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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Minding the shop

This week it was, for once, my turn to stay back and mind the shop while colleagues scurried hither and yon to bring you news and interviews...

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...


Briefing: Active safety systems

Matthew Beecham | 25 Jun 2015

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. Although the accent is on giving assistance to the driver rather than take control away, motorists are still wary about cars that supposedly drive themselves. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), rearview cameras, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This second instalment considers AEB and HUDs.


Briefing: Active safety systems

Matthew Beecham | 18 Jun 2015

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS): rearview cameras; autonomous emergency braking systems; and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This first instalment considers rearview cameras.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Air bag recall still confusing

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

Big News this week was the incredible confirmation - from NHTSA - of a 5.1m recall of Honda/Acura cars with airbags with Takata inflators. It had been flagged up earlier by the automaker but then came the report that neither supplier or US regulator are quite sure of the safety of up to 3m replacement parts.


COMMENT: Volvo becomes a premium brand at home

Glenn Brooks | 2 Jun 2015

The doubters appear to have been proved wrong, if sales of the new XC90 in Sweden are any indication: Volvo's pricey SUV on its own took a full percentage point of the May new car market, even though brand sales were down by four percent.

Latest Interviews

Q&A: Volvo XC90 chief engineer Håkan Ivarsson

Glenn Brooks | 2 Jul 2015

Volvo Cars' technical director for the 90 Cluster models opens up about the development of the XC90. Plus, what's coming for two VCC architectures: SPA for medium and large vehicles, and the smaller Geely-Volvo CMA.


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

SUVs continue driving US sales growth

Bill Cawthon | 2 Jul 2015

June was another good month for the auto industry as US light vehicle sales continued to grow.


Volvo Group opens US$70m distribution centre

Graeme Roberts | 1 Jul 2015

Volvo Group has opened a new 1m sq ft central distribution centre (CDC) in Byhalia, Mississippi.


Volvo group truck sales flat in May

Graeme Roberts | 18 Jun 2015

Deliveries by the Volvo Group’s truck operations in May 2015 totalled 17,475 vehicles, almost the same as in May 2014.


2016 GENEVA SHOW DEBUTS: Geely-Volvo CMA

Glenn Brooks | 16 Jun 2015

Li Shufu, the owner of Geely and VCC, has told the media in China that CMA, the firms' first co-developed architecture, will be revealed at the 2016 Geneva motor show.


Volvo sells remaining Eicher holding

Graeme Roberts | 4 Jun 2015

Volvo Group said it had sold its remaining holding in listed Indian commercial vehicle maker Eicher Motors.


Volvo China plant starts US exports

Chris Wright | 26 May 2015

Volvo's Chinese plant in the south western city of Chengdu has completed its first luxury sedan made for the US market.


Volvo chooses South Carolina for US$500m plant

Simon Warburton | 11 May 2015

Volvo Cars has selected South Carolina as the location for its new US$500m factory, which will have an initial annual production of around 100,000 cars.


Volvo likely to decide on India assembly in 2015

Graeme Roberts | 6 May 2015

Volvo is reportedly expected to decide in 2015 whether to start assembly of vehicles in India - or not.


Volvo starts third shift adding 1,500 new jobs

Simon Warburton | 5 May 2015

Volvo says a third shift at its Torslanda plant near Gothenburg has started, creating nearly 1,500 new jobs in the company's Western Sweden home region.


FKG lauds Iran as potential 2.5m market

Simon Warburton | 28 Apr 2015

Scandinavian supplier association, FKG, says Iran could be a 2.5m or 3m market if current draconian sanctions against the country are lifted this summer.


Volvo engines now all in-house

Graeme Roberts | 28 Apr 2015

Like Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover with its new Ingenium engines, Geely's Volvo Car, once also owned by Ford, has been weaning itself off other automakers' engines and substituting its own.


Volvo to target Asia-Pacific from China

Tony Pugliese | 24 Apr 2015

Volvo Cars China (VCC) will take on a leading role in the Asia-Pacific region in an effort to grow the brand’s sales.


Volvo finds Chinese balancer shaft source

Graeme Roberts | 23 Apr 2015

Volvo Car Corporation and Mitec-Jebsen Automotive Systems (Dalian) have partnered to make the balance shaft for the automaker's new GEA3 engine. Production starts in 2016.


Volvo Group margins improve in Q1/2015

Graeme Roberts | 22 Apr 2015

In the first quarter of 2015 Volvo Group's efficiency-improvement programme generated good results.


Volvo Group names new president and CEO

Graeme Roberts | 22 Apr 2015

AB Volvo's board has named Martin Lundstedt, 47, as the president and chief executive officer of the Volvo Group. Lundstedt will take up his new role in October 2015.


Volvo Cars’ China sales will outpace premiums

Graeme Roberts | 21 Apr 2015

Volvo Cars president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson said his company's sales in China in 2015 would grow faster than the overall market for premium cars.


Plastic Omnium expects to double China revenue

Graeme Roberts | 21 Apr 2015

Plastic Omnium announced its latest developments in China at the Shanghai motor show including four new plants.


GERMANY: Mazda outsells Nissan as Qashqai crashes

Glenn Brooks | 16 Apr 2015

Thanks to a plethora of new and updated models, Mazda has found itself in the extraordinary situation of having overtaken Nissan in Europe's largest national market.


Volvo UK dealer network getting a makeover

Chris Wright | 16 Apr 2015

Geely owned Volvo Car UK is to set new dealer standards for its distribution network and introduce two new initiatives aimed at removing some of the perceived barriers between customers while improving trust, service and overall impressions of the brand.


Volvo UK ups its customer experience game

Dave Leggett | 15 Apr 2015

Volvo Car UK says that it is to embark on new standards for its UK dealer network that improve the retail experience for its customers.


Volvo Cars to build US factory

Graeme Roberts | 30 Mar 2015

Geely owned Volvo Cars said on Monday (30 March) it would build a factory in the US, "fulfilling its ambition to be a truly global car maker" and spending around US$500m to underscore "its long term commitment to the US market".


Volvo will have 100 autonomous trial cars by 2017

Graeme Roberts | 26 Mar 2015

Volvo will have 100 autonomous cars on the road in its home city of Gothenburg by 2017, Marcus Rothoff, autonomous driving programme director, told the SMMTConnect conference. They will be operated by lease customers on their normal daily commute.

Latest blogs

Let the touch screen size war begin

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

With the UK media launch of Volvo's XC90 on this week, a lot of readers are going to be hearing about the car's very intuitive, iPad-like screen I've already complimented.


Watch Volvo's next XC90 get rolled, and rolled

Glenn Brooks | 28 Nov 2014

We all remember that video of the outgoing XC90 being rolled SEVEN times and no crushing of the roof. To me, it's been the gold standard of safe cars ever since.

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