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Interior design and technology – Ford S-Max

18 September 2018 | Matthew Beecham

When Ford launched its seven-seater S-Max a decade ago - calling it a ‘sports activity vehicle’ to differentiate it from the larger Galaxy - competing models were thin on the ground.  Yet the second and current generation S-Max has lots of contenders with a stadium-style seating design. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside the ST-Line to see what makes it stand out from the crowd.

Taking care of the workers - the week

31 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

Just occasionally, it's the unexpected light shone into less headline grabbing aspects of company operations that can really impress. As was the case this week when we learnt about the medical services provision for the workers at SEAT's Martorell plant. I do not know the ins and outs of this provision in Spain or the history, but in these hard pressed times for health provision generally, it's good to see something like that in place. Good for the workers and the company.

Interior design and technology – Range Rover Velar

29 August 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Designed and engineered at JLR’s development centres in the UK, the Range Rover Velar plugs a gap between the Evoque and Sport. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this mid-size SUV to see what differentiates it from its siblings.

Wolfsburg gets a lift - the week

17 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

There was some good news for Wolfsburg this week when Volkswagen Group said it planned to lift annual output at  the plant to 1m units a year by 2020.

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Delphi Technologies CTO talks powertrain and power electronics

16 August 2018 | Dave Leggett

When Delphi split earlier this year, the greater part of its operations were renamed Aptiv. However, the powertrain tech division retained the Delphi name. Dave Leggett recently caught up with Delphi Technologies CEO Mary Gustanski at the company's new London headquarters.

Williams revs up the EV market

13 August 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Williams Advanced Engineering is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. It specialises in advanced lightweight materials, hybrid power systems and electronics, aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, and holistic integration capabilities. We caught up with company executives to learn more about its latest projects, advances in hybrid battery systems, electric vehicles and lightweight solutions.

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CIE to acquire Inteva Roof Systems for US$755m

19 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

CIE Automotive says it will purchase Inteva Roof Systems for US$755m on closing.

Knorr-Bremse and Continental combine on CV autonomous

19 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Knorr-Bremse and Continental will combine resources to develop a complete system for highly automated driving (HAD) in commercial vehicles.

Daimler buys into EV school bus maker

19 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler Trucks & Buses said it was investing in US company Proterra.

PSA trials Sochaux autonomous technology

19 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

PSA’s Sochaux plant is trialling automated technology on a portion of its logistics platform, with the TractEasy autonomous industrial tow tractor able to navigate the plant environment without human intervention.

Valeo and Wabco ink CV/pedestrian safety MoU

19 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Valeo and Wabco have signed an MoU to bring active safety technology to the commercial vehicle market to protect pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic as well as enable autonomous driving features.

Meridian leads UK self-driving working group

19 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Meridian, the gateway to self-driving vehicle development in the UK, has led the first working group to establish a global understanding of common requirements for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV).

Renault Alliance and Google team on Android system

18 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google are partnering to embed the Android operating system in vehicles sold by the alliance, providing infotainment and applications across multiple models and brands, scheduled to start in 2021.

BMW plans Mini 2019 'summer shutdown' to coincide with Brexit

18 September 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW will bring forward the 2019 summer maintenance shut down at its Mini factory in Oxford to 1 April - just after the UK is expected to 'Brexit' (leave the EU) at the end of March.

Faurecia outlines technology for Paris show

18 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia will showcase its latest and disruptive technologies at the Paris Motor Show in its two areas of focus: Smart Life on Board and Sustainable Mobility.

just-auto Plus only ZF wins UK and US orders for AxTrax AVE electric bus axle systems

18 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

ZF is highlighting two market successes for its tried-and-tested AxTrax AVE electric portal axle. Firstly, 31 of the famous red London double-decker buses will be equipped with this technology and...

just-auto Plus only VW Group to drive future deployment of ITS

18 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The Volkswagen Group is presenting its activities in the intelligent transport of people and goods at the 25th ITS World Congress in Copenhagen (17 – 21 September 2018). As a member of ERTICO...

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz extends connect business services to multi-brand car fleets

18 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Since 2017, Mercedes-Benz Connectivity Services, as part of Daimler Financial Services, has been offering connectivity services for Mercedes-Benz car fleets under the brand name "connect...

CARB awards US$41m to Port of Los Angeles

17 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

California's Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded US$41m to the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) for the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project.

Faraday Future appoints new VP of product, technology and IP

17 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Faraday Future (FF) says Jeff Risher has been appointed as vice president of Product, Technology and IP Strategy.

Chargepoint commits to 2.5m EV charging spots globally by 2025

17 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

ChargePoint has unveiled a worldwide commitment of 2.5m EV charging spots by 2025 at the Global Climate Action Summit.

BASF opens new laboratory for automotive coatings in Munster

17 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

BASF's Coatings division has opened a new laboratory for automotive OEM coatings at its site in Munster, using a lab dosing machine developed for BASF.

Leclanché selected as EVN partner in UK

17 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Leclanché has been selected as EV Network’s partner to develop ultra-fast charging stations for electric cars across the UK.

Autoneum opens two new China plants

17 September 2018 | Simon Warburton

Autoneum has opened two new plants in China to add to its existing eight facilities.

just-auto Plus only Hella opens new lighting electronics components plant in Lithuania

17 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

The lighting and electronics specialist Hella has opened a new plant in Lithuania. With its new plant in the Lithuanian Kaunas region, Hella will serve the rising demand for electronics components...

just-auto Plus only Groupe PSA and partners field-test city-level LTE-V2X in Wuxi, China

17 September 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Groupe PSA began demonstrating its latest vehicle communication technologies in Wuxi, China. As an important part of the world's first city-level Internet of Vehicle LTE-V2X application...

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