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Q&A on automated driving with Toyota

20 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

At Toyota's recent Advanced Technology Seminar in its R&D Centre in Zaventem, Belgium, the company explained its global vision towards ZERO accidents. In a unique double interview, Seigo Kuzumaki, TMC chief professional engineer in charge of safety R&D and government affairs of technology, and Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, detail the automaker's approach with respect to automated driving, a topic that is increasingly taking centre stage in the automotive industry.


C-HR second to get new Toyota TNGA platform

1 Dec 2016 | Graeme Roberts

The new C-HR compact crossover, now being rolled out in markets world-wide, is the second model to be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform after the fourth generation Prius, now being rolled out in PHEV form following its earlier debut as a conventional hybrid.


ANALYSIS: If Audi Brussels gains Q6, where does A1 go?

14 Oct 2015 | Glenn Brooks

Reports are beginning to emerge which piece together the puzzle over the future of Forest, officially known as Audi Brussels. The plant, which once made the VW Polo, is now the base for all production of the Audi A1 and S1. Will the next generation cars also be made there?


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Toyota Auris adds clever small gasoline engine

24 Jun 2015 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has added a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine to its revised Auris model. The company says the new four-cylinder direct injection unit delivers performance similar to that of a 1.6-litre engine but with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.


COMMENT: Will countries pull up drawbridge as EC struggles?

8 Dec 2014 | Simon Warburton

It's taking an achingly long time, but is the European Commission (EC) finally waking up to the idea not everybody is falling over themselves to be subsumed into its gigantic superstate embrace?


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ACEA slams EC steel import tariffs as trade war looms

20 Jul 2018 | Simon Warburton

Tariffs of up to 25% imposed by the European Commission (EC) on the import of a number of steel products following Washington's decision to levy its own surcharge, have been heavily criticised by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).


EU and Japan sign historic FTA

18 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Union (EU) signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan on Tuesday that will eliminate tariffs on almost all products traded between the two trading blocks.


ACEA rebuts diesel testing claims

7 Jun 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European carmakers' trade association, ACEA, has rebutted claims in a new report that modern diesel engine cars are more polluting than established tests suggest.


Eaton joins CLEPA research group

29 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Eaton has joined the Research and Innovation Group of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) to further its research into energy innovation, including electrified and traditional internal combustion vehicles.


ACEA says EU CO2 proposals for trucks 'too aggressive'

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), representing the seven major EU producers of heavy-duty vehicles, has said new EU proposals for freight truck CO2 reduction levels by 2025 and 2030 – 15% and 30% respectively – are 'far too aggressive'.


Car sales in EU up almost 10% in April

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Data released by European vehicle manufacturers' trade association ACEA shows that sales of cars in the EU area were up by 9.6% in the first four months of the year versus the same period of last year.


CLEPA and FISITA unveil research partnership

25 Apr 2018 | Simon Warburton

CLEPA and international membership organisation for the automotive and mobility systems engineering profession, FISITA, have started a Strategic Partnership to highlight the importance of research and innovation in the automotive industry.


FISITA and CLEPA to be 'strategic partners'

24 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

FISITA, the international membership organisation for the automotive and mobility systems engineering profession, and CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers have entered into a new 'strategic partnership', in what they say is a move to highlight the importance of research and innovation in the automotive industry.


ACEA raises tax concerns on WLTP

19 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European carmakers' association, ACEA, has warned that the new emissions testing standard for vehicles, WLTP, could create issues for taxation as vehicles' fuel efficiency or CO2 emissions measure changes from those under the previous NEDC testing standard.  


Report claims Europe needs more EV chargers

12 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

A report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) claims there is still serious underinvestment in electric vehicle recharging infrastructure across Europe, with only one in three EU member states providing incentives.



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