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By: Matthew Beecham | 11 June 2013
As we enter the next chapter of occupant restraints - which focuses more on individual safety for different occupants or crash configurations - Matthew Beecham talked with senior executives of TRW Automotive about what we can expect to see on tomorrow's car. Legislation and various NCAP organisations are also playing a key role as vehicle manufacturers selling into Europe and North America and parts of the Asia-Pacific region are looking to achieve top safety results.
By: Simon Warburton | 7 June 2013
GAZ Group parent Russian Machines, claims CNG is the cheapest of commonly used motor fuels, with costs per 100km almost 60% lower than for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It also says CNG is more than twice as cheap as a diesel-powered car and 2.5 times lower price than a gasoline vehicle. Russian Machines CNG project executive director, Peter Zolotarev, spoke to Simon Warburton from the company's Yaroslavl plant about the possibility of using the gas in the country and some of the infrastructure challenges associated with it.
By: Simon Warburton | 4 June 2013
Bosch UK sales grew slightly last year from EUR2.2bn to EUR2.4bn, with the automotive technology sector continuing to remain the company's largest business sector. The Tier 1 supplier's UK president, Peter Fouquet, talked to Simon Warburton at this week's Bosch presentation at MIRA's (Motor Industry Research Association) test track in the Midlands.
By: Matthew Beecham | 3 June 2013
The key factors driving spark plug innovation include emissions legislation, engine design and longer service intervals. Still plugging away for just-auto, Matthew Beecham caught-up with Sandro Pino, European Application Engineering Manager, Powertrain - Ignition Products, Federal-Mogul Corp to find out how the sector is taking shape.
By: Matthew Beecham | 3 June 2013
Australia’s CAP-XX Ltd is developing supercapacitors to provide high power support to automotive stop-start systems, protecting and extending the operating life of the car's battery in the process. Supercapacitors are lighter than a battery, can operate at low temperatures and be charged and discharged almost without limit. To find out more, Matthew Beecham talked with CAP-XX’s CEO Anthony Kongats and Pierre Mars, Vice President Applications Engineering & Quality.
By: Matthew Beecham | 29 May 2013
Over the past few years, South Africa's Ambixtra Sustainable Technologies has been plugging away developing its Variable Spark Ignition system that is capable of replacing conventional spark plug technology. To find out how this novel technology is shaping-up, Matthew Beecham talked with Deon Smit, CEO and James Mackenzie, vice president of product development, Ambixtra Sustainable Technologies.
By: Matthew Beecham | 28 May 2013
Electronic braking systems are rapidly gaining share in the automotive industry as automakers seek benefits of improved performance at low cost. These braking technologies are also being driven by regulatory bodies such as Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme). To find out how, Matthew Beecham talked with Vince Austin, Director, Product Planning, Global Braking Systems, TRW Automotive.
By: Chris Wright | 20 May 2013
It was a telephone call from then UK prime minister Tony Blair that prompted Martin Leach to form Magma, the multi-faceted automotive industry consultancy and service provider.
By: Matthew Beecham | 20 May 2013
Seat manufacturers must develop seats that are lighter, offer more space for occupants and incorporate environmentally friendly materials. Yet space creation inside the vehicle has become critical with the explosion of added content and features. Discerning tastes also mean consumers want more flexible living space within their cars. To find out how Magna Seating is meeting these demands, Matthew Beecham talked with three of the company’s top executives, namely Randy Koenigsknecht, VP Sales & Marketing, Jeff Lambert, VP Engineering and Global IT Services, Dino Nardicchio, Executive Director, Advanced Engineering and Consumer Interface Products.
By: Matthew Beecham | 17 May 2013
Glazing continues to play an important part in vehicle design, providing a combination of aesthetic, functional and structural properties. As a result, automakers are increasingly looking for their glazing suppliers to play a key role in the vehicle development process. Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with leading players in the vehicle glazing market, Matthew Beecham talked with NordGlass Group's CEO, Grzegorz Lajca. NordGlass develops and manufactures windscreens for the automotive sector, railway, shipping and construction industry.
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