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Is Euro NCAP losing its way? - Comment

1 March 2017 | Ray Hutton

Euro NCAP changed consumer attitudes to car safety but is in danger of getting lost in its own complexity, writes Ray Hutton.

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.

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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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Germany plans new emissions testing body

27 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The German government is planning to set up a new organisation to test vehicle emissions and bolster consumer confidence following a loss of trust following the VW 'dieselgate' scandal, according to reports.

EC opens probe into Qualcomm buy of NXP

13 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) officials have started an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm under the EU Merger Regulation.

Low-cost reduction in diesel NOx emissions

31 May 2017 | Calum MacRae

The UK’s Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), working with Austria’s Technische Univeritat Wien (TU Wien), has demonstrated how its SpeedStart belt-integrated starter generator (BISG) 48V mild hybrid can help reduce NOx emissions and improve fuel economy in diesel engines using the latest emission test procedures.

GM accused of diesel trucks emissions tests rig

30 May 2017 | Dave Leggett

GM has been accused in a lawsuit of rigging hundreds of thousands of diesel trucks with devices similar to those used by Volkswagen to ensure they pass emissions tests.

FCA "disappointed" at US DOJ civil lawsuit

24 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

FCA US has said it was "disappointed" the US Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division had filed a civil lawsuit accusing it of illegally using software to bypass emission controls in 104,000 diesel vehicles sold since 2014.

FCA US files for new diesel emissions approval

22 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

FCA US said it had formally filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2017 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 diesel vehicles. These vehicles have updated emissions software calibrations.

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.

VW gets probation and independent oversight

24 April 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced Volkswagen AG to three years' probation and independent oversight following the diesel emissions scandal as part of a US$4.3bn settlement announced in January.

EC clears Lear buy of Antolin seats business

13 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Officials at the European Commission (EC) have approved the acquisition by Lear of the seats and metal business of Grupo Antolín-Irausa through the EU Merger Regulation.

AEB AMC urges UK open mind to Russia post-Brexit

12 April 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses Automobile Manufacturers Committee (AEB AMC) says it is sure the UK will open dialogue with Moscow concerning any post-Brexit trade agreements, despite suggestions yesterday (11 April) British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson had called for further sanctions against The Kremlin.

Volkswagen names new chief compliance officer

27 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has named a new chief compliance officer. This is a brand appointment, not the group role which changed hands last January.

France Opel diesel probe closed

20 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

France's anti-fraud office has closed its investigations concerning Opel's diesel vehicles.

EC hits six suppliers with EUR155m cartel fine

9 March 2017 | Simon Warburton

Six automotive suppliers have been fined a total of EUR155m (US$164m) by the European Commission (EC) for taking part in one or more of four cartels concerning supplies of air conditioning and engine cooling components to car manufacturers in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Bosch US$328m diesel settlement but no liability

3 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bosch has followed hard on the heels of Volkswagen in reaching civil settlements of US$328m in the US in connection with VW, Audi and Porsche vehicles, although the German supplier is at pains to stress "no acknowledgement of the alleged facts, no acceptance of any liability."

VW's head of compliance exits after 'differences'

27 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group's head of compliance, Dr Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, is leaving her post after disagreements with senior managers at the crisis-hit company.

Speculation swirls around US 20% Mexico tariff

27 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

Media reports have suggested that the US could impose a 20% tariff on imports from Mexico to pay for the new President's commitment to build a wall to enhance security on the US-Mexico border. However, there could also be a more subtle change to corporate taxation through a 'border adjustment' aimed at encouraging exports.

EC issues guidance to avoid emissions "cheating"

27 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Guidance from the European Commission has been published to aid Member States evaluate if car manufacturers use defeat devices or other strategies which lead to higher vehicle emissions outside the test cycle.

Le Pen bangs protectionist Trump drum

25 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

French Presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen is throwing her weight behind Donald Trump's drive to tax vehicle manufacturers into relocating production back to the US from low-cost economies as she advocates a similar move for France.

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."

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