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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.


ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 1

20 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the first of two features which looks at the future models of the Nissan brand. Here, the focus is on cars, from Kei-class to Luxury, along with the 370Z/Fairlady Z and GT-R sports cars. The final part in the Nissan Motor Company series will examine Nissan brand crossovers, SUVs, MPVs, pick-ups, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.


ANALYSIS - 2017 Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI

18 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SUVs and crossovers might be stealing sales from many two-door cars but that doesn't mean premium-priced models are disappearing. Far from it. Audi continues to respond to the challenge of strong competition from the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé by rolling out multiple derivatives of the new A5 range.


Interior design and technology - Volvo V60

13 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside Volvo’s premium mid-size V60. Its uncomplicated cockpit swathed with soft-touch trim and supportive leather seats make this a comfortable place to drive from A to B.


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Volkswagen head of compact cars on Tiguan Allspace

19 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed a Volkswagen Tiguan to take a closer look and got the inside story from Dr Jochen Böhle, head of product development for Volkswagen’s compact car line-up.


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.

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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.


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.


Ford testing bamboo as material for interiors

20 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ford says it is testing bamboo - a strong natural material - for use in a composite material with applications in vehicle interiors.


Skoda shows first electric car in Shanghai

19 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Skoda has unveiled its first electric concept car in Shanghai. The VW Group owned brand said it will be introducing five purely electrically-powered cars by 2025, in addition to plug-in hybrid models.


Volvo will build first all electric car in China

19 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars will build its first fully electric car in China, the company announced on Wednesday at Auto Shanghai in China.


IAA world debuts - Opel Grandland X

19 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Opel has revealed details of the Grandland X well in advance of its world premiere at the Frankfurt IAA in September.


Supply chains in Korea and India boost Mahindra

13 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Supply chains  in India for Mahindra and South Korea with SsangYong are benefiting the combined operations of both Mahindra Group brands according to Mahindra MD and head of automotive operations Dr Pawan Goenka.


2017 New York motor show - global debuts list

13 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

There was no stand-out star at this year's New York International Auto Show, though for sheer novelty value, FCA's 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon could be rightly thought of as the biggest attraction.


2017 Seoul motor show - world debuts list

30 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai Motor Company and SsangYong Motor were the only two companies which had vehicle world premieres at this year's South Korean motor show.


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.


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.


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).


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.



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