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ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 3

28 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features examining current and future Nissan brand models took an in-depth look at passenger cars. The second examined crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. Now, in the final instalment, the focus is on MPVs/minivans, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h

21 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IS hybrid is one of those cars you don't often see, especially in the UK, which is a pity, as the IS 300h deserves to be far more popular than it is.

ANALYSIS - Infiniti future models

31 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from the chapter on Datsun, the second installment in a Nissan Motor future models series takes a look at what's ahead for Infiniti. After this will come two features which examine the next generation of Nissan cars, crossovers, pick-ups and SUVs.

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.

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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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GAC begins construction of new China plant

28 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) said this week it had started construction of a new vehicle factory in an industrial park in Panyu district, in the southern city of Guangzhou.

VW develops Coasting - Engine off function

28 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has shown a new coasting function for internal combustion engines, which shuts off the engine completely, at the Vienna Motor Symposium.

Panasonic opens China lithium ion battery factory

27 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Panasonic Corporation has held an opening ceremony for its new automotive lithium-ion battery factory in Dalian, China.

NEVS/Iconiq jointly to develop future vehicles

27 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

In a joint innovation effort, NEVS and Iconiq Motors will develop future vehicles under each brand, the pair announced.

just-auto Plus only BMW presents 530e iPerformance sporty sedan

27 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Just a few weeks after the latest generation of the BMW 5 Series was launched, a plug-in hybrid variant will now join the ranks of the world’s most successful business sedan. The BMW 530e...

China aims to become global EV hub

26 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

China is aiming to become a world auto-making powerhouse in a decade, with Beijing aiming to boost development and output of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and also relax restrictions on foreign ownership.

Honda steps up EV/hybrid programme in China

26 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor plans to launch a new, purpose built, battery powered passenger vehicle in China next year in response to growing pressure from the government to promote sales of environmentally-friendly vehicles.

just-auto Plus only Waymo program to add more Chrysler hybrid minivans

26 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

FCA US LLC announced that Waymo will add 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to expand its self-driving program. FCA previously delivered 100 minivans, modified for self-driving, to Waymo during...

just-auto Plus only Continental to invest further in electric car tech

26 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Continental is ready to go. The technology company is approaching the most fundamental transformation in the history of vehicle drivetrain technologies in the next 15 years with confidence and full...

Toyota to announce Thai investment

25 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota is expected to announce a major investment in its Thai passenger car business next month, according to local reports citing the country’s deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

Ford plans autumn PHEV van trial in London

25 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The first fleets participating in the Ford Transit plug-in hybrid van (PHEV) London trial, starting this autumn, have been confirmed.

GM steps up China electric/hybrid launch plan

24 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

General Motors plans to launch at least 10 electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle models in China by 2020, company officials told reporters at the Shanghai motor show.

2017 Auto Shanghai motor show world premieres

24 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai 2017 did not disappoint, with a vast number of concept, prototype and production model world debuts. The most important vehicle premiere will probably prove to be the Wuling Hong Guang S3, this being the first SUV for the number one brand in the world's largest market.

just-auto Plus only Pininfarina unveils three electric drive models

24 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Pininfarina presents at the Shanghai Auto Show an entire range of environmentally friendly vehicles developed for the customer Hybrid Kinetic Group, demonstrating once again its ability to combine...

just-auto Plus only Toyota Australia adapts fuel-cell tech for trucks

21 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyota has supersized its commitment to zero tailpipe emissions by adapting its advanced hydrogen fuel-cell technology for use in heavy-duty trucks. The company has scaled-up its proprietary...

just-auto Plus only Dana presents its Spicer Electrified portfolio

20 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

At Auto Shanghai 2017, Dana Incorporated is showcasing select technologies from its Spicer Electrified portfolio of fully integrated motor, control, and e-drive technologies, as well as...

GKN makes China JV global hub for eDrive

19 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

China will become a global production hub for GKN’s electrified drivelines in 2018, when production of its latest eDrive technologies commences at its joint venture facility in Shanghai.

Skoda shows first electric car in Shanghai

19 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Skoda has unveiled its first electric concept car in Shanghai. The VW Group owned brand said it will be introducing five purely electrically-powered cars by 2025, in addition to plug-in hybrid models.

Volvo will build first all electric car in China

19 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars will build its first fully electric car in China, the company announced on Wednesday at Auto Shanghai in China.

Toyota to conduct Mirai FCV tests in China

19 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation will send two Mirai fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) to China in October 2017 to conduct demonstration tests in the country.

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