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An electrifying experience - the week

23 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

As an electric car nut, I'd been itching for a go at Nissan's redesigned 2018 Leaf. The UK unit couldn't fit us in to the pre-launch European media event in January so I had to wait for this week's UK launch in Scotland. It was worth it. The car has been thoroughly reworked, with much more mainstream styling and an upgraded interior and it also goes faster and further. There's some great new technology and it introduces e-Pedal which means you'll hardly ever use a brake pedal again in one of these.

Nissan's Leaf EV grows up

23 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

"e-Pedal takes a little getting used to," cautioned the Nissan UK redesigned Leaf EV press launch logistics man as he double-checked the nav settings before despatching us from Glasgow airport's car park. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Press start-stop button. Ding. Engage D. Notice park brake is electric so that'll self-release. So, let's go. Press accelerator, manoeuvre towards trick left turn exit past inevitable cones. Release accelerator suddenly. Peel nose off windscreen...

Mercedes reinvents luxury pick-up segment with X-Class

22 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

If we overlook the Lincoln Mark LT and Cadillac Escalade EXT, discontinued ten and five years ago respectively, Mercedes-Benz is the first luxury brand with a global reach to launch a pick-up. Will the new X-Class succeed in the parts of the world - and North America isn't one of them - where Mercedes-Benz Vans has begun to sell it?

ANALYSIS - GM Korea’s future in the balance

21 March 2018 | Staff reporter

GM Korea (GMK) faces two crucial months of talks with the South Korean government, creditors including state-owned Korea Development Bank and major shareholders, as management look to rebuild the company’s bombed-out balance sheet and meet upcoming obligations including debt repayment schedules.

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INTERVIEW - Oliver Zipse, BMW board member responsible for production

21 March 2018 | Chris Wright

In an interview with just-auto, Oliver Zipse, BMW board member responsible for production, said that he does not expect changes to trade arrangements between the UK and EU to directly impact UK output volume at Mini's Oxford plant.

INTERVIEW - Sarah-Jayne Williams, Ford's Director, Smart Mobility (Europe)

15 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

In September of last year, Sarah-Jayne Williams joined Ford as its first director for 'Smart Mobility' in Europe. Her job is to focus on future mobility solutions for Europe and to define and implement Ford of Europe’s Smart Mobility strategy. Dave Leggett recently caught up with her in London, where a 'Chariot' shuttle service has just launched.

Latest news

New Toyota powertrain tech appears in redesigned Corolla

23 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New engine and transmission technology announced by Toyota in February will make its debut in the Corolla sold worldwide which, outside Europe, where it will be sold as the Auris, will feature a two-litre Dynamic Force direct-injection in-line four-cylinder engine as well as new manual and CVT automatic transmissions.

BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Lynk 02 world debut

23 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

An Cong Hui, the president and CEO of Geely Auto Group, has told the Chinese media that the Lynk & Co 02 will have its motor show debut at AutoChina in April.

Used Nissan Leaf batteries to power a Japanese town's streetlights

23 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan and its affiliate 4R Energy Corporation have teamed up with the town of Namie, Japan, to install new streetlights that will be powered by a combination of solar panels and used batteries from the automaker's Leaf electric car.

Ford and Mahindra sign agreements to co-develop models

22 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford and Mahindra will jointly develop new SUVs and a small electric vehicle as part of several initiatives announced between the two companies.

PSA tweaks European components manufacturing mix

22 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA has made several announcements concerning its European manufacturing operations in the area of powertrains and transmissions. It says the measures announced will improve its competitive position.

Seat to launch EV in 2020

22 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW-owned Seat says it will sell its first fully electric model in 2020. It will come with a range of 500 kilometres

Ford partners with Next fashion shops to sell cars

22 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford's UK operation has announced a new retail partnership with the Next chain of women's fashion stores "to increase representation of the auto brand".

Ford tests 'collaborative parking'

22 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is testing 'collaborative parking' technology in the car parks of Milton Keynes here in England.

Former FCA Dodge Viper plant to become car museum and employee meetings centre

22 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

FCA US is to convert the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, last used to build the Dodge Viper, into an internal meeting and display space that will house the automaker's concept and historic vehicle collection.

JLR develops self-driving valet for autonomous cars

22 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has developed a 'self-driving valet' which it says means cars can find spaces by themselves and park without any driver input.

FCA's Jeep Wrangler workers 'retool Toledo'

22 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Employees at FCA's Toledo North Jeep Wrangler plant are now hard at work building the redesigned 2018 model and, while their factory was being retooled, they also helped 'build their community'.

BMW defends its diesels

21 March 2018 | Chris Wright

As the Munich prosecuters descended on BMW’s four-cylinder headquarter building BMW chairman Harald Kruger launched a spirited defence of the company’ diesel engines.

PSA invests in France for auto-boxes made under Aisin licence

21 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA has announced a strategic partnership with Aisin AW to produce 6-speed EAT6 automatic gearboxes in France, from 2020 onwards.

BMW to boost e-mobility investment

21 March 2018 | Chris Wright

BMW Group will boost its research and development spend on electric mobility in FY2018 by "several hundred million euros".

Toyota suspends Lexus robo-limo testing

21 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Toyota has moved to suspend testing of its 'Chauffeur' automated taxi prototypes following the collision between a Volvo XC90 operated by Uber which killed a woman in Arizona.

Geely more than doubles annual profit

21 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Geely Automobile Holdings has announced a 108 per cent surge in net profit for the year to the end of December 2017 with revenue surging by 73 per cent.

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW - Cadillac turbo V8 world debut

21 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Cadillac has announced a 4.2-litre biturbo V8 as a new engine for the CT6. World premieres of facelifts for the Ford Fusion and two-door versions of the Mercedes C-Class will also take place at the New York auto show.

MMC hails EVs shipment to Costa Rica

21 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has announced a fleet of MMC's EV and PHEV vehicles has been delivered from Japanese Government to the Costa Rican Government. MMC says the delivery forms part of a 'drive to support Costa Rica's emergence as a world leading low-carbon economy.'

BMW sees strong Asia markets growth

21 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

The BMW Group has again recorded high growth in Asia where a total of 848,826 vehicles across its three brands were sold in 2017, up 13.6% over 2016.

VW confirms SUV variant for US plant

20 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen has announced that it will be building a new five-passenger SUV at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory.

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