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just-auto uses its unrivalled access to the top industry executives to bring you interviews with the personalities shaping the news all year round.


Tivoli is acting as a catalyst for SsangYong change - UK MD

22 Feb 2017 | Dave Leggett

SsangYong UK managing director Paul Williams tells just-auto that the Tivoli compact SUV is changing perceptions of the brand.


Nexteer Automotive on steer-by-wire and the EPS market

22 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to executives of Nexteer about megatrends in the car steering market, steer-by-wire systems and growth of electric power steering (EPS) fitment in BRIC countries.


Continental Automotive on ADAS, sensor fusion and tomorrow’s electronic braking systems

21 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Alfred Eckert, Head of the Advanced Engineering Department at Continental Automotive.


IAC Group on autonomous car interiors, customisation and the touch-free user experience

20 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Dr Rose Ryntz, Vice President, Advanced Development & Material Engineering, International Automotive Components (IAC) Group and Carter Cannon, Manager Functional Integration, Advanced Development and Engineering, IAC Group. IAC is a global supplier of automotive components and systems, including interior and exterior trim.


VW Car-Net – a personalised ecosystem of connected services

16 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Volkswagen’s Car-Net platform provides a variety of in-vehicle internet-based services, including remote vehicle access, roadside assistance, diagnostics and maintenance, and the ability to set speed and boundary alerts. To find out more, we caught up with Dr Marcus Heitmann, general manager for Volkswagen Car-Net.


Adient on lightweight, customised seating solutions for autonomous driving

13 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to executives from Adient, the world's largest global automotive seating supplier. In this interview, they explained their Vision Seat, Chrysler Portal concept, AI17 seats for autonomous driving, customisation options and advances in lightweighting. By using a wide range of technologies, the supplier has reduced the overall weight of its seats by 20-30 percent over the past decade.


Continental on AR-HUDs, gesture control, display and connectivity technologies

1 Feb 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global component suppliers, we spoke to Alexander Klotz, head of advanced development, systems and technology interior division, Continental. He explained some of the technologies that the supplier highlighted at the most recent CES, including augmented reality head-up displays (AR-HUDs), gesture control and connectivity technologies.


Harman EVP on the meaning of lifestyle audio

30 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

One key topic of focus at this year’s consumer electronics show (CES) was the future of the automotive user experience. With the approach of autonomous vehicles, consumers are demanding more advanced cabin technology to occupy what is set to become ‘free time’ at the wheel. Harman claims that audio and acoustics will have a significant influence on the in-car experience and should be a priority for OEMs looking to attract next-generation buyers. Harman’s executive vice president and president of the lifestyle audio division, Michael Mauser, explains.


Lanxess on new opportunities for lightweighting using composites

26 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global players in the automotive industry, we spoke to Lukas Schröer, project manager of lightweight technologies at Lanxess High Performance Materials business unit. Here he explains the role playing out for engineered plastics in alternative and future mobility concepts.


ZF, Nvidia use AI to develop a self-driving solution

25 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

ZF used the most recent CES to reveal a product called ProAI, designed to bring self-driving capabilities to cars and trucks. The safety supplier says its solution, based on Nvidia’s processing technology, will enter production next year ready to meet the automated requirements for Level 4. To find out more, we spoke to Dr Malgorzata Wiklinska, who is manager of advanced R&D at ZF Denkfabrik.


Eden Games gears up for mobile devices

16 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The global gaming market is accelerating at a rapid rate. The sheer scale and reach has meant the traditionally conservative automotive industry is now embracing the opportunities for both revenues and exposure. In this interview, David Nadal, CEO and founder of Eden Games explains why these are exciting times for games developers playing in the automotive industry.


Industry 4.0 will drive more efficiency gains than low-cost country sourcing according to Yanfeng

11 Jan 2017 | Calum MacRae

Johannes Roters is the CEO of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the vehicle interior giant created by the 2015 70:30 joint-venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim and Johnson Controls interior business (now Adient). just-auto's Calum MacRae was provided with an update to the company's strategy and progress at the 2017 NAIAS in Detroit.


Falken swoops on the European OE tyre market

11 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Falken Tyre recently formed an OE partnership with Czech car manufacturer Škoda, marking the latest in a series of manufacturer relationships. To find out more and how the OE side of its business is shaping up, we spoke to the tyre maker’s European head of marketing, Stephan Cimbal.


Visteon on transforming the car cockpit experience

9 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s interviews with Visteon, we spoke to the vehicle cockpit electronics supplier's chief marketing officer, Tim Yerdon. In explaining how the car’s cockpit is expanding from being a physical space to an interface, he highlighted the trend for larger, curved displays, opportunities for augmented reality-HUDs and improving user experiences for automated driving and car sharing.  "There’s a lot of cool technology out there," says Yerdon, "but our job is to make it work and survive in the automotive environment."


NextEV US CEO on Car 3.0 and delivering a premium user experience

6 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

With a team in motorsport’s first all-electric race series, the FIA Formula E Championship, and a recruitment drive that has attracted top names from the automotive, technology and internet industries, NextEV is a name that has become increasingly familiar in the last two years. It is a global start-up, founded in China in 2014 with 12 offices and 2,000 employees worldwide. Last November, the company announced its user brand NIO and unveiled a 1,360ps supercar, the NIO EP9, in London. We spoke to US CEO, Padmasree Warrior to find out more.


CES 2017 - Visteon CTO on AI and a centralised, cyber secured ADAS solution

5 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global automotive component suppliers, we caught up with Visteon’s chief technology officer, Markus Schupfner on the eve of the consumer electronics show (CES). He joined Visteon in April 2016 and is the executive tasked with executing the supplier’s technology roadmap – evolving ADAS platforms to autonomous driving.


CES 2017 - Visteon CEO on transforming the future of mobility

3 Jan 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global automotive component suppliers, we caught up with Visteon’s president and CEO, Sachin Lawande on the eve of the consumer electronics show (CES). Here he explains the supplier’s next-generation Phoenix infotainment platform, augmented reality head-up display and business growth in Asia.


Citroën will adapt for success in UK market - MD, Citroën UK

19 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

Bek Hassan, Managing Director - Citroën & DS Automobiles UK, talks to just-auto about the opportunity ahead for the two brands in the UK car market, despite current 'challenging times'.


GKN eyes small hybrid growth with e-axle module - Interview

9 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

Peter Moelgg, Chief Executive of GKN Driveline’s eDrive and AWD business, tells just-auto about the company's expanding business opportunity with a new electric drive system for compact plug-in hybrid vehicles.


Ericsson on the connected car's move to 5G

21 Nov 2016 | Cat Dow

TU-Automotive’s connected car conference brought together some major players and highlighted some key trends and concerns as car makers and suppliers battle with this whole new world. Ericsson’s Juergen Daunis, sales director of automotive, shone some light on future of networking. Here he talks to Cat Dow about the move to 5G and beyond.



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