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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.

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How do you forecast component failure across brands and models?

10 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

A technology and software company - We Predict - claims it can forecast component failures across brands and models out to three years via a database and algorithms that utilise machine learning.


Siam GS Battery opens plant in Myanmar

3 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Thai battery manufacturer Siam GS Battery this week began operations at its newly built starter battery plant in Myanmar.


Volkswagen Group to expand after sales operations

3 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group said it would expand its after sales business, targeting the growing vehicle fleet and stronger customer loyalty for sustained growth despite the fall in maintenance costs for electric vehicles.


BMW invests in Korean operations to help repair image

29 August 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

BMW plans to invest KRW43bn (US$35m) to expand its logistics operations and driving centre in South Korea, as it looks to regain consumer confidence and improve the brand’s image in the country following last year’s damaging recall.


Toyota recall to replace faulty airbag replacements

29 August 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Toyota Motor is to recall 191,000 vehicles sold in North America and Japan due to faulty airbags, which are said to not inflate properly in the event of a crash.


Jaguar Land Rover plans new global parts centre

20 August 2019 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning to create a new parts distribution base in the English Midlands.


UVeye launches new tyre inspection system

12 August 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Israeli company UVeye has expanded its automotive scanning capabilities with its new tyre inspection system, Artemis.


BMW Group launches pay monthly service plans

9 August 2019 | GlobalData

BMW Group UK has rolled out a pay monthly service plan for sales and services customers, with a view of improving customer retention and satisfaction rates.


Nexen tyre opening Czech plant

5 August 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Nexen Tire will officially open its Europe plant in Zatec, Czech Republic on 28 August.


Could tyres generate auto device electricity?

26 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

A new technology that could see tyres generate electricity whilst driving is being developed by engineers in Japan.


BP's Castrol does service refill deal with Renault Group

24 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Renault Group said BP global lubricant business Castrol would supply dealers' service refill requirements from 1 January 2020.


Advance Auto Parts appoints new chief marketing officer

18 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Advance Auto Parts has appointed Jason McDonell, who the supplier says will join the company as EVP and CMO, effective 29 July.


Genuine Parts Company announces automotive acquisition In Europe

18 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Genuine Parts Company (GPC) has announced an acquisition for its European automotive business.


Lubricants supplier remarkably frank about software slip-up

17 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

It has to be the frankest statement we at just-auto have seen from a company in a long time: "The introduction of new company software in January has turned Liqui Moly into a permanent building site."


Motorola Solutions acquires WatchGuard

16 July 2019 | Dave Leggett

Motorola Solutions has announced it has acquired WatchGuard, Inc., a manufacturer of in-car video systems.


Bridgestone introduces lightweight tyre technology

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Bridgestone has announced the launch of Enliten, a new light weight tyre technology claimed to reduce material use and rolling resistance, contribute to reduced CO2 emissions and wear the same as a standard original equipment tyre.


LG Chem in China EV battery JV with Geely

14 June 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

South Korea's LG Chem said it had signed an agreement with China's Geely Auto Group to jointly invest in a new electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing plant in China.


GM and Michelin collaborate on airless tyre planned for 2024 production

5 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Michelin and General Motors have shown off a new generation of airless wheel technology, the Uptis Prototype (for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System), at the Movin'On Summit for sustainable mobility.


Supply chain opportunities from vehicle electrification to top bill at SMMT Open Forum

3 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Opportunities in the automotive supply chain from the shift to electrification will be the focus of debate at The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Open Forum, taking place at Automechanika Birmingham on 4-6 June. Vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and innovators will come together to discuss key issues, in particular battery design and development.


Nissan and Delta partner for Thai EV home charging

23 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan in Thailand has announced the appointment of Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL as the primary provider of electric vehicle charging systems.



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