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Kia's 'hedgehog' B-SUV makes its UK debut

17 Oct 2017 | Graeme Roberts

So, someone asked someone from Kia: "Where did the name Stonic come from?" Before the official answer, came the media comedian: "Stonic the...


COMMENT - Uncertain future ahead for Ellesmere Port

16 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

The news that the UK's Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant is dropping a shift, reducing output and its workforce, gives it a shot at improving it...


Daimler's Kallenius electrifies the week

13 Oct 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Our report on Ola Kallenius, Daimler's group research chief, outlining the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification stra...


Autonomous vehicle interiors – what can we expect?

12 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Retracting steering wheels, reconfigurable dashboards, Star Trek swivelling seats and entire windscreens that transform into head-up display...


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Q&A with Daimler's Ola Källenius on electrification

11 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Ola Källenius, Daimler board member responsible for Group Research at Daimler outlines the major elements of the group's powertrain and electrification strategy.


Bosch VP on next steps for steering technologies

9 Oct 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, we spoke to Dr Marcus Parche, executive vice president, Robert Bosch Automotive Steering about steering technologies for different levels of driver autonomy, user experience test results, steer-by-wire and further market potential for electric power steering.

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Magna to build paint shop in Slovenia

18 Oct 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Due to full capacity at its contract manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria, Magna will build a second paint shop 75km away in Maribor/Hoce, Slovenia.


Poltics delay Seat SUV name announcement

18 Oct 2017 | Graeme Roberts

With Spanish media focused on the political crisis over Catalonia, Volkswagen Group's Spanish division Seat reportedly has decided to delay announcing the name of its forthcoming SUV.


Continental develops control element for automated driving

17 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Continental says it has developed a new control tool to aid the transfer of control between driver and vehicle. Located in the centre console of the vehicle, it continuously informs vehicle occupants of the current driving mode using its kinematic function. The device can be operated in a similar way to a joystick and provides variable haptic feedback to the operator.


Hella breaks ground for new electronics plant in Lithuania

17 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Hella has laid the foundation for a new electronics plant in Lithuania.


Daimler opens first hydrogen filling station in Bremen

17 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Daimler, Shell and Linde inaugurated the city of Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station.


Vauxhall plant to drop a shift and shed 400 jobs

16 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant is to cut some 400 jobs as it looks to improve its competitive position amid changes to demand in the European car market.


Daimler takes steps to reshape company

16 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Daimler's board of management has decided on some 'first steps to strengthen its divisional structure'. This includes the creation of separate entities for its Mercedes-Benz Cars and Daimler Trucks divisions.


BMW electrified sales up 50.5% in September

16 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW Group sales of electrified vehicles in the first three quarters of 2017 have exceeded those achieved in the whole of 2016; in September, electrified sales topped the 10,000 mark for the first time in a single month. With the company’s electrified line-up already totalling nine models, a total of 10,786 (+50.5%) BMW i, BMW iPerformance and MINI Electric vehicles were delivered in September, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,687 (+64.2%).


Union calls for Vauxhall investment guarantees

16 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Britain’s largest labour union, Unite, has called for guarantees over future investment into Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant following the carmaker’s announcement that it is planning to make 400 people redundant as the plant cuts a shift (from two to one) amid slower demand for the Astra model made at the plant.


Audi global sales up 2.6% in September 2017

16 Oct 2017 | Dave Leggett

Audi AG ended the third quarter with an increase of 2.6% in September sales compared to 2016.



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