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Honda & Acura NSX: better than an Audi R8?

18 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

What could better demonstrate the strange situation that Honda UK and Honda Motor Europe find themselves in than the NSX? Even if you pay the circa GBP33,000 list price for what had been the brand's priciest model until recently, there is then a GBP110,000 leap from there to the cheapest NSX. How on earth do they market this supercar?

Automotive technologies through a patent lens

9 August 2017 | Guest

Aistemos is an analytics company that specialises in providing a view of the technology and innovation landscape through the lens of patent data. It says that through the use of AI, it has harnessed the worlds patent data to create a source of insights into companies and technology outlooks. In an exclusive article for just-auto, they illustrate an analytics solution designed specifically for those needing competitive intelligence about the automotive technology landscape.

What does the future hold for hydrogen vehicles?

1 August 2017 | Guest

The prospect of tighter air quality controls is pushing hydrogen fuel cell technology further into the spotlight and helping to drive investment in refuelling stations and other vital infrastructure. But is it too late for this mature area of tech innovation to increase its market share?

Volvo’s safety trademark spelt out on the S60

21 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's review of interior design and safety technology trends, we take a closer look at Volvo’s premium mid-size S60.  While the S60 is a solid, safe and sensible choice, it comes bristling with an appealing spec.

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User experience in the connected car

8 August 2017 | Matthew Beecham

With continuously improving connectivity in the car as we move towards autonomous vehicles, experts are predicting fast and vast improvements in the user experience (discuss). Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of interviews with suppliers, we caught up with Harman’s head of advanced engineering and user experience, Rashmi Rao to learn about the possibilities and how car occupants will benefit.

DSD on the transmission engineering landscape

20 July 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with suppliers, we spoke to Alex Tylee-Birdsall, co-founder and director of Drive System Design, about how the transmissions market is undergoing a period of change.

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Delphi/Innoviz partner over Lidar solutions

21 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Delphi has signed a commercial partnership agreement with Innoviz Technologies, an Israeli-based company developing Lidar technology for the mass commercialisation of autonomous vehicles. Innoviz’s proprietary Lidar sensing solutions will be integrated into Delphi’s systems to provide automakers with a 'comprehensive portfolio of autonomous driving technologies'. 

Drivers need convincing of automated car benefits

18 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Drivers fail to see that automated and driverless vehicles will deliver promised benefits according to a new study.

just-auto Plus only Valeo develops new top column module

18 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Safety, driving pleasure, esthetics – when you drive a car, it is not just the steering wheel that has a major influence on the driving experience, but also the top column module that...

Hyundai Motor previews new fuel cell vehicle

17 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor has offered an early glimpse of its next generation fuel cell vehicle, well ahead of the hydrogen-powered SUVs official launch early next year.

UQM to pilot trial its PowerPhase DT

17 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

UQM Technologies says an unnamed European OEM will conduct a pilot trial of its full electric PowerPhase DT drivetrain solution.

Autoliv/Seeing Machines to develop nextgen DMS

17 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Autoliv is to collaborate with Seeing Machines to develop next generation driver monitoring systems (DMS) for autonomous vehicles.

Nissan sees e-Power potential in emerging markets

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor Indonesia displayed the first model to receive the new e-Power drivetrain, the Note, at the motor show in Jakarta. The car was launched first in Japan last year and the automaker sees potential for it in emerging markets.

Honda Europe revises 1.6 diesel for Civic

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Motor Europe has announced a comprehensively revised 120PS 1.6 litre i-DTEC diesel engine for its Civic range from March 2018, tested under new real world procedures.

FCA to join BMW, Intel and Mobileye on autonomous

16 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in developing an autonomous driving platform for global deployment.

IAA world debuts - Chery M31T prototype

16 August 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The IAA might be missing Alfa Romeo, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot and Volvo, but one new brand will be making an appearance: Chery Auto will reveal an SUV prototype.

Continental and Kordsa team on new adhesion

16 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Continental and textile supplier for the tyre industry, Kordsa, are working together on a new adhesion system standard for bonding reinforcing materials to rubber based compounds.

TUV Rheinland paves the way for mirrorless cars

15 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

TUV Rheinland Japan has become the first company in TUV Rheinland Group to help win component approval for an automobile onboard camera-monitor system under amended UN-R46 04 regulations

Siemens to trial Germany truck e-Highway-

14 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Siemens has been commissioned by the German state of Hesse to build an overhead contact line for hybrid electrified lorry trials on a 10km stretch of autobahn.

just-auto Plus only BMW to replace CFRP driveshaft in M3/M4 models

14 August 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

From November 2017 onwards, the CFRP driveshaft in the BMW M3 Sedan, BMW M4 Coupe and BMW M4 Convertible high-performance sports cars (fuel consumption combined: 9.5 – 8.3 l/100 km [29.7...

VW offer new Golf 1.5 engine with coasting feature

11 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen is extending the range of engines for the Golf hatchback and estate car with a new 1.5TSI petrol powerplant delivering 96kW/130PS.

Toyota and 7-Eleven ink CO2 reduction study

11 August 2017 | Simon Warburton

Toyota and 7-Eleven Japan have concluded a basic agreement for studies on energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction in convenience store distribution and operation.

Intel plans fleet of 100 L4 autonomous test cars

10 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

Following the acquisition of Mobileye, Intel is now poised to accelerate its autonomous driving 'car-to-cloud' business.

Aluminium use in vehicles set to rise sharply

10 August 2017 | Dave Leggett

The use of aluminium in vehicles produced in North America is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade, according to research by US-based research firm Ducker Worldwide.

Industry leaders to form big data consortium

10 August 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation, Ericsson, Intel Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT Docomo, Toyota InfoTechnology Center and Toyota Motor Corporation have initiated the formation of the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium.

Hyundai Mobis completes hydrogen powertrain plant

9 August 2017 | Tony Pugliese

South Korean parts maker Hyundai Mobis announced it has just completed construction of a new plant for the production of hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain modules.

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