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ANALYSIS: Mazda humiliates Toyota in Germany

It has no rich parent; no manufacturing plant in Europe; sells no hybrids, EVs or PHEVs. Plus, a new roadster has just been added to the mod...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Audi S8 & future models

Suddenly, the full-sized luxury sedan segment is roaring back to life. Forget the economic stalling in some parts of the world and instead s...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Redesigned Vauxhall (Opel) Astra

Executives' pride in Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant having secured the contract to be the lead factory for the new generation Astra was pal...

Thailand looks to end first-time buyer overhang

Thailand’s military government is desperate to draw a line under the first-time car buyer programme, a populist scheme which ran between Oct...

ANALYSIS: What does TPP mean for autos? 5 Oct 2015

Dave Leggett

A trade deal involving the US, Japan and 10 other Pacific rim countries has been agreed. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will reduce trade barriers between the nations involved and the agreement follows years of wrangling over arrangements for specific industrial sectors, such as automotive.

ANALYSIS: Europe diesel forecasts revised down on VW scandal 29 Sep 2015

Dave Leggett

The expected decline of the popularity of diesel-fuelled vehicles in the European car market has been significantly accelerated in the light of the Volkswagen diesel emission fixing scandal according to research carried out by analysts at just-auto's QUBE research unit.

September 2015 management briefing: Frankfurt IAA overview 23 Sep 2015

Glenn Brooks

In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production cars and trends seen at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA motor show.

ANALYSIS: Kia eyes Europe growth and sportier image 18 Sep 2015

Roger Stansfield

Kia will post a seventh successive record year for sales in Europe in just over two months’ time, with every confidence that there is more to come. We received an update on Kia’s Europe strategy at Frankfurt.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Tivoli and future SsangYong SUVs 18 Sep 2015

Glenn Brooks

Impressed by Jaguar's 203% year on year sales rise in August? That's of course down to the addition of the XE, but the leaping cat brand wasn't the British market's fastest riser last month: that award goes to SsangYong, its registrations rocketing by 262%. The new Tivoli has clearly hit the market at exactly the right time.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Euro 6 Cherokee diesel & future Jeeps 17 Sep 2015

Glenn Brooks

Is there a better example of the integration of FCA's R&D and manufacturing operations than the Jeep Cherokee? A front- and all-wheel drive Fiat CUSW platform, production in the US but soon to be expanded to China, and plans to develop additional models based on shared platforms - Jeep might have an all-American image but this is now a global brand.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: VW Passat 2.0 TDI Euro 6 11 Sep 2015

Glenn Brooks

It might only be the third best seller in its UK market class, but the Passat is climbing quietly up the sales charts. Last month, it even outsold one of the big success stories of 2015, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

September 2015 management briefing: Frankfurt IAA preview 10 Sep 2015

Glenn Brooks

The biennial Frankfurt Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) is upon us, with the media preview days taking place on 15 and 16 September. Time then to take a look at some of the new models and concepts making their global debuts.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2016 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 3 Sep 2015

Glenn Brooks

The global market for convertibles might be in decline but there's still good business to be had in the UK. The out of production Eos hasn't been replaced and the facelifted Golf Cabrio won't be in showrooms until February, so the Beetle Cabrio now has its chance to shine.

Key trends in the automotive air-con market 1 Sep 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some trends in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Mégane GT 220 Sport Tourer & future Renaults 26 Aug 2015

Glenn Brooks

The GT200 Sport Tourer version of Renault's B32 series Mégane is that rare thing - a small estate that brings a smile to the driver's face. The BFD five-door and KFB wagon replacement models will have a new platform, but will they be as much fun to drive?

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2016 Land Rover Discovery & 2017 L462 24 Aug 2015

Glenn Brooks

It might be more than a decade old but the Discovery is still one of the best four by fours that money can buy - constant development, including the latest Euro 6 compliant diesel engine, has ensured that.

August 2015 management briefing: Innovative emission technologies (2) 21 Aug 2015

Matthew Beecham

The main forces driving automotive emission technology are, of course, the ever increasing stringent emissions regulations worldwide. These in turn are triggering a raft of innovation in developing fuel efficient engines such as diesel or lean burn gasoline engines with high demands in particulate emissions reduction and NOx reduction technology. Alternatives fuels are another viable way to reduce CO2. For this second part of our management briefing, we talked with executives of Aeristech, Zircotec and Federal-Mogul about trends in after-treatment, exhaust coatings and 'upstream' factors influencing emissions as part of a move towards higher energy ignition systems.

JAKARTA SHOW REPORT: Indonesia Motor Show focuses on MPVs 21 Aug 2015

Tony Pugliese

The 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show got underway yesterday at the shiny new Indonesian Convention and Exhibition centre in BSD, a new commercial centre some 30km west of central Jakarta. Tony Pugliese was there.

ANALYSIS: Honda’s Bold Runabout Vehicle (BR-V) - the Next Big Thing? 20 Aug 2015

Glenn Brooks

Underlining Honda's increasingly smart move towards investing where populations and incomes are rising in Asia, the company has just revealed a prototype of a new model, the BR-V.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: MY2016 Volvo S60 & V60 Cross Country 20 Aug 2015

Glenn Brooks

In releasing the new S60 Cross Country, Volvo thinks there might just be a niche for an extended ground clearance D segment sedan. And, the company is hedging its bets, by also launching the V60 Cross Country estate.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Euro 6 Sorento 2.2 diesel & future Kia SUVs 17 Aug 2015

Glenn Brooks

The Sorento must surely be one of Kia Motors’ most profitable vehicles, especially in Europe. British market prices now stretch beyond the GBP40,000 mark, which arguably makes the latest model a premium brand vehicle.

ANALYSIS: Honda Europe in crisis - where's the Waku Waku? 14 Aug 2015

Glenn Brooks

Is it far fetched to suggest that Honda might eventually withdraw from the European market? That would be the worst possible scenario but where is the vision to prevent such a humiliation for this company, a global giant which keeps failing in EU markets?

ANALYSIS: Slovakia plant could lift JLR over 1m a year 13 Aug 2015

Calum MacRae

Jaguar Land Rover's announcement that it is planning a production plant at Nitra in Slovakia potentially raises its capacity by as much as 300,000 units a year. Calum MacRae considers the announcement in the context of the company's plant-model mix, its future growth strategy and outlines why the first model to be built in Slovakia could be the next Defender.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Subaru Outback & future models to 2021 13 Aug 2015

Glenn Brooks

It's a big seller in the USA, but here in Europe, the latest Subaru Outback is a fairly rare sight. That's a shame, as it makes a terrific family car and its rev-happy Boxer diesel engine is a brilliant piece of engineering for enthusiast owners.

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