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Volvo first to WLTP - the week

25 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars' claim it was the first car manufacturer in the UK to homologate its entire model range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) was the most-read story on just-auto this week. Timely, as we have been scrutinising WLTP in two special, analysis articles: What does the WLTP mean for the automotive industry? and WLTP prompts responses from carmakers.

ANALYSIS - Future models for Nissan

25 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Nissan is the eighth brand to be looked at as part of a series which examines the major current and future models of Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor divisions. The first two were Alpine and Renault, followed by Dacia, Lada, Samsung, Datsun and Venucia. Features on the remaining two makes - Infiniti and Mitsubishi - will be published soon.

WLTP prompts responses from carmakers - ANALYSIS

24 May 2018 | Mike Vousden

From September 2018, all new cars registered in Europe, India, South Korea and Japan will have to report their official fuel economy and CO2 figures according to the WLTP – the Worldwide harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. In Europe, this replaces the outdated NEDC test (New European Driving Cycle) introduced in the '80s and aims to better reflect the real-world consumption and emissions performance of new cars. In the second part of this two-part article, we take a closer look at the industry's response to the new testing regime.

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.

Latest interviews

INTERVIEW - Ford Europe boss promotes safe cycling

25 May 2018 | Chris Wright

Steven Armstrong might be a car company chief but he thinks nothing of riding his bike for 300kms or 400kms around Europe or 1,000kms over the Andes in South America.

VW’s vision of car interiors – a mobile living space without a steering wheel

14 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

In today’s car interior, space in front of the wheel remains a priority with the explosion of added content and features. In tomorrow’s self-driving car, space behind will be transformed into a comfortably designed control and entertainment centre. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with OEMs, we spoke to Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design Volkswagen Brand to learn more about I.D. VIZZION, consumers’ desire for individuality, new mobility concepts and the implications for automotive interiors.

Latest news

SPIEF 18 - VW Rus urges Moscow continue illicit trade fight

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's Russia Group says the country itself does not have an issue when it comes to producing fake goods, but is urging the government to continue to tackle illicit manufacturing being brought in from abroad.

SPIEF 18 - Russia at start of electric road - Renault

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's startling paucity of electric vehicles means it is at the very start of its alternative fuel journey says the country's Renault operation, although government Ministers underline the country "is not California."

Glover replaces Hicks as MD of JLR UK

25 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

As part of what is described as 'a major restructure of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) global Marketing, Sales, Service and Public Relations functions', Rawdon Glover is to be the new JLR UK Managing Director, replacing Jeremy Hicks.

PSA takes another step in digital transition with new digital factory

25 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA says it is stepping up its digital transformation with the creation of the 'Digital Factory'. This new facility brings resources and skills together in one place to support the operational departments in their digital transformation.

Volvo expands XC40 production at Ghent and Luqiao plants

25 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars said it had received almost 80,000 orders for the new XC40 small SUV and was expanding production in Europe and China to meet demand.

Mitsubishi Indonesia begins Xpander exports to Philippines

25 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Mitsubishi Motors began exporting the Mitsubishi Xpander compact MPV from Indonesia to the Philippines this month after its successful launch at the Manila International Auto Show in April.

Work begins on BMW Leipzig extension

24 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW says it is to invest more than EUR300m in its Leipzig plant to extend and update the body and paint shops, assembly and logistics. It also says comprehensive work is under way, laying the foundation for continued growth and the production of future models in Leipzig.

Toyota ramps up plans for hydrogen fuel-cells

24 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is planning a ten-fold increase to production volumes of fuel-cell stacks and hydrogen tanks post-2020.

Apple does driverless vehicles deal with VW - report

24 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tech giant Apple has reportedly signed a deal with Volkswagen to adapt some of its T6 Transporter vans into driverless shuttles.

New Kia Sportage fitted with 48V diesel mild-hybrid system

23 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Kia Motors says its new Kia Sportage, to be launched later this year in Europe, will be the brand's first to equipped with a new 'EcoDynamics+' 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain.

VW Group continues to gain market share in Europe

23 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

European car market leader Volkswagen Group is continuing to gain share in the European car market according to April registrations data released by JATO Dynamics. The gains come in spite of 'dieselgate' reputation fallout.

BYD Europe holds first supplier conference

23 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

BYD says its European unit has held its first ever supplier conference at a plant in Hungary. The Chinese (Shenzhen-based) OEM is focused on the electric bus market around the world and is looking to build more buses in Europe.

Groupe PSA and Nidec establish electric traction motor JV

23 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA and Nidec have formed a joint venture dedicated to the design, development, manufacture and sale of electric traction motors.

Hyundai cancels Mobis-Glovis restructuring plan

23 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Hyundai Motor made a major U-turn on its publicly announced restructuring plan this week after seeing the market's reaction to its plans and after consulting with major shareholders.

Tesla lowers China prices after tariff cut announcement

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla was reported to have slashed up to US$14,000 off its Model X in China after Beijing announced major tariff cuts for imported cars.

Consumer groups ask US agency to probe Tesla Autopilot ads

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Two US consumer advocacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate what they called Tesla's "deceptive and misleading" use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving technology, a news agency reported.

Tesla still has $35,000 Model 3 on hold - report

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is adding two top specification versions of the Model 3, suggesting those waiting for a 'base' version may be kept waiting for some time.

Lexus shuffles US exec deck

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

David Christ has been named to succeed Jeff Bracken as Lexus group vice president and general manager, overseeing all aspects of US Lexus automotive operations, including sales, marketing, customer service and dealer operations.

Volvo UK links with Amazon for test drive bookings

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Potential buyers in the UK can now book test drives through Amazon thanks to a collaboration between Prime Now, the online retailer's ultra-fast delivery service and Volvo Car UK.

Mercedes retrofit teaches old(er) cars new tricks

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Owners of older Mercedes-Benz models can now access a range of digital services through the Mercedes me Adapter app, on either a smartphone or online, thanks to an adapter offered through dealers. In the UK, for a limited time, both the adapter – and the cost of fitting it – are free.

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