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.


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.


Tokyo show debuts: MMC e-Evolution concept

20 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Mitsubishi Motors is the first manufacturer to announce a world premiere for the Tokyo motor show.


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.


LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW - Genesis G70 world debut

15 Sep 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first debut for the 2017 LA auto show has been announced by Hyundai Motor. The Genesis G70, images and details of which have just been announced, will make its motor show premiere at the event.


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.


ANALYSIS - Jaguar F-TYPE SVR

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 - 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 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 - 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 | Tony Pugliese

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 | Tony Pugliese

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 | Tony Pugliese

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 | Tony Pugliese

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 | Tony Pugliese

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 | Tony Pugliese

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 | Tony Pugliese

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 | Tony Pugliese

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 | Tony Pugliese

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 | Tony Pugliese

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 installment 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 | Tony Pugliese

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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