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Maserati future models - a global analysis

1 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The third instalment in just-auto's analysis of FCA's passenger car brands' model lines is a focus on Maserati. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, followed by an examination of Ferrari's plans. Features on Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep will be published soon.


C-HR second to get new Toyota TNGA platform

1 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The new C-HR compact crossover, now being rolled out in markets world-wide, is the second model to be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform after the fourth generation Prius, now being rolled out in PHEV form following its earlier debut as a conventional hybrid.


Ferrari future models - a global analysis

30 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The second part of just-auto's series concerning FCA's passenger vehicle brands centres on Ferrari. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, with features on Maserati; Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep to follow.


ANALYSIS - Can the new Ateca SUV make SEAT self-funding?

29 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Profitable at last, could SEAT one day become self-funding? That’s what it has to do but to get there, higher-margin models are needed. The new Ateca is the first of these.


Alfa Romeo future models - a global analysis

28 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

FCA is the latest OEM to have its current and future models put under the microscope for examination. The first brand in this series is Alfa Romeo. Features on Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Ferrari & Maserati; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep, will follow over the coming weeks.


ANALYSIS - Porsche Macan GTS

25 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The F-PACE is now Jaguar’s best seller, a new Audi Q5 will soon be in showrooms and Alfa Romeo has just revealed the Stelvio with claims that it has better handling than Porsche’s smallest SUV. Can the Macan maintain its segment leadership?


Uncertainty in Asia on the rise as currencies drop

25 Nov 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Donald Trump’s unexpected success in the US presidential election has brought on a period of heightened currency volatility and economic uncertainty across Asia, as global money markets speculate on the new economic policies that a new US administration may introduce after it takes office in January 2017.


Porsche future models - a global analysis

23 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Rounding out the series on the current and future vehicles of the Volkswagen Group’s passenger car brands, this analysis looks at Porsche’s sports cars and SUVs.


ANALYSIS - Maserati Levante biturbo diesel

23 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a long time coming but Maserati's first SUV is now being rolled out across global markets. Right-hand drive production started recently with vehicles for the UK headed to showrooms in the coming days. Here, with 96% of the car's segment being diesel, there will be only one engine, a VM Motori 3.0-litre V6.


Bentley, Lamborghini & Bugatti future models

21 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Following the reviews of Volkswagen, Audi, Škoda and SEAT, the fifth of a six-part series concerning the Volkswagen Group's brands examines Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti. Porsche will be the final chapter.


Next wave of gesture recognition technologies

21 Nov 2016 | Matthew Beecham

If you like talking to your car to operate certain functions, you can now wave and take a swipe at it. While gesture recognition is used in consumer electronics, it is now creeping into vehicles. Given that prodding and pinching at a touchscreen while driving can be distracting, using hand gestures and even eye movements to control climate and switch radio channels is seen as the next best thing. Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE – reviews the stage reached with gesture recognition and what we can expect to see in tomorrow's car.


SEAT future models - a global analysis

17 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Following the recent reviews of Volkswagen, Audi and Škoda future vehicles, this fourth of a six-part series concerns SEAT. A look at what's ahead for Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti will make up the fifth part of a six-part series concerning the Volkswagen Group's brands. Porsche, to be published soon, will be the sixth and final chapter.


Skoda Auto future models - a global analysis

15 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Following the recent reviews of Volkswagen and Audi future vehicles, this, the third of a six-part series, concerns Skoda. It will be followed by a look at what's ahead for SEAT. After this comes Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, to be followed by Porsche in chapter six, the last of these being the final part of the overall analysis of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car plans.


Tomorrow’s car sharing – digitally powered, keyless and driverless

14 Nov 2016 | Matthew Beecham

While car (ride) sharing has been around since the 1950s, it only really came of age in the 1990s with a number of small scale schemes dotted across Europe and North America. Since then its use has become widespread in the shared economy. This research snapshot reviews some of the latest car sharing schemes on offer, prospects for self-driving car sharing and the implications for car interior design.


Interior design and technology - Volvo S90

11 Nov 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look at the Volvo S90.  Its minimalist cockpit, swish interior and smooth, punchy powertrain make it a strong challenger in the large executive saloon market.


After 40 years, Toyota's Hilux truck has changed a bit

9 Nov 2016 | Graeme Roberts

I recall my first drive in a Toyota Hilux pickup truck, 40 years (ye gods) ago. I was working for a Toyota dealership, in the service department, and a couple of electricians I knew were setting up their own business and needed a pickup, each. With visions of a decent 'finders fee', times two, I persuaded the commercial vehicle sales chief to let me take a demo home to show the boys. The outcome was not good.


Pay attention drivers – your car is watching you

9 Nov 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Research by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents shows that driver fatigue may be a contributory factor in up to 20 percent of road accidents. While driver alert systems – aimed at identifying signs of driver fatigue – have been around for a while, eye tracking and camera-based facial recognition technology are under development. This research snapshot reviews the stage reached with driver alertness technologies and what we can expect to see on tomorrow’s cars.


Captur sales plunge as Peugeot refreshes 2008

8 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It might have lost its title of top selling B-SUV to the Captur earlier this year but Peugeot’s newly updated 2008 is suddenly outselling its rival in France.


Audi's Q2 makes the case for petrol

7 Nov 2016 | Calum MacRae

The new Audi Q2 begins deliveries to UK customers next weekend (12th November), but before then the UK motoring press were invited to a first drive in the Suffolk countryside in early November.


New Optima PHEV & estate help Kia UK outsell Hyundai

4 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

While other car makers are scaling down their model ranges in Europe’s non-premium D segment, Kia is doing the opposite. A new estate and a PHEV saloon are new additions to the Optima range. Last month, they even helped Kia to outsell Hyundai in the UK.


Audi future models - a global analysis

3 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Audi’s future models are explored in this analysis, the second of a series concerning Volkswagen's passenger car brands. Next will be SEAT, then Škoda. After this comes Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, to be followed by Porsche in chapter six, the last of these being the final part of the overall analysis of the Group's plans.


Suzuki on the rebound - Analysis

1 Nov 2016 | Ray Hutton

Although it is a relatively small carmaker keen to retain its independence, Suzuki is not averse to cooperating with other automakers and has a long history of doing so. The company recently announced exploratory talks with Toyota over R&D collaboration. Ray Hutton considers Suzuki's strategy.


Model year 2017 V40 and future Volvos

28 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Four years on from its release, the V40 has come in for some styling changes and other revisions. Such has been the car's success in the C-premium segment, it's hard to believe this model was derived from the low volume C30, itself a vehicle that used a lot of Ford technology from the 2000s.


ASEAN REPORT - Vehicle sales rise by 5.6% in Q3, 4% YTD

27 Oct 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets rose by 5.6% to 774,303 units in the third quarter of 2016, from 733,108 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto.


Driving the McLaren 650S Spider

27 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The 650S Spider isn’t the fastest car that McLaren Automotive has made during its five years of existence; that title belongs to the limited build P1. Yet it is quicker than the ballistically rapid BMW V12-powered F1.


Volkswagen - future model plans & platforms

25 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The future model strategy for the VW brand is explored here in this, the first of a six-part series concerning the Volkswagen Group's passenger car brands. The other chapters will be a focus on Audi; then SEAT; Škoda; Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti; and finally Porsche.


Back to school with Kia

21 Oct 2016 | Graeme Roberts

It is a long time since I darkened the door of any university, and then only for the odd social visit, so it was interesting to get a glimpse, courtesy of Kia, to Hyundai Motor Group's facility to see what overseas PR chief Michael Choo called the "more human side" of the automaker.


Tomorrow’s car seats – lighter, smarter, kinetic

21 Oct 2016 | Matthew Beecham

The three megatrends impacting the global automotive industry, namely fuel efficiency, individualisation and autonomous driving, strongly influence the shape and form of tomorrow’s car seat. Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE – this one takes a closer look at some approaches to car seat design.


Zoe leads Renault's EV sales surge - Analysis

19 Oct 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Overall sales numbers are modest but there's no doubting that the Zoe is finally becoming a success for Renault. A recently announced new battery pack which gives a far larger range might even make 2017 this B segment electric hatchback's best year yet.


Park assist makes parallel parking a breeze

18 Oct 2016 | Matthew Beecham

A recent survey revealed that 15 percent of drivers avoid parallel parking and three-quarters get ‘stage fright’ when trying to park in front of other drivers. Parking assistance technologies can spare any blushes and are available on a range of cars, including the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa (as seen on TV). Here we review such helpful technologies and what we can expect on tomorrow’s car.



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