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Future Volvo cars and SUVs - a global analysis

21 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from two recent features concerning future models for the Lynk & Co, Geely and Geely Emgrand brands, now comes the final part in a series: current and future Volvo vehicles.

ANALYSIS - Why Geely should sell 1m+ cars in 2017

15 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features looking at the future models of Zhejiang Geely/Geely Auto was published recently. Now comes an examination of what's ahead for Geely Emgrand, one of the fastest expanding car brands in China right now. The final feature will concentrate on Volvo Car Corporation.

ANALYSIS - Volvo-Geely's Lynk & Co future models

9 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company, owner of Volvo Car Corporation, is also the parent firm of Geely Auto. The future vehicles to be rolled out by both these divisions will be examined in a new editorial series. The first of three features, however, concerns Geely's forthcoming Lynk & Co brand.

Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 - a 400km range electric car?

1 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Fresh from having sold almost 19,542 examples of the Zoe in 2016, Renault sees another good year ahead for the B segment electric hatchback. A new battery pack which promises up to 400km or a real world range of 300km is now available.

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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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Shanghai show debuts list - Skoda Vision E concept

29 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Two world premieres for April's Auto Shanghai 2017 have been added to just-auto.com's debuts list: the Škoda Vision E concept and a facelift for the Lexus NX.

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz/Hermes ink strategic partnership

29 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hermes and Mercedes-Benz Vans have agreed on a wide-ranging strategic partnership to electrify the courier service’s vehicle fleet. The companies are to start using battery-electric vehicles...

Thailand offers incentives for local EV production

28 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Thailand has announced a package of tax incentives to promote local production of electric and electric hybrid vehicles in the country.

just-auto Plus only Nissan Leaf used for uYilo e-mobility program

28 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nissan, in partnership with the uYilo e-Mobility program in South Africa, is to demonstrate its revolutionary technology that allows power stored in electric vehicles to be used in a range of home...

just-auto Plus only Covestro develops new exterior design concept

24 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mobility is a basic human need and a key to the sustainability of our society and economy. The demands imposed on the individuality, safety, environmental compatibility and efficiency of motor...

Renault reaches EV battery lease milestone

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault said it had has signed its 100,000th electric vehicle battery leasing contract via RCI Bank and Services, the financial services arm of Groupe Renault.

New York show - Toyota extends Sienna lifecycle

22 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

As expected, Toyota Motor Sales US, will give the facelifted Yaris its North American debut at the New York auto show. In a surprise development though, the Sienna is also facelifted for the 2018 model year. The big minivan, in production since January 2010, had been expected to instead be replaced.

UK autonomous specialist expanding in Australia

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

UK autonomous vehicle designer and manufacturer RDM Group said it would use an A$1m (GBP621,500; USD771,800) South Australian government grant for local trials of its mobility technology.

just-auto Plus only Toyota US presents 2018 Lexus LC performance coupe

20 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The emotional designs and high-performance models issued by Lexus in the last few years prefaced a new chapter for the brand, one that begins now with the arrival of the 2018 LC flagship...

just-auto Plus only Lexus launches new LC luxury coupe in Japan

16 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lexus has launched the LC luxury coupe across Japan on 16 March 2017 The LC is a flagship coupe which represents the evolution of Lexus as a lifestyle brand which surprises and moves...

just-auto Plus only Acura presents 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid

16 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Acura's first-ever hybrid SUV, the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid, will arrive at showrooms in early April with more than 30 additional horsepower and a 45% higher EPA city fuel economy rating as...

Audi plots electric and self-driving future

15 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

VW Group premium brand Audi says it will launch several electric cars before 2020 and will also accelerate the development of self-driving vehicles.

China 'rethinks' ambitious EV targets

14 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Beijing may be about to 'rethink' and lower its ambitious targets for electric vehicle targets amid signs that volumes are likely to undershoot.

just-auto Plus only Covestro introduces innovative design concept

14 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

At the K 2016 plastics trade fair, Covestro presented an innovative concept for electric cars incorporating the latest trends in exterior design. The exhibit will be the highlight of the Covestro...

Porsche Mission E to have range of variants

13 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

The upcoming fully electric Porsche Mission E will be sold in a number of different model variants with differing power outputs, according to a report in Autocar.

just-auto Plus only New Smart electric drive orders open in Germany

13 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The new smart electric drive models are now available to order. In Germany, prices for the smart fortwo electric drive start at EUR21,940 (US$23,475) and for the forfour electric drive at...

Ford refutes hybrid patent infringement claims

9 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Paice, which develops hybrid vehicle technology, said the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted a formal investigation into patent infringement claims against Ford  which the automaker denies.

just-auto Plus only Mitsubishi Electric develops SiC inverter for HEVs

9 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has developed a working model of an ultra-compact silicon carbide (SiC) inverter for hybrid electrical vehicles (HEVs) that is believed to be the...

Magna cites renewables for EV technology uptake

8 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Magna says the increasing availability of alternative energy sources coupled with a gradually fall in battery prices, could help to drive a rapid increase in the uptake of electric vehicles.

2017 Geneva motor show - world debuts list

8 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

All the world premieres from the 2017 Geneva motor show are listed below. The most important models this year were the Range Rover Velar, Kia Picanto, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Opel Crossland X & Insignia, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, SEAT Ibiza, Subaru XV, Volkswagen Arteon and Volvo XC60.

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