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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.

Will new Musso give SsangYong the sales pick-up it needs? [UPDATE: SYMUK replies to suspension criticism]

6 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

It's been a tough few years for SsangYong, especially in Europe as Russia, formerly one of its best markets, fell apart. Now, things are looking up. The Musso is off to a good start at home, production shifts are being added and the brand is pulling further ahead of GM Korea and Renault Samsung.

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?

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.

Latest news

just-auto Plus only Bendix Wingman technology standard for IC Bus CE and RE series

18 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

IC Bus, the leading school bus manufacturer and subsidiary of Navistar, has made electronic stability control (ESC) and collision mitigation technology standard on its CE Series and RE Series...

Daimler Trucks breaks ground on new Stuttgart office

16 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

From 2021 Daimler Trucks is bringing together the corporate units based in the Stuttgart region to work at a single location.

Wabco announces India truck steering deal

13 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has announced its first major steering system deal in India following its September 2017 acquisition of US-based RH Sheppard, a supplier of steering technologies for commercial vehicles.

just-auto Plus only Bendix expands Huntington facility

13 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Call it seizing the opportunity. Last fall, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems began adding two new production lines at Plant-2 of its Huntington, Indiana, manufacturing campus. At the same time,...

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz eCitaro makes its world premiere at IAA Preview

12 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

It emits zero local emissions and runs almost silently. It combines the thousand fold proven platform of Mercedes-Benz' best-selling city bus with new technological solutions and an independent...

Suning logistics signs AV deal with Baidu

10 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Suning Logistics, a subsidiary of Suning Holdings group, has signed a strategic partnership with Baidu Apollo to accelerate the commercial application of self-driving technology which - it is claimed - could see the mass production of unmanned delivery vehicles as early as 2020.

GAZ in partner with Africa Motors commence sale of LCVs in Morocco

6 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

GAZ, a manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Russia, together with Africa Motors (Auto Hall Group), a new distribution partner of GAZ, have started selling a range of commercial vehicles GAZelle Next in Morocco.

just-auto Plus only Scania V8 engine truck production halted

6 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

An ongoing strike at one of its crucial suppliers of casted engine components means that Scania is unable to fulfil its deliveries to customers of more than 2,000 trucks ordered with V8 engines....

Baidu starts volume production of driverless bus

5 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Chinese internet services giant Baidu says that it has begun volume production of Apolong, China’s first L4 fully autonomous 14-seater bus.

Wabco signs largest ever contract in South Korea with Hyundai Motor

5 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has announced its largest ever contract in South Korea - with Hyundai Motor's trucks unit.

just-auto Plus only Volvo Trucks appoints new electromobility vice president

4 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volvo Trucks is now reinforcing its electromobility organisation with the arrival of Edward Jobson, who will serve as vice president of the new Electromobility function. In his new...

Cummins to acquire electric and hybrid powertrains producer EDI

3 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Cummins has announced that it is acquiring Silicon Valley-based Efficient Drivetrains (EDI), which designs and produces hybrid and fully-electric power solutions for commercial markets.

just-auto Plus only Volvo Buses wins record order for electric buses in Sweden

3 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Gothenburg in Sweden now takes the lead in the transition to electrically propelled urban bus traffic in Sweden. The order for 30 all-electric Volvo buses from GS Buss, subsidiary of Goteborgs...

ZF slams possible US tariffs as "provocative"

29 June 2018 | Simon Warburton

ZF is calling threats by the US to impose tariffs on vehicles imported from the European Union (EU) "a provocation," as commercial tensions between the two blocks ratchet up.

Volvo Trucks and FedEx demo truck platooning tech

29 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Trucks North America, together with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, has used advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology to conduct on-highway truck platooning as part of ongoing research collaboration.

just-auto Plus only MAN Truck and Bus wins record 1000 bus order from Deutsche Bahn

29 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

MAN Truck and Bus was able to win all three lots of the current tender from Deutsche Bahn. The order includes up to 1,000 city and intercity buses in four years. The coming years...

ZF outlines autonomous and electric commercial push

28 June 2018 | Simon Warburton

ZF says it is looking to develop platooning concepts as it moves to increase its operations with autonomous and electric driving for vans and commercial vehicles.

Daimler names e-trucks US trial customers

28 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has announced the two first US customers to operate Freightliner e-vehicles within their fleet: 30 Freightliner eCascadia and eM2 trucks will be handed over to Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries in the US.

just-auto Plus only Renault Trucks presents second generation of electric trucks

28 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

After ten years of experimentation under actual operating conditions with its customer-partners, Renault Trucks unveil its second generation of all-electric vehicles: the Renault Master ZE, Renault...

Volvo Trucks introduces Volvo Connect a single interface for digital services

27 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

With the introduction of Volvo Connect, a new customer portal that offers a single interface for digital services and functions, Volvo Trucks says it is even easier for customers to access the full benefits of digitalisation and connectivity.

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