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Research snapshot – no shortage of ADAS technology to support AVs

17 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one forms the second (of three) parts focusing on the ways in which the auto industry is paving the way for autonomous vehicles. It turns a spotlight on some recent supplier advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) innovations and investments.


All those in favour of AVs, say AI

16 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

We are hearing more about the opportunities for artificial intelligence (AI) in autonomous vehicles (AVs). Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one forms the first (of three) parts updating the levels of driving automation reached by automakers. Our second part turns the spotlight on supplier ADAS innovations while the third sets out a Q&A with powertrain engineering consultancy, Drive System Design. The lack of a driver in an AV re-writes the rules on many aspects of vehicle design, including the powertrain and driveline. This Q&A considers what the future might bring.


Interior design and technology – Suzuki Ignis

10 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

When the funky Suzuki Ignis debuted at the 2016 Paris motor show, opinions were mixed. But there can be no denying that this lightweight, compact crossover has a distinctive character. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this quirky gem.


BMW updates Mini and prepares for EV

2 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

A new gearbox, freshened styling and the option of 3D printed accessories are the main changes for an updated range of three-door, five-door and convertible Minis. The cars are now in production at plants in the Netherlands and England, with the latter also beginning initial preparations for an electric variant due in 2019.


Latest interviews


KYB is riding high on active suspension technologies

23 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with Tier 1 component suppliers, we spoke to Mike Howarth, Vice President, KYB Europe about recent damper innovations, active suspension systems and the European market for shock absorbers.


Yokohama expands European customer base

23 May 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tyre makers, we spoke to Tetsuo Ikegami, Manager, Yokohama Rubber about the trends in the European tyre market, new products and smart tyres. A spokesman for Yokohama also contributed to this Q&A.

Latest news


SPIEF 18 - Russia rebound sees Gefco acquire 750 railcars

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Logistics provider, Gefco says a strongly recovering Russian automotive market has led it to acquire 750 railcars to transport growing demand for vehicles in the country.


SPIEF 18 - VW Rus urges Moscow continue illicit trade fight

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen's Russia Group says the country itself does not have an issue when it comes to producing fake goods, but is urging the government to continue to tackle illicit manufacturing being brought in from abroad.


SPIEF 18 - Russia at start of electric road - Renault

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's startling paucity of electric vehicles means it is at the very start of its alternative fuel journey says the country's Renault operation, although government Ministers underline the country "is not California."


just-auto Plus only Daimler to recall Vito vans on KBA approval

25 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has officially notified Daimler AG that it must carry out a recall of its Vito van model with the 1.6-litre diesel Euro 6 engine. According...


just-auto Plus only Autoliv Board approves completion of Veoneer spin-off

25 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Autoliv, the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, announced that its board of directors has approved the completion of the previously announced spin-off of Autoliv's subsidiary...


Dana opens new facility in Yancheng, China

24 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Dana has inaugurated a facility in Yancheng, China, that will manufacture 'thermal-management products for conventional and new-energy vehicles (NEVs).


Faurecia invests in the US startup Promethient

24 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Faurecia has announced an investment in the US startup Promethient, reinforcing the group's ecosystem dedicated to thermal management technologies for future mobility solutions'.


Bosch opens infotainment systems plant in China

24 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Bosch says it is continuing to expand its presence in China and has opened a new plant for infotainment systems in the eastern Chinese city of Wuhu.


Novelis to expand Changzhou plant to double production capacity

24 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Novelis, a leader in aluminium rolling and recycling, has announced it will invest approximately US$180m to double its automotive aluminium body sheet capacity at its Changzhou facility in China.


just-auto Plus only New Euro 6d-Temp engines for Mazda model lineup

24 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mazda is ready for the future: All new vehicles ordered from the factory will be certified under the new Euro 6d-Temp emission standard, which includes the demanding WLTP (Worldwide harmonised...


just-auto Plus only Magna develops new Comfort+ door latch for cars

24 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

For automakers, two key customer satisfaction considerations are the feel of a car's door when opening and closing and the quietness of the cabin. Magna recently developed the Comfort+ door...


just-auto Plus only Lear names new chief diversity officer

24 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, announced that it has named Rashida Thomas chief diversity officer and director of talent...


just-auto Plus only HERE launches new over-the-air solutions for automakers

24 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

HERE Technologies announced the launch of a new over-the-air (OTA) solution for automakers to use in connected vehicles. HERE OTA Connect resolves a critical problem: ensuring that data, software...


BYD Europe holds first supplier conference

23 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

BYD says its European unit has held its first ever supplier conference at a plant in Hungary. The Chinese (Shenzhen-based) OEM is focused on the electric bus market around the world and is looking to build more buses in Europe.


Groupe PSA and Nidec establish electric traction motor JV

23 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA and Nidec have formed a joint venture dedicated to the design, development, manufacture and sale of electric traction motors.


Hyundai cancels Mobis-Glovis restructuring plan

23 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Hyundai Motor made a major U-turn on its publicly announced restructuring plan this week after seeing the market's reaction to its plans and after consulting with major shareholders.


GST Autoleather out of Chapter 11

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

GST AutoLeather, a specialist in automotive leather components, and its subsidiaries exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy on 22 May under new ownership.


just-auto Plus only Henkel provides sealing solutions for 2019 Ram 1500

23 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Henkel, a leading supplier of adhesives, sealants and surface technologies, is providing a baffle package and paint shop seam sealer for the new 2019 Ram 1500. The baffle package significantly...


just-auto Plus only Grammer to acquire US based Toledo Molding and Die Group

23 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Grammer AG, a global supplier of interior components for passenger cars and commercial vehicles seating systems, has signed a contract to acquire Toledo Molding and Die. (“TMD”), based...


VW gets caught by Polo rear seatbelt buckles

22 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen is in the midst of a recall campaign for all new Polos (ours come from South Africa) after discovering a problem with rear seat belt buckles.



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