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Under the skin of the new Mini Electric

15 July 2019 | Mike Vousden

We take an in-depth look at the new Mini Electric, due in March 2020.

Full steam ahead for hydrogen in Korea

3 April 2019 | editorial team

While the rest of the world seems fixed on driving up the use of electric and hybrid vehicles to help reduce emissions and energy consumption, the South Korean government is putting forward a transportation policy based on hydrogen power.

ASEAN vehicle market growth slowed in Q4

5 February 2019 | editorial team

New vehicle sales in southeast Asia’s six largest markets combined increased by 5.3% to 988,948 units in the fourth quarter of 2018 from 938,692 units in the same period of the previous year, according to data collected by from local associations and government departments.

Hands-On Tech - Mitsubishi Outlander

7 January 2019 | Cat Dow

This month in our Hands-On-Tech (HOT) reporting series*, we put the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s system to the test. Taking you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail, this HOT report series looks to benchmark the connectivity functionality of each manufacturer based on various test criteria. Its hybridised powertrain has put the Outlander PHEV some five years ahead of its peers, yet elements of the in-cabin connectivity—awkwardly called Smartphone Link Display Audio (no acronym)—feel like a throwback to the eighties, much like its name. 

Latest interviews

Interview part 1: Sernauto CEO José Portilla

17 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. Simon Warburton caught up with him as Spain looks to address the twin challenges of slowing global demand and the transition to new mobility.

Deal or no deal - How Brexit could impact the UK’s automotive supply chain

8 April 2019 | Matthew Beecham

May we mention the B-word? UK automotive manufacturing is currently amongst the world’s most efficient, relying on a tightly coordinated global supply chain to feed its production lines, with minimum capital employed and carefully-managed risk. Yet Brexit continues to concern the industry, including the ability of automakers and suppliers to maintain their just-in-time deliveries. We spoke to Graham Little, deputy managing director of logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical to understand what might happen, how manufacturers should prepare and why they should not plan to rely on trusted emergency techniques that have so far served them well within a joined-up Europe,

Latest news

Hyundai claims world first for new hybrid transmission

19 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Group claims to have developed the world's first active shift control (ASC) transmission.

Chery Automobile selects Quanergy Systems as its lidar partner

19 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Lidar provider, Quanergy Systems says it is partnering with with Chery Automobile.

Mahle installs 100 charging points in Stuttgart-Bad

19 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Mahle says it will install 100 charging points in its own parking garage in Stuttgart-Bad.

VWoA to stop Golf wagon production

18 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Tell us something we didn't already know: The United States has fallen out of love with station wagons (aka estate cars).

Volvo Group electric trucks to have Samsung batteries

18 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Volvo Group and Samsung SDI have agreed a strategic alliance to develop battery packs for electric trucks.

SEAT to offer corporate carsharing in Madrid

18 July 2019 | Dave Leggett

SEAT is going to begin offering corporate carsharing services through Respiro. The move was announced at ‘Madrid on the move by SEAT', an event in the Spanish capital where the company presented its urban mobility strategy for the first time and vehicles such as the new SEAT Mii electric, the SEAT Minimo concept vehicle and the SEAT eXS KickScooter powered by Segway.

PSA and CTAG team on autonomous driving tests

18 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA and CTAG and Groupe PSA are testing the contribution communication technologies can make to the development of automated vehicle functions in an urban environment.

Toyota to start using Ha:mo Ride driving data in Japan

18 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation said it would conduct verification tests in Toyota City using driving data obtained from Ha:mo Ride, a car-sharing service that uses COMS ultra-compact BEVs (battery electric vehicles).

CATL to supply Toyota with EV batteries

17 July 2019 | Dave Leggett

Lithium-ion battery cell producer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) and Toyota have announced a 'comprehensive partnership' for electrified vehicle drive batteries.

ZF introduces electric two speed drive for passenger cars

16 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Soon after announcing a second huge order for eight-speed automatics plus a 'hybridised' eight-speed automatic for 2022, ZF has launched an electric two speed drive for passenger cars.

Spain to attract CASE business - acting Industry Minister

16 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spain's acting Industry Minister says she wants the country to become a platform to attract companies involved in CASE technologies as the industry transits from conventional fuel burn to cleaner propulsion alternatives

BMW Group uses artificial intelligence in series production

16 July 2019 | Dave Leggett

BMW says it is using artificial intelligence (AI) in its quality control and monitoring systems in automotive production.

Toray to make EV battery separators in Hungary

16 July 2019 | editorial team

Japan’s Toray Industries announced plans to build a new facility in Hungary for the production of separator film for lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

ANFAC lauds Spain efficiency and labour harmony

15 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spain is not playing a low-cost labour game to attract overseas OEMs and suppliers, says its automotive association, but is more concentrating on the efficiency of its factories and solid union agreements.

NEVS using AutoX AD for robotaxi pilot in Europe

15 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Swedish EV manufacturer NEVS and autonomous vehicle start-up AutoX have agreed an exclusive partnership to use AutoX's AD technology for NEVS' new vehicle architecture.

CATL H1 profit surges on booming NEV market

15 July 2019 | Dave Leggett

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL), China's largest automotive lithium-ion battery maker, has forecast a 120-150% annual profit growth in the first half of 2019 amid a booming new energy vehicle (NEV) market.

Toyota to begin autonomous vehicle testing in Brussels

12 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) said on Friday (12 July) it would begin testing automated driving (AD) technology on public roads with the launch of programme that will trial its in-house developed systems around the streets of Brussels, where the European distribution operation is based.

Toyota outlines future as a 'mobility services provider'

12 July 2019 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is aiming to build on its partnership with Softbank and the Monet JV to transform from vehicle manufacturer to mobility services provider.

Unexpected car sharing trend emerges in Japan

11 July 2019 | Graeme Roberts

A new trend reportedly has emerged in car sharing in Japan.

PSA and Vinci Autoroutes team on autonomous tests

11 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA and Vinici Autoroutes have tested new autonomous vehicle features in Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, France, following the trial in 2017, which led to the crossing of a toll-gate in full autonomous mode for the first time.

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