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Ghosn, Brexit and a giant BMW grille - the week

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

As one of my colleagues remarked, the grille on the just facelifted BMW 7 Series is somewhat reminiscent of the front-end of a basking shark in full plankton filter-feed mode. I'm sure the Chinese will love it anyway (a staggering 44% of all 7 sales last year were in China - which explains the Shanghai roll-out). It was a lighter moment in a week that has had a more serious side on a number of fronts.


CES – Harman ignites next era of car connectivity

10 January 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Just over a year ago, Harman International became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. Focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, the pair have since leveraged their combined teams and resources to drive future mobility forward. They are again using this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to reveal a variety of novel connected car solutions that support their joint mission to become the leader in connectivity and autonomous driving. We are at CES this week where Harman has taken over the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and filled its conference rooms with the very latest connected car and autonomous driving solutions. So let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer.


Mobile power banks for e-cars - the week

4 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Another annual US light vehicle market over 17m units has been posted, the fourth in a row. 2018's tally was pretty impressive in the end, but there are obviously a few question marks surrounding how things will pan out in 2019. The Chinese market data for December and full-year is awaited with considerable interest.


Review of 2018 - Part 2

23 December 2018 | Dave Leggett

2018 was quite the year and threw up one or two surprises in the automotive business. Editor Dave Leggett's personal review picks out some highlights as seen through the prism of just-auto's industry coverage.


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Prodrive’s solution to composite recycling

21 January 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Prodrive Composites has developed a process for manufacturing recyclable composite components that can satisfy future end-of-life requirements without compromising the performance of the original parts. To learn more, we caught up with John McQuilliam FIMMM, Chief Engineer at Prodrive Composites and board member of the British Composites Society.


Sounds right – Q&A with Harman Car Audio VP

18 January 2019 | Matthew Beecham

A number of automotive trends were evident at last week’s CES, notably how Artificial Intelligence, smart audio and voice control systems are shaping the in-car user experience. To learn more, we caught up with Bill Wyman, VP - Global Marketing – Car Audio, Harman.

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Hyundai claims world first multi collision airbags

21 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Group has announced the development and future availability in its Hyundai and Kia cars of the (claimed) world's first multi-collision airbag system that significantly improves performance in multi-collision accidents. Multi-collision accidents are those in which the primary impact is followed by collisions with secondary objects, such as trees, electrical posts or other vehicles, which occurs in three out of every 10 accidents.


Toyota, Panasonic planning large-scale EV battery JV in China 

21 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor and Panasonic plan to have in place a new joint venture in China by next year to produce batteries for electric vehicles, according to a report in the Nikkei business daily citing sources close to the negotiations.


Daimler to build eight-speed automatic in Romania

21 January 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler Group will begin production of a new, eight-speed gearbox for Mercedes-Benz cars at its local gearbox subsidiary Star Assembly in Sebes, local media reported.


Plastic Omnium and Hella team on car body lighting

21 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Plastic Omnium and Hella are partnering on an integrated car body lighting initiative.


PSA inaugurates France Powertrain Expertise Centre

21 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA has inaugurated its multi-energy Powertrain Expertise Centre in Carrières-sous-Poissy, to support energy transition.


PSA starts Tychy Pure-Tech engine assembly line

21 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

PSA has started its new assembly line for the Turbo PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engine in Tychy, Poland.


just-auto Plus only Hella presents innovative mobility solutions at NAIAS

21 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Lighting and electronics specialist Hella presents safe and intelligent mobility solutions at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the largest motor show in the US. As...


Hyundai Mobis and KT join over 5G-based connected vehicle technology

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis and KT Corporation are to form a connected vehicle alliance that will focus on 5G communication opportunities for connected vehicles. 


Audi Münchsmünster facility produces 25m components in 2018

18 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Audi has released details of its Münchsmünster production site that produces key components - such as chassis modules - for Audi and other VW Group brand models.


Eaton develops power-dense inverter for EVs

18 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Eaton says its eMobility business has developed compact power-dense automotive inverters capable of increasing the range of electric vehicles.


Osram sells Slyvania Lighting to Wesco International

18 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Osram has sold its North American service business, Sylvania Lighting Solutions to Wesco International.


just-auto Plus only International CV Series trucks to feature Allison transmissions

18 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

With proven durability and reliability in the commercial truck segment, the Allison 1000 Series and 2000 Series are the exclusive fully automatic transmissions for the newly introduced...


just-auto Plus only Alto launches on-demand ride service in Dallas

18 January 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Alto, a new Dallas-based on-demand ride service, launched in Dallas, focused on safety and hospitality. Alto is turning the traditional ridesharing business model on its head. The...


UK haulage bodies urge deal to avoid hard Brexit

17 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Influential British logistics bodies are calling on the UK government to act quickly and secure a withdrawal agreement with the European Union (EU) before the country's formal exit date of 29 March this year.


Ford and Carbon expand JV for 3D printing of polymer parts

17 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company, has showed the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for Ford Motor Company.


Bridgestone and Iris team on new mobility services

17 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Bridgestone Europe and Iris Capital have unveiled a corporate venture partnership to investigate and invest in new mobility services, Industry 4.0 and digital transformation technologies across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.


Brose and Vayyar team on interior/door technology

17 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Brose is working with sensor specialist Vayyar, integrating sensor systems in power adjustment systems and drives in interior and exterior applications.


Eberspaecher opens new test centre in China

17 January 2019 | Dave Leggett

Eberspaecher, a Tier 1 automotive supplier specialising in the development and manufacturing of exhaust technology, has opened its 'Asia Test Centre' in Shanghai. The new centre bundles the Group’s exhaust technology testing expertise and prototyping operations for customers in Asia.


Alliance Ventures invests in retail start-up Tekion

17 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi's venture capital arm, Alliance Ventures, has announced an investment in US company, Tekion.


AFC Energy develops hydrogen fuel-cell EV charger

17 January 2019 | Simon Warburton

Industrial fuel cell power company, AFC Energy has deployed CH2ARGE, an electric vehicle charger based on hydrogen fuel-cell technology.



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