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Has Audi created a new segment with the Q8?

15 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Once again, Audi is ahead of rivals in finding yet another market niche. This time it's for a big SUV-coupé, the new Q8 being lengthier than the BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport which some claim are its natural rivals.

ANALYSIS - Lincoln future models

14 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Having first examined the current and likely next generation of Ford cars, followed by SUVs and pick-ups, the Ford Motor Company future vehicle series now turns to Lincoln.

F90 M5 - BMW's first four-wheel drive M car

12 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

With 441kW or 600 horsepower on tap, the latest M5 is the most powerful car yet from BMW's M division. Taming its 750Nm of torque meant the chassis engineers decided to give this super-sedan four-wheel drive for the first time in the model's history.

ANALYSIS - Future Ford SUVs and pick-ups

8 November 2018 | Glenn Brooks

After taking a look at Ford's worldwide plans for cars into the second half of the 2020s, this second feature investigates what the brand is likely to be doing in crossovers, SUVs and pick-ups, and that includes certain battery-powered vehicles as well as JVs with VW, Mahindra and Zotye.

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How drivers with engineering expertise create a better user experience

15 November 2018 | Matthew Beecham

As vehicle quality and reliability has improved, OEMs are increasingly aware of the role user experience can play in the customer decision-making process. That user experience could be planned in during the vehicle development, demonstrated at the dealer or during the test drive. Providing drivers with engineering-led expertise for such scenarios is offered by UK firm ProTwo. We spoke to its founder Simon Poole about why OEMs, Tier ones and dealers are using its services to deal with changing consumer expectations.

Harman, JD Power to reveal consumer habits in the connected car

1 October 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Today’s vehicles offer a myriad of features and services but understanding how and if these are being used by consumers isn’t often truly understood by OEMs. With ever-increasing connectivity, it is now possible to acquire data about the vehicle’s performance and how it is being used, but how to access this information and its relevance is in the early stages. A new project between Harman and J.D. Power claims it can change this and provide OEMs and Tier Ones with an insight that could make cars safer, more relevant or offer a better user experience. We spoke to Sandip Ranjhan, Senior Vice President, Harman Connected Services about the alliance and its expectations for the project.

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JLR trials GLOSA technology for connected cars

16 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled its Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) system allowing cars to ‘talk’ to traffic lights and informing the driver the optimum speed as they approach junctions or signals.

just-auto Plus only Nemak wins major structural and electric vehicle components orders

16 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Nemak, a leading provider of innovative lightweighting solutions for the global automotive industry, announced that it has won new contracts to supply structural and electric vehicle components...

just-auto Plus only Karma Revero features Mubea carbon fibre wheels

16 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Carbon fibre is an important element of Karma Automotive’s personalised customisation strategy, especially when it comes to the special Mubea Carbo Tech wheels available on its Revero luxury...

McLaren opens carbon fibre production centre

15 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

McLaren Automotive has opened its second production facility - the GBP50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in Sheffield.

Daimler to build second R&D centre in Beijing

15 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Daimler has announced plans to build a new Research and Development Tech Centre in China with a total investment of over CNY1.1bn (US$155m or approximately EUR145m).

Skoda opens automated small parts warehouse

14 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Skoda says it is pressing ahead with the implementation of technologies in line with Industry 4.0 principles and has opened an 'automatic small parts warehouse' at the main plant in Mlada Boleslav.

Mercedes launches 'GLC F-Cell' hydrogen/PHEV powertrain

13 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Mercedes-Benz has launched an electric vehicle featuring hydrogen fuel cell and conventional plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery technology. The first sales are to selected customers in Germany.

Eaton wins Czech government engine valve funding

13 November 2018 | Simon Warburton

Eaton European Innovation Centre (EEIC) is embarking on a joint R&D programme with the Czech Technical University in Prague.

Toyota develops hydrogen burner for forging line

8 November 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has developed what it claims it the world's first general-purpose hydrogen burner for industrial use, working in collaboration with industrial furnace specialist Chugai Ro.

just-auto Plus only BASF develops digital visualisation platform for automotive coatings

7 November 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

With Auroom, BASF’s Coatings division introduces a digital platform which enables OEM designers to access a database of photo-realistic virtual car colours. BASF’s virtual colours...

Mobis steps up R&D investment in self-drive technologies

6 November 2018 | Staff reporter

Hyundai Mobis said it planned to increase R&D expenditure to 10% of its auto parts revenues by 2021 from 7% at present, as it looks to become a global leader in autonomous vehicle technology.

Ricardo joins Volvo Cars' EV battery cell test programme

1 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Ricardo says it will assist Volvo Cars with the provision of a large-scale test programme to assess the life cycle characteristics of a range of new lithium-ion cells to determine their suitability for various future production electrified vehicle applications.

Future JLR vehicles to detect motion sickness

1 November 2018 | Dave Leggett

Future Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be able to tell if you're feeling unwell and adjust settings to combat motion sickness, the company says.

Hyundai Motor to introduce solar charging technology on vehicles

31 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have announced plans to introduce solar charging technology on selected Hyundai Motor Group vehicles. Electricity-generating solar panels will be incorporated into the roof or the hood of vehicles, and will support internal combustion, hybrid and battery electric vehicles with additional electrical power, increasing fuel efficiency and range.

Audi and Umicore to develop recyclable EV battery components

29 October 2018 | Simon Warburton

Audi and Umicore have completed phase one of their research cooperation for battery recycling.

just-auto Plus only Mahindra adds Apple CarPlay to recently-launched Marazzo MPV

26 October 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M), part of the US$20.7bn Mahindra Group, introduced Apple CarPlay in its recently-launched Marazzo MPV. Apple CarPlay offers easy access to phone calls,...

Hyundai Mobis develops ADAS-linked adaptive driving beam technology

26 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis announced that the company has developed what it describes as 'the world’s first Advanced Adaptive Driving Beam (AADB)' which safely ensures vision with the high beams turned on all the time in connection with the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). Hyundai Mobis is planning to use this technology to lead the future car lamp market that requires precise light control.

Continental develops 'see-through' A-pillar

25 October 2018 | Dave Leggett

Continental has developed a 'virtual A-Pillar' to help remove forward blind spots. The front support pillars, often referred to as A-pillars, anchor the windshield and the beginning foundation of the vehicle’s roof.

Jaguar Land Rover enhances standard and optional ICE for US market

24 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Jaguar Land Rover has added both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality as standard to the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace and also as an option on some other 2019 model year vehicles with the InControl Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment.

EyeSight announces $15m AI computer vision funding

23 October 2018 | Graeme Roberts

EyeSight, a computer vision company, said it had closed a $US15m funding round to drive the expansion of its in-cabin vehicle AI computer vision system.

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