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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.


FCA realigns its global manufacturing footprint – OEM Update

27 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

One of the busiest manufacturers in terms of re-aligning its global manufacturing footprint is FCA. Some extraordinary developments are said to be taking place, and this includes an apparent decision to shift two future crossovers out of Mexico and into Italy.


Auto business confidence hit but holding up, despite Brexit

26 Jul 2016 | Dave Leggett

A global survey of professionals across four industries – including automotive – shows that global auto industry confidence is holding up, despite some reduction in business optimism following the UK referendum vote to leave the EU last month (so-called ‘Brexit’).


Driving the new Q30, and Infiniti future models

22 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a long time coming but finally European car buyers are becoming aware of Infiniti. The Q30 is the reason why brand sales were up by 177% in the first half of 2016.


Audi S8 plus - if 585PS just isn’t enough power

21 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Are there really people who think the 585PS 4.0-litre biturbo V8 S8 is too slow? It seems so, as Audi now sells a 605PS plus variant which also has a handy lift in torque to 750Nm.


Indonesian market rebounds in Q2

21 Jul 2016 | Tony Pugliese

The new vehicle market in Indonesia continued to recover in June, with sales rising by 11.3% to 91,500 units from 82,200 units a year earlier, according to data released by the automotive industry group Gaikindo.


Brexit could lift UK auto production – Asia perspective

20 Jul 2016 | Tony Pugliese

The automotive industry in Asia is busy weighing up the implications of last month’s decision by the UK to leave the EU - whether the outcome of the referendum represents an opportunity for their businesses or in fact a threat. The impact so far in terms of currency fluctuations has been significant.


Ford and Lincoln future models into the 2020s

18 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

In the final part of just-auto's in-depth look at Ford Motor Company's future models and architectures, the spotlight is on the firm's high margin vehicles; namely large SUVs and pick-ups, along with what's in the pipeline for Lincoln.


New biturbo 3.0 for 911 - best Porsche engine yet?

13 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Porsche’s worldwide sales were up by just three percent in the first half of 2016 but the 911 is doing better than that, deliveries rising by 10 percent. That’s thanks to the release of a model which has had so many changes in mid-life that it even gains a new project code: 991.2, as opposed to 991 for the series which first appeared in late 2011.


New 300PS diesel for Jaguar XJ - ANALYSIS

11 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Never a big seller, nonetheless JLR does have plans to replace the now six years old Jaguar XJ. That won’t be for another three years but in the meantime, a package of tech updates and a new diesel are paying sales dividends.


Fiat 500 a building block for future small cars

7 Jul 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The latest 500 is a worthy update of what had already been a big seller, especially in European countries. Like Mini, this is an expanding franchise, as the 500e, 500X, 500L and 500 L Living/MPW prove. FCA has further plans to add even more derivatives, each of which should aid the ongoing cause of a major revival in the fortunes of the Fiat brand.


July 2016 management briefing: Johnson Controls on redefining European car buyer groups

7 Jul 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Concerned that the traditional car model segmentation is an outdated means of describing target groups, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating worked with researchers from Concept M institute for market psychology to define a set of more meaningful categories that pinpoint the diverse needs and wants of today’s European drivers. The supplier used a recent press gathering in Berlin to explain its approach, findings and practical relevance to automakers.


Audi tech migrates south to updated A3

6 Jul 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Audi's updated A3, launched in Europe last April, has reached the UK with new driver assistance systems and engines plus the usual 'mid life facelift' updated headlights and tail lights and other minor styling tweaks. The Audi 'virtual cockpit' is also available in a range that encompasses three- and five-door hatchbacks (the latter dubbed Sportback), a sedan and cabriolet. There are also sport S3 versions, and (not for the UK) electrified e-tron plus g-tron gas-fuelled models.


Brexit update - Where are we now?

5 Jul 2016 | Dave Leggett

Dave Leggett provides an assessment of the latest developments following the UK’s referendum result to leave the EU.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: A review of the active grille shutter market

5 Jul 2016 | Matthew Beecham

The aim of an active grille shutter (AGS) is to respond to the driving environment in order to reduce drag and improve fuel economy. During motorway driving, for example, the louvres would close thereby pushing the air around the vehicle to improve aerodynamics. If the car is towing a load or slow moving in traffic, the louvres would remain open to help maintain the best engine temperature.  Given that an increasing number of cars now have an AGS, here is our round-up of the market.



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