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Interior design and technology – Ford Mondeo

23 April 2018 | Matthew Beecham

The fourth and latest generation Ford Mondeo (Fusion) can guide drivers hands-free out of parking spaces at the start of their journey and deflate the seat-base bolsters to allow them easy exit at the end. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside the Mondeo to see what else it offers.

Interior design and technology – Nissan X-Trail

11 April 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Launched years ago, or in 2014 to be precise, Nissan’s third-generation X-Trail (badged Rogue overseas) is one of the world’s most popular SUVs. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the X-Trail to see what makes this family crossover such a fashionable choice.

Interior design and technology – Kia Stonic

4 April 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Arriving late to the party, the Kia Stonic is the South Korean carmaker’s first entry into the crowded small (B-segment) SUV market. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside the top-drawer First Edition trimmed model to take a closer look.

Interior design and technology – Volvo V90

19 March 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Launched at the 2016 Geneva motor show, the Volvo V90 is the latest in a long line of family estates from Sweden. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this Scandinavian workhorse.

Latest interviews

Interview - Turkish Automotive Suppliers Association - Taysad

23 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Turkey today stands at something of a crossroads both literally and metaphorically as this enormous country of 80m people – whose average age is just 30 – looks to leverage its attraction as a manufacturing powerhouse and availability of a significant labour pool. Just-Auto Business Editor, Simon Warburton visited the Turkish Automotive Suppliers Association, Taysad in Istanbul to take the temperature of the country's most important manufacturing sector.

Bridgestone on extended mobility, consumer research and tomorrow’s tyre

23 April 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, we spoke to Laurent Dartoux, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer at Bridgestone EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Latest news

Turkey component manufacture key to exports - Taysad

23 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Turkish automotive suppliers association, Taysad, says the importance of components to the country's export sector can be gauged by its proportion of overall shipments overseas.

Groupe PSA and Huawei unveil connected vehicle platform

23 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA says the DS 7 Crossback is the first Groupe PSA vehicle using the IoT platform named "Connected Vehicle Modular Platform" (CVMP) and equipped with Huawei technology for new connected services.

New EV battery supplier emerges in Germany

23 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

A Chinese maker of batteries for electric cars reportedly is setting up a sales office in Germany and talking to automakers there.

Front module maker HBPO to open three new factories in 2018

23 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

HBPO, which claims to be world market leader for development and production of front-end modules, will this year open three factories in Germany and Mexico.

just-auto Plus only Jatco achieves global CVT production of 40m units since 1997

23 April 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Jatco, a leading manufacturer of automatic transmissions (ATs, CVTs), has announced that global cumulative CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) output reached 40m units in April 2018. This...

Hyundai Mobis to test semi-autonomous car in US

20 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis says it will test a self-driving vehicle in the US this year, with the aim to mass-produce a semi-autonomous car in 2022.

Faurecia posts underlying Q1 sales growth of 9.3%

20 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Faurecia has posted sales growth of 9.3% - versus last year, at constant currencies - in the first quarter and said that all regions significantly outperformed overall automotive production growth.

Magna opens new body and chassis plant in Mexico

20 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Global supplier Magna has opened a new body and chassis manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

"We are not going anywhere" - Turkey bangs FDI and export drum

19 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Turkey's Investment Support and Promotion Agency says it is looking to showcase the country's flagship auto sector, stressing its 600-year history with Europe and its long relationship with Western countries

GKN board steps down

19 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

GKN's board has stepped down following the controversial takeover by investor group Melrose Industries, which has reportedly been waved through by the UK government, concluding that it raised no national security concerns (on the defence side of GKN's business).

First customer win for Federal-Mogul Powertrain’s CPT

19 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has announced the first commercial customer contract for its new product group Controlled Power Technologies (CPT). The long-term contract, worth around US$100m, covers the development and series production of advanced starter-generator systems for an OEM.

just-auto Plus only Nidec introduces new integrated traction motor system (e-axle)

19 April 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nidec Corporation, a Kyoto-based leading global manufacturer of electric motors, announced the successful development of a new fully integrated traction motor system (e-axle) comprising an electric...

Valeo Turkey looks to localisation, stresses competitive need

18 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Valeo Turkey says it is seeking to up its ratio of domestic suppliers to drive localisation, but cautions against wages rising too fast and eroding the country's attraction for overseas companies.

Turkey looks to "new story" to entice foreign investment

18 April 2018 | Simon Warburton

Turkey's automotive suppliers association says the country must devise a "new story" to convince overseas investors to set up operations

Hella supplies new VW Touareg LED headlamps

18 April 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Hella has announced a supply deal with Volkswagen to supply LED Matrix headlights for the Touareg unveiled in China.

just-auto Plus only Continental/VGF launch autonomous trial on Frankfurt UAS campus

18 April 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Developing, researching and experiencing the future – this is where the technology company Continental, Frankfurt transport authority (Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main, VGF) and...

just-auto Plus only Nokia/KDDI test 4G LTE connected vehicle applications in Japan

17 April 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nokia and KDDI have successfully demonstrated the use of LTE in Japan to deliver cost-efficient, low-latency connectivity for vehicles. The trials are the first in the world to use LTE broadcast,...

Continental breaks ground on new powertrain component plant in Wuhu, China

16 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Continental has celebrated the groundbreaking of its greenfield facility in Wuhu, China, dedicated to powertrain components.

Benteler opens new component factory in Czech Republic

16 April 2018 | Dave Leggett

Benteler Automotive has opened a new component plant in Klasterec nad Ohri, Czech Republic.

just-auto Plus only American Honda recalls Acura MDX/Honda Pilot/Honda Ridgeline vehicles

16 April 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

American Honda will voluntarily recall 5,827 model-year 2018 Acura MDX, Honda Pilot and Honda Ridgeline vehicles in the US to replace front seat frame components, for free. Affected vehicles were...

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