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ANALYSIS - future Mercedes hybrid & electric cars

24 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The final feature in just-auto's focus on Daimler's current and future passenger vehicles concerns Denza, Mercedes-EQ EVs, plus Mercedes-Benz hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

ANALYSIS - current & future smart vehicles

8 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from the exploration of Mercedes-Maybach's current and future models line-up, the second feature in just-auto's focus on the brands of Daimler AG is smart.

ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 3

28 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features examining current and future Nissan brand models took an in-depth look at passenger cars. The second examined crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. Now, in the final instalment, the focus is on MPVs/minivans, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h

21 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IS hybrid is one of those cars you don't often see, especially in the UK, which is a pity, as the IS 300h deserves to be far more popular than it is.

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Why hydrogen is coming, according to Kia

3 December 2015 | Roger Stansfield

"In future, all energy will come as electricity." Those words are not from some environmental activist or soundbite politician, but from a senior figure within the auto industry, which perhaps makes them all the more surprising.

Q&A: Kia MD sees 100,000 sales in UK

23 July 2015 | Glenn Brooks

There years ago this month Paul Philpott became the managing director of Kia Motors for the UK and Ireland. This followed a stint at Kia Motors Europe (KME) in Frankfurt and prior to that, senior roles at Ford of Britain and Toyota GB.

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FCA US files for new diesel emissions approval

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

FCA US said it had formally filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2017 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. These vehicles have updated emissions software calibrations.

CEO says Volvo Cars to stop developing new diesels

17 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars will not develop any new diesel engines as the cost of reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide is becoming too expensive, according to chief executive Hakan Samuelsson.

Romania 'cash for bangers' and EV/hybrid subsidies

15 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Romania’ Cash for Bangers program, known locally as Rabla Clasic, as well as the Rabla Plus version for electric and hybrid cars, will start on 18 May for both individuals and companies, the environment minister Gratiela Gavrilescu said.

Volkswagen names German plant that will build EVs

9 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Zwickau-Mosel has been named by Volkswagen as the production location for not only its I.D. electric car but three other EVs. All will use the MEB architecture.

VW makes progress on many fronts - brand CEO

8 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen brand is making rapid progress with the implementation of its strategy Transform 2025+ presented last November, according to brand CEO Herbert Diess.

UK government targets diesels for restrictions

5 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

The UK government today published a draft consultation plan to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide (NOx) levels in the UK's urban areas. 

Continental shows 48-volt hybrid diesel concept

2 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Continental, at the International Vienna Motor Symposium has shown a "super clean" 48 volt hybrid diesel vehicle, which meets stringent RDE (real driving emissions) limits on CO2 and NOx. The first vehicle using this technology has already gone into production in Europe and a second will follow later this year.

China aims to become global EV hub

26 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

China is aiming to become a world auto-making powerhouse in a decade, with Beijing aiming to boost development and output of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and also relax restrictions on foreign ownership.

GM steps up China electric/hybrid launch plan

24 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

General Motors plans to launch at least 10 electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle models in China by 2020, company officials told reporters at the Shanghai motor show.

Canadian courts approve VW diesel settlement

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

At the same time as legal developments south of the border, Volkswagen Group Canada and Canadian class counsel announced both the Québec and Ontario courts have granted approval of the nationwide settlement agreement to resolve consumer claims in Canada related to the two litre diesel emissions "matter" for approximately 105,000 affected vehicles.

2017 Auto Shanghai motor show world premieres

24 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai 2017 did not disappoint, with a vast number of concept, prototype and production model world debuts. The most important vehicle premiere will probably prove to be the Wuling Hong Guang S3, this being the first SUV for the number one brand in the world's largest market.

Ex-Enron prosecutor to oversee US VW diesel deal

20 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen, due to be sentenced this week in the US for rigging emissions tests, will get a court-approved monitor who is a former chief of the government's prosecution of Enron, a media report said.

Ford testing bamboo as material for interiors

20 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ford says it is testing bamboo - a strong natural material - for use in a composite material with applications in vehicle interiors.

2017 New York motor show - global debuts list

13 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

There was no stand-out star at this year's New York International Auto Show, though for sheer novelty value, FCA's 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon could be rightly thought of as the biggest attraction.

Automakers benefit from UK low carbon funding

11 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW Motorsport, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Westfield Sportscars are automakers awarded a total of GBP62m by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop innovative low carbon technology in the UK.

2017 Seoul motor show - world debuts list

30 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai Motor Company and SsangYong Motor were the only two companies which had vehicle world premieres at this year's South Korean motor show.

just-auto Plus only Scania to globally use fossil free electricity

29 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

By 2020, Scania will globally utilise fossil free electricity wherever possible. This is Scania’s pledge for Earth Hour 2017. All electricity supplied for its operations in Denmark, France,...

Denso develops plant-derived plastic materials

21 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Denso Corporation announced that it is using bio-polycarbonate (PC) made from starch and urethane resin extracted from castor oil in some of its products. Denso says it has been conducting research and development on plant-derived plastic materials, which are based on plant molecular structures, in order to reduce impacts on the environment.

EPA to revisit US fuel economy rules

16 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The US Department of Transportation secretary (DOT) Elaine Chao and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt announced last night, as expected, they would revisit the Obama administration's last minute rule that finalised standards to increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025.

"Diesel issue" and 'bag recalls cost Audi EUR1.8bn

15 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Audi Group booked a EUR1.8bn charge in 2016 to cover costs "for the resolution of the V6 3.0 TDI diesel issue" and in connection with Takata airbag recalls. Even after these special items, operating profit was EUR3.1bn and operating return on sales 5.1%.

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