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ANALYSIS - 2016 Subaru Legacy/Liberty 3.6

Think Subaru and you don’t immediately think ‘six-cylinder family sedan’. If the Legacy 3.6 is like no other car in the D/mid-size segment,...

ANALYSIS - 2016 Kia Carnival Platinum

At 5,115m long and 1,985mm wide, the Carnival is just too big for many of Kia’s global markets. That’s a shame as its comfort and handling m...

Comment - emissions 'failures' hardly a surprise

Surely it can have come as no surprise that more diesel engines are failing to meet emissions test targets? When the Volkswagen scandal over...

ANALYSIS - supercharged Jaguar XF

The XE began what is turning out to to be a major sales revival for Jaguar. Now, the addition of the XF is adding momentum - UK market brand...

Latest Interviews

Delphi CTO targets user cockpit experience 12 Apr 2016

Dave Leggett

Delphi’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeff Owens, has told just-auto that the automotive battle for the Millennials is being played out in the user experience in the car cockpit.


Detroit interview - Ford CEO Mark Fields 14 Jan 2016

Dave Leggett

Ford’s Fields tells just auto he wants to revolutionise the automotive customer experience.

Latest News

A Ford first - 10-speed automatic for 2017 F-150 5 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford said its 2017 F-150 pickup truck line, produced in multiple assembly plants primarily for North America, will have more torque and better from a second generation, 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine and 10-speed transmission.


RHD UK Ford Edge prospects go large on Sports 5 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford of Britain said over 60,000 prospective buyers have configured a Canadian-made Edge since January 2016 while right-hand-drive production has just begun.


Porsche names new R&D head as Hatz departs 4 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Michael Steiner is the new member of the executive board for research and development at Porsche, the automaker announced.


BMW launches 'big battery' i3 EV 3 May 16

Graeme Roberts

BMW has revamped its i3 with the introduction of a more powerful, 94Ah battery for both the i3 and the i3 Range Extender versions.


Flex-fuel i3 Peugeot Brazil's economy champion 3 May 16

Fernando Calmon

The model year 2017 Peugeot 208 brings with it the Brazilian debut of PSA's 1.2-litre/122 cubic inch, three-cylinder, flex-fuel engine which has earned a triple-A grading from the Brazilian Labelling Programme (PBE) - it gets the best fuel economy of any car sold in Brazil.


BEIJING - PSA launches DS 4S premium hatchback 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

PSA Group launched a new model exclusively for the Chinese market at this week's Beijing show - the DS 4S. Designed in France and produced at PSA's Shenzhen joint venture factory, the car is positioned as a 'premium hatchback' in the compact car segment.


BEIJING - Mazda launches new crossover for China 25 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mazda has unveiled its new CX-4 crossover SUV at the Beijing motor show (Auto China 2016). It goes on sale in China in June.


Fiat Mobi debuts in Brazil 22 Apr 16

Fernando Calmon

FCA's new bet in the still growing Brazilian subcompact market segment, the Fiat Mobi, looks better in photos than in the metal, largely because the nose appears exceptionally large compared to the truncated rear. It's based on a shortened Uno platform (the model it replaces) and was designed at the Betim Development Centre in Minas Gerais state, home to the main FCA manufacturing plant.


Shell's ‘ultra energy efficient’ concept car 22 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Shell has unveiled a concept city car – working with a Gordon Murray design - which it says could deliver material reductions in energy use in the road transport sector.


Honda to expand Clarity line to BEV, PHEV 21 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Honda has announced it will expand its next Clarity model line to three variants from a single fuel cell model. The Clarity Electric and Plug-in Hybrid will both launch in the US in 2017.


Transmission market forecast to fragment further 20 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

The automotive transmission market is set to become more fragmented according to analysts at just-auto's QUBE service, reflecting growing variation in the adoption of different technologies by region.


Peugeot shows next generation cockpit module 20 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Peugeot has shown the next generation of its ‘i-Cockpit’ which it says incorporates a number of technological and design advances for next generation Peugeot models.


Geely to launch new brand in 2017 15 Apr 16

Tony Pugliese

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group plans to launch a new brand next year, according to local reports in China, citing company insiders.


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.


Tesla unveils higher volume Model 3 1 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Tesla Motors has unveiled its Model 3 electric car and started taking orders for the car, which comes with a lower price tag than previous models and is planned to reach much higher volumes.


Opel adds integrated wireless charging to Adam 31 Mar 16

Dave Leggett

Opel is offering a vehicle-integrated wireless charging in selected model variants of the Adam model. It says the advantage is reduced clutter and no need for cables.


NEW YORK: US sees Civic hatch coming soon from UK 23 Mar 16

Graeme Roberts

Honda's UK-built, US-bound Civic hatchback, first revealed at the Geneva show earlier this month, has made its North American debut, still in prototype form, with the automaker finally, if subtly, confirming US supplies will be built at its Swindon plant here in England.


Bentley starts Bentayga SUV deliveries 22 Mar 16

Dave Leggett

VW-owned Bentley Motors has handed over the first Bentayga models to customers at an exclusive event at the brand's headquarters in Crewe, UK.


Volkswagen Phaeton finishes 21 Mar 16

Dave Leggett

Volkswagen’s Dresden manufacturing facility – the ‘Transparent Factory’ ("Gläserne Manufaktur") is to be realigned as a showcase for ‘electromobility and digitalisation’ following the ending of Phaeton manufacture there.


Ford's "detail stations" improve Escape quality 18 Mar 16

Graeme Roberts

Production of the 2017 Escape - Kuga in other markets, and the first Ford vehicle to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - has started at the automaker's Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky.

Latest blogs

How Fisher Body did it back in the day 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

OK, I know I should get out more, but, as well as being a big fan of current auto manufacturing (BMW is always good for an annual show 'n' tell),


Do Toyota designers have children? 2 Mar 16

Graeme Roberts

With the rider I haven't seen one in the metal and the interior apparently is still to be revealed in Toyota's interminable drip-feed of pictures and concepts leading up to the 'production' reveal of the C-HR SUV in Geneva this week, I have one question - do the Calty stylists have children?

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