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The art of painting carbon fibre – Q&A with Project 12

24 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

As the application of carbon fibre in car manufacture increases, demand for custom and novel finishes has also soared. UK-based Project 12 develops and supplies finishes and coatings for carbon fibre and composites. just-auto/QUBE spoke to managing director Dave King to learn what automakers are seeking and the direction carbon fibre finishes are taking.


GKN on prospects for torque vectoring

22 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Torque vectoring is an often heard term, rarely seen computer-controlled system used on cars to deliver just the right amount of power to each wheel in order to improve road grip, stability, handling and performance. GKN Driveline’s solution, known as Twinster, is available on a number of cars, including mainstream executive models like the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. As advanced torque vectoring systems are likely to appear on an even wider range of vehicles, just-auto/QUBE spoke to Ray Kuczera, Senior Vice President of Engineering, GKN Driveline.


Thermal challenges for commercial vehicle exhaust systems – Q&A with Zircotec

15 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Commercial vehicle exhaust systems are facing multiple challenges. Ever tighter engine emission requirements demand ever more efficient DPF and catalyst performance and this, in turn, requires ever more effective heat management. These systems have necessarily increased in size putting more pressure on overall packaging, with hot exhaust system components encroaching on systems that could potentially be damaged by heat. There is also a desire to keep heat in the exhaust to maintain turbocharger efficiency and response. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews, we spoke to heat management specialist Zircotec’s Group Sales Director, Graeme Barette, about some novel approaches that could address both issues.


Castrol Nexcel reinvents the oil change – Q&A

9 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

As pressures to improve air quality intensify, it is becoming harder for automakers to find new, affordable ways to improve fuel economy through established measures such as engine downsizing. Not yet high on the industry agenda but of growing importance, sustainability in fast-growing new markets must also be addressed. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's series of interviews, we spoke to Dr Oliver Taylor about a new approach to engine lubrication that could address both issues. Dr Taylor is chief engineer with Nexcel, an innovation business within BP’s Castrol subsidiary.


Opel chief interior designer on the Insignia, and spacious, functional car interiors

27 Apr 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport to take a closer look and got the inside story from Stefan Arndt, Adam Opel AG's chief interior designer.


Volkswagen head of compact cars on Tiguan Allspace, autonomous cars and individualisation

19 Apr 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed a Volkswagen Tiguan to take a closer look and got the inside story from Dr Jochen Böhle, head of product development for Volkswagen’s compact car line-up.


BorgWarner CTO on torque vectoring, engine rightsizing and tomorrow’s turbochargers

13 Apr 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Christopher P. Thomas, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, BorgWarner Inc.


Tenneco VP on emissions control technology trends

10 Apr 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Ben Patel, VP of Global Research and Development Clean Air, Tenneco.


Delphi on tomorrow’s infotainment and driver interface technologies

6 Apr 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Martin Bornemann, Director Product Line and Business Development, Infotainment & Driver Interface, Delphi.


Delphi on how cars are becoming 'smart mobility devices'

4 Apr 2017 | Matthew Beecham

With automated driving and mobility on demand likely to be one of the fastest developing trends ever seen in the automotive industry, QUBE/just-auto spoke to Delphi’s technical director automated driving, Serge Lambermont. As well as leading a team at the forefront of this new technology, Serge is closely involved in the Mobility on Demand project underway in Singapore.


Chief designer for Kia Motors Europe on the Optima Sportswagon interior

3 Apr 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The arrival of Kia’s fourth-generation Optima as an estate in the UK last year – along with a plug-in hybrid version - gave the Korean automaker two new opportunities to expand its business in Europe. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed an Optima Sportswagon to take a closer look and got the inside story from Gregory Guillaume, Kia Motors’ chief designer for Europe.


Rinspeed’s Oasis concept car interior – Q&A with Stahl

29 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Chemical company Stahl created the funky living room or ‘third living space of the future’ for the Rinspeed Oasis self-driving concept car, showcased earlier this month in Geneva. The Oasis is an evolution of the Swiss firm's Stos shown earlier last year. To learn more about the futuristic two-seater interior, we spoke to Stefan Buri, Global Director Marketing Automotive, Stahl.


BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer eyes digitalisation with enthusiasm

28 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer likes to joke that his business card "takes five minutes to read" and that his full title - member of the board of management of BMW AG Mini, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, customer engagement and digital business innovation, BMW group - encompasses "all the fun stuff". A very big buck stops here.


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

26 Mar 2017 | 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.


Bosch on trends in the fuel injection market

23 Mar 2017 | 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.


Federal-Mogul Motorparts on trends in the foundation brake system market

21 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one automotive component suppliers, we spoke to Silvano Veglia, Product Marketing Director Braking for Federal-Mogul Motorparts EMEA.


Ford of Europe on connectivity developments

16 Mar 2017 | Cat Dow

Ford is doing much in the Connected Vehicle Technologies space. Its award-winning SYNC 3 system incorporates much of the functionality desired by consumers today. At the Geneva Motor Show, we caught up with Jan Schroll, Ford of Europe’s Supervisor for Connectivity Application, on challenges of integrating connectivity and the road ahead.


Magna VP on smart materials, connectivity and autonomous car interiors

16 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Ian Simmons, Vice President, Business Development, Corporate R&D, Magna International about smart materials, connectivity and autonomous car interiors.


Robert Bosch Automotive Steering on electrification and automated driving

13 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Alexander Gaedke, head of system and advanced development of passenger cars steering systems at Robert Bosch Automotive Steering in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany.


Evolution Time Critical on what a ‘hard Brexit’ could mean for the UK automotive logistics sector

9 Mar 2017 | Matthew Beecham

UK-based emergency logistics specialist, Evolution Time Critical (ETC) was recently acquired by the Metro Supply Chain Group. To find how its business has shaped up since and how it views the implications for a hard (‘clean’) Brexit, we spoke to Brad Brennan, managing director of ETC.



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