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VA: Minnow Mitsubishi not short on L200 claims

Minnow Mitsubishi Motors UK (MMUK) is only a bit player in the 2.5m unit UK new car and 321,000 commercial vehicle market but has long punch...

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of road wheels

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some tren...

ANALYSIS: New DS 5 & the future of PSA's new brand

It will soon be 60 years since the Citroën DS was revealed to dropped jaws at the 1955 Paris motor show. Now, PSA has a more subtle desire t...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015 Mazda6 & future models

As noted recently on just-auto, Mazda is on a roll in its home market but it’s also doing very well in North America, China, Australia and a...


ANALYSIS: Foreign brands attack declining Japanese market 16 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

Vehicle sales ended the first half of CY2015 down 11%, due mostly to a tax rise for Kei-models. Yet not every OEM is suffering. Mazda was up 47% in June, while multiple European brands are also enjoying high percentage gains.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of electronic braking systems 15 Jul 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some advances in the electronic braking system arena.


ANALYSIS: Europe needs faster economic growth to lift car sales 13 Jul 2015

Dave Leggett

The news on Greece's debt crisis (which is also Europe's currency crisis with potential economic spillover) appears positive this morning.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2 Series Gran Tourer & future UKL1 platform BMWs 13 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

As recent registrations data from Germany reveal, BMW's decision to spread engineering resources into additional models has brought good and bad news. Now, the just-launched LWB 2 Series MPV should, the firm hopes, attract many conquest sales.


ANALYSIS: BMW sales plunge in largest EU market 9 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

The 12 percent YoY rise in the June German passenger cars market has seen some notable changes to the usual pecking order. Opel muscled past both Ford and BMW to take fourth position behind Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and third-placed Audi.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Honda's HR-V returns, refreshed 8 Jul 2015

Graeme Roberts

Honda UK's dealers will get their first HR-Vs, sourced from Mexico (a first for the automaker in Europe), next month. The B-SUV/crossover returns the automaker to a segment it effectively created in 1999 with the first HR-V but subsequently abandoned in 2005, after the usual mid-cycle refresh, leaving the larger CR-V as its sole SUV offering in most markets outside North America and Japan.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015 Rio & Kia's future small cars 8 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

In South Korea it's always been the Pride, in China it's the K2, while in Europe and the Americas, Kia's B-hatchback is called Rio. The recently updated model is a solid cornerstone for its maker's future small car ambitions, worldwide.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of tyre trends 8 Jul 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some technical trends in the tyres sector and rolls out a few facts to memorize and amaze your friends.


ANALYSIS: Thailand targets EVs for future growth 6 Jul 2015

Tony Pugliese

The Thai government has identified electric vehicles (EVs) as the next growth segment for its automotive industry and looks to be in the process of developing a comprehensive strategy to attract investment in this sector.


ANALYSIS: 2015 WRX STI & Subaru’s future SGP vehicles 6 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

Infamous as the ATM ram raiders' getaway vehicle of choice, the WRX STI brings Subaru lots of welcome and unwelcome publicity. For all that, this compact super-fast sedan remains an engineering tour de force and a seriously exciting car to drive.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of front-end modules 1 Jul 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some lightweight solutions fitted to front-end modules by Faurecia, BASF, Plastic Omnium and SABIC Innovative Plastics.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015 Mazda CX-5 & future crossovers 30 Jun 2015

Glenn Brooks

Updated for 2015, the latest Euro 6-compliant Mazda6 has also had a mid-life facelift. A policy of short life cycles for major models is one of the factors driving ever rising sales, allied to the addition of crossovers into yet more segments.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Leon X-Perience blazes trail for future SE376 SUV 26 Jun 2015

Glenn Brooks

The Leon range continues to be SEAT's salvation, its multiple bodystyles successfully tempting ever more buyers to switch to the Spanish brand. The most recent addition, the X-Perience, means the line-up now includes a crossover too.


June 2015 management briefing: Active safety systems (2) 25 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. Although the accent is on giving assistance to the driver rather than take control away, motorists are still wary about cars that supposedly drive themselves. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), rearview cameras, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This second instalment considers AEB and HUDs.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Toyota Auris adds clever small gasoline engine 24 Jun 2015

Dave Leggett

Toyota has added a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine to its revised Auris model. The company says the new four-cylinder direct injection unit delivers performance similar to that of a 1.6-litre engine but with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2016 Maserati Quattroporte & future plans 23 Jun 2015

Glenn Brooks

Sales of the Jaguar XJ might be stuck at saddening levels, but another 'old' brand is having much success with its own full sized luxury saloon.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of shock absorbers 22 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel shocks and asks: what does the autonomous car mean for suspension manufacturers?


June 2015 management briefing: Active safety systems 18 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS): rearview cameras; autonomous emergency braking systems; and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This first instalment considers rearview cameras.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of start-stop engines 17 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews the blossoming market for start-stop applications and some implications for batteries and lubricants.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: New product may tip Mazda over the 50K edge 17 Jun 2015

Graeme Roberts

In what is one of its busiest 'new product' years, Mazda UK is hoping the resulting sales may tip it back over into 50,000 territory as the UK likely heads for another record year with 2.5m total industry sales possible.


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