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Briefing – AI, machine learning and cars

23 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Not so long ago, the consumer electronics show (CES) was the place to exhibit the latest in computers, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets. It still is although the accent is changing. Every year, this Las Vegas tech fest attracts a rising tide of automotive suppliers taking space both inside and outside the convention centre halls. This month’s management briefing turns the spotlight on some of those exhibitors operating in the brave new auto world of voice control, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Now we’re talking.


Trade worries emerge in just-auto industry survey

20 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

Although the global auto industry is taking a positive view of prospects for 2017, trade worries have emerged as a significant new concern in this year's annual just-auto annual confidence survey.


Interior design and technology - Vauxhall Astra

12 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Inspired by the Monza concept, the seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra made its global debut at the 2015 IAA. As one of the UK’s best-sellers, Astra is a household name for British car buyers with almost three million sold in the country over the last 38 years. Built at the carmaker’s Ellesmere Port factory, the mid-size hatchback is based on a lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, punchy powertrains and novel technologies. Continuing just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed one to take a closer look.


Briefing - HCCI engine technology

10 January 2017 | Calum MacRae

News that Mazda is hoping for a 30% fuel efficiency gain on an HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) engine to be introduced on the next generation Mazda3 in late 2018 brings this technology back into focus. Courtesy of just-auto's research service, QUBE, we provide a summary of HCCI technology and look at associated OEM activity.


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Eden Games gears up for mobile devices

16 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The global gaming market is accelerating at a rapid rate. The sheer scale and reach has meant the traditionally conservative automotive industry is now embracing the opportunities for both revenues and exposure. In this interview, David Nadal, CEO and founder of Eden Games explains why these are exciting times for games developers playing in the automotive industry.


Industry 4.0 more effective than low labour costs

11 January 2017 | Calum MacRae

Johannes Roters is the CEO of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the vehicle interior giant created by the 2015 70:30 joint-venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim and Johnson Controls interior business (now Adient). just-auto's Calum MacRae was provided with an update to the company's strategy and progress at the 2017 NAIAS in Detroit.

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BMW pushes tariff-free access post-Brexit

23 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

BMW says it is in talks with German and British government bodies, as well as the VDA, with the Munich-based automaker urging London to maintain tariff-free access to the European Union (EU) post Brexit.


New Delphi CTO as Owens retires after 40 years

23 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Delphi has named Glen De Vos as chief technology officer (CTO) and senior vice president, effective 1 March, succeeding current incumbent, Jeff Owens, who will retire after more than 40 years with Delphi.


BMW buyer plans more parts purchasing with Daimler

23 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW will buy more autoparts with Daimler, new purchasing head Markus Duesmann told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.


Thyssenkrupp ups investment in China

23 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

Thyssenkrupp is further expanding its automotive components business in China. The industrial group plans to build a new plant for springs and stabilisers in the Chinese city of Pinghu


Bosch and Mahle will sell turbocharger JV

23 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Bosch Group and Mahle groups  said on Monday they would sell their joint venture, Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems (BMTS) founded in 2008.


Thyssenkrupp breaks ground for new test centre

23 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp has broken ground for construction of a EUR15m (US$16m) new steering technology test and development centre in Liechtenstein at its steering business headquarters in Eschen, with completion slated for the first half of 2019.


just-auto Plus only Ford to test its new driver assist tech in China

23 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ever asked yourself whether to speed up or slow down when approaching a street crossing? What about that nagging feeling that traffic you can’t see might be approaching as you make a left...


Takata shares suspended ahead of rescue plans

20 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Takata shares were suspended on the Tokyo stock exchange this week at Wednesday’s closing price of JPY867 following reports that two companies are set propose separate rescue plans through the Japanese courts.


just-auto Plus only Yanfeng opens new automotive interiors facility

20 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors officially opened its new manufacturing facility on 19 January 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to support Volkswagen Chattanooga. This new facility represents an...


just-auto Plus only Toyota North America production up 4.4% in 2016

20 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In 2016, Toyota achieved another record year of North American vehicle production with 2,124,608 vehicles built at its North American vehicle assembly plants. Production volume was up 4.4% over the...


BME warns Brexit "poison" could have domino effect

19 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Germany's  Association of Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), is warning of a 'poisonous' effect of the UK leaving the European Union (EU), with the risk of contagion potentially spreading to other Member States.


Panasonic to go beyond batteries with Tesla

19 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Panasonic reportedly wants to extend its partnership with Tesla Motors beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese supplier focuses more on the automotive business.


just-auto Plus only UQM to supply electric drive system to Proterra

19 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

UQM Technologies on 18 January 2017 announced the receipt of a new follow-on order from Proterra for PowerPhase HD electric drive systems, to be manufactured and shipped throughout 2017. Proterra...


just-auto Plus only NSK develops transmission-equipped wheel hub motor

19 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NSK on 19 January 2017 announced that it has successfully demonstrated the world's first transmission-equipped wheel hub motor, designed to improve the environmental performance, safety, and...


just-auto Plus only Hyundai Mobis begins automotive component testing

19 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hyundai Mobis traditionally begins each year with extreme cold weather tests to verify the design, engineering and performance of automotive components. The 2017 Winter Tests are...


Evonik invests and holds minority share in NIS

19 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Evonik has invested in its venture capital arm in Nanotech Industrial Solutions (NIS) headquartered in Avenel (New Jersey) and now holds a minority share in the company.


just-auto Plus only Wabco selected as sole air supply system supplier

18 January 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 17 January 2017 announced that for the first...


TomTom acquires Berlin-based Autonomos

18 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

TomTom (TOM2) has acquired Autonomos, a Berlin-based autonomous driving start-up.


Velodyne Lidar opens San Jose Megafactory

18 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Velodyne Lidar has opened what it terms a "Megafactory," which will significantly ramp up production of 3D Lidar sensors to meet high global demand.


just-auto Plus only Samsung Exynos processors selected for Audi

18 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, on 18 January 2017 announced its participation in the Audi Progressive SemiConductor Program (PSCP) as a partner supplier...



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