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Volkswagen - future model plans & platforms

25 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The future model strategy for the VW brand is explored here in this, the first of a series concerning the Volkswagen Group's passenger car brands. The other chapters will be a focus on Audi; then SEAT and Škoda; with Porsche, Lamborghini and Bugatti the subjects of the fourth and final installment.

Zoe leads Renault's EV sales surge - Analysis

19 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Overall sales numbers are modest but there's no doubting that the Zoe is finally becoming a success for Renault. A recently announced new battery pack which gives a far larger range might even make 2017 this B segment electric hatchback's best year yet.

Acura future model plans - a global analysis

13 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The cars part of Honda’s premium brand business continues to be a drag on the success of Acura. Without SUVs in North America and China, the upscale division would be in serious trouble. Clearly, more such models are needed.

GTE - the GBP40,000 plug-in Volkswagen Passat

13 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Forty grand for a Passat. That sounds a lot doesn't it? In fairness, you don't have to pay that much for the plug-in hybrid GTE, with prices starting at close to GBP36,000 before the government grant. The top of the line Advance trim level, though, costs just over GBP40,000, making this the priciest Passat yet.

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

Mahindra launches e2oPlus electric CitySmart car

25 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra Electric, part of the Mahindra Group and a pioneer in the development and production of electric vehicles in India, has announced the national launch of its new electric CitySmart car, the 'e2oPlus' (a successor to the REVA G-Whiz electric car, but the 'plus' denotes 4-doors and a bigger body). The car is priced at INR546,000 (US$8,169) (for the P4 variant ex-showroom Delhi, post state subsidy and FAME incentive).

Daimler to build global facility for batteries

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Daimler has begun the construction phase for a second battery factory at subsidiary Accumotive's  site in Kamenz, Germany.

Panasonic and Tesla broaden battery partnership

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Panasonic and Tesla Motor are broadening their battery partnership to include the manufacture and marketing of storage batteries for homes. They will be built at the Gigafactory and boost that plant's capacity utilisation.

Toyota Japan to begin sales of fuel cell buses

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Toyota says it will begin selling fuel cell buses under the Toyota brand from early 2017.

just-auto Plus only Continental electrifies new Renault/Grand Scenic

21 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Continental is electrifying one diesel variant of both the new Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic models. The system, offered as a "Hybrid Assist" uses a 48-volt hybrid drive...

Tesla updates self-driving capability

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla announced all vehicles it builds from now on – including the upcoming Model 3 – would have the hardware "needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver" thanks to a variety of upgrades.

just-auto Plus only GKN develops electric-drive module for PHEVs

19 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

GKN Driveline has developed a complete electric-drive system for plug-in hybrid vehicles that helps automakers more easily incorporate eDrive systems into their vehicle lines, eliminates the...

GKN lands another electric drive system deal

18 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

GKN Driveline said it had developed a new, complete electric drive system for plug in hybrid vehicles destined for 2019 production for a "European vehicle manufacturer".

just-auto Plus only Mini introduces its first plug-in hybrid model

18 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hallmark Mini driving fun combined with zero tailpipe emissions. With the introduction of the first plug-in hybrid model by the British premium brand, this will soon be a reality. The series...

Glass's calls hybrids 'passing phase'

17 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Hybrids [around at least since 2000 in UK - ed] are likely to be a passing phase in car technology that will be surpassed by electric vehicles in a matter of a few years, vehicle valuation company Glass’s claimed on Monday (17 October).

Netherlands moves towards EV energy storage

17 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Using electric vehicles to store peak production of renewable energy is fast making the Netherlands the international frontrunner for smart charging EVs, claim supporters of the so called Living Lab for Smart Charging.

NextEV opens its US headquarters

14 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

NextEV has opened its new US headquarters, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley

just-auto Plus only Maxwell introduces 51V ultracapacitor module

13 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Maxwell Technologies, a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage and power delivery solutions, on 12 October, 2016, announced the 51-volt (51V) module, the newest...

Warsaw aims for 1m EVs in next decade

12 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Poland's automotive industry association head said Warsaw is aiming to have 1m electric cars on domestic roads by 2026 as the country’s burgeoning car sector evolves.

Deutsche Post makes its own electric vans

11 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

German-based logistics firm Deutsche Post DHL has developed its own electric delivery van on an outsourcing manufacturing model and has recently added a larger variant to one that is already in service.

just-auto Plus only Schaeffler reveals 48 Volt concept vehicle

11 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

As part of the 25th Aachen Symposium, Schaeffler is presenting an exclusive on its "Schaeffler High Performance 48 Volt" concept vehicle. With a permanent, purely electric 20kW...

Valeo mulls eventual diesel replacement

7 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Valeo says it is well poised to take advantage of the move to electrification as it raises the possibility diesel may have to be replaced at some point.

just-auto Plus only Nissan/Telogis launch NissanConnect Fleet services

5 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nissan Europe and Telogis, a Verizon company, have partnered to offer next-generation connected vehicle technologies and services to Nissan commercial customers in Europe. The new NissanConnect...

just-auto Plus only Henrik Fisker announces relaunch of Fisker

5 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Henrik Fisker, entrepreneur and world-renowned automotive designer, founder of Fisker Automotive in 2007, and creator of the 2012 Fisker Karma, the world’s first premium electric car with a...

Tesla ramps up sales and output

4 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Quarterly sales and production data issued by Tesla Motors shows that the premium electric car maker is continuing to ramp up deliveries and production as it adds more output of its Model X in its mix.

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