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Automakers mix virtual reality with the real world

19 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Forget glossy brochures and the pantomime of buying a new car. Game software and wearable technology is changing the way we shop. Consumers in shopping centres or sitting at home can now visualise their next yet-to-be-launched car in any configuration using a Virtual Reality (VR) headset. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one takes a look at how, from engineering and styling to marketing and retail, VR continues to surprise and delight.

Interior design and technology - Vauxhall Mokka X

12 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

It is only when you get to drive a certain car model for a few days that you begin to notice them everywhere. The Vauxhall Mokka is no exception, with more than 120,000 buyers here in the UK alone, its single biggest market in Europe. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look at the facelifted and renamed Mokka X.

Nissan and Mitsubishi synergies begin in SE Asia

8 June 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Nissan Motor expects its global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors will yield some early synergies in South-east Asia, a region in which it has struggled to keep pace with Japanese rivals Toyota and Honda.

SNAPSHOT - Steering tomorrow’s car

6 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

From a niche product for small cars to a technology of choice for all, electric power steering (EPS) remains ever popular as OEMs develop yet more fuel-efficient cars and push to reduce CO2 emissions. Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one reviews some market and technical trends in the steering system sector.

Latest interviews

Lightweight monotube dampers – Q&A with BWI Group

19 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

As OEMs pursue lighter vehicles to help comply with CO2 emissions legislation, ever more pressure is being placed on Tier 1 suppliers to provide lighter components. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Marcin Knapczyk, engineering manager at global braking and chassis systems specialist, BWI Group, about how far lightweighting has come and where it is set to go.

Driving passion - the psychology of driving a car

12 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Thomas Ebenfeld, psychologist and managing partner of Concept M, about what makes car consumers tick. Headquartered in Cologne, Germany with offices worldwide, Concept M consists of a group of psychological market researchers with a focus on the automotive industry.

Latest news

Daimler powertrain workers want EV assurances

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Electrification plans for upcoming new vehicle models are causing some industrial niggle at a Daimler powertrain plant.

Japanese OEMs line up to support Takata

23 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

As embattled Takata faces bankruptcy, Toyota, Nissan and Honda are among OEMs who will continue to support the company following a bankruptcy that could come as early as Monday (26 June).

ZF and Hella to partner on sensors

23 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

ZF and Hella announced they would partner on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar systems.

EU issues antitrust fines to lighting suppliers

22 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The EU's European Commission has fined Automotive Lighting and Hella a total of EUR26.7m for participating in an automotive lighting cartel, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Valeo was alsio in the cartel, but not fined because it revealed the cartel to the Commission.

Honda India to export diesel engines

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Cars India will for the first time export the fully assembled 1.6-litre diesel engine from its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. Exports start from July.

Magna announces Lincoln Continental supply deals

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Magna said it had received a special Lincoln Luxury World Excellence Award from Ford for its supply deals for the new Continental.

Adient develops removable seat covers

22 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Seating supplier Adient has developed removable seat covers to, it said, "maintain comfort and individualisation for drivers and passengers in the car-sharing market".

just-auto Plus only NXP/Harman extend partnership over connected tech

22 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NXP Semiconductors NV, the number one global leader in car infotainment semiconductors and automotive semiconductors and Harman International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics...

just-auto Plus only Elektrobit/NXP join over automated driving systems

22 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Elektrobit (EB), a leading developer of embedded and connected technology solutions for the automotive industry, and NXP Semiconductors NV, the world’s largest supplier of automotive...

just-auto Plus only BASF begins operations at Schwarzheide site

22 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

On 21 June 2017, BASF put the expanded compounding plant at BASF’s Schwarzheide site in Germany into operation. With the expansion of the plant up to 70,000 tons more Ultramid (PA: polyamide)...

ZF/Hella team on sensor technology

21 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

ZF and Hella are to partner on sensor technology, particularly for front camera systems, imaging and radar.

just-auto Plus only Magneti/FUDI open new JV lighting plant in China

21 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Automotive Lighting, the Magneti Marelli division dedicated to car lighting, and Changchun Fudi Equipment Technology Development (FUDI), a Chinese investment company with activities in the...

Live Earth/Inrix team on visualisation

21 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Live Earth says it will work with Inrix to bring real-time visualisation to the transportation industry.

just-auto Plus only Chevrolet Bolt earns IIHS top safety ratings

21 June 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Chevrolet Bolt is the first all-electric vehicle to earn a 2017 award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The small car is new for the 2017 model year. Unlike the...

UK local content rising in UK car build

20 June 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Automotive Council, a joint UK auto industry and government organisation setting strategic direction for the UK automotive sector, says that the level of UK parts content is continuing to rise.

Slovak PM storms into VW strike backing wage hike

20 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

Slovakia's Prime Minister has waded into the start of today's (20 June) strike by Volkswagen workers at its Bratislava plant by publicly backing the mass walkout.

Continental joins autonomous driving platform

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Continental said it had become a development partner and system integrator in the collaboration between BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye for automated driving.

Tata Steel launches new outer panel lubrication

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following close cooperation with a leading chemicals supplier, Tata Steel has launched Prime Lubrication Treatment (PLT), a so-called booster lubricant, consisting of a thin coating that is applied in the galvanising line prior to applying the conventional oil layer.

UK automotive achieves record turnover GBP77.5bn

20 June 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The UK automotive industry continued to advance its sustainability in 2016, making gains in productivity, economic contribution and environmental impact, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

IAC opens India engineering centre

20 June 2017 | Simon Warburton

IAC has opened an engineering centre in Pune, India as well as holding the groundbreaking ceremony for a manufacturing site within General Motors' new supplier park in Arlington, Texas.

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