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Kia UK MD on how to raise brand pricing

In the second of a two-part Q&A, Paul Philpott reveals when Kia will launch a B-crossover, how he won't rule out one day outselling Toyota,...

Q&A: Kia MD sees 100,000 sales in UK

There years ago this month Paul Philpott became the managing director of Kia Motors for the UK and Ireland. This followed a stint at Kia Mot...

Toyota UK's Tony Walker eyes Burnaston growth

With two recently revised models launching on the European market, Toyota is upbeat over prospects for the plant that makes them at Burnasto...

The car Jaguar designer said "I'd never do"

The Frankfurt motor show will be the launch pad for a very important Jaguar, the F-Pace SUV, vital for the brand in the US and Chinese marke...


Q&A with Ricardo on future powertrain technology 3 Aug 2015

Calum MacRae

At the opening of Ricardo's new Vehicle Emissions Research Centre (VERC), Calum MacRae sat down to discuss future powertrain developments with Ricardo's Professor Neville S. Jackson who serves as the engineering consultancy's Chief Technology and Innovation Officer.


Q&A with coatings specialist Zircotec: Growing pains of an SME 3 Aug 2015

Matthew Beecham

Coatings specialist Zircotec recently announced that it had secured a number of new OEM contracts for both OE automotive and motorcycle exhaust coatings, marking a step change in the volumes its UK-based factory is now producing. Matthew Beecham spoke to managing director Terry Graham about the transition to volume manufacturing and challenges of supporting these new projects.


Q&A: Tata Steel on how the optimal use of advanced steels can trim vehicle weight and cost 15 Jul 2015

Matthew Beecham

Reducing total cost of ownership and ensuring that new lightweight steels are strong enough to protect vehicle occupants in a crash are key challenges for materials and car designers alike. To find out more, Matthew Beecham spoke to Chris Wooffindin, Tata Steel’s product marketing manager for automotive.


Q&A: Nexteer’s Chief Product Engineer on why all OEMs will switch to EPS 14 Jul 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham visited Nexteer Automotive’s steering plant in Tychy, Poland and spoke to Paul Poirel, Chief Product Engineer, Europe about trends in the electric power steering (EPS) market.


Q&A: Ulrika Pettersson, technical project leader for Volvo XC90 10 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

As head of software development for VCC's V526 project, Ulrika Pettersson manages the input of suppliers to the new XC90's advanced infotainment system. With more variants of this big SUV still to come, her role is evolving.


Q&A: Volvo XC90 technical boss Håkan Ivarsson on '90 Cluster' models 2 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

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: Intelligent Energy on how FCEVs could reach the masses 16 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

The hydrogen fuel cell sector has caught the automotive limelight recently, notably Toyota's announcement of making thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents available on a royalty free basis. Does this mean affordable fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) could be on our driveways anytime soon? Matthew Beecham talked to James Batchelor of independent fuel cell specialist Intelligent Energy about the obstacles still to be overcome.


Q&A: DSM on the opportunities for under-the-hood plastic applications 8 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

DSM Engineering Plastics is a global supplier of high-performance engineering thermoplastic solutions. In this interview, Matthew Beecham talked to Bert Havenith, Strategy and Intelligence Manager at DSM Engineering Plastics about the market and technical forces driving the switch from metal to plastic under-the-hood applications.


Q&A: ZF’s suspension research director on next generation technologies and the autonomous car 4 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham talked to Alexander Groß, Director Chassis Technology, Head of R&D Business Unit Suspension Technology, ZF Friedrichshafen AG about future suspension technologies and the ways in which its newly-merged operation with TRW can support autonomous driving.


Q&A: Lear’s VP Global Seat Engineering on reinventing seat geometry for the autonomous car 2 Jun 2015

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, Matthew Beecham talked to David Kazyak, Vice President, Global Seat Engineering, Lear Corporation about the use of alternative and advanced materials in seats, breathable fabric surfaces, carbon fibre seat frames as well as seating for the autonomous car.


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