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ANALYSIS - Diesel and hybrid to come for new Honda Civic

24 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2SV series Civic currently being rolled out across European markets is a crucial car for Honda Motor Europe. The division saw its regional market share slump to just one per cent in Q1. The good news is that the tenth generation model is a big improvement on the outgoing 2HC.


ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h

21 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IS hybrid is one of those cars you don't often see, especially in the UK, which is a pity, as the IS 300h deserves to be far more popular than it is.


ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 1

20 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the first of two features which looks at the future models of the Nissan brand. Here, the focus is on cars, from Kei-class to Luxury, along with the 370Z/Fairlady Z and GT-R sports cars. The final part in the Nissan Motor Company series will examine Nissan brand crossovers, SUVs, MPVs, pick-ups, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.


ANALYSIS - 2017 Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI

18 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SUVs and crossovers might be stealing sales from many two-door cars but that doesn't mean premium-priced models are disappearing. Far from it. Audi continues to respond to the challenge of strong competition from the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé by rolling out multiple derivatives of the new A5 range.


Interior design and technology - Volvo V60

13 Apr 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside Volvo’s premium mid-size V60. Its uncomplicated cockpit swathed with soft-touch trim and supportive leather seats make this a comfortable place to drive from A to B.


Audi A5 cabriolet UK deliveries start

11 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Just as spring, or what passes for it, takes effect (we had a weekend of summer temperatures in some parts of the UK), Audi dealers are preparing to deliver the first of the new A5 cabriolets which join the coupe and Sportback (five-door liftback) in the redesigned range. Drop-top orders opened last February.


ANALYSIS - 2017 Volvo V60 Polestar

10 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo's phase-out of all engines with a capacity greater than 1,969 cubic centimetres and with more than four cylinders continues. Sadly, the intoxicatingly tuneful in-line twin scroll turbo six which powered the V60 Polestar is no more, replaced by a supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E unit. So, what's the verdict on the new four-cylinder engine?


Audi builds a stunning new body shop for latest alloy A8

5 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

For anyone that still thinks vehicle body design is simply a matter of rolling out some steel sheet, bashing it a few times and spot welding the resultant frame and panel parts into a car, let he or she come to Audi. And marvel at an 'Aluminium Space Frame' body destined for the redesigned A8, out later this year, that contains no fewer than 29 different materials. Knocked together with 14 joining processes.


Japanese automakers strengthen grip on SE Asia - ANALYSIS

4 Apr 2017 | Tony Pugliese

The Japanese auto industry maintained its strong grip on the vehicle markets of southeast Asia last year, according to exclusive data provided to just-auto.


Volkswagen aiming for C segment leadership with updated Golf

4 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The updated Golf is now available in UK dealerships. As well as the facelift plus revisions to the interior which extend to class-first gesture controls, there are new engines too. The best selling individual variant is expected to be the GTD, powered by a 184PS version of the Volkswagen Group's 1,968cc four-cylinder diesel engine.


ANALYSIS - Infiniti future models

31 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from the chapter on Datsun, the second installment in a Nissan Motor future models series takes a look at what's ahead for Infiniti. After this will come two features which examine the next generation of Nissan cars, crossovers, pick-ups and SUVs.


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.



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