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Public world debut for SEAT Tarraco at Paris show

23 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The public world premiere of the SEAT Tarraco will take place at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile a few weeks after the SUV is revealed to the media.

Chengdu motor show world debuts list - the just-auto preview

20 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Every year the Chengdu motor show seems to grow in importance. The 2018 event is no exception. Below is an initial list of vehicle world premieres, with many more to be added during the coming weeks.

ANALYSIS - Mercedes-Benz Vans' electric future

18 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

OEMs are increasingly tasking their light commercial divisions with responsibility for certain passenger models too. Mercedes-Benz Vans is no exception, with the V-Class and X-Class being two of the better known model lines. The Vito though, is a bigger seller than either, with the premium pricing of multi-occupant luxury variants and new electric LCV versions greatly assisting the rising profits of the Vans division.

Monterey Week debuts list - Bentley Mulsanne W.O.

12 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Monterey Automotive Week, including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, will take place on California's Monterey Peninsula in August. There will be various concept and new model world premieres, including a special edition of the Mulsanne as a way to generate fresh interest in this almost decade-old car.

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GENEVA INTERVIEW - Nissan Europe SVP of sales and marketing Ken Ramirez

12 March 2018 | Mike Vousden

Ken Ramirez is Nissan Europe's recently appointed senior vice president sales and marketing. We caught up with him at the 2018 Geneva show to talk about the cars on display and the brand's plans for an electrified future.

Pitch perfect - Harman hits the right note on EVs

12 March 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Electric vehicles are quiet. Too quiet, say legislators, thereby posing a risk to pedestrians and cyclists. So new legislation is swinging into force next year mandating all hybrid and EVs to generate a certain level of noise when travelling electric at low speeds. We discuss the implications of these new sound regulations and the opportunities they present to OEMs with Harman’s Rajus Augustine, Global Director of Business Development for HALOsonic - Harman’s suite of active noise management technologies.

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Jaguar Land Rover does Europe recharger deal with Plugsurfing

23 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover announced it had done a deal with Plugsurfing to supply a "premium charging service for its electric vehicles in selected markets in Europe".

Kia Niro EV with 280 miles range on sale in Korea

20 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Kia says its new fully electric Niro - with a claimed range of 280 miles on single charge - has now gone on sale in its home market. The car gets its European debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, with European sales to commence at the end of this year.

just-auto Plus only Nissan gets sporty with launch of Leaf Nismo

20 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Nissan Leaf Nismo will go on sale 31 July in Japan - combining, for the first time, the excitement and advanced technologies of the world's best-selling electric car with the sporty image...

just-auto Plus only BMW Brilliance Automotive extends its strategic cooperation with CATL

20 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) and Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Beijing to further extend their long-standing partnership in China. With the...

Pure EVs "final destination" for industry - Renault

19 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault says pure EV vehicles will represent the "final destination" of the automotive industry as the sector continues to power ahead at around 50% per year growth of the market, although the manufacturer cautions on price.

Honda launching Clarity PHEV in Japan

19 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor will begin sales of the Clarity PHEV, a new plug-in hybrid variant, on 20 July at dealerships in Japan.

just-auto Plus only Nissan Europe sells 18,000 Leaf cars in H1 2018

19 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The new Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe for the first half of this year, as the zero-emission car continues to win over customers across the region.  

New Ricardo motor to boost power and cut hybrid costs

16 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

As part of its contribution to a recently completed major European research initiative to achieve more efficient and cost-effective hybrid powertrains for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles, Ricardo has developed a new 48V e-motor offering up to a 50% increase in power density compared with current production machines.

South Korean EV sales jump 170% in H1

16 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Electric vehicle (EV) sales in South Korea jumped by close to 170% to 11,866 units in the first half of 2018 from 4,412 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

Tesla makes 200,000 US sales, incentives to fall

12 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla has delivered 200,000 electric cars in the US, triggering lower tax credits for future buyers.

VW systematically expanding its partnerships in China

12 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group says it is expanding its successful business relationships in China.

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz eCitaro makes its world premiere at IAA Preview

12 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

It emits zero local emissions and runs almost silently. It combines the thousand fold proven platform of Mercedes-Benz' best-selling city bus with new technological solutions and an independent...

Tesla to build 500k plant in Shanghai

11 July 2018 | Staff reporter

US electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla Inc plans to build a 500,000 unit/year car plant in Shanghai, according to a memorandum of cooperation signed with Shanghai's  government.

CATL to build US$240m battery plant in Germany

11 July 2018 | Staff reporter

China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) has announced plans to invest EUR240m (US$282m) in a lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Germany, as it looks to strengthen its presence in the European auto sector.

Ecotap and Allego win Dutch public charging contract

11 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Dutch provinces, Gelderland and Overijssel have awarded EV charging operators, Ecotap and Allego the concession for installing and operating 4,500 public charging sockets in 43 participating cities.

just-auto Plus only Jaguar launches Go I-Pace app

11 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Jaguar has launched an intelligent app to help drivers experience life with its all-electric I-Pace before even getting behind the wheel The Go I-Pace app captures journey data to...

just-auto Plus only Daimler extends its research partnership with Tsinghua University

11 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Daimler and its partner Tsinghua University signed an agreement in Berlin to further deepen their cooperative efforts on sustainable transportation research in China. The Sino-German cooperation...

BMW and Great Wall Motor ink e-Mini deal

10 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The BMW Group and Chinese OEM Great Wall Motor have signed an agreement to produce Mini electric vehicles through a new 50:50 joint venture based in China.

Siemens boss issues stark warning on e-mobility

10 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser has issued a stark warning of the importance for German companies of successfully managing the industry's transition to electrified and automated vehicles. In remarks reported by Bloomberg, Kaeser appeared to warn that Germany's automotive giants need to get the transition right, or risk mass unemployment and violent social unrest in Germany.

BMW and Brilliance Automotive expand their joint venture in China

10 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The BMW Group is expanding its footprint in China and adding capacity.

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