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Interior design and technology – Ford Mustang

15 October 2018 | Matthew Beecham

It is America’s best-selling sports car of the last five decades and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight. Ford launched its facelifted Mustang earlier this year, introducing some styling tweaks, safety upgrades and other technology enhancements. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside to see what makes it such a popular choice.

Interior design and technology – Kia Sorento

24 September 2018 | Matthew Beecham

When Kia launched its third-generation seven-seater Sorento in 2015, it coincided with the second phase of the carmaker’s coming of age; shifting it from a purely value-driven company into a world-class manufacturer of premium-quality cars. A recent face-lift saw new instrumentation, active safety features and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Sounds good but does it really put Kia on a par with Audi? Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a look inside the latest incarnation to see how it has transformed the brand.

Interior design and technology – Ford S-Max

18 September 2018 | Matthew Beecham

When Ford launched its seven-seater S-Max a decade ago - calling it a ‘sports activity vehicle’ to differentiate it from the larger Galaxy - competing models were thin on the ground.  Yet the second and current generation S-Max has lots of contenders with a stadium-style seating design. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the ST-Line to see what makes it stand out from the crowd.

Taking care of the workers - the week

31 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

Just occasionally, it's the unexpected light shone into less headline grabbing aspects of company operations that can really impress. As was the case this week when we learnt about the medical services provision for the workers at SEAT's Martorell plant. I do not know the ins and outs of this provision in Spain or the history, but in these hard pressed times for health provision generally, it's good to see something like that in place. Good for the workers and the company.

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Paris interview - CLEPA president Roberto Vavassori

9 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

Roberto Vavassori was elected CLEPA president, taking office in January, 2016 and is also a board member of brake supplier, Brembo and director for Business Development and Marketing. Just-Auto caught up with him at the recent Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris to gauge the reaction of the manufacturing sector to what are potentially draconian new emissions limits.?

Valeo looks to evaluate city pollution - CEO

8 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

Valeo says it is working with air quality monitor, Airparif to understand how pollution in cities is evolving and as it looks to provide technology to combat it.

Latest news

Ford warns that 'Hard Brexit is a red line'

16 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

As the UK government and EU struggle to find agreement on the terms of the UK's exit from the EU next year (in March) - especially with respect to trade arrangements - Ford has warned that a no-deal Brexit would 'severely damage the UK's competitiveness'. The company also said it will take 'whatever action is necessary to protect our business'.

SDS opens new tech centre in China; marks 30 years of GKN JV

15 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

GKN Automotive's Chinese joint venture, Shanghai GKN Huayu Driveline Systems (SDS), has officially opened a new technical centre in the suburb of Kangqiao to specialise in research and development of constant velocity joint (CVJ), All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and eDrive systems. The opening also marks 30 years since GKN established its automotive joint venture in China, the first Tier One supplier to do so.

Minnow Birmingham pressings supplier wins Bentley contract

15 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

A small English supplier has celebrated its 70th birthday with a supply contract from Volkswagen-owned Bentley.

just-auto Plus only VW India adds connected assistance system to its models

15 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Accelerating digital transformation across the world, Volkswagen India launched Connect, an intelligent connected vehicle assistance system, plus a brand new Lapiz Blue body colour across its...

Novelis supplies aluminium sheet for Jaguar I-Pace

12 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Novelis has announced the supply of its premium Novelis Advanz aluminium to the recently launched all-electric Jaguar I-Pace. It says the new addition to the Jaguar Pace family and the car maker's first all-electric vehicle features a strong and stiff lightweight aluminium construction to reduce weight and increase battery range up to 470km while delivering superior driving dynamics and safety.

Hyundai Mobis chooses two new AI start-up partners

12 October 2018 | Staff reporter

South Korean automotive equipment manufacturer Hyundai Mobis has said it has identified two local technology start-ups with which it wants to co-develop future automotive digital services.

Osram develops new smart LED for in-car lighting

12 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Osram says it has developed a 'new smart LED for in-car lighting' that anticipates autonomous vehicles.

Ficosa opens new e-mobility centre in Barcelona

12 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ficosa has inaugurated its 'e-Mobility Hub' in Barcelona.

Denso invests in eSol to develop AV electronic platforms

12 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Denso Corporation has announced it has taken a 2% equity stake in eSol, a leading developer of real-time embedded software solutions. Denso will use eSol’s technologies to develop software for the systems and products required for automated driving.

Nissan Qashqai gets Daimler co-developed engine

12 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

The Nissan Qashqai is now on sale in the UK with a new 1.3-litre petrol engine that is the fruit of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's collaboration with Daimler.

Aapico Hitech raises stake in Indian partner SGAH

12 October 2018 | Staff reporter

Thai automotive components manufacturer Aapico Hitech plans to increase its stake in its Indian joint venture Sakthi Global Auto Holdings Limited (SGAH) to 49.99% from 25.1%, according to reports in Thailand.

Magna opens new Czech seating facility

11 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Magna has officially opened its new seating facility in Chomutov, Czech Republic, to support new BMW Group business.

Trade tensions will hit supply chains - Moody's

11 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Moody's Investors Service expects the US-China trade dispute to continue to limit investments, prolong tariff restrictions and elevate geopolitical tensions. Significant sector and regional impacts are likely, including unintended consequences on domestic supply chains.

Chinese LiDAR company claims big funding boost

11 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

RoboSense, a specialist provider of autonomous driving LiDAR products, has announced the completion of what it says is China's largest-ever single round of financing for a LiDAR company – a combined investment of over US$45m (RMB300m).

Bosch wants action to highlight AV benefits

11 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Bosch is calling for the inclusion of automated driving as part of the UK driving test. This, it says, should focus on explaining the different levels of automation, its technological capabilities and how to safely manage driver to vehicle to driver communication.

Novelis breaks ground for expansion of aluminium facility in China

11 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Aluminium specialist Novelis has broken ground on the expansion of its automotive aluminium manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China.

just-auto Plus only New 2019 Chevrolet Silverado features new 2.7-litre turbo engine

11 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the technologically advanced 2.7L turbo offers full-size truck customers a capable and efficient choice with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg...

Ford to use graphene in components

10 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said it would soon be using graphene – a two-dimensional nanomaterial – in vehicle parts.

Veoneer develops autonomous driving supercomputer

10 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Veoneer, which has an advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD) JV with Volvo Cars called Zenuity, has developed the Zeus supercomputer - designed to meet the requirements for level 4 AD with Zenuity's AD software stack, based on the Nvidia Drive AGX Xavier running proprietary OS.

Volvo Selects Nvidia Drive for production cars

10 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars and Nvidia today announced that the Swedish automaker had selected the supplier's Drive AGX Xavier computer for its next generation of vehicles, with production starting early 2020s.

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