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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.

Latest interviews

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.

Latest news

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 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...

Environment key to supplier tendering - Fuji Heavy

17 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Fuji Heavy Industries says companies seeking to be potential new suppliers should focus on key attributes such as environmentally-friendly solutions and weight reduction, while Japan is at the same time more robustly prepared for any natural disasters such as earthquakes.

Toyota offers to settle US truck/SUV rust case

14 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota Motor has proposed to pay US$4.3bn to settle a US federal court case brought by owners of its pickup trucks and SUVs sold in the US between 2005 and 2010.

just-auto Plus only Scania/Higer inaugurate new bus factory in China

14 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Scania and Higer inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art bus and coach factory in Suzhou, China. The new factory will exclusively build Scania Touring and Scania-Higer dual-branded high-end buses and...

Dongfeng expands Thai truck and bus operations

8 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Chinese truck maker Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles Company plans to aggressively expand its medium and heavy-duty vehicle operations in Thailand, according to local reports.

UK LCV sales slip in October

4 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The UK’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined in October, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Almost 27,000 vehicles were registered last month, representing a fall of -4.5% compared with October 2015.

just-auto Plus only CVG Q3 2016 revenue down 24%

4 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Commercial Vehicle Group, on 3 November 2016 reported financial results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2016. Patrick Miller, president and CEO, stated, "Our two largest end...

just-auto Plus only Volvo submits sustainable transport solutions

1 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 31 October, 2016, Volvo Group CEO Martin Lundstedt, in his role as co-chair of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, submitted a report to United Nations secretary-general Ban...

just-auto Plus only US agencies applaud for Volvo Trucks commitment

1 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The US Department of Transportation, on 31 October, 2016, announced that the last of the nearly 16,000 US heavy trucks voluntarily recalled earlier this year by Volvo Trucks North America for a...

just-auto Plus only Man automated truck to be tested on Hesse motorway

27 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Motorway maintenance and road workers are sometimes exposed to high-risk working conditions.  Safety vehicles with highly visible warning equipment are designed to minimise these...

Mercedes-Benz presents X-Class pickup

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes has shown a new concept pickup that will provide the basis for a new premium mid-size pickup that will be launched in 2017 and made in cooperation with Nissan as part of its collaborative tie-up with the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

EC grants Portugal low-emission bus subsidy

26 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Brussels says Portuguese plans to support the purchase of low-emission buses for public infrastructure in urban areas are in line with European Union (EU) State aid rules.

Foton targets growth with assembly in Thailand

26 October 2016 | Tony Pugliese

China commercial vehicle manufacturer BeiqiFoton Motor has set up a wholly-owned distributor in Thailand to drive the brand’s expansion strategy in the country.

just-auto Plus only GAZ presents Kursor/Vector Next buses at Busworld

26 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

GAZ Group presents at the international bus show Busworld Russia buses for urban and suburban transport services: GAZ Kursor - middle-class low-floor bus of Likino Bus Plant, and Vector Next -...

FTA warns France/UK haulage impact if border moved

25 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) says moving border controls currently in operation at Calais to Dover would severely impact both UK and French haulage operations.

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