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Future Volvo cars and SUVs - a global analysis

21 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from two recent features concerning future models for the Lynk & Co, Geely and Geely Emgrand brands, now comes the final part in a series: current and future Volvo vehicles.

ANALYSIS - Why Geely should sell 1m+ cars in 2017

15 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features looking at the future models of Zhejiang Geely/Geely Auto was published recently. Now comes an examination of what's ahead for Geely Emgrand, one of the fastest expanding car brands in China right now. The final feature will concentrate on Volvo Car Corporation.

ANALYSIS - Volvo-Geely's Lynk & Co future models

9 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company, owner of Volvo Car Corporation, is also the parent firm of Geely Auto. The future vehicles to be rolled out by both these divisions will be examined in a new editorial series. The first of three features, however, concerns Geely's forthcoming Lynk & Co brand.

Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 - a 400km range electric car?

1 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Fresh from having sold almost 19,542 examples of the Zoe in 2016, Renault sees another good year ahead for the B segment electric hatchback. A new battery pack which promises up to 400km or a real world range of 300km is now available.

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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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Shanghai show debuts list - Skoda Vision E concept

29 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Two world premieres for April's Auto Shanghai 2017 have been added to just-auto.com's debuts list: the Škoda Vision E concept and a facelift for the Lexus NX.

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,...

Seoul auto show - SsangYong & Hyundai world debuts

23 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai Motor Company and SsangYong Motor will each have at least one production vehicle world premiere apiece at the Seoul motor show.

New York show - Toyota extends Sienna lifecycle

22 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

As expected, Toyota Motor Sales US, will give the facelifted Yaris its North American debut at the New York auto show. In a surprise development though, the Sienna is also facelifted for the 2018 model year. The big minivan, in production since January 2010, had been expected to instead be replaced.

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%.

Ford expands supplier environment programme

13 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said it would become 'greener' by sharing more sustainability practices with suppliers worldwide.

Trump to eye Obama's last-minute CAFE rules

13 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US president Donald Trump is expected to roll back another Obama administration policy with an announcement of a review of fuel economy rules on Wednesday (15 March).

JLR renews renewable sources electricity deal

9 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover said it had agreed a new deal with EDF Energy to buy all its electricity from renewable sources up to March 2020.

2017 Geneva motor show - world debuts list

8 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

All the world premieres from the 2017 Geneva motor show are listed below. The most important models this year were the Range Rover Velar, Kia Picanto, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Opel Crossland X & Insignia, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, SEAT Ibiza, Subaru XV, Volkswagen Arteon and Volvo XC60.

GENEVA - FCA diesel emissions saga continues

8 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) still faces a ban on selling some 2017 diesel models in the US while awaiting a government decision on legal action.

just-auto Plus only PSA/French agencies release fuel economy test data

8 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Following on from its 2016 commitment, the PSA Group has published the measurement results from the test protocol established with Transport & Environment (T&E) and France Nature...

GENEVA - Ford surges in Europe as GM quits

7 March 2017 | Chris Wright

While big rival General Motors' struggles in Europe have been highlighted by the sale of Opel to PSA, Ford is enjoying something of a resurgence in the region.

Diesel concerns could slow UK CO2 reduction

2 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The UK automotive industry has once again beaten CO2 targets, with average new car emissions down for the 19th consecutive year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), but the automakers' lobby group is now saying a vendetta on diesels could slow progress.

PPG opens topcoat production line at Wuhu facility

2 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Paint supplier PPG has celebrated the completion of a new US$19m waterborne and high-solids coatings production line at its Wuhu factory in Anhui province, China.

Volvo Trucks concept 'cuts fuel use by over 30%'

28 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Trucks says it has produced a new concept truck that can reduce fuel consumption by more than 30% and boost productivity in long-haul operations.

Canada funding gives EV charge stations a boost

27 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The government of Canada will spend up to CDN$7m to develop advanced electric-vehicle charging stations across the country.

Toyota/Shell to add fuel cell stations in Calif.

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has posted a Notice of Proposed Award (NOPA) outlining subsidies to support hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in California.

VW's three-litre compo plan gets preliminary US go

16 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A federal judge this week has granted preliminary approval to Volkswagen's plan to pay at least US$1.22bn to fix or buy back nearly 80,000 polluting three-litre diesel vehicles in the United States.

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