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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...

RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of vehicle roof systems

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Geneva by one means or another

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Hobnobbing with the A-listers

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.

ANALYSIS: Mercedes smart brand's last chance?

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

Q&A with Magna Closures

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.

INTERVIEW: Han Hendriks, Johnson Controls

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

Daimler-Alliance alliance moves towards EVs

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.

Mercedes sales records tumble in July

Graeme Roberts | 6 Aug 2015

Mercedes-Benz set new sales records in July.

Buyers best the analysts in US July sales

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.

Mercedes-Benz car sales hit half-year record

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%).

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

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.

Auto industry gears up for intelligent mobility

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.

Daimler's Smart adds MirrorLink smartphone connect

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.

Daimler's smart will not add an SUV or roadster

Dave Leggett | 11 Jun 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

Graeme Roberts | 11 Jun 2015

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

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.

"Smart parking" will enable intelligent mobility

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.

Mercedes keeps on breaking records

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.

LG Chem to supply EV batteries to Daimler

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.

Mercedes-Benz to continue model range expansion

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.

Another European brand calls it quits in Australia

Graeme Roberts | 5 Mar 2015

Another European car brand is to depart from Australia.

Smart sets itself apart from Renault

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.

Infineon and UMC extend semiconductor partnership

Graeme Roberts | 15 Dec 2014

Semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies and United Microelectronics Corporation have extended their manufacturing partnership into power semiconductors for automotive applications.

Daimler tops off li-ion battery plant expansion

Graeme Roberts | 2 Dec 2014

Daimler is expanding production capacity for lithium-ion batteries and plans to spend another EUR100m on its Deutsche ACCUmotive subsidiary which supplies lithium-ion batteries for the current Smart Fortwo electric drive and the hybrid Mercedes S-, E- and C-Class. It has delivered over 50,000 battery packs to date.

Honda shows fuel cell vehicle concept

Dave Leggett | 18 Nov 2014

Honda has unveiled the Honda FCV Concept, a concept car for a future fuel cell vehicle (FCV) alongside the Honda Power Exporter Concept, a concept model for an external power feeding device that enables AC power output from the FCV.

Hankook Tire to supply Mercedes-Benz Atego

Graeme Roberts | 14 Nov 2014

According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea tyre manufacturer Hankook Tire will supply two tyres for Mercedes-Benz Atego trucks under a new original equipment tyre (OET) deal.

JBL Smart system includes removable subwoofer

Graeme Roberts | 5 Nov 2014

Harman announced it supplies JBL audio systems for Daimler's new Smart Fortwo and Forfour models, adding to the business it was already doing with the automaker.

Daimler restructures cooperation with Tesla

Graeme Roberts | 22 Oct 2014

Daimler said it had reorganised its cooperation with Tesla Motors by terminating the share-price hedge it initiated in 2013 and selling its Tesla stake of about 4% without affecting the cooperation between the two on automotive projects.

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Smart Textiles Market by Type, Function, Industry & Geograph

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