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Why indeed Norway is an EV case study - the week

24 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Go to Oslo, which I did once with Nissan, purveyor of an electrified vehicle named after tree foliage, and, if you don't get killed (a) because you, British tourist from a country that drives on the right side of the road, forgot to look left instead of right when stepping off the kerb and (b) because you didn't hear one coming, you'll notice that electric vehicles (henceforth EVs) are rather common thereabouts.


Automotive semiconductors – the next wave of market growth

24 November 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Semiconductors are used in a variety of automotive applications, including interior, safety, fuel efficiency and connectivity. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of research snapshots, this one turns a spotlight on some of those applications and the key players serving the market.


Interior design and technology – Kia Soul

20 November 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Launched in 2008 for those looking to make a funky and bold statement, the Kia Soul is certainly out of the ordinary. Competing models include the likes of the Vauxhall Mokka X and Nissan Juke. Like the Juke, opinions are divided on its distinctive looks and hamster TV commercials.  But that hasn't stopped the Soul from becoming a market leader in the US and China.  Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the Soul.


Driverless cars? The ‘fun to drive car will live on’ - Kia

10 November 2017 | Matthew Beecham

While driverless cars are being pushed to the public as desirable, are they really? Many of us like driving cars, most of the time.  Albert Biermann, head of Vehicle Test and High Performance Development for Hyundai and Kia Motors told just-auto that there will always be a need for fun to drive cars.


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Leoni on collaborative robots and becoming a full service provider

30 November 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with global component suppliers, we caught up with Martin Stüttem, Member of the Board of Directors, responsible for the Wiring Systems Division, Leoni. He explained how increasing data transmission volume is making higher demands of cable assembly. Data protocols and special cables are very complex to produce manually hence automatic manufacture of data cables will become standard.


Q&A with Mojio CEO, Kenny Hawk

3 November 2017 | Cat Dow

Software platform developer, Mojio, is set to go from strength to strength, working directly with the mobile carriers to connect our older cars. Cat Dow catches up with Mojio CEO Kenny Hawk on what the team does and its plan for the future.

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PSA/OV purchasing integration to account for 30% synergies

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

PSA has unveiled a new unit bring together Peugeot/Citroën/DS (PCD) and Opel/Vauxhall (OV) Purchasing and Supplier Quality Organisations.


Hanon Systems to build automotive compressor plant in China

15 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Global automotive supplier Hanon Systems announced that it had signed an investment agreement with the Dalian municipal government in China to expand its automotive compressor operations to support local business growth.


Renault opens new Alpine A110 production line in Dieppe

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Renault chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, as well as France’s Minister for Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, have inaugurated the new Alpine A110 production line at the automaker's facility in Dieppe, Normandy, the brand’s original home.


AGC develops new CFRTP technology

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

AGC Asahi Glass has unveiled a new technology enhancing the performance of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP).


Borg Warner names new COO

15 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BorgWarner announced the appointment of Frederic Lissalde to executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective 1 January, 2018.


just-auto Plus only Nexperia introduces new in-vehicle network protection diodes

15 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nexperia, the former Standard Products division of NXP, announced a new generation of in-vehicle network (IVN) protection diodes that offer a higher surge current, greater ESD robustness and a...


just-auto Plus only Chery/Linkmotion to develop technology platform for autonomous vehicles

15 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

NQ Mobile a leading global provider of mobile internet services, announced that its subsidiary, Linkmotion Holdings ("Linkmotion") has signed a new partnership with Chery Automotive...


BASF/Toda strengthening US and Japan production

15 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

BASF and Toda Kogyo are strengthening  production capabilities in the US and Japan to work on e-mobility.


Hungary powers on with 220 new Valeo jobs

14 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Valeo Auto-Electric Magyarország is expanding its manufacturing and R&D complex in Veszprém, Hungary, with a EUR60m (US$71m) greenfield project creating 220 new jobs.


Varroc to start Morocco production facility

14 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Varroc Lighting Systems is establishing a manufacturing and product development base in Morocco.


Denso acquires InfiniteKey to advance keyless automotive experience

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Denso has acquired Holland, Michigan based InfiniteKey along with several key patents and R&D resources.


BASF opens new automotive coatings plant in Thailand

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BASF's coatings division has opened a new automotive plant at its Bangpoo manufacturing site, Samutprakarn province, Thailand.


Scania spends SEK1.5bn on energy efficient foundry

14 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Scania plans to spend about SEK1.5bn on a new foundry in Sodertalje, Sweden, in order to triple production capacity and achieve a 50% reduction in energy consumption compared to the technology and methods used in the current foundry.


Bendix Wingman technology standard for Mack Trucks Anthem

14 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

Bendix’s advanced driver assistance system, Wingman Fusion, will come as standard on all models of the new Anthem from Mack Trucks.


just-auto Plus only Volvo Trucks introduces new battery system for Volvo FH/FM

14 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volvo Trucks is introducing a new battery system for Volvo FH and Volvo FM, which provides sufficient power for all in-cab functions while also reducing the risk of standstill due to discharged...


just-auto Plus only Infiniti VC-Turbo engine makes its production debut on new QX50

14 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

"Variable compression ratio technology represents a breakthrough in powertrain development. The QX50, powered by our VC-Turbo, is the first production vehicle ever to give drivers an engine...


just-auto Plus only Genesis G80/G90 earn 2018 IIHS top safety pick+ rating

14 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

This month the Genesis G80 (when equipped with specific headlights) and G90 earned the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's (IIHS) highest rating by being placed in the Top Safety Pick+...


just-auto Plus only Denso/BlackBerry develop integrated automobile HMI platform

14 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Denso Corporation and BlackBerry Limited announced the companies have jointly developed the world’s first integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) platform. Intel also collaborated in the...


just-auto Plus only ANCAP issues ratings for Jaguar F-Pace/Kia Stinger

14 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Independent safety ratings for two more models enter the ANCAP ledger this week, with a 5-star ANCAP safety rating issued to the Jaguar F-Pace and a split-3 and 5-star rating awarded to the Kia...


Toyota and Panasonic mull batteries collaboration

13 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota and Panasonic have announced an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive battery business.



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