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ANALYSIS - Lincoln future models

14 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Having first examined the current and likely next generation of Ford cars, followed by SUVs and pick-ups, the Ford Motor Company future vehicle series now turns to Lincoln.

LA auto show world debuts list - BMW M340i xDrive

13 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Multiple new model and concept world premieres which will take place at the LA auto show. A new variant for the G20 BMW 3 Series sedan range is the latest of these to be added to just-auto's preview list.

ANALYSIS - Future Ford SUVs and pick-ups

8 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After taking a look at Ford's worldwide plans for cars into the second half of the 2020s, this second feature investigates what the brand is likely to be doing in crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups, and that includes certain battery-powered vehicles as well as JVs with VW, Mahindra and Zotye.

Future plans show Ford isn't exiting cars

7 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Ford has been telling anyone who will listen that it believes its US market future lies with SUVs, pick-ups, EVs and autonomous vehicles. Outside North America though, there is a big future for a wide variety of Ford cars.

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Yanfeng on adapting to new industry challenges

9 August 2018 | Calum MacRae

At the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan recently just-auto's Calum MacRae met with Yanfeng Automotive Interiors’ Executive Director Research, Technology & New Mobility Jeff Stout and Vice President and General Manager Nathan Bowen to discuss the changing automotive environment and Yanfeng's role in it. 

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.

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Renault-Nissan invests in Li-ion battery tech company

14 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has announced that it has invested in the latest round of funding in Enevate Corporation, an advanced lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology company based in Irvine, California.

VW names additional battery cell partner

13 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen has said that South Korean manufacturer SK Innovation (SKI) completes a group of strategic suppliers for battery cells in all major world regions. The companies SK Innovation, LG Chem, Samsung and CATL have been named as partners for the long-term supply of cells for VW's rapidly growing electric fleet based on the Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB).

Tesla appoints new chair of the Tesla Board

13 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tesla’s Board of Directors has announced that Robyn Denholm has been appointed as chair of the Tesla Board, effective immediately.

Mitsubishi to join Thai hybrid vehicle programme

13 November 2018 | Staff reporter

Mitsubishi Motors plans to produce plug-in hybrid vehicles and batteries in Thailand, according to Thai deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

just-auto Plus only NXP introduces new power control reference platform for EVs

13 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

NXP Semiconductors, the world’s largest supplier of automotive semiconductors, has announced a new automotive power control reference platform for an electric vehicle traction motor inverter....

just-auto Plus only Mitsubishi Motors to expand use and availability of EVs in Indonesia

13 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Government under which it will work to expand the use and availability of electric...

VW prepares to sell 50m electric vehicles - reports

12 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen's electric vehicle platform and battery purchasing plans are being readied to handle production of 50m vehicles, chief executive Herbert Diess reportedly told German auto trade weekly Automobilwoche.

Hyundai hails hydrogen as central to clean energy transition

12 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Executive Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun has said that 'hydrogen has a place as a central pillar to the clean energy transition'. He was speaking at clean mobility forum in Singapore last week, the company said Sunday.

BMW supplies electric motors and batteries for Karsan e-bus

9 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW says that for the first time, the electric motors and high-voltage batteries developed for the BMW i3 will be used to power a city bus made by the Turkish manufacturer Karsan which is designed specifically for use in inner-city traffic.

Opel and partners to 'develop intelligent charging infrastructure'

9 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

PSA-owned Opel says the engineering centre at its company headquarters in Russelsheim will become a laboratory for electric-mobility working with a number of partners.

NXP develops new Battery Cell Controllers for EVs

9 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

NXP Semiconductors has announced a new Battery Cell Controller portfolio suitable for automotive Battery Management Systems.

Ford buys electric scooter sharing company

8 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Smart Mobility has acquired Spin, a San Francisco based electric scooter sharing company that provides customers an alternative for first- and last-mile transport.

PSA says Opel/Vauxhall "back on course"

8 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA says Opel/Vauxhall is "back on course" one year after presenting its Pace plan, insisting the division will be profitable, electric and global.

VW's Electrify America announces California collaborations

8 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Electrify America, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America set up as part of the 'dieselgate' settlement with federal authorities, has announced collaboration with six organisations in California to help develop and launch community based programmes to support brand neutral education and awareness of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) for disadvantaged and low-income communities.

just-auto Plus only Nexperia introduces MOSFET drivers for automotive hybrid powertrains

7 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced a new family of automotive-grade 100V, 4A half-bridge N-channel MOSFET drivers. The ISL784x4...

just-auto Plus only Hyundai Motor and Grab to improve EV adoption in Southeast Asia

7 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hyundai Motor Group and Grab Holdings (Grab), Southeast Asia’s leading O2O (online to offline) mobile platform, announced an agreement under which Hyundai Motor Company...

just-auto Plus only BMW Group sales up 1.3% in 9M 2018

7 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The BMW Group remains firmly committed to following its forward-looking strategy, despite the current challenging conditions. In line with its Strategy Number One Next, the BMW Group continues to...

Daimler battery plant now employs 1,000 a year ahead of plan

6 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler said battery subsidiary Accumotive at Kamenz in Germany would employ around 1,000 people by the end of 2018, a year earlier than planned.

just-auto Plus only Ford of Europe names new director of Electrified Vehicles

6 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford named Steve Hood to the newly established position of director, Electrified Vehicles, Ford of Europe, with responsibility for developing strategy, new business models and plans for electrified...

Tesla targets initial output of 3,000 Model 3s per week in Shanghai

5 November 2018 | Staff reporter

Tesla said in a regulatory filing it had set a production target of 3,000 Model 3 sedans per week in the early stages of operation at its planned factory in China, according to local reports.

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