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Europe - Kia poised to outsell Hyundai

17 Apr 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Europe looks set to soon become the world's first region in which Kia is more successful than Hyundai. This is one of the many trends visible in ACEA's passenger vehicle registrations data for Q1 which also show an overall 3.3% decline for the quarter.


Paris interview - CLEPA president Roberto Vavassori

9 Oct 2018 | Simon Warburton

Roberto Vavassori was elected CLEPA president, taking office in January, 2016 and is also a board member of brake supplier, Brembo and director for Business Development and Marketing. Just-Auto caught up with him at the recent Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris to gauge the reaction of the manufacturing sector to what are potentially draconian new emissions limits.?


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?


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Toyota to begin autonomous vehicle testing in Brussels

12 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) said on Friday (12 July) it would begin testing automated driving (AD) technology on public roads with the launch of programme that will trial its in-house developed systems around the streets of Brussels, where the European distribution operation is based.


Bekaert appoints Taoufiq Boussaid as CFO

12 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Bekaert has appointed Taoufiq Boussaid as CFO succeeding Frank Vromant, who took on the role of interim CFO in November last year.


Lexus Europe first half sales rise as premium segment dips

10 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota's Lexus Europe first half 2019 sales rose 5% year on year to 40,450 units as 'self-charging' hybrids accounted for 95% of volume in western and central Europe, boosted by the newly launched UX compact SUV and ES premium saloon.


Brussels trials EasyMile autonomous shuttles

8 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company (STIB) has started trialling the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous shuttles at Parc de Woluwe in the Belgian capital.


Plastic Omnium opens R&D centres in Belgium and China

5 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Plastic Omnium has opened two new research and development centres, with both part of the Clean Energy Systems business scope, focusing on emissions control and fuel systems, as well as new energies.


Bridgestone pumps EUR36m into digital manufacturing

1 Jul 2019 | Simon Warburton

Bridgestone EMEA is investing EUR36m (US$41m) to digitise its manufacturing operations.


EC stops Tata Steel/Thyssenkrup joint venture

12 Jun 2019 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) authorities have blocked the creation of a joint venture by Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp through the EU Merger Regulation.


ACEA still opposes US-proposed anti-WTO trade rules

20 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) on Monday (20 May) reiterated its "opposition to any trade-restrictive measures that are incompatible with WTO rules".


EC hosts third European Battery Alliance meeting

7 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

EC Vice-President in charge of the Energy Union, Maroš Šefcovic has hosted the third meeting at Ministerial level of the European Battery Alliance.


ACEA urges investment in charging infrastructure to boost electric cars

17 Apr 2019 | Dave Leggett

Average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in Europe were 118.5 grams of CO2 per kilometre in 2017, or up 0.4% compared to 2016, according to data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The European vehicle makers' association, ACEA, has called for more investment in charging infrastructure to boost EVs and help reduce overall CO2 emissions.



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