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Time is running out for Proton - Analysis

28 Sep 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s DRB-Hicom has stepped up its efforts to find a strategic partner for its struggling car subsidiary Proton, just four years after it acquired a controlling stake in the country’s first national car company.


VW stands back to let Seat and Skoda shine

27 Sep 2016 | Ray Hutton

Not so long ago, in the London Sunday Times, Jeremy Clarkson chose his 10 ‘stinkers’ - the worst cars sold in the UK. With his tongue even more firmly in his cheek than usual, he described the Seat Leon as ‘a nondescript waste of metal’ and the Skoda Superb as having ‘the same amount of soul as a fridge freezer’.


Driving the 570PS & 176mph Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

26 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It’s been in production for more than six years now so to keep the Cayenne range competitive against newer, lighter SUVs, Porsche’s solution is to add power and torque. The latest Turbo S is the result.


Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.


Ford charts path for long-term growth - Analysis

21 Sep 2016 | Dave Leggett

At its recent ‘Investor Day’, Ford’s senior management set out its strategic priorities. The plan is to build on core strengths and grow in emerging opportunities. Dave Leggett describes some highlights and offers an assessment.


Drilling down into Toyota's latest hybrid technology

15 Sep 2016 | Graeme Roberts

We recently reviewed the latest, fourth generation Toyota Prius. Now, Graeme Roberts looks at Toyota's hybrid sales success and some of the new technology in the first car built on the automaker's New Global Architecture platform.


Ford’s Investor Day – preview

14 Sep 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford is hosting will host an ‘Investor Day’ conference – an annual event - for representatives of the investment community in Dearborn today (Wednesday, September 14). The conference is from 10am to 2pm EDT, including a question and answer session. We look ahead to it.


Volkswagen Caravelle T6 - taking the fifty grand bus

14 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has dipped into its heritage with a new edition of the Caravelle. Two-tone paint and chrome-effect wheels are links to the split-screen Type 1 model of the 1960s. Yet at a recommended retail price of GBP53,610 (US$70,727), this is not quite the affordable converted van of yesteryear.


XC90 T8 - the sixty four thousand pound electric Volvo

9 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo’s transformation into a maker of sometimes high-priced luxury cars continues: it’s now possible to pay £64,000 (US$84,813) for the T8 version of the XC90. Is this PHEV worth that sort of money?


ANALYSIS - VW revs up its global CV ambitions with Navistar deal

6 Sep 2016 | Colin Whitbread

Volkswagen’s intent to acquire a 16.6% (post dilution) stake in Lisle, Illinois-based Navistar, coupled with a strategic technology and supply cooperation and the establishment of a purchasing joint venture represents a significant step forward for the German company’s global ambitions, ambitions that have so far been tempered by a lack of presence in the North American heavy truck sector. 


Lexus - future model plans and platforms

5 Sep 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Will Lexus ever catch the German Big Three brands in worldwide sales? Toyota's luxury brand won't be doing that in the next few years. Instead, it needs to expand into many new segments.


ANALYSIS - Subaru Levorg GT

31 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Subaru invented the crossover when it released the first Forester back in 1997. That all-wheel drive wagon with raised suspension went on to become an enormous hit. The Levorg, the company's newest additional model, won't be a massive seller but what it does represent is a new niche for the brand, sized between where the Impreza and Legacy wagons used to sit.


Diesel share of European car market falling

30 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett

Data released by LMC Automotive shows that the diesel share of the West European car market is continuing to decline this year.


ADAS technology partnerships shift up a gear to make autonomous cars a reality

26 Aug 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Mobileye and Delphi stepped forward this week to announce their plans to jointly develop a complete SAE Level 4/5 automated driving solution production ready for 2019. This latest technology partnership is just one of a string of others announced this year alone in the race to offer fully autonomous cars.


Toyota's future model plans and platforms

24 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The imminent end of North America's 2016 model year sees Toyota winding up Scion division but retaining certain models and changing their brand. In China, in Europe, in Japan and elsewhere, the Toyota model range is also being expanded. This first of a two-part analysis examines current and future models, with a report on Lexus to follow.


New Avant pushes Audi A4 to segment leadership

22 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Remember when the BMW 3 Series seemed unassailable in the UK and the rest of the European region? The latest Audi A4, which is especially popular as a wagon, is now outselling the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the 3er.


Baleno - Suzuki's first mild hybrid for Europe

16 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

CO2 emissions of 94g/km and official EC consumption numbers of up to 70.6mpg are impressive numbers for a four-metre long five-door diesel hatchback. But Suzuki Europe's newest model, the Baleno, is powered exclusively by petrol engines and those are its numbers.


What will a Tesla electric truck look like?

16 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett

Just what would a Tesla electric freight truck look like? It’s a question that many in the auto industry have been asking after the latest visionary bulletin (Master Plan, Part Deux) from Tesla founder and talisman Elon Musk. 


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Vehicle lightweighting solutions

16 Aug 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE – this one takes a closer look at some approaches to vehicle lightweighting.


Indonesia Motor Show: Focus is on small cars

15 Aug 2016 | Tony Pugliese

The Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show (GIIAS) got under way last week at the International Convention and Exhibition (ICE) centre in BSD, one of Jakarta’s fastest-growing new satellite towns. Tony Pugliese was there for just-auto


Volkswagen Beetle Dune - the rugged bug

10 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It might have raised suspension and wheelarches bedecked with chunks of grey plastic, but Volkswagen isn't calling its new Beetle Dune a crossover. Instead, it's meant to remind us of the ‘Baja Bugs’ associated with west coast America and off road racing. Can this new derivative give the now five year old third generation Beetle a sales boost?


Updated DS 3 key to brand’s growth - ANALYSIS

9 Aug 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The newly revised DS 3 is more convincing as a premium model than the original but as the brand’s volume product, it has a lot of pressure on it to perform.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Connectivity a priority for car buyers

9 Aug 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Connectivity between the vehicle, passengers and outside world has become a key priority for new car buyers. While the typical considerations of fuel consumption, performance and cabin comfort are still uppermost, staying connected while driving is moving up their list of priorities. This research snapshot takes a closer look at the driving forces, how the connected car could develop and the variety of solutions offered by a rising tide of tech companies eager to serve this blossoming market.


Huge opportunities ahead in autos – study

3 Aug 2016 | Dave Leggett

A study by consultants AlixPartners suggests the automotive industry faces the "biggest challenge of the past 100 years" and predicts that in the next 15 years electric and hybrid cars could capture over half of the market. It also says connected and autonomous driving will open up new earnings potential while digitisation will enable double digit cost reductions.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Automotive interior design and technology

3 Aug 2016 | Matthew Beecham

For some time, we have seen cockpit designers working on ways in which to display more information yet make the dash appear less complex. The general approach is to ensure that only the most essential information is displayed while remaining features are available in the background or brought up at will. But the increasing fitment of multimedia and connectivity systems suggest that this part of the interior is still in its infancy in terms of development. This month’s research snapshot is of the Volvo XC60 and Toyota Auris, taking a closer look at the interior design and technology that gives each a distinctive feel and style.


Jaguar and Land Rover – together but different

1 Aug 2016 | Ray Hutton

Separated at dual retailers, Jaguar and Land Rover both benefit from the manufacturer’s increasing autonomy – and the prospect of autonomous vehicles, says Ray Hutton.


Q7 e-tron - Europe's first plug-in Audi SUV

29 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo has gone one way with its four-cylinder petrol-electric plug-in XC90, while Audi believes Europeans wanting a plug-in hybrid SUV will prefer V6 diesel power. How does the first plug-in Q model for this region measure up?


ASEAN vehicle sales jump 11% in Q2

29 Jul 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in South-east Asia’s six largest markets rose by 10.6% to 781,162 units in the second quarter of 2016, from 706,532 units in the same period of last year, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto by AsiaMotorBusiness.com.


Kia Soul EV - sales rising as plug-ins take off

28 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Does the arrival of the Kia Niro mean the end for the plug-in Soul? Not at all, especially in Europe where the market for EVs fell just short of 99,000 units in the first half of this year.


New Astra Sports Tourer & future Opel/Vauxhalls

27 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Vauxhall can’t seem to catch the Focus and Golf but the addition of the new estate is giving the griffin logo brand a strong sales boost, the Astra pulling past the VW Polo in June to become the UK’s sixth best selling model.



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