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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...

COMMENT - Make or break ahead for Tesla

Tesla unveiled its Model 3 last week and it’s already clear that the model is going to be of great significance to both Tesla Motors and the...

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

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.

Hyundai supplies vehicles for Munich FCV sharing 13 Jun 16

Chris Wright

Hyundai is delivering 50 ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles to the Linde Group in Munich, laying the foundation for what is claimed to be the world's first hydrogen powered zero-emission car sharing service, BeeZero which starts operations in mid-July.

China suppliers must keep business focus - Magna 10 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Magna says suppliers in China need to focus on the fundamentals of business, and not be too swayed by technology, as component manufacturers face the 'new normal' of a market slowdown, a major industry player said this week.

Chinese EV growth will challenge suppliers - Magna 9 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Magna reckons the anticipated significant growth in China's new electric vehicle (NEV) makers will present 'huge challenges' as suppliers look to provide the necessary components.

Chinese auto industry consolidation "unavoidable" 9 Jun 16

Simon Warburton

Consolidation among China's myriad automakers will be "unavoidable" as a way to combat the inevitable slowdown in previously extremely strong growth rates, according to suppliers Lear and Dana.

Fast-E EV charger project starts across EU 7 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Work on Fast-E, a European Union (EU) backed project designed to improve electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, has begun.

Toyota calls for more Thai hybrid incentives 6 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor is calling on the Thai government to provide a comprehensive package of incentives to help encourage sales and production of hybrid electric vehicles in the country.

VW FAST summit lifts interchange with suppliers 3 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

With its "Volkswagen Future Automotive Supply Tracks" (FAST) initiative, the Volkswagen Group is aiming for more intensive strategic interchange with its suppliers with a view to forging ahead even more strongly with future-oriented technologies.

Ford says new Fusion hybrid has 610 miles of range 27 May 16

Dave Leggett

A major plank of Ford’s electrification strategy in the US is its hybrid range and it claims the latest Fusion hybrid model has a range of 610 miles on a full tank of petrol plus a full battery charge.

FMC triples lithium hydroxide production 26 May 16

Simon Warburton

FMC is to increase its production capacity of lithium hydroxide by 20,000 metric tons per year, effectively tripling its production.

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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