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THE WEEK - aftermarket player and new products

Matthew Beecham's Q&A with Dayco, which develops and manufactures engine products and drive systems, including timing belts, chain kits, bel...

Autumn facelift beckons for Citroen's Family hit

Flippin' typical. The Family was not even finished reviewing the seven seat C4 Grand Picasso when Citroen announced the range - which also i...

ANALYSIS - Jaguar takes on Porsche with F-PACE

For too many years, those running Jaguar listened to ‘experts’ who said an SUV would dilute its image. What nonsense. Now, as the leaping ca...

Peugeot steps up a gear with new 3008

PSA Groupe, as PSA Peugeot-Citroen now likes to be known, has turned itself around since the dark days of 2012 when it made an annual loss o...

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

Revamped rivals to face new Toyota Hilux in Brazil 24 May 16

Fernando Calmon

The market for medium size pickups here in Brazil may be small but it keeps growing largely thanks to sales in medium-size and small cities, especially those where agribusiness is strong. In 2015 the sector accounted for 4.5% of all vehicle sales, rising to 5.9% in the first quarter of 2016.

Paris show debuts list - Peugeot 3008 24 May 16

Glenn Brooks

The second generation of Peugeot's 3008 crossover will have its public debut at the Paris motor show.

Peugeot reveals revamped 3008 compact SUV 23 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Peugeot has revealed its redesigned 3008 SUV ahead of its Paris show debut in September. At just 4,450mm in length, it is one of the most compact models in its segment but offers greater passenger and luggage space over the outgoing model.

Subaru plans wider development links with Toyota 23 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Fuji Heavy Industries, which will officially change its name to Subaru Corporation on 1 April, 2017, as part of a plan to increase the recognition of the Subaru brand, will deepen the product development partnership forged with fellow Japanese automaker Toyota Motor, Fuji president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said in a recent interview with The Nikkei.

Toyota India to use TNGA platform in new models 23 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Toyota plans to move away from using low-cost platforms in India, and switch to the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) in upcoming models.

Geely raises US$400m for zero-emission London taxi 23 May 16

Graeme Roberts

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has raised US$400m through a 'green' bond issue to fund the development of a hybrid successor to the black cab at its London Taxi Company (LTC) subsidiary.

Nissan spells out autonomous drive timeline 19 May 16

Dave Leggett

Nissan says its refreshed Nissan Qashqai will be the first Nissan car in Europe – and the first UK-manufactured car – equipped with autonomous technology in 2017 with ProPilot. It has also reiterated the timeline for the rollout of more advanced autonomous driving technologies.

Global NCAP fails five Indian cars in crash test 19 May 16

Graeme Roberts

The latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP continue to disappoint with all five models rated as zero star. The Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon all showed low levels of adult occupant protection.

Volvo previews 2017 40 series on CMA platform 18 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Volvo has revealed two concept cars here in Torslanda, Sweden, that, it said, "move the Swedish brand in an audacious new direction and mark the official launch of its global small car strategy".

Mitsubishi explains fuel economy con to ministry 12 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has detailed how it falsified fuel economy tests to Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as requested.

Mexico to supply Brazil Nissan Kicks to start 9 May 16

Fernando Calmon

Nissan has chosen Rio de Janeiro City for the global première of its compact, daringly-styled Kicks compact crossover which, it said, embodies a strong personality and is focused on details, especially aerodynamic features.

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.

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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