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Bugatti develops titanium brake caliper using 3-D Printer
Bugatti has developed a new titanium brake caliper using 3D printing technology, the French automaker announced in a press release on 22 January. Bugatti claims the new 8-piston monobloc brake caliper is the world’s first and largest functional component produced from titanium using 3D printing processes. The new powerful brakes are being used on the new Chiron. The new ...
24-Jan-2018
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Ricardo, University of South Wales to collaborate on EV battery development
Ricardo will collaborate with the University of South Wales’ Centre for Automotive & Power System Engineering (CAPSE) on electric vehicle (EV) battery research and development (R&D), the company said in a press release on 23 January. The collaboration will provide the UK-based automotive engineering company with access to the facilities and the support of the maj...
24-Jan-2018
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New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to test five New Flyer electric buses
New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), acting through the New York City Transit Authority (NYCT), will launch a electric bus test and evaluation program of five New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric, 40-foot heavy-duty transit buses, New Flyer of America, a manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses, announced in a press release earlier this m...
24-Jan-2018
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Texas Instruments’ 2017 net income up 2.4% y/y to USD3.7 billion
Texas Instruments (TI) has reported a 2.4% year-on-year (y/y) growth in its net income to USD3.68 billion for the financial year ended 31 December 2017, the company announced in a press release on 23 January. The American semiconductor company reported an 11.9% y/y jump in revenue to USD14.96 billion. Higher sales resulted in a 25.2% y/y growth in operating profit to ...
24-Jan-2018
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AImotive raises USD38 million in Series C funding
AImotive, a start-up developing solutions for self-driving vehicles, has raised USD38 million in Series C funding round, the company said in press release. The Hungary-based company’s latest funding round was led by B Capital Group and Prime Ventures, with participation from Cisco Investments and Samsung Catalyst Fund. In addition, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Inve...
24-Jan-2018
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Honda Cars India expects auto parts export worth USD235 million in FY 2017/18
Honda Cars India, the Indian unit of Japanese automaker Honda, expects its auto parts exports to reach INR15 billion (USD235 million) in the current financial year (FY 2017/18), up 31.6% year-over-year (y/y), reports ETAuto. In FY 2016/17, the company exported INR11.4 billion worth of auto parts from India. Significance: Apart from producing and selling vehicles, Honda ...
24-Jan-2018
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Cinemo, Elektrobit collaborate on enhanced in-vehicle infotainment
Cinemo has reached an agreement to collaborate with Elektrobit on enhanced in-vehicle infotainment, the company said in a press release earlier this month. The two companies agreed to collaborate on Elektrobit’s EB GUIDE Reference UI (user interface), which was showcased at the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) booth at the CES 2018, held earlier this month in Las Vegas, Unit...
23-Jan-2018
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Luxoft introduces in-vehicle translator feature
Luxoft has introduced a new in-vehicle translator feature, developed in collaboration with Ford, the company said in a press release earlier this month. The new translator feature, designed especially for new mobility services such as ride sharing, will enable a passenger and driver who do not speak the same language to communicate. The new feature is p...
23-Jan-2018
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WayRay introduces holographic augmented reality in-car navigation system
WayRay has developed a new multicolored holographic augmented reality (AR) display device that transforms a car windshield into a new medium of information, the company said in a press release. The Switzerland-based company demonstrated its new product at the CES 2018 earlier this month in Las Vegas, United States. The company also showcased Navion, an in-car navigation...
23-Jan-2018
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PPG teams up with University of Michigan’s Mcity test facility for autonomous vehicle research
PPG Industries and University of Michigan's (U-M) Mcity test facility have entered into a partnership for autonomous vehicle testing and research, PPG announced in a press release on 16 January. Under the partnership, Mcity's state-of-the-art facility will provide PPG with a controlled environment to develop specialized coatings and related technologies of autonomous vehic...
23-Jan-2018
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Seeing Machines develops camera-based driver-monitoring system
Australia-based Seeing Machines has developed a camera-based ‘FAVIO’ driver-monitoring system (DMS), the company said in a press release earlier this month. The company introduced the new FAVIO DMS technology on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 premium sedan. The new system forms an integral part of the automaker’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system. Seeing Machines showcas...
23-Jan-2018
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FEV introduces cybersecurity test system for vehicles
FEV has developed a test system to deliver a flexible, end-to-end cybersecurity solution in vehicles, the company said in a press release earlier this month. According to the company, its FEV AutoSEC ITUS cybersecurity test system can test a variety of automotive protocols, features and applications including in-vehicle network-to-components, wireless-to-wired interfaces, ...
23-Jan-2018
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Autoneum’s 2017 revenue improves 2.3% y/y to USD2.3 billion
Autoneum has reported 2.3% year-over-year (y/y) increase in revenue to CHF2.2 billion (USD2.3 billion) for the financial year ended 31 December 2017, the company said in a press release. Revenue, adjusted for currency and divestment effects, improved 2.4% y/y. The company’s revenue, in terms of business group (BG) increased in Europe, Asia and SAMEA (South America, Mi...
23-Jan-2018
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Waymo to test self-driving cars in Atlanta
Waymo will start testing its self-driving car fleet in Atlanta, Georgia (United States), the self-driving car unit of Google announced on Twitter on 22 January. “Metro Atlanta is the next stop for Waymo’s test program. Now that we have the world’s first fully self-driving vehicles on public roads in AZ (Arizona), we’re looking to take our tech to more cities,” th...
23-Jan-2018
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GKN announces more than USD2.8 billion order book for ‘eDrive’ technology
GKN Driveline’s order book for electric driveline (eDrive) technologies reached GBP2 billion (USD2.8 billion) by the end 2017, led by a series of significant program wins with major global automakers, GKN said in a press release on 22 January. The company’s new orders include launch of Multimode eTransmission system on a Chinese OEM’s platform beginning this year and...
23-Jan-2018
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Aquantia, Molex collaborate on multi-gigabit automotive Ethernet network
Electronics solutions developer Molex has partnered with Aquantia, which offers high-speed communications ICs for Ethernet connectivity, to jointly develop a 10 Gbps Ethernet automotive network aimed at accelerating data bandwidth in connected vehicles, according to a press release earlier this month. The partnership will see integration of Molex 10 Gbps automotive Etherne...
23-Jan-2018
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Hankook supplies tires for new Citroën C3 Aircross
Hankook Tire is supplying Ventus Prime and Kinergy 4S (all-weather) tires as original fitment for the new Citroën C3 Aircross, the South Korean tire-maker announced in a press release yesterday (22 January). The company is supplying Kinergy 4S tires in 195/60 R16 89H, 205/60 R16 92H and 215/50 R17 91H sizes as well as Ventus Prime in size 205/60 R16 92H (summer). “We...
23-Jan-2018
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Giti Tire Manufacturing USA appoints Tim Fulton as COO
Giti Tire has appointed Tim Fulton as chief operating officer (COO) of Giti Tire Manufacturing USA, reports Tire Review. Fulton will report to Enki Tan, president of Giti Tire Manufacturing USA and chairman of Giti Tire Group. Prior to Giti Tire, Tim Fulton served as vice-president of global operations, manufacturing and supply chain for the BFGoodrich brand of Michelin. ...
23-Jan-2018
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Topy Industries to acquire Ring Techs
Topy Industries has signed a share transfer agreement with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) to acquire the latter’s wholly owned subsidiary Ring Techs Co., Ltd., the two companies announced in separate press releases. Subsequent to the transaction, Ring Techs will become a subsidiary of Topy Industries. The acquisition is expected to be completed in ...
23-Jan-2018
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Clarion partners with Evolved Vehicle Environments for connected car solutions
Clarion has partnered with Evolved Vehicle Environment (EVE) for connected car solutions, according to a company press release earlier this month. The partnership will see integration of EVE’s EVEConnect solution with Clarion's Smart Access connected car platform. "By integrating EVEConnect into the Smart Access platform, we are helping people automate, control and check...
23-Jan-2018
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Four city operators in Italy order 13 BYD pure-electric Midibuses
BYD has received orders from four city operators in the Piedmont Region of Italy for 13 pure electric Midibuses, according to a BYD press release earlier this month. The order includes eight buses for GTT, a bus operator in Turin; these new buses will join GTT’s fleet of 20 BYD ebuses, BYD said. BYD will supply two Midibuses each to AMAG in Alessandria and BUSCOMPANY, an...
23-Jan-2018
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Pricol, Dongguan Shenpeng Electronics sign deal to offer electric water pumps in India
India-based auto parts supplier Pricol has entered an exclusive partnership agreement with China-based Dongguan Shenpeng Electronics to introduce electric water pumps in the Indian market, according to a regulatory filing by the company on 22 January. The companies plan to introduce cooling solutions that help reduce engine load and optimize fuel efficiency; and exhaust ga...
23-Jan-2018
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22-Jan-2018
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Savari joins forces with Qualcomm to develop C-V2X solution
Savari is collaborating with Qualcomm to develop a cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) solution, the US-based company announced during the CES 2018 in Las Vegas (United States) earlier this month. According to the two partners, the solution is designed to deliver C-V2X capabilities, including vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-pedes...
22-Jan-2018
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CES 2018: Accenture shows multi-passenger, in-vehicle Amazon Alexa voice service
Accenture showcased multi-passenger, in-vehicle Amazon Alexa voice service at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, earlier this month, the company said in a press release. For demonstration, the company developed a system that integrates two Alexa agents directly within Parrot Automotive’s NIS 8300 automotive infotainment system. The Alexa services are integrated wit...
22-Jan-2018
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Ricardo aims to supply battery packs for performance EVs
Ricardo’s ‘Performance Products’ division recently completed a full electric vehicle (EV) sport car battery manufacturing concept program. With the successful completion of the project, the UK-based automotive engineering consultancy firm is now aiming to become a niche battery supplier for hybrid and electric vehicles, according to the company’s press re...
22-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: BlackBerry unveils ‘Jarvis’ cybersecurity solution for automakers
BlackBerry has unveiled its advanced cybersecurity solution called ‘Jarvis’ at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan (United States), the company said in a press release last week. The new solution is a cloud-based static binary code scanning solution that detects the vulnerability of software used in vehicles. The solution scans ...
22-Jan-2018
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Mobileye, NavInfo to launch ‘Road Experience Management’ product in China
Mobileye has reached an agreement with Chinese mapping and locations service provider NavInfo to collaborate on building and distributing its Road Experience Management (REM) product in China, according to a press release by Intel, the new owner of Mobileye. The partnership will use Mobileye’s REM technology to generate a RoadBook in China that is will be integrated and ...
22-Jan-2018
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Bosch establishes IOT campus in Berlin
Bosch has inaugurated its new Internet of Things (IOT) campus in Berlin, Germany, the company said in a press release on 18 January. The new campus currently has 250 IOT experts, a number the leading Germany-based automotive supplier expects to increase to around 400 over the next few years. These experts will advise and support customers during the development of the proj...
22-Jan-2018
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EDITORIAL - Start-ups pushing innovation in automotive industry
At the CES 2018 earlier this month, little-known Aurora Innovation announced two partnerships with Hyundai and Volkswagen Group to help them bring self-driving cars to market by 2021. The start-up, established in 2016 by Chris Urmson, the former head of Google Self-Driving Car project, in partnership with Sterling Anderson, ex-Tesla Autopilot leader, and Drew Bernel, a key...
22-Jan-2018
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NHTSA lists models from 14 automakers in US to replace defective Takata airbags
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States has released a list of models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace defective Takata airbag inflators, reports the Associated Press (AP). The automakers whose vehicles are recalled are Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Daimler Vans, Toyota, Tesla, BMW, Fiat Ch...
22-Jan-2018
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German’s KBA asks Audi to recalls 127,000 vehicles over emission control software
Germany's motor transport authority KBA has asked Audi to recall 127,000 vehicles over suspected cheating software in its latest Euro-6 diesel models, reports Reuters. The recall affects Audi’s A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 models as well as the Q5 and Q7 sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The recall impacts 77,600 vehicles in Germany, Bild am Sonntag reported. According to the repo...
22-Jan-2018
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CES 2018: Foresight shows vision system for semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles
Israel-based automotive vision systems specialist Foresight Autonomous Holdings showcased its new ‘QuadSight’ vision system designed for semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas, United States, earlier this month.  According to the company’s press release, the QuadSight technology incorporates accurate image-processing algorithms and ...
22-Jan-2018
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EUROGUSS 2018: Martinrea Honsel demonstrates advanced casting technologies and aluminum components
Martinrea Honsel showcased its expertise in aluminum casting and machining last week at the 2018 EUROGUSS, an international trade fair for die casting, in Nuremberg, Germany, according to a company press release on 10 January. The company’s solutions, such as lightweight aluminum engine blocks, transmission housings, knuckles, control arms, shock towers, cross members, s...
22-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Recaro exhibits new SUV performance seat
Adient’s premium brand Recaro Automotive Seating is showcasing its performance seat for sport utility vehicles (SUV) at the North American International Auto Show 2018 (NAIAS) this month in Detroit, United States, the company announced in a press release on 17 January. The new SUV performance seat with a sporty look and feel is made of high-tech materials such as exclusi...
22-Jan-2018
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Mitsubishi Chemical starts production of styrenic thermoplastic elastomer in Thailand
Japan-based Mitsubishi Chemical has commenced production of styrenic thermoplastic elastomer (TPS) this month at its subsidiary, Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers, in Thailand, the company announced in a press release on 19 January. Significance: The company manufactures thermoplastic elastomers under its ‘TEFABLOC’ brand. The lineup includes olefin...
22-Jan-2018
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BASF announces preliminary financial results for 2017, sales rise 12% y/y to USD77.2 billion
BASF has reported preliminary figures for the financial year ended 31 December 2017. The company’s sales grew 12% year on year (y/y) to EUR64.5 billion (USD77.2 billion as on 31 December 2017), according to a company press release. BASF expects EBIT to increase 36% y/y to EUR8.5 billion and EBIT before special items to grow 32% y/y to EUR8.3 billion. Net income is estima...
22-Jan-2018
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Sumitomo Chemical exits LED materials JV in Korea to focus on battery separator
Japan-based Sumitomo Chemical has ceased production of sapphire wafers used in light-emitting diodes (LEDs) at its 50:50 joint venture (JV) with Samsung Electronics in South Korea, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 20 January.  The companies had formed the JV, SSLM, at the Sungseo Industrial Complex in Daegu, North Gyeongsang province, in 2011. Significance: Sapphire...
22-Jan-2018
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SupplierInsight Webinar: 2018 CES/NAIAS Round-up
Watch an on-demand replay now Our CES/NAIAS webinars focus on how the trends of the connected car, autonomous driving, software advances, EVs and HMI are creating new opportunities for the automotive and high-tech industries. Join us again this year post CES and NAIAS 2018, arguably the two most important automotive events of the year, where our experts wil...
19-Jan-2018
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CES 2018: Panasonic unveils Android 8.0 powered infotainment system
At the CES 2018 last week in Las Vegas (United States), Panasonic introduced its latest in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system, powered by the next-generation Android operating system – Android 8.1 Oreo, the company said in a press release. Last year, the Japanese supplier had announced a partnership with Qualcomm to develop an IVI platform, based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Ac...
19-Jan-2018
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CES 2018: Sony Electronics unveils new in-car audio solutions with enhanced connectivity
Sony Electronics showcased its new lineup of in-car audio with enhanced connectivity at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, last week, the company said in a press release. The company displayed XAV-AX5000 6.95-inch AV receiver with Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto smartphone integrations and the XM-GS6DSP, an OE upgrade amplifier with a digital signal processor. Sony a...
19-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Bosch shows redundant braking and steering solutions for automated driving
At this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan (United States), Bosch is showcasing redundant braking and steering solutions for automated driving, the Germany-based supplier said in a press release. The company’s fail-degraded brake system combines its electromechanical brake booster iBooster and electronic stability control (ESC). ...
19-Jan-2018
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CES 2018: Clarion shows infotainment, ADAS and autonomous driving technologies
Clarion showcased its advanced technologies in connectivity, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, earlier this month. According to a press release, the company’s booth at the show included the following technologies: • SurroundEye with Distortion Correction: provides 3D view of ar...
19-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: New Audi A7 features A8-like infotainment system
Audi has equipped its all-new A7 sportback with many next-generation technologies that the German automaker introduced in its flagship A8 sedan last year, the company said in a press release. The second-generation A7 features the same MMI infotainment system that Audi debuted in the A8. Audi is showcasing the new A7 at the 2018 North America International Auto Show (NAIAS)...
19-Jan-2018
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Texas Instruments appoints Brian Crutcher as president, CEO
Texas Instruments (TI) has appointed Brian Crutcher as the company's next president and CEO, effective 1 June, the US-based semiconductor company announced in a press release yesterday (18 January). Crutcher will replace the current president and CEO, Rich Templeton, who will step down from the position. Templeton will continue to serve as the company's chairman. Crutch...
19-Jan-2018
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Ainstein develops 79 GHz automotive short range radar
Ainstein has developed a new 79 GHz CMOS automotive safety radar, the T-79, according to a company press release on 14 January. The T-79 is a next-generation short-range, wideband, high-resolution automotive radar sensor built on RF-CMOS IC technology. The product makes use of the company’s proprietary advanced radar signal processing algorithms and offers high resolutio...
19-Jan-2018
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Toyota Tsusho to acquire 15% stake in Australian lithium miner Orocobre
Toyota Tsusho, a member of the Toyota Group, has signed a share subscription agreement to acquire a 15% stake in Australian lithium miner Orocobre for approximately AUD292 million (USD232 million), according to a company press release on 16 January. Significance: Lithium is used in cathodes of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The company expects lithium demand to con...
19-Jan-2018
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Automotive World 2018: STMicroelectronics showcases advanced solutions for smart driving
Switzerland-based semiconductor company STMicroelectronics is showcasing its latest semiconductor solutions for smart driving at the Automotive World 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, says a company press release. The display includes the company’s capabilities in connected and autonomous technologies, and services for mobility. The company is showcasing transceiver ICs for long-ran...
19-Jan-2018
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Nichicon unveils new aluminum electrolytic capacitors
Nichicon has unveiled a new ‘UXY’ series of lead-type aluminum electrolytic capacitors for automotive applications, according to the company’s press release on 16 January. The high vibration-resistant capacitors use the company’s simulation technology. The new range of capacitors has rated voltage range of 25–50 volt and capacitance range of 2300–11,000μF. The...
19-Jan-2018
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PG&E launches new program to install 7,500 EV chargers in California
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has launched a new ‘EV Charge Network’ program to accelerate expansion of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV) in California, United States, the company said in a press release on 17 January. Under the program, beginning this quarter, PG&E will install 7,500 EV chargers at condominiums, apartment buildings a...
19-Jan-2018
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Qualcomm receives approvals from EC, Korea Free Trade Commission for NXP takeover
Qualcomm has received approvals from the European Commission (EC) and the Korea Free Trade Commission (KFTC) for the acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, the company said in a press release on 18 January. With this the US-based chipmaker has received eight out of nine approvals globally, with China remaining. “We are pleased that both the European Commission and the Kor...
19-Jan-2018
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Toyota to begin Mirai FCEV sales in Canada this year
Toyota will start selling its Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in Canada this year, the Japanese automaker said in a press release on 18 January. The company will launch Mirai with select fleet in Quebec to take advantage of the province’s clean hydroelectric power generation. “Toyota is passionate about helping Canada, and societies around the world, enjoy a...
19-Jan-2018
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SGL invests USD30.5 million to expand specialty graphite production in Germany
SGL Group is investing approximately EUR25 million (USD30.5 million) to expand production capacities for specialty graphite at its Bonn site in Germany over four years, the company announced in a press release on 17 January. The expansion will include new production systems and a new hall. The company expects expansion to be completed by 2020. Burkhard Straube, head of Gra...
19-Jan-2018
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PPG’s 2017 net income up 85.6% y/y to USD1.6 billion
PPG has reported an 85.6% year-on-year (y/y) growth in net income to USD1.62 billion for the full year ended 31 December 2017, the coatings supplier said in a press release yesterday (18 January). Net sales for the period grew 3.3% y/y to USD14.75 billion. Income from continuing operations before income taxes grew more than twofold y/y to USD2 billion. In terms of busin...
19-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Grammer presents decorative surfaces, functional armrests, headrests
Grammer is showcasing its decorative surfaces, functional armrests and electrically adjustable four-way headrests for the premium segment at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States, the company said in a press release yesterday (18 January). In addition to products developed specifically for North American automakers, the company w...
19-Jan-2018
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Mobile World Congress 2018: SEAT to showcase advanced connectivity solutions
SEAT will showcase progress in vehcile connectivity solutions at the 2018 Mobile World Congress, to be held from 26 February to 1 March 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, the company said in a press release. The company will display a fully customizable SEAT simulator to highlight the 360º vision of the future digitization; the SEAT Leon Cristobal, which is focusing on zero accide...
18-Jan-2018
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Infiniti plans to launch new electrified models from 2021
Nissan's premium brand Infiniti will launch new models with electrification technology from 2021 onwards, Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawaat said at the Automotive News World Congress on 17 January. The models will be either pure-electric vehicles or will get Nissan’s e-POWER technology. Infiniti expects electric vehicles to account for half its global sales by 2025, ...
18-Jan-2018
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Harman’s Bang & Olufsen supplies 3D advanced sound system for new 2019 Audi A7 sportback
Harman’s Bang & Olufsen is supplying 3D advanced sound system for model year 2019 Audi A7 sportback, which was unveiled by the German carmaker at the 2018 North America International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States last week, Harman said in a blog. According to Bang & Olufsen, its 3D advanced sound system in the new A7 sportback features 19 high-...
18-Jan-2018
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BMW plans to offer SCR technology as standard in all new diesel models
German automaker BMW is planning to offer selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system with AdBlue injection as standard in all diesel models from the spring of 2018, the company announced in a press release on 17 January. Initially, BMW 1-Series, 2-Series, 3-Series and 4-Series will get the SCR technology as standard, followed by BMW X1 xDrive20d,  BMW xDrive18d , and&...
18-Jan-2018
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Model year 2019 Acura RDX SUV to feature ‘True Touchpad Interface’
Honda's premium brand Acura unveiled its model year 2019 RDX Prototype SUV at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States, earlier this week. According to the company's press release on 15 January, the new RDX Prototype comes equipped with several advanced technologies and features to deliver premium in-car experience. The au...
18-Jan-2018
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Bharat Forge opens new R&D centre in UK to develop e-mobility solutions
India-based auto components supplier Bharat Forge has opened a new research and development (R&D) center at the MIRA Technology Park in the United Kingdom to focus on development of components and sub-systems for electric vehicles (EV), the company announced in a press release on 17 January. “We are really impressed with the infrastructure and the facilities availabl...
18-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Tenneco shows advanced ride performance and clean air technologies
Tenneco is showcasing its advanced ride performance and clean air solutions at a private exhibit during the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States. The exhibit will have global debut of the company’s 'Emissions Evolution' concept and Monroe intelligent suspension family of products such as continuously variable semi-active (2 valve)...
18-Jan-2018
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CES 2018: Harman unveils AudioworX platform to offer personalized in-car audio experience
At the CES 2018 last week in Las Vegas, United States, Harman introduced AudioworX, an open platform that allows OEMs to offer personalized in-car audio experience, according to the company's press release. The platform offers automakers the flexibility to quickly adapt to new trends in consumer preference, faster time to market, and lower overall cost. According to the...
18-Jan-2018
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BorgWarner targets revenue of USD11.5 billion to USD11.8 billion in 2020
US-based automotive supplier BorgWarner is aiming to reach revenue of USD11.5 billion to USD11.8 billion in 2020, the company announced in a press release on 17 January. BorgWarner said that the 2020 revenue target is based on the assumption that the net new business will be in the range of  USD700 million to USD825 million in 2020. Asia is expected to lead the new...
18-Jan-2018
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EV Japan 2018: BorgWarner presents solutions for hybrids and EVs
BorgWarner is set to showcase a range of solutions for hybrids and electric vehicles (EV) at the "EV Japan 2018" trade show, the company announced in a press release on 17 January. The company's showcase will include products such as integrated belt alternator starter (iBAS), electric Drive Module (eDM), high-voltage air heater as well as P2 off-axis module. “At ...
18-Jan-2018
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HERE, SK Telecom to jointly develop location services for self-driving cars
HERE Technologies has entered a strategic partnership with South Korea’s SK Telecom to develop solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles, the company said in a press release. The two companies agreed to combine their capabilities in connectivity, mapping, and location data to offer new services for the  South Korean market. In addition, HERE and SK Telecom wil...
18-Jan-2018
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Dana announces preliminary 2017 financial results; sales up 24% y/y to USD7.2 billion
According to priliminary financial results announced by Dana, the company's sales grew 24% year on year (y/y) to USD7.2 billion in the year ended 31 December 2017, according to a company press release on 17 January. The adjusted EBITDA for the year totaled around USD835 million, which is USD175 million improvement over 2016. Dana has said that its sales backlog, as...
18-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Schaeffler showcases powertrain, thermal solutions for EVs, ICE vehicles
Schaeffler has showcased its portfolio of low-emission and locally zero-emissions driving for all three engine systems: hybrids, all-electric, and internal combustion engine (ICE), at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States, the company announced in a press release on 16 January. The company's display will include a ...
18-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Michelin presents flexible wheel technology with Maxion Wheels
French tire-maker Michelin, in partnership with Maxion Wheels, is exhibiting a flexile wheel featuring its 'Acorus' technology at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States, according to a company press release on 16 January. In September last year, the two companies collaborated to develop this new technology. The new patented techno...
18-Jan-2018
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CES 2018: Excelfore, Molex jointly develop 10 Gbps Ethernet automotive networking platform
Electronics solutions company Molex has teamed up with Excelfore, which offers middleware solutions for smart mobility networks, to jointly develop a 10 Gbps Ethernet Automotive Network aimed at accelerating data bandwidth in intelligent connected vehicles, according to a press release earlier this month. The partnership will see integration of the Molex network platf...
18-Jan-2018
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon Automotive Platform powers MY2018 Honda Accord's infotainment system
Qualcomm is supplying its Snapdragon Automotive Platform for the model year 2018 Honda Accord, according to a company press release on 9 January. The platform will power the vehicle’s in-vehicle infotainment and navigation system. The 2018 Honda Accord also features a Qualcomm 4G LTE modem that supports the Hondalink vehicle connectivity system. “We pride ...
18-Jan-2018
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Tenneco forecasts 5% organic revenue growth in 2018
Tenneco expects to outgrow global automotive industry production by 3 percentage points, resulting in revenue growth of 5% in 2018 at current industry growth forecasts and excluding the impact of currency, according to a company press release. For 2019 and 2020, the supplier forecasts revenue growth, excluding currency impact, to improve and outpace industry production by ...
18-Jan-2018
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PSA group plans to offer 40 electrified models by 2025
French automaker PSA plans to electrify its full lineup of cars and light trucks by 2025, Automotive News quoted the company's CEO Carlos Tavares as saying during the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday (17 January) in Detroit, Michigan (United States). The automotive group plans to launch 40 electrified models across its five brands – Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel...
18-Jan-2018
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TomTom, Qualcomm expand collaboration to develop autonomous driving solutions
TomTom has extended its collaboration with US-based chipmaker Qualcomm to showcase new localization technologies for autonomous driving, the Netherlands-based mapping solutions provider announced at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, last week. The extended collaboration will enable TomTom to combine its HD Map with camera technologies and GPS data from Qualcomm Dri...
18-Jan-2018
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GM’s plant in Michigan to build diesel engines for all-new Chevrolet Silverado
General Motors (GM) will produce diesel engines for the all-new, model year (MY) 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup at its Flint Engine Operations plant in Michigan, United States, the automaker said in a press release on 17 January. The plant currently produces 1.4L engines for the Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox and Volt. “The next-generation Silverado builds on the success of o...
18-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Chassis Brakes presents new ‘Smart Brake’ technology
Chassis Brakes International is showcasing its new ‘Smart Brake' technology at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States, the brakes supplier announced in a press release yesterday (17 January). The company is also displaying its current and prototype braking solutions such as single- and twin-piston caliper designs ...
18-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Adient displays new seating solutions
Adient is showcasing new seating solutions at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan (United States), the seating supplier announced in a press release yesterday (17 January). The company will present products such as new removable seat covers, UV fabric lighting, alternative luxury materials, soft back panel, and high-quality leather ...
18-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Magna introduces active air dam on Ram 1500 pickup truck
Magna is exhibiting its aerodynamic air dam systems at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States, the supplier announced in a press release yesterday (17 January). The company has debuted its new active air dam on the model year 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck. The air dam deploys automatically to redirect air around the vehicle. The syst...
18-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Magneti Marelli exhibits electronics, lighting and autonomous vehicles solutions
Magneti Marelli is showcasing advanced electronics, lighting and autonomous vehicle technologies at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States. According to a press release by the Italy-based supplier, it will display products such as integrated sensors, cameras, radar and LiDAR in headlamps and tail lamps. The company is al...
18-Jan-2018
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Schaeffler appoints Jochen Schröder as head of e-mobility division
German automotive supplier Schaeffler has appointed Dr. Jochen Schröder as the head of its new e-mobility business division. The appointment will come into effect on 1 April 2018. Schröder will report to Matthias Zink, CEO, Automotive OEM at Schaeffler. Schröder joins Schaeffler from Valeo where he served as a member of the executive management responsible for global...
17-Jan-2018
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Magna expects sales between USD39.3 billion and USD41.5 billion in 2018
Magna has released its financial outlook for 2018 and 2020, according to the company’s press release. In the financial year ending 31 December 2018, the company expects sales to total between USD39.3 billion and USD41.5 billion, and EBIT margin between 7.9% and 8.2%. The company also forecasts net income to be in the range of USD2.3–2.5 billion and full-year capital sp...
17-Jan-2018
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VDL to supply 13 e-buses to Stadtwerke Osnabrück in Germany
VDL Bus & Coach has won a tender from public transport company Stadtwerke Osnabrück to supply 13 VDL Citeas SLFA Electric buses, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. The buses, scheduled to be delivered in late 2018, will be deployed on the first fully electric line, line 41, between Düstrup and Haste. “Stadtwerke Osnabrück has been...
17-Jan-2018
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Delphi Technologies invests in capacitor start-up PolyCharge America
Newly formed Delphi Technologies has invested in PolyCharge America, a capacitor technology start-up, to develop advanced inverters, the company announced in a press release on 16 January. The two companies will work together to make high-power inverters smaller, lighter, and more tolerant to high temperatures. Delphi has taken a minority equity in PolyCharge America, but ...
17-Jan-2018
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MY2019 Avalon to be first Toyota model to feature Apple CarPlay
Toyota unveiled its new model year (MY) 2019 Avalon sedan at the North America International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan (United States) earlier this week (15 January). According to a press release by the automaker, detailing technical specifications, the new Avalon sedan will feature Apple’s in-car software platform CarPlay as a standard across all trims. ...
17-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Bosch presents powertrain, thermal, e-mobility solutions
German automotive supplier Bosch will showcase several powertrain and thermal management solutions at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States, the company announced in a press release on 16 January. The display will include Bosch’s eAxle, port and direct gasoline injection (P-DI), Vehicle Control Unit (VCU), and thermal managemen...
17-Jan-2018
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CES 2018: Visteon exhibits new vehicle cockpit and display solutions
At the CES 2018 last week in Las Vegas, United States, Visteon showcased its latest technologies for digital instrument clusters, displays, infotainment, cockpit controller, and self-driving vehicles, the company said in a press release. In the area of instrument clusters, Visteon displayed digital solutions for all vehicle segments, featuring multiple display sizes r...
17-Jan-2018
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BorgWarner supplies electric motor, eGearDrive transmission for FUSO eCanter trucks
BorgWarner is supplying its HVH250 electric motor and eGearDrive transmission for the all-electric FUSO eCanter trucks, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. “For several years, BorgWarner’s engineers worked closely with FUSO on this milestone project. We are excited to offer our efficient, eco-friendly technologies as FUSO paves the way for powerful ...
17-Jan-2018
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ZF to collaborate with Chery for Level 3 autonomous driving in China
ZF will collaborate with Chery to help the Chinese automaker launch autonomous vehicles in China, the company said in a press release. The German supplier will supply its ZF ProAI self-driving platform to enable up to SAE Level 3 autonomous driving in Chery vehicles. “The collaboration is of particular relevance because it contributes to the democratization of ...
17-Jan-2018
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Toyota equips model year 2019 Avalon with hybrid powertrain
Toyota has equipped its model year 2019 Avalon with Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) powertrain, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. The hybrid system, with  a 650-volt electric motor, is available with the 2.5L force 4-cylinder engine variant. Avalon also gets a 3.5L V6 engine. Toyota informed that with the hybrid system, Avalon gets other advan...
17-Jan-2018
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Mitsubishi Electric develops AI-powered object recognition camera technology for mirrorless cars
Mitsubishi Electric has developed advanced automotive camera technology that can detect objects up to 100 meters away with high accuracy, the company said in a press release. The solution, based on Mitsubishi Electric’s proprietary Maisart artificial intelligence (AI) technology, is expected to help drivers receive advanced warning for enhanced driving safety in mirrorle...
17-Jan-2018
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FCA equips new Ram 1500 with 48V eTorque mild-hybrid system
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has equipped the model year 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck with 48-volt eTorque mild-hybrid system, reports news website Green Car Congress. According to the report, eTorque’s motor generator unit feeds 48-volt current to a 330 watt-hour lithium-ion Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC)-Graphite battery. The battery pack includes a 3-kilowatt DC-to-DC...
17-Jan-2018
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Faurecia opens new technology center in US' Silicon Valley
Faurecia has opened a new technology center in Silicon Valley, California (United States) yesterday (16 January), the company announced in a press release. The center will serve as an innovation hub, and will also support Faurecia Ventures, which is focused on accelerating the acquisition of technologies through investments in start-ups and partnerships contributing to its...
17-Jan-2018
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CES 2018: Argus, STMicroelectronics to develop cybersecurity solution for connected vehicles
Argus Cyber Security and STMicroelectronics are cooperating to develop cybersecurity solutions for connected vehicles, according to STMicroelectronics’ press release on 8 January. The collaboration will see the integration of Argus Connectivity Protection with STMicroelectronics’ Telemaco3P automotive microprocessor to detect and block attacks on vehicle...
17-Jan-2018
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BMW acquires digital parking service provider Parkmobile
BMW has acquired US-based mobile parking service provider Parkmobile, the company said in a press release on 16 January. The acquisition makes the German automaker a major parking service provider in North America. Parkmobile offers services in more than 300 US cities. Globally, Parkmobile has more than 22 million customers in North America and Europe, and offers its digit...
17-Jan-2018
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Preh completes acquisition of ePower business unit from Kongsberg Automotive
Preh has completed the acquisition of ePower business from Kongsberg Automotive, the latter company announced in a press release on 15 January. The ePower business has become a part of the e-mobility business within Preh Sweden AB and directly employs 20 people in Gothenborg and Mullsjö. Significance: Preh and Kongsberg had entered an agreement to transfer the ePower b...
17-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: PPG presents paint, coatings solutions for EV batteries, autonomous vehicles
PPG is showcasing its 'IOCRON' cathode battery binder and autonomous vehicle sensor coatings at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan (United States), the company said in a press release on 15 January. In addition, the company will display its 'CORE Relation' color collection for 2021 vehicle models at the show. Significance: ...
17-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Nexteer exhibits steering technologies for autonomous driving
Nexteer is exhibiting a range of steering technologies for autonomous driving at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan (United States), the company said in a press release yesterday (16 January). The company's display includes 'Steering on Demand' system, 'Quiet Wheel' steering', stowable steering column, steer-by-wire (SBW)...
17-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Adient presents active and passive safety solutions for autonomous vehicles
Adient is showcasing active and passive safety solutions at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan (United States). According to a press release, the company has also developed a unique safety belt integrated into the seat. The integrated restraint system ensures a high level of passenger safety even with changed seating layouts. This ...
17-Jan-2018
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NAIAS 2018: Plastic Omnium showcases exterior systems, fuel systems
Plastic Omnium is displaying exterior, energy storage and fuel systems at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan (United States), the company said in a press release. The company says its exterior components will incorporate and protect a large number of radars, LiDAR and other sensors offering improved styling flexibility. The display...
17-Jan-2018
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Tenneco supplies suspension for Suzuki's Swift Sport, Dzire
US-based Tenneco is supplying its multi-tuned valve (MTV) suspension technology for Suzuki's Swift Sport  (manufactured in Japan), and Dzire compact sedan (manufactured in India), according to a company press release on 16 January. Tenneco is supplying front struts and rear dampers for the latest generation of Swift, which was launched in September at IAA 2017 in Fran...
17-Jan-2018
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