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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.

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just-auto Plus only Porsche integrates MAN eTGM into production logistics

16 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

The all-electric MAN eTGM is now in use at the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen The tractor-trailer rolls over so quietly from the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen and...

Ford and Volkswagen announce commercial vehicle alliance

15 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

As widely expected, Volkswagen and Ford have announced the first formal agreements of broad alliance that will see Ford develop medium pickup trucks for worldwide sale by both automakers, collaboration on vans for Europe and likely partnerships for mobility and electrification.

ZF supplies electric drive axle for British fuel cell bus

15 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

British bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis is expanding its product line, adding a double-decker model powered by a fuel cell drive. This new model is also equipped with ZF's AxTrax AVE electric drive axle to prevent local emissions. ZF also provided additional hardware and software for optimum performance.

Daimler awards commercial vehicle AMT control contract to Wabco

14 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has announced a global long-term agreement to supply automated manual transmission (AMT) control technology to Daimler's commercial vehicle unit.

just-auto Plus only PlusAI presents Level 4 AV truck driving technology at CES

9 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

PlusAI, a leading global self-driving company focused on enabling large-scale autonomous commercial trucking fleets, is showcasing its full-stack L4 autonomous truck technology at CES 2019 (booth...

just-auto Plus only DTNA starts production of Level 2 automated Freightliner Cascadia trucks

9 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) introduced the first SAE Level 2 automated truck in series production in North America with the latest enhancements to the Freightliner new Cascadia. Level 2...

Daimler's new investment for automated HCVs

8 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Daimler Trucks announced that it will invest EUR500m (around US$570m) over the next years and create more than 200 new jobs in its global push to bring highly automated trucks (SAE level 4) to the road 'within a decade'.

just-auto Plus only Scania begins CNG truck trials in Lithuania

8 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Scania in Lithuania has partnered with the Vlantana logistics company and SG dujos, which develops gas infrastructure, to trial the first gas-fuelled truck in the country. “The...

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz delivers eCitaro ebuses to Mannheim and Heidelberg cities

8 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr (RNV) ceremoniously started operation of three fully-electric Mercedes-Benz city buses. At the bus depot in Mannheim, Till Oberworder, head of Daimler Buses, and Martin in der...

Volvo Group makes big provision for truck emissions fix

4 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Group has made a provision of SEK 7bn (over GBP600m) relating to estimated costs to address a degrading emission control component issue. The company said last year that its truck and bus engines could be exceeding limits for Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions.

Daimler Trucks begins Freightliner eM2 operation trials in the US

3 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

With the handover of the first fully electric Freightliner eM2, Daimler Trucks says it has begun operational testing of heavy-duty and medium-duty e-trucks in the US.

BAE Systems to supply US electric-hybrid bus systems

3 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

BAE Systems says Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has ordered 194 electric-hybrid buses using its Series-ER extended range propulsion system.

Traton transforms into a 'European company'

21 December 2018 | Dave Leggett

Traton - formerly Volkswagen Truck and Bus AG - says it has formally undertaken the transformation into a European company. It's the latest change in what can be interpreted as steps towards an eventual spin-off.

just-auto Plus only Daimler Trucks welcomes EU's uniform Vecto procedure

21 December 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The new year marks the beginning of a new era for the European commercial-vehicle industry. As of 1 January 2019, truck manufacturers will hand over to their customers in Europe every newly...

Scania and Rio Tinto trialing autonomous trucks in Australian mine

20 December 2018 | Dave Leggett

Scania is testing a new generation autonomous transport system at Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations in Western Australia.

Hyundai and Global Group of Algeria to produce commercial vehicles

18 December 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Company and Global Group of Algeria signed an agreement to jointly produce Hyundai’s commercial vehicles in Algeria as Hyundai continues to expand its foothold in commercial vehicle businesses around the world.

Chile launches Latin America’s largest electric bus fleet

14 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The Chilean government has celebrated the arrival of 100 BYD K9FE electric buses in Santiago, the capital of Chile.

just-auto Plus only DTNA adds fuel and safety data options to its Connect Analytics services

14 December 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced that Detroit Connect Analytics has extended its services to additional truck models and can also be added to vehicles in the aftermarket. Analytics is...

BYD delivers maiden electric bus to Hungary

13 December 2018 | Simon Warburton

BYD has delivered its first electric bus to Salgotarjan in Hungary following similar orders for Portugal and Denmark.

just-auto Plus only Volvo Trucks to introduce VNR Electric Models in 2019

13 December 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

“We are proud to announce the Volvo VNR Electric, designed to support cities focused on sustainable urban development and fleets operating in a range of regional-haul and distribution...

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