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Interior design and technology – VW Golf

13 September 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Although the VW Golf Mk 7 has been around for quite a while (appearing on our shores in 2012 and updated in 2016), its timeless progressive design has earned the status of Europe’s best-selling hatchback. While it may no longer dominate the C-segment class as it once did, the Golf is renowned for being a comfortable, practical and economical choice. As we await the Mk8, we slipped inside the current model for a closer look at this family favourite. VW has delayed the launch of the next Golf to ensure its ID.3 basks in the media limelight at the IAA this week.

Interior design and technology – Volvo S60

12 August 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Volvo recently launched the third-generation S60, marking its first model offered without a diesel engine. It is also the first Volvo car made in the US, where diesel remains a less popular fuel option. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this sleek mid-size petrol-powered sedan.

CASE trends update - Aptiv's 'smart achitecture'

31 July 2019 | Dave Leggett

Technological developments are moving rapidly among suppliers in the field of CASE megatrends. In this snapshot, we take a look at Aptiv's 'smart architecture' approach to the needs of future autonomous vehicles.

Interior design and technology – VW Arteon

30 July 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Volkswagen describes the Arteon as a ‘gran turismo with svelte fastback styling’. Launched in 2017, this coupe-cum-hatchback competes with the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C Class. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this upmarket, roomy model to see how it measures up.

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Steering system acquisitions open AD truck opportunities for Knorr-Bremse

10 September 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Braking system supplier, Knorr-Bremse entered the commercial vehicle steering market in 2016 when it acquired tedrive Steering Systems GmbH. Adding steering systems to its portfolio has given the supplier new opportunities to supply highly integrated systems for autonomous trucks. Earlier this year, Knorr-Bremse completed its acquisition of the commercial vehicle steering business of Hitachi Automotive Systems thereby creating a solid global basis for the subsequent introduction of torque overlay systems for automated driving (AD) functions. To learn more, we caught up with Dr Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG, responsible for the commercial vehicle steering division.

Magna Seating VP on tomorrow's solutions

15 August 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Although lighter car seats remains a focus of research, other developments in seating have been taking place much faster than may be apparent on the surface. Automakers are demanding greater differentiation in their seat designs while motorists look for greater functionality and luxury. Are we nearly there yet? Matthew Beecham caught up with Dino Nardicchio, global VP of advanced technology engineering for Magna Seating, to learn how seats are becoming safer but more supportive, versatile and pleasant to sit in with a multitude of hidden creature comforts. Do we also discuss parenting and toddlers kicking dad drivers in the back? Well yes. Obviously.

Latest news

Knorr-Bremse poaches new CEO from Linde

18 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The supervisory board of commercial vehicle braking supplier Knorr-Bremse has named Bernd Eulitz CEO.

Denso to open Innovation and Connected Service centre in Texas

18 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

Denso has announced that it will invest USD1.3m to open the Texas Innovation and Connected Service centre in Plano, Texas.

Marelli Corp to close four plants in Japan in 2020

17 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Japanese automotive components manufacturer Marelli Corporation announced a reorganisation of its production bases in Japan, including the closure of four manufacturing facilities, mainly in response to weak demand from its key vehicle manufacturing affiliate Nissan Motor.

Veoneer wins thermal cameras AV deal

17 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Veoneer said it had been awarded a production contract to manufacture the world's first thermal camera for a Level 4 autonomous vehicle.

CATL eyes Europe battery business with new plant

17 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

As the e-mobility industry grows in scale and importance, CATL says its new electric vehicle EV battery factory in Erfurt, Germany – which will produce both battery cells and modules – will enable it to collaborate closely with more European automotive companies.

BYD adds ADL heat pump system to JV EV buses

17 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

BYD Europe and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) are to use ADL's new electric bus heating system in new vehicles produced by the partnership.

Collision avoidance and AEB 'most popular ADAS for fleets'

17 September 2019 | BusinessCar magazine

Collision avoidance and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems are the most popular advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) among fleet managers, according to UK leasing company Arval.

SK Innovation to supply battery for Ferrari PHEV - report

17 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

SK Innovation has been picked to supply a battery pack for Ferrari's first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), according to a Korean media report.

just-auto Plus only Lanxess expands Tepex capacity at Brilon site

17 September 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

At its site in Brilon, Germany, Bond-Laminates GmbH – a wholly owned subsidiary of speciality chemicals company Lanxess – has commissioned two new production lines for Tepex...

just-auto Plus only Covestro to sell European polycarbonate business to Serafin Group

17 September 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Materials manufacturer Covestro has signed an agreement with Serafin Group for the sale of Covestro’s European polycarbonate sheets business, which comprises manufacturing units in Belgium...

OmniVision develops 'image sensor fusion tech'

16 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

OmniVision Technologies has announced that it has combined OmniVision's OX03A1Y image sensor with the Arm Mali-C71 image signal processor (ISP) for a 'dual-mode automotive camera module'.

Wabco joins Plug and Play’s extensive global partnership network

16 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

Wabco Holdings has signed a three-year agreement to be an Anchor Partner with Plug and Play, a global innovation platform leader headquartered in Silicon Valley, US.

Schaeffler launches multi-function remote monitoring and control unit for AVs

16 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

Schaeffler is launching multi-function remote monitoring and control unit for AVs. It says remote monitoring and control are especially important for autonomous vehicles. However, such functions have thus far only been available in isolated systems or else have been dependent on specific platforms.

JLR further invests in US AV manufacturer Voyage

16 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital arm InMotion Ventures has announced its follow-on investment into autonomous vehicle manufacturer Voyage.

Valmet accelerates fuel cell work

16 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

Valmet Automotive says it is increasingly focusing on the fuel cell as part of the drive towards long-term e-mobility. The company now under the lead of its Business Line Engineering business unit has established a 'Centre of Competence Fuel Cell'.

FRANKFURT - Merkel rides Continental EZ10 Robo-Taxi

13 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

The autonomous vehicle operated by Continental, EasyMile’s long-time partner, is being demonstrated at the 2019 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. In the presence of EasyMile’s CEO and Founder, Gilbert Gagnaire, Angela Merkel boarded the EZ10.

Toyota China using Panasonic batteries designed for Tesla

13 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota has started using the same type of battery Panasonic designed for Tesla in some plug-in hybrids sold in China, media reports said.

just-auto Plus only Latin NCAP announces results for GM Onix Plus and Chery Tiggo 3

13 September 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

New Onix Plus scores five stars for both adult and child occupants and Advanced Award for Pedestrian Protection. Chery disappoints badly with zero stars result. The New Car...

AGC to build new plant in China for 3D curved cover glass

13 September 2019 | Dave Leggett

Glazing specialist AGC has announced its decision to establish a new production plant at AGC Automotive (Suzhou) - Suzhou Industrial Park - for the purpose of producing large 3D/complex-shaped cover glass for in-car-mounted screens and displays. The facilities feature a fully-integrated production line, equipped with the latest technologies, that handles every stage of the process from optical thin coating to decorative printing and composite moulding of complex curved surfaces. Commercial sales will begin in 2022 for several vehicle models whose orders have already been secured.

Toyota tries satellite solar on a Prius

12 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota is experimenting with a sun-powered Prius, using new ultra-thin solar panels developed for satellites, that it hopes will one day require no plugging in.

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