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Take a seat, your car is almost ready to drive you

26 February 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Developments in vehicle seating have been taking place much faster than may be apparent on the surface. OEMs are demanding greater differentiation in their seat designs while motorists look for greater functionality and luxury. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one focuses on automotive seating developments.

Electric and driverless visions - THE WEEK

23 February 2018 | Dave Leggett

The future for vehicles is electric, but it's fair to say the roadmap to that inevitable end-point is far from fixed.

Interior design and technology – Suzuki Vitara

16 February 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Since 1988, Suzuki has launched four generations of its Vitara. Fast-forward three decades and the carmaker’s latest incarnation competes head on with the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V and Kia Soul in the hugely popular crossover SUV segment. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this compact SUV.

Interior design and technology – Kia Stinger

5 February 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Inspired by the gran turismos of the 1970s, Kia’s first GT and rear-wheel drive car arrived in showrooms across Britain last month. The Stinger is also the fastest car the Korean automaker has ever put together. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside a GT S trimmed model to take a closer look.

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Pitch perfect - Harman hits the right note on EVs

12 March 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Electric vehicles are quiet. Too quiet, say legislators, thereby posing a risk to pedestrians and cyclists. So new legislation is swinging into force next year mandating all hybrid and EVs to generate a certain level of noise when travelling electric at low speeds. We discuss the implications of these new sound regulations and the opportunities they present to OEMs with Harman’s Rajus Augustine, Global Director of Business Development for HALOsonic - Harman’s suite of active noise management technologies.

Interview with JLR's director of global purchasing and sourcing, chassis systems

21 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

Neil Marsons is Global Purchasing Director, Chassis, Supply Chain Design and Global Sourcing Strategy at Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) where he is accountable for strategy development and execution, as well as supplier performance for all chassis systems and commodities across all JLR vehicles. Simon Warburton talked to him at JLR’s Gaydon site in central England.

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Denso to increase stake in Renesas Electronics

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation is to increase its shareholding in Renesas Electronics from 0.5% to 5% to, it said, "accelerate the development of various in-vehicle systems including automated driving systems that are becoming more advanced, complicated, and larger in scale than ever before. Renesas has cutting-edge technologies for semiconductors that serve as the key devices in such systems".

Toyota initiates new CASE pillar

16 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota in North America is creating a new CASE (Connectivity, Autonomous, Sharing and Electrification) 'pillar' to coordinate activities in fast-moving advanced technology areas and new industry business models.

Get ready for 3D-printed electric cars?

16 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

The China Daily reports that Italian company X Electrical Vehicle, or XEV, expects to launch a 'mass-producible 3D-printed electric car' in China in 2019.

Toyoda Gosei opens new hydrogen tanks plant in Japan

16 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyoda Gosei has established a new plant in the city of Inabe, Mie Prefecture, Japan to produce high pressure hydrogen tanks, a crucial component of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Preparations for the start of production are currently underway.

just-auto Plus only Leoni Supervisory Board appoints new CEO

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Supervisory Board of Leoni has appointed Aldo Kamper as president and CEO. The 47-year old, who is currently the CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductors, will take office at the latest on 1 October...

just-auto Plus only Lanxess starts new production line for speciality thermoplastic compounds in Germany

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Speciality chemicals company Lanxess has now commissioned a new production line for the manufacture of speciality compounds at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. The company has invested approximately...

just-auto Plus only Evonik to build new plant for polyamide 12 production

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Evonik is planning to build a new production complex for the high-performance polymer polyamide 12 (PA 12). The Group intends to increase its overall PA 12 capacity by more than 50%. Polyamide 12...

Magna/Lyft to collaborate on self-driving systems

15 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Magna and rideshare firm Lyft have announced a multi-year collaboration in which the companies will jointly fund, develop, and manufacture self-driving systems. In addition, Magna will invest US$200m in Lyft equity. The establishment of this partnership is subject to regulatory approval.

VW Rus urges Moscow to be market focused for supply chain

15 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Rus is calling for a more integrated approach to the supply chain as well as a market-centric push from those in government in Moscow as The Kremlin considers its future strategy for the automotive sector.

Renault Russia convinces Algeria of component quality

15 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault Russia says it has won the battle to win the confidence of a major North African market as the export arena becomes increasingly important.

Russia recovery opportunity for domestic suppliers - AEB

15 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's burgeoning passenger and LCV market may open up potential for new domestic component manufacturers to supply OEMs and also export says the Association of European Businesses (AEB).

Mercedes-Benz Cars details Thai battery production

15 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Following its initial announcement of plans to produce lithium ion battery packs for electric and plug in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, as the company anticipates strong demand growth for these vehicles across the region in the next few years, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has now detailed its plans, with local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP), to spend EUR100m by 2020.

GKN lauds technology portfolio as bid battle rages

15 March 2018 | Simon Warburton

GKN says its technology is contributing to providing answers to increasingly complex environmental pressures as regulatory pressure combined with consumer demand show no sign of dissipating.

Mazda/Eliiy Power/Ube to jointly develop lithium-ion batteries

15 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation, Eliiy Power and Ube Industries have agreed to jointly develop lithium-ion batteries for autos use.

just-auto Plus only EU eCall system equipped in 3.5m Mercedes-Benz cars

15 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

EU Directive 2015/758 requires that from 31 March 2018 all new passenger cars type-approved from that date must be equipped with an EU eCall system as standard. This has long been the situation at...

just-auto Plus only SmartDrive launches new Transportation Intelligence Platform

15 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

SmartDrive Systems, a leader in video-based safety and transportation intelligence, announced the launch of the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform and SR4 hardware, which deliver...

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz extends connect business services for car fleets

15 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Future mobility solutions are based substantially on connected vehicles. With a view to the needs of fleet managers, Mercedes-Benz Connectivity Services is extending its "connect...

just-auto Plus only Lanxess extends its hybrid technology to metallic hollow profiles

15 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Plastic metal hybrid technology is an established method for manufacturing lightweight structural components developed by the speciality chemicals company Lanxess. This technology systematically...

Dana CEO meets with top GKN investors - reports

14 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

The CEO of Dana is in the UK this week meeting with large shareholders in GKN to put the case for its deal over that of the hostile bid from investor group Melrose Industries.

Nexteer Automotive 2017 revenue up 1% to US$3.878bn

14 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Nexteer Automotive has reported financial results for its fiscal year ended 31 December 2017, with revenue reaching US$3.878bn, an increase of 1% when compared with 2016.

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