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Günther Apfalter

Magna Steyr President on a Fuel-Cell Range-Extended Electric Vehicle and investment plans in Slovenia

26 Mar 17 | Matthew Beecham

Magna Steyr is a global, brand-independent engineering and manufacturing partner to automakers, offering solutions for a range of services with development and assembly strategies. The company used the Geneva show earlier this month to exhibit a self-charging electric fuel cell vehicle and, more recently, is reported to have submitted a plan to build a new car plant in Slovenia capable of building up to 200,000 cars a year. To learn more about these developments and its acquisition of Telemotive, we spoke to Günther Apfalter, president of Magna Steyr.


We put future models from Volvo and other automakers under scrutiny this week

The week - new and future products galore

24 Mar 17 | Graeme Roberts

Our look at future Volvos was the most popular read on just-auto this week, a pleasing result, because I know how much work it takes to put one of those together. Hat tip, then, to our resident 'new and future products' editor/analyst (he'll answer to either) Glenn Brooks, also researcher/editor for our production life, factory source and platform basis research database PLDB. If you're not familiar with PLDB (or our OEM/supplier research database QUBE), follow the link for a preview; if you'd like to see more, click this link to get in touch.


R-Design trim includes 20-inch wheels, silver door mirror casings and a gloss-black grille

ANALYSIS - Volvo XC90 D5 PowerPulse

24 Mar 17 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo continues to tweak and expand the XC90 model line-up. The Drive-E diesel can now be upgraded with a PowerPulse package that boosts power to 235hp and raises torque to 480Nm.


go-CROSS concept from 2015 Tokyo motor show is due to become a production model

ANALYSIS - current and future Datsun vehicles

23 Mar 17 | Glenn Brooks

Future models for the three brands of Nissan Motor are the latest to be explored in just-auto's ongoing series. Datsun comes first, to be followed by Infiniti, and then a look at Nissan.


SAIC General Motors’ (SGM) new-generation Buick GL8 and GL8 Avenir luxury multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) feature the world’s largest rear quarter window, which measures 1200mm by 450mm. This polycarbonate glazing part is 40 percent (3kg) lighter than a comparable glass window and also has design elements that cannot be achieved with glass.

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Review of automotive glazing trends

23 Mar 17 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one takes a closer look at some trends in the application of water-repellent coatings, polycarbonate and solar control glazing.


Rasmus Frei

Bosch on trends in the fuel injection market

23 Mar 17 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Rasmus Frei, Senior Technical Manager Petrol Electrification, Robert Bosch UK, about fuel injection technologies and trends.


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VW R&D lab works on future materials

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group's Open Hybrid LabFactory in Wolfsburg is working on lightweight construction materials and production processes.


PPG to increase coatings prices in Europe

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following an earlier announcement for the same reason in the Asian region, PPG said it would increase prices and surcharges in Europe "to offset a significant rise in raw material costs". The price changes will impact a select group of automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and industrial coatings products, effective 1 May or as contracts permit.


GM India signs three year wage deal for Talegaon plant

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors India (GMI) said a new three-year wage agreement, good till 31 March, 2020, just signed with the General Motors Employees union would support further advances in vehicle manufacturing quality, efficiency and an improved work environment.


Uber suspends autonomous testing in Arizona after crash

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Uber reportedly has suspended autonomous vehicle testing in Arizona after a Volvo XC90 was involved in a collision in Tempe though the vehicle was not at fault.


Nissan launches new Innovation Lab in Paris

27 Mar 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has announced the launch of its new Innovation Lab in Paris. Designed to develop new innovation projects in all areas of the business, Nissan says the initiative marks an important milestone in Nissan’s journey to unlock innovation and encourage business start-ups.


Volkswagen names new chief compliance officer

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has named a new chief compliance officer. This is a brand appointment, not the group role which changed hands last January.

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