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Suzuki partners with Smartvalue, Marubeni to conduct proof of concept for car sharing service in Japan
Suzuki Motor has teamed up with two Japan-based companies Smartvalue and Marubeni to jointly conduct a proof of concept (POC) for a car sharing service in Toyonaka, in Osaka Prefecture, according to a press release by Marubeni earlier this month. To conduct the POC, Suzuki will offer its compact cars and Smartvalue will provide its Mobility-as-a-Service platform ‘Kuruma ...
18-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: ACEA releases first edition of annual report on progress of zero-emission mobility
European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has released its first edition of annual report on progress of zero-emission mobility in European Union (EU), according to an ACEA press release on 11 September. The 2019 edition of ACEA’s ‘Making the Transition to Zero-Emission Mobility’ report tracks progress made on the key ‘enabling factors’ for a stro...
18-Sep-2019
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South Korea sets aside more than KRW1 trillion in subsidy for purchase of EVs in 2020
South Korea is planning to offer KRW1 trillion (USD827 million) as purchase incentive for battery electric electric (BEV) and fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in 2020, Yonhap News Agency reported earlier this month, citing a government official. Nearly KRW738.2 billion will be for the purchase of BEVs, and around KRW359.3 billion will be for the purchase of FCEVs. The go...
18-Sep-2019
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PowerCell secures follow-on order for fuel cell stack from Chinese supplier
PowerCell has secured a follow-on order from a Chinese supplier for its S2 fuel cell stacks, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. The new order is worth SEK1.3 million (USD134,068). The order will be delivered during the third quarter of this year. The S2 stacks now on order will be integrated in fuel cell systems for use in vehicles by one of the s...
18-Sep-2019
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European automakers call for ramp-up of charging and refueling infrastructure, purchase incentives for EVs
European automakers have called for a comprehensive plan to enable the transition to zero-emission mobility in Europe, according to a press release by European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) on 11 September. Automakers urged that the plan should include a ramp-up of charging and refueling infrastructure, and purchase incentives for EVs to stimulate sales and h...
18-Sep-2019
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Valmet Automotive opens new Center of Competence for fuel-cells
Valmet Automotive has opened a new Center of Competence (CoC) Fuel Cells to accelerate development of fuel cells, the company announced in a press release on 12 September. One of the main products Valmet Automotive is developing in-house is the flat-membrane humidifier. “Our target is clearly set. We want to be one of the leading development service providers in the fiel...
18-Sep-2019
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EV start-up Rivian raises USD350 million from Cox Automotive
US-based electric vehicle (EV) start-up Rivian has raised USD350 million through equity investment from global automotive services company Cox Automotive, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. Rivian informed that it will remain an independent company, and Cox Automotive will add a representative to Rivian’s board. In addition to the investment, the t...
18-Sep-2019
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Electrify Canada opens first HPC station in Toronto
Electrify Canada has opened its first high-power charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) in Toronto, Canada, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. Opened at the Toronto Premium Outlets, the station will feature 350kW DC fast chargers. Electrify Canada will be announcing an additional 31 locations planned across Canada at a later date. “Volkswa...
18-Sep-2019
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Unifor union ends strike at Nemak plant in Canada
The Unifor union has ended its strike at Nemak’s Windsor plant in Ontario, Canada, after it reached an agreement with the supplier’s management, Automotive News reported on 15 September. Unifor members returned to work at the plant for the 11 pm Eastern Time (ET) shift on Sunday.   The deadlock between Nemak and Unifor ended after the Mexico-based supplier agre...
18-Sep-2019
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Aisin AW to build new automatic transmissions plant in US state Texas
Aisin AW Co Ltd. will be locating to a new production facility to produce automatic transmissions in the city of Cibolo in the US state of Texas, the supplier announced in a press release today. At the new Cibolo production facility, which will be referred to as AW Texas, the company has lined up USD400 million in capital investments and plans to hire nearly 900 ...
18-Sep-2019
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Car-sharing service provider SHARE NOW to expand EV fleet in Munich
SHARE NOW, the car-sharing joint venture (JV) of BMW and Daimler established earlier this year, has announced plans to increase its current electric fleet of 85 BMW i3 pure electric cars to 200 by the end of this year, BMW said in a press release earlier this year. BMW signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding this with the Department of Health and Environment o...
18-Sep-2019
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Waymo robotaxis transport 6,300 passengers in first month of operations in US state California
Waymo transported 6,299 passengers in its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans which the Alphabet Group-owned company is operating in California, United States, as part of a robotaxi pilot program, TechCrunch reported on 17 September citing a quarterly filing by Waymo with the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). The company completed 4,678 passenger trip...
18-Sep-2019
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Chrysler recalls 3,427 MY2020 Jeep Gladiator vehicles in US due to replace driveshaft
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling 3,427 units of model year 2020 Jeep Gladiator vehicles in the United States to replace driveshaft, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall is expected to begin 18 October 2019. Significance: In the affected vehicles, the rear drives...
18-Sep-2019
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Ford recalls 90,644 vehicles in US to replace steering gear motor bolts
Ford has issued a recall of 90,644 vehicles in the United States to replace steering gear motor bolts, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall covers model year (MY) 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, MY 2015-2016 Ford Edge, and MY 2016 Lincoln MKX vehicles original...
18-Sep-2019
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BMW recalls 403 Rolls-Royce Cullinan vehicles in US over issue with brake lights
BMW is recalling 403 units of 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan vehicles in the United States over an issue with brake lights, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall is expected to begin 14 October 2019. Significance: The automaker said that the brake lights may not be brig...
18-Sep-2019
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GM partners with Michigan university to understand effectiveness of active safety, driver assistance, advance headlight features on crashes
General Motors (GM) has partnered with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to understand the real-world effectiveness of some of its available active safety, driver assistance, and advanced headlighting features that may prevent or mitigate different types of crashes, the automaker announced in a press release on 9 September. The report studied ...
18-Sep-2019
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Denso opens new R&D center in US state Texas
Japanese supplier Denso has announced that it will invest USD1.3 million to open a new research and development (R&D) lab ‘Texas Innovation and Connected Service Center’ in Plano, Texas in the United States, according to a company press release on 17 September. The new facility will develop connected technologies and vehicle service solutions. The facility, with cl...
18-Sep-2019
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TDK launches new multilayer varistors for automotive Ethernet
TDK has expanded its lineup of multilayer varistors for automotive Ethernet with the addition of AVRH10C221KT1R5YA8, according to a company press release on 17 September. The new product features a very high Electrostatic discharge (ESD) robustness for use in particularly hostile environments. The product is ideal for ESD protection of ECUs networked with automotive Ethern...
18-Sep-2019
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HELLA, China FAW Group strengthen cooperation
German lighting and electronics supplier Hella and Chinese OEM China FAW Group Co., Ltd. (FAW) have agreed to make their joint venture (JV) Changchun Hella Faway Automotive Lighting a strategic partner of the FAW premium brand "Hongqi", Hella announced in a press release on 17 September. This includes providing sophisticated headlamp systems as well as innovative product s...
18-Sep-2019
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DRiV introduces add-on valve technology for passive dampers
Tenneco Inc. owned business DRiV has launched a series of add-on valves that OEMs can use along with passive dampers to improve ride comfort, according to a press release on 17 September. DRiV is a supplier of both original equipment and aftermarket ride performance parts. Significance: This new add-on valve option, called the Monroe® RideRefine™ SDD valve technology...
18-Sep-2019
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New Cadillac CT4 features advanced connectivity technologies
Cadillac unveiled its all-new CT4 premium sedan through a social media campaign last week. According to a company press release on 12 September, the new model year (MY) 2020 sedan features a range of connectivity solutions. This includes a high-definition 8-inch diagonal touchscreen, which is mounted prominently in the center of the instrument panel. Other connectivit...
18-Sep-2019
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Veoneer wins contract to supply thermal cameras for Level 4 autonomous vehicles
Veoneer has secured a contract from a premier carmaker to supply thermal cameras for a Level 4 autonomous vehicle, the company said in a press release on 17 September. The highly autonomous driving system will use multiple high-resolution cameras to enhance the detection of pedestrians, animals, vehicles, motorcycles, bicyclists, and objects to complement the capabilities ...
18-Sep-2019
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Toyota launches redesigned Corolla with hybrid powertrain in Japan
Toyota Motor Corporation has just rolled out their all-new Corolla family of vehicles. This revised lineup includes the Toyota Corolla sedan, the Corolla Sport hatchback and the Corolla Touring station wagon. The Corolla series debuted in 1966 and has remained one of the bestselling car models in automotive history, having sold more than 47 million units in over 150 countr...
18-Sep-2019
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Autonomous vehicle technology start-up Voyage raises USD31 million
Voyage, a US-based autonomous vehicle start-up, has raised USD31 million in Series-B financing, the company said in a blog on Medium. The latest financing round was led by Franklin Templeton with participation from Khosla Ventures, InMotion Ventures and Chevron Technology Ventures. InMotion Ventures, the corporate venture capital (CVC) unit of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), also...
18-Sep-2019
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Size of car-sharing fleet has grown significantly in recent years, says Vulog
The size of the individual car-sharing fleet has increased significantly in recent years amid growing popularity of shared mobility services, according to Vulog which specialises in mobility platform. According to the French start-up, the average size fleet size for a car-sharing scheme was 325 cars in 2015. This grew to 438 cars in 2018 and further projected to reach 546 ...
17-Sep-2019
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MY2020 Toyota 4Runner features new instrument panel with 8-inch touchscreen display
Toyota has debuted a new instrument panel design along with a high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen display in its model year (MY) 2020 4Runner SUV, the automaker said in a press release on 12 September. The automaker is offering greater connectivity in the new SUV with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility. These connectivity features will allow 4Runner ...
17-Sep-2019
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OmniVision presents dual-mode automotive camera module at AutoSens Brussels 2019
OmniVision is presenting a dual-mode automotive camera module that combines its OX03A1Y image sensor with the Arm Mali-C71 image signal processor (ISP), at AutoSens Brussels 2019, the company said in a press release on 16 September. According to the company, its sensor offers superior image quality across all lighting conditions for rear and surround view cameras as w...
17-Sep-2019
Analysis
Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europe, where the decline during the period is seen at above 7%. The diesel emis...
17-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: Daimler showcases updated smart EQ fortwo and EQ forfour all-electric models
Daimler has showcased the updated versions of smart EQ fortwo and EQ forfour all-electric models at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. The display includes new smart fortwo coupé, cabrio and forfour models. All models get a similar motor that produces 160 Nm of torque, 41kW continuous output and 60kW maximum out...
17-Sep-2019
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StreetScooter to produce eLCVs in China in partnership with Chery
StreetScooter has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chinese automaker Chery Holding Group to set up a joint venture (JV) in China for local production, sourcing and development of last-mile electric light commercial vehicles (eLCV) specially tailored to the Chinese market and potentially selected other countries. According to a company press release earlie...
17-Sep-2019
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MY2020 Toyota Prius features Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa
Toyota is offering its model year (MY) 2020 Prius hybrid sedan in the United States with new Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility on all model grades, the automaker said in a press release on 10 September. In addition, the 2020 Prius gets a new 7-inch Toyota Audio with touchscreen display as standard across all trims. Apart from the touchscreen display, ‘Toyot...
17-Sep-2019
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Wipro, Indian Institute of Science to jointly develop solutions for autonomous systems, robotics and 5G
Last month, India-based Wipro partnered with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), to conduct advance applied research in autonomous systems, robotics and 5G technology, the company said in a press release. IISc is India’s premier institution for research and higher education in science and engineering. As part of the partnership, Wipro and IISc jointly established the...
17-Sep-2019
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General Motors recalls 177,276 vehicles in US to reprogram engine control module software
General Motors (GM) has issued a recall of 177,216 vehicles owing to a faulty Engine Control Module (ECM). The affected model in this recall is the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. General Motors will notify owners of the affected vehicles, and GM dealers will then reprogram the ECM software of these vehicles at no extra cost to the owners. Significance: The Engine Control Module...
17-Sep-2019
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Hyundai, EDAG collaborate on development of virtual cockpit and steering wheel
EDAG Group has announced that it had helped the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC), the European technical center of the South Korean automaker, to develop virtual cockpit and steering wheel, the Germany-based automotive engineering service provider said in a press release on 16 September 2019. According to EDAG, its specialists first replaced all of the mechani...
17-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: ZF unveils EVPlus PHEV concept with all-electric range of more than 100 kilometers
ZF has unveiled a EVPlus plug-in hybrid (PHEV) concept at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. The concept car can deliver an all-electric range of more than 100 kilometers on a single charge. “For us, EVplus marks a paradigm change with plug-in hybrids. Thanks to EVplus, the next generation of plug-in hy...
17-Sep-2019
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Eneco eMobility to install up to 1,250 EV charging stations in Rotterdam, Amsterdam
Eneco eMobility has won an order from the municipality of Rotterdam in the Netherlands to install up to 1,250 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the city in the next four years, the company announced on its website. The charging stations will be installed in 23 municipal garages, 5 of which are P&R sites, and in 30 parking garages. Under the agreement, Eneco eM...
17-Sep-2019
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Chengdu Motor Show 2019: Xpeng showcases all-electric P7 coupe
Xpeng Motors has showcased its all-electric P7 coupe at the Chengdu Motor Show 2019 in China, the company announced in a tweet earlier this month. Xpeng Motors has confirmed that it will start the delivery of the P7 coupe in spring 2020. Significance: Xpeng Motors had first showcased the P7 coupe at the Auto Shanghai 2019 in China. The P7 sports a dual motor four-wheel ...
17-Sep-2019
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UAW workers go on strike against GM in US
Nearly 50,000 workers, who are members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Union, went on strike against General Motors (GM) on Sunday mid-night (15 September), demanding higher pay, more benefits, more job security and a greater share of profits, the UAW said in a statement. The union is also pressing GM to agree to limit the use of temporary workers and give them a clearer ...
17-Sep-2019
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Renault unveils updated all-electric Renault ZOE in UK
Renault has unveiled the updated all-electric Renault Zoe for the United Kingdom with bigger lithium-ion battery of 52kWh, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. The updated Zoe has a range of 245 miles (394 kilometers) on a single charge, as per Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). It also gets a more powerful R135 100 kW motor. ...
17-Sep-2019
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BJEV plans to invest USD1.4 billion to establish 3,000 EV battery swap stations in China
Electric car maker Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV) is planning to invest CNY10 billion (USD1.4 billion) in setting up 3,000 battery swap stations in China, China Daily reported on 9 September, citing president of BJEV, Ma Fanglie. The stations will be able to cater to around 500,000 electric vehicles (EV) by the end of 2022. "We plan to invest more than CNY10 billion yuan ...
17-Sep-2019
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General Motors recalls 91,399 vehicles in US to reprogram instrument panel cluster
General Motors (GM) is recalling 91,399 vehicles in the United States over a braking issue, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall covers model year 2019 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles. Significance: In the affected vehicles, the seatbelt-unfastened warni...
17-Sep-2019
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Honda to launch new Power Charger for EV home charging
Honda is showcasing its new Power Charger for electric vehicle (EV) home charging at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. Power Charger allows optimal AC charging. The system offers a maximum output of 7.4kW (single phase power supply) or 22kW (three phase power supply). The automaker said that this output allows Hond...
17-Sep-2019
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Grupo Antolin’s H1 sales drops 1.3% y/y to USD3 billion
Spain-based automotive interiors supplier Grupo Antolin’s sales declined by 1.3% year on year (y/y), to EUR2.7 billion (USD3 billion) in the first six months ended 30 June 2019, according to a company press release on 12 September. The company posted EBITDA of EUR226 million during the first half of 2019. Grupo Antolin’s overheads business unit reported sales of EUR...
17-Sep-2019
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MY 2020 Cadillac CT4 features IntelliBeam automatic high-beam headlamps
Cadillac’s model year 2020 CT4 features LED headlamps with IntelliBeam technology, according to a press release on 12 September. The IntelliBeam automatic high-beam headlamps are available in three of the four variants—Premium Luxury, Sport and V-Series. The IntelliBeam turns the vehicle's high-beam headlamps on and off according to surrounding traffic conditions. The ...
17-Sep-2019
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LANXESS commissions two new production lines at German plant for composite material Tepex
LANXESS’ wholly owned subsidiary Bond-Laminates GmbH has commissioned two new production lines at its site in Brilon, Germany, for Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites, according to a company press release on 16 September. “To accommodate the expansion from six to eight production lines, a new hall covering around 1,500 square meters was constr...
17-Sep-2019
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Synopsis announces new ARC functional safety processor IP to accelerate development of automotive SOC
Synopsys, Inc. has announced new functional safety (FS) derivatives of its processor IP - DesignWare® ARC® to simplify and accelerate the development of automotive system-on-chips (SOCs), according to a company press release on 16 September. The safety-enhanced processor portfolio, which includes the Synopsys DesignWare ARC EM22FS, HS4xFS, and EV7xFS processors, covers a...
17-Sep-2019
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Audi launches new A5 with mild-hybrid powertrain
Audi has launched the newest version of its A5. The A5 product line-up will include the A5 Coupé, the A5 Sportback and the A5 Cabriolet. All three variants will employ mild-hybrid engine technology in order to reduce emission levels and improve fuel economy. Significance: The 3.0 litre TDI diesel engine now features an electric compressor and the car uses a 48 volt pri...
17-Sep-2019
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Osram publishes reasoned opinion on takeover offer from ams
Osram’s executive board and the majority of its supervisory board have published their reasoned opinion on takeover offer from Austrian sensor company ams. According to an Osram press release on 16 September, the company board recommend in their reasoned opinion that Osram shareholders accept the offer, after careful examination and thorough consideration of all advantag...
17-Sep-2019
Analysis
Suppliers to the new Peugeot 208
The second generation Peugeot 208 is assembled at Peugeot's facility in Trnava, Slovakia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Peugeot 208 from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 174,960 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News&...
17-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: ZF Openmatics, Maxion Wheels announce joint development of fully integrated wheel sensor system
Maxion Wheels and Germany-based ZF recently announced that they would jointly develop a smart wheel connectivity system, which would be the world’s very first fully integrated, multi service wheel sensor. This system is meant for use in agricultural machinery and heavy commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses. Significance: The Smart Wheel Connectivity Solution us...
17-Sep-2019
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ACG to invest in new plant in China to produce car mounted display glass
AGC has announced plans to invest in a new plant in Suzhou, China, to produce large 3D/complex shaped cover glass for car mounted displays, the company said in a press release on 12 September. The plant, AGC Automotive (Suzhou) Inc, will have a fully-integrated production line equipped with the latest technologies to handle every stage of the process from optical thin coat...
17-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: EDAG presents innovative touch display to improve safety
At the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, EDAG is presenting an innovative touch display which enhances driver convenience and safety in the vehicle, the company said in a press release on 13 September. The new display, called EDAG Haptic Feedback Actuator System, features fingertip controls for the infotainment and comfort functions in the vehicle. The technology reduces the...
16-Sep-2019
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Automakers voluntarily commit to equipping all vehicles with rear seat reminders by model year 2025
The Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers—the two major associations representing almost all vehicle manufacturers in the United States—have announced their commitment to equipping nearly all their new vehicles in the country with rear seat reminders by model year 2025. The initiative expands upon growing efforts to increase publ...
16-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: SEAT showcases SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV, CUPRA Tavascan concept
SEAT is showcasing its new plug-in hybrid SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV and all-electric CUPRA Tavascan concept at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. SEAT is also displaying the Mii electric all-electric hatchback at the show and announced that pre-sales of the new Mii electric will begin mid-September. The Mii electric can ...
16-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: Honda showcases mass production version of Honda e
Honda is showcasing the mass production version of its first all-electric model Honda e at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. Honda also revealed that the car will be priced starting at GBP26,160, after a Government  Plug-in Car Grant discount, for the 100kW version. In the United Kingdom, Honda has ...
16-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: Mercedes-Benz showcases plug-in hybrid GLE and GLC SUVs
Mercedes-Benz is showcasing its plug-in hybrid versions of GLE and GLC sport utility vehicles (SUV) at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, the company announced in a press release on 9 September. The GLE 350 de 4MATIC is powered by 2L 4-cylinder diesel engine and a 100kW electric motor, which together generate 320 hp power and 700 Nm of torque. It gets a 31.2 kWh battery en...
16-Sep-2019
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16-Sep-2019
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JTEKT strengthens software development in steering business
In addition to increasing the development of electronic components for their electric power steering (EPS) systems, Japanese auto component major JTEKT is also strengthening its software development capabilities in a direct response to more high performance demands on their steering systems. The company is hiring new employees and began software development at its Higashi ...
16-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: BYTON showcases all-electric SUV M-Byte
Electric vehicle (EV) startup BYTON has showcased its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) M-Byte at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, according to a company press release on 10 September. The BYTON M-Byte will be offered with two battery options. The SUV will come with a 72 kWh battery which will give it a range of 224 miles (360 km) as per WLTP, and an extended vers...
16-Sep-2019
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Honda plans to sell only electrified models in Europe by 2025
Honda has said that it plans to electrify 100% of its European automobile sales by 2025, according to a company press release on 10 September. Honda made the announcement at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Significance: The announcement points to an acceleration of Honda’s electrification plans in Europe. In 2017, Honda  said that it expected&n...
16-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: Ford presents range of electrified vehicles
Ford is showcasing a range of its electrified vehicles at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. Among the electrified vehicles now being showcased in Frankfurt are the all-new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid and all-new Explorer Plug-In Hybrid SUVs, as well as the new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid people-mover, the new ...
16-Sep-2019
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Foresight Autonomous partners with Wuhan Guide Infrared for QuadSight Vision System in Chinese market
Foresight Autonomous Holdings has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China-based Wuhan Guide Infrared Co Ltd to collaborate on development, marketing and distribution of Foresight’s QuadSight vision systems, incorporating Guide Infrared’s solutions in the Chinese market, Israel-based Foresight announced on 13 September. Guide develops, produce...
16-Sep-2019
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Diesel car registrations across EU down 16.4% y-o-y to 1.3 million units in Q2 2019
New diesel vehicle registrations across the European Union (EU) have slipped further in the second quarter of 2019. With new diesel car registrations having plummeted by 16.4% to 1.3 million units being sold in Q2 of this year, almost 60% of new cars that were registered during this time period were petrol-powered. Significance: The EU market share held by diesel powere...
16-Sep-2019
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Cadillac to offer ‘Super Cruise’ hands-free driving feature in new CT4 sports sedan next year
Cadillac will offer ‘Super Cruise’ driver assistance feature in its all-new CT4 sports sedan next year, the automaker said in a press release on 12 September. The technology will enable the CT4 drivers to drive hands-free on an expanded range of more than 200,000 miles of compatible highways in the United States and Canada. Significance: Cadillac debuted its Super C...
16-Sep-2019
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Yanfeng, IEE to jointly develop smart cabin solutions for autonomous vehicles
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is collaborating with Luxemburg-based sensor specialist IEE to develop ‘Active Space’, an integrated technology vision for the vehicle interiors of the future, the company said in a press release earlier this month. The Chinese automotive interior supplier showcased ‘Active Space’ in its Experience In Motion 2020 (XiM20) concept car at ...
16-Sep-2019
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LG Innotek to introduce C-V2X modules at Automotive World Nagoya 2019 in Japan
LG Innotek will introduce V2X modules, including C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) as well as Bluetooth / Wi-Fi modules, cellular modules, and low-power Bluetooth solutions at the Automotive World Nagoya 2019 in Japan this week, according to a press release on 15 September. At the show, the company will launch its C-V2X module, which can use mobile communication techn...
16-Sep-2019
News
IAA 2019: Velodyne demonstrates integration of Velarray lidar sensors in high-end vehicles
At the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, Velodyne is displaying the integration of its Velarray lidar sensors into a premium electric vehicle, the US-based lidar supplier said in a press release on 14 September. The company’s Velarray lidar sensors are placed behind the vehicle’s windshield for flowless integration. As a result of the streamline integration, Velarray sen...
16-Sep-2019
News
Chrysler recalls 693,128 vehicles in US repair the tailgate latch
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FAC) is recalling 693,128 vehicles in the United States to repair the tailgate latch, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. The recall covers model year (MY) 2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks equipped with an 8-foot bed and a power locking tailgate. The aut...
16-Sep-2019
News
Toyota recalls 82,756 vehicles in Australia airbags issue
Toyota is recalling 82,756 vehicles in Australia over defective airbags, according to a notice by Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 15 September. The recall affects model year 2001-2003 Toyota Avensis ACM20; MY 2001-2007 Corolla ZZE122; MY  2003-2005 Corolla ZZE123; and MY 2006-2011 Yaris Sedan NCP93. The latest recall is an expansion of a rec...
16-Sep-2019
News
Ford recalls more than 300,000 vehicles in North America over sharp seat frame edge
Ford has issued a safety recall for 338,332 units of model year 2007 Ford Explorer vehicles in North America over an improperly coined seat-frame edge, the automaker announced on 13 September. The recall affects 311,907 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 23,380 in Canada and 3,045 in Mexico. Significance: Ford informed that the affected vehicles are ...
16-Sep-2019
News
Vedanta Aluminium launches ‘Primary Foundry Alloy’ for auto industry
Vedanta Aluminium has launched ‘Primary Foundry Alloy’ (PFA) for the Indian automotive industry, according to a report by Autocar Professional on 14 September. The company has become the "first primary aluminum producer" to supply the raw material for alloy wheels in the country with the unveiling of the product, it said in a statement. The new line will create a PFA c...
16-Sep-2019
News
IAA 2019: IONITY introduces new high-power EV charger
IONITY has introduced its innovative ‘High-Power’ charger (HPC) for electric vehicles (EV) at the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, the company said on 10 September. IONITY’s technology partner Tritium is the first manufacturer to industrialize the new IONITY High-Power charger on a large scale with its market leading 350kW capacity. “We are confident our new IONI...
16-Sep-2019
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ACG to invest in new plant in China to produce car mounted display glass
AGC has announced plans to invest in a new plant in Suzhou, China, to produce large 3D/complex shaped cover glass for car mounted displays, the company said in a press release on 12 September. The plant, AGC Automotive (Suzhou) Inc, will have a fully-integrated production line equipped with the latest technologies to handle every stage of the process from optical thin coat...
16-Sep-2019
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LG Innotek to present LED lighting solution at Automotive World Nagoya 2019 in Japan
LG Innotek will present its newly developed Nexlide series, the next generation vehicle LED light sources at the Automotive World Nagoya 2019 in Japan this week, according to a company press release on 15 September. The 3D flexible lighting module is made by attaching several LED packages to a thin substrate. The company applied the LED packages, which spreads light around...
16-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: Great Wall Motor subsidiary HYCET showcases next-gen I-era powertrain technology
HYCET, a China-based auto components manufacturer that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chinese automobile manufacturer Great Wall Motor, has unveiled their latest transmission unit called 9HDCT, an all-new electric drive system called “I-era”, and other next generation components at the recently concluded 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. The company is the onl...
16-Sep-2019
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Veoneer to support Thatcham Research in developing guidelines for autonomous vehicles in UK
Veoneer has announced its support for an initiative by Thatcham Research to develop the world’s first guidelines for safe introduction of autonomous driving systems, the Swedish supplier said in a press release on 11 September. The guidelines by the UK-based motor insurers’ automotive research center is expected to minimize bumps in the road on the journey towards full...
16-Sep-2019
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Cadillac CT4 sport sedan features active thermal management system
Cadillac is offering an active thermal management system in its new model year (MY) 2020 CT4, the company announced on 12 September. The MY2020 CT4 also features an integrated exhaust manifold and an efficient electric water pump for better thermal management of powertrain and within cabin respectively. The 2020 CT4 will be available for ordering later this year. S...
13-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: Preh presents latest HMI trends
Preh is showcasing its latest development in the field of human-machine interfaces (HMI) at the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, the company said on 11 September. The company’s displays at the event include a door control module and a fingerprint sensor that can be integrated into various HMIs. Preh’s new door control module can be realized with different surfac...
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MAHLE tests engine components and filters for compatibility with e-fuels
MAHLE is testing its engine components and filters for compatibility with various e-fuels, the company announced on 12 September. According to MAHLE, results show that many of the MAHLE materials and components that have been tested so far are “e-fuel ready”. MAHLE is examining the resistance of components and materials when using fuel blends with e-fuels that ...
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Eramet, BASF, and SUEZ partner for recycling of lithium-ion batteries
BASF, Eramet, and SUEZ have partnered to develop an innovative closed-loop process for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries, the companies announced in a joint press release on 11 September. The battery recycling project, called Recycling Li-ion batteries for electric Vehicle ( ReLieVe), led by Eramet, has been selected by European Union (EU) for funding. The three ...
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Opel to offer electric versions of Combo Life, Combo Cargo, Zafira Life, and Vivaro by 2021
Opel is planning to offer electric versions of its light commercial vehicles (LCV) Combo Life, Combo Cargo, Zafira Life, and Vivaro by 2021, the company announced on 10 September. Apart from an electric variant, Zafira Life will also get a fuel cell powertrain. “Opel will be sustainably profitable, global, and electric. By 2024, all Opel models will be electrified. Elect...
13-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: Webasto presents electromobility solutions
Webasto is showcasing its range of solutions in the field of electromobility at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the company announced on 10 September. The display includes high-voltage heaters and battery systems, electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, and roof systems for electric and hybrid vehicles. Significance: Webasto is a manufacturer of thermal-...
13-Sep-2019
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Diodes launches miniature automotive MOSFETs
Diodes has unveiled miniature automotive MOSFETs (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor), a 40 V-rated DMTH4008LFDFWQ and a 60 V-rated DMTH6016LFDFWQ, the company said on 12 September. Both devices are qualified to handle temperature of up to 175°C and packaged in the sidewall plated DFN2020, making them suitable for use in high ambient temperature enviro...
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C2A Security develops cyber-security solutions for connected and automated vehicles in partnership with NXP
C2A Security has unveiled an automotive security solution, developed in collaboration with NXP, Autocar Professional reported on 13 September citing an announcement by C2A Security. C2A developed the security solution by using NXP Semiconductors’ secure controller area network (CAN) transceivers. The solution enables OEMs to utilize both the software and hardware secu...
13-Sep-2019
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Three US states get DoT funding for research on autonomous vehicle technology
The US Department of Transportation (DoT) has provided funding to advance research and testing of autonomous vehicle technology, Automotive News reported citing announcements from representatives this week. While representatives from Ohio and Michigan confirmed receiving USD7.5 million in grant funding from the DOT, the Virginia representative said its Virginia Tech T...
13-Sep-2019
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IAA 2019: Rheinmetall showcases solutions for low-emission combustion engines, electrified vehicles
Rheinmetall is showcasing its solutions for low-emission combustion engines and electrified vehicles under its Kolbenschmidt and Pierburg brands at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the company announced on 11 September. In the field of e-mobility, display will include components for battery-powered driving and electric high-voltage traction units;&nb...
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UK government to invest USD492.8 million for EV charging infrastructure
The United Kingdom is planning to set up a GBP400 million (USD492.8 million) fund to develop rapid charging infrastructure points for electric vehicles (EVs) in the country, according to a government press release on 10 September. Initially, GBP70 million will be invested for setting up 3,000 new rapid charge points by 2024. A review is currently underway to explore the pr...
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Power Integrations launches 200 V QSpeed diodes for in-vehicle audio systems
Power Integrations has launched two 200 V QSpeed diodes – LQ10N200CQ and LQ20N200CQ – for in-vehicle audio systems, the company said on 10 September. The diodes are available with AEC-Q101 automotive qualification. AEC-Q101 stress test qualification is defined as the successful completion of the test under the Automotive Electronics Council’s (AEC...
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IAA 2019: OSR Enterprises, JLR collaborate to enhance ADAS, automated driving, and connected technologies
OSR Enterprises has teamed up with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to develop advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), automated driving, and connected technologies, the company said on 12 September. It will also integrate its fourth-generation is the multi-domain artificial intelligence (AI) brain, the ‘EVOLVER’, with the JLR I-PACE all electric SUV. It will be showcas...
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MARELLI to stop production at four plants in Japan
MARELLI has announced plans to reorganize its production bases in Japan, the company said on 12 September. The planned move will result in the group’s company Calsonic Kansei Tochigi Corporation ceasing production at its Tochigi and Sano plants, both in Tochigi Prefecture, at the end of February 2020. The company’s Tochigi plant produces cockpit module parts and interi...
13-Sep-2019
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General Motors recalls 19,342 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags
General Motors (GM) is recalling 19,342 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada last month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2005–2008 Pontiac Vibe vehicles. Significance: According to the automaker, the latest recall involves the replacement airbags that were installed after the original airbags we...
13-Sep-2019
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EVA+ project opens 200 EV fast charging stations in Italy and Austria
The EVA+ project (Electric Vehicles Arteries in Italy and Austria) has announced the opening of 200 electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, providing 400 charging points to customers on the main long-distance roads of Italy and Austria, according to Enel’s press release on 12 September. All 200, 50 kW fast charging stations have gone on line. The EVA+ charging...
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Borealis starts construction of new plant in Belgium to produce propylene
Borealis broke ground on its new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Belgium, according to a company press release on 10 September. The company is investing about EUR1 billion (USD1.1 billion) over the course of the project. Located at the existing Borealis production site in Kallo, Belgium, the new facility will have an annual production capacity of 750,000 metric tonn...
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CEZ partners with Driivz for EV charging infrastructure management in Czech Republic
Integrated multinational energy conglomerate CEZ Group has selected global electric vehicle (EV) software firm Driivz to manage its EV charging infrastructure in the Czech Republic, Driivz said on 10 September. Driivz will manage the utility’s existing EV charging infrastructure and its expansion plans through its platform. A wide range of modules from the company’s pl...
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IAA 2019: Schaeffler introduces XTRONIC control unit for autonomous driving
Schaeffler is presenting its XTRONIC control unit for autonomous driving at the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, the company said on 12 September. The control unit integrates safety, monitoring, operating, and comfort functions in a single system. The system combines a range of interlinked and integrated components and is fully independent of vehicle platform type. The...
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Toyota recalls 55,399 vehicles in Canada to replace passenger front airbag
Toyota is recalling 55,399 vehicles in Canada to replace passenger front airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada last month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2003–2004 Corolla and MY 2005–2008 Matrix vehicles. Significance: The affected vehicles had already received airbag replacements as part of previous Takata airbag inflator re...
13-Sep-2019
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Bridgestone supplies Ecopia tire for 2020 Ford Escape
Bridgestone Americas will supply original equipment fitment tires for select models of the 2020 Ford Escape sport utility vehicle (SUV), the US subsidiary of Bridgestone said on 12 September. The Japanese tiremaker is supplying Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire for the Titanium and Titanium Hybrid models of the 2020 Ford Escape in size 225/55R19. In addition, Bridgestone Ecopia H/L...
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Hitachi Automotive supplies stereo camera with night-time pedestrian detection to Suzuki’s Carry pickup truck
Hitachi Automotive Systems is supplying a stereo camera with night time pedestrian detection function in Suzuki’s new Carry pick-up truck, the company said on 12 September. The new pickup truck with updated safety features is expected to go on sale in Japan later this month. Hitachi Automotive claims that the new Suzuki Carry is the first light pickup truck to ...
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ZF considers options to divest stake in Haldex
ZF is considering options to divest its 20% stake in Haldex, the company announced on 12 September. The German automotive supplier is the largest shareholder in the Sweden-based braking system manufacturer for commercial vehicles owning 8.9 million shares through its through its subsidiary, ZF International BV. Haldex has welcomed ZF’s move. “This is a message ...
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IAA 2019: Audi unveils AI: TRIAL electric offroad concept car
Audi is presenting its AI: TRAIL electric offroad concept car at the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, the company said on 10 September. The electric offroad concept has an exterior length of 4.15 m, width of 2.15 m, and a roof height of 1.17 m, as well as sports-large 22-inch wheels to reflect its off-road capability. The concept’s windshield wraps around its fr...
13-Sep-2019
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