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Looking at Lexus - the week

20 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Our second feature in a series looking at future models of brands under the Toyota Motor Corporation umbrella was all about Lexus and went down a treat with readers.


ANALYSIS - The future models Toyota is planning for Lexus

18 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The second feature in a series which looks at the future models of brands under the Toyota Motor Corporation umbrella is all about Lexus.


Kia's 'hedgehog' B-SUV makes its UK debut

17 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

So, someone asked someone from Kia: "Where did the name Stonic come from?" Before the official answer, came the media comedian: "Stonic the hedgehog." Official answer: "It's a made-up name." Hence I will never look at a Stonic again without thinking 'hedgehog' but it would not be a bad nickname for a cute little car that is Kia's first lob into the growing B-SUV segment.


ANALYSIS - Civic Type R leads export boom for Honda UK

16 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It's fast, high-priced and not exactly subtle in appearance. Honda is hoping that the Type R version of its built-in-England Civic five-door will be shocking enough to change how people across Europe mainly see the brand - a maker of ultra-reliable cars for the elderly.


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Q&A with Daimler's Ola Källenius on electrification

11 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ola Källenius, Daimler board member responsible for Group Research at Daimler outlines the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy.


FRANKFURT - PSA's Tavares sees need to raise Opel efficiency

12 September 2017 | Chris Wright

In an interview with just-auto at the Frankfurt Motor Show, PSA chief Carlos Tavares warns of productivity gaps across the Opel manufacturing network that will require work to bring plants into line with PSA efficiency levels. He also says the company is planning several post-Brexit scenarios in the absence of any guidance from the UK government and European Commission.

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Daimler Q3 profit down despite record car sales

20 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Record sales of Mercedes-Benz cars and commercial vehicles in the third quarter were not enough to prevent a slip of 16.8% to net profit (third quarter EBIT was down by 14% on last year). The company's bottom line was dented by diesel engine emissions recall costs.


Citroen shoots for 33% volume growth by 2020

20 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA's Citroen brand is aiming to boost its annual volume by a third by 2020, led by a product offensive in the B- and C-Segments and a focus on the European and Chinese markets.


Nissan suspends car production for Japan over final checks

20 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor announced last night it would suspend vehicle production for the Japanese market at all Nissan and Nissan Shatai plants in Japan.


YFAI Trencín to secure benchmark certification

20 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors' (YFAI) says its Trencín Technical Centre in Slovakia is due to receive common European benchmark certification within weeks as it looks to capitalise on testing capabilities.


Toyoda Gosei’s new Lexus steering wheel senses grip

20 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei has developed Japan’s first steering wheel with a grip sensor, which is compatible with todays advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and used in the new Lexus LS.


2017 GUANGZHOU SHOW - more world debuts

20 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

AutoGuangzhou will host a variety of concept and production model world debuts. So far, it is known that Jaguar, SGMW and Borgward will be revealing cars at the show. The press preview day is Friday 17 November.


LA AUTO SHOW - Audi A7 world debut

20 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Another world premiere for next month's LA auto show has been named: the second generation Audi A7 Sportback.


Volvo Group sales and income rise as new Mack launched

20 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Group Q3 2017 net sales increased 12% to SEK77.2bn (SEK68.8bn a year ago).


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz breaks ground for remanufacturing plant in China

20 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mercedes-Benz Parts Manufacturing and Services (MBPM) held a ground breaking ceremony for its factory in the Shanghai Lingang Area as Mercedes-Benz’s first remanufacturing site outside...


just-auto Plus only Eberspaecher expanding PTC ceramics production/development capacities

20 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In order to meet the rising demand for PTC ceramics, Eberspaecher catem GmbH is expanding its production and development capacities. To that end, the company has acquired an approximately three...


AGC Kiriko glasswork used on Lexus LS door trim

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

AGC Asahi Glass said its Kiriko glasswork has been chosen by Toyota Motor Corporation for the new Lexus LS interior.


Nissan to show Paramedic and e-NV200 fridge concepts at Tokyo show

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan will unveil two new fully customised vehicles at the Tokyo show to improve city mobility: the new Paramedic Concept and the all electric e-NV200 Fridge Concept.


Ford opens London smart mobility office

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford president and CEO Jim Hackett has opened the company's Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London which will target the near term development of smart mobility technologies while focusing on the specific requirements of European cities.


Mitsubishi plans Dutch vehicle to grid pilot

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the implementation of a vehicle to grid (V2G) pilot in the Netherlands with the first charge point already being used with Outlander PHEV vehicle storage batteries.


Toyoda Gosei develops new glass runs for quieter Lexus

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei has developed glass runs with a new structure that will contribute to both achieving a more stylish appearance and quieter vehicle cabins. This product is used on the new Lexus LS. 


Tokyo show: Nissan to reveal concept ambulance, 'chiller' e-van

19 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The Tokyo motor show includes commercial vehicles and Nissan will unveil two new fully customised vehicles aimed to improve city mobility: the new Paramedic Concept and the all electric e-NV200 Fridge Concept. The Paramedic Concept, based on the NV350 van, will be the automaker's fifth generation ambulance while the e-NV200 Fridge Concept is a van that can deliver chilled foods in urban environments, where large delivery trucks are often prevented from stopping.


Skoda marks 70 years of car production at Kvasiny plant

19 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Skoda is marking 70 years of car production in Kvasiny where around 8,000 employees produce 1,000 cars each day.


Mitsubishi Motors announces new Drive for Growth three year plan

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors on Wednesday launched Drive for Growth, a three year strategic plan it said would deliver sustained and profitable growth, targeting an increase of more than 30% in both annual unit sales to 1.3m vehicles and in revenues to JPY2.5 trillion.


Magna to build paint shop in Slovenia

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Due to full capacity at its contract manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria, Magna will build a second paint shop 75km away in Maribor/Hoce, Slovenia.


Toyota launches Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell concept vehicle

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has launched the Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell vehicle (FCV) concept that envisions mobility in a low carbon society with advanced use of hydrogen and renewable energy. The concept proposes "a new form of the premium saloon" by employing a flexible layout unique to electric powered vehicles and a large amount of available electric power using hydrogen as an energy source.



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