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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?

Will Ford sieze an EV opportunity for Lincoln?

17 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It has been just over a year since what Ford calls The Lincoln Motor Company was the subject of a just-auto in-depth analysis feature. China is still nowhere near being the brand's largest market but sales there are up by a staggering 92 per cent and that's even without a local manufacturing presence. With things good in the US too, it surely won't be long before Lincoln returns to being a make selling in excess of an annual 250,000 vehicles worldwide.

ANALYSIS - is the future for Jaguar electric?

15 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Once in danger of going the same way as Saab or Lancia, Jaguar has been brought back to life via massive infusions of cash, intelligently spent. Thanks to the success of the F-PACE, it is probably now profitable too. Such are the plans for the ongoing transformation of the leaping cat brand, Jaguar's reinvention is really only just beginning.

ANALYSIS - Land Rover future models to 2030

9 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Land Rover is both the vehicle volume and profits powerhouse of not only JLR but Tata Motors Limited too. Thanks to a spark of genius which saw the L538 project take on Range Rover branding and pricing, what became the Evoque changed everything for Land Rover. Now comes the hard bit: new generations of the Evoque, Sport and Range Rover are being developed. Can Land Rover remain TML's biggest money spinner?

Latest interviews

Driving passion - the psychology of driving a car

12 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Thomas Ebenfeld, psychologist and managing partner of Concept M, about what makes car consumers tick. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany with offices worldwide, Concept M consists of a group of psychological market researchers with a focus on the automotive industry.

Opel chief interior designer on the new Insignia

27 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport to take a closer look and got the inside story from Stefan Arndt, Adam Opel AG's chief interior designer.

Latest news

VW to put ID Buzz concept car into production

21 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen has confirmed that it will put the ID Buzz electric concept car into production.

IAA world debuts - Chery M31T prototype

16 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IAA might be missing Alfa Romeo, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot and Volvo, but one new brand will be making an appearance: Chery Auto will reveal an SUV prototype.

Volvo Cars owner Geely books healthy first half

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely has promised cars on the platform developed with its Volvo Cars unit [the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) which will underpin Volvo's smaller 40 series cars currently under development and also Lynk models] later this year and announced healthy first half profits.

Kwid places Renault Brazil in the spotlight

11 August 2017 | Fernando Calmon

If the Brazilian buyer has taken some time to understand - and especially to accept - the subcompact idea, the debut of the Renault Kwid will straighten this out.

Aluminium use in vehicles set to rise sharply

10 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

The use of aluminium in vehicles produced in North America is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, according to research by US-based research firm Ducker Worldwide.

Toyota deal will return Mazda production to US

4 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As reported by the Nikkei Asian Review ahead of the official announcement, Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation signed an agreement on Friday to enter a business and capital alliance covering several areas which will include a return to Mazda production in the US, again in a joint venture factory.

Nissan teases sleeker Leaf EV

3 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's upcoming redesigned Leaf will be much sleeker, the automaker's latest teaser photo (fourth in a series) showed.

Proton to produce first Geely-based model by 2019

1 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Malaysian automaker Proton plans to launch its first passenger vehicle based on a Geely model in early 2019 at the latest, according to local reports citing international trade and industry minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.

Ferrari may launch 'utility vehicle' - report

1 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ferrari is considering adding a roomy, four seat 'utility vehicle' to its range as part of a major expansion beyond traditional supercars in a bid to double profit by 2022, a media report said.

New Ford CEO has review in mind - report

31 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As new CEOs often do, Ford's Jim Hackett is throughly scrutinising many aspects of the company, according to a media report.

Audi reportedly cutting R&D costs to fund EVs

31 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

German media reports said Audi will cut costs by up to EUR10bn to fund a new line of electric cars.

BMW redesigns flagship Rolls-Royce

28 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Rolls-Royce has redesigned its flagship Phantom limousine for the first time since the first 'German' version was launched in 2003.

Ford Brazil re-engines and updates EcoSport

27 July 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Time flies. It's 14 years since Ford Brazil was first in the blue oval empire to launch the EcoSport B-SUV [initially restricted mainly to South America - ed] and it's done well here in South America.

BMW Oxford plant to assemble electric Mini

25 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW has confirmed its Mini factory at Cowley, near Oxford in England, will assemble the electric Mini.

Mazda reveals (some of) CX-8 SUV

25 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Beginning the now-traditional drip-feed of details and images ahead of, finally, actual product launch, Mazda has released an image of its upcoming CX-8 crossover SUV.

GAC starts selling GE3 SUV EV in China

25 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese automaker GAC's first self-developed smart all-electric SUV, the GE3, is now on sale in China.

Mercedes-Benz launches Nissan-based X-Class

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has launched its long-heralded X-Class medium size pickup truck, effectively a rebadge of the Nissan-Renault Alliance's Barcelona built Navara model line.

Mitsubishi to launch new crossover MPV

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said its new small crossover MPV would make its global debut at the Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) next month.

Magna Steyr to contract assemble Jaguar E-Pace SUV

13 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' premium automobile brand Jaguar got right to the point when unveiling the new E-Pace compact SUV at a media technical briefing today (13 July) in London: they're not going to make it.

PSA hails autonomous car tollgate demo

12 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

PSA says that an autonomous car has crossed a tollgate in a full autonomous mode, for the first time.

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