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ANALYSIS: Depressed Thai market forces rethink

After a government stimulated market binge in 2012, the Thai vehicle market has been left saturated and has declined sharply since. As outpu...

ANALYSIS: VW Group - success and succession

Ray Hutton was at the annual Volkswagen media and investor conference in Berlin earlier this month. Attendees heard much on the subject of h...

ANALYSIS: UK supplier industry perks up

There are signs of a revival in the UK automotive supplier industry, but a sense of perspective is needed, says Dave Leggett....

Europe can be a Cadillac 'test bed' region

While Cadillac’s goal of evolving into a global luxury brand is dependent on the US and China, Europe remains part of the long-term equation...


VEHICLE ANALYSIS [updated 17/3]: Once more 2 the B-segment breach, Mazda 13 Mar 2015

Graeme Roberts

Starter for 10 - what is the average age of the B-segment buyer here in the UK?


ANALYSIS: Brazil gets its way in Mexico car quota deal 10 Mar 2015

Fernando Calmon

After some tense negotiations, both sides ended up yielding ground and the renewed automotive accord between Brazil and Mexico was finally signed yesterday (9 March) in Rio de Janeiro. Yet analysis suggests Brazil managed to achieve little advantage besides renewing import/export quotas for four years.


ANALYSIS: General Motors' latest retreat from Indonesia 10 Mar 2015

Tony Pugliese

General Motors' decision to close (at the end of Q2) its assembly plant in Bekasi, a satellite city just east of Indonesia's capital Jakarta, came as a shock to many in the industry. Tony Pugliese considers the reasons for the move and its implications.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2015 Range Rover Hybrid 2 Mar 2015

Glenn Brooks

It’s 120kg heavier than its equivalent SDV6 variants, yet averages 30+mpg in the real world with 26% fewer emissions of CO2. It will glide in and out of your garage in silence but 700Nm of torque can be summoned in an instant - the Hybrid is a Range Rover like none other.


February 2015 management briefing: 48V mild hybrids (3) 27 Feb 2015

Calum MacRae

Moving to a 48V architecture in hybrid and electric vehicles offers plenty of promise. It provides about four times the energy recuperation - from regenerative and friction braking - than is available on the traditional 12V system. Calum MacRae takes a closer look at supplier plans and forecasts for 48V.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Volvo UK goes for high spec, seven seat XC90 redesign 26 Feb 2015

Graeme Roberts

Volvo's UK unit is keeping one card up its sleeve when it launches the redesigned XC90 SUV starting in June.


ANALYSIS: Suzuki looks for brand resurgence with new Vitara 26 Feb 2015

Dave Leggett

As a car brand, Suzuki is not one of the big beasts of the auto industry. It's something of a niche player but is now planning to cement its position in key niches, says Dave Leggett.


ANALYSIS: Can 'smart' turn into a smart move for Daimler? 25 Feb 2015

Ray Hutton

Mercedes-Benz has struggled for 18 years to make profits from smart. Platform sharing with Renault may be the brand's last chance, writes Ray Hutton.


ANALYSIS: Europe's fragile recovery continues 23 Feb 2015

Dave Leggett

Car sales in January were off to a good start and it was the seventeenth successive month of growth. It's good that the market is growing again, but risks to recovery remain and trading conditions will remain tough across the region, says Dave Leggett.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: SEAT León Cupra 23 Feb 2015

Glenn Brooks

Once the Volkswagen Group’s biggest underachiever, SEAT is succeeding at last. The evidence? In Germany it’s now a top-ten brand, and in the UK, it was just 47 cars behind Fiat in January.


February 2015 management briefing: 48V mild hybrids (2) 20 Feb 2015

Calum MacRae

Moving to a 48V architecture in hybrid and electric vehicles offers plenty of promise. It provides about four times the energy recuperation - from regenerative and friction braking - than is available on the traditional 12V system. Calum MacRae takes a closer look at OEM plans in this area and asks, what will 48V bring?


ANALYSIS: How soon until Nissan Europe outsells Toyota? 17 Feb 2015

Glenn Brooks

Certain new and accelerating trends are revealed for the European passenger car market in the latest figures issued by ACEA.


ANALYSIS: Key new vehicles coming up 13 Feb 2015

Glenn Brooks

The Chicago auto show is now underway to be followed by Geneva in a few weeks' time, with New York and then Shanghai in April. Which are the key vehicles to note at these shows? just-auto's new and future products editor, Glenn Brooks, provides a need-to-know summary.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2015 Volvo S80 D4 13 Feb 2015

Glenn Brooks

This month marks nine years since the second generation S80 entered production, and by February 2016, its S90 successor will likely have appeared. Nonetheless, Volvo continues to tweak its largest sedan, with the Model Year 2015 S80 now on sale.


February 2015 management briefing: 48V mild hybrids (1) 12 Feb 2015

Calum MacRae

Moving to a 48V architecture in hybrid and electric vehicles offers plenty of promise. It provides about four times the energy recuperation - from regenerative and friction braking - than is available on the traditional 12V system. In this month's management briefing, Calum MacRae takes a closer look at the emerging technology platform.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro 12 Feb 2015

Glenn Brooks

The facelifted A6 range is now on sale in Britain. As well as the styling changes, emissions are claimed to be up to 22% lower, Matrix headlights are a new option, the CVT is replaced by a dual-clutch S tronic gearbox and EU6-compliant engines feature.


ANALYSIS: Global vehicle market in 2015 heading for growth 11 Feb 2015

Dave Leggett

According to LMC Automotive, the global light vehicle market ended 2014 on a high note with a best ever seasonally adjusted annualised rate of sales (SAAR) of 92m units a year posted in December as dealers and OEMs across the world aimed to hit their volume targets.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015MY Range Rover Sport SDV8 6 Feb 2015

Glenn Brooks

The 2015 model year Range Rover Sport is now on sale, and there are two main mechanical changes: an extra 40Nm of torque for the 4.4-litre diesel V8 and a new evolution of ZF’s 8HP70 eight-speed automatic gearbox.


ANALYSIS: Ford: Time to rev up profits in 2015? 2 Feb 2015

Colin Whitbread

Following the unveiling of Ford's Q4 and full-year 2014 financial results and, more importantly, its outlook for 2015, an obvious question is whether financial performance is poised to rev up in the same way as some of the new performance products recently shown in Detroit. Colin Whitbread considers the financial issues ahead for Ford.


ANALYSIS: Kadjar - Renault tries again in Qashqai segment 2 Feb 2015

Glenn Brooks

Frustrated with seeing Alliance partner Nissan's Qashqai selling over 200,000 units per annum in Europe, while its rival Koleos cannot manage even 10,000 registrations, Renault is having a rethink. Its answer? The Kadjar.


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