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THE WEEK THAT WAS: BMW presser to remember

18 September 2015

Frankfurt. Lots of new cars to read about. Lots of industry news to be told. So what did you ghouls read most? Natch, the report about the poor old BMW chief keeling over at their press conference, of course.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: On the F-Pace

11 September 2015

Lots happening in the autobiz this week and the excitement building as we head into Frankfurt show media week is palpable. Hence full pictures - at last - of Jaguar's F-Pace SUV, a story that attracted lots of attentions from just-auto readers this week.


ANALYSIS: UK supplier industry perks up

19 March 2015

There are signs of a revival in the UK automotive supplier industry, but a sense of perspective is needed, says Dave Leggett.


Supplier industry M&A and IPO briefing

28 November 2014

This month's managament briefing reviews the financial position of the global supplier automotive supplier industry. Part 2 highlights recent developments in industry structure, including M&A and IPO activity and corporate restructuring.

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GKN eyes small hybrid growth with e-axle module

9 December 2016

Peter Moelgg, Chief Executive of GKN Driveline’s eDrive and AWD business, tells just-auto about the company's expanding business opportunity with a new electric drive system for compact plug-in hybrid vehicles.


GKN Driveline on AWD and alternative powertrains

2 June 2016

Driveline expert GKN recently increased its all-wheel drive (AWD) production footprint in Mexico. GKN Driveline's senior director, global AWD, Ed Kwon, explains the reasons for this investment, market prospects for AWD and opportunities that alternative powertrains bring.


GKN VP on the Twinster AWD for Ford Focus RS - Q&A

18 April 2016

For the new Ford Focus RS, driveline expert GKN developed a new version of its Twinster torque vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD) system. GKN Driveline’s Vice President of Global Product Technology, Dr Ray Kuczera, explains what drivers need to know about the system.


GKN on maintaining AWD leadership and GenII eAxles

7 December 2015

GKN Driveline’s new CEO, Phil Swash, talked with just-auto’s Calum MacRae to discuss the challenges of maintaining leadership in the AWD business and the potential opportunities the VW scandal presents to the automotive industry. Here’s the second part of that interview.

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GKN supplies FCA Jeep Compass AWD Disconnect

17 March 2017

GKN announced it is supplying its complete all-wheel drive (AWD) Disconnect system developed for small to medium-sized vehicles for the redesigned Jeep Compass, launched at this month's Geneva motor show, the third FCA group model to have the technology.


75% of Geneva launches carry GKN systems

7 March 2017

UK-based Tier 1 supplier GKN Driveline has pointed out that some three-quarters of all production-ready cars cars launched at Geneva feature its component systems.


GKN creates new propshaft joint for Audi Q5

2 March 2017

GKN Driveline says it has created a new lightweight, high-speed propshaft joint for the all-new Audi Q5. It will be manufactured in Mexico to support Audi's factory there.


GKN and SDS commence AWD Disconnect production

16 February 2017

GKN Driveline’s Chinese joint venture partner SDS has commenced production of its complete all-wheel drive (AWD) Disconnect system for small to medium-sized vehicles in China.


GKN Driveline unveils new US winter test facility

2 February 2017

GKN Driveline has opened a new cold-weather facility at the Smithers Winter Test Centre (SWTC) in Brimley, Michigan, giving the UK supplier, proving grounds for extreme conditions on three continents; Europe, Asia and North America.


just-auto Plus only GKN opens new winter test facility in Michigan

1 February 2017

GKN Driveline, the global leader in driveline technologies, on 31 January 2017 announced it has opened a 10,000 square-foot winter test facility at the Smithers Winter Test Centre (SWTC) in Brimley, Michigan. The new facility will allow GKN Driveline's...


GKN Driveline to expand US operations

21 December 2016

GKN driveline has announced that it will invest nearly US$179m to expand manufacturing facilities in Alamance, Catawba, Lee and Person counties in North Carolina. The investment will occur over the next five years and will create 302 jobs.


GKN expands electric AWD program with BMW

29 November 2016

UK Tier 1 supplier GKN Driveline says it has continued its global electric axle (eAxle) drive partnership with the BMW Group, supplying eAxle technology for a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 for the Chinese market.


just-auto Plus only GKN supplies eAxle technology for BMW X1 in China

29 November 2016

GKN Driveline has continued its global electric axle (eAxle) drive partnership with the BMW Group, supplying eAxle technology for a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 for the Chinese market. The system is part of the same scalable family of eAxles used in...


GKN Sinter starts Germany additive manufacturing

14 November 2016

GKN Sinter Metals has started production using the additive manufacturing (AM) process for engine and transmission precision parts at its plant in Radevormwald, Germany.


just-auto Plus only GKN YTD 2016 sales increase 21%

26 October 2016

GKN plc, the global engineering business that serves the aerospace and automotive markets, on 25 October 2016 issues a trading update for the nine months ended 30 September 2016; management sales increased 21%, including organic sales growth of 2%, in line...


just-auto Plus only GKN develops electric-drive module for PHEVs

19 October 2016

GKN Driveline has developed a complete electric-drive system for plug-in hybrid vehicles that helps automakers more easily incorporate eDrive systems into their vehicle lines, eliminates the integration of individual components from multiple suppliers and...


GKN lands another electric drive system deal

18 October 2016

GKN Driveline said it had developed a new, complete electric drive system for plug in hybrid vehicles destined for 2019 production for a "European vehicle manufacturer".


GKN develops complete edrive module for PHEVs

15 September 2016

GKN Driveline has developed a complete electric drive system for plug-in hybrid vehicles. The system starts production in 2019 on a global platform from a European vehicle manufacturer.


GKN doubles AWD production capacity in China

29 July 2016

Growing global demand for GKN Driveline’s all-wheel drive (AWD) systems and expertise has led to the expansion of the company’s production capacity in China.


just-auto Plus only GKN H1 2016 global sales up 17%

26 July 2016

GKN results announcement for the six months ended 30 June 2016 Group highlights Another period of growth - in line with expectations Sales up 17% and management EPS increased 7% Continued market out performance with organic sales up 2% Fokker...


GKN Driveline expands capacity in Poland

6 July 2016

GKN Driveline is set to commence production at a new facility in Olesnica, South West Poland.


just-auto Plus only GKN UK appoints Anne Stevens as non-executive director

4 July 2016

GKN is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Stevens as a non-executive director with effect from 1 July 2016. Anne has extensive experience in the automotive and aerospace industries. Her early career was spent at Exxon Corporation before moving to...


just-auto Plus only GKN Italy/Japan achieves eAxle production milestone

28 June 2016

Rising global demand for vehicles with hybrid electric all-wheel drive (eAWD) has helped GKN Driveline’s electric axle (eAxle) technology achieve a landmark production figure. More than 300,000 units of the industry’s most successful eAxle range...


GKN appoints Markus Schermann to eDrive business

28 June 2016

GKN Driveline has appointed Markus Schermann as senior director of product technology within its eDrive business.


Automotive Council aims for 60% UK content on cars

9 June 2016

The UK’s Automotive Council – a body that exists to strengthen co-operation between UK government and the UK automotive sector and set strategic direction – believes that the UK auto industry should be aiming to raise the UK content in UK-produced cars from the current level of around 41% average to 60%.


GKN wins plug-in AWD axle deal

24 May 2016

A series of new C-segment vehicles will offer the option of adding plug-in electric all-wheel drive using GKN Driveline’s latest electric axle drive (eAxle) technology. The eAxle is an evolution of systems developed for hybrid supercars that use electric all-wheel drive to boost performance and efficiency.


GKN starts output at new Mexico facility

10 May 2016

GKN Driveline has started production at its new manufacturing facility, making propshafts, in Villagran, Mexico.


just-auto Plus only GKN starts metal powder production in China

26 April 2016

Hoeganaes, part of GKN Powder Metallurgy, is starting production of high quality automotive grade powders in China for the Asian market. The new joint venture further expands GKN Powder Metallurgy’s footprint in China and makes Hoeganaes the only...


just-auto Plus only GKN Q1 2016 global sales up 12%

21 April 2016

Group Results The Group’s principal markets have performed in line with the expectations set out in our February results announcement. Management sales for the three months ended 31 March 2016 were GBP2,179m (US$3132m) (2015: GBP1,943m). This 12%...


GKN supplies Volvo S90 eAxle

18 April 2016

GKN Automotive is again supplying Geely's Volvo Cars with an eAxle system for a plug-in hybrid.


just-auto Plus only GKN recognised with two PACE innovation awards in Detroit

13 April 2016

GKN Drive-line has been honoured with an Automotive News PACE Innovation Award for its VL3 constant velocity (CV) joint side-shaft system, which has debuted on BMW’s flagship 7 Series. The Automotive News PACE Award, bestowed for more than 20 years, is...


GKN brings PHEV to C-segment

14 March 2016

GKN Driveline said it was transferring hybrid technology from super sports cars into affordable compact vehicles, having developed an eAxle module that will enable C-segment vehicles to offer buyers a plug-in hybrid option with improved performance and a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 50%.


GKN posts 2015 before-tax profit of GBP603m

24 February 2016

GKN has unveiled 2015 sales up 2% organically with profit before tax (management basis) of GBP603m (US$840m) (2014: GBP601m).


just-auto Plus only GKN Plc global sales up 2% in 2015

23 February 2016

Group highlights: Sales increased 2% organically Good growth in automotive; GKN aerospace up; GKN land systems down in tough markets Trading margin unchanged at 9.2%, excluding Fokker Technologies (“Fokker”) Profit before tax (management...

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GKN supplies FCA Jeep Compass AWD Disconnect

17 March 2017

GKN announced it is supplying its complete all-wheel drive (AWD) Disconnect system developed for...


75% of Geneva launches carry GKN systems

7 March 2017

UK-based Tier 1 supplier GKN Driveline has pointed out that some three-quarters of all production...


GKN creates new propshaft joint for Audi Q5

2 March 2017

GKN Driveline says it has created a new lightweight, high-speed propshaft joint for the all-new A...


GKN and SDS commence AWD Disconnect production

16 February 2017

GKN Driveline's Chinese joint venture partner SDS has commenced production of its complete al...


GKN Driveline unveils new US winter test facility

2 February 2017

GKN Driveline has opened a new cold-weather facility at the Smithers Winter Test Centre (SWTC) in...


just-auto Plus only GKN opens new winter test facility in Michigan

1 February 2017

GKN Driveline, the global leader in driveline technologies, on 31 January 2017 announced it has o...



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