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ANALYSIS - Skoda drops diesel from updated Fabia

21 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A facelift and updated engines for the big-selling Fabia have arrived at just the right time for Skoda, helping the brand into ninth place in the European region, placing it ahead of Toyota for the year to the end of October.


Will Suzuki still dominate India in 2030?

19 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

In October, Maruti Suzuki's share of the Indian market dipped below fifty per cent. In no other market of this size, let alone one of around five million vehicle sales per annum, does a single brand dominate. As India's economy expands and its new vehicle market inevitably overtakes Japan to become the world's third largest, will Suzuki Motor have the right models to stay firmly in first place?


2018 Guangzhou motor show - world premieres list

19 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Below is a list of vehicle world premieres which appeared at the 2018 edition of AutoGuangzhou.


Citroen 'Europeanises' the C5 Aircross with new rear seats

15 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

When it reaches European showrooms early in 2019, Citroen's C5 Aircross C-SUV will be new to this market but not new to the world - as we note in our PLDB database, it's actually been in production in China since the second half of last year, having made its global debut at the Shanghai show in April 2017. In China, with 40,000 sales to date, it supplemented the C5 sedan, over here it replaces the C5 (sedan and estate car) completely, tipping the established nameplate out of the non-premium D-segment pack and into the competitive C-SUV segment into which tout le monde de l'automobile is piling. On first look, it's very competitive.


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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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Aston Martin starts testing DBX prototype

14 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Aston Martin says it has started DBX prototype testing and has also confirmed that the production car will be called DBX.


Mercedes launches 'GLC F-Cell' hydrogen/PHEV powertrain

13 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz has launched an electric vehicle featuring hydrogen fuel cell and conventional plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery technology. The first sales are to selected customers in Germany.


Nissan opens new R&D office in St Petersburg

13 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has announced the opening of a new office for the Russian subdivision of Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in St Petersburg. The mission of the facility is the development of vehicles, as well as the implementation of technological innovations, for the Russian market.


Mitsubishi joint venture launches Eclipse Cross in China

7 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

GAC Mitsubishi Motors (GMMC) is to start sales of the locally assembled Eclipse Cross in China.


Brazilian Volkswagen T-Cross slightly larger than European version

5 November 2018 | Fernando Calmon

The production version of Volkswagen's compact T-Cross SUV was unveiled simultaneously in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Shanghai (China) and Sao Paulo (Brazil) recently. It is the first SUV VW has made in Brazil - at its Sao Jose dos Pinhais manufacturing plant in the southern state of Parana.


VW to show 'pioneering' pickup concept at Sao Paulo show

2 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen is to show a 'near-production concept' pickup at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show on 6 November.


Volvo Cars and Baidu team up on e-SAVs

1 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Cars is the latest OEM to announce an agreement with Baidu to jointly develop shared autonomous vehicles. Volvo says it will work with Baidu on electric and fully autonomous drive-compatible cars with the aim of mass producing them for the Chinese market.


Hyundai Motor to introduce solar charging technology on vehicles

31 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have announced plans to introduce solar charging technology on selected Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles, and will support internal combustion, hybrid and battery electric vehicles with additional electrical power, increasing fuel efficiency and range.


Mazda Europe names new design director

30 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mazda Motor Europe has announced that Jo Stenuit (49) will be the brand's new European design director.


VW T-Cross makes world debut in three cities

26 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

At three events in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Sao Paulo, Volkswagen launched its T-Cross, its first small SUV, claiming it sets new standards for its class.


Continental develops 'see-through' A-pillar

25 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Continental has developed a 'virtual A-Pillar' to help remove forward blind spots. The front support pillars, often referred to as A-pillars, anchor the windshield and the beginning foundation of the vehicle’s roof.


VW aims for 50% SUVs in car sales by 2025

25 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen says that by 2025, every second Volkswagen passenger car sold throughout the world 'will probably be an SUV'.


Jaguar Land Rover enhances standard and optional ICE for US market

24 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover has added both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality as standard to the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace and also as an option on some other 2019 model year vehicles with the InControl Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment.


Ford Michigan plant starts on revived Ranger truck

23 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The return of the Ranger pickup truck to production in a US factory marked a renaissance for the Wayne, Michigan plant just outside Detroit that, Ford said, had experienced the highs and lows of the American auto industry for the past six decades.


Grocers trialling electric Mercedes Actros in Germany

23 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Trucks has delivered a fully electric eActros for on-road testing to EDEKA, the German retail association which will test the 25-tonne truck with refrigerated body for a year in Berlin, using it to transport fresh, temperature-sensitive foodstuffs.


Porsche to build Mission E Cross

22 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche's supervisory board has given the green light to series production of the Mission E Cross Turismo. The automaker said it would create 300 additional jobs at its Zuffenhausen base for production of the vehicle, presented as a concept at the 2018 Geneva show last March.


VinFast selects Siemens for PLM software

19 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Emergent Vietnamese carmaker VinFast has selected a suite of tools from Siemens PLM Software to help realise plans for next-generation automotive and transportation design.


Ford extends GT output to meet "exceptional demand"

18 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said production of its GT supercar would be extended by approximately two years, to meet "overwhelming customer demand".


BMW loads new X7 with assistance tech

17 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's newly announced flagship, at least of its SUVs, the X7, is like all top BMWs for decades, packed with the latest, most comprehensive technology which traditionally has migrated downwards to cheaper models as development costs are amortised and supplier production volume increases.


Ford launches new mid-size SUV in China

16 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford China has launched its new Territory mid-size sport utility vehicle.



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