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ANALYSIS - future Mercedes-Benz SUVs

22 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the fifth of six features examining the current and future models of Daimler brands. Its focus is on Mercedes-Benz crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. The final feature will be on electric vehicles.

The week - retrenchment at Global Motors

19 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Signs are that GM, sometimes referred to as 'Global Motors', is having a strategic rethink and tactically withdrawing from markets where the chances of making a decent buck, and consequent return to investors, are slim. Only recently, The General finally threw in the European towel: after years of good effort but continuing losses, it announced in March - eve of the Geneva show, no less, it would sell the loss-making European Opel operations to PSA Group in an EUR2.2bn deal expected to close by the end of this year. This week, GM announced cuts to its international operations which it said would save it around US$100m a year.

ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-Benz cars

18 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Mercedes-Benz Cars remains locked in battle with BMW and Audi for the title of the world's number one premium passenger vehicle brand. The Daimler division has launched multiple additional vehicles in recent times and more are planned. Existing plants are being expanded and new ones are on the way in Mexico and Russia.

New engines and other changes for 2018MY Jaguars

18 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

When the Jaguar PRs said some of their cars at a regional driving day for UK media were factory-fresh, they were not kidding - several, with the new, in-house made Ingenium petrol engines, had come off the Castle Bromwich assembly line only a day before the event.

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Opel chief interior designer on the new Insignia

27 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport to take a closer look and got the inside story from Stefan Arndt, Adam Opel AG's chief interior designer.

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.

Latest news

IAA world debuts - Renault Mégane R.S.

22 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Yet another car has been added to just-auto's Frankfurt motor show world premieres list: the Renault Mégane R.S.

CEO says Volvo Cars to stop developing new diesels

17 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars will not develop any new diesel engines as the cost of reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide is becoming too expensive, according to chief executive Hakan Samuelsson.

Ford Europe starts production of new Fiesta

17 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ford says it has begun production of the new generation (8th) Fiesta model at its plant in Cologne, Germany.

BMW's Mini adding connectivity and driver aids

17 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Mini brand is enhancing connectivity and driver aids as part of a cockpit and instrument update effective from July 2017 production.

Pininfarina inks platform design deal with IKCO

16 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Pininfarina recently announced a commercial agreement with Iran Khodro (IKCO) for the development of a modular automotive platform, able to underpin at least four different vehicles including a medium segment passenger car.

Renault India to boost product launches

15 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault is planning to shorten launch times and introduce more new products in India.

BMW CEO announces 8 Series revival

11 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's CEO told the automaker's annual general meeting it would revive the 8 Series line in 2018.

Volkswagen names German plant that will build EVs

9 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Zwickau-Mosel has been named by Volkswagen as the production location for not only its I.D. electric car but three other EVs. All will use the MEB architecture.

MG shows its XS compact SUV in London

4 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

SAIC brand MG's UK distribution unit has showed its compact SUV – the MG XS – at the London Motor Show earlier today.

Continental shows 48-volt hybrid diesel concept

2 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Continental, at the International Vienna Motor Symposium has shown a "super clean" 48 volt hybrid diesel vehicle, which meets stringent RDE (real driving emissions) limits on CO2 and NOx. The first vehicle using this technology has already gone into production in Europe and a second will follow later this year.

Mazda Japan to launch new CX-8 crossover

28 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor plans to launch the CX-8 crossover SUV in Japan.

SsangYong launches XLV engine

27 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

SsangYong Motor Company has launched the XLV diesel engine model at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show to meet fast growing demand for subcompact SUVs in the Chinese market.

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.

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.

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