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Auto Shanghai - Zhiji Motor IM L7 world debut

9 April 2021 | Glenn Brooks

The latest addition to just-auto's list of global premieres for 2021's biggest motor show is the IM L7, an elegant sedan prototype from the start-up Zhiji Motor.

Peugeot goes after Tiguan with updated 3008

9 April 2021 | Glenn Brooks

It took more than four years for the Peugeot 3008 to be facelifted and when the changes came a few months ago, they were far from major. Those tweaks have been clearly more than enough to build on the model's already strong reputation, which saw it end 2020 third in segment behind the Qashqai and Tiguan: this year, the 3008 is doing even better, becoming the European market's number two model in its segment behind the Volkswagen.

Interior design and technology – Kia Niro

9 April 2021 | Matthew Beecham

Hybrid sales in the UK and mainland Europe have doubled over the past five years and show no signs of easing. The Kia Niro – the Korean carmaker’s third plug-in hybrid after the Optima and Optima Sportswagon - slots into this blossoming market place. Continuing just-auto/AIC's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside this compact crossover to see if this is just another small SUV or something different.

Volkswagen Golf GTI - sensible or sharp?

7 April 2021 | Glenn Brooks

You can't blame Volkswagen for choosing not to mess with a decades-old formula of evolution when this has delivered such great results for the Golf GTI. There are some fundamental changes for the latest generation though, with frontal styling and interior digitalisation both proving controversial.

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Selling silence - transforming the cabin into a quiet bubble

23 March 2021 | Matthew Beecham

Israel-based Silentium has developed an active noise cancellation solution capable of lowering unwanted cabin noise peaks by 10dB and overall noise levels by 3-4dB – the equivalent of turning down the in-car sound system by four steps. JLR was the first carmaker to integrate this active acoustics software, installing it in the Jaguar F-Pace, XF and Range Rover Velar. To learn more about the whys and wherefores, Matthew Beecham had a quiet word with Anthony Manias, Head of Automotive, Silentium.

SNAPSHOT - Skoda designer discusses Enyaq iV SUV

14 August 2020 | Dave Leggett

Karl Neuhold, head of exterior design at Skoda, highlights the upcoming Enyaq IV car's design features and basic visual principles.

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Mahindra global SUV W601 to be branded XUV700

9 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) has unveiled the brand name of its much-awaited SUV, built on the W601 platform, as the XUV700 (pronounced as XUV, 7 double ‘Oh’).

Great Wall to lift hydrogen R&D investment

6 April 2021 | editorial team

Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors (GWM) plans to invest CNY3bn (US$456m) in hydrogen-related research and development over the next three years, as it looks to become a significant player in the global fuel cell vehicle market.

China's Plus raises more funds for self-driving trucks

6 April 2021 | editorial team

Chinese autonomous driving startup Plus announced it has raised US$220m in its latest fundraising round led by FountainVest Partners and ClearVue Partners.

Hyundai teases long awaited pickup truck

1 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai has released the first teaser sketch of its Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle (pickup truck) claiming it will break new ground within the SUV, truck and crossover segments "by offering a new category of vehicle unlike anything else in the US market".

LF-Z Electrified concept embodies Lexus future vision

31 March 2021 | editorial team

Toyota Motor luxury car division, Lexus, this week unveiled the LF-Z Electrified, a conceptual battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) that embodies the brand’s vision and direction for future electric vehicles.

Kia shows more of EV6

30 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Kia has announced more details of its new EV6, its first car to be based on the company's dedicated new platform for battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

HORIBA MIRA announced as TOGG partner for new EV

30 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

TOGG, Turkey’s Automobile Initiative Group comprising of five Turkish industry giants, has announced it will be working with UK-based engineering consultancy, HORIBA MIRA, as a key partner during the development of its 'pioneering electric SUV'.

Ho Wah to launch Seiyong S1 in Malaysia

29 March 2021 | editorial team

Malaysia's Ho Wah Genting said it plans to launch a battery-powered electric vehicle in the local market, the Seiyong S1, supplied by Chinese startup Seiyong Motor.

Skoda launches 'wrong-way' safety alert system

22 March 2021 | BusinessCar magazine

Skoda has launched a feature which automatically alerts drivers if they attempt to enter a motorway slip road in the wrong direction.

Ford plans new Turkey built Transit Custom BEV for 2023

16 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Ford on Tuesday confirmed the next generation Transit Custom range will include an all-electric model, in addition to plug-in hybrid, mild hybrid and conventional engine variants, and goes into production in Turkey in the first half of 2023.

Magna claims e-pickup design innovation

15 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

Magna is claiming a design innovation - called eBeam - that it says provides the ability to retain pickup truck utility/capability while transitioning to electrification.

Kia specifies Meridian sound for K8

11 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Meridian Audio has won an OEM supply order from Kia Corporation for a purpose-designed 14-speaker surround sound system for the new K8 sedan.

Hyundai teases new minivan

11 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor has issued teaser images of the Staria, the brand's new multi-purpose vehicle (MPV)/minivan line. The images show the Staria Premium, a high-end variant.

Startup Canoo shows cab-forward electric pickup

11 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

Los Angeles based electric vehicle startup Canoo has debuted its fully-electric pickup truck during the Motor Press Guild's Virtual Media Day (VMD) in partnership with Automobility LA.

Spring has sprung: Renault unit Dacia's first EV

11 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Renault Romania unit Dacia has launched the Spring, the brand's first electric car.

Renault to build LHD cars for Mitsubishi Europe

10 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Starting in 2023, Mitsubishi Motors will buy two models from Renault for sale in "selected markets" in Europe. Sadly, though, this does not include RHD markets such as the UK.

Volvo Cars adds Google infotainment to more models

9 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars is continuing the introduction of its new Android-powered infotainment system with Google to the XC60, S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country models, as part of a broader update of its model line.

Kia teases EV6, its first dedicated EV

9 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

Kia has grabbed the 'EV' prefix for naming its next generation dedicated electric vehicles.

Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer first with Amazon Fire TV

5 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Stellantis' Jeep claims its revived Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, which will make their debut on 11 March, will be the first vehicles to integrate Amazon Fire TV for Auto, giving passengers access to their favorite shows, movies, apps, unique vehicle features and Alexa.

Honda starts leasing Legend with Level 3 autonomous

4 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor on Friday (5 March) will begin lease sales in Japan of the updated Legend EX luxury sedan with its latest Sensing Elite technology which includes the ability to drive on the road under Level 3 autonomous vehicle protocols, reportedly a world first.

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