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Published: Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:43:40 GMT

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Eyes on Detroit - the week

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:58:00 GMT

Our analysis of future Fiat and Abarth models was the most popular article on just-auto this week, followed closely by the Detroit revelation of Ford's long awaited, revived US market Ranger, now a mid-size pickup rather than its predecessor's 'small'. Ford has adapted the Australian-designed (so its local unit claims) model built mostly for other markets in Thailand and South Africa, rather than going it alone as it did for the last Ranger. Compare the latest Ranger with its ancestor, the late 1970s Courier, a rebadged Mazda B-series, and you can see how much these once-small trucks have grown over the generations.

DETROIT - VW structural reform led to US turnaround - VW exec

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:34:00 GMT

Volkswagen Group's North American chief, Hinrich Woebcken, told the audience at Automotive News World Congress in Detroit that regional reforms at the embattled carmaker two years ago have been instrumental to the VW brand's turnaround in the US.

Hands-On Tech - Kia Rio

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:15:00 GMT

Welcome to the third feature in our newest reporting series*. Our Hands-On Tech, or HOT, Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. This month we take a closer look at the Kia Rio, with a grade 3 trim spec. It's the first car in our series to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so we've also included an in-depth review of these applications.

Most current Golf suppliers retain business for new generation

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:06:00 GMT

Volkswagen said 80% of all planned for its eight generation Golf - due out in about 18 months - "were already under contract for the current Golf".

CES - AImotive and their vision first approach to autonomous

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:15:00 GMT

AImotive is a Hungary-based AI expert that hopes to bring autonomous driving to the masses. Its technology is based on a "vision first" approach. In early January 2018 it raised US$38m in a Series C funding round. At the 2018 CES, just-auto's Calum MacRae chatted to Bence Varga, AImotive's Head of European Sales.

Audi RS 3 Sportback - is 400 horsepower enough?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 23:32:00 GMT

Did anyone really think the 367PS pre-facelift RS 3 Sportback lacked power? Clearly, some did. Or perhaps Audi felt the need to trump the 381PS of the Mercedes-AMG A 45. So it gave the RS 3 another 33PS. Four hundred horsepower certainly does have a nice ring to it.

PSA unions agree jobs deal

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:38:00 GMT

PSA's Central Works Committee has given the green light to the Jobs and Skills Alignment System (DAEC) agreement after five out of six French unions inked the deal

New year bodes well for Brazil car market

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:25:00 GMT

The Brazilian market finally leveled off and started recovery in 2017. A better year had been forecast in December 2016 after a consecutive four year slump in sales finally bottomed out with sales down almost 50% compared with the record year 2012 in which 3.8m cars and commercial vehicles were sold (both light and heavy). Brazil dropped from fourth to eighth largest world market.

PSA to create third Portugal production team in April

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:56:00 GMT

PSA is to create a third production team at its Portuguese plant in Mangualde in April this year and hire nearly 225 people at the facility by May.

VW establishes mobility company in Rwanda

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:43:00 GMT

VW has founded Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda to provide modern integrated mobility services in Africa.

Half of car dealerships to go in a decade - survey

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:31:00 GMT

UK automotive executives expect that almost half of all car dealerships will disappear in less than a decade, according to KPMG's Global Automotive Executive Survey 2018.

Magna Graz plant builds updated Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:38:00 GMT

Mercedes-Benz's latest G-Class will continue to be built under contract in Graz, Austria, by Magna Steyr.

Qualcomm receives EU/KFTC approval for NXP acquisition

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:41:00 GMT

Qualcomm says the European Commission (EC) and the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), have authorised the acquisition of NXP Semiconductors by Qualcomm River Holdings, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm.

Mazda opens new Thai engine machining factory

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:39:00 GMT

Mazda has opened a new engine machining factory at its powertrain plant in Thailand's Chonburi Province to be known as Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) (MPMT).

MAN engines now independent business unit

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:38:00 GMT

MAN Engines, the business area for engines and components at MAN Truck and Bus, is now an independent unit.

PSA appoints new head of Corporate Finance and Treasury

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:37:00 GMT

PSA has appointed Lucie Vigier as head of Corporate Finance and Treasury reporting to Jean Baptiste de Chatillon, CFO and member of the managing board.

Tenneco forecasts 2018 revenue growth

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:44:00 GMT

Tenneco says it expects to outpace light vehicle industry production this year by three percentage points in line with last year's estimate for 2018 revenue growth. 

DETROIT - Clean diesel gets a boost

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:35:00 GMT

A few years back a change in the world order was comically illustrated by the fact that the best selling rapper was white and the number one golfer was black. Much has happened to Eminem and Tiger Woods since then: Now, as Europe, once the world's largest diesel market, clamps down on oil burners, North America is seeing something of a surge.

ANALYSIS - Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:23:00 GMT

The latest Tiguan has been available since 2016. Now comes the extended wheelbase seven-seater, which has more differences compared to the standard model than had been expected.

CES - Zenuity on making autonomous driving a reality

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:57:00 GMT

Zenuity was formed a year ago as a joint venture of Volvo and Autoliv. Its mission is to help transform the auto industry into the autonomous age by creating and delivering leading advanced driver assistance, automated driving, and cloud-based automotive software. The company is working on developing universal autonomous driving technology that emphasises safety and security. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews at CES, we met with Dennis Nobelius, Zenuity's president to learn more about the company's progress to date.