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Auto Shanghai - Zhiji Motor IM L7 world debut

9 April 2021 | Glenn Brooks

The latest addition to just-auto's list of global premieres for 2021's biggest motor show is the IM L7, an elegant sedan prototype from the start-up Zhiji Motor.

Interior design and technology – Kia Niro

9 April 2021 | Matthew Beecham

Hybrid sales in the UK and mainland Europe have doubled over the past five years and show no signs of easing. The Kia Niro – the Korean carmaker’s third plug-in hybrid after the Optima and Optima Sportswagon - slots into this blossoming market place. Continuing just-auto/AIC's review of interior design and technology trends, we slip inside this compact crossover to see if this is just another small SUV or something different.

Artificial Intelligence: Macroeconomic Trends

7 April 2021 | GlobalData

The US remains the dominant player in the development of AI technologies. While China is making considerable investments, the US’s structural advantages may even enable it to extend its lead.

Mercedes-Benz cars - 2021 to 2031

31 March 2021 | Glenn Brooks

As Manfred Bischoff steps down after 14 years as chairman of Daimler AG's Supervisory Board, his successor Bernd Pischetsrieder will inevitably face fresh challenges as he steers the company through the 2020s. So what can we expect when it comes to what matters most of all - the cars that must both continuously reinvent the Mercedes-Benz name and bring in the cash to fund their even higher tech replacements?

Latest interviews

Revving up for EVs - Q&A with Saietta

26 March 2021 | Matthew Beecham

Saietta has engineered a breakthrough in electric propulsion motors for all vehicles from scooters to buses. It recently received funding from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) enabling them to fast-track the production process and create 250 jobs. To learn more, we spoke to Wicher Kist, CEO of Saietta.

Selling silence - transforming the cabin into a quiet bubble

23 March 2021 | Matthew Beecham

Israel-based Silentium has developed an active noise cancellation solution capable of lowering unwanted cabin noise peaks by 10dB and overall noise levels by 3-4dB – the equivalent of turning down the in-car sound system by four steps. JLR was the first carmaker to integrate this active acoustics software, installing it in the Jaguar F-Pace, XF and Range Rover Velar. To learn more about the whys and wherefores, Matthew Beecham had a quiet word with Anthony Manias, Head of Automotive, Silentium.

Latest news

FREE TO READ - Global pandemic sector recovery briefing

9 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

As we enter a recovery phase around the world, we aim to bring you the latest news and intelligence on the speed, nature and shape of the automotive sector's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Korea looks to strengthen hydrogen know-how

9 April 2021 | editorial team

The South Korean government said it planned to spend KRW25bn (US$23m) in the next six years to acquire key technology to strengthen the emerging hydrogen economy.

just-auto Plus only Toyota Motor Europe invests in EODev to further expand zero emission hydrogen solutions

7 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) announced that the company became a direct shareholder in EODev (Energy Observer Developments). The enhanced partnership with the French innovative start-up...

just-auto Plus only Continental to test tires in dynamic driving simulator

7 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Continental is investing in a state-of-the-art dynamic driving simulator in order to develop its premium tires for the original equipment business even more efficiently, sustainably, and precisely...

Faurecia to showcase latest tech in Shanghai

6 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Faurecia says it will demonstrate its latest innovations for the Cockpit of the Future and Sustainable Mobility during the 19th Auto Shanghai which will be held from April 19–28, 2021.

just-auto Plus only Nissan Ariya harnesses global engineering excellence to deliver dynamic driving performance

6 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Nissan presents details of the meticulous vehicle testing programme behind Ariya’s unparalleled levels of performance, comfort and control, designed to optimise the driving experience on...

Linamar, Roush, Ballard to develop FCEVs for UPS

1 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Linamar has partnered with Roush CleanTech and Ballard Power Systems to provide 'complete turn-key FCEV package delivery vans' to UPS for an in-revenue service demonstration in California.

Chips shortage to 'hit connected car tech development'

30 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

The CEO of a software firm that specialises in connected car technology and telematics systems has said he believes the current semiconductor shortage impacting the auto industry will halt the development of connected car technologies.

Daimler and Siemens to cooperate on Berlin digitalisation

29 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes-Benz and Siemens plan to cooperate on advancing digitalisation and automation in the automotive industry, supported by the state of Berlin.

VW sets up AI unit in Detroit

26 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

Volkswagen has set up its AI Detroit unit, a dedicated AI research and development unit.

Mahle Powertrain focuses on e-mobility

25 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Mahle Powertrain (MPT) is expanding its portfolio with an intensified focus on e-mobility. Over recent years, the development service provider headquartered in Northampton, UK has established itself as a strong partner for companies in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries and other sectors and is aiming for further growth in 2021.

just-auto Plus only Honda: All-new HR-V e:HEV: a deeper look into the design concept

25 March 2021 | just-auto plus

The next generation hybrid-only HR-V e:HEV is the culmination of an extensive reassessment of modern consumer attitudes. By evaluating how today’s active, connected population...

Vitesco to supply Hyundai with 800-volt inverter

24 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

Vitesco Technologies (formerly Continental's powertrain business unit) says it has won a major order with a sales volume in a 'triple-digit million euros amount' for an innovative high-voltage component.

ZF to launch new ProAI supercomputer at Shanghai show

23 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

ZF will launch the next generation of its ProAI supercomputer at the Shanghai motor show.

Ford Europe launches CV connected uptime system

22 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Ford UK on Monday (22 March) announced FordLiive – a new connected uptime system designed to help commercial vehicle operators increase their productivity by maximising vehicle up time.

U-M, Ford open robotics complex

22 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

Ford and the University of Michiganare opening a facility where they’ll develop robots and roboticists that 'help make lives better, keep people safe and build a more equitable society', Ford says.

Parkopedia launches 'indoor' maps

18 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Parkopedia has announced the launch of the production version of its indoor mapping technology for in-vehicle navigation use. Indoor maps are based on high-definition 3D models of indoor parking facilities, where GPS signal is typically restricted.

Volvo Group invests in EV charging company

17 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Group Venture Capital AB has invested in Driivz Ltd., a leading global EV charging software company which has developed a platform for managing large charging networks for electric vehicles from end-to-end.

just-auto Plus only Jaguar Land Rover’s future air purification technology proven to inhibit viruses and bacteria by up to 97 per cent

16 March 2021 | just-auto plus

Jaguar Land Rover’s future cabin air purification technology has been shown in laboratory tests to inhibit viruses and airborne bacteria by as much as 97 per cent. The prototype...

just-auto Plus only New 4Motion system with torque vectoring brings new edge to all-new 2022 Volkswagen Golf R

16 March 2021 | just-auto plus

The all-new 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is expected to arrive late this year will offer more power than any Golf R to date, with 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. To ensure that...

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