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.


Tata's future model strategy

18 Oct 2018 | Mike Vousden

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


SAIC future models - the rise of Roewe

9 Oct 2018 | Glenn Brooks

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


GM future vehicles - Cadillac

21 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

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


GM future vehicles - electrifying Buick

17 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

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


Chevrolet future models - part 2 of 2

14 Sep 2018 | Glenn Brooks

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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".


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 - 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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 - 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.


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 - 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.


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 - 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.


ANALYSIS - Toyota architectures and future models Part 1

26 Oct 2017 | Glenn Brooks

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


ANALYSIS - 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 - 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 - 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.


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.


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".


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.



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