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Tata's future model strategy

18 Oct 2018 | Mike Vousden

Tata Motors is now seeing the benefits of having made investments in multiple new models. Its home market has contracted in recent months yet Tata sales have expanded for three months straight, including September. This comes at just the right moment for the company, as by contrast, its JLR division is in trouble in many markets.


ANALYSIS - ZS SUV powering MG UK's 101% sales rise

18 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

MG Motor has found a sweet spot in the UK market for compact SUVs, slotting its best seller, the 4.3m long ZS, between the traditional 4.0-4.2m B and 4.4-4.7m C segments. Thanks to low pricing and a seven-year warranty, buyers are responding, also making MG the market's fastest rising brand.


Los Angeles motor show world premieres list - Mazda3

18 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Multiple new model and concept world premieres which will take place at the LA auto show. The Mazda3 is the latest of these to be added to just-auto's preview list.


Driving the LEVC TX electric taxi

16 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The first new black taxi in twenty years is fast becoming a popular sight on the streets of London. It's much larger, infinitely quieter, has no tailpipe emissions unless the range extender engine is activated and out of stop-start traffic, can even be good fun to drive.


Interior design and technology – Ford Mustang

15 Oct 2018 | Matthew Beecham

It is America’s best-selling sports car of the last five decades and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight. Ford launched its facelifted Mustang earlier this year, introducing some styling tweaks, safety upgrades and other technology enhancements. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside to see what makes it such a popular choice.


SAIC future models - MG and Maxus/LDV

15 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The first of a two-part look at the current and future passenger vehicles of SAIC's own-brands recently examined Roewe. In the concluding chapter, the focus now turns to MG Motor and Maxus/LDV.


2019 Geneva motor show debuts list [updated]

12 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It might be five months away but already some OEMs have named world premieres for next year's Geneva motor show.


Alpine A110 - has Renault made a Porsche beater?

10 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The reinvention of Alpine as a high priced sports car marque seems to be working, as deliveries of the A110 accelerate towards the 2,000 level a year after production commenced. Just how good is the car itself though?


SAIC future models - the rise of Roewe

9 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Launched in 2006, Roewe took its time to eventually become a mainstream brand. Now, with the addition of more SUVs and electrified models, sales are hitting new heights with home market registrations double those for MG, SAIC's other car division.


Hands-On Tech - Honda Civic

8 Oct 2018 | Cat Dow

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series*, we put the Honda HFT system to the test. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, this HOT report series looks to benchmark the connectivity functionality of each manufacturer based on various test criteria. Honda concede that in-car connectivity hasn’t been its focus, and while some features hit the mark, others miss it by a good mile. 


Management briefing - 2018 Paris motor show review

4 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Even without the presence of the mighty Volkswagen, it was a German make which dominated the reporting from the Paris motor show. BMW's seventh generation 3 Series was the stand-out world premiere, although PSA and Renault also had much to show and tell, including new insight into future electrified models.


Updated Mazda6 moves brand ever closer to premium

4 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Is Mazda knocking on the door of that elite club called Premium Brands? The signs have been there for a while, as each new model released over the last couple of years looks and feels ever more upscale. The newly updated Mazda6 adds greatly to that impression.


Does understatement keep the VW Golf ahead of rivals?

3 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The Golf is six years old, twice the age of the somehow far less popular Opel/Vauxhall Astra. Ford of Europe's new Focus ought to be pummeling its elderly rival but that isn't happening either. Toyota, Hyundai, Peugeot, Renault, Kia - the list of major makes selling cars in the C segment which Volkswagen's long-time king stays ahead of is long. What is the Golf's secret?


2018 Paris motor show - world debuts list

3 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 edition of the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile are named below.


Is Volvo's compact SUV a winner?

26 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

I can't believe it's over four years since Volvo stunned us by replacing the ancient-of-days XC90 SUV with one on a new platform, with new electrified 'twin engine' drivetrain (plus the usual petrol and diesel engines) and an interior that made IKEA look cheap and nasty and was more comparable to hand crafted products like Bentley. Only problem was - it's sooooooo big. The follow up, the XC60, again replacing an older (and still desirable) iteration, was more manageable in size but, Olaf, could you shrink it just a bit more? And so, on the different CMA platform, shared with Volvo Cars' Chinese masters Geely, came the XC40. My size of Volvo SUV.


Proton hopes revived with new Geely SUV

25 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Malaysia’s Proton Holdings announced at the weekend it has already pre-sold over 5,000 units of its new X70, just a week after it opened the order book for the model.


Holden struggles as GM plans future models

25 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series looking at what's coming for GM's many brands and a couple of its Chinese joint ventures has so far covered Baojun, Wuling, GMC, Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac. The last piece in the General Motors puzzle is Holden.


Interior design and technology – Kia Sorento

24 Sep 2018 | Matthew Beecham

When Kia launched its third-generation seven-seater Sorento in 2015, it coincided with the second phase of the carmaker’s coming of age; shifting it from a purely value-driven company into a world-class manufacturer of premium-quality cars. A recent face-lift saw new instrumentation, active safety features and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Sounds good but does it really put Kia on a par with Audi? Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a look inside the latest incarnation to see how it has transformed the brand.


Management briefing - 2018 Paris motor show preview

24 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's going to be an unusual bienniel Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. European markets appear to be strong yet there is anxiety in the air due to worries about a correction in 2019. Not to mention some big names still waiting in line for their models to be checked for compliance with WLTP rules. Volkswagen, which is the worst affected, has also decided to sit out the Paris show.


GM future vehicles - Cadillac

21 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

General Motors brands continue to be the focus of just-auto.com's latest future models series. Recent features have covered Baojun, Wuling, GMC, Chevrolet and Buick, with Holden set to round out the series. But first, the emphasis turns to what's ahead for Cadillac.


Volkswagen torques up Amarok with new 580Nm V6

20 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's coming up for nine years old and still the VW Amarok powers on, recently gaining a range-topping diesel V6. But is it good enough to beat the similarly powered and equally pricey new Mercedes X 350 d?


Interior design and technology – Ford S-Max

18 Sep 2018 | Matthew Beecham

When Ford launched its seven-seater S-Max a decade ago - calling it a ‘sports activity vehicle’ to differentiate it from the larger Galaxy - competing models were thin on the ground.  Yet the second and current generation S-Max has lots of contenders with a stadium-style seating design. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the ST-Line to see what makes it stand out from the crowd.


GM future vehicles - electrifying Buick

17 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series which looks http://intr.aroqgroup.com/cas3/qubearticlelist.aspx?SiteID=1at what's planned for the many divisions of General Motors out to the late 2020s now turns to Buick, having already covered Baojun, Wuling, GMC and Chevrolet. Soon to come will be analyses of future models for Cadillac and then in the last chapter of this series, Holden.


Chevrolet future models - part 2 of 2

14 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After the recent analyses of the current and future models of Baojun, Wuling, GMC and certain Chevrolet vehicles, the latest feature in the GM series centres on Chevrolet's SUVs and pick-ups. Following this will be a look at what's ahead for Buick, then Cadillac, with Holden being the final chapter.


Updated Hyundai i20 heads for 250,000+ deliveries in 2018

13 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The i20 is a car which can be overlooked when considering the most important models in the global B segment. It shouldn't be. Hyundai is on course to sell around 140,000 units of this five-door hatchback in India this year and more than 100,000 in Europe.


Chevrolet future models - part 1

11 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After the recent analyses of the current and future models of Baojun, Wuling and GMC, the latest feature in the GM series centres on Chevrolet's cars, minivans and electrified models.


Hands-On Tech - SsangYong Rexton

10 Sep 2018 | Cat Dow

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series, we put Korean manufacturer SsangYong's system to the test*. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, this HOT report series looks to benchmark the connectivity functionality of each manufacturer based on various test criteria.


i30 N shows Volkswagen should fear Hyundai

10 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Who would have thought even five years ago that Hyundai would be an equal to Renaultsport? The expanding N division is also now a threat to VW’s GTI models.


The SUVs and trucks in GMC's future

6 Sep 2018 | Mike Vousden

Following our foray into the future model strategies of GM's Baojun and Wuling brands, we return to the US to look at GM's truck-and-SUV-themed brand, GMC.


Will SAIC GM Wuling benefit if China's SUV boom fizzles?

5 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Baojun was first, now Wuling is the second General Motors brand to have its current and future passenger vehicles looked at as part of a new series of articles. Both makes are part of SGMW, and while GM is not the majority owner, it holds a large stake.



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