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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.

ANALYSIS - Daihatsu architectures and future models

10 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In this first part of what Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) divisions are planning, the focus is on Daihatsu Motor Company. It will be followed by a look at the current and future models of the Toyota brand, and in the final instalment, Lexus.

ANALYSIS - Changan architectures and future models

3 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The parent company has been trading for 155 years, so Changan knows a thing or two about being successful in business. The automotive division has this year fallen prey to the ongoing surge in sales by Geely's Emgrand brand in China, recently losing its fifth place in that market. However, having sold 662,620 passenger vehicles so far in 2017, it is far from failing, especially as Changan remains ahead of the Nissan, Baojun, Haval and Ford brands.

Competition heats up in the global EV battery market - ANALYSIS

2 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Governments in Europe and Asia this year have announced ambitious medium- and long-term sales targets and quotas for zero-emission vehicles, as they look to move away from polluting, fossil-fuel burning vehicles.

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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.

Valeo on the industry's increasing electrification

18 September 2017 | Calum MacRae

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA Calum MacRae met with Michel Forissier, R&D director of Valeo's powertrain systems business group to discuss all things powertrain, particularly the increasing electrification of the global industry.

Latest news

Tesla retrofitting charging network and models for China

19 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tesla is reportedly planning to modify its models sold in China and its charging network there in order to boost sales.

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.

Chinese EV sales surge in September

19 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Sales of electric vehicle (EVs) in China jumped by 80% year on year to 77,000 units in September, according to a report released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

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.

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.

Magna forms e-powertrain joint venture in China

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Magna has entered into a joint-venture agreement with Huayu Automotive Systems, a subsidiary of SAIC Motor, initially to produce an electric drive powertrain system for a German automaker.

Volvo Cars spending to launch Polestar

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars and owner Geely Holding said they would jointly spend RMB5bn (EUR640m, US$752m) to support the initial phase of Polestar's product, brand and industrial development.

Volvo shows Polestar 1 hybrid coupe

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, has revealed its future as a standalone electrified performance brand. Polestar confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focussed route to market that will set a new industry benchmark for performance vehicles.

CES 2018 - First world debuts announced

17 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will host multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres. Fisker, Future Mobility Corporation, Hyundai and Rinspeed have announced their debuts.

Cummins to acquire Brammo

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Cummins has announced that it is acquiring the assets of Brammo, which designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications.

just-auto Plus only NXP introduces new auto processing platform

17 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NXP Semiconductors the world's largest supplier of automotive semiconductors, has announced an all new control and compute concept for connected, electric and autonomous cars. The NXP S32...

BMW electrified sales up 50.5% in September

16 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW Group sales of electrified vehicles in the first three quarters of 2017 have exceeded those achieved in the whole of 2016; in September, electrified sales topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in a single month. With the company’s electrified line-up already totalling nine models, a total of 10,786 (+50.5%) BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were delivered in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,687 (+64.2%).

just-auto Plus only Volvo Buses launching new Volvo 7900 Electric

16 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volvo Buses is now launching a new version of its all-electric bus, the Volvo 7900 Electric. With significantly extended range and more charging options, the new Volvo 7900 Electric offers bus...

KS Gleitlager launches new polymer bearings for mild hybrids

13 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

KS Gleitlager GmbH says it has ilaunched a new generation of polymer bearings specifically engineered for mild hybrids with stop-start functions.

GM appoints Global Electric Vehicle Programmes VP

13 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

General Motors has appointed Pamela Fletcher, who launched the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the newly-created position of vice president, Global Electric Vehicle Programmes

SsangYong developing an electric SUV

12 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A plug-in version of C300, the next SsangYong Korando, is under development, just-auto.com has learned. The new EV will be sold worldwide and is on schedule for release in 2019.

LG Chem plans 100K pa EV battery plant in Poland

12 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

LG Chem has confirmed it will start construction of an Electric Vehicle (EV) battery plant in Wroclaw, Poland.

VW plans electric truck and bus spending

11 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen will spend EUR1.4bn (US$1.7bn) on new technology including electric trucks and buses by 2022, its trucks chief Andreas Renschler said.

Renault takes 25% stake in EV specialist Jedlix

11 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Groupe Renault is acquiring a 25% share in Jedlix, a Dutch start-up launched by Eneco Group and specialised in electric vehicle charging.

just-auto Plus only VW/JAC joint venture accelerates

11 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

From the industry people’s point of view, there are three key words in the cooperation between JAC and Volkswagen, which is new energy, complementary equivalence, and win-win creation. They...

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