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EVs in US not such a Smart move - the week

15 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Going all-electric in the US does not appear to have worked too well for Smart, as we noted in this article. "Might the initial results of a...


Volkswagen goes after Qashqai with Bamtastic T-Roc

15 Dec 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Volkswagen has at long last entered Europe's C-crossover segment, with a rival for the Qashqai. The T-Roc is strong on driving dynamics and,...


Time to end the era of homogeneous design?

15 Dec 2017 | Calum MacRae

Has the world gone mad? We've all been there - looking at the supernumerated types on the late train back home. We'll take a surreptitious g...


The Ingenium petrol Evoque - any good?

14 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Last time I spent more than 10 minutes with a Range Rover product: it had an inline six cylinder engine. Diesel. Made by BMW. That long ago....


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Leoni on collaborative robots and becoming a full service provider

30 Nov 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with global component suppliers, we caught up with Martin Stüttem, Member of the Board of Directors, responsible for the Wiring Systems Division, Leoni. He explained how increasing data transmission volume is making higher demands of cable assembly. Data protocols and special cables are very complex to produce manually hence automatic manufacture of data cables will become standard.


Q&A with VW Group on quantum computing

7 Nov 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Volkswagen Group and Google have announced a far-reaching research partnership in quantum computing. Quantum computers are high-performance super computers that function in a completely different way from conventional computers. In this interview, Martin Hofmann, the head of group IT, and Hartmut Neven, the development director of the Google Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, discuss their companies' goals in the partnership and the way that their collaboration can facilitate future mobility solutions.

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PSA/OV purchasing integration to account for 30% synergies

15 Dec 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA has unveiled a new unit bring together Peugeot/Citroën/DS (PCD) and Opel/Vauxhall (OV) Purchasing and Supplier Quality Organisations.


Opel worker hours trimmed

15 Dec 2017 | Dave Leggett

As part of a drive to reduce costs and make PSA's Opel-Vauxhall unit more competitive, workers at Opel will have their hours pegged at 35 hours per week. Opel/Vauxhall has agreed a number of measures with labour union IG Metall that it hopes will reduce cost.


VW group YTD volume up 3.9% so far

15 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group sold 995,900 vehicles in November, up 11.1% year on year. YTD volume was up 3.9% to 9,743,400.


Renault opens new Alpine A110 production line in Dieppe

15 Dec 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, as well as France’s Minister for Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, have inaugurated the new Alpine A110 production line at the automaker's facility in Dieppe, Normandy, the brand’s original home.


Aston Martin production returns to Newport Pagnell site

15 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Another landmark in Aston Martin’s Second Century Plan was achieved with production officially returning to the company's historic Newport Pagnell site.


Hungary powers on with 220 new Valeo jobs

14 Dec 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valeo Auto-Electric Magyarország is expanding its manufacturing and R&D complex in Veszprém, Hungary, with a EUR60m (US$71m) greenfield project creating 220 new jobs.


Renault takes stake in publisher to ready driverless content

14 Dec 2017 | Dave Leggett

Groupe Renault is to take a stake in a French publisher of magazines in a move that it says will help it to develop 'editorial services' for the passengers of autonomous cars in the future.


Scania spends SEK1.5bn on energy efficient foundry

14 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Scania plans to spend about SEK1.5bn on a new foundry in Sodertalje, Sweden, in order to triple production capacity and achieve a 50% reduction in energy consumption compared to the technology and methods used in the current foundry.


Europeans still want to drive in autonomous world - survey

14 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Two out of three European drivers want to be able to drive even if self-driving cars become commonplace, according to research from Mazda.


VW bank eyes higher annual profit

13 Dec 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Financial Services has said its 2017 profit would exceed the record EUR2.1bn euros ($2.47bn) it made in 2016.



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