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ANALYSIS - Future Volkswagen EVs and SUVs

12 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

In this final part of three articles which discuss the current and future models plans for the Volkswagen passenger car brands, just-auto takes a look at electrified models, crossovers and SUVs. This follows features which looked at cars, and then pick-ups and MPVs.


ANALYSIS - Audi ditches the V8 in new RS 5

8 December 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The old RS 5 Coupé sounded so much better than its BMW M4 rival, so why has Audi dropped the sonorous 4.2-litre V8 and replaced it with a muted turbo V6 in the new model?


Electric and autonomous driving boosting simulator demand

5 December 2017 | Calum MacRae

Ever wondered how regenerative braking in hybrid and electric cars is calibrated by engineers? Or how the changeover from machine to human driver will be formulated in the future? These and many other vehicle development conundrums are being solved by technology developed by a company based in Hethel, Norfolk, UK – that’s not Lotus. Ansible Motion, formed in 2009 by Kia Cammaerts, already counts major North American and Japanese OEMs among a client base that also includes the added glamour of a raft of Formula 1 teams.


Hands-On Tech - Tesla Model S

29 November 2017 | Cat Dow

Welcome to the second feature in our newest reporting series*. Our Hands-On Tech - HOT - Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. This month we take a closer look at the groundbreaking system in the Tesla Model S. As the only manufacturer offering over-the-air (OTA) updates to each one of its vehicles, regardless of the date of purchase, Tesla’s unique approach in the world of connected vehicle technologies sets it apart from the rest.


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Nautilus - does this engine change everything?

12 December 2017 | Calum MacRae

just-auto’s Calum MacRae met with Nautilus’s CEO and founder Matthew Riley and Mark Glasson the company’s president of Global Automotive to find out more.


Leoni on collaborative robots and becoming a full service provider

30 November 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with global component suppliers, we caught up with Martin Stüttem, Member of the Board of Directors, responsible for the Wiring Systems Division, Leoni. He explained how increasing data transmission volume is making higher demands of cable assembly. Data protocols and special cables are very complex to produce manually hence automatic manufacture of data cables will become standard.

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Mini car wash tests paint durability in US

13 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

A miniature car wash, about the size and shape of a popcorn machine, plays an important role at the Nissan Technical Center North America in Michigan.


Swedish families help Volvo Cars develop autonomous drive cars

12 December 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars will from today start developing its autonomous drive cars with help from Swedish families who will test its cars on the public roads of Gothenburg and feed back their impressions to engineers.


just-auto Plus only SKF expands its rotor positioning bearing applications

12 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The belt-driven starter/generator (BSG) is the preferred architecture for mild hybrid electric vehicle power train designs. It provides a low cost solution to reduce fuel consumptions and CO2...


just-auto Plus only Airbiquity announces latest release of OTAmatic

8 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Airbiquity, a global leader in connected vehicle services, announced the latest release of OTAmatic. As an industry-leading multi-ECU over-the-air (OTA) solution, the new OTAmatic release further...


Honda invests in 'revolutionary' driving simulator

7 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Honda says it will become the world’s first car manufacturer to adopt new driving simulator technology, based on a 'revolutionary' architecture called DiM250 (Driver-in-Motion).


Honda R&D/SenseTime join over research and development of automated driving technologies

7 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

As part of its efforts to establish automated driving technologies to realise a collision-free society, Honda R&D, the R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor, has announced that it has signed a 5-year joint research and development contract with SenseTime Group Limited, a China-based IT company with strengths in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.


just-auto Plus only VW offers powerful LED headlights replacing xenon systems

7 December 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

In Europe, the sun is rising around 7 am these days, and it already dips back below the horizon around 4 pm. That makes for a short nine hour period of daylight. By 21 December - the first day of...


Aptiv CEO eyes big fall in driverless car costs

6 December 2017 | Dave Leggett

Aptiv (formerly Delphi) CEO Kevin Clark has said that big falls in driverless car costs lay ahead, potentially taking the cost of a driverless stack as low as USD5,000 by 2025.


New York State provides US$3.5m grant for EV research

6 December 2017 | Simon Warburton

New York State governor, Andrew Cuomo is to make US$3.5m available for EV research and reduce the cost of installing and operating charging stations.


UK gov invests in new battery development facility

30 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

The UK government has announced that Coventry and Warwickshire will be the home of the new National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NMDF).


Continental develops fifth generation radar sensors

30 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Continental says it has developed the fifth generation of its short- and long-range radar sensors, which will enter series production in 2019. Not only does the new generation have greater capacity, it is also based on a scalable modular principle, it says, which, with its graduated function scopes, flexibly supports vehicle manufacturers’ different requirements and electrical-electronic (E/E) architectures.


BMW to hike R&D spend in 2018

28 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

BMW plans to raise further its spending on research and development next year to 6.5% to 7% of sales, its finance chief has said.


Parkopedia to supply Toyota Entune and Lexus Enform

28 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota and Lexus in the US will use Parkopedia to provide a new in car parking service via the Toyota Entune and Lexus Enform Apps.


UK gov launches 'industrial strategy', including auto sector

27 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

UK Business Secretary Greg Clark has today launched the UK government’s 'Industrial Strategy' which is billed as a plan to boost the economy, build on the country’s strengths and embrace the opportunities of technological change ahead. Four industrial sectors are included in the strategy, including automotive.


Concentric names new R&D chief

24 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Arman Kevric has been appointed director, advanced R&D for the Concentric Group reporting to the CEO.


just-auto Plus only Lincoln presents 2019 Lincoln MKC

21 November 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The new Lincoln MKC is poised to attract even more luxury SUV buyers, thanks to its commanding new design, driver-focused technologies like automatic emergency braking and pedestrian collision...


JLR, Ford and Tata begin connected car trials in Coventry

17 November 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The UK's largest trial of connected and autonomous vehicle technology has moved onto public roads, with the UK Autodrive project starting city trials on the streets of central Coventry.


Mercedes-Benz R&D North America opens Digital Hub in Seattle

15 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America (MBRDNA) will be opening the doors to their sixth R&D lab this year.


Geely acquires US flying car company Terrafugia

14 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) has been given the green light to buy US flying car start-up company Terrafugia.


Hydrogen could contribute 20% of CO2 reduction by 2050 - study

14 November 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota says that a study by the Hydrogen Council - of which it is a member - suggests that if deployed at scale hydrogen could account for almost one-fifth of total final energy consumed by 2050. This, it is claimed, would reduce annual global CO2 emissions by roughly 6 gigatons compared to today's levels, and contribute 'roughly 20% of the abatement required to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius'.



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