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Q7 e-tron - Europe's first plug-in Audi SUV

29 July 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo has gone one way with its four-cylinder petrol-electric plug-in XC90, while Audi believes Europeans wanting a plug-in hybrid SUV will prefer V6 diesel power. How does the first plug-in Q model for this region measure up?

Rise of the manufacturing ‘bots - Comment

19 July 2016 | Dave Leggett

Thoughts this week are with the clever technology that is gradually changing the world of manufacturing.

New biturbo 3.0 for 911 - best Porsche engine yet?

13 July 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Porsche’s worldwide sales were up by just three percent in the first half of 2016 but the 911 is doing better than that, deliveries rising by 10 percent. That’s thanks to the release of a model which has had so many changes in mid-life that it even gains a new project code: 991.2, as opposed to 991 for the series which first appeared in late 2011.

Johnson Controls on redefining car buyer groups

7 July 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Concerned that the traditional car model segmentation is an outdated means of describing target groups, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating worked with researchers from Concept M institute for market psychology to define a set of more meaningful categories that pinpoint the diverse needs and wants of today’s European drivers. The supplier used a recent press gathering in Berlin to explain its approach, findings and practical relevance to automakers.

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Convergent Science on combustion modelling trends

5 July 2016 | Matthew Beecham

As automotive engineers push back the boundaries of combustion, an increasing number of studies are being carried out in the virtual world. The use of in-cylinder computational fluid dynamics (CFD) provides insight on what is happening as the combustion process takes place, shedding new light on everything from thermal efficiency to pollutant formation. Software developer Convergent Science was formed in 1997 by a group of combustion specialists. The company’s Converge CFD code has been developed with combustion simulation in mind. Convergent Science’s director of global marketing, Rob Kaczmarek, gives us his take on what the future holds for combustion modelling.

Engine downsizing has peaked say Federal Mogul

4 July 2016 | Calum MacRae

In a wide-ranging interview, as part of Federal Mogul Powertrain’s recent Technology Briefing days held in Augsburg, Germany just-auto’s Calum MacRae interviewed the division’s Chief Technology Office, Gian Maria Olivetti. Mr Olivetti has been with Federal Mogul since 2007. Before Federal Mogul he enjoyed stints at Fiat Powertrain Technologies and Iveco. 

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just-auto Plus only Ford/MIT collaborate on new mobility research project

27 July 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford Motor Company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are collaborating on a new research project that measures how pedestrians move in urban areas to improve certain public...

Hyundai Motor establishes new project IONIQ lab

26 July 2016 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has set out the structure, focus and first ideas of its newly-established Project Ioniq Lab in Korea.

Heat challenging as technology ramps up - ZF TRW

25 July 2016 | Simon Warburton

ZF TRW says one of its key issues affecting the extra technology now prevalent on new vehicles is heat as ever-greater performance creates its own set of challenges.

Mahindra launches mild-hybrid Scorpio

25 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Mahindra & Mahindra has launched mild hybrid technology called ‘Intelli-Hybrid’ in its redesigned Scorpio.

Smart to beta test parcel delivery to vehicles

25 July 2016 | Chris Wright

Daimler's Smart brand's think tank to accelerate the development and implementation of creative urban mobility projects has come up with 'smart ready to drop', a service that makes online shopping easier.

Mahle opens vehicle engineering centre in UK

22 July 2016 | Dave Leggett

Mahle Powertrain has opened the doors to its new Vehicle Engineering Centre (VEC) in Northampton, UK.

Mixed reaction to Tesla's latest plans

21 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla chief Elon Musk's just-announced Master Plan, Part Deux, announced in the US last night (20 July) has attracted a mixed reaction from some US auto industry analysts.

Softbank and Honda eye 'emotional' cars

21 July 2016 | Chris Wright

Following its $32bn takeover of chip designer ARM Holdings, SoftBank’s founder Masayoshi Son is now looking to develop talking cars that can read a driver's emotions.

just-auto Plus only Scania research shows impressive vehicle light weighting results

21 July 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The use of composite materials in the structure of a vehicle’s chassis can reduce weight by up to 40%, according to new research from Scania and Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of...

just-auto Plus only Scania joins European project ADAS&ME

21 July 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Scania joins new international research into human user’s interaction with autonomous vehicles. Scania is to play a key role in new research dedicated to finding a holistic approach...

just-auto Plus only Honda R&D/Softbank begin joint research on AI techonology

21 July 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Honda R&D, a wholly owned R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor, on 21 July, 2016, announced plans to collaborate with Softbank and begin a joint research project toward application of the...

just-auto Plus only Chevrolet launches all new Cruze in China

21 July 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Chevrolet on 20 July 2016, introduced the all-new Cruze in China, the brand’s best-selling model both globally and in China, with over 4m sold since the first-generation model's launch...

just-auto Plus only Ford launches the new Lincoln MKZ in China

20 July 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The new North American designed and produced Lincoln MKZ, launched 18 July 2016, adding even more refinement and class-leading technology to one of Lincoln’s most popular nameplates. Since...

Audi boosting digital and EV spend next decade

19 July 2016 | Chris Wright

Volkswagen Group's premium brand Audi is to boost spending on digital technologies and electric vehicles over the next 10 years, company sources have told Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper.

Nissan Europe claims SPF 500 'sunscreen' for cars

19 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

With England in the grip of a rare heatwave - clear blue skies, late 20s to early 30s C temperatures, high humidity - Nissan Motor, which has an assembly plant in this country, claims UV protection on its crossovers such as the Qashqai and Juke (produced in Sunderland and sold across Europe) plus the imported X-Trail is equivalent to a Brit slapping on sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 500.

just-auto Plus only Ford introduces all-new 2017 F-Series heavy-duty pickup trucks

19 July 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford, America’s truck leader, is taking heavy-duty trucks to the next level with the all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty, empowering customers with the most towing and hauling capability and the...

Daimler demos semi-automated bus in Netherlands

18 July 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz bus unit said on Monday its new, semi-automated city bus with CityPilot shows what urban public transport will look like in the future because it operates more safely, efficiently and comfortably than today's conventional buses.

just-auto Plus only Benteler building its fifth automotive plant in Czech Republic

18 July 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Czech Republic is an important Eastern European production location for Benteler Automotive. To keep pace with future growth, Benteler is investing in a new components plant in the Czech...

Turbocharging I3s a growing trend in Brazil

15 July 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Turbo charging a one-litre, three-cylinder engine is a growing trend here in Brazil.

just-auto Plus only ZF exhibits partially automated driving capabilities at Brest facility

15 July 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

ZF is demonstrating advanced partially automated driving capabilities for customers and the media at its driver assist systems facility in Brest, France. Drivers will be able to experience a...

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