Friday 28 October 2016

VW pushes out SUV boundaries in US

Volkswagen is to build a new SUV (Atlas) alongside the Passat for the North American market at its Chattanooga assembly plant in Tennessee, but only with gasoline engines.

Nissan denies any UK ‘sweetheart deals’

NISSAN Motor Company has denied the presence of any ‘sweetheart’ deals associated with its latest plan to expand production and create fresh jobs in the UK.

Ford’s performance marks time

Ford Motor Company has just produced third-quarter results in which sales (revenue) came out at $35.9 billion giving year-to-date (YTD) sales of $113.1 billion ($109 billion in 2015).

Thursday 27 October 2016

VW improves business despite ‘dieselgate’

The Volkswagen Group financial figures for the first nine months of the year appear unfazed by the events of ‘Diesel’ gate in the USA and Europe.

Nissan gives UK its vote of confidence

Nissan Motor Company Ltd. announced in Yokohama that following its executive committee meeting, the company will produce the next Qashqai as well as adding production of the next X-Trail model at its Sunderland, UK plant.

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Volkswagen settles in the US over 2-litre TDI

Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and certain affiliates (together, Volkswagen) has announced that Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted final approval to the settlement agreement between Volkswagen and private plaintiffs.

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Daimler relies on Renault-Nissan for X-Class pick-up

Mercedes-Benz Vans will rely heavily on its alliance with Renault-Nissan to manufacture its new pick-truck that it will sell in Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Europe from 2017 onwards.

VW opens new Crafter plant in Poland

Volkswagen Group has officially opened its automotive plant in Września dedicated to production of the new Crafter. Is VW claims the plant Europes most advanced new factory of its kind.

Monday 24 October 2016

ASIMCO displays CGI cylinder heads

One of the less obvious booths at last month's IAA commercial vehicle exhibition in Hannover, Germany, amidst all the glitz and glamour of the various commercial vehicle displays, was that of the ASIMCO Group.

Saturday 22 October 2016

Tuesday 18 October 2016

New steel from Tata cuts weight 15 per cent

Tata Steel is fighting back to reclaim lost ground following successful trials of its XPF product range. XPF800 is a new hot-rolled steel for demanding chassis applications.

Schaeffler launches all-electric concept vehicle

Schaeffler regards its electric wheel-hub drive, as in its STEP² concept vehicle, as an enabler for future space-efficient vehicle concepts.

Saturday 15 October 2016

Nissan ‘more confident’ over future of UK plant

FEARS that Nissan’s Qashqai flagship model could leave the car-maker’s UK plant in the north-easy may have been eased after the company’s boss said he was “confident” the UK will remain a competitive place to do business.

Friday 14 October 2016

Wednesday 12 October 2016

Autonomous trucking – anyone interested?

According to reports, within the next decade, we can expect that the number of autonomous vehicles on U.S. roads will become a mainstream force.

Monday 10 October 2016

Torotrak to visit OEMs with V-Charge

Torotrak is to begin a programme of visits to pan-European vehicle manufacturers and Tier One suppliers to conduct a series of test drives.

Car makers miss carbon dioxide target by 39%

Real-world emissions testing of passenger cars shows greenhouse gas emissions exceeds the official figures on which UK national objectives and vehicle taxation are based.

Sunday 9 October 2016

US Postal set for hybrid delivery vans?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is set to examine the use of hybrid delivery vans as part of its Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV) programme which has just kicked off.

Friday 7 October 2016

China buoys up Jaguar and Land Rover

Strong sales in China, boosted by the launch of the locally-built Jaguar XFL, helped JaguarLandRover achieve its strongest global September sales to date, selling 61,047 vehicles, up 28 per cent compared to 2015.

Mercedes-Benz tops 200,000 per month

Mercedes-Benz has performed a hat-trick: In September, in the third quarter and also in the first nine months of the year.

Nifco UK announces record sales

Nifco UK, based in Eaglescliffe in Stockton, makes components used in the engines, and car interiors and exteriors.

Will Cummins ever integrate vertically?

It is not unreasonable to think that 12 or 18 months ago, at least one Cummins senior executive might have mulled over the question in his mind in a quiet moment: Is it time for the company to integrate vertically?

Will VW have an impact on MWM in Brazil?

It will be interesting to see what happens to MWM International in Brazil when Volkswagen AG’s two board members take their place round the table at Navistar International Corporation.

Thursday 6 October 2016

Automakers should use ‘circular economy’ - report

Makers of luxury cars, including Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, could benefit from a ‘circular economy’ and thereby engaging in more closed-loop recycling, adopting a ‘rent instead of sell’ business model, and by lengthening product usability.

Tuesday 4 October 2016

Nexteer output reaches 40 million EPS systems

Some 40 millionth electric power steering (EPS) systems have been manufactured by Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in intuitive motion control.

Monday 3 October 2016

VW and Navistar to create new ‘engine platform’

The deal between Volkswagen AG and Navistar International Corporation will not be ‘closed’ until early next year but in the meantime the two companies are working on a ‘new engine platform’.

Sunday 2 October 2016

Geely provides backing for Bloodhound

Geely Automotive, through Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, is to be the prime automotive sponsor (and will provide technical assistance) to the British Bloodhound world land speed record attempt in 2017.