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Published: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:44:12 GMT

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Why is Norway a case study for EVs?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:27:00 GMT

In global terms, Norway enjoys by far the highest penetration of electric vehicles in its car market. Exclusively for just-auto, Norwegian writer Jorn Madslien takes a trip to his homeland for a personal journey that sheds some light on this small European country's huge drive for electrification.

Tesla's Semi concept draws focus on electric trucks

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:18:00 GMT

Following last week's announcement of a Tesla electric truck with first deliveries in 2019, just-auto's QUBE research database has updated its section covering such vehicles. We note that, while the rise of electric passenger vehicles is firmly established, it's taken longer for electric trucks and commercial vehicles to appear in the mainstream automotive industry. The drive towards electrified powertrains stems from the worldwide effort to lower emissions, significantly hastened by toughened legislation in the wake of the Dieselgate emissions fixing scandal. Some European nations are already introducing bans on the future sale of non-electrified vehicles, so the inevitable turn toward electric power is a considerable concern for vehicle manufacturers.

Russia posts eighth monthly sales rise in a row

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:24:00 GMT

Russia has recorded October sales of new passenger cars and LCVs rising 17.3%, the eighth consecutive monthly increase after years of sharply falling numbers.

Mercedes starts taking e-Vito orders in Germany

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:55:00 GMT

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to offer all its commercial van model lines with electric drive, starting with the mid-size eVito, now available to order, with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018.

Interior design and technology - Kia Soul

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:24:00 GMT

Launched in 2008 for those looking to make a funky and bold statement, the Kia Soul is certainly out of the ordinary. Competing models include the likes of the Vauxhall Mokka X and Nissan Juke. Like the Juke, opinions are divided on its distinctive looks and hamster TV commercials.  But that hasn't stopped the Soul from becoming a market leader in the US and China.  Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the Soul.

ANALYSIS - How Honda sees the future of Acura

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:22:00 GMT

Can a luxury brand which after 31 years is only a moderate success in North America, is absent from Europe and Japan and builds only two models in China be considered a successful one? Acura has always promised much but not always delivered, at least not compared to Lexus and Infiniti, each of which it blazed the trail for. In this first of three features, just-auto looks at what is ahead for Honda Motor's brands.

Volkswagen boosts revenue forecast

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:48:00 GMT

Volkswagen reportedly now expects group revenue to exceed 2016's record EUR217bn by more than 25% by 2020, up from a March forecast of more than 20%.

Renault and Al-Futtaim team for Pakistan assembly

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:52:00 GMT

Groupe Renault and Al-Futtaim have inked definitive agreements for assembly and distribution of the French automaker's vehicles in Pakistan.

Daimler opens new digital hub in Tel Aviv

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:31:00 GMT

Daimler has set up a Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Centre in Tel Aviv focusing on digital vehicle and mobility services.

Struggling Chery calls in local help in Brazil - the week

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:21:00 GMT

Our Man in Brazil, Fernando Calmon, reported this week on an interesting development that sees seasoned local importer, assembler and distributor CAOA Group join with Chery to manage Chery's factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The deal is valued at around US$60m for CAOA to acquire 50% of the Chinese brand's Brazilian operations including the Jacarei plant, in the Greater Sao Paulo area; importation and sales are included.

Toyota and Suzuki strike MoU on India EVs

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:16:00 GMT

Toyota and Suzuki have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together on introducing electric vehicles in the Indian market 'in around 2020'.

Czech Republic tips hat to past for current strength

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:29:00 GMT

Czech prowess in manufacturing skills can partly be attributed to the country's Communist past says the country's Automotive Industry Association's secretary-general.

Toyota plans EV in China by 2020

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:04:00 GMT

Toyota has announced today that it will be rolling out an electric vehicle under the Toyota brand in the Chinese market in 2020.

ANALYSIS - Peugeot 308 SW and GTI

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 20:05:00 GMT

Has the long-awaited recovery of the Peugeot brand finally begun? Even if things remain terrible in China with a year-to-date collapse of 30 per cent in a rising market, October was a good month for the brand across Europe. The 3008 and 5008 are major factors in the improvement but so too is the updated 308 range.

Jaguar Land Rover unveils XEL in China

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:30:00 GMT

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled the Jaguar XE long-wheelbase (XEL), the second Jaguar vehicle to be manufactured in China, at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

VW Brazil Virtus replaces Polo sedan

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:06:00 GMT

Volkswagen has launched a new compact sedan called Virtus in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new model, developed especially for South America, replaces the Polo sedan, is based on the MQB modular platform and is claimed to be among the most spacious cars in its segment.

2017 GUANGZHOU SHOW - Kia NP world debut

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:10:00 GMT

AutoGuangzhou 2017 has hosted a variety of concept and production model world debuts. The press preview day was Friday 17 November.

JLR, Ford and Tata begin connected car trials in Coventry

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:49:00 GMT

The UK's largest trial of connected and autonomous vehicle technology has moved onto public roads, with the UK Autodrive project starting city trials on the streets of central Coventry.

Toyota to recall C-HR 1.2s and older Prius PHEVs

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:42:00 GMT

Toyota GB will recall about 4,200 Turkish-built CH-R crossovers with the 1.2-litre petrol engine to reflash software that controls the electronic park brake. The move is part of a global recall that will also see about 1,400 Prius previous generation plug-in hybrids recalled here in the UK to uprate a fuse.

VW says 'pact for the future' on track

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:16:00 GMT

The Volkswagen brand said its 'pact for the future' had achieved EUR1.9bn of efficiency savings, or 96% of the target set for 2017.