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2020 Beijing motor show - the world premieres

28 September 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Delayed by five months, AutoChina 2020 opens to the public on 30 September. Below is a list of production model and concept world premieres.

Jaguar future models

24 September 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The leaping cat brand saw its EU-EFTA-UK sales halve to 24,389 during the year to the end of August. Data for North America are no longer made public while things still aren't good in China (12,024 YtD, -24%). What to do about Jaguar? That's a question that new CEO Thierry Bolloré will be wrestling with right now.

Tata Motors future models

21 September 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Until recently, Tata seemed to be the main victim as the likes of Hyundai, Kia and MG gained ground in a recovering Indian market. Suddenly though, things have taken a dramatic turn for the better. Can that be maintained?

ANALYSIS - Toyota Corolla Trek Hybrid

17 September 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Even with a market collapse for several months, Toyota Motor Europe still managed to sell more than 60,000 Corollas during the first half of 2020. Bringing back the name after two generations of Auris was clearly the right thing to do.

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SNAPSHOT - Skoda designer discusses Enyaq iV SUV

14 August 2020 | Dave Leggett

Karl Neuhold, head of exterior design at Skoda, highlights the upcoming Enyaq IV car's design features and basic visual principles.

Nio confident on prospects despite COVID-19 crisis

26 March 2020 | Matthew Beecham

It’s clear that the impact of COVID-19 on China was significant and dramatic in the first few months of 2020. Factories closed, workers unable to leave their homes and a depressed automotive sales market. Despite the setbacks, Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio has looked to the positives and adopted new ways that have seen it sustain order levels to those before the crisis hit. Matthew Beecham spoke to Nio’s VP for Europe Hui Zhang about the measures it took and what the future holds for the brand.

Latest news

Ex-PSA man to lead Hyundai powertrain tech

25 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) has announced it has appointed Alain Raposo as Executive Vice President in charge of its Powertrain Tech Unit at the Group’s Research and Development Division. Prior to joining HMG, he was in charge of developing powertrain, battery and chassis at Groupe PSA.

VW offers Uber Berlin used EVs

25 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen and Uber launched a pilot project in Berlin to use used electric vehicles for the sustainable ride hailing service Uber Green.

Li-Cycle to put US$175m into US recycling hub

25 September 2020 | Simon Warburton

Li-Cycle says it will invest more than US$175m in its first commercial lithium-ion battery recycling Hub at Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, New York.

Chargepoint and Switchback ink combination agreement

25 September 2020 | Simon Warburton

ChargePoint and Switchback Energy Acquisition have signed a definitive business combination agreement.

just-auto Plus only Fisker to establish new technology center in San Francisco

25 September 2020 | just-auto plus

Fisker Inc. – designer and manufacturer of the world's most emotion-stirring, eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – announced details surrounding its...

just-auto Plus only Volta Trucks to appoint new Chairman and Board Member to accelerate the company’s momentum

25 September 2020 | just-auto plus

Following the recent launch of the Volta Zero, the first purpose-built full-electric large commercial vehicle, Volta Trucks will announce the appointment of a new Chairman of the Board of Directors...

California sets new car ICE ban for 2035

24 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

The US State of California’s Governor has said it will require that by 2035, all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California are zero emission vehicles. 

Tesla German plant faces water issue

24 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is continuing with plans to build its new factory in Germany and will build battery cells and battery packs at the site in Brandenburg, near Berlin, a spokesman told Reuters, after assurances it would not use too much water.

EVs shine in August Europe sales gloom

24 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

August was not a strong month for European new car registrations as volume fell 18% year on year last month, indicating the positive trend seen since May - when lockdown began to ease across Europe - had halted. The bright spot was EV sales - up 121%.

Hyundai unveils Ioniq cabin concept for future EVs

24 September 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

Hyundai Motor this week unveiled the Ioniq concept cabin, its latest vehicle interior concept developed in partnership with LG Electronics for future models to be sold under its recently-launched Ioniq electric vehicle (EV) brand.

Geely launches open-source EV architecture

24 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has announced the launch of its Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), claimed to be the world’s first open-source electric vehicle architecture, that promises to 'transform the availability of zero-emission cars and trucks in the world’s largest auto markets'.

Geely and Mobileye sign supply agreement

24 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

Geely has signed a long-term supply agreement with Mobileye that will see group models fitted with Mobileye-powered ADAS systems.

VW targets base Tesla with ID.4

24 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has clearly painted a target around Tesla's US$39,990 Model 3 by pricing the ID.4 SUV - the first of the new long range BEV series to cross the Atlantic - at $39,995, for the base rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro with a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 likely to come off that.

just-auto Plus only BMW Group Plant Leipzig to start battery module production in 2021

24 September 2020 | just-auto plus

The BMW Group is further expanding its Germany- based production capacities for electric drives. From 2021, the Leipzig plant will also produce battery modules for the high-voltage...

UK fleets back UK ICE ban from 2030

23 September 2020 | BusinessCar magazine

A coalition of fleet operators calling for new petrol and diesel car sales to be banned in the UK from 2030 has expanded.

Tesla disappoints investors with big 'reveal'

23 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Investors reportedly cut US$50bn from Tesla market value on Tuesday despite CEO Elon Musk's promise to cut electric vehicle costs so much a US$25,000 car that drives itself would be possible, but not for at least three years.

WM Motor raises CNY10bn from private investors

23 September 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

China's WM Motor announced this week it raised CNY10bn (US$1.47bn) in its latest private fund-raising round, according to local reports.

Mercedes BEV trucks not quite a one-line project at Woeth

23 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz will not be building the new eActros electric truck entirely on the same assembly line as ICE models, starting in 2021.

Nidec eyes Serbia for electric motor plant

23 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Representatives of Japanese electric motors manufacturer Nidec Corporation have visited Serbia to consider opportunities for the construction of a factory in Novi Sad, the city government told SeeNews.com.

SK announces US battery plant hiring plans

22 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

SK Innovation said it would hire 1,000 workers by the end of 2021 for the first of two electric vehicle battery plants being built in Commerce, about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.

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