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Chengdu motor show world debuts list - the just-auto preview

20 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Every year the Chengdu motor show seems to grow in importance. The 2018 event is no exception. Below is an initial list of vehicle world premieres, with many more to be added during the coming weeks.


Proton under Geely - the future models

19 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The final Geely group brand to have its current future passenger vehicles assessed is Proton. Due to unremarkable cars, a home nation where the annual market remains well below three quarters of a million vehicles and poor marketing in the few countries it has tried to export to, the formerly state-run firm is a lacklustre operation. Could a cash infusion and a management shake-up transform the firm?


Another good Volvo arrives at platform SPA

18 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

There was a noticeable air of excitement amongst Volvo Car UK people at the redesigned V60's press launch in Yorkshire this week. This was not at all surprising: as the company's head of PR, Mike Gale (a recent recruit from one time Volvo powertrain partner Renault) noted, the brand has a "long history of wagons".


ANALYSIS - Mercedes-Benz Vans' electric future

18 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

OEMs are increasingly tasking their light commercial divisions with responsibility for certain passenger models too. Mercedes-Benz Vans is no exception, with the V-Class and X-Class being two of the better known model lines. The Vito though, is a bigger seller than either, with the premium pricing of multi-occupant luxury variants and new electric LCV versions greatly assisting the rising profits of the Vans division.


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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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Kia Niro EV with 280 miles range on sale in Korea

20 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Kia says its new fully electric Niro - with a claimed range of 280 miles on single charge - has now gone on sale in its home market. The car gets its European debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, with European sales to commence at the end of this year.


Toyota C-HR SUV misses IIHS top safety pick rating

20 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

A poor headlight rating came between Toyota's US specification C-HR small SUV and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, the IIHS said.


Honda launching Clarity PHEV in Japan

19 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor will begin sales of the Clarity PHEV, a new plug-in hybrid variant, on 20 July at dealerships in Japan.


Vietnamese car company to unveil models at Paris Show

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

A new Vietnamese car company, VinFast, says it is developing its own range of 'world-class vehicles' to be produced at a new facility in northern Vietnam.


Geely develops new modular architecture for compact cars

16 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Geely has said it has now developed a modular engineering architecture for B-segment cars.


VW to introduce zero-emission car sharing service in 2019

5 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The Volkswagen brand will also be offering its customers car sharing services in future. It says the WE customer platform is to begin rolling out various vehicle-on-demand services, in particular car sharing, in Germany in 2019. These services are to be extended to major cities in Europe, North America and Asia as early as 2020, the company says.


VW to launch its new small SUV in Europe this autumn

3 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen said its T-Cross small SUV - shown as a 'study' at the 2016 Geneva show - will be launched in Europe next autumn.


FCA lays out South American plans

2 July 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Following announcements by the Brazilian units of Volkswagen and GM, FCA's local arm has disclosed its strategy for the next five years.


Lynk & Co launches 02; to produce 01 in Europe

2 July 2018 | Staff reporter

Geely Auto Group’s luxury brand off-shoot Lynk & Co will begin sales of its second SUV model in China this week, the 02.


Volvo limits US S60 Polestar supply

28 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

As Volvo Car USA starts S60 production for the US at a new factory in South Carolina, the automaker announced the new S60 T8 Polestar Engineered variant of the sedan will be limited to only 20 for that market.


Citroen launches technology-laden Berlingo light van range

26 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

After 1.5m units since launch of the first generation in 1996, Citroen's third generation Berlingo is being launched with technology new to the LCV segment, such as an overload indicator - the claimed first application in a vehicle of this type - and, depending on model and option packs, up to 20 driver assistance systems and four connectivity technologies.


PSA Group launching new generation LCV line-up

26 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

PSA Group said it would consolidate its leading market share of more than 30% on the European B-LCV market by launching a new generation of the Peugeot Partner, Citroen Berlingo and Opel/Vauxhall Combo.


Jaguar Land Rover needs differentiation through good design - exec

25 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

As the auto industry reacts to the threat of disruption in the mobility space, a Jaguar Land Rover executive has stressed the need for the company to rise above commoditisation and continue to adapt to changing market needs with vehicle designs that customers can be passionate about.


New Ford Focus offers optional pothole detection

25 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is limiting the impact of damaged roads for drivers of the redesigned European Focus going on sale across Europe by introducing innovative pothole detection technology as an option.


Toyota Camry to return to W. Europe with hybrid variant

21 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is to sell its Camry model in the West European car market in 2019 after a 14-year absence. The new model will be a hybrid with a new 2.5-litre hybrid-electric system. It will also be constructed on a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.


Volvo reveals redesigned S60 at US factory inauguration

20 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars launched its S60 mid-size premium sports saloon as it inaugurated its first US manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. It's also the first Volvo model line in years not to offer diesel engines.


Geely's Polestar uses CFRP for new model

19 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Polestar is making extensive use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) for its upcoming Polestar 1 model.


Yaris, between Etios and Corolla, strengthens Brazilian Toyota line

18 June 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Despite the strong advance of SUVs, crossovers and 'adventure' variants of popular hatchbacks in Brazil, A- and B-segment hatchbacks still account for 60% of total passenger car registrations here, excluding single and double cab pick-ups. So automakers need to increase market share with additional types and sizes of vehicle.


Volvo launching Polestar Engineered spec for PHEVs

14 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars and electrified performance vehicle arm Polestar have launched a "new electrified performance offer" called Polestar Engineered, developed for the redesigned 60 series' new T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid variants.


Fiat-Chrysler Jeep Renegade updates include new petrol engines

12 June 2018 | Chris Wright

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Jeep brand is on track to meet its target of 1.9m global sales by the end of this year, up from 730,000 just five years ago.



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