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Briefing: Active safety systems

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VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Toyota Auris adds small engine

Dave Leggett | 24 Jun 2015

Toyota has added a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine to its revised Auris model. The company says the new four-cylinder direct injection unit delivers performance similar to that of a 1.6-litre engine but with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.


RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of start-stop engines

Matthew Beecham | 17 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews the blossoming market for start-stop applications and some implications for batteries and lubricants.


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?


Perodua is beneficiary of Proton's decline

Tony Pugliese | 4 Jun 2015

Malaysian nation carmaker Proton has been in decline as protectionist trade measures in Malaysia have been eroded under regional trade agreements. However, Malaysia number two maker - Perodua - has fared relatively well recently. Tony Pugliese examines the picture.

Latest Interviews

Q&A with Intelligent Energy

Matthew Beecham | 16 Jun 2015

The hydrogen fuel cell sector has caught the automotive limelight recently, notably Toyota's announcement of making thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents available on a royalty free basis. Does this mean affordable fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) could be on our driveways anytime soon? Matthew Beecham talked to James Batchelor of independent fuel cell specialist Intelligent Energy about the obstacles still to be overcome.


Q&A with Libertine FPE

Matthew Beecham | 19 May 2015

A new technology called Digital Piston Motion Control eliminates the crankshaft of a conventional engine and controls the piston movement using an ECU. To understand more about this novel approach and its potential benefits, Matthew Beecham spoke to Sam Cockerill, CEO of Libertine FPE.

Latest News

BMW testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Graeme Roberts | 3 Jul 2015

BMW will begin testing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles this month.


Lexus to revive SC nameplate in 2017 - report

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jul 2015

Toyota's Lexus reportedly plans to revive its SC nameplate with a new model in 2017.


Toyota, Nissan and Honda agree hydrogen deal

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jul 2015

Toyota, Nissan and Honda have agreed key details of a new joint project to develop hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in Japan.


Toyota Mirai good for 312 miles on hydrogen fill

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jul 2015

Toyota's Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has achieved 67 miles per (US) gallon in official federal test combined city/highway driving calculations with an estimated driving range of 312 miles on a single tank – a distance the automaker said was longer than for any other zero emissions car on sale.


Arrested Toyota executive quits

Graeme Roberts | 1 Jul 2015

Toyota announced on Wednesday (1 July) that Julie Hamp, named only last March as the automaker's first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan.


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.


New diesel with 'Thermo Swing Wall Insulation'

Chris Wright | 30 Jun 2015

Toyota’s new 2.8-litre D-4D turbodiesel engine, launching in Europe in the Land Cruiser this summer, has a new design and technology to achieve much higher fuel efficiency, lower emissions and quieter operation.


Toyota/BMW sportscar JV progressing to plan

Chris Wright | 30 Jun 2015

Plans for a new sports car developed jointly by BMW and Toyota, using common underpinnings of major components, are on track, the German carmaker has told media outlets.


Toyota adds taxi CKD assembly plant at Prospecton

Graeme Roberts | 26 Jun 2015

Toyota South Africa has opened a taxi CKD assembly plant at its main manufacturing site in Prospecton, Durban.


Toyota and Nissan expand Takata airbag recalls

Graeme Roberts | 25 Jun 2015

Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor Co said on Thursday they would expand a recall previously issued in North America to the rest of the world to replace potentially lethal passenger side air bag inflators made by Takata.


Toyota unveils new North American HQ

Graeme Roberts | 25 Jun 2015

Toyota Motor North America has unveiled architectural renderings of its future North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, providing new details of the site layout and exterior design of its 'environmentally sensitive' corporate campus.


Toyota chief's bonus doubled

Graeme Roberts | 24 Jun 2015

Toyota Motor president Akio Toyoda earned JPY352m ($2.84m) in total compensation last year after his bonus doubled to about $2m, the Japanese company said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.


Thai vehicle market drops 18% in May

Graeme Roberts | 24 Jun 2015

New vehicle sales in Thailand fell by 18.3% to 56,939 vehicles in May, from 69,681 units a year earlier, continuing a steep downward trend that started two years ago.


Toyota comms chief arrested in drugs investigation

Dave Leggett | 19 Jun 2015

Toyota communications chief Julie Hamp has been arrested in Japan on suspicion of smuggling illegal painkiller drugs.


Toyota appeals Thai extra tax demand

Graeme Roberts | 19 Jun 2015

Toyota Motor has said its Thai subsidiary is appealing against a Thai government order to pay additional taxes.


Toyota expands Takata US airbag recalls

Dave Leggett | 17 Jun 2015

Toyota has said it will recall almost 1.37m more vehicles in the United States due to potentially defective Takata airbags.


Toyota to issue new 'long-term' shares

Dave Leggett | 17 Jun 2015

Toyota has won approval from shareholders for a new share issue in Japan that has been resisted by some overseas investors.


Management changes at Toyota Europe

Chris Wright | 17 Jun 2015

Toyota Motor Europe has announced two senior changes that put two Brits into senior roles.


Toyota breaks ground for US tech centre expansion

Graeme Roberts | 12 Jun 2015

Toyota has broken ground for the expansion of the its technical centre in Michigan.


China vehicle sales continue to slow in May

Tony Pugliese | 11 Jun 2015

New vehicle sales in China fell by 0.4% year on year to 1,903,500 units in May, compared with already sluggish year earlier volumes, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).


Auto chief to head Ontario province promotion

Graeme Roberts | 11 Jun 2015

A former chairman of Toyota Canada is chairing a new committee to promote the province of Ontario to the automotive industry.


Automakers recall 'Takata' vehicles in Australia

Graeme Roberts | 11 Jun 2015

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

Latest blogs

If in doubt, recall?

Graeme Roberts | 13 Apr 2015

Ping goes the inbox and there's the weekly recall notification list from the US government's road safety regulator, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (or NHTSA or even 'Nit-sa' for short in the local vernacular).


Top Gear's storm in a teacup

Dave Leggett | 12 Mar 2015

Overseas readers may be picking up media reports of a 'fracas' and a presenter's suspension at popular BBC TV programme Top Gear and wondering what's going on.

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