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Volkswagen torques up Amarok with new 580Nm V6

20 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's coming up for nine years old and still the VW Amarok powers on, recently gaining a range-topping diesel V6. But is it good enough to beat the similarly powered and equally pricey new Mercedes X 350 d?

Will SAIC GM Wuling benefit if China's SUV boom fizzles?

5 September 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Baojun was first, now Wuling is the second General Motors brand to have its current and future passenger vehicles looked at as part of a new series of articles. Both makes are part of SGMW, and while GM is not the majority owner, it holds a large stake.

Future models - Mercedes-Benz SUVs

31 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Following a recently published look at current and future Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, now comes a round-up of what's ahead for SUVs and the X-Class pick-up. This series, which has also looked at Denza, smart and Mercedes-Maybach, will next turn to Mercedes-AMG, and then finish with an exploration of EQ electrified models.

ANALYSIS - Mercedes-Benz Vans' electric future

18 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

OEMs are increasingly tasking their light commercial divisions with responsibility for certain passenger models too. Mercedes-Benz Vans is no exception, with the V-Class and X-Class being two of the better known model lines. The Vito though, is a bigger seller than either, with the premium pricing of multi-occupant luxury variants and new electric LCV versions greatly assisting the rising profits of the Vans division.

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Engine downsizing has peaked say Federal Mogul

4 July 2016 | Calum MacRae

In a wide-ranging interview, as part of Federal Mogul Powertrain’s recent Technology Briefing days held in Augsburg, Germany just-auto’s Calum MacRae interviewed the division’s Chief Technology Office, Gian Maria Olivetti. Mr Olivetti has been with Federal Mogul since 2007. Before Federal Mogul he enjoyed stints at Fiat Powertrain Technologies and Iveco. 

Q&A with Ford of Britain MD on customer focus and One Ford’s successes

18 September 2015 | Calum MacRae

At the 2015 IAA, we caught up with Ford of Britain’s newly-appointed chairman and managing director Andy Barratt. Prior to taking up his new role he had served as Ford of Britain’s director of sales since 2011.

Latest news

BYD receives maiden ebuses order from Denmark

15 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

BYD has secured an order for 27 of its 12-metre pure electric buses in Copenhagen.

Dana expands Spicer Select drivetrain portfolio

14 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Dana is expanding its Spicer Select all-makes drivetrain portfolio to include the most popular u-joints for commercial-vehicle applications while also adding new u-joint strap kits.

UK heavy truck sales decline continues through third quarter

12 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The UK new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market declined 7% year on year in Q3 2018, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

New Renault van build for Maubeuge and Sandouville

8 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault has announced new van production at its manufacturing facilities in Maubeuge and Sandouville, France.

Wabco inks Hyundai medium trucks supply deal

8 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings said it had entered a long-term agreement with Hyundai Motor to supply medium duty trucks with electronic braking systems (EBS), anti-lock braking systems (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS) systems as well as air processing units (APU).

Large vans drive UK LCV market

7 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Demand for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) increased in October, according to data compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

just-auto Plus only Scania to deliver 481 Euro 6 gas buses to Bogota

7 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

In its largest gas bus delivery ever, Scania will supply 481 Euro 6 gas buses – the cleanest and most silent buses on the market – for the renewal of Bogota’s TransMilenio Bus...

just-auto Plus only MAZ 2016 bus equipped with Allison Automatics premiers at Busworld

6 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Minsk Automobile Plant presented the new MAZ 216 articulated bus at Busworld Russia,23-25 October. It is the first bus in the Belarussian automaker’s product range with its Allison...

just-auto Plus only Scania's first bioethanol fuel truck hits the road

30 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Scania’s new 13-litre bioethanol engine fitted first truck is being used to deliver ethanol. The truck belongs to Lantmannen Agroetanol, which operates the largest biorefinery in the Nordic...

RHA "still in the dark" as to post-Brexit border arrangements

29 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

UK body, The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is "still in the dark" surrounding future border arrangements following the UK's exit from the European Union next March.

Fleet orders give UK CV production a September boost

25 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing increased by 14.9% year on year in September 2018 to 8,281 units, according to the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT). Several large UK fleet orders boosted production.

Haldex boosts Q3 and YTD sales and profits

25 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Heavy commercial vehicle brake adjusters and disc brakes specialist Haldex said it increased net sales in all regions in the third quarter.

Grocers trialling electric Mercedes Actros in Germany

23 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Trucks has delivered a fully electric eActros for on-road testing to EDEKA, the German retail association which will test the 25-tonne truck with refrigerated body for a year in Berlin, using it to transport fresh, temperature-sensitive foodstuffs.

Allison supplies automatic transmissions for Chevrolet Silverado medium-duty trucks

23 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Allison Transmission has begun production of 1000 Series and 2000 Series fully automatic transmissions designed for Chevrolet's new Silverado 4500HD/5500HD/6500HD medium-duty trucks, claiming the gearboxes offer commercial-duty features more common to heavy-duty trucks.

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz expands road trials of all-electric heavy-duty eActros trucks

22 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has delivered yet another all-electric eActros to a customer for on-road testing. The recipient this time around is Meyer-Logistik. For one year, the company based in...

Diesel, R134a, costs clobber Daimler bottom line

19 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Citing "recent developments" as a cause Daimler has "reassessed" its full year 2018 profit forecasts for Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Buses and the group as a whole.

just-auto Plus only Traton 9M 2018 global sales up 15%

19 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Traton AG achieved a significant increase in deliveries of commercial vehicle in the first three quarters of 2018. Between January and September, the Group delivered some 15% more vehicles than in...

Renault and Brilliance sign agreement to progress LCV JV; adds EVs

17 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Limited (Brilliance), who earlier this year formed a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCVs), have signed a 'Strategic Cooperation agreement' with officials from Liaoning Province to further accelerate the growth of LCVs in China.

just-auto Plus only Volvo Group notices early degradation of emissions control component

17 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volvo Group has detected that an emissions control component used in certain markets is degrading more quickly than expected, which could cause the engines to exceed emissions limits for...

just-auto Plus only MAN to start electric bus manufacturing in Poland from 2020

17 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Preparations for fully electric vehicle manufacturing are moving to the next level at the MAN city bus plant. Some EUR27.4m (US$31.7m) is being invested in the facility. City bus...

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