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Interior design and technology – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

25 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

What would you expect to see in a premium car interior? Forget rear seat heaters, think wellness retreats. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class spec list takes driver comfort to a new level by offering something called ‘Energising Comfort Control’. Debuted on the S-Class, it links the air-con, fragrancing, seat heating/cooling/massage function, audio and ambient lighting to improve driver comfort and even lift their mood. All in all, the fourth-generation C-Class has some 6,500 components new to the range. Continuing QUBE/just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we slipped inside the luxurious interior to see what stands out.


ANALYSIS – SsangYong future models

21 March 2019 | Mike Vousden

We investigate SsangYong's future model strategy – under parent Mahindra & Mahindra, it's pushing to become a global competitor with its wide range of SUVs after years of being a niche player.


Electric SUVs and 1100hp Battista - Pininfarina future models

19 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

xMahindra subsidiary Automobili Pininfarina GmbH has now shown its first model, the Battista, in public. The hypercar, still more than a year away production, is promised to be the first in a multi-vehicle series.


Frankfurt IAA world premieres list - Kia Ceed crossover

19 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Kia Motors Europe has confirmed that it will add a Ceed-based crossover to its line-up of models. The public debut should be at the IAA Cars in Frankfurt.


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Valeo prepares for 48V growth

20 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

Valeo claims that they invented the 48V mild hybrid system 15 years ago, and are already in production in China and Europe with a "significant production ramp-up" this year. The supplier further claims that advanced orders for 48V machines will make it the number one 48V mild-hybrid supplier in the world by 2020. So is its long shot on 48V mild hybrid tech now paying off? To learn more, we spoke to Michel Forissier, Chief Technology Officer of Valeo’s Powertrain Systems Business Group.up.


Ionity charges on with European network for EVs

15 March 2019 | Matthew Beecham

BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group are involved in a joint venture, called Ionity that is installing a high power charging network for electric vehicles across Europe. The venture is based in BMW's home city of Munich and headed by CEO Dr Michael Hajesch. Continuing just-auto/QUBE’s series of interviews, we spoke to Dr Hajesch to find out more.

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Ricardo develops new technology to avoid motion sickness in CAVs

25 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

With a widespread public expectation that autonomous vehicles will offer comfort levels approaching those of a living room environment, Ricardo is developing new technology to minimise the risks of motion sickness which also promises benefits for occupants of conventionally-driven vehicles.


Hella and partners develop Open fusion platform for autonomous driving

22 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

A German research network with reputable research institutions, universities, IT companies and also companies from the automotive industry says it has developed a near-series fusion platform with open interfaces (Open Fusion Platform, abbreviated to OFP).


Thatcham Research updates security ratings to include keyless entry/start

21 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

The UK's Thatcham Research has launched security ratings to help consumers better understand the theft risk of new cars against a back drop of rising vehicle thefts. The new ratings assess whether measures to specifically address the keyless entry/start vulnerability, have been adopted.


Volvo Cars to deploy in-car cameras and intervention against intoxication and distraction

21 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has revealed a new step in its ambitions to end fatalities in its cars by addressing the issues of intoxication and distraction.


Volvo Cars introduces Care Key for safe car sharing

21 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Volvo Cars has launched the Care Key, allowing any buyer to set a speed limit for themselves or other drivers.


Toyota and Suzuki to share models and hybrid technology

20 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor and Suzuki Motor announced and agreement to "begin considering concrete collaboration in new fields".


Survey finds increased support for self-driving cars

20 March 2019 | BusinessCar magazine

The proportion of UK drivers who say they like the idea of self-driving cars has tripled in 12 months, according to Close Brothers Motor Finance.


just-auto Plus only Wabco unveils new version of OnGuardActive collision mitigation system

19 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Wabco Holdings, the leading global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, unveiled a new...


Daimler opens new Fuso design centre in Japan

18 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler Trucks has officially opened the new product centre building and design centre at the Kawasaki Plant of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation.


AGC expands glass antenna R&D to Europe

18 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Glass maker AGC has officially opened anechoic chambers in Gosselies, Belgium, for the development of automotive on-glass antennas.


Nissan Futures presents mobility trends for the Asia and Oceania region

18 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

The Nissan Futures event in Hong Kong has brought forward three mobility trends for the Asia and Oceania region: cars as energy assets, the human role in autonomous driving systems and the importance of safety in mobility innovations.


Hyundai Mobis invests in Chinese start-up 'Deep Glint'

15 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis has announced an equity investment to build a strategic partnership with China’s Deep Glint, which it says has key technologies regarding object recognition and behaviour pattern analysis utilising artificial intelligence. The investment is valued at US$5m.


just-auto Plus only New Actros features Sideguard Assist and MirrorCam for greater safety

15 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Thanks to its innovative assistance systems, the new Actros has made another huge jump forward with regard to safety. However, the engineers working on the new Actros have not just achieved this...


Mobis in Chinese AI partnership; Hyundai launches light-weight platform

14 March 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

South Korea's leading automotive components manufacturer, Hyundai Mobis, said it would invest KRW5.5bn (US$4.9m) in Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) start-up DeepGlint, according to local reports.


New thermoplastic bulkhead to make LCV debut

14 March 2019 | Graeme Roberts

SABIC, the chemicals specialist based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has announced new technology for producing lightweight, cost-effective and recyclable vehicle panels using its UDMAX tape, a unidirectional, fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite.


LG Uplus trials 5G AD car in Seoul

12 March 2019 | Dave Leggett

LG Uplus says that it and Hanyang University have successfully tested their 5G-connected autonomous vehicle on the streets of Seoul.


Koenigsegg Jesko has 1,500Nm and eight clutches

8 March 2019 | Glenn Brooks

The Jesko, a so-called 'megacar' revealed by Koenigsegg at the Geneva motor show, has a self-developed transmission which can cope with 1,500Nm of torque.


just-auto Plus only Ford enhances commercial vehicle line-up with new engines

7 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Ford is adding new engines, greater connectivity and smart new driver-assist technology across its commercial vehicle line-up – on everything from the vans that deliver our food to the...


Harman launches Smart Delta for Maps

6 March 2019 | Simon Warburton

Harman has launched Smart Delta for Maps for connected vehicles.


just-auto Plus only Hyundai Motor develops smartphone based Digital Key

5 March 2019 | just-auto plus Extended News

Hyundai Motor Group announced the development of a ‘Digital Key’, which allows users to unlock and start their Hyundai vehicle via their smartphone. Replacing a traditional physical...



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