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2020 New York auto show cancelled

22 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

This year's New York International Auto Show had been due to take place in April but in March it was delayed until August. Now it is being cancelled.

Infiniti braced for Nissan Motor cuts

20 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

In ten days' time, Nissan's luxury brand will have a new boss. Much work awaits Peyman Kargar.

Big changes for future Mitsubishi models

19 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Four years ago this month Nissan Motor told us that it had become the largest shareholder in Mitsubishi Motors. Time enough to have integrated platforms, powertrains, plants and consolidated or where relevant, expanded the global model range?

Russia collapses - will Lada bounce back?

14 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

With some 300 dealers and a steady 20% share of its home market, AvtoVAZ Group remains the dominant automaker in Russia. Things are tough just now though with the largest monthly collapse on record (-72%) happening in April and Lada matching that (-71%) percentage drop.

Latest interviews

T-Roc Cabrio - has Volkswagen created a segment?

29 April 2020 | Glenn Brooks

One of the many recent events which Volkswagen had to cancel was the media launch of the T-Roc Cabriolet. The driving has to wait but the project's leaders could be interviewed at least. Fielding questions from just-auto's Glenn Brooks via Skype were Project Manager Franz Kaltofen, Günther Witte from Technical Development and Jan-Ingo Theuner who works in Product Marketing.

Innovative interiors de rigueur for Citroen

7 April 2020 | Matthew Beecham

In today’s car interior, space in front of the wheel remains a priority with the explosion of added content and features. In tomorrow’s car, the space behind the wheel of the self-driving car will be transformed into a comfortably designed control and entertainment centre. To learn more, we talked with Jean-Arthur Madelaine Advenier, head of interior design for Citroen. Minimalistic, colourful interiors using organic materials and 3D printing to personalise and customise is the order of the day.

Latest news

Euro NCAP overhauls safety ratings

20 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Every two years, the European New Car Assessment Programme updates and toughens its test protocols. This year new tests have been introduced to address some long-standing needs in occupant protection, improve post-crash protection and promote the latest advanced driver assistance technology.

FAW joint ventures launch new Audi Q7, Toyota EV

14 May 2020 | editorial team

FAW-Volkswagen, one of Volkswagen's main Chinese joint ventures, launched the new Audi Q7 last week as the company looks to strengthen the brand's lead in the country's large size premium SUV segment.

Ford Mach-E to get OTA updates

12 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford's upcoming all-electric Mustang Mach-E will receive over the air (OTA) software updates that work to continuously improve the SUV over its life without the need to visit a dealership.

Toyota to launch Highlander in UK and western Europe

11 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota will launch its largest hybrid SUV, the Highlander [aka Kluger in some markets], in the UK and western Europe for the first time, from early 2021.

Skoda Enyaq e-SUV to have 242-mile range

7 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Skoda has revealed the first details of its new electric SUV Enyaq iV, due for introduction in 2021.

Renault to make Mitsubishi badged van for Australia

5 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

A new van will be the first Mitsubishi branded product made by Renault in France.

GM Korea cuts new SUV production

4 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

GM Korea will cut May 2020 output at the factory building the Trailblazer SUV, as the coronavirus outbreak slowed US exports and also disrupted parts supplies, a media report said.

Nissan readying major strategy shift plan - report

4 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor's new post-COVID-19 strategy would see the automaker retreat somewhat from Europe and other markets to focus on the United States, China and Japan, a media report said.

Geely adds Haoyue SUV to remain No.1 Chinese brand

30 April 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Geely is primed to add to recent sales gains in the Chinese market by adding the Haoyue, an SUV around the same size as the Hyundai Santa Fe, to its line-up. Exports are planned.

P702 - the future Ford F-150

29 April 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Ford Motor Company will soon be revealing the next generation of the world's best selling vehicle. The new F-150 pick-up will have a new frame and aluminium panels as well as a range of fresh and updated engines. Production is scheduled to start at Dearborn Truck on 28 September.

Hyundai Motor Group design chief quits

29 April 2020 | editorial team

Hyundai Motor Group's head of vehicle design, Luc Donckerwolke, has resigned from the leading South Korean vehicle manufacturer.

FAW-VW launches Tayron plug-in hybrid SUV

28 April 2020 | editorial team

FAW-Volkswagen has made a significant move into the Chinese new energy vehicle market with the launch of its first plug in hybrid SUV, the Tayron GTE (Grand Turismo Electric).

Huawei 5G tech for new GAC crossover

28 April 2020 | Glenn Brooks

GAC NE, Guangzhou Auto's New Energy brand for the Chinese market and an intended Tesla competitor, has announced the sales launch of the Aion V. This new crossover will feature a ternary lithium battery pack and Huawei's 5G + V2X intelligent communication system.

Kia launches facelifted K3 in South Korea

21 April 2020 | editorial team

Kia Motors this week launched the facelifted K3 passenger car in South Korea, as the automaker looks to maintain its sales momentum in a weakening domestic market due to the COVID19 coronavirus outbreak.

Volkswagen Group China claims "strong customer interest"

9 April 2020 | Glenn Brooks

With only SAIC VW's Urumqi vehicle plant in the country's west still offline, Volkswagen Group China now has 32 of 33 car and component production sites back up and running. Meanwhile, all Volkswagen brand dealerships have re-opened and "strong customer interest" is claimed.

Hyundai launches new Avante in South Korea

7 April 2020 | editorial team

Hyundai Motor on Tuesday launched the redesigned Avante compact passenger car in South Korea with a view to strengthening its domestic market position as the threat from the COVID19 coronavirus continues to grow.

Changan to launch Level 3 autonomous car in June

17 March 2020 | editorial team

China's Changan Automobile has unveiled its new UNI-T flagship passenger car which it said would be the country's first mass produced Level 3 autonomous driving vehicle.

Kia sets targets for new generation Sorento SUV

17 March 2020 | editorial team

Kia Motors has set a sales target of 70,000 units for its redesigned Sorento SUV in its domestic market this year, up from 52,000 units in 2019.

Ford tech steers vehicles clear of ditches and drops

17 March 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has introduced new technology to help make rural driving easier. Its new Road Edge Detection scans the road ahead and can gently steer the vehicle back on track when needed.

Tenneco announces Chevrolet Corvette exhaust, engine parts, supply deal

16 March 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Tenneco announced it was supplying General Motors a unique exhaust system designed for Chevrolet's first, mid engine Corvette.

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