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Tata launches electric SUV

19 December 2019

Tata Motors has launched an electric SUV, the Nexon EV, describing it as "an aspirational SUV for personal car buyers looking for a thrilling, connected drive experience with zero emissions".


Opel makes a 'German' Vauxhall from a PSA platform

12 December 2019

If you're a development engineer on a new car project nothing is more guaranteed to put you off your stroke than (a) a change of company ownership and (b), arising from (a), a change of platform.


Look ma, no spark plugs (some of the time)

5 December 2019

In the hundred-plus years of the automobile, certain technology has bubbled to the top and largely stayed there. Pistons still go up and down (or side to side) inside engines. Despite the occasional flirt with rotaries (tip sealing problems) and alternatives such as the Orbital. Petrol motors have spark plugs, diesels work on compression ignition. Friction clutches separate engine from gearbox so you can change a box of cogs essentially unchanged since the dawn of time. Automatics are still best, I think, as epicyclic gear trains with a torque converter. Freon became the air conditioning refrigerant of choice because you could chill a meat locker with such a system.


Toyota GB tweaks the now-all-hybrid Corolla range

2 December 2019

Toyota's UK arm is fast becoming the all-hybrid car company. Make that the all self-charging hybrid company as it has quietly been billing its 'lectrified models the last year or two.


JLR adds SOTA capability range wide and backdates

29 November 2019

Jaguar Land Rover model has added software-over-the-air capability (SOTA) as standard rangewide and it can be activated restrospectively.


Australia's Toyota C-HR goes hybrid

28 November 2019

Toyota Australia is adding a hybrid-electric version to its updated C-HR SUV range along with the new multimedia system with smartphone mirroring already seen in other markets.


LA Show: VW''s seventh ID concept

20 November 2019

Volkswagen revealed the seventh concept car of its new all electric ID. family on the eve of the LA auto show.


Toyota updates UK C-HR to all-hybrid line

6 November 2019

Toyota's C-HR crossover - launched in 2016 - has had a mid-life update and the 2020 model line for the UK follows other recent new models by going all-hybrid.


Honda announces all-hybrid Jazz for Europe

23 October 2019

Honda has unveiled the redesigned, fourth generation Jazz [aka Fit], featuring advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain technology as standard for the first time.


Land Rover's Disco Sport arrives on a different platform

17 October 2019

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport is an unusual vehicle. Technically it's a mid-life facelift of a model launched back in 2015 and which sells at a rate of about 120,000 a year worldwide, with 20% of those finding homes here in the UK. But it's rare to get a brand new platform underneath a mid-cycle refresh as well.


From little Ceeds, a mighty crossover grows

7 October 2019

The XCeed is the fourth variant of the latest generation of the Slovakian built Ceed line to reach UK showrooms. We've had variations of the hatchback and wagon in previous generations but the recently launched ProCeed, a 'shooting brake' that looks something like the result of the illicit coupling of a five door hatchback and estate car mixed in with a bit of coupe parentage, showed Kia was thinking in a new direction and now the arrival of yet another variant clearly targets the current sweet spot of the C-segment, crossovers.


Kia says no-deal would hike car prices

4 September 2019

A no-deal Brexit could put the price of new cars in Britain up by 8% according to Paul Philpott, president of Kia UK.


Nissan lengthens Leaf legs, tweaks SUV and Micra powertrains

26 June 2019

Nissan Motor (GB) has launched its new range-topping battery electric Leaf e+ with longer range and more power.


Apple buys self-driving start-up Drive.ai

26 June 2019

Apple Inc has confirmed that it has acquired self-driving start-up company Drive.ai.


Renault again gives Zoe longer legs

17 June 2019

Renault has given its little Zoe EV a third update with 52 kWh battery and an additional 100kW R135 electric motor option and boosted range to 242 miles under WLTP conditions.


Honey, I stretched the Lexus

13 June 2019

Memo to self - when a car company kindly loans you a press review vehicle, write it up before the model gets updated. In this case, twice. Oh, the blushes. Fortunately for slacker here, Lexus UK has an online press archive dating back to the stone age, conveniently shooting down my theory we're actually overdue an RX full redesign - the present model dates back only to a New York show debut in April 2015 - and a tweak or two since launch makes perfect sense.


Toyota tops global brand rating

11 June 2019

Toyota was top automotive brand in the latest BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2019 listing but only 41st overall with a US$29,151m valuation, down 3% and five places.


just-auto Plus only Hands-On Tech - Kia Ceed

28 May 2019


First look at Mazda's redesigned 3

21 May 2019

Two things that have always impressed me about recent new Mazdas - superb build quality and paintwork, especially in (GBP790 optional extra) Soul Red Crystal Metallic, and extremely refined diesel engines. In both respects, and many others, the redone 3 did not disappoint.


Volvo's 'American car' gets a UK visa

13 May 2019

This new S60 may well be the first Volvo Car made in the United States (but not in North America as there once was a CKD kit assembly operation in Canada) but you'd be hard pushed to find any evidence anywhere an owner might look.


Jaguar Land Rover adds mild hybrid to Range Rover

1 May 2019

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is now offering its inline six, three-litre 400PS Ingenium petrol engine in the flagship Range Rover with a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) powertrain.


Apple after next generation lidar sensors - report

17 April 2019

Apple has been evaluating at least four companies as possible suppliers of next-generation lidar sensors in self-driving cars while continuing to work on its own lidar unit, Reuters sources have said.


Volvo Cars freshens XC90, adds fuel-saving electrification

25 February 2019

Volvo Cars has unveiled a refreshed version of its flagship XC90, adding a newly developed fuel-saving engine option that is the next step in the automaker's electrification strategy.


More autonomous VW Passat due at Geneva

6 February 2019

Volkswagen's Travel Assist makes its world debut in the Passat at the Geneva show. This will be the first Volkswagen capable of partially automated driving at any speed (0 to 210km/h) with this new system.


Apple lays off 200 from autonomous car unit - CNBC

24 January 2019

Apple has this week dismissed just over 200 employees from Project Titan, its stealthy autonomous vehicle group, people familiar with the matter told CNBC.

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Tata launches electric SUV

19 December 2019

Tata Motors has launched an electric SUV, the Nexon EV, describing it as "an aspirational SUV for...


Opel makes a 'German' Vauxhall from a PSA platform

12 December 2019

If you're a development engineer on a new car project nothing is more guaranteed to put you off y...


Look ma, no spark plugs (some of the time)

5 December 2019

In the hundred-plus years of the automobile, certain technology has bubbled to the top and largel...


Toyota GB tweaks the now-all-hybrid Corolla range

2 December 2019

Toyota's UK arm is fast becoming the all-hybrid car company. Make that the all self-charging hybr...


JLR adds SOTA capability range wide and backdates

29 November 2019

Jaguar Land Rover model has added software-over-the-air capability (SOTA) as standard rangewide a...


Australia's Toyota C-HR goes hybrid

28 November 2019

Toyota Australia is adding a hybrid-electric version to its updated C-HR SUV range along with the...



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