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Eaton develops new automotive inverters for EVs
Eaton has developed a new automotive inverter for increasing the range of electric vehicles (EV), news website Green Car Congress reported on 17 January. Eaton is planning to get the inverter tested by a global automaker in the first quarter of 2019. "Most global automakers have different vehicle electrification strategies, so the products we are developing must be able to...
18-Jan-2019
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AFC Energy develops fuel cell based EV charger
AFC Energy has developed a new fuel cell technology-based electric vehicle (EV) charger ‘CH2ARGE’, the company announced in a press release on 17 January. The company demonstrated the charger at Dunsfold Aerodrome (United Kingdom), where it was used to charge a BMW i8 model. AFC Energy said that it was looking to enter into discussions with potential OEM partners and s...
18-Jan-2019
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PSA commences production of new 3-cylinder petrol engine at Polish plant
The PSA Groupe has started production of its Turbo PureTech 1.2L 3-cylinder petrol engine in Tychy, Poland, the company announced in a press release on 17 January. PSA invested EUR250 million to modernize the plant and add a new assembly line for manufacturing the engine. The plant now has a projected production capacity of around 460,000 engines. “I would like to hig...
18-Jan-2019
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BMW equips new 7-Series with next generation plug-in hybrid powertrain
BMW has unveiled the model year 2019 7-Series with next generation plug-in hybrid powertrain. According to a press release by the automaker on 16 January, the vehicle is powered by a specially adapted 6-cylinder in-line petrol engine and an upgraded high-voltage battery. While the system’s power output in sport mode has been raised to a maximum 290 kW/394hp, all-electric...
18-Jan-2019
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Hyundai announces next generation of IONIQ hybrid and plug-in hybrid models
Hyundai has unveiled the next generation of IONIQ hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, according to a company press release on 17 January. The South Korean automaker will introduce the new IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-In in Europe during the second half of 2019. Hyundai has updated the interior and exterior design and added advanced connectivity and infotainment solutions. Hyundai s...
18-Jan-2019
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Turo partners with DropCar to offer enhanced car-sharing service
Peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace Turo has entered into a partnership with DropCar, a provider of last mile logistics technology, mobility services and cloud-based software, to offer its customers enhanced mobility service in select US cities, according to a press release by DropCar on 14 January. Leveraging DropCar’s software and managed service platform, Turo will b...
18-Jan-2019
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Continental starts construction of new powertrain plant in India
On 17 January, Continental broke ground on a new powertrain plant in Talegaon, Pune (India), according to the company’s press release. The plant will manufacture low emission technologies such as engine management systems, sensors and actuators as well as fuel and exhaust management components for passenger cars, 2-wheelers and commercial vehicles. Continental will be in...
18-Jan-2019
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Ford plans to develop electric variant of F-150 pick-up truck
Ford is planning to develop an electric variant of its F-150 pick-up truck, reported CNN on 17 January, citing Ford’s president of global markets, Jim Farley. However, it was not revealed when Ford would be launching the electric version in the market. "We're going to be electrifying the F-series – battery electric and hybrid,” Farley was quoted as saying at a D...
18-Jan-2019
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Immersion signs licensing agreement with Seoyon for haptic technology
Immersion Corporation has signed a licensing agreement with South Korea-based Seoyon Electronics to provide the latter company with access to its patented haptic technology for use in in-vehicle touch button panel, touch pads and rotary switches, the US based company said in a press release on 15 January. “We welcome Seoyon as a new licensee,” said Nobumitsu Shimada, s...
18-Jan-2019
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Chargy plans to open 200 new EV charging station in Luxembourg in 2019
Luxembourg-based electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure company Chargy is planning to install 200 new EV chargers in Luxembourg in 2019, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. By 2021, Chargy is aiming to have 800 chargers operational in Luxembourg; 400 of these will be on public parking of the communes and 400 on the relay car parks. Significanc...
18-Jan-2019
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Everlight showcases mini LED automotive taillight at NEPCON Japan 2019
Taiwan-based LED manufacturer Everlight Electronics is showcasing its mini LED automotive taillight module at the NEPCON Japan this week, according to a company press release on 15 January. The mini tail lamp is made of mini LED chips used in fine-pitch displays and meets standards for adaptive rear lamp system. The lighting solution can be flexibly adjusted in displaying ...
18-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: Carbon and Ford showcase 3D printed end-use parts
At the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit (United States), 3D printing company Carbon and Ford showcased a series of digitally manufactured polymer parts at the Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Workshop, according to a press release on 16 January. The company informed that the parts, including HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) lever a...
18-Jan-2019
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Ford, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem and RCS Global launch blockchain pilot for responsible sourcing of minerals
Ford, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem and RCS Global have joined hands in a pilot project that uses blockchain technology to trace and validate ethically sourced cobalt from the mine to the end user, according to an IBM press release on 16 January. Each partner will play a key role in each major stage of the cobalt supply chain, from mine to end-user. The project will determin...
18-Jan-2019
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ZF expands partnership with Microsoft to develop digital services for automotive industry
ZF has expanded its partnership with Microsoft to develop digital services for the automotive industry, the Germany-based automotive supplier said in a press release last week. The partnership will enable ZF to offer digital services in the fields of automated driving, vehicle motion control, integrated safety and electromobility. The solutions range from fleet management ...
18-Jan-2019
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Visteon partners with Microsoft Azure to enhance cloud-based autonomous driving platform
Visteon has tapped into Microsoft Azure cloud to enhance its DriveCore Studio autonomous driving platform environment, the US-based automotive supplier said in a press release last week. DriveCore Studio is part of Visteon’s DriveCore autonomous driving platform designed to help customers achieve Level 3+ autonomous driving. According to Visteon, the collaboration wit...
18-Jan-2019
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Polyplastics introduces new polybutylene terephthalate resin for automotive applications
The Polyplastics Group has introduced a new polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) resin – DURANEX 532AR – for a range of automotive applications, according to a company press release on 17 January. The new PBT resin offers good alkali stress crack resistance and hydrolysis/heat shock resistance as well as electrical performance for components in the chassis and engine compa...
18-Jan-2019
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Renault recalls 13,300 vehicles in Romania over airbag issue
French automaker Renault is recalling approximately 13,300 Dacia vehicles in Romania over issues with driver side airbag inflator, Associated Press reported on 15 January. The recall covers the Dacia Logan, Lodgy and Dokker, all produced in Romania, according to the report. Significance: Associated Press reported, citing a company spokesman, that there was no risk of ai...
18-Jan-2019
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PPG’s FY 2018 net income down 15.8% y/y to USD1.3 billion
PPG has reported a 15.8% year-on-year (y/y) fall in net income to USD1.3 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2018, according to a press release by the coatings supplier on 17 January. The company’s income from continuing operations before income taxes also declined, by 15.5% y/y, to USD1.69 billion. However, net sales for the period grew 4.2% y/y to USD15.37 bi...
18-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: Grammer showcases multifunctional center console
Grammer is showcasing its multifunctional center console and rotating single captain’s chair with special functions at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). According to a press release on 17 January, the company’s multifunctional center console features new decorative surfaces, all-round lighting, electric armrest adjustment and a smartphone ch...
18-Jan-2019
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EU member states support measures to restrict steel imports; ACEA ‘extremely disappointed’
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) issued a statement on 16 January confirming that 28 European Union (EU) member states have backed the European Commission’s (EC) proposal to levy a 25% duty on steel imports above certain thresholds, based on average imports over the last three years. “The ACEA is extremely disappointed by the decision of EU m...
18-Jan-2019
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Ford recalls 2,700 MY2019 Lincoln Nautilus SUV in North America to update power steering control module software
Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 2,700 units of model year (MY) 2019 Lincoln Nautilus sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in North America, the automaker announced in a press release on 15 January. The recall covers 2,276 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories and 371 in Canada. The affected vehicles were built at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Pl...
17-Jan-2019
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Westport Fuel System appoints David Johnson as CEO
Westport Fuel Systems (WFS) has appointed David Johnson as its new CEO, effective immediately, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. Johnson will also join WFS’ board of directors. Johnson succeeds Nancy S. Gougarty who is retiring as CEO and also stepping down from the company’s board. Most recently, Johnson served as president and CEO of Achates ...
17-Jan-2019
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CES 2019: NVIDIA launches ‘DRIVE Software 8.0’ suite for autonomous driving
At the CES 2019 last week in Las Vegas (United States), NVIDIA introduced the updated version of DRIVE Software suite, ‘DRIVE Software 8.0’, the company announced in a blog on its website. The updated version gets advanced automated driving and in-cabin user experience functionalities powered by artificial intelligence (AI). NVIDIA informed that the DRIVE Software 8.0 ...
17-Jan-2019
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CES 2019: Neusoft unveils new connected vehicle solutions
At the CES 2019 last week in Las Vegas (United States), Neusoft Reach Automotive Technology, a subsidiary of Neusoft Corporation, unveiled three new solutions for connected and automated driving, the company announced in a press release. The solutions include V-NeX, an automotive-grade V2X (vehicle-to-everything) terminal; ADAS/ADS Domain controller for autonomous-dri...
17-Jan-2019
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KDDI, AT&T to support car connectivity in Toyota and Lexus vehicles
Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), KDDI and AT&T have joined forces to bring 4G LTE connectivity to select Toyota and Lexus cars and pickup trucks in the United States, the three companies announced in a joint press release on 7 January. The shared ecosystem will be built on the joint ‘Global Communications Platform’ announced by Toyota and KDDI in 2016 to support ...
17-Jan-2019
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Argus Cyber Security, Marvell join hands on securing automotive Ethernet networks against cyber-attacks
Argus Cyber Security has teamed up with Marvell on protecting automotive Ethernet networks against cyber threats, according a press release by Argus on 7 January. Under the partnership, Argus’s Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software (IDPS) Ethernet solution will be integrated into Marvell's highly secure 88Q5050 automotive Ethernet switch to provide enhanced level o...
17-Jan-2019
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Hyundai recalls nearly 100,000 Sonata and Santa Fe Sport vehicles
Hyundai is recalling nearly 100,000 Santa Fe sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and Sonata sedans to inspect fuel tube installation, the company announced in a press release on 16 January. The recall is for the Sonata models manufactured between 2011 and 2014, and the Santa Fe models built between 2013 and 2014, which had their engines replaced under previous two recalls. Ad...
17-Jan-2019
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Blackstone sets up new subsidiary for EV battery cell production in Germany
Blackstone Resources has established a new subsidiary, Blackstone Research GmbH, for electric vehicle (EV) battery cell production in Erfurt, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 14 January. The newly-established firm will be wholly-owned by Blackstone Resources, and will get an investment of EUR200 million (USD228 million). Blackstone Research is aiming...
17-Jan-2019
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Yazaki unveils new instrument cluster
Yazaki has unveiled a new instrument cluster with seamless appearance, according to a press release on 16 January. The company used an optical coupling adhesive as part of the instrument cluster design to improve display content visibility and clarity for the driver. The Japanese supplier claims to be the first company to use optical coupling adhesiveto laminate the displa...
17-Jan-2019
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Evergrande Group acquires 51% stake in EV start-up NEVS
Evergrande Group, through its company Evergrande Health, has acquired a majority 51% stake in Sweden-based electric vehicle (EV) start-up NEVS, the automaker announced in a press release on 15 January. "I am very pleased with this. It means that NEVS will get a financial strong main owner who is also very interested in developing our vision about green mobility transport s...
17-Jan-2019
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Eberspächer opens new Asia Test Center in China
Eberspächer has opened a new Asia Test Center in Shanghai, China for new exhaust technology, the company announced in a press release on 16 January. Spread over an area of 3,800 square meters, the test center gets a prototype shop and the capability to test exhaust systems from material and component level to system level for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. “...
17-Jan-2019
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Continental supplies 48-volt Eco Drive to FCA
Continental is supplying its 48-volt Eco Drive to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for its eTorque mild-hybrid system, the company announced in a press release on 16 January. The new eTorque mild-hybrid system with Continental’s 48-volt Eco Drive has been equipped in Chrysler’ Jeep Wrangler SUV first. “Electrification is a key component of future mobility. Combusti...
17-Jan-2019
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voestalpine announces preliminary results for 9M; reports EBIT of USD600.5 million
voestalpine has reported certain preliminary financial results for the first nine months ended 31 December 2018. According to a press release on 16 January, the company achieved EBIT of around EUR525 million (USD600.5 million) and EBITDA of around EUR 1.1 billion, compared with EBIT of EUR545 million and EBITDA of EUR1.1 billion realized during the same period a year ago. ...
17-Jan-2019
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ROHM develops new automotive wireless charging solution featuring STMicroelectronics’ NFC, MCU
ROHM has developed a new automotive wireless charging solution featuring STMicroelectronics’ (STM) near field communication (NFC) and microcontroller (MCU), the two companies announced in separate press releases on 16 January. The new wireless charging solution integrates ROHM’s automotive-grade wireless power transmission control IC, BD57121MUF-M with STM’s NFC Read...
17-Jan-2019
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Osram to sell North American lighting business to WESCO
Osram has reached a definitive agreement to divest its North American business unit, Sylvania Lighting Solutions (SLS), to WESCO International, the two companies said in separate press releases on 16 January. As per the terms of the agreement, WESCO will acquire SLS's business operations in the United States and Canada. SLS's current CEO Todd Myers will continue to lead th...
17-Jan-2019
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Adient announces Q1 2019 preliminary results; expects revenue of USD4.15 million
Adient has reported certain preliminary financial results for the first quarter 31 December 2018. According to a press release by the US-based automotive seating supplier on 16 January, revenue is expected to be approximately USD4.15 billion, against USD4.2 billion in the same period a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter is expected to be at USD175 million compa...
17-Jan-2019
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Dana announces preliminary financial results for 2018
Dana has reported a growth of 13% year-on-year (y/y) in its net sales to USD8.1 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2018, according to a company press release on 15 January. Adjusted EBITDA for the period touched USD957 million, which is a growth of 11.3% y/y. "For the second consecutive year Dana achieved double-digit sales growth, adding nearly USD1 billion ...
16-Jan-2019
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Moovit, GoTo Mobility join forces to deliver enhanced Mobility-as-a-Service experience
Moovit has integrated GoTo Mobility, a vehicle sharing technology platform, in its mobile app to offer commuters an enhanced Mobility-as-a-Service (MAAS) experience, the company said in a press release on 14 January. Following the integration, vehicle sharing services offered by GoTo Mobility’s customers Autotel and MYCAR2GO will appear on the Moovit app in Israel, allow...
16-Jan-2019
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Allego partners with EV roaming platform provider Gireve
Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure company Allego has partnered with roaming platform provider Gireve, according to a press release by the latter on 15 January. Under the agreement, Gireve customers will get access to 12,000 Allego EV chargers throughout Europe. Allego will use Gireve’s Connect Place platform to give other E-Mobility Service Providers (EMPs) a...
16-Jan-2019
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LG, Microsoft team up for infotainment, autonomous driving technology
LG Electronics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Microsoft to collaborate on developing advanced infotainment and autonomous driving technologies for automakers, the South Korean company said in a press release last week. The partnership will enable LG to leverage Microsoft’s Azure cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to accelerate t...
16-Jan-2019
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Public utility Consumers Energy to launch EV infrastructure pilot program in US state Michigan
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has approved a new electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure pilot program, ‘PowerMIDrive’, to support growth of EV market in the state, according to a press release by MPSC on 9 January. Public utility company Consumers Energy Co. will launch the three-year pilot project and invest USD10 million in it. The project will include ...
16-Jan-2019
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Car2go starts operations in Paris with 400 smart EQ fortwo electric cars
Daimler’s mobility service provider Car2go has started operations in Paris, France, with 400 smart EQ fortwo electric cars, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. The company will add more vehicles in the fleet later in the year. “Paris offers the ideal conditions for free-floating car sharing. I am pleased that we are starting today with a purely elec...
16-Jan-2019
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LeddarTech joins Baidu’s ‘Apollo’ open software platform for autonomous driving
LeddarTech has joined Baidu’s Apollo, an open software platform for autonomous driving, the company said in a press release last week. The Canadian supplier also announced the integration of its lidar solutions into Baidu’s Apollo platform. LeddarTech said its lidar solutions will be compatible with Apollo 3.5, the latest version of Apollo platform, through an open sou...
16-Jan-2019
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Elektrobit, Argus and NXP collaborate to develop software-hardware solutions to protect connected and automated vehicles
Automotive software firm Elektrobit and its subsidiary Argus Cyber Security have partnered with NXP Semiconductors to develop a complete software-hardware solution to protect against cybersecurity risks, Elektrobit said in a press release last week. The combined solution will feature NXP’s Secure CAN Transceiver for a vehicle’s controller area network (CAN) bus, which ...
16-Jan-2019
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Freudenberg supplies radial shaft seals to US-based OEM for V6 and V8 engines
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is supplying its ‘BlueSeal’ radial shaft seals to a major US-based vehicle manufacturer for installation on the V6 and V8 engines, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. The V6 and V8 engines with the radial shaft seals will be equipped in the automaker’s newest pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Und...
16-Jan-2019
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Volvo Group invests in wireless EV charging company Momentum Dynamics
The Volvo Group, through its subsidiary Volvo Group Venture Capital AB, has invested in wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging company Momentum Dynamics, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. “Momentum Dynamics’ technology and competence within inductive bi-directional transmission of electrical energy and information safely through air, water and...
16-Jan-2019
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Dana acquires EV motor manufacturer SME Group
Dana has acquired Italy-based electrified vehicle motor maker SME Group, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. The acquisition will expand Dana's product portfolio for electrified vehicles. Dana said that its existing portfolio of Spicer Electrified with TM4 motors and inverters combined with SME's low-voltage motors will expand the company's capabilities...
16-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: GAC showcases ‘ENTRANZE’ concept car
GAC has showcased a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) concept called ‘ENTRANZE’ with advanced user interface and autonomous driving capability at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States. According to a company press release on 15 January, the MPV features two-side mounted displays for functional feature control and curved displays fo...
16-Jan-2019
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Hella, AEye extend partnership for sensing and perception solutions for ADAS, autonomous driving
Germany-based automotive lighting and electronics systems supplier Hella has extended its strategic partnership with AEye, a US-based start-up specializing in artificial perception system, to deliver customized sensing and perception solutions for advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) applications, using AEye’s iDAR (Intelligent Detection a...
16-Jan-2019
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CES 2019: BlackBerry shows ‘QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits’
At the CES 2019 in Las Vegas (United States) last week, BlackBerry unveiled a new digital cockpit solution that enables automakers to deliver an enhanced in-car experience while ensuring security, safety and reliability. According to the company’s press release, the new ‘QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits’ helps automakers deliver complete cockpit software solutions b...
16-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: Bosch, Mojio debut integrated connected mobility solution
Bosch and Mojio have jointly debuted an integrated connected mobility solution for automakers at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) currently taking place in Detroit, Michigan (United States). According to a press release by Mojio on 15 January, the new solution integrates Bosch’s connectivity control unit (CCU) with Mojio’s Telco-grade cloud platf...
16-Jan-2019
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CES 2019: NVIDIA launches ‘DRIVE AutoPilot’ Level 2+ automated driving system
At the CES 2019 in Las Vegas (United States) last week, NVIDIA unveiled ‘DRIVE AutoPilot’, an automated driving system that enables Level 2+ autonomous driving, the company said in a press release. The system utilizes NVIDIA Xavier system-on-chip (SOC) processors and NVIDIA DRIVE Software to process many deep neural networks (DNNs) for perception as well as complete su...
16-Jan-2019
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Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen (VW), Toyota recall vehicles in North America
Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen (VW) and Toyota are recalling a total of 721,413 vehicles in North America, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Mercedes-Benz is recalling 6,162 vehicles over a steering issue. the recall affects model year (MY) 2015-2016 Mercedes Benz C300, MY 2017-2019 C300 Cabrio, C300 Coupe, C63 Cabrio, MY 2015 C63S AMG,...
16-Jan-2019
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Volvo recalls 1,600 vehicles in Australia over fuel leakage problem
Volvo is recalling 1,600 units of model year (MY) 2015 and 2016 Volvo S60, V60, V40, V40 Cross Country and XC90 over fuel leakage issue in Australia, according to a report by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 10 January. Significance: According to ACCC, the affected vehicles may have a leakage in the hose on the fuel line, due to cracks in t...
16-Jan-2019
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Infineon, TTTech Auto team up to offer safety solution for autonomous driving
Infineon and TTTech Auto have announced the second generation of their integrated safety solution for autonomous driving. According to an Infineon press release on 7 January, the new platform is based on Infineon's Aurix TC397XM microcontroller (MCU) and TTTech Auto's MotionWise security software platform. The platform offers full support and scalability for autonomous dri...
16-Jan-2019
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Magna announces financial outlook for 2019, 2021
Magna International has announced its financial outlook for 2019 and 2021. According to the company’s press release on 15 January, for 2019, the company forecasts total sales in the range of USD40.2 billion to USD42.4 billion; net income attributable to Magna between USD2.1 billion and USD2.3 billion; and EBIT margin between 7.3% and 7.6%. In terms of segments, sales of ...
16-Jan-2019
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Brose partners with Vayyar to develop sensor technology for door, seat functions
Brose has partnered with Israel-based sensor specialist Vayyar to integrate the latter’s sensor systems in its power adjustment systems in interior and exterior applications, according to a Brose press release on 15 January. Under the partnership, Vayyar’s sensing systems will be incorporated into Brose's door and interior systems. Sensor integration will enable functi...
16-Jan-2019
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Stoneridge appoints Laurent Borne as president of Electronics Division
Stoneridge, a supplier of electrical and electronic components for the automotive industry, has appointed Laurent Borne as president of Electronics Division, according to a company press release on 14 January. Borne will retain his current role of chief technology officer (CTO) and continue to report to Jon DeGaynor, president and CEO of the company. Laurent will begin tra...
16-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: HBPO showcases front-end modules, active grille shutters, center-console module
HBPO is showcasing its front-end modules, active grille shutters and a center-console module at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States. According to a company press release on 14 January, the display includes HBPO’s front-end module that features components from both Plastic Omnium and HELLA – HBPO's parent companies. In the a...
16-Jan-2019
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JFE Steel supplies high-tensile steel sheet for new Mazda3 model
JFE Steel Corporation is supplying its 1310 MPa grade high-tensile steel sheet for cold-press-forming body-frame parts for Mazda Motor’s new Mazda3, according to a company press release on 10 January. JFE said that the company worked with Mazda to overcome technical challenges in areas such as press formability and dimensional accuracy of parts, thereby eliminating the u...
16-Jan-2019
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Johnson Electric’s 9M sales up 4% y/y to USD2.4 billion
Johnson Electric has reported 4% year-on-year (y/y) increase in net sales to USD2.4 billion for the nine-month period ended 31 December 2018, according to a company press release on 14 January 2019. Sales of the Automotive Products Group (APG) increased by 5% y/y to USD1.79 billion. The company said that APG performed the best in the Americas with 9% y/y growth, followed b...
15-Jan-2019
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CES 2019: NXP, Altia showcases eCockpit dashboard
At the CES 2019 in Las Vegas (United States) last week, Altia and NXP showcased a full automotive eCockpit dashboard, Altia announced in a press release on last week. The dashboard features Altia-generated cluster, radio, climate, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), and entertainment human-machine interfaces (HMIs), which are powered by a single i.MX 8QuadMax applications proce...
15-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: Bosch to showcase key solutions for connectivity, electromobility, automated driving
German automotive supplier Bosch is showcasing its key solutions for connectivity, electromobility and automated driving at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in the United States. According to a company press release on 14 January, the display includes electric motor, battery system, thermal management and eAxle and regenerative braking sys...
15-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: Samsung SDI showcases EV batteries solutions
Samsung SDI is showcasing its battery solutions for hybrids and electric vehicles (EV) at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in the United States, reported Yonhap News Agency on 14 January. The exhibit includes range of cells, modules and battery packs. According to the report, Samsung SDI is also planning to unveil its business roadmap for ...
15-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: Infiniti showcases all-electric ‘QX Inspiration’ concept
Infiniti is showcasing its first all-electric concept ‘QX Inspiration’ at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit (United States), the company announced in a press release on 14 January. The midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) is based on an all-new vehicle platform, which could accommodate a powerful electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD) system. ...
15-Jan-2019
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Ford unveils hybrid version of MY2020 Explorer SUV
Ford has unveiled the hybrid version of model year (MY) 2020 Explorer sport utility vehicle (SUV), the company announced in a press release on 14 January. The SUV gets a 3.3L hybrid powertrain which produces a combined 318 hp. Ford said that the MY2020 Explorer hybrid has a range of 500 miles (805 kilometers) on a full tank, as per EPA estimates. The engine is mated to an ...
15-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: Nissan showcases all-electric IMs sedan concept
Nissan is showcasing its all-electric sports sedan concept IMs at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States, the company announced in a press release on 14 January. The sedan gets a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive, dedicated electric vehicle platform, with low battery pack positioning and elevated ride height. The two motors combined pro...
15-Jan-2019
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Volkswagen (VW) to invest USD800 million in US plant expansion to build EVs
Volkswagen (VW) is planning to invest EUR700 million (USD800 million) in expansion of its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee (United States) to manufacture electric vehicles (EV) based on its modular electric toolkit (MEB) platform, the company announced in a press release on 14 January. EV production at the plant is expected to start in 2022 with the ID. CROZZ electric sport ...
15-Jan-2019
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Cooper Standard to supply sealing and fluid transfer systems for MY2020 Ford Explorer
Cooper Standard will supply its sealing and fluid transfer systems, including its Fortrex lightweight elastomeric material, for the model year (MY) 2020 Ford Explorer SUV, according to a company press release on 14 January. The company will supply its static sealing system that incorporates Fortrex material science technology; engine cooling hose assemblies, including e-mo...
15-Jan-2019
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CES 2019: Argus presents cybersecurity solutions
At the CES 2019 in Las Vegas (United States) last week, Argus Cyber Security demonstrated its cybersecurity solution on NVIDIA’s DRIVE computing platform for autonomous vehicles, according to a company press release on 7 January. According to the company, its ‘Connectivity Protection and ‘Lifestyle Protection’ on the NVIDIA DRIVE offer vital cybersecurity protectio...
15-Jan-2019
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Stoneridge to close Massachusetts facility in US by end of this year
Automotive electrical and electronic components supplier Stoneridge has announced plans to consolidate its manufacturing operations and close its Canton facility in Massachusetts (United States) by the end of 2019, the company said in a press release on 14 January. The company’s Canton plant manufactures a range of products including sensors, actuators, switches and othe...
15-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: Hella showcases electronics and lighting technologies
Hella will showcase its automotive electronics and lighting technologies at AutoMobili-D, taking place at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit (United States) this week, according to a company press release on 11 January. The company’s displays include organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are integrated into the rear combination lamps of ...
15-Jan-2019
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Chassix appoints Andreas Weller as president, CEO
Chassix has appointed Andreas Weller as its president and CEO, the US-based supplier of casting and machining solutions for chassis and powertrain said in a press release on 11 January. Weller most recently served as president of Asia Pacific at ZF Group. Prior to the acquisition of TRW by ZF, Weller was responsible for TRW's Commercial Steering Systems business. Before ZF...
15-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: IACMI showcases composites for automotive lightweighting
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) is showcasing composites for automotive lightweighting at the JEC Group's Composites Pavilion at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), currently being held in Detroit, Michigan (United States), IACMI said in a press release on 14 January. IACMI is highlighting its research and develop...
15-Jan-2019
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CES 2019: Veoneer showcases advanced automotive technologies
At the CES 2019 in Las Vegas (United States) last week, Veoneer showcased its advanced automotive safety and driver assist technologies such as Pilot Assist Level 2+, forward-looking cameras, 5G Connectivity, and Zeus supercomputer for autonomous driving, the company said in a press release on 7 January. The company’s Pilot Assist Level 2+ provides a vehicle with the abi...
15-Jan-2019
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Continental announces preliminary key figures for FY 2018; sales up 1% y/y
German automotive supplier Continental has released preliminary key figures for the financial year 2018 ended 31 December. According to a company press release on 14 January, sales grew 1% year-on-year (y/y) to EUR44.4 billion (USD50.8 billion). Adjusted for changes in the scope of consolidation and exchange rates, Continental’s sales growth was about 3% y/y in 2018. The...
15-Jan-2019
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HERE partners with Amazon Alexa to bring voice-first navigation experience
Last week, at the CES 2019, HERE Technologies announced a new partnership with Amazon to integrate Amazon Alexa with HERE’s navigation and location services, HERE said in a press release on 7 January. According to the two partners, the combination will voice-based personal assistant Alexa with in-car navigation solution to enable automakers to deliver an intuitive voice-...
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EDITORIAL – Investments in EV battery recycling set to increase
Demand for electric vehicles (EV) is expected to become stronger in the coming years with the advancement in battery technology and reduction in their price. According to the International Energy Agency, the number of EVs on roads globally could touch 125 million by 2030. The increasing number of EVs on the road would mean an equally high number of EV batteries entering an...
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Continental collaborates with Germany-based start-up AAI for automated driving
Continental is collaborating with Automotive Artificial Intelligence (AAI), a German start-up that develops artificial intelligence (AI)-based simulation software, Continental said in a press release on 9 January. Continental is leveraging AAI’s virtual simulation to accelerate development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving functions. The...
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Sumitomo Electric, EV Safe Charge to develop new mobile app for EV drivers to optimize road trip
Sumitomo Electric and EV Safe Charge have partnered to jointly develop a new mobile application for electric vehicle (EV) drivers, the company announced in a press release on 11 January. Along with mapping chargers, the app gives information about when to charge based on altitude and also includes benefits from hotel and restaurant partner. The app will be initially launch...
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E-mobility solutions company has.to.be partners with IONITY for European fast charging network
Electric vehicle (EV) charging joint venture (JV) IONITY has partnered with Austria-based has·to·be for software and services for management of EV charging infrastructure, has.to.be announced in a press release on 9 January. “Our software ensures the stable operation of the charging stations and enables simple billing, regardless of which charging card the customer wan...
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Lear signs Hyundai-Kia as development partner in 'EXO Technology Partnership Program'
Lear has signed Hyundai-Kia America Technology Center (HATCI) as its first development partner in its ‘EXO Technology Partnership Program’, the US-based automotive seating and electrical systems supplier said in a press release on 9 January. Lear’s EXO Technology Partnership Program is a collaborative effort with vehicle manufacturers and other ecosystem players to o...
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Maxwell sells high voltage product line to focus on EV energy storage business
Maxwell Technologies has sold off its high voltage (HV) product line to Renaissance Investment Foundation for USD55.1 million in cash and up to USD15 million in potential future milestone payments to a special purpose holding entity and affiliate of Renaissance Investment Foundation ("Renaissance"), the company announced in a press release last month. Maxwell has sold all ...
14-Jan-2019
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Hella’s H1 sales up 2.8% y/y to USD4 billion
Hella has reported 2.8% year-over-year (y/y) increase in sales to EUR3.6 billion (USD4.04 billion) in the first half ended 30 November 2018, the Germany-based automotive lighting and electronics supplier said in a press release on 11 January. Sales, excluding foreign exchange fluctuations and portfolio adjustments, grew by 7.3% y/y. Hella’s adjusted EBIT improved by 5.5%...
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Infinitum Electric raises USD1.8 million in Series A funding for R&D in EV applications
Infinitum Electric has raised USD1.8 million in Series A funding for research and development (R&D) efforts for electric vehicle applications, the company announced in a press release on 10 January. Infinitum Electric is also developing HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)-specific, fully-integrated motor. The funding round was led by Cottonwood Technology Fun...
14-Jan-2019
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Valeo, Mobileye enter partnership for autonomous vehicle safety standard
Valeo has signed a partnership agreement with Mobileye to jointly develop and promote a new autonomous vehicle safety standard, using Mobileye’s Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) model, the French supplier said in a press release. Mobileye’s RSS is a formal mathematical model to ensure that autonomous vehicles operate in a responsible manner. The open model provide...
14-Jan-2019
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Ford plans to offer electrified variant of all models in Europe
Ford is planning to offer electrified variants of all models in Europe in the future, the company announced in a press release on 10 January. Ford informed that every Ford nameplate from the all-new Ford Focus onwards will include an electrified option.  This includes new nameplates and new versions of existing vehicles. The electrified versions will either be a mild-...
14-Jan-2019
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General Motors (GM) to make Cadillac its main EV brand
General Motors (GM) has decided to make Cadillac its main electric vehicle (EV) brand within the group, according to a company press release on 11 January. GM is planning to introduce the first model based on its all-new battery electric vehicle architecture ‘BEV3’, under the Cadillac brand. “Cadillac will be GM’s lead electric vehicle brand and will introduce the ...
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Indian government think-tank proposes zero road tax on EVs
Indian Government’s think-tank NITI Aayog has proposed that states should levy zero road tax on electric vehicles (EV), reports Autocar Professional. “We have proposed to the chief secretaries of the states that there should be no road tax for electric vehicles and issuing green permit for EVs. When the EV revolution happens, India would be impacted in the biggest way....
14-Jan-2019
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ubitricity to install 1,600 EV chargers in Berlin in 2019
ubitricity, along with GASAG AG, is planning to install 1,600 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Berlin, Germany, in 2019, the company announced in a press release on 10 January. While 1,000 of these chargers will be installed in public spaces, the remaining 600 chargers will be put up in the private sector. The project is being funded by Germany’s Federal Minis...
14-Jan-2019
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Visteon, Tencent to jointly develop autonomous driving and intelligent cockpit solutions
Visteon has partnered with China-based Tencent to jointly develop autonomous driving and intelligent cockpit solutions, the US-based supplier said in a press release last week. Under the agreement, Visteon’s SmartCore cockpit domain controller (CDC) will incorporate Tencent Automotive Intelligence (TAI) solutions, allowing users to interact with vehicles based on their f...
14-Jan-2019
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Constellium completes acquisition of UACJ’s 49% stake in US JV
Constellium has completed the previously announced acquisition of 49% stake of UACJ Corporation in Constellium-UCAJ ABS LLC (CUA), the Netherlands-based aluminum supplier said in a press release on 11 January. The Dutch supplier paid USD100 million to UACJ to gain full ownership of the US-based JV. The company also assumed 49% of around USD80 million of the third-party deb...
14-Jan-2019
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Kandi’s pure EV project receives approval in China
Kandi Electric Vehicles has received approval for its pure electric vehicles (EV) project ‘Kandi Electric Vehicles Jiangsu’ from Jiangsu Development and Reform Commission, the company announced in a press release on 10 January. The project is to have annual production capacity of 50,000 pure electric vehicles. “This approval of Kandi’s EV Project marks a milestone ...
11-Jan-2019
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LG Electronics, AEye form partnership to develop sensing and perception solutions for ADAS
LG Electronics and AEye have entered a development and manufacturing partnership for sensing and perception solutions for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), AEye announced in a press release on 8 January. The companies will develop Level 3 Autonomous Driving solutions, which will be available to OEMs for SOP in 2022. “AEye has proven itself to be the leader in...
11-Jan-2019
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SK Innovation plans to increase investment in proposed EV battery plant in US
South Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation is planning to increase investment in a battery plant that it plans to build in the United States, Automotive News reported on 5 January, citing SK Innovation CEO Jun Kim. In December 2018, the company had announced plans to invest USD1.67 billion to establish the plant. The company is now considering investing up to USD5 ...
11-Jan-2019
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NAIAS 2019: AISIN Group to exhibit 1-Motor Hybrid Transmission, electric pumps
AISIN Group is set to exhibit a range of its products for vehicle electrification at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, United States, the company announced in a press release on 10 January. Six AISIN Group companies― AISIN Seiki, AISIN Takaoka, AISIN Chemical, AISIN AW, AISIN AI, and ADVICS―will be jointly showcasing the products at th...
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Tesla to discontinue 75kWh version of Model S and X
Tesla will stop taking orders for the 75D variant (with 75kWh battery) of Model S and X  from next week, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, announced on Twitter on 9 January. Customers can order the version until 13 January night. Significance: With the discontinuation of 75D variant of Model S and Model X, only 100D and its performance variant P100D, will be available on sa...
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BMW sells over 140,000 electrified vehicles globally in 2018
BMW sold 142,617 electrified vehicles globally during 2018, 38.4% more than the previous year, the company announced in a press release on 10 January. Electrified vehicles accounted for 6% of total BMW and MINI sales in 2018, compared with 4% in 2017. With 75,000 electrified vehicles delivered to customers last year, Europe was the biggest market for BMW’s electrified ve...
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CEC awards USD450,000 to Sepion Technologies for advanced battery material technology development
The California Energy Commission (CEC) in the United States has awarded Sepion Technologies USD450,000 for developing advanced battery material technology, CEC announced in a press release on 9 January. The finding is aimed at development of technology that will allow an electric vehicle (EV) to travel more than 400 miles (643 kilometers) on a single charge. Significanc...
11-Jan-2019
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