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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...

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...

Briefing: Active safety systems

Matthew Beecham | 25 Jun 2015

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. Although the accent is on giving assistance to the driver rather than take control away, motorists are still wary about cars that supposedly drive themselves. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), rearview cameras, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This second instalment considers AEB and HUDs.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The self-parking Beemer

Graeme Roberts | 12 Jun 2015

It would appear our new Research Snapshots have gone down a treat with our readers, judging by the popularity of our review of door innovations this week.

COMMENT: Hyundai's Aslan premium sedan bombs

Glenn Brooks | 9 Jun 2015

It was launched with great fanfare only last year but sales of the Aslan, Hyundai's import-fighter, continue to disappoint. This is worrying news for HMG in its home market.

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Tomorrow’s rearview mirrors

Matthew Beecham | 1 Jun 2015

The rearview mirror has been transformed over the last decade into a high-tech electronic module, writes Matthew Beecham. Tomorrow’s mirrors will feature even more, including lights, cameras, displays and controls.

Latest Interviews

Q&A with Dow Automotive

Matthew Beecham | 23 Feb 2015

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.

Nexteer president and COO Laurent Bresson

Calum MacRae | 19 Jan 2015

Nexteer, the former GM Saginaw steering division, has flourished under the ownership of China-based Pacific Century Motors its owner since 2011. Calum MacRae caught up with Nexteer’s president and COO Laurent Bresson at the recent NAIAS.

Latest News

BMW testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Graeme Roberts | 3 Jul 2015

BMW will begin testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles this month.

China dealers thank BMW for support

Dave Leggett | 3 Jul 2015

BMW's Chinese dealers have thanked the company for its support in the face of slowing market demand at a meeting in Beijing.

SUVs continue driving US sales growth

Bill Cawthon | 2 Jul 2015

June was another good month for the auto industry as US light vehicle sales continued to grow.

Auto industry gears up for intelligent mobility

Dave Leggett | 30 Jun 2015

According to global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan (F&S) the automotive sector gears up to the challenge presented by the emergence of new business models in the transportation sector.

Toyota/BMW sportscar JV progressing to plan

Chris Wright | 30 Jun 2015

Plans for a new sports car developed jointly by BMW and Toyota, using common underpinnings of major components, are on track, the German carmaker has told media outlets.

Clubman takes Mini more upmarket

Graeme Roberts | 26 Jun 2015

As it unveiled the redesigned Clubman, BMW Group said it was realigning the Mini brand's product and brand strategy.

BMW reveals redesigned Mini Clubman

Graeme Roberts | 24 Jun 2015

BMW Mini's redesigned Clubman, pictures and details of which were released today, is larger than its predecessor and ditches the controversial, rear hinged, right side only, rear side door for four conventional doors while retaining barn style rear doors.

Nexteer forecasts EPS growth for small cars

Dave Leggett | 24 Jun 2015

Steering systems supplier Nexteer has said that its Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems are in higher demand as its customers seek efficiency gains and the technology becomes suitable for smaller cars.

BMW hails street lamps that come with EV charger

Dave Leggett | 17 Jun 2015

BMW's MINI plant in Oxford is showcasing what is described as a high-efficiency street lighting system that doubles as a charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) during the city's second Low Carbon Oxford Week.

More BMW sales records fall in May

Graeme Roberts | 12 Jun 2015

BMW Group continued its recent sales roll in May with deliveries up 5.9% year on year to 188,287, a record for that month.

JUST THE FACTS: BMW 7-Series first look

Graeme Roberts | 11 Jun 2015

Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) migrates down from the Leipzig-made i3 and i8, engines are the group’s new generation, a plug-in hybrid 740e is planned, remote control parking available.

BMW again to build 7 Series at Dingolfing

Graeme Roberts | 11 Jun 2015

BMW will build its redesigned 7 Series in Dingolfing, main factory source for the predecessor models.

BMW expands I3 engine availability

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

Ten, maybe 20 years ago, you'd have been laughed out of the pub car bores' group for suggesting a BMW would one day be offered with a three cylinder engine (or front wheel drive, for that matter). Laugh ye no more.

BMW details redesigned X1 crossover

Graeme Roberts | 4 Jun 2015

BMW has now confirmed full details of its second generation X1 crossover which now has the group's front- and all-wheel drive Untere Fahrzeugklasse (UKL1) architecture as its basis.

South Korean import sales rise 20% in May

Tony Pugliese | 4 Jun 2015

Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea jumped by over 20% to 18,386 units in May, from 15,314 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

US May light vehicle sales set all time record

Bill Cawthon | 3 Jun 2015

It seems American new vehicle buyers went out of their way to confound the analysts in May.

BMW to start X4 Kaliningrad build with Avtotor

Simon Warburton | 2 Jun 2015

BMW says it is to start assembling X4 models in Kaliningrad in partnership with Avtotor.

Harman completes Bang & Olufsen auto business buy

Simon Warburton | 29 May 2015

Harman says it has completed its acquisition of Bang & Olufsen's automotive audio business.

F57 Mini cabrio to be assembled by VDL NedCar

Glenn Brooks | 28 May 2015

A source within BMW Group has told just-auto that Project F57, the imminent next-generation Mini Convertible, will be manufactured by VDL Nedcar at its plant in Born. Production of the outgoing R57 series topless Mini has now ceased and the new model will soon be revealed.

UK automakers build a half million by April

Graeme Roberts | 28 May 2015

UK automakers passed the 500,000 milestone for car production in April with 530,505 new cars built to date.


Glenn Brooks | 26 May 2015

The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2015 took place from 22-25 May. BMW and Zagato had vehicle world premieres at the event.

Ficosa opens new production facility in Shenyang

Simon Warburton | 21 May 2015

Ficosa has opened a new production facility in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province in China.

Latest blogs

Now you can park the BMW limo by remote control

Graeme Roberts | 11 Jun 2015

Parking Assist? As of last night, so last decade. Now BMW has introduced remote controlled parking.

G11/G12 BMW 7 Series images appear

Glenn Brooks | 10 Jun 2015

After so much hype, it was inevitable: official images of the next BMW 7er have appeared a few hours ahead of tonight's official media preview.

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