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Autonomous tech creeping in - the week

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autonomous driving will, of course, arrive in stages; there are already defined levels of autonomy and quite a bit of the tech needed is already in cars as standard or optional equipment. I was reminded of this just this week when key tier one supplier Bosch popped up with its finding one in four newly registered cars has an automatic emergency braking system on board to prevent accidents and, if necessary, bring the vehicle to a stop in the event of an emergency.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Lexus IS 300h

21 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IS hybrid is one of those cars you don't often see, especially in the UK, which is a pity, as the IS 300h deserves to be far more popular than it is.

ANALYSIS - Nissan future models part 1

20 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

This is the first of two features which looks at the future models of the Nissan brand. Here, the focus is on cars, from Kei-class to Luxury, along with the 370Z/Fairlady Z and GT-R sports cars. The final part in the Nissan Motor Company series will examine Nissan brand crossovers, SUVs, MPVs, pick-ups, Hybrids, EVs and PHEVs.

ANALYSIS - 2017 Audi A5 Coupé 2.0 TDI

18 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

SUVs and crossovers might be stealing sales from many two-door cars but that doesn't mean premium-priced models are disappearing. Far from it. Audi continues to respond to the challenge of strong competition from the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupé by rolling out multiple derivatives of the new A5 range.

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Chief designer for Kia Motors Europe on the Optima

3 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The arrival of Kia’s fourth-generation Optima as an estate in the UK last year – along with a plug-in hybrid version - gave the Korean automaker two new opportunities to expand its business in Europe. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed an Optima Sportswagon to take a closer look and got the inside story from Gregory Guillaume, Kia Motors’ chief designer for Europe.

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer eyes digitalisation

28 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer likes to joke that his business card "takes five minutes to read" and that his full title - member of the board of management of BMW AG Mini, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, customer engagement and digital business innovation, BMW group - encompasses "all the fun stuff". A very big buck stops here.

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VW Brazil to produce Polo, Virtus, SUV and pickup

21 April 2017 | Fernando Calmon

A daring offensive of four new model launches by 2019 in the price bracket BRL45,000/US$14,500 through BRL90,000/$29,000.

Visteon wins Dongfeng cockpit controller deal

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

China's second largest vehicle manufacturer, Dongfeng Motor, has chosen Visteon's SmartCore cockpit domain controller technology for a future domestic light vehicle programme. This will be the first SmartCore application in China.

Autoliv supplies Mercedes S-Class active safety

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autoliv has announced supply of several active safety products for Daimler's updated Mercedes S-Class, launched at the Shanghai show this week.

Yokohama Geolandar tyres for Mazda CX-5

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Yokohama Rubber said its Geolandar G98 tyre has been adopted as original equipment on Mazda's redesigned CX-5 crossover SUV. The model uses the 225/65R17 102V size.

Honda to establish wind tunnel facility in Ohio

21 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Honda has announced a new investment of US$124m to establish a multifunctional aeroacoustic wind tunnel facility to advance vehicle innovation and enhance the testing facilities at the Transportation Research Centre (TRC), in East Liberty, Ohio. The groundbreaking is slated for the late summer of 2017.

just-auto Plus only SEAT to further invest in Ibiza/Arona development

21 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

SEAT has allocated EUR900m to investments and R&D expenses on the new Ibiza and Arona. Company president Luca de Meo made this announcement during the visit to the carmaker’s Martorell...

just-auto Plus only Hella to build lighting production plant in Wuqing

21 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hella-BHAP Lighting, a Joint Venture between lighting and electronics specialist Hella and Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts (BHAP), a subsidiary of the BAIC Group, is further expanding its...

just-auto Plus only BASF implements modern production tech at Nienburg

21 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, announced the mechanical completion of a significant investment at its adsorbents production site in Nienburg, Germany. Two new state-of-the-art...

Now BMW announces 'above expectations' Q1 result

20 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The BMW Group is the third German automaker to announce 'above expectations' first quarter results after VW and Daimler.

Venezuela seizes GM factory

20 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors reportedly said Venezuelan authorities had illegally seized its factory in the industrial hub of Valencia and vowed to "take all legal actions" to defend its rights.

China premium car market growth ahead - Audi

20 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

China's premium car market will grow by around half over the next decade, according to remarks made in Shanghai by Audi CEO Rupert Stadler.

Porsche eyes electrification for power, emissions

20 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche reportedly is looking to expand its range of electric powered vehicles to add power and adapt to Chinese emissions restrictions that are expected to become the world's toughest.

Lincoln adds models for China market growth

20 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ford's premium Lincoln brand is targeting more volume growth in China on the back of new model introductions for the market.

SAIC slows US plans till Trump policies clear

20 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

SAIC Motor, China’s biggest carmaker by sales, reportedly has halted a plan to export its own branded vehicles to the US until it gets more clarity on Sino-US trade policy under President Donald Trump.

2017 Auto Shanghai motor show world premieres

20 April 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Auto Shanghai 2017 did not disappoint, with a vast number of concept, prototype and production model world debuts. The most important vehicle premiere will probably prove to be the Wuling Hong Guang S3, this being the first SUV for the number one brand in the world's largest market.

Ex-Enron prosecutor to oversee US VW diesel deal

20 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen, due to be sentenced this week in the US for rigging emissions tests, will get a court-approved monitor who is a former chief of the government's prosecution of Enron, a media report said.

Ford testing bamboo as material for interiors

20 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ford says it is testing bamboo - a strong natural material - for use in a composite material with applications in vehicle interiors.

Kia to build 300k plant in India

19 April 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Kia Motors is close to announcing a major investment in a new vehicle assembly plant in the southern Indian state of Andra Pradesh, according to reports in India and South Korea quoting government and company sources.

Skoda shows first electric car in Shanghai

19 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Skoda has unveiled its first electric concept car in Shanghai. The VW Group owned brand said it will be introducing five purely electrically-powered cars by 2025, in addition to plug-in hybrid models.

Volvo will build first all electric car in China

19 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars will build its first fully electric car in China, the company announced on Wednesday at Auto Shanghai in China.

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