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Windy weather and waves - The Week

24 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

It has been a week of high winds and resultant waves. Extreme weather system Doris hit us here on the edge of the Atlantic and caused a little local disruption.

The week - some JLR engines go walkies

10 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The most-read story on just-auto this week is an embarrassing one for the automaker concerned - the theft of an unspecified number of engines from Tata Motors' Land Rover plant in Solihull, an event that was kept quiet about for several days until that pesky media got on the case. JLR did not value the engines but reports here in the UK suggested they could be worth in the region of GBP3m (US$3.7m) following their removal from the Damson site in Solihull near Birmingham at some point late at night between 31 January and 1 February. An articulated truck is believed to have entered the site twice, each time hooking up to trailers carrying the engines and then leaving again through the gate. Understandably, the automaker and the constabluary are tight-lipped but you'd have to think 'inside job' for the perps to know what to nab, and where from, and, reportedly, be able to show the right paperwork - twice - to get in and out. I would not want to be in charge of Solihull security right now.

COMMENT - IP and auto industry collaborations

7 February 2017 | Guest

As new business models and new entrants to the personal mobility space gather momentum, automakers are increasingly collaborating with firms outside of the auto industry's established participants. Legal adviser Russell Edson cautions that they should be wary of changing power relationships amid the rising importance of intellectual property (IP) in a dynamic new business landscape. 

ANALYSIS - New safety tech for 2017 Volvo S90

31 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The S90 has only been in production for 10 months but already there is an updated version, with additional safety equipment and new powertrains.

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Nexteer on steer-by-wire and the EPS market

22 February 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to executives of Nexteer about megatrends in the car steering market, steer-by-wire systems and growth of electric power steering (EPS) fitment in BRIC countries.

Continental on ADAS, sensor fusion and brakes

21 February 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one component suppliers, we spoke to Alfred Eckert, Head of the Advanced Engineering Department at Continental Automotive.

Latest news

ZF to cooperate with Plug & Play

23 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

ZF and the digital start-up accelerator Plug & Play have agreed on a strategic cooperation. As ‘Founding Anchor Partner’, ZF can further expand its network of partners to start-up companies which are active in relevant technology areas, it says.

just-auto taken offline by Doris

23 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Earlier today just-auto was taken offline by a power outage at its offices. All systems are now back up and running (13:50 GMT).

PSA and THACO team for Vietnam assembly

23 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA Group and its partner THACO (Truong Haï Auto Corporation) have signed a contract to accelerate development in Vietnam by committing to local assembly and bringing to market two new SUVs, to be produced in Chulai (Quang Nam Province).

Visteon posts 2016 net income of US$75m

23 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Visteon has unveiled full-year and fourth quarter net income of US$75m and US$2m respectively, while sales for last year totalled US$3,161m, a decrease of US$84m, primarily attributable to the sale of an interiors European facility in 2015.

just-auto Plus only VW e-Golf EPA estimates best in compact class

23 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen of America, is pleased to announce fuel economy figures for the 2017 e-Golf. Compared to its predecessor, the new e-Golf offers an improved EPA-estimated range and fuel economy, as well...

just-auto Plus only Allison’s FuelSense technology better fuel saver

23 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Allison Transmission on 22 February 2017 announced results of certified, third-party testing that proves its fully automatic Allison 2500 with FuelSense technology provides 5% better fuel economy...

just-auto Plus only PSA/Qualcomm collaborate over nextgen infotainment

23 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

PSA Group and Qualcomm Technologies announced a strategic collaboration to integrate the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Automotive (820A) processor in the PSA Group’s next generation...

just-auto Plus only Mobileye Q4 2016 revenue increased to US$104.6m

23 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mobileye N.V., the global leader in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving technologies, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended 31...

just-auto Plus only Lanxess increases Durethan prices for EMEA

23 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Speciality chemicals company Lanxess further increases the prices for its Durethan (PA 6, PA 6.6) compounds in Europe, Middle East and Africa with effect from 1 March 2017. The adjustment is...

BorgWarner HY-VO chains for Chevrolet hybrids

23 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

BorgWarner says it is supplying HY-VO chains for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in and Malibu hybrid models.

just-auto Plus only Garmin to supply infotainment modules for BMW

23 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Garmin International, a unit of Garmin on 22 February 2017 announced that BMW AG has appointed Garmin as a tier-one supplier of infotainment computing modules for future BMW models. Garmin will be...

UK MP hails Tata Steel investment ahead of Brexit

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Steel's decision to plough GBP4m (US$5m) into a new tailor welded blanks line at its Wednesfield plant in the UK's West Midlands region, has been hailed by its local Member of Parliament as "reassuring."

BMW and Mobileye working on crowd sourcing sensor

22 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW Group and Mobileye have announced they have signed an agreement to crowd source data for high definition maps that will be needed for autonomous driving.

Unite urges UK PM to support Vauxhall jobs

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

British labour body, Unite, is urging the UK government to match any political or financial commitment made by Berlin or Paris to Opel plants as PSA Groupe pushes the possibility of creating "a European champion with French-German roots."

Ficosa joins 5G Automotive Association

22 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Spanish Tier 1 automotive supplier Ficosa says it has become the first Spanish company to join the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA).

Thyssenkrup sells CSA to Ternium for EUR1.5bn

22 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp has reached agreement with Ternium on the sale of the CSA Siderúrgica do Atlântico (CSA) steel plant in Brazil to Ternium for a purchase price (enterprise value) of EUR1.5bn (US$1.6bn).

ZF/Porsche develop modular hybrid transmission kit

22 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

With an all-new 8-speed dual clutch transmission (8DT) as a basis, ZF and Porsche say they have collaborated to develop a modular hybrid transmission kit for sports vehicles, catering for current and future drive trends.

just-auto Plus only Ricardo joins Integral project

22 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Thermo-electric generators allow waste heat to be recovered and used productively to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions – Ricardo is participating in the Integral project which...

just-auto Plus only Redesigned Subaru Impreza earns IIHS safety rating

22 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The redesigned Subaru Impreza, a small car, is the latest winner of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award, thanks to top ratings for crash protection, a...

just-auto Plus only Mercedes develops new headlamp in HD quality

22 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

For the Mercedes developers the future of car light lies in dazzle-free main beam in HD quality. The revolutionary headlamp technology shines with maximum performance and facilitates communication...

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