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Maserati future models - a global analysis

1 December 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The third instalment in just-auto's analysis of FCA's passenger car brands' model lines is a focus on Maserati. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, followed by an examination of Ferrari's plans. Features on Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep will be published soon.

Ferrari future models - global analysis

30 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The second part of just-auto's series concerning FCA's passenger vehicle brands centres on Ferrari. A look at what's ahead for Alfa Romeo was recently published, with features on Maserati; Fiat, Abarth & Lancia; Chrysler, Dodge & RAM; and Jeep to follow.

Porsche future models - a global analysis

23 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Rounding out the series on the current and future vehicles of the Volkswagen Group’s passenger car brands, this analysis looks at Porsche’s sports cars and SUVs.

ANALYSIS - Maserati Levante biturbo diesel

23 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a long time coming but Maserati's first SUV is now being rolled out across global markets. Right-hand drive production started recently with vehicles for the UK headed to showrooms in the coming days. Here, with 96% of the car's segment being diesel, there will be only one engine, a VM Motori 3.0-litre V6.

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Ericsson on the connected car's move to 5G

21 November 2016 | Cat Dow

TU-Automotive’s connected car conference brought together some major players and highlighted some key trends and concerns as car makers and suppliers battle with this whole new world. Ericsson’s Juergen Daunis, sales director of automotive, shone some light on future of networking. Here he talks to Cat Dow about the move to 5G and beyond.

Harman on dealing with cybersecurity

16 November 2016 | Cat Dow

While news broke this week that Samsung has acquired automotive technology group, Harman Inc. for US$8 billion, Harman itself had already began to establish itself as a force in the connected car technology sector. To strengthen its presence in January 2016, it acquired Towersec, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, to solidify its position as a Tier 1 supplier in the sector. just-auto's Cat Dow caught up with Dvir Reznik, Senior Marketing Manager of Harman Towersec at TU Automotive Munich 2016 to discuss the developments in cybersecurity and the importance of starting from scratch.

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Ford ramps up ADAS on new Fiesta

2 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Although the next Ford Fiesta is essentially based on the same engineering architecture as the current model, Ford is loading the new car - due to go on sale in the second half of 2017 - with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies to maintain its appeal as Europe's best selling B-segment car.

JLR US sales rise 217% in November 2016

2 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover November 2016 US sales included a 217% year on year rise in Jaguar volume to 3,381 units. Land Rover sales reached 5,659 units, the second highest November on record but down 13% from the record 6,539 units in November 2015. Sales for both brands rose 19% to 9,040 units, a JLR US market record for the month.

Toyota launches free smartphone navigation app

1 December 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the launch, in Japan, of its TC Smartphone Navigation app which will include aerial photographs of disaster areas in the route history map display in the case of large-scale disasters such as the earthquakes and tsunamis which regularly strike the country.

Ford to step up AV testing in Europe in 2017

1 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford has announced that the European testing of its autonomous cars will start on public roads in 2017.

New Ford Fiesta delayed until July 2017

30 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Ford has revealed the eighth generation Fiesta to 2,500 onlookers at a special event inside its Niehl plant. The Cologne factory will be the lead global manufacturing location but the company has admitted to just-auto that production will not commence until July.

Quattro renamed Audi Sport

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Quattro, established in Neckarsulm in 1983, is now operating as Audi Sport. Headed by Stephan Winkelmann, this fully owned Audi subsidiary currently has around 1,200 employees.

Malaysia to mandate electronic stability control

30 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The Malaysian government plans to mandate electronic stability control (ESC) on all new vehicles by June 2018.

just-auto Plus only Ford EcoBoost to feature cylinder deactivation

30 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford on 29 November 2016 announced that the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is to be offered with innovative cylinder deactivation technology for further reduced CO2 emissions...

Automakers plan Europe highway fast charge network

29 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group have announced plans for a joint venture to establish an ultra-fast, high-power charging network along major highways in Europe similar to Tesla's pioneering Supercharger network.

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.

BMW i introduces DCS power-optimised charging

29 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's i electric car brand is to offer a new digital charging service (DCS) to provide predictive, convenient, cost-effective and 'green' power-optimised charging.

Toyota Australia makes Mirai more mobile

28 November 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Australia has unveiled a mobile hydrogen refueller that will enable its three trial Mirai fuel-cell cars to go anywhere in Australia that a conventional car can be driven.

just-auto Plus only Ford develops Side Wind Stabilisation technology

28 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

As the first winter storms begin to hit, strong gusting winds provide an additional challenge to motorists, particularly those driving high-sided vehicles on the motorway. That’s...

Toyota prioritises EV battery advances

25 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is aiming to develop a more advanced EV lithium-ion battery "in a few years" that will have around a 15% range improvement in current technology, according to reports.

Volvo Cars R&D chief moves to Audi

25 November 2016 | Dave Leggett

Audi has appointed Volvo Cars' head of research and development as its new head of technical development.

just-auto Plus only Ricardo leads PICASSOS project

25 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The PICASSOS project, which stands for Proving Integrity of Complex Automotive System of Systems, is a three-year research initiative led by Ricardo together with partners Jaguar Land Rover,...

Toyota develops method to observe Li-ion behaviour

24 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

Toyota Motor Corporation has developed a method for observing the behaviour of lithium ions (Li-ions) in an electrolyte when a Li-ion battery charges and discharges.

TomTom teams with Amsterdam on traffic flow

24 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

TomTom and the City of Amsterdam are to collaborate on the development of traffic and travel concepts to improve vehicle flow and parking in the Dutch capital.

NTT and DeNA trial autonomous 5G safety system

24 November 2016 | Simon Warburton

NTT DOCOMO and DeNA have jointly announced today their agreement to trial a 5G mobile-communications system expected to enhance the safety of self-driving vehicles through remote monitoring and passenger assistance.

NHTSA releases driver-distraction guidelines

24 November 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

America's Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released proposed guidelines to help address driver distraction caused by mobile and other electronic devices in vehicles.

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