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Ford and Lincoln future models into the 2020s

In the final part of just-auto's in-depth look at Ford Motor Company's future models and architectures, the spotlight is on the firm's high...

Ford's future models and platforms

In contrast to the Volkswagen Group, TMC, GM, HMG, Renault-Nissan-AvtoVAZ-MMC, Honda Motor, FCA and other major OEMs, Ford Motor Company wil...

Toyota finally makes an economical Prius

The Prius has always been an engineering tour de force. What it hasn't ever been, is a genuinely economical model in all conditions and in a...

Local authority to build hydrogen infrastructure?

As car companies start to ramp up low volume production of fuel cell vehicles the major stumbling block globally is a hydrogen refuelling in...

Latest Interviews

GKN on maintaining AWD leadership and GenII eAxles 7 Dec 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 Nov 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

Audi aims to have 3 EV models by 2020 25 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Audi is aiming to have three electric car models by 2020 and for electric vehicles to account for 25-20% of its sales by 2025, according to a report in a German newspaper.

BMW to invest in Thai hybrid battery plant 25 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

BMW reportedly is considering spending THB2bn on a new battery plant for plug-in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, according to local reports, citing industry minister Atchaka Sibunruang.

Mixed reaction to Tesla's latest plans 21 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Tesla chief Elon Musk's just-announced Master Plan, Part Deux, announced in the US last night (20 July) has attracted a mixed reaction from some US auto industry analysts.

Kia launches Niro hybrid crossover; PHEV to follow 21 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Kia is hoping to appeal to a new set of car customers with its new Niro hybrid compact crossover. Kia says it is the first to this segment and that a plug-in hybrid version will follow in 2017.

Why has Teslamotors.com become Tesla.com? 20 Jul 16

Glenn Brooks

This week's internet address change from teslamotors.com to tesla.com is leading to speculation about what the EV specialist might be planning for its future direction.

Audi boosting digital and EV spend next decade 19 Jul 16

Chris Wright

Volkswagen Group's premium brand Audi is to boost spending on digital technologies and electric vehicles over the next 10 years, company sources have told Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper.

China's Future Mobility targets expanding EV sales 18 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

Future Mobility, a Chinese electric-vehicle (EV) start-up established at the beginning of the year, plans to launch a premium car model by 2020 that will compete with existing global vehicle manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Samsung Electronics seeks stake in BYD 15 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Samsung Electronics on Friday said it is in talks to acquire a stake in Chinese automaker BYD to boost its chip business for electric cars.

Tesla up to 2,000 units of output a week 7 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Tesla has said it produced some 18,345 vehicles in the second quarter, an increase of 20% from Q1, and exited the quarter consistently producing just under 2,000 vehicles per week. The company is ramping up rapidly after production delays to its Model X.

Hyundai developing EVs for Genesis brand - report 29 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

Hyundai plans to release plug-in versions of its future Genesis models, the Korean company has told the media in its home market.

Geely to sell stake in Zhidou Electric Vehicle 28 Jun 16

Tony Pugliese

China’s Geely Automobile plans to cut its stake in Ninghai Zhidou Electric Vehicles Company, a manufacturer of electric city cars locate in Lanzhou, in China’s north-western Gansu province. 

GKN appoints Markus Schermann to eDrive business 28 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

GKN Driveline has appointed Markus Schermann as senior director of product technology within its eDrive business.

Volkswagen kills Jetta Hybrid citing low demand 23 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

A spokesman for Volkswagen of America has told just-auto that the Jetta Hybrid is being discontinued. The car was built at Puebla in Mexico, mainly for the US market.

BAIC to produce cars in Mexico from 2017 22 Jun 16

Tony Pugliese

BAIC, Daimler's JV partner in China through the Beijing Benz joint venture, plans to produce own-brand vehicles in Mexico from 2017 as it looks to gain a firm foothold in the huge North American vehicle market.

NEVS drops Saab as it establishes identity 21 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) is to drop the Saab trademark as it moves to become a sustainable mobility provider.

UQM teams for full electric drivetrain system 21 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

 UQM Technologies says it has started a development and production programme with Eaton’s Vehicle Group and Pi Innovo, both located in Michigan for a 2-speed EV transmission.

ZF starts making new eight-speed DCTs 17 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

ZF has celebrated the official production start of its eight-speed dual clutch transmission (8DT), developed jointly with Porsche, at the Brandenburg plant. It's been developed as a modular kit so versions for 2WD, 4WD and hybrid can all be made on a flexible production line for which ZF spent EUR100m.

Toyota targets PHEV segment with new Prius 17 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota plans to increase its presence aggressively in the plug-in hybrid vehicle segment when it launches the remodeled Prius PHV in Japan later this year and the Prius Prime equivalent in the US market.

VW Group issues new strategy to 2025 16 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group has set out a new strategy to 2025 in which it aims to become a "world-leading provider of sustainable mobility".

Daimler spending EUR7bn on more 'green' models 13 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Daimler will spend around EUR7 bn on 'green' technology in two years, the automaker announced.

Latest blogs

Colossal China powers on 8 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

I'm starting to get a small idea of the scale of things here in China, but really, I'm only scratching the surface of this vast country.

Tesla's Gigafactory - world's biggest building 9 May 16

Glenn Brooks

The hype over Tesla's so-called 'Gigafactory' is reaching new levels with the release of drone footage showing its sheer size.

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