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Tomorrow's winners prepare for change today

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

How much disruption will the auto industry experience over the next ten years or so? It's a question that many are asking as attempts to sketch out the future of mobility - or, more accurately, urban mobility - gather pace.


Autonomous tech creeping in - the week

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autonomous driving will, of course, arrive in stages; there are already defined levels of autonomy and quite a bit of the tech needed is already in cars as standard or optional equipment. I was reminded of this just this week when key tier one supplier Bosch popped up with its finding one in four newly registered cars has an automatic emergency braking system on board to prevent accidents and, if necessary, bring the vehicle to a stop in the event of an emergency.


Interior design and technology - Volvo V60

13 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside Volvo’s premium mid-size V60. Its uncomplicated cockpit swathed with soft-touch trim and supportive leather seats make this a comfortable place to drive from A to B.


Rethinking the interior of autonomous vehicles

11 April 2017 | Guest

Dr Detlef Jürss, Chief Technical Officer of Adient, describes how life on board will change in the vehicle of the future – turning today’s functional interior into a place for work, relaxation, communication, entertainment or even sleep.


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Volkswagen head of compact cars on Tiguan Allspace

19 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed a Volkswagen Tiguan to take a closer look and got the inside story from Dr Jochen Böhle, head of product development for Volkswagen’s compact car line-up.


BorgWarner CTO on rightsizing and tomorrow’s turbo

13 April 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing QUBE/just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Christopher P. Thomas, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, BorgWarner Inc.

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Lear announces record Q1 results

26 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Lear, the automotive seating and electrical systems supplier, has announced record sales and profits for the first quarter of 2017.


Mitsubishi Electric to pay CDN$13.4m over bids

26 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Car parts manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has pleaded guilty in Canada to three counts of bid-rigging for participating in an international conspiracy and was fined CDN$13.4m by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.


BorgWarner supplies timing chain for Trumpchi SUV

26 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BorgWarner said it was supplying engine timing chain drive systems for Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor (GAC Motor)'s Trumpchi brand's GS4 SUV turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine.


Mobileye/Nissan join over crowdsourced mapping

26 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mobileye announced that it has entered into an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate anonymised, crowd-sourced data to create next-generation precision maps utilising Mobileye's Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology.


Brose opens new headquarters in Shanghai

26 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Brose Group has opened a new headquarters with an adjacent plant in Shanghai/China. Around 600 employees control the 12 Chinese locations and provide support to six production sites and sales offices in Japan, Korea and Thailand from the new office building.


Auto leather sourcing still plentiful - Yanfeng

25 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Yanfeng says it does not anticipate any shortage of leather sourcing for the automotive industry as increasing demand prompts a debate as to future sector needs.


Chinese premium demand fuels leather rise -Yanfeng

25 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Interiors specialist Yanfeng, says rising demand for premium cars in China will fuel demand both for its products and the automotive leather segment.


Valmet on recruitment drive

25 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Valmet Automotive has begun its recruitment drive to meet additional workload requirements prompted by a new manufacturing agreement with Mercedes signed last month.


UK supplier put in administration

25 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A UK automotive pressings supplier, employing around 350 people in Coventry, reportedly has been put into administration.


just-auto Plus only Subaru US recalls 2017 Impreza vehicles

25 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NHTSA campaign number: 17V216000 Manufacturer: Subaru of America Components: Fuel System, Gasoline Potential number...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz US recalls GLE models

25 April 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NHTSA campaign number: 17V241000 Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. Components: Steering Potential number of units...


Bosch looks to EUR1bn savings using Industry 4.0

24 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bosch is aiming for EUR1bn (US$1.1bn) in productivity savings using Industry 4.0 manufacturing methods as the concept continues to gain ground in industrialised countries.


Authenticity drives leather acceptance - Audi

24 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Audi says consumers are now more willing to accept defects in leather for car interiors as the drive for authenticity gains momentum at least in Western countries.


Gestamp to open seventh plant in Brazil

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Another sign of recovery in Brazil? Gestamp, the Spanish multinational specialising in the design, development and manufacture of metal components for the automotive industry, has set up a new hot stamping plant in Betim (Minas Gerais, Brazil).


GM loses ignition switch bankruptcy appeal

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The US Supreme Court has turned down GM's request to review the second circuit's ruling striking down the bankruptcy shield for the car company as it relates to hundreds of victims of the ignition switch defect in GM vehicles.


MMC plans engine plant in China

24 April 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) is planning a new plant in China to supply engines for locally built Outlander sport utility vehicles.


Lectra preps for Industry 4.0 future

21 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Leather cutting machine specialist Lectra said it had completed its next three year road map in order to drive Industry 4.0 concepts which are increasingly becoming the norm for manufacturing.


Visteon wins Dongfeng cockpit controller deal

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

China's second largest vehicle manufacturer, Dongfeng Motor, has chosen Visteon's SmartCore cockpit domain controller technology for a future domestic light vehicle programme. This will be the first SmartCore application in China.


Autoliv supplies Mercedes S-Class active safety

21 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autoliv has announced supply of several active safety products for Daimler's updated Mercedes S-Class, launched at the Shanghai show this week.


Lectra showcases internet of things power

21 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Cutting machine manufacturer, Lectra said it had been operating with the so-called internet of things for 10 years already as the concept starts to gain momentum and acceptance in Industry 4.0 manufacturing techniques.



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