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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...

VW's amazing new 1.0-litre Golf engine - Analysis

The new turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine which Volkswagen has quietly slipped into the Golf is one of the best kept secre...

ANALYSIS - Jaguar takes on Porsche with F-PACE

For too many years, those running Jaguar listened to ‘experts’ who said an SUV would dilute its image. What nonsense. Now, as the leaping ca...

Comment - VW 'dieselgate' opens the flood gates

There's an old saying in the UK – you can wait for hours for a bus then two will come along together. It's an analogy that can be placed on...

Latest Interviews

Why hydrogen is coming, according to Kia 3 Dec 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 Jul 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.

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.


EU wants same VW compensation in Europe as US 27 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

European industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska has said VW should pay its German customers similar compensation to US buyers.


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.


Details of future Hyundai Genesis diesel models 21 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

Hyundai Motor Company has denied reports in the South Korean media claiming that it has cancelled plans to add diesel engines to its Genesis sedan range. The company in fact now says it will add diesel versions of two models in 2017.


Germany approves VW EA 189 engine emissions fix 14 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has approved Volkswagen's proposed modification of around 1.1m more VW, VW commercial and Audi brand models.


Solar power for Toyota Texas HQ 7 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota claims the 7.75 megawatt solar power system planned for its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas will be "the largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies in the state".


ACEA outlines key challenges in reducing CO2 3 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Ahead of the publication of the European Commission’s communication on the decarbonisation of transport next month, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has outlined some key challenges that industry and policy makers must overcome to reduce CO2 emissions more effectively. 


Nissan switches on UK plant solar farm 1 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Nissan has switched on a new solar farm at its biggest manufacturing site in Europe. Made of up 19,000 photo-voltaic panels, the new 4.75MW facility is now fully operational at Nissan Sunderland Plant.


Ford claims captured CO2 first 18 May 16

Dave Leggett

Ford says it is the first automaker to develop foams and plastics using captured carbon dioxide for its vehicles.


Nissan denies Korean emissions-cheat accusation 16 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan has denied falsifying emission tests for diesel Qashqai models built in its UK plant and exported to South Korea.


VW hints no management culprit in diesel cheat 11 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen's supervisory board will ask shareholders attending its 22 June AGM to ratify the actions of its management board in 2015, saying that its investigation into the diesel emissions testing scandal has not yet turned up anything to cause it to recommend otherwise.


MMC improperly tested fuel economy for 25 years 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors reportedly has admitted improperly tested the fuel economy of its cars for the past 25 years, deepening a crisis that has already wiped out half its market value.


Daimler "conservative" on DoJ emissions request 22 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Daimler says it is pursuing a "conservative" path of communication surrounding the US Department of Justice (DoJ) request for information regarding exhaust emissions in America.


Ford truck plant recycles aluminium scrap 22 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford, which makes part of its latest F-series pickup trucks out of aluminium said it recycles as much as 20m pounds of stamping scrap each month using the closed-loop system at its Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the top-selling F-150 variants.


Toyota to use ‘biosynthetic rubber’ in hoses 22 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Toyota says that starting next month it will become the world's first automaker to use biohydrin, a newly-developed biosynthetic rubber product, in engine and drive system hoses.


VW agrees US emissions deal "in principle" 21 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Buyback offers and a possible repair are on the table after Volkswagen AG and the US Justice Department reached a deal "in principle" to deal with excess emissions in nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles, a federal judge said on Thursday (21 April).


GM recycles water bottles for Chevy Equinox part 13 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

General Motors is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into a fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine. The bottles – collected from five of its Michigan facilities – are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation in coats for the homeless community.


Honeywell teams with Juhua for refrigerant 11 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Honeywell has entered into a supply agreement with Chinese manufacturer, Juhua Group to produce Solstice yf, extending its global supply base for the mobile air conditioning refrigerant.


Renesas unveils new microcontrollers 7 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Renesas Electronics has unveiled 32-bit RH850/E1M-S2 microcontrollers (MCU) for automotive powertrain control applications, such as engine or transmission control.


Kia extends Total lubricants partnership to Europe 4 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors and Total Lubrifiants have renewed their partnership agreement for another five years with Total remaining Kia's "preferred" aftermarket lubricants supplier exclusively across a network of 5,500 dealers in 180 countries - including west European markets from 1 January, 2017.

Latest blogs

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.


Sparkle in the rain 29 Oct 15

Simon Warburton

To the backdrop of bright autumnal sunshine - not to mention a certain German automaker's woes - this year's recent FKG Suppliers Forum in Gothenburg fused a heady mixture of knowledge exchange and networking.

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