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Next for Nissan - dead Datsun, vigorous Venucia?

21 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Has Nissan Motor Corporation's experiment with the revival of one make and the creation of another worked?

Infiniti braced for Nissan Motor cuts

20 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

In ten days' time, Nissan's luxury brand will have a new boss. Much work awaits Peyman Kargar.

Big changes for future Mitsubishi models

19 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Four years ago this month Nissan Motor told us that it had become the largest shareholder in Mitsubishi Motors. Time enough to have integrated platforms, powertrains, plants and consolidated or where relevant, expanded the global model range?

Interior design and technology – Vauxhall Astra

12 May 2020 | Matthew Beecham

Built on a PSA platform, the face-lifted seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra is one of Britain’s top-selling cars. Astra is a household name with over three million sold in the UK over the last four decades. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we take a closer look inside this ever-popular hatchback to see what’s new.

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How tomorrow’s car could take care of your mind, body and soul

12 May 2020 | Matthew Beecham

The importance of health and wellness has come into sharp focus in recent months. Consumer technologies such as fitness trackers have been popular for some time, monitoring our heart rates, performance and sleep, but how might the renewed focus on wellness translate to the automotive space? To understand the current technology and what we might expect in years to come, we speak with Tim VanGoethem, vice president of advanced mobility solutions at Harman X, Harman’s division focused on innovation and future-facing technologies.

Using driving simulators to navigate the ‘new normal’

28 April 2020 | Matthew Beecham

As COVID-19 continues to impact the global automotive industry, OEMs and Tier Ones are looking at how to minimise cost, catch up lost lead time and ultimately, create new products that will stimulate demand to buy again. Ansible Motion, manufacturers of driving simulators, explains the role simulators can play for an industry looking to catch up where it can. Matthew Beecham spoke to founder Kia Cammaerts about the possibility of a new ‘Machine Age’.

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BorgWarner extends engine cam timing cooperation with GAC

22 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

BorgWarner says it partnered with Chinese OEM GAC Motor to introduce its next generation of variable cam timing actuators – intelligent cam torque actuation (iCTA) – to GAC's combustion and some models with hybrid applications.

BMW applies AI solutions to increase paint shop quality

22 May 2020 | Dave Leggett

Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialists from BMW's central planning and its Munich plant are working on a pilot project in the plant's paint shop that improves precision and finish.

Trafficware launches ATMS 2.10

22 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

Cubic Corporation says Trafficware, which operates within its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division, has released ATMS 2.10, the newest version of its Advanced Transportation Management Platform (ATMP).

Visteon gives VW new infotainment platform

21 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Visteon is supplying a new infotainment platform for Volkswagen Group's (VW) new Nivus model for Brazil.

just-auto Plus only BorgWarner’s intelligent cam torque actuation (iCTA) improves fuel economy for GAC Motor

21 May 2020 | just-auto plus

BorgWarner partnered with GAC Motor to introduce its next generation of variable cam timing actuators – intelligent cam torque actuation (iCTA) – to GAC’s combustion and some...

Mazda enters EV era as MX-30 build starts

20 May 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The first series production electric Mazda has rolled off the line at the company's Ujina #1 factory in Japan.

Volvo limits cars to 112mph, provides Care Key

20 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Every model built by Geely owned Volvo now comes with a 112mph speed limit and a Care Key.

China to introduce new EV safety standards in 2021

20 May 2020 | editorial team

The Chinese government announced new mandatory safety regulations for electric vehicles this week designed to improve product standards and provide consumers with additional protection and reassurance.

South Korea to hold hydrogen mobility show in July

15 May 2020 | editorial team

South Korea still plans to stage the world's first hydrogen mobility energy show this year, as it looks to secure its global leadership in hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles and related industries.

just-auto Plus only All-new Honda Jazz inspired by Formula 1 Hybrid expertise

14 May 2020 | just-auto plus

When the all-new Jazz launches later this year it will drive advanced Honda hybrid innovation from the race track to the road. When the all-new Jazz launches later this year it will drive...

just-auto Plus only Pininfarina to launch AutonoMIA, a responsive driving experience for the mobility of the future

14 May 2020 | just-auto plus

Pininfarina's 90th anniversary celebrations focus on the value that have guided it since its foundation: designing the future. A leader in automotive design and engineering,...

Seoul to launch new self driving trials next week

13 May 2020 | editorial team

The Seoul metropolitan government has agreed to allow 10 unmanned vehicles and robots to operate in the western part of the city from next week, as it looks to cement its reputation as one of the leading connected cities in the world.

Huawei launches 5G Automobile Ecosphere in China

12 May 2020 | editorial team

China's mobile internet infrastructure giant Huawei Technologies has established the 5G Automobile Ecosphere with which it aims to help speed up the adoption of 5G mobile communications technology by the country's automotive industry,  according to local reports.

Ford Mach-E to get OTA updates

12 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford's upcoming all-electric Mustang Mach-E will receive over the air (OTA) software updates that work to continuously improve the SUV over its life without the need to visit a dealership.

Autocrypt joins Car Connectivity Consortium

7 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Autocrypt announced it had joined the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), a cross industry organisation advancing global technologies for smartphone centric car connectivity products.

Veoneer launches new collision mitigation package for Polestar

6 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Veoneer said it had launched its latest collision mitigation technology programme for Geely's electric Polestar 2. 

P702 - the future Ford F-150

29 April 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Ford Motor Company will soon be revealing the next generation of the world's best selling vehicle. The new F-150 pick-up will have a new frame and aluminium panels as well as a range of fresh and updated engines. Production is scheduled to start at Dearborn Truck on 28 September.

just-auto Plus only Audi full-size station wagon now as a plug-in hybrid: the new A6 Avant TFSI e quattro

28 April 2020 | just-auto plus

Following the A6 Sedan, the Audi full-size station wagon is now entering the market as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The intelligent drive management with a predictive operating strategy...

just-auto Plus only McLaren Automotive renews commitment to vehicle weight reduction to further enhance efficiency and performance

24 April 2020 | just-auto plus

Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive Officer, has confirmed that the company will continue to pursue its engineering philosophy of reducing vehicle weight to further enhance the...

just-auto Plus only Jaguar Land Rover expands electrified line-up with three-cylinder plug-in hybrid

23 April 2020 | just-auto plus

Jaguar Land Rover is expanding its electrified vehicle line-up with the introduction of its latest plug-in hybrid system, which debuts in the company’s two best-selling...

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