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The week - some JLR engines go walkies

10 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The most-read story on just-auto this week is an embarrassing one for the automaker concerned - the theft of an unspecified number of engines from Tata Motors' Land Rover plant in Solihull, an event that was kept quiet about for several days until that pesky media got on the case. JLR did not value the engines but reports here in the UK suggested they could be worth in the region of GBP3m (US$3.7m) following their removal from the Damson site in Solihull near Birmingham at some point late at night between 31 January and 1 February. An articulated truck is believed to have entered the site twice, each time hooking up to trailers carrying the engines and then leaving again through the gate. Understandably, the automaker and the constabluary are tight-lipped but you'd have to think 'inside job' for the perps to know what to nab, and where from, and, reportedly, be able to show the right paperwork - twice - to get in and out. I would not want to be in charge of Solihull security right now.


COMMENT - IP and auto industry collaborations

7 February 2017 | Guest

As new business models and new entrants to the personal mobility space gather momentum, automakers are increasingly collaborating with firms outside of the auto industry's established participants. Legal adviser Russell Edson cautions that they should be wary of changing power relationships amid the rising importance of intellectual property (IP) in a dynamic new business landscape. 


ANALYSIS - New safety tech for 2017 Volvo S90

31 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The S90 has only been in production for 10 months but already there is an updated version, with additional safety equipment and new powertrains.


Briefing – AI, machine learning and cars

23 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Not so long ago, the consumer electronics show (CES) was the place to exhibit the latest in computers, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets. It still is although the accent is changing. Every year, this Las Vegas tech fest attracts a rising tide of automotive suppliers taking space both inside and outside the convention centre halls. This month’s management briefing turns the spotlight on some of those exhibitors operating in the brave new auto world of voice control, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Now we’re talking.


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Nexteer on steer-by-wire and the EPS market

22 February 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to executives of Nexteer about megatrends in the car steering market, steer-by-wire systems and growth of electric power steering (EPS) fitment in BRIC countries.


Continental on ADAS, sensor fusion and brakes

21 February 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Alfred Eckert, Head of the Advanced Engineering Department at Continental Automotive.

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UK MP hails Tata Steel investment ahead of Brexit

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Steel's decision to plough GBP4m (US$5m) into a new tailor welded blanks line at its Wednesfield plant in the UK's West Midlands region, has been hailed by its local Member of Parliament as "reassuring."


BMW and Mobileye working on crowd sourcing sensor

22 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW Group and Mobileye have announced they have signed an agreement to crowd source data for high definition maps that will be needed for autonomous driving.


Ficosa joins 5G Automotive Association

22 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Spanish Tier 1 automotive supplier Ficosa says it has become the first Spanish company to join the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA).


Thyssenkrup sells CSA to Ternium for EUR1.5bn

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp has reached agreement with Ternium on the sale of the CSA Siderúrgica do Atlântico (CSA) steel plant in Brazil to Ternium for a purchase price (enterprise value) of EUR1.5bn (US$1.6bn).


ZF/Porsche develop modular hybrid transmission kit

22 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

With an all-new 8-speed dual clutch transmission (8DT) as a basis, ZF and Porsche say they have collaborated to develop a modular hybrid transmission kit for sports vehicles, catering for current and future drive trends.


Flex to acquire AGM Automotive

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Flex has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AGM Automotive (AGM).


Delphi names Electronics&Safety SVP/president

22 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Delphi Automotive has announced David Paja has been named senior vice president and president of Electronics and Safety (E&S).


Skoda starts production of new 1.0 TSI engine

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Skoda has started production of a new 1.0 TSI powertrain at its Mladá Boleslav engine plant.


Kiekert to open new JV door-closure systems plant

21 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Kiekert AG, a specialist in automotive locking systems, is opening a new joint-venture facility to produce door-closure systems in South Korea with KwangJin Sanggong Company. 


Hyundai Mobis joins Auto-ISAC

21 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hyundai Mobis joins the global alliance for a coordinated response to cyber threats, such as hacking, in the age of connected cars and smart cars.


just-auto Plus only Solvay silica prices increased globally

21 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Effective 1 April 2017, or as contracts allows, Solvay announces a 10% price increase for all its silica products. This measure reflects cost inflation in raw materials, energy, and...


Tata Steel commits to UK as unions agree pensions

20 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Steel says it will continue to financially support its UK operations as its major unions voted to accept radical pension proposals to safeguard jobs in the critical supply sector.


Tata Steel stress material's role in UK supply

20 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Steel is stressing the crucial nature of the material to the UK supply chain as it emerges from a rocky period with its unions following resolution of its controversial pensions issue.


Tata Motors/Microsoft ink strategic agreement

20 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Tata Motors and Microsoft India have announced a strategic agreement to 'redefine connected and personalised driving experiences for Indian customers'.


Cooper Tyre full-year 2016 net income of US$248m

20 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Cooper Tyre & Rubber Company has recorded full-year 2016 net income of US$248m, compared with US$213m 12 months ago.


Valeo sales rise 14% to EUR16.5bn in 2016

17 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valeo has unveiled 2016 net income up 27% to EUR925m (EUR985m) with sales up 14% to EUR16.5bn.


Valmet Uusikaupunki plant begins GLC production

17 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valmet Automotive has started series production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV at its Uusikaupunki plant in Finland.


just-auto Plus only Schaeffler integrates Compact Dynamics

17 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The integration of Compact Dynamics is a further important step for Schaeffler as it expands its electric mobility activities. By doing so, the company is strengthening its development expertise,...


just-auto Plus only Ricardo to supply transmission for AM-RB 001

17 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

It can be revealed that Ricardo has been nominated by Aston Martin to design, develop and supply an advanced transmission for the ground-breaking AM-RB 001 hypercar which is being created as the...


just-auto Plus only Redesigned Buick LaCrosse earns IIHS safety rating

17 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The redesigned Buick LaCrosse earns a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's challenging small overlap front crash test and qualifies for a Top Safety Pick...



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