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THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW's 'master tactician' falls

The big news of the week[end] was the failure of Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piëch to unseat CEO Martin Winterkorn, as w...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 'Bye Twin Gate, hello hatchback

The key change for Skoda Superb generation three is that the Twin Gate choice of 'boot' or 'hatchback' opening is no more. As an insider rev...

COMMENT: Labour Day Paris putsch at Renault

It's unclear whether or not Cherie Blair attended yesterday's (30 April) Renault AGM in Paris at which the French State formalised its extra...


Peugeot is trying to move its image and pricing to the space occupied by Volkswagen. Britain being the French brand’s third largest market,...

COMMENT: Volkswagen's Piech got a lot right

Ferdinand Piech's forced exit from his role as chairman of Volkswagen Group's Supervisory Board appears to have resulted from yet another bo...

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of vehicle seating

Car seats are becoming lighter by as much as 50 percent. This paradox is achieved through novel designs’ using new materials, foams and asse...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Evoque under scrutiny and a Waku Waku tailgate 24 Apr 15

We put Tata Motors' Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque under the microscope this past week, asking how long the model, just mid-life facelifted, can continue to be the automaker's golden goose.

ANALYSIS: Chinese OEMs winning big as SUV sales double 24 Apr 15

The Chinese vehicle market might not be surging but sales of crossovers and SUVs certainly are, registrations rising by 54% (YoY) in March. So which OEMs are winning the sales war, and which makers of once-popular sedans are hurting for their lack of in-demand products?

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just-auto takes a break

Dave Leggett | 1 May 15

Monday the 4th is the annual May Day 'bank holiday' here in England. Spring appears to have sprung, so we'll be off-grid catching UV-rays, driving cars and stretching our legs.

Skoda considers plug-in hybrid Superb

Roger Stansfield | 1 May 15

Skoda is considering adding a plug-in hybrid powertrain to its new flagship model, the Superb. The decision on whether to go ahead will largely depend on whether the company can meet the EU's 2020 fleet-average CO2 target of 95g/km using only combustion engines.

Skoda UK eyes 83,000 sales and 'mainstream' brand

Graeme Roberts | 1 May 15

Skoda UK is hoping to sell "83,000-ish" cars this year, according to product affairs manager Rory Lumsdon.

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Furious Renault mulls options at AGM setback

Delphi poised for 'major acquisition' this year

Volkswagen does not plan any M&A

Aston Martin secures funding for DBX crossover

New buyer but still uncertain future for De Tomaso

Tokai Rika to establish Mexican company

Isuzu’s suppliers to invest in Andhra Pradesh

GM to hire 100 engineers at Oshawa centre

Latest Auto Interviews

Magna Electronics VP Olaf Bongwald eyes blossoming camera market 29 Apr 15

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of interview with tier one component manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Olaf Bongwald, VP, Magna Electronics about rear view cameras, video cameras, mirrorless cars and the head-up display market.

April 2015 management briefing: Vehicle connectivity technologies (1) 10 Apr 15

Cat Dow

The wave of advanced vehicle connectivity technologies coming to vehicles embrace a number of interlinked elements, from seamless personal connectivity, to driver assistance systems (and autonomous vehicle control), intelligent transport systems, on-board telematics and the changing human machine interface itself inside the vehicle. In this month's management briefing we talk to OEMs and examine key aspects of the connectivity revolution coming down the line. In this first instalment, Cat Dow speaks with Volvo Car's Petter Hörling about its priorities in the connected car area.

Q&A with TMD Friction 8 Apr 15

Matthew Beecham

TMD Friction is a major manufacturer of brake products for the automotive industry, producing one million brake friction products per day. Matthew Beecham talked with TMD Friction’s Director Strategic Planning & Marketing OE, Dirk Brieke about trends in the brake friction market, its copper-free high performance brake pads and CV-Light Plate for commercial vehicles.

Automotive Blog

Renault 2014 Annual Report highlights

Dave Leggett | 1 May 15

Renault's 2014 Annual Report is now out, released at yesterday's AGM at which the French government and Carlos Ghosn were competing for voting rights.

Now that's how to do 'autonomous car'

Graeme Roberts | 22 Apr 15

Here's a really heart-warming story about how some of the technology currently being used to develop autonomous cars was used to really make a former racing driver's day.

Citroen CX & C6 become flying cars

Glenn Brooks | 22 Apr 15

An artist has created a series of photographs depicting hovering vehicles, each based on a former production model.

Hot Automotive Issues

Mexico attracts wave of automotive industry FDI

Mexico is attracting a wave of investment from OEMs attracted to its position as a low-cost NAFTA supplier to the US as well as its favourable trading arrangements with Latin American markets to the south. Ford and Toyota are the latest OEMs to announce significant new Mexico investments.

Russian Automotive Forum sees domestic opportunity as Rouble falls

Soaring inflation, sky-high interest rates, a depreciating Rouble and a 50% drop in oil prices have seen unprecedented economic headwinds batter Russia. But despite that backdrop, domestic OEMs and suppliers saw genuine opportunity at the Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow. We've grouped all the coverage here.

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If it's March, it's the Geneva show

Russia's automotive sector facing crisis

Russia's automotive market and manufacturing industry is facing major difficulties this year as Russia's economy reels under the impact of collapsed oil prices and sanctions related to the Ukraine crisis. The falling car market is facing accelerated decline as car prices rise on a weak currency amid ebbing consumer and business confidence. And there is little immediate sign of improvement to the underlying causes of Russia's current malaise.

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The US Hybrid Vehicles Market Outlook to 2018 - Government Strategy and Cost Effective Hybrids to Escalate Demand

The report titled “The US Hybrid Vehicles Market Outlook to 2018 - Government Strategy and Cost Effective Hybrids to Escalate Demand” presents a comprehensive analysis of the industry covering aspects including market size by volume sales and market segmentation by plug-in and full/mild hybrids; by states and metropolitan areas... Read more

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