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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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Suzuki Jimny scores low in latest Euro NCAP tests

19 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Euro NCAP releases the safety ratings of four new cars today. Both the Audi A6 and the VW Touareg achieve a maximum five- star rating, the Ford Tourneo Connect achieves a solid four- star rating and the new Suzuki Jimny scores three stars.

EU eyes "circle of five" European automakers for emissions collusion

18 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The European Commission said on Tuesday (18 September) it had opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW (Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche) colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rules, to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel passenger cars.

ACEA sounds alarm on EU CO2 targets after parliament vote

11 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has sounded the alarm on the outcome of yesterday's (10 September) European Parliament vote on future CO2 targets for cars and vans.

Bridgestone names new EMEA chief operating officer

10 Sep 2018 | Simon Warburton

Bridgestone says Ulf Harring has taken on a new role as chief operating officer (COO) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

ACEA raises electric vehicle employment concerns

4 Sep 2018 | Simon Warburton

ACEA is citing a recent report by FTI Consulting, claiming the European Commission (EC) underestimates the impact of a forced push for electric cars on EU employment.

EC approves Sachs Micro Mobility JV

4 Sep 2018 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) officials have approved, through the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control of Sachs Micro Mobility, a newly established JV, by ZF Friedrichshafen, Gustav Magenwirth, Brake Force One and BMZ Batterien-Montage-Zentrum.

Punch Powertrain starts new test centre build

28 Aug 2018 | Simon Warburton

Punch Powertrain has started construction of a new Belgian test centre, which is scheduled for completion by mid-2019 with an investment of EUR9.5m (US$11.1m).

Four suppliers start composites consortium

14 Aug 2018 | Simon Warburton

Solvay, Premium Aerotec and Faurecia Clean Mobility, have launched IRG CosiMo (Industry Research Group: Composites for Sustainable Mobility).

SUVs drive up European car market

30 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

A market review of the European car market by JATO shows that first-half sales were driven by the continued boom in SUV sales and strong demand across the region.

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).

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