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Interior design and technology – Ford S-Max

18 September 2018 | Matthew Beecham

When Ford launched its seven-seater S-Max a decade ago - calling it a ‘sports activity vehicle’ to differentiate it from the larger Galaxy - competing models were thin on the ground.  Yet the second and current generation S-Max has lots of contenders with a stadium-style seating design. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the ST-Line to see what makes it stand out from the crowd.

GM future vehicles - electrifying Buick

17 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A series which looks what's planned for the many divisions of General Motors out to the late 2020s now turns to Buick, having already covered Baojun, Wuling, GMC and Chevrolet. Soon to come will be analyses of future models for Cadillac and then in the last chapter of this series, Holden.

Chevrolet future models - part 2 of 2

14 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After the recent analyses of the current and future models of Baojun, Wuling, GMC and certain Chevrolet vehicles, the latest feature in the GM series centres on Chevrolet's SUVs and pick-ups. Following this will be a look at what's ahead for Buick, then Cadillac, with Holden being the final chapter.

Updated Hyundai i20 heads for 250,000+ deliveries in 2018

13 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The i20 is a car which can be overlooked when considering the most important models in the global B segment. It shouldn't be. Hyundai is on course to sell around 140,000 units of this five-door hatchback in India this year and more than 100,000 in Europe.

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Adient's CTO on megatrends and cutting development time

10 August 2018 | Calum MacRae

At the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan recently just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Dr Detlef Juerss, Vice President Engineering & Chief Technology Office, Adient to discuss the changing automotive environment, future seating requirements and how Silicon Valley is helping Adient reduce product development times.

Yanfeng on adapting to new industry challenges

9 August 2018 | Calum MacRae

At the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan recently just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Yanfeng Automotive Interiors’ Executive Director Research, Technology & New Mobility Jeff Stout and Vice President and General Manager Nathan Bowen to discuss the changing automotive environment and Yanfeng's role in it. 

Latest news

Suzuki Jimny scores low in latest Euro NCAP tests

19 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Euro NCAP releases the safety ratings of four new cars today. Both the Audi A6 and the VW Touareg achieve a maximum five- star rating, the Ford Tourneo Connect achieves a solid four- star rating and the new Suzuki Jimny scores three stars.

Daimler developing autonomous transport with BASF trials

19 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has shown its Vision Urbanetic mobility concept at the commercial vehicles IAA in Hanover, revealing more details and a testing partnership after first showing the product in Copenhagen on 10 September.

VW hails premiere of the MEB EV platform

18 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

The world premiere of Volkswagen's modular electric drive matrix (MEB) has taken place in Dresden. The brand says the newly developed technology platform will be the key to the "electric car for all" with 10m electric vehicle sales targeted.

New Ferrari CEO Camilleri lays out his plans

18 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

According to a presentation made earlier on 18 September, Ferrari N.V. is charged with doubling pre-tax profit to between 1.8 and 2.0bn euro EBITDA in 2022. CEO Louis Camilleri has also laid out plans for future models, including an update on the SUV project.

Lexus introduces Digital Side-View Monitors on the new ES

13 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Lexus has announced its introduction of 'Digital Side-View' monitors on the new ES launched in Japan in October.

Aston Martin details Rapide E

13 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Aston Martin has confirmed technical details of its 155-unit special edition Rapide E.

Gordon Murray Design claims it can halve vehicle body weight

12 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

UK-based design and engineering company Gordon Murray Design has unveiled the latest version of its iStream automotive manufacturing system which it says revolutionises the way cars are manufactured and delivers up to a 50% reduction in body weight.

Updated Mazda MX-5 reaches UK

11 September 2018 | Chris Wright

Mazda's upgraded MX-5 is now being rolled out in its most important European market, the UK.

Audi launching e-tron EV with integrated toll road payment tech

11 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Audi's US unit said the e-tron SUV, which makes its global debut in San Francisco on 17 September, will be the VW group premium brand's first vehicle to launch with integrated toll payment technology.

Musk mulls Tesla colour choice reduction

11 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla may reduce paint colour choices for its cars to streamline production, chief executive officer Elon Musk reportedly tweeted as the automaker tries to boost production.

VinFast shows more pictures of Paris debut models

10 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Vietnamese OEM start-up VinFast has issued more images of its upcoming models which will debut at the Paris Motor Show next month.

Ford readies new Transit van line with added 48v mild hybrid and PHEV

10 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is about to launch a new Transit van line with connectivity and PHEV options at the Hannover CV show. It will also offer new telematics and fleet monitoring products.

Ford boosts ADAS equipment in Gen 4 Focus

7 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford has boosted the level of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) equipment in its latest fourth generation Focus model now going on sale in Europe.

Citroen Brazil launches 'localised' C4 Cactus

7 September 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Because the SUV market keeps growing steadily here in Brazil, automakers have plenty of opportunities to launch new or improved models.

Nissan announces new India strategy

7 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan has announced a new strategy for India which will see it launch new products, strengthen the Nissan and Datsun brands, expand its dealer network, optimise flexible manufacturing and boost R&D facilities together with Alliance automakers also operating in the country.

Mercedes launches EQC two-motor EV crossover

5 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's new Mercedes-Benz EQC battery electric crossover has two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300kW and a claimed electric range of about 450km (280 miles) under NEDC measurement.

Ford Fiesta bows out of US market with ST Line

30 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

The Ford Fiesta will have one last hurrah in North America before it drives off into the sunset. Production will begin in September for a new, limited-production series for the 2019 model year called the Fiesta ST Line.

MOSCOW SHOW - Renault shows Arkana C-seg 'coupe-crossover'

29 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

Renault has shown its Arkana show car, described as a 'distinctive coupe-crossover'. The Arkana previews a new Renault offer for the C-segment which will be introduced in Russia and some other markets in 2019.

JLR launches research project to study pedestrian trust in AVs

29 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover has fitted ‘virtual eyes’ to intelligent pods to understand how humans will trust self-driving vehicles, as research studies suggest that as many as 63% of pedestrians worry about how safe it will be to cross the road in the future.

Designer Rice leaves Mazda (again)

23 August 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Europe said Kevin Rice, Design Director Europe, would be leaving the company after five years "to pursue a career outside of Mazda".

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