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Toyota's future model plans and platforms

24 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The imminent end of North America's 2016 model year sees Toyota winding up Scion division but retaining certain models and changing their brand. In China, in Europe, in Japan and elsewhere, the Toyota model range is also being expanded. This first of a two-part analysis examines current and future models, with a report on Lexus to follow.

Baleno - Suzuki's first mild hybrid for Europe

16 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

CO2 emissions of 94g/km and official EC consumption numbers of up to 70.6mpg are impressive numbers for a four-metre long five-door diesel hatchback. But Suzuki Europe's newest model, the Baleno, is powered exclusively by petrol engines and those are its numbers.

What will a Tesla electric truck look like?

16 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Just what would a Tesla electric freight truck look like? It’s a question that many in the auto industry have been asking after the latest visionary bulletin (Master Plan, Part Deux) from Tesla founder and talisman Elon Musk. 

Huge opportunities ahead in autos

3 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

A study by consultants AlixPartners suggests the automotive industry faces the "biggest challenge of the past 100 years" and predicts that in the next 15 years electric and hybrid cars could capture over half of the market. It also says connected and autonomous driving will open up new earnings potential while digitisation will enable double digit cost reductions.

Latest interviews

GKN on maintaining AWD leadership and GenII eAxles

7 December 2015 | Calum MacRae

GKN Driveline’s new CEO, Phil Swash, talked with just-auto’s Calum MacRae to discuss the challenges of maintaining leadership in the AWD business and the potential opportunities the VW scandal presents to the automotive industry. Here’s the second part of that interview.

GKN Driveline CEO on maintaining AWD leadership

30 November 2015 | Calum MacRae

GKN Driveline’s new CEO, Phil Swash, talked with just-auto’s Calum MacRae to discuss the challenges of maintaining leadership in the AWD business and the potential opportunities the VW scandal presents to the automotive industry. Here’s the first part of that interview.

Latest news

Paris show debuts list - Citroën CXperience

30 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The world premiere of the Citroën CXperience concept will be at the Paris motor show. With its huge cabin, long wheelbase and concave rear window, this big saloon is meant to evoke memories of the CX.

just-auto Plus only General Motors to accelerate EV market in China

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

General Motors executive director for electrification Larry Nitz on 25 August 2016, shared in Shanghai the company’s technical strength and roadmap in the area of...

Opel Ampera-e to make global debut at Paris show

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Opel said this week it would "revolutionise electromobility at the up-coming Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris as its latest Ampera-e electric car makes its world debut".

just-auto Plus only MMC aids Australian government low emission rules

25 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Motor Corporation (MMC) has confirmed its support of plans announced by the government of South Australia to increase its fleet of low emissions vehicles by 30% as the state transitions...

Revised Tesla Model S even quicker, longer range

24 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Tesla has revised the Model S and added a larger battery pack which gives the car jaw-dropping acceleration and a longer range on full charge.

just-auto Plus only US agencies invest to develop vehicle technologies

24 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 16 August, as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly adopted a second round...

Daimler JV extends Denza EV's range to 400km

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler said it had broadened its new energy vehicles (NEV) line with the new Denza, extended-range 400, a 'made in China, for China' electric vehicle built by Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology joint venture (BDNT).

Asko to test electric lorries with Scania

19 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Norway’s largest convenience goods wholesaler, Asko is to test electric powertrain lorries with Scania.

Chinese air conditioner maker eyes EVs

18 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Gree Electric Appliances, China’s largest air-conditioner maker, is entering the fast-growing electric vehicle market with a CNY13bn (US$2bn) acquisition of electric vehicle manufacturer Zhuhai Yinlong New Energy.

Former Michigan Governor joins ChargePoint board

17 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

ChargePoint says former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm has been appointed to its board, effective immediately.

just-auto Plus only Virta/HERE collaborate over EV charging service

17 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

A key concern of owning an electric vehicle is “where can I charge my car if I start running out of battery?” HERE Automotive Services solve the problem by providing rich and dynamic...

Government support vital for NEV push - Infiniti

16 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Chinese new energy vehicle (NEV) sales will continue to grow as Beijing looks to ensure low emission technology is at the forefront, says Infiniti, with government collaboration essential.

Thai oil company and automakers to promote EVs

16 August 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Thailand’s state-owned oil and gas company PTT Plc has signed a collaboration agreement with six automakers to help develop the country’s nascent electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle market.

CarCharging expands US services

16 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Car Charging Group, an owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, says it has expanded its national network.

Sumitomo to sell fuel cells for CVs – report

11 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Sumitomo Corp. will reportedly start selling fuel cells for commercial vehicles through a partnership with California-based manufacturer US Hybrid, according to a report.

China NEVs can go global - ex-Hyundai India chief

10 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Former India Hyundai president, BVR Subbu, says China has real export potential with its burgeoning expertise in the field of new energy vehicles [NEVs].

BYD stresses nightime EV grid capacity

9 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

BYD is urging adoption of electric grid systems to be able to cope with mass charging of EVs at night, which will not be a burden on the network.

Kandi secures US$45m Hainan government subsidy

9 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Kandi Technologies Group says its Kandi Electric Vehicles (Hainan) subsidiary, has reached an agreement with the Hainan Provincial Government for Kandi Hainan to receive a US$45.1m subsidy to support research and development expenditures on a new model of electric vehicle

Nissan to sell battery operations stake – report

8 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Nissan is reportedly in talks with Panasonic and other overseas companies including Chinese firms over the possible sale of its 51% controlling stake in a car battery manufacturing venture, Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC).

just-auto Plus only Nissan unveils two new vehicle prototypes in Rio

5 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 4 August, 2016 at the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) in Rio de Janeiro, Nissan unveiled two new vehicle prototypes as part of its intelligent mobility strategy on the eve of the...

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