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Briefing: Active safety systems

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. A...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Lexus RC F & future brand plans

Lexus sales are soaring in the UK, and all across the European continent, even in Germany. What's happened? New products, in short. Arguably...


COMMENT: Volkswagen outsells Vauxhall in UK

Glenn Brooks | 7 May 2015

Ford is secure as market leader in Britain but there was a major upset in the April passenger car market with Vauxhall losing its traditional second place to Volkswagen.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Good news for UK Auto Making

Graeme Roberts | 2 Apr 2015

There was some good news for UK Auto Manufacturing Plc this week as Honda announced that its under-used European car plant in Swindon would become the global production hub for the next generation Civic five door hatchback.


ANALYSIS: Nissan Europe is closing in on Toyota

Glenn Brooks | 17 Feb 2015

Certain new and accelerating trends are revealed for the European passenger car market in the latest figures issued by ACEA.


ANALYSIS: Key new vehicles coming up

Glenn Brooks | 13 Feb 2015

The Chicago auto show is now underway to be followed by Geneva in a few weeks' time, with New York and then Shanghai in April. Which are the key vehicles to note at these shows? just-auto's new and future products editor, Glenn Brooks, provides a need-to-know summary.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Alain Uyttenhoven, Head of Lexus Europe

Glenn Brooks | 24 Nov 2014

Russia, Lexus' number one market in its European region, might be down, but UK sales are up strongly. On balance then, 2014 has been a good year, according to the brand's Head of Europe. Next, he promises more hybrids but no diesels. Why?


Q&A with Takata: Occupant restraint systems

Matthew Beecham | 7 Oct 2013

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with global players in the occupant restraints market, Matthew Beecham talked with Claus Rudolf, Vice President of Global Engineering at Takata Corp. Headquartered Tokyo, Japan, Takata's products are primarily sold in Japan, the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Latest News

Lexus adding IS two litre turbo

Graeme Roberts | 26 Jun 2015

Lexus is expanding the range of vehicles equipped with the two litre turbo petrol engine introduced with the NX SUV in early 2015.


Toyota and Nissan expand Takata airbag recalls

Graeme Roberts | 25 Jun 2015

Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor Co said on Thursday they would expand a recall previously issued in North America to the rest of the world to replace potentially lethal passenger side air bag inflators made by Takata.


Management changes at Toyota Europe

Chris Wright | 17 Jun 2015

Toyota Motor Europe has announced two senior changes that put two Brits into senior roles.


Automakers recall 'Takata' vehicles in Australia

Graeme Roberts | 11 Jun 2015

Mazda has recalled about 80,000 vehicles fitted with Takata airbags in Australia.


Toyota may boost exports

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

Toyota may boost exports from Japan for the first time in three years to meet its global sales target because it is facing capacity restraints in North America.


US May light vehicle sales set all time record

Bill Cawthon | 3 Jun 2015

It seems American new vehicle buyers went out of their way to confound the analysts in May.


TURKEY: Toyota Europe to launch Lexus in Q4

Glenn Brooks | 12 May 2015

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) will use this month's Istanbul motor show to launch the Lexus brand in Turkey ahead of the start of sales in the fourth quarter.


US April light vehicle sales grow, miss forecast

Bill Cawthon | 5 May 2015

April US light vehicle sales rose 4.6% to about 1.45m cars and light trucks. That was a bit shy of analysts’ estimates but still healthy.


Short month trims US March light vehicle sales

Bill Cawthon | 2 Apr 2015

Automakers trying to beat their year ago numbers faced a larger than usual challenge in March. Not only was March 2014 a strong sales month, it had one more selling day and, even more important, it had one more sales weekend.


Redesigned Lexus RX revealed in New York

Graeme Roberts | 1 Apr 2015

Toyota luxury unit Lexus unveiled its redesigned luxury RX line at the 2015 New York Auto Show today.


Toyota names first female managing officer

Graeme Roberts | 4 Mar 2015

Executive changes across Toyota's North American operations from 1 April include the appointment of the first female managing officer in Toyota Motor Corporation history. There are also two milestone appointments for African-Americans.


GENEVA: Car to be extension of house

Roger Stansfield | 4 Mar 2015

Cars will soon become like another room in the house, with wireless streaming of high-definition audio direct from home to cockpit.


Toyota ramps up used hybrid battery recycling

Graeme Roberts | 6 Feb 2015

Toyota is aiming to collect 100% of used hybrid batteries from its own dealers or any authorised end of life vehicle (ELV) treatment operator across the whole Europe.


Best January since 2001 for US light vehicle sales

Bill Cawthon | 4 Feb 2015

Late month winter storms couldn’t stop US light vehicles sales. Automakers enjoyed the highest January sales volume since 2001, delivering more than 1.15m new cars and light trucks.


Toyota US axes tiny iQ

Graeme Roberts | 19 Jan 2015

Toyota is phasing out its Scion-badged iQ from the US after the car’s size, price and fuel economy failed to attract US consumers.


Toyota’s European sales up 4.6% in 2014

Graeme Roberts | 15 Jan 2015

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has posted 2014 full year sales of 888,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles, up 4.6% from 2013 and passing the company's target of 865,000 sales. The group's market share reached 4.8% for the year.


Taiwan vehicle sales rise 12% in 2014

Tony Pugliese | 9 Jan 2015

New vehicle sales in Taiwan increased by over 12% to 423,829 units in 2014, from 378,456 units in the previous year, based on registration data released by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.


Low petrol prices fuel December US sales

Bill Cawthon | 6 Jan 2015

Plummeting petrol prices and rising consumer confidence helped automakers close out the 2014 sales year in impressive style.


JAPAN: Toyota registers Lexus 'LC' for future coup

Glenn Brooks | 5 Dec 2014

There have been rumours that a new coupe would revive the SC name but now comes news that TMC has registered the LC 500 and LC 500h model names.


Falling petrol prices power November US sales

Bill Cawthon | 3 Dec 2014

With the rapid decline in prices at the pump, currently equivalent to about GBP0.47/litre [vs around GBP1.20 in UK after recent falls - ed], US November light vehicle sales kicked into high gear, coming in 4.6% ahead of last year and 1.7% ahead of October 2014.


Taiwan sales up 2.2% in November

Tony Pugliese | 3 Dec 2014

New vehicle sales in Taiwan fell by 2.2% to 33,947 units in November, compared with strong year-earlier data, according to data released by the industry.


Toyota reveals next-gen integrated safety tech

Dave Leggett | 27 Nov 2014

Toyota has revealed some of the smart new technologies and systems it will be featuring in future models from 2015 to make driving safer. It says that these have been designed from the start to work together to help cut the number of road accidents.

Latest blogs

Cadillac's dramatic Lexus RX rival - first pics

Glenn Brooks | 26 Jun 2015

The replacement for the Cadillac SRX has been photographed in production form. Could this be the most convincing vehicle yet for the brand's sometimes overly edgy design?


Doughnut time

Graeme Roberts | 22 Oct 2014

Sometimes the answer to "Why?" can be answered "Just because..." As in this video made by Lexus Poland as part of its launch of the NX mid-size SUV line.

Company research

Hybrid and Electric Cars in the US: Two differing strategies

Hybrid and Electric Cars in the US: Two differing strategies

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Global Luxury Vehicle Market 2015-2019

Global Luxury Vehicle Market 2015-2019

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Global 4WD and AWD light vehicle market- forecasts to 2029

Global 4WD and AWD light vehicle market- forecasts to 2029

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