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Britain's heatwave this week didn't leave us quite this parched

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews...

Bridging divides: SPIEF 2015 brought - a large part - of the world to talk

COMMENT: No wizards needed at US$100 a barrel

It's been variously labelled as President Vladimir Putin's 'vanity summit' and those attending it as 'Kremlin lackeys,' but for the thousand...

Putting it all together: Faurecia assembles front and rear bumpers as well as front-end modules inside an Audi factory in Brussels, Belgium.

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of front-end modules

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some ligh...

Fiat's 500 has, effectively, become a brand in itself

COMMENT: The diminution of Fiat

The core brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - with a 116-year history of innovation and sales success - is reducing in importance as other p...

Latest CX-5 priced from £22,295 to £30,595

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 2015 Mazda CX-5 & future CUVs

Updated for 2015, the latest Euro 6-compliant Mazda6 has also had a mid-life facelift. A policy of short life cycles for major models is one...

Point, press, park

COMMENT: BMW & Mercedes battle over self parking

With Daimler's head of R&D confirming that next year's W213 E-Class will be able to park itself, Mercedes-Benz seems keen to undermine BMW's...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: 'Game changing' car configurator 26 Jun 15

Our most-read story on just-auto this week was also an exclusive - all about a game changing car configurator technology that will revolutionise the car buying experience at the point where new car buyers are considering and specifying cars that they will potentially purchase. Audi is the first customer for the new technology that is now being rolled out across its dealers globally.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Leon X-Perience blazes trail for future SE376 SUV 26 Jun 15

The Leon range continues to be SEAT's salvation, its multiple bodystyles successfully tempting ever more buyers to switch to the Spanish brand. The most recent addition, the X-Perience, means the line-up now includes a crossover too.

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Top Auto News

JLR in talks for Eastern Europe plant

Dave Leggett | 6 Jul 15 JLR's volume growth means that it is nearing capacity limits at UK plants such as Solihull

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is reportedly in talks that could result in a new manufacturing plant in Eastern Europe.

Korea domestic sales jump 11% in June

Tony Pugliese | 6 Jul 15 The recent launch of the Tivoli compact SUV has given Ssangyong a significant domestic sales boost

Domestic sales by South Korea’s five main automakers jumped 11.5% year on year to 135,218 units in June, from 121,221 units in the same month last year, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers and compiled by just-auto.

Goal of 75g CO2 achievable: Valeo R&D

Simon Warburton | 6 Jul 15 “We believe regulations are really fundamental in the industry' - Valeo R&D marketing director hybrid electric Michel Forissier in Amiens

Valeo says it has the technology to reach 75g of CO2 per 100km as European regulations look to turn the screw ever tighter on vehicle fuel emissions.

Recent News - (Updated: 11:53am 6 Jul 2015)

Honda Swindon plant to export Type R to Japan

ZF and TRW continue local and global supply roles

Updated: FCA to start Jeep production in India

ZF TRW 'continues direction' of affordable safety

TRW acquisition by ZF more than 1+1=2: Peter Lake

Magna Steyr to build vehicles for JLR

New ZF TRW supplier stresses core values

Johnson Controls forms Chinese auto interiors JV

Latest Auto Interviews

Q&A: Volvo XC90 technical boss Håkan Ivarsson on '90 Cluster' models 2 Jul 15

Glenn BrooksIvarsson heads up the development of the XC90 and future S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country

Volvo Cars' technical director for the 90 Cluster models opens up about the development of the XC90. Plus, what's coming for two VCC architectures: SPA for medium and large vehicles, and the smaller Geely-Volvo CMA.

Q&A: Intelligent Energy on how FCEVs could reach the masses 16 Jun 15

Matthew Beecham

The hydrogen fuel cell sector has caught the automotive limelight recently, notably Toyota's announcement of making thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents available on a royalty free basis. Does this mean affordable fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) could be on our driveways anytime soon? Matthew Beecham talked to James Batchelor of independent fuel cell specialist Intelligent Energy about the obstacles still to be overcome.

Q&A: DSM on the opportunities for under-the-hood plastic applications 8 Jun 15

Matthew Beecham

DSM Engineering Plastics is a global supplier of high-performance engineering thermoplastic solutions. In this interview, Matthew Beecham talked to Bert Havenith, Strategy and Intelligence Manager at DSM Engineering Plastics about the market and technical forces driving the switch from metal to plastic under-the-hood applications.

Automotive Blog

Newsflash! Our relationship with the motor car is evolving

Dave Leggett, just-auto editorial team Dave Leggett | 30 Jun 15

It's a recurring theme. We seem to be on the cusp of big changes that will profoundly impact car manufacturers, technology providers, component suppliers and all of us who move around - especially city dwellers.

Elon's SpaceX ship goes boom

Graeme Roberts, just-auto editorial team Graeme Roberts | 29 Jun 15

Given the attention Tesla EVs attract, it's easy to forget entrepreneur and founder Elon Musk has fingers in other pies - notably operating space ships. Which can be a bit risky.

Taxing questions in France

Simon Warburton, just-auto editorial team Simon Warburton | 26 Jun 15

It's been an eventful week in French industrial relations - and that's a competitive field - as the country's hard-wired unionism exerts a summer push.

Hot Automotive Issues

How much auto industry consolidation lies ahead?

How much auto industry consolidation lies ahead?

For automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, interest in M&A has accelerated recently. FCA chief Sergio Marchionne has said that more consolidation is needed among global automakers to raise scale and efficiency. In the supplier sector, too, future industrial consolidation is a hot topic. Besides the recent completion of ZF's takeover of TRW, Delphi has said it is ready to move quickly to make a major acquisition.

Mexico attracts wave of automotive industry FDI

Mexico attracts wave of automotive industry FDI

Mexico is attracting a wave of investment from OEMs attracted to its position as a low-cost NAFTA supplier to the US as well as its favourable trading arrangements with Latin American markets to the south. Ford and Toyota are the latest OEMs to announce significant new Mexico investments.

Russian Automotive Forum sees domestic opportunity as Rouble falls

Russian Automotive Forum sees domestic opportunity as Rouble falls

Soaring inflation, sky-high interest rates, a depreciating Rouble and a 50% drop in oil prices have seen unprecedented economic headwinds batter Russia. But despite that backdrop, domestic OEMs and suppliers saw genuine opportunity at the Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow. We've grouped all the coverage here.

Geneva 2015

Geneva 2015

If it's March, it's the Geneva show

Auto Market Research

Global light vehicle safety systems market- forecasts to 202

Global light vehicle safety systems market- forecasts to 2029

This QUBE report from just-auto provides a comprehensive overview of the global automotive safety systems sector, major suppliers, top 14 markets, technology trends and market size forecasts. Use this report to gain a quick overview of the sector and to understand the size and scope of the world's key markets.. Read more

Published: April 2015 - ($2300.00)

Global In-vehicle Entertainment and Information Systems Market 2015-2019

Published: June 2015 - ($2500.00)

Global Automotive Passive Safety Systems Market 2015-2019

Published: April 2015 - ($2500.00)

Global light vehicle instrumentation and cockpits market- forecasts to 2029

Published: April 2015 - ($1900.00)

Global light vehicle seating market- forecasts to 2029

Published: April 2015 - ($1500.00)

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