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Chengdu motor show world debuts list - the just-auto preview

20 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Every year the Chengdu motor show seems to grow in importance. The 2018 event is no exception. Below is an initial list of vehicle world premieres, with many more to be added during the coming weeks.

Paris motor show world debuts list - 300hp RenaultSport Megane Trophy

19 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The public world premiere of the Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy will take place at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.

ANALYSIS - Mercedes-Benz Vans' electric future

18 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

OEMs are increasingly tasking their light commercial divisions with responsibility for certain passenger models too. Mercedes-Benz Vans is no exception, with the V-Class and X-Class being two of the better known model lines. The Vito though, is a bigger seller than either, with the premium pricing of multi-occupant luxury variants and new electric LCV versions greatly assisting the rising profits of the Vans division.

Lotus under Geely - what's the plan?

17 July 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Lotus is something of a curiosity. Like Chrysler, many companies have owned it, only to eventually sell to another firm, usually having sustained substantial losses during the period of control. Will things be different under Geely?

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Webasto on development of sunroofs and convertible roof systems

19 July 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Webasto’s core competencies include development, production and sales of sunroofs, panoramic roofs, convertible roofs and parking heaters. With electric heating systems, charging solutions and battery systems, the supplier is also addressing the growth market of electromobility. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, we spoke to Dr. Holger Engelmann, Chairman of the Management Board, Webasto SE about the company’s roof systems business.

Magna Exteriors makes an impact with front-end modules

18 July 2018 | Matthew Beecham

What is a front-end module? It depends on who makes it and for whom. Front-end modules (FEMs) typically encompass the bumper, headlights, radiator and various others parts. The benefits to the automaker from sourcing complete FEMs are clear: they can help cut the number of operations on the assembly line, reduce vehicle weight, cut tooling costs and improve working capital. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews with component suppliers, we caught up with Rob Selle, Global Product Line Director, FEM, Fascia & Trim, Magna Exteriors, a front-runner serving the FEMs market.

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GAC building new R&D centre in Michigan ahead of US launch

19 July 2018 | Staff reporter

China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Company (GAC) is spending US$4.45m on an R&D facility in Michigan ahead of its planned sales launch in the US in 2019.

Henkel addresses supplier/OEM 'pain-points'

19 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Henkel says solutions addressing the 'pain points of OEMs and tier suppliers include liquid gasketing, magnet bonding, thermal management and potting products as well as an impregnation service.

just-auto Plus only IAC implements smart factory applications at Halewood facility

19 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

International Automotive Components (IAC), a leading global supplier of automotive components and lightweight vehicle solutions, is implementing Manufacturing 4.0 and Smart Factory applications at...

Luxoft partners with Daimler on R&D centre in Berlin

17 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Luxoft, a global IT service provider, announced it has partnered with MBition, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, to open a research and development centre in Berlin to spur innovation and deliver software services for future Daimler AG vehicles.

Inrix develops comms platform for AVs

17 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Inrix, a provider of connected car services and transportation analytics, has announced a new platform that it says provides the foundation for cities and road authorities to communicate with operators for safe and effective deployment of highly automated vehicles on public roads.

Daimler's Lab1886 Innovation Hub opens in Atlanta

17 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Daimler AG is expanding its global innovation network. Lab1886's new location in Atlanta (Georgia, US) has officially opened. Guests at the event included Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia, as well as Silicon Valley icon and investor Guy Kawasaki.

just-auto Plus only Nissan Europe offers new NissanConnect infotainment system in Micra

17 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

A new NissanConnect infotainment system with enhanced functionality is now available on the Nissan Micra supermini hatchback.   The benefit for customers is seamless and...

Baraja claims LiDAR breakthrough

16 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Technology company Baraja claims it has developed a new class of LiDAR that solves scalability and performance issues plaguing existing systems that help driverless cars see.

New Ricardo motor to boost power and cut hybrid costs

16 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

As part of its contribution to a recently completed major European research initiative to achieve more efficient and cost-effective hybrid powertrains for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles, Ricardo has developed a new 48V e-motor offering up to a 50% increase in power density compared with current production machines.

just-auto Plus only Toyo Tyre develops Mobility Aerodynamics technology for tyre designing

13 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Toyo Tyre and Rubber reports it has developed its own “Mobility Aerodynamics” (aerodynamic simulation) technology through the application of aerodynamic flow simulations. The technology...

just-auto Plus only Mazda to offer smartphone control to MZD Connect multimedia system

13 July 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Mazda is to offer an optional smartphone control update for all new vehicles equipped with the company's human-centred MZD Connect multimedia system. This will enable those of...

Federal-Mogul develops new impact resistant textile sleeve

12 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has launched new textile sleeving for crash protection and impact resistance which it said was "in testing with several global OEMs".

5GAA and OEMs exhibit 'interoperable' C-V2X

12 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), along with BMW Group, Ford and Groupe PSA - in association with Qualcomm Technologies and Savari - have announced Europe’s first live demonstration of C-V2X direct communication technology operating across vehicles from multiple auto manufacturers. A live demonstration also featured a live showcase of C-V2X direct communication technology operating between passenger cars, motorcycles, and roadside infrastructure.

Dunlop Tech and Sumitomo Rubber open European development centre

12 July 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Sumitomo Rubber Europe and Dunlop Tech have opened a European Development Centre in Germany.

Audi and Huawei to develop intelligent connected vehicles

11 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Audi has signed a memorandum of understanding for a strategic cooperation with the Chinese information and telecommunications corporation Huawei in Berlin.

Foresight wins QuadSight prototype order from Chinese EV manufacturer

11 July 2018 | Simon Warburton

Foresight Autonomous Holdings has announced the sale of further prototype of its QuadSight quad-camera vision system targeted for the semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicle market.

Daimler and Bosch select Nvidia AI platform

11 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

In their alliance to put highly automated and driverless vehicles on urban streets, Bosch and Daimler have specified the computing power needed for their prospective system.

Bosch and Daimler select California for driverless shuttles test

11 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Bosch and Daimler are speeding up the development of fully-automated and driverless driving (SAE Level 4/5) and the partners have chosen California as the pilot location for the first test fleet.

BMW Group joins Apollo, Baidu's autonomous driving platform

11 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Baidu and the BMW Group have announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the BMW Group will join Apollo, the open autonomous driving platform by Baidu, as a board member.

Hyundai and Baidu boost connected car cooperation

10 July 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor Group and Chinese internet services giant Baidu have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Internet of Vehicles (IoV), signaling their commitment to strengthening cooperation on next-generation connected car technologies. Baidu is signing technical cooperations with a number of automotive OEMs.

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