In-depth automotive features

By giving our journalists the freedom to write about subjects in more depth, these longer reads offer a deeper look into the big issues the auto industry is facing along with extra background coverage, statistics, and comment.

New Ferrari CEO Camilleri lays out his plans

18 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

According to a presentation made earlier on 18 September, Ferrari N.V. is charged with doubling pre-tax profit to between 1.8 and 2.0bn euro EBITDA in 2022. CEO Louis Camilleri has also laid out plans for future models, including an update on the SUV project.

Paris motor show world debuts list - Audi e-tron & Ferrari Monzas

18 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Audi revealed the e-tron to the media at an event in California on Monday but this electric SUV's public premiere will take place at the Paris motor show. Production has already started and sales will commence in European markets during November.

GM future vehicles - electrifying Buick

17 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series which looks 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.

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.

Why Baojun could become GM China's No.1 brand

3 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Seven years ago it didn't exist. Today it's General Motors' number two brand in the world's largest market. Baojun is more successful than Chevrolet, isn't far behind Buick and outsells Wuling by a factor of two to one.

Chengdu motor show world debuts list

3 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

SAIC, General Motors and the Volkswagen Group revealed the most important new and future models at this year's Chengdu motor show. Below is a list of vehicle world debuts. A trending return towards C segment sedans and the addition of wagons (see Hyundai) continues.

Arona heralds a family of future SUVs for SEAT

30 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Not too long ago, SEAT was a troubled member of the Volkswagen clan. Money slipped through its fingers, no-one quite knowing how the Spanish adoptee could be made to feel what its role should be. Now things have changed with the newly confident division's models much in demand.

Aston Martin Lagonda future models

29 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Aston Martin Lagonda calls itself the world's only independent luxury car group and is preparing for an IPO. Whatever happens, the company now seems to have a good plan to make the business viable, provided of course, there are no nasty shocks for the world economy.

2018 Moscow motor show world debuts list

29 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Below is a list of vehicle world premieres which appeared at the 2018 edition of the Moscow motor show.

2019 Geneva motor show debuts list

28 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It might be more than six months away but already some OEMs are naming world premieres for next year's Geneva motor show.

BMW's plans for Mini and Rolls-Royce in the 2020s

28 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Recent chapters in the future vehicles series on BMW Group had cars, then SUVs as their focus, followed by M and i divisions. The series concludes with Zinoro, Mini and Rolls-Royce.

2018 Monterey Week world debuts list

27 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Monterey Automotive Week 2018, including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, took place over the final weekend of August and during several days leading up to it.

WK Grand Cherokee and future Jeeps

24 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Is there no stopping Jeep? Even in China, where sales of SUVs continue to fall, the American make is bucking the trend. In the USA, deliveries for July were in record territory. The Grand Cherokee accounts for much of the brand's success and is on course to cross the quarter million sales mark by year end.

BMW i cars – future models

23 Aug 2018 | Mike Vousden

After our recently published overview of BMW's main range, we take a closer look at the firm's 'i' range of electrified vehicles. Initially just featuring the i3 and i8, there are now a number of models planned under the electric sub-brand.

G80 M3 and other future models for BMW M division

21 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The first chapters in the future vehicles series on BMW Group were about cars and SUVs. Now comes a look at M. Next up with be a focus on i, then Zinoro, Mini and Rolls-Royce.

Stelvio proves the Alfa Romeo doubters wrong

17 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The Giulia showed that if given proper attention by its parent, Alfa Romeo could be successfully reinvented. The Stelvio further demonstrates the depth of engineering and design talent within Fiat Chrysler. Which only makes the minor flaws of this SUV all the more maddening: with just a little more money invested in certain components, Alfa's first SUV could beat the BMW X3 to become best-in-segment.

G07 X7 and all the BMW SUVs for the 2020s

16 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Sport Activity Vehicle is what BMW calls each of its X models. After a recent look at cars, this second feature in the future models series turns to current and next generation SAVs. The X7 will soon be added to the range, and there may be an X8 and an X9 too.

Project G20 and other key cars in BMW's future

14 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

BMW AG is the next OEM in just-auto's future models series. First up it's BMW cars. This includes e plug-in hybrids but no i models: these will feature in a separate piece.

Project BP23 Speedtail and future McLaren cars

9 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Only last month, McLaren Automotive announced a shake-up of its former Track22 business strategy, extending the programme to the end of 2025. So it's the perfect time to take a fresh look at the company's plans for the next seven years.

Mercedes tech for updated SsangYong Turismo

9 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Even though its shareholding in SsangYong was sold long ago, Daimler retains links to the Mahindra-owned maker of mainly SUVs. Not only does the just-updated Turismo gain a new Mercedes-Benz transmission but Daimler's W124 platform, albeit much modified, remains the basis of this big MPV.

Future vehicles - Mercedes-Benz EQ electrified models

7 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series which examines the existing and next models for Daimler's passenger vehicle divisions now concludes with a look at what's coming for the EQ sub-brand. This follows recent features on Denza, smart, Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-Benz cars, Mercedes-Benz SUVs and Mercedes-AMG models.

Daimler future models - Mercedes-AMG cars and SUVs

3 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Following a recently published walk through the ranges of current and future Denza, smart, Mercedes-Maybach, Mercedes-Benz cars and Mercedes-Benz SUVs, it is now the turn for Mercedes-AMG. An exploration of EQ electrified models to be published later in August will be the last in the Daimler series.

ANALYSIS - VW483 Volkswagen Arteon 1.5 TSI Evo

1 Aug 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After launching the CC-replacing Arteon a year ago in Europe with a range of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, Volkswagen has now added its 1.5-litre TSI, extending the all-turbo line-up of this big fastback.

Future models - Mercedes-Benz SUVs

31 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Following a recently published look at current and future Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, now comes a round-up of what's ahead for SUVs and the X-Class pick-up. This series, which has also looked at Denza, smart and Mercedes-Maybach, will next turn to Mercedes-AMG, and then finish with an exploration of EQ electrified models.

Future models - Mercedes-Benz cars

27 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The latest car maker to have its current and future models scutinised is Daimler AG. Following a recently published look at Mercedes-Maybach, Denza and smart; now comes a round-up of what's ahead for Mercedes passenger cars; to be followed by SUVs and the X-Class pick-up; with the series to be rounded out by a focus on EQ electrified models.

Future models - Mercedes-Maybach, Denza and smart

26 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The focus of just-auto's series which examines OEMs' current and future models now turns to Daimler. Mercedes-Maybach, Denza and smart comprise the first chapter; to be followed by Mercedes-Benz passenger cars; SUVs and the X-Class pick-up; and finally, EQ electrified models.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake diesel - greener than any Tesla?

25 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Is a large, heavy Jaguar estate powered by a diesel engine which produces 700Nm of torque and 300PS far less planet-harming than any Tesla?

Proton under Geely - the future models

19 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final Geely group brand to have its current future passenger vehicles assessed is Proton. Due to unremarkable cars, a home nation where the annual market remains well below three quarters of a million vehicles and poor marketing in the few countries it has tried to export to, the formerly state-run firm is a lacklustre operation. Could a cash infusion and a management shake-up transform the firm?

ANALYSIS - Mercedes-Benz Vans' electric future

18 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

OEMs are increasingly tasking their light commercial divisions with responsibility for certain passenger models too. Mercedes-Benz Vans is no exception, with the V-Class and X-Class being two of the better known model lines. The Vito though, is a bigger seller than either, with the premium pricing of multi-occupant luxury variants and new electric LCV versions greatly assisting the rising profits of the Vans division.

Lotus under Geely - what's the plan?

17 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Lotus is something of a curiosity. Like Chrysler, many companies have owned it, only to eventually sell to another firm, usually having sustained substantial losses during the period of control. Will things be different under Geely?

ANALYSIS - F39 BMW X2 targets Range Rover Evoque

16 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

BMW keeps on filling out its Sport Activity Vehicle line-up, making 2018 a busy year for the brand's SAVs. The X7 will soon act as a new bookend to a range which starts with the X1. A new X5 is imminent, while the second generation X4 is arriving at dealerships. The line-up was recently completed - for now at least - by the X2, a 4,360mm long Range Rover Evoque rival.

2018 Goodwood FoS world debuts list

16 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed marked a quarter century of the event. The list of vehicle world premieres is published below.

BMW's project G02 - why new X4 was brought forward

11 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A new BMW X4 is about to replace a four-year old predecessor. Are short life cycles the secret to quiet, steady success? That could be why Subaru of America has climbed ten places in as many years and is closing on Hyundai. BMW may be experimenting with this idea, adding to its recent progress: last month, Mercedes-Benz USA was pushed aside. And here in Britain, BMW was the UK's number two brand in June, outselling Ford.

Volvo Cars - the future models

10 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Geely Automotive Holdings continues to be one of the world's most rapidly expanding car makers. After just-auto's recent features looking at the future models of Geely, Geely Emgrand, Terrafugia, Zhi Dou, LEVC, Lynk & Co and Polestar, now comes a gaze into the crystal ball at what awaits Volvo Cars.

Rumours swirl over fate of Ohio Chevy Cruze plant

6 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After General Motors' Lordstown plant recently moved to one shift, doubts have been growing over what the company is planning to do with the factory. Now, a local senator says he has asked Mary Barra why GM is making investments in Mexico rather than in Ohio.

Will new Musso give SsangYong the sales pick-up it needs? [UPDATE: SYMUK replies to suspension criticism]

6 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a tough few years for SsangYong, especially in Europe as Russia, formerly one of its best markets, fell apart. Now, things are looking up. The Musso is off to a good start at home, production shifts are being added and the brand is pulling further ahead of GM Korea and Renault Samsung.

Volvo Cars' Polestar - the future models

6 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The next make in a series which is looking at the current and future models of Geely Automobile Holdings is Polestar. This follows previous features on Geely and Geely Emgrand as well as Lynk & Co. Volvo Car Group refers to Polestar as its "new electric performance brand".

Audi A7 50 TDI - who says diesel is dead?

4 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

With the exception of Italy, sales of diesel cars are still falling in the big European markets. Hardly an ideal time for any OEM to add fresh compression-ignition engines to a luxury model. Audi disagrees, believing that buyers will be drawn to the economy of its new mild hybrid 3.0-litre V6.

Geely-Volvo to expand Lynk & Co with secret SUVs

2 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

In this second chapter of an examination of the future models of Geely divisions, the focus turns to Lynk & Co. The start-up brand is doing well in China, its sole market. Although Geely is yet to reveal this, there are now additional plans to extend the brand from a four-model line-up by using the Volvo XC60 and XC90 as the basis for two larger SUVs.

Moscow Motor Show - Renault C-Crossover world debut

27 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Renault is the first manufacturer to confirm that it will reveal a new model at this year's Moscow motor show. The event runs between 29 August and 9 September.

The US has a new best selling car, and 1 in 5 come from England

26 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Automotive trade between EU countries and the USA may soon enter a strange era. Should the Trump Administration levy duties on imports from the UK, the timing for Honda would be terrible: thanks in part to rising interest in the five-door hatchback made solely in England, the Civic has just become America's best selling car.

Groupe PSA future models analysis - Opel-Vauxhall

21 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series which has looked at the existing and future models of Groupe PSA - first Peugeot, then Citroën and DS Automobiles - now reaches its final chapter.

Groupe PSA future models analysis - DS Automobiles

19 Jun 2018 | Mike Vousden

This chapter of our analysis series of the divisions of Groupe PSA covers DS Automobiles. It is the third of four features and follows examinations of the future models strategy of Peugeot and Citroën.

Groupe PSA future models analysis - Citroen

15 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

In this second chapter of a series concerning Groupe PSA's divisions, the spotlight turns on Citroën. Unlike Peugeot, which was recently examined, this famous make remains distressed. Sales continue to fall in France even though new models have been steadily flowing during the last 12 months. The picture is equally concerning in many other countries, including China.

Jeep Compass - Fiat and Chrysler's best collaboration yet?

14 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's bounding up the sales charts in the USA and selling briskly across Europe too. After several days spent in the company of the Jeep Compass, the reasons for its rising level of worldwide popularity become clear. Could the MP project be the best yet mix of Fiat and Chrysler strengths?

CES Asia 2018 world debuts list - Byton K-Byte

13 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show Asia hosted multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres.

Groupe PSA future models analysis - Peugeot

12 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After some especially trying years, the brand with the lion logo has clawed its way back. As so often happens when a company slows or stops spending on new vehicles to preserve cash, things get a lot worse. Now though, the much admired 3008 and 5008 are not only selling up a storm across Europe but have even become the combined number one in France - almost unthinkable for a market where small cars have for decades been the best sellers.

2018 Busan motor show - list of world debuts

11 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

BIMOS 2018, the biennial Busan International Motor Show, opened its doors to the media on 7 June. Below is list of world premieres.

Lexus LC 500 - the anti-hybrid?

7 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

With sales well below 50,000 per annum (16,276 for the year to the end of April), Lexus is a minor make in Europe, smaller even than Jaguar and about the same size as DS. Unceasingly advertising itself as the hybrid brand in the days when few buyers knew anything about petrol-electrics is the reason why. It's ironic then that just as its hybrids are rising in popularity, Toyota is also selling the stunning LC coupe with a proper old-school V8.

Is Nissan about to pull Infiniti out of Europe? [updated with automaker's response]

6 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

As Infiniti sales plunge at a dizzying rate across Europe and new model launches are pushed back, the question has to be asked: is Nissan planning to pull the plug on its luxury brand in the world's toughest market?

Fiat Chrysler lays out its plans - what happens next?

4 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Jeep and Ram, two brands which are successful mainly in the USA, are expected to account for most of the future profitability of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at a global level over the next five years. That was the gist of the announcements made at FCA's 'Capital Markets Day'. Although a lot was said at Balocco, many questions concerning the next generation of models for FCA divisions went unanswered.

Is Kia's CK project as strong a Stinger as intended?

1 Jun 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The sales collapses in China and the USA are now behind Hyundai and Kia, thanks mainly to the arrival of new SUVs. Things should get even better for Kia Motors America from the fourth quarter as SK3, the Soul, arrives in dealerships, reinvented as a crossover. Cars are still the brand's mainstay though, with one of the most recently added models also doing a lot of stealthy work as an image changer for the brand.

Mitsubishi turns to Renault-Nissan for future models

31 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final make to be looked at in the Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor series is Mitsubishi Motors (MMC). Earlier insights focused on Alpine and Renault, Dacia, Lada, RSM, Datsun, Nissan and Infiniti.

ANALYSIS - Future models for Infiniti

30 May 2018 | Mike Vousden

After the recent features on the future models strategies for Renault and Alpine, Dacia, Lada, RSM, Datsun, Venucia and Nissan, this chapter of our analysis covering Renault-Nissan Alliance brands focuses on Infiniti. Mitsubishi, the final make in the series, follows later in the week.

X152 Jaguar F-Type Ingenium - are four cylinders enough?

29 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

JLR's decision to put a 2.0-litre Ingenium into the Jaguar F-Type shows that not even sports cars are now immune from a worldwide tide turning against big-capacity combustion engines.

Nissan and Dongfeng planning Venucia EVs and SUVs

22 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Dongfeng Motor and Nissan Motor's Venucia, a brand which concentrates on low-price vehicles for the Chinese market, is having a cracker of a 2018. And this after high levels of year-on-year expansion since its inception in 2010. Time to look at what the partners have planned for this increasingly important division.

New B9 Audi Sport RS 4 Avant - powered by Porsche

21 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Audi Sport must have some of the best margins of any car company division. A range of RS models sits under the umbrella of this GmbH (limited liability company), with the newest addition being the super-fast, super-exclusive, super-expensive fourth generation RS 4 Avant.

GM shuts Gunsan but Opel-Vauxhall deal continues

18 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

General Motors Korea has confirmed to that the company's Gunsan plant has ceased production and will close by the end of this month.

Nissan planning new models for future of Datsun

16 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

RSM Renault Samsung was the most recent division of the R-N-M Alliance to be looked at as part of just-auto's current and future vehicles reports. This followed an exploration of strategies for Renault, Alpine, Dacia and Lada. Now comes an overview of Datsun, to be followed by features on Venucia, Nissan, Infiniti and Mitsubishi.

How a new engine transforms the Honda Jazz

15 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The Jazz has always had a reputation for being the car for people who aren't interested in cars. The styling was always vanilla, the engines strong on economy but less than overflowing with power, ownership hassle-free and cheap, resale values strong. Now, Honda wants to keep the strengths, but spice things up. Enter the Jazz 1.5 i-VTEC Sport.

ANALYSIS - Future models for Renault Samsung Motors

14 May 2018 | Mike Vousden

After the recent features on the future models strategies for Renault, Alpine, Dacia and Lada, this chapter of our analysis covering Renault-Nissan Alliance brands focuses on Renault Samsung Motors (RSM).

Volkswagen up GTI - worthy of an exclamation mark

11 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen is the latest brand to experiment with a high performance hatchback in the European A segment. What the company's engineers have created in the up! GTI is something very special indeed.

Has Hyundai created a new segment with i30 Fastback?

9 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Audi recently confirmed the rumours that it won't be replacing the A1 and A3 once they come to the end of their lifecycles. Hyundai too has begun phasing out three-door hatchbacks due to a drop-off in demand, especially in the European region, while Kia plans to replace the Pro_cee'd with a five-door shooting brake. Might low roof C segment hatchbacks turn into a new vehicle class?

BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Final world debuts list

8 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Multiple brands revealed concept, prototype and production model world premieres during the press preview days of AutoChina 2018. The show has just closed its doors to the public.

Renault to expand Lada future model range with SUVs

8 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The series of future models insights for the brands of Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor continues with a look at what's ahead for Lada. After the recent reports on Alpine, Renault and Dacia, after Lada will come insights into what's ahead for Samsung, Datsun, Venucia, Nissan, Infiniti and Mitsubishi.

ANALYSIS - Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid sales on the rise

4 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

As the appearance of an AD concept at the LA auto show in late 2017 shows, Hyundai isn't yet done developing its Ioniq model range. Since the first variants went on sale in South Korea coming up for two years ago, a plug-in hybrid and an EV have been added. The biggest seller, though, was always going to be the Hybrid.

Future models for Groupe Renault's Dacia

3 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from a look at the current and future models of the Renault brand plus Alpine, now comes an analysis of Dacia. Other brands under the Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor Alliance umbrella will also be examined as part of this series, including Samsung, Lada, Datsun, Venucia, Infiniti, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

BMW updates Mini and prepares for EV

2 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A new gearbox, freshened styling and the option of 3D printed accessories are the main changes for an updated range of three-door, five-door and convertible Minis. The cars are now in production at plants in the Netherlands and England, with the latter also beginning initial preparations for an electric variant due in 2019.

Skoda defines its own segment with Rapid Spaceback

27 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

One of the things which sets Škoda apart and contributes greatly to its success is finding size sweetspots in the market. That not only applies to the Fabia, Octavia and Superb but to the Rapid Spaceback, a hatchback which is longer than a Golf yet much narrower than even a Fabia or Polo.

Renault and Alpine future models

26 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

This first of a multi-part analysis for Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor brands examines Renault's major current and future models as well as looking at Alpine.

Golf SV - an overlooked Volkswagen which shouldn't be

24 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's heavy on sensibility rather than sex appeal. Which is one of the main reasons why the model which the UK importer calls the Golf SV doesn't sell too briskly. Known as the Golf Sportsvan in most other countries where it's available, the SV has many hidden talents. It deserves to be better loved by British buyers.

GM Korea in bankruptcy - the fall-out for future models

18 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

GM Korea is teetering, its March sales crashing by 58% and the Chevrolet brand even falling below Mercedes-Benz in the domestic market. Exports of fully built models are faring better, although shipments of SKD and CKD kits are fading. Time to take a look at what the fall-out of a bankruptcy would be for greater General Motors.

ANALYSIS - Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase

17 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

If luxury is increasingly defined by levels of tranquillity, lounging space and a feeling of being in control, then Bentley surely has a bright future. The Mulsanne, its oldest model, is also at the top of the tree when it comes to pricing. And for those who wish to indulge themselves with the biggest, most expensive definition of rolling luxury, there is the 5.8m long Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase.

Only one SUV in top 10 as German market hits 18 year high

12 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The German market for new passenger vehicles ended the first quarter at a level not seen since 2000. There are some surprising performances from older models, such as rocketing Ford Focus registrations and a boost for the Volkswagen Passat. Conversely, Opel's ongoing collapse means it may soon be at risk of falling behind an ever-improving Škoda.

ANALYSIS - XC60 D5 and future Volvos

10 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo Cars has an XL sized hit on its hands with the new XC60. In the first three months of 2018, deliveries reached 38,241 units, making this the company's best seller ahead of the XC90 and helping VCC to set a fresh record for worldwide sales in Q1.

ANALYSIS - Skoda goes after Qashqai with new Karoq

5 Apr 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Demand for crossovers and SUVs shows no sign of abating. Ever more brands are piling in to a class which in Europe is led by the assailed but still strong Nissan Qashqai. Now Škoda believes it can build up a strong following with the Karoq, a new name in a segment one size up from where the Yeti formerly found a lot of success.

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW - Global debuts list

29 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 New York International Auto Show are named below.

ANALYSIS - Kia future models Part 2

28 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final feature in the Hyundai Motor Group series is on the topic of Kia Motors' current and future SUVs, MPVs, electric vehicles and even a pick-up. This follows a look at Kia's forthcoming cars plus what Genesis division has up its sleeve, and Hyundai's own passenger cars as well as electric models and light trucks.

ANALYSIS - Kia future models Part 1

26 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After a trying 2017 when sales fell in China and the USA, a constant roll out of new Kia models should see deliveries heading back in the right direction. In this first of two features, the brand's cars are looked at, as well as their successors. The second part will see the emphasis shift to SUVs, MPVs, electric vehicles and a future pick-up.

Mercedes reinvents luxury pick-up segment with X-Class

22 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

If we overlook the Lincoln Mark LT and Cadillac Escalade EXT, discontinued ten and five years ago respectively, Mercedes-Benz is the first luxury brand with a global reach to launch a pick-up. Will the new X-Class succeed in the parts of the world - and North America isn't one of them - where Mercedes-Benz Vans has begun to sell it?

Toyota suspends Lexus robo-limo testing

21 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Toyota has moved to suspend testing of its 'Chauffeur' automated taxi prototypes following the collision between a Volvo XC90 operated by Uber which killed a woman in Arizona.

Geely more than doubles annual profit

21 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Geely Automobile Holdings has announced a 108 per cent surge in net profit for the year to the end of December 2017 with revenue surging by 73 per cent.

Isuzu updates D-Max as GM divorce dust settles

20 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Suddenly, crew cab pick-ups seem to be everywhere. Mercedes-Benz and Renault are the latest brands to launch four-door ladder frame models, while Peugeot is co-developing its own model with Changan. Meanwhile, Isuzu continues to quietly update the D-Max, adding refinements and new variants, keeping this stalwart of the one-tonne segment competitive.

ANALYSIS - Genesis future models

19 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai's Genesis division, while clearly a success, has been having a challenging time of things thus far in 2018. In its number one market, year-to-date sales stand at 2,976 cars, while this time last year, US deliveries were 3,400. For 2017, the first full year, sales numbered 20,594 vehicles. As well as extra models which are coming soon, stand-alone dealerships are another major development for 2018.

ANALYSIS - Hyundai future models Part 2

16 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The second of two features which looks at the current and future models of Hyundai Motor Company is a focus on the brand's SUVs, minivans/MPVs, electrified passenger vehicles and a sole future pick-up. This follows the recent in-depth analysis of HMC's cars.

ANALYSIS - Hyundai future models Part 1

15 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

In 2018, HMC aims to sell 4.68 million vehicles worldwide, compared to the 4.51 million units it delivered in 2017. After suffering a substantial setback in the Chinese market last year and to a lesser extent in the USA too, the company has been investing heavily in new and additional models, especially SUVs.

New XV behind 29 per cent UK Subaru sales surge

13 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Having fallen by more than a quarter during 2017, Subaru's UK sales are finally going back in the right direction, with a 29 per cent surge in February. Most of that is due to the arrival of the new XV.

Management briefing - 2018 Geneva motor show review

12 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Geneva 2018 had the usual collection of hypercars, although many of them are powered by the energy stored in batteries rather than in petrol tanks. Robotic taxis were there too with Volkswagen cheekily painting its already seen SEDRIC in the colours typical of a US schoolbus. Why then for a show rich in electric vehicle world premieres were so many of them overshadowed by new petrol and diesel models?

Sorento shows why Kia is outselling Nissan in Britain and Germany

7 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Has the Qashqai, which was once well supported by the Juke and Micra, lost its way? In February, Nissan UK saw brand deliveries crash by 54%, while rivals made gains. Kia was one of those, its monthly registrations being strong enough to surpass the long-time Asian number one brand in Britain. In Germany too, it's a similar story.

2018 GENEVA SHOW - World premieres list

7 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the Geneva motor show are named below.

Management briefing - 2018 Geneva motor show preview

5 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Will there be one stand-out car at this year's Geneva show? Already, many are jostling to take the title. The list includes the Mercedes A-Class, EQC and AMG GT Coupe; Audi A6; McLaren Senna; Hyundai Kona EV; Jaguar I-Pace; Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion; Volvo V60; Skoda Vision X; and let's not forget the Corbellati Missile, claimed to be powered by an 1800PS 9.0-litre V8.

ANALYSIS - Jaguar scores a bullseye with E-Pace

28 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

This is the first Jaguar to have a front-wheel drive-based architecture since production of the X-Type ended in 2009. There is neither a V6 nor a V8. The platform is steel not aluminium. It's only 4,395mm long. And this first attempt at a BMW X1 rival is close to being as great to drive as rear-wheel drive Jags.

ANALYSIS - SsangYong future models and platforms

22 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

SsangYong Motor remains a small firm and yet it was able to outsell Renault Samsung Motors in the home market last year, rising to third position from fourth in 2016. Europe and China remain tricky markets, though, and SsangYong has not mentioned its planned entry to the US for some time.

ANALYSIS - Could Mahindra become India's Jeep?

20 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

India's third largest vehicle maker by domestic sales volume is steadily moving away from cars, concentrating instead on crossovers and SUVs. The same strategy applies to SsangYong Motor in which it has a majority holding. The firms are also steadily working towards integrating not only powertrains and architectures, but are collaborating on EVs too.

ANALYSIS - Vauxhall Grandland X

15 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Opel and Vauxhall's range of SUVs just keeps on expanding. After the arrival last year of a facelifted and renamed Mokka X as well as the Crossland X, now comes the 4.5m long Grandland X. The new model not only steps in for the Antara but will eventually serve as the replacement for the Zafira Tourer.

Can Kia open up A-SUV segment with Picanto X-Line?

13 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Ford, with its just-announced Ka+ Active, isn’t the only manufacturer trying to see if Europeans can be tempted by tiny crossovers. Kia Motors is in this segment already with the new Picanto X-Line.

ANALYSIS - Tesla future models

12 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Tesla surprised analysts with its latest financials. Cash burn in the fourth quarter wasn't as bad as many had expected, even though the firm announced its worst quarterly figures yet, with a US$657m loss. Will the company eventually succeed in its mission to make substantial profits from electric cars?

Mitsubishi has big plans for new Eclipse Cross

8 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The Colt Car Company, which imports Mitsubishi vehicles to the UK, sees around 6,500 sales this year for the new Eclipse Cross but admits this is a conservative estimate. As the worldwide launch schedule for this new SUV accelerates, it could yet become a global best seller for Mitsubishi Motors.

2018 New Delhi Auto Expo - world debuts

8 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The following concepts and production vehicles were world debuts at the 2018 New Delhi Auto Expo.

ANALYSIS - Future models for SGP Subaru Global Platform

6 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Is it dangerous to have almost two thirds of your global production going to one market? And what if your brand is one which can't command luxury car prices? Things are good for Subaru Corporation; very good in fact. There are risks though. Big risks.

Why new G01 BMW X3 is bigger than the original X5

5 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The definition of a compact SAV has changed somewhat since BMW began selling the first X3 in 2003. The proof? The new model is exactly half a metre longer than the original X5.

New 7 Crossback - good enough to rebuild DS?

2 Feb 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA's three-year old attempt to create a premium division has been struggling. In China, PSA and its partner Changan recently had to recapitalise their JV after a collapse in sales. Now comes a reboot: the first properly new DS. Is the 7 Crossback good enough to tackle the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60?

ANALYSIS - FCA planning multiple future Jeep SUVs

29 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final feature in the FCA current and future models series is all about Jeep, the company's largest division by worldwide sales volume. Earlier instalments looked at Fiat and Abarth, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and, most recently, Ferrari.

ANALYSIS - Just how good is the Range Rover Velar?

25 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Some say the new Velar might prove to be too attractive. If mass-admiration becomes major sales volume, what impact will this have on what must surely be Tata Motors' highest margin models, the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover?

ANALYSIS - Ferrari to gain an SUV and hybrids

24 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The penultimate feature in's current series on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' passenger car brands looks at Ferrari's current and future models. The big news is the brand's first crossover-SUV but there is also much to report on petrol-electric and BEV powertrains for the next generation of supercars. A look at Jeep comes next, and this follows recent analysis pieces on Fiat and Abarth; Chrysler, Dodge and Ram; Alfa Romeo; and Maserati.

ANALYSIS - Maserati looks to the future with more SUVs

23 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The latest instalment in just-auto's analysis of FCA's passenger car brands' model lines is a focus on Maserati. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published. This followed features on Fiat and Abarth, as well as another on Chrysler, Dodge and Ram. Ferrari comes next, with Jeep rounding out the series.

ANALYSIS - Future Alfa Romeo models

22 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

FCA is the latest OEM to have its current and future models put under the microscope for examination. The first brands in this series were Fiat and Abarth, followed by Chrysler, Dodge and Ram. Features on Jeep, Maserati and Ferrari are still to come.

Audi RS 3 Sportback - is 400 horsepower enough?

19 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Did anyone really think the 367PS pre-facelift RS 3 Sportback lacked power? Clearly, some did. Or perhaps Audi felt the need to trump the 381PS of the Mercedes-AMG A 45. So it gave the RS 3 another 33PS. Four hundred horsepower certainly does have a nice ring to it.

ANALYSIS - Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

18 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The latest Tiguan has been available since 2016. Now comes the extended wheelbase seven-seater, which has more differences compared to the standard model than had been expected.

ANALYSIS - future Chrysler, Dodge and Ram models

17 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The success of the new Ram 1500 is key to FCA. Should this high-margin pick-up become an even better seller than the old-shape model, it will see the final flames of what had once been a massive cash burn extinguished this year. Following a recent feature on Fiat and Abarth, this report takes a look at what else is in the pipeline for Ram, as well as for the Chrysler and Dodge brands.

2018 DETROIT SHOW - world debuts list

16 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 NAIAS are named below on just-auto's list.

ANALYSIS - Future Fiat and Abarth models

15 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The first chapter in a series of articles exploring the current and next models from FCA Italy's stable of makes centres on the Fiat brand, as well as Abarth. This will be followed over the coming weeks by explorations of what's ahead for Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari. Even though Italians bought 60,000 Ypsilons during 2017, Lancia has no future models.

Can SEAT top 500,000 sales in 2018 with new Ibiza?

11 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen recently said that it had produced 14 million Polos since the first model was introduced in 1975. SEAT, an infinitely smaller company, introduced its similarly sized Ibiza in 1984. As it ramps up production of the fifth generation model, the total built at Martorell has just reached 5.6 million. The new car is more than good enough to push that total above 6 million within four years, maybe even three.

CES - Automotive exhibitor world premieres

10 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show hosted multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres. Fisker, Future Mobility Corporation, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Rinspeed, the Toyota Research Institute, Toyota Motor Corporation and Volkswagen had new technology on show.

Britain's new Volkswagen Polo - out of Africa

10 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen Group South Africa still builds the fourth and fifth generation Polos at its Uitenhage factory near P.E. in the Eastern Cape. Following a major investment in the MQB A0 architecture, the plant is now also producing the new, sixth generation model for export to other RHD countries. The made-in-Africa Polo is now available in Britain.

Great Wall Motor - soon to be selling more SUVs than Jeep?

9 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

GWM has been surfing the SUV wave in China longer than most. Its Haval H6 for many years challenged the Wuling Hongguang for the title of best selling model and in 2017, the H6 was finally replaced. It finished the year in third place behind SAIC, GM and Wuling's MPV and SAIC Volkswagen's Lavida. Could Great Wall's SUV brand be sinking or will it bounce back?

ANALYSIS - New Renault Kadjar TCe 165

8 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The Kadjar, a big seller across Europe, has always had one major weakness in its powertrain choices. The 1.2-litre petrol engine has a great CO2 number but lacks the torque that people switching from diesel are used to. So, supporting the TCe 130, in comes a new 1.6-litre unit, the TCe 165.

Electric cars - Can Porsche make them profitable as well as sexy?

4 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Porsche hasn't been a sports car company for a long time: SUVs and the Panamera are the reason why this once small firm produces such enormous profits and large numbers of vehicles. Spending is now well underway for the addition of electric models. Might Porsche become the first firm to experience both sales and financial success from high-priced EVs?

ANALYSIS - Future SUVs and electric Audi models

3 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

This is the second chapter of two concerning current and future Audi vehicles. The first looked at sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, coupes and convertibles. Now comes an in-depth round up of what the company is planning for SUVs and electrified vehicles. The final part of this series on the Volkswagen Group's divisions will be all about Porsche.

ANALYSIS - Audi future models Part 1 of 2

2 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The latest brand to be looked at as part of just-auto's overview of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car divisions is Audi. This follows features on VW, Škoda, SEAT, Bugatti, Bentley and Lamborghini. After a second Audi chapter (SUVs and electrified models), the series will reach its conclusion with a focus on Porsche.

Can newly updated Lexus CT 200h still compete?

21 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Sometimes, Toyota Motor Corporation does curious things. The new Lexus LC and LS are clearly money no object designs. Why then has it chosen to extend the life of the seven-year old CT 200h with another facelift, when the car was, to be polite, not exactly state of the art?

ANALYSIS - Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini future vehicles

20 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

After reviewing Volkswagen, Škoda and SEAT, and with Audi and Porsche still to come, just-auto's series on the future models of the Volkswagen Group now turns to the three smallest volume luxury brands.

Why FCA was right to tap Mitsubishi for Fiat Fullback pick-up

19 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

FCA turned to Mazda when it wanted RWD roadsters for its Fiat and Abarth brands. Then, when it sought expertise in one-tonne pick-ups, the company signed a deal to have Mitsubishi Motors supply Fiat and Fiat Professional with an L200-based model. We know how great the two 124 Spiders turned out to be, but just how good is the Fullback?

ANALYSIS - Skoda future models

18 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Škoda has come a long way in a relatively short period. Sales keep rising, especially in China and Europe, and profits with them. This, more than any other, is the division which can seemingly do no wrong within the Volkswagen Group family of companies and brands.

Volkswagen goes after Qashqai with Bamtastic T-Roc

15 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has at long last entered Europe's C-crossover segment, with a rival for the Qashqai. The T-Roc is strong on driving dynamics and, from certain angles, looks. One major surprise however, is an interior with plastics which will disappoint anyone who owns a Golf or Polo. Is this the first new vehicle to suffer from the company's post-emissions scandal cost cutting?

ANALYSIS - Future EVs and SUVs will transform SEAT

13 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This year, SEAT has finally pleased its paymasters in Wolfsburg. The company might not yet be exactly awash with cash, but the black ink is at last flowing. The Volkswagen Group's belief that its Spanish outpost could be turned around saw the Germans injecting much money and goodwill into SEAT. Crucially, it was put to good use in the form of adding SUVs. More models are on the way.

ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen EVs and SUVs

12 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In this final part of three articles which discuss the current and future models plans for the Volkswagen passenger car brands, just-auto takes a look at electrified models, crossovers and SUVs. This follows features which looked at cars, and then pick-ups and MPVs.

COMMENT - US sales plummet as Smart goes electric

11 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Might the initial results of a strategy which has been smart USA dropping its petrol-powered fortwo range hold a warning for others? In November, the brand was not only outsold by Lamborghini, but Rolls-Royce was the only make which delivered fewer cars.

Groupe PSA planning secret SC21 car for India

8 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A business daily says Groupe PSA is planning to build a B segment car at its Indian JV in 2020.

ANALYSIS - Audi ditches the V8 in new RS 5

8 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The old RS 5 Coupé sounded so much better than its BMW M4 rival, so why has Audi dropped the sonorous 4.2-litre V8 and replaced it with a muted turbo V6 in the new model?

ANALYSIS - Volkswagen architectures and future models Part 2

7 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Future models plans for all of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car brands are being covered in this latest series of articles. First off, it was a look at Volkswagen itself with a round up of what's available now and what's ahead for VW cars. This is now followed by a feature concerning pick-ups and MPVs. Another, which concentrates on electrified models, crossovers and SUVs, is to come.

ANALYSIS - Volkswagen architectures and future models Part 1

6 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Future models plans for all of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car brands are being covered in a new series of articles. First off, it's a look at Volkswagen itself with a round up of what's available now and what's ahead for VW cars. This will be followed by a feature concerning pick-ups and MPVs, and then by another which concentrates on electrified models, crossovers and SUVs.

ANALYSIS - Can B479 Fiesta keep Ford as UK number 1?

1 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

You have to hand it to Ford of Europe's engineers: the Fiesta might use a less than fresh Mazda-based platform, but the new car again sits at the top of its class for driving dynamics. Will that be enough to keep it as the UK's number one model in 2018?

2017 LA AUTO SHOW - world debuts

30 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The following concepts and production vehicles were world debuts at the 2017 LA auto show.

ANALYSIS - Renault Twingo GT

28 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Is any manufacturer making money in Europe's A segment? Surprisingly, some probably are. The key to success is either selling old cars at aggressive prices or collaboration in R&D and manufacturing. Renault chose the latter route for the Twingo.

ANALYSIS - Future Honda electric models and platforms

27 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Concluding the series, and after earlier chapters on Acura future vehicles and Honda's plans for cars and SUVs, this final feature delves into what's likely to be coming for Honda pick-ups, MPVs/minivans, hybrids, PHEVs and electric models.

ANALYSIS - Future Honda SUVs and MPVs

24 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In this third chapter of a series which looks at the current and future models of Honda Motor, it is the turn of crossovers and SUVs to be examined. This follows instalments on Acura and Honda cars.

ANALYSIS - Future Honda cars and architectures

22 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Having already explored what's ahead for Acura, the second chapter in a four-part series examining Honda's future models plans now turns to the company's next generation of Honda cars, crossovers and SUVs. The final two articles will cover MPVs/minivans, pick-ups and electrified models.

2017 GUANGZHOU SHOW - world debuts

21 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

AutoGuangzhou 2017 hosted a variety of concept and production model world debuts. The press preview day was Friday 17 November.

ANALYSIS - How Honda sees the future of Acura

20 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Can a luxury brand which after 31 years is only a moderate success in North America, is absent from Europe and Japan and builds only two models in China be considered a successful one? Acura has always promised much but not always delivered, at least not compared to Lexus and Infiniti, each of which it blazed the trail for. In this first of four features, just-auto looks at what is ahead for Honda Motor's brands.

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.

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.

World premieres at 2017 Dubai motor show

14 Nov 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The public world premieres of vehicles from Chevrolet, Land Rover and Infiniti took place at the 2017 Dubai International Motor show.

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.

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.

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.

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?

2017 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW - world debuts

27 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The following cars and concepts were world premieres at the 2017 Tokyo motor show.

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.

COMMENT - Why Mazda needs the Amati luxury brand

25 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It's almost 25 years since Mazda shelved Amati, its take on Acura, Infiniti and Lexus. Given that the plans for multiple models and a bespoke W12 engine were not backed up by a rock solid balance sheet, this was the right decision. Now, with its recent concepts effortlessly showing up so many cars from the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce which lack beauty, it's time for Mazda to think again.

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.


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.

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.

SsangYong developing an electric SUV

12 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A plug-in version of C300, the next SsangYong Korando, is under development, has learned. The new EV will be sold worldwide and is on schedule for release in 2019.

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.

ANALYSIS - Peugeot seeks segment leadership with new 5008

6 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

ACEA is yet to release Europe-wide sales data for September but Groupe PSA has been having a trying 2017 in terms of volume. This, it insists, is due to pulling back from low-margin business. That being the case, the new, upscale 5008 should help matters.

ANALYSIS - R8 Spyder and future Audi Sport models

4 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

What had once been quattro GmbH became Audi Sport GmbH in late 2016. Motor racing and RS models are the main part of its remit, along with Audi's fastest and most expensive model series, the R8.

ANALYSIS - Changan architectures and future models

3 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The parent company has been trading for 155 years, so Changan knows a thing or two about being successful in business. The automotive division has this year fallen prey to the ongoing surge in sales by Geely's Emgrand brand in China, recently losing its fifth place in that market. However, having sold 662,620 passenger vehicles so far in 2017, it is far from failing, especially as Changan remains ahead of the Nissan, Baojun, Haval and Ford brands.

Why the little Swift is a big deal for Suzuki

26 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It's a small car which few outside India think too much about, or can even picture. The Swift might seem like a model which matters little, yet that thinking is mistaken: it and its sedan counterpart are key to Suzuki's increased domination of what could become the world's largest passenger vehicle market in the 2020s.

ANALYSIS - Mazda vehicle architectures and future models

20 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Having invested heavily in a lightweight architecture, a family of highly efficient engines and an ever expanding range of SUVs, Mazda is thriving. The company's size and its lack of expertise in the area of electrification are potential weaknesses but an alliance with Toyota appears to be a sensible move to address those concerns.

Management briefing - Frankfurt motor show overview

18 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Did Mercedes-AMG win the battle of the clicks for news coverage from the 2017 Frankfurt IAA? The Project ONE hypercar was certainly one of the highlights - when did we last see an F1 engine in a road car? In the world of important new production cars, the VW T-Roc and Polo were the stand outs, while for futuristic prototypes, Audi was surely the winner with its Aicon concept.

ANALYSIS - What the Giulia says about Alfa Romeo's future

15 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Alfa Romeo is at long last on the rise. Across Europe and in the US too, Giulia sales, after a slow start, are accelerating. In many ways, this D segment sedan is good enough to be compared with the best in its class. However, there are areas of concern.

ANALYSIS - Suzuki architectures and future models [updated]

15 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Often flying under the radar due to its small presence in Europe and China, as well as its withdrawal from the US market, Suzuki Motor Corporation is something of a stealthy giant. Its dominance of the rapidly expanding Indian market, the strength of its mini-vehicle sales in Japan and a strategy of remaining fiercely independent after a bust-up with Volkswagen mark out SMC as one of the world's most unusual and successful OEMs.

Suzuki already planning to triple capacity at new Indian plant

15 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Having opened its first car plant in the Indian state of Gujarat earlier this year, Suzuki Motor Corporation now says it will lift capacity of the 250,000 units per annum plant to 750,000 by 2020. The statement was made by chairman Osamu Suzuki at an event where a new battery factory was also announced.

Could VW axe the up! in Europe?

14 Sep 2017 | Dave Leggett

Small cars can be a headache for vehicle manufacturers. The problem is that model offerings have proliferated at the low-margin small car end of volume carmaker portfolios and it's something that appears to be exercising managers at Volkswagen Group right now.

2017 Frankfurt IAA motor show - all the world debuts

13 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

All the world premieres from the 2017 Frankfurt IAA are listed below. The most important production models making their motor show debuts were the Volkswagen Polo and Volkswagen T-Roc, Porsche Cayenne, Opel Grandland X, Škoda Karoq and SEAT Arona.

ANALYSIS - Land Rover Discovery and future SVX

12 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Even though the Discovery hasn't long been on sale, Land Rover is adding more derivatives at either end of what is already a comprehensive line-up.

Management briefing - Frankfurt motor show preview

7 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A lot has changed since the last Frankfurt IAA cars show took place two years ago. Opel and Vauxhall have been spun off from the GM empire making Groupe PSA Europe's second largest OEM by regional sales volume. And while diesels are increasingly seen as 'dirty', there is a certain irony that the first engines for the future Euro 6.2 emissions standard are now being announced.

ANALYSIS - Vauxhall Maloo marks end of GM's muscle-ute era

6 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The last rear-wheel drive vehicle to be manufactured in Australia will be produced on 20 October. This also means the end of an era for a vehicle which Vauxhall, but never Opel, has sold in tiny numbers: the V8-engined Maloo pick-up.

New four-cylinder SD4 Ingenium - best Range Rover Sport yet?

1 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Is JLR's Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine up to the task of powering 2.1+ tonnes of Range Rover Sport? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is not only a definite yes but if the other V6 and V8 options did not exist, this could well be all the RRS that anyone needs.

ANALYSIS - Ford's future global SUVs and pick-ups

30 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from a look at what Ford Motor Company is believed to be planning for Lincoln, the second chapter of a three-part series turned to future Ford cars and minivans. The final instalment below concerns the blue oval brand's next generation of SUVs and pick-up trucks. Each feature includes details of autonomous, hybrid, PHEV, EV and/or hydrogen fuel cell models.

2017 CHENGDU SHOW - world premieres [updated with Qoros models]

30 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The following concepts and production vehicles were world debuts at CDMS 2017, the 20th Chengdu motor show. This list has now been updated with Qoros' premieres.

Volkswagen finally enters Qashqai segment with T-Roc

23 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

When the new Golf-sized T-Roc crossover enters production in a few months' time, it will be eleven years since Nissan defined and began its domination of a new vehicle class with the Qashqai. This is just the first of multiple additional Volkswagens too - Europe's most successful brand is finally fully embracing crossovers and SUVs.

ANALYSIS - Crossland X and future Opel-Vauxhall SUVs

23 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

At first sight, the new Crossland X, which steps in for the Meriva, appears to make no sense for Opel and Vauxhall. Isn't it the same size as the Mokka X? The now Groupe PSA divisions believe there is room below their existing B-SUV for a slightly shorter, narrower and lower crossover, but is there?

Ferrari Portofino will replace California T

23 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The successor for what started life in 2008 as the F149 California before changing names to California T in 2014 has been named. The new Ferrari Portofino is a 2+2 coupé-convertible, powered by a 441kW (600cv) turbocharged V8.

Alta Devices developing solar roof for future Audi EVs

23 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A panoramic glass roof embedded with solar cells is under development by Audi and its partner Alta Devices. The first prototype is now only months away, the German company claims.

US Hyundai executive says pick-up will be built

23 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

An executive with Hyundai Motor America has stated in an interview that the division will gain a pick-up truck. This ends speculation which has been rife ever since the company developed the Santa Cruz, a concept which debuted at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

Honda India given go-ahead to expand Tapukara car plant

23 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

India's Ministry of the Environment has approved plans for Honda to expand its Tapukara car plant in Rajasthan.

Dongfeng denies making bid for Fiat Chrysler

23 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Dongfeng Motor, a major shareholder in Groupe PSA, has responded to media speculation by stating that it has no intention of buying FCA.

LG Electronics setting up shop in Detroit for EV components

23 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

LG Electronics will create 300 jobs in Michigan once a newly announced EV components plants opens in Detroit, the South Korean company says.

ANALYSIS - Ford's future global cars and minivans

22 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from a look at what Ford Motor Company is believed to be planning for Lincoln, the second chapter of a three-part series now turns to future Ford cars and minivans. The final instalment will be all about the blue oval brand's next generation of SUVs and pick-up trucks. Each feature includes details of autonomous, hybrid, PHEV, EV and/or hydrogen fuel cell models.

2017 Pebble Beach Concours - world debuts

21 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Monterey Automotive Week, including the 66th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, took place on California's Monterey Peninsula between 15 and 20 August. The following is a list of concept and new model world premieres.

Honda & Acura NSX: better than an Audi R8?

18 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

What could better demonstrate the strange situation that Honda UK and Honda Motor Europe find themselves in than the NSX? Even if you pay the circa GBP33,000 list price for what had been the brand's priciest model until recently, there is then a GBP110,000 leap from there to the cheapest NSX. How on earth do they market this supercar?

Will Ford sieze an electric opportunity for Lincoln?

17 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It has been just over a year since what Ford calls The Lincoln Motor Company was the subject of a just-auto in-depth analysis feature. China is still nowhere near being the brand's largest market but sales there are up by a staggering 92 per cent and that's even without a local manufacturing presence. With things good in the US too, it surely won't be long before Lincoln returns to being a make selling in excess of an annual 250,000 vehicles worldwide.

ANALYSIS - More SUVs and an electric future for Jaguar

15 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Once in danger of going the same way as Saab or Lancia, Jaguar has been brought back to life via massive infusions of cash, intelligently spent. Thanks to the success of the F-PACE, it is probably now profitable too. Such are the plans for the ongoing transformation of the leaping cat brand, Jaguar's reinvention is really only just beginning.

How 900Nm and 48V make the Audi SQ7 TDI epic

11 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In the words of a friend who owns a Golf GTD and is a long time fan of multiple Volkswagen Group models, driving the Audi SQ7 would have to be "like propelling a municipal building at lightspeed". Is three times the torque output of most small diesel engines necessary, though?

ANALYSIS - Land Rover and Range Rover SUVs for the 2020s

9 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Land Rover is both the vehicle volume and profits powerhouse of not only JLR but Tata Motors Limited too. Thanks to a spark of genius which saw the L538 project take on Range Rover branding and pricing, what became the Evoque changed everything for Land Rover. Now comes the hard bit: new generations of the Evoque, Sport and Range Rover are being developed. Can Land Rover remain TML's biggest money spinner?

ANALYSIS - Picanto 1.0-litre and Kia's plans for A segment

7 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Known as the Morning in the country of its manufacture, the Picanto is one of Kia Motors Europe's best sellers. As an import from South Korea it won't ever be the regional segment's number one against the likes of the built-in-Europe VW up! and Fiat Panda. That doesn't mean that the new shape model isn't as good as these two or other A segment hatchbacks.

ANALYSIS - Tata Motors' future models under the microscope

4 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

After the disappointment of the Nano and a series of underwhelming subsequent new vehicle releases, Tata Motors seemed to lose its way. Now, thanks to the success of the Tiago small car and a record overall Indian market for new passenger vehicles in the first half of 2017, Tata is firmly on the comeback trail and has even pushed the mighty Toyota down to sixth place. But will it be able to achieve its stated goal of becoming number three by 2019?

New Insignia and Opel-Vauxhall's future under Groupe PSA

3 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It's August, once the month during which the northern hemisphere's automotive industry would quieten down. This being an odd-numbered year there's no chance of that, what with preparations for the Frankfurt IAA well underway. And now, Groupe PSA completing the acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall. The perfect time then to look at how those brands' newest car measures up.

Toyota buying stake in Mazda - report [updated]

3 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Nikkei Asian Review claims to have inside information on a deal which will shortly be announced concerning Toyota and Mazda. Japan's largest company is said to be on the verge of not only taking a minority holding in Mazda but also establishing a manufacturing JV in the United States.

ANALYSIS - What SAIC is planning for MG, Roewe and Maxus

2 Aug 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SAIC has two main passenger car manufacturing JVs in China. These are with the Volkswagen Group and General Motors. China's largest state owned OEM also has much in the way of plans for its own makes and it is these which are examined here below.

HZG project gives Groupe Renault two D-SUVs

31 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

With the second generation Koleos, Groupe Renault is going bigger, and in markets such as the UK, that means a presence in the D segment for the first time in years.

Why the Ford Mustang is so successful the world over

27 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Talk to Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW and you'll hear that sales of sports coupes and convertibles are in decline all over Europe. Ford's experience with the Mustang seems to be the opposite.

ANALYSIS - future Chevrolet SUVs & pick-ups

26 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The final instalment in a series which has looked at the current and future vehicles of General Motors now goes under the skin of Chevrolet division's light trucks.

Why non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb

21 Jul 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.

Why Kia won't be building the Stonic SUV in Europe

21 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Due to the ongoing surge in sales of the Sportage, Kia Motors Europe will not manufacture the Stonic, another, albeit smaller SUV, at its Žilina plant in Slovakia.

ANALYSIS - what the future holds for Chevrolet cars

13 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following a major expansion in the 2000s, Chevrolet is now shrinking. Fast. GM has pulled its largest brand from all European markets (though the Corvette and Camaro remain available), and a withdrawal from India and South Africa has now begun too. Meanwhile, in the US, China and South Korea, sales of Chevy car models are falling, leaving Brazil as the world's only large market where things are improving.

ANALYSIS - Volvo V90 Cross Country

10 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Will people in the US take to the V90 CC? That's the key question for a model which replaces the XC70, a car that Audi went after with the A6 allroad, and now Mercedes-Benz wants in on the action too.

Why the Jeep Wrangler is such a money spinner for FCA

6 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

There are certain cars that just keep on selling, no matter what their age. The Wrangler is about to enter its tenth year of production and yet sales keep rising. As was the case in 2016, production looks like being in excess of 250,000 units in 2017 too.

ANALYSIS - Holden's future under GM and Groupe PSA

5 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Over the last five years, GM has slipped from second place in Australia to its current fourth position. General Motors Holden fears that with the closure of only car plant near Adelaide in October, the brand could slide further.

ANALYSIS - Infiniti Q60 3.0 Sport Tech

3 Jul 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The latest Q60 will never be a big seller for Infiniti and with the contraction of the global market for convertibles, there probably won't be a replacement for the old-shape open car. Even so, this challenger for the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi Q5 coupés is both a big step forward over the old-shape car and an underrated alternative to the segment leaders.

World premieres at the 2017 Goodwood FoS

3 Jul 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.

ANALYSIS - current and future GMC trucks and SUVs

30 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

GMC is General Motors' second largest division by sales volume in North America. While traditionally a truck brand, it continues to evolve, with smaller and more fuel efficient SUVs and crossovers added in recent years. That strategy is working well, with sales for the year to the end of May reaching 221,741 units, a year on year gain of five per cent.

ANALYSIS - multiple new future Cadillac SUVs

29 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Cadillac cars and light trucks are the focus of the third feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors. This follows features on Baojun, Wuling, and Buick.

SEAT reveals MQB A0-based Arona SUV

27 Jun 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 Jun 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.

New G01 BMW X3 outgrows the Audi Q5

26 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has revealed the new X3 to the media at an event in South Carolina. The G01 series version of this Spartanburg-made SUV is not only 61mm longer than the F25 X3 which it replaces but is also larger than the rival Audi Q5.

Are three cylinders enough for the Hyundai i30?

26 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It’s been six months since series production of the new i30 started in Europe. Hyundai’s regional sales performance reflects the arrival of this fresh C segment hatchback, ACEA data showing an 8.2 per cent rise in May when the market rose by 7.6 per cent.

Saving Skippy - why Volvo's AD prototypes are confused by roos

26 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo Cars is finding that kangaroos in mid-jump befuddle the XC90 autonomous drive prototypes it is testing in Australia.

Volkswagen planning five I.D. electric cars - report

23 Jun 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.

ANALYSIS - SUVs mean Buick could pass Toyota in China

21 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Buick cars and light trucks are the focus of the second feature in the series concerning the current and future vehicles of General Motors.

ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs

19 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles. Having just announced a facelift for the two-door 2 Series cars and a 6 Series GT as well as an 8 Series concept, there has also been news for the 4 Series, in the form of a mid-cycle restyle. That includes the fastest open-top variant, the M4 Convertible Competition.

GM China's future vehicles - Baojun and Wuling

16 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Baojun and Wuling are two of the best selling brands in China, and each is controlled by the SAIC General Motors Wuling joint venture. This is the first part of a look into each of GM's passenger vehicles divisions and their worldwide models, both current and future.

ANALYSIS - Renegade 2.0-litre diesel and future small Jeeps

15 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It might be three years old now but still the smallest Jeep just keeps on gathering strength. The boxy-chunky-cute styling give the Renegade global appeal, as the growing list of production locations worldwide attests.

ANALYSIS - the electrified future of BMW

13 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

By 2025, BMW believes that as many as one in four of the vehicles it produces will be electric in one form or another. That means hybrid, EV, PHEV or hydrogen fuel cell. This, the final feature in a series concerning BMW Group's models, looks at the BMW brand's existing and future electrified cars and SUVs.

ANALYSIS - current and future BMW SUVs

9 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

BMW Group, which built 2.37m vehicles in 2016, has an internal target of expanding this to three million by 2020 and in so doing outpace Mercedes-Benz. Mini has a supporting role in the plan but the heavy lifting will have to be done by the BMW brand, and that should fall mainly on the shoulders of multiple as yet unseen SUVs.

ANALYSIS - Kodiaq and future Škoda SUVs

7 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Škoda is making big money and ever more vehicles, while extra models - including more SUVs - are on the way. There is no doubting the steady rise in sales and ROI, but the question needs to be asked: does the new Kodiaq offer the value for money which has hitherto been one of the main reasons for the company's success?

ANALYSIS - BMW's Mini, Rolls-Royce and Zinoro future models

6 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the second BMW Group feature on the topic of current and future models. The first looked at BMW brand passenger cars. Now, it is the turn of Mini, Rolls-Royce and a joint venture Chinese brand, Zinoro. The third feature will concentrate on BMW SUVs and the fourth will examine the brand's electric models.

ANALYSIS - Kia Niro Hybrid and future derivatives

5 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

For its first attempt at a bespoke hybrid car, Kia came up with a crossover. Even if sales are nowhere near the level of the Prius, the Niro does seem to have found itself an ever expanding pool of keen buyers.

New emissions cheating scandal engulfs Audi

2 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The German federal government's Transport ministry, working with the KBA motor vehicle authority, has accused Audi AG of fitting defeat devices to certain diesel engines powering the Audi A8 and A7 Sportback.

Supplier which stopped BMW plants to be bought by Bosch

2 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Albertini Cesare, the producer of steering gear components which recently caused a worldwide stoppage at BMW plants, is to be taken over by Robert Bosch.

ANALYSIS - current and future BMW cars

1 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Due to Audi's now resolved dispute with its Chinese dealer network, BMW Group recently became the biggest premium manufacturer in the world's largest market. Cash-rich yet needing to be cautious due to its relatively small size compared to Volkswagen and Daimler, BMW is pouring money into renewing both its global model range and trying to create sub-segments which it could dominate in the 2020s.

ANALYSIS - future Mercedes-Benz hybrid & electric vehicles [updated]

30 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The final feature in just-auto's focus on Daimler's current and future passenger vehicles concerns Denza, Mercedes-EQ EVs, plus Mercedes-Benz hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

The week - it's tough at the top, Mr Fields?

26 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

There had been enough rumours in automotive and financial circles over the last few weeks (and months) to suggest Change was coming at Ford - to wit the Monday ousting of CEO Mark Fields (billed in the press release as 'retirement') after less than three years in the top job, with a well-seasoned (but mostly not in autos) executive, Jim Hackett, replacing the long-Ford-serving Fields who had been praised, for example, for his work heading Mazda on the way to the top job in Dearborn and the moves towards 'mobility' once there.

XE SV Project 8 to be the fastest Jaguar yet

26 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Jaguar has announced the XE SV Project 8. Powered by a 441kW (600PS) version of JLR's supercharged 5.0-litre V8, this will be the fastest road legal Jaguar yet.

ANALYSIS - Audi Q5 2.0 TDI and the future SQ5s

26 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Audi had an instant hit on its hands when it decided to take on the Volvo XC60 and BMW X3 with the first Q5 in 2008. Which is why even with fresh engines and a thoroughly revamped platform, the new model looks not dissimilar to the previous one.


25 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Jaguar’s new 300PS four-cylinder F-TYPE might have a great CO2 number but can its many attributes compare to the magnificence of the 575PS supercharged V8 which powers the SVR?

ANALYSIS - future Mercedes-Benz SUVs and pick-ups

22 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the fifth of six features examining the current and future models of Daimler brands. Its focus is on Mercedes-Benz crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. The final feature will be on electric vehicles.

ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-Benz cars

18 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Mercedes-Benz Cars remains locked in battle with BMW and Audi for the title of the world's number one premium passenger vehicle brand. The Daimler division has launched multiple additional vehicles in recent times and more are planned. Existing plants are being expanded and new ones are on the way in Mexico and Russia.

ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-AMG models

17 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Daimler sold 98,235 AMG-badged vehicles in 2016 and it will easily pass the hundred thousand mark this year. This report gives an overview of the current Mercedes-AMG global model range, while also looking ahead to what's due for release well into the 2020s.

ANALYSIS - How EMP2 is key to Peugeot 3008 SUV

15 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Production of vehicles which share Groupe PSA's EMP2 architecture is on the rise, with one of the more successful being the Peugeot 3008. Even if its sales can't match those of the Nissan Qashqai and VW Tiguan in Europe, this C segment SUV is greatly aiding Peugeot's mission to lift both image and margins.

Self-driving cars - are we nearly there yet?

15 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Predictions as to when we can buy a driverless car vary depending on who we talk to. Even if the more optimistic predictions come true, initial volumes will be small. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one considers what we can expect, by when and how much extra it might cost.

Future model blitz from BMW for Frankfurt IAA

12 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A BMW insider has confirmed to just-auto that the company will use the showcase of the Frankfurt IAA in September to commence its fightback against Mercedes-Benz and Audi. There will be "multiple" world premieres and that will include the M5 and X2 as well as a concept version of the X7.

Volkswagen names German plant that will build EVs

9 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Zwickau-Mosel has been named by Volkswagen as the production location for not only its I.D. electric car but three other EVs. All will use the MEB architecture.

If a self-driving car could give you back an hour each day, how would you use it?

9 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

While time spent sitting in traffic can feel tedious, it could fly by in a robo-car as you focus on other things, productive or otherwise. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one takes a sideways look at the autonomous car.

ANALYSIS - current and future smart vehicles

8 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from the exploration of Mercedes-Maybach's current and future models line-up, the second feature in just-auto's focus on the brands of Daimler AG is smart.

ANALYSIS - updated Leon and future SEAT models

8 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

April was a great month for SEAT, with double digit percentage rises in the brand's top three markets of Spain, Germany and Britain. The Ibiza and Ateca were part of the reason for a surge to 41,400 SEAT registrations. So too was an updated Leon, deliveries of which are now gathering pace in all European countries.

ANALYSIS - current and future Mercedes-Maybach models

4 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Daimler is the latest manufacturer to be featured in just-auto's ongoing series of product strategy summaries. In this first part, the current and future models of Mercedes-Maybach are examined.

Porsche profit margin reaches 17.6 per cent in Q1

4 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Porsche AG has reported its financials for the first quarter of CY2017. Amongst the highlights is a 17.6 per cent profit margin, up from 16.7 per cent.

ANALYSIS - Peugeot seeks high margins with Traveller MPV

3 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA might be in the process of taking over Adam Opel and Vauxhall Motors but it also has several JVs with one of GM’s main rivals, Toyota. An LCVs venture in France produces not just vans but MPVs too. The Peugeot Traveller is one of three such models.

ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 3

28 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features examining current and future Nissan brand models took an in-depth look at passenger cars. The second examined crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. Now, in the final instalment, the focus is on MPVs/minivans, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.

ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 2

27 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features examining current and future Nissan brand models, took an in-depth look at passenger cars. The second now examines crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. The final instalment, to be published on 28 April, will focus on MPVs/minivans, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.

KBB sees April off 3%, 2017 first down year in US since 2009

26 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in the US are expected to decrease 3% year on year to 1.45m units in April 2017, resulting in an estimated 17.1m seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB).

Mitsubishi Motors Thailand's largest vehicle exporter in fiscal 2016/7

26 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors claimed to have outpaced other large international car makers to become the top automotive exporter in Thailand - for the first time - with export volume of 309,915 units for the fiscal year to 31 March, 2017.

Mitsubishi Electric to pay CDN$13.4m for rigging bids for car parts

26 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Car parts manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has pleaded guilty in Canada to three counts of bid-rigging for participating in an international conspiracy and was fined CDN$13.4m by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

PSA Group Q1 revenue rises 4.9%

26 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Citroen and Peugeot maker PSA Group booked first quarter 2017 revenue of EUR13,629m, of which EUR9,018m was raised by the automotive division and EUR5,092m by supplier Faurecia.

Honda Alabama plant begins 2018 Odyssey production

26 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Around 1,500 workers at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) have celebrated the start of mass production of the redesigned 2018 Odyssey minivan, on sale later this spring.

Dutch oppose PPG's AkzoNobel takeover bid

25 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Dutch economic affairs minister Henk Kamp has repeated his opposition to a takeover of paint maker Akzo Nobel, saying he did not care that US rival, the automotive coatings maker PPG Industries, had raised its offer.

Mobileye inks new map data deal with Nissan

25 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mobileye announced it had entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate 'anonymised', crowd-sourced data to create next generation precision maps using the Israel based company's Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology.

Toyota to announce Thai investment

25 Apr 2017 | Staff reporter

Toyota is expected to announce a major investment in its Thai passenger car business next month, according to local reports citing the country’s deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

China’s Liebao Automobile mulls plant in SE Asia

25 Apr 2017 | Staff reporter

China’s Hunan Liebao Automobile Company plans to invest in a new vehicle assembly facility in south-east Asia as part of a broader plan to expand its operations overseas.

UK supplier put in administration

25 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A UK automotive pressings supplier, employing around 350 people in Coventry, reportedly has been put into administration.

Ford claims exports boost Mustang global sales lead

25 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford claims its Mustang has been the best-selling sports car in the US over the last 50 years, and now, thanks to exports, is the most popular sports car in the world.

Driverless car road/motorway tests planned for UK in 2019

25 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A consortium of British companies reportedly has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019.

GM steps up China electric/hybrid launch plan

24 Apr 2017 | Staff reporter

General Motors plans to launch at least 10 electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle models in China by 2020, company officials told reporters at the Shanghai motor show.

Gestamp to open seventh plant in Brazil

24 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Another sign of recovery in Brazil? Gestamp, the Spanish multinational specialising in the design, development and manufacture of metal components for the automotive industry, has set up a new hot stamping plant in Betim (Minas Gerais, Brazil).

VW gets probation and independent oversight for diesel scam

24 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced Volkswagen AG to three years' probation and independent oversight following the diesel emissions scandal as part of a US$4.3bn settlement announced in January.

Go Auto and Great Wall to build plant in Malaysia

24 Apr 2017 | Staff reporter

Malaysia’s Go Auto Group plans to spend MYR2bn (US$455m) on a plant in Gurun in Malaysia’s Kedah state by 2021 with its Chinese partner Great Wall Motors.

GM loses ignition switch bankruptcy appeal

24 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The US Supreme Court has turned down GM's request to review the second circuit's ruling striking down the bankruptcy shield for the car company as it relates to hundreds of victims of the ignition switch defect in GM vehicles.

Continental turns eHorizon into weather service

24 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Continental's latest innovation: Vehicles equipped with eHorizon.Weather supply exact weather information to optimise short-term forecasts and integrate real time, location specific weather data to alert drivers in advance of critical weather conditions.

Google Home and Amazon Alexa can now 'talk' to US Mercedes models

24 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US owners of 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz models can now use both Google Assistant on Google Home and Amazon Alexa to 'talk' to their cars.

Apple document gives clue to autonomous aspirations - report

24 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Apple reportedly has outlined a plan to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month.

Canadian courts approve VW diesel settlement

24 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

At the same time as legal developments south of the border, Volkswagen Group Canada and Canadian class counsel announced both the Québec and Ontario courts have granted approval of the nationwide settlement agreement to resolve consumer claims in Canada related to the two litre diesel emissions "matter" for approximately 105,000 affected vehicles.

2017 Shanghai motor show world premieres

24 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai 2017 did not disappoint, with a vast number of concept, prototype and production model world debuts. The most important vehicle premiere will probably prove to be the Wuling Hong Guang S3, this being the first SUV for the number one brand in the world's largest market.

Autonomous tech creeping in - the week

21 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autonomous driving will, of course, arrive in stages; there are already defined levels of autonomy and quite a bit of the tech needed is already in cars as standard or optional equipment. I was reminded of this just this week when key tier one supplier Bosch popped up with its finding one in four newly registered cars has an automatic emergency braking system on board to prevent accidents and, if necessary, bring the vehicle to a stop in the event of an emergency.

Lectra preps for Industry 4.0 future

21 Apr 2017 | Simon Warburton

Leather cutting machine specialist Lectra said it had completed its next three year road map in order to drive Industry 4.0 concepts which are increasingly becoming the norm for manufacturing.

Visteon wins Dongfeng cockpit domain controller deal

21 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

China's second largest vehicle manufacturer, Dongfeng Motor, has chosen Visteon's SmartCore cockpit domain controller technology for a future domestic light vehicle programme. This will be the first SmartCore application in China.

Autoliv supplies Mercedes S-Class active safety

21 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autoliv has announced supply of several active safety products for Daimler's updated Mercedes S-Class, launched at the Shanghai show this week.

Lectra showcases internet of things power

21 Apr 2017 | Simon Warburton

Cutting machine manufacturer, Lectra said it had been operating with the so-called internet of things for 10 years already as the concept starts to gain momentum and acceptance in Industry 4.0 manufacturing techniques.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h

21 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IS hybrid is one of those cars you don't often see, especially in the UK, which is a pity, as the IS 300h deserves to be far more popular than it is.

Continental develops camera cleaning system

21 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Continental has developed a cleaning system for fish-eye automobile cameras that uses a water jet to remove dirt on the lens.

Yokohama Geolandar tyres for Mazda CX-5

21 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Yokohama Rubber said its Geolandar G98 tyre has been adopted as original equipment on Mazda's redesigned CX-5 crossover SUV. The model uses the 225/65R17 102V size.

Now BMW announces 'above expectations' Q1 result

20 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The BMW Group is the third German automaker to announce 'above expectations' first quarter results after VW and Daimler.

ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 1

20 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features examining current and future Nissan brand models takes an in-depth look at passenger cars. The second will examine crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups. In the final instalment, the focus will be on MPVs/minivans, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.

Porsche eyes electrification for power, emissions

20 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche reportedly is looking to expand its range of electric powered vehicles to add power and adapt to Chinese emissions restrictions that are expected to become the world's toughest.

Pricey cars making China comeback

20 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Four years after China’s president Xi Jinping started cracking down on corruption and conspicuous consumption, the most extravagant fast cars are making a comeback, according to a media report.

SAIC slows US plans till Trump policies clear

20 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

SAIC Motor, China’s biggest carmaker by sales, reportedly has halted a plan to export its own branded vehicles to the US until it gets more clarity on Sino-US trade policy under President Donald Trump.

Malaysia sales continue to rebound in March

20 Apr 2017 | Staff reporter

Malaysia's new vehicle market continued to rebound in March, with total industry volumes rising by over 10% to 53,717 units compared with depressed year earlier sales of 48,800 units, based on data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Kia to build 300k plant in India

19 Apr 2017 | Staff reporter

Kia Motors is close to announcing a major investment in a new vehicle assembly plant in the southern Indian state of Andra Pradesh, according to reports in India and South Korea quoting government and company sources.

Adient's seating mechanisms China JV plans Changshu plant

19 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Adient, the global seating supplier, plans to open a new 90,000 sq m seating mechanisms plant in Changshu on land of 250,000 sq m through one of its China joint ventures — Adient Yanfeng Seating Mechanism.

Volvo will build first all electric car in China

19 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars will build its first fully electric car in China, the company announced on Wednesday at Auto Shanghai in China.

Recaro seating launched in China

19 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

For launch in China, Adient's Recaro Automotive Seating is positioning itself as a premium brand manufacturer of performance seats for sporty luxury vehicles. At Auto Shanghai 2017, the company is presenting tailor-made products for Chinese OEMs and aftermarket applications.

JLR engine plant produces first Ingenium petrol engine

19 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover engine factory has produced its first Ingenium petrol motor which will make its debut in vehicles later in the summer.

ZF expanding engineering centre in Shanghai

19 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

ZF is expanding its engineering centre in Shanghai.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI

18 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SUVs and crossovers might be stealing sales from many two-door cars but that doesn't mean premium-priced models are disappearing. Far from it. Audi continues to respond to the challenge of strong competition from the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé by rolling out multiple derivatives of the new A5 range.

GM taking out 10 weeks' US production - report

13 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors will close some US plants for a combined total of 10 weeks of production time in the second half of the year, a move that will help balance swelling stock levels, the automaker's North America president has said.

2017 New York motor show - global debuts list

13 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

There was no stand-out star at this year's New York International Auto Show, though for sheer novelty value, FCA's 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon could be rightly thought of as the biggest attraction.

Daimler says group Q1 2017 EBIT "significantly above market expectations"

12 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler said it had achieved a group EBIT for the first quarter 2017 that was "significantly above market expectations".

VW to show crossover CUV concept at Shanghai

12 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen is showing a crossover concept vehicle at Auto Shanghai 2017. The concept is the brand's first electrically powered crossover utility vehicle (CUV) – a four-door coupé and sport utility vehicle (SUV) in one.

Volkswagen brand deliveries rise in March

12 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered 557,400 vehicles worldwide in March, an increase of 2.5% compared with March of the previous year.

Deutsche Post DHL to sell electric van

12 Apr 2017 | Chris Wright

Deutsche Post DHL plans to take on carmakers by stepping up production of its Streetscooter electric van and selling it to external customers.

Euro NCAP gives BMW 5 Series top five-star rating

12 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Euro NCAP testing gave the BMW 5 Series a top five-star safety rating while Fiat's updated Doblo got three stars.

Audi A5 cabriolet UK deliveries start

11 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Just as spring, or what passes for it, takes effect (we had a weekend of summer temperatures in some parts of the UK), Audi dealers are preparing to deliver the first of the new A5 cabriolets which join the coupe and Sportback (five-door liftback) in the redesigned range. Drop-top orders opened last February.

China's best first quarter sales since 2014 are encouraging

11 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Vehicle sales in China rose 7% in the first quarter, China's automakers' association said on Tuesday.

Automakers benefit from UK low carbon innovation funding

11 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW Motorsport, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Westfield Sportscars are automakers awarded a total of GBP62m by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop innovative low carbon technology in the UK.

South Korean import sales drop 8% in March

11 Apr 2017 | Staff reporter

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea fell by 8.4% to 22,080 units in March from 24,094 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA).

Japanese sales rise 9% in March

11 Apr 2017 | Staff reporter

Japan's new vehicle market continued to expand strongly in March, by 8.7% to 691,375 units from weak year earlier sales of 635,901 units, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Australia sees record March sales

11 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Australia’s motor industry recorded its best-ever March sales  with volume up 0.9% on the same month last year.

Venezuela hits Goodyear results

11 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Trends in the global tyre industry play to the strengths of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and its strategy to drive profitable growth.

Philippine sales rise 33% in March

11 Apr 2017 | Staff reporter

The Philippines’ new vehicle market regained momentum in March, with sales rising by close to 33% to 36,561 units from 27,521 units in the same month of last year, according to data released jointly by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA).

Toyota announces record $1.33bn spend at Kentucky plant

10 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A $1.33bn spend - the highest of any automaker in Kentucky and the second largest in state history- will make Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky the first plant in North America to begin producing vehicles using Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).

ANALYSIS - 2017 Volvo V60 Polestar

10 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo's phase-out of all engines with a capacity greater than 1,969 cubic centimetres and with more than four cylinders continues. Sadly, the intoxicatingly tuneful in-line twin scroll turbo six which powered the V60 Polestar is no more, replaced by a supercharged and turbocharged Drive-E unit. So, what's the verdict on the new four-cylinder engine?

Ford launches US police responder hybrid sedan

10 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has launched a claimed industry first pursuit rated hybrid police car as part of a US$4.5bn spend to make electric vehicles.

Travel reports-r-us - the week

7 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A busy week for us. Editor Dave Leggett returned from a few days in Korea with Ssangyong and filed this report after interviewing Anand Mahindra, the chairman and managing director of Mahindra Group which owns the Korean automaker. Yours truly had an interesting Monday in Germany, as Audi showed and told all about the new, upcoming A8 flagship's body shell and walked us through the new plant built specially to make it.

US Q1 sales fall as traditional segments decline

7 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US light vehicle sales for the first quarter of 2017 fell 1.9% over the same period in 2016, according to JATO Dynamics. Analysts had predicted a small increase for March sales but saw a decline despite reported high incentives spending.

New servo press line at Skoda Mladá Boleslav plant begins operations

7 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Skoda's new servo press line PXL II at the Mladá Boleslav plant has commenced full operation.

MAN Wrzesnia plant builds first VW Crafter based TGE

7 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The first production MAN TGE - a variation of VW group sibling Volkswagen Vans' Crafter - has come off the line at a newly constructed plant in Wrzesnia, Poland.

Audi builds a stunning new body shop for latest alloy A8

5 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

For anyone that still thinks vehicle body design is simply a matter of rolling out some steel sheet, bashing it a few times and spot welding the resultant frame and panel parts into a car, let he or she come to Audi. And marvel at an 'Aluminium Space Frame' body destined for the redesigned A8, out later this year, that contains no fewer than 29 different materials. Knocked together with 14 joining processes.

US light vehicle sales remain slow in March

4 Apr 2017 | Bill Cawthon

The prophets missed their targets in March. Most everyone was looking for an improved month, even predicting the best March since 2000. Whoops.

South Korean domestic sales fall 2% in March

4 Apr 2017 | Staff reporter

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers fell by 2% to 145,903 units in March 2017, from 148,848 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the country’s vehicle manufacturers.

Volkswagen aiming for C segment leadership with updated Golf

4 Apr 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The updated Golf is now available in UK dealerships. As well as the facelift plus revisions to the interior which extend to class-first gesture controls, there are new engines too. The best selling individual variant is expected to be the GTD, powered by a 184PS version of the Volkswagen Group's 1,968cc four-cylinder diesel engine.

Government pulls trigger on Brexit - the week

31 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Brexit, long a word used on just-auto, finally began this week with the UK's official triggering of the infamous Article 50; the first time a country has had the temerity to ask to leave the European Union. There sure were some rather surly Eurocrat faces being televised from Brussels but we took a balanced view.

ANALYSIS - Infiniti future models

31 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from the chapter on Datsun, the second instalment in a Nissan Motor future models series takes a look at what's ahead for Infiniti. After this will come two features which examine the next generation of Nissan cars, crossovers, pick-ups and SUVs.

Land Rover Brazil hurries new Discovery imports

31 Mar 2017 | Fernando Calmon

With eyes clearly focused on its good performance here in Brazil, Land Rover has announced deliveries of the redesigned Discovery will start by late June, just three months after the start of sales in Europe. There will be four versions: SE, HSE, HSE Luxury and the special First Edition.

Subaru maker changes name

31 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Fuji Heavy Industries is changing its company name to Subaru Corporation to reflect the brand of cars it makes from 1 April, 2017.

Ford nabs 400 engineers from Blackberry - report

31 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford reportedly has transferred 400 workers from Ontario-based BlackBerry to help develop wireless technology.

Audi to acquire Silvercar

31 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Audi plans to acquire Silvercar by expanding its minority share to 100%.

Toyota and others recall more Takata airbag cars

30 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota and other automakers are recalling around 2.9m vehicles in Japan, China, Oceania and other regions as part of the wider Takata inflator-related recall ordered last year.

2017 Seoul motor show - world debuts list

30 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai Motor Company and SsangYong Motor were the only two companies which had vehicle world premieres at this year's South Korean motor show.

Connected/autonomous vehicles will improve life quality - SMMT survey

30 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will transform the lives of six out of every 10 people in the UK, according to research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

PSA extends its partnership with Total

30 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

PSA Group and Total have renewed their long-standing lubricant supply deal.

Kautex Textron opens new fuel tank factory in China

29 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kautex Textron has held an opening ceremony for its newest factory in China, in the Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone (WEDZ) in Hubei Province.

Ford spending $1.2bn at Michigan factories

29 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said it was spending US$1.2bn on Michigan factories to build new trucks and SUVs and expand as a mobility company.

Denso to expand Iwate plant to produce instrument clusters

29 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation announced it will build an additional plant, at an existing facility in Iwate Prefecture, to expand production to include instrument clusters and, it said, "enhance the competitiveness of the group's production system in Japan".

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer eyes digitalisation with enthusiasm

28 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer likes to joke that his business card "takes five minutes to read" and that his full title - member of the board of management of BMW AG Mini, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, customer engagement and digital business innovation, BMW group - encompasses "all the fun stuff". A very big buck stops here.

PCMA Rus uses domestic expertise for components

28 Mar 2017 | Simon Warburton

PCMA Rus says it is looking to existing suppliers in Russia to ensure competitiveness as manufacturers seek to take advantage of the ruble depreciation.

PSA lets 'non experts' loose on autonomous prototypes

28 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Groupe PSA is this week allowing 'non-expert' motorists to test its autonomous car, as a driver or a passenger, on the roads of the Paris region.

Uber resumes some driverless car testing

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Uber has resumed driverless vehicle testing in San Francisco following weekend crash in Arizona caused by the driver of another car.

PPG to increase coatings prices in Europe

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following an earlier announcement for the same reason in the Asian region, PPG said it would increase prices and surcharges in Europe "to offset a significant rise in raw material costs". The price changes will impact a select group of automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and industrial coatings products, effective 1 May or as contracts permit.

Supplier fire slows some Audi output

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A fire at a supplier is affecting some Audi output this week.

Volkswagen names new chief compliance officer

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has named a new chief compliance officer. This is a brand appointment, not the group role which changed hands last January.

Tesla axes 60kWh Model S in UK

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is axing its entry level Model S in the UK after just a year on sale.

The week - new and future products galore

24 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Our look at future Volvos was the most popular read on just-auto this week, a pleasing result, because I know how much work it takes to put one of those together. Hat tip, then, to our resident 'new and future products' editor/analyst (he'll answer to either) Glenn Brooks, also researcher/editor for our production life, factory source and platform basis research database PLDB. If you're not familiar with PLDB (or our OEM/supplier research database QUBE), follow the link for a preview; if you'd like to see more, click this link to get in touch.

Toyota launches Lexus in India

24 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor's luxury Lexus brand was launched in India today, bringing, the automaker said, "a new luxury experience, exceptional design and high quality to the world’s fastest-growing major economy".

Brazil's 'Japan week' for new model launches

24 Mar 2017 | Fernando Calmon

It was unplanned, they say, but 'Japanese Week in Brazil' happened here anyway as three automakers launched new models: Honda's WR-V, the 2018 Toyota Corolla and Nissan's Frontier pickup truck.

ANALYSIS - Volvo XC90 D5 PowerPulse

24 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo continues to tweak and expand the XC90 model line-up. The Drive-E diesel can now be upgraded with a PowerPulse package that boosts power to 235hp and raises torque to 480Nm.

Microsoft's connected car patent deal with Toyota

24 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Microsoft this week agreed a new patent licensing agreement with Toyota that includes broad coverage for connected car technologies.

ANALYSIS - current and future Datsun vehicles

23 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Future models for the three brands of Nissan Motor are the latest to be explored in just-auto's ongoing series. Datsun comes first, to be followed by Infiniti, and then a look at Nissan.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Levorg and future Subarus

22 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Subaru's UK importer believes there is a niche for the brand as "the affordable Land Rover", pricing its models between GBP18,000 and 32,000. A facelift for the Levorg crossover-estate is the latest news but the brand itself has quite a few more developments in the pipeline.

ANALYSIS - future Volvo cars and SUVs

21 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from two recent features concerning future models for the Lynk & Co, Geely and Geely Emgrand brands, now comes the final part in a series: current and future Volvo vehicles.

BMW expects another record year in 2017

21 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

After booking record revenues and earnings for the seventh consecutive year in the automaker's centenary year 2016 (nonetheless disappointing some analysts), BMW Group management board chairman Harald Kruger is again targeting records for 2017.

ANALYSIS - New C3 leads Citroën sales fightback

17 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA's sales fightback continues, with Citroën starting to gain the new vehicles it has needed for some time to arrest falling sales across Europe. A new C3 is the latest fresh model to join the brand's line-up, with the first of several SUVs to come later in 2017.

"Diesel issue" and Takata recalls cost Audi EUR1.8bn in 2016

15 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Audi Group booked a EUR1.8bn charge in 2016 to cover costs "for the resolution of the V6 3.0 TDI diesel issue" and in connection with Takata airbag recalls. Even after these special items, operating profit was EUR3.1bn and operating return on sales 5.1%.

ANALYSIS - Why Geely should sell 1m+ cars in 2017

15 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first of three features looking at the future models of Zhejiang Geely/Geely Auto was published recently. Now comes an examination of what's ahead for Geely Emgrand, one of the fastest expanding car brands in China right now. The final feature will concentrate on Volvo Car Corporation.

Nissan names more of its own to top Mitsubishi roles

14 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor's increasing influence over the running of Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) is evident in a management reshuffle which will place six Nissan executives - three of them 'foreigners' - in a variety of roles at the new alliance partner.

Intel to buy autonomous driving technology specialist Mobileye

13 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Intel Corporation is to buy Mobileye, which specialises in developing computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localisation and mapping for driver assistance systems and autonomous driving.

Manufacturing (and driving) the world's fastest diesel car

13 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Porsche says its new Panamera 4S is the world’s fastest diesel car. How fast? Top speed is 177mph and with launch control activated, zero to 62mph takes just 4.3 seconds.

ANALYSIS - The future models of Geely & Volvo's Lynk & Co

9 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company, owner of Volvo Car Corporation, is also the parent firm of Geely Auto. The future vehicles to be rolled out by both these divisions will be examined in a new editorial series. The first of three features, however, concerns Geely's forthcoming Lynk & Co brand.

2017 Geneva motor show - world debuts list

8 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

All the world premieres from the 2017 Geneva motor show are listed below. The most important models this year were the Range Rover Velar, Kia Picanto, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Opel Crossland X & Insignia, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, SEAT Ibiza, Subaru XV, Volkswagen Arteon and Volvo XC60.

South Korean domestic sales rise in February

6 Mar 2017 | Staff reporter

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers increased by 8.1% to 106,210 units in February, from 110,616 units in the same month of last year, according to preliminary data released individually by the country’s vehicle manufacturers.

US light vehicle sales drift lower in February

2 Mar 2017 | Bill Cawthon

US light vehicle deliveries edged down again in February but, while the market is softening, the industry seems to be looking at a rather gentle landing.

Will diesel concerns slow UK CO2 emissions reduction?

2 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The UK automotive industry has once again beaten CO2 targets, with average new car emissions down for the 19th consecutive year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), but the automakers' lobby group is now saying a vendetta on diesels could slow progress.

Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus close on strategic alliance

1 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Navistar International Corporation said it had closed on its, previously announced, wide-ranging strategic alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus which includes an equity investment in Navistar by the German company and framework agreements for a procurement joint venture and strategic technology and supply collaboration.

How long will global automakers prop up loss-making Brazil subsidiaries?

27 Feb 2017 | Fernando Calmon

There was once euphoria in the Brazilian automotive market. Following the 2008/2009 financial crisis, the Lehman Brothers bank bankruptcy and the chain reaction that spread worldwide, auto companies settled here coincidentally commenced to profit enormously. And the order of the day became rescuing indebted parent companies, especially General Motors (at the time in Chapter 11 proceedings), Ford and Fiat.

Toronto motor show - world debuts list

17 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

There were just two world premieres at the 2017 Canadian International Auto show.

China, India and Europe boost global car sales 5.6%

10 Feb 2017 | Graeme Roberts

JATO Dynamics' analysis of 52 markets found that 84.24m units were sold in 2016, which was driven by increased demand in China, India and Europe. China saw double-digit growth in sales, while demand in the US remained stable. Global demand for SUVs continued, with significant sales increases in the segment across South East Asia, Europe and China.

2017 Chicago motor show - world debuts

10 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

FCA US, Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor America, Nissan North America and Subaru of America all had vehicle world premieres at the 2017 Chicago auto show.

Jaguar sales surge 76% due to F-PACE and XF

7 Feb 2017 | Glenn Brooks

January was yet another excellent month in the UK for Jaguar, its sales rise of 20 per cent outpacing the market's 11 per per cent gain. Much of the additional volume is coming from the F-PACE, yet the brand's two youngest saloons are also doing well. The larger of those, the XF, has had some updates for model year 2017 and an estate will be added for MY2018.

ANALYSIS - New safety tech for 2017 Volvo S90

31 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The S90 has only been in production for 10 months but already there is an updated version, with additional safety equipment and new powertrains.

ANALYSIS: How global will FCA go with Fiat Tipo?

27 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

One year on from the start of production in Turkey, Fiat’s low-cost replacement for the Bravo is selling well, especially in Italy and even in Mexico where it has Dodge Neon badges. Will this become a global model for China and Brazil too?

SUVs take one in four 2016 Europe sales

20 Jan 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The European car industry boomed in 2016 - with new car registrations for the year totalling 15.14m units, a 6.5% increase compared to 2015 and SUVs achieving a solid performance.

Mini goes after Qashqai with new F60 Countryman

18 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A second Mini model in the C segment goes on sale in Britain and other European nations from February. The new, bigger Countryman leaves the B-C size class, there is no successor for the Paceman and all build this time is by VDL in the Netherlands instead of by Magna Steyr in Austria.

EXCLUSIVE - Kia B-SUV to be called Stonic

13 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

According to a trademark filing, 'Stonic' will be the name of a new Kia model. It is believed that this will be applied to the YB-SUV due out later in 2017.

Brussels motor show - Jaguar F-TYPE & Skoda Octavia debuts

13 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2017 Brussels motor show has taken place, with the facelifted Jaguar F-TYPE the main debutante.

Seoul court jails Volkswagen Korea manager

6 Jan 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A court in Seoul has handed down a custodial sentence for a manager employed by Audi Volkswagen Korea. The employee has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison for forging data concerning the emissions and noise levels of imported cars.

Here to stay: car2go Europe's assumptions on the future of car sharing

14 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Around eight years after a pilot project began in the German city of Ulm, around 14,000 cars belonging to sharing pioneer car2go are now in use in other cities such as Berlin, New York and Chongqing.

New Continental AdBlue dosing system shines in tests

8 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Continental has introduced a new AdBlue dosing system for diesel engines fitted with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) technology for exhaust gas after treatment and said the system performed particularly well in recent independent tests.

Toyota's approach to developing environmental technologies

6 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

As fuel consumption regulations continue to strengthen in various countries, and as many automobile manufacturers advance their commercialisation of electric-powered vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids (PHVs) and electric vehicles (EVs), Toyota is working to further evolve conventional fossil-fuel-powered engines and transmissions. The reason, the automaker says: "To steadily promote reduction in CO2 emissions".

Toyota's new TNGA based engines and transmissions

6 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation, now rolling out new vehicles - the fourth generation Prius hybrid and C-HR compact crossover - on its Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), announced it had developed advanced engines and transmissions and further evolved its hybrid systems and plans to use these new powertrain units in a "rapidly broadening range of vehicle models", starting in 2017.

Mercedes-Benz: Artificial intelligence – is there a human-centred approach?

5 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

How is artificial intelligence (AI) influencing tomorrow's mobility? How can we use its ideas today? How intelligent will the car of the future be? And above all: what role will people play in this? These were the central questions discussed by Mercedes-Benz experts at the fourth Future Talk in Berlin in dialogue with scientists, engineers and journalists.

C-HR second to get new Toyota TNGA platform

1 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The new C-HR compact crossover, now being rolled out in markets world-wide, is the second model to be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform after the fourth generation Prius, now being rolled out in PHEV form following its earlier debut as a conventional hybrid.

Nissan reveals impact of autonomous vehicles on European economy

1 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The real financial and social impact of autonomous driving vehicles on European roads has been revealed for the first time, Nissan Motor claimed, as it unveiled what it claims is "one of the most comprehensive studies ever compiled on the subject".

Toyota launches smartphone navigation app with disaster assistance feature

1 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the launch, in Japan, of its TC Smartphone Navigation app which will include aerial photographs of disaster areas in the route history map display in the case of large-scale disasters such as the earthquakes and tsunamis which regularly strike the country.

Toyota president to head EV division

30 Nov 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor has appointed its president to head the newly formed electric car division, a move that reinforces its recent commitment to develop a technology its has been slow to embrace.

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