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Comment - emissions 'failures' hardly a surprise

Surely it can have come as no surprise that more diesel engines are failing to meet emissions test targets? When the Volkswagen scandal over...

THE WEEK THAT WAS - VW agrees a deal with the US

The biggest news this week - announced only around beer o'clock last night, UK time, was Volkswagen AG and the US Justice Department reachin...

Briefing: Geneva Show preview

Europe's first big motor show of 2016 is about to get underway. Small crossovers from Toyota and the Volkswagen Group, plus Renault's attemp...

Dieselgate - charges threat for VW & Audi Korea MD

The Ministry of the Environment in Seoul says it will seek to bring criminal charges against the managing director of South Korea's Volkswag...

Latest Interviews

Why hydrogen is coming, according to Kia 3 Dec 2015

Roger Stansfield

"In future, all energy will come as electricity." Those words are not from some environmental activist or soundbite politician, but from a senior figure within the auto industry, which perhaps makes them all the more surprising.


Q&A: Kia MD sees 100,000 sales in UK 23 Jul 2015

Glenn Brooks

There years ago this month Paul Philpott became the managing director of Kia Motors for the UK and Ireland. This followed a stint at Kia Motors Europe (KME) in Frankfurt and prior to that, senior roles at Ford of Britain and Toyota GB.

Latest News

MMC improperly tested fuel economy for 25 years 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors reportedly has admitted improperly tested the fuel economy of its cars for the past 25 years, deepening a crisis that has already wiped out half its market value.


Daimler "conservative" on DoJ emissions request 22 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Daimler says it is pursuing a "conservative" path of communication surrounding the US Department of Justice (DoJ) request for information regarding exhaust emissions in America.


Ford truck plant recycles aluminium scrap 22 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford, which makes part of its latest F-series pickup trucks out of aluminium said it recycles as much as 20m pounds of stamping scrap each month using the closed-loop system at its Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the top-selling F-150 variants.


Toyota to use ‘biosynthetic rubber’ in hoses 22 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Toyota says that starting next month it will become the world's first automaker to use biohydrin, a newly-developed biosynthetic rubber product, in engine and drive system hoses.


VW agrees US emissions deal "in principle" 21 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Buyback offers and a possible repair are on the table after Volkswagen AG and the US Justice Department reached a deal "in principle" to deal with excess emissions in nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles, a federal judge said on Thursday (21 April).


GM recycles water bottles for Chevy Equinox part 13 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

General Motors is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into a fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine. The bottles – collected from five of its Michigan facilities – are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation in coats for the homeless community.


Honeywell teams with Juhua for refrigerant 11 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Honeywell has entered into a supply agreement with Chinese manufacturer, Juhua Group to produce Solstice yf, extending its global supply base for the mobile air conditioning refrigerant.


Renesas unveils new microcontrollers 7 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Renesas Electronics has unveiled 32-bit RH850/E1M-S2 microcontrollers (MCU) for automotive powertrain control applications, such as engine or transmission control.


Kia extends Total lubricants partnership to Europe 4 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors and Total Lubrifiants have renewed their partnership agreement for another five years with Total remaining Kia's "preferred" aftermarket lubricants supplier exclusively across a network of 5,500 dealers in 180 countries - including west European markets from 1 January, 2017.


US FTC also sues Volkswagen 30 Mar 16

Dave Leggett

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged that Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. deceived consumers with the advertising campaign it used to promote its supposedly "clean diesel" VWs and Audis, which Volkswagen fitted with illegal emission defeat devices designed to mask high emissions during government tests.


Iran nuclear deal "has to hold" - Frost & Sullivan 30 Mar 16

Simon Warburton

Analysts insist the recent deal ending sanctions against Iran "has to hold" as suppliers and OEMs - including those from Russia - eye the market as providing genuine opportunity.


European buyers still like diesel - VDA president 22 Mar 16

Chris Wright

In the wake of the scandal surrounding Volkswagen’s so-called emissions defeat device, there are no signs that diesel engines are falling out of favour with consumers, and nor should they, according to the head of Germany’s automotive association.


Diesel to stay centre pillar of BMW CO2 strategy 16 Mar 16

Chris Wright

Diesel will remain a central pillar of BMW’s CO2 strategy despite growing concerns in some quarters over emissions and the scandal surrounding VW’s so-called defeat device.


VW acknowledges early diesel emissions alert 3 Mar 16

Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen's former CEO was alerted to US diesel emissions tests problems in 2014, but the issue "did not initially receive particular attention at the management levels," Reuters reported the carmaker as saying.


Opel plans to increase diesel mix in Europe 2 Mar 16

Dave Leggett

Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has told just-auto that the brands are planning to increase diesel mix in Europe, in spite of the uncertainties caused for diesel’s outlook due to the ramifications of VW’s so-called ‘dieselgate’ scandal and its wider fallout.


2016 Geneva show - world premieres list 2 Mar 16

Glenn Brooks

The Audi Q2, Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Ioniq, Maserati Levante, Renault Scenic, SEAT Ateca and Volvo V90 were arguably the most important cars to have had their world premieres at this year's Geneva motor show.


Lobby groups push for Volkswagen environment work 23 Feb 16

Graeme Roberts

Lobby groups in the US are pushing regulators to force Volkswagen to 'undo' environment damage caused by its emissions test-cheating diesel vehicles.


Mercedes faces lawsuit in US over diesel emissions 19 Feb 16

Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz in the US faces a class action lawsuit from the owner of Mercedes BlueTEC diesel car that accuses it of knowingly programming so-called ‘clean diesel’ cars to emit illegally excessive levels of nitrogen oxides.


2016 Chicago auto show - world premieres list 12 Feb 16

Glenn Brooks

Chevrolet, Kia, Nissan, Ram and Toyota all had vehicle world premieres at this year's Chicago auto show.


DOE unveils US$58m vehicle technology fund 22 Jan 16

Simon Warburton

US Department of Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz has announced more than US$58m in funding for vehicle technology advancements.

Latest blogs

Sparkle in the rain 29 Oct 15

Simon Warburton

To the backdrop of bright autumnal sunshine - not to mention a certain German automaker's woes - this year's recent FKG Suppliers Forum in Gothenburg fused a heady mixture of knowledge exchange and networking.


Are these pics of the next Prius authentic? 7 Jul 15

Glenn Brooks

If these images turn out to be the real deal, then Toyota's design department is getting even braver than usual. Taiwan-based Autonet has just published what appear to be shots of the next Prius and Prius PHEV.

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