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May Mobility to launch autonomous driving shuttle in US city Columbus
Autonomous vehicle startup May Mobility has been selected by the state of Ohio in the United States to roll out self-driving shuttles in Columbus, as part of an initiative with Smart Columbus and the Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio, The Detroit News reported on 19 September. A fleet of six-seat autonomous electric shuttles will start running without passeng...
20-Sep-2018
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Renesas introduces integrated open image signal processor solution for automotive camera system
Renesas has introduced an integrated open image signal processor (ISP) solution to accelerate the development of automotive smart camera applications, based on its R-Car V3M and R-Car V3H system-on-chips (SoCs), the Japanese supplier announced in a press release on 18 September. Renesas is demonstrating the new Open ISP Solution using the R-Car V3M, MM Solutions’ Au...
20-Sep-2018
Analysis
ZF: Control systems key to shifting from braking to maneuvring
The global automotive market is witnessing a change towards autonomous and electrified vehicles, the impact of which is visible in the fundamental components of a vehicle. Everything from the powertrain to the chassis is moving towards advanced technologies. Braking systems are not an exception to this change. Rather there have been several significant changes in brakin...
20-Sep-2018
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Honda commences production of CVT for hybrid vehicles in China
Honda has started production of its continuously variable transmission (CVT) for hybrid vehicles in China, reports Automotive News China. The Japanese automaker is producing CVT its transmission plant in Foshan. The CVT is for Honda’s Sport Hybrid powertrain and will be first equipped in the Honda Accord Hybrid and later in other hybrid models the Japanese automakers lau...
20-Sep-2018
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Nissan mulls launching luxury electric sedan by 2021
Nissan is planning to start sales of an all-electric luxury sedan by 2021, reports Nikkei Asian Review. According to the report, Nissan will develop the new model off an existing sedan sold overseas under its Infiniti brand. The electric version of the model will be sold under the Nissan brand in Japan. The production of the vehicle is expected to start towards the en...
20-Sep-2018
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Valeo, WABCO sign MOU to develop active safety solution for commercial vehicles
Valeo and WABCO have entered into a partnership to develop active safety solutions for commercial vehicles, Valeo announced in a press release on 19 September. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop technologies to protect pedestrians and cyclists in city traffic and enable autonomous driving features. Valeo and WABCO will first work on ...
20-Sep-2018
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IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018: Dana showcases Spicer Electrified with TM4 portfolio
Dana has showcased its comprehensive Spicer Electrified with TM4 e-Propulsion portfolio at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles, in Hanover, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 19 September. The display includes fully-integrated electro-mechanical propulsion systems featuring gearboxes, electric motors, inverters and thermal-management technologies for light v...
20-Sep-2018
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Audi demonstrates intelligent connected driving in China
Audi demonstrated intelligently connected driving at the World Internet of Things (WIoT) Exposition 2018 held 15-18 September in Wuxi, China, the automaker announced in a press release last week. In addition, the German automaker received its first test license to test autonomous driving (Level 4) on public roads in Wuxi. In collaboration with Huawei Technologies and Ch...
20-Sep-2018
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Novares opens new production plant in Morocco
French automotive plastic parts supplier Novares, formed after merger of Mecaplast and Key Plastics, has opened a new production plant in Kenitra, Morocco, the company announced in a press release on 19 September. The 10,700-square meter plant is equipped with a painting zone with a clean room and a clear coat application line. The plant manufactures complete solutions inc...
20-Sep-2018
Analysis
A review of battery manufacturing location announcements
Introduction As alternative propulsion technologies gain greater acceptance, the demand for batteries is expected to increase. At a simplistic level, the battery may be considered as an energy storage medium for an electric vehicle (EV) in the same way as a gasoline or diesel fuel tank is in a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. While the basic functio...
19-Sep-2018
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Lucid Motors raises USD1 billion from Saudi investment fund
Electric vehicle (EV) start-up Lucid Motor has secured USD1 billion in funds from the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, the company announced in a press release on 17 September. Lucid Motors will use the funds to complete engineering development and testing of the Lucid Air, construct its factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, begin the global rollout of its retail s...
19-Sep-2018
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US DOE to invest USD120 million in battery research center
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is planning to invest USD120 million to renew the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), reports news website Green Car Congress. DOE plans to invest USD24 million every year over the next five years. “JCESR’s first five years have yielded important science breakthroughs, helped launch three startups—B...
19-Sep-2018
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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Google enter strategic partnership to equip vehicles with intelligent infotainment systems
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (RNM) alliance has entered a multiyear technology partnership agreement with Google to equip Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi vehicles with Google’s Android-based infotainment systems, the alliance said in a press release on 18 September. Under the partnership, the alliance will integrate Google applications and services, such as Google Maps ...
19-Sep-2018
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EV charging coalition to fund infrastructure expansion by selling carbon credits
Electric Vehicle Charging Carbon Coalition (EVCCC) is planning to sell carbon credits to raise funds for investing in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, EVgo, one of the founding members of EVCCC, announced in a press release on 18 September. The project will be led by the Climate Neutral Business Network (CNBN), which developed the methodology with the EVCCC a...
19-Sep-2018
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BorgWarner expects revenue of USD14 billion in 2023
BorgWarner has forecast its revenue to reach USD14 billion in 2023, the company announced in a press release on 18 September. At the end of 2023, free cash flow is expected to be approximately USD1 billion and operating margin is expected to improve to the low 13% range. However, the US-based powertrain components specialist has lowered its 2018 full-year net sales guid...
19-Sep-2018
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Volkswagen recalls Polo GT, Vento, and Jetta models in India
Volkswagen (VW) is recalling an unspecified number of its Polo GT, Vento, and Jetta models in India, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported on 17 September. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017. According to a public notice put out by the German automaker last week, the recall is for making “necessary updates” for Polo GT 1.5 a...
19-Sep-2018
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Hyundai Mobis to use 3D game technology to develop self-driving system
Hyundai Mobis has announced plans to make full use of three-dimensional (3D) game software in the development of its autonomous driving systems, the company said in a press release. According to the South Korean supplier, using real, high-definition video game images to create all kinds of driving conditions allow it to more efficiently and safely check its cameras th...
19-Sep-2018
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China Mobile develops roadside units for LTE-V2X communication, featuring Qualcomm C-V2X chipset
China Mobile Research Institute and China Mobile IoT (CMIoT) Company Limited, the two companies of China Mobile, have jointly developed new roadside units (RSUs) for 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 LTE-V2X direct communication (PC5). The RSU is based on Qualcomm’s 9150 C-V2X chipset solution, the US-based chipmaker said in a press release on 14 Septe...
19-Sep-2018
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Nissan to offer ‘Safety Shield 360’ on top-selling models in US as standard by 2021
Nissan has announced plans to equip its top-selling models in the United States with ‘Safety Shield 360’, a suite of six advanced safety and driver assist technologies, as standard equipment, by 2021, the automaker said in a press release last week. This, according to the Japanese automaker, represents more than one million vehicles annually. The model year (MY) 2019 N...
19-Sep-2018
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Porsche develops modular fast charging solution
Porsche has developed a low-cost electric modular fast charging parks ‘Electric Pit Stops’ for electric vehicles (EVs), the company announced in a press release on 17 September. The company has developed a new charging park with a new system architecture designed as a modular system comprising standardized housing, called the FlexBoxes. According to the company...
19-Sep-2018
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EVBox to install 1 million EV charging points by 2025 globally
Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure company EVBox has committed to install a minimum of 1 million EV charging points globally by 2025, the company announced in a press release on 14 September. "We are ready and able to contribute to accelerating electric mobility on a global scale—which is why, as an organization, we are committed to having at least 1 million c...
19-Sep-2018
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Cadillac stops diesel engine development in favor of electrification
General Motors’ brand Cadillac has stopped its diesel engine development program to focus instead on electric vehicles (EVs), reports Automotive News citing Cadillac president Steve Carlisle. "We have been working on diesel, but the markets may be changing more quickly than we anticipated. Going forward, we will focus on electrification," said Carlisle. However, Cadillac...
19-Sep-2018
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Ola to launch ride-sharing services in New Zealand
Ola has announced its plans to enter ride-sharing market in New Zealand, the company said in a press release on 18 September. In New Zealand, the Indian mobility company will offer its ride-sharing services in Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington. The company has appointed Brian Dewil as country manager for New Zealand. “We see a real opportunity in New Zealand to p...
19-Sep-2018
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Varroc Lighting Systems forms JV with Romanian supplier ELBA to expand electronics capability
Varroc Lighting Systems, a company owned by India’s Varroc Group, has entered a joint-venture (JV) agreement with Romania-based ELBA to expand its electronics capability, the company said in a press release. The JV, to be based in Timisoara, Romania, will focus on electronic manufacturing to address growing electronic content in lighting products. The two companies have ...
19-Sep-2018
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Goodyear supplies 'Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV' tire for Audi e-tron
Goodyear has supplied its 'Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV' ultra-high-performance (UHP) tires for Audi’s all-new e-tron electric SUV, according to a company’s press release on 18 September. The tires, offered in size of 265/45R21, deliver optimized braking and handling performance in all driving conditions. The US-based tire-maker claims its active braking technology in ...
19-Sep-2018
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Nissan offering new 1.5L diesel engine in Qashqai in Europe
Nissan has equipped its Qashqai sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Europe with a new upgraded 1.5L diesel engine, reports news website Green Car Congress. The new engine produces 115 PS power and 260 N.m torque. While the power output has increased by 5 PS compared with previous-generation diesel engines in Qashqai, torque remains the same. The engine also comes with a ne...
19-Sep-2018
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New Lexus ES first mass-produced car to feature ‘digital outer mirror’
Lexus has introduced the world's first digital side-view monitors on the new ES, becoming the first automaker to replace side mirrors with cameras for a mass-produced model, the automaker announced in a press release on 12 September. The Lexus ES with a new digital outer mirror option will debut in the Japanese market this October. The model uses exterior cameras and scree...
18-Sep-2018
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Ford tests C-V2X communication technology on public roads in China
Ford has conducted tests of cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communication technologies for the first time on public roads in China, the automaker said in a press release on 17 September. The US-based automaker held live demonstrations of C-V2X technology in Ford vehicles, as part of the 2018 World Internet of Things Expo in Wuxi, in Jiangsu Province, from 15 to 18 S...
18-Sep-2018
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Ford adds new diesel engines to Ford S-MAX and Galaxy in Europe
Ford is offering new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines in Ford S-MAX and Galaxy in Europe, the company announced in a press release on 12 September. The engines will have varying outputs of 120 PS, 150 PS, 190 PS and bi-turbo 240 PS. The engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions. Both Ford S-Max and Galaxy will also get Adaptive Cruise C...
18-Sep-2018
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Daimler, Bosch jointly demonstrates Automated Valet Parking in China
Daimler and Bosch have jointly developed and demonstrated joint Automated Valet Parking pilot in Beijing, China, Daimler announced in a press release on 14 September. According to the company, Automated Valet Parking is based on intelligent infrastructure and allows drivers to instruct their vehicle via smartphone to make its own way to a parking space. The system will&nbs...
18-Sep-2018
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Faraday Future appoints Jeff Risher as vice president for Product, Technology, IP Strategy
Faraday Future has appointed Jeff Risher as vice president for Product, Technology, IP Strategy, the company announced in a press release today (18 September). Risher will report to Faraday Future’s global CEO YT Jia and will oversee overall product strategy, advanced technology adoption, and strategic relationships. Most recently, Risher served as the chief intellect...
18-Sep-2018
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Volkswagen (VW) launches 'ELECTRIC FOR ALL' campaign to support EV adoption
Volkswagen has launched its ‘ELECTRIC FOR ALL’ campaign under which it will offer attractive electric vehicles at affordable prices, the company announced in a press release on 17 September. Volkswagen also premiered its modular electric drive matrix (MEB) technology platform in Dresden, Germany. “We will make electric vehicles popular and get as many people as po...
18-Sep-2018
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Borealis supplies Daplen™ polypropylene compound for Volvo car
Borealis is supplying Daplen™ polypropylene (PP) compound for Volvo’s specially-built XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a company press release yesterday (17 September). The Daplen PP compound grades are composed of post-consumer recycled (PCR) and virgin content. Borealis supplied nearly 10% of the 60 kg of PCR-material used for this dem...
18-Sep-2018
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BorgWarner to supply on-axis hybrid modules to two Chinese automakers
BorgWarner is set to supply its on-axis P2 drive module and electro-hydraulic control unit for hybrid and pure-electric vehicles to two Chinese OEMs, the company announced in a press release on 17 September. BorgWarner, however, did not disclose the names of the automakers. “Our in-house development expertise and extensive hybrid product portfolio provide us with th...
18-Sep-2018
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CIE Automotive buys US-based Inteva Roof Systems
CIE Automotive (CIE) has acquired US-based Inteva Roof Systems (Inteva), a manufacturer of roofs for the automotive industry, the company announced in a press release yesterday (17 September). The deal is valued at approximately USD755 million. Commenting on the acquisition, Jesús María Herrera, managing director of CIE Automotive, said, "Inteva Roof Systems allows us to...
18-Sep-2018
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SEAT, Noveto team up to develop car audio system
Automaker SEAT and an Israel-based startup Noveto have partnered to work on a new technology that they claim will enable sound from audio devices to be beamed straight to the ears of the driver or passengers of a car, SEAT announced in a press release on 13 September. Noveto has developed what it claims to be the world’s first “dynamic focused sound” which is expecte...
18-Sep-2018
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NXP Semiconductors, Hitachi Solutions team up on secure DSRC-based V2X Solution
Chip maker NXP Semiconductors has partnered with Hitachi Solutions, a provider of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) software platforms for the Japanese automotive market, to develop a dedicated short-range radio communication (DSRC)-based V2X solution aimed at the Japanese market, NXP announced in a press release on 17 September. The solution is based on a V2X modem and processo...
18-Sep-2018
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BorgWarner to supply electric drive modules to Great Wall Motors for EVs
BorgWarner has won an order to supply high-performance electric drive module (eDM) to Great Wall Motor (GWM) for the 2018 C30 electric vehicle (EV) and EVs for the ORA brand, the company announced in a press release on 17 September. “With the launch of the credit-score system that encourages a shift to new-energy vehicles in April this year, we anticipate flourishing gro...
18-Sep-2018
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Audi premieres first all-electric SUV e-tron
Audi has premiered its first all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) model e-tron in San Francisco, United States, the company announced in a press release today (18 September). According to a report by Electrek, the e-tron comes with a 95-kWh battery which delivers a range of 248 miles (400 kilometers). It is powered by two motors, one each at front and rear axles. The r...
18-Sep-2018
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Gentex announces personnel changes
Gentex Corporation has announced certain personnel changes, according to a press release yesterday (17 September). The company has appointed Brian Brackenbury as director of Connected Products, Interior Cameras and Biometrics. Brackenbury, having more than 27 years of experience in automotive electronics and vehicle connectivity, joined Gentex from Visteon in 2015. He has ...
18-Sep-2018
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Paris Motor Show 2018: Faurecia to showcase cockpit of the future, zero emissions solutions
Faurecia will showcase its ‘Cockpit of the Future’ and zero emissions solutions at the Paris Motor Show, France-based supplier said in a press release yesterday (17 September). The French supplier will demonstrate a cockpit system using a serial production vehicle. In addition, Faurecia will demonstrate ‘Voice-activated cockpit’ using Parrot Automotive’s multi-pl...
18-Sep-2018
Analysis
Suppliers to the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class
The all-new Mercedes Benz X-Class is assembled at Barcelona, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the all-new Mercedes Benz X-Class from the plant is expected to peak in 2018 at more than 23,500 units. If you would like your company included in this feature, or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or ...
18-Sep-2018
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PSA unveils electric version of DS 3 Crossback
DS Automobile the premium  vehicle brand of French automaker PSA Groups has unveiled the all-electric version of DS3 Crossback, reports news website Electrek. The car is equipped with an electric motor of 100 kW/136 hp, and a 50kWh lithium-ion battery which gives it a range of more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) based on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test P...
17-Sep-2018
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Revolve Technologies develops PCB-based fuel cell range extender
Revolve Technologies has developed a fuel cell technology using printed circuit board (PCB) construction, reports news website Green Car Congress. According to the report, this is the first time that a PCB-based fuel cell has been developed for use in an automotive environment. The company showcased the PCB fuel cell range extender in a Renault Kangoo ZE van at the Cenex L...
17-Sep-2018
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Twenty-six new members commit to international Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge
Twenty six international states/regions, major cities and businesses have simultaneously joined the international Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge (#ZEVchallenge) programs, The Climate Group announced in a press release on 13 September. Twelve states including Australian Capital Territory, The Basque Country, Broward County (Florida), Catalonia and Navarra (Spain), Drenthe ...
17-Sep-2018
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Hertz expands EV fleet to 45 in Spanish island Mallorca
Hertz has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) fleet to 45 in the Spanish island of Mallorca, the company announced in a press release on 13 September. The fleet includes 25 units of BMW i3 and 20 units of Renault ZOE. The company said that it will continue to expand the EV fleet in Mallorca in the future. Significance: Hertz informed that the cars can be booked via an ap...
17-Sep-2018
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Ford to recall Edge, Lincoln MKX vehicles in North America to replace door striker bolts
Ford has announced it will recall 555 units of the model year (MY) 2018 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX support-utility vehicles (SUV) in North America, the US automaker said in a press release last week. The affected vehicles were built at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, between 27 and 31 July 2018. Of the total 555 affected vehicles, 503 are in the United ...
17-Sep-2018
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17-Sep-2018
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ChargePoint plans to deploy 2.5 million charging ports globally by 2025
ChargePoint is planning to install over 2.5 million charging points globally by 2025, the company announced in a press release on 13 September. Of the 2.5 million charging spots on ChargePoint’s network by 2025, the majority will be evenly split between Europe and North America, with smaller percentages in Oceania (Australia and New Zealand). “Our commitment to depl...
17-Sep-2018
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BMW previews Vision iNEXT autonomous electric SUV
BMW has previewed its autonomous electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept ‘Vision iNEXT’, the company announced in a press release on 16 September. The company informed that the car will enter production in 2021 and that it will be highly automated, emission-free and fully connected. BMW, however, did not release technical details of the car. “The iNEXT projec...
17-Sep-2018
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BMW to recall more than 139,000 3-series vehicles in China
German automaker BMW will recall more than 139,000 units of its 3-series cars in China, starting 9 November over a potential defect in the air conditioning system, Xinhua News Agency reported on 16 September, citing the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ). The recall covers 89,309 vehicles manufactured in China between May 2005...
17-Sep-2018
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General Motors (GM) recalls 41,000 pickups, SUVs in North America over brake issue
General Motors (GM) is recalling approximately 41,000 pickup trucks and police sports utility vehicles (SUVs) due to loose brake pedals, The Associated Press reported on 15 September. The recall covers model year (MY) 2015 and MY 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 special service pickup trucks and certain Chevrolet...
17-Sep-2018
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Tenjin plans new factory in China to produce lightweight glass fiber-reinforced plastic parts for EVs
Japanese materials company Teijin plans to build a factory in China to make a lighter-than-steel composite and process it into parts for electric vehicles (EV), Nikkei Asian Review reported today (17 September). The company has not disclosed the investment amount. Construction of the new plant is expected to begin this month, with the aim to commence production in 2020, ac...
17-Sep-2018
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Superior Industries appoints Matti Masanovich as executive vice-president, CFO
US-based aluminum wheel supplier Superior Industries has appointed Matti Masanovich as executive vice-president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective 16 September 2018, according to a company press release. Prior to joining Superior Industries, Masanovich served as senior vice-president and CFO at General Cable Corporation from November 2016 to July 2018. Before ...
17-Sep-2018
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Pirelli supplies tires for new BMW X4
Pirelli is supplying its summer, winter and all-season tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the second-generation BMW X4 SUV, which was showcased at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March this year, the Italian tire-maker announced in a press release on 14 September. The tire-maker is supplying P Zero tires in sizes from 19-inch to 21-inch. Pirelli is also supplying C...
17-Sep-2018
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Denso to exhibit in-vehicle technologies at 2018 ITS World Congress Copenhagen
Denso will exhibit its in-vehicle technologies at the 2018 ITS World Congress Copenhagen in Denmark, scheduled from 17-21 September, according to a press release on 14 September. In addition to in-vehicle technologies, the Japanese supplier will present its cloud and data communication technologies for connecting vehicles with other things. In the field of cloud, Denso wil...
17-Sep-2018
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Porsche partners with Turo to launch car-sharing pilot in US
Porsche has partnered with US-based peer-to-peer car sharing company Turo, for a pilot project which enables short-term access to Porsche vehicles, owned by private individuals, the German automaker announced in a press release on 13 September. The pilot program called ‘Porsche Host’ is a peer-to-peer car sharing program developed by Porsche Digital in partnership with...
17-Sep-2018
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PSA showcases LTE-V2X communication in China
Groupe PSA has commenced showcasing the application of its wireless ‘Long Term-Evaluation vehicle-to-everything’ (LTE-V2X) communications on a city level in Wuxi, China for intelligent connected vehicles (ICV), the automaker announced in a press release 14 September. The demonstration is supported by the Jinangsu Provincial Government, China’s Ministry of Industry an...
17-Sep-2018
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Volkswagen (VW) strengthens EV production capability in China
FAW-Volkswagen, a joint venture (JV) between Volkswagen (VW) and Chinese automaker FAW, has added a new vehicle production plant in Foshan, China, the company announced in a press release on 14 September. With the new plant, FAW-Volkswagen has increased its production capabilities in China, including for electric vehicles (EV) and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The JV...
17-Sep-2018
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European Battery Alliance plans to start production of lithium-ion batteries in 2020
Europe-based battery alliance, which includes Saft, a unit of energy company Total, Siemens, Solvay and Manz, is planning to start production of lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles (EV) from 2020, reports Reuters, citing  Jean-Baptiste Pernot, Saft’s director of operations. “The performance levels we are targeting are very much better than what we...
17-Sep-2018
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Volkswagen (VW) concludes acquisition of equity stake in battery maker QuantumScape
Volkswagen (VW) has announced that it has concluded the equity stake acquisition in the US-based battery maker QuantumScape after Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) issued no objection to the transaction, according to a company press release on 13 September. The German automaker has invested USD100 million in QuantumScape, becoming its largest aut...
14-Sep-2018
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NVIDIA unveils DRIVE AGX DevKit for autonomous driving
NVIDIA has unveiled DRIVE AGX Xavier Developer Kit (DebKit) for building autonomous driving systems in Tokyo, Japan, the company announced in a blog on its website on 12 September. The platform is an open, scalable software and hardware solution that enables companies to develop and test customized autonomous driving technology. The kit includes a DRIVE AGX Xavier car comp...
14-Sep-2018
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Paris Motor Show 2018: PSA to premiere Citroën C5 Aircross PHEV concept
PSA Groupe’s Citroën brand is set to premiere plug-in hybrid variant of its C5 Aircross concept at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the company announced in a press release on 11 September. According to the French automaker, the concept “foreshadows the rechargeable Hybrid version of New C5 Aircross SUV, Citroën's first PHEV model in the Core Model Strategy.” Signific...
14-Sep-2018
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Lithos Energy develops next-generation battery pack technology
Lithos Energy has developed a next generation battery pack technology ‘Lithos Gen4’, the company announced in a press release on 12 September. The high-voltage liquid-cooled battery pack with ‘Lithos Gen4’ technology will be showcased at The Battery Show this week in Novi, Michigan (United States). The new technology is now in use on the Lithos High Voltage product...
14-Sep-2018
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Mercedes-Benz equips GLE SUV with 48-volt active suspension
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new model year (MY) 2019 GLE sport-utility vehicle (SUV) equipped with its ‘E-Active Body Control’ 48-volt active suspension, the company announced in a press release on 12 September. The fully networked hydropneumatic, active suspension on a 48-volt basis is paired with newly developed air suspension. The new GLE will also get a compl...
14-Sep-2018
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Leclanché to partner with EVN for developing ultra-fast EV charging stations
Swiss battery maker Leclanché has been selected by the UK-based The EV Network (EVN) to develop ultra-fast charging stations for electric cars, Leclanché announced in a press release on 12 September. Leclanché will deliver its battery storage solutions to EVN for the UK-wide charging infrastructure. “The UK has one of the most advanced EV markets in the world and w...
14-Sep-2018
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LEVC to start trials of new electric van in 2019
London EV Company (LEVC) is planning to start trials of its new electric van with potential customers from second-half 2019 in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 11 September. LEVC is in talks with a number of major public-sector fleets, including the Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade, about joining the trials. “Lik...
14-Sep-2018
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Williams Advanced Engineering, Unipart to form a JV for EV batteries
Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) and Unipart Manufacturing Group will set up a joint venture (JV) to manufacture electric vehicle (EV) batteries, WAE announced in a press release on 11 September. The JV, to be named ‘Hyperbat Limited’, will start operations at Unipart’s site in Coventry, United Kingdom, in the first quarter of 2019. According to WAE, Hyper...
14-Sep-2018
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Chassis Brakes, MANN+HUMMEL partner to develop brake system with particle filter
Chassis Brakes International and MANN+HUMMEL have entered a strategic partnership agreement to develop brake systems with an add-on particle filter that will help reduce particulate emissions from passenger-car brakes, Chassis Brakes announced in a press release on 13 September. The new system will be available for cars equipped with internal combustion engines, as well as...
14-Sep-2018
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General Motors (GM) recalls more than 1.2 million pickups, SUVs over steering issue
General Motors (GM) is recalling more than 1.2 million pickups and SUVs in North America over a steering malfunction, Automotive News reported on 13 September. The recall affects model year (MY) 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Sierra and Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. The recall includes more than one million pick-up trucks and SUVs in the United S...
14-Sep-2018
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Pirelli supplies tires for Aston Martin Rapide E
Pirelli is supplying its ultra-high performance ‘P Zero’ tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for Aston Martin’s Rapide E electric vehicle (EV), Tyre Press reported on 13 September. The P Zero tires offer lower-rolling resistance and reduced cavity noise, while still delivering superior dynamic capability. Significance: Pirelli has been supplying its P Zero ti...
14-Sep-2018
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Gestamp opens new stamping plant in UK
Gestamp has opened a new manufacturing plant in Wolverhampton, West Midlands (United Kingdom), according to a company’s press release on 13 September. The 50,000-square plant, with a stamping line, will replace Gestamp’s existing plant in Cannock, which was opened in 1965. The 800 workers at Cannock plant will be transferred to the new facility. The company has so f...
14-Sep-2018
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Uber to invest USD154 million to expand autonomous driving research center in Toronto
Uber Technologies plans to invest CAD200 million (USD154 million) in Toronto, Canada over a period of five years to support its autonomous driving research, Reuters reported on 13 September. The investment includes opening of an engineering hub in Toronto in early 2019 and an expansion of its Advanced Technologies Group, an Uber unit that develops autonomous vehicle techno...
14-Sep-2018
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Constellium expands operations in Germany to increase production of aluminum automotive structures
Constellium has expanded operations at its Dahenfeld plant in Germany to increase production of aluminum automotive structures, the company announced in a press release yesterday (13 September). The expansion increased the plant’s production area by 5,000 square meters to nearly 14,000 square meters. The investment is expected to create approximately 30 new jobs at the p...
14-Sep-2018
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Autoneum opens two new manufacturing plants in China
Autoneum is opening two new manufacturing plants in China, located in Pinghu, Zhejiang Province and in Shenyang Tiexi, Liaoning Province, according to a press release yesterday (13 September). The company opened its plant in Pinghu on 12 September while its  other plant in Shenyang Tiexi is already in the ramp-up phase. Autoneum expects to start series production of l...
14-Sep-2018
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Adient appoints Douglas G DelGrosso as president and CEO
Automotive seating supplier Adient has appointed Douglas G. DelGrosso its new president and CEO, effective 1 October 2018, the company said in a press release on 13 September. DelGrosso will also join Adient's board of directors. He will replace Fritz Henderson, who has been serving as interim CEO of the company since June this year. Henderson will become non-executive cha...
14-Sep-2018
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Nucor invests USD650 million to expand Gallatin sheet production in US
Nucor plans to expand its flat-rolled steel production capacity at its Gallatin sheet mill in Ghent, Kentucky (United States). The company’s board has approved USD650 million investment for the same, according to a press release on 7 September. The investment will expand the mill’s annual capacity from 1.6 million tons to approximately 3 million tons as well as boost t...
13-Sep-2018
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Pioneer signs MOU with Kamerig to improve business
Japan-based Pioneer has executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding support by sponsor with Kamerig B.V. under Baring Private Equity Asia, Pioneer announced in a press release yesterday (12 September). Under the MOU, Kamerig agreed to provide Pioneer with capital contribution of a total of around JPY50 billion to JPY60 billion. In addition, Kamerig agreed to pro...
13-Sep-2018
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Henkel breaks ground on new global innovation center for adhesive technologies in Germany
Henkel broke ground on a new global innovation center for adhesive technologies business at the company’s headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, according to a company press release yesterday (12 September). The company is investing more than EUR130 million (USD151.4 million) in the center. Upon completion, the center will develop new technologies and applications for a v...
13-Sep-2018
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Audi launches 'e-tron Charging Service' in Europe
Just days before the unveiling of Audi e-tron all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), Audi has launched its ‘e-tron Charging Service’ in Europe, the company announced in a press release on 12 September. The Audi e-tron Charging Service will be part of a broad-based offering for charging and gives Europe-wide access to the public charging infrastructure. Owners of e-t...
13-Sep-2018
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Renesas, OpenSynergy offer solution for Parrot Faurecia’s automotive safe multidisplay cockpit
Renesas and PenySynergy are providing their solutions for Parrot Faurecia’s automotive safe multidisplay cockpit, according to a press release yesterday (12 September). Renesas is offering its system-on-chip (SoC) R-Car H3, while OpenSynergy is providing its COQOS Hypervisor software development kit (SDK) for Parrot Faurecia’s automotive safe multidisplay coc...
13-Sep-2018
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Volkswagen (VW) to use 3D printing to mass produce parts
Volkswagen (VW) announced that it aims to use 3D printing technology to mass produce parts in two to three years. Together with printer manufacturer Hewlett Packard (HP) and component manufacturer GKN Powder Metallurgy, VW is developing the new HP Metal Jet process to simplify and speed up metallic 3D printing, according to a VW press release on 11 September. The three com...
13-Sep-2018
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Grupo Antolin’s H1 sales remain almost flat y/y at USD3 billion
Spain-based automotive interiors supplier Grupo Antolin’s sales remained almost flat year-on-year (y/y) at EUR2.6 billion (USD3 billion) for the first six months ended 30 June 2018, according to a company press release yesterday (12 September). Sales, excluding the effect of currency fluctuations, were up 5.7% y/y. The company’s EBITDA rose 75.2% y/y to EUR198 million....
13-Sep-2018
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Aston Martin releases details of all-electric Rapide E
Luxury sports car maker Aston Martin has released the technical details of its first all-electric model Rapide E, according to a company press release on 12 September. Rapide E will be equipped with an 800V battery electrical architecture with 65 kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium-ion 18650 format cylindrical cells. The car is powered by two rear-mounted electr...
13-Sep-2018
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Xtrac to supply transmission to Aston Martin Rapide E all-electric car
Transmission manufacturer Xtrac has been selected to supply its P1289 transmission to Aston Martin for the all-electric car Rapide E, the company announced in a press release on 12 September. The P1289 transmission has a single-speed 3-shaft configuration with an integrated park-brake and a high-performance motorsport limited slip differential. “Being selected as th...
13-Sep-2018
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Ricardo unveils new 'E-Axle' EV transmission
Ricardo has launched a new ‘E-Axle’ single-speed electric vehicle (EV) transmission, the company announced in a press release on 12 September. Ricardo is showcasing the transmission at Cenex-LCV 2018 in Millbrook, United Kingdom. The transmission has a maximum input torque of 500 Nm, and maximum input speed of 12,000 RPM. “It’s imperative that to support the dri...
13-Sep-2018
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BorgWarner unveils ‘High Voltage Coolant Heater’ for EVs
US-based auto component maker BorgWarner has developed a new High Voltage Coolant Heater for electric vehicles (EV) as part of the company’s Battery and Cabin Heater families, the company announced in a press release on 12 September. The heater has been designed to keep a battery’s operating temperature within an optimal range and providing consistent temperature distr...
13-Sep-2018
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Tenneco shareholders approve Federal-Mogul acquisition
Shareholders of Tenneco have approved all proposals for the acquisition of Federal-Mogul, the company announced in a press release on 12 September. Shareholders approved the adoption of amended and restated certificate of incorporation that creates a new class of non-voting common stock, and reclassifies existing common stock as voting common stock, proposal to approve the...
13-Sep-2018
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The quest for individual comfort is driving the growth of multizone LV HVAC systems involving front and rear applications
The extreme swings in ambient temperature witnessed across the world have made cabin temperature control an indispensable part of passenger comfort. Automotive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems too have transitioned from the rudimentary and optional comfort feature of yesteryears to a standard necessity in today’s competitive automotive market. Th...
12-Sep-2018
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Kakao Mobility, Japan Taxi agree to collaborate for mobility services
Japan Taxi and South Korea–based Kakao Mobility have agreed to jointly offer integrated mobility services, reports The Japan Times. The two companies signed an agreement for capital partnership and for developing a single smartphone app for calling taxis. The joint services will be offered to visitors in both Japan and South Korea before the end of the year. According to...
12-Sep-2018
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ACEA terms EU’s new emission targets for cars and vans as “highly unrealistic”
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has called the new emission targets for cars and vans as “highly unrealistic,” according to a press release from the association on 11 September. Earlier this week, the European Parliament voted on future carbon dioxide (CO2) emission targets for cars and vans, seeking a 20% cut by 2025 and 45% by 2030....
12-Sep-2018
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Nuon, McDonald’s partner to install fast chargers at over 160 sites in the Netherlands
Energy company Vattenfall’s subsidiary Nuon has partnered with McDonald’s to install electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations at McDonald’s 168 sites in the Netherlands, Vattenfall announced in a press release on 11 September. All 168 fast charging stations will have two charging points and will be installed at every McDonald's branch in the Netherlands with a Mc...
12-Sep-2018
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Nuance Communications, Affectiva collaborate to bring emotional intelligence to automotive assistant
Nuance Communications, a provider of conversational artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, and Affectiva, a specialist in emotional AI (Emotion AI), have collaborated to develop a joint automotive assistant capable of detecting driver distraction and drowsiness through understanding the driver’s emotional state, according to Nuance’s press release on 6 September. The ...
12-Sep-2018
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Mazda Sollers opens new engine factory in Russia
Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus, a joint venture (JV) between Mazda and the Russian automaker Sollers, has opened a new engine manufacturing plant in Vladivostok, Russia, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. The new plant will specialize in manufacturing Mazda Skyactive-G gasoline four-cylinder engines and will have a production capacity of 50,000 unit...
12-Sep-2018
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Novares acquires 20% stake in Swiss electronics company APAG
France-based automotive plastic parts supplier Novares, through its investment arm Novares Venture Capital, has acquired a 20% stake in APAG Holding AG, according to a company press release on 11 September. The strategic investment is expected to help the French supplier to develop innovative solutions with integrated lighting and mechatronics devices to improve the car us...
12-Sep-2018
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SAIC-GM partners with CATL for EV batteries
SAIC-GM, a joint venture (JV) between Chinese automaker SAIC and General Motors (GM), has partnered with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) to develop batteries for its range of electric vehicles (EVs), Automotive News China reported on 11 September, citing SAIC. Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to explore new battery technology and r...
12-Sep-2018
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GM recalls 230,000 vehicles in North America over issue with brake system
General Motors (GM) is recalling 230,013 units of Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC vehicles in North America over an issue with the brake system that could increase the risk of a crash, Automotive News reported on 11 September. The recall affects 210,628 vehicles in the United States and 19,385 vehicles in Canada. The affected vehicles include model year (MY) 2018...
12-Sep-2018
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New Audi e-tron electric crossover to feature Gentex’s Integrated Toll Module in North America
Gentex is supplying its Integrated Toll Module (ITM) for the all-new Audi e-tron all-electric crossover, Audi said in a press release on 10 September. The new electric crossover will be Audi’s first model to be equipped with Gentex’s new technology that allows drivers to electronically pay for highway tolls. Gentex partnered with Nashville-based TransCore that build...
12-Sep-2018
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NXP appoints Kurt Sievers as new president
NXP Semiconductors has promoted Kurt Sievers to the post of president, with an immediate effect, the company said in a press release on 9 September. Most recently, Sievers served as vice president and general manager of NXP's Automotive business. In his new role, Sievers will be responsible for all business lines of the Netherlands-based company. “Kurt is an exception...
12-Sep-2018
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Continental launches new winter tires
Continental has launched its new WinterContact TS 860 and WinterContact TS 860 S winter tires, according to a press release on 11 September. While the WinterContact TS 860 S is designed for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and high-power vehicles, the TS 860 is ideal for smaller vehicles and midrange models. For vans, light commercial vehicles, and recreational vehicles, Cont...
12-Sep-2018
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