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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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Delphi Technologies launches powertrain controllers for HCVs

21 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Delphi Technologies is launching the latest version of its electronic controllers as a 'key pillar of its powertrain strategy for commercial vehicles'. The company says the generation 7 powertrain controllers offer maximum flexibility since they can be used in any number of applications depending on the customers’ requirements.


Cummins signs agreement with KAMAZ

21 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Engine and powertrain specialist Cummins has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Russian truck maker KAMAZ for the development of electrified power solutions for a new product line of KAMAZ battery-powered vehicles.


Mitsubishi-Fuso to build new truck plant in Thailand

21 September 2018 | Staff reporter

Mitsubishi-Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (MFTBC) announced it would build a new heavy truck assembly plant in Thailand.


just-auto Plus only Cummins and Kamaz to jointly develop electrified-power trucks and buses

21 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Cummins signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kamaz for the development of electrified power solutions for a new product line of Kamaz battery-powered vehicles. Currently,...


Adient aims to stay ahead by offering market-tailored seats

21 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Adient says it is strengthening its position as the global leader in automotive seating by offering commercial vehicle manufacturers market-tailored driver and passenger seats.


ZF to plough EUR12bn into CASE megatrends

20 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

ZF says it will invest more than EUR12bn (US$14bn) in e-mobility and autonomous driving during the next five years as part of its drive to make the logistics chain part of current megatrends.


VW ID Buzz Cargo debuts at IAA

20 September 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen's commercial vehicle arm has shown the world premiere of the new ID Buzz Cargo - the commercial vehicle relation of the electric ID Buzz. It debuted this week at the IAA commercial vehicles show in Hannover.


Allison launches nine-speed autobox, expands electrification

20 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Allison Transmission said it would offer its medium-duty, fully automatic nine-speed transmission worldwide, adding it had developed an electric hybrid system with purely electric extended range.


'Jake brakes' to be made in Czech Republic

20 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Jacobs Vehicle Systems, a maker of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems and valve actuation systems, said it would open a factory in Brno, Czech Republic.bs Vehicle Systems, a maker of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems and valve actuation systems, said it would open a factory in Brno, Czech Republic.


just-auto Plus only ZF on the road to make multi-brand platooning possible

20 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

ZF technology helps to enable commercial vehicles to see, think and act. This interaction between sensors, control software and actuators is particularly important when it comes to platooning. ZF...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz introduces new Actros Edition 1 at IAA

20 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The new Actros comes with trailblazing innovations that immediately pay for themselves. Both company owners and drivers will profit from an unparallelled level of efficiency and comfort....


just-auto Plus only MAN Truck and Bus presents its innovations at IAA

20 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck and Bus presents its innovations to the world at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 – under the trade show motto “Simplifying Business”.


just-auto Plus only Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy join to commercialise fuel cell electric trucks

20 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hyundai Motor Company affirmed at the ‘IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018’ in Hanover that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Swiss hydrogen company H2 Energy (H2E)....


just-auto Plus only Daimler announces world premier of trucks, buses and vans at IAA

20 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Driving Tomorrow' is the motto of this year's IAA Commercial Vehicles, which runs from 20 - 29 September in Hanover – and which no company embodies better than Daimler. Whether...


just-auto Plus only Cummins unveils its unique hybrid PowerDrive at IAA show

20 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Cummins unveiled the PowerDrive, an advanced suite of plug-in hybrid electric powertrain solutions spanning light, medium and heavy-duty applications, at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. This...


Knorr-Bremse and Continental combine on CV autonomous

19 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Knorr-Bremse and Continental will combine resources to develop a complete system for highly automated driving (HAD) in commercial vehicles.


Daimler buys into EV school bus maker

19 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler Trucks & Buses said it was investing in US company Proterra.


Wabco and Baidu to collaborate on Level 4 autonomous

19 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Baidu to collaborate on developing software for Level 4 autonomous driving in hub-to-hub highway applications for commercial vehicles.


Lease deal bringing SAIC EV van to Europe

19 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

LeasePlan and SAIC Mobility Europe have signed a memorandum of understanding to bring what they claims is the first large full electric light commercial vehicle (LCV) to continental Europe.


VW heavy vehicles unit to expand joint ventures in China

18 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Traton Group (VW's former heavy truck and bus unit) and China's CNHTC Group announced a further expansion of their long-term joint venture.



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