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Renault future model plans - Part 2 of 2

24 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a four-part series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand made up the second feature and the third was a look at current and future Renault brand models in the A, B, C and D segments. The final instalment below is a focus on crossovers/SUVs, monospaces/MPVs, pick-ups and EVs.

Mini goes after Qashqai with new F60 Countryman

18 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A second Mini model in the C segment goes on sale in Britain and other European nations from February. The new, bigger Countryman leaves the B-C size class, there is no successor for the Paceman and all build this time is by VDL in the Netherlands instead of by Magna Steyr in Austria.

Why RSM Samsung matters to Groupe Renault globally

11 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a new series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand make up this, the second feature, while a third and a fourth concentrating on Renault passenger vehicles will follow later in January.

2018 Stinger and other future Kia models

4 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai Motor and Genesis were the the first and second of Hyundai Motor Group's divisions to be explored in a three-feature series, and now comes Kia Motors Corporation. The company has multiple future models on the horizon, including Project CK, the Stinger, a big sports hatchback which will be revealed on 9 January.

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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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Geneva show debut - Mitsubishi 'compact' SUV

24 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A small Mitsubishi SUV will make its world premiere at the Geneva motor show, MMC has announced.

just-auto Plus only Ford begins plug-in hybrid van trials in London

23 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford Motor Company is launching a multimillion-pound project designed to help improve air quality in London as the automaker accelerates its electrification plans with 13 new global electrified...

New Zealand pumps NZ$3.5m into EVs

20 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

New Zealand has earmarked NZ$3.5m (US$2.5m) to fund 15 projects for its Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, says the country's Energy and Resources Ministry, highlighting the country's major renewable energy potential.

just-auto Plus only Honda Canada to expand EV/alternative fuel vehicle

20 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda Canada on 19 January 2017 announced that it will begin selling the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in 2017 and will introduce a new dedicated hybrid model that will be made in North America and launch...

Panasonic to go beyond batteries with Tesla

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Panasonic reportedly wants to extend its partnership with Tesla Motors beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese supplier focuses more on the automotive business.

just-auto Plus only UQM to supply electric drive system to Proterra

19 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

UQM Technologies on 18 January 2017 announced the receipt of a new follow-on order from Proterra for PowerPhase HD electric drive systems, to be manufactured and shipped throughout 2017. Proterra...

just-auto Plus only NSK develops transmission-equipped wheel hub motor

19 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NSK on 19 January 2017 announced that it has successfully demonstrated the world's first transmission-equipped wheel hub motor, designed to improve the environmental performance, safety, and...

Carmakers join 'hydrogen council' at Davos

18 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

Carmakers Daimler, Hyundai, BMW, Honda and Toyota are among corporate giants - comprising energy, engineering and automotive firms - backing a new global initiative to promote hydrogen technologies.

just-auto Plus only Wabco selected as sole air supply system supplier

18 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Wabco Holdings, a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, on 17 January 2017 announced that for the first...

Audi-FAW JV to include EVs

17 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Audi plans to "significantly" the range of models produced locally at FAW VW and enter new segments, including electrified vehicles.

EXCLUSIVE - Kia B-SUV to be called Stonic

13 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

According to a trademark filing, 'Stonic' will be the name of a new Kia model. It is believed that this will be applied to the YB-SUV due out later in 2017.

just-auto Plus only Paice agrees settlement with VW/Audi/Porsche

12 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Paice, a pioneer in hybrid electric vehicle technology, and the Abell Foundation announced on 11 January 2017 that they have entered into a settlement agreement with Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche...

2017 Detroit auto show - world debuts list

11 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

All the world premieres from the 2017 North American International Auto Show are listed below. The most important models this year were of course the ninth generation Toyota Camry, which will also be the first vehicle using the (TN)GA-K architecture to be manufactured in the US; and the updated Ford F-150 which gains fresh engines, including a diesel.

European carmakers hope to catch Tesla chargers

11 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Aiming to break Tesla's stranglehold on the EV market, BMW, Volkswagen, Ford and Daimler plan to build about 400 next-generation charging stations in Europe that can recharge an electric car in minutes instead of hours.

just-auto Plus only Schaeffler presents innovative solutions at NAIAS

11 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Reducing fuel consumption and emissions, increasing comfort and driving dynamics: hybrid drives play a significant role in these development goals. Mild hybrid drives with 48 V technology meet...

just-auto Plus only Keolis/Navya launches autonomous EV shuttle

11 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

A new milestone in transportation was reached on 10 January 2017 as NAVYA and Keolis, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas, launched the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle...

just-auto Plus only Bosch showcases electrification tech at NAIAS

11 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology products and services, showcases the future for electrification technologies with a variety of powertrain solutions at The North American...

just-auto Plus only Schaeffler US to develop hybrid solutions for SUVs

10 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Schaeffler is electrifying sport utility vehicles (SUVs), crossovers and pick-ups (light duty vehicles), which are extremely popular in the US automobile market, with innovative hybrid solutions....

just-auto Plus only Rheinmetall wins battery box components contract

10 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Rheinmetall Automotive is again systematically expanding its position as supplier of complex components for electric vehicles. Alongside the new development of special system components for...

just-auto Plus only Honda US to introduce new dedicated hybrid models

10 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda on 9 January 2017 announced a new dedicated hybrid model that will be made in America and launch nationwide in 2018, as part of the Honda Electrification Initiative, which will expand the...

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