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Re-imagining the gas station and battery charge times - COMMENT

6 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Fully electric vehicles come with a number of challenges, of course.

COMMENT - Why Mazda needs the Amati luxury brand

25 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

It's almost 25 years since Mazda shelved Amati, its take on Acura, Infiniti and Lexus. Given that the plans for multiple models and a bespoke W12 engine were not backed up by a rock solid balance sheet, this was the right decision. Now, with its recent concepts effortlessly showing up so many cars from the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce which lack beauty, it's time for Mazda to think again.

ANALYSIS - Peugeot seeks segment leadership with new 5008

6 October 2017 | Glenn Brooks

ACEA is yet to release Europe-wide sales data for September but Groupe PSA has been having a trying 2017 in terms of volume. This, it insists, is due to pulling back from low-margin business. That being the case, the new, upscale 5008 should help matters.

ANALYSIS - Crossland X and future Opel-Vauxhall SUVs

23 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

At first sight, the new Crossland X, which steps in for the Meriva, appears to make no sense for Opel and Vauxhall. Isn't it the same size as the Mokka X? The now Groupe PSA divisions believe there is room below their existing B-SUV for a slightly shorter, narrower and lower crossover, but is there?

Latest interviews

SRI’s acquisition of MTS bolsters brand awareness for Falken Tyres

2 October 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Following Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ (SRI) acquisition the Micheldever Group, including Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services (MTS), the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres. SRI has secured a route to market for the Falken brand. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Stephan Cimbal, head of marketing at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH about MTS and some retail trends in the tyre industry. 

Denso - digitalisation is transforming the European aftermarket

14 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one component manufacturers, we spoke to Ruslan Leontiev, product manager starters & alternators and wiper blades, and Alexey Bartashevich, senior manager aftermarket products, both Denso Aftermarket & Industrial Solutions.

Latest news

Ridecell powers Madrid Zity carsharing service platform

18 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Carsharing platform developer,  Ridecell says it is providing the technology foundation for Zity, a new service in Madrid.

Renault forms JV with Brilliance for China LCV production

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings [BMW's car JV partner] have inked a joint venture to manufacture and sell light commercial vehicles (LCV) using Jinbei, Renault and Huasong brands aiming for 150,000 sales annually by 2022 and an acceleration of electrifying powertrains.

RHD Chevrolets returning to Australia

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Right hand drive Chevrolet models are returning to Australia (and likely New Zealand) with local conversions by Holden Special Vehicles (HSV).

Skeleton Technologies inks Sumitomo distribution agreement

12 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Ultracapacitor manufacturer, Skeleton Technologies has signed a distribution agreement with Sumitomo Corporation Europe to provide energy storage solutions for the hybrid electric and electric vehicle industry.

Toyota reshuffles European management for 2018

11 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has announced a new organisation and several executive level appointments at its European headquarters and affiliates.

Ford modifies scrappage scheme to save classics

11 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has modified its 'scrappage scheme' as it extends it into the first quarter of 2018. After an outcry over the fate of a Standard car traded in earlier (it was saved after classic car fans' pleas all the way to the top at Ford UK), the automaker said, from 2018, vehicles which are classified as 'historic vehicles' by the DVLA would not automatically be scrapped.

GM adds commerce platform for in-car purchases

8 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

General Motors customers will be able to order and pay for their morning coffee by tapping their in-vehicle touchscreen via a new commerce platform that will allow a range of on-demand reservations and purchases from inside the car.

Ford and Alibaba look to work together in China

7 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

As expected, Ford Motor Company and Alibaba Group on Thursday agreed to explore a strategic collaboration to jointly identify new opportunities to redefine consumer retail experiences and explore solutions for sustainable mobility.

BASF enters partnership with start-up company Ahrma

7 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

BASF has partnered with Dutch start-up company Ahrma Holding to work on logistic solutions, investing EUR5m (US$5.89m) in Ahrma shares.

Ford reportedly plans Alibaba-assisted online sales

6 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford reportedly is set to announce a deal with Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba to trial car sales online.

Thai Toyota trucks head to Japan

6 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota's Hilux truck has returned to Japan after 13 years. This time, it's made in Thailand, a hub for Japanese and Ford brand pickups (though European Hilux supplies come from South Africa).

Wabco now owns all of South Africa unit

4 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco Holdings has acquired the remaining 51% interest of its South African partnership with Sturrock and Robson Industries.

New US/China a/c compressor JV forms

1 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Standard Motor Products, the automotive replacement parts manufacturer and distributor, announced it had formed a joint venture with Foshan Guangdong Automotive Air Conditioning, a China-based manufacturer of air conditioning compressors for the automotive aftermarket and the Chinese original equipment market.

Nissan launches used car business in India

30 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Nissan has launched its pre-owned car business - Nissan Intelligent Choice in India.

Opel names new South African importer

22 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Import rights for Opel in South Africa are set to change on 1 January 2018 following General Motors' decision earlier this year to exit the country by the end of 2017 and the subsequent sale of Opel and the Opel/Vauxhall brands to PSA.

Porsche uses AR technology to improve workshop services

21 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) has announced the introduction of "Tech Live Look," an Augmented Reality (AR) technology designed to improve technical services at Porsche dealerships and workshops in the US.

Gefco sees Brexit opportunity as clock ticks

16 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Logistics supplier, Gefco, says it sees opportunity in Brexit as well as challenges for its customers as the UK and the European Union (EU) attempt to thrash out a deal following London's departure from the trading club in March, 2019.

BMW Group hits 2m vehicle sales this year

14 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

For the first time at the 10-month stage of the calendar year, the BMW Group has delivered more than two million vehicles to customers around the world.

BMW Korea fined $54.5m for emissions certification errors 

10 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

BMW's South Korean subsidiary has received a hefty fine for 'sloppy certification' documents covering engine emissions for 28 models according to Korean media.

Gefco UK auto logistics centre to create 100 jobs

7 November 2017 | Simon Warburton

Gefco has opened its new automotive logistics centre in the North West England city of Liverpool, providing storage and sequencing operations for Tier 1s and OEMs and creating around 100 jobs.

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