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Interior design and technology – Kia Niro PHEV

18 June 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Hybrid sales in the UK and mainland Europe have doubled over the past five years and are expected to reach 700,000 annually by the end of the decade. The Kia Niro – the Korean carmaker’s third plug-in hybrid (PHEV) after the Optima and Optima Sportswagon - slots into this blossoming market place. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside this compact crossover to see if this is just another small SUV or something different.

Ford eyes transmission plant sale or closure - the week

15 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

It was not, to put it mildly, the best week for autoworkers, at least this side of the pond. A sharpened American axe appeared over the automatic transmissions factory in Bordeaux, France, (see, they make more than fine wine there). Should the automaker not secure a buyer for its Ford Aquitaine Industries (FAI) site at Blanquefort in south west France, the factory will close, although no forced redundancies would be implemented before September 2019. Not good news.

Interior design and technology – Honda CR-V

5 June 2018 | Matthew Beecham

When Honda launched its CR-V way back in the day (1997), its main rival was the Toyota RAV4. Fast forward two decades and the carmaker’s fourth generation model competes in a flooded market. Yet this practical, family-friendly car has become one of the most popular compact SUVs sold around the world. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside to see what makes it so appealing.

BMW's induction course - the week

1 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

You don't have far to look to see some fabulous innovation in the automotive industry. For example, BMW's wireless charging pad is coming  soon and it may well be attractive to many.

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Faurecia Seating on Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electrified

14 June 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Seats account for five per cent of a vehicle’s total cost and six per cent of its weight. As a result, they represent the second largest expense for automakers. Faurecia Seating is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of automotive seating. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier 1 suppliers, we spoke to Nik Endrud, Vice President Strategy and Innovation at Faurecia Seating.

YFAI on auto interior surfaces, natural fibres and personalisation functions

6 June 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), a joint venture between Yanfeng and Adient, is a pioneer in the development of new materials for vehicle interiors. With its activeSkin concept, for example, the company presents a vision of integrating intuitive controls into vehicle interiors, which blur the boundaries between the digital and analogue worlds. This new development concept enables the display of data on soft surfaces. YFAI expects that functional and decorative surfaces in vehicle interiors will increasingly merge in the future. To find out more about this trend and other innovations, we spoke to Volkhard Wick, Executive Director, Innovation and Product Management Europe & South Africa at YFAI.

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VW eyes solid-state battery tech by 2025

22 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen is increasing its stake in the California technology company QuantumScape Corporation and forming a new joint venture to commercialise solid-state battery technology by 2025.

ZF and Mobileye to launch 'innovative camera technology' for major OEM

22 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

ZF has announced it will team with Mobileye, an Intel company, to launch the S-Cam4 family of advanced cameras in 2018.

Daimler completes construction of Polish engine plant

22 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars said it had almost completed construction work on a new engine plant in Jawor, Poland, with the basic structure of the new factory in place.

IAC Group appoints new chief executive officer

22 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

International Automotive Components Group (IAC) has announced Manfred Gingl has been named chief executive officer (CEO) effective immediately. President Natale "Nat" Rea, who served as interim CEO, will continue to serve as president.

just-auto Plus only ZF offers e-mobility transition solutions for commercial vehicle manufacturers

22 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

In order to make the transition to local zero-emission city buses and low-emission logistic transport trucks as easy and flexible as possible, ZF is providing commercial vehicle manufacturers with...

just-auto Plus only ON Semiconductor to expand Luzerne County semiconductor facility

22 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, plans to invest US$51m to support expansion of the Luzerne County facility. The ON Semiconductor Mountain Top location specialises in the...

just-auto Plus only Efficient Drivetrains presents EDI PowerDrive 6000ev series for OEMs

22 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Efficient Drivetrains, a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions, announced the availability of its EDI PowerDrive 6000ev....

just-auto Plus only Audi supports Urban Air Mobility project in Ingolstadt

22 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Audi is shaping mobility in the third dimension. A letter of intent was signed on this subject with partners from the fields of politics and industry in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin on...

Jatco to establish its second CVT plant in China

21 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

Jatco, a speciality manufacturer of automatic transmissions (ATs, CVTs), has announced that Jatco (Suzhou) Automatic Transmission would be established as its second CVT production plant in China, in Economic and Technological Development Zone, Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province, to expand its CVT production capacity.

US mobile provider partners on automotive blockchain platform

21 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

US cell phone network provider Sprint has joined NXM Labs to launch a 5G-Ready Connected Car Platform 'combining high-speed, on-demand passenger Wi-Fi with advanced vehicle health monitoring and safety'. This includes the first blockchain powered Internet-of-Things (IoT) security system that guards against hackers, it is claimed.

ZF develops new fully active chassis system

21 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

ZF’s says its new fully active chassis system, sMotion, can reduce unwanted car body movements caused by potholes, bumps or bends.

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Vans uses Automotive Grade Linux platform for its commercial vehicles.

21 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for the connected car, announced that Mercedes-Benz Vans is using AGL as a foundation for a new...

Grupo Antolin opens new factory in Shelby, Michigan

21 June 2018 | Dave Leggett

Grupo Antolin, one of the largest manufacturers of vehicle interiors in the world, celebrated the opening of its new factory in Shelby (Michigan). With this new centre, Grupo Antolin strengthens its industrial presence in US.

just-auto Plus only Car2go to begin mobility services in Chicago

21 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Car2go, the world's largest and fastest-growing free-float carsharing service, is bringing its pioneering mobility offering to Chicago. Beginning 25 July, car2go will introduce Chicagoans to a...

just-auto Plus only Bosch plans further investment in India

21 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Bosch can see clear indications of recovery in India: “India’s economy is on the rise again and showing great potential,” said Dr Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of...

Porsche takes stake in Croatian EV sportscar maker

20 June 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Porsche AG has taken a 10% stake in Croatian technology and electric sports car company Rimac Automobili.

just-auto Plus only GAC Motor launches new Qiyun GS4 smart SUV

20 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

GAC Motor, China's fastest-growing automaker, is celebrating the release of its new Qiyun smart SUV. A fully-upgraded version of the brand's best-selling GS4 SUV, the new Qiyun GS4...

Bordeaux Council "deplores" FAI sale decision

19 June 2018 | Simon Warburton

Bordeaux's Metropolis Council says it deplores "with the greatest force" Ford Aquitaine Industries' (FAI) decision to put its automatic transmission plant at Blanqefort up for sale threatening 900 jobs should no buyer be found.

Continental creates 200 jobs with Czech NOx sensor facility

19 June 2018 | Simon Warburton

Continental has opened a combined NOx sensor production and storage facility in Trutnov in the Czech Republic creating 200 jobs.

just-auto Plus only ZF develops new eAMT concept

19 June 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

With eAMT (electrified Automated Manual Transmission) technology, ZF has developed an innovative concept for the hybridisation of front-transverse vehicles by integrating its electric axle drive...

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