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Review of automotive glazing trends

23 March 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one takes a closer look at some trends in the application of water-repellent coatings, polycarbonate and solar control glazing.

Future Volvo cars and SUVs - a global analysis

21 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following on from two recent features concerning future models for the Lynk & Co, Geely and Geely Emgrand brands, now comes the final part in a series: current and future Volvo vehicles.

Porsche Panamera - the world's fastest diesel car

13 March 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Porsche says its new Panamera 4S is the world’s fastest diesel car. How fast? Top speed is 177mph and with launch control activated, zero to 62mph takes just 4.3 seconds.

Is Euro NCAP losing its way? - Comment

1 March 2017 | Ray Hutton

Euro NCAP changed consumer attitudes to car safety but is in danger of getting lost in its own complexity, writes Ray Hutton.

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Rinspeed’s Oasis car interior – Q&A with Stahl

29 March 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Chemical company Stahl created the funky living room or ‘third living space of the future’ for the Rinspeed Oasis self-driving concept car, showcased earlier this month in Geneva. The Oasis is an evolution of the Swiss firm's Stos shown earlier last year. To learn more about the futuristic two-seater interior, we spoke to Stefan Buri, Global Director Marketing Automotive, Stahl.

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer eyes digitalisation

28 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW's Peter Schwarzenbauer likes to joke that his business card "takes five minutes to read" and that his full title - member of the board of management of BMW AG Mini, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, customer engagement and digital business innovation, BMW group - encompasses "all the fun stuff". A very big buck stops here.

Latest news

A century on, Harrods returns to the electric van

28 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Iconic London department store Harrods in Knightsbridge has returned to its past, adding an electric van to its fleet, after having first adopted the technology in 1919.

PSA lets 'non experts' loose on autonomous cars

28 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Groupe PSA is this week allowing 'non-expert' motorists to test its autonomous car, as a driver or a passenger, on the roads of the Paris region.

just-auto Plus only New Ford GT features five drive modes

28 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The all-new Ford GT features five Drive Modes that enable drivers to optimise the 647 horsepower carbon fibre supercar’s performance characteristics to match conditions on road or...

VW R&D lab works on future materials

27 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group's Open Hybrid LabFactory in Wolfsburg is working on lightweight construction materials and production processes.

Nissan launches new Innovation Lab in Paris

27 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has announced the launch of its new Innovation Lab in Paris. Designed to develop new innovation projects in all areas of the business, Nissan says the initiative marks an important milestone in Nissan’s journey to unlock innovation and encourage business start-ups.

Uber suspends autonomous testing in Arizona

27 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Uber reportedly has suspended autonomous vehicle testing in Arizona after a Volvo XC90 was involved in a collision in Tempe though the vehicle was not at fault.

Nissan confirms autonomous drive for next Qashqai

23 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has confirmed that phase one of its ProPILOT autonomous drive technology will be made available in the new Nissan Qashqai launching in FY17 and the second-generation model of the Nissan LEAF.

just-auto Plus only Peterbilt enhances Model 579

23 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Peterbilt has announced enhancements to the Model 579 EPIQ package that deliver an 8% fuel economy improvement for the 2018 model year. Peterbilt’s Model 579 EPIQ is available with...

UK autonomous specialist expanding in Australia

22 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

UK autonomous vehicle designer and manufacturer RDM Group said it would use an A$1m (GBP621,500; USD771,800) South Australian government grant for local trials of its mobility technology.

NVIDIA working with PACCAR on autonomous trucks

21 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Electronics specialist NVIDIA is working with freight truck maker PACCAR on developing solutions for autonomous commercial vehicles.

Denso develops plant-derived plastic materials

21 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Denso Corporation announced that it is using bio-polycarbonate (PC) made from starch and urethane resin extracted from castor oil in some of its products. Denso says it has been conducting research and development on plant-derived plastic materials, which are based on plant molecular structures, in order to reduce impacts on the environment.

Elektrobit adds software modules for AD systems

21 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Elektrobit has announced four new modules for its EB robinos product line designed to support automated driving.

Magneti Marelli announces supply deals

17 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Magneti Marelli has announced supply deals under which its Automotive Lighting and Powertrain Technology divisions supply key components to new vehicle models, many of which were launched at this month's Geneva motor show.

GKN supplies FCA Jeep Compass AWD Disconnect

17 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

GKN announced it is supplying its complete all-wheel drive (AWD) Disconnect system developed for small to medium-sized vehicles for the redesigned Jeep Compass, launched at this month's Geneva motor show, the third FCA group model to have the technology.

Wipro opens Detroit automotive engineering centre

16 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Wipro, an Indian-based technology and consulting group, has announced the opening of an Automotive Engineering Centre (AEC) in Detroit. The centre aims to drive innovation in connected vehicle concepts - design, product engineering, digital customer-vehicle experiences, artificial intelligence, and sensors-driven advanced vehicle data analytics.

just-auto Plus only Covestro introduces DirectCoating technology

16 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Covestro, one of the world's largest polymer manufacturers presents visionary steering wheel cover prototype.  Consumers appreciate a personalised vehicle interior with a premium...

Bosch, NVIDIA partner for AI self-driving system

15 March 2017 | Dave Leggett

Bosch and NVIDIA are partnering to develop artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass-market cars.

Ford reportedly invests in Silicon Valley firm

15 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has invested in Silicon Valley start-up Autonomic, a company founded last summer, according to a US report.

Bosch to go it alone on ADAS

15 March 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A top Bosch executive has said the world's largest maker of automotive components would continue to develop its own visual technology regardless of Intel's US$15bn agreement to buy Mobileye.

just-auto Plus only Lanxess introduces lightweight structural parts

15 March 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

With the help of continuous-fibre-reinforced, semi-finished thermoplastic composites, structural parts with a large surface area can be designed to be very thin and therefore lightweight. They can...

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