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ANALYSIS - 2016 Kia Carnival Platinum

At 5,115m long and 1,985mm wide, the Carnival is just too big for many of Kia’s global markets. That’s a shame as its comfort and handling m...

ASEAN vehicle sales fall 3.6% in Q1

New vehicle sales in south-east Asia’s six largest markets fell by 3.6% to 737,474 units in the first quarter of 2016, from 765,399 units in...

ANALYSIS - supercharged Jaguar XF

The XE began what is turning out to to be a major sales revival for Jaguar. Now, the addition of the XF is adding momentum - UK market brand...

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Moving closer to self-driving

While self-driving cars are not yet available to the public, more and more models across all segments now offer some form of advanced assist...


Kia considers diesels for North America 19 Apr 2016

Roger Stansfield

The Hyundai Group, of which Kia is a part, has recently upgraded the emissions cell facilities at its technical centre just outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, to include diesel testing.


ANALYSIS - Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 18 Apr 2016

Glenn Brooks

Already produced in two Thai plants and from next year, in Indonesia as well, the Pajero Sport is becoming an increasingly important model for Mitsubishi’s global SUV line-up.


ANALYSIS - 2016 Jeep Renegade 14 Apr 2016

Glenn Brooks

With worldwide sales of almost 160,000 vehicles during its first full year of production, the Renegade has to be declared a major success. Not to mention a huge shot in the arm for what had been an ailing SATA-Melfi plant in Italy before FCA decided to manufacture it and the Fiat 500X there.


After 2.8m sales worldwide, Volkswagen redesigns the Tiguan 12 Apr 2016

Graeme Roberts

I was already aware of Volkswagen's Tiguan, the compact crossover SUV introduced in 2007, not least because two friends own one, along with two near neighbours. But, after being invited to the Berlin media launch of the redesign, I suddenly seemed to see them everywhere. That, said a senior VW GB PR, was not surprising: "It's now our third best seller in the UK after the Golf and Polo."


Nissan's ambitious global SUV plans 12 Apr 2016

Glenn Brooks

Nissan has big plans to expand its SUV line-up into the 2020s, building on its major successes with the Qashqai and Juke. And the first additional model will be revealed in just a few weeks' time in a segment many see as the potential next big sweet spot in certain key markets.


ANALYSIS - Depressed Brazilian market will disrupt technological advances 11 Apr 2016

Fernando Calmon

The time seems to have come: no one is sure about how long the Brazilian economy will keep getting worse before recovery starts.


ANALYSIS - Driving the Haval H2 SUV 8 Apr 2016

Glenn Brooks

Might Haval one day be as successful in markets outside China as Land Rover and Jeep are today? Today, it seems fanciful. Tomorrow? Who knows. The export drive has begun at least, and the brand’s smallest SUV is impressive.


Project HHR - Kaptur & future Renault SUVs 7 Apr 2016

Glenn Brooks

Renault says only that the recently announced Kaptur SUV will be for Russia. But there is a lot more to this new model, the fruition of an R&D project codenamed HHR, than meets the eye.


PSA claims class firsts for revamped Expert and Jumpy 5 Apr 2016

Graeme Roberts

PSA Peugeot Citroen is claiming a couple of firsts for its redesigned mid-size Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy/Dispatch model lines - a new, compact 4.6m long version and the availability of hands-free electric sliding side doors.


ANALYSIS - 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero/Shogun 4 Apr 2016

Glenn Brooks

It might have been around for nearly 17 years but Mitsubishi’s Pajero still sells relatively well, thanks to its superb 4x4 abilities and a reputation for being unbreakable.


Briefing: Iran's auto industry (2) 31 Mar 2016

Calum MacRae

Through a review of seven years of Iranian light vehicle production data, just-auto provides an understanding of the automotive industry’s current situation and identifies trends and opportunities in the sector that are now available. This is the second instalment, examining the outlook for natural gas vehicles in Iran, the strategies of Chinese OEMs in Iran and also market segmentation trends..


ANALYSIS - Hyundai bets big on Genesis 29 Mar 2016

Glenn Brooks

Hyundai has just added a limousine at the top of its Genesis line-up, and revealed a concept preview of a BMW 3 Series sized sedan. Between those two sits the Genesis Sedan, soon to gain a new name and other changes.


What potential does Iran hold for the global automotive industry? 24 Mar 2016

Calum MacRae

Through a review of seven years of Iranian light vehicle production data, just-auto provides an understanding of the automotive industry’s current situation and identifies trends and opportunities in the sector that are now available. This is the first instalment in March's management briefing.


Thailand’s Bangkok International Motor Show 2016 23 Mar 2016

Tony Pugliese

The 37th Bangkok International Motor Show got underway this week at the "Impact" exhibition centre near the old Don Muaeng airport on the outskirts of Bangkok. Tony Pugliese reports for just-auto


BMW Group prioritises factory digitalisation and ergonomics as workforce ages 22 Mar 2016

Graeme Roberts

One of the many things I enjoy about covering BMW's annual financial results press conference (reports here, here, here and here) is the 'show and tell' side trips – such as the Leipzig i3 'factory within a factory' in 2014. This year, rather than travel to the former east Germany, we needed only to cross the road from BMW Welt in the northern outskirts of Munich to the company's oldest factory – built 'out in the country' in 1922 (to make aero engines, with an airport across the road on what became the 1976 Olympics site), and now landlocked by the much-expanded city, requiring ingenious solutions for further expansion, such as the new paint shop (of which more later).


ANALYSIS - 2016 Infiniti Q50 range 22 Mar 2016

Glenn Brooks

In a fresh bid to enliven sales of the Q50 range, Infiniti has given this C-Class sized sedan new turbocharged V6 engines, including a 400hp unit.


ANALYSIS - 2017 Jaguar XE 18 Mar 2016

Glenn Brooks

Jaguar's worldwide sales were up by 50% in February, and by 47% for the year to date, thanks in no small part to the XE. The brand's new best seller now has some revisions for the 2017 model year, aimed at keeping that momentum going.


Will Q30 finally establish Infiniti as a premium success? 17 Mar 2016

Ray Hutton

Can the Mercedes-based Q30 finally establish the premium brand of the Renault-Nissan alliance?


New Tucson helps Hyundai to outsell GM Holden 11 Mar 2016

Glenn Brooks

How often do we hear of GM being humbled by Hyundai? That’s what’s been happening in Australia in recent weeks, as the Korean brand has overtaken Holden to claim third position. Much of the reason is the new Tucson.


ANALYSIS - 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport 9 Mar 2016

Glenn Brooks

Jaguar Land Rover had a record month for worldwide sales in January. Now comes news that February was even better, with a year on year gain of 31%. Leading the success was the Discovery Sport, the 100,000th example of which has just been delivered, 500 days after production of this SUV commenced.


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