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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?


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.


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Ford Mondeo Hybrid Wagon revealed at Brussels show

18 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

At the Brussels Motor Show, Ford of Europe has revealed an enhanced Ford Mondeo range – including a new Mondeo Hybrid wagon (estate).


Nissan unveils NV300 concept-van at Brussels Show

18 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has unveiled the NV300 Concept-van to highlight the versatility of Nissan commercial vehicles for bespoke conversions of all types.


ACEA expresses 'serious concern' on EU CO2 targets

18 Dec 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has expressed 'serious concern' over what it terms the 'highly challenging' final deal on the EU CO2 regulation for cars and vans, setting target reductions out to 2030.


EIB grants charging operator Allego EUR40m loan

14 Dec 2018 | Simon Warburton

Charging station operator, Allego, has secured a EUR40m (US$45m) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).


Volvo Cars delays building Lynk & CO 01 in Belgium

27 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has delayed plans to start building a premium Lynk & CO PHEV model at its plant in Ghent, Belgium at the end of 2019 due to increased economic uncertainty, a spokesman told the Reuters news agency.


EC probes Tata-ThyssenKrupp JV proposal

31 Oct 2018 | Simon Warburton

An in-depth investigation to assess the proposed creation of a joint venture by Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp, has been opened by the European Commission (EC) under the EU Merger Regulation.


ACEA/CLEPA urge negotiators to avert worst-case Brexit

17 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ahead of this evening’s EU Brexit summit, Europe’s auto manufacturers and suppliers have come together to issue a stark warning on the potentially far-reaching impacts of a no-deal scenario on their sector, which they say would threaten their very business model.


EU member states agree 35% CO2 reduction target

10 Oct 2018 | Dave Leggett

EU environment ministers have agreed a common position for car and van CO2 emission cuts for 2030.


Hydrogen Mobility Europe demonstrates need to be more ambitious about fuel

10 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

As the European Union and member states discuss reducing CO2 emissions from cars and vans, today's hydrogen mobility roundtable will highlight that local authorities, large industrial companies, and global vehicle OEMs are prepared to deploy zero emission mobility as an economically attractive solution requiring no compromise to operational requirements.


EC OKs Slovakia EUR125m aid to Jaguar Land Rover

4 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The European Commission has concluded that Slovakia's EUR125m investment aid to Jaguar Land Rover is in line with EU state aid rules.



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