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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?

COMMENT - Detroit basks but for how long?

14 January 2016 | Dave Leggett

The mood at the Detroit Show this week was good, but there was also a sense that the future could be less bright. The good news right now is that the US light vehicle market is running north of 17m units a year and forecast to grow a little further in 2016.

Latest interviews

SRI’s acquisition of MTS bolsters brand awareness for Falken Tyres

2 October 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Following Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ (SRI) acquisition the Micheldever Group, including Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services (MTS), the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres. SRI has secured a route to market for the Falken brand. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Stephan Cimbal, head of marketing at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH about MTS and some retail trends in the tyre industry. 

Denso - digitalisation is transforming the European aftermarket

14 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to Ruslan Leontiev, product manager starters & alternators and wiper blades, and Alexey Bartashevich, senior manager aftermarket products, both Denso Aftermarket & Industrial Solutions.

Latest news

Tesla tells Uber and taxi drivers no to superchargers

19 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Professional drivers using Tesla cars as taxis or on-demand services in the US, such as Uber and Lyft, are being told that they can no longer use the company's fast-charge 'superchargers'.

GM adds commerce platform for in-car purchases

8 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

General Motors customers will be able to order and pay for their morning coffee by tapping their in-vehicle touchscreen via a new commerce platform that will allow a range of on-demand reservations and purchases from inside the car.

Wabco now owns all of South Africa unit

4 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has acquired the remaining 51% interest of its South African partnership with Sturrock and Robson Industries.

New US/China a/c compressor JV forms

1 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Standard Motor Products, the automotive replacement parts manufacturer and distributor, announced it had formed a joint venture with Foshan Guangdong Automotive Air Conditioning, a China-based manufacturer of air conditioning compressors for the automotive aftermarket and the Chinese original equipment market.

Porsche uses AR technology to improve workshop services

21 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) has announced the introduction of "Tech Live Look," an Augmented Reality (AR) technology designed to improve technical services at Porsche dealerships and workshops in the US.

BMW Korea fined $54.5m for emissions certification errors 

10 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW's South Korean subsidiary has received a hefty fine for 'sloppy certification' documents covering engine emissions for 28 models according to Korean media.

London introduces 'T-Charge' for older vehicles

23 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

London's transport authority has added a supplementary GBP10 charge ('T-Charge'; T for toxicity) for drivers of older, polluting vehicles who drive into the congestion charging zone in the centre of the city.

Daimler opens first hydrogen filling station in Bremen

17 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Daimler, Shell and Linde inaugurated the city of Bremen’s first hydrogen filling station.

Valeo receives EU approval on FTE acquisition

16 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Valeo has received the approval from the European Commission and plans to complete the acquisition of FTE Automotive, a leading producer of actuators, before the end of October, subject to the approval of Turkish antitrust authorities.

ADAS – a window of opportunity for Autoglass and Belron

13 October 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Autoglass recently brought together a group of highly skilled windscreen technicians from across the UK to compete in its Best of Belron national contest, staged in Milton Keynes.  Under starter’s orders, and on a countdown from ten that culminated with the sound of a smashed car windscreen, ten technicians began their meticulous work watched by a committee of judges.

PSA selects KBRW to optimise logistics management

11 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA says it has identified KBRW using its Businesss Lab as a company that can contribute the expertise needed for B2B distribution of out-of-stock multi-brand spare parts.

Bosch Australia now specialises in trailer safety control

10 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Bosch Australia has survived the end of Australian car manufacture and transfer of ABS manufacture to Asia by becoming the group specialist in Trailer Safety Control (TSC) for fitment to caravans and trailers equipped with electric brakes and towed by passenger vehicles.

USW asks South Korean government to stand up for US Kumho workers' rights

5 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has sent a letter from its international president Leo Gerard to South Korean president Moon Jae-in raising concerns about Korean-based tyre maker Kumho's union-busting actions toward its workers in the United States.

Pittsburgh Glass mulls factory closure

5 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) has confirmed discussions are under way involving the future of the company's manufacturing facility in Creighton, Pennsylvania.

Wabco acquires Meritor's stake in joint venture

4 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has completed the transaction to purchase Meritor's stake in the Meritor Wabco joint venture and take full ownership of the enterprise.

Hankook launches first tyre made only in US

25 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hankook Tire has expanded its passenger tyre range in the US with the launch of the Kinergy PT, a premium touring all-season tyre. It is the supplier's first tyre made exclusively in the US at the new plant in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Shell plans UK's first 'no-petrol' station

25 September 2017 | Dave Leggett

A UK media report says that oil giant Shell is preparing to open Britain's first 'no-petrol' service station.

Borg Warner launches new starter control technology for aftermarket

25 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BorgWarner (BW) has introduced its Smart Integrated Magnetic Switch (IMS) to the aftermarket.

Grenzebach Maschinenbau to sell Ventech Systems to Goodyear

20 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has agreed to acquire Ventech Systems, a specialist in automated tyre inspection technology, from Grenzebach Maschinenbau.

Pirelli plans IPO

15 September 2017 | Dave Leggett

Pirelli is planning a return to the Milan stock market that could raise as much as EUR3.3bn.

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