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ANALYSIS - The future models Toyota is planning for Lexus

18 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The second feature in a series which looks at the future models of brands under the Toyota Motor Corporation umbrella is all about Lexus.

Kia's 'hedgehog' B-SUV makes its UK debut

17 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

So, someone asked someone from Kia: "Where did the name Stonic come from?" Before the official answer, came the media comedian: "Stonic the hedgehog." Official answer: "It's a made-up name." Hence I will never look at a Stonic again without thinking 'hedgehog' but it would not be a bad nickname for a cute little car that is Kia's first lob into the growing B-SUV segment.

ANALYSIS - Civic Type R leads export boom for Honda UK

16 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It's fast, high-priced and not exactly subtle in appearance. Honda is hoping that the Type R version of its built-in-England Civic five-door will be shocking enough to change how people across Europe mainly see the brand - a maker of ultra-reliable cars for the elderly.

Daimler's Kallenius electrifies the week

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Our report on Ola Kallenius, Daimler's group research chief, outlining the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy drew an extraordinary number of your eyeballs this week.

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Q&A with Daimler's Ola Källenius on electrification

11 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ola Källenius, Daimler board member responsible for Group Research at Daimler outlines the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy.

FRANKFURT - PSA's Tavares sees need to raise Opel efficiency

12 September 2017 | Chris Wright

In an interview with just-auto at the Frankfurt Motor Show, PSA chief Carlos Tavares warns of productivity gaps across the Opel manufacturing network that will require work to bring plants into line with PSA efficiency levels. He also says the company is planning several post-Brexit scenarios in the absence of any guidance from the UK government and European Commission.

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AGC Kiriko glasswork used on Lexus LS door trim

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

AGC Asahi Glass said its Kiriko glasswork has been chosen by Toyota Motor Corporation for the new Lexus LS interior.

Nissan to show Paramedic and e-NV200 fridge concepts at Tokyo show

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan will unveil two new fully customised vehicles at the Tokyo show to improve city mobility: the new Paramedic Concept and the all electric e-NV200 Fridge Concept.

Ford opens London smart mobility office

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford president and CEO Jim Hackett has opened the company's Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London which will target the near term development of smart mobility technologies while focusing on the specific requirements of European cities.

Mitsubishi plans Dutch vehicle to grid pilot

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the implementation of a vehicle to grid (V2G) pilot in the Netherlands with the first charge point already being used with Outlander PHEV vehicle storage batteries.

Toyoda Gosei develops new glass runs for quieter Lexus

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei has developed glass runs with a new structure that will contribute to both achieving a more stylish appearance and quieter vehicle cabins. This product is used on the new Lexus LS. 

Tokyo show: Nissan to reveal concept ambulance, 'chiller' e-van

19 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The Tokyo motor show includes commercial vehicles and Nissan will unveil two new fully customised vehicles aimed to improve city mobility: the new Paramedic Concept and the all electric e-NV200 Fridge Concept. The Paramedic Concept, based on the NV350 van, will be the automaker's fifth generation ambulance while the e-NV200 Fridge Concept is a van that can deliver chilled foods in urban environments, where large delivery trucks are often prevented from stopping.

Skoda marks 70 years of car production at Kvasiny plant

19 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Skoda is marking 70 years of car production in Kvasiny where around 8,000 employees produce 1,000 cars each day.

Mitsubishi Motors announces new Drive for Growth three year plan

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors on Wednesday launched Drive for Growth, a three year strategic plan it said would deliver sustained and profitable growth, targeting an increase of more than 30% in both annual unit sales to 1.3m vehicles and in revenues to JPY2.5 trillion.

Toyota launches Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell concept vehicle

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has launched the Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell vehicle (FCV) concept that envisions mobility in a low carbon society with advanced use of hydrogen and renewable energy. The concept proposes "a new form of the premium saloon" by employing a flexible layout unique to electric powered vehicles and a large amount of available electric power using hydrogen as an energy source.

Volvo Cars spending to launch Polestar

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars and owner Geely Holding said they would jointly spend RMB5bn (EUR640m, US$752m) to support the initial phase of Polestar's product, brand and industrial development.

2018 DETROIT AUTO SHOW - first world debuts

18 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first world premieres for the 2018 North American International Auto Show are noted below.

GM to test self driving cars in NY in early 2018

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to governor Andrew Cuomo.

Nissan factory still did uncertified checks

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor reportedly said on Wednesday it conducted uncertified vehicle checks as recently as last week even after revealing the widespread misconduct at its domestic factories.

Poltics delay Seat SUV name announcement

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

With Spanish media focused on the political crisis over Catalonia, Volkswagen Group's Spanish division Seat reportedly has decided to delay announcing the name of its forthcoming SUV.

LA AUTO SHOW - Porsche 718 GTS world debuts

18 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Another two motor show world premieres for the 2017 LA auto show have been named: the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS.

Toyota presents Sora fuel cell bus concept

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation has launched the Sora fuel cell bus (FC bus) concept. It plans to launch a commercial model based on the concept vehicle in 2018 and expects to introduce over 100 Sora, mainly within the Tokyo metropolitan area, ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mercedes-Benz Procurement scouts for suppliers in Korea

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler was the first OEM with its own presence at the Korea Electronics Show (KES) fair and its supplier scouts were establishing direct contact with trendsetters in consumer electronics.

Volvo shows Polestar 1 hybrid coupe

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, has revealed its future as a standalone electrified performance brand. Polestar confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focussed route to market that will set a new industry benchmark for performance vehicles.

Nissan to increase production in Russia

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan says it has added a second production shift at its manufacturing plant in St Petersburg in another sign that the Russian auto industry is firmly in recovery.

Mazda begins CX-5 production at Hofu Plant

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mazda Motor Corporation started production of the new Mazda CX-5 crossover at its Hofu Plant Number-2 in Yamaguchi Prefecture to enable the company to meet the growing global demand for crossovers flexibly and rapidly.

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