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Out 'n' about - the week

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

It's been a busy week for the entire just-auto team with a Russian conference to attend, new product to catch up with, a key new automaker appointee to interview, plus our usual analysis.

ANALYSIS - Hyundai future models Part 2

16 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The second of two features which looks at the current and future models of Hyundai Motor Company is a focus on the brand's SUVs, minivans/MPVs, electrified passenger vehicles and a sole future pick-up. This follows the recent in-depth analysis of HMC's cars.

Management briefing - 2018 Geneva motor show review

12 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Geneva 2018 had the usual collection of hypercars, although many of them are powered by the energy stored in batteries rather than in petrol tanks. Robotic taxis were there too with Volkswagen cheekily painting its already seen SEDRIC in the colours typical of a US schoolbus. Why then for a show rich in electric vehicle world premieres were so many of them overshadowed by new petrol and diesel models?

Management briefing - 2018 Geneva motor show preview

5 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Will there be one stand-out car at this year's Geneva show? Already, many are jostling to take the title. The list includes the Mercedes A-Class, EQC and AMG GT Coupe; Audi A6; McLaren Senna; Hyundai Kona EV; Jaguar I-Pace; Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion; Volvo V60; Skoda Vision X; and let's not forget the Corbellati Missile, claimed to be powered by an 1800PS 9.0-litre V8.

Latest interviews

GENEVA INTERVIEW - Nissan Europe SVP of sales and marketing Ken Ramirez

12 March 2018 | Mike Vousden

Ken Ramirez is Nissan Europe's recently appointed senior vice president sales and marketing. We caught up with him at the 2018 Geneva show to talk about the cars on display and the brand's plans for an electrified future.

Pitch perfect - Harman hits the right note on EVs

12 March 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Electric vehicles are quiet. Too quiet, say legislators, thereby posing a risk to pedestrians and cyclists. So new legislation is swinging into force next year mandating all hybrid and EVs to generate a certain level of noise when travelling electric at low speeds. We discuss the implications of these new sound regulations and the opportunities they present to OEMs with Harman’s Rajus Augustine, Global Director of Business Development for HALOsonic - Harman’s suite of active noise management technologies.

Latest news

UK buyers waver over diesel - survey

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Research for the Automobile Association (AA) here in the UK has shown a growing number of car buyers have yet to make up their mind what fuel their next car will use, highlighting the 'confusion' now regularly noted to just-auto by automaker insiders.

Get ready for 3D-printed electric cars?

16 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

The China Daily reports that Italian company X Electrical Vehicle, or XEV, expects to launch a 'mass-producible 3D-printed electric car' in China in 2019.

Audi plans e-tron GT for 2020

15 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Audi has confirmed a four-door performance electric car to go into production in 2020 at the Böllinger Höfe site near Neckarsulm (to be built alongside the R8). The e-tron GT is four-door luxury Gran Turismo with purely electric drive and would come to market after an Audi e-tron electric SUV.  

Mercedes-Benz Cars details Thai battery production

15 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Following its initial announcement of plans to produce lithium ion battery packs for electric and plug in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, as the company anticipates strong demand growth for these vehicles across the region in the next few years, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has now detailed its plans, with local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP), to spend EUR100m by 2020.

UPS to add plug-ins to fleet in US

15 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

In late 2018, delivery firm UPS will introduce a fleet of 50 plug-in delivery trucks in the US with the expectation of an even larger fleet in 2019. It says the cost of EVs relative to diesel is rapidly falling.

just-auto Plus only EDI to participate in DOE bus electrification programme

15 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Efficient Drivetrains (EDI), a global leader in advanced high-efficiency zero emissions hybrid and electric vehicle drivetrain solutions, announced that it has been selected as the electric...

Volkswagen quietly admits to China export plans

14 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Buried deep in a lengthy media release, the Volkswagen Group has quietly let slip that it has plans to use its giant manufacturing operations in China to commence exports.

just-auto Plus only TomTom launches it's EV service in North America

14 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

TomTom (TOM2) announced that its electric vehicle (EV) service, designed to help drivers make informed decisions about when and where to charge their vehicles, is now available in North America....

VW plans 16 EV production sites by 2022

13 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen is ramping up its e-mobility strategy to plan 16 production sites around the world for electric vehicles by the end of 2022. It also says that future partnerships with battery manufacturers have been agreed for Europe and China. The push for e-mobility comes as VW continues to deal with its 'dieselgate' scandal and associated costs.

Panasonic begins automotive lithium-ion battery production in China

13 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Panasonic Corporation has begun mass production of prismatic-type automotive lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Dalian, China, and held a ceremony to mark the first shipment.

BASF enhances its Ultrasim simulation tool

13 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

BASF says it now offers a new module for simulating applications of injection-molded components and that this offers benefits - in particular - in developing components for future electric vehicle

Millbrook adding EV testing facilities

12 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Independent auto industry test facility Millbrook said it was "making a significant investment in the people, equipment and facilities needed to test anything from cells to large batteries and electric powertrains".

Posco, Samsung SDI to build EV battery cathode plant in Chile

12 March 2018 | Staff reporter

South Korea's Posco and Samsung SDI are to invest jointly in a new factory for cathodes for lithium-ion batteries in Chile, a move that will help them secure future supplies of raw materials for such EV batteries.

Dana and GKN Driveline sign agreement for merger

9 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Dana announced today that it has signed definitive agreements to combine with the driveline division of GKN plc to create Dana plc, 'a global leader in driveline systems'. GKN's board has recommended the merger (which many stakeholders will see as more palatable than a takeover by Melrose).  

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz wallbox, compact home charging station

9 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz wallbox makes the charging of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles even more convenient for the customer: with up to 22 kW, the home charging station is more...

Daimler takes stake in BAIC's Beijing Electric Vehicle

8 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Deepening their strategic cooperation in China's New Energy Vehicle (NEV) sector, Daimler has become a shareholder in Beijing Electric Vehicle, a subsidiary of BAIC Group, through acquisition of a 3.93% stake.

Linamar achieves record Q4 results

8 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Linamar said it had achieved a strong fourth quarter of double digit earnings growth and healthy full year results.

just-auto Plus only UQM receives new PowerPhase eDT systems order from Ashok Leyland

8 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

UQM Technologies announced the first purchase order from Ashok Leyland, a major India commercial vehicle manufacturer. The purchase order is for fifty-one UQM PowerPhase eDT systems to be shipped...

Continental and CITC create JV for 48V mild hybrid systems

7 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Continental and Chinese automotive supplier and battery manufacturer CITC (Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology Co., Ltd.) will establish a joint venture for the development and production of 48-volt battery systems for the automotive industry.

BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - BYD Tang world debut

7 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Initial details of the second generation BYD Tang have been announced. This 505hp seven-seat plug-in hybrid SUV will be fully revealed at AutoChina in April.

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