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ANALYSIS - The four-cylinder Porsche Cayman S

13 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Emissions. Reading that word surely makes executives at Volkswagen Group divisions shudder. But sometimes its use is benign: the new 2.5-litre flat-four turbo in the Porsche 718 Cayman S is low on CO2, returns more than 35mpg in the real world and sounds like no other previous Porsche engine.


AI and the future automotive experience

12 Jan 2017 | Dave Leggett

The recent CES included a number of innovations and concepts pitched at the emerging world of autonomous drive. However, we also heard of new concepts that utilise artificial intelligence (AI) as part of the vision of the autonomous future.


Interior design and technology - Vauxhall Astra

12 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Inspired by the Monza concept, the seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra made its global debut at the 2015 IAA. As one of the UK’s best-sellers, Astra is a household name for British car buyers with almost three million sold in the country over the last 38 years. Built at the carmaker’s Ellesmere Port factory, the mid-size hatchback is based on a lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, punchy powertrains and novel technologies. Continuing just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed one to take a closer look.


ANALYSIS - Alpine & Dacia future models [new information added]

11 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia are the first marques for a new series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand will make up the second feature, with a third concentrating on Renault passenger vehicles also to follow later in January.


Why RSM Samsung matters to Groupe Renault globally

11 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a new series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand make up this, the second feature, while a third concentrating on Renault passenger vehicles will follow later in January.


Briefing - HCCI engine technology

10 Jan 2017 | Calum MacRae

News that Mazda is hoping for a 30% fuel efficiency gain on an HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) engine to be introduced on the next generation Mazda3 in late 2018 brings this technology back into focus. Courtesy of just-auto's research service, QUBE, we provide a summary of HCCI technology and look at associated OEM activity.


Could FCA revive the afforable roadster market?

9 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Styling wise, the Mazda-based 124 Spider could be a mini-Maserati, and the interior is better than that of the three-times as pricey Alfa 4C. This little roadster has much to offer for anyone wanting an alternative to the plethora of B-SUVs bombarding the European and North American markets.


Refreshed Clio helps Renault UK to five-year sales high

5 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The changes are subtle but a facelift and a new 110hp diesel engine have played a role in giving the revised Clio a major sales boost in Britain.


2018 Stinger and other future Kia models

4 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai Motor and Genesis were the the first and second of Hyundai Motor Group's divisions to be explored in a three-feature series, and now comes Kia Motors Corporation. The company has multiple future models on the horizon, including Project CK, the Stinger, a big sports hatchback which will be revealed on 9 January.


Review of the automotive year, 2016 (Part 2)

23 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

The year 2016 certainly threw up one or two surprises (political developments in the UK and the US) with significant implications for the auto industry. And there were plenty of industrial points of interest for OEMs and suppliers. In short, it was another busy 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 and experiences. Part 2 takes in the second half.


Five key developments in Asia - 2016 review

23 Dec 2016 | Tony Pugliese

The year 2016 has been a strong one overall for Asia’s automotive industry. Regional sales are expected to increase by 9.5% to a record 42m units this year, according to estimates by AsiaMotorsBusiness based on data from 11 key markets in the region. Tony Pugliese looks at the top five nfluential events that took place in the region during the year.


Genesis future models - a global analysis

22 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The final OEM to have its future model plans examined by just-auto.com in 2016 is HMG. Hyundai Motor was the first division to be explored in this three-feature series, and now comes Genesis. An examination of what's ahead for Kia Motors will follow.


Hyundai future models [updated following sacking of HMA's CEO]

21 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The final OEM to have its future model plans examined by just-auto.com in 2016 is HMG. Hyundai Motor is the first division to be explored in this three-feature series. Examinations of what's ahead for Genesis and Kia Motors will follow.


Dealer deliveries in India up in November as market worries gather - ANALYSIS

21 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

Deliveries of passenger vehicles to dealers in India were up by 1.8% in November according to data exclusively compiled for just-auto by Deepesh Rathore. However, the slight gain comes as market concerns rise over the adverse impact on the economy of the Indian government's 'demonitisation' currency reform.


ANALYSIS - The CFRP & aluminium Audi R8 V10 plus

19 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It might have a 449kW (610PS) V10 engine but without its lightweight hybrid platform, the Audi R8 V10 plus wouldn't have such devastating performance. How devastating? Top speed is 330km/h (205mph) and zero to 100km/h takes just 3.2 seconds.


Chrysler, Dodge & RAM future models - a global analysis

16 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The seventh and final feature in the series concerning the future model plans of FCA Italy's and FCA US' brands is an analysis of what's coming for Chrysler, Dodge and RAM.


Top things we learned from TU-Automotive Munich 2016 - ANALYSIS

16 Dec 2016 | Cat Dow

As we review our notes from this year’s TU-Automotive Europe conference, we look at the most interesting insights as global players strive to bring more safety and security to our roads, via the Internet of Things.


Toyota launches C-HR crossover for Europe sales boost

15 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is hoping that its new C-HR crossover will bring an incremental sales boost of around 100,000 units a year in Europe. The ambitious target equates to an 11% segment share and reflects the company's assessment that the tech-heavy car will straddle market segments and attract new buyers from premium brands as well as mainstream ones.


Jeep future models - a global analysis

14 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The penultimate feature in the series concerning the future model plans of FCA' passenger vehicle brands is an analysis of what's ahead for Jeep.


Here to stay: car2go Europe's assumptions on the future of car sharing

14 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Around eight years after a pilot project began in the German city of Ulm, around 14,000 cars belonging to sharing pioneer car2go are now in use in other cities such as Berlin, New York and Chongqing.


Fiat & Abarth future models - a global analysis

13 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The final chapter in a series of articles exploring the current and next models from FCA Italy’s stable of makes centres on the Fiat brand, as well as Abarth.


Review of the automotive year, 2016 (Part 1)

12 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

The year 2016 certainly threw up one or two surprises (political developments in the UK and the US) with significant implications for the auto industry. And there were plenty of industrial points of interest for OEMs and suppliers. In short, it was another busy 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 and experiences. Part 1 takes in the first half.


Why the Mazda6 is outselling some D-premium models

12 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Mazda sells more cars in Europe than either JLR, Suzuki or Honda, but has no factory in the region. Now its models are becoming increasingly premium, with the 2017 model year Mazda6 a good example of that. What is the company’s secret recipe for this success?


Hyundai i20 Turbo - are three cylinders enough?

9 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

You could be excused for overlooking the Hyundai i20. The styling isn’t memorable, but a new three-cylinder turbo petrol engine gives this two-year old car fresh appeal in what is a crowded B-hatchback segment.


Why is FCA killing a premium brand which outsells Audi?

8 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

In spite of Lancia being the number one premium brand in its home market, FCA has decided that this luxury make has no future.


Toyota's approach to developing environmental technologies

6 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

As fuel consumption regulations continue to strengthen in various countries, and as many automobile manufacturers advance their commercialisation of electric-powered vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids (PHVs) and electric vehicles (EVs), Toyota is working to further evolve conventional fossil-fuel-powered engines and transmissions. The reason, the automaker says: "To steadily promote reduction in CO2 emissions".


Toyota's new TNGA based engines and transmissions

6 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation, now rolling out new vehicles - the fourth generation Prius hybrid and C-HR compact crossover - on its Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), announced it had developed advanced engines and transmissions and further evolved its hybrid systems and plans to use these new powertrain units in a "rapidly broadening range of vehicle models", starting in 2017.


Audi finds another niche with RS Q3 performance

6 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The 367PS RS Q3 performance might seem like a model which no-one asked for. Small sales numbers but big margins from high-priced niche vehicles such as this one are, however, what have helped to keep Audi ahead of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.


Innovative Faurecia seats for new Renault Scénic

5 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Designed with the capability to have 48V electrics for next year's Hybrid Assist variants, the new Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic also have the ingenious one-touch folding seats which Faurecia invented for the Espace.


Mercedes-Benz: Artificial intelligence – is there a human-centred approach?

5 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

How is artificial intelligence (AI) influencing tomorrow's mobility? How can we use its ideas today? How intelligent will the car of the future be? And above all: what role will people play in this? These were the central questions discussed by Mercedes-Benz experts at the fourth Future Talk in Berlin in dialogue with scientists, engineers and journalists.



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