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Shanghai motor show world debuts list - Porsche Cayenne Coupe

22 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai, the motor show which in odd-numbered years alternates with Beijing as China and the industry's biggest and most important, takes place in April. Below is the latest list of vehicle world debuts, with the Porsche Cayenne Coupé and facelifted Dongfeng Honda XR-V newly added.


ANALYSIS – SsangYong future models

21 March 2019 | Mike Vousden

We investigate SsangYong's future model strategy – under parent Mahindra & Mahindra, it's pushing to become a global competitor with its wide range of SUVs after years of being a niche player.


Electric SUVs and 1100hp Battista - Pininfarina future models

19 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

xMahindra subsidiary Automobili Pininfarina GmbH has now shown its first model, the Battista, in public. The hypercar, still more than a year away production, is promised to be the first in a multi-vehicle series.


Frankfurt IAA world premieres list - Kia Ceed crossover

19 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Kia Motors Europe has confirmed that it will add a Ceed-based crossover to its line-up of models. The public debut should be at the IAA Cars in Frankfurt.


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Valeo prepares for 48V growth

20 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Valeo claims that they invented the 48V mild hybrid system 15 years ago, and are already in production in China and Europe with a "significant production ramp-up" this year. The supplier further claims that advanced orders for 48V machines will make it the number one 48V mild-hybrid supplier in the world by 2020. So is its long shot on 48V mild hybrid tech now paying off? To learn more, we spoke to Michel Forissier, Chief Technology Officer of Valeo’s Powertrain Systems Business Group.up.


Ionity charges on with European network for EVs

15 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group are involved in a joint venture, called Ionity that is installing a high power charging network for electric vehicles across Europe. The venture is based in BMW's home city of Munich and headed by CEO Dr Michael Hajesch. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Dr Hajesch to find out more.

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Yin Long to make e-buses in Serbia, take over Ikarbus

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese bus manufacturer Yin Long Group plans to start manufacturing electric buses at the Serbian Ikarbus factory, according to a local report.


Faraday and The9 to manufacture EVs in China

25 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Faraday Future has signed a joint venture agreement with The9 Limited, a China-based internet company to manufacture, market, distribute and sell luxury electric vehicles in China.


Blackstone to join EU battery production subsidy programme

25 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Blackstone Resources has formally submitted a business plan to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to join its battery production subsidy programme.


GM confirms new electric model for Orion Township plant

22 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors has confirmed it was spending US$300m at its Orion Township, Michigan, assembly plant to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle that will bring 400 new jobs to the factory.


Renault pilots 'large scale' vehicle-to-grid charging in EVs

22 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Renault says it is beginning the first large-scale pilot schemes in alternating-current, vehicle-to-grid charging in electric vehicles.


VW and Northvolt form European Battery Union

22 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group and partners are joining forces to form the European Battery Union (EBU).


GM to announce Orion Township plans today

22 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors was expected to announce on Friday afternoon (EST) plans to spend US$300m at the Orion Township plant near Detroit to boost autonomous and electric vehicle output, media reports said.


Daimler and NewMotion offer charging solutions

21 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Daimler is cooperating with Dutch company, NewMotion, which has been developing ideas for the expansion of charging infrastructure since 2009.


Ford expands BEV capacity in Michigan

21 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Ford is expanding its production capacity for battery electric vehicles at a second North American plant.


just-auto Plus only Skoda to push eMobility in 2019

21 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Skoda is entering the era of eMobility in 2019, starting with the all-electric version of the Citigo and the Superb with plug-in hybrid drive. Skoda is also rigorously pressing ahead with the...


just-auto Plus only Ford to expand BEV production capacity at Michigan plant

21 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford announced it is expanding its production capacity for the company’s next-generation battery electric vehicles at a second North American plant. Tied to the company’s...


Toyota and Suzuki to share models and hybrid technology

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor announced and agreement to "begin considering concrete collaboration in new fields".


Jaguar Land Rover 'electrifies' Gaydon engineering centre

19 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has installed what it claims is the UK's largest EV smart charging facility with 166 outlets at its Gaydon engineering centre in England.


Toyota Australia to redevelop factory site for hydrogen refuelling

19 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia, with funding assistance from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has announced plans to build a A$7.4m hydrogen centre at its former car manufacturing plant in Altona in west Melbourne.


Nissan Futures presents mobility trends for the Asia and Oceania region

18 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

The Nissan Futures event in Hong Kong has brought forward three mobility trends for the Asia and Oceania region: cars as energy assets, the human role in autonomous driving systems and the importance of safety in mobility innovations.


Skoda plans 7,000 e-charging points at Czech plants

15 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

VW-Group owned Skoda is planning a big investment in electric charging stations in and around its plants in the Czech Republic. By 2025, it is planning to have installed some 7,000 electric vehicle charge points for use by its employees.


UK local authority EV charger roll-out slows - report

15 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

At least a quarter of local authorities in England and Wales have put a brake on the expansion of charging networks for electric vehicles, according to a media report.


just-auto Plus only Penske receives its first Fuso eCanter from Daimler

15 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

After Penske Truck Leasing received its first fully electrified Freightliner eM2 truck from Daimler Trucks North America in the US end of last year, the company now gets its first Fuso eCanter....


VW Group raises number of EV models planned in next 10 years

14 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group is planning to launch almost 70 new electric models in the next ten years – up from the 50 previously planned.


Adhesives maker to expand in Germany

14 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Adhesives specialist Lord Corporation said it would expand operations at its Hueckelhoven, Germany facility at a cost of EUR14m.



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