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Frankfurt IAA world debuts - Ford Puma

26 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has revealed a plug-in hybrid supercar concept at an event in Munich. The Vision M Next is to make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, as will two other just-announced models: a facelifted Q7 range and the Ford Puma.


Groupe PSA future model plans - Opel and Vauxhall

25 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

A lot has changed since just-auto.com looked at Opel and Vauxhall future models a year ago. Legacy vehicles from the GM ownership era are disappearing, replaced by fresh ones with PSA platforms, along with BEV and PHEV models. There is much more to come.


Interior design and technology – Peugeot 3008

24 June 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Launched at the 2016 Paris motor show, the second generation Peugeot 3008 competes in a crowded C segment SUV market. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slipped inside this popular compact family crossover to see what distinguishes it from its predecessor. Quite a lot it seems.


Groupe PSA future model plans - DS

19 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

DS Automobiles remains a troubled division of Groupe PSA. Sales have slid to minimal levels in China and in May were only 4,192 for all of Europe. Things might be about to improve though, with the 7 Crossback starting to find relative favour in EU countries and deliveries of the 3 Crossback commencing. But what to do about China?


Latest interviews


INTERVIEW – Oxbotica on its software solution for AVs

18 February 2019 | Mike Vousden

Oxbotica is a UK-based software company focusing on autonomous vehicles and fleet management. Mike Vousden sat down with its VP of Technology, Ben Upcroft to talk about the company's products and future prospects.


INTERVIEW - Volvo Cars on its electrification strategy

29 January 2019 | Chris Wright

We talk to Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President, Volvo Cars, EMEA, about Geely-owned Volvo Cars' electrification strategy.

Latest news


VinFast launches first home grown model in Vietnam

24 June 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The leading domestic conglomerate in Vietnam, VinGroup, officially opened its new vehicle assembly plant in the northern port city of Haiphong with a ceremony attended by prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other government officials.


Sustainable scoops - Nissan shows electric ice cream van concept

21 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan claims to have taken the ICE (internal combustion engine) out of the ice cream van, creating an all-electric, zero-emission concept for Clean Air Day in the UK on 20 June. Not uncoincidentally, the van was shown to UK media attending the local launch of the extended-range Leaf+ the same day.


Renault launches sub-4m Triber MPV

20 June 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Seeking to revitalise falling sales in the Indian market, Renault has announced the Triber, an additional model which will be manufactured at the Alliance's RNAIPL plant in Tamil Nadu.


Peugeot e-2008 will come with 193 miles of range

19 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Peugeot says its fully electric 2008 SUV variant - set for launch in 2020 - will be powered by a 100kW electric motor and 50kWh battery capable of 193 miles of range (under the WLTP test).


Renault again gives Zoe longer legs

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Renault has given its little Zoe EV a third update with 52 kWh battery and an additional 100kW R135 electric motor option and boosted range to 242 miles under WLTP conditions.


Geely's LEVC spins van off range extender London taxi

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) - the latest name for Britain's main 'London Taxi' maker - has spun off a PHEV light van based on its latest TX electric taxi.


Byton shows more of M-Byte interior (expect screens)

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Byton has revealed more details of the interior design for its first production model, the M-Byte.


Volvo Trucks puts Vera to work in a Swedish port

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Trucks' electric, connected and autonomous vehicle Vera will transport goods from a logistics centre to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Nissan North America lures former Lincoln designer

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan North America has hired former Lincoln designer David Woodhouse as vice president, Nissan Design America (NDA).


Rebounding from crash, Volvo and Uber show production autonomous car

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

An unfortunate crash last year that killed a jay-walking pedestrian was a setback to Uber's autonomous driving programme with Volvo Cars but the ride hailer and automaker have now presented a "production vehicle ready for self-driving".


Aston Martin starts pilot production of DBX

12 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Aston Martin Lagonda’s second UK manufacturing plant - at St Athan in Wales - has started to produce pre-production DBX models.


Toyota and Subaru to jointly develop EVs and electric SUVs

6 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota and Subaru are again to develop a vehicle jointly but this time it's a battery electric SUV and not a niche sportscar.


Ford China unveils Territory EV

6 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced its new China-exclusive, full battery electric version of the Territory midsize SUV.


Facelifted Renault Koleos announced with new diesel engines

6 June 2019 | BusinessCar magazine

Renault has unveiled a facelifted version of its Koleos SUV.


Kia names new compact SUV

4 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors announced Seltos as the name of its new global compact SUV due to be launched in the summer.


VW's Seat launches new EV

4 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Having laid out its electrified vehicle plans last March, VW Group Spanish unit Seat has launched the Mii electric, its first production all-electric vehicle. This will be followed by the el-Born EV and PHEV versions of the Leon, Cupra Leon and Formentor.


Jaguar's design chief departs but remains consultant

4 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar announced that Ian Callum, director of design, is to leave his position at the company after two decades but will become a design consultant.


Datsun India introduces Go and Go+ with VDC technology

4 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan-owned low-cost brand Datsun says it has introduced a segment-first safety feature in India - Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) technology, in the new Datsun GO and GO+ in line with the 'commitment to offer a world-class driving experience to the car owners in India'.


Volvo and bike helmet maker combine for crash tests

3 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars said it was teaming up with Swedish sports and safety brand POC for a series of claimed world first crash tests of bike helmets against cars as part of a ground-breaking new research project that aims to further protect cyclists.


Lotus to reveal all-electric 'Type 130' hypercar

31 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Lotus says its all-electric hypercar – project code Type 130 – will be revealed in London on 16th July.



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