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Nissan's Leaf EV grows up

23 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

"e-Pedal takes a little getting used to," cautioned the Nissan UK redesigned Leaf EV press launch logistics man as he double-checked the nav settings before despatching us from Glasgow airport's car park. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Press start-stop button. Ding. Engage D. Notice park brake is electric so that'll self-release. So, let's go. Press accelerator, manoeuvre towards trick left turn exit past inevitable cones. Release accelerator suddenly. Peel nose off windscreen...

ANALYSIS - Genesis future models

19 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Hyundai's Genesis division, while clearly a success, has been having a challenging time of things thus far in 2018. In its number one market, year-to-date sales stand at 2,976 cars, while this time last year, US deliveries were 3,400. For 2017, the first full year, sales numbered 20,594 vehicles. As well as extra models which are coming soon, stand-alone dealerships are another major development for 2018.

Interior design and technology – Volvo V90

19 March 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Launched at the 2016 Geneva motor show, the Volvo V90 is the latest in a long line of family estates from Sweden. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this Scandinavian workhorse.

ANALYSIS - Hyundai future models Part 2

16 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The second of two features which looks at the current and future models of Hyundai Motor Company is a focus on the brand's SUVs, minivans/MPVs, electrified passenger vehicles and a sole future pick-up. This follows the recent in-depth analysis of HMC's cars.

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Prodrive on composites for special edition vehicles

23 March 2018 | Matthew Beecham

While pressures to reduce vehicle emissions through weight saving have stimulated auto industry interest in lightweight composite components, there is also an appetite for bespoke cosmetic parts. We caught up with Prodrive’s Commercial and Engineering Director Richard Gregory to learn about the challenges of satisfying some of the world’s most discerning customers.

Pitch perfect - Harman hits the right note on EVs

12 March 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Electric vehicles are quiet. Too quiet, say legislators, thereby posing a risk to pedestrians and cyclists. So new legislation is swinging into force next year mandating all hybrid and EVs to generate a certain level of noise when travelling electric at low speeds. We discuss the implications of these new sound regulations and the opportunities they present to OEMs with Harman’s Rajus Augustine, Global Director of Business Development for HALOsonic - Harman’s suite of active noise management technologies.

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New Toyota powertrain tech appears in redesigned Corolla

23 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New engine and transmission technology announced by Toyota in February will make its debut in the Corolla sold worldwide which, outside Europe, where it will be sold as the Auris, will feature a two-litre Dynamic Force direct-injection in-line four-cylinder engine as well as new manual and CVT automatic transmissions.

Used Nissan Leaf batteries to power a Japanese town's streetlights

23 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan and its affiliate 4R Energy Corporation have teamed up with the town of Namie, Japan, to install new streetlights that will be powered by a combination of solar panels and used batteries from the automaker's Leaf electric car.

Ford tests 'collaborative parking'

22 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is testing 'collaborative parking' technology in the car parks of Milton Keynes here in England.

JLR develops self-driving valet for autonomous cars

22 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has developed a 'self-driving valet' which it says means cars can find spaces by themselves and park without any driver input.

BMW to open campus for AD, firms up plans for new EVs

21 March 2018 | Chris Wright

BMW Group will open up a campus for autonomous driving this year and will present a number of pure-electric concept vehicles that will go into series production.

Toyota suspends Lexus robo-limo testing

21 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Toyota has moved to suspend testing of its 'Chauffeur' automated taxi prototypes following the collision between a Volvo XC90 operated by Uber which killed a woman in Arizona.

just-auto Plus only Subaru to use NI hardware-in-the-loop technology for EV testing

21 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

NI, the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, announced that major automotive manufacturers like Subaru...

just-auto Plus only Novelis aluminium used for London Electric Taxi

21 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Novelis, the world leader in aluminium rolling and recycling, announced supply of its premium aluminium to the new London Electric Taxi. London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has developed an...

Porsche develops 'Mission E Augmented Reality' app

20 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

As part of a collaboration with Google, Porsche has developed an augmented reality app which shows the new Porsche Mission E.

just-auto Plus only Lanxess expanding its thermally conductive polyamide line

20 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Demand for thermally conductive thermoplastics is growing in many industries. This particularly applies to the automotive industry, the electrical and electronics industry, and lighting technology....

VW claims 'diesel efficiency' from new 1.5 petrol engine

19 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen claims its recently launched 1.5TSI ACT micro-hybrid 130PS petrol engine is as efficient as a diesel.

Schaeffler opens Silicon Valley facility

19 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Schaeffler has announced the opening of a new Silicon Valley, California, office designed to forge relationships with potential high-tech partners and start-ups in the area.

Faurecia invests in energy recovery firm

19 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Faurecia has said it is investing in the French start-up Enogia in order to 'enhance its expertise in energy recovery technology'.

Denso to increase stake in Renesas Electronics

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Denso Corporation is to increase its shareholding in Renesas Electronics from 0.5% to 5% to, it said, "accelerate the development of various in-vehicle systems including automated driving systems that are becoming more advanced, complicated, and larger in scale than ever before. Renesas has cutting-edge technologies for semiconductors that serve as the key devices in such systems".

Ford launches Co-Pilot360 driver assist technology

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford claims Co-Pilot360, the new name under which it will bundle such technology in the US from this autumn, is "most advanced suite of standard driver assist technologies among full-line brands" and "aims to help people around the world more safely and confidently face congested roads".

Get ready for 3D-printed electric cars?

16 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

The China Daily reports that Italian company X Electrical Vehicle, or XEV, expects to launch a 'mass-producible 3D-printed electric car' in China in 2019.

Volkswagen opens safety 'centre of competence'

15 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

With its new safety centre, Volkswagen has brought together its vehicle safety expertise at a single location.

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz extends connect business services for car fleets

15 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Future mobility solutions are based substantially on connected vehicles. With a view to the needs of fleet managers, Mercedes-Benz Connectivity Services is extending its "connect...

just-auto Plus only Lanxess extends its hybrid technology to metallic hollow profiles

15 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Plastic metal hybrid technology is an established method for manufacturing lightweight structural components developed by the speciality chemicals company Lanxess. This technology systematically...

Volkswagen quietly admits to China export plans

14 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Buried deep in a lengthy media release, the Volkswagen Group has quietly let slip that it has plans to use its giant manufacturing operations in China to commence exports.

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