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Latest insights


car2go's assumptions on future of car sharing

14 December 2016

Around eight years after a pilot project began in the German city of Ulm, around 14,000 cars belonging to sharing pioneer car2go are now in use in other cities such as Berlin, New York and Chongqing.


Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of EPS

15 June 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham looks at how the application of electric power steering (EPS) is shaping up in developed and emerging markets as well as some novel steering and reversing innovations.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Tomorrow’s rearview mirrors

1 June 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 Magna Closures

28 November 2014

Magna Closures designs, engineers and manufactures a range of vehicle closure modules, systems and components for the automotive industry. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to David O'Connell, Vice President – Global Engineering and R&D, Magna Mirrors & Magna Closures about the company’s SmartLatch, PureView sliding window and how it strikes a balance between providing a door which improves side-crash safety yet reduces overall vehicle weight.


INTERVIEW: Han Hendriks, Johnson Controls

31 October 2014

Calum MacRae interviews Han Hendriks, VP Advanced Product Development & Sales for Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors, to hear about the company's business strategy in the area of interiors.


Q&A with BASF Performance Materials

12 November 2013

BASF’s Performance Materials division focuses on industries such as automotive, construction, electrics and electronics. Here, Matthew Beecham talked with Bernhard Rosenau, Segment Management Automotive, Engineering Plastics Europe, BASF SE about some of the division's most recent PA and PU automotive applications.


INTERVIEW: Martin Leach, Magma CEO

16 July 2013

Martin Leach, the former head of Ford of Europe, Mazda and Maserati, now runs Magma - a multi-faceted automotive industry consultancy and service provider. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him in London to hear his views on the current state of the automotive business and the challenges ahead.

Latest news


Mercedes past 2015 full year sales tally already

6 December 2016

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz increased its unit sales in November by 12.7% year on year to 182,602 vehicles, achieving a 45th consecutive record month.


Smart widens EV range

18 November 2016

Daimler's Smart plans a full range of EVs - coupé, cabrio and four-seater. Sales start in early 2017.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz September 2016 global sales up 12.1%

11 October 2016

Mercedes-Benz has managed the hat-trick: In September, in the third quarter and also in the first nine months of the year, the Stuttgart based company with the three-pointed star achieved three new records and is doing better than ever before. Last month,...


2016 Paris motor show - premieres list

30 September 2016

The Audi Q5, Citroën C3, Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Micra, Peugeots 3008 & 5008, Porsche Panamera, Renault Alaskan and Škoda Kodiaq were the most important production models at the 2016 Paris motor show. As for design studies and prototypes, the BMW Concept X2, Generation EQ SUV from Daimler, Lexus UX, Renault Trezor and Volkswagen I.D. were the main show stoppers. Surprisingly, the BMW 5 Series, Infiniti QX50 and a mid-life facelift for the VW Golf did not appear.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz reinvents itself with new strategy

30 September 2016

At "Mondial de l'Automobile 2016," Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler and head of Mercedes Benz Cars, presented the company's strategy for the mobility of the future: "connectivity, autonomous driving, sharing and electric drive systems...


Smart delivers 100 cars Forcops

22 September 2016

Smart USA has delivered the first 100 Fortwo vehicles to the New York police and a further 150 cars have been ordered.


World's largest 2nd-use battery storage starts up

13 September 2016

The world's largest second-use battery storage, a 13MWh project, is now nearing completion after construction time of just under a year: 1,000 battery systems from second generation Daimler Smart Fortwo electric cars are being grouped in Lünen, Westphalia.


SUVs drive Mercedes-Benz sales up 12% in August

6 September 2016

Mercedes-Benz delivered more than 156,000 vehicles globally in August – an increase of 11.8% on last year. It said the main contribution towards the increase came from the strong rise in unit sales of SUVs of approximately 40%.


Daimler makes replacement parts ordering easier

1 September 2016

Daimler has announced all Mercedes-Benz Trucks 'genuine parts' can now be ordered via the global, cross-brand replacement parts platform partslink24.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Cars July 2016 sales rise 9.4%

8 August 2016

After the best first half year in the company’s history, Mercedes-Benz has started the third quarter very successfully. In July, 163,770 Mercedes-Benz vehicles were handed over to customers all over the world, an increase of 9.4%. Sales in the first...


Seeger replacing Källenius to market Mercedes

25 July 2016

Daimler's supervisory board has named Britta Seeger a member of the board of management for Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing and sales effective on 1 January 2017. Seeger replaces Ola Källenius who will head group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development.


Mercedes sets new first half records

6 July 2016

Mercedes-Benz completed the first half of 2016 with new records. In the first half of 2016, 1,006,619 vehicles were delivered (+12.1%). In June, 188,444 cars were sold (+11.1%). Record unit sales for the 40th month in succession.


Daimler spending EUR7bn on more 'green' models

13 June 2016

Daimler will spend around EUR7 bn on 'green' technology in two years, the automaker announced.


Daimler shipping cars to Asia from Slovenia

17 February 2016

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has set up a new hub for transporting new vehicles from Europe to Asia in the Slovenian port of Koper. It started operating at the end of 2015.


Daimler managers in Germany to drive EVs

17 February 2016

Senior Daimler managers are to drive electrified vehicles as part of a company policy to encourage the use of as much zero-emission driving as possible. This year, the automaker wil spend EUR30m extending its charging infrastructure at many sites.


Europe sales up 9.3% in 2015 as VW leads

1 February 2016

In 2015 the European car market totalled 14.2m new registrations, an increase of 9.3% over 2014 full year results; the highest since 2009. The market benefited from the last two months of double-digit growth with December setting the highest positive monthly change of the last three years at 1.16m units. Therefore, the last quarter volume increase was the highest of the year, standing at 10.2% more than in Q4 2014, representing 3.42m cars sold in total. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, SAAR, came in at 16.52m units.


Europe 'Big Five' markets sales up 8.8% in 2015

18 January 2016

Last year, 2015, new car registrations in Europe's Big Five markets passed the 10m units mark, increasing by 8.8% compared to 2014. All five markets posted positive growth with Germany leading the way with 3.2m units, up by 5.6%, although this was the lowest annual increase among the five countries.


European car sales grow for 27th straight month

17 December 2015

European new car sales experienced a 27th consecutive month of growth during November 2015 with volume up 13.5% year on year, the second largest rise this year, according to analysts at JATO Dynamics. This followed a significant slowing of growth during October as a consequence of smaller increases in the 'Big Five' EU markets.


More Mercedes sales records set in November

4 December 2015

Mercedes-Benz sales rose 7.4% year on year to 161,953 vehicles for a November record.


Daimler-Alliance alliance moves towards EVs

21 September 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.


Mercedes sales records tumble in July

6 August 2015

Mercedes-Benz set new sales records in July.


Buyers best the analysts in US July sales

4 August 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.


Mercedes-Benz car sales hit half-year record

7 July 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%).


TRW acquisition by ZF more than 1+1=2: Peter Lake

3 July 2015

ZF TRW says it is looking to leverage the power of its combined operations and insists there is relatively little duplication in the new company following the acquisition by the German supplier of the American component producer.


Auto industry gears up for intelligent mobility

30 June 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.


Daimler's Smart adds MirrorLink smartphone connect

29 June 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.


Daimler's smart will not add an SUV or roadster

11 June 2015

Daimler's small car brand has no plans to add an SUV, according to the brand's CEO.


Automakers recall 'Takata' vehicles in Australia

11 June 2015

Mazda has recalled about 80,000 vehicles fitted with Takata airbags in Australia.


Mercedes-Benz sales remain on the up

8 June 2015

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


"Smart parking" will enable intelligent mobility

3 June 2015

Researchers at Frost & Sullivan believe that an array of "smart parking" innovations are on the way to facilitate smart mobility in megacities.

Smart news

car2go's assumptions on future of car sharing

14 December 2016

Around eight years after a pilot project began in the German city of Ulm, around 14,000 cars belo...


Mercedes past 2015 full year sales tally already

6 December 2016

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz increased its unit sales in November by 12.7% year on year to 182,602...


Smart widens EV range

18 November 2016

Daimler's Smart plans a full range of EVs - coupé, cabrio and four-seater. Sales start in...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz September 2016 global sales up 12.1%

11 October 2016

Mercedes-Benz has managed the hat-trick: In September, in the third quarter and also in the first...


2016 Paris motor show - premieres list

30 September 2016

The Audi Q5, Citroën C3, Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Micra, Peugeots...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz reinvents itself with new strategy

30 September 2016

At "Mondial de l'Automobile 2016," Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler and head of M...



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