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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.


Skoda Auto future models - a global analysis

15 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Following the recent reviews of Volkswagen and Audi future vehicles, this, the third of a six-part series, concerns Skoda. It will be followed by a look at what's ahead for SEAT. After this comes Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, to be followed by Porsche in chapter six, the last of these being the final part of the overall analysis of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car plans.


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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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Nissan to show Paramedic and e-NV200 fridge concepts at Tokyo show

19 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan will unveil two new fully customised vehicles at the Tokyo show to improve city mobility: the new Paramedic Concept and the all electric e-NV200 Fridge Concept.


Tokyo show: Nissan to reveal concept ambulance, 'chiller' e-van

19 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The Tokyo motor show includes commercial vehicles and Nissan will unveil two new fully customised vehicles aimed to improve city mobility: the new Paramedic Concept and the all electric e-NV200 Fridge Concept. The Paramedic Concept, based on the NV350 van, will be the automaker's fifth generation ambulance while the e-NV200 Fridge Concept is a van that can deliver chilled foods in urban environments, where large delivery trucks are often prevented from stopping.


Bendix invests to expand production in Huntington

19 October 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is to expand its manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a US$3.8m capital investment in equipment to launch two new production lines.


Toyota presents Sora fuel cell bus concept

18 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation has launched the Sora fuel cell bus (FC bus) concept. It plans to launch a commercial model based on the concept vehicle in 2018 and expects to introduce over 100 Sora, mainly within the Tokyo metropolitan area, ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


just-auto Plus only Volvo Buses launching new Volvo 7900 Electric

16 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volvo Buses is now launching a new version of its all-electric bus, the Volvo 7900 Electric. With significantly extended range and more charging options, the new Volvo 7900 Electric offers bus...


Toyota rolls out fuel cell truck in Los Angeles

13 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The possible future of heavy duty trucking is now on the streets in the form of Toyota Motor North America (TMNA)'s Project Portal – a hydrogen fuel cell system.


Hino to assemble trucks in Russia

13 October 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Hino Motors, Toyota Motor's commercial vehicle subsidiary, announced plans to spend JPY1.89bn (US$16.8m) to build a new truck assembly plant in Russia.


VW plans electric truck and bus spending

11 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen will spend EUR1.4bn (US$1.7bn) on new technology including electric trucks and buses by 2022, its trucks chief Andreas Renschler said.


just-auto Plus only New Flyer introduces Xcelsior Charge, battery-electric transit bus

11 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

New Flyer of America ("New Flyer"), the US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries ("NFI Group"), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North...


Daimler announces South America CV spend

10 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz do Brasil will be spending around EUR600m on its commercial vehicle business in Brazil over the next five years.


just-auto Plus only Gillig/Cummins to develop advanced technology battery electric bus

10 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Gillig and Cummins announced a new electrified power partnership at the APTA public transportation show taking place in Atlanta. The technical collaboration work focuses on integrating and...


just-auto Plus only GAZ/Haka sign deal to launch CVs in Saudi Arabia

10 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

GAZ Group signed a memorandum of understanding with Haka Group, a largest industrial corporation of Saudi Arabia. The deed was signed in the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. The memorandum...


Mercedes Vans adding RFID production technology

9 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ahead of the start of production of the redesigned Sprinter van, Mercedes-Benz Vans is bringing new connected series production technology online for greater flexibility and efficiency at the plant in Ludwigsfelde near Berlin.


just-auto Plus only MAN presents its expanded van and truck lineup

9 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The well-established, Munich-based company is expanding its selection, becoming a full-range provider. The light commercial vehicles with the lion emblem on their grille have fully rounded off...


UK LCV sales fall in September

6 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The UK's new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined in (plate change month) September, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) which showed 57,368 new LCVs were driven off forecourts, a 4.2% fall compared with the same month last year.


just-auto Plus only VE Commercial Vehicles sales surge 25.6% in September 2017

6 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

VE Commercial Vehicles (A Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture) sold 6,083 units in September2017 as compared to 4,843 units in September2016, recording a growth of 25.6%.This includes 5,934...


SAIC targets European fleet sales for electric van

4 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

SAIC Mobility Europe, a newly established European operation of China’s SAIC, is targeting the European light commercial vehicle fleet sector with its electric panel van - the Maxus EV80.


Tata Motors first OEM to use Wabco ESCsmart in India

4 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco India said Tata Motors had introduced its electronic stability control (ESC) for trucks and buses, becoming the first OEM to deploy the ESCsmart product, in its Prima range.


Wabco acquires Meritor's stake in joint venture

4 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has completed the transaction to purchase Meritor's stake in the Meritor Wabco joint venture and take full ownership of the enterprise.


just-auto Plus only Volvo Trucks introduces FM LNG and FH LNG gas-powered trucks

4 October 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volvo Trucks is now introducing Euro 6-compliant heavy duty trucks running on liquefied natural gas or biogas. The new trucks have the same performance, driveability and fuel consumption as...



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