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THE WEEK - aftermarket player and new products

27 May 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Matthew Beecham's Q&A with Dayco, which develops and manufactures engine products and drive systems, including timing belts, chain kits, belts and pulleys for the OE and aftermarket attracted a lot of eyes this week. He caught up with Steve Carolan, national sales manager, Dayco Aftermarket UK to learn how its business is taking shape. New Jaguars always attract interest, and especially so when it's the brand's first foray into territory previously the domain of sibling brand Range Rover. Cue sibling war or complementary co-existence? And can it see off Porsche?

COMMENT - Detroit basks but for how long?

14 January 2016 | Dave Leggett

The mood at the Detroit Show this week was good, but there was also a sense that the future could be less bright. The good news right now is that the US light vehicle market is running north of 17m units a year and forecast to grow a little further in 2016.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Out 'n' about with Mazda

13 March 2015 | Graeme Roberts

Post-Geneva, there was no shortage of auto industry happenings this week.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: There's a ghost in the house...

31 October 2014 | Dave Leggett

Yes folks, there's a ghost in the house and the temptation is to say, it's the ghost of safety. Okay, that's a bit laboured in the week of Halloween, but safety was an underlying theme in some of this week's news.

Latest interviews

The art of painting carbon fibre – Q&A

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.

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.

Latest news

EU issues antitrust fines to lighting suppliers

22 June 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.

OEMs join with Shell to launch 'FindAdBlue'

15 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Several car manufacturers are working with Bosch and Shell, together with Integer Research Ltd, to launch a website - - designed to help diesel engine drivers to find gas stations with AdBlue pumps.

MMC and LexisNexis develop usage-based insurance

2 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) are working together so that MMC vehicles can connect directly to the LexisNexis Telematics Exchange to help lower insurance premiums based on driving data.

Ford launches new all-makes aftermarket brand

24 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford dealers in Europe can now service or supply parts for all makes of other vehicles following the automaker's launch of a new Omnicraft brand of replacement parts.

Toyota hails Japan hydrogen stations agreement

19 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has announced that eleven companies in Japan have agreed to collaborate on the 'large-scale' construction of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) across the country.

Mercedes announces logistic operators' support

9 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

In cooperation with sales partner Fahrzeug-Werke LUEG AG, Mercedes-Benz Van Sales Germany is starting an innovative and completely new operator programme at the parking area connected to the recently inaugurated Amazon Logistics Distribution Centre in Bochum.

UK diesel drivers face scrappage compensation

3 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Drivers of older polluting diesel cars in Britain are to receive compensation for scrapping them, according to a newspaper report.

Recaro seating launched in China

19 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

For launch in China, Adient's Recaro Automotive Seating is positioning itself as a premium brand manufacturer of performance seats for sporty luxury vehicles. At Auto Shanghai 2017, the company is presenting tailor-made products for Chinese OEMs and aftermarket applications.

Venezuela hits Goodyear results

11 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Trends in the global tyre industry play to the strengths of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and its strategy to drive profitable growth.

Goodyear positioned to 'gain from industry trends'

11 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Goodyear says that trends in the global tyre industry play to its strengths and strategy to drive profitable growth.

Apollo Tyres opens green field Hungary plant

7 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has opened Apollo Tyres' sixth tyre manufacturing unit, the second in Europe.

Pirelli reports EUR6,058.4m revenue in 2016

3 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Pirelli says it grew its revenues by 7% in 2016, aided by better sales mix across its product range.

PSA extends its partnership with Total

30 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

PSA Group and Total have renewed their long-standing lubricant supply deal.

Doublestar poised to take over Kumho Tire

16 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s Qingdao Doublestar Group has confirmed earlier media reports it is looking to buy a 42.1% stake in South Korean tyre-maker Kumho Tire Company.

Faurecia to add second Indiana plant

14 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Faurecia Clean Mobility (FCM) - manufacturer of exhaust systems and components - has announced plans to open a new production facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Chinese tyre maker to buy Kumho

13 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Creditors of South Korean tyre manufacturer Kumho Tire Company plan to sell their combined stake in the company to China’s Qingdao Doublestar Company, according to local reports.

Toyo Tire to focus on core automotive operations

10 March 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Toyo Tire & Rubber plans to sell of its diversified non-automotive businesses to focus exclusively on its mainstay tyre business, according to reports in Japan.

Vitro acquires PGW’s automotive OEM glass business

2 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Mexico-based Vitro has acquired Pittsburgh Glass Works' (PGW) automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) glass business from LKQ Corporation.

Michelin adds RFID to truck tyres

28 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Michelin Americas Truck Tires said Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is being added to commercial truck tyres and retreads, enabling fleets to better manage their tyres throughout the full life cycle.

Volvo Car UK to recruit 300 new technicians

17 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car UK is launching a nationwide recruitment drive for 300 new technicians to join its 119-outlet dealer network by 2020, in line with the brand's increasing sales and its growing product range.

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