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ANALYSIS - Volvo XC90 D5 PowerPulse

24 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo continues to tweak and expand the XC90 model line-up. The Drive-E diesel can now be upgraded with a PowerPulse package that boosts power to 235hp and raises torque to 480Nm.

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.

THE WEEK - More Chinese Volvos are a-coming

17 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Chinese are coming - certainly some of the Volvo models they make over there.

ANALYSIS - New C3 leads Citroën sales fightback

17 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA's sales fightback continues, with Citroën starting to gain the new vehicles it has needed for some time to arrest falling sales across Europe. A new C3 is the latest fresh model to join the brand's line-up, with the first of several SUVs to come later in 2017.

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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.

NextEV US CEO on the Car 3.0

6 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

With a team in motorsport’s first all-electric race series, the FIA Formula E Championship, and a recruitment drive that has attracted top names from the automotive, technology and internet industries, NextEV is a name that has become increasingly familiar in the last two years. It is a global start-up, founded in China in 2014 with 12 offices and 2,000 employees worldwide. Last November, the company announced its user brand NIO and unveiled a 1,360ps supercar, the NIO EP9, in London. We spoke to US CEO, Padmasree Warrior to find out more.

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Borgward launches second model in China

29 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The revived Borgward brand has launched a second model, its Foton-based BX5 SUV, in China.

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's debuts list: the Škoda Vision E concept and a facelift for the Lexus NX.

Kia Picanto focuses on what matters to buyers

28 March 2017 | Chris Wright

When you try to say everything, in the end you say nothing - targeting the best in class everywhere does not sell cars.

Brazil's 'Japan week' for new model launches

24 March 2017 | Fernando Calmon

It was unplanned, they say, but 'Japanese Week in Brazil' happened here anyway as three automakers launched new models: Honda's WR-V, the 2018 Toyota Corolla and Nissan's Frontier pickup truck.

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.

Nissan confirms autonomous drive for next Qashqai

23 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has confirmed that phase one of its ProPILOT autonomous drive technology will be made available in the new Nissan Qashqai launching in FY17 and the second-generation model of the Nissan LEAF.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Levorg & future Subarus

22 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Subaru's UK importer believes there is a niche for the brand as "the affordable Land Rover", pricing its models between GBP18,000 and 32,000. A facelift for the Levorg crossover-estate is the latest news but the brand itself has quite a few more developments in the pipeline.

Citroën introduces electric Berlingo Multispace

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Citroën has launched an electric version of its Berlingo Multispace MPV [European size minivan] with a certified range of 170km (just over 100 miles).

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.

Frankfurt motor show world debuts - Audi A8

20 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The show itself might be almost six months away but a second Volkswagen Group division has announced a model debut for the IAA.

Bosch, NVIDIA partner for AI self-driving system

15 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Bosch and NVIDIA are partnering to develop artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass-market cars.

Jaguar unleashes I-Pace EV in London

15 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar has displayed its first electric vehicle – the I-Pace – on the road for the first time but only in the hands of development engineers.

Nissan names more of its own to top MMC roles

14 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor's increasing influence over the running of Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) is evident in a management reshuffle which will place six Nissan executives - three of them 'foreigners' - in a variety of roles at the new alliance partner.

Porsche Mission E to have range of variants

13 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

The upcoming fully electric Porsche Mission E will be sold in a number of different model variants with differing power outputs, according to a report in Autocar.

Ford to build China-specific Lincoln locally

13 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford will produce luxury Lincoln SUVs in China by the end of 2019, according to a media report.

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.

Hyundai Motor unveils refreshed Sonata

8 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has unveiled a redesigned Sonata sedan in the hope that the new model can lift prospects in a declining segment of the Korean and US car markets

JLR confirms exclusive UK production for Velar

1 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed that its new Range Rover Velar model will be built exclusively at its Solihull plant in the UK.

Redesigned Volvo XC60 has new driver assistance

28 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars said its redesigned XC60 SUV, to be launched at the Geneva Motor show next month, will have three new advanced driver-assistance features designed to provide the driver with automatic steering assistance or support to help avoid potential collisions.

Renault Brazil places second SUV bet on table

28 February 2017 | Fernando Calmon

A word which roughly translates as 'SUVisation' is now used here in Brazil to describe the growing consumer acceptance of SUV-like or crossover models which continue to shake up the market. It's no use arguing these vehicles are heavier, use more fuel, perform poorly and have an unfavourable centre of gravity compared with conventional vehicles.

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