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Volvo’s safety trademark spelt out on the S60

21 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and safety technology trends, we take a closer look at Volvo’s premium mid-size S60.  While the S60 is a solid, safe and sensible choice, it comes bristling with an appealing spec.


Manufacturers energise the solar car roof market

19 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Despite the fascination for clean tech, commercialising solar roofs have been weighed down by the extra cost and complexity. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, we take a look at who is doing what to energise the solar roof market.


Takata bags a buyer - ANALYSIS

27 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Since April 2013, when carmakers began recalling deadly faulty airbags supplied by Takata, the family-controlled parts maker’s fortunes have been in free fall. The massive recall resulted in an apology from the world’s second-largest supplier of airbags and it filing for bankruptcy.


Interior design and technology - Suzuki Swift

26 June 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Since the Suzuki Swift first appeared on the planet way back in 2005, it has attracted some 5.4 million buyers worldwide, 127, 000 in the UK alone. The automaker’s latest and third generation Swift swooped into showrooms dotted across the UK earlier this month with bosses predicting 12,500 units to fly off the shelves in the first full year. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look at the new Swift.


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DSD on the transmission engineering landscape

20 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with suppliers, we spoke to Alex Tylee-Birdsall, co-founder and director of Drive System Design, about how the transmissions market is undergoing a period of change.


Denso - digitalisation is transforming aftermarket

14 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to Ruslan Leontiev, product manager starters & alternators and wiper blades, and Alexey Bartashevich, senior manager aftermarket products, both Denso Aftermarket & Industrial Solutions.

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Honda opens new R&D/test centre in Thailand

26 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor began operating its new regional R&D and testing centre last week in the Rojana Industrial Park in Thailand’s PrachinBuri province.


Toyota planning solid-state battery EV by 2022

25 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is reportedly planning to launch an EV equipped with solid-state battery technology in Japan by 2022.


Qualcomm and Nichicon do wireless charging deal

25 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Technology developer Qualcomm and Nichicon Corporation (of Japan) have announced that they have entered into a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) licence agreement.


just-auto Plus only New Mustang GT features Drag Strip mode

25 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford’s most advanced and powerful Mustang GT is also the fastest ever, achieving 0-to-60-mph in less than four seconds in Drag Strip mode. The new Mustang is also faster than a...


Daimler, Bosch, demonstrate automated parking

24 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler and Bosch jointly are demonstrating driverless parking (automated valet parking) in the multi-storey car park at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart.


IAA world debuts - Jaguar XJR575

24 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Suzuki has issued one image but no other details of the Swift Sport. The new car will have its motor show debut at the Frankfurt IAA.


Nissan US launches new driver assist system

21 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan North America has demonstrated its ProPilot Assist technology to media. The demo cars were Rogue SUVs (sold as X-Trail elsewhere). The system will be available in the US later this year and, after region-specific fine tuning, is due in the UK and Europe in the English-made Qashqai from next autumn. It will also be offered in the recently updated European X-Trail, and the redesigned Leaf due out soon.


just-auto Plus only Leoni presents further developed Y-splitter at IAA

20 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Leoni presents the next generation of its modular system for high-voltage power distribution in electric and hybrid vehicles at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt (stand D40 in hall...


Automakers invest in autonomous vehicle data firm

19 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Autonomous vehicle technology company Nauto said it had raised US$159m of financing led by Softbank and venture capital firm Greylock Partners. BMW iVentures, General Motors Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, the venture unit of Allianz Group, Playground Global and Draper Nexus have previously invested in the firm.


Calsonic Kansei/Quarkslab establish White Motion

19 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Calsonic Kansei and French cyber security company, Quarkslab, have established White Motion to address cyber security in the automobile sector.


JLR chief lauds Tata Technologies relationship

18 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover says its relationship with Tata Technologies is "close" as it leverages the engineering services company's competences in myriad disciplines.


Microsoft and Baidu partner on autonomous cloud

18 July 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Microsoft and Baidu announced a partnership to take the technical development and adoption of autonomous driving worldwide.


just-auto Plus only Constellium delivers its 10 millionth part to Ford

14 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Constellium is proud to announce that it has delivered its 10 millionth part to Ford Motor Company. A provider of aluminium structural components for the Ford F-150 and Super Duty trucks,...


just-auto Plus only myChevrolet App available on Apple watch

14 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Chevrolet is giving its owners another option to use their myChevrolet app by making it available on Apple Watch. Chevrolet owners can now remote start and stop their vehicle, lock and unlock the...


just-auto Plus only BMW Connected introduces new digital services

14 July 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

At the start of 2017, BMW used its recently launched 5 Series and BMW Connected Onboard – which made its debut in the new model – to showcase the potential unlocked by digital services...


Human element still vital for Tata Technologies

13 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Technologies says it does not envisage future manufacturing processes representing a threat to employment as working practices radically change with the advent of digitalisation.


European car market 'fully electric by 2035'

13 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

A research report from Dutch investment bank ING says that the European car market will be fully electric by 2035.


Mercedes-Benz enhances voice control system

13 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz says it is further enhancing the performance of the 'Linguatronic' voice control system on the E-Class.


PSA hails autonomous car tollgate demo

12 July 2017 | Dave Leggett

PSA says that an autonomous car has crossed a tollgate in a full autonomous mode, for the first time.


Horiba MIRA launches UK Emissions Test Centre

12 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Horiba MIRA has launched its Advanced Emissions Test Centre (AETC) in the UK to ensure global compliance.



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