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Nissan Leaf battery packManagement briefing: developments in powertrain batteries 31 Mar 15

Matthew Beecham

Battery technologies for powertrain applications have become a focus of attention as OEMs seek to improve performance and reduce the costs of electrified vehicles - both hybrids and pure EVs. Matthew Beecham talks to industry participants to gauge the bigger picture and efforts to cut costs in this summary article from just-auto/QUBE.


Monument to the Conquerors of Space in Moscow - Yuri Gagarin was the firstCOMMENT: Russia - it is rocket science 31 Mar 15

Simon Warburton

It's not often Soviet rocket scientists are mentioned in an automotive context, but the subject came up recently on the sidelines of the Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow, where I was interviewing GAZ Group CEO, Vadim Sorokin.


A Chinese chemical company will soon own famous tyre maker PirelliTHE WEEK THAT WAS: Chinese scoop up Pirelli 27 Mar 15

Graeme Roberts

We started the week with a bit of a surprise - famous Italian tyremaker was nabbed by a Chinese chemical company with big plans for its tyre making unit. Mama mia!


SuzukiANALYSIS: Depressed Thai market forces eco-car rethink 26 Mar 15

Tony Pugliese

After a government stimulated market binge in 2012, the Thai vehicle market has been left saturated and has declined sharply since. As output of small cars in other countries of the ASEAN picks up, the OEMs' planning assumptions for manufacturing eco-cars in Thailand are being upset and strategies hastily revised. Tony Pugliese reports.


Martin Winterkorn appears to be enjoying life in the top job at a successful and expanding VW Group. But who takes the reins next?ANALYSIS: Volkswagen Group considers success and succession 24 Mar 15

Ray Hutton

Ray Hutton was at the annual Volkswagen media and investor conference in Berlin earlier this month. Attendees heard much on the subject of how the mighty VW Group marches onwards and upwards towards its 2018 target to be global number one. But who will be in charge by then?


Q&A with Victrex, a global high-performance polymer solutions provider 23 Mar 15

Matthew Beecham

Victrex plc is a UK-headquartered, global high-performance polymer solutions provider. Matthew Beecham spoke to Stephen Dougherty, Strategic Marketing Director, Victrex Polymer Solutions about its automotive business, applications and some misconceptions about the use of certain materials in vehicle manufacture.


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Russian Automotive Forum sees domestic opportunity as Rouble fallsRussian Automotive Forum sees domestic opportunity as Rouble falls

Soaring inflation, sky-high interest rates, a depreciating Rouble and a 50% drop in oil prices have seen unprecedented economic headwinds batter Russia. But despite that backdrop, domestic OEMs and suppliers saw genuine opportunity at the Russian Automotive Forum in Moscow. We've grouped all the coverage here.

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Simon WarburtonLatest blog entry: "Difficult and beautiful" in Russia 19 Mar 2015

Simon Warburton

Despite fears numbers would be down, this year's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) kicked off in Moscow with a healthy attendance that belied the undoubted economic challenges the country faces.


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just-auto’s round-up of auto shows from around the world, featuring car launches, motor show debuts, concept cars and controversy.


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The latest auto show debuts, car launches, manufacturer news and cutting-edge concept cars – brought straight to you from the Tokyo Motor Show by just-auto.


Detroit Auto Show Detroit Auto Show

Direct from the Detroit Auto Show – just-auto covers the most important car launches, motor show debuts, concept cars and manufacturer news from the show.


Frankfurt Motor Show Frankfurt Motor Show

A round-up of just-auto’s coverage of the Frankfurt Motor Show. Our team highlight the show’s most lauded car launches and auto show debuts, futuristic concept cars and manufacturer announcements.


Geneva Motor Show Geneva Motor Show

just-auto reports from the Geneva Motor Show, including concept cars and auto show debuts, manufacturer news and the most anticipated car launches.


Paris Motor Show Paris Motor Show

All the car launches and debuts, manufacturer announcements, concept cars and auto show controversy - direct from the Paris Motor Show


Product Eye Product Eye

Our team bring you informed analysis of selected new vehicle models and put them in automotive industry perspective


Brooks On OEM Product Trends Brooks On OEM Product Trends

Analyst Glenn Brooks looks at OEM new product developments in the context of company strategies and market trends


Slice Of Warburton Slice Of Warburton

just-auto business editor Simon Warburton offers up a wide range of views in his distinctive style, informed by daily contact with the global auto industry


Our Man In ASEAN Our Man In ASEAN

Jakarta-based Tony Pugliese's regular updates, news and analysis from the ASEAN countries of south-east Asia


Beecham Beecham's Tech-Talk

Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.


The Week That Was The Week That Was

Deputy/news editor Graeme Roberts' Friday wrap on the important automotive news from the week just ending.


Research In Focus Research In Focus

Information summaries and extracts from just-auto's continually updated research portfolio.


Bursa Bursa's World

Mark Bursa's in-depth look at key trends and companies across the automotive world.


Golding Golding's Take

Financial analyst and former city slicker Rob Golding's regular sideways look at the automotive business.


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just-auto editor Dave Leggett's overview of the auto industry, its companies, products and people.

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