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Research snapshot – Cleaner, connected, ‘breathing’ tyres

30 April 2018 | Matthew Beecham

The tyre is a highly complex product packed with advanced material engineering. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one focuses on some recent advances in the tyres arena.

Re-imagining the gas station and battery charge times - COMMENT

6 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fully electric vehicles come with a number of challenges, of course.

ANALYSIS - what the future holds for Chevrolet cars

13 July 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following a major expansion in the 2000s, Chevrolet is now shrinking. Fast. GM has pulled its largest brand from all European markets (though the Corvette and Camaro remain available), and a withdrawal from India and South Africa has now begun too. Meanwhile, in the US, China and South Korea, sales of Chevy car models are falling, leaving Brazil as the world's only large market where things are improving.

THE WEEK THAT WAS - aftermarket player and new product

27 May 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Matthew Beecham's Q&A with Dayco, which develops and manufactures engine products and drive systems, including timing belts, chain kits, belts and pulleys for the OE and aftermarket attracted a lot of eyes this week. He caught up with Steve Carolan, national sales manager, Dayco Aftermarket UK to learn how its business is taking shape. New Jaguars always attract interest, and especially so when it's the brand's first foray into territory previously the domain of sibling brand Range Rover. Cue sibling war or complementary co-existence? And can it see off Porsche?

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How machine learning can forecast parts failures

28 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Formed in 2009, 'We Predict' is a company using machine learning and predictive methodology to leverage forecasts from big databases. The US-based company is targeting a number of industries for its services, including automotive. In the UK, a team of data scientists, software coders and mathematicians works on a product utilising automotive warranty data (NA) that it claims can predict automotive parts failures by make and model. Dave Leggett visited their Swansea offices to find out more.

KYB is riding high on active suspension technologies

23 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with Tier 1 component suppliers, we spoke to Mike Howarth, Vice President, KYB Europe about recent damper innovations, active suspension systems and the European market for shock absorbers.

Latest news

UK rush hour traffic levels up

22 September 2020 | BusinessCar magazine

Traffic levels during the morning rush hour in Britain have returned to those last seen in January, before the coronavirus pandemic hit, according to data from RAC Insurance.

Fondation PSA supports France EV repair training programme

11 September 2020 | Simon Warburton

Fondation PSA is supporting the creation of what it says is the first electric vehicle repair training programme at the Ecole de Production, ECAUT, in Haute Savoie, France

Automechanika sets out digital event vision

17 August 2020 | Dave Leggett

German-based aftermarket trade show organiser Automechanika has set out new digital networking opportunities for "everyone who had been looking forward to coming to Frankfurt this September".

Delphi Technologies expands aftermarket brake programme

13 August 2020 | Simon Warburton

Delphi Technologies says it has expanded its brake programme in Europe.

EV charger provision up in UK

12 August 2020 | Dave Leggett

The number of public EV chargers in the UK has increased by 11% for the year to date and nearly five times since 2015 to 18,265 according to UK government stats.

Parts suppliers in Indonesia 'turning to online platforms'

14 July 2020 | Dave Leggett

Digital sales offer a long-term opportunity to the automotive aftermarket in Indonesia, according to an analyst speaking to just-auto.

OEConnection acquires NuGenIT

14 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

OEConnection has acquired NuGenIT, a software company specialising in body shop and collision industry optimisation tools.

Bridgestone launches intelligent tyre monitoring

30 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Working with Microsoft, Bridgestone has developed a claimed unique Tyre Damage Monitoring System, using the former's Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP).

Hankook urges US to drop tyre dumping probe

24 June 2020 | editorial team

South Korea's largest tyre manufacturer, Hankook Tire & Technology Company, was reported to be urging the US Commerce Department to drop its investigation into tyre dumping, suggesting its imports have not had an impact on US tyre manufacturers.

PSA expands aftermarket business

24 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

PSA Group is extending its Distrigo multi-brand spare parts distribution service with a secondary network, Distrigo Relay, to offer greater parts support to its UK trade businesses and partners.

Volvo Cars to double South Korean aftermarket network

19 June 2020 | editorial team

Geely's Volvo Cars said it planned to spend KRW150bn (US$124m) over the next three years to expand its aftersales service network in South Korea, according to local reports.

Valeo ClimSpray certified

15 June 2020 | Simon Warburton

Valeo's ClimSpray has recently received certification from an independent medical laboratory for its compliance with European biocide efficacy standards.

Ssangyong sells service centre in Seoul to raise cash

1 June 2020 | editorial team

Ssangyong Motor said it had sold its main service centre in Guro, Seoul, as it faced a liquidity crunch as losses continued to mount.

FCA and Engie press ahead with V2G project

27 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and ENGIE Eps are pressing ahead with a project working on interactions between electric cars and the power grid, based on a ‘smart’ charging infrastructure. FCA has selected ENGIE Eps as the technology partner for the project.

PSA extends EV roadside assistance plan

26 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

PSA has extended its roadside assistance plan on new full electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) to eight years or 100,000 miles, in line with the vehicle battery warranty.

Volvo launches valet maintenance service in Europe

26 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Cars today launches its new Volvo Valet maintenance pick-up and delivery service across selected European markets, including the UK, following its successful introduction in the United States.

Pirelli UK to resume production from 18 May at reduced rate

15 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Pirelli UK is to recommence production at its plants in Carlisle and Burton-on-Trent from 18 May.

Tata Motors slowly restarts output, sales and service in India

13 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors announced a restart of Indian manufacturing operations for both commercial and passenger vehicles at plants in Pantnagar (Uttarakhand), beginning last week, and at Sanand (Gujarat).

Automechanika Frankfurt postponed to September 2021

6 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Automechanika Frankfurt has been postponed to 14-18 September, 2021 in response to local and global measures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Auto sector outlines restart action plan

5 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Europe's automotive industry is proposing a 25-point action plan to ensure a strong restart of the sector and the economy at large.

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