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.


Nissan reboots Micra with Mercedes-Alliance engine

20 Aug 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Why isn't Nissan Europe a more powerful force in small cars? Intense competition in the Qashqai segment and the surrendering of the B-SUV class to every other brand as the Juke has grown ever older are the reasons for the current woes. Yet none of that should be affecting the performance of the Micra. It's a cracking little car and deserves to be more popular.


CASE trends update - Aptiv's 'smart achitecture'

31 Jul 2019 | Dave Leggett

Technological developments are moving rapidly among suppliers in the field of CASE megatrends. In this snapshot, we take a look at Aptiv's 'smart architecture' approach to the needs of future autonomous vehicles.


4D printing and the rise of smart materials

24 Jul 2019 | Dave Leggett

Imagine if your favourite pair of jeans could last forever, thanks to self-repairing polymer chains in the fabric. Further, imagine a vehicle interior configuring to a customised layout and shape you have specified.


Can new owner fix ailing Qoros with fresh models?

23 Apr 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Last year was a trying one for Qoros with only 64,200 cars delivered to buyers in China, the brand's largest market. The first quarter has been far, far worse, with wholesale deliveries amounting to a mere 824 vehicles. There has been a cash infusion from the new owner but clearly, new models are an urgent requirement.


Mercedes-Benz Cars outlines future procurement strategy

10 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz Cars says it is taking the next step in the implementation of the CASE strategy and is making its supplier network 'even more international'. It is also using Blockchain technology for greater supply chain transparency and to reinforce sustainability aims.


India's quiet achiever - the rapid rise of Mahindra

18 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The battle for third place in the Indian market for passenger vehicles is hotting up, with both rivals drawing on foreign subsidiaries to expand their ranges. Tata is well placed to attack the country's traditional number three brand from later in 2019 as new models come on line. For now though, Mahindra is pulling ahead thanks to ever more Ssangyong-derived SUVs.


Model Y is revealed - but what will Tesla do next?

15 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Following the presentation of the long-awaited Model Y, now is the perfect time to have a look at what Tesla Incorporated might be planning next.


Management briefing - 2019 Geneva motor show overview

6 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

There were more surprises at this year's Geneva motor show than has been the case with previous events. For brands such as Alfa Romeo and Fiat, that worked a treat with the Tonale and Centoventi concepts having a high level of media coverage. We also learned a great deal about these and other makes' future vehicle plans, highlights of which are noted below.


FCA looks to the future - where next for Jeep?

4 Mar 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Each of the world's most successful and well known 4x4 model lines had humble beginnings. What is interesting is that of Jeep, Land Rover, Range Rover, Land Cruiser, G-Class and Haval, only three are brands.


Management briefing - 2019 Geneva motor show preview

27 Feb 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen won't be revealing the Mark VIII Golf at this week's Geneva motor show, which is great news for Renault, which can garner much publicity for the new edition of Europe's second best selling vehicle.


Audi future EVs - should Elon fear e-tron?

22 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The first in two features which cover what Audi is up to worldwide looked at the division's current and next generation cars. The second of the two now turns not only to what's ahead to fill out the Q1 to Q9 range of SUVs but also examines the strategy for expanding the line of e-tron electrified vehicles.


25 years on comes the fifth generation Toyota RAV4

18 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

It seems hard to believe Toyota's RAV4 is 25 years old and entering its fifth generation. Seems only a few years ago I had my first go in the little three-door launch model with its cheeky look a larger Toyota iteration of Suzuki's Vitara, a two-litre petrol engine, side opening rear door and tailgate mounted spare wheel.


Review of 2018 - Part 2

23 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

2018 was quite the year and threw up one or two surprises in the automotive business. Editor Dave Leggett's personal review picks out some highlights as seen through the prism of just-auto's industry coverage.


Review of 2018 - Part 1

20 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

2018 was quite the year and threw up one or two surprises in the automotive business. Editor Dave Leggett's personal review picks out some highlights as seen through the prism of just-auto's industry coverage.


COMMENT - The uncertain road  to driverless delivery

11 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

Autonomous vehicles are increasingly seen as at the heart of a radically different future landscape for transport solutions in the world’s major urban areas. But don't believe all the hype, says Dave Leggett


Global automotive market report - Q3 2018

20 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

There were signs of global vehicle market weakness in the third quarter and stock market volatility suggests investors have become more nervous as 2018 has progressed. Dave Leggett assesses the state of the global vehicle market.


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.


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.


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.


Global automotive market report - Q2 2018

8 Aug 2018 | Dave Leggett

The global automotive market is continuing to grow, according to analysis carried out by just-auto. However, demand in key markets is easing as concerns rise over the outlook. Dave Leggett provides a commentary.


COMMENT - Be ready for no-deal Brexit scenarios

4 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

In the global scheme of things, Brexit may look like something of a local issue for Europe.


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.


COMMENT - OEMs explore bundled services and cars on subscription

12 Jun 2018 | Dave Leggett

There is more than one way to skin a cat. As proverbs go I feel it's a slightly brutal one. Maybe 'more than one way to prepare a meal using eggs' is kinder to cats, if a little less catchy. Anyway, you get the drift. That old maxim springs to mind when looking at some of the latest schemes automakers are devising to get you behind the wheel of their vehicles and paying for the privilege.


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.


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).


BMW and Daimler see common new mobility cause - COMMENT

4 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

We live in interesting times in the automotive business, for sure. Everyone is talking about driverless cars, connected cars, electric cars and the emergence of the 'sharing economy'. But we don't quite know how these things will actually play out, how much disruption is really ahead.


Investors beware, EVs are a slow train coming - COMMENT

19 Feb 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tesla is a fascinating company to watch. It's a start-up (not exactly new though), is still losing money, but is making cars that serve a segment of the market set for major growth - battery electric vehicles. There is much to admire about Elon Musk's vision and execution, but let's not get too carried away.


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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