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Interior design and technology – Fiat 500L

16 July 2018 | Matthew Beecham

The Fiat 500L MPV was launched in the UK in 2013, receiving a facelift in 2017 when 40 per cent of the components were replaced. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the cavernous 500L to see what’s new.

Interior design and technology – Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

9 July 2018 | Matthew Beecham

The Suzuki SX4, a compact crossover developed jointly by Suzuki and Fiat, was launched in 2006. At the 2012 Paris motor show, Suzuki unveiled its S-Cross concept and broadcast that it would be a new model, not a replacement for the SX4. Six months later the SX4 S-Cross, loosely based on the S-Cross concept, appeared at the Geneva motor show and received a facelift in 2016. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we peer inside this small SUV to see what makes it shine in a crowded market.

Commercialising innovation - as easy as APC

6 July 2018 | Calum MacRae

To continue to encourage and ‘derisk’ invention and innovation in the UK’s automotive industry the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) was established in 2013 as a result by intervention by the UK government and the industry (the UK’s Automotive Council). The APC has been funded with GBP1bn with half of the fund stemming from the government and half from industry. Its brief is simple, but complex: support the UK industry’s move to low carbon solutions and create an ecosystem that supports R&D, thus ending the dreaded ‘valley of death’.

COMMENT - Be ready for no-deal Brexit scenarios

4 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

In the global scheme of things, Brexit may look like something of a local issue for Europe.

Latest interviews

Webasto on development of sunroofs and convertible roof systems

19 July 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Webasto’s core competencies include development, production and sales of sunroofs, panoramic roofs, convertible roofs and parking heaters. With electric heating systems, charging solutions and battery systems, the supplier is also addressing the growth market of electromobility. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, we spoke to Dr. Holger Engelmann, Chairman of the Management Board, Webasto SE about the company’s roof systems business.

Magna Exteriors makes an impact with front-end modules

18 July 2018 | Matthew Beecham

What is a front-end module? It depends on who makes it and for whom. Front-end modules (FEMs) typically encompass the bumper, headlights, radiator and various others parts. The benefits to the automaker from sourcing complete FEMs are clear: they can help cut the number of operations on the assembly line, reduce vehicle weight, cut tooling costs and improve working capital. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with component suppliers, we caught up with Rob Selle, Global Product Line Director, FEM, Fascia & Trim, Magna Exteriors, a front-runner serving the FEMs market.

Latest news

ACEA slams EC steel import tariffs as trade war looms

20 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Tariffs of up to 25% imposed by the European Commission (EC) on the import of a number of steel products following Washington's decision to levy its own surcharge, have been heavily criticised by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

US import tariffs 'terrify me' - VDA chief

20 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), has warned the US government that US import tariffs would harm US competiveness 'with severe negative effects on investment and employment in the US'.

just-auto Plus only Volvo XC40 and Ford Focus earn Euro NCAP five star rating

20 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Euro NCAP released the safety ratings of two new cars. Both Volvo’s new small off-roader, the XC40, and the latest version of Ford’s small family car, the Focus, achieve a maximum...

just-auto Plus only BMW Brilliance Automotive extends its strategic cooperation with CATL

20 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) and Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Beijing to further extend their long-standing partnership in China. With the...

Faurecia records H1 net profit up 10% to EUR342m

20 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has posted first-half net income up 10% to EUR342m (US$399m), while sales also grew by double digits in the second quarter and first six months.

Continental to restructure into three business sectors

19 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The board of Continental is to undertake one of the 'largest organisational realignments in the company’s history' with three new business sectors created. One of the sectors - powertrain - is being readied for a partial IPO in 2019.

Clearlake sells Sage Automotive Interiors to Asahi Kasei

19 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Clearlake Capital Group has announced a definitive agreement to sell Sage Automotive Interiors to an affiliate of Asahi Kasei.

Henkel addresses supplier/OEM 'pain-points'

19 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Henkel says solutions addressing the 'pain points of OEMs and tier suppliers include liquid gasketing, magnet bonding, thermal management and potting products as well as an impregnation service.

just-auto Plus only IAC implements smart factory applications at Halewood facility

19 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

International Automotive Components (IAC), a leading global supplier of automotive components and lightweight vehicle solutions, is implementing Manufacturing 4.0 and Smart Factory applications at...

just-auto Plus only Ford North America issues two safety recalls

19 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford is issuing two safety recalls in North America. Details are: Select 2013-16 model year Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles to replace shifter cable bushings Ford...

just-auto Plus only Euro NCAP scores new Ford Focus five-star rating

19 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The all-new Ford Focus has been awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating by independent crash test authority Euro NCAP - one of the first vehicles to be awarded the highest rating under new, more...

just-auto Plus only ANCAP scores Mazda CX-8 and Volvo XC40 five star rating

19 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The latest independent safety assessments from vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, have demonstrated the ongoing commitment from vehicle brands to maintain 5-star standards against increasing...

just-auto Plus only Alcoa reports net income of US$75m in Q2 2018

19 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminium products, reported second quarter 2018 results that reflect continued strong pricing for both alumina and aluminium.

EU and Japan sign historic FTA

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The European Union (EU) signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan on Tuesday that will eliminate tariffs on almost all products traded between the two trading blocks.

Honeywell appoints new board chairman of Transportation Systems business

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Honeywell announced that Carlos Cardoso has been appointed as chairman of the Board for its Transportation Systems business as it prepares to spin into a standalone, publicly traded company, Garrett Motion.

Autoliv joins European research project OSCCAR

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Autoliv has joined the new European H2020 research project OSCCAR to improve the protection and safety for occupants of the future vehicle.

Denso US joins Plug and Play mobility platform

18 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Denso has announced its Silicon Valley office’s partnership with Plug and Play, the "world’s largest innovation platform".

just-auto Plus only Bendix Wingman technology standard for IC Bus CE and RE series

18 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

IC Bus, the leading school bus manufacturer and subsidiary of Navistar, has made electronic stability control (ESC) and collision mitigation technology standard on its CE Series and RE Series...

Ford pays out $299m to settle US Takata lawsuit

17 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ford has agreed to pay USD299.1m to settle US consumers’ economic loss claims related to Takata airbag recalls over faulty inflators.

Hella sales up 7.2% to EUR7.1bn in FY 2017-2018

17 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Lighting and electronics specialist Hella says it has continued its profitable growth path in the fiscal year 2017/2018 (1 June 2017 to 31 May 2018).

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