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Thailand becoming production hub for heavy trucks

4 March 2019 | editorial team

Thailand is fast becoming a major SE Asia production hub for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, with Scania the latest global manufacturer to set up a regional production and R&D centre in the country.

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.

Latest interviews

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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Geely's LEVC spins van off range extender London taxi

17 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Geely-owned London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) - the latest name for Britain's main 'London Taxi' maker - has spun off a PHEV light van based on its latest TX electric taxi.

VW plans 10% partial IPO for Traton unit

17 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen Group is planning a 10% stake listing for its Traton commercial vehicle unit. The IPO could raise up to EUR1.9bn for VW. Traton is VW's commercial vehicle specialist that includes brands such as MAN and Scania. Earlier this year VW put the partial IPO on hold, but has now concluded the time is right.

Nissan reports strong sales of e-LCV in UK

17 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nissan in the UK reports sales of its Nissan e-NV200 fully electric light van up by 200% in 2019 as more firms switch their light commercial vehicle (LCV) fleets to electric propulsion.

Volvo Trucks puts Vera to work in a Swedish port

13 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Trucks' electric, connected and autonomous vehicle Vera will transport goods from a logistics centre to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

BYD sells electric buses to Chile, Volvo a fleet to Dubai

12 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The Chilean minister of transportation and telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, has announced a new order for 183 pure electric buses for the Chilean capital of Santiago, due to arrive in August.

just-auto Plus only Pfenning Logistics begins eActros operations in Mannheim

12 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Another locally emission-free and quiet Mercedes-Benz eActros goes into operation with logistics service provider Pfenning Logistics. The company, headquartered in this region, will be using the...

SAIC targets Japanese automakers in Philippines

10 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese automaker SAIC Motor is moving to undercut Japanese rivals in the Philippines, one of southeast Asia's fastest-growing economies, a media report said.

just-auto Plus only Scania takes urban transportation to next level

10 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Welcome to the NXT future! Scania’s new battery electric self-driving urban concept vehicle is designed with the flexibility to shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and...

UK LCV sales stay strong

5 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

UK new light commercial vehicle sales grew in May, up 5.4%, as 29,142 new vans were registered, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

May Australia sales fall 8.1%

5 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) said May new vehicle sales in Australia reached 92,561, a decrease of 8.1% year on year.

BYD delivers eBus fleet to Messina in Italy

3 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

BYD has delivered a fleet of 16 pure electric 8.7-metre eBuses to public transport operator, Azienda Trasporti Di Messina (ATM), in the Italian city of Messina, Sicily.

RHA urges UK-EU market access post-Brexit

31 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is calling on the government to maintain UK-EU market access after Brexit.

UK truck NOx drops 50% in five years

31 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

NOx emissions from UK lorries have halved in five years, according to new government statistics.

Panasonic teams with Tropos for utility EVs

31 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

Panasonic is collaborating with Tropos Motors to advance electric compact utility vehicles (ECUV).

Daimler Trucks establishes global organisation for highly automated driving

30 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Daimler Trucks is establishing the Autonomous Technology Group as a global organisation for automated driving, bringing together its worldwide expertise and activities, as of 1 June.

Daimler/Kamaz open truck cabin production facility in Naberezhnye Chelny

28 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

Daimler Kamaz RUS (DK RUS), Joint Venture has opened a new truck cabin production facility in Naberezhnye Chelny.

Continental and Pema digitalise CV tyre management

28 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

Commercial vehicle rental company, Pema and Continental have digitalised tyre management for more than 18,000 vehicles.

BYD delivers Argentina's first electric buses

24 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

A fleet of 12 BYD K9 electric buses for the city of Mendoza, Argentina, arrived at the port of San Antonio in Chile.

Ford's robotic solution for driverless delivery

23 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

Ford is teaming up with Agility Robotics to explore a robotic solution for future autonomous vehicle goods deliveries.

Gillig and Cummins unveil electric bus

22 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

Gillig says its zero-emission battery electric bus, powered by Cummins, is now available.

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