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Non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

So-called value brands are in a death squeeze as premium makes continue to colonise their traditional territory. Or so goes the theory. And how about the supposed fact that to pull in big worldwide sales and profits, a car company must also be in the US market? Škoda breaks these and many other rules.

Volvo’s safety trademark spelt out on the S60

21 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and safety technology trends, we take a closer look at Volvo’s premium mid-size S60.  While the S60 is a solid, safe and sensible choice, it comes bristling with an appealing spec.

Tesla hits a bit of resistance - COMMENT

18 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The world's most famous make of electric cars is being assailed from many quarters. And this just as the Model 3, a car with the potential to stop the EV specialist losing vast amounts of money, is finally going into production.

Volvo's hand-me-down little sister - the XC60

17 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

In many ways, the fully redesigned Volvo XC60 SUV/crossover is a bit like a little sister inheriting a hand-me-down dress from big sister - the older sibling gets all the praise at the time of the first-time reveal; but the younger, in the elder's shadow, still looks just as nice. In this case, big sister is the XC90, launched to considerable acclaim - was it really two and a half years ago already? And now comes little sis XC60 in much the same dress but cut to a smaller size with a few stylish tweaks just for the newer generation.

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.

Latest news

IAA world debuts - Kia Sorento facelift

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Kia Motors has just revealed a mid-life facelift for the Sorento SUV in the South Korean market. Its motor show debut will take place at the Frankfurt IAA.

Mercedes-Benz launches Nissan-based X-Class

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has launched its long-heralded X-Class medium size pickup truck, effectively a rebadge of the Nissan-Renault Alliance's Barcelona built Navara model line.

Mitsubishi to launch new crossover MPV

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said its new small crossover MPV would make its global debut at the Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) next month.

Magna Steyr to contract assemble Jaguar E-Pace SUV

13 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' premium automobile brand Jaguar got right to the point when unveiling the new E-Pace compact SUV at a media technical briefing today (13 July) in London: they're not going to make it.

PSA hails autonomous car tollgate demo

12 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

PSA says that an autonomous car has crossed a tollgate in a full autonomous mode, for the first time.

Volvo Cars updates electrification plans

5 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars said every new model it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor though many of these are likely to be no more than 48V 'mild hybrids' with a 48V starter/alternator and braking regeneration.

Geely's Volvo updates electrification plans

5 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has said every model it launches from 2019 "will have an electric motor" though many of these are likely to be just mild hybrids with braking energy regeneration and a 48 volt starter/alternator.

Facebook wants to be friends with automotive

5 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Although auto companies are somewhat wary of the increasing corporate power residing in new technology companies and Silicon Valley, along with their transportation space ambitions, social media giant Facebook is stressing that it wants to cooperate with the industry in key technology areas.

World premieres at the 2017 Goodwood FoS

3 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed took place between 29 June and 2 July inclusive. The list of vehicle world premieres is published below.

Hyundai-Kia target small SUV segment

29 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Hyundai Motor launched its first sub-compact SUV in South Korea this week, as the company looks to bounce back from a disappointing first half of 2017.

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.

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.

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