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Interior design and technology – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

25 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

What would you expect to see in a premium car interior? Forget rear seat heaters, think wellness retreats. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class spec list takes driver comfort to a new level by offering something called ‘Energising Comfort Control’. Debuted on the S-Class, it links the air-con, fragrancing, seat heating/cooling/massage function, audio and ambient lighting to improve driver comfort and even lift their mood. All in all, the fourth-generation C-Class has some 6,500 components new to the range. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slipped inside the luxurious interior to see what stands out.


Land Rover world debut at Seoul motor show

25 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The biennial Seoul Motor Show gets underway later this week. Here below is just-auto's round-up of confirmed concept and production vehicle world debuts.


Shanghai motor show world debuts list - Porsche Cayenne Coupe

22 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai, the motor show which in odd-numbered years alternates with Beijing as China and the industry's biggest and most important, takes place in April. Below is the latest list of vehicle world debuts, with the Porsche Cayenne Coupé and facelifted Dongfeng Honda XR-V newly added.


ANALYSIS – SsangYong future models

21 March 2019 | Mike Vousden

We investigate SsangYong's future model strategy – under parent Mahindra & Mahindra, it's pushing to become a global competitor with its wide range of SUVs after years of being a niche player.


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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.

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Updated Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe gets RDE2-compliant diesel engines

20 March 2019 | BusinessCar magazine

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a facelifted version of its GLC Coupe.


BMW Dingolfing plant starts new 7 Series production

15 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Production of the new BMW 7 Series has begun this week at the BMW Group Dingolfing plant in Germany.


Volvo Cars UK expands V60 estate car line

12 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The European manufacturers like to drip-feed in variants of and powertrains for their fully redesigned models so, in due tradition, Geely-owned Volvo Cars has expanded its UK V60 estate car (station wagon) range to include two sporty R-Design trim levels plus a high(er)-riding Cross Country version.


Koenigsegg Jesko has 1,500Nm and eight clutches

8 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The Jesko, a so-called 'megacar' revealed by Koenigsegg at the Geneva motor show, has a self-developed transmission which can cope with 1,500Nm of torque.


Porsche stuns industry with Macan EV statement [updated]

28 February 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Porsche says the replacement for its best selling model, the Macan, will not be offered with combustion engines. Instead, the second generation of this SUV will be an EV.


Mobile World Congress: Seat targets Twizy with Minimo

25 February 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group Spanish unit Seat appears to have painted a target around Renault's Twizy with the unveiling of its Minimo concept car at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today. 


Volvo Cars launching new hybrid powertrains

25 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Cars said it had taken "a significant step towards its electrification goals" with the release of upgraded and newly developed electrified powertrain options, to be made available across its entire model range in the future.


Volvo Cars freshens XC90, adds fuel-saving electrification

25 February 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars has unveiled a refreshed version of its flagship XC90, adding a newly developed fuel-saving engine option that is the next step in the automaker's electrification strategy.


C300 SsangYong Korando shown ahead of Geneva

18 February 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The production version of the C300 project - the next Korando - has been revealed in South Korea. The public world premiere will be at next month's Geneva motor show.


Toyota finally replaces fifteen year old Hiace

18 February 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The sixth generation Hiace has been announced by Toyota Motor Corporation. It was revealed by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) at a media event in Manila.


Can new XUV300 keep Mahindra ahead of Tata?

14 February 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The Indian market's number three make, Mahindra, is a long way behind Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki. There is a battle going on for third place though, and now with the arrival of a SsangYong-based small SUV, M&M may pull away from Honda and Tata Motors.


CATARC acquires advanced ADAS driving simulator

14 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

The Chinese Automotive Technology and Research Centre (CATARC) says it has significantly expanded its vehicle development capabilities by acquiring a new, third-generation driving simulator from AB Dynamics.


Nissan commences production of updated Qashqai in Russia

13 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan says it has celebrated the start of production of the Nissan Qashqai at its plant in St Petersburg, Russia, as it brings the latest version of its crossover to the Russian market.


Honda shows glimpse of full-width dash on Urban EV

13 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

Honda has given a first look at the interior of its compact electric vehicle prototype to be shown in Geneva next month. It reveals a full-width dashboard which it says 'combines clean and simple design with user focused technology'.


BMW M expanding sports activity vehicle model line up

13 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

BMW M GmbH is expanding its high-performance model line-up to include models in the mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) segments for the first time.


Dacia plans utilitarian pickup truck

12 February 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Renault Romania will launch a Duster pick-up truck and special editions of existing models in 2019, Hakim Boutehra, general manager of Renault Commercial Roumanie, the sales division, was quoted locally as saying.


BMW launches new 7-Series PHEVs

1 February 2019 | Graeme Roberts

BMW has launched PHEV versions of its 7-Series with two- or four wheel drive.


VW revives dune buggy, electric this time

31 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen is reviving the dune buggy, a model once based on the floorpan of the legendary rear engine Beetle.


Toyota's Lexus launches 4G hybrid system with UX crossover

24 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The new UX250h luxury compact crossover has a new, fourth generation self-charging hybrid powertrain based on a two-litre I4 petrol engine.


Mitsubishi updates Eclipse Cross for 2019

24 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi said its Eclipse Cross SUV had sold over 80,000 units worldwide since launch a year ago.



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