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Does it matter that a version of the Clio now holds the record as the fastest small hatchback at the 20.8km long Nordschleife? To Renault it...
Jaguar has been in the news this week with the first details of the F-TYPE SVR. We should get used to those initials, as they signify what y...
New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets expanded by 4.4% to 858,872 units in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with 822...
The second part of this month’s briefing reviews just some of the supplier autonomous driving innovations that caught our eye in the consume...
Kia is set to launch its fourth generation Sportage, which made its global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt show, across European markets in this first quarter of 2016.
Infiniti had a record year in 2015, selling 215,250 vehicles worldwide. January is looking good too, with the addition of the UK-built Q30 just starting to add some decent volume, especially across European markets. But surely no Infiniti makes as much of a visual impact - and as much profit - as the range topper, the XXL-sized QX80.
The Ministry of the Environment in Seoul says it will seek to bring criminal charges against the managing director of South Korea's Volkswagen and Audi importer. The development is leading some observers to wonder whether there might be dissembling factors in play.
Motorists’ insatiable appetite for cleaner, safer and more comfortable cars is driving demand for sensors. As part of a new research project from just-auto/QUBE, we consider the forces driving the market for automotive sensors and opportunities for the supply industry.
BMW not too long ago revealed a preview of a 1 Series sedan, something which could well be the perfect complement to the current hatchback range. A four-door should sell strongly in the US and China but the big question is this: is the company planning to switch its smallest high volume model to a front-wheel drive platform?
Among those traditional automakers taking space at this year’s consumer electronics show (CES) – and stealing much of the limelight - were Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Hyundai-Kia and VW. Presentations from new names such as Faraday Future and potential disrupters Google and Apple gave the show an extra buzz. The accent was on personalisation of the driver experience via cloud connectivity, shared autonomous vehicles and even drone technology. In this month’s management briefing – the first of two parts – we draw on automakers’ plans for partial- and fully-autonomous cars to see what we can learn from it all. Our second part turns the spotlight on supplier ADAS innovations - from Autoliv to ZF TRW - that caught our eye in Vegas and Detroit over the past few weeks.
How often do any of us get into the driver's seat of a car and do a double take at the calibrations on the speedo? Indeed, the correct answer being not often enough. The 2016 F-TYPE R AWD hatchback has just thrilled me with its display going all the way to 340km/h.
In 2009, as Chrysler was emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Sergio Marchionne moved in to take control, no-one expected that, five years later, Jeep would become the star of the combined Fiat and Chrysler ranges.
The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas grows each year and for the past five years, vehicle technologies have moved ever closer to the spotlight. This year, as with 2015, the ‘Connected Car’ is set to be another massive trend at the trade show.
The year 2015 will probably go down in the annals of automotive industry history for Volkswagen’s jaw-dropping emissions cheating scandal. But plenty of other things happened over the course of the year. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett sifts through the just-auto archive month-by-month and offers a personal take on some of the year's most significant developments. Part 2 takes in the second half.
The year 2015 will probably go down in the annals of automotive industry history for Volkswagen’s jaw-dropping emissions cheating scandal. But plenty of other things happened over the course of the year. Seasoned observer Dave Leggett sifts through the just-auto archive month-by-month and offers a personal take on some of the year's most significant developments. Part 1 takes in the first half.
The automotive industry itself is more focused on developing Thailand and also Indonesia as low-cost global production bases. More so now in the wake of new trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), signed in October between 12 Pacific Rim countries including the USA, Japan and ten other Asian and South American countries.
Volvo Trucks North America’s decision to cut the workforce at its Virginia truck plant by around 25% in February 2016, is likely to send shivers through the entire North American heavy truck manufacturing sector. It is also a somewhat unfortunate baptism for Martin Lundstedt, the former president and CEO of major rival Scania, who replaced Olof Persson as Volvo president and CEO on 22 October.
New vehicle sales in south-east Asia stabilised in the third quarter after declining sharply in the second quarter, according to data compiled exclusively for just-auto.
Engines are expensive items for an automaker to develop and, after sharing some powertrains with former owner Ford, Volvo, under new Chinese owner Geely, developed its own Drive-E engine range. The engines, which are all built with a maximum capacity of two litres and four cylinders, offer lower weight, size and complexity, all resulting in lower emissions, lower fuel consumption and greater driveability.
There has been a flurry of announcements in recent weeks concerning the next wave of high-tech components.
SsangYong, the smallest, oldest, and worst-named of Korea’s motor manufacturers, has finally produced a car that measures up to the competition in the European market. The Tivoli is a B-sector supermini-SUV crossover which bears comparison with the Nissan Juke and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka which lead this expanding class – and with UK prices starting at GBP12,950, undercuts equivalent models by GBP2,000 or more.
In September 2015, the industry – and VW in particular – was dealt a seismic shock when it became clear that VW had sought to cheat US emission testing procedures with its diesel vehicles. Since then there has been much debate as to the impact this revelation – and other subsequent revelations – will have on diesel demand and on the company. In terms of diesel demand, the focus is on the European situation, as the market accounts for over 50% of worldwide light vehicle diesel volume. After considering the diesel market, the attention then switches to examining the particular impact on VW as a company.
The redesigned Clubman has taken BMW's English brand into new territory where Mini previously dared not tread - would you believe C segment? That'll add fuel to the fire for the numerous 'Bini' haters out there (at least on my Facebook page) who, 14 years on, have still not grasped the idea that Mini is now a brand and not a model description. Now just 2mm shorter than a Volkswagen Golf, the latest Clubman - insiders call it the longest and biggest Mini - is 27cm (almost a foot) longer than the five-door hatchback version on a wheelbase 100mm larger, and 7cm lower with 81 litres more luggage space. And it now has four 'proper' doors. Overall length is 4,253mm, width 1,800mm and height 1,441mm. The wheelbase measures 2,670mm (D segment territory in the 1980s!) while the track is 1,564mm front and 1,565mm rear.
The plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander has been a strong seller for Mitsubishi Motors in the UK and many other European markets. Now comes a dramatic mid-life facelift plus a raft of refinements and even better taxation numbers.
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