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Nissan's Leaf EV grows up

23 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

"e-Pedal takes a little getting used to," cautioned the Nissan UK redesigned Leaf EV press launch logistics man as he double-checked the nav settings before despatching us from Glasgow airport's car park. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Press start-stop button. Ding. Engage D. Notice park brake is electric so that'll self-release. So, let's go. Press accelerator, manoeuvre towards trick left turn exit past inevitable cones. Release accelerator suddenly. Peel nose off windscreen...

Mercedes reinvents luxury pick-up segment with X-Class

22 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

If we overlook the Lincoln Mark LT and Cadillac Escalade EXT, discontinued ten and five years ago respectively, Mercedes-Benz is the first luxury brand with a global reach to launch a pick-up. Will the new X-Class succeed in the parts of the world - and North America isn't one of them - where Mercedes-Benz Vans has begun to sell it?

Isuzu updates D-Max as GM divorce dust settles

20 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Suddenly, crew cab pick-ups seem to be everywhere. Mercedes-Benz and Renault are the latest brands to launch four-door ladder frame models, while Peugeot is co-developing its own model with Changan. Meanwhile, Isuzu continues to quietly update the D-Max, adding refinements and new variants, keeping this stalwart of the one-tonne segment competitive.

ANALYSIS - Genesis future models

19 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai's Genesis division, while clearly a success, has been having a challenging time of things thus far in 2018. In its number one market, year-to-date sales stand at 2,976 cars, while this time last year, US deliveries were 3,400. For 2017, the first full year, sales numbered 20,594 vehicles. As well as extra models which are coming soon, stand-alone dealerships are another major development for 2018.

Latest interviews

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.

OPTIS on simulating sensors performance in autonomous vehicles

30 January 2018 | Calum MacRae

At the 2018 CES in Las Vegas just-auto's Calum MacRae caught up with Gilles Gallée business development director at OPTIS. OPTIS is a company that specialises in virtual reality simulations of sensors and this expertise is being used in the automotive sector as autonomous vehicles are being readied for development.

Latest news

New Toyota powertrain tech appears in redesigned Corolla

23 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New engine and transmission technology announced by Toyota in February will make its debut in the Corolla sold worldwide which, outside Europe, where it will be sold as the Auris, will feature a two-litre Dynamic Force direct-injection in-line four-cylinder engine as well as new manual and CVT automatic transmissions.

BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Lynk 02 world debut

23 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

An Cong Hui, the president and CEO of Geely Auto Group, has told the Chinese media that the Lynk & Co 02 will have its motor show debut at AutoChina in April.

Ford and Mahindra sign agreements to co-develop models

22 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford and Mahindra will jointly develop new SUVs and a small electric vehicle as part of several initiatives announced between the two companies.

Seat to launch EV in 2020

22 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

VW-owned Seat says it will sell its first fully electric model in 2020. It will come with a range of 500 kilometres

JLR develops self-driving valet for autonomous cars

22 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has developed a 'self-driving valet' which it says means cars can find spaces by themselves and park without any driver input.

BMW to open campus for AD, firms up plans for new EVs

21 March 2018 | Chris Wright

BMW Group will open up a campus for autonomous driving this year and will present a number of pure-electric concept vehicles that will go into series production.

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW - Cadillac turbo V8 world debut

21 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Cadillac has announced a 4.2-litre biturbo V8 as a new engine for the CT6. World premieres of facelifts for the Ford Fusion and two-door versions of the Mercedes C-Class will also take place at the New York auto show.

Porsche develops 'Mission E Augmented Reality' app

20 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

As part of a collaboration with Google, Porsche has developed an augmented reality app which shows the new Porsche Mission E.

VW claims 'diesel efficiency' from new 1.5 petrol engine

19 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen claims its recently launched 1.5TSI ACT micro-hybrid 130PS petrol engine is as efficient as a diesel.

Ford lays out new US product plan and organisation changes

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced a major strategy plan out to 2020 for the US market, claiming it will have the freshest lineup among all full line automakers with average showroom age dropping from 5.7 to 3.3 years as it replaces three-quarters of its range. It is also promising full connectivity ahead of over-the-air updates and the 'Transportation Mobility Cloud'.

Audi plans e-tron GT for 2020

15 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Audi has confirmed a four-door performance electric car to go into production in 2020 at the Böllinger Höfe site near Neckarsulm (to be built alongside the R8). The e-tron GT is four-door luxury Gran Turismo with purely electric drive and would come to market after an Audi e-tron electric SUV.  

Volkswagen quietly admits to China export plans

14 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Buried deep in a lengthy media release, the Volkswagen Group has quietly let slip that it has plans to use its giant manufacturing operations in China to commence exports.

New ceramic coating 'boosts adoption of composites'

9 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Zircotec says it has developed a new coating that enables composite materials to be used in areas of a vehicle where previously not possible due to high temperatures.

Seat sales growth continued in February

8 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

The VW Group owned Seat brand says it delivered 39,900 vehicles in February, 25.9% more than in the same month of 2017. In the first two months of 2018, SEAT sold 78,800 cars (+23.1%).

Nissan 'Smokin' Titan' redefines 'food truck'

7 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

As US (and UK) viewers of the Food Network/Travel Channel shows Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Man v Food will know, Americans like BBQ, 'smokers' and 'tailgating' and Nissan is catering to that with the debut of what it claims is "the world's first fully integrated in-truck-bed smoker and mobile kitchen – a specially modified 2018 Titan XD Gas King Cab dubbed Smokin ' Titan".

GENEVA SHOW - Ssangyong plans electric offroader

7 March 2018 | Chris Wright

South Korean brand Ssangyong is upping its game with the launch of a vastly improved and more sophisticated Rexton SUV and will make a technology leap in two years time with the launch of an all electric, fully off road capable model based on the Korando.

GENEVA SHOW - Volvo Cars' Chinese Polestar plant on schedule

7 March 2018 | Chris Wright

Polestar, Volvo Cars’ new electric  performance brand, is on track to have its first plant up and running in Chengdu, China, by the middle of next year with initial plans to make 500 models annually.

2018 GENEVA SHOW - World premieres list

7 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the Geneva motor show are named below.

Volvo Cars announces Polestar 1 launch markets

7 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars' Polestar 1, shown publicly at the Geneva show this week, following its global media reveal in Shanghai, China, in late 2017, will now initially be sold in 18 markets, up six from the 12 announced last month.

GENEVA SHOW - Honda confirms Urban EV for Europe in 2019

6 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Honda has said that it will open order books for a production version of it retro-styled 'Urban EV Concept' electric vehicle from early 2019, with sales planned in Europe by the end of that year.

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