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Peugeot seeks high margins with £40,000+ Traveller

3 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA might be in the process of taking over Adam Opel and Vauxhall Motors but it also has several JVs with one of GM’s main rivals, Toyota. An LCVs venture in France produces not just vans but MPVs too. The Peugeot Traveller is one of three such models.

VW tries V6 TDI in Amarok to tackle dominant Hilux

25 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Is there a market for a £40,000 pick-up? There is. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ UK outpost is in fact so confident of the revised Amarok’s success that it has dropped the previous four-cylinder variants and installed a 3.0-litre V6 diesel in their place.

Skoda Auto future models - a global analysis

15 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Following the recent reviews of Volkswagen and Audi future vehicles, this, the third of a six-part series, concerns Skoda. It will be followed by a look at what's ahead for SEAT. After this comes Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, to be followed by Porsche in chapter six, the last of these being the final part of the overall analysis of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car plans.

VW revs up its global CV ambitions - ANALYSIS

6 September 2016 | Colin Whitbread

Volkswagen’s intent to acquire a 16.6% (post dilution) stake in Lisle, Illinois-based Navistar, coupled with a strategic technology and supply cooperation and the establishment of a purchasing joint venture represents a significant step forward for the German company’s global ambitions, ambitions that have so far been tempered by a lack of presence in the North American heavy truck sector. 

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Engine downsizing has peaked say Federal Mogul

4 July 2016 | Calum MacRae

In a wide-ranging interview, as part of Federal Mogul Powertrain’s recent Technology Briefing days held in Augsburg, Germany just-auto’s Calum MacRae interviewed the division’s Chief Technology Office, Gian Maria Olivetti. Mr Olivetti has been with Federal Mogul since 2007. Before Federal Mogul he enjoyed stints at Fiat Powertrain Technologies and Iveco. 

Interview with Ford of Britain's MD

18 September 2015 | Calum MacRae

At the 2015 IAA, we caught up with Ford of Britain’s newly-appointed chairman and managing director Andy Barratt. Prior to taking up his new role he had served as Ford of Britain’s director of sales since 2011.

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Peugeot returns to African pickup truck market

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

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

just-auto Plus only Volvo Trucks introduces new FE 350

21 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volvo FE is now being launched with 350 hp/1400 Nm and a new front axle for axle loads of up to nine tonnes. This makes one of Volvo Trucks’ most versatile models into a strong contender...

just-auto Plus only Tata Motors begins electric bus trials

19 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors has commenced trials of its 9 metres electric bus in Chandigarh. With a capacity to seat 31 passengers, the Tata Ultra Electric 9m bus will run for over 15-day, with the trial jointly...

just-auto Plus only International LT series to feature Bendix brakes

16 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

International Truck announced on 15 June 2017 the standard availability of air disc brakes on all axles for all models of the International LT Series. The International LT Series in 6x4, 6x2, and...

Mercedes-Benz Kassel starts on intelligent axle

15 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Production of a new, fuel efficient truck axle has started at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Kassel.

BYD to sell 36 more electric buses to London

15 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The BYD ADL electric bus partnership has been selected as preferred bidder by RATP Dev London for the latter's order of 36 10.8m pure electric buses.

Deutsche Post and Ford to manufacture E-Van

14 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter GmbH and Ford-Werke GmbH are entering a partnership for the manufacturing of Transit-based battery-electric delivery vehicles.

Tata Motors appoints new head of CV Business unit

14 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors on 13 June 2017 announced the appointment of Girish Wagh as the 'head of Commercial Vehicle Business Unit' and a member of the Executive Committee (ExCom).

Girish Wagh will take charge of the new responsibilities with immediate effect and will closely work with Ravindra Pisharody for a smooth transition.

The replacement of Mr. Wagh as the 'head of Product Line MHCV' will be announced in due course. In the meanwhile, he will continue to oversee the MHCV related scope of responsibilities.

BYD electric bus fleet for Brisbane airport

14 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

BYD has expanded its supply of pure electric buses to Brisbane Airport, eight months after making a commercial debut at the country’s busiest hub in Sydney.

BMW i Ventures invests in Proterra

13 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW i Ventures - the company's venture capital unit - has announced a strategic investment in Proterra, a technology company and manufacturer focused on heavy-duty electric mass transportation vehicles.

Hydrogenics inks fuel cell China bus deal

13 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Hydrogenics has signed a Purchase and License Agreement for technology and fuel cells with Blue-G New Energy Science and Technology for buses in China.

Daimler to produce heavy trucks in Thailand

12 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler is planning a new assembly facility in Thailand as it looks to rebuild its presence in south east Asia's largest heavy truck market.

VW, MAN, Truck and Bus reshuffle executives

12 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Truck & Bus and MAN Truck & Bus will see a reshuffle of key executive board positions as of 1 July, 2017.

just-auto Plus only BharatBenz sells 50,000 trucks in India

9 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

BharatBenz celebrates an important milestone with the customer handover of its 50,000th truck, which marks an unprecedented ramp-up in the Indian commercial vehicle industry. The vehicle, a 4928 TT...

Self-steering Volvo Truck boosts Brazil harvest

8 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Trucks says it has developed a new self-steering truck that can deliver a significant productivity boost for Brazilian sugar-cane growers.

just-auto Plus only Scania introduces fuel efficient Euro-6 V8 engines

8 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Scania is introducing a new generation of Euro 6 V8 engines that represent a new standard in fuel consumption. The engines, which are available at 520, 580 and 650 horsepower, can reduce fuel...

just-auto Plus only Ricardo/CaFCP join over hydrogen fuel cell tech.

8 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ricardo Strategic Consulting is collaborating with the California Fuel Cell Partnership to provide economic modelling tools that will enable the assessment of total cost of ownership of future fuel...

UK van sales decline in May

5 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The light commercial vehicle market (LCV) declined in May following a period of exceptionally strong demand, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Van sales fell 5.3% year on year to 26,982 units.

just-auto Plus only Daimler India exports 10,000 trucks since launch

2 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) celebrates the next important milestone in its export business. Less than four years after the kick-off, the 10,000th exports vehicle rolled onto the ship...

VW claims AEB first for its commercial vehicles

31 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen in the UK says it is to become the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans with autonomous emergency braking systems (Front Assist with City Emergency Braking), meaning all customers ordering a new Caddy, Transporter or Crafter van from 1 June will be 'guaranteed safety as standard'.

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