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Auto Shanghai - Mercedes-Benz EQB global premiere

16 April 2021 | Glenn Brooks

The latest addition to just-auto's list of global premieres for 2021's biggest motor show is the Mercedes-Benz EQB.


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.

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FREE TO READ - Global pandemic sector recovery briefing

16 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.


CAR plans in-person Traverse City event in August

16 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

The Michigan-based Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has announced that its annual series of seminars (CAR Management Briefing Seminars - MBS) will be back at the Grand Traverse Resort for one of the year's first in-person automotive events, August 4-5.


BYD claims Blade battery a 'game changer'

15 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

BYD claims its 'game-changing' new Blade Battery marks the start of a new era of safety and performance for the electric vehicle (EV) industry in Europe.


EV axle collaboration with no rare metals

15 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

SAF-Holland and British motor manufacturer AEM (Advanced Electric Machines) are collaborating on the suspension specialist's electric axle system.


just-auto Plus only Ampcera announces its patent-pending technology for all-solid-state batteries to enable ultra-fast charging in electric vehicles

15 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Ampcera Inc., an innovator in solid electrolyte technologies for advanced electric vehicle batteries, announces its patent-pending technology for all-solid-state batteries, which enables ultra-fast...


just-auto Plus only Yamaha Motor begins accepting orders for prototype Hyper-EV electric motor

14 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed an electric motor reaching the industry's highest class in output density. This unit is aimed at use in hyper-EV models and...


Iveco signs MoU with Plus to develop autonomous trucks

13 April 2021 | Dave Leggett

Iveco has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Plus, a leading global autonomous trucking company, to jointly develop autonomous trucks.


just-auto Plus only Atos, Dassault Systèmes, Groupe Renault, STMicroelectronics and Thales join forces to create the ‘Software République’

12 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Elie Girard, Bernard Charlès, Luca de Meo, Jean-Marc Chery and Patrice Caine, respectively the chief executives of Atos, Dassault Systèmes, Groupe Renault, STMicroelectronics and...


just-auto Plus only St Petersburg University chemists create a new type of battery that can charge ten times faster than a lithium-ion battery

12 April 2021 | just-auto plus

Researchers at St Petersburg University have developed a new type of battery that can charge ten times faster than a lithium-ion battery. Moreover, it is safer in terms of potential fire hazards...


South Korea looks to strengthen hydrogen know-how

9 April 2021 | just-auto.com 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...



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