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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. 

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. 

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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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just-auto Plus only Tata Motors CVs offer BSIV compliant engines

27 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors, the country’s largest truck and bus manufacturer, announced readiness of SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) and EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) technologies for BSIV compliant...

just-auto Plus only VW Truck and Bus global sales up 10% in Q1 2017

26 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In the first three months of 2017 Volkswagen Truck and Bus sold around 46,000 trucks and buses of the MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus brands. All three brands improved...

just-auto Plus only Bendix Wingman tech standard for Peterbilt 579

26 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Building on five years of positive customer feedback and increasing demand since Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology was first offered on Peterbilt Motors...

just-auto Plus only Volvo Trucks North America unveils VNR haul tracto

24 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volvo Trucks in North America has unveiled the new Volvo VNR model, a versatile regional haul tractor designed and developed for the modern professional truck driver and the rapidly evolving...

just-auto Plus only Toyota Australia adapts fuel-cell tech for trucks

21 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyota has supersized its commitment to zero tailpipe emissions by adapting its advanced hydrogen fuel-cell technology for use in heavy-duty trucks. The company has scaled-up its proprietary...

just-auto Plus only International Truck launches RH Series

21 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

International Truck today launched the International RH Series, its new Class 8 regional haul tractor powered by the new International A26 12.4L engine, designed to deliver best-in-class uptime,...

just-auto Plus only Tata Motors launches AMT buses in India

20 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Taking a step further in developing comfortable mass transportation solutions, Tata Motors on 19 April 2017 launched AMT technology (Automated Manual Transmission) in its Starbus and Ultra brand of...

just-auto Plus only Bendix Wingman tech standard for Kenworth T680

12 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Reflecting industry demand and growing recognition of the positive impact driver assistance systems have on fleet and highway safety, Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation...

Ford to launch Ranger in China

7 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford plans to introduce its best-selling 'Built Ford Tough' truck brand in China to pursue growth opportunities in the country’s emerging pickup market.

MAN Wrzesnia plant builds first TGE

7 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The first production MAN TGE - a variation of VW group sibling Volkswagen Vans' Crafter - has come off the line at a newly constructed plant in Wrzesnia, Poland.

Daimlerspends $150m to build Sprinter in Argentina

6 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans said it was spending US$150m to build the next generation Sprinter large van in Argentina.

UK LCV sales dip in March

6 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Unlike cars, light commercial vehicle registrations in the UK dipped in March, as the market stabilised following a sustained period of strong growth and record demand, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which said 63,316 light commercial vehicles hit British roads last month, representing a small fall of 0.9%, and the first decline in March for five years.

just-auto Plus only Scania to offer Apple CarPlay in future trucks

6 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Scania is introducing Apple CarPlay to the new truck generation’s infotainment system, allowing for smart, safe and smooth access to all the functionality of iPhones by mirroring them...

Mahindra targets India's CV market for electric

5 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mahindra is hoping to start selling electric buses in India next year as it responds to government policies to encourage EV take-up and reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels as well as improve air quality.

BYD opens electric bus factory in Hungary

5 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

BYD has opened its first bus plant in Europe in the northern Hungarian town of Komarom. 

Mercedes-Benz trucks launches CarPlay/MirrorLink

5 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Mercedes-Benz says it is the first truck manufacturer to bring the Apple CarPlay infotainment system into its vehicles.

just-auto Plus only Kolbenschmidt wins CV steel piston contract

4 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH, a member of the Rheinmetall Group, has been awarded a contract for commercial vehicle steel pistons worth over EUR70m. The supplier is thus successfully continuing the...

Concentric secures OEM oil pump deal

24 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Concentric said it recently received an order from a global OEM of heavy trucks and buses to produce electric oil pumps for hybrid applications.

just-auto Plus only BYD to build new production facility in France

24 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

At a press conference in Beauvais on 23 March 2017, Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe, accompanied by Xavier Bertrand, President of the Hauts-de-France region; Caroline Cayeux, President...

Wabco making truck air disc brakes in US

23 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco has expanded its North American production with output of air disc brakes (ADB) for commercial vehicles following the opening of its new factory in North Charleston, South Carolina.

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