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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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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.


House of Lords to scrutinise autonomous technology

18 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Britain's House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will continue its inquiry investigating driverless vehicles on 22 November, hearing evidence from the Department for Transport, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as well as leading academics.


Autonomous should focus on society too - Professor

17 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

One acadaemic is stressing the need for autonomous vehicle research not just to concentrate on the undoubted heavy content needed for autonomous vehicle, but also the effect of the phenomenon on societal mobility.


Ford's Fields fires back at Trump tariff plan

16 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Ford’s chief executive officer has taken aim at President-elect Trump’s plan to scuttle free trade and impose a 35% tariff on cars made in Mexico.


NHTSA mandates EV/hybrid sound below 19mph

15 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

America's Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is adding a sound requirement for all newly-manufactured hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles to help protect pedestrians.


Rumours of extension to China tax break

8 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

As China's temporary car purchase tax reduction expiry date approaches, there is increasing speculation inside China that an extension of the tax into 2017 or further market support are being considered by the government.


SMMT looks to avoid tariffs in post-Brexit world

7 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

British trade association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says it wants tariffs to be avoided "at all costs" as the UK embarks on its complicated extrication from the European Union (EU).


May does not just want to be 'Brexit PM' - SMMT

2 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says it needs to react to the fact many British regions with automotive manufacturing voted to leave the European Union (EU) recently, but adds newly-installed British Prime Minister, Theresa May is looking to focus on wider industrial issues and not just Brexit.


UK seeks continued tariff-free auto trade with EU

31 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

In an interview with the BBC, UK government minister and business secretary Greg Clark said that the UK would be seeking to maintain tariff-free trade in automotive products between the UK and the EU after the UK's departure from the European Union.


EC grants Portugal low-emission bus subsidy

26 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Brussels says Portuguese plans to support the purchase of low-emission buses for public infrastructure in urban areas are in line with European Union (EU) State aid rules.


Takata appoints new VP of Ethics and Compliance

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Crisis-hit Takata Corporation has announced that its US subsidiary TK Holdings (TKH) has appointed Paul M. O’Brien as vice president of Ethics and Compliance.


NHTSA offers motor vehicle cybersecurity guidance

25 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it is taking a proactive safety approach to protect vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorised access by releasing proposed guidance for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity.


VDA chief warns UK auto sector over Brexit terms

17 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

In an interview with the Financial Times newspaper, the German auto industry trade association (VDA) chief has warned that the British auto sector faces decline with output moving to central and eastern Europe if the country loses free and unfettered access to the EU’s single market.


Plastic Omnium claims 3min hydrogen recharge

4 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Plastic Omnium says its high-pressure hydrogen storage prototype has a recharge time of three minutes compared to several hours for electric vehicles.


PSA "comfortable" with new French emissions tests

30 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says it is "very comfortable" with the results of emissions testings carried out at the behest of the French government in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal.


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.



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