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ANALYSIS: Indonesia's car market cools

Indonesia is an ASEAN market with plenty of growth potential. However, Tony Pugliese notes that it has hit some bumps in the road as fuel pr...

Briefing: Supplier industry financial review

Part 1 of this briefing reviews the recent financial results of a sample of major global auto suppliers; Part 2 highlights recent developmen...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2015 Volvo V60 Polestar

Yes, it's thirsty but the straight-six under the bonnet of the new V60 Polestar is Volvo's best sounding engine yet. Even better than the sa...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI

It can't catch the sixth place Qashqai but the recently facelifted VW Polo is now the UK's seventh best seller, ahead of the entire Audi A3...


ANALYSIS: Opel-Vauxhall and Buick's shared future 20 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

GM's Europe-based brands are plotting what could be a major reversal of fortunes. It's all about new cars, extra models and an ever-closer alliance with Buick.


ANALYSIS: PLDB Future Models - LA & Guangzhou shows insight 18 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

With Europe's big motor shows of 2014 now gone, it's now time for California (LA, first press day today, November 18) and southern China (Guangzhou) to take the spotlight for new model world premieres. As ever with PLDB, information on these vehicles continues to be added and updated, writes Glenn Brooks.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus NX 300h 14 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

After years in the European wilderness, Lexus now seems set on a steady path of sales expansion. The new NX, a RAV4-sized crossover, is the next step in its plan to become a sports-premium brand.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Kia electrifies its Soul 13 Nov 2014

Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors (UK) is taking a softly-softly approach to the launch of its first battery-electric car, targeting just 100-200 sales in 2015 through 13 specialist dealers. It expects to be third in Europe after EV-friendly Norway (1,030) and France (300).


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi S1 7 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

Given how long Audi has been having success with marketing quattro as a sub-brand, it's surprising how long it took to release a series production small car with all-wheel drive. Was the S1 worth the wait?


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: ADAS camera technologies 5 Nov 2014

Matthew Beecham

Among the major manufacturers pushing back the technical boundaries in the advanced driver assistance (ADAS) arena are TRW and Continental. Matthew Beecham caught up with Rolf Adomat, head of innovation management and ADAS system design at Continental's Chassis & Safety division and Andy Whydell, TRW Electronics’ director of product planning, ADAS to find out more about each supplier’s camera technologies.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Golf SV (Sportsvan) 4 Nov 2014

Glenn Brooks

When it first appeared, the Golf Plus seemed to be answering a question no-one was asking. But Volkswagen had seen an opportunity, and around 150,000 were built and sold worldwide in this model's best years. Now comes the replacement, the Sportsvan, or in Britain, the SV.


October 2014 management briefing: India automotive update (2) 31 Oct 2014

Tony Pugliese

India's automotive sector has suffered tougher times lately as the domestic economy has turned down. In this month's management briefing, Tony Pugliese examines the latest developments. This second instalment looks in a little more detail at domestic market trends by marque and exports [includes data tables].


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Vauxhall Corsa 31 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Could this be the car to wrest control of the UK's B-hatchback class away from the Fiesta? With Ford of Europe extending the current model's lifecycle out to eight years, Vauxhall might just get lucky.


October 2014 management briefing: India automotive update (1) 29 Oct 2014

Tony Pugliese

India's automotive sector has suffered tougher times lately as the domestic economy has turned down. In this month's management briefing, Tony Pugliese examines the latest developments, starting with an overview.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Maserati Ghibli diesel 29 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

How might Maserati attain its worldwide sales goal of 75,000 cars a year by 2018? By adding new models and offering more diesels. To judge by the torque, CO2 average, economy and surprisingly burbly exhaust note of the diesel Ghibli, the firm might just hit its target.


ANALYSIS: Q1-Q3 ASEAN sales down 11% 28 Oct 2014

Tony Pugliese

ASEAN's new vehicle market continued to decline in the third quarter of 2014, with sales in the region's six main markets combined falling by 10.5% to 767,419 units, from 857,051 in the same period of last year, according to data compiled exclusively for just-auto by AsiaMotorBusiness.com.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mitsubishi's top-selling Outlander PHEV 24 Oct 2014

Graeme Roberts

Ping goes the inbox. A welcome new email comes from our colleagues at JATO Dynamics with the latest eight-month YTD European PHEV sales data.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Peugeot RCZ R 21 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Audi, or Peugeot? No contest. But what if the question is instead TT or RCZ R? Trickier. It would be ironic if PSA's cost cutting means this beautiful coupe won't have a replacement as the RCZ is already a successful, high-priced Peugeot.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2014 Kia Sportage 17 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

Kia has just enjoyed its best September yet in Britain, with 13,292 cars delivered. And the top model? The Sportage, which is selling better than ever in recently updated form.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Bentley Continental GT V8 S 14 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

The current Continental GT has been on the market since early 2011 but Bentley continues to expand and update the range. A great excuse for just-auto to try the latest V8 S coupe.


Special management briefing: Paris show reflections (Part 2) 13 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

The Volkswagen Group didn't dominate the world premieres list, a 1970s DS21 devoid of Citroen badges was exhibited, Jaguar's XE drew only modest praise, and Volvo went properly premium - just some of the many highlights from the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.


Special management briefing: Paris show reflections (Part 1) 13 Oct 2014

Glenn Brooks

The Volkswagen Group didn't dominate the world premieres list, a 1970s DS21 devoid of Citroen badges was exhibited, Jaguar's XE drew only modest praise, and Volvo went properly premium - just some of the many highlights from the 2014 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Ford Mondeo redesigned for 2015 10 Oct 2014

Graeme Roberts

Over three generations since 1993, Ford has sold over 1.4m Mondeos in the UK alone and the car is a staple of the D-segment 'user chooser' fleet driver. With the new model for 2015, redesigned bumper to bumper, the UK sales company is tweaking its approach.


ANALYSIS: Genk 'rightsize' decision was 'right thing' - Ford 10 Oct 2014

Graeme Roberts

The elephant in the room at the European media launch event for Ford's new Mondeo was clearly the closure of the Genk factory in Belgium, until now the source of the automaker's key D-segment contender.


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