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Will Ford sieze an EV opportunity for Lincoln?

17 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It has been just over a year since what Ford calls The Lincoln Motor Company was the subject of a just-auto in-depth analysis feature. China is still nowhere near being the brand's largest market but sales there are up by a staggering 92 per cent and that's even without a local manufacturing presence. With things good in the US too, it surely won't be long before Lincoln returns to being a make selling in excess of an annual 250,000 vehicles worldwide.

ANALYSIS - is the future for Jaguar electric?

15 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Once in danger of going the same way as Saab or Lancia, Jaguar has been brought back to life via massive infusions of cash, intelligently spent. Thanks to the success of the F-PACE, it is probably now profitable too. Such are the plans for the ongoing transformation of the leaping cat brand, Jaguar's reinvention is really only just beginning.

How 900Nm and 48V make the Audi SQ7 TDI epic

11 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In the words of a friend who owns a Golf GTD and is a long time fan of multiple Volkswagen Group models, driving the Audi SQ7 would have to be "like propelling a municipal building at lightspeed". Is three times the torque output of most small diesel engines necessary, though?

ANALYSIS - Land Rover future models out to 2030

9 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Land Rover is both the vehicle volume and profits powerhouse of not only JLR but Tata Motors Limited too. Thanks to a spark of genius which saw the L538 project take on Range Rover branding and pricing, what became the Evoque changed everything for Land Rover. Now comes the hard bit: new generations of the Evoque, Sport and Range Rover are being developed. Can Land Rover remain TML's biggest money spinner?

Latest interviews

NextEV US CEO on the Car 3.0

6 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

With a team in motorsport’s first all-electric race series, the FIA Formula E Championship, and a recruitment drive that has attracted top names from the automotive, technology and internet industries, NextEV is a name that has become increasingly familiar in the last two years. It is a global start-up, founded in China in 2014 with 12 offices and 2,000 employees worldwide. Last November, the company announced its user brand NIO and unveiled a 1,360ps supercar, the NIO EP9, in London. We spoke to US CEO, Padmasree Warrior to find out more.

GKN eyes small hybrid growth with e-axle module

9 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Peter Moelgg, Chief Executive of GKN Driveline’s eDrive and AWD business, tells just-auto about the company's expanding business opportunity with a new electric drive system for compact plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Latest news

Hyundai Motor previews new fuel cell vehicle

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor has offered an early glimpse of its next generation fuel cell vehicle, well ahead of the hydrogen-powered SUVs official launch early next year.

Hyundai Motor eyes electric bus opportunity

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor recently unveiled its new all-electric-powered bus, which it plans to put into mass production next year.

UQM to pilot trial its PowerPhase DT

17 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

UQM Technologies says an unnamed European OEM will conduct a pilot trial of its full electric PowerPhase DT drivetrain solution.

Nissan sees e-Power potential in emerging markets

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor Indonesia displayed the first model to receive the new e-Power drivetrain, the Note, at the motor show in Jakarta. The car was launched first in Japan last year and the automaker sees potential for it in emerging markets.

IAA world debuts - Chery M31T prototype

16 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IAA might be missing Alfa Romeo, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot and Volvo, but one new brand will be making an appearance: Chery Auto will reveal an SUV prototype.

Deutsche Post and Ford show off e-van

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Deutsche Post DHL Group and Ford presented the first of their jointly produced electric delivery van – or e-van – today in Cologne, Germany.

Elecrovaya secures SDTC CV battery funding

15 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Electrovaya has been awarded C$3.8m (US$3m) by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to fund long-lasting Lithium Ion Ceramic batteries for commercial vehicles

BYD wins first pure electric bus order in Israel

14 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

BYD has secured its first major pure electric bus order in Israel for a a fleet of 17 single-deck 12m vehicles to serve the northern port city of Haifa, the country's third largest city.

just-auto Plus only VW launches environmental incentive programme

9 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volkswagen brand has launched an environmental programme. It will make a marked contribution to the improvement of air quality in cities. In addition, Volkswagen is supporting the technological...

just-auto Plus only EDI receives bus drivetrain production order

9 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Efficient Drivetrains (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions, announced that it has received a new bus drivetrain...

Nissan to sell electric battery business to GSR

8 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has announced it plans to sell its electric battery operations and production facilities to GSR Capital.

GGS Yuasa to double EV battery range at same price

8 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GS Yuasa reportedly will begin mass producing as early as 2020 lithium-ion batteries that double the driving range of small electric vehicles.

Bosch China regenerative braking plant planned

8 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Bosch is further extending its manufacturing capacity in China in a move that points to suppliers gearing up for growth in electrification in China's light vehicle market.

Faraday Future lowers US factory ambitions

7 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Faraday Future no plans to lease an old tarp manufacturing plant in California to build its electric car, US media reports said.

Tesla seeks further $1.5bn capital injection

7 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tesla is to offer US$1.5bn in corporate bonds to strengthen its balance sheet as it looks to ramp-up production volumes on the Model 3.

just-auto Plus only GAZ Group completes the longest tests of e-bus

7 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

GAZ Group completed the longest test operation of electric bus in Russia. The tests took place in Moscow on the basis of the Central branch of Mosgortrans. The trial operation lasted seven months....

Toyota deal will return Mazda production to US

4 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As reported by the Nikkei Asian Review ahead of the official announcement, Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation signed an agreement on Friday to enter a business and capital alliance covering several areas which will include a return to Mazda production in the US, again in a joint venture factory.

Volvo, Geely, agree technology and new brand

4 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars and the premium automaker's parent, Geely Holding have completed the formation of two new entities which they said would share existing and future technology and provide the economies of scale to more rapidly develop next generation electrified vehicle technology.

Tesla posts net loss of $336m in Q2

3 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

As it eyes higher volume and hitting profitability with the Model 3, Tesla's latest results put it firmly in loss-making territory, though with an underlying improving trend and some details that cheered investors.

BP announcement ‘penny drop moment’ for EVs

3 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Electric vehicle charging company InstaVolt has described BP’s plans to install electric vehicle chargers as the ‘penny drop moment’ for EVs.

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