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JLR's big hire - the week

23 Jun 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Just what an embattled prime minister kicking off Brexit negotiations needed this week - one of the home team announcing it's going to need...


Velar redefines Range Rover luxury - COMMENT

23 Jun 2017 | Guest

Tata-owned premium car maker Jaguar Land Rover is adding, this year, another model to the Range Rover sub-brand's range - the Velar. Hilton...


Air quality debate needs to move on from diesel

22 Jun 2017 | Dave Leggett

The debate on air quality in cities has become unhelpfully fixated on diesel cars that are a small part of the overall problem, according to...


ANALYSIS - M4 Convertible and future BMWs

19 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's best seller in many European markets yet all of the brand's other even-number models are niche vehicles....


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Lightweight monotube dampers – Q&A with BWI Group

19 Jun 2017 | Matthew Beecham

As OEMs pursue lighter vehicles to help comply with CO2 emissions legislation, ever more pressure is being placed on Tier 1 suppliers to provide lighter components. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Marcin Knapczyk, engineering manager at global braking and chassis systems specialist, BWI Group, about how far lightweighting has come and where it is set to go.


INTERVIEW - Mazda's UK MD

14 Jun 2017 | Chris Wright

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.

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Five Volkswagen I.D. electric cars coming - report

23 Jun 2017 | Glenn Brooks

A Dutch website has published what appears to be a Volkswagen presentation which details plans for the I.D. range of electric cars. According to a slide, there will be five EVs for various regions between 2019 and 2022.


Daimler powertrain workers want EV assurances

23 Jun 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Electrification plans for upcoming new vehicle models are causing some industrial niggle at a Daimler powertrain plant.


ZF and Hella to partner on sensors

23 Jun 2017 | Graeme Roberts

ZF and Hella announced they would partner on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar systems.


Kia does RHD Stinger testing in UK ahead of launch

23 Jun 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Kia said right hand drive versions of its upcoming Stinger 'grand turismo'  have also undergone a further level of dynamic testing in the UK to optimise steering and suspension components for export markets such as the UK and Australia before the car's release.


VW to buy back European diesels in specific cases

23 Jun 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has agreed to buy back diesel cars equipped with illicit emissions control software after deciding not to appeal a German court ruling backing plaintiffs' calls for compensation, a media report said.


EU issues antitrust fines to lighting suppliers

22 Jun 2017 | Dave Leggett

The EU's European Commission has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella a total of EUR26.7m for participating in an automotive lighting cartel, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Valeo was alsio in the cartel, but not fined because it revealed the cartel to the Commission.


Nissan-Renault plan driverless ride-hailing servic

22 Jun 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan and Renault plan to launch driverless ride-hailing and ride-sharing services over the next decade, according to a Reuters report.


Peugeot returns to African pickup truck market

22 Jun 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Peugeot is returning to the African pickup truck market with a double cab model apparently sourced from China.


New Ford tech to warn of emergency vehicles

22 Jun 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has developed technology that sends a signal from an ambulance, fire engine or police car directly to nearby drivers, so that they will know exactly where the siren is coming from, and how far away it is.


Honda pleads for UK to stay in EU customs union

21 Jun 2017 | Dave Leggett

Honda has strongly backed the case for the UK remaining inside the EU's customs union after it leaves the EU in 2019.



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