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New Crossland X and future Opel-Vaushall SUVs

23 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

At first sight, the new Crossland X, which steps in for the Meriva, appears to make no sense for Opel and Vauxhall. Isn't it the same size as the Mokka X? The now Groupe PSA divisions believe there is room below their existing B-SUV for a slightly shorter, narrower and lower crossover, but is there?

Honda & Acura NSX: better than an Audi R8?

18 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

What could better demonstrate the strange situation that Honda UK and Honda Motor Europe find themselves in than the NSX? Even if you pay the circa GBP33,000 list price for what had been the brand's priciest model until recently, there is then a GBP110,000 leap from there to the cheapest NSX. How on earth do they market this supercar?

Why the Mustang is so successful even in Europe

27 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Talk to Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW and you'll hear that sales of sports coupes and convertibles are in decline all over Europe. Ford's experience with the Mustang seems to be the opposite.

Non-premium brands should study the Škoda Superb

21 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

So-called value brands are in a death squeeze as premium makes continue to colonise their traditional territory. Or so goes the theory. And how about the supposed fact that to pull in big worldwide sales and profits, a car company must also be in the US market? Škoda breaks these and many other rules.

Latest interviews

Denso - digitalisation is transforming aftermarket

14 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to Ruslan Leontiev, product manager starters & alternators and wiper blades, and Alexey Bartashevich, senior manager aftermarket products, both Denso Aftermarket & Industrial Solutions.

Changing times for wipers – Trico Products Q&A

12 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

In theory, the wiper blade is a service replacement item. But in reality, motorists often wait until the product is disintegrating before replacing it. Research indicates that 60 percent of drivers who do not install their own wiper blades cite the confusing assortment of adaptors that accompany replacement blades as the reason. Trico Products has been doing its bit to raise awareness of the dangers of worn-out blades and make the mechanics of replacing them simpler. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to Sam Robinson, Product and Brand Manager for Trico Products to learn how the wiper blade market is shaping up and why step-by-step replacement blade fitting videos are rejuvenating the DIY market.

Latest news

UK July manufacturing powers back as plates change

24 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

UK car manufacturing has rebounded after several months of decline to record July output rising 7.8% ahead of the September number plate change.

Car2go Montreal features Mercedes CLA and GLAs

23 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Car2go says its 50,000-plus Montreal members are now able to use all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA four-door five passenger vehicles.

Indonesian motor show: new policies and more MPVs

14 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

The Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show kicked off on Thursday at the International Convention Centre in the BSD satellite city just outside Jakarta.

Will GM pull out of Korea?

14 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Rumors are spreading that General Motors is planning to pull out of Korea, according to a local media report.

Hankook Tire partly responsible for cancer death

14 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Seoul Central District Court ruled last week Hankook Tire was partially responsible for the death of a factory worker surnamed Ahn who died of lung cancer caused by toxic chemicals in 2015, a local media report said.

Opel claims 50,000+ European Insignia orders

14 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Opel is claiming its new Insignia flagship has already attracted over 50,000 orders across Europe.

Toyota and 7-Eleven ink CO2 reduction study

11 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Toyota and 7-Eleven Japan have concluded a basic agreement for studies on energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction in convenience store distribution and operation.

BMW extends diesel trade-in deals to UK

10 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A diesel trade-in scheme BMW announced in Germany last week has been expanded to the UK with the Euro amount changed to pounds sterling.

Report suggests 1.3m Germans will take diesel deal

10 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A media report suggested up to 1.3m German car owners would accept rebates of as much as EUR10,000 (US$11,700) per car from Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW in a cash grab reminiscent of the government’s 2009 cash-for-clunkers programme.

Volkswagen secures UEFA mobility sponsorship

9 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has become official mobility partner of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, starting in 2018.

Germans in three-way diesel incentives battle

8 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW are a three-way battle to offer incentives to get aging vehicles off German roads and prevent a crackdown on scandal-tainted diesel fuel.

Sumitomo to focus on Falken tyres at Buffalo, NY

8 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Sumitomo Rubber Industries will stop supplying original equipment (OE) tyres to Goodyear Tire & Rubber from its Buffalo plant in New York state from next year, according to reports in Japan.

Genesis offers augmented reality manual as an app

7 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor America's Genesis premium brand is now offering an augmented reality manual (Genesis Virtual Guide) for the 2017 G80 and G90 as a free download on AppleApp Store and Google Play.

Toyota rates well in UK customer satisfaction

7 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota GB said it was the highest ranked automotive brand in the latest UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKSCI), produced by the Institute of Customer Service.

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.

Porsche opens new Canada HQ

1 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche Cars Canada has relocated corporate headquarters to a new facility in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Goodyear and union strike contract deal

31 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Goodyear Tire & Rubber and the United Steelworkers (USW) have reached tentative agreement on a new five year master labour contract covering nearly 7,000 workers at five plants in the United States.

Alexa, what's a Kia Niro?

31 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors America (KMA) has introduced the Niro skill for Amazon's Alexa home assistant.

BMW rejects emissions collusion reports

24 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW has rejected reports in the German media that it and other German OEMs worked together to fix the design and lower the cost of diesel emissions treatment systems.

PSA/Renault up GM&S stakes beforeTribunal verdict

20 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA and Renault have dramatically upped their financial commitments to threatened stamping supplier, GM&S, offering to guarantee EUR50m (US$58m) of orders each for the next five years in order to avoid the component producer facing liquidation.

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