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ANALYSIS - Peugeot 308 SW and GTI

17 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Has the long-awaited recovery of the Peugeot brand finally begun? Even if things remain terrible in China with a year-to-date collapse of 30 per cent in a rising market, October was a good month for the brand across Europe. The 3008 and 5008 are major factors in the improvement but so too is the updated 308 range.

Kia launches fast grand tourer flagship with V6 engine

15 Nov 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Although only about 80 of the brand's 180 UK dealers have signed up to sell it so far, Kia's new Stinger, in those showrooms from January, is certainly going to change its image a bit. Suddenly, the maker of staid but worthy family and fleet cars, like Rio, Picanto, Soul and Sportage, pitches a flagship five door, grand tourer with a turbocharged, 365bhp, 3.3-litre petrol V6, capable of 0-60mph acceleration in a claimed 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 168mph.

PSA outlines global mobility strategy

15 Nov 2017 | Chris Wright

Newly enlarged Groupe PSA faces challenges on a number of fronts as it looks to integrate Opel and Vauxhall to its operations. Like other OEMs, it also needs a strategy for a rapidly changing urban mobility landscape. Chris Wright was in Paris to hear more.

ANALYSIS - Future models for Dongfeng Motor

14 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In addition to being a JV partner for several foreign OEMs, Dongfeng Motor is a fairly successful vehicle manufacturer in its own right, with multiple brands and sub-brands in China. Its weak point is a lack of any sizable export business and exposure to the collapsing Chinese market passenger vehicle sales of Kia Motors and Groupe PSA.

Driverless cars? The ‘fun to drive car will live on’ - Kia

10 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

While driverless cars are being pushed to the public as desirable, are they really? Many of us like driving cars, most of the time.  Albert Biermann, head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development for Hyundai and Kia Motors told just-auto that there will always be a need for fun to drive cars.

Opel-Vauxhall PACE! plan - the future models

9 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following the announcement of the PACE! business plan for Opel-Vauxhall by its CEO Michael Lohscheller, just-auto takes a look at what this means for the brands' current and future models.

2018 Kia Sorento adds 8-speed automatic transmission

9 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Kia Motors Europe used the most recent IAA show in Frankfurt to reveal an upgraded third-generation Sorento. Notable cosmetic features of this full-sized seven-seater include reshaped bumpers, tweaked lighting, darkened version of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille, updated instrumentation and sporty GT-Line badging. It also comes bristling with active safety features and Kia’s in-house engineered eight-speed automatic transmission. As Kia’s guests on a press trip to Seoul, we got the chance to drive this fresh-faced SUV.

Hydrogen is (still) the fuel of the future, says Kia

8 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The hydrogen fuel cell sector has been in and out of the automotive limelight over the past decade. Toyota's announcement in 2015 of making thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents available on a royalty free basis brought the technology back into focus. Does this mean affordable fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) could be on our driveways any time soon? Although there is still some work to go, Kia believes it has the solution.

Future cars analysis - Could Renault turn Lada into the next Skoda?

8 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Russia is not for faint-hearted investors. Boom to bust to boom has been the pattern of recent years. Some, such as GM decided to make a Rexit. Renault, though, stayed and may eventually reap rewards from its shareholding in AvtoVAZ and the Lada brand, which commands 20 per cent of an improving market for new vehicle sales.

ASEAN vehicle sales up 2% in Q3

7 Nov 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Our regular report on macro developments in the vehicle markets of southeast Asia shows that growth slowed in Q3. However, cumulative regional sales are still up almost 6% on last yea

ANALYSIS - What Nissan plans for the future of Mitsubishi

7 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Its owner Nissan Motor says Mitsubishi Motors' vehicles won't be fully integrated into the newly expanded R-N-M Alliance's system of architectures until 2020, possibly later. Conventional SUVs, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric small cars and high performance e-SUVs will step by step become the speciality of MMC.

ANALYSIS - Volkswagen e-Golf gains 50% range boost

6 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has given the e-Golf a new battery pack and made other changes, all of which add up to a range that has been extended by a claimed 50 per cent. For anyone who wants an electric vehicle that doesn't make a bold design statement, this could be their car.

ANALYSIS - Toyota architectures and future models Part 3 of 3

2 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The final part of the series which examines the passenger vehicles of Toyota Motor Corporation and its subsidiaries now turns to current and future Toyota brand crossovers, SUVs, pick-ups and sports cars. This includes hybrid models. This last chapter follows others on Daihatsu, Lexus, Toyota's smaller models and MPVs plus another concerning larger cars and fuel cell vehicles.

ANALYSIS - New 570S Spider and future McLaren cars

1 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The Sports Series is McLaren Automotive's best selling model line, with some 2,500 units of its 540 and 570 cars due to be built this year. The latest, the 570S Spider, expands the range to three body styles.

ANALYSIS - Toyota architectures and future models Part 2

31 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

After three features which respectively encompassed in-depth examinations of the latest and future generation Daihatsu and Lexus and Toyota vehicles, the next instalment in the series on Toyota Motor Corporation looked at the Toyota brand's small and compact models. Now, its D, E and F segment cars as well as MPVs and fuel cell models.

Autonomous vehicles – so near and yet so far

31 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Predictions as to when the first autonomous vehicle will be available vary depending on who we talk to and, for that matter, how we define it. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s research snapshots, this one reviews how close we are to the holy grail of autonomous vehicles.

Octavia vRS 245 - is Skoda now a premium brand?

30 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

How do you make a 10 per cent return selling mass-market cars? One way is to create and then continue to dominate a segment. Plus it helps if every rival ignores that same segment.

ANALYSIS - Volkswagen Arteon 280PS 4MOTION

27 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The CC was a good seller, especially in Germany, the UK and the US. Why then did Volkswagen decide to change the name, the body style and the size when planning a replacement for its four-door coupé?

Interior design and technology – Ford Fiesta

27 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Since its introduction in 1976, Ford has rolled out seven generations of Fiesta, each one slightly more spacious, safer and efficient. The latest incarnation expands the range to include a crossover-inspired Active and luxurious Vignale. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this ever-popular supermini.

ANALYSIS - Toyota architectures and future models Part 1

26 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following features which looked at what's ahead for Daihatsu and Lexus, now comes a deep dive into plans for future Toyota cars.

ANALYSIS - FCA gets lucky with Abarth as sales soar

25 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Has FCA found the secret recipe for turning small cars into big profits? It would seem so, with sales of the premium priced Abarth 500 range climbing ever higher, even though the basic Fiat model is more than a decade old.

Hands-on-Tech - Volvo XC90

24 Oct 2017 | Cat Dow

Welcome to the first in our newest reporting series*. Our Hands-On Tech, or HOT, Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the functionality based on various test criteria. First to be tested, the award-winning Volvo Sensus system, as currently featured in the XC90, XC60 and brand-new XC40, Volvo's first compact SUV.


24 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Can Kia Motors Europe do no wrong? Sales keep rising across EU and EFTA markets, and none is stronger than the UK. Here, the brand is outselling Hyundai. Its lead is slim, so crucial new cars such as the Stonic and smaller volume ones such as the Niro plug-in hybrid will be key if the company manages a first and overtakes the parent brand for the full year.

ANALYSIS - The future models Toyota is planning for Lexus

18 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The second feature in a series which looks at the future models of brands under the Toyota Motor Corporation umbrella is all about Lexus. This follows part one, which concerned Daihatsu, and will be followed by features on the next generation of Toyota cars and light trucks.

Kia's 'hedgehog' B-SUV makes its UK debut

17 Oct 2017 | Graeme Roberts

So, someone asked someone from Kia: "Where did the name Stonic come from?" Before the official answer, came the media comedian: "Stonic the hedgehog." Official answer: "It's a made-up name." Hence I will never look at a Stonic again without thinking 'hedgehog' but it would not be a bad nickname for a cute little car that is Kia's first lob into the growing B-SUV segment.

ANALYSIS - Civic Type R leads export boom for Honda UK

16 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It's fast, high-priced and not exactly subtle in appearance. Honda is hoping that the Type R version of its built-in-England Civic five-door will be shocking enough to change how people across Europe mainly see the brand - a maker of ultra-reliable cars for the elderly.

ANALYSIS - New SsangYong Rexton an equine taste

13 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Easily the smallest of the three Korean vehicle brands available in Europe, SsangYong doesn't intend to remain a minor player in the region forever. As was the case with Kia a decade ago, every new vehicle is a major improvement over the outgoing model. The latest Rexton, which sees the importer going after the horsebox-towing set, is proof in point.

Autonomous vehicle interiors – what can we expect?

12 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Retracting steering wheels, reconfigurable dashboards, Star Trek swivelling seats and entire windscreens that transform into head-up displays are a common vision of the autonomous car. When an SAE Level 5 car becomes a social (or empty) space that neither needs nor wants your help, what can we really expect? Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s research snapshots, this one reviews some interior concepts and innovations to find the pulse of the self-driving car interior.

ANALYSIS - Honda HR-V and the battle for the global B-SUV segment

11 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

If small crossovers and SUVs were bought for reasons of sensibility over all other factors, the Honda HR-V would be the number one model in Europe. As it is, this B-SUV has a hard time standing out in what is a properly crowded segment. With Volkswagen finally set to push its way in during 2018, the little Honda will be in danger of being prised further from view.

ANALYSIS - Daihatsu architectures and future models

10 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In this first part of what Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) divisions are planning, the focus is on Daihatsu Motor Company. It will be followed by a look at current and future Lexus models, and in the final instalments, what's ahead for Toyota brand cars and light trucks.

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