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Kia Soul EV - sales rising as plug-ins take off

Does the arrival of the Kia Niro mean the end for the plug-in Soul? Not at all, especially in Europe where the market for EVs fell just shor...

New Astra Sports Tourer & future Opel/Vauxhalls

Vauxhall can’t seem to catch the Focus and Golf but the addition of the new estate is giving the griffin logo brand a strong sales boost, th...

FCA realigns its global manufacturing footprint

One of the busiest manufacturers in terms of re-aligning its global manufacturing footprint is FCA. Some extraordinary developments are said...

Driving the new Q30, and Infiniti future models

It's been a long time coming but finally European car buyers are becoming aware of Infiniti. The Q30 is the reason why brand sales were up b...

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

Maruti Suzuki launches first LCV 28 Jul 16

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 Jul 16

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 Jul 16

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 Jul 16

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.


Mahindra launches mild-hybrid Scorpio 25 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Mahindra & Mahindra has launched mild hybrid technology called ‘Intelli-Hybrid’ in its redesigned Scorpio.


Kia launches Niro hybrid crossover; PHEV to follow 21 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Kia is hoping to appeal to a new set of car customers with its new Niro hybrid compact crossover. Kia says it is the first to this segment and that a plug-in hybrid version will follow in 2017.


Malaysia sales flat as Perodua launches compact 21 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

Malaysia’s new vehicle market was largely unchanged in June, with sales falling just slightly to 57,358 units compared with 57,436 in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Paris show world debuts list - Hyundai i30 19 Jul 16

Glenn Brooks

The world premiere of the next generation Hyundai i30 will be at the Paris motor show.


Daimler demos semi-automated bus in Netherlands 18 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz bus unit said on Monday its new, semi-automated city bus with CityPilot shows what urban public transport will look like in the future because it operates more safely, efficiently and comfortably than today's conventional buses.


China's Future Mobility targets expanding EV sales 18 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

Future Mobility, a Chinese electric-vehicle (EV) start-up established at the beginning of the year, plans to launch a premium car model by 2020 that will compete with existing global vehicle manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.


Turbocharging I3s a growing trend in Brazil 15 Jul 16

Fernando Calmon

Turbo charging a one-litre, three-cylinder engine is a growing trend here in Brazil.


Mazda extends Skyactiv tech 14 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced Skyactiv-vehicle dynamics, a series of new-generation vehicle motion control technologies.


FCA launches ‘bug bounties’ to boost cybersecurity 13 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

FCA in the US says it is the first full-line automaker to offer "bug bounty" financial reward for discovery of potential vehicle cybersecurity vulnerabilities.


Nissan Serena to have autonomous drive technology 13 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor said its new Serena, scheduled to go on sale in Japan in late August, will come equipped with the company’s ProPILOT autonomous drive technology.


Isuzu to build pickup trucks for Mazda 11 Jul 16

Graeme Roberts

Isuzu is to build Mazda's next generation pickup truck on an OEM basis, ending a collaboration with Ford that dates back to the late 1970s.


Opel adds adaptive LED headlamps down the range 8 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Opel is adding as an option adaptive forward lighting (AFL) and full LED headlamps to vans and sport utility vehicles in the compact market segment.


Honda readies new Freed for launch 6 Jul 16

Tony Pugliese

Honda has revealed some details of the new-generation Freed compact minivan it plans to launch this autumn.


NHTSA to investigate Tesla autopilot fatality 1 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

The US federal highways safety authority - NHTSA - is to investigate a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S being driven in Autopilot mode.


Autonomous vehicles face development challenges 1 Jul 16

Dave Leggett

Autonomous vehicles may be taking to the roads in testing, but they still face significant development challenges ahead of market rollout, according to the CEO of HORIBA MIRA.


BMW teams up with Mobileye and Intel 30 Jun 16

Dave Leggett

BMW is about to announce an alliance to develop self-driving cars in alliance with Mobileye and Intel, according to a Reuters report.

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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