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Astra suspension settings for the UK were honed on North Wales roads where, no surprise, the local media launch was held. The new cars corner more precisely and flatter than their predecessors but still ride well

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Redesigned Vauxhall (Opel) Astra

Executives' pride in Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant having secured the contract to be the lead factory for the new generation Astra was pal...

Subsidies for first-time car buyers created a temporary sales boom, but Thailand's car market is now in reverse

Thailand looks to end first-time buyer overhang

Thailand’s military government is desperate to draw a line under the first-time car buyer programme, a populist scheme which ran between Oct...

The trade deal may be done, but that doesn't mean the arguing is over.

ANALYSIS: What does TPP mean for autos?

A trade deal involving the US, Japan and 10 other Pacific rim countries has been agreed. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will reduce tra...

Tesla's long-awaited Model X crossover has gullwing doors with some high tech features

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Volkswagen, diesel, recalls

One guess what dominated just-auto's news, analysis and comment this week. VW, emissions, diesel and recalls, natch. Early in the week we as...

Heavy Metal

COMMENT: Tesla Model X - the elephant in the room

This presentation by Elon Musk is half an hour long but well worth watching. It demonstrates yet again that Tesla Motors doesn't do many thi...

When it comes to emissions, there are immediate nasties and then there is CO2. The focus may be shifting to the immediate nasties such as NOx, but CO2 targets remain and will present a tougher challenge if diesels fall out of favour in Europe.

Europe diesel forecasts revised down

The expected decline of the popularity of diesel-fuelled vehicles in the European car market has been significantly accelerated in the light...

COMMENT: Where will the VW 'emissionsgate' story end? 28 Sep 15

Where is this all going to end? That must be the feeling of Volkswagen group executives every morning as they watch the TV news bulletins and study the daily papers in the wake of the Emissionsgate scandal. Each new revelation or confession prompts a fresh set of questions. How many people knew about the defeat device to cheat diesel exhaust emissions tests? Who sanctioned it? And now that VW has owned up to fitting it to European cars as well as those in America, where the storm first blew in, could other group brands which do not sell in the US – such as Seat and Skoda – also become involved?

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Not a good week to be VW's Herr Doctor Winterkorn 25 Sep 15

I'm not unsympathetic to him at all but, as the Volkswagen emissions-test rigging scandal continued to erupt this week, after the EPA's shock Friday night recall order announcement a week ago, Volkswagen's CEO Martin Winterkorn took the honourable and brave course, obviously after considerable discussion and thought, and, finally, offered the supervisory board his head on a plate - and his resignation was accepted. It was a sad and ignomonious end to a long and successful career.

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Top Auto News

65 plate takes UK sales to September record

Graeme Roberts | 6 Oct 15 1 September and 1 March 'plate changes' (65 last month) always give UK sales a boost

New car registrations in the UK set a record for September last month, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 462,517 cars were registered in as buyers took advantage of a range of competitive deals on the latest '65' plate, during the 43rd consecutive month of growth.

EXCLUSIVE: Fiat UK returning to C segment in 2016

Glenn Brooks | 6 Oct 15 Egea replaces Linea in all relevant markets from early 2016

'Egea' has been revealed as the model name for the sedan variant of TOFAS and FCA's Aegea Project cars. A Fiat five-door hatchback and an estate will follow, with the UK importer telling just-auto the latter two cars will be sold here in 2016. Both models will be imports from TOFAS-FCA's Bursa plant in Turkey.

Daimler tests autonomous truck on public road

Dave Leggett | 6 Oct 15 Daimler has conducted autonomous truck testing before, but the difference this time is that the Actros is a series production truck rather than a special concept

Daimler is claiming a world first after testing a series production Mercedes-Benz Actros truck equipped with the company's intelligent Highway Pilot system on a public road in Germany. The company said the premiere is a 'further important step towards the market maturity of autonomously driving trucks – and towards the safe, sustainable road freight transport of the future'.

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Latest Auto Interviews

Q&A: Johnson Controls on why start-stop is energising the battery market 6 Oct 15

Matthew BeechamLisa J Bahash, MaryAnn Wright, Craig Rigby

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers at the 2015 IAA, Matthew Beecham caught-up with Lisa J Bahash, Group Vice President and General Manager, Original Equipment, MaryAnn Wright, Vice President Engineering & Product Development, and Craig W Rigby, Advanced Market & Tech Strategist, Original Equipment, all Johnson Controls Power Solutions.

Q&A: Magna’s CTO on why the autonomous car will be smarter, safer, cleaner and lighter 2 Oct 15

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, Matthew Beecham caught up with Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technology Officer of Magna International at the 2015 IAA to learn more about tomorrow’s car seating, cameras and sensors.

Q&A: Continental on key trends in the electronic braking system market 1 Oct 15

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one braking system suppliers, Matthew Beecham caught-up with Felix Bietenbeck, executive vice president, business unit vehicle dynamics, Continental Corporation.

Automotive Blog

Questions on VW's corporate culture

Dave Leggett, just-auto editorial team Dave Leggett | 25 Sep 15

It's been quite a week for Volkswagen. The unfolding diesel emissions scandal is one of those stories that, as journalists love to say, has legs.

Buick's next LaCrosse breaks cover in China

Graeme Roberts, just-auto editorial team Graeme Roberts | 25 Sep 15

Claimed 'first spy shots' of the redesigned 2016 Buick LaCrosse have been obtained by a Chinese autos website. This is the Chinese variant which will be made by the Shanghai-GM joint venture and is included in just-auto's Product Lifecycle Database (PLDB). It will be an important new car line for GM's Buick brand in China, its largest market.

And now, the Chinese Rolls-Royce phantom clone

Graeme Roberts, just-auto editorial team Graeme Roberts | 18 Sep 15

Never mind your Chinese BMW and Land Rover knock-offs. How about this copy of a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom?

Hot Automotive Issues

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

Quarterly results are here again

Quarterly results are here again

Second quarter, half year, first fiscal quarter, etc, etc. We have covered the ones we think you should know about. All here in one handy pack.

How much auto industry consolidation lies ahead?

How much auto industry consolidation lies ahead?

For automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, interest in M&A has accelerated recently. FCA chief Sergio Marchionne has said that more consolidation is needed among global automakers to raise scale and efficiency. In the supplier sector, too, future industrial consolidation is a hot topic. Besides the recent completion of ZF's takeover of TRW, Delphi has said it is ready to move quickly to make a major acquisition.

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Global heavy trucks market

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This QUBE report from just-auto provides a comprehensive overview of the global heavy trucks market, major manufacturers, top markets, manufacturing trends and market size forecasts. Use this report to gain a quick overview of the sector and to understand the size and scope of the world's key markets.. Read more

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