Tuesday, 29 November 2016

2017 Algeria assembly car/van assembly by VW

Next spring, SOVAC Production SPA will begin production of certain Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, SEAT and ŠKODA brands.

Euro electric vehicles to receive charge boost

Four major automakers have teamed up to create high-power charging points throughout Europe, paving the way for greater electric vehicle (EV) use.

Torotrak to fit KERS into Caterpillar wheel loader

Torotrak has secured funding to fit KERS technology into a wheel loader programme in collaboration with Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Illinois.

VW to launche new upper class model

Next March at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen will launch its new premium saloon, the Arteon, a totally new model which sits above Passat. Production begins in summer 2017.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Friday, 25 November 2016

VW to quit selling diesels in the US

Whoever sanctioned Volkswagen’s ‘dieselgate’ will see the price the company is now paying as an executive says VW will exit diesel car sales in the US.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Škoda surpasses production record

Škoda, the butt of many jokes with its post-war rear-engine oversteering models, has just surpassed the one million mark of vehicles delivered in 2016.

Ricardo hits record engine output

Ricardo plc claims to have manufactured over 2,000 engines in the six months to the end of October, claiming this as a record for the company, and more than achieved in any previous full year.

Monday, 21 November 2016

How will US President-elect Trump react to GHG?

‘Global warming is a Chinese hoax designed to weaken US manufacturing’, according to US President-elect Donald Trump.  Alan Bunting asks: So can we expect the incoming Republican administration to scrap all greenhouse gas (GHG) control legislation?

Saturday, 19 November 2016

German-branded pick-ups facing ‘hostile’ US market?

 A recent survey by market research organisation Edmunds.com indicated an unusually high degree of brand loyalty among North American buyers of pick-up trucks, writes Alan Bunting.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Half JLR cars will be electric by 2020

By 2020, JaguarLandRover (JLR) claims it will offer customers the option of electrification on half of all its new cars.

Is VW’s Amarok pick-up set to bow in the USA?

In May this year, 2018suvs.net proclaimed that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VCV) would begin marketing the Amarok pick-up truck in the USA in 2017.

Ron Dennis ‘resigns’ as boss of McLaren

Following an exclusive story in one of the UK’s leading newspapers, the Daily Mail, yesterday, McLaren Technology Group (MTG) has confirmed the exit of Ron Dennis exit as its chief executive.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Jaguar to produce I-PACE from 2018

Jaguar will put its I-PACE electric car into production in 2018. Described as the start of a new era for Jaguar, the company is launching the car at this month’s Los Angeles auto show.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Nissan to sell UK-made QX30 in China

 Nissan is to sell the Infiniti QX30 to buyers in China, however, the car will be made at the company’s Sunderland, UK plant, where workers already produce its sister Q30 model.

First BYD electric bus order outside London

 Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD say they have won their first electric bus order outside London.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Any ‘smoke and mirrors’ behind VW’s EA189 ‘fix’?

Does everyone understand what really lies behind VWs powertrain engineers’ implementation of their ‘fix’ for the EA189 engines? What is really implied in the ‘fix’?

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Software ‘fix’ set to fix VW’s TDI mire

Guess what? Volkswagen AG is relying on a software ‘fix’ and a ‘flow conditioner’ to provide the “technical solution” for the 2.6 million vehicles with EA 189 1.6-litre TDI engines.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

New coating saves engine block weight

Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.