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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Diesel developments

News from Ford of Europe of a brand-new, Euro VI-compliant diesel engine line drew most eyeballs of all just-auto stories this week....

Comment - emissions 'failures' hardly a surprise

Surely it can have come as no surprise that more diesel engines are failing to meet emissions test targets? When the Volkswagen scandal over...

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT - Moving closer to self-driving

While self-driving cars are not yet available to the public, more and more models across all segments now offer some form of advanced assist...

Kia considers diesels for North America

The Hyundai Group, of which Kia is a part, has recently upgraded the emissions cell facilities at its technical centre just outside Ann Arbo...

Latest Interviews

Federal-Mogul on trends in the plug market - Q&A 3 May 2016

Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Bert De Haes, Group Product Manager Ignition EMEA at Federal-Mogul Motorparts about trends in the automotive spark and glow plug market.

Cruden on the changing use of simulators - Q&A 19 Apr 2016

Matthew Beecham

The Dutch simulator expert, Cruden, has reacted to the automotive industry’s call for more open architecture and affordable simulator software options that do not restrict automotive companies from working with one simulator manufacturer’s hardware. It recently launched the Panthera Software Suite, making it available to users of any desktop, static or motion simulator and using almost any vehicle model. A surprise development has been the release of a free version of the software, Panthera Free. Matthew Beecham spoke to Maarten van Donselaar, CEO to find out why.

Latest News

Ford takes a stake in the cloud 5 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford on Thursday said it had invested in Pivotal, a cloud-based software platform company headquartered in San Francisco, to further enhance its software development capabilities and deliver innovations to customers more quickly.

Google self-driving car project and FCA plan co-op 4 May 16

Graeme Roberts

The Google Self-Driving Car Project and FCA have announced a claimed first-of-its-kind collaboration to integrate Google's self-driving technology into redesigned 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to expand Google's existing self-driving test programme. This is the first time Google has worked directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle.

Porsche names new R&D head as Hatz departs 4 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Michael Steiner is the new member of the executive board for research and development at Porsche, the automaker announced.

BMW launches 'big battery' i3 EV 3 May 16

Graeme Roberts

BMW has revamped its i3 with the introduction of a more powerful, 94Ah battery for both the i3 and the i3 Range Extender versions.

Flex-fuel i3 Peugeot Brazil's economy champion 3 May 16

Fernando Calmon

The model year 2017 Peugeot 208 brings with it the Brazilian debut of PSA's 1.2-litre/122 cubic inch, three-cylinder, flex-fuel engine which has earned a triple-A grading from the Brazilian Labelling Programme (PBE) - it gets the best fuel economy of any car sold in Brazil.

Autonomous cars to shake up car insurance 3 May 16

Dave Leggett

The multi-billion pound motor insurance industry faces a period of radical restructuring as a result of the advent of autonomously driving cars according to research carried out by Swiss Re.

ZF forms e-mobility unit with China focus 29 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

ZF says it is bundling activities which will shape the future of e-mobility into its new ‘E-Mobility Division’ which will be focused on market opportunities in China.

Ford launches new EcoBlue 'Euro VI' diesel engine 26 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced its first new 'EcoBlue' advanced diesel engine which, it said, would "offer optimised fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 and NOX emissions for customers, using sophisticated technologies and innovative design". The new engine line supplements the automaker's established EcoBoost petrol engines and will be used in a wide range of future passenger cars and commercial vehicles, with power outputs ranging from 100PS to 240PS.

Toyota to use ‘biosynthetic rubber’ in hoses 22 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Toyota says that starting next month it will become the world's first automaker to use biohydrin, a newly-developed biosynthetic rubber product, in engine and drive system hoses.

Transmission market forecast to fragment further 20 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

The automotive transmission market is set to become more fragmented according to analysts at just-auto's QUBE service, reflecting growing variation in the adoption of different technologies by region.

Land Rover updates infotainment system 20 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

Land Rover has updated its InControl Touch Pro infotainment system which optimises in-car connectivity by providing faster responses and more intuitive operation.

Toyota's Michigan connected vehicles test plans 14 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Toyota says it is in partnership with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) to establish a large connected car testing environment on public roads in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Delphi unveils 48V mild hybrid system 13 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Delphi has unveiled its 48-volt vehicle solution which it says could prove pivotal for automakers in meeting future emission regulations without sacrificing performance for customers.

Chinese gaming firm plans electric crossover 13 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Major Chinese gaming company Youzu Interactive plans to partner with an electric vehicle maker to produce a sport utility vehicle for sale in 2018 according to Bloomberg.

Jaguar Land Rover launches new mobility subsidiary 11 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Jaguar Land Rover has launched ‘InMotion’, a new technology business that builds apps and on-demand services to "overcome modern travel and transport challenges", it says.

Cummins secures US$4.5m DoE Class 6 grant 11 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Cummins has been awarded a US$4.5m grant from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which it says can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% compared to conventional models.

Toyota adds 3rd research facility in Michigan 8 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), has announced that Toyota will establish its third TRI facility in the US.

NXP Semiconductors shows platooning with DAF 7 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

NXP Semiconductors and DAF Trucks have demonstrated self-driving technologies in automated lorries.

Volvo Cars plans autonomous driving test in China 7 Apr 16

Dave Leggett

Volvo Cars plans to launch and autonomous driving test in China using local drivers to test autonomous driving cars "on public roads in everyday driving conditions"

Panasonic extends LED operating life 7 Apr 16

Simon Warburton

Panasonic has developed a light diffusion type polypropylene (PP) resin moulding compound, known as Full Bright, which can extend the operating life of LEDs.

Latest blogs

Servicing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle 19 Apr 16

Graeme Roberts

According to Toyota GB, the first Mirai in the UK to be booked in for a routine service gave technicians at a north west London dealership the opportunity to put their specialist hydrogen fuel cell training into practice.

Nissan's 'self-parking office chairs' 22 Feb 16

Dave Leggett

Have to admit, this made me laugh. Nissan has come up with a tidy solution to the age-old problem of wandering chairs in the open plan office.

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