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Ford Goes Further - the week that was

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A busy week for the just-auto team, with editor Dave Leggett and business editor Simon Warburton both out at events while yours truly minded the shop. We heard, in fact, there were no fewer than eight new model launches for UK media this week, including an Audi event in New Mexico.

Maserati future models - a global analysis

1 December 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The third instalment in just-auto's analysis of FCA's passenger car brands' model lines is a focus on Maserati. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, followed by an examination of Ferrari's plans. Features on Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep will be published soon.

C-HR second to get new Toyota TNGA platform

1 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The new C-HR compact crossover, now being rolled out in markets world-wide, is the second model to be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform after the fourth generation Prius, now being rolled out in PHEV form following its earlier debut as a conventional hybrid.

Ferrari future models - global analysis

30 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The second part of just-auto's series concerning FCA's passenger vehicle brands centres on Ferrari. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, with features on Maserati; Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep to follow.

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Hyundai-Kia design chief's design philosophy

18 October 2016 | Roger Stansfield

There is a corner of the Korean auto industry which, if not forever German, is taking on an increasingly strong Teutonic influence. just-auto catches up with Hyundai-Kia design chief Peter Schreyer and his colleagues.

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.

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Ford ramps up ADAS on new Fiesta

2 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Although the next Ford Fiesta is essentially based on the same engineering architecture as the current model, Ford is loading the new car - due to go on sale in the second half of 2017 - with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies to maintain its appeal as Europe's best selling B-segment car.

New Ford Fiesta delayed until July 2017

30 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Ford has revealed the eighth generation Fiesta to 2,500 onlookers at a special event inside its Niehl plant. The Cologne factory will be the lead global manufacturing location but the company has admitted to just-auto that production will not commence until July.

Maserati executive confirms electric Alfieri

23 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

An EV rival for the next Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-TYPE will be released in 2020, a Maserati executive has told

NextEV unveils NIO EP9 luxury EV supercar

22 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

Electric car start-up NextEV has unveiled its new EV brand, NIO, at a launch event for the brand's first car-line - the EP9 - at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Motor show brings optimism to Brazil

18 November 2016 | Fernando Calmon

The São Paulo Motor Show, running until Sunday 20 November, is notable for its new, spacious, modern and fully air-conditioned exhibition hall and for a large number of launches, restyles, creativity and trend setting.

Great Wall launches new premium SUV brand

18 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Great Wall Motor Company, China’s leading manufacturer of SUVs, launched a new premium brand this week called 'Wey' in an effort to lift its share of the domestic high end vehicle market.

2016 LA auto show - world premieres list

17 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The following cars, light trucks and concepts were world premieres at the 2016 LA auto show.

Mazda to launch first diesel model in US

17 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda announced it will offer the Skyactiv-D 2.2 diesel engine in the redesigned CX-5 for North America from the second half of 2017. It will be the automaker's first diesel engine model in North America.

Alfa Romeo launches SUV in Los Angeles

16 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Alfa Romeo is trying to revive its appeal with Americans and improve profitability by introducing its first sport utility vehicle.

Jaguar details i-Pace EV ahead of LA debut

15 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar is promising "sports car performance and SUV space" and a 220-mile range for its all-electric i-Pace, due out late in 2017.

Toyota announces a Tank

9 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The names might seem comical to those outside Japan, but the new Tank and Roomy people carriers have been developed to keep Toyota at the top of a Japanese market where consumer tastes are changing.

2016 São Paulo show - World premieres

9 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The Honda WR-V was the main world premiere at the 8 November press day of the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show. It joined the Jeep Compass, which made its public debut at the event, the media preview having already taken place.

Turboflex 1.0 makes Brazil VW Golf line all-turbo

31 October 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Volkswagen Brazil has launched the country's first locally made, midsize hatchback with a one-litre, turbocharged, flex-fuel engine (turboflex).

New Volkswagen Atlas & Teramont SUVs

28 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen of America has released details and images of the Atlas, a 5m-long SUV to be manufactured at Chattanooga. Its Chinese market counterpart, the Teramont, has been simultaneously revealed by SAIC Volkswagen.

Skoda establishes 'digital lab' in Prague

25 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Skoda says it is strengthening its innovative power and digital development expertise by establishing a digital lab in Prague. Creative teams will be exploring and developing new business models in the innovative ideas workshop.

NHTSA offers motor vehicle cybersecurity guidance

25 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it is taking a proactive safety approach to protect vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorised access by releasing proposed guidance for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity.

Geely launches Lynk premium brand

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

With a compact SUV named '01', China's Geely has launched a new premium brand called 'Lynk & Co' which boasts European credentials - designed and engineered in Sweden and sharing platform with Volvo Cars.

Volvo India takes medium truck design reins

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo AB's Indian R&D team is taking the lead developing medium duty trucks for global markets scheduled to go into production in 2017.

Honda India eyes new models but none unique

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Honda plans new products for India, including SUVs and larger sedans, but has ruled out developing models unique for the market.

FCA works with CA for IT budget optimisation tool

19 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in Italy has implemented CA "Project & Portfolio Management SaaS (CA PPM SaaS)" to plan and control its IT spending, and "increase the company’s agility and responsiveness to the changing IT needs of the company" according to CA.

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