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Mercedes reinvents luxury pick-up segment with X-Class

22 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

If we overlook the Lincoln Mark LT and Cadillac Escalade EXT, discontinued ten and five years ago respectively, Mercedes-Benz is the first luxury brand with a global reach to launch a pick-up. Will the new X-Class succeed in the parts of the world - and North America isn't one of them - where Mercedes-Benz Vans has begun to sell it?

Why FCA was right to tap Mitsubishi for Fiat Fullback pick-up

19 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

FCA turned to Mazda when it wanted RWD roadsters for its Fiat and Abarth brands. Then, when it sought expertise in one-tonne pick-ups, the company signed a deal to have Mitsubishi Motors supply Fiat and Fiat Professional with an L200-based model. We know how great the two 124 Spiders turned out to be, but just how good is the Fullback?

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.

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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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ACEA says EU CO2 proposals for trucks 'too aggressive'

17 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), representing the seven major EU producers of heavy-duty vehicles, has said new EU proposals for freight truck CO2 reduction levels by 2025 and 2030 – 15% and 30% respectively – are 'far too aggressive'.

just-auto Plus only International offers Endurant transmission on LT Series and LoneStar trucks

16 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

International Truck announced that the new Eaton Cummins Endurant 12-speed automated transmission, a light and efficient 1,850 lb-ft capable heavy-duty transmission, is now available on...

UPS and Arrival team for 35 EVs in London and Paris

15 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

UPS says it is working with UK-based technology firm, Arrival to develop a pilot fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles to be trialled in London and Paris.

SinoTruck targets strong overseas growth

14 May 2018 | Staff reporter

China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Corp (CNHTC), one of China’s largest truck manufacturers also known as SinoTruck, is expanding aggressively overseas as it looks to build on its strong domestic market position.

Ford expands PHEV to Valencia

10 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is to extend research into the use in urban areas of plug in hybrid electric vans that run solely on electric power for most city trips by working with Valencia's regional and city government to better understand benefits both for the environment and for customers.

Volvo Trucks unveils its second electric truck model

10 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Just three weeks after the unveiling of Volvo Trucks’ first all-electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric, the company is expanding its product range with another electric truck. The Volvo FE Electric is designed for heavier city distribution and refuse transport operations with gross weights of up to 27 tonnes. Sales will commence in Europe in 2019.

just-auto Plus only Mercedes Benz receives largest ever order for Citaro buses

9 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The largest single order of all time for the best-selling Citaro city bus and the largest order ever placed by a German transport operator: Berliner Verkehrs­betriebe (BVG) is to take delivery...

US brewer places big order for electric trucks

4 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hydrogen-electric powered semi-truck start-up Nikola Motor Company has announced that brewer Anheuser-Busch (the maker of Budweiser beer), has placed an order for up to 800 of its trucks. Nikola says it will start delivering the trucks to the company's distribution arm in 2020, and that it will show off a final production version of the truck at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.

GAZ seeks 50% revenue from exports by 2022

30 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

GAZ Group says it is looking to achieve 50% of its revenue being accounted for in the export field by 2022.

Wagner expands brake line up

25 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Federal-Mogul Motorparts' Wagner brand, says during 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, it introduced 462 new products, including brake pads, hydraulics, rotors and drums for North American, Asian and European vehicles.

Ford Europe announces first connected commercial vehicles

24 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced its first two connected commercial vehicles in Europe, introducing the new FordPass Connect on board modem technology to the Transit Connect and redesigned Fiesta Sport Van.

just-auto Plus only Navistar names new senior vice president for global manufacturing

24 April 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Navistar International announced it has appointed Mark Hernandez as senior vice president, Global Manufacturing, effective immediately. Hernandez replaces William Osborne, who announced his...

VW Group 'could list' Volkswagen Truck & Bus

16 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Truck & Bus - in the news last week for its strategic alliance with Toyota's Hino and consequent announcement of 'capital market readiness' and future plans - said it "expects an overall stable development in new truck and bus registrations in its relevant markets over the coming years".

VW has big plans for Truck and Bus unit

13 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen Group appears to be setting its truck and bus unit for a flotation, billing a restructuring as paving "the way for capital market readiness".

Volvo unveils its first all-electric commercial-use truck

13 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Trucks says it is introducing - in 2019 - its first all-electric truck for commercial use - the Volvo FL Electric for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year.

Volkswagen and Hino agree strategic partnership on CVs

12 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota controlled truckmaker Hino Motors and and Volkswagen Truck & Bus have signed an agreement aiming to build a mutually beneficial strategic long-term partnership in their commercial vehicles businesses.

PSA to make more vans at UK plant

4 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA is to raise manufacturing capacity and add the production of Peugeot- and Citroen-badged panel vans at Vauxhall's Luton, UK, plant in a move that will shore up confidence in post-Brexit prospects for the UK's automotive manufacturing sector. 

VW eCrafter testing extended to UK

3 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen’s electric van - the eCrafter - is to make its UK debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham from 24-26 April, ahead of real-world testing beginning with UK customers at the start of May.

Red Sun Group invests over GBP100m in UK firm

29 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Chinese enterprise Red Sun Group says it has deepened its commitment to the UK with the announcement of a more than GBP100m investment into a new plant in the English Midlands (Coventry) for CAD CAM Automotive (CCA).

Ricardo successfully develops three-truck platooning system

27 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

With major truck platooning R&D and demonstration projects ongoing in Europe, Asia and North America, engineering and consulting firm Ricardo says it is leading the way in bringing the prospect of heavy duty long-haul truck platooning to the world’s highways – offering the prospect of CO2 emissions reductions and operator fuel savings, while improving traffic flow and road safety.

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