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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


Federal-Mogul Motorparts on brake system trends

21 March 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.


Hella Gutmann Solutions on camera calibration -Q&A

15 June 2016 | Matthew Beecham

While self-driving cars are not yet available to the public, there are a number of models offering some form of advanced assistance to the driver. These include adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems that require a camera to be fitted, typically behind the windscreen. Upon replacing the windscreen, the camera typically needs to be recalibrated. To learn more, we spoke to Hella Gutmann Solutions GmbH’s managing director Björn Rietschel about the company’s camera calibration tool and the prospects for self-calibrating systems.

Latest news


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.


Nissan Europe's aftersales chief faces challenges

16 February 2017 | Chris Wright

Cars are become safer, more reliable and people are actually driving less – all of which are giving carmakers a headache because they are experiencing a squeeze on one of their most lucrative profit centres - aftersales.


JCI to increase US battery production capacity

3 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Johnson Controls is announcing investments to grow aftermarket battery manufacturing capability in the US. The company will accelerate US$450m in investment at its existing facilities across the country to increase capacity to grow its aftermarket service and supply capabilities.


Freudenberg adds US cabin filter production line

2 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT) has added a new cabin air filter production line at its US factory in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.


Ford launches non-Ford replacement parts brand

24 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

After offering Motorcraft 'genuine Ford' replacement parts worldwide for decades, the automaker's customer service division is now launching Omnicraft, a a new brand of replacement parts for all makes of non-franchise vehicles.


Shell announces Rolls-Royce oil supply deal

16 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Shell has announced an aftermarket/service oil supply deal with BMW's Rolls-Royce. Supply of 'genuine engine oil' actually began in October 2016 to dealers worldwide.


NHTSA investigates Chrysler 'rollaway' problem

21 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

The NHTSA has launched an investigation into about a million Fiat Chrysler Ram pickup trucks and SUVs prompted by complaints that vehicles have rolled away and crashed after being parked.


Vitro to acquire PGW's glass business from LKQ

20 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Vitro has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Pittsburgh Glass Works' automotive business from LKQ Corporation for around US$310m.


Nissan targets growth with 'hyper-personalisation'

1 December 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor is preparing to launch a big aftermarket offensive in Japan by offering its customers a wide range of personalisation options to help drive up revenues.


Chinese tyre JV in Thailand targets US exports

23 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Thai tyre manufacturers ND Rubber and Siam Rubber have signed a joint venture agreement with China’s Shandong YinbaoTyre Group to build a manufacturing plant for truck and passenger car tyres in Chonburi province.


2016 LA auto show - world premieres list

17 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The following cars, light trucks and concepts were world premieres at the 2016 LA auto show.


Goodyear expands China tyre factory

2 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The Goodyear tyre & Rubber Company has broken ground on a US$485m expansion of its tyre factory in Pulandian, Dalian, China.


FCA building new Mopar PDC in Michigan

28 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

FCA US has announced a US$10.4m investment in a new Mopar Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) located in Romulus, Michigan. The new facility will encompass 500,000 square feet and more than 100 workers. Preliminary construction work has already begun on the new Metro Detroit PDC.


Toyota recalls 340,000 Prius models worldwide

27 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota Motor announced this week it is recalling 340,000 electric-hybrid Prius passenger cars worldwide because of defects with the hand-brake/parking brake.



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