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Is Euro NCAP losing its way? - Comment

1 March 2017 | Ray Hutton

Euro NCAP changed consumer attitudes to car safety but is in danger of getting lost in its own complexity, writes Ray Hutton.

Huge opportunities ahead in autos – study

3 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

A study by consultants AlixPartners suggests the automotive industry faces the "biggest challenge of the past 100 years" and predicts that in the next 15 years electric and hybrid cars could capture over half of the market. It also says connected and autonomous driving will open up new earnings potential while digitisation will enable double digit cost reductions.

Comment - VW 'dieselgate' opens the flood gates

17 May 2016 | Chris Wright

There's an old saying in the UK – you can wait for hours for a bus then two will come along together. It's an analogy that can be placed on many things. How often, for example, do you see or hear about something of which you have never come across before only for it to crop up again within a very short space of time? As soon as some scandal breaks there seems to suddenly be all sorts of people coming forward saying they have been affected.

Gloves off as UK poised to decide EU future

6 May 2016 | Simon Warburton

"Independence Day" is how Boris Johnson – recent Mayor of London – and star turn of the UK's so-called Brexit wing looking for an amicable divorce from Brussels - is describing the day after next month's British referendum on European Union membership.

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Tata Steel sees a sustainable future

15 September 2017 | Calum MacRae

Tata Steel recently published a whitepaper entitled "Charging towards a sustainable future?" which sets out the company's views on Europe's future powertrain mix and the role that steel can continue to play in the industry. just-auto's Calum MacRae met with the report's author, Chris Wooffindin, the company's automotive marketing manager, and his colleague Dr Nick Coleman, Principal Researcher in to sustainability at Tata Steel, to discuss the report's contents at the 2017 Frankfurt IAA.

Tenneco comfortable with auto's electrification drive

15 September 2017 | Calum MacRae

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA we spoke to Ben Patel, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tenneco.

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Mexico open to NAFTA vehicle rule changes

31 January 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mexico is open to changes to vehicle rules of origin as negotiators attempt to update the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

FCA deal to supply 'thousands' more cars to Waymo

30 January 2018 | Dave Leggett

FCA has announced an agreement to supply 'thousands' of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo to support the launch of the 'world’s first driverless ride-hailing service'.

Toray admits to faking tyre parts inspection data

30 November 2017 | Staff reporter

Specialty materials manufacturer Toray Industries Company is at the centre of Japan’s latest corporate quality control scandal after it admitted to falsifying inspection data, according to local reports.

Detroit Big 3 lobby against NAFTA origin rules change

28 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

The Detroit Big Three - Ford, GM and FCA - are urging the Trump administration to row back from rule-of-origin proposals for NAFTA that they claim would add thousands to car costs and disrupt supply chains.

VDA urges better regulation as home industry booms

27 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Germany's automotive association (VDA) says despite myriad challenges currently facing the country, its vehicle sector continues to power ahead, albeit with the caveat it requires significant labour to do so.

AIO chief bangs UK drum as Brexit talks enter crucial phase

22 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Automotive Investment CEO has delivered an upbeat assessment of supplier activity in the UK following London's decision to secede from the European Union (EU) in 2019, but business is still waiting for final clarity on any settlement deal.

China to cut tariffs; Ford targets US$3bn imports

13 November 2017 | Staff reporter

China plans to gradually reduce import tariffs on built-up vehicles from the current 25%, according to local reports citing a statement released to the press by the country’s Foreign Ministry.

Nissan Japan sales said to have halved after inspection scandal

31 October 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor reportedly has said sales of new passenger vehicles in Japan probably halved in October - compared with a year ago - after the discovery of flawed final inspection procedures at its domestic plants resulted in some production being suspended.

After Nissan, other Japanese OEMs check inspection systems - report

3 October 2017 | Dave Leggett

Following vehicle inspection deficiencies at Nissan in Japan, other vehicle makers there are reportedly checking their own systems in response to a government directive.

Nissan suspends sales in Japan over safety checks

2 October 2017 | Staff reporter

Nissan Motor's shares opened 5% lower on Monday morning after the company announced at the end of last week it would temporarily suspend vehicle registrations in Japan due to concerns over safety inspections.

China's new quota rule for NEVs - report

29 September 2017 | Dave Leggett

Beijing is introducing a new regulation requiring most automakers to sell a minimum number of new energy vehicles (NEVs - EVs and plug-in hybrids) annually from 2019, according to a report in the China Daily.

Scania fined EUR880m over antitrust cartel

27 September 2017 | Dave Leggett

EU regulators have fined Scania EUR880m for its part in a cartel for which other truckmakers have also been fined.

Beijing mulls relaxation of rules to boost EVs

20 September 2017 | Dave Leggett

China's government is reportedly considering a relaxation of its rules applying to foreign inward investment in order to boost the EV market and sector in the country.

IIHS-HLDI appoints David Harkey as president

19 September 2017 | Simon Warburton

David Harkey is to become president of The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS-HLDI), succeeding Adrian Lund who is retiring.

US DOT releases new automated driving systems guidance

13 September 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0. This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and states.

ACEA welcomes new emissions testing regime

31 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

ACEA, the association of European automakers, has welcomed the 'more stringent emissions tests' for vehicles coming into effect in the EU on 1 September.

Ford opposes Geely’s Lynk & Co trademark application

22 August 2017 | Staff reporter

Ford Motor Company has complained to the US Patent and Trademark Office about Chinese automaker Geely Holdings’ application to register the Lynk & Co brand in the USA, according to reports in China citing US sources.

Australian regulator goes after Ford over automatic transmissions

1 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it had begun proceedings against Ford Australia alleging that it engaged in unconscionable and misleading or deceptive conduct, and made false or misleading representations in its response to customer complaints about a dry dual clutch automatic transmission sold Down Under for about five years.

BASF polyurethane systems improved to reduce emissions in car interiors

25 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

BASF says it has improved the process for manufacturing Lupranol (polyether polyol) so car components which are made of its polyurethane systems emit an average of 20% less aldehyde.

Haldex Q2 marrred by uncertainty swirling around Knorr-Bremse bid

18 July 2017 | Simon Warburton

Haldex has posted second quarter operating income excluding one-off items down 11% to SEK78m (US$9.4m) from SEK87m, with the Swedish supplier warning of severe difficulties to run the company successfully given the uncertainty surrounding the bid from Knorr-Bremse.

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