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| 4 Sep 2015
Some of the news is just in today so, you may not have seen all of the stories yet but, after a slight rattling of investors' cages by the recent stock market shenanig..., er, 'correction' in China, this week we have seen automotive investment confidence in three key markets. From Mazda, in Russia, Daimler, in alliance with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, in Mexico and, Nissan again, right here in the UK, for Europe.
| 17 Jul 2015
Starter for 10 - what new car headed for launch at Frankfurt next September is a vehicle the chief designer swore he'd never do?
| 3 Jul 2015
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 from a number of events here in Olde Engerland and Europe, all the while enduring 35C 'heatwaves', rail delays due to the 'wrong kind of heat', missed plane connections and the usual summer chaos.
| 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.
| 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
| 22 Oct 2015
Daimler said on Thursday (22 October) it had set new records for unit sales and revenue in the third quarter of 2015. Revenue rose 13% year on year to EUR37.3bn on sales (also up 13%) of 720,000 cars and commercial vehicles. Sales of 508,400 units set a new quarterly record at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
| 20 Oct 2015
To comply with new EU-mandated environment requirements taking effect in 2017, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz said it would equip European market S- and E-Class models as the first production passenger cars with CO2 air conditioning systems. Cars using a new, alternative refrigerant will have a special fire protection system.
| 19 Oct 2015
Volkswagen group has poached its new head of integrity and legal affairs from Daimler with the full approval and cooperation of its rival.
| 14 Oct 2015
Aston Martin has narrowed down options for a new plant location, its CEO has said.
| 14 Oct 2015
Technology company Intelligent Energy announced it would lead a pan-European industry working group to develop its proprietary 90kW EC fuel cell automotive technology in the funded project called VolumetriQ, a three year programme that will deliver a blueprint for stack suitability for mass manufacture and potential future industrialisation.
| 13 Oct 2015
Six industrial companies - Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total - have formed a cross-sector joint venture, H2 Mobility Deutschland. The creation of the limited partnership paves the way for a staged expansion of hydrogen (H2) filling stations across Germany, which will bring the total to around 400 by 2023.
| 12 Oct 2015
Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea rose by almost 20% to 20,381 units in September, from 17,027 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.
| 12 Oct 2015
Daimler has laid the foundation stone for its ARENA2036 'research factory for the automobile of the future' at the University of Stuttgart campus in Vaihingen.
| 9 Oct 2015
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has appointed Al Habtoor Motors as an additional distribution partner in Saudi Arabia. This multi-distributor approach is a well-established practice in highly competitive markets like the GCC region, and will help the Fuso brand to expand its customer base and market share in the Middle East.
| 6 Oct 2015
Daimler is claiming a world first after testing a series production Mercedes-Benz Actros truck equipped with the company's intelligent Highway Pilot system on a public road in Germany. The company said the premiere is a 'further important step towards the market maturity of autonomously driving trucks – and towards the safe, sustainable road freight transport of the future'.
| 21 Sep 2015
Leoni has signed a joint venture (JV) deal with China's Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts (BHAP), a subsidiary of state-owned Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC). The Chinese State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) approved the JV.
| 21 Sep 2015
The collaboration between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which has now expanded to 13 projects on three continents from an original plan to share development costs, drivetrains and production facilities for Smart and the Renault Twingo, is set to move into the sphere of electric cars next year. At the Frankfurt show, Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche announced that “in about a year” there will be electric versions of the Fortwo and Forfour, driven by a modified Renault R240 motor produced at Renault’s Cléon factory and powered by Daimler-supplied batteries.
| 18 Sep 2015
You might have expected a sombre mood at the Frankfurt show with Chinese market growth down to a trickle, the Russian and Brazilian markets still basket cases, uncertainty in Europe over the economic effects of the migrant crisis and dire warnings about a possible recession in the US, but there was not a hint of it. Auto industry executives, and especially those from the German premium brands, were in buoyant mood, insisting that it would be business as usual.
| 16 Sep 2015
The partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG accelerated and strengthened as it entered its sixth year in 2015, the companies’ leaders said today in their annual media update during the Frankfurt show. Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Alliance, described the partnership as “one of the most productive in the auto industry.”
| 9 Sep 2015
Daimler has extended a labour agreement in India by four years to 2020.
| 8 Sep 2015
Continental's CFO has told Bloomberg that after a pause for the remainder of 2015, automotive production in China should resume growth again in 2016. He also said that the latest stockmarket falls in China were an “overreaction”.
| 7 Sep 2015
Bosch has developed a hybrid powertrain it claims makes economic sense even in smaller vehicles. The system will go into production with the next vehicle generation and costs "just a fraction of today's hybrid systems".
| 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.
| 3 Sep 2015
Global labour body, IndustriALL says it was action organised by Mercedes-Benz staff in Brazil, which has led to dismissed workers being reinstated.
| 1 Sep 2015
China’s BAIC Motor plans to buy a significant stake in Germany’s Daimler AG by the end of the year, chairman Xu Heyi said at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the two companies’ Beijing Benz Automotive joint venture.
| 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.
| 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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