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The self-driving Volvo is getting closer

It didn't take too long on the Volvo S90/V90 international media launch in sunny southern Spain for Naughty Boy here to get a lecture on Vol...

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...

THE WEEK - The phone will introduce your car

Like almost every other aspect of the autobiz, the retailing and service side is changing. Tesla has gone to war in the US to end the cosy m...

Latest Interviews

Geely/Volvo architecture cooperation bears fruit 18 May 2016

Graeme Roberts

Peter Mertens, senior vice president, research and development, Volvo Car Group, describes the cooperative development of the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) with parent Geely as "good relations" though the start was a little rocky as culture and time zones took some adjusting to, on both sides.


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.

Latest News

Porsche Panamera debuts MSB platform & V8 diesel 29 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

The second generation Porsche Panamera has been shown to the media. As well as being the first model for MSB, a Volkswagen Group RWD/AWD architecture, the new hatchback sees the arrival of a fresh V8 diesel engine, now compliant with the latest EC emissions legislation.


Airbumps for PSA project B618 - next Citroën C3 29 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

The next Citroën C3 has been shown to the media at a special event ahead of its public debut at the Paris motor show show in the autumn. Developed on PSA's elderly PF1 platform using the B618 project code, the new model sports an evolution of the C4 Cactus' Airbumps.


Hyundai adds 1.7L 7-speed DCT on Tucson SUV 28 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor in the UK has added a fifth powertrain option to the Hyundai Tucson compact SUV. A 141PS 1.7-litre turbo diesel engine with seven-speed double clutch transmission (7DCT) and two-wheel drive (2WD) is available to order in the UK priced from GBP24,570.


Paris show debuts list - Mitsubishi SUV Coupé 27 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

Mitsubishi Motors has announced that the world premiere of its Ground Tourer Concept, a high-end SUV coupé, will be at the Paris motor show.


Volvo starts V90 production 23 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has started production of its V90 premium estate at Torslanda, Sweden.


IIHS mulls passenger side crash ratings 23 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Poor results in a special study have prompted the US Insurance Institute of Highway Safety to consider instituting a passenger-side rating as part of its Top Safety Pick criteria.


Borgward BSP platform details and Kuka alliance 22 Jun 16

Glenn Brooks

Chinese-German would be luxury SUV maker Borgward has named Kuka as a strategic partner for manufacturing operations, at whilst also revealing the abbreviation by which its current and future vehicles' platform is internally known.


Kuga expands posh Ford Vignale line in Europe 22 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

As it slowly expands its new Vignale line to fill a premium slot once held by the Ghia nameplate, Ford has shown the production version of the Kuga SUV on sale in Europe later this year. Vignale versions of the Mondeo [Fusion] four-door sedan and wagon are already in showrooms while dealers are taking orders for the S-Max people carrier and five-door Mondeo hatchback. The Edge Vignale SUV arrives late in 2016.


Toyota Brazil Prius, take two 21 Jun 16

Fernando Calmon

Toyota Brazil is relaunching the Prius hybrid to take advantage of new financial incentives introduced last year by the federal government and the two largest state capital cities. But it will not import the plug-in version - just launched in Japan - because the retail price would be too high.


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.


Toyota targets PHEV segment with new Prius 17 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota plans to increase its presence aggressively in the plug-in hybrid vehicle segment when it launches the remodeled Prius PHV in Japan later this year and the Prius Prime equivalent in the US market.


Daimler spending EUR7bn on more 'green' models 13 Jun 16

Graeme Roberts

Daimler will spend around EUR7 bn on 'green' technology in two years, the automaker announced.


Brazil's Chevy Cruze now comes from Argentina 13 Jun 16

Fernando Calmon

Chevrolet Brazil's second generation Cruze sedan, on sale at the end of June, is now built in Argentina, instead of locally, and is similar to the latest generation US model launched earlier in 2016.


Koreans develop new diesel particulate filter 13 Jun 16

Tony Pugliese

South Korea’s Institute of Machinery and Materials said it had developed a new particulate filter that helps reduce diesel soot emissions by up to 95%.


Ford reveals the KA+ for Europe 8 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Ford has revealed a KA+ model for Europe positioned below the Fiesta in the marketplace. The rationale behind the model is to meet demand for low-cost vehicles in an increasingly fragmented European B-segment.


DBX to ‘transform’ Aston Martin business model 8 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the extension of the brand's portfolio to add a luxury crossover will transform the company’s business model following the replacement of its ageing sports car range.


Ford of Europe launches sports ‘ST-line’ 6 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Ford has announced a new ST-Line sports model range for Europe. It says the new line is designed for customers who aspire to the sporty image of Ford’s ST models, but do not require the full ST sports performance.


VW #PinkBeetle gets green light 3 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

Volkswagen of America has announced that the #PinkBeetle will go into production as a 2017 model, having been shown as a concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show.


BMW updates 3 Series GT with new engines 1 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

BMW says it is preparing to launch the latest BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in time for the start of sales in the summer and has added new engines.


New diesel engine family debut on Mercedes E-Class 31 May 16

Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz says it is the first manufacturer to put diesel vehicles on the market that already meet the EU’s stricter emission limits that come into force in September 2017.

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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