UK: Sales rise 12% in February

UK new car sales rose 12% year on year in February to 76,958 cars, for a consecutivem third full year of increases.

GENEVA: Harman predicts autonomous driving in ten years

Harman says it expects autonomous vehicles to be a reality in ten years as it mulls the opportunities for its infotainment systems on new transportation models

GENEVA: UK car production to rise this year - SMMT CEO

SMMT CEO Mike Hawes has told just-auto that after a flat 2014, car production in the UK should rise in 2015.

JAPAN: Landmark promotion for Toyota Europe chief

The chief of Toyota Motor Europe (TME), Didier Leroy, is to become the first non Japanese executive vice president of Toyota Motor Corporation and will remain based in Brussels.

UK: Companies need better future car product understanding - survey

Some 84% of automotive companies say that information on future car models is important to their company's strategy, yet only 39% claim to have a detailed, written-down forecast, according to a new survey for PLDB, the auto model database.

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ANALYSIS: Europe's fragile recovery continues 23 Feb 15

Car sales in January were off to a good start and it was the seventeenth successive month of growth. It's good that the market is growing again, but risks to recovery remain and trading conditions will remain tough across the region, says Dave Leggett.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: SEAT León Cupra 23 Feb 15

Once the Volkswagen Group’s biggest underachiever, SEAT is succeeding at last. The evidence? In Germany it’s now a top-ten brand, and in the UK, it was just 47 cars behind Fiat in January.

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Top Auto News

UK sales rise 12% in February

Graeme Roberts | 5 Mar 15

UK new car sales rose 12% year on year in February to 76,958 cars, for a consecutivem third full year of increases.


UK car production to rise this year - SMMT CEO

Dave Leggett | 5 Mar 15

SMMT CEO Mike Hawes has told just-auto that after a flat 2014, car production in the UK should rise in 2015.


Harman predicts autonomous driving in ten years

Simon Warburton | 5 Mar 15

Harman says it expects autonomous vehicles to be a reality in ten years as it mulls the opportunities for its infotainment systems on new transportation models

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Q&A with Eugenio Toccalino, Director of Strategic Marketing, Dow Automotive 23 Feb 15

Matthew Beecham

Dow Automotive Systems is a provider of polyurethanes, elastomers, films, fluids, adhesives, emissions solutions and acoustic-management materials to the global transportation industry. Matthew Beecham spoke to Eugenio Toccalino, Director of Strategic Marketing, Dow Automotive about structural foams and adhesives and the ways in which the supplier is helping OEMs make cars lighter.


Q&A with Rajus Augustine, Director HALOsonic Business Development, Harman 16 Feb 15

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At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Harman presented some updates to its HALOsonic suite of noise management solutions. Matthew Beecham spoke to Rajus Augustine, Director HALOsonic Business Development to find out what it means for OEMs.


Autonomous driving: Q&A with Chris Hoyle, Technical Director at rFpro 10 Feb 15

Matthew Beecham

We are continually told that driverless cars are tomorrow's world. Already the idea that they will feature at the 2020 Olympic Games is a given. In the meantime, an engineering team at rFpro have been looking at the ways in which to test these vehicles accurately in a safe, virtual environment using a simulator. To find out more, Matthew Beecham spoke to Chris Hoyle, Technical Director at rFpro.

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Opel/Vauxhall's chief gets delightfully candid

Dave Leggett | 4 Mar 15

General Motors' European chief, Karl-Thomas Neumann, was on good form in Geneva this week.


Geneva bound, via Monaco and Grenoble

Dave Leggett | 2 Mar 15

This was the scene in Monaco yesterday morning as a group of UK journalists set out on a drive to Geneva from Monaco in some old and new Vauxhall cars.


Toyota Mirai - more than meets the eye

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