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Takata bags a buyer - ANALYSIS

27 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Since April 2013, when carmakers began recalling deadly faulty airbags supplied by Takata, the family-controlled parts maker’s fortunes have been in free fall. The massive recall resulted in an apology from the world’s second-largest supplier of airbags and it filing for bankruptcy.


Interior design and technology - Suzuki Swift

26 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Since the Suzuki Swift first appeared on the planet way back in 2005, it has attracted some 5.4 million buyers worldwide, 127, 000 in the UK alone. The automaker’s latest and third generation Swift swooped into showrooms dotted across the UK earlier this month with bosses predicting 12,500 units to fly off the shelves in the first full year. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look at the new Swift.


You’ll never drive alone - automakers adopt Alexa

26 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

While giving instructions in our cars is nothing new, putting questions to the likes of Alexa and Cortana while on the road is. Carmakers are fast adopting virtual assistants, confirming that speech is becoming the preferred interface for tomorrow’s cockpit. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one takes a look at virtual driver assistants and who is embracing who.


Automakers mix virtual reality with the real world

19 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Forget glossy brochures and the pantomime of buying a new car. Game software and wearable technology is changing the way we shop. Consumers in shopping centres or sitting at home can now visualise their next yet-to-be-launched car in any configuration using a Virtual Reality (VR) headset. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one takes a look at how, from engineering and styling to marketing and retail, VR continues to surprise and delight.


Latest interviews


Lightweight monotube dampers – Q&A with BWI Group

19 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

As OEMs pursue lighter vehicles to help comply with CO2 emissions legislation, ever more pressure is being placed on Tier 1 suppliers to provide lighter components. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Marcin Knapczyk, engineering manager at global braking and chassis systems specialist, BWI Group, about how far lightweighting has come and where it is set to go.


Driving passion - the psychology of driving a car

12 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Thomas Ebenfeld, psychologist and managing partner of Concept M, about what makes car consumers tick. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany with offices worldwide, Concept M consists of a group of psychological market researchers with a focus on the automotive industry.

Latest news


ZF to push Vision Zero and identity in Frankfurt

27 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

ZF says it will use the upcoming IAA in Frankfurt to push its integration with TRW as well as the Vision Zero concept of no accidents and emissions elimination.


Yokohama appoints new supply chain director

27 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Yokohama says announced Rick Alonzo has joined the company as senior director of supply chain and logistics reporting to COO, Jeff Barna.


Saint-Gobain to build flat glass plant in Mexico

27 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Saint-Gobain is to start a new flat glass (float) production line in Saltillo, Mexico, scheduled to come on stream at the beginning of 2020, manufacturing glass for the automotive and construction sectors.


just-auto Plus only Daimler Trucks extend supply agreement with Wabco

27 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Wabco Holdings a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, on 26 June 2017 announced that Daimler Trucks has...


ZF teams with start-ups for agile market reaction

26 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

ZF says its collaboration with many start-up companies will allow it to bring products more quickly to market as well as identify hitherto untapped areas of technology.


KSS to buy Takata in principle for US$1.59bn

26 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Key Safety Systems and Takata have reached an agreement in principle to sponsor a restructuring plan for the purchase of substantially all of Takata’s global assets and operations by the American supplier for an aggregate purchase price of US$1.59bn.


Ford Brazil first to launch 1.5 litre I3

26 June 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Ford Brazil is launching a new, 1.5 litre, three cylinder, flex fuel engine in the updated EcoSport. Internally known as Dragon, the engine initially will come from Ford India, where it is in production but not used in any locally produced model but the Brazilian powertrain plant in Taubaté, 146km/91 miles east of São Paulo City will eventually produce it as a replacement for the current four-cylinder, 1.6-litre Sigma motor.


Jaguar delivers on 300PS petrol Ingenium promise

26 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As promised, Jaguar is introducing an yet powerful 300PS Ingenium petrol engine to its XE and XF saloons and F-Pace SUV models.


just-auto Plus only Toyoda Gosei to expand production facilities

26 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyoda Gosei will enhance production capacity for plastic fuel filler pipes in Japan and the US to meet growing demand for lightweight parts that contribute to better environmental performance of...


Daimler powertrain workers want EV assurances

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Electrification plans for upcoming new vehicle models are causing some industrial niggle at a Daimler powertrain plant.


Japanese OEMs line up to support Takata

23 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

As embattled Takata faces bankruptcy, Toyota, Nissan and Honda are among OEMs who will continue to support the company following a bankruptcy that could come as early as Monday (26 June).


ZF and Hella to partner on sensors

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

ZF and Hella announced they would partner on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar systems.


EU issues antitrust fines to lighting suppliers

22 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The EU's European Commission has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella a total of EUR26.7m for participating in an automotive lighting cartel, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Valeo was alsio in the cartel, but not fined because it revealed the cartel to the Commission.


Honda India to export diesel engines

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Cars India will for the first time export the fully assembled 1.6-litre diesel engine from its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. Exports start from July.


Magna announces Lincoln Continental supply deals

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Magna said it had received a special Lincoln Luxury World Excellence Award from Ford for its supply deals for the new Continental.


Adient develops removable seat covers

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Seating supplier Adient has developed removable seat covers to, it said, "maintain comfort and individualisation for drivers and passengers in the car-sharing market".


just-auto Plus only NXP/Harman extend partnership over connected tech

22 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NXP Semiconductors NV, the number one global leader in car infotainment semiconductors and automotive semiconductors and Harman International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics...


just-auto Plus only Elektrobit/NXP join over automated driving systems

22 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Elektrobit (EB), a leading developer of embedded and connected technology solutions for the automotive industry, and NXP Semiconductors NV, the world’s largest supplier of automotive...


just-auto Plus only BASF begins operations at Schwarzheide site

22 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 21 June 2017, BASF put the expanded compounding plant at BASF’s Schwarzheide site in Germany into operation. With the expansion of the plant up to 70,000 tons more Ultramid (PA: polyamide)...


ZF/Hella team on sensor technology

21 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

ZF and Hella are to partner on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar.



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