25 September Nikola CEO: “The hydrogen highway is on its way”
Steve Girksy gave delivery updates on hydrogen fuel cell trucks. Iveco-owned Nikola is attracting some attention.
20 November UAW members ratify Detroit Three deal
The UAW strikes as part of contract renewals at the Detroit 3 in the US (and Unifor in Canada) were closely followed by Just Auto readers. In the end, there was an agreement – widely seen as a victory for the UAW and its tactic of rolling strikes. Naturally, there was some drama along the way.
14 February Future Ford EVs – what’s coming when?
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Future product articles always do well for traffic on Just Auto. A special on Ford? Focused on EVs? Yes, that was always hitting something of a sweet-spot and bound to do well for clicks.
27 February EV powered by sodium ion battery shown in China
Sodium ion is emerging as a key battery technology with significant cost, safety and sustainability benefits.
23 November Born to (out)run – Cupra leaves SEAT standing
One of our favourite headlines of 2023, drawing attention to the apparent success of the Cupra brand. The bold move from Seat to spawn Cupra seems to have paid off, illustrated by the success of the Born EV.
Mitsubishi Motors Europe said it would follow up the new generation ASX and the redesigned Colt due in autumn 2023 with the flagship Outlander in 2024. The Outlander PHEV is already on sale in North America as a 2023 model and the EU version “reconfirms the brand’s commitment to the reference European region, and will further expand its offering in core segments with electrified models”, MME said in a statement.
Toyota in the US opened a new flexible engine line at its Kentucky plant. The flex line, a US$145m previously announced investment, can now produce three different engine types simultaneously on one line, making Kentucky the only Toyota plant in North America with this capability.
SAIC’s MG brand introduces an updated model of its flagship and best-selling SUV, MG HS, with upgrades enhancing driver experience and safety. 2023 is a good year for the brand in Europe. Top national market for MG in the region? The UK, by a country mile, of course. A tad ironic, perhaps, given the long heritage of the MG brand and the controversial ‘lift and shift’ of Longbridge tooling to China – along with rights to the brand – in the 2000s .
China’s leading new energy vehicle (NEV) manufacturer BYD Auto began construction of a new right hand drive vehicle plant in Thailand, as its expands manufacturing in southeast Asia into a key vehicle producing and exporting country.
29 August Geneva heads to Doha
Geneva Motor Show organisers may puff up Doha for now, but GIMS is planned to be back in Geneva in 2024. (Fingers crossed that it attracts sufficient exhibitor interest.) Doha did well, though.