home town of Gothenburg was as lively as ever. Simon Warburton attended for just-auto.

Volkswagen's emissions crisis

Volkswagen's emissions crisis

Volkswagen Group is at the centre of a scandal originating in the US that has revealed the rigging of emissions tests for VW diesel models. The crisis has direct implications for Volkswagen in the US and could spread to other parts of the world.

Frankfurt Show 2015

Frankfurt Show 2015

It's show time in Germany's financial centre again - where did two years go? All our previews and coverage are here

Auto Market Research

Automotive light-vehicle sensors - technology, trends and fo

Automotive light-vehicle sensors - technology, trends and forecasts to 2030

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Global light vehicle turbochargers market- forecasts to 2030

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Global light vehicle HVAC market- forecasts to 2030

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Global light vehicle OE exhaust & emissions aftertreatment systems - forecasts to 2030

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Global vehicle lightweighting - technology, trends and the future

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