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Huge opportunities ahead in autos

3 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

A study by consultants AlixPartners suggests the automotive industry faces the "biggest challenge of the past 100 years" and predicts that in the next 15 years electric and hybrid cars could capture over half of the market. It also says connected and autonomous driving will open up new earnings potential while digitisation will enable double digit cost reductions.

Comment - VW 'dieselgate' opens the flood gates

17 May 2016 | Chris Wright

There's an old saying in the UK – you can wait for hours for a bus then two will come along together. It's an analogy that can be placed on many things. How often, for example, do you see or hear about something of which you have never come across before only for it to crop up again within a very short space of time? As soon as some scandal breaks there seems to suddenly be all sorts of people coming forward saying they have been affected.

Gloves off as UK poised to decide EU future

6 May 2016 | Simon Warburton

"Independence Day" is how Boris Johnson – recent Mayor of London – and star turn of the UK's so-called Brexit wing looking for an amicable divorce from Brussels - is describing the day after next month's British referendum on European Union membership.

COMMENT: Putin defies winter with Lada backing

30 October 2015 | Simon Warburton

As winter starts to really take hold in Russia – both climatically through the advent of the first real cold of this time of year – and equally with the country finding itself in a state of political deep freeze – this vast territory finds itself beleaguered on almost all fronts.

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Delphi Powertrain VP on compliance - Q&A

23 May 2016 | Matthew Beecham

With the powertrain world reeling from a series of emissions-related revelations, ‘compliance’ may seem a brave subject to choose for a keynote speech at the recent Vienna Motor Symposium. Delphi’s vice president engineering, Delphi Powertrain, John Fuerst tells just-auto why he believes this is the right time to take a deeper look at the topic.

INTERVIEW: Alain Uyttenhoven, Head of Lexus Europe

24 November 2014 | Glenn Brooks

Russia, Lexus' number one market in its European region, might be down, but UK sales are up strongly. On balance then, 2014 has been a good year, according to the brand's Head of Europe. Next, he promises more hybrids but no diesels. Why?

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US wants to approve autonomous cars before launch

20 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The Obama administration has said it was considering seeking the power to review and approve technology for self-driving cars before they hit the road and said US states should not set separate rules.

Fiat Chrysler recalling 1.5m vehicles for airbags

16 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 1.9m vehicles worldwide for an air bag defect linked to three deaths and five injuries.

VW engineer pleads guilty in US 'dieselgate'

12 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

A Volkswagen engineer has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud regulators and car owners, in the first criminal charges stemming from the American investigation into the German carmaker's emissions deception.

New Zealand extends EV road user charge exemptions

12 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

New Zealand has unveiled an extension to the road user charges (RUC) exemption for light electric vehicles, which could save drivers up to NZ$600 (US$438) a year.

EC holds pan-Europe meeting to discuss VW fall-out

12 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) Consumer Commissioner, Vera Jourová, has held a meeting in Brussels with 31 organisations across Europe to start working on solutions to protect consumers better in the context of the Volkswagen emissions case.

EU trade associations support TTIP negotiations

6 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

ACEA is among a list of European industrial, trade and business associations reiterating their strong support for the ongoing negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and EU.

Australian regulator takes VW to federal court

5 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has begun proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Volkswagen AG and its local subsidiary, Volkswagen Group Australia (VGA) alleging they engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct, made false or misleading representations and engaged in conduct liable to mislead the public in relation to diesel vehicle emission claims.

Paper details extraordinary Takata airbag timeline

30 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The extraordinary sequence of events leading up to Takata's choice of ammonium nitrate-based airbag inflator propellant and its cost-saving appeal to automakers such as Honda and GM - now tied up with recalls of millions of vehicles as a result - was detailed by a New York Times investigative article at the weekend.

Volkswagen accepts South Korean test-rig rulings

30 August 2016 | Tony Pugliese

Volkswagen Korea, the German automaker’s South Korean distributor, confirmed it does not plan to appeal against the government’s recent decision to ban sales and cancel the certifications of many of its vehicle models sold in the country.

Volkswagen won't sue South Korea but Nissan has

30 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen reportedly has decided not to sue the South Korean government which last month suspended sales of most of its models and imposed a fine of KRW17.8bn (US$15.93m) on the automaker.

Allison to adopt US EPA/NHTSA emissions standards

19 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Allison Transmission says it supports new standards issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Administration (NHTSA) regarding fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions for medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

Supplier alleged to have helped VW emissions cheat

18 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Robert Bosch began playing a key role in developing Volkswagen AG's emission-cheating technology as early as the late 1990s, lawyers for VW owners have said in a court filing cited by Bloomberg. It includes detailed allegations against the supplier.

Ford eyes autonomous car regulations - report

18 August 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Ford's aim to have a fully driverless car by 2021 will require big changes in federal and state laws to clear the way, according to a US report.

Steel dumping crisis forces EC to impose tarrifs

5 August 2016 | Simon Warburton

Brussels says it has imposed definitive anti-dumping measures on steel product from China and Russia.

Volvo Group agrees EU antitrust probe settlement

20 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The Volvo Group said it had reached a settlement with the European Commission putting an end to a long-running EU antitrust investigation.

US agencies talk future emissions and fuel economy

19 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The US Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and California Air Resource Board (CARB) have taken the first step in a mid-term evaluation of the national programme for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for light duty cars and trucks with the release of a draft technical assessment report (TAR) for public comment.

Automakers call for TTIP common auto regulations

13 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Divergent auto safety regulations in the United States and the European Union drive up costs by as much as US$2.3bn annually on a bilateral basis, according to a new Center for Automotive Research (CAR) study, entitled Potential Cost Savings and Additional Benefits of Convergence of Safety Regulations between the United States and the European Union.

OESA cautions on lower revenue after Brexit vote

1 July 2016 | Simon Warburton

America's component manufacturing body says it expects lower revenue for its members following the UK's shock decision to leave the European Union (EU).

ZF respects UK Brexit vote as "sovereign decision"

1 July 2016 | Simon Warburton

ZF says it respects the move by the UK to leave the European Union as a "sovereign decision."

Shocked CLEPA to discuss Brexit in Madrid

27 June 2016 | Simon Warburton

European supplier body, CLEPA, says it is "shocked" by the UK's decision to split with Brussels after last week's (23 June) referendum, which saw Britain vote to leave the 28-State strong organisation.

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