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ANALYSIS - Peugeot future models part 1

23 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the fourth feature in a five-part series which examines the current and future models for Groupe PSA's passenger car brands. Following on from a look at DS and then Citroën, Peugeot is the subject of the final two chapters. This feature looks at the A-D segments as well as a future pick-up. The last instalment will focus on the brand's future SUVs, monospaces and electric vehicles.


ANALYSIS - Citroën future models part 2

21 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the third of five features in a series which examines the current and future models for Groupe PSA's passenger car brands. Following on from a look at DS, and then at the A-to-E segment sedans, hatchbacks and estates of the Citroën brand; the division's next electric models, SUVs and monospaces are explored below. Peugeot, the subject of the final two chapters, will follow in the coming days.


Does Grandland X mean the end for Vauxhall Zafira?

20 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

General Motors Europe will be having a busy 2017, rolling out not only the new Insignia in no less than four body styles, but two new SUVs, the Crossland X and larger Grandland X. So does the latter take over from the similarly sized Zafira Tourer? Not at all, insist both Opel and Vauxhall.


ANALYSIS - Citroën future models part 1

16 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the second feature in a five-part series which examines the current and future models for PSA Group's passenger car brands. Following on from a look at DS, the focus now turns to Citroën. Peugeot, the subject of the final two chapters, will follow a second Citroën feature which looks at the brand's future SUVs, monospaces and electric vehicles.


Will Geely take control of Proton?

13 Feb 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Shares in Proton Holding’s main shareholder, DRB-Hicom Bhd, rose to a three-month high last week as speculation mounted that China’s Geely Automobile Holdings is the front-runner to take control of Malaysia's first national car company.


China, India and Europe boost global car sales 5.6%

10 Feb 2017 | Graeme Roberts

JATO Dynamics' analysis of 52 markets found that 84.24m units were sold in 2016, which was driven by increased demand in China, India and Europe. China saw double-digit growth in sales, while demand in the US remained stable. Global demand for SUVs continued, with significant sales increases in the segment across South East Asia, Europe and China.


Toyota doubles Prius PHV range and goes tech-mad

9 Feb 2017 | Graeme Roberts

And so, round two of Prius plug-in, a much improved, longer range, more distinctive, fully redesigned model dripping with new technology and yet I'm left with a tinge of disappointment - still would not be able to do the 42-mile round trip to the office without a recharge, something no PHV I've tried to date can manage.


Multiple Opel-Vauxhall SUVs to follow new Mokka X

8 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen and General Motors Europe took different paths to the same place. Opel and Vauxhall were in the B-SUV segment years before almost all others with the Mokka. Meanwhile, VW still has no small SUV but dominates several larger classes in EU markets. Soon, GM Europe will begin adding three more SUVs in an attempt to take on Europe's number one brand.


Jaguar sales surge 76% due to F-PACE and XF

7 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

January was yet another excellent month in the UK for Jaguar, its sales rise of 20 per cent outpacing the market's 11 per per cent gain. Much of the additional volume is coming from the F-PACE, yet the brand's two youngest saloons are also doing well. The larger of those, the XF, has had some updates for model year 2017 and an estate will be added for MY2018.


Kia covers the B-segment bases with redesigned Rio

6 Feb 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia UK is covering all engine, fuel, transmission and trim bases with the launch of its fully redesigned Rio, the fourth generation of the B-segment 'supermini' to be sold here.


What PSA Group must do to turn DS around [updated]

3 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The future model strategy for DS is explored here in this, the first in a series concerning the passenger car brands of PSA Group. The other chapters will be a focus on Citroën, followed by Peugeot.


ANALYSIS - VW Golf Clubsport & the next GTI

3 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The special edition Clubsport was created to commemorate four decades of the Gran Turismo (Fuel) Injection. With an engine which can produce up to 290PS, this is the most powerful front-wheel drive Golf currently on sale.


ASEAN REPORT - Vehicle sales up 4.2% in 2016

1 Feb 2017 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets are estimated to have risen by 4.7% to 947,241 units in the fourth quarter of 2016, from 904,504 units in the same period of the previous year, according to data exclusively provided to just-auto by AsiaMotorBusiness.com.


ANALYSIS - New safety tech for 2017 Volvo S90

31 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The S90 has only been in production for 10 months but already there is an updated version, with additional safety equipment and new powertrains.


ANALYSIS: How global will FCA go with Fiat Tipo?

27 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

One year on from the start of production in Turkey, Fiat’s low-cost replacement for the Bravo is selling well, especially in Italy and even in Mexico where it has Dodge Neon badges. Will this become a global model for China and Brazil too?


Can VW trump Toyota Hilux with new Amarok V6?

25 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Is there a market for a £40,000 pick-up? There is. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ UK outpost is in fact so confident of the revised Amarok’s success that it has dropped the previous four-cylinder variants and installed a 3.0-litre V6 diesel in their place.


Renault future model plans - Part 2 of 2

24 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a four-part series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand made up the second feature and the third was a look at current and future Renault brand models in the A, B, C and D segments. The final instalment below is a focus on crossovers/SUVs, monospaces/MPVs, pick-ups and EVs.


Briefing – AI, machine learning and cars

23 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Not so long ago, the consumer electronics show (CES) was the place to exhibit the latest in computers, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets. It still is although the accent is changing. Every year, this Las Vegas tech fest attracts a rising tide of automotive suppliers taking space both inside and outside the convention centre halls. This month’s management briefing turns the spotlight on some of those exhibitors operating in the brave new auto world of voice control, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Now we’re talking.


Trade worries emerge in just-auto annual confidence survey

20 Jan 2017 | Dave Leggett

Although the global auto industry is taking a positive view of prospects for 2017, trade worries have emerged as a significant new concern in this year's annual just-auto annual confidence survey.


Renault future model plans - Part 1 of 2

20 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a four-part series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand made up the second feature, and now Renault's current and next generation passenger vehicles are examined. The number of models means this has been split into two parts. Below are A, B, C and D segment vehicles. The final instalment will be on crossovers/SUVs, monospaces/MPVs, pick-ups and EVs.


Mini goes after Qashqai with new F60 Countryman

18 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A second Mini model in the C segment goes on sale in Britain and other European nations from February. The new, bigger Countryman leaves the B-C size class, there is no successor for the Paceman and all build this time is by VDL in the Netherlands instead of by Magna Steyr in Austria.


ANALYSIS - The four-cylinder Porsche Cayman S

13 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Emissions. Reading that word surely makes executives at Volkswagen Group divisions shudder. But sometimes its use is benign: the new 2.5-litre flat-four turbo in the Porsche 718 Cayman S is low on CO2, returns more than 35mpg in the real world and sounds like no other previous Porsche engine.


AI and the future automotive experience

12 Jan 2017 | Dave Leggett

The recent CES included a number of innovations and concepts pitched at the emerging world of autonomous drive. However, we also heard of new concepts that utilise artificial intelligence (AI) as part of the vision of the autonomous future.


Interior design and technology - Vauxhall Astra

12 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Inspired by the Monza concept, the seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra made its global debut at the 2015 IAA. As one of the UK’s best-sellers, Astra is a household name for British car buyers with almost three million sold in the country over the last 38 years. Built at the carmaker’s Ellesmere Port factory, the mid-size hatchback is based on a lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, punchy powertrains and novel technologies. Continuing just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed one to take a closer look.


ANALYSIS - Alpine & Dacia future models [new information added]

11 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia are the first marques for a new series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand will make up the second feature, with a third and fourth concentrating on Renault passenger vehicles also to follow later in January.


Why RSM Samsung matters to Groupe Renault globally

11 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a new series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand make up this, the second feature, while a third and a fourth concentrating on Renault passenger vehicles will follow later in January.


Briefing - HCCI engine technology

10 Jan 2017 | Calum MacRae

News that Mazda is hoping for a 30% fuel efficiency gain on an HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) engine to be introduced on the next generation Mazda3 in late 2018 brings this technology back into focus. Courtesy of just-auto's research service, QUBE, we provide a summary of HCCI technology and look at associated OEM activity.


Could FCA revive the afforable roadster market?

9 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Styling wise, the Mazda-based 124 Spider could be a mini-Maserati, and the interior is better than that of the three-times as pricey Alfa 4C. This little roadster has much to offer for anyone wanting an alternative to the plethora of B-SUVs bombarding the European and North American markets.


Refreshed Clio helps Renault UK to five-year sales high

5 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The changes are subtle but a facelift and a new 110hp diesel engine have played a role in giving the revised Clio a major sales boost in Britain.


2018 Stinger and other future Kia models

4 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai Motor and Genesis were the the first and second of Hyundai Motor Group's divisions to be explored in a three-feature series, and now comes Kia Motors Corporation. The company has multiple future models on the horizon, including Project CK, the Stinger, a big sports hatchback which will be revealed on 9 January.



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