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Toyota's future model plans and platforms

24 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The imminent end of North America's 2016 model year sees Toyota winding up Scion division but retaining certain models and changing their brand. In China, in Europe, in Japan and elsewhere, the Toyota model range is also being expanded. This first of a two-part analysis examines current and future models, with a report on Lexus to follow.

New Avant pushes Audi A4 to segment leadership

22 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Remember when the BMW 3 Series seemed unassailable in the UK and the rest of the European region? The latest Audi A4, which is especially popular as a wagon, is now outselling the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the 3er.

Baleno - Suzuki's first mild hybrid for Europe

16 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

CO2 emissions of 94g/km and official EC consumption numbers of up to 70.6mpg are impressive numbers for a four-metre long five-door diesel hatchback. But Suzuki Europe's newest model, the Baleno, is powered exclusively by petrol engines and those are its numbers.

Indonesia Motor Show: Focus is on small cars

15 August 2016 | Tony Pugliese

The Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show (GIIAS) got under way last week at the International Convention and Exhibition (ICE) centre in BSD, one of Jakarta’s fastest-growing new satellite towns. Tony Pugliese was there for just-auto

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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 April 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.

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Paris show debuts list - Opel Ampera-e

25 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The world premiere of the Opel Ampera-e will be at the Paris motor show.

Revised Tesla Model S even quicker, longer range

24 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Tesla has revised the Model S and added a larger battery pack which gives the car jaw-dropping acceleration and a longer range on full charge.

Kia readies Rio 4G for Paris show

24 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Kia's fourth-generation Rio -  a model assembled and sold widely across the world - will make its world debut on 29 September at the Paris show.

Holden's Colorado no longer 'beaut ute' down under

24 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors' Australian unit Holden has dropped the decades-old Antipodean term for pick up truck - 'ute' (for 'utility') - and has adopted instead the US term to call its redesigned, Thai-built midsize Colorado a 'truck'.

Opel Russelsheim starts updated Zafira production

24 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The first updated Opel Zafira has been built in Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant. Production started with a red unit with OPC line package, equipped with AFL LED technology (adaptive forward lighting) and radar-based adaptive cruise control.

Daimler JV extends Denza EV's range to 400km

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler said it had broadened its new energy vehicles (NEV) line with the new Denza, extended-range 400, a 'made in China, for China' electric vehicle built by Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology joint venture (BDNT).

Borgward to put designer on management board

23 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Borgward Group, which has revived the once well known German brand that ceased car making early in the 1960s, said it would the first German automaker to create a board of management position for design.

Lotus further 'lightweights' Evora 400

22 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Various lightweighting measures have enabled Lotus to shave 42kg off the weight of its Evora 400 model, the automaker said.

2017 Honda Fit on sale in US

19 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

American Honda's 2017 went on sale across the US on Friday (19 August) with few changes. The five-door subcompact hatchback, badged as the Jazz in many markets, was first introduced to the US in 2006 as a 2007 model.

Toyota launches Indonesian-made MPV in Malaysia

18 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT), the importer and distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, has launched the Indonesia-made Sienta compact MPV targeting "modern urban families".

Honda Canada adds UK built Civic hatch to range

16 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Canada has confirmed it will add the UK-built Civic hatchback to its 2017 model line this autumn, supplementing locally- and US-built sedan and coupe versions, and will also sell the upcoming Type-R hatch next year.

Nissan Europe makes Navara Euro 6-compliant

16 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Europe has updated its Spanish-built Navara pickup range with a more advanced Euro 6-compliant diesel engine and some detail equipment changes.

American Honda's UK built Civic hatchback detailed

15 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

American Honda Motor has announced more details of the British built, 10th generation 2017 Civic hatchback which will supplement the North American-made sedan and coupe models launched earlier this year.

Hyundai shows tease pics of new Hyundai i30

11 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai has shown teaser pics of the next generation Hyundai i30 ahead of the model’s world premiere next month.

Hyundai gambles on Russia with Creta production

3 August 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai Motor Rus has begun building a second model at its St Petersburg plant. Following an upgrade which cost the equivalent of US$100m, Hyundai has now added production of the Creta crossover to the facility which formerly built only the Solaris small car.

GM Brazil updates Chevrolet Onix and Prisma

29 July 2016 | Fernando Calmon

When General Motors decided to revamp its full Brazilian model line within a year back in 2012, it was aware that, just four years later, it would run a similar marathon once again - six launches in seven months.

Maruti Suzuki launches first LCV

28 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Suzuki Motor Corporation subsidiary Maruti Suzuki India has entered India's light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment for the first time with the Super Carry compact truck.

Nissan Kicks making world debut in Olympics Brazil

26 July 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Nissan has really needed something different to boost its sales in Brazil where it both imports or manufactures locally the vehicles it sells.

Nissan US adds XD and Single Cab to Titan line

26 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's US unit has added new XD and Single Cab versions to its Titan full-size pickup line.

Ford rolls out MY2017 smartphone integration

25 July 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford has said it will offer the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its new SYNC 3 connectivity platform across all models sold in the US market in 2017.

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