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What's with this Brexit thing, Watson?

28 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Brexit has been in the news again this week, its implications stretching far and wide, sometimes confounding expectations. On the plus side, the UK economy is performing relatively well according to the latest data. In the auto sector, there was also the welcome announcement from Nissan that it will invest in future new models at Sunderland.

Volkswagen - future model plans & platforms

25 October 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The future model strategy for the VW brand is explored here in this, the first of a series concerning the Volkswagen Group's passenger car brands. The other chapters will be a focus on Audi; then SEAT and Škoda; with Porsche, Lamborghini and Bugatti the subjects of the fourth and final installment.

Auto industry consolidation just ratcheted up

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Industry consolidation is much talked about in automotive circles. Just the other day, I heard the prediction - one that I first heard in the 1990s - that the global auto industry will eventually collapse to around six big players. Don't hold your breath though. It is probably true to say though that the process of consolidation or restructuring at the industry level is a pretty slow one and takes a number of forms. It is coming, but it will take time. Maybe though, we're seeing signs of acceleration.

Tomorrow’s car seats – lighter, smarter, kinetic

21 October 2016 | Matthew Beecham

The three megatrends impacting the global automotive industry, namely fuel efficiency, individualisation and autonomous driving, strongly influence the shape and form of tomorrow’s car seat. Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE – this one takes a closer look at some approaches to car seat design.

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How Harman is harmonising the millennial market

21 October 2016 | Matthew Beecham

Forget 22-inch wheels, a recent study found that around one-third of new car buyers say that the audio brand in their next vehicle would have a significant impact on their purchase consideration. We caught up with Michael Mauser, EVP and president of Harman’s lifestyle audio division, to learn how the sound specialist developed an audio system for the new Toyota C-HR, why its audio solutions are increasingly found in small car platforms, and how Voyager Drive offers a high-end audio experience for millennials.

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.

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Ford Smart Mobility appoints new VP AV Solutions

28 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford Motor Company announced on 27 October 2016 the appointment of Laura Merling as vice president, Autonomous Vehicles Solutions, of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Ford’s subsidiary working to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services. Merling will report to Jim Hackett, Ford Smart Mobility LLC chairman, and be based in Palo Alto, California.

just-auto Plus only Man automated truck to be tested on Hesse motorway

27 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Motorway maintenance and road workers are sometimes exposed to high-risk working conditions.  Safety vehicles with highly visible warning equipment are designed to minimise these...

GM/IBM partner over OnStar Go mobility platform

26 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

General Motors and IBM on have announced a partnership to bring OnStar and IBM Watson together to create OnStar Go, the "auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform".

NHTSA offers motor vehicle cybersecurity guidance

25 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it is taking a proactive safety approach to protect vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorised access by releasing proposed guidance for improving motor vehicle cybersecurity.

just-auto Plus only Seat/Aqualia join over Smart Green Gas project

25 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Seat and Aqualia have joined forces to develop the innovative Smart Green Gas project, which aims to obtain 100% Spanish origin, renewable biofuel from waste water to be used in compressed natural...

just-auto Plus only Evonik develops Plexiglas Hi-Gloss NTA-5

25 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

The trend in the automotive industry towards black, high-gloss body components is continuing in the front and rear areas of vehicles. At these applications, the focus of the required material...

Ford cements IACMI status with US$5m LoI

25 October 2016 | Simon Warburton

Ford is to become a charter member of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) with a US$5m letter of intent, which it is maintained, will leverage Federal, State and industry investment totalling US$250m.

Ford UK testing on new tech avoiding red light

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford in Britain says that technology is currently being trialed with Ford cars to make "riding the green wave" a day-to-day reality. Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory uses information on traffic light timings from a roadside unit to display to the driver the best speed to travel to get a green light.

Ford breaks ground for Data Centre at Dearborn

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford has broken ground at its Ford World Headquarters campus in Dearborn for a 'Data Centre of the Future '.

Jaguar Land Rover at UK Autodrive

24 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Jaguar Land Rover has showcased its latest connected and autonomous vehicle technologies as part of the UK Autodrive demonstrations taking place at Horiba Mida. In a UK first, Jaguar Land Rover is working with Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre to test connected technologies that will allow cars to talk to each other as well as the roadside infrastructure, such as traffic lights, in the future.

just-auto Plus only Ford US introduces new pedestrian detection tech

24 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Collisions can be caused not just by distracted driving, but increasingly, distracted walking. Every eight minutes, a pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle crash, according to a recent report...

Toyoda Gosei develops shape retaining rubber

21 October 2016 | Dave Leggett

Supplier company Toyoda Gosei says it has established material technology for rubber that readily regains its shape even after force has been applied for long times at high temperatures.

Tesla updates self-driving capability

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla announced all vehicles it builds from now on – including the upcoming Model 3 – would have the hardware "needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver" thanks to a variety of upgrades.

Daimler to offer bus electrohydraulic steering

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Electrohydraulic power steering (EHPS) developed in collaboration with Steyr is cutting Daimler Buses' fuel consumption, the automaker said.

Volvo India takes medium truck design reins

20 October 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo AB's Indian R&D team is taking the lead developing medium duty trucks for global markets scheduled to go into production in 2017.

just-auto Plus only Solvay’s electrode binders to boost Li-ion battery

20 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Solvay, a leading global supplier of speciality polymer solutions, will feature at K 2016 (Hall 6 Booth C61) a new innovative Solef polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) electrode binders designed to...

just-auto Plus only Solvay presents Ryton PPS for Polimotor 2 engine

20 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Solvay, a leading global supplier of speciality polymers, announced on 19 October 2016, at K 2016 (Hall 6, Booth C61) that its high-performing Ryton polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) will be at the heart...

just-auto Plus only Solvay introduces Technyl 4earth at K 2016

20 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Solvay, a world leader in polyamide-based performance materials, officially introduced at K 2016 (Hall 6 Booth C61), the brand new solution Technyl 4earth providing breakthrough environmental...

just-auto Plus only Solvay commits towards additive manufacturing tech

20 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Solvay, a leading global supplier of high performance polymers, announced today at K 2016 (Hall 6, Booth C61) that it is committed to taking a leadership role in aligning its world-class speciality...

just-auto Plus only Lanxess expands its pseudoplastic polyamide range

20 October 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lanxess continues to expand its family of pseudoplastic polyamides for hollow components under the hood. The newest members are the polyamide 66 Durethan AKV 320 Z H2.0 and the polyamide 6 Durethan...

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