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Renault's magic Faurecia seats - the week

9 Dec 16 | Graeme Roberts

Our story about Renault's redesigned Scenic MPV (aka minivan, people carrier, etc, etc) with magic Faurecia seats drew a lot of just-auto readers' eyeballs this week. Having specialised for decades in trying to catch out PRs 'first in the auto world' claims, I was at first cynical.

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GKN eyes small hybrid growth with e-axle module - Interview

9 Dec 16 | Dave Leggett

Peter Moelgg, Chief Executive of GKN Driveline’s eDrive and AWD business, tells just-auto about the company's expanding business opportunity with a new electric drive system for compact plug-in hybrid vehicles.

1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is newest addition to two-year old i20 five-door line-up

ANALYSIS - Hyundai i20 Turbo

9 Dec 16 | 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 new appeal in what is a crowded B-hatchback segment.

Ypsilon TV ads in Italy successfully link haute couture to the car, and to Lancia

Why is FCA killing a premium brand which outsells Audi?

8 Dec 16 | 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.

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Toyota's approach to developing environmental technologies

6 Dec 16 | 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 already uses a 2.5-litre petrol I4 in its current Camry and RAV4 hybrids; new 2.5 is based on TNGA architecture principles

Toyota's new TNGA based engines and transmissions

6 Dec 16 | 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.

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ACEA asks EC for more "reasonable" RDE lead-times

9 Dec 2016 | Simon Warburton

Europe's Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has written to EC Vice President Frans Timmermans, requesting what it refers to as more "reasonable" lead-times concerning the next package of the Real Driving Emissions Test.

CLEPA/ACEA team for data access solutions

9 Dec 2016 | Simon Warburton

Europe’s automobile manufacturers and suppliers say they are joining forces to find a solution for secure and safe access to vehicle data to interested market participants.

EC launches emissions action against seven States

9 Dec 2016 | Simon Warburton

Brussels is to take action against seven Member States on the grounds they have "failed to fulfil their obligations" concerning European Union (EC) vehicle type approval legislation.

South Korea import sales fall 16% in November due to VW-Audi fall-out

9 Dec 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea continued to decline in November, by 15.8% to 19,361 units from 22,991 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

Honda sales sneak past Toyota in China

9 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor sales in China passed Toyota Motor's in the first 11 months of 2016 as new models attracted buyers and set the Japanese rivals up for a 'photo finish' in their full year rankings in the world's top car market.

Vietnam market expands by 26% in November 

9 Dec 2016 | Tony Pugliese

New vehicle sales in Vietnam increased by 25.7% to 26,295 units in November, from 20,922 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association (VAMA).

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