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Mini goes after Qashqai with new F60 Countryman

18 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A second Mini model in the C segment goes on sale in Britain and other European nations from February. The new, bigger Countryman leaves the B-C size class, there is no successor for the Paceman and all build this time is by VDL in the Netherlands instead of by Magna Steyr in Austria.

ANALYSIS - The four-cylinder Porsche Cayman S

13 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Emissions. Reading that word surely makes executives at Volkswagen Group divisions shudder. But sometimes its use is benign: the new 2.5-litre flat-four turbo in the Porsche 718 Cayman S is low on CO2, returns more than 35mpg in the real world and sounds like no other previous Porsche engine.

Interior design and technology - Vauxhall Astra

12 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Inspired by the Monza concept, the seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra made its global debut at the 2015 IAA. As one of the UK’s best-sellers, Astra is a household name for British car buyers with almost three million sold in the country over the last 38 years. Built at the carmaker’s Ellesmere Port factory, the mid-size hatchback is based on a lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, punchy powertrains and novel technologies. Continuing just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed one to take a closer look.

Why RSM Samsung matters to Groupe Renault globally

11 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alpine and Dacia were the first marques for a new series concerning Groupe Renault. Future model plans for RSM's Samsung brand make up this, the second feature, while a third and a fourth concentrating on Renault passenger vehicles will follow later in January.

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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.

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.

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Geneva show debut - Mitsubishi 'compact' SUV

24 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A small Mitsubishi SUV will make its world premiere at the Geneva motor show, MMC has announced.

Dodge Demon leaked after Vin Diesel Fast 8 event

20 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

FCA US' marketing campaign for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has suddenly become old news after the car was filmed and photographed at an event to promote The Fate of the Furious. While only a new variant of an old car and obviously developed to try to keep the Challenger selling, the Demon is to be even faster than the 707hp Hellcat.

Suzuki launches new generation Swift

19 January 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Suzuki Motor launched a fully-remodeled Swift sub-compact car in Japan earlier this month, featuring a new platform which allows for weight savings of up to 120kg on the previous model.

Kia launches new generation Morning/Picanto

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors launched a fully-revised Morning sub-compact car this week with enhanced safety features including a stronger body structure and additional safety systems.

First glimpse of GM Europe's new small SUV

18 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors Europe's Opel and Vauxhall brands took a while, some rebadged Korean interlopers excepted, to get into SUVs so this year, comparatively speaking, they're going nuts. On top of the freshened Mokka, now appended with an X, comes the Crossland (plus X) and, soon, the Grandland (plus X).

GM China to launch 18 new/refreshed models in 2017

18 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors will launch 18 new and refreshed models this year in China to achieve continued growth in the company’s largest retail market.

Shanghai show debuts list - Mini JCW Countryman

18 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Another world premiere for April's Auto Shanghai 2017 has been announced, this time from Mini.

EXCLUSIVE - Kia B-SUV to be called Stonic

13 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

According to a trademark filing, 'Stonic' will be the name of a new Kia model. It is believed that this will be applied to the YB-SUV due out later in 2017.

Brussels motor show - Jaguar & Skoda debuts

13 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2017 Brussels motor show has taken place, with the facelifted Jaguar F-TYPE the main debutante.

Renault adds Master to electric LCV line

13 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault is expanding its all-electric light commercial vehicle range with global debuts for a longer range Kangoo Van ZE (zero emissions) and a new Master ZE shown at the Brussels motor show.

Toyota plans 210-horse Yaris for Europe

12 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Rather than the redesign we were expecting (it's been around since 2011), Toyota will reveal a new high-performance Yaris model as part of a facelift for the full European range at the Geneva motor show (9 – 19 March), alongside a WRC version set to make its competition debut next week in the Monte Carlo Rally.

2017 Detroit auto show - world debuts list

11 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

All the world premieres from the 2017 North American International Auto Show are listed below. The most important models this year were of course the ninth generation Toyota Camry, which will also be the first vehicle using the (TN)GA-K architecture to be manufactured in the US; and the updated Ford F-150 which gains fresh engines, including a diesel.

Lobby group welcomes new Ford and GM diesels

10 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A lobby group has welcomed two major announcements from leading global manufacturers for new diesel options in light-duty vehicles at the Detroit show. Ford introduced a new three-litre diesel engine option for the 2018 F-150 pickup truck and GMC revealed a new (Opel) 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine option for its new 2018 GMC Terrain SUV.

CES 2017 - list of world debuts

6 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, open to the public between 5 and 8 January, hosted multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres.

SsangYong launches new Korando SUV

6 January 2017 | Tony Pugliese

South Korea’s SsangYong Motor, owned by Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra, strengthened its product line-up with the launch this week of the new Korando SUV.

CES - Faraday Future shows 'FF 91'

4 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

Luxury EV start-up Faraday Future (FF) has shown its first production vehicle at the 2017 CES in Las Vegas.

Renault-Samsung 'responsible for next global SUV'

23 December 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Renault’s South Korean subsidiary, Renault Samsung Motors, will be given full responsibility for the development of a new SUV model to be sold across the group, according to local reports in South Korea.

VW to show electric minivan at NAIAS

22 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen will show a new electric I.D. concept family model at the Detroit Motor Show in January. The car is described as a 'multi-functional vehicle for a new era'.

Dana to supply axles, driveshafts for 2018 Isuzus

14 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Dana announced on Wednesday (14 December) it will begin supplying axles and driveshafts for the 2018 Isuzu FTR.  Production of this new Class 6 medium-duty truck will begin mid-2017.

Rolls-Royce shows image of Cullinan SUV

13 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

BMW luxury brand unit Rolls-Royce has published an image of its super-luxury SUV, Project Cullinan.

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