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ANALYSIS: Autonomous cars and interior design

As the auto industry moves towards considering vehicles that require less driver input, profound questions are being raised concerning the s...

ANALYSIS: Will the XE work for Jaguar?

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

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Celerio and Suzuki's future cars

Don't let the vanilla styling make you overlook the importance of the Celerio hatchback for Suzuki in Europe. The days of this brand being a...

Ford Europe targets small fleets with Vignale

Ford says it is targeting small fleet buyers with its premium feel Vignale sub-brand for Europe which will debut with the Mondeo Vignale....


ANALYSIS: Volvo future models - what's coming when? 12 May 2015

Glenn Brooks

Not too long ago, Volvo had just two plants in Sweden and one in Belgium, plus a couple of small-scale SKD operations. By 2018, the firm’s manufacturing capability will have more than doubled, thanks to new facilities in China, the US, and likely India. What will be built in all these factories?


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Novel roof designs that surprise and delight yet keep a lid on weight and costs 11 May 2015

Matthew Beecham

While the variation of roof systems continues to grow, the push for lighter cars has led to the adoption of carbon fibre and polycarbonate in roof design. Matthew Beecham reviews some trends in the roof system market.


ANALYSIS: ASEAN vehicle market stuck in a low gear 6 May 2015

Tony Pugliese

Analysis provided exclusively to just-auto shows that the vehicle market in the ASEAN region continued to weaken in the first quarter of the year. Tony Pugliese assesses the latest market developments and prospects in the region's major national markets.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: New BlueHDi tech for Citroën C4 5 May 2015

Glenn Brooks

The Peugeot 308 GT is not the only new PSA C segment hatchback to benefit from the group’s latest BlueHDi diesel engine technology. The Citroen C4 has also just been updated, gaining a 98g/km 2.0-litre engine.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 'Bye Twin Gate, hello Superb hatchback 1 May 2015

Graeme Roberts

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 revealed during a wide ranging discussion on the sidelines of the international media launch in Italy, owners rarely used the 'boot' option so hatchback only it now is.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Peugeot 308 GT BlueHDi 29 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

Peugeot is trying to move its image and pricing to the space occupied by Volkswagen. Britain being the French brand’s third largest market, taking on the Golf here is key to its plan. The new 308 GT is an additional attempt to better compete with the UK’s best selling diesel car.


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of vehicle seating 27 Apr 2015

Matthew Beecham

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


ANALYSIS: Chinese OEMs winning big as SUV sales double 24 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

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?


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Subaru Impreza 24 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

Thanks to a greatly improved yen-sterling exchange rate, Subaru's UK importer is now bringing in the Impreza once more. It might be a little anonymous in the looks department but to drive, there's character aplenty.


ANALYSIS: Toyota's plant and product engineering revamp 22 Apr 2015

Dave Leggett

Toyota has had its fair share of problems to contend with in recent years. However, there are now signs that the company is raising its global game to compete with rivals, says Dave Leggett.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Polo BlueGT & Polo GTI 22 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

A facelift, more power for the GTI and a new engine which, in the BlueGT, runs on four or two cylinders are some of the highlights of the latest Volkswagen Polo range.


April 2015 management briefing (2): General Motors' OnStar Europe 'gamechanger' 21 Apr 2015

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 instalment, Cat Dow runs the rule over GM's plans to launch its OnStar telematics service in Europe in October 2015.


JUST A LOOK AROUND: Honda's Swindon plant ready to be Civic Central 20 Apr 2015

Graeme Roberts

There was a palplable air of excitement throughout just-auto's brief tour of Honda Motor Europe's Swindon. Newly named a global hub for the next generation five-door Civic (the Canadian plant in Alliston, Ontario will take over next generation CR-V production for Europe and the imminent redesigned Jazz will come from Japan), the sprawling factory has been through rough times in recent years, culminating in the mothballing of its second assembly line (in its own building) following the 2007-2008 credit crunch sales slump which hit the Honda and Toyota plants here in England particularly hard.


ANALYSIS: Can the Evoque remain JLR’s golden goose? 17 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

It's the car that created what must surely be the most profitable vehicle segment since the original Range Rover. Now, as the Evoque reaches mid-cycle, how can Land Rover make sure it continues to be JLR's profits powerhouse?


ANALYSIS: MG on the road to nowhere 16 Apr 2015

Ray Hutton

What's in a brand? The Chinese think that being British makes MG special. Here in Britain, the reality is that it must compete in the bargain basement.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Land Rover Defender 7 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

It's like driving an old-shape Transit and some of the final versions will cost in excess of GBP60,000, but the Defender will be much missed once production ends later this year.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Porsche Boxster GTS 2 Apr 2015

Glenn Brooks

Porsche's Europe-wide sales are by 43% so far this year. The addition of the Macan is obviously a big factor but so too is the firm's policy of adding derivatives throughout each model's lifecycle. The latest Boxster GTS is a case in point.


Management briefing: developments in powertrain batteries 31 Mar 2015

Matthew Beecham

Battery technologies for powertrain applications have become a focus of attention as OEMs seek to improve performance and reduce the costs of electrified vehicles - both hybrids and pure EVs. Matthew Beecham talks to industry participants to gauge the bigger picture and efforts to cut costs in this summary article from just-auto/QUBE.


ANALYSIS: Depressed Thai market forces eco-car rethink 26 Mar 2015

Tony Pugliese

After a government stimulated market binge in 2012, the Thai vehicle market has been left saturated and has declined sharply since. As output of small cars in other countries of the ASEAN picks up, the OEMs' planning assumptions for manufacturing eco-cars in Thailand are being upset and strategies hastily revised. Tony Pugliese reports.


ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Group considers success and succession 24 Mar 2015

Ray Hutton

Ray Hutton was at the annual Volkswagen media and investor conference in Berlin earlier this month. Attendees heard much on the subject of how the mighty VW Group marches onwards and upwards towards its 2018 target to be global number one. But who will be in charge by then?


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