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New Crossland X and future Opel-Vaushall SUVs

23 August 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?

ANALYSIS - Future Ford cars and minivans

22 August 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.

Interior design and technology - BMW 5 Series

22 August 2017 | Matthew Beecham

When the first 5 Series was launched, way back in 1972, it heralded the introduction of a naming system for BMW model designations that are still in use today. The BMW 520 was the successor to the BMW 2000 Neue Klasse model. Since then, the range has sold some 7.6 million models worldwide. Launched in the UK earlier this year, the latest and seventh-generation 5 Series model is even more high-tech, efficient and accommodating. A staple of the executive car class, this popular model competes against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E Class, Audi A6 and Volvo S90. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look at the latest incarnation of the 5 Series.

IAA world debuts - BMW M5 and AMG Project ONE

22 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has revealed details of the next M5 ahead of the car's public debut at the IAA. Also, Daimler has announced details of world premieres for its Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, smart and EQ brands.

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14 June 2017 | Chris Wright

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.

AvtoVAZ CEO Nicolas Maure looks to build on uptick

7 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian giant, AvtoVAZ  recently unveiled sales figures which appear to bear out the slightly more optimistic tone struck by the AEB after four years of unrelenting market falls. The market is undoubtedly beset by challenges almost unknown anywhere else as a combination of international economic sanctions and a reliance on commodities have a correlation on consumer behaviour, but a stabilising ruble and exchange rate may see business pick up.

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UK July manufacturing powers back as plates change

24 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

UK car manufacturing has rebounded after several months of decline to record July output rising 7.8% ahead of the September number plate change.

Lear to build new seat factory in Michigan

24 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Lear has confirmed plans to construct a new seat manufacturing facility in Flint, Michigan at the former site of the Buick City administration building, eventually creating 600 jobs.

T-Roc sees VW enter Qashqai class at long last

23 August 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.

Ferrari Portofino will replace California T

23 August 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.

NEVS secures US$108m cash injection

23 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

NEVS is to receive a cash injection of US$108m from Beijing Zhenghuon Technology into its joint venture in Tianjin, China, although it remains unclear what precisely this means for the ownership structure of the Swedish mobility company.

Alta Devices developing solar roof for Audi EVs

23 August 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.

Hyundai Santa Cruz pick-up will be built

23 August 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 plan to expand car plant approved

23 August 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 August 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.

Thai sales rise 7.5% in Jul

23 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Thailand’s new vehicle market expanded 7.5% year-on- year to 65,178 units in July, compared to 60,635 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries.

Car2go Montreal features Mercedes CLA and GLAs

23 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Car2go says its 50,000-plus Montreal members are now able to use all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA four-door five passenger vehicles.

Ford invests US$52m in extra Turkey capacity

23 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Ford is to plough US$52m into increased production capacity for Transit, Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom models in Turkey to satisfy growing customer demand in Europe.

just-auto Plus only LG to establish EV components factory in Michigan

23 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

LG Electronics announced plans to establish a US factory for advanced electric vehicle (EV) components in Michigan. The 250,000-sq ft facility, in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park, Michigan will...

Ford UK introduces scrappage incentive

22 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

In what it says is an initiative to drive air quality improvement across Britain, Ford UK is introducing a scrappage scheme for pre-2010 registered vehicles that applies to all makes and can get customers up to GBP7,000 off new Fords.

Russia sales rebound gives GAZ cautious cheer

22 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russian Machines is optimistic the nascent signs of recovery witnessed recently in the country will translate into sustainable sales as consumers start to spend modestly again.

Ford signs MOU for new line of EVs in China

22 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ford has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., Ltd., a major manufacturer of all-electric vehicles in China.

Ford opposes Lynk & Co trademark application

22 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Ford Motor Company has complained to the US Patent and Trademark Office about Chinese automaker Geely Holdings’ application to register the Lynk & Co brand in the USA, according to reports in China citing US sources.

Proterra electric buses for Raleigh Airport

22 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) Authority has approved the purchase of four Proterra Catalyst E2 zero-emissions battery-electric transit buses and related charging infrastructure. 

just-auto Plus only Nissan expands its Midnight Edition lineup

22 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

As the midday sky went dark over Middle Tennessee during the total solar eclipse, Nissan rolled out three new additions to its popular and hot selling portfolio of custom Midnight Edition models:...

FCA denies Great Wall approach for its business

21 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) has denied that it has been approached by Great Wall as rumours continue to swirl over Chinese OEMs interested in acquiring all or part of its automotive operations.

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