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Interior design and technology - Suzuki Swift

26 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Since the Suzuki Swift first appeared on the planet way back in 2005, it has attracted some 5.4 million buyers worldwide, 127, 000 in the UK alone. The automaker’s latest and third generation Swift swooped into showrooms dotted across the UK earlier this month with bosses predicting 12,500 units to fly off the shelves in the first full year. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look at the new Swift.


New G01 BMW X3 outgrows the Audi Q5

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has revealed the new X3 to the media at an event in South Carolina. The G01 series version of this Spartanburg-made SUV is not only 61mm longer than the F25 X3 which it replaces but is also larger than the rival Audi Q5.


Are three cylinders enough for the Hyundai i30?

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It’s been six months since series production of the new i30 started in Europe. Hyundai’s regional sales performance reflects the arrival of this fresh C segment hatchback, ACEA data showing an 8.2 per cent rise in May when the market rose by 7.6 per cent.


Velar redefines Range Rover luxury - COMMENT

23 June 2017 | Guest

Tata-owned premium car maker Jaguar Land Rover is adding, this year, another model to the Range Rover sub-brand's range - the Velar. Hilton Holloway, editor of '5054'  magazine, reflects on the thinking behind the latest Range Rover luxury car and the values of the brand.


Latest interviews


Driving passion - the psychology of driving a car

12 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Thomas Ebenfeld, psychologist and managing partner of Concept M, about what makes car consumers tick. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany with offices worldwide, Concept M consists of a group of psychological market researchers with a focus on the automotive industry.


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.

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Goodwood FoS world premieres - Aston DB11 V8

28 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place in south east England from 29 June-2 July. A round up of world debuts will be published on Monday 3 July. Here below is what has been announced so far. Added today are the Aston Martin DB11 V8, a link to a video of the Jaguar Project 8, and facelifts for two Maseratis.


Volvo Cars and Autoliv team up with NVIDIA on AD

27 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Cars and Autoliv have announced that they will work with NVIDIA, the AI and visual computing company, to develop advanced systems and software for self-driving cars.


Germany plans new emissions testing body

27 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The German government is planning to set up a new organisation to test vehicle emissions and bolster consumer confidence following a loss of trust following the VW 'dieselgate' scandal, according to reports.


SEAT reveals MQB A0-based Arona SUV

27 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SEAT's Arona SUV has been officially revealed to the media ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt IAA in September.


Aston Martin delays electric RapidE until 2019

27 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Aston Martin is to build 155 units of the RapidE, a plug-in version of the now seven-year old Rapide hatchback. The firm will work with Williams Advanced Engineering to bring the car to production in 2019.


Ford Brazil first to launch 1.5 litre I3

26 June 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Ford Brazil is launching a new, 1.5 litre, three cylinder, flex fuel engine in the updated EcoSport. Internally known as Dragon, the engine initially will come from Ford India, where it is in production but not used in any locally produced model but the Brazilian powertrain plant in Taubaté, 146km/91 miles east of São Paulo City will eventually produce it as a replacement for the current four-cylinder, 1.6-litre Sigma motor.


IAA world debuts - BMW X3 official details

26 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has announced official details of the new X3, having shown the new SUV to the media at an event at its US plant on 26 June. The public debut will take place at the IAA.


Jaguar delivers on 300PS petrol Ingenium promise

26 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As promised, Jaguar is introducing an yet powerful 300PS Ingenium petrol engine to its XE and XF saloons and F-Pace SUV models.


Five Volkswagen I.D. electric cars coming - report

23 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A Dutch website has published what appears to be a Volkswagen presentation which details plans for the I.D. range of electric cars. According to a slide, there will be five EVs for various regions between 2019 and 2022.


Kia does RHD Stinger testing in UK ahead of launch

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia said right hand drive versions of its upcoming Stinger 'grand turismo'  have also undergone a further level of dynamic testing in the UK to optimise steering and suspension components for export markets such as the UK and Australia before the car's release.


Toyota really redesigns 2018 Camry

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has completely redesigned the Camry, the best-selling car in America for the past 15 years, on sale in the US late summer. The eighth generation model is built on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture platform and changes include new engines and transmissions. Unlike previous generations, little is carried over to the new model.


Kia Europe eyes B-SUV conquests with Stonic

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Europe said its new Stonic, on sale from the third quarter, is set to become an important conquest model for the brand in one of Europe’s newest and fastest-growing vehicle segments.


Jaguar teases E-Pace SUV

21 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar has issued 'teaser' photos of the compact performance Jaguar E-Pace SUV it will reveal on 13 July.


Volkswagen unveils new Polo in Berlin

16 June 2017 | Chris Wright

Volkswagen has shown its new sixth generation Polo in Berlin.


IAC opens engineering centre in India

16 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Automotive interior components supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) has opened a new regional and global engineering centre in Pune, India.


Nissan updates the European X-Trail

16 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan GB will launch an updated X-Trail crossover in August with most changes similar to those just made to its hot selling Qashqai.


Nissan lightly revamps popular Qashqai crossover

15 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

When you’ve created and almost entirely owned a new market segment for a decade, you don’t want to mess with the formula too much. Hence Nissan’s approach with the once redesigned, now twice updated Qashqai where the 2017 revisit is largely confined to boosting quality, refinement and technology and leaving the successful basics alone.


Audi A8 gets 48V mild hybrid system as standard

14 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The next Audi A8 range which makes its debut next month will be the first in the brand’s history to feature an electrified drivetrain as standard.


Jaguar reveals new XF Sportbrake

14 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Tata-owned Jaguar premium brand has revealed its new XF Sportbrake (estate or wagon) today, some ten years after the introduction of the XF saloon (and five years after the first XF Sportbrake).


Hyundai launches Kona its new B-segment SUV

13 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has unveiled the latest vehicle in its expanding line-up of SUVs, the Kona B-seg compact SUV. It says the Kona is designed to appeal to 'modern customers with active lifestyles'.



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