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Making good connections in the self-driving car

22 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

We live in an increasingly connected society and the way things are heading, we will not be escaping ‘always-on’ personal connectivity when we get into our cars. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), this one considers some recent advances in the fast-changing world of car connectivity.

Self-driving cars - are we nearly there yet?

15 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Predictions as to when we can buy a driverless car vary depending on who we talk to. Even if the more optimistic predictions come true, initial volumes will be small. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one considers what we can expect, by when and how much extra it might cost.

How will you spend time in a self-driving car?

9 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

While time spent sitting in traffic can feel tedious, it could fly by in a robo-car as you focus on other things, productive or otherwise. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one takes a sideways look at the autonomous car.

The week - 48V on the rise?

5 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Quarterly results, first or fiscal, continued to trickle in this week with Autoliv (which recently announced an interesting joint venture called Zenuity with Volvo Cars) beating its forecasts. This supplier recently announced some new business with Daimler's Mercedes for the S-Class update. Volkswagen, despite ongoing diesel crisis costs, also pulled off a spectacular Q1 result.

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GKN on prospects for torque vectoring

22 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Torque vectoring is an often heard term, rarely seen computer-controlled system used on cars to deliver just the right amount of power to each wheel in order to improve road grip, stability, handling and performance. GKN Driveline’s solution, known as Twinster, is available on a number of cars, including mainstream executive models like the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. As advanced torque vectoring systems are likely to appear on an even wider range of vehicles, just-auto/QUBE spoke to Ray Kuczera, Senior Vice President of Engineering, GKN Driveline.

Thermal challenges for commercial vehicle exhausts

15 May 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Commercial vehicle exhaust systems are facing multiple challenges. Ever tighter engine emission requirements demand ever more efficient DPF and catalyst performance and this, in turn, requires ever more effective heat management. These systems have necessarily increased in size putting more pressure on overall packaging, with hot exhaust system components encroaching on systems that could potentially be damaged by heat. There is also a desire to keep heat in the exhaust to maintain turbocharger efficiency and response. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews, we spoke to heat management specialist Zircotec’s Group Sales Director, Graeme Barette, about some novel approaches that could address both issues.

Latest news

GM&S workers hold breath as French State steps in

23 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

France's Economy Minister has confirmed he asked Renault and PSA Group to increase their orders to ailing supplier, GM&S in a move which could see the stamping operator evade liquidation.

Daimler lays foundations for second li-ion battery

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has laid the foundation for its second battery factory, saying it was "taking the next strategic step in its electric offensive".

Tata Steel expands Serica surface finish choice

23 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Steel said it had worked with "a leading European vehicle manufacturer" to expanded its Serica premium surface finish range for automotive exposed panels.

BorgWarner announces ZF dual clutch supply deal

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BorgWarner said it had started production of a new dual clutch module family to be used in the latest transmission from ZF.

French automakers to support troubled stamper

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Renault and Peugeot reportedly have committed to increasing their orders from ailing components-maker GM&S Industry after their chief executives spoke with economy minister Bruno Le Maire, his ministry said on Sunday.

Four automakers announce Takata settlements in US

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota have announced agreements to resolve economic loss claims in the Takata multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the United States.

Denso to expand with new Japan plant

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation said it would build an additional plant at its Fukushima prefecture location in Tamura city to diversity its manufacturing lineup to include powertrain components, which, it said, "will enhance the competitiveness of the group's production system [in] Japan".

Toyoda Gosei and Daicel agree cooperation

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei and Daicel Corporation (Osaka, Japan) have agreed to cooperate further over future business and enter into a capital tie-up.

Toyoda Gosei building new airbag plant in India

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyoda Gosei is building a new plant in India to meet growing automobile production in India and the expected increase in demand for airbags as stricter safety regulations are adopted.

just-auto Plus only MMC's Shenyang JV produces five million engines

22 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced on 19 May 2017 that cumulative engine production reached five million units at Shenyang Aerospace Mitsubishi Motors Engine Manufacturing (SAME),...

just-auto Plus only Lanxess expands its flame retardant production

22 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Speciality chemicals group Lanxess has announced the successful completion of a project which increases the capacity of its Emerald Innovation 3000 flame retardant production unit. The...

just-auto Plus only MAN/partners establish development partnership

22 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Luxembourg's gloves are off: from 2020, the country plans to implement its zero-emissions target for inner-city transport and will no longer buy buses with conventional drives. For this reason,...

just-auto Plus only Allison to introduce its new fuel-saving software

22 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Allison Transmission to present FuelSense 2.0 with DynActive Shifting, its latest fuel-saving software, at the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 25-28 May...

Union prepared to detonate bombs in supplier talks

19 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

A union is threatening to blow up the GM&S stamping plant in central France as the clock ticks towards its liquidation next week (23 May) in the face of dwindling orders.

Ford to spend $350m at Livonia transmission plant

19 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced a US$350m spend at its Livonia Transmission Plant, adding a new transmission as part of a plan to fortify its core automotive business.

Tenneco announces Land Rover exhaust deal

19 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Tenneco has announced it is supplying selective catalytic reduction, diesel particulate filter and muffler systems for Jaguar Land Rover's recently launched, redesigned, seven-seat Discovery SUV.

Dana to build new manufacturing facility in China

19 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

Dana has announced that the company will build a new 7,500 square-metre (80,000 square-foot) manufacturing facility in Chongqing, China.

just-auto Plus only MAN Truck and Bus stepping towards digitisation

19 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

MAN Truck and Bus is grouping its digitisation activities from all areas of the company into a new powerful business unit. In connection with this, Christian Kaiser (39) was appointed head of the...

just-auto Plus only Airbiquity launches OTAmatic

19 May 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Airbiquity, a global leader in connected vehicle services, announced the launch of OTAmatic, an industry-leading automotive over-the-air (OTA) solution that orchestrates and automates software...

PSA not abandoning GM&S as liquidation looms

18 May 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA says it has other suppliers lined up should stamping supplier, GM&S enter liquidation next week after a fraught stand-off which has seen footage of disgruntled staff destroying plant machinery and attaching gas cylinders to a factory tower.

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