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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.

ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs

19 June 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles. Having just announced a facelift for the two-door 2 Series cars and a 6 Series GT as well as an 8 Series concept, there has also been news for the 4 Series, in the form of a mid-cycle restyle. That includes the fastest open-top variant, the M4 Convertible Competition.

Latest interviews


14 June 2017 | Chris Wright

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.

Citroën will adapt for success in UK market - MD

19 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Bek Hassan, Managing Director - Citroën & DS Automobiles UK, talks to just-auto about the opportunity ahead for the two brands in the UK car market, despite current 'challenging times'.

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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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Charging provider opens EV experience centre

20 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Claimed as the UK's first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre, operated by charge point operator Chargemaster, opens in the Centre:MK shopping centre in Milton Keynes on 22 July.

Chrysler uses Sesame Street to plug Pacifica

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Chrysler this week took up the perfect product placement opportunity to pitch its US market minivans at kids who might persuade parents to buy one.

Honda ends Mobilio sales in India

12 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Honda Motor has stopped selling its Mobilio compact MPV in India due to low demand, three years after its initial market launch.

Toyota opens new North America HQ in Texas

6 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor North America held the official opening of its new headquarters in Plano, Texas, on Thursday (6 July).

New rules help Chinese car dealers

4 July 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China's ministry of commerce government introduced new regulations this month affecting the domestic car retail industry to its benefit.

VW France mis-reported sales for years

3 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen France massaged sales figures reported to German HQ for four years, media reports said.

SAIC to launch MG in India by 2019

30 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Chinese automaker SAIC Motor has confirmed plans to enter the Indian market by 2019, according to local reports.

Amazon 'to sell cars in UK' - reports

13 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The UK's online car retail sector could be about to see disruption with the arrival to the market of online retailer Amazon, according to reports.

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