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BMW and Ford bet on solid-state batteries

7 May 2021 | Mike Vousden

Earlier this week, US-based solid-state battery startup Solid Power announced a new $130 million investment round led by BMW and Ford.

OEMs look to blockchain solutions for compliance and parts performance

6 May 2021 | Dave Leggett

Working in a consortium Renault says it has developed a new blockchain solution for the European automotive industry to certify the compliance of vehicle's components from design to production. Supply chain visibility is an increasing issue for companies looking to mitigate risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

ASEAN sales just slightly lower in Q1

5 May 2021 | editorial team

Sales of new vehicles in southeast Asia’s six largest markets declined by just 0.2% to 692,961 units in the first quarter of 2021 from 694,471 units in the same period of last year, according to data exclusively collected for just-auto from local industry sources including vehicle manufacturers, trade associations and government departments.

A week with the hydrogen fuel cell Hyundai Nexo

5 May 2021 | Glenn Brooks

What's like to run a fuel cell vehicle as your only car? Enjoyable and surprisingly easy is the short answer, albeit with refuelling being something of an obstacle.

BMW future models - SUVs for the 2020s

5 May 2021 | Glenn Brooks

After extending its offer of Sport Activity Vehicles as BMW calls crossovers and SUVs, the line-up now stretches from X1 to X7 with no missing numbers. There may be an X8 coming too, probably aimed at the Audi Q8 rather than being even lengthier than the already XL-sized X7.

Interior design and technology – VW ID.3

5 May 2021 | Matthew Beecham

Volkswagen used the 2016 Paris motor show to set out its vision for an alternatively fuelled future by revealing its all-electric ID.3 concept to an assembled media gathering (remember them?). Four years later, the ID.3 emerged in showrooms across Europe marking a step-change for the carmaker. It sits on a bespoke electric car-only platform, codenamed MEB that is intended to underpin a new generation of tens of millions of VW Group EVs worldwide. Continuing just-auto/AIC’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this compact electric model.

Puma ST further boosts Ford Europe's new No.1

30 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

Intense competition in the B and C hatchback segments is causing problems for Ford of Europe with the Fiesta and Focus both under attack from newer models. Until facelifts arrive, other vehicles are doing a lot of the heavy lifting for the brand and none more so than the much-in-demand Puma. The small crossover's margins will be greatly helping FoE's bottom line and none more so than the new, premium-priced ST.

OEMs face uphill battle on CO2 targets in 2021

29 Apr 2021 | Calum MacRae

One of the notable effects of COVID-19 on the European vehicle market has been the surge in electric vehicle sales. In Q1 2020, before the pandemic hit, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) accounted for 3.57% of the West European passenger car market. By Q4, BEV market share had surged to 10.71% (23% alone in December 2020).

BMW future models - cars for the 2020s

28 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

Announcing record sales for the first quarter earlier this month, BMW singled out the 3 Series and 5 Series, along with SUVs as reasons for the big gains. In this first of half a dozen reports on the Group's next generation models, cars take centre stage and that includes the latest developments for existing sedans, wagons, coupes and convertibles too.

UK carmakers claim government Covid-19 furlough cash amid chip shortage

26 Apr 2021 | Robert Scammell

UK-based carmakers forced to halt or reduce production in recent months have been placing workers on Covid-19 furlough and claiming their wages from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, according to newly published government figures.

2021 Rio - Kia updates its global best seller

26 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

As the era of high-priced Kia EVs begins with the arrival of the EV6, the brand's emphasis on electrification at more affordable levels continues to grow too. One of the latest models to benefit from the trend is the Rio, which gains mild hybrid power and restyles for the interior and exterior.

Interior design and technology – Nissan Qashqai

26 Apr 2021 | Matthew Beecham

Launched in 2007, the Nissan Qashqai started a trend for the compact crossover SUV. Since then, the market has been flooded with each still trying to carve out its own niche. Continuing just-auto/AICs’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the second-generation Qashqai to see what still makes this a popular choice.

BYD – a look at China’s key EV and battery player

21 Apr 2021 | Mike Vousden

As the automotive industry rapidly pivots from combustion to electric vehicles, many OEMs are racing to set up lithium-ion battery supply deals. BYD is one of the fastest growing providers of batteries to the industry. In addition, BYD has its own extensive vehicle production network under the BYD Auto brand. Here's our primer on BYD, what it is, where it came from and where it’s going.

Mercedes-EQ and Maybach - forthcoming models

21 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

As this year is Maybach's 100th anniversary, Daimler has plans to commemorate the occasion with not only the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class but an electric vehicle. The new decade is even more important for another small but growing sub-brand, with the just-announced EQB the first of many EVs still to come.

Auto Shanghai 2021 - the world premieres

20 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

There are multiple updates to's list of concepts, prototypes and production model global debuts at the Shanghai motor show following the press preview.

Interior design and technology – Lexus NX

19 Apr 2021 | Matthew Beecham

At first glance, the Lexus NX cuts a striking silhouette giving it showroom appeal in spades. But what of its interior? Continuing just-auto/AIC’s review of interior design and technology trends, we slid inside this mid-size SUV to take a closer look.

ANALYSIS - new NX4 Hyundai Tucson

16 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

The fourth generation Tuscon is rapidly becoming one of Hyundai's most important global models. It isn't just the arresting looks either, with powertrain preferences stretching from diesel and petrol engines to mild hybrid, hybrid and plug-in hybrid. What's more, there is now an extended wheelbase model for China and for the first time, US production.

Toyota adds PHEV to RAV4, at a price

14 Apr 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota, a senior industry sage told me years ago, is like a huge ship which, like that container ship in the Suez recently, takes a while to change direction.

CATL – a look at China’s leading EV battery supplier

14 Apr 2021 | Mike Vousden

As the automotive industry rapidly pivots from combustion to electric vehicles, many OEMs are racing to set up lithium-ion battery supply deals. Here's our primer on CATL, what it is, where it came from and where it’s going.

Mercedes-AMG cars and SUVs - 2021 to 2031

14 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

Electrification will soon be the default for Mercedes-AMG's powertrains. That's a major shift for a Daimler division which started life as AMG, a company that raced V8 sedans before evolving into a small-volume maker of fast production cars too.

Audi keeps the diesel faith with Q7 50 TDI

13 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

Even if it's the fuel that keeps falling from favour, Europe's biggest car maker continues to invest in diesel. Audi's latest Q7 can now be ordered with the Volkswagen Group's 3.0-litre V6, newly compliant with Euro 6d and with more power to boot.

Peugeot goes after Tiguan with updated 3008

9 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

It took more than four years for the Peugeot 3008 to be facelifted and when the changes came a few months ago, they were far from major. Those tweaks have been clearly more than enough to build on the model's already strong reputation, which saw it end 2020 third in segment behind the Qashqai and Tiguan: this year, the 3008 is doing even better, becoming the European market's number two model in its segment behind the Volkswagen.

Interior design and technology – Kia Niro

9 Apr 2021 | Matthew Beecham

Hybrid sales in the UK and mainland Europe have doubled over the past five years and show no signs of easing. The Kia Niro – the Korean carmaker’s third plug-in hybrid after the Optima and Optima Sportswagon - slots into this blossoming market place. Continuing just-auto/AIC's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside this compact crossover to see if this is just another small SUV or something different.

Volkswagen Golf GTI - sensible or sharp?

7 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

You can't blame Volkswagen for choosing not to mess with a decades-old formula of evolution when this has delivered such great results for the Golf GTI. There are some fundamental changes for the latest generation though, with frontal styling and interior digitalisation both proving controversial.

Artificial Intelligence: Macroeconomic Trends

7 Apr 2021 | GlobalData

The US remains the dominant player in the development of AI technologies. While China is making considerable investments, the US’s structural advantages may even enable it to extend its lead.

Mercedes-Benz SUVs - 2021 to 2031

6 Apr 2021 | Glenn Brooks

It's apt that with Mercedes-Benz now a mass market brand, SUVs are much of the reason why. Apt in that the Geländewagen, which we can think of as the marque's first SUV, was never intended to be a luxury vehicle. As it became the G-Class, this remarkable 4x4's name was leveraged again and again, to the point where there is now a large line-up of SUVs, each of which has G as the first letter of its name. This report examines a selection of them.

OEM by OEM guide to China electrification

31 Mar 2021 | Mike Vousden

The electrification of passenger vehicles is now a certainty and China leads the way as the single largest EV market. The current field of competitors is made up of the four large state-owned automakers along with a handful of private groups. Here, we take a look at their current electrification strategies along with the EVs currently being fielded by each company.

SEAT Ibiza - leader still, or best of the rest?

31 Mar 2021 | Glenn Brooks

It was the car that introduced the Volkswagen Group's MQB A0 architecture and the first Ibiza which could be considered close to the top of its class. As the fifth generation model approaches the second half of what should be a seven-year life cycle, is it still competitive against the segment's top sellers such as the Peugeot 208?

Mercedes-Benz cars - 2021 to 2031

31 Mar 2021 | Glenn Brooks

As Manfred Bischoff steps down after 14 years as chairman of Daimler AG's Supervisory Board, his successor Bernd Pischetsrieder will inevitably face fresh challenges as he steers the company through the 2020s. So what can we expect when it comes to what matters most of all - the cars that must both continuously reinvent the Mercedes-Benz name and bring in the cash to fund their even higher tech replacements?

Vehicle markets ready to soar - ANALYSIS

29 Mar 2021 | Calum MacRae

The proclamation in the headline will seem incongruous to many coming just after the European manufacturers’ trade body, ACEA, has reported that European car sales fell 20% in February. However, the COVID-19 ravaged sales months of March and April 2020 will soon come into play and will bring some headline grabbing figures when year-on-year comparisons are made.

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