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Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.

Drilling down into Toyota's latest hybrid tech

15 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

We recently reviewed the latest, fourth generation Toyota Prius. Now, Graeme Roberts looks at Toyota's hybrid sales success and some of the new technology in the first car built on the automaker's New Global Architecture platform.

XC90 T8 - the sixty four thousand pound Volvo

9 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo’s transformation into a maker of sometimes high-priced luxury cars continues: it’s now possible to pay £64,000 (US$84,813) for the T8 version of the XC90. Is this PHEV worth that sort of money?

Lexus - future model plans and platforms

5 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Will Lexus ever catch the German Big Three brands in worldwide sales? Toyota's luxury brand won't be doing that in the next few years. Instead, it needs to expand into many new segments.

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

Toyota Europe hybrid sales up 45%

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) said it was seeing a sharp increase in its existing hybrid sales so far this year: up 45% versus 2015 which was already a record year. It launches three new models at the Paris show.

McLaren launches EV

27 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

McLaren Automotive, whose stated aim is the development of a pure electric vehicle for its Ultimate series, has jumped the gun but, as they say, terms and conditions apply.

Eaton shows 2-speed transmission for electric CVs

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Eaton, once a supplier of two-speed rear differentials for trucks, has developed a two-speed transmission for heavy- and medium-duty electric commercial vehicle applications to meet growing demand in Europe and other markets. The product will be in full production this autumn.

Paris show world debuts list - Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

22 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Ferrari will reveal an additional version of the four-wheel drive, four-seat GTC4Lusso at the Paris motor show. The GTC4Lusso T retains the four-wheel steering system of the existing V12-engined car but is powered by a 449kW/610CV 3,855cc turbocharged V8 and has rear-wheel drive.

South Korea unites in EV battery research

22 September 2016 | Tony Pugliese

South Korean public and private institutions are joining forces to develop high-capacity rechargeable batteries to power electric vehicles, according to local reports.

Volkswagen shows electric Crafter van at Hanover

21 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has rolled out a production-ready e-Crafter electric concept van at the commercial vehicle show in Hanover.

Chevrolet prices Bolt for US and Canada

20 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Chevrolet has set a US price for the new Bolt EV of US$37,495 including destination charge. Customers might receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500, reducing the cost to $29,995.

China to build more EV charging stations

19 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

China is planning to accelerate the construction of electric vehicle charging facilities in residential areas to boost production and sales of EVs.

Bosch coordinates EV inductive charging project

19 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Bosch, acting as project coordinator, is working with the Fraunhofer Society and GreenIng on research into an innovative concept for charging vehicles inductively through a magnetic field while the car is parked at a charging station.

just-auto Plus only Ricardo led ADEPT project car ready for evaluation

16 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The automotive industry is facing the challenge of offering customers new vehicles that are able to deliver significantly improved fuel economy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions, while at the...

GKN develops complete edrive module for PHEVs

15 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

GKN Driveline has developed a complete electric drive system for plug-in hybrid vehicles. The system starts production in 2019 on a global platform from a European vehicle manufacturer.

Consumer Watchdog wants autonomous enforcement

15 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The new revelation of a second fatal Tesla crash while the vehicle was likely on autopilot shows the company cannot be trusted to deal with deadly failures in its vehicles and underscores the need for enforceable federal safety standards covering autonomous vehicle technology, the US group Consumer Watchdog said.

just-auto Plus only Lifan/China EV100 sign strategic cooperation deal

15 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 2 September, 2016, the presentation of the international new energy and intelligent vehicles competition of CIEC at Beijing station was held in Tsinghua Unis International Exchange Centre. The...

just-auto Plus only ChargePoint/BMW/VW join over fast charging station

15 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers can now travel the most heavily-trafficked corridors on the East and West Coasts of the US with the installation of 95 new DC fast charging stations as part of the...

Toyota eyes ASEAN hybrid battery production

14 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota is considering setting up hybrid vehicle (HV) battery production in the ASEAN region to lower the cost of producing its hybrids, a recent Thai report said.

Ford introduces Mobile smartwatch app for EVs

14 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is launching a new smartwatch app for EVs.

Renault's Zoe EV wins largest UK order

14 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Renault has delivered its biggest ever UK order of the Zoe EV with 55 supplied to Europcar UK for use delivering and collecting hire vehicles in major cities.

just-auto Plus only Keolis/Navya introduce autonomous public transport

14 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Keolis, a world leader in public transportation, announced at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) annual meeting that it is joining forces with Navya to launch Navly, the...

Chevrolet announces Bolt EV range 238 miles

13 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Chevrolet has announced the upcoming 2017 Bolt EV, on sale later this year, will have an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, well up on rivals such as the Nissan Leaf which are now good for about 125 miles.

Hyundai to focus on hydrogen fuel cell technology

13 September 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Hyundai Motor announced plans to launch a taxi and car sharing service in South Korea with vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, according to local reports.

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