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Welcome back, dieselgate - the week

19 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Dieselgate has reared its ugly ahead again, this time in the UK, getting on for five years after Volkswagen admitted cheating on US emissions testing, sparking a saga that has cost it billions in fines and other costs, such as setting up the nationwide EV recharging network Electrify America, led to tens of thousands of perfectly functional cars being parked in the desert, put executives in US jails as German prosecutors tried to achieve likewise (with less success) this side of the Atlantic and generally tarnished its reputation. But this week's news was not about VW.

EU CO2 edict sends small Kia model variant packing

18 February 2020 | Graeme Roberts

"From 2021, phased in from [1 January] 2020, the EU fleet-wide average emission target for new cars will be 95 g CO2/km." Thus says the rule from Brussels. Failing to comply with that could wipe an auto brand off the map.

GUEST COMMENT – Malaysia’s automotive strategy embraces sustainable development

3 February 2020 | Guest

In a second guest article written exclusively for just-auto, Dato Madani Sahari, the CEO of Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), describes the need for sustainable development as part of the country's ambitious strategic aims for its automotive sector.

Electrification and autonomous is costing jobs - the week

29 November 2019 | Graeme Roberts

We began this wrap last week with job cuts and 'ere we go again.

Latest interviews

Interview part 2: Sernauto CEO José Portilla

23 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spanish suppliers association CEO, José Portilla has had many years experience in manufacturing sectors such as steel and automotive, while he is now CEO of Spanish suppliers association, Sernauto. In the second of two interviews, Simon Warburton caught up with him as Spain looks to address the transition to new mobility and the challenges of implementing advanced manufacturing technology coupled with addressing labour body employment concerns.

Powering low carbon tech - Q&A with APC

13 May 2019 | Matthew Beecham

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was set up six years ago in Coventry, the once centrepiece of the British car industry. It channels investment from government and industry to accelerate the development of greener technologies for engines. Its funded projects go beyond automotive too. We spoke to Jon Beasley, APC's director of technology and projects, to find out what has been achieved to date.

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Ford Europe hits 100% green energy target at some facilities

26 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said on Friday it was on track to power all its manufacturing plants with 100% locally sourced renewable energy by 2035 and already was using 100% green electric energy to power all facilities in UK, the Craiova plant, Romania, and in Cologne, Germany.

just-auto Plus only Continental Tires bundles sustainability activities in new department

22 June 2020 | just-auto plus

For many years now, Continental’s Tire business area has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the area of sustainability and has now bundled all activities and projects in a newly created...

Delphi and TomTom claim 10% fuel savings

19 June 2020 | Dave Leggett

Delphi Technologies PLC and TomTom, the location technology specialist, claim that real-world use of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), combined with real-time mapping data and propulsion software optimization, can deliver fuel savings of more than 10 percent.

Mercedes threatened with UK recalls, legal action, over diesel emissions

17 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

An automaker allegedly installing software to 'cheat' diesel engine emissions testing - by detecting when a vehicle is being driven on a test cycle and altering engine control settings to achieve a pass - is in the news again here in the UK this week. This time it's Daimler's Mercedes-Benz in media and lawyers' cross-hairs.

Spain launches stimulus programme for autos     

16 June 2020 | Dave Leggett

The Spanish government has announced an EUR3.75bn stimulus programme for the country's automotive sector which is designed to boost recovery from COVID-19 and lift the economy. Governments across Europe are announcing schemes to boost their automotive sectors.

just-auto Plus only SEAT reduces the environmental footprint of its production by 43% since 2010

8 June 2020 | just-auto plus

SEAT is committed to caring for the environment and in 2019 continued to work actively on progressively reducing the environmental impact of its activity. The carmaker successfully...

Volvo Cars Chengdu car plant now powered by renewable electricity

5 June 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Chengdu, the company's largest in China, is now powered by 100% renewable electricity, taking the company's global renewable electricity mix in its manufacturing network to 80%.

just-auto Plus only Mitsubishi Motors joins Open COVID-19 Declaration

26 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) joined OPEN COVID-19 DECLARATION, which aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19,...

Michelin CO2 reduction targets approved by SBTi

22 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Michelin’s CO2 emissions-reduction targets have been validated by Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

South Korea to hold hydrogen mobility show in July

15 May 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

South Korea still plans to stage the world's first hydrogen mobility energy show this year, as it looks to secure its global leadership in hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles and related industries.

Fortescue and ATCO ink hydrogen agreement

8 April 2020 | Simon Warburton

Fortescue Metals Group and ATCO Australia have signed an agreement to explore the deployment of hydrogen vehicle fuelling infrastructure in Western Australia.

UK court rules Volkswagen cheated emissions tests

6 April 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen installed unlawful software to cheat emissions tests in thousands of cars that were sold in Britain, a High Court judge has ruled.

just-auto Plus only ACEA: EU measures to support the auto industry during COVID-19

26 March 2020 | just-auto plus

The financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the automotive industry is severe. Both production and sales of motor vehicles have come to a sudden halt in most of Europe and other...

just-auto Plus only UK: Emergency bill to strengthen coronavirus (COVID-19) response plans

18 March 2020 | just-auto plus

Emergency measures to give ministers powers to take the right action at the right time to respond effectively to the progress of the coronavirus outbreak will be introduced to Parliament this week,...

just-auto Plus only Coronavirus (COVID-19): IRU calls on governments to help keep road transport supply chains and mobility networks moving

16 March 2020 | just-auto plus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world. In a fast changing situation, the pandemic’s impacts on the daily life of people, businesses and governments grow by the...

just-auto Plus only Hyundai's U.S. Actions in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

16 March 2020 | just-auto plus

The safety, health and well-being of Hyundai employees, customers, business partners and the communities where we do business is of the utmost importance during the current coronavirus (COVID-19)...

Fortum, BASF, Nornickel, ink battery recycling LoI

10 March 2020 | Simon Warburton

Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel have signed a letter of intent to plan a battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland, serving the electric vehicle market.

Alcantara features on Czinger 21C

10 March 2020 | Dave Leggett

Synthetic 'suede' materials producer Alcantara says it has partnered with start-up Czinger Vehicles to create 'highly customisable interior options for its all-new 21C, including but not limited to the 21C's seats, door panels, steering wheel and instrument panel'.

GM urges China to delay new emissions regulations

9 March 2020 | just-auto.com editorial team

General Motors is urging the Chinese government to delay the next scheduled tightening of vehicle emissions regulations in the country due to the outbreak of the COVID19 coronavirus at the end of last year.

Europe auto CO2 emissions rise in 2019 as model mix changes

3 March 2020 | Graeme Roberts

New car CO2 emissions are on the rise and any offset by increased EV sales is "negligible", according to a new study.

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