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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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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.

eCall to be fitted in Europe from 31 March

28 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

From next Saturday (31 March), automobile manufacturers will equip all new car types with eCall, a system that automatically dials emergency services in the event of a serious road traffic accident.

EU registrations pass 15m for first time since 2007

17 Jan 2018 | Simon Warburton

Statistics from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) show new passenger car registrations grew 3.4% last year to reach more than 15m vehicles.

Euro NCAP names a zero stars Fiat

13 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Euro NCAP has rounded off its busiest year with new safety ratings for 15 more car models, including zero for a Fiat model many probably thought was obsolete by now.

Toyota reshuffles European management for 2018

11 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has announced a new organisation and several executive level appointments at its European headquarters and affiliates.

Another round of five star Euro NCAP results

29 Nov 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Euro NCAP has published its latest safety ratings of eight new vehicles, four launched this year, and five star ratings dominate.

EC slaps five suppliers with EUR34m total cartel fine

22 Nov 2017 | Simon Warburton

Five suppliers, namely Tokai Rika, Takata, Autoliv, Toyoda Gosei and Marutaka, have been handed fines totalling EUR34m (US$40m) for breaching European Union (EU) antitrust rules.

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