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Interior design and technology – Mazda CX-5

4 February 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Launched in June 2017, the current and second-generation Mazda CX-5 was updated last summer with additional standard safety equipment, the introduction of a petrol automatic model and a power increase for the 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this medium-sized crossover.

Suppliers showcase tomorrow’s mobility tech at CES

30 January 2019 | Matthew Beecham

While the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is pure tech, it has become a must-see auto show that is knee-deep in automotive technologies and ambitious concepts designed to make cars safer and drivers more connected, This year was no exception with more than 600 exhibitors displaying a vast array of self-driving technologies, aftermarket enhancements and the latest smart mobility solutions. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one turns a spotlight on just a handful of those exhibitors and how this translates for drivers.

Ghosn, Brexit and a giant BMW grille - the week

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

As one of my colleagues remarked, the grille on the just facelifted BMW 7 Series is somewhat reminiscent of the front-end of a basking shark in full plankton filter-feed mode. I'm sure the Chinese will love it anyway (a staggering 44% of all 7 sales last year were in China - which explains the Shanghai roll-out). It was a lighter moment in a week that has had a more serious side on a number of fronts.

CES – Harman ignites next era of car connectivity

10 January 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Just over a year ago, Harman International became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. Focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, the pair have since leveraged their combined teams and resources to drive future mobility forward. They are again using this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to reveal a variety of novel connected car solutions that support their joint mission to become the leader in connectivity and autonomous driving. We are at CES this week where Harman has taken over the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and filled its conference rooms with the very latest connected car and autonomous driving solutions. So let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer.

Latest interviews

EV propulsion revolution – Q&A with Equipmake

19 February 2019 | Matthew Beecham

UK-based electronics R&D specialist, Equipmake, has developed what it claims to be the world’s most power dense electric motor for automotive, marine and aerospace applications. Using technology first applied to F1, Equipmake’s founder, Ian Foley, was the man behind the F1 KERS hybrids in 2009 that were so successful for Williams. We caught up with him to learn more about the business and its technologies. The company’s current projects include the Ariel Hipercar and an electric bus project.

Prodrive’s solution to composite recycling

21 January 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Prodrive Composites has developed a process for manufacturing recyclable composite components that can satisfy future end-of-life requirements without compromising the performance of the original parts. To learn more, we caught up with John McQuilliam FIMMM, Chief Engineer at Prodrive Composites and board member of the British Composites Society.

Latest news

HERE Technologies to open advanced AI research facility in Vienna

19 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

HERE Technologies has announced the establishment of the new international Institute for Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence (IARAI), with the facility to be located in Vienna. It says the IARAI will be the world’s first global machine-learning research institute to use industrial-scale geolocation data.

Denso revamps executive structure and management

19 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Denso has announced changes to its executive management structure and personnel.

Yasa signs innovation deal with automotive OEM

18 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Yasa has signed a long-term joint innovation agreement with an unnamed global automotive OEM.

Gentherm teams with ThermoAnalytics

18 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Gentherm is partnering with ThermoAnalytics, a thermal modelling software development firm, to improve human comfort predictions.

Cooper Tyre Clarksdale and USW ink new labour contract

18 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Cooper Tyre says members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 556L in Clarksdale, Mississippi, have ratified a new four-year labour agreement, which covers more than 40 USW union adherents.

Alliance Ventures invests in PowerShare charging platform

18 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's Alliance Ventures has unveiled a new investment in PowerShare, an electric vehicle (EV) charging platform start-up based in China.

Faurecia 2018 net income up 17% to EUR701m

18 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has posted 2018 net income up 17% to EUR701m (US$793m) with sales rising 7% to EUR17.5bn.

DRiV to spin from Tenneco in 2019

15 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Following Tenneco's separation into two independent companies, DRiV will be the name of the future publicly traded Aftermarket and Ride Performance company, which will launch in the second half of this year.

BorgWarner 2018 net sales up 7.5% to US$10.5bn

15 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

BorgWarner has posted full-year 2018 net sales up 7.5% to US$10.5bn.

PKN Orlen inks ABB Poland charging station deal

15 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

PKN Orlen has signed a general agreement for the supply of ABB’s next generation DC fast charging stations for electric cars, the Terra 54.

EO Charging teams with Suffolk Council for EVs

15 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

EO Charging has partnered with Suffolk County Council in the UK to launch ‘Plug In Suffolk’ - a public electric vehicle fast charging network in partnership with renewable energy provider, Bulb.

Plastic Omnium records 2018 net profit up 25% to EUR533m

15 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Plastic Omnium has posted 2018 overall net profit of EUR533m (US$602m), with revenue improving 7.6% to EUR8.2bn.

Mitsubishi Electric ups Dynamic Map Platform investment

15 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Mitsubishi Electric has unveiled its decision to make a follow-on investment of JPY2bn (US$18m) to fuel new growth in Dynamic Map Platform (DMP), a company which provides high definition 3D map data.

Goodyear/Local Motors to test AV shuttle tyres

15 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Goodyear is expanding its work with autonomous vehicles, which includes being named exclusive tyre supplier for an autonomous passenger shuttle.

SEAT to test 5G connected car in Barcelona

14 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

VW Group owned brand SEAT says it is getting ready to participate at the Mobile World Congress, the global benchmark event of mobile technology and connectivity, for the fifth year in a row.

Opel Corsa to have next-gen lighting technology

14 February 2019 | Dave Leggett

Opel/Vauxhall says that the six generation model - due this year - will feature an innovative LED lighting system.

Nissan America invests in new training centre

14 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Nissan is breaking ground on a technology training centre in Decherd, Tennessee.

Ovo unveils 20% stake from Mitsubishi

14 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Ovo has unveiled an investment from Mitsubishi for a 20% stake in the business.

Arconic to increase aluminium capacity at Tennessee plant

14 February 2019 | Simon Warburton

Arconic is to invest US$100m to expand its hot mill capability and add downstream equipment capabilities to manufacture industrial and automotive aluminium products at its Tennessee Operations facility near Knoxville.

Mercedes opens Thai parts distribution centre

14 February 2019 | editorial team

Mercedes-Benz has opened a new parts distribution centre on the outskirts of Bangkok to help improve deliveries of aftermarket parts across Thailand.

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