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Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.


Ford charts path for long-term growth - Analysis

21 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

At its recent ‘Investor Day’, Ford’s senior management set out its strategic priorities. The plan is to build on core strengths and grow in emerging opportunities. Dave Leggett describes some highlights and offers an assessment.


XC90 T8 - the sixty four thousand pound Volvo

9 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo’s transformation into a maker of sometimes high-priced luxury cars continues: it’s now possible to pay £64,000 (US$84,813) for the T8 version of the XC90. Is this PHEV worth that sort of money?


Lexus - future model plans and platforms

5 September 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Will Lexus ever catch the German Big Three brands in worldwide sales? Toyota's luxury brand won't be doing that in the next few years. Instead, it needs to expand into many new segments.


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Lighter, more efficient transmissions

20 September 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Lightweight materials is a hot topic in automotive manufacture in the battle to reduce carbon emissions. Now a technical partnership between engineering consultancy, Drive System Design (DSD) and international chemical and advanced materials company, Solvay SA, is exploring the potential for large-scale use of plastic composites in transmissions and drivelines. To find out more, we spoke to DSD’s president, North America, Shaun Mepham.


Blueprint Acoustics on tomorrow's car audio

19 September 2016 | Matthew Beecham

While the automotive audio market is dominated by some well-known brands, smaller technology firms are attracting interest from OEMs. In this interview, Greg Turnidge, CEO of Blueprint Acoustics (Bluacs) explains how a niche Australian company is developing audio solutions for next generation vehicle platforms.

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Renault-Nissan partners Microsoft on connectivity

26 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on "next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide".


PSA looks to 1,000-fold increase in 3D technology

26 September 2016 | Simon Warburton

PSA Groupe says personalisation of future models will be enhanced by the use of techniques such as 3D printing, whose influence will increase a thousand-fold by 2020 at the automaker.


JMBS joins forces on sustainable fuel solutions

26 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Johnson Matthey has joined a strategic consortium focused on completing the development and scale up of Virent BioForming technology to produce low carbon bio-based fuels and bio-paraxylene, a key raw material for the production of 100% bio-polyester.


just-auto Plus only HERE offers off-line voice-guided navigation

26 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Truckers soon need not worry about international roaming charges or losing their network connection when navigating using their mobile devices. HERE, the open location platform company,...


just-auto Plus only JMBS joins forces on sustainable fuel solutions

26 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

At the International Suppliers fair (IZB) in Wolfsburg, Germany from 18 to 20 October 2016, SKF will announce the launch of a new product designed to offer greater durability, improved comfort and...


Ford introduces adaptive steering on new F-Series

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Adaptive steering technology in the redesigned F-Series Super Duty pickup and new Edge SUV make the vehicles easier to steer at all speeds, Ford said.


Infiniti to launch InTouch services with new Q60

23 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Infiniti will launch its new InTouch services with the new Q60 sports coupe, due on sale in European markets soon.


just-auto Plus only DEKRA test results for Mercedes-Benz trucks

23 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Despite drastically more stringent emission standards for nitrogen oxides and particulates, the fuel consumption of heavy trucks has been reduced by 22% over the last 20 years. This has now been...


just-auto Plus only GF wins HV components order from French automaker

23 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

GF Automotive, a division of GF, has received an important order from a French car manufacturer for the battery housing of a new hybrid vehicle. The contract for this new customer amounts to EUR77m...


just-auto Plus only Eaton develops polymer air conditioning lines

23 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Power management company Eaton has developed new Polymer Air Conditioning Conveyance System (PACCS) lines, a cost effective and lightweight alternative to the aluminium tubing and rubber components...


just-auto Plus only Bosch aims further growth with mobility solutions

23 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Bosch’s Mobility Solutions business sector continues to grow apace. “We want to further accelerate our growth, which is why we are developing innovative services for the mobility of...


just-auto Plus only Accuride reveals lightweight steel wheels at IAA

23 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Accuride Corporation, a leading supplier of components to the European and North American commercial vehicle industries, on 22 September, 2016, introduced a new lightweight steel wheel from...


Harman develops ‘5+1’ cyber-security framework

22 September 2016 | Dave Leggett

Harman says that the prospect of cyber attacks on vehicles is becoming an increasingly serious one as vehicle connectivity is being enhanced and it has developed what it claims is an appropriate framework to deal with the threat. 


just-auto Plus only ZF presents Innovation Truck 2016 at IAA

22 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

ZF is further strengthening its position as a major technology supplier for the commercial vehicle industry by providing key technologies for autonomous driving. With these competencies, ZF...


just-auto Plus only Wabco unveils OnHand braking technology at IAA

22 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Wabco Holdings, a leading global supplier of technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, on 21 September, 2016, unveiled its innovative OnHand...


just-auto Plus only Wabco presents OnGuardMAX AEBS for CVs at IAA

22 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Wabco Holdings, a leading global supplier of technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, on 21 September, 2016 introduced its Intermix advanced...


just-auto Plus only Wabco presents OnCity urban turning assist for CVs

22 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Wabco Holdings, a leading global supplier of technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, on 21 September, 2016, announced its OnCity urban turning...


just-auto Plus only Volvo's SuperTruck exceeds DOE programme goals

22 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volvo Trucks North America on 15 September 2016 unveiled an innovative SuperTruck demonstrator whose combination of advanced aerodynamics, vehicle and powertrain technologies achieved a...


just-auto Plus only Rheinmetall develops low-friction piston assembly

22 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

In response to the need to curb fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, of growing importance, especially on commercial vehicles, is a reduction in engine friction. Over the past years, Tier-1...


just-auto Plus only Scania trucks provide best aerodynamic performance

22 September 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Aerodynamic characteristics were a key focus for Scania as it developed its new generation of trucks. The record-low levels of air drag in the range significantly reduce both fuel consumption and...



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