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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?


Latest interviews


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.


Yokohama expands European customer base

23 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tyre makers, we spoke to Tetsuo Ikegami, Manager, Yokohama Rubber about the trends in the European tyre market, new products and smart tyres. A spokesman for Yokohama also contributed to this Q&A.

Latest news


Ford's UK parts chief concerned by Brexit uncertainty

7 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford's UK aftermarket parts distribution manager, Andy Blaber, has told just-auto that he is "naturally concerned" by the uncertainties surrounding the UK's exit from the EU in 2019 and the status of continued frictionless trade between the UK and the EU.


Shell renews as BMW aftermarket engine oil supplier

4 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Shell has renewed its status as BMW's only recommended supplier for aftermarket engine oils in the UK for a further three years until the end of 2022 for all BMW Group brands; BMW, BMW i, BMW M, MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars


Continental buys Australian retail group

21 August 2018 | Graeme Roberts

KMART Tyre & Auto Service, part of the Wesfarmers group, has been sold to German tyre company Continental for A$350m, according to an Australian media report.


Hella to restructure aftermarket arm, outlines future business plans

10 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

The lighting and electronics specialist Hella is restructuring its aftermarket business.


Tenneco appoints new chief executive officers

24 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tenneco has announced that its board of directors has selected Brian Kesseler and Roger Wood as the chief executive officers of the aftermarket and ride performance company and powertrain technology company, respectively, the two new independent, publicly traded companies, which will be established in the second half of 2019.


Dunlop Tech and Sumitomo Rubber open European development centre

12 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Sumitomo Rubber Europe and Dunlop Tech have opened a European Development Centre in Germany.


Continental acquires Czech tyre assembly machines supplier VUK

11 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Continental has taken over the Czech machine tool manufacturer VUK.


Tesla in mobile service van dispute with Norway

9 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is in dispute with the normally electric car-friendly Norwegian government over setting up a mobile service van operation.


Goodyear CFO to retire

18 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Goodyear Tire & Rubber said Laura Thompson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, would retire in the first quarter of 2019 after 35 years of service.


Volvo US expands 'connected car' to roadside assist

5 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Car USA has introduced a new generation of roadside assistance technology it claims will "dramatically improve response time".


Hyundai cancels Mobis-Glovis restructuring plan

23 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Hyundai Motor made a major U-turn on its publicly announced restructuring plan this week after seeing the market's reaction to its plans and after consulting with major shareholders.


Mercedes retrofit teaches old(er) cars new tricks

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Owners of older Mercedes-Benz models can now access a range of digital services through the Mercedes me Adapter app, on either a smartphone or online, thanks to an adapter offered through dealers. In the UK, for a limited time, both the adapter – and the cost of fitting it – are free.


Ford UK establishes new trade parts operation targeting independents

4 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford's UK unit is set to launch Parts Plus, a direct sales channel for trade parts.


Kumho Tire unions support Chinese takeover

3 April 2018 | Staff reporter

Kumho Tire's trade union workers have agreed to support creditor plans to sell South Korea's second largest tyre manufacturer to China's Qingdao Doublestar Company.


Tire Bank interested in bid for Kumho Tire

27 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tire Bank, a South Korean maker of tyres, has announced that it is planning to bid for the assets of bankrupt Kumho Tire - though doubts are emerging over whether it has the resources to do so.


Alibaba and Ford combine for 'vending machine' enabled test-drives

26 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Alibaba-owned Tmall has unveiled what it says is China’s first 'auto vending machine', partnering with Ford for what is described as the first phase of a larger push to upgrade the test-drive experience for Chinese consumers


BMW HQ raided by prosecutors in emissions probe

20 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW’s Munich headquarters were raided today (Tuesday, March 20) by German prosecutors investigating the possible use of illegal emissions control software.


Kumho union protests sale to Chinese firm

7 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

The Korea Development Bank's (KDP) decision to sell the assets of Kumho Tire to Chinese tyremaker Double Star continues to meet opposition from the labour union of Kumho Tire, which will stage a partial strike this week. A bigger general strike could follow next week, the union says.


PSA and BMW combine on French EV charging network

6 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA and Digital Charging Solutions (DCS), a subsidiary of the BMW Group and operator of the ChargeNow service, have signed a partnership to provide Peugeot and Citroën customers with access to the largest network of electric charging stations in France.


GENEVA SHOW - Goodyear shows 'intelligent tyre'

6 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Goodyear has showcased what it describes as an intelligent tyre prototype - a complete tyre information system that includes a tyre, sensors and cloud-based algorithms that all work together 'to communicate in real-time with fleet operators via a mobile app'.



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