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Brexit continues to worry automakers - the week

21 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

News Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover would be putting its Jag plant on a three-day week from next month was the most-read article on just-auto this week.


Interior design and technology – Ford S-Max

18 Sep 2018 | Matthew Beecham

When Ford launched its seven-seater S-Max a decade ago - calling it a ‘sports activity vehicle’ to differentiate it from the larger Galaxy - competing models were thin on the ground.  Yet the second and current generation S-Max has lots of contenders with a stadium-style seating design. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the ST-Line to see what makes it stand out from the crowd.


3D metallic printing gains traction - the week

14 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

I'm not usually one for blowing me own hooter but this week's most-read item on just-auto was last week's week, if you get my drift, mostly musing on the former GM Europe brands Opel and Vauxhall, now in the steady hands of PSA. Worth a read - especially the underlying articles - if you missed it.


Hands-On Tech - SsangYong Rexton

10 Sep 2018 | Cat Dow

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series, we put Korean manufacturer SsangYong's system to the test*. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, this HOT report series looks to benchmark the connectivity functionality of each manufacturer based on various test criteria.


PSA makes the first big Opel move - the week

7 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

"We don't plan any job losses." How often have you heard that as Company A gobbles up Company B and nervous workers await the almost inevitable axe or, at best, substantial changes to their conditions (and sometimes locations) of employment?


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Renault UK relaunches scrappage scheme

21 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Renault UK is relaunching its scrappage scheme, enabling customers to save up to GBP5,000 (US$6,636) on a brand new car.


Delphi Technologies launches powertrain controllers for HCVs

21 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Delphi Technologies is launching the latest version of its electronic controllers as a 'key pillar of its powertrain strategy for commercial vehicles'. The company says the generation 7 powertrain controllers offer maximum flexibility since they can be used in any number of applications depending on the customers’ requirements.


Aston Martin shoots for GBP5bn IPO valuation

20 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

Aston Martin has said it is seeking a valuation of up to GBP5.07bn in its upcoming IPO as it set a price range per share for its London stock market flotation later this year


SAIC opens design studio in London

20 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

SAIC Motor, parent company of the LDV and MG brands and a partner of General Motors and Volkswagen in Chinese joint ventures, has opened its 'Advanced London' design studio in a renovated building.


SMMT wants 'no-deal Brexit' ruled out

19 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

As negotiations between the UK and EU reach a final stage for the UK's 2019 departure terms, the SMMT has said that it would like a 'no deal' Brexit to be ruled out. A 'no deal' Brexit would likely mean a resort to WTO rules and the imposition of new tariffs (10% for cars) on UK exports to the EU customs union area (new EU import tariffs likely to be reciprocated by the UK). In addition, new border checks on goods shipments could disrupt 'just-in-time' pan-European supply chains.


Meridian leads UK self-driving working group

19 Sep 2018 | Simon Warburton

Meridian, the gateway to self-driving vehicle development in the UK, has led the first working group to establish a global understanding of common requirements for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV).


BMW plans Mini 2019 'summer shutdown' to coincide with Brexit

18 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW will bring forward the 2019 summer maintenance shut down at its Mini factory in Oxford to 1 April - just after the UK is expected to 'Brexit' (leave the EU) at the end of March.


Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover puts UK plant on three day week

17 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover has put its Castle Bromwich Jaguar plant in Birmingham on a three-day week, ironically, just ahead of opening its new Land Rover Discovery plant in Slovakia.


By wire system can eliminate some vehicle testing robots

17 Sep 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Test system supplier, AB Dynamics has supplied drive by wire technology to Geely's Volvo Cars for vehicle testing. The so called Flex-0 system enables vehicles to be driven directly through the CAN bus without the need for a driver or robot.


Leclanché selected as EVN partner in UK

17 Sep 2018 | Simon Warburton

Leclanché has been selected as EV Network’s partner to develop ultra-fast charging stations for electric cars across the UK.



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