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Interior design and technology – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

25 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

What would you expect to see in a premium car interior? Forget rear seat heaters, think wellness retreats. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class spec list takes driver comfort to a new level by offering something called ‘Energising Comfort Control’. Debuted on the S-Class, it links the air-con, fragrancing, seat heating/cooling/massage function, audio and ambient lighting to improve driver comfort and even lift their mood. All in all, the fourth-generation C-Class has some 6,500 components new to the range. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slipped inside the luxurious interior to see what stands out.

Interior design and technology – Infiniti QX30

18 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Since its European launch in 2016, Nissan's luxury brand Infiniti has used the QX30 to attract a new type of premium car buyer. Yet last week, we learned that Infiniti will abandon western Europe to focus on markets in which it is more successful. Production of the Q30 and QX30 is to cease by July 2019 at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, UK. The company did not cite Brexit. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside one of the last few produced.

Interior design and technology – Kia Sportage

27 February 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Unveiled at the 2015 IAA and updated in 2018, the fourth-generation Kia Sportage remains a key model for the brand in Europe. The latest refresh included an expanded engine line-up, some aesthetic changes and generous trim levels, all of which helped the model rank as the tenth best-selling car in the UK last year. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this ever-popular mid-size family SUV.

Interior technology and design – Honda Jazz

20 February 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Since the Honda Jazz was launched way back in 2001, the automaker has sold more than 7 million models worldwide. Despite its popularity, it is not until you drive one that you begin to notice them everywhere, driven mainly by an older generation. It does not – and must not – set pulses racing. It’s a safe, no-nonsense choice. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this B-segment hatchback.

Latest interviews

Valeo prepares for 48V growth

20 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Valeo claims that they invented the 48V mild hybrid system 15 years ago, and are already in production in China and Europe with a "significant production ramp-up" this year. The supplier further claims that advanced orders for 48V machines will make it the number one 48V mild-hybrid supplier in the world by 2020. So is its long shot on 48V mild hybrid tech now paying off? To learn more, we spoke to Michel Forissier, Chief Technology Officer of Valeo’s Powertrain Systems Business Group.up.

Ionity charges on with European network for EVs

15 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group are involved in a joint venture, called Ionity that is installing a high power charging network for electric vehicles across Europe. The venture is based in BMW's home city of Munich and headed by CEO Dr Michael Hajesch. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Dr Hajesch to find out more.

Latest news

Faraday and The9 to manufacture EVs in China

25 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Faraday Future has signed a joint venture agreement with The9 Limited, a China-based internet company to manufacture, market, distribute and sell luxury electric vehicles in China.

Blackstone to join EU battery production subsidy programme

25 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Blackstone Resources has formally submitted a business plan to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to join its battery production subsidy programme.

Adient appoints José Gutiérrez to board

25 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Adient has appointed José Gutiérrez to its board.

Continental provides car sharing access and start

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Continental is providing a keyless technology system, QuickStart, for Hiyacar, the peer to peer car sharing platform ('Airbnb for cars').

Lear invests in Maniv Mobility VC fund

22 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Lear Corporation has announced it has invested in an Israel-based venture capital fund managed by Maniv Mobility that is focused on advancing mobility technology.

Hella and partners develop Open fusion platform for autonomous driving

22 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

A German research network with reputable research institutions, universities, IT companies and also companies from the automotive industry says it has developed a near-series fusion platform with open interfaces (Open Fusion Platform, abbreviated to OFP).

VW and Northvolt form European Battery Union

22 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group and partners are joining forces to form the European Battery Union (EBU).

Goodyear announces new pilot programme with Envoy Technologies

22 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Goodyear has unveiled a new pilot programme with Envoy Technologies, a provider of shared on-demand, community-based electric vehicles.

BMW selects Kumho tyre for new X3 SUV

22 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

BMW has selected Kumho Tyre to be the OEM supplier for the new X3 SUV.

BorgWarner appoints Kevin Nowlan as CFO

21 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

BorgWarner has appointed Kevin Nowlan as EVP and CFO, effective 1 April.

Daimler and NewMotion offer charging solutions

21 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Daimler is cooperating with Dutch company, NewMotion, which has been developing ideas for the expansion of charging infrastructure since 2009.

Ford expands BEV capacity in Michigan

21 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Ford is expanding its production capacity for battery electric vehicles at a second North American plant.

just-auto Plus only Ford F-150 earns IIHS top-tier good rating

21 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released test results showing that among all light-duty crew cab pickups measured in small overlap front crash testing for both driver and passenger,...

Gestamp opens new plant in Mexico

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Gestamp has opened its second plant in Mexico, in San Luis Potosi.

Hyundai Mobis joins Yandex for autonomous platform

20 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Hyundai Mobis has inked an MOU for joint development of an AI-based autonomous driving platform with Yandex.

Denso joins Olfaction Consortium

20 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Denso has joined the Digital Olfaction Automotive Consortium (DOAC) as a founding member.

Alliance launches Intelligent Cloud

20 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has unveiled production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, a new platform enabling RNM to deliver connected services in vehicles sold in nearly 200 markets.

just-auto Plus only ON Semiconductor to provide data for Nvidia Drive Constellation simulation platform

20 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

ON Semiconductor, driving energy-efficient innovations, announced that it is leveraging its sophisticated image sensor modelling technology to provide real-time data to the Nvidia Drive...

just-auto Plus only MAN stepping up its cooperation with innovative start-ups

20 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

What do a bioactive glass start-up, the inventors of an electric cargo bike, and the developers of an audio software that analyses motor noise have in common? All of them have the potential to...

Wabco and SmartDrive team on safety suite

19 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Wabco Holdings is collaborating with SmartDrive Systems to provide safety event video recording through the Wabco OnLane camera.

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