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New Audi Sport RS 4 Avant - powered by Porsche

21 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Audi Sport must have some of the best margins of any car company division. A range of RS models sits under the umbrella of this GmbH (limited liability company), with the newest addition being the super-fast, super-exclusive, super-expensive fourth generation RS 4 Avant.

Nissan planning new models for future of Datsun

16 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

RSM Renault Samsung was the most recent division of the R-N-M Alliance to be looked at as part of just-auto's current and future vehicles reports. This followed an exploration of strategies for Renault, Alpine, Dacia and Lada. Now comes an overview of Datsun, to be followed by features on Venucia, Nissan, Infiniti and Mitsubishi.

How a new engine transforms the Honda Jazz

15 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The Jazz has always had a reputation for being the car for people who aren't interested in cars. The styling was always vanilla, the engines strong on economy but less than overflowing with power, ownership hassle-free and cheap, resale values strong. Now, Honda wants to keep the strengths, but spice things up. Enter the Jazz 1.5 i-VTEC Sport.

Another electrifying Volvo performance?

14 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Liking PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) is one thing. But is around 30 miles of pure electric running really worth a premium of at least GBP13,000?

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VW’s vision of car interiors – a mobile living space without a steering wheel

14 May 2018 | 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 self-driving car, space behind will be transformed into a comfortably designed control and entertainment centre. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with OEMs, we spoke to Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design Volkswagen Brand to learn more about I.D. VIZZION, consumers’ desire for individuality, new mobility concepts and the implications for automotive interiors.

GENEVA INTERVIEW - Cupra strategy director Antonino Labate

7 March 2018 | Mike Vousden

We caught up with Antonino Labate, director of strategy, business development and operations at Cupra, Seat's newly spun off performance-minded sister brand. He discusses the genesis of the brand, the thinking behind launching with an SUV and how Cupra could develop in the future.

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VW Brazil to include five SUVs in 20 launches by 2020

18 May 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Volkswagen's launch plan for Brazil and Argentina totals 20 new products of which five are SUVs, a segment in which the automaker has been weak in South America so far.

New Euro 6d-Temp engines for Opel/Vauxhall Astra

17 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

PSA's Opel/Vauxhall unit, like the parent company, is continuing its move to Euro 6d-Temp with two new engines for the C-segment Astra range, a 1.6-litre Turbo (200PS) petrol and a 1.6-litre CDTi (136PS) diesel unit.

Mazda selling updated CX-3 in Japan

17 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation has begun taking orders for the updated CX-3 SUV at dealerships in Japan.

No diesel for Volvo Cars S60

16 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

The new Volvo S60 saloon – to be launched in 2019 and made in the US – will be the first Volvo to be produced without a diesel engine variant.

Honda Indiana plant begins Insight hybrid production

15 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Honda has started mass production of its new 2019 Insight hybrid in Indiana, also announcing US$61.5m in new capital investment in Indiana and Ohio for production of this latest electrified vehicle.

Subaru America cues up Crosstrek PHEV

15 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Subaru of America, which has recorded nine consecutive years of record sales and 10 consecutive years of growth, has announced its first plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), borrowing the technology from minor shareholder Toyota.

Rolls-Royce unveils Cullinan super-luxury SUV

10 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW-owned Rolls-Royce has unveiled its super-luxury SUV, the Cullinan. It says the car - named after the largest diamond ever discovered - is an 'all-terrain high-bodied car that makes the idea of authentic, luxury off-road travel a reality for the first time'. Luxury travel is, according to Rolls-Royce, now 'Effortless, Everywhere'.

Ford expands PHEV to Valencia

10 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is to extend research into the use in urban areas of plug in hybrid electric vans that run solely on electric power for most city trips by working with Valencia's regional and city government to better understand benefits both for the environment and for customers.

Daimler EQV EV heads for hot weather testing in Spain

10 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has updated development progress on its 2019 EQC - the first all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQ brand model - ahead of hot weather durability testing in Spain this summer.

Volvo Cars to add Google services to Sensus infotainment

8 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars said it would add voice controlled Google Assistant, Play Store, Maps and other services to its next generation of Sensus infotainment system which is based on the Android operating system.

Toyota details US Corolla hatchback

1 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota's US unit has announced full details of the 2019 Corolla hatchback as more of the 12th generation car sold globally is gradually revealed market by market.

American Ford truck gets an English engine

30 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford's new three litre diesel V6 engine for the top selling North American F-150 pickup truck line comes from England, though that is not mentioned in official statements from the automaker.

Skoda defines its own segment with Rapid Spaceback

27 April 2018 | Glenn Brooks

One of the things which sets Škoda apart and contributes greatly to its success is finding size sweetspots in the market. That not only applies to the Fabia, Octavia and Superb but to the Rapid Spaceback, a hatchback which is longer than a Golf yet much narrower than even a Fabia or Polo.

BEIJING SHOW - Lynk & Co shows first PHEV

25 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Lynk & Co has revealed its first Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at the Beijing Motor Show.

BEIJING SHOW - Toyota shows PHEVs to be made in China

25 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota plans to introduce to the Chinese market plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) versions of its "Corolla" and "Levin" passenger cars in 2019 and a battery electric vehicle (BEV) model based on its "C-HR" / "IZOA" (sold in China as "C-HR" by GAC Toyota  and "IZOA" byy FAW Toyota) compact SUV in 2020.

Shift to EV may reshape vehicles, reduce size

24 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Autonomous electric cars could look quite different from current combustion engine cars, according to top auto executives.

Infiniti promises new EV for China 'within five years'

24 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor's luxury brand Infiniti has said an electrified platform based on the Q Inspiration concept car - about to make its Chinese show debut - would go into production within the next five years.

Mercedes launches redone A-Class

18 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has launched its new Mercedes-Benz A-Class - revealed earlier this year at the Geneva show - with its usual grandiose claims - "the benchmark in the compact class", "youthful and dynamic as ever, but grown-up and comfortable like never before", "completely redefines modern luxury" in the compact class" and "revolutionises interior design". Based on an earlier teaser, we might give them the last one.

Ford unveils new Focus

10 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford has shown its new Ford Focus (fourth generation) which it says introduces a new human-centric design philosophy that 'fuses emotional exterior styling with class-leading aerodynamics; and delivers an interior offering more space combined with high quality materials and craftsmanship'.

GM Korea may replace Spark small car with crossover

9 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors South Korean unit has said it might discontinue the Spark mini car and replace it with a crossover, due to falling demand in the key US market.

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