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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. 

What will a Tesla electric truck look like?

16 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Just what would a Tesla electric freight truck look like? It’s a question that many in the auto industry have been asking after the latest visionary bulletin (Master Plan, Part Deux) from Tesla founder and talisman Elon Musk. 

Mazda changes pickup truck alliance - the week

15 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Biggest story of this week, as far as you lot were concerned, the announcement Mazda is to end a long-standing alliance with Ford on 'medium' pickup trucks and hitch up with Isuzu instead.

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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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FTA backs British PM's tariff-free Brexit wish

20 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Tariff Association (FTA) says it supports UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's Brexit vision of "tariff-free and frictionless trade."

just-auto Plus only VW Truck and Bus sales up 3% in 2016

20 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Truck & Bus sold around 184,000 trucks and buses under the MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus brands in fiscal year 2016. This marks a 3% increase...

Navistar does Dana driveline deal

10 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Dana announced it had entered into a multi-year commercial sales agreement with Navistar International for driveline components for on-highway, city-delivery, bus, and vocational vehicles.

Tianjin adds 500 electric buses to its fleet

9 January 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s northern city of Tianjin took delivery of 500 electric buses last week for use as public service vehicles, according to local reports.

Navistar reports US$34m loss in Q4

21 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Navistar International Corporation has announced a fourth quarter 2016 net loss of US$34m, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to a fourth quarter 2015 net loss of $50m, or $0.61 per diluted share. Revenues in the quarter were $2.1bn.

just-auto Plus only Cummins Westport begins ISB6.7 G engine production

20 December 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Cummins Westport (CWI), on 8 December, 2016, announced the ISB6.7 G, a 6.7 litre midrange, factory built natural gas engine is now fully available as a production engine for shuttle bus, medium...

Iveco and SAIC to restructure Chinese JVs

16 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Iveco, a brand of CNH Industrial, and SAIC have announced they will restructure their joint ventures in China "based on mutual understanding and trust in order to address the rapid evolution of China's commercial vehicle market".

Dana to supply axles, driveshafts for 2018 Isuzus

14 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Dana announced on Wednesday (14 December) it will begin supplying axles and driveshafts for the 2018 Isuzu FTR.  Production of this new Class 6 medium-duty truck will begin mid-2017.

Arconic signs $450m deals for Alcoa wheels

14 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Arconic announced it has signed over US$450m in long term agreements over the past year with customers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia for its forged aluminium wheels.

Arconic inks wheel deal with PACCAR

14 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Arconic has inked a long-term agreement with PACCAR, a designer and manufacturer of light, medium and heavy-duty trucks.

UK new van market achieved 20 year high last month

8 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The UK's new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market saw record breaking sales in November, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

just-auto Plus only VECV November 2016 sales decline 12.7%

8 December 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

VE Commercial Vehicles (A Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture) has sold 3176 units in November 2016 as compared to 3639 units in November 2015 recording a decline of 12.7%. However, on YTD...

just-auto Plus only VW Truck/Bus announce further investment in Brazil

5 December 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus has announced the largest investment package that the company has ever seen. Volkswagen Truck & Bus's Brazilian commercial vehicle brand is set to...

Wrightbus launches zero-emission double deck bus

2 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Wrightbus has launched its zero-emission double deck vehicle, debuting a new hydrogen fuel cell driveline, which will also become available for single-deck power as it readies production next year.

just-auto Plus only Tata Motors India sales down 6% in November 2016

2 December 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors passenger and commercial vehicle total sales (including exports) in November 2016 were at 38,900 vehicles, flat over 38,918 vehicles sold in November 2015. The company’s domestic...

just-auto Plus only DTNA recalls 2017 model trucks

25 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

NHTSA campaign number: 16V824000  Component(s): Tyres  Potential number of units affected: 863 

just-auto Plus only Volvo Group joins EU research project

22 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volvo Group is currently taking part in a research project which involves replacing the cables in trucks with wireless sensors. The result will be a dramatic reduction in the amount of copper...

Plastic Omnium sells heavy business to Mutares

18 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Plastic Omnium has sold its heavy truck bodywork and structural parts business to German manufacturer, Mutares in a deal for which the amount paid was unspecified.

just-auto Plus only Mitsubishi Fuso re-enters Uruguay

18 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, cooperating with Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) under the umbrella of...

just-auto Plus only Toyota explores hydrogen fuel cells for HCVs

18 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyota has long maintained that hydrogen fuel cell technology could be a zero emission solution across a broad spectrum of vehicle types. The scalability of this technology is enabling the...

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