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Electric cars to drool over - the week

25 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

Quite naturally, fully electric cars are seen as a green choice. If we put aside the thorny question of how the electricity has actually been generated for the zero emission vehicle, it's a rather marvellous thing: A car being propelled by a propulsion system that isn't reliant on burning fossil fuels at the point of use.

Uncertainty in Asia on the rise as currencies drop

25 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Donald Trump’s unexpected success in the US presidential election has brought on a period of heightened currency volatility and economic uncertainty across Asia, as global money markets speculate on the new economic policies that a new US administration may introduce after it takes office in January 2017.

What draws Samsung to Harman?

22 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

Samsung Electronics is currently embroiled in a crisis over a range of its cell-phones that can catch fire. However, it has also announced an audacious US$8bn planned purchase of Harman. What's driving the strategy?

Next wave of gesture recognition technologies

21 November 2016 | Matthew Beecham

If you like talking to your car to operate certain functions, you can now wave and take a swipe at it. While gesture recognition is used in consumer electronics, it is now creeping into vehicles. Given that prodding and pinching at a touchscreen while driving can be distracting, using hand gestures and even eye movements to control climate and switch radio channels is seen as the next best thing. Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE – reviews the stage reached with gesture recognition and what we can expect to see in tomorrow's car.

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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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Ford ramps up ADAS on new Fiesta

2 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Although the next Ford Fiesta is essentially based on the same engineering architecture as the current model, Ford is loading the new car - due to go on sale in the second half of 2017 - with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies to maintain its appeal as Europe's best selling B-segment car.

Faurecia inks third Iran joint-venture

2 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has signed its third Iranian joint-venture agreement, with emissons controls the latest technology unveiled.

Chrysler builds last 200

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

FCA US built the final Chrysler 200 on Friday, having announced the model's demise back in July, along with plans to spend US$1.48bn at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan to retool for the redesigned Ram 1500 pickup truck "and support the future growth of the Ram brand".

Cooper Tire completes 65% GRT purchase

2 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Cooper Tire has completed its purchase of a 65% interest in China-based Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber (GRT) with terms which were previously announced.

Ballard Power supplies Riga fuel cell buses

2 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Ballard Power Systems has inked a Long-Term Sales Agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach headquartered in Poland, for the sale and supply of fuel cell modules to support deployment of Solaris fuel cell buses in Europe.

Adient commits to Detroit with new global HQ

1 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Adient is to plough around  US$50m into establishing its global headquarters in Detroit, generating 500 jobs following its separation from Johnson Controls.

ZF accepts Knorr-Bremse Haldex tender offer

1 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

ZF Friedrichshafen, through its wholly-owned subsidiary ZF International, has reduced its shareholding in Haldex to 20.11% of the total share capital and intends to accept Knorr-Bremse's tender offer at SEK125 (US$13.50) in cash per share for its entire remaining stake.

Borgward and Faurecia establish China seating JV

1 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia and Borgward have created a joint-venture in China to develop and build complete seats.

just-auto Plus only VW India introduces ABS/dual airbags as standard

1 December 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer, announces the introduction of ABS as a primary safety feature along with dual airbags, as standard fitment for all variants of the Polo and...

just-auto Plus only Toyota Crown and Prius earn JNCAP ASV++ rating

1 December 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyota Motor Corporation has earned the top ASV++ rating under the 2016 JNCAP Preventive Safety Performance Assessment for the Toyota Crown and Prius which are fitted with its Toyota Safety Sense P...

just-auto Plus only Nissan Europe hosts second Nissan Futures event

1 December 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nissan, on 30 November, 2016, hosted its second Nissan Futures event with a focus on autonomous drive technologies, artificial intelligence and the future of the connected car. Complemented by a...

just-auto Plus only Modine acquires Luvata Heat Transfer Solutions

1 December 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Modine Manufacturing Company, a diversified global leader in thermal management technology and solutions, announced on 30 November 2016 the completion of its previously disclosed agreement to...

just-auto Plus only Euro NCAP announces test results of new car models

1 December 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Euro NCAP on 30 November 2016 published its last round of safety ratings for 2016. The Audi Q2, Hyundai Ioniq, Ford Edge, Suzuki Ignis and the SsangYong Tivoli all underwent Euro NCAP’s...

UK's SMMT says Brexit "must be respected"

30 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

British trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), says the UK's decision to pull out of the European Union (EU) "must be respected" as the tortuous jockeying for political positions enters its crucial stage.

New SMMT report highlights 'GBP74bn opportunity'

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The UK automotive industry is calling on the government to support the sector's future competitiveness by putting digital manufacturing at the heart of its industrial strategy.

just-auto Plus only ZF develops X2Safe intelligent algorithm

30 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

ZF's X2Safe intelligent algorithm can help to significantly improve traffic safety because it is capable of warning drivers, pedestrians and cyclists ahead of an impending collision. The...

just-auto Plus only Solvay certifies SGPPL, Minhang plant

30 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Solvay, a leading global supplier of high-performance polymers, has added the Minhang (Shanghai) China manufacturing site of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, seals, as a qualified injection...

just-auto Plus only Rheinmetall wins car engine steel piston contract

30 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Through its group subsidiary KS Kolbenschmidt, first-tier auto-industry supplier Rheinmetall Automotive has been awarded a further contract to manufacture steel pistons for car diesel engines. The...

just-auto Plus only Ford EcoBoost to feature cylinder deactivation

30 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford on 29 November 2016 announced that the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is to be offered with innovative cylinder deactivation technology for further reduced CO2 emissions...

GKN expands electric AWD program with BMW

29 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

UK Tier 1 supplier GKN Driveline says it has continued its global electric axle (eAxle) drive partnership with the BMW Group, supplying eAxle technology for a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 for the Chinese market.

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