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Opel-Vauxhall PACE! plan - the future models

9 November 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following the announcement of the PACE! business plan for Opel-Vauxhall by its CEO Michael Lohscheller, just-auto takes a look at what this means for the brands' current and future models.

ANALYSIS - Changan architectures and future models

3 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The parent company has been trading for 155 years, so Changan knows a thing or two about being successful in business. The automotive division has this year fallen prey to the ongoing surge in sales by Geely's Emgrand brand in China, recently losing its fifth place in that market. However, having sold 662,620 passenger vehicles so far in 2017, it is far from failing, especially as Changan remains ahead of the Nissan, Baojun, Haval and Ford brands.

ANALYSIS - Peugeot seeks high margins with Traveller MPV

3 May 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Groupe PSA might be in the process of taking over Adam Opel and Vauxhall Motors but it also has several JVs with one of GM’s main rivals, Toyota. An LCVs venture in France produces not just vans but MPVs too. The Peugeot Traveller is one of three such models.

Can VW trump Toyota Hilux with new Amarok V6?

25 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Is there a market for a £40,000 pick-up? There is. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ UK outpost is in fact so confident of the revised Amarok’s success that it has dropped the previous four-cylinder variants and installed a 3.0-litre V6 diesel in their place.

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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.

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Renault forms JV with Brilliance for China LCV production

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings [BMW's car JV partner] have inked a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) using Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands aiming for 150,000 sales annually by 2022 and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains.

Paccar appoints new president and chief financial officer

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Paccar has appointed Harrie Schippers as president and chief financial officer, effective 1 January next year.

Scania spends SEK1.5bn on energy efficient foundry

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Scania plans to spend about SEK1.5bn on a new foundry in Sodertalje, Sweden, in order to triple production capacity and achieve a 50% reduction in energy consumption compared to the technology and methods used in the current foundry.

Bendix Wingman technology standard for Mack Trucks Anthem

14 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bendix’s advanced driver assistance system, Wingman Fusion, will come as standard on all models of the new Anthem from Mack Trucks.

Hyundai agrees truck JV in Indonesia

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor signed a preliminary agreement with Indonesian conglomerate Artha Graha (AG) Group to establish a joint venture to assemble and supply commercial vehicles to markets across south east Asia.

just-auto Plus only Tata Motors to introduce UltimaaxTM suspension at EXCON 2017

13 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Tata Motors, country’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer will display six new construction and mining commercial vehicles, from its Construck range at EXCON 2017, South East...

PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis - report

12 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

PepsiCo has reserved 100 of Tesla's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive told Reuters.

Meritor invests in TransPower EV commercial vehicles solutions

11 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Meritor has unveiled an undisclosed investment in TransPower, an electrification technology company for large commercial vehicles.

VW stops van shipments, recalls Russia Polo

8 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen has stopped delivery of a popular van line due to concerns over emissions.

just-auto Plus only Scania unveils new fuel-efficient future-oriented city trucks

8 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Scania now completes its new truck generation. Following the introduction of trucks for long-haulage and construction, the focus is now on urban and additional low-carbon transport...

just-auto Plus only EDI integrates PowerDrive 6000 and EDI PowerSuite in Foton buses

8 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Efficient Drivetrains (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions plug-in hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions today announced the integration of the EDI PowerDrive 6000...

Thai Toyota trucks head to Japan

6 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota's Hilux truck has returned to Japan after 13 years. This time, it's made in Thailand, a hub for Japanese and Ford brand pickups (though European Hilux supplies come from South Africa).

just-auto Plus only Daimler strengthening its truck business in China

6 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Daimler is strengthening the focus of its truck organisation for the Chinese market by implementing a dedicated responsibility within the divisonal board of Daimler Trucks. As of 1 January 2018,...

GAZ trials electric bus in Siberia

4 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

GAZ Group has delivered an electric bus to the Siberian city of Tyumen for trial operations connecting the airport to the train station.

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.

just-auto Plus only Efficient Drivetrains expands its powertrain lineup

30 November 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Efficient Drivetrains (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions electric and plug-in drivetrain solutions, announced the expansion of its EDI PowerDrive product family to...

VW and JAC jointly to produce commercial vehicles

28 November 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Volkswagen and Jianghuai Automobile (JAC Motors) signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a joint venture to develop and sell commercial vehicles in China, according to local reports.

Mercedes names first EV city bus buyer

27 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr will be the first customer for Mercedes-Benz's full electric city bus though Daimler is keeping its new product close to home.

Ford updates European Transit Custom van

22 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford of Europe has updated its popular Transit Custom van line, launched in 2012, with changes including a new interior inspired by the latest Fiesta and reflecting recently announced changes to the EcoSport SUV.

Tesla's Semi concept draws focus on electric trucks

20 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Following last week's announcement of a Tesla electric truck with first deliveries in 2019, just-auto's QUBE research database has updated its section covering such vehicles. We note that, while the rise of electric passenger vehicles is firmly established, it's taken longer for electric trucks and commercial vehicles to appear in the mainstream automotive industry. The drive towards electrified powertrains stems from the worldwide effort to lower emissions, significantly hastened by toughened legislation in the wake of the Dieselgate emissions fixing scandal. Some European nations are already introducing bans on the future sale of non-electrified vehicles, so the inevitable turn toward electric power is a considerable concern for vehicle manufacturers.

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