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Briefing: Active safety systems

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. A...

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of automotive glazing

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some valu...

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of automotive glazing

Matthew Beecham | 11 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto’s series of research snapshots – pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews some value-added glazing products, including acoustic windscreens, infrared reflective windscreens, laminated side glass, polycarbonate and ever thinner glazings. But are these features really just solutions looking for problems?

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: London on the show circuit?

Graeme Roberts | 29 May 2015

As those - all three of you - who honour me with your occasional presence on my self-curated 'just-auto' Facebook page may have guessed, when I'm not helping to cover the current cutting edge state of the autobiz, I like to wallow in a rose-tinted backview of the 1960s when British, Australian and Canadian cars dominated my import-restricted former colony, V8s were an attainable aspiration (one could put one in one's Cortina if one so wished), petrol was cheap (diesel for trucks only) and the Holy Grail for a Kiwi Kar Nut was the annual Earls Court show in London.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: It's good news week....

Graeme Roberts | 10 Apr 2015

There was quite a bit of good news on this week, mostly concerning March and first quarter sales plus various announcements of new plants or production starts.

Latest Interviews

Q&A with TI Automotive

Matthew Beecham | 17 Nov 2014

Emissions legislation, weight, packaging, safety and cost are the main factors driving fuel tank innovation. Matthew Beecham talked to Albert Boecker, Product & Advanced Engineering Director, Global Fuel Tank Systems, TI Automotive about the supplier’s fuel system technology and what can be done about ‘fuel slosh’.

INTERVIEW: Audi's 'Mr RHD' retires

Graeme Roberts | 31 Jul 2014

David Ingrams, who retired from Audi UK's press office today (31 July) played a key role in helping the German automaker's engineers achieve "uncompromised" right hand drive configurations and also oversaw a collection of about 50 classic cars, many of which he helped to launch when new. The man who praised Audi for taking the long-term view has himself served 36 years with the automaker and the connection may not yet be completely severed.

Latest News

GAZ looks to Tier 3 and beyond in supplier focus

Simon Warburton | 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.

GAZ 'wastes not one rouble' in efficiency drive

Simon Warburton | 25 Jun 2015

GAZ Group parent, Russian Machines says "not one rouble" is wasted in the company as it continues its efficiency moves to drive down costs in the business.

Mercedes/GAZ cautious on Russia production numbers

Simon Warburton | 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.

Mercedes-Benz launching Argentine assembled Vito

Graeme Roberts | 23 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz Argentina is launching the new Vito at the Buenos Aires motor show ahead of the production start at the end of June at its local plant.

GAZ 'war room' focuses on supplier efficiency

Simon Warburton | 19 Jun 2015

GAZ Group says it is constantly evaluating its supplier base as a depreciating rouble provides genuine opportunity to capitalise on what otherwise is a bleak Russian economic position.

Europe's car market was positive - just - in May

Dave Leggett | 18 Jun 2015

Data released by JATO Dynamics shows that Europe's car market slowed to growth of just 0.8% in May. However, the underlying picture remains one of national markets in recovery.

Mercedes supply unit committed to stay in Russia

Simon Warburton | 18 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz Vans Russia's supply quality control unit says it does not make sense to "go in and out" of the troubled market, which is currently beset by myriad challenges stemming partly from international disapproval of what many see as Moscow's actions in Eastern Ukraine and de facto annexation of Crimea.

GAZ owner sees market easing, incentives still key

Simon Warburton | 18 Jun 2015

GAZ Group's parent estimates the bottom may have been reached of plummeting passenger and light commercial vehicle sales in Russia but concedes the government will likely have to keep stepping in with incentive programmes.

Chinese may buy east Germany Mercedes dealerships

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

Daimler might sell its Mercedes dealerships in eastern Germany to China-based Lei Shing Hong, Stuttgarter Zeitung reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Daimler expands with new bus plant

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

After recently opening a new bus plant in India, Daimler said it was further expanding its bus business in Latin America: wholly owned subsidiary Daimler Colombia is opening a new bus plant in Funza near Bogotá with an installed capacity of 4,000 units per year.

Bosch and Daimler start automated parking pilot

Simon Warburton | 12 Jun 2015

Bosch and Daimler have started a joint pilot project, car2go, to allow vehicles to drive themselves to a free parking space and return afterwards.

Thai uxury segment unaffected by downturn

Tony Pugliese | 12 Jun 2015

Thailand’s luxury car market is expected to expand by 10-12% to around 20,000 units in 2015, according to Mercedes-Benz (Thailand)’s president Michael Grewe.

GLA SOP expands Mercedes' global build footprint

Chris Wright | 11 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz has expanded its global assembly network further with the start of production of the GLA compact SUV at the Pune plant in India.

Mercedes-Benz sales remain on the up

Graeme Roberts | 8 Jun 2015

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars brand sold 151,135 vehicles in May worldwide, up 12.8% year on year.

Mercedes UK revamps used van operations

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz has revamped its used van operation here in the UK.

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.

Mercedes-Benz US recalls Sprinter vans

Graeme Roberts | 3 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz USA-DBA Sprinter is recalling 2015 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans made from 28 February 2014 to 22 January 2015 because oil may leak from around the chain tensioner gasket area.

Mercedes-Benz-GAZ venture builds 10,000th Sprinter

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jun 2015

Mercedes-Benz Vans Russian assembler GAZ has built its 10,000th Sprinter Classic (previous generation model) 18 months after production began in September 2013 in Nischni Nowgorod.

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.

Mercedes South Africa plant builds car #1,000,000

Graeme Roberts | 28 May 2015

Daimler's South African Mercedes-Benz plant in East London, Eastern Cape province, has built its one millionth passenger car - a white, right hand drive, C-Class sedan.

Mercedes sells 8m C-class over five generations

Graeme Roberts | 28 May 2015

Five generations down the road since launch (initially as the 190 sedan) in 1982, Mercedes-Benz has sold over eight million saloon and estate/wagon C-class cars.

Latest blogs

The dinosaurs are back

Dave Leggett | 19 May 2015

The dinosaurs are back? No, that's not a reference to the Top Gear Three who are reportedly readying for a Netflix rebirth.

Is Audi overdoing it with niche models and SUVs?

Dave Leggett | 11 May 2015

When you think of Audi what springs to mind? For me, it's still the elegance, performance and advanced technologies typified by the first generation A8 that came to market in the mid-90s.

Company research

Daimler AG (DAI) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Daimler AG (DAI) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Rev

Daimler AG (Daimler) is an automobile company. It undertakes the manufacture, distribution and sales of premium passenger cars, commercial vehicles and related spare part and accessories....

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Global electric light vehicles market- forecasts to 2018

Global electric light vehicles market- forecasts to 2018

This QUBE report from just-auto provides a comprehensive overview of the global electrified vehicles sector, major OEM developments, top 14 markets, technology trends and market projections. Use this...

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LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates (annual subscription)

LMC Automotive's European Passenger Car Production Estimates

LMC Automotive's service provides customers with the very latest monthly estimates of passenger car production across all of Europe. Updated monthly and provided model-by-model, and available only via...

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