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Diesel share of European car market falling

30 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Data released by LMC Automotive shows that the diesel share of the West European car market is continuing to decline this year.

THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW and GM back in the news

26 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Two of the world's largest automakers - Volkswagen and General Motors - have been in the news again this week, neither for entirely good reasons. Let's start with VW and its supplier row.

VW fires warning shot across supplier bows?

26 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's major row with two of its suppliers for the past week or so concerned a relatively small dispute with component manufacturers, but was still deemed sufficiently serious to attract the attention of the Economics Ministry in Berlin.

ADAS technology partnerships shift up a gear

26 August 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Mobileye and Delphi stepped forward this week to announce their plans to jointly develop a complete SAE Level 4/5 automated driving solution production ready for 2019. This latest technology partnership is just one of a string of others announced this year alone in the race to offer fully autonomous cars.

Latest interviews

Apollo Tyres vice chairman & MD on growth plans

8 August 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with global tyre makers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Neeraj Kanwar, vice chairman and managing director of Apollo Tyres. Since its attempt to buy US-based Cooper Tyre, the company has become more focused on organic growth and currently concentrating on a greenfield expansion in Hungary. It is also targeting a share of the Malaysian replacement tyre market and Indian two-wheeler tyre market.

Convergent Science on combustion modelling trends

5 July 2016 | Matthew Beecham

As automotive engineers push back the boundaries of combustion, an increasing number of studies are being carried out in the virtual world. The use of in-cylinder computational fluid dynamics (CFD) provides insight on what is happening as the combustion process takes place, shedding new light on everything from thermal efficiency to pollutant formation. Software developer Convergent Science was formed in 1997 by a group of combustion specialists. The company’s Converge CFD code has been developed with combustion simulation in mind. Convergent Science’s director of global marketing, Rob Kaczmarek, gives us his take on what the future holds for combustion modelling.

Latest news

Paper details extraordinary Takata airbag timeline

30 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The extraordinary sequence of events leading up to Takata's choice of ammonium nitrate-based airbag inflator propellant and its cost-saving appeal to automakers such as Honda and GM - now tied up with recalls of millions of vehicles as a result - was detailed by a New York Times investigative article at the weekend.

VW mulls supplier strategy as dispute ends

30 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen says it is to review its sourcing strategy after confirming all six plants threatened with going to short-time working in Germany have now resumed production following a dispute with two of the automaker's suppliers.

Takata makes progress selecting investor

30 August 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Takata Corporation has identified up to seven potential investors to help refinance its operations, according to local reports, as the scale of the world’s largest automotive recall has become apparent in the last year.

Chinese firm acquires Ohio aluminium maker

30 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

A unit of Chinese aluminium maker China Zhongwang Holdings has agreed to acquire US-based Aleris Corp – a major supplier of aluminium to the US auto sector in a deal valued at about US$2.33bn.

VW - "fundamental interest" in supplier relations

26 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen insists it has a "fundamental interest in maintaining long-term and stable relations with suppliers," following resumption this week of components to the automaker after a dispute which threatened to disrupt work at six German plants.

Texas jury rules GM ignition switch not to blame

26 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A Texas jury has ruled an ignition switch in a General Motors car was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, a media report said.

just-auto takes a break

26 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

We are off on Monday, 29th August.

Nexteer opens its new headquarters in Michigan

26 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Nexteer Automotive has opened its new world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It says the strategically located headquarters provides a strong platform for increased industry presence and expanded reach for skilled talent.

just-auto Plus only Bendix products selected for International lineup

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

In a long-term agreement with Bendix, Navistar, has made a range of Bendix products standard on the entire lineup of International Class 5-8 air-braked tractor, truck, and bus...

just-auto Plus only Mazda North America recalls CX-7 vehicles

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

NHTSA campaign number: 16V593000  Component(s): Suspension  Potential number of units Affected: 190,102 units Summary: Mazda North American Operations is...

just-auto Plus only Lincoln MKZ earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ earns the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, thanks to modifications to its front-end structure that boosted its small overlap front rating...

just-auto Plus only Ford introduces super-tough key for Transit vans

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Few of us expect the electronic devices we rely on to last very long. Cracked screens, slow-running software, and the appeal of the latest model can consign new smartphones, tablets and laptops to...

just-auto Plus only Evonik introduces low extractable fuel lines

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

With the multilayer tubing system (MLT) 4800, the world's leading provider of polyamide 12 for multilayer plastic tubing systems, Evonik Industries, Essen, responds to new requirements in the...

just-auto Plus only Continental adds new catalyst substrate for HCVs

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

At the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover (September 22–29), the international technology company Continental will present a solution for close coupled exhaust gas aftertreatment systems...

just-auto Plus only All-new Ford S-Series truck gets large fuel tank

26 August 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is the toughest, smartest, most capable and most productive Super Duty ever, an essential tool for work. Just one way in which it can accomplish this is...

French Ministry sticks to environmental guns

25 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

France's Environment Ministry is denying reports it had left out any information surrounding emissions testing following speculation circulating this week.

Berlin hails supplier deal reached with Volkswagen

25 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Germany's Federal government has welcomed the agreement reached between Volkswagen and two of its suppliers, which threatened production at six of the automaker's domestic sites.

Jatco produces 10m CVT7s

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Automatic transmissons maker Jatco said it had made 10m units of its CVT7 model in the 85 months since production started in July 2009.

AGC Automotive launches ultra-dark grey glass

25 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

AGC Automotive Europe has introduced its darkest grey glass to date, intended primarily for car roofs and rear windows.

Lear appoints cyber security vice president

25 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Lear Corporation has announced that Dr. André Weimerskirch has been appointed vice president, cyber security for e-systems, effective immediately. The announcement comes as cyber-security is emerging as a major challenge for the auto industry as connectivity systems in the vehicles proliferate.

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