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Non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

So-called value brands are in a death squeeze as premium makes continue to colonise their traditional territory. Or so goes the theory. And how about the supposed fact that to pull in big worldwide sales and profits, a car company must also be in the US market? Škoda breaks these and many other rules.

Tesla hits a bit of resistance - COMMENT

18 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The world's most famous make of electric cars is being assailed from many quarters. And this just as the Model 3, a car with the potential to stop the EV specialist losing vast amounts of money, is finally going into production.

Last night a PR saved Volvo's life

6 July 2017 | Calum MacRae

Ever since Euro NCAP came into being, thus forcing all of its competitors to have five-star rated cars in an impact as a price of entry to the vehicle market, Volvo has been scratching around for a new USP.

China leads global EV sector

3 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China is the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, with a total of 409,000 units sold in the country last year – up by 65% on the previous year, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

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NextEV US CEO on the Car 3.0

6 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

With a team in motorsport’s first all-electric race series, the FIA Formula E Championship, and a recruitment drive that has attracted top names from the automotive, technology and internet industries, NextEV is a name that has become increasingly familiar in the last two years. It is a global start-up, founded in China in 2014 with 12 offices and 2,000 employees worldwide. Last November, the company announced its user brand NIO and unveiled a 1,360ps supercar, the NIO EP9, in London. We spoke to US CEO, Padmasree Warrior to find out more.

GKN eyes small hybrid growth with e-axle module

9 December 2016 | 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.

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IAA world debuts - Kia Sorento facelift

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Kia Motors has just revealed a mid-life facelift for the Sorento SUV in the South Korean market. Its motor show debut will take place at the Frankfurt IAA.

just-auto Plus only ADL/BYD secure further electric bus order

21 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The ADL/BYD electric bus partnership has secured a third order from Go-Ahead London – for a total of 30 of its BYD ADL Enviro200EV 10.8m models. Eleven of the buses will operate on...

Next Nissan Leaf will offer one pedal driving

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan will offer one-pedal driving on its upcoming redesigned Leaf electric car.

Charging provider opens EV experience centre

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Claimed as the UK's first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre, operated by charge point operator Chargemaster, opens in the Centre:MK shopping centre in Milton Keynes on 22 July.

1m EVs expected on UK roads by 2022

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Recharge network operator Chargemaster projects 1m electric cars will be on UK roads by 2022.

China electrified car sales set for high growth

19 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fitch Ratings believes China's new energy (electrified) vehicle (NEV) market will expand steadily to meet 2m annual sales a year by 2020, from around 507,000 units in 2016.

SolarCity founder exits Tesla

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive is leaving Tesla, according to a media report.

New energy vehicle output and sales soar in China

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

June production and sales of new energy vehicles in China reached 65,000 units and 59,000 units respectively, increasing 43.4% and 33.0% respectively year on year.

Tantech takes majority slice of Chinese EV maker

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tantech Holdings has completed the acquisition of 70% equity interest in Suzhou E Motors, a specialty electric vehicles and power batteries manufacturer based in Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province.

BMW to go EV racing

17 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW announced it would contest the FIA Formula E Championship as an official manufacturer in Season 5 (2018/19).

BorgWarner agrees to acquire Sevcon

17 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BorgWarner has agreed to acquire Sevcon, Inc., a specialist in electrification technologies.

Daimler and Chery agree EV brand name use

14 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler and Chery have formally agreed on the usage of the EQ/eQ brand name for their respective new energy vehicle (NEV) products and brands.

Mercedes Untertürkheim plant to make EV batteries

13 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it Untertürkheim powertrain facility will add electrified powertrain components, including batteries.

European car market 'fully electric by 2035'

13 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

A research report from Dutch investment bank ING says that the European car market will be fully electric by 2035.

just-auto Plus only Suzuki launches new Swift Hybrid in Japan

12 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Suzuki Motor Corporation has launched new versions of Swift compact car equipped with hybrid system in Japan on 12 July, 2017. Suzuki’s unique hybrid system installed on the new...

O Luxe to buy Japanese EV maker GLM

11 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Hong Kong-based watch-maker O Luxe Holdings Ltd plans to buy a controlling stake in Japan’s electric sportscar company GLM Co Ltd, according to local reports.

just-auto Plus only Volvo XC60 T8 enhanced with Polestar optimisation

11 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Polestar, the performance brand of Volvo Cars, has introduced the latest-generation powertrain optimisation for the new Volvo XC60. With the Polestar enhancement, the new Volvo XC60 T8 delivers 421...

BYD/Enel Chile ink electric mobility agreement

11 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

YD and Enel Chile have signed a trade agreement in Santiago, focusing on developing a commercial strategy to strengthen electric mobility in Chile.

just-auto Plus only VW/KUKA join over robot-based innovation concepts

10 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Group Research and automation specialist KUKA intensify their strategic partnership in the area of service concepts for vehicles of the future. Joint development of robot-based...

Innogy subsidiary enters US e-mobility market

7 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Innogy has established a United States subsidiary to enter the American e-mobility market known as innogy e-mobility US, based in Los Angeles.

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