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ANALYSIS - The future models Toyota is planning for Lexus

18 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The second feature in a series which looks at the future models of brands under the Toyota Motor Corporation umbrella is all about Lexus.

Kia's 'hedgehog' B-SUV makes its UK debut

17 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

So, someone asked someone from Kia: "Where did the name Stonic come from?" Before the official answer, came the media comedian: "Stonic the hedgehog." Official answer: "It's a made-up name." Hence I will never look at a Stonic again without thinking 'hedgehog' but it would not be a bad nickname for a cute little car that is Kia's first lob into the growing B-SUV segment.

ANALYSIS - Civic Type R leads export boom for Honda UK

16 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It's fast, high-priced and not exactly subtle in appearance. Honda is hoping that the Type R version of its built-in-England Civic five-door will be shocking enough to change how people across Europe mainly see the brand - a maker of ultra-reliable cars for the elderly.

ANALYSIS - New SsangYong Rexton an equine taste

13 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Easily the smallest of the three Korean vehicle brands available in Europe, SsangYong doesn't intend to remain a minor player in the region forever. As was the case with Kia a decade ago, every new vehicle is a major improvement over the outgoing model. The latest Rexton, which sees the importer going after the horsebox-towing set, is proof in point.

Latest interviews

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.

Opel chief interior designer on the Insignia, and spacious, functional car interiors

27 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport to take a closer look and got the inside story from Stefan Arndt, Adam Opel AG's chief interior designer.

Latest news

Toyoda Gosei develops new glass runs for quieter Lexus

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei has developed glass runs with a new structure that will contribute to both achieving a more stylish appearance and quieter vehicle cabins. This product is used on the new Lexus LS. 

Tokyo show: Nissan to reveal concept ambulance, 'chiller' e-van

19 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The Tokyo motor show includes commercial vehicles and Nissan will unveil two new fully customised vehicles aimed to improve city mobility: the new Paramedic Concept and the all electric e-NV200 Fridge Concept. The Paramedic Concept, based on the NV350 van, will be the automaker's fifth generation ambulance while the e-NV200 Fridge Concept is a van that can deliver chilled foods in urban environments, where large delivery trucks are often prevented from stopping.

Toyota launches Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell concept vehicle

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has launched the Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell vehicle (FCV) concept that envisions mobility in a low carbon society with advanced use of hydrogen and renewable energy. The concept proposes "a new form of the premium saloon" by employing a flexible layout unique to electric powered vehicles and a large amount of available electric power using hydrogen as an energy source.

Volvo Cars spending to launch Polestar

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Cars and owner Geely Holding said they would jointly spend RMB5bn (EUR640m, US$752m) to support the initial phase of Polestar's product, brand and industrial development.

2018 DETROIT AUTO SHOW - first world debuts

18 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The first world premieres for the 2018 North American International Auto Show are noted below.

Poltics delay Seat SUV name announcement

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

With Spanish media focused on the political crisis over Catalonia, Volkswagen Group's Spanish division Seat reportedly has decided to delay announcing the name of its forthcoming SUV.

LA AUTO SHOW - Porsche 718 GTS world debuts

18 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Another two motor show world premieres for the 2017 LA auto show have been named: the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS.

Volvo shows Polestar 1 hybrid coupe

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, has revealed its future as a standalone electrified performance brand. Polestar confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focussed route to market that will set a new industry benchmark for performance vehicles.

Toyota wants AI-enhanced vehicles testing by 2020

16 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has announced an outline of the concept car "Toyota Concept-i" series that it says embodies the future vision of a mobility society through which artificial intelligence (AI) enables cars to understand the driver, "effectively allowing people and cars to become partners".

2017 GUANGZHOU SHOW - Jaguar XEL world debut

13 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

An extended wheelbase Jaguar XE is to be a world premiere at AutoGuangzhou.

KS Gleitlager launches new polymer bearings for mild hybrids

13 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

KS Gleitlager GmbH says it has ilaunched a new generation of polymer bearings specifically engineered for mild hybrids with stop-start functions.

Ford starts European production of EcoSport SUV

12 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Production of the revised and facelifted Ford EcoSport SUV has begun at Ford's Craiova, Romania, plant.

Toyota eyes sportier image with 'GR' sub-brand

12 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is eyeing a sportier image with the launch of its GR (Gazoo Racing) line of cars in Japan and, later, in other key markets around the world.

Tata's Jaguar Land Rover updates Range Rover, adds PHEV

11 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Range Rover has updated its flagship Range Rover for 2018 with a redesigned cabin, some new technology and the addition of a new plug in electric petrol hybrid powertrain as recently announced for the Range Rover Sport.

Marchionne confirms Ferrari SUV plan - report

10 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Remarks made by FCA chief Sergio Marchionne suggest that the Ferrari brand will join other premium sports car brands and launch a top-end SUV.

Ford Mustang engineer comes up with dial-in 'ush

5 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

For Ford employee Steve von Foerster, it started with a neighbour's call to the police to request he keep car noise down.

New Asian markets Mitsubishi makes strong start

5 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors said its new Xpander multi-purpose vehicle had enjoyed one of the most successful launches of any vehicle introduced in Indonesia.

NCAPs score Range Rover Velar five stars

5 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover's new medium-sized luxury SUV, the Range Rover Velar, has been awarded Euro NCAP and ANCAP's top safety rating achieving high scores across all areas of assessment.

Tata's Jaguar Land Rover launches plug in hybrid

4 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' UK luxury car unit Jaguar Land Rover has revamped its Range Rover Sport line for 2018 with new English made Ingenium four cylinder, V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines along with a new P400e plug-in hybrid electric version.

Brazilian VW Polo closest yet to Europe 'original'

2 October 2017 | Fernando Calmon

It's very rare for a completely redesigned car model made in Brazil to make its debut all but in sync with the European versions and launch.

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