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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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FIEV urges action from France President candidates

6 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

French supplier association, FIEV says it has written to all candidates involved in the country's Presidential elections next year, urging a 14-point plant to rejuvenate domestic industrial policy.


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.

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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.


FTA backs British PM's tariff-free Brexit wish

20 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Tariff Association (FTA) says it supports UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's Brexit vision of "tariff-free and frictionless trade."


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.


UK quits Single Market but leaves auto door ajar

17 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

British Prime Minister, Theresa May has confirmed the UK will not remain a member of the EU trade bloc's Single Market but will seek access to it through a Free Trade Agreement, which she says could see the automotive sector trading using Single Market "arrangements."


Emissions probe likely to continue - Renault

16 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault is reiterating its vehicles comply with domestic and European emissions regulations, following its opinion the French Prosecutor was likely to continue with its investigation into the issue.


Plastic Omnium EUR200m sites offer from Flex Gate

23 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Plastic Omnium says it has received a EUR200m (US$209m) binding offer from Flex Gate Group to acquire seven sites in France, Germany and Spain as part of the European Commission's (EC) ruling following the French supplier's purchase of Faurecia's Auto Exterior business.


VW receives KBA approval to modify EA 189 engines

22 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen says it has received "all necessary official approvals" within the remit of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) for the modification of diesel vehicles with type EA189 engines.


No extra finance pledge to Nissan: UK NAO chief

16 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Scrutiny from the UK's National Audit Office (NAO) indicates there was no extra financial pledge on behalf of the British government to Nissan following the Japanese automaker's decision to commit heavily to the future of production at its Sunderland plant.


London played "crucial role" in persuading Nissan

15 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

British government sources are confirming London played a "crucial role" in ensuring Nissan committed to future production at its major plant in Sunderland, but will only release more details of that process once "commercial confidentialities" are no longer in place.


US DOT issues new Takata air bag recall order

12 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an amended order to continue the acceleration of recall repairs for millions of vehicle owners affected by the Takata air bag inflator recalls.


ACEA asks EC for more "reasonable" RDE lead-times

9 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Europe's Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has written to EC Vice President Frans Timmermans, requesting what it refers to as more "reasonable" lead-times concerning the next package of the Real Driving Emissions Test.


EC launches emissions action against seven States

9 December 2016 | Simon Warburton

Brussels is to take action against seven Member States on the grounds they have "failed to fulfil their obligations" concerning European Union (EC) vehicle type approval legislation.


New Continental AdBlue dose system shines in tests

8 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Continental has introduced a new AdBlue dosing system for diesel engines fitted with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) technology for exhaust gas after treatment and said the system performed particularly well in recent independent tests.


EPA sticking with 2025 emissions/economy standards

8 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

In a surprise move, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced it would maintain model year 2022-2025 fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards that would require automakers to nearly double their fleetwide fuel efficiency by 2025. The announcement cut short a formal review process for these standards and came well ahead of schedule.


Toyota to revamp in-house powertrain company

6 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor on Tuesday (6 December) said it intends to review and strengthen the development structure of its in-house powertrain company.


South Korea threatens BMW, Porsche and Nissan

30 November 2016 | Tony Pugliese

The South Korean government has said it may ban six car models sold by three foreign automakers in the country after it found issues with the certification documents used to obtain sales permits, according to local reports.


DB Schenker/MAN team on Germany platooning tests

29 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

DB Schenker and MAN are to test networked truck convoys on the A9 Motorway between Munich and Nuremberg next year.


SK Innovation to delay China battery factory

29 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

SK Innovation has delayed building an electric vehicle battery factory in China because of regulatory uncertainty there, two company officials told the Reuters news agency.


CO2 fines loom for European automakers - report

28 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Eight of Europe's largest carmakers reportedly will miss carbon dioxide emissions targets due to come into force in 2021, leaving them facing the prospect of billions of euros in fines, a media report said.


EC outlines further vehicle CO2 opinion

28 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) scientists have outlined their opinion, through the High-Level Group of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM), focusing on enhancing the measurement of CO2 emissions from cars.



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