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ANALYSIS - Volvo XC90 D5 PowerPulse

24 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo continues to tweak and expand the XC90 model line-up. The Drive-E diesel can now be upgraded with a PowerPulse package that boosts power to 235hp and raises torque to 480Nm.


ANALYSIS - current and future Datsun vehicles

23 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Future models for the three brands of Nissan Motor are the latest to be explored in just-auto's ongoing series. Datsun comes first, to be followed by Infiniti, and then a look at Nissan.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Review of automotive glazing trends

23 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one takes a closer look at some trends in the application of water-repellent coatings, polycarbonate and solar control glazing.


ANALYSIS - future Volvo cars and SUVs

21 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from two recent features concerning future models for the Lynk & Co, Geely and Geely Emgrand brands, now comes the final part in a series: current and future Volvo vehicles.


ANALYSIS - New C3 leads Citroën sales fightback

17 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA's sales fightback continues, with Citroën starting to gain the new vehicles it has needed for some time to arrest falling sales across Europe. A new C3 is the latest fresh model to join the brand's line-up, with the first of several SUVs to come later in 2017.


ANALYSIS - Why Geely should sell 1m+ cars in 2017

15 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features looking at the future models of Zhejiang Geely/Geely Auto was published recently. Now comes an examination of what's ahead for Geely Emgrand, one of the fastest expanding car brands in China right now. The final feature will concentrate on Volvo Car Corporation.


Manufacturing (and driving) the world's fastest diesel car

13 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Porsche says its new Panamera 4S is the world’s fastest diesel car. How fast? Top speed is 177mph and with launch control activated, zero to 62mph takes just 4.3 seconds.


ANALYSIS - The future models of Geely & Volvo's Lynk & Co

9 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company, owner of Volvo Car Corporation, is also the parent firm of Geely Auto. The future vehicles to be rolled out by both these divisions will be examined in a new editorial series. The first of three features, however, concerns Geely's forthcoming Lynk & Co brand.


New Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 - a 400km range electric car?

1 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Fresh from having sold almost 19,542 examples of the Zoe in 2016, Renault sees another good year ahead for the B segment electric hatchback. A new battery pack which promises up to 400km or a real world range of 300km is now available.


ANALYSIS - Peugeot future models part 2

27 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the final feature in a five-part series which examines the current and future models for Groupe PSA's passenger car brands. The last instalment offers an overview of Peugeot's future SUVs, monospaces and electric vehicles.


Volvo Cars VP interior design on V40 CC, more digital content and technical features

27 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Volvo sold 46,696 cars in the UK last year, of which the V40/V40 Cross Country was the highest-selling model accounting for 16,491, followed by the ever-popular XC60 (16,038) and new XC90 (5,801). We recently borrowed a top-spec, four-wheel drive V40 CC T5 to take a closer look at the interior and spoke to Robin Page, vice president interior design, Volvo Cars to add a little more colour.


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.



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