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Tomorrow’s car seats – lighter, smarter, kinetic

21 October 2016 | Matthew Beecham

The three megatrends impacting the global automotive industry, namely fuel efficiency, individualisation and autonomous driving, strongly influence the shape and form of tomorrow’s car seat. Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE – this one takes a closer look at some approaches to car seat design.

Park assist makes parallel parking a breeze

18 October 2016 | Matthew Beecham

A recent survey revealed that 15 percent of drivers avoid parallel parking and three-quarters get ‘stage fright’ when trying to park in front of other drivers. Parking assistance technologies can spare any blushes and are available on a range of cars, including the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa (as seen on TV). Here we review such helpful technologies and what we can expect on tomorrow’s car.

The post-Brexit vote update; we'd like your views

14 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Brexit and its possible effects - good or bad - continues to be very much in the news here in Britain. This week, we heard from the SMMT's chief executive Mike Hawes on the trade association's view of some of the latest developments and the UK auto industry's concerns. We are also conducting a quick survey on the subject of Brexit, looking to get feedback on how business confidence is being impacted and any other views that people may wish to share. If you would like to participate, please do, by following this link - and we thank you for your time.

Gordon Murray, Shell co-engineer a 107mpg city car

13 October 2016 | Matthew Beecham

The Shell Project M car is the result of a technology partnership between Gordon Murray Design, Shell Lubricants and engine specialists Geo Technology. Over the past few years, the trio has co-engineered the car’s body, engine and lubricants to minimise fuel use and CO2 emissions. It is hoped that by achieving a three-digit mpg number will inspire fresh thinking about personal mobility while minimising energy using existing technologies and materials. The space-age car recently showcased is a reengineered version of Gordon Murray’s T25 city car, produced in 2010. To learn more about Project M and its potential, just-auto were among the first group to drive it.

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How Harman is harmonising the millennial market

21 October 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Forget 22-inch wheels, a recent study found that around one-third of new car buyers say that the audio brand in their next vehicle would have a significant impact on their purchase consideration. We caught up with Michael Mauser, EVP and president of Harman’s lifestyle audio division, to learn how the sound specialist developed an audio system for the new Toyota C-HR, why its audio solutions are increasingly found in small car platforms, and how Voyager Drive offers a high-end audio experience for millennials.

Lighter, more efficient transmissions

20 September 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Lightweight materials is a hot topic in automotive manufacture in the battle to reduce carbon emissions. Now a technical partnership between engineering consultancy, Drive System Design (DSD) and international chemical and advanced materials company, Solvay SA, is exploring the potential for large-scale use of plastic composites in transmissions and drivelines. To find out more, we spoke to DSD’s president, North America, Shaun Mepham.

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Schaeffler expanding its footprint in Asia/Pacific

27 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Schaeffler says it has opened new factory halls in China and a new plant in Thailand.

just-auto Plus only Nexteer opens Chongqing plant to meet EPS demand

27 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in intuitive motion control, held a grand opening ceremony on 26 October 2016 at its newest manufacturing plant in Chongqing’s Jiangjin District. In...

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...

just-auto Plus only Magna automotive seating with EZ Entry options

27 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Magna International continues to transform automotive seating with its latest innovations: the Pitch Slide and Tip Slide 2nd Row EZ Entry vehicle seats. Both smart solutions are designed to address...

just-auto Plus only Ford North America issues three safety recalls

27 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford Motor Company is issuing three safety recalls in North America. Details are as follows: Ford issues safety recall for certain 2015-17 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang vehicles to replace...

just-auto Plus only Fiat Tipo scores Euro NCAP four stars

27 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The latest Fiat Tipo recently underwent safety testing by Euro NCAP and was awarded three stars based on safety equipment that is standard across all versions of the car. When tested with an...

Takata appoints new VP of Ethics and Compliance

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Crisis-hit Takata Corporation has announced that its US subsidiary TK Holdings (TKH) has appointed Paul M. O’Brien as vice president of Ethics and Compliance.

Nexteer opens steering system plant in Chongqing

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Nexteer Automotive has opened a new steering operation in Jiangjin District of Chongqing, China.

Gestamp to open new US$68m Michigan facility

26 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Gestamp is to locate a new US$68m manufacturing facility in Chelsea, Michigan, creating 195 jobs during the next four years.

Denso-Sony sensors to detect pedestrians at night

26 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Denso says its image sensors provided by Sony Semiconductor Solutions has helped it improve the performance of its in-vehicle vision sensors and can now detect pedestrians during night conditions.

just-auto Plus only Seat/Aqualia join over Smart Green Gas project

25 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Seat and Aqualia have joined forces to develop the innovative Smart Green Gas project, which aims to obtain 100% Spanish origin, renewable biofuel from waste water to be used in compressed natural...

just-auto Plus only IIHS evaluates pickups for headlight ratings

25 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Drivers of late-model pickup trucks are likely to find themselves squinting into the darkness or temporarily blinding other drivers, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's latest...

just-auto Plus only Evonik develops Plexiglas Hi-Gloss NTA-5

25 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The trend in the automotive industry towards black, high-gloss body components is continuing in the front and rear areas of vehicles. At these applications, the focus of the required material...

Ford cements IACMI status with US$5m LoI

25 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Ford is to become a charter member of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) with a US$5m letter of intent, which it is maintained, will leverage Federal, State and industry investment totalling US$250m.

Daimler to build global facility for batteries

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Daimler has begun the construction phase for a second battery factory at subsidiary Accumotive's  site in Kamenz, Germany.

NHTSA confirms 11th US Takata fatality

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed that a crash fatality in Riverside County, Calif., is tied to a rupture of a recalled Takata air bag inflator. The victim, a 50-year-old female, died after sustaining injuries in a crash on Friday,30 September 2016. NHTSA investigators have inspected the vehicle, in cooperation with local authorities.

Panasonic and Tesla broaden battery partnership

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Panasonic and Tesla Motor are broadening their battery partnership to include the manufacture and marketing of storage batteries for homes. They will be built at the Gigafactory and boost that plant's capacity utilisation.

Michelin posts Q3 net sales down 2.5% to EUR5.2bn

24 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Michelin has posted third quarter net sales down 2.5%to EUR5.2bn (US$5.7bn), while nine-month net sales dropped 2.1% to EUR15.5bn.

just-auto Plus only ANCAP scores Toyota Landcruiser70/Prius five stars

24 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP), on 24 October, 2016, announced a maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating for the upgraded Toyota...

BWI to start Czech damper production in 2017

24 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Beijing West Industries (BWI) is to open a damper plant in the Czech Republic location of Cheb next year to meet increasing European demand.

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