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ANALYSIS - future Chrysler, Dodge and Ram models

17 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The success of the new Ram 1500 is key to FCA. Should this high-margin pick-up become an even better seller than the old-shape model, it will see the final flames of what had once been a massive cash burn extinguished this year. Following a recent feature on Fiat and Abarth, this report takes a look at what else is in the pipeline for Ram, as well as for the Chrysler and Dodge brands.

LiDAR Q&A with LeddarTech

13 Jan 2018 | Calum MacRae

At the 2018 CES in Las Vegas just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Michael Poulin, General Manager, Automotive Solutions, LeddarTech. LeddarTech is a leading player in the development of solid-state LiDAR sensors that the automotive industry needs to bring to market to make L4 and L5 autonomous vehicles an affordable reality. 

From Vegas to Tatarstan - The Week

12 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

There's really only one place to start this week and it has to be in the Nevada desert where the annual tech-fest of the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 kicked off the year in a technological blitz which was high on AI.

Nautilus - does this engine change everything?

12 Dec 2017 | Calum MacRae

just-auto’s Calum MacRae met with Nautilus’s CEO and founder Matthew Riley and Mark Glasson the company’s president of Global Automotive to find out more.

COMMENT - US sales plummet as Smart goes electric

11 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Might the initial results of a strategy which has been smart USA dropping its petrol-powered fortwo range hold a warning for others? In November, the brand was not only outsold by Lamborghini, but Rolls-Royce was the only make which delivered fewer cars.

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Ford updates "operational fitness" plans

17 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has detailed plans to "improve operational fitness, refocus capital allocation" and speed the introduction of smart vehicles and services.

Toyota North American output dips in 2017

17 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota last year built 1,983,723 vehicles at its North American vehicle assembly plants though volume was down slightly year on year (2,124,608 in 2016).

DETROIT - Nexteer expands steering technology suite

17 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

Nexteer Automotive has unveiled details of the expansion of its steering technology suite at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Faurecia opens new Tech Centre in Silicon Valley

17 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has opened its Silicon Valley Tech Centre to support global R&D activities and expand upon its existing innovation network by strengthening relationships with automakers, start-ups and leading universities in the region.

Delphi invests in PolyCharge America

17 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

Delphi Technologies is to invest in PolyCharge America, a start-up established to commercialise a new capacitor technology, designed to make high-power inverters smaller, lighter and more tolerant to high temperatures.

DETROIT - Adient looks to future with AI18 autonomous concept

16 Jan 2018 | Dave Leggett

Adient has presented its AI18 interior seating concept for urban, electrically powered and autonomous vehicles at the NAIAS in Detroit and told just-auto that its future looking concept could be highly geared to ride-hail operators in the future.

DETROIT - BMW stresses contribution to US economy

16 Jan 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW chose to use the NAIAS - where it unveiled its X2 and i8 coupe models for the first time - to highlight its contribution to the US economy as a vehicle manufacturer.

GM chiefs see 2018 profits flat but a better 2019

16 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors forecast 2018 profits would will be largely flat compared with 2017 but higher in 2019 after the redesigned, high margin pickup trucks announced in Detroit this week go on sale in the US.

2018 DETROIT SHOW - world debuts list

16 Jan 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the 2018 NAIAS are named below on just-auto's list.

DETROIT - Ram lightens redesigned 1500 pickup truck

16 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

When Ford last fully redesigned its top selling F-150 pickup truck, for 2015, it shaved 700 pounds of weight by - controversially - using as much aluminium as possible in the body and frame, bringing benefits in fuel economy and overall range CAFE ratings. Now FCA's Ram Trucks division has used more alloy, and composites, to reduce the weight of its redesigned 2019 1500 by 225 pounds.

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