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RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of front-end modules

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

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015 Mazda CX-5 & future CUVs

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...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Leon X-Perience & SEAT SE376

The Leon range continues to be SEAT's salvation, its multiple bodystyles successfully tempting ever more buyers to switch to the Spanish bra...

Briefing: Active safety systems

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. A...


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.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: New TTS & Audis for 2016 and beyond 16 Jun 2015

Glenn Brooks

Has Audi ever bettered the styling of the original AU314 TT? Certainly to many eyes, the second generation model was a disappointment, but the progressive tech and aggressive looks of the new model are a big step ahead, especially in TTS form.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: The thinking Honda SUV 15 Jun 2015

Graeme Roberts

The press kit for Honda's January launch of the updated 2015 CR-V contained a short detail that caught Gadget Nut here's attention.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of the electrically powered steering market 15 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham looks at how the application of electric power steering (EPS) is shaping up in developed and emerging markets as well as some novel steering and reversing innovations.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of automotive glazing 11 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some value-added glazing products, including acoustic windscreens, infrared reflective windscreens, laminated side glass, polycarbonate and ever thinner glazings. But are these features really just solutions looking for problems?


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of vehicle door innovations 8 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel door component innovations, including the use of tropical plant material by Ford and a game changing latch from Magna.


ANALYSIS: Perodua is the main beneficiary of Proton's decline 4 Jun 2015

Tony Pugliese

Malaysian nation carmaker Proton has been in decline as protectionist trade measures in Malaysia have been eroded under regional trade agreements. However, Malaysia number two maker - Perodua - has fared relatively well recently. Tony Pugliese examines the picture.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: New Touareg 3.0 TDI & future VW SUVs 4 Jun 2015

Glenn Brooks

The need for Euro 6 compliancy has seen Volkswagen fitting the facelifted Touareg with a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel. There are also interesting plans for VW’s global SUV strategy, with multiple models in the future products pipeline.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of windscreen wipers 4 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's new series of ‘research snapshots' - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some novel and obscure wiper blade innovations including one technology that could eliminate the wiper altogether.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 'viving the Vauxhall Viva 3 Jun 2015

Graeme Roberts

In advance of the media launch of a 'revived' or 'retro' model line I usually coat myself liberally with sweetened cynicism based on what has gone before. Ford Mustang (which never really went away but went smaller for a while), Fiat 500, Volkswagen Beetle - they've all worked, more or less. But Pontiac Le Mans, oh dear, oh dear.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Lights, camera, action – tomorrow’s rearview mirrors 1 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

The rearview mirror has been transformed over the last decade into a high-tech electronic module, writes Matthew Beecham. Tomorrow’s mirrors will feature even more, including lights, cameras, displays and controls.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus RC F & future brand plans 29 May 2015

Glenn Brooks

Lexus sales are soaring in the UK, and all across the European continent, even in Germany. What's happened? New products, in short. Arguably the best of the lot is the F version of the RC, a true super-coupe.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mini JCW & future model plans 28 May 2015

Glenn Brooks

The Mini John Cooper Works is fast (of course), handles brilliantly (ditto) and is being launched as a three-door only (but a convertible and/or a five-door might follow). This latest model for BMW Group's UKL1 architecture will also soon be joined by yet more new Minis.


ANALYSIS: Where will autonomous cars take interior design? 21 May 2015

Chris Wright

As the auto industry moves towards considering vehicles that require less driver input, profound questions are being raised concerning the space inside the vehicle and how the driver spends his time. Chris Wright talked to Ford of Europe's design director about the potential implications of autonomous drive for future vehicles' interior design.


ANALYSIS: Will the XE work for Jaguar? 19 May 2015

Ray Hutton

Can the XE finally establish Jaguar in the hottest sector of the premium car market? Ray Hutton considers the issues.


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