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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Diesel developments

News from Ford of Europe of a brand-new, Euro VI-compliant diesel engine line drew most eyeballs of all just-auto stories this week....

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Moving closer to self-driving

While self-driving cars are not yet available to the public, more and more models across all segments now offer some form of advanced assist...

Moscow voices - from the Russian Forum shop floor

Is there light at the end of a long, dark tunnel for Russia? After more than a year of catastrophically plummeting light vehicle sales, last...

Is Moscow about to turn down subsidy taps?

It was a politician's remark delivered mid-speech at last week's Russian Automotive Forum (RAF) in Moscow, which struck me as indicative of...

Latest Interviews

Cruden on the changing use of simulators - Q&A 19 Apr 2016

Matthew Beecham

The Dutch simulator expert, Cruden, has reacted to the automotive industry’s call for more open architecture and affordable simulator software options that do not restrict automotive companies from working with one simulator manufacturer’s hardware. It recently launched the Panthera Software Suite, making it available to users of any desktop, static or motion simulator and using almost any vehicle model. A surprise development has been the release of a free version of the software, Panthera Free. Matthew Beecham spoke to Maarten van Donselaar, CEO to find out why.

GKN VP on the Twinster AWD for Ford Focus RS - Q&A 18 Apr 2016

Matthew Beecham

For the new Ford Focus RS, driveline expert GKN developed a new version of its Twinster torque vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD) system. GKN Driveline’s Vice President of Global Product Technology, Dr Ray Kuczera, explains what drivers need to know about the system.

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GM injects US$789m into US engine programme 29 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

General Motors is to plough US$788.7m into a new engine programme, as well as projects to modernise vehicle operations at its Spring Hill Manufacturing Plant, creating 792 jobs and retaining 16 posts.

Denso reveals year-end revenue up 5% to US$40.2bn 29 Apr 16

Roger Stansfield

Denso has posted year-end consolidated revenue up 5% to US$40.2bn, while consolidated operating profit fell 4.7% to US$2.8bn.

Goodyear Q1 net income down 18% to US$184m 29 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Goodyear has unveiled first quarter net income down 18% to US$184m and sales down US$0.4bn to US$3.7bn, largely due to unfavourable foreign currency translation of US$141m and the deconsolidation of the company’s subsidiary in Venezuela

Lear Q1 net income up from US$147m to US$248m 29 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Lear has reported first quarter net income soaring from US$147m to US$248m, with sales up US$200m to US$4.7bn.

Gestamp net profit up 28.5% in 2015 28 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Gestamp says its net profit increased by 28.5% to EUR161.5m in 2015. Operating profit was up by 18.6% to EUR400m and turnover was up 12.4% to EUR7bn.

Peter Lake to head booming ZF Asia-Pacific 28 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

ZF board member, Peter Lake is to assume responsibility for Asia-Pacific, which has seen sales double in the region from around EUR3bn (US$3.4bn) to EUR6.4bn.

Visteon records Q1 net income of US$19m 28 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Visteon has posted first-quarter results, reporting net income of US$19m and sales of US$802m, while adjusted EBITDA was US$89m compared with US$78m in the same period last year.

BorgWarnern posts Q1 net sales up 14% to US$2.3bn 28 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

BorgWarner has recorded Q1 net sales of US$2.3bn, up 14.3%, with operating income of US$264m

Bosch records 2015 revenue of EUR70.6bn 28 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Bosch has posted 2015 EBIT of EUR4.6bn (US$5.2bn) on revenue of EUR70.6bn, with the full acquisition of two former 50:50 joint ventures, BSH Hausgeräte and Robert Bosch Automotive Steering, pushing sales up by almost EUR22bn or 44%.

FCA to retool Trenton engine plant for new I4 27 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

FCA US has announced a planned spend of US$74.7m at its Trenton Engine Complex in Michigan to retool the north plant to produce a new generation four-cylinder engine (replacing the current 3.6-litre Pentasrat V6), retaining 245 jobs. The engine will be assembled on the flexible production line installed in 2012.

EquipAuto to outline 2017 show initiatives 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Organisers of next year's EquipAuto aftermarket show in Paris are to unveil a raft of initiatives to tempt international exhibitors back to the French capital in a bid to regain numbers before the financial crash of 2007.

Resurgent UK opportunity for suppliers - SMMT 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes says the continuing powerful performance of the UK car industry is presenting real opportunities for domestic suppliers.

Diesel "fundamental" for CO2 targets - SMMT 27 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

UK automotive trade association, SMMT, says diesel remains firmly part of targets to drive down CO2 levels, despite the undoubted negative publicity of late.

Gentherm wins first electronics component contract 27 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Gentherm, which claims to be "the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies", announced today that its electronics business unit (EBU) has developed a "unique, leading edge electronics product, based on an advanced engineering design improving an existing technology currently used on many vehicle models in the automotive industry".

Ford launches new EcoBlue 'Euro VI' diesel engine 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced its first new 'EcoBlue' advanced diesel engine which, it said, would "offer optimised fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 and NOX emissions for customers, using sophisticated technologies and innovative design". The new engine line supplements the automaker's established EcoBoost petrol engines and will be used in a wide range of future passenger cars and commercial vehicles, with power outputs ranging from 100PS to 240PS.

Daihatsu takeover brings opportunities for Denso 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation has said a full buy out by Toyota Motor of its mini-vehicle subsidiary Daihatsu Motor was a chance for Japan's largest supplier to expand its product range by making more parts for smaller vehicles.

Magna to acquire electronics provider Telemotive 25 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Magna has inked a purchase agreement to acquire Telemotive, an engineering service provider in the field of automotive electronics and, subject to regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.

Thyssenkrupp to build Germany ladle furnace 25 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp’s steel division has awarded contracts for the construction of a ladle furnace in Duisburg, allowing the manufacturer to expand its product portfolio to include high-alloy grades.

Inteva opens new Czech Republic facility 25 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Inteva Products has opened a new facility in Rychnov, Czech Republic, producing window regulators and latches for the supplier's European customers.

Grammer builds new Germany headquarters 25 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Grammer says it is building its new Group headquarters and research and development centre in Ursensollen in the Amberg-Sulzbach district of Germany.

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just-auto takes a break 29 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

It is raining and unseasonably cool here in the UK, a sure sign that a national holiday is imminent.

How Fisher Body did it back in the day 29 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

OK, I know I should get out more, but, as well as being a big fan of current auto manufacturing (BMW is always good for an annual show 'n' tell),

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