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Volkswagen goes after Qashqai with Bamtastic T-Roc

15 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has at long last entered Europe's C-crossover segment, with a rival for the Qashqai. The T-Roc is strong on driving dynamics and, from certain angles, looks. One major surprise however, is an interior with plastics which will disappoint anyone who owns a Golf or Polo. Is this the first new vehicle to suffer from the company's post-emissions scandal cost cutting?

Time to end the era of homogeneous design?

15 December 2017 | Calum MacRae

Has the world gone mad? We've all been there - looking at the supernumerated types on the late train back home. We'll take a surreptitious glance at them working away on their laptop or iPad. We see them open a few spreadsheets. They'll spend a cursory few seconds ostentatiously scrolling through a few figures. Another corporate lamp post marked.

The Ingenium petrol Evoque - any good?

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Last time I spent more than 10 minutes with a Range Rover product: it had an inline six cylinder engine. Diesel. Made by BMW. That long ago.

ANALYSIS - Future EVs and SUVs will transform SEAT

13 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This year, SEAT has finally pleased its paymasters in Wolfsburg. The company might not yet be exactly awash with cash, but the black ink is at last flowing. The Volkswagen Group's belief that its Spanish outpost could be turned around saw the Germans injecting much money and goodwill into SEAT. Crucially, it was put to good use in the form of adding SUVs. More models are on the way.

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TOKYO SHOW - Mazda designers explain 'Kodo'

25 October 2017 | Chris Wright

When Mazda broke off its relationship with Ford some 10 or more years ago the brand had to come up with a new design direction of its own – and so in 2010, its new design philosophy: Kodo —Soul of Motion was born.

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.

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EXCLUSIVE - VW Touareg world debut at Beijing show

15 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A source has confirmed to just-auto that the third generation of Volkswagen's Touareg is only months away from production. Its public debut will be at AutoChina 2018 in April and it will look a lot like the T-Prime Concept GTE from AutoChina 2016.

DETROIT AUTO SHOW - Mercedes G-Class world debut

13 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Known world premieres for the 2018 North American International Auto Show are noted below, with the latest one, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, now added.

Denso claims world's largest HUD fitted to Lexus LS

12 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Denso says it has developed a thin-film transistor (TFT), liquid-crystal head-up display (HUD) that is the world’s largest automotive head-up display with a near 24-inch projection. The product is available to the market now and will be featured on the 2018 Lexus LS.

GENEVA MOTOR SHOW - McLaren Senna public debut

11 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Cars which are said be making their global debuts at next year's Geneva motor show are named below on just-auto's latest list.

GM adds commerce platform for in-car purchases

8 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

General Motors customers will be able to order and pay for their morning coffee by tapping their in-vehicle touchscreen via a new commerce platform that will allow a range of on-demand reservations and purchases from inside the car.

EXCLUSIVE - JLR shoots for millennials with L860 SUV

7 December 2017 | Mike Vousden

Sources suggest Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning a small, rugged SUV to sit below the upcoming Defender replacement. The planned latest addition to the Land Rover SUV range will be aimed squarely at younger buyers and ‘millennials’. The currently unnamed model is thought to be called L860 internally, and could be a development of the aborted L851 project – a similar entry-level Land Rover project. No official details have been released but mid-2021 has been hinted as a possible start of production date.

Honda invests in 'revolutionary' driving simulator

7 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Honda says it will become the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt new driving simulator technology, based on a 'revolutionary' architecture called DiM250 (Driver-in-Motion).

Lynk & Co launches '01' in China

30 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Geely's near-premium Lynk & Co brand has launched its first model - the 01 SUV -  in China.

2017 LA AUTO SHOW - world debuts

30 November 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The following concepts and production vehicles were world debuts at the 2017 LA auto show.

Nissan Kicks new CUV on to US market

30 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan is to launch the South American built Kicks into the fast growing affordable compact crossover market in June 2018.

And now, the three row Lexus RX

30 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As heralded before the event, Toyota used the LA show to launch new L branded three row Lexus RX models expected to be offered pretty much worldwide.

Toyota updating safety equipment packages in US

29 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor North America said its second generation Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) package of active safety features will begin to be fitted standard equipment on some models from mid-2018.

Subaru launches three row SUV

29 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Subaru launched the 2019 Ascent in Los Angeles.

Mercedes starts drip feeding new A-class details

23 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has revealed a stunning cockpit design for its upcoming redesigned A-Class.

GAC Motor heading for Detroit show

23 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GAC Motor, which claims to be China's fastest growing automaker, said it would exhibit at the NAIAS, better known as the Detroit auto show, in 2018.

Renault Samsung boosts SM3 EV range

23 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault Samsung Motors has launched an updated SM3 ZE (zero emissions or full EV) at the Daegu International Future Auto Expo in South Korea.

Aston Martin replaces Vantage to stay on track

22 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Aston Martin has added a new Vantage model to its range, continuing the comprehensive sports car range renewal that began with the DB11 last year. The latest major model change is another element in the company's business plan that has swung the formerly loss making company into profit this year.

Ford updates European Transit Custom van

22 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford of Europe has updated its popular Transit Custom van line, launched in 2012, with changes including a new interior inspired by the latest Fiesta and reflecting recently announced changes to the EcoSport SUV.

First Global NCAP South Africa results poor

22 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The first Global NCAP independent crash test assessment of some of South Africa's most popular compact and small cars has delivered poor results, as expected for markets where cars are sold with less standard safety equipment than in Europe. The crashworthiness results of the five cars tested show a wide range of safety performance, from four to zero stars for adult protection, with the lowest ratings resulting in a high probability of life threatening injury in a road crash.

2017 GUANGZHOU SHOW - world debuts

21 November 2017 | Glenn Brooks

AutoGuangzhou 2017 hosted a variety of concept and production model world debuts. The press preview day was Friday 17 November.

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