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RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of EPS

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham looks at how the...

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Tomorrow’s rearview mirrors

The rearview mirror has been transformed over the last decade into a high-tech electronic module, writes Matthew Beecham. Tomorrow’s mirrors...


Matthew Beecham | 11 May 2015

While the variation of roof systems continues to grow, the push for lighter cars has led to the adoption of carbon fibre and polycarbonate in roof design. Matthew Beecham reviews some trends in the roof system market.


Graeme Roberts | 6 Mar 2015

So, did anything interesting happen this week? I seem to recall the odd vague mention of a motor show Somewhere in Europe. Geneva? That's it. We had a full team on the ground while Muggins here managed the mother ship back in Blightly. Which, after hearing reports of the wifi standard at the show, suited me just fine.


Graeme Roberts | 27 Feb 2015

A highlight for the Z-list 'trade site' peasant this week was - courtesy of right place, right time - to sup down at the A-listers' table on the international first drive event for Volvo's superb new XC90.


Ray Hutton | 25 Feb 2015

Mercedes-Benz has struggled for 18 years to make profits from smart. Platform sharing with Renault may be the brand's last chance, writes Ray Hutton.

Latest Interviews

Matthew Beecham | 28 Nov 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.


Calum MacRae | 31 Oct 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.

Latest News

Graeme Roberts | 17 Feb 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.


Graeme Roberts | 17 Feb 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.


Graeme Roberts | 1 Feb 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.


Graeme Roberts | 18 Jan 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.


Graeme Roberts | 17 Dec 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.


Graeme Roberts | 4 Dec 2015

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


Roger Stansfield | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 6 Aug 2015

Mercedes-Benz set new sales records in July.


Bill Cawthon | 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.


Dave Leggett | 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%).


Simon Warburton | 3 Jul 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.


Dave Leggett | 30 Jun 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.


Graeme Roberts | 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.


Dave Leggett | 11 Jun 2015

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


Graeme Roberts | 11 Jun 2015

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


Graeme Roberts | 8 Jun 2015

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


Dave Leggett | 3 Jun 2015

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


Graeme Roberts | 8 Apr 2015

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz seemingly cannot stop breaking records after hitting another new monthly high in March with 183,467 sales, up 15.7% year on year.


Graeme Roberts | 7 Apr 2015

LG Chem is to supply Daimler with lithium ion batteries for the Smart EV due to be launched in 2016.


Dave Leggett | 2 Apr 2015

Daimler says that its Mercedes-Benz Cars division will continue to expand its model range this year as "four new vehicles without a predecessor model will be launched" in the first seven months of the year.


Graeme Roberts | 5 Mar 2015

Another European car brand is to depart from Australia.


Roger Stansfield | 16 Feb 2015

Smart is now completing the European launch of its new generation Forfour, about six months behind the Renault Twingo with which it was co-engineered and is built at the French automaker's Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia.

Company research

Smart Textiles Market by Type, Function, Industry & Geography - Global Forecast to 2020

Smart Textiles Market by Type, Function, Industry & Geograph

This report focuses on the smart textiles market which is sub segment of wearable electronics....

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Automotive Glass Market by Vehicle & Glass Type, Smart Glass Market by Technology, Application, & by Region - Forecast to 2020

Automotive Glass Market by Vehicle & Glass Type, Smart Glass

Smart glass has been used for residential and commercial applications for many years. Industrial sectors such as communication, transportation, healthcare, and architecture are the main areas, where s...

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Automotive Temperature & Humidity Sensor Market by Technology, Packaging Type, Application & Geography Forecast to 2020

Automotive Temperature & Humidity Sensor Market by Technolog

A combination of sensing element, analog to digital converter, analog interface, and a bus interface circuit in one housing is known as smart sensor. The circuitry for digital sensors is similar to th...

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