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Local Motors tests Olli driverless shuttle at GoMentum station in US state California
Local Motors has teamed up with AAA Northern California and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to test its electric autonomous shuttle Olli at GoMentum Station in Contra Costa County, GoMentum said in a press release last week. The pilot test is scheduled to run for a year before Local Motors explores piloted deployment options in Contra Costa County. “E...
22-Oct-2019
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FCA starts first tests on new Jeep Compass production line at Melfi Plant in Italy
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has begun testing a new production line for the Jeep Compass SUV at its Melfi plant in Basilicata, Italy, according to a press release by Jeep last week. The plant is set to commence commercial production of the new Compass in the first quarter of 2020. This is expected to be quickly followed by production start of the plug-in hybrid version...
22-Oct-2019
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Accenture acquires connected vehicle software provider FutureMove Automotive
Accenture has acquired connected vehicles software provider FutureMove Automotive in a bid to offer more digital services to Chinese carmakers, the Yicai Global reported on 9 October. The deal will boost  Accenture's Industry X.0 framework and will offer digital consulting in smart connected in-vehicle and mobility services to Chinese automakers. FutureMove’s chi...
22-Oct-2019
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Audi adds A6 55 TFSI e quattro to its plug-in hybrid model line-up
German luxury car manufacturer Audi has rolled out the latest addition to their product line-up, the A6 55 TFSI e quattro. This iteration of the A6 sedan is the newest midsize luxury sedan from Audi to feature plug-in hybrid technology. Power for this sedan will come from a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 248 bhp and a 105 kW electric motor that works ...
22-Oct-2019
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BMW is open for new partner in mobility services business, says CEO Oliver Zipse
BMW is open to the idea of additional partners joining its mobility services venture which the carmaker runs with Daimler, the company’s new CEO Oliver Zipse told a local newspaper. “We would like to welcome additional partners in this area, which has great future potential,” Zipse told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an interview. Significance: In ...
22-Oct-2019
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Tesla files patent application for new energy storage system with plate-based cooling system
American electric vehicles manufacturer Tesla Motors has recently filed a patent application for a new type of energy storage system. The new design proposes multiple battery cells with a discharge directing material and an insulating material positioned inside the module housing. Heat is generated in the battery pack when charging and when during use. Hot gases that ar...
22-Oct-2019
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General Motors, Tata Consultancy Services to collaborate on vehicle engineering
In a press release issued on September 16th, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has announced their partnership with American automotive manufacturer, General Motors (GM). According to the agreement, TCS will acquire some specific assets at the GM Technical Center located in Bangalore, India. TCS will work together with GM in supporting the company’s global vehicle programs...
22-Oct-2019
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Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Mitsubishi Electric to showcase autonomous driving solutions in new xAUTO demo car
At the Tokyo Motor Show 2019, starting this week in the capital city of Japan, Mitsubishi Electric will showcase its latest version of the xAUTO demo car which is capable of autonomous driving on surface roads without high-definition (HD) maps and autonomous parking both indoors and outdoors, the company said in a press release on 20 October. According to Mitsubishi Electr...
22-Oct-2019
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IONITY installs HPC stations for EVs in Scotland
IONITY has installed high power charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) in Scotland, Current News reported on 21 October. The station has been installed at a forecourt owned by Motor Fuel Group (MFG) in Gretna Green and has two 350kW chargers. The chargers will be powered by 100% renewable energy and form part of IONITY’s pan-European network. “Close colla...
22-Oct-2019
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Toyota's hybrid sales in Europe grow 16% y/y to 435,881 units in January to September period
Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has reported a 16% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to 435,881 units in Europe during the first nine months of 2019, the company announced in a press release on 14 October. HEVs constituted 52% of TME’s total sales of 838,000 units during January to September period. The momentum created by four new model ...
22-Oct-2019
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Magna commences production of EV electric drives in China plant for Volkswagen
Magna has commenced production of electric vehicle (EV) electric drive systems for the Volkswagen (VW) Group in Shanghai plant in China, Automotive News Canada reported on 21 October. The electric drive systems will be equipped in Volkswagen and Audi’s next-generation EV manufactured in both China and Europe. Magna will start delivering electric drive systems, inclu...
22-Oct-2019
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Volvo launches Polestar Engineered variants of electrified S60, V60 and XC60
Volvo has launched the Polestar Engineered versions of plug-in hybrid S60, V60 and XC60 models, the company announced in a press release on 21 October. All three models will be powered by a 2L four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 318hp, and an 87hp electric motor. Together, the total system has a power output of 405hp. While the XC60 Polestar Engineered has an all...
22-Oct-2019
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Mercedes-Benz launches all-electric EQC in South Korea
Mercedes-Benz has launched the all-electric EQC sport utility vehicle (SUV) in South Korea, The Korea Herald reported on 21 October, citing the carmaker. The SUV has been priced starting at KRW105 million (USD89 million). Mercedes-Benz has also introduced its premium charging services and has expanded charging networks in South Korea. “The EQC embodies the future of m...
22-Oct-2019
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ON Semiconductor, Subaru to continue collaboration on camera-based ADAS systems
ON Semiconductor has announced that it will continue to collaborate with Subaru to develop technology for camera-based advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), according to a company press release on 21 October. The company’s collaboration with Subaru is for image sensors that combine optimized performance at the pixel level with higher resolution. It improves vehic...
22-Oct-2019
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Upstream Security raises USD30 million Series B funds from Renault, Volvo Group, Hyundai and others
Upstream Security has secured Series B funds worth USD30 million from investors including major OEMs like Renault, Volvo Group, and Hyundai, the Israeli company said in a press release on 21 October.  The round was led by Renault Venture Capital and included Volvo Group Venture Capital, Hyundai, Hyundai AutoEver, and Nationwide Ventures. The company has raised a total...
22-Oct-2019
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New Toyota Yaris features new parking system, latest Toyota Safety Sense
Toyota has equipped its new Yaris model with advanced safety and driver-assist technologies. According to a company’s press release last week, the next-generation Yaris features Advanced Park, a new parking system; and the latest Toyota Safety Sense, which has now been expanded to detect oncoming cars when turning right at the intersection and a pedestrian crossing the s...
22-Oct-2019
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Driveless shuttle transports visitors at CEATEC 2019
Last week, a driverless shuttle transported visitors on public roads near the Makuhari Messe convention center during the CEATEX 2019 digital trade show in Chiba, Japan, according to a report by Japan Times. The driverless shuttle, developed by French start-up Navya, picked up the visitors at a rotary and drove along the 1.5-kilometer-long route on a pre-determined schedul...
21-Oct-2019
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Hyundai Motor Group develops machine learning-based ‘Smart Cruise Control’
Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) has developed machine learning-based Smart Cruise Control (SCC-ML) that incorporates a driver’s driving patterns and habits into its self-driving behavior to create a customized experience for the driver, the company said in a press release today (21 October). The system is set to debut in HMG’s future vehicles. Smart cruise control (SCC) i...
21-Oct-2019
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Germany to invest USD25.9 million to promote hydrogen mobility
Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is set to invest EUR23.5 million (USD25.9 million) in promoting hydrogen mobility, BMVI announced in a press release on 17 October.  “The scope of the funded projects ranges from forklift trucks to equipping a ride-pooling fleet to the development of a hydrogen bus and a fuel-cell po...
21-Oct-2019
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UK invests USD32.2 million in three zero-emission transportation projects
The United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and delivered by Innovate UK has announced an investment of GBP25.4 million (USD32.2 million) towards three zero-emission transportation projects, according to a press release by APC on 16 October. APC said that the three projects are for hydrogen fuel cells for buses and large vehicles includin...
21-Oct-2019
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CATL starts construction of lithium-ion battery plant in Germany
Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has broken ground on its new lithium-ion battery in Thuringia, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 18 October. The plant is expected to have 14GWh production capacity of batteries by 2022. CATL will create up to 2,000 jobs at the plant by 2024/2025.  "Germany is home to a strong auto...
21-Oct-2019
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ArcelorMittal develops new AHSS grade for automotive lightweighting
ArcelorMittal has developed an advanced high steel strength grade Fortiform 980 Extragal (-GI) for automotive lightweighting, the company announced in a press release on 17 October. ArcelorMittal informed that Fortiform 980 Extragal is currently available in North America only and it will be launched in Europe soon. “The new Fortiform 980 Extragal (-GI) range of AHSS ...
21-Oct-2019
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Hitachi Automotive Systems commences mass production of high-output EV inverter
Hitachi Automotive Systems has started mass production of its 800-volt compatible high voltage and high output inverter for electric vehicles (EV), the company announced in a press release on 18 October. The new inverter’s high cooling performance and high voltage, compared to the previous generation of inverters, allows it to deliver twice the voltage and 2.7 times high...
21-Oct-2019
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Indian government places orders of Hyundai Kona electric SUVs
The Indian government has placed orders with Hyundai for its new Kona electric compact SUVs for its officials, the local newspaper Mint reported today (21 October). According to the report, some government officials, including Power and Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh and chairman and managing director of NTPC Gurdeep Singh, have already started using the new Kon...
21-Oct-2019
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Peugeot starts sales of PHEV variants of 3008 SUV and new 508
French car maker Peugeot has commenced bookings for four new plug-in hybrid versions of their vehicles, according to a press statement released by the company on October 8th. Orders for the Peugeot 3008 SUV Hybrid, 3008 SUV GT Hybrid4, the new 508 Hybrid and 508 SW Hybrid can now be placed online by paying a deposit of GBP500 (around USD 650), and customer deliveries will ...
21-Oct-2019
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Tokyo Motor Show 2019: NSK to showcase electrification solutions
Japanese bearings manufacturer NSK Ltd. will be exhibiting their latest products and technologies at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, according to a press release issued by the company on October 18th. One of the company’s major exhibits will be their seamless two-speed eAxle concept, which makes use of a magnetostrictive torque sensor that supplies torque data to the EV motor...
21-Oct-2019
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GM collaborates with US Army to strengthen automotive cyber security
General Motors (GM) and the US Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) have announced a new co-operative research and development agreement with a bid to strengthen automotive cyber-security expertise over the next two years, according to a company press release on 14 October. The agreement will allow cyber-security experts from both groups to share best pra...
21-Oct-2019
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Tesla gets government approval to produce electric cars in China
Tesla has received a permit from the Chinese government to produce electric cars in China, Reuters reported citing the country’s Ministry of Industry Information Technology. The US-based electric carmaker was added to a list of approved automotive manufacturers by the Chinese government. This inclusion make the US automaker eligible to begin production of electric car at...
21-Oct-2019
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Ford offers FordPass as complimentary service
Ford has said that it would offer complimentary FordPass services to its customers, according to a company press release dated 15 October. Connected service is available free of cost for remote features excluding Wi-Fi hotspot. The service makes Ford the first full-line automaker to offer remote vehicle features and connected features complimentary to all customers on s...
21-Oct-2019
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Inteva partners with Suzhou Greentech Material to produce Inteather material in China
Inteva Products, a global tier one automotive supplier of engineered components and systems, has entered into a co-operation agreement with Suzhou Greentech Material Co., Ltd., under which Greentech will produce Inteva's material solutions, branded as Inteather™, for the Chinese automotive market, according to Inteva’s press release on 17 October. Under the co-operatio...
21-Oct-2019
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ams launches new takeover offer for Osram at EUR41 per share
Austrian sensor specialist ams has launched a new takeover offer for German lighting major Osram Licht at EUR41 (USD45.8) per share with minimum acceptance threshold of 55%, the two companies announced in separate press releases on 18 October. Based on this new offer, Osram will be valued at around EUR4.6 billion (enterprise value). The new offer represents a premium ...
21-Oct-2019
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PPG’s Q3 net income drops 2.9% y/y to USD367 million
PPG has reported a 2.9% year-on-year (y/y) fall in net income to USD367 million for the third quarter ending 30 September, according to a company press release on 17 October. The company’s income before taxes grew 6.6% y/y to USD481 million, while net sales for the period remained almost stable y/y at USD3.8 billion. In terms of business segments, sales in the ...
21-Oct-2019
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Subaru recalls 35,806 units of Forester in Canada over issue with passenger occupant detection system
Subaru is recalling 35,806 vehicles in Canada over an issue with the passenger occupant detection system (ODS), according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2015-18 Subaru Forester models. Significance: In certain vehicles, the passenger ODS may malfunction, resulting in the airbag system to turn...
21-Oct-2019
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HT SAAE acquires majority shares in ERAE’s thermal business unit
Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co. Ltd. announced on 9 September that its previously separate brands SDAAC and ERAE Automotive will now operate as a single brand named ESTRA. This is a direct result of the acquisition of majority shares by HT-SAAE of Korean firm ERAE Automotive. ESTRA will focus on providing automotive engine and powertrain cooling, as ...
21-Oct-2019
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Gentex reports 3.8% y/y increase in net sales in Q3
Gentex has reported a 3.8% year-on-year (y/y) increase in net sales to USD477.8 million in the third quarter ending 30 September, the US-based automotive supplier said on 18 October. The company recorded higher net sales despite a 3% y/y drop in global light vehicle production during the third quarter. Gentex’s net sales was also affected by about 2% because of UAW ...
21-Oct-2019
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Ettifos, NXP jointly develop SDR platform-based C-V2X solution
Ettifos has announced that it has jointly developed a software-defined radio (SDR) platform-based cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) solution with NXP, the company announced on 17 October. The solution will process applications based on C-V2X standards like 3GPP Release 14,15 and will be able to utilize wireless access in vehicular environments (WAVE) standard ...
21-Oct-2019
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21-Oct-2019
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Chassis evolution and outlook
It is a common belief that the chassis of a vehicle has had limited evolution, when compared to other sectors of the car, such as powertrain or electronics. However, in the last decade, the chassis has seen several advancements, not just in terms of its structure, but also the way the chassis is conceived. For instance, chassis is no longer just a frame to the car, rather ...
21-Oct-2019
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Swidon develops turn-key crate electric powertrain
Swindon Powertrain has developed a new compact turn-key 80-kW crate powertrain for electrifying low-volume and niche vehicles, the company announced in a press release. The powertrain can be used in low-volume sports cars, light commercial vehicles (LCVs), and recreational vehicles. Swindon Powertrain has partnered with electric motor manufacturer iNetic and auto...
18-Oct-2019
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Evergrande and Pininfarina partner to develop range of EVs
Chinese company Evergrande has signed an agreement with Italian design house Pininfarina to develop a new range of electric vehicles (EVs), Pininfarina announced in a press release today (18 October). The two companies will make EVs for Evergrande’s new Hengchi new-energy vehicle (NEV) brand.  "The purpose of our cooperation is for Evergrande to become ...
18-Oct-2019
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PSA to electrify entire van range by 2021
Groupe PSA has announced it is planning to electrify its entire van range by 2021, according to a company press release on 17 October. The electrification plan is set to start in 2020 with the Peugeot Expert, Citroën Jumpy, Opel Vivaro, and Vauxhall Vivaro, all of which  will come in all‑electric versions. The all-electric versions of the four brands’ compact van...
18-Oct-2019
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AAM opens new manufacturing plant in Spain
American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has opened a new manufacturing facility just outside Barcelona, in the industrial area of Viladecans, Spain, the company announced in a press release on 17 October. The 15,600-square-meter plant will produce damped gears for Ford, BMW, Miba, and PSA; PV bonded dampers for Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and FCA; isolation pulleys...
18-Oct-2019
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SABIC introduces high-heat resin for vehicle lightweighting, EVs at K 2019 trade fair
SABIC launched a new high-heat resin XENOY HTX for vehicle lightweighting and electric vehicles (EVs) at the K 2019 trade fair in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 17 October. The polyester-based XENOY HTX enables the production of light, impact-resistant, and high-performing structural automotive applications. It provides a material solution for body-in...
18-Oct-2019
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Uber to start testing self-driving cars in US city Dallas next month
Uber will start testing its self-driving cars in Dallas, Texas, in the United States in November, the company announced on 15 October. The vehicles will be operated by human drivers in downtown Dallas to start with, collecting mapping data and capturing driving scenarios which Uber’s engineers will then reproduce in simulation. The company will start mapping Dallas with ...
18-Oct-2019
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AD Plastik signs EUR40 million deal to supply parts to Renault-Nissan-AvtoVAZ in Russia
Croatia-based car parts moulder AD Plastik has signed a EUR40 million (USD44.1 million) contract to supply car parts to the Renault-Nissan-AvtoVAZ alliance in Russia, SeeNews reported on 10 October. AD Plastik will produce static seals for the new Lada Granta as well as outer belts for Renault Logan and Sandero at its factory in Togliatti, Russia, SeeNews, reported ci...
18-Oct-2019
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Ford announces comprehensive steps to expand EV charging network for customers in North America
Ford has announced comprehensive steps to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging network for customers in North America. According to a press release on 17 October, the automaker has launched what it claims to be the North America’s largest EV charging network; Ford still doesn’t offer any EVs though. The automaker’s first, 370-mile-range EV inspired by the Mustang, w...
18-Oct-2019
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Exide to start assembling lithium-ion batteries at Indian plant from December
Exide Industries Ltd. plans to start assembling lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries at its Indian plant in Gujarat in December, according to a report by Press Trust of India on 17 October, citing a company official. "We will begin assembling lithium-ion batteries from imported cells of China in December this year. We will make batteries for several applications including electr...
18-Oct-2019
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Faurecia’s Q3 2019 sales up 4.3% y/y to EUR4.1 billion
Faurecia has reported a 4.3% year-on-year (y/y) growth in sales to EUR4.2 billion (USD4.6 billion) for the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, the French supplier said in a press release on 17 October. The company’s Seating segment posted a sales decline of 9.9% y/y to EUR1.6 billion. Sales from the Interiors and Clean Mobility segments grew 1.1% and 5.1% y/y to EU...
18-Oct-2019
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Brose launches 'Future Brose' renewal program to promote growth and increase competitiveness
Brose has launched a renewal program called 'Future Brose' to promote growth and increase competitiveness, the German supplier announced in a press release on 17 October. Under the program, Brose is planning to move jobs to low-wage countries. The company informed that it intends to reduce the number of current jobs in Germany by around 2,000, mostly in the central and bus...
18-Oct-2019
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Mazda recalls 4,460 vehicles in Canada over airbag issue
Mazda is recalling 4,460 vehicles in Canada over an airbags issue, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada last month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2004-11 Mazda RX-8 models. Significance: As an airbag inflator ages, a combination of high temperatures and humidity could cause the degradation of the propellant contained in the passenger-fro...
18-Oct-2019
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Subaru temporarily halts manufacturing in Japan due to Typhoon Hagibis
Japanese car maker Subaru has been forced to suspend production operations at its manufacturing facility in Japan on account of flooding due to typhoon Hagibis, according to a recently released notice. Several of Subaru’s components suppliers have reported being inundated because of rising water levels and damage being caused to equipment due to the flood. In its noti...
18-Oct-2019
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Piston Group acquires Marion Industries, becomes brake supplier to Honda
Detroit-based supplier of electronics assemblies and chassis components, Piston Group, has announced their acquisition of Marion Industries recently, which assembles brake modules for Honda America. The company was purchased by the Piston Group from Ernie Green Industries. In addition to becoming the supplier of brake assemblies to Honda USA, the Piston Group has also e...
18-Oct-2019
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TomTom partners with ChargeHub to expand EV charging station network information on maps
TomTom has announced that ChargeHub, will provide TomTom with access to its database of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in North America, according to a company press release on 17 October. The partnership means TomTom’s maps will show more than 300,000 EV charging stations across the globe. “By integrating ChargeHub’s EVS data into our maps and EV ...
18-Oct-2019
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u-blox unveils meter‑level M9 global positioning technology platform for automotive and other applications
u‑blox has announced the launch of its meter‑level M9 global positioning technology platform catering to automotive, telematics and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications, according to a company press release on 17 October. The M9 also features a filter against RF interference and jamming, spoofing detection and advanced detection algorithms that aid in reportin...
18-Oct-2019
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Garrett Motion confirms plan to launch E-Turbo for mass market passenger cars in 2021
Garrett Motion, the Swiss automotive supplier, has confirmed its plan to produce an electric turbocharger designed for series production passenger cars by the year 2021 in a statement released on October 17th. Garrett Motion also mentioned that the initial application of the E-Turbo will be in high performance vehicles; but the company is also working in three of the world...
18-Oct-2019
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Vishay Intertechnology introduces three new automotive grade IHLP inductors
Vishay Intertechnology has introduced three new Automotive Grade IHLP low profile, high current inductors, the company said in a press release on 16 October. The inductors come in smallest automotive-qualified case sizes, the 3.3 mm by 3.3 mm 1212. The AEC-Q200 certified devices are created for energy storage of up to up to 5 MHz in DC/DC converters. They also redu...
18-Oct-2019
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TomTom’s Q3 revenue falls 7% to USD179.6 million
TomTom reported a 7% year-on-year (YoY) drop in its revenue which came in at EUR164.2 million (USD179.6 million) for the quarter ended 30 September, the company said in a press release on 16 October. Its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) slumped 64% to EUR15.9 million while the EBITDA margin shrunk to 10% from 25% in the previous corre...
17-Oct-2019
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Korea aims to have 33% of new vehicles to be electric by 2030
South Korea is aiming to have 33% of all new vehicles sold in the country to be electric by 2030, Korea Herald reported on 15 October, citing South Korean president Moon Jae-in. In the same time frame, the country is expecting to corner 10% of the global green car market. “Korea will raise the portion of new electric and hydrogen cars in new vehicle sales to 33% and secu...
17-Oct-2019
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EC probes Hungary's plans to grant EUR108 million of public support for Samsung SDI battery plant
European Commission (EC) has initiated a probe into Hungary’s plans to grant EUR108 million (USD119 million) of public support for Samsung SDI’s lithium-ion  battery plant in Göd, Hungary, the EC announced in a press release on 14 October. EC will investigate if the investment int the plant is in line with EU rules on regional State aid and whether the decision b...
17-Oct-2019
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EU imposes anti-dumping duty on Chinese steel road wheels
European Union (EU) has imposed a provisional anti-dumping duty of up to 66% on Chinese steel road wheels for motor vehicles, Reuters reported on 10 October. EU has accused Chinese exporters of selling the steel wheels at below market cost. “Provisional measures should be imposed to prevent further injury being caused to the Union industry by the dumped imports,” the E...
17-Oct-2019
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China plans to stop subsidies for FCEVs by the end of 2020
China is planning to stop subsidies for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) as well by the end of 2020, China Daily reported on 14 October, citing China’s Ministry of Finance. "Some carmakers have become over-reliant on subsidies and thus find it difficult to compete in the global markets. And despite the financial support, China's fuel cell industry has not made breakthr...
17-Oct-2019
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Buick launches all-electric VELITE 6 PLUS in China
General Motors’ brand Buick has launched a new all-electric variant VELITE 6 PLUS in China, the company announced in a press release on 12 October. The VELITE 6 PLUS gets a new battery with 52.5 kWh and energy density of 140 wh/kg. This gives the car a total range of up to 410 kilometers under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) conditions on a single charge. VELITE 6 ...
17-Oct-2019
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Tokyo Motor Show 2019: Toyota to showcase production-ready ultra-compact BEV
Toyota will demonstrate its new production-ready, ultra-compact battery electric vehicle (BEV) at the FUTURE EXPO special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, scheduled to be held from 24 October to 4 November, the automaker said in a press release today. The two-seater BEV has a driving range of about 100 kilometers on a single charge and top speed of 60 kilometer per...
17-Oct-2019
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Nexperia unveils new AEC-Q101-qualified MJD bipolar transistors
Nexperia has unveiled new AEC-Q101-qualified MJD 3 A and 8 A power bipolar transistors, the company said in a press filing on 16 October. The transistors can be used in automotive applications such as LED lighting, backlight dimming in LCD displays, linear voltage regulators, relay replacement, motor drives, laser printers, and MOSFET drivers. “Widening our bipol...
17-Oct-2019
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Audi launches A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro with plug-in hybrid powertrain, acoustic vehicle alerting system
German luxury car maker Audi has launched the latest version of its flagship luxury sedan, the A8, with a plug-in hybrid system, according to a press release dated 16th October. This new Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro will be powered by a 3.0 litre, turbocharged, V6 TFSI petrol engine that works in conjunction with an electric motor to provide a combined system output of 443 ...
17-Oct-2019
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SsangYong signs deal with Saudi National Automobiles Manufacturing for local assembly of SUVs in Saudi Arabia
In a press statement released last week, South Korean auto maker SsangYong Motor Co. announced that it had signed a deal with Saudi Arabian firm Saudi National Automobiles Manufacturing Co. (SNAM). The deal allows the company to assemble completely knocked down (CKD) units at the production facility of SNAM located in the Jubail Industrial Complex. Under the terms of th...
17-Oct-2019
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Renesas establishes ‘R-Car Consortium Proactive Partner Program’ to accelerate development of innovative mobility solutions
Renesas Electronics has announced the launch of its R-Car Consortium Proactive Partner Program in a press release dated 16 October. The program will enable customers to engage with partners whose solutions aid in accelerating their mobility innovation. Customers will have easy access to the program to search and determine the right partners and solutions to their applic...
17-Oct-2019
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Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest USD35 billion in mobility and other automotive technologies by 2025
Hyundai Motor Group (HMG), the parent company of Hyundai and Kia, plans to invest KRW41 trillion in mobility and other automotive technologies by 2025, Reuters reported on 15 October. The Korean automotive group will invest in autonomous, connected and electric cars as well as in technology for new mobility services like ride-sharing.   “[South] Korea will raise ...
17-Oct-2019
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Rheinmetall Automotive posts 3.4% y/y dip in sales in H1 on weak global demand
Germany-based components manufacturing firm Rheinmetall Automotive posted a drop in sales during the first half of 2019. In a press release dated October 8th, the company reported a decline of 3.4%, or EUR50 million (approximately USD55 million), in sales figures to EUR1.441 billion in this period. The operating earnings of Rheinmetall Automotive also weakened to EUR102...
17-Oct-2019
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Foresight Autonomous demonstrates QuadSight vision system to potential customers in Europe
Foresight Autonomous held a series of successful technological demonstrations of its QuadSight vision system to potential customers in Germany and France, the Israel-based company said in a press release on 16 October. The company showcased its advanced solution to two leading vehicle manufacturers and two tier-1 suppliers, all based in Germany, and a France-based tier-1 s...
17-Oct-2019
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GM, UAW union reach tentative agreement to end month long strike in US
GM and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union have reached a tentative deal to end a month-long strike by around 50,000 union workers at the GM facilities across the United States, the union said in a statement on 16 October. “We just reached a Tentative Agreement with GM a short time ago, today, Wednesday, 16 October 2019. We will go over the details when the Council meets...
17-Oct-2019
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Indian state West Bengal plans to offer subsidy to covert diesel taxis to electric
The West Bengal state government has planned to phase out diesel taxis and replace them with electric cabs or e-cabs in a bid to phase out vehicles emitting noxious smoke, according to a report last month by ET Auto, citing a senior official. The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) in collaboration with the state government has taken an initiative to replace d...
17-Oct-2019
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Elektrobit develops cloud-based tool for end-to-end validation of ADAS, autonomous driving system
Elektrobit (EB) has introduced a new cloud-based tool for end-to-end validation of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) systems, the company said in a press release on 16 October. The new tool called EB Assist Test Lab is available on Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure. It provides engineers with a single solution to more easily manage peta...
17-Oct-2019
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Volvo Cars unveils fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo Cars has unveiled the XC40 Recharge, the company’s first ever fully electric car and the first model to appear under its new EV-focused brand Recharge, according to a company press release on 16 October. The XC40 Recharge is the first of a family of fully electric Volvos. The XC40 Recharge features a fully electric all-wheel drive powertrain offering a range o...
17-Oct-2019
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Sumitomo Rubber supplies Dunlop brand OE tires for Lexus LS in Japan
Sumitomo Rubber Industries is supplying its high-performance Dunlop brand tires as original equipment (OE) for Toyota’s Lexus LS models in Japan, the company announced in a press release on 10 October. The company is supplying Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST CTT tires for the Lexus LS model. Significance: The Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 with high-performance tread design s...
17-Oct-2019
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Volkswagen recalls 63,214 vehicles in Australia over issue with transmissions pressure accumulator
Volkswagen is recalling 63,214 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the transmissions pressure accumulator, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 15 October. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2009-2015 Golf, MY 2009-2015 Jetta, MY 2013-2015 Beetle, MY 2010-2015 Passat, MY 2010-2015 Polo, and MY 2...
17-Oct-2019
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 107 vehicles in Australia over issue with electric line for power supply of coolant pump
Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall of 107 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the electric line for power supply of coolant pump, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 17 October. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class Vehicles. Significance: In the affected vehicl...
17-Oct-2019
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NXP to deploy Synopsys' native automotive design solutions for safety-critical SOCs
NXP plans to deploy Synopsys’ native automotive design solutions for its next-generation, safety-critical system-on-chip (SOC) designs, Synopsys said in a press release on 15 October. Synopsys’s native automotive solutions comprise a complete digital design flow incorporating functional safety enabled technologies. The solutions allow designers to achieve their target ...
16-Oct-2019
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ON Semiconductor, AImotive to jointly develop prototype sensor fusion platforms for automotive applications
ON Semiconductor has teamed up with AImotive to jointly develop prototype sensor fusion platforms for automotive applications, the two companies said in a press release on 15 November. The two partners will develop a series of hardware platform demonstrators that will combine latest HD camera, radar sensor and pre-processor chipsets of ON Semiconductor with advanced artifi...
16-Oct-2019
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South Korean government plans to modify expressways for self-driving vehicles
The South Korean government is planning to modify all expressways in the country for use by self-driving vehicles by 2024, the Yonhap News Agency reported today (16 October). As part of the plan, the government will initially upgrade its 5,500 kilometers of highways with wireless communication networks, 3D precision maps, integrated control systems, and related road signs....
16-Oct-2019
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LG Innotek develops communication module for automotive based on 5G Qualcomm chip
LG Innotek has developed a 5th generation (5G) network-based communication module for automotive applications utilizing Qualcomm chips, the company said in a press release today. The communication module is a component that uses the 5G mobile telecommunication technology to enable data transmission between a vehicle and a cellular based station and wireless network connect...
16-Oct-2019
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Toyota unveils new Yaris with four powertrains
Toyota has unveiled the newest version of their hatchback, the Yaris, according to a press statement issued by the Japanese car maker today. This will be the first time that Toyota will use its new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform as the underpinnings of a compact car. Until now, it was only used in larger vehicles, such as the upcoming Toyota RAV4. The new Y...
16-Oct-2019
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MY2020 Audi A6 allroad to feature mild-hybrid powertrain and improved chassis in the US
The latest generation of German luxury car maker Audi’s station wagon, the A6 allroad, will be launched in the United States next year with a mild-hybrid powertrain unit. According to a press release issued by the company on October 14th, for this new version of the A6 allroad, Audi has chosen a 3.0 litre, turbocharged, TFSI engine that is coupled to a mild hybrid system...
16-Oct-2019
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Infineon unveils new microcontroller to address automotive 77 GHz radar applications
Infineon Technologies has developed a new microcontroller to address automotive 77 GHz radar applications such as high-end corner radar systems for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving, the company said in a press release on 15 October. New features in the TC3A include a new signal processing unit, a large SRAM memory for radar and four TriCor...
16-Oct-2019
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems to establish new plant in China to produce electric compressors
Anticipating rapid growth in the Chinese market for electric vehicles (EVs) and other new energy vehicles (NEVs), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems has announced its decision to open a new manufacturing facility in the city of Changshu, Jiangsu Province, China. The company provided this information in a press release dated 9th October. This production facility...
16-Oct-2019
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ArcelorMittal Italia appoints Lucia Morselli as chairman and CEO
ArcelorMittal Italia has appointed Lucia Morselli as chairman of the board and CEO, effective 15 October, according to a company press release. She will replace Matthieu Jehl, who will take up new responsibilities within ArcelorMittal. Morselli is a member of the board of directors at Essilor-Luxottica, Telecom Italia SPA, Sisal SPA and ST Microelectronics. She has held...
16-Oct-2019
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Iochpe Maxion opens new mobility innovation office in Germany
Iochpe-Maxion, a supplier of automotive wheels and structural components, has opened a new mobility innovation office in Berlin, Germany, according to a press release last month. The new ‘Maxion Advanced Technologies’ operating as a stand-alone organization will solely “focus on the long-term horizon without limitations from the company’s day-to-day wheels and stru...
16-Oct-2019
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Schaeffler develops stacked bipolar plates for fuel cells
Schaeffler has developed stacked metallic bipolar plates for fuel cells and fuel cell stacks, the company announced in a press release on 15 October. Schaeffler will be showcasing its solutions for fuel cells at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. The company will also showcase its electric motors in various output classes, and solutions for intelligent rear wheel steering...
16-Oct-2019
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Tata Motors launches TACNet 2.0 platform to collaborate with start-up and technology companies
Tata Motors has launched a new platform called ‘Tata Motors AutoMobility Collaboration Network 2.0’ (TACNet 2.0) to collaborate with new start-ups and business models to steer innovation in the automotive space, the automaker announced in a press release last month. TACNet will allow the company to partner with start-ups and technology companies to come up with new sol...
16-Oct-2019
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Johnson Matthey to establish new battery application centre in UK
Johnson Matthey (JM) is planning to establish a new battery application center in Milton Park in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 15 October. The center will be used to develop tailored solutions for automotive applications. “Our site at Milton Park will be at the leading edge of battery technology. We will use our science and probl...
16-Oct-2019
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Delhi city government in India to reserve site for EV charging stations at parking lots under new policy
In a bid to curb pollution and promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Delhi, India, the municipal corporations in Delhi are now mulling over reserving spots and setting up charging stations in parking lots, according to a report by the Economic Times on 16 October. South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) plans to reserve five spots for EVs in each of its parking l...
16-Oct-2019
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AEPPL signs MoU to set up lithium-ion battery plant in Indian state Gujarat
Automotive Electronics Power Private Ltd (AEPPL),  a joint venture (JV) between Japanese Toshiba Corporation, Denso Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Indian state Gujarat to set up a lithium-ion battery plant, reports Press Trust of India. The JV will invest INR49.3 billion (USD694.4 million...
16-Oct-2019
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EV start-up Canoo unveils subscription-only EV
California-based start-up Canoo has unveiled its first subscription-only electric vehicle (EV) called Canoo, according to a press release last month. Customers will have to pay a one-time membership fee and a flat monthly rate with the option to opt out at any time. The subscription may include services such as registration, maintenance, insurance management and charging...
16-Oct-2019
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Automobili Lamborghini recalls 441 cars in US over engine management software issue
Automobili Lamborghini (Lamborghini) is recalling 441 cars in the United States over an engine management software issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2017-2019 Aventador S Coupè and Aventador S Roadster vehicles. The recall is expected to begin 29 Nove...
16-Oct-2019
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St@rtec Developpement and Exoes set up lithium-ion battery JV in France
St@rtec Developments and Exoes have set up a new joint venture (JV) in France to develop high performance batteries for automotive applications as well as specialty electric vehicles (EV), according to a press release this month. Named e-Mersiv, the JV will develop high-performance batteries with better recharge time and increased safety. e-Mersiv is aiming to supply its b...
16-Oct-2019
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Asahi Kasei presents concept car AKXY and lightweight solutions at K 2019 trade fair
Asahi Kasei is showcasing its engineering plastics and foam materials for the automotive industry at the ongoing K 2019 trade fair for plastics and rubber in Düsseldorf, Germany, the company said in a press release on 14 October 2019. The Japanese supplier is presenting its fully drivable electric concept car AKXY™, which will show a wide range of automotive application...
16-Oct-2019
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Faraday Future founder Yueting Jia files for bankruptcy and restructuring under Chapter 11 in US
Faraday Future’s founder Yueting Jia (YJ) has filed for bankruptcy and restructuring under Chapter 11 in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 13 October. Faraday Future (FF) informed that this was done to address his personal debts in China. As part of the process, a ‘creditor trust’ for the benefit of Yueting Jia’s creditors is planned to...
16-Oct-2019
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 1,329 units of GLE Class in Canada over issue with rear door window trim bars
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 1,329 vehicles in Canada because of an issue with rear door window trim bars, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2020 GLE CLASS models. Significance: In the affected vehicles, the rear door window trim bars may not be properly attached, which could result in t...
16-Oct-2019
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DeepRoute receives permit to test self-driving vehicles in California
DeepRoute, a China-based self-driving start-up, has received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test its autonomous vehicle fleet on the state’s public roads, the company said in a press release on 14 October. The company will test its Full-stack Self-Driving System which is capable of SAE Level 4 autonomous driving. “This is an excit...
16-Oct-2019
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NXP Semiconductors, ART SpA collaborate to develop immersive infotainment systems for luxury sports cars
NXP Semiconductors has partnered with ART to create ultra-intuitive and completely immersive infotainment systems for luxury sports cars, the company said in a press release on 8 October. ART will be designing the ARTIST 8 development platform for infotainment systems with NXP’s i.MX 8QuadMax applications processors. The infotainment system offers smartphone integrati...
16-Oct-2019
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