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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?

Opel-Vauxhall PACE! plan - the future models

9 November 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Following the announcement of the PACE! business plan for Opel-Vauxhall by its CEO Michael Lohscheller, just-auto takes a look at what this means for the brands' current and future models.

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.

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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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Daimler delivers first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to UK customers

20 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Daimler Trucks has handed over the first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to customers in the UK.

Ekoenergetyka and Malmö sign bus charger deal

20 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Ekoenergetyka and the Southern Swedish city of Malmö have inked a deal for delivery of three 300KW Quickpoint chargers.

Russia wiser after last downturn but caution urged - Knorr-Bremse

19 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Knorr-Bremse says lessons have been learned from the former downturn in the Russian automotive sector, but cautions not every recession is the same.

just-auto Plus only Successful fiscal year 2017: Volkswagen Truck & Bus significantly increased revenues and operating profit

19 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Successful fiscal year 2017: Volkswagen Truck & Bus significantly increased revenues and operating profit  •   Revenues grew to EUR23.9bn  •...

Mercedes-Benz Vans plans more growth following record 2017

15 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans has announced full year 2017 records for unit sales, revenue and EBIT after delivering 401,000 vehicles (up 12% year on year on 2016's 359,100).

UPS to add plug-ins to fleet in US

15 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

In late 2018, delivery firm UPS will introduce a fleet of 50 plug-in delivery trucks in the US with the expectation of an even larger fleet in 2019. It says the cost of EVs relative to diesel is rapidly falling.

AB Volvo surpasses 4,000 electrified bus sales

15 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Buses has now sold more than 4,000 electrified Volvo buses to customers the world over. The latest order is for 90 hybrid buses from Brussels.

just-auto Plus only SmartDrive launches new Transportation Intelligence Platform

15 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

SmartDrive Systems, a leader in video-based safety and transportation intelligence, announced the launch of the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform and SR4 hardware, which deliver...

just-auto Plus only Volvo Trucks updates Volvo FE for demanding urban transportation

14 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volvo Trucks extends the low-entry cab range for the Volvo FE with several new features, for demanding transportation in urban areas. Most of the features are about improved safety and productivity...

SAF-Holland to build flagship plant in China

9 March 2018 | Staff reporter

SAF-Holland, a global manufacturer of heavy duty commercial vehicle components, plans to spend around US$100m on a new manufacturing facility in Yangzhou city in China's eastern Jiangsu province, according to local reports citing city government officials.

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Actros/Arocs to be launched in Middle East and Africa

9 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Reliability, efficiency and robustness – these are the criteria that truck customers all over the world look for. And that is as true in the Middle East and Africa regions as anywhere....

Navistar books Q1 net loss loss, raises full year guidance

8 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Navistar International Corporation has announced a first quarter 2018 net loss of US$73m, or $0.74 per share, compared to the Q1 2017 net loss of $62m ($0.76/share). Q1 results included $46m of charges as a result of the debt refinancing last November.

just-auto Plus only UQM receives new PowerPhase eDT systems order from Ashok Leyland

8 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

UQM Technologies announced the first purchase order from Ashok Leyland, a major India commercial vehicle manufacturer. The purchase order is for fifty-one UQM PowerPhase eDT systems to be shipped...

just-auto Plus only International Truck launches new Class 6/7 MV Series at the Work Truck Show

8 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

International Truck launched its new Class 6/7 International MV Series at the 2018 Work Truck Show. The MV Series launch completes the company's Project Horizon product refresh, and reflects...

just-auto Plus only Daimler Buses revenue up 4% to EUR4.4bn in 2017

6 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Daimler Buses sold 28,700 buses and bus chassis worldwide in 2017 (2016: 26,200). The Daimler bus division thus defended its absolute market leadership in its most important core markets: EU30...

Brussels gives green light to German electric bus subsidy

28 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

European Commission (EC) officials have approved Germany's EUR70m (US$85m) public support scheme for electric buses and charging infrastructure in the country.

UPS to deploy 50 plug-in electric trucks in US

27 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

UPS has unveiled plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks, which it maintains will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventionally-fuelled lorries without any subsidies.

Mark Fields joins HCV aftermarket firm's board

19 February 2018 | Dave Leggett

FleetPride, described as the US's 'largest independent distributor of aftermarket heavy-duty truck and trailer parts', has announced the appointment of former Ford President and CEO Mark Fields to its Board of Directors.

IC Bus reveals updated RE Series Type D school bus

16 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

IC Bus is in now full production with its updated RE Series Type D school bus featuring connectivity solutions.

just-auto Plus only UQM receives new electric drive systems order from Proterra

16 February 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

UQM Technologies announced the receipt of a new order from Proterra for UQM’s PowerPhase HD electric drive systems, to be manufactured and shipped in 2018. Proterra continues to build upon...

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