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| 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.
| 15 May 2015
We heard this week that Toyota and Mazda are interested in working together in the future. Toyota is obviously the bigger player, but Mazda has some interesting plus points, not least its Skyactiv powertrain technology that improves ICE efficiency.
| 1 May 2015
The big news of the week[end] was the failure of Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piëch to unseat CEO Martin Winterkorn, as we reported here and here.
| 17 Apr 2015
Dunno 'bout you but 2015 seems to be flying by waaaay too fast - where did yet another week go?
| 11 Nov 2014
Dr. Jens Sommer has worked as Senior Transmission Expert in Shell Global Solutions in Germany since 2010. Currently, he is based at Shell's new Technology Centre in Shanghai to support local OEMs. As Senior Transmission Expert, Dr. Sommer is in charge of manual transmission and dry dual clutch transmission fluid development activities, which covers passenger cars as well as heavy duty applications.
| 13 Oct 2014
Allison, the automatic transmission specialists, is rolling out FuelSense, a fuel-saving solution that automatically adjusts shift schedules, selects neutral and manages vehicle acceleration to maximise transmission fuel economy. Last month, Kenworth became the third OEM to adopt the package. Manlio Alvaro, director of EMEA Marketing, tells just-auto that testing indicates FuelSense has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent when compared to the previous generation of Allison Electronic Controls without these fuel saving feature
| 4 Sep 2015
Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have broken ground for their joint venture manufacturing complex COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), in Aguascalientes in central Mexico. The factory will build premium compact vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.
| 1 Sep 2015
Daimler has decided to reduce the hours of production by 20% instead of sacking 1,500 employees in its Brazilian truck making division.
| 25 Aug 2015
A strike over job cuts at a General Motors plant in Brazil has ended but trouble has now broken out at a Mercedes factory in the country.
| 25 Aug 2015
Rane TRW Steering Systems Occupant Safety Division - a 50:50 joint venture between Rane group and ZF TRW - has opened an airbag manufacturing plant located near its seatbelt factory in Singaperumal Koil, Chennai.
| 14 Aug 2015
Mercedes-Benz is adding a Coupé to its C-Class family, which will be shown at the upcoming Frankfurt Show.
| 11 Aug 2015
Audi, BMW Group and Daimler say they have reached agreement with Nokia Corporation to acquire its mapping and location services business, HERE.
| 7 Aug 2015
Nexen Tire says it has become an official partner of Manchester City Football Club as a part of the company's sports marketing plan.
| 4 Aug 2015
Americans flocked to dealer lots in July, snapping up more than 1.5m cars and trucks, an increase of 5.3% from July 2014, well above analyst forecasts.
| 3 Aug 2015
Audi, BMW Group and Daimler have agreed to buy Nokia Corporation's mapping and location services business Here.
| 28 Jul 2015
Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have formed a joint venture company to oversee the building and operation of the Mexican factory that eventually will build Mercedes and Infiniti models.
| 23 Jul 2015
Daimler has booked record unit sales, revenue and earnings for the second quarter of 2015.
| 22 Jul 2015
Volkswagen plans to set up the headquarters of Truck & Bus - its new truck business - in Braunschweig, which is around 25km from the automaker's own headquarters in Wolfsburg.
| 16 Jul 2015
Magna says it has inked an agreement to acquire automotive transmissions supplier, Getrag Group in a deal worth EUR1.75bn (US$1.9bn).
| 15 Jul 2015
Daimler estimates autonomous cars will be on specially selected highways within the decade as sensor technology progressively upgrades
| 14 Jul 2015
Daimler has completed the first BharatBenz bus at its Oragadam plant in Chennai.
| 7 Jul 2015
Mercedes-Benz recorded the highest half-year sales figures in the company's history with 898,425 vehicles delivered to customers in the first six months of 2015 (+14.7%).
| 1 Jul 2015
Daimler has announced more details of plans for its Mercedes-Benz Rastatt car plant which will produce the next generation compact cars.
| 30 Jun 2015
Trials of Daimler's Fuso battery electric, zero emission trucks have been completed in a research project co-funded by the Portuguese government through IAPMEI, the Public Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation.
| 30 Jun 2015
With effect from 1 July 2015, Zhou Liang (48) will succeed Wu Yuejun (52) and become the new president and CEO of Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive (BFDA), the 50/50 joint venture between Daimler and truck manufacturer Foton.
| 29 Jun 2015
Daimler's Smart brand is adding, er, smartphone integration to its 2016 model year line using MirrorLink. Orders open on 3 July and the first vehicles will be delivered in September.
| 25 Jun 2015
Russian producer, GAZ Group says it has "supplier visibility" down to Tier 3 level and even further as it looks to leverage the possibly short-lived advantage of a rouble under pressure.
| 25 Jun 2015
Mercedes-Benz says it will not produce more Sprinter vans in Russia than the market demands as partner GAZ also acts cautiously in the current volatile economic environment.
| 11 Sep 2014
Here we are again. September 11. On that day in 2001, I was in Frankfurt at the auto show.
| 1 Nov 2013
Daimler might be one manufacturer that is enthusiastic about Google Glass but it seems a highway patrol officer in California was less than happy to see someone wearing the specs.
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