Research In Focus
Information summaries and extracts from just-auto's continually updated research portfolio.
18 February 2013
This month's management briefing considers that latest developments in automotive interiors. In this first instalment, extracted from the QUBE's cockpits and instrumentation intelligence service, Matthew Beecham talks to Inteva Products about trends in the design and appearance of instrument panels.
3 August 2012
For some time, manufacturers have been pushing back the technical boundaries of batteries used for hybrid electric vehicles. Matthew Beecham asks executives of three leading advanced battery makers - Western Lithium, GS Yuasa and Axeon - for their opinions on how this blossoming market is shaping-up.
11 July 2012
Adhesives specialists at 3M believe there is a growing market for the use of adhesives for bonding in automotive body structures, citing several advantages over conventional spot-welding.
9 July 2012
From 2014, it will be ‘practically impossible’ for new vehicles to receive a five star EuroNCAP rating if they are not fitted with an Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system. The independent consumer organisation says that universal fitment could reduce the number of road accidents in Europe by 27%, saving around 8,000 lives a year and reducing the number of people seriously injured by around 4,000.
14 May 2012
Taiwan has, due to its geographic position, political stance and population size, traditionally had both its import and export potentials defined by external factors. This quarterly report from Business Monitor International assesses prospects for its automotive market and industry.
20 April 2012
Nokia’s Location and Commerce business unit outlines its activities and maps out its strategic direction. This interview is extracted from QUBE's Connected Vehicles Intelligence Service.
20 January 2012
Fuelled by the need to save weight and reduce evaporative emissions, a great deal of innovative design and materials work is going into vehicle fuel tank systems, writes Matthew Beecham.
13 December 2011
As part of just-auto’s ongoing monitoring of trends in the transmission sector, Matthew Beecham talked with executives from BorgWarner, Getrag and Prodrive about how they see the future for electronically-actuated automated manual transmissions (AMTs), whether integrated into hybrid or electric powertrains or combined with a conventional internal combustion engine.
21 November 2011
The UK tyre market is changing, with demand for high-performance tyres, 4x4 tyres, and innovative products such as run-flat tyres growing rapidly. Matthew Beecham talked with Goodyear Dunlop about winter tyres and run-flats.
16 November 2011
As part of just-auto’s ongoing monitoring of trends in the transmission sector, Matthew Beecham talked with executives from Torotrak, BorgWarner, Prodrive and Getrag about how the global transmission market could evolve in terms of the split between manual and automatic transmissions.
8 November 2011
A study by engineering services and consulting company Ricardo predicts that global demand for oil may well peak before 2020 and fall back to levels significantly below 2010 demand by 2035.
7 November 2011
The popularity of diesel engines in passenger cars continues to fuel a number of innovations in the glow plug sector, writes Matthew Beecham.
25 October 2011
In this extract from just-auto's QUBE research on electric vehicle technologies, we take a quick look at so-called stop-start systems. Do you know, for example, that Mazda's solution does not involve the starter motor or that stop-start has been a non-starter in North America?
24 October 2011
There are three things a gasoline engine needs: air, fuel and spark. The spark plug ignites the air/fuel mixture, producing the combustion that powers the engine. Despite the fact that spark plugs have featured in vehicles for more than a century, Matthew Beecham finds that manufacturers are still pushing back the technical boundaries.
3 August 2011
Exhaust sound used to be simply a by-product of engine and vehicle development, but for today's sports and luxury cars, it is a carefully-manipulated 'product' that must fit in with the car's character and the brand's image, writes Matthew Beecham.
10 June 2011
A number of trends are emerging in roof design, reports Matthew Beecham. First is the sheer size and sophistication of the products.
17 May 2011
Astra Automotive is the brand born out of Lampion & Co Ltd. The company has been serving the automotive aftermarket since the early 1980s. In addition to selling replacement light bulbs, the company supplies a range of wiper blades, electrical parts and vehicle maintenance equipment. just-auto talked with Leon Callahan, managing director and Robert Jones, director of Astra Automotive about some notable trends in the vehicle lighting sector.
28 April 2011
Radar-based safety technologies such as advance collision warning and blind-spot detection are becoming common place as optional equipment on new vehicles. While the possibilities to “assist the driver” seem endless, is there a risk of information overload? Matthew Beecham puts that question to executives at Continental, Bosch, TRW, Delphi and Freescale Semiconductor.
20 April 2011
Electronic braking systems are rapidly gaining share in the automotive industry as automakers look to benefits of improved performance at low cost.
28 February 2011
The feature content of new cars is increasing on a daily basis. Yet features like multimedia systems, cell phones, rear seat entertainment, remote keyless entry and tyre pressure monitoring systems all consume more energy. As part of just-auto.com’s annual rolling review of electrical and electronic distribution systems, Matthew Beecham asks how is this trend impacting on vehicle electrical and electronic architectures?