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Mercedes reinvents luxury pick-up segment with X-Class

22 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

If we overlook the Lincoln Mark LT and Cadillac Escalade EXT, discontinued ten and five years ago respectively, Mercedes-Benz is the first luxury brand with a global reach to launch a pick-up. Will the new X-Class succeed in the parts of the world - and North America isn't one of them - where Mercedes-Benz Vans has begun to sell it?

Isuzu updates D-Max as GM divorce dust settles

20 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Suddenly, crew cab pick-ups seem to be everywhere. Mercedes-Benz and Renault are the latest brands to launch four-door ladder frame models, while Peugeot is co-developing its own model with Changan. Meanwhile, Isuzu continues to quietly update the D-Max, adding refinements and new variants, keeping this stalwart of the one-tonne segment competitive.

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.

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Gamification and the human role in Industry 4.0

26 February 2018 | Calum MacRae

Industry 4.0 is the hot topic among manufacturing companies right now. With the movement seemingly wrapped up in taking automation to extremes, attendant concerns about employment in manufacturing have come to the fore. Calum MacRae of just-auto talked to the CEO of leading2lean, Keith Barr, about their differentiated approach to 4.0 which seeks to put the human in the driving seat.

Interview with JLR's director of global purchasing and sourcing, chassis systems

21 February 2018 | Simon Warburton

Neil Marsons is Global Purchasing Director, Chassis, Supply Chain Design and Global Sourcing Strategy at Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) where he is accountable for strategy development and execution, as well as supplier performance for all chassis systems and commodities across all JLR vehicles. Simon Warburton talked to him at JLR’s Gaydon site in central England.

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BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Lynk 02 world debut

23 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

An Cong Hui, the president and CEO of Geely Auto Group, has told the Chinese media that the Lynk & Co 02 will have its motor show debut at AutoChina in April.

Former FCA Dodge Viper plant to become car museum and employee meetings centre

22 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

FCA US is to convert the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, last used to build the Dodge Viper, into an internal meeting and display space that will house the automaker's concept and historic vehicle collection.

just-auto Plus only JAC begins production at new Xin Gang facility

22 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

After more than two years of construction and more than six months of testing, JAC’s new world-class light truck plant, the Xin Gang Production Base, has officially started production. With...

FCA's Jeep Wrangler workers 'retool Toledo'

22 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Employees at FCA's Toledo North Jeep Wrangler plant are now hard at work building the redesigned 2018 model and, while their factory was being retooled, they also helped 'build their community'.

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW - Cadillac turbo V8 world debut

21 March 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Cadillac has announced a 4.2-litre biturbo V8 as a new engine for the CT6. World premieres of facelifts for the Ford Fusion and two-door versions of the Mercedes C-Class will also take place at the New York auto show.

Nissan Mississippi plant builds 'Job 4m'

19 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan North America on Monday celebrated production of 4m vehicles at its Canton assembly plant in Mississippi and announced a second shift that will create or retain 250 hourly jobs to support increasing demand for the automaker's NV commercial vans.

Ford lays out new US product plan and organisation changes

16 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has announced a major strategy plan out to 2020 for the US market, claiming it will have the freshest lineup among all full line automakers with average showroom age dropping from 5.7 to 3.3 years as it replaces three-quarters of its range. It is also promising full connectivity ahead of over-the-air updates and the 'Transportation Mobility Cloud'.

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.

Toyoda Gosei opens new hydrogen tanks plant in Japan

16 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyoda Gosei has established a new plant in the city of Inabe, Mie Prefecture, Japan to produce high pressure hydrogen tanks, a crucial component of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Preparations for the start of production are currently underway.

just-auto Plus only Lanxess starts new production line for speciality thermoplastic compounds in Germany

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Speciality chemicals company Lanxess has now commissioned a new production line for the manufacture of speciality compounds at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site. The company has invested approximately...

just-auto Plus only Lamborghini 2017 revenue crosses one billion euro mark

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

In fiscal year 2017 (31.12.2017), Automobili Lamborghini achieved new historic landmarks. The Italian super sports car brand from Sant’Agata Bolognese increased worldwide sales by ten % from...

just-auto Plus only GM all set to commercially produce Cruise AV in 2019 at Orion, Michigan

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

After more than a year of building test vehicles for development of its self-driving technology, General Motors today announced it will build production versions of its Cruise AV at its Orion...

just-auto Plus only Evonik to build new plant for polyamide 12 production

16 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Evonik is planning to build a new production complex for the high-performance polymer polyamide 12 (PA 12). The Group intends to increase its overall PA 12 capacity by more than 50%. Polyamide 12...

Mercedes-Benz Cars details Thai battery production

15 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Following its initial announcement of plans to produce lithium ion battery packs for electric and plug in hybrid vehicles in Thailand, as the company anticipates strong demand growth for these vehicles across the region in the next few years, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars has now detailed its plans, with local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP), to spend EUR100m by 2020.

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.

just-auto Plus only Audi Brussels site certified as "CO2-neutral site"

13 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Audi Brussels has been awarded a "CO2-neutral site" certificate by the Belgian testing company Vinçotte. The site covers all production processes and all other emissions generated...

First two months' production and sales point to a strong 2018 in Brazil

12 March 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil's auto industry recovery appears on track after the first two months of 2018: production and registrations of new motor vehicles achieved double digit growth in the period.

just-auto Plus only VW/Wandelbots to test new HRC applications in vehicle assembly

12 March 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen's Glaserne Manufaktur (Transparent Factory) and Dresden-based start-up Wandelbots have established a novel joint venture in human-robot collaboration (HRC). This was announced at the...

Mazda/Toyota establish US factory JV company

9 March 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation have established their new joint venture company, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, USA (MTMUS), which will produce vehicles in Huntsville, Alabama starting in 2021.

VW to modernise Wolfsburg power stations

9 March 2018 | Dave Leggett

he Volkswagen Group says it is taking another key step towards significantly reducing environmental impact and is moving away from coal-fired energy.

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