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Tomorrow's winners prepare for change today

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

How much disruption will the auto industry experience over the next ten years or so? It's a question that many are asking as attempts to sketch out the future of mobility - or, more accurately, urban mobility - gather pace.


ANALYSIS - Diesel & hybrid to come for Honda Civic

24 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2SV series Civic currently being rolled out across European markets is a crucial car for Honda Motor Europe. The division saw its regional market share slump to just one per cent in Q1. The good news is that the tenth generation model is a big improvement on the outgoing 2HC.


Autonomous tech creeping in - the week

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autonomous driving will, of course, arrive in stages; there are already defined levels of autonomy and quite a bit of the tech needed is already in cars as standard or optional equipment. I was reminded of this just this week when key tier one supplier Bosch popped up with its finding one in four newly registered cars has an automatic emergency braking system on board to prevent accidents and, if necessary, bring the vehicle to a stop in the event of an emergency.


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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Chief designer for Kia Motors Europe on the Optima

3 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The arrival of Kia’s fourth-generation Optima as an estate in the UK last year – along with a plug-in hybrid version - gave the Korean automaker two new opportunities to expand its business in Europe. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed an Optima Sportswagon to take a closer look and got the inside story from Gregory Guillaume, Kia Motors’ chief designer for Europe.


BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer eyes digitalisation

28 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer likes to joke that his business card "takes five minutes to read" and that his full title - member of the board of management of BMW AG Mini, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, customer engagement and digital business innovation, BMW group - encompasses "all the fun stuff". A very big buck stops here.

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Mitsubishi inaugurates new plant in Indonesia

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in Indonesia that will employ 3,000 workers and produce 160,000 units a year at full capacity.


Mobileye inks new map data deal with Nissan

25 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mobileye announced it had entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate 'anonymised', crowd-sourced data to create next generation precision maps using the Israel based company's Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology.


Toyota to announce Thai investment

25 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota is expected to announce a major investment in its Thai passenger car business next month, according to local reports citing the country’s deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak.


China’s Liebao Automobile mulls plant in SE Asia

25 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s Hunan Liebao Automobile Company plans to invest in a new vehicle assembly facility in south-east Asia as part of a broader plan to expand its operations overseas.


Ford Mustang exports boost global sales lead

25 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford claims its Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the US over the last 50 years, and now, thanks to exports, is the most popular sports car in the world.


Ford plans autumn PHEV van trial in London

25 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The first fleets participating in the Ford Transit plug-in hybrid van (PHEV) London trial, starting this autumn, have been confirmed.


Mercedes-Benz expands car sharing services

25 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Four months after the launch of a successful pilot phase in Munich, Mercedes-Benz's private car sharing platform is now gradually being rolled out in other major German cities.


Ghosn rules out Nissan-MMC merger

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Carlos Ghosn has said that he wants Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) to reform and dampened speculation over a an eventual full merger between MMC and Alliance partner Nissan, which has a controlling 34% stake in the poor performing company.


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.


Hyundai Motor exec visits crisis-hit China JV ops

24 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun is reportedly heading to China for a market inspection following the carmaker's large sales reversals after a diplomatic dispute has hit Chinese demand for Korean goods, including cars.


VW gets probation and independent oversight

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced Volkswagen AG to three years' probation and independent oversight following the diesel emissions scandal as part of a US$4.3bn settlement announced in January.


Go Auto and Great Wall to build plant in Malaysia

24 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s Go Auto Group plans to spend MYR2bn (US$455m) on a plant in Gurun in Malaysia’s Kedah state by 2021 with its Chinese partner Great Wall Motors.


GM loses ignition switch bankruptcy appeal

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The US Supreme Court has turned down GM's request to review the second circuit's ruling striking down the bankruptcy shield for the car company as it relates to hundreds of victims of the ignition switch defect in GM vehicles.


Google Home and Amazon Alexa now talk to US Mercs

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US owners of 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz models can now use both Google Assistant on Google Home and Amazon Alexa to 'talk' to their cars.


MMC plans engine plant in China

24 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) is planning a new plant in China to supply engines for locally built Outlander sport utility vehicles.


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.


VW Brazil to produce Polo, Virtus, SUV and pickup

21 April 2017 | Fernando Calmon

A daring offensive of four new model launches by 2019 in the price bracket BRL45,000/US$14,500 through BRL90,000/$29,000.


Visteon wins Dongfeng cockpit controller deal

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

China's second largest vehicle manufacturer, Dongfeng Motor, has chosen Visteon's SmartCore cockpit domain controller technology for a future domestic light vehicle programme. This will be the first SmartCore application in China.


Autoliv supplies Mercedes S-Class active safety

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autoliv has announced supply of several active safety products for Daimler's updated Mercedes S-Class, launched at the Shanghai show this week.



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