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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

TowerSec VP on automotive cyber security - Q&A 31 May 2016

Matthew Beecham

With car connectivity comes a dark side. While you are driving, a hacker could put your life in danger by taking over the car’s steering, brakes and transmission from a remote location. Help is at hand from a rising tide of tech companies, including TowerSec. Originally founded in Israel, now headquartered in Michigan and owned by Harman, TowerSec’s cybersecurity solutions protect vehicles from outside intrusion. To find out how, Matthew Beecham spoke to TowerSec’s vice president of automotive cyber security, Saar Dickman.

Delphi Powertrain VP on compliance - Q&A 23 May 2016

Matthew Beecham

With the powertrain world reeling from a series of emissions-related revelations, ‘compliance’ may seem a brave subject to choose for a keynote speech at the recent Vienna Motor Symposium. Delphi’s vice president engineering, Delphi Powertrain, John Fuerst tells just-auto why he believes this is the right time to take a deeper look at the topic.

Latest News

New diesel engine family debut on Mercedes E-Class 31 May 16

Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz says it is the first manufacturer to put diesel vehicles on the market that already meet the EU’s stricter emission limits that come into force in September 2017.

Johnson Controls funds uni battery research 27 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Johnson Controls has announced two multi-year research projects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) aimed at enhancing the fuel efficiency of start-stop and next-generation battery-electric vehicles.

Scania links up with Ericsson to test 5G mobile te 26 May 16

Dave Leggett

VW-owned Scania says it has become the first company to test the communication giant's new 5G technology components, as part of a collaboration between Scania and Ericsson Research exploring the use of 5G networks in transport communications.

US and UK motorists divided on driverless cars 23 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Despite government announcements last week that Britain is pushing to be at the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology, half of motorists oppose driverless cars, according to a new survey.

Toyota summarises future mobility work 19 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Following the Queen’s speech in the UK parliament on Wednesday (18 May) which announced the UK government would introduce a Modern Transport Bill, designed to "put Britain at the forefront of the modern transport revolution", Toyota said it was already making significant investments worldwide in future mobility technologies that would make personal transport safer, more efficient and easier to access for less able people and summarised its activities.

Nissan spells out autonomous drive timeline 19 May 16

Dave Leggett

Nissan says its refreshed Nissan Qashqai will be the first Nissan car in Europe – and the first UK-manufactured car – equipped with autonomous technology in 2017 with ProPilot. It has also reiterated the timeline for the rollout of more advanced autonomous driving technologies.

Kia America adds Apple CarPlay to more models 16 May 16

Graeme Roberts

Kia Motors America said the 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima, when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3, will be offered with Apple CarPlay compatibility during this second quarter of 2016.

CTP consortium secures GBP1.8m grant technology 9 May 16

Simon Warburton

Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), a developer of vehicle driveline electrification based on switched-reluctance machines (SRMs), has partnered with Ricardo, Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) and Provector, to apply its low voltage electric motor technology to the rear driveline of a B-segment city car through its 'Project Fever.'

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.

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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