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Interior design and technology – Peugeot 3008

24 June 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Launched at the 2016 Paris motor show, the second generation Peugeot 3008 competes in a crowded C segment SUV market. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slipped inside this popular compact family crossover to see what distinguishes it from its predecessor. Quite a lot it seems.

Renault jilts FCA, Ford axes another Europe plant - the week

7 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Well, it seemed like a good idea. Barely had we deep-dived a potential merger between FCA and Renault before Mother French State called off the engagement, even before the ring had been bought. Shades of GM Europe-Fiat, maybe.

Interior design and technology – Fiat Tipo

6 June 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Designed in Italy and assembled in Turkey, the Fiat Tipo has been a fairly common sight on European roads since 2015 but not for much longer. FCA has already let it be known that this model will not be replaced once production ends in 2023. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this family car.

Big is better? - the week

31 May 2019 | Dave Leggett

FCA's audacious proposal for a merger with Renault has certainly got everyone talking.

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Delphi Technologies’ CTO on smart propulsion solutions, GDi and the CV diesel market

18 June 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Since its spin-off from Delphi Automotive in 2017, Delphi Technologies has been pushing back the technical boundaries on a number of fronts. Last month, we learned that it has developed a 500+ bar GDi system that can reduce particulate emissions by up to 50 per cent compared to 350 bar system without expensive engine design modifications. Last January, the supplier revealed at CES its Intelligent Driving technology, which could put 'self-aware' cars on the road by 2022-23. To learn more about these and other innovations, we caught up with Mary Gustanski, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Delphi Technologies.

Fuel for thought - some low carbon alternatives

14 May 2019 | Matthew Beecham

A greener form of motoring, low carbon vehicles emit fewer harmful gases compared to a conventional car. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we caught up with Paul Turner, engineering director at Revolve Technologies, a powertrain engineering specialist to discuss its low carbon vehicle projects, electrification, lithium-ion and the prospects for hydrogen FCEVs.

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Continental launches improved vehicle surroundings radar

25 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Continental has launched a new short-range radar which provides more precise detection of vehicle surroundings.

Mitsubishi to sell stake in Chinese engine JV

25 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors plans to sell its 15% stake in Harbin Dongan Auto Engine Company, its engine joint venture plant based in the Chinese city of Harbin, according to reports in Japan.

SMMT stresses need for Brexit trade deal with EU

25 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

The UK automotive trade association SMMT says that getting a departure deal with the EU must be the next UK prime minister's first job as it warned of a GBP50,000 a minute cost due to potential border delays in the event of a hard or no-deal Brexit.

Renesas names CFO Hidetoshi Shibata CEO

25 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Semiconductor specialist Renesas Electronics said Hidetoshi Shibata had been named representative director, president and CEO, from 1 July, following the resignation of current chief Bunsei Kure effective 30 June 2019.

Gestamp prepared for tie-ups - executive chairman

24 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Gestamp says it is "prepared" for consolidation in the industry, but maintains it will continue its focus on implementing 4.0 techniques embracing digital technologies.

Ricardo joins NIST workshop on ADS safety

24 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Ricardo is collaborating with the US Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Intel, Intel Mobileye, Lyft, SAE International and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, in a workshop to evaluate current perspectives on Automated Driving Systems (ADS).

Benteler opens Spain axle plant for PSA supply

24 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Benteler has opened a plant in Mos, Spain, to produce rear-axle components for a new platform for PSA and creating 175 extra jobs.

Gestamp urges "common sense" CO2 targets

21 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Ever-tighter CO2 targets from the European Commission (EC) require a degree of "common sense," says Gestamp as Brussels shows no sign of easing its focus on emissions reduction.

VW teams withi Lidl and Kaufland for EV charging

21 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen is partnering with the Lidl and Kaufland supermarket chains, owned by the Schwarz Group for Berlin EV charging stations.

Clavister and Tieto team on CASE expertise

21 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

Cybersecurity solutions provider, Clavister is to collaborate with Tieto, a software R&D service company for telecom and automotive industries operating globally.

PSA starts production in Morocco

21 June 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA has started production at its Kenitra plant in Morocco which has a capacity of 200,000 vehicles from mid-2020 to serve customers in 80 markets.

Opel to invest in hot-forming steel facility at Kaiserslautern

20 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

PSA-owned Opel is to invest in a German manufacturing facility in a move that will safeguard its long-term future.

Hitachi Automotive to acquire Chassis Brakes International

20 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hitachi Automotive Systems (HAS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi announced that it has granted KPS Capital Partners a put-option agreement for the acquisition of 100% of Chassis Brakes International. Staff representatives will be consulted as per applicable law, and completion will be subject to antitrust approvals, HAS said

Ford turns 650m plastic bottles into EcoSport carpet

19 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Ford fits Romanian built EcoSport SUVs with carpets made using 470 single-use plastic drink bottles and, since model launch globally in 2012, has provided a new lease of life for 650m 500ml bottles, weighing an estimated 8,262 tonnes.

Nvidia unveils supercomputer for developing AVs

19 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Nvidia has unveiled the world’s 22nd fastest supercomputer – DGX SuperPOD – which it says provides AI infrastructure that meets the massive demands of the company’s autonomous-vehicle deployment programme.

just-auto Plus only Sibur and BASF to develop innovative polymer solutions

19 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Sibur and BASF are collaborating to develop innovative polymer solutions at Sibur’s PolyLab Research and Development centre located in Moscow, Russia. The signing ceremony of the Memorandum...

just-auto Plus only New 2020 Toyota Corolla earns IIHS Top Safety Pick rating

19 June 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan qualifies for a 2019 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with specific headlights. The Corolla is...

FCA joins Enel X and Engie over new e-mobility solutions

19 June 2019 | Dave Leggett

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has signed two agreements for new e-mobility solutions to support the production and distribution of the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and full-electric (BEV) models rolling out as part of the group’s 2018-2022 business plan.

Behr-Hella Thermocontrol completes Bulgaria expansion

18 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

German car parts manufacturer Behr-Hella Thermocontrol (BHTC) said it had completed the expansion of its production base in Bulgaria's Industrial Zone Sofia-Bozhurishte, following spend of EUR6.1m.

GKN Automotive collaborates on e-Powertrain project

18 June 2019 | Graeme Roberts

GKN Automotive, Drive System Design and the University of Nottingham are collaborating on an GBP8m project to design and develop a world leading electric vehicle powertrain for the global market.

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