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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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AGC expands glass antenna R&D to Europe

18 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Glass maker AGC has officially opened anechoic chambers in Gosselies, Belgium, for the development of automotive on-glass antennas.


ACEA notes EU Parliament safety vote

22 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) says it "takes note" of the European Parliament’s vote on the revision of the General Safety Regulation, which mandates safety technologies to be included as standard in new vehicle types.


CLEPA warns new EC emissions tough to meet

20 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

European suppliers association, CLEPA says extremely tough new emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles unveiled by the European Commission (EC), will be "difficult to achieve."


EC welcomes tough lorry emissions standards

19 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

Strict new EU standards to reduce pollution from lorries by 30% have been welcomed by the European Commission (EC).


EC green lights Stena and Glovis joint venture

8 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) officials have approved, through the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of a joint venture by Stena Rederi of Sweden, part of the Stena Sphere and Glovis Europe of Germany, controlled by Hyundai Glovis.


Toyota's Lexus launches 4G hybrid system with UX crossover

24 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The new UX250h luxury compact crossover has a new, fourth generation self-charging hybrid powertrain based on a two-litre I4 petrol engine.


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).



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