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Future Audi cars - the fightback begins

21 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Even with the downturn in China, Audi still sold over 575,000 vehicles in 2018, way more than either Mercedes or BMW. Things are also good in the US, where the brand delivered in excess of 220,000 SUVs and cars. Europe, however, is a disaster. That's due to Volkswagen AG having been ill-prepared for WLTP. Plus, it will take a while yet for all current models to be approved as compliant. What though, is coming down the pipeline in terms of fresh, future models? Lots, is the short answer.

Geneva motor show world debut list - Skoda Superb facelift

21 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Global debuts for the 2019 Geneva motor show are listed below. The latest addition to just-auto's roster of world premieres is a mid-life facelift for the Skoda Superb hatchback and Combi.

25 years on comes the fifth generation Toyota RAV4

18 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

It seems hard to believe Toyota's RAV4 is 25 years old and entering its fifth generation. Seems only a few years ago I had my first go in the little three-door launch model with its cheeky look a larger Toyota iteration of Suzuki's Vitara, a two-litre petrol engine, side opening rear door and tailgate mounted spare wheel.

DETROIT REPORT - Trucks and performance cars dominate NAIAS

16 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

As news of Ford and VW's tie-up dominated headlines from NAIAS 2019 in Detroit, the show halls amply illustrated the current product focus for North America's auto industry. Unsurprisingly, large brawny pickups and performance cars dominated.

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Hyundai-Kia's design chief on CASE opportunities

16 November 2018 | Chris Wright

Hyundai Motor Group Design chief Peter Schreyer is rightly proud of his role in changing not only the look,  but the perception of the South Korean carmaker’s two brands. His work is far from done, however. There are plenty more challenges ahead, not least with the advent of autonomous vehicles.

Adient's CTO on megatrends and cutting development time

10 August 2018 | Calum MacRae

At the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan recently just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Dr Detlef Juerss, Vice President Engineering & Chief Technology Office, Adient to discuss the changing automotive environment, future seating requirements and how Silicon Valley is helping Adient reduce product development times.

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Ford Mondeo Hybrid Wagon revealed at Brussels show

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

At the Brussels Motor Show, Ford of Europe has revealed an enhanced Ford Mondeo range – including a new Mondeo Hybrid wagon (estate).

Nissan unveils NV300 concept-van at Brussels Show

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has unveiled the NV300 Concept-van to highlight the versatility of Nissan commercial vehicles for bespoke conversions of all types.

Ford shocks with electric F-150 statement

17 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Jim Farley, Ford Motor's head of world markets, has told attendees at an industry conference in Detroit that the company will bring a fully electric version of the world's best selling vehicle to market.

Revised BMW 7 Series makes world premiere in China

17 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

BMW has shown its mid-cycle facelifted BMW 7 Series in Shanghai, China.

Ford and Carbon expand JV for 3D printing of polymer parts

17 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company, has showed the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for Ford Motor Company.

Toyota officially starts Corolla production in UK

14 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has marked the official start of production of the redesigned Corolla hatchback and wagon with a ceremony at UK car plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire.

Cummins 1,000 lb-ft diesel for Ram HD pick-up

14 January 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Fiat Chrysler US today announces not only replacements for its long-lived Heavy Duty Ram pick-ups, but also a Cummins in-line six-cylinder engine with a class-best 1,000 lb-ft (1,356Nm) of torque.

Ford starts talks over European restructure and job cuts

10 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said today (10 January) it was starting consultations with unions and other parties to begin a restructure of the brand and make its European business "sustainably profitable".

CES - New Nissan Leaf version goes 40% further on a tank of volts

9 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan might consider borrowing the Ford tagline Go Further for its new Leaf e+ with driving range extended by a claimed 40%.

CES - Hyundai shows 'walking car'

8 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Group has shown its 'Elevate' concept at CES in Las Vegas. It says the 'Ultimate Mobility Vehicle' (UMV), prepares communities in the event of a natural disaster'.

Byton reveals details of M-Byte SUV production model at CES

7 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Byton has revealed new details about its first production model, the M-Byte SUV, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas.

Geely Auto previews its first 'Coupe SUV'

2 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Geely Auto (Geely) has previewed its first 'Coupe SUV' as part of the brand’s efforts in widening its product portfolio.

JLR develops 'automatic' opening car door

18 December 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover says it has developed a car door that opens automatically as the driver approaches or can be operated by gesture control.

Proton launches Geely-based X70 SUV

14 December 2018 | Staff reporter

Malaysian national carmaker Proton this week officially launched its first SUV, based on a model already on sale in China by its new strategic partner Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely).

Pininfarina 'Battista' EV will have 1,900bhp power

12 December 2018 | Dave Leggett

Automobili Pininfarina is claiming that its 1,900bhp electric hypercar  - named after Pininfarina founder, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina - will be launched as Italy’s most powerful and fastest car ever.

Visteon launches first all-digital cluster for Peugeot-Citroen

4 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Visteon Corporation is launching its first digital instrument cluster developed for PSA Group in the automaker's new DS 3 Crossback SUV.

Toyota GB plans hybrid-only RAV4 5G

4 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota GB's fifth generation RAV4 SUV will be sold only as a "self-charging full hybrid" model, as the distributor now likes to call its non-PHEV hybrids.

Hyundai begins roll-out of new Palisade

3 December 2018 | Staff reporter

Hyundai Motor said on Friday it had received close to 3,500 orders for its newly-launched Palisade flagship SUV on the first day of pre-orders.

Trump tariffs prompt Ford to speed plans to build Lincoln in China

30 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford wants to dodge Chinese tariffs on US-built vehicles imposed as a result of president Donald Trump's trade war by speeding plans to build luxury Lincolns in the world's biggest car market.

New Kia Soul EV world debut electrifies Los Angeles show

29 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors unveiled the new Soul EV in Los Angeles with a new liquid cooled, lithium ion polymer 64kWh battery which is expected to mean much less need for daily charging, and with Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge as standard equipment.

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