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New 2020 Skoda Octavia leaks out on configurator

Skoda’s sales champion is accidentally posted on the brand's website showing what appears to be its finished design Skoda is gearing up for the reveal of its biggest seller, the Octavia - but it appears to have accidentally spoiled the moment after an official image is posted ... Reported by Autocar

Audi A6 55 TFSIe quattro plug-in hybrid arrives with 362bhp

Four-wheel-drive petrol-electric saloon offers more than 30 miles of electric driving at speeds of up to 84mph The new Audi A6 plug-in hybrid has gone on sale in Germany as Audi progresses with the electrification of its line-up.  The A6 55 TFSIe quattro, first revealed at the Geneva ... Reported by Autocar

Hitachi starts producing high voltage EV inverter

Hitachi Automotive Systems (HAS), says it started the mass production of its 800-volt compatible high voltage and high output electric vehicle (EV) inverter, which increases EV practicality and enables long-distance driving. Reported by Just-Auto

The fourth generation Toyota Yaris is upon us at last

And about time. For a brand that once renewed models every four years, with a facelift (nose, tail, dashboard) after two, nine years is a long innings for Europe's Yaris, to be replaced by the fourth generation model in the second half of 2020. Reported by Just-Auto

Volkswagen Group deliveries up 9.2% in September

In the month of September, the Volkswagen Group delivered 904,200 vehicles to customers throughout the world, a rise of 9.2 percent compared with September 2018, although WLTP testing regime market distortions last year played a part. Reported by Just-Auto

VW rethinks Turkish facility following Syria offensive

Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia back in the running for carmaker’s new production site Reported by FT

Mitsubishi Europe boosts nine month sales ahead of market

Mitsubishi Motors Europe said its sales grew 7% year on year between January and September in a market down 1.6%. Reported by Just-Auto

Bloodhound shown in 'desert spec' ahead of high-speed tests

Brit-build supersonic car is expected to exceed 500mph in South African test and will aim for land speed record next year Bloodhound, the land speed record car bidding to set a new supersonic land speed record of around 800mph in South Africa next year, has been shown in 'desert spec' ahead ... Reported by Autocar

Hyundai develops AI-based smart cruise control

Hyundai Motor Group announced it has developed the claimed world's first machine learning based Smart Cruise Control (SCC-ML) system for vehicles, which learns the owner's personal driving styles and incorporates them into the system's own self-driving behaviour - creating a customised ... Reported by Just-Auto

Piston Group acquires Marion Industries

Detroit supplier of chassis and electronics assemblies, Piston Group, has added Honda to its customer list by acquiring Marion Industries from Ernie Green Industries. Reported by Just-Auto

Bulgaria and Romania polish up VW plant offers

Romania and Bulgaria reportedly have updated their offers and are willing to provide higher financial support for a new Volkswagen factory that originally looked like it would be built in Turkey. Reported by Just-Auto

Automakers help fund cybersecurity specialist

Upstream Security, which claims to be the leader in cybersecurity for connected vehicles, has announced a syndicate of investors, including some of the world's largest OEM automotive vehicle manufacturers, insurance and fleet operators, invested US$30m in a Series B funding round, bringing the ... Reported by Just-Auto

General Motors could revive Hummer as electric SUV brand

Defunct off-road marque is tipped for revival as the flagship of American giant's line-up of electric trucks, Reuters reports American automotive giant General Motors (GM) is considering a revival of the Hummer brand for a new line of premium electric SUVs and pick-up trucks, according ... Reported by Autocar

FCA Melfi plant gears up for Compass and PHEVs

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has begun testing the new Jeep Compass production line at its Melfi plant in Italy. Reported by Just-Auto

Malaysia sales rebound strongly in September

Malaysia's new vehicle market rebounded strongly in September, by almost 43% to 44,666 units compared with weak year earlier sales of 31,241 units, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA). Reported by Just-Auto

BMW Z4 2019 long-term review

BMW's sporting offerings have lost their lustre in recent years. We have three months to find out if the new Z4 can turn that trend around *Why we’re running it: *The sporting appeal of BMW’s roadster has diminished over generations. We want to find out if it’s back -Month ... Reported by Autocar

Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 Polestar Engineered released in UK

Volvo applies performance and handling upgrades to its 60 model line; available to order now from £56,105 Volvo has extended its UK line-up with the first Polestar Engineered variants going on sale. The S60 saloon, V60 estate and XC60 SUV are the first recipients of the performance ... Reported by Autocar

Catalonia unrest stops Seat production

VW Group Spanish unit Seat halted car production at its factory in Catalonia on Thursday and Friday because of ongoing strikes and unrest in the region. Reported by Just-Auto

2019 Audi A1 Sportback: Thai pricing and specs

Premium compact hatchback hopes to steal some attention from Mini punters. Reported by Bangkok Post

FTI lowers car output forecast to 2m

The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has lowered its outlook for the country's car production this year to 2 million vehicles from 2.15 million, blaming bearish sentiment for both local sales and exports. Reported by Bangkok Post

Flat out in McLaren's ultimate trio: F1 vs P1 vs Senna

All three of the McLarens are seriously quick. Their top speeds are all north of 200mph The McLaren F1 was arguably the first hypercar and laid down the DNA that runs through the equally mighty P1 and Senna. We gather all three The sight alone is enough to elicit involuntary ... Reported by Autocar

Autonomous car trials: Are they smart or reckless?

Self-driving Leaf will navigate roundabouts, A-roads and motorways Live trials of self-driving cars, such as the Nissan Leaf's 230-mile trip to Sunderland, split opinion within the industry. We weigh both sides of the argument. Later this year, a Nissan Leaf will travel from ... Reported by Autocar

Used car buying guide: Jaguar XK

Gearshift paddles - every XK has them, plus a Sport button The V8-engined Jaguar XK - coupe or convertible - is a tempting buy, especially from £6000 up. But is there a risk it'll turn around and bite you? The Jaguar XK makes for a great used car, with its lightweight, bonded and ... Reported by Autocar

Rolls-Royce Cullinan review

The Cullinan may just be another pricey SUV, but it’s quite a nice addition to the Rolls-Royce family. Reported by Bangkok Post

Under the skin: How car engine lubricants are evolving

Viscosity modifiers are the ingenious secret ingredients that put the 'multi' into multigrade oil Even the most dedicated petrol-head often snubs lubricating oil, but this unappreciated fluid plays a critical role Name something car people find least interesting and hate spending ... Reported by Autocar

Opinion: Performance most important for JLR's new crossover EV

JLR's latest project could be a money-earner, but controlling CO2 and performance must be the main objectives Jaguar Land Rover's electric crossover project is certainly an exciting one, and no doubt JLR’s bean counters have been encouraged by the relative success of the Jaguar I-Pace ... Reported by Autocar

Range Rover EV to be most road-biased Land Rover yet

Land Rover's upcoming electric Range Rover, as imagined by Autocar All-electric luxury crossover to rival next-gen Macan EV and Audi E-tron Sportback Land Rover is gearing up to launch its first fully electric Range Rover model, a low-slung luxury crossover that will be twinned ... Reported by Autocar

EV conversions slammed by classic car experts

Volkswagen recently revealed an electrified version of the original Beetle Removal of original combustion engine threatens status of historically significant vehicles A leading body has spoken out against the widespread electrification of classic cars, stating that removing ... Reported by Autocar

FTA takes stock as UK strikes Brexit deal with EC

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) says it will 'review carefully' the UK government's announcement it had secured a deal with the European Commission (EC) to leave the EU on 31 October. Reported by Just-Auto

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