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ANALYSIS - Audi A6 Avant 40 TDI

16 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Volvo's success with the V90 proves there is strong demand for premium-priced estates in certain mainly northern European countries. Which is why Audi sees a worthwhile opportunity for its latest A6 Avant in not only Sweden and Germany but Britain too.


ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen pick-ups and SUVs

11 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Last year saw Volkswagen adding or replacing a large number of SUVs, especially in China and Europe. This second part of a series which looks at the Volkswagen Group's current and future models now collates what is already on sale with selected highlights of the VW brand's secret crossover, SUV and pick-up plans.


ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen cars including EVs

10 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

This year will arguably be the most important yet for Volkswagen Passenger Cars. Details of specific collaboration plans with Ford will be announced, possibly as soon as next week's Detroit auto show.


Defiant Volkswagen gives Touareg a new diesel

3 Jan 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Unlike the previous Touareg, the new model won't ever be truly global, as Volkswagen will not offer it in North America. That means the major markets should be China, Russia and Europe. So is it the right size for Europeans and how will buyers respond to the brand's decision to boost rather than reduce the model's diesel engine choices?


Has Audi created a new segment with the Q8?

15 Nov 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Once again, Audi is ahead of rivals in finding yet another market niche. This time it's for a big SUV-coupé, the new Q8 being lengthier than the BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport which some claim are its natural rivals.


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Audi Münchsmünster facility produces 25m components in 2018

18 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Audi has released details of its Münchsmünster production site that produces key components - such as chassis modules - for Audi and other VW Group brand models.


Brose and Vayyar team on interior/door technology

17 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

Brose is working with sensor specialist Vayyar, integrating sensor systems in power adjustment systems and drives in interior and exterior applications.


Opel names new personnel managing director

16 Jan 2019 | Simon Warburton

Opel's Supervisory Board has appointed Ralph Wangemann as new managing director, Personnel and Labour director.


ZF supplies electric drive axle for British fuel cell bus

15 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis is expanding its product line, adding a double-decker model powered by a fuel cell drive. This new model is also equipped with ZF's AxTrax AVE electric drive axle to prevent local emissions. ZF also provided additional hardware and software for optimum performance.


Daimler awards commercial vehicle AMT control contract to Wabco

14 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has announced a global long-term agreement to supply automated manual transmission (AMT) control technology to Daimler's commercial vehicle unit.


BMW sells over 140K electrified vehicles in 2018

11 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

The BMW Group sold more than 140,000 electrified (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) vehicles in 2018. In total, 142,617 (+38.4%) electrified BMW and MINI vehicles were delivered to customers around the world last year.


Ford starts talks over European restructure and job cuts

10 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said today (10 January) it was starting consultations with unions and other parties to begin a restructure of the brand and make its European business "sustainably profitable".


Porsche sets a full year sales record - again

10 Jan 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche sales worldwide rose 4% year on year to 256,255 vehicles in 2018.


Hella and AEye to develop customised perception solutions for ADAS

9 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hella, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers for lighting and electronics, and AEye, a world leader in artificial perception systems and the developer of iDAR, seek to extend their strategic partnership to deliver customised sensing and perception solutions for ADAS and Automated Driving (AD) based on AEye’s iDAR technology. Both parties will combine their complementary know-how and capabilities in their respective domains.


Daimler's new investment for automated HCVs

8 Jan 2019 | Dave Leggett

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Daimler Trucks announced that it will invest EUR500m (around US$570m) over the next years and create more than 200 new jobs in its global push to bring highly automated trucks (SAE level 4) to the road 'within a decade'.



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