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Continental opens new powertrain plant in China
Continental has opened a new powertrain plant in Wuhu, China, for a variety of drivetrain products, including thermal management components, as well as sensors and actuators for internal combustion engines and new energy vehicles, the company announced on 18 July. Continental has invested EUR28 million (USD31.4 million) in the first phase of the new plant, which ...
19-Jul-2019
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Hyundai develops new transmission technology for hybrids
Hyundai Motor Group has developed Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission technology for its hybrid vehicles, the company announced on 18 July. The ASC reduces shift timing by 30% from 500 ms to 350 ms. The new technology will premiere in the upcoming Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and eventually benefit other upcoming Hyundai and Kia hybrids. “The development of world’...
19-Jul-2019
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Ford recalls 400 vehicles in Canada over seatbelt issue
Ford is recalling 400 units of model year 2019 Ranger vehicles in Canada because of a seatbelt issue, according to a recall notice on 11 July on the website of Transport Canada. The issue also affects about 7,580 vehicles in the US. Significance: In certain Ranger SuperCab models, the front-passenger seatbelt may not be assembled correctly. According to the recall ...
19-Jul-2019
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Nissan recalls 91,319 Titan pickup trucks in US over potential electrical issues
Nissan is recalling 91,319 units of its Titan pickup trucks in the US because of potential electrical issues, according to a NHTSA recall notice. The recall affects model year 2017–19 Nissan Titan vehicles. The recall also only affects light-duty models with gasoline engines, so diesels and Titan XD variants are unaffected. Significance: In the affected vehicles, the ...
19-Jul-2019
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All-new Lotus Evija features main and dipped beam laser lighting technology
Lotus’s new all-electric hypercar ‘Evija’ will feature main and dipped beam laser lighting technology, the automaker announced on 16 July. Lotus claims that its new Evija is the first production road car in the world to feature laser lights for both main and dipped beams. Significance: The lighting modules, produced by Osram, are compact and offer a supe...
19-Jul-2019
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Kumho supplies OE tires for all-new Kia Seltos compact SUV
South Korea-based Kumho Tire is supplying its high-performance Ecsta HS51 tire as an original equipment (OE) fitment for the new Kia Seltos compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Europe, the company announced on 17 July. Kumho will supply tires in sizes 205/60 R16 92H, 215/55 R17 94V, and 235/45 R18 94V. Ins Kim, senior vice-president, Kumho Tire Original Equi...
19-Jul-2019
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Asahi Kasei to increase production capacity for artificial suede ‘Lamous’ in Japan
Asahi Kasei has decided to increase production capacity for its Lamous artificial suede in its Nobeoka plant in Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan, according to a company press release on 17 July. The company will increase its production capacity by 4 million m2 per year, bringing total production capacity to 14 million m2 per year upon completion in 2021. The company infor...
19-Jul-2019
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Haldex’s Q2 net income down 19.7% y/y to USD5.3 million
Haldex’s net income declined 19.7% year on year (y/y) to SEK49 million (USD5.3 million) in the second quarter ending 30 June, the Sweden-based automotive parts supplier said on 18 July. Net sales for the period increased 1.2% y/y to SEK1.4 billion. Despite higher sales, operating income dropped 28.4% y/y to SEK97 million and its operating margin was 5.3% c...
19-Jul-2019
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PPG’s Q2 net income down 26.7% y/y to USD272 million
PPG has reported a 26.7% year on year (y/y) fall in net income to USD272 million for the second quarter ending 30 June, according to a company press release on 18 July. The company’s income before income taxes declined 24.2% y/y to USD363 million, while net sales for the period declined 2.5% y/y to USD4 billion. In terms of business segments, sales in the Performanc...
19-Jul-2019
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Chinese city Chongqing to launch zone for 5G-based autonomous driving trials
Chongqing municipality in southwest China will launch a pilot zone for 5G-based autonomous driving next month, reported Xinhua News Agency on 17 July, citing the China Autonomous Technology & Research Center, a co-founder of the zone. The pilot zone will feature SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle testing capability. It will have a closed test area covering 470,00...
18-Jul-2019
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Scope Technology, Microsoft collaborate to accelerate development of connected car solutions
Scope Technologies has partnered with Microsoft to accelerate the development of connected car solutions, the company said in a press release on 17 July. As part of the partnership, Scope will migrate to Microsoft Azure to enhance their enterprise solutions. The two partners will also promote research and development (R&D) collaboration on artificial intelligence (AI) ...
18-Jul-2019
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Protean Electric develops electric drive concept with 360º steering capability
Protean Electric has developed an electric drive ‘corner module’ concept that integrates powertrain, steering and suspension technologies in a single product for use in next-generation urban transport vehicles, the company said in a press release today (18 July). The module, called Protean360+, offers continues 360º steering capability. The ability of each wheel ...
18-Jul-2019
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Nissan, Dongfeng JV to launch electric pickup truck in China
Nissan is planning to launch a new all-electric pickup truck ‘Dongfeng Rich 6 EV’ in China through its joint venture (JV) with Dongfeng Motor Corporation, news website electrek reported on 16 July. The pickup is equipped with a single motor which generates 160 hp and 420 Nm of torque. Dongfeng Rich 6 EV also gets a 68kWh battery which gives it a range of 403 kilometers...
18-Jul-2019
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Geely’s ride-hailing unit Caocao to launch car-sharing service in China in September
Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is gearing up to launch a car-sharing service in China in September this year through its ride-hailing unit, Caocao Chuxing, according to a report by Automotive News China on 15 July. Caocao will initially hire owners of the Geely brand vehicles for its car-sharing service. The car-sharing fleet will feature more than 20 ...
18-Jul-2019
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South Korea's electrified vehicle exports grow 33.1% on average between 2012 and 2018
South Korea’s export of electrified vehicles grew 33.1% on average between 2012 and 2018 to 196,000 units, The Korea Herald reported on 16 July citing data from the Korea Automobile Manufacturer Association. Electrified vehicle exports accounted for 8% of total automotive exports from South Korea in 2018. Share of hybrids in the electrified vehicle exports was 80.3% over...
18-Jul-2019
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SEAT to offer corporate car-sharing service in Madrid through Respiro
SEAT has announced plans to offer corporate car-sharing service in Madrid, Spain, through Respiro, a start-up the Spanish carmaker acquired last year, the company said in a press release on 16 July. Following the launch of corporate car-sharing service in the capital, the company will offer its mobility solutions in several Spanish cities. Cuatrecasas, a law firm, will ...
18-Jul-2019
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USABC awards USD7.5 million to NanoGraf Technologies for commercialization of high-energy anode materials
United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has awarded a USD7.5 million technology development contract to NanoGraf Technologies for commercialization of high-energy anode materials, USABC announced in a press release on 17 July. The funding covers 50% of the cost of a 36-month project which started this month. The project aims to advance the commercialization o...
18-Jul-2019
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SKF's H1 net sales up 1.3% y/y to USD4.7 billion
SKF has reported a growth of 1.3% y/y (year on year) in its net sales to SEK43.76 billion for the first half ended 30 June 2019, according to a company press release on 17 July. Operating profit during the 6-month period, however, fell by 6.3% y/y to SEK5.2 billion. Profit before tax also declined 9.6% y/y to SEK4.7 billion. During the second quarter, net sales wit...
18-Jul-2019
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Nemak’s Q2 net income up 75% y/y to USD42 million
Lightweighting solutions provider Nemak has reported a 75% year-on-year (y/y) increase in net income to USD42 million for the second quarter ended 30 June 2019, according to a company press release on 17 July. Revenues for the quarter, however, declined 18.4% y/y to USD1 billion, driving a 33.3% y/y drop in operating income to USD90 million. EBITDA for the period amounted ...
18-Jul-2019
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Georg Fischer’s H1 2019 sales down 20% y/y to USD1.9 billion
Georg Fischer (GF) has reported a 20% year-on-year (y/y) decline in sales to CHF1.9 billion (USD1.9 billion) for the first half ended 30 June 2019. According to a company press release on 18 July, organically, sales declined 5.5% y/y. EBIT for the period also fell 33.1% y/y to CHF139 million, and EBITDA dropped 23.4% y/y to CHF216 million. Sales of GF Casting Solutions ...
18-Jul-2019
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Textron’s Q2 net income down 3% y/y to USD217 million
Textron’s net income fell 3% year-on-year (y/y) to USD217 million in the second quarter ended 29 June 2019, according to a company press release yesterday (17 July). Revenues for the period totaled USD3.2 billion, down 13.4% y/y. Segment profit was also down 2% y/y to USD339 million. The company’s ‘Industrial’ business segment offers products for the automotive ind...
18-Jul-2019
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Johnson Matthey appoints Joan Braca as chief executive of Clean Air Sector
Johnson Matthey has appointed Joan Braca as the new chief executive of Clean Air Sector, the company announced in a press release on 17 July. Joan will succeed John Walker, executive director and Chief Executive of Clear Air Sector, who will retire from the company and step down from the board on 31st March 2020. Braca’s appointment will be effective from 1 October 2019 ...
18-Jul-2019
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TomTom Q2 revenue up 12% y/y to USD239.6 million
TomTom has reported 12% year-over-year (y/y) increase in revenue to EUR210.8 million (USD239.6 million) in the second quarter ended 30 June 2018, the company said in a press release on 17 July. Strong growth in sales was driven by Location Technology business which reported 25% y/y increase in revenue to EUR116.1 million and accounted for 55% of total revenue in the quarte...
18-Jul-2019
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Skoda launches MY2020 Karoq, Kodiaq SUVs with Side Assist, optional adaptive chassis
Skoda has launched its model year (MY) 2020 Karoq and Kodiaq sport-utility vehicle (SUV) models with enhanced features to deliver greater safety and driving comfort, the company said in a press release on 17 July. The Czech Republic-based automaker is offering both SUV models with Side Assist, replacing the previous Blind Spot Detection, also offered in both models. The...
18-Jul-2019
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IAC invests USD250 million in peer-to-peer car-sharing platform Turo
Internet and media holding company IAC has invested USD250 million in peer-to-peer car-sharing platform Turo, according to a blog by Turo CEO Andre Haddad. The US-based IAC invested in Turo through participating in its Series E financing round, at a valuation of over USD1 billion. With the latest funding round, Turo has raised a total of USD450 million. The company pl...
18-Jul-2019
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Audi to manufacture e-tron GT at Böllinger Höfe plant in Germany from 2020
Audi is planning to manufacture its all-electric e-tron GT at its Böllinger Höfe production facility late 2020, the company announced in a press release on 17 July. Audi is currently carrying out the construction for preparing the plant for the new model. The modification work is scheduled to be completed by fall 2019. “Since the Böllinger Höfe was already creat...
18-Jul-2019
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Canada awards CAD4.6 million to Petro-Canada to set up EV chargers
The government of Canada has awarded CAD4.6 million (USD3.5 million) to Petro-Canada to set up electric vehicle (EV) chargers in the country, it announced in a press release on 11 July. Petro-Canada will use the funds to install 92 EV fast chargers in its coast-to-coast network. “Our government is making historic investments in green infrastructure, helping us to move...
18-Jul-2019
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Indian government invites bids for 1,000 EV charging stations under FAME-II scheme
The Indian government has invited bids for installation of 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the country under the second phase of its 'Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India’ (FAME-II), according to a Department of Heavy Industry notice on 12 July. The chargers will be installed in cities which have million plus population (2011 c...
18-Jul-2019
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Panasonic develops large-capacitance conductive polymer hybrid aluminum electrolytic capacitors for ECUs
Panasonic has developed a new ‘ZKU’ series of large-capacitance conductive polymer hybrid aluminum electrolytic capacitors for use in automotive electronic control units (ECU), according to a company press release on 16 July. The company informed that it will launch mass production of the new series in August 2019. The ZKU series is ideal for use in a wide range of app...
18-Jul-2019
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Teijin, AEV Robotics to jointly develop lightweight components and solutions
Japan-based Teijin Limited has signed a joint development agreement with an Australian venture AEV Robotics (AEV) to develop lightweight components for vehicles, according to a company press release on 16 July. The two companies will use the first two years of this initiative to develop elemental technologies for the envisioned vehicle. “The agreement is to create lightw...
18-Jul-2019
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Ferrari recalls 200 vehicles in China to replace airbag ECU
Ferrari is recalling 200 units of imported 458 Speciale A, California T, 488 GTB and 488 Spider series vehicles in China over an issue with the airbag electronic control unit (ECU), according to a recall notice on 12 July on the website of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ). Significance: In the affected vehicles, the ECU m...
18-Jul-2019
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Nemak to cease manufacturing operations at Canadian plant by mid-2020
Lightweighting solutions provider for the automotive industry Nemak announced on 16 July its decision to cease manufacturing operations in Windsor, Canada, by mid-2020, according to a press release. "Given our outlook on capacity utilization and volumes in Windsor, we have made the decision to end production at this facility,” said Armando Tamez, CEO of Nemak. "We are...
18-Jul-2019
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HBPO to build new plant in Germany to produce front-end modules for Daimler
HBPO announced plans to build a new plant in Germany to manufacture front-end modules for Daimler, according to a company press release. The new plant located in Saarland, Germany, is expected to start series production in September 2020. The company informed that the new plant in Kleinblittersdorf near Saarbrücken is currently still under construction. The foundation sto...
18-Jul-2019
Analysis
2018 Global plug-in electric vehicle index
Overview 2018 was a year of sustained growth for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). OEMs around the world exhibited an increased commitment towards improving their uptake, with global PEV market share increasing from 1.4% in 2017 to 2.2% in 2018 . This is backed by a 55% increase in PEV production year-on-year. Graham Evans, Principal Analyst at IHS Markit, discussed ...
18-Jul-2019
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Intel introduces new AI chip system to power autonomous vehicles
Intel has unveiled a new artificial intelligence (AI) chip called “Pohoiki Beach” for research community to scale up neural-inspired algorithms, the company said in a press release on 15 July. The new chip is a 64-chip computer capable of simulating 8-million neurons in total. According to Intel, the new chip will enable researchers to experiment with its brain-inspire...
17-Jul-2019
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China proposes higher NEV credits from 2021 to 2023
China has proposed increasing the new energy vehicle (NEV) credit requirement in 2021 to 14%, which will further rise to 16% in 2022 and 18% in 2023, according to a report by Auto News Herald on 11 July. According to the proposal, automakers will need to get NEV credits equivalent to 14% of annual sales in 2019, going up 2% every year up to 2023. According to the report, d...
17-Jul-2019
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Autonomous vehicle trials begin in Australia’s Munno Para city
Autonomous vehicle trials have started in South Australia to offer a first and last mile service between the Playford Alive township and the Munno Para train station, the government of South Australia said in a press release on 16 July. The trial is using the EasyMile EZ10 electric driverless shuttle to carry passengers from the Munno Para station railway station to the Pl...
17-Jul-2019
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Fiat Chrysler starts building new assembly line at Turin plant in Italy to produce Fiat 500 EVs
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has started building a new assembly line at its Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy, to manufacture the all-electric Fiat 500, Reuters reported on 11 July, citing Pietro Gorlier, FCA’s chief operating officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa. FCA is planning to invest EUR700 million in the plant which is expected to produce 80,000 electric 5...
17-Jul-2019
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Groupe Renault, Jiangling Motors establish new JV for NEVs in China
Groupe Renault and Jiangling Motors Corporation Group (JMCG) have officially established a new joint venture (JV) for new energy vehicles (NEV) in China, the French automaker announced in a press release today (17 July). Groupe Renault will increase its share capital by CNY1 billion (USD145.3 million) to become a major shareholder of JMEV with a 50% stake. “China is a...
17-Jul-2019
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Lotus unveils all-electric hypercar 'Evija'
Lotus has unveiled its all-electric hypercar ‘Evija’ in London, according to a company press release on 16 July. The hypercar gets a mid-mounted 2,000-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack which gives it a range of 250 miles (400 kilometers). Lotus said that with target figures of 2,000 PS of power and 1,700 Nm of torque, the Lotus Evija will be the world’s most powerful...
17-Jul-2019
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Mahle installs 100 EV charging points at headquarters in Germany
Mahle, through its corporate start-up chargeBIG, has installed 100 charging points for electric vehicles (EV) in the company’s own parking garage in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 16 July. The development of the charging infrastructure in Mahle’s parking garage is the result of a project funded by the German Federal Minist...
17-Jul-2019
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Hyundai plans to develop new EV platform for Indian market
Hyundai plans to develop a new electric vehicle (EV) platform for the Indian market, The Times of India reported on 16 June, citing S S Kim, managing director of Hyundai Motor India. The South Korean automaker is considering investing INR200 billion (USD291.5 million) to develop an affordable EV, priced around INR1 million (USD14,575). The EV could be a compact SUV, althou...
17-Jul-2019
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Eyesight partners with Chinese tier-1 supplier to launch DriverSense driver monitoring system in China
Eyesight Technologies has partnered with a China-based tier-1 supplier to supply its DriverSense driver monitoring systems to automakers in the Chinese automotive market, the company said in a press release on 16 July. Eyesight has not disclosed the identity of its new partner, only saying that the company is a “well known, publicly-traded” tier-1 supplier. “Imp...
17-Jul-2019
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Enel X launches new e-mobility business unit in North America
Italian multinational energy company Enel Group has launched its new electric mobility unit in North America by integrating the company’s US-based electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions subsidiary, formerly known as eMotorWerks, into the Enel X brand, according to a company press release on 12 July. With the launch of this new unit, the company will add JuicePass, E...
17-Jul-2019
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Porsche recalls 57,200 cars in China over gearbox issues
Porsche is recalling 52,700 units of Panamera and Cayenne models in China over issue with gearbox issues, according to a recall notice on 12 July on the website of General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ). The recall affects 11,515 units of Cayennes produced between 7 July 2008 and 5 February 2010, and 45,685 units of Panameras manu...
17-Jul-2019
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Tropos Motors to sell all-electric compact utility vehicles in Europe, other markets
Tropos Motors is planning to sell its all-electric compact utility vehicles (CUV) in Europe and other global markets, the company announced in a press release on 9 July. Tropos Motor has partnered with MOSOLF Group, an automotive logistics and service providers, to form Tropos Motors Europe which will sell Tropos Motors-branded all-electric CUVs and trucks in Europe. Based...
17-Jul-2019
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Toyota partners with CATL for NEV battery sourcing and development
Toyota Motors has partnered with Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) for sourcing batteries for new energy vehicles (NEV), development of new battery system technologies and improvements to the quality of current cell technology, the automaker announced in a press release today (17 July). Under the partnership, the two companies will also collabora...
17-Jul-2019
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ZF develops new electric 2-Speed transmission for cars
German auto component manufacturer ZF has developed a new electric 2-speed transmission for electric passenger cars, the company announced in a press release. The 2-speed electric drive integrates an advanced electric motor with a shift element and appropriate power electronics, enabling better energy conversion efficiency compared to previous e-drives. “For electric ...
17-Jul-2019
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PSA, CTAG test V2I communications in Spanish city Vigo
Groupe PSA and CATG (Technological Center of the Automobile of Galicia) are testing vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technologies in Vigo, Spain, the French automaker said in a press release on 16 July. The tests carried out in Vigo aim to see how vehicles can communicate with the surrounding infrastructure in a complex urban environment. According to PSA, the...
17-Jul-2019
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Valeo wins lidar sensor orders worth USD561 million from four global auto groups
Valeo has won orders worth EUR500 million (USD561 million) for lidar sensors from four global automotive groups, Reuters reported earlier this month citing an interview with Marc Vrecko, president of Comfort and Driving Assistance Business Group. “Those EUR500 million of orders with four major global auto groups will probably eventually represent between EUR1 to 1.5 bill...
17-Jul-2019
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Toyota begins testing automated driving on public roads in Europe
Toyota has started testing its automated driving technology on public roads in Europe, the company said in a press release on 11 July. Toyota Motor Europe (TME), the European subsidiary of the Japan-based automaker, is testing its in-house developed automated driving system in a real life urban setting, in the city center of Brussels, Belgium. The automated driving tech...
17-Jul-2019
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Denso opens new innovation lab in US city Seattle to strengthen development of connected technologies
Denso has opened an innovation lab in Seattle, Washington, United States, which will focus on developing connected technologies and advance its Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform, the company said in a press release today (17 July). The Seattle Innovation Lab supports Denso’s recent expansion into software-based solutions to complement its hardware expertise, and also...
17-Jul-2019
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Nissan installs new bidirectional charger in Chile
Nissan has launched Latin America’s first bi-directional charging system in Chile in cooperation with Enel X and the Energy Sustainability Agency, according to a Nissan press release on 9 July. In addition to the Nissan LEAF, a 3-kilowatt (kW) solar panel will also be used for the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) project. “For the first time in Latin America, the Energy Sustai...
17-Jul-2019
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Volkswagen studying potential ways to prevent motion sickness in autonomous cars
Volkswagen (VW) has announced that its scientists in Wolfsburg, Germany, are studying potential ways to prevent motion sickness in autonomous cars, according to a press release by the automaker in May. “To put it simply, the forces acting on us in the car confuse our sense of perception,” said Adrian Brietzke of Volkswagen Group Research. He added that “driver’s...
17-Jul-2019
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Mazda Canada recalls 2,945 units of Mazda 3 over headrest issue
Mazda is recalling 2,945 units of model year (MY) 2019 Mazda3 vehicles in Canada over a headrest issue, according to a recall notice on 5 July on the website of Transport Canada. Significance: In the affected vehicles, the material on the driver and front passenger seatbacks may not be installed correctly. According to the recall notice, this could cause it to interfere...
17-Jul-2019
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All-new INFINITI QX50 features new high-strength, lightweight steel
The all-new 2019 INFINITI QX50 features new 980-megapascals (MPa) lightweight, super high formability, ultra-high-strength steel, according to a press release on 15 July. The automaker informed that around 27% of the QX50 body is made from special steels, which represents an increase of 21% over the previous generation model, resulting in a 23kg mass reduction overall. The...
17-Jul-2019
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Interior parts supplier Motus to build new plant in US state Alabama
Automotive interior parts supplier Motus Integrated Technologies has announced plans to build a new plant in the US state of Alabama, according to a press release on 16 July on the official website of the State of Alabama. Motus said the company will invest more than USD15 million in the new plant, which is expected to create 90 new jobs. The new plant will manufacture int...
17-Jul-2019
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Lear reports preliminary financials for Q2 2019; sales down 10% y/y
Lear has announced preliminary results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2019. According to a company press release on 16 July, the company expects second quarter sales to be approximately USD5 billion, down 10% year-on-year (y/y) and a decline of 7% excluding the impact of foreign exchange and acquisitions. Lear anticipates core operating earnings to be approximately 7...
17-Jul-2019
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Rheinmetall company Pierburg develops innovative 2/2 coolant valve
Pierburg GmbH, a group company of Rheinmetall Automotive, has developed an innovative 2/2 coolant valve which can be used in vehicles powered by both conventional internal combustion engines (ICE) as well as in battery-powered electric vehicles, the company announced in a press release on 15 July. Rheinmetall also informed that it has received a major order for the coolant...
16-Jul-2019
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NavInfo to supply high-precision map service to BMW China for autonomous driving
BMW China has reached a cooperation agreement with NavInfo for high-precision map service for  autonomous driving, Pan Daily reported on 15 July. The partnership for high-precision maps, a key enabler for highly autonomous driving, is a major step in the direction of BMW’s plans to launch self-driving vehicles in China. “High-precision maps are one of the core ...
16-Jul-2019
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France expands incentive program for EV charging station network
France has expanded its ADVENIR incentive program for development of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the country, Avere-France announced in a press release earlier this month. Under the program, the government will offer a surcharge of EUR300 (USD336.2) for on-demand kiosks set up by local authorities and will finance 50% of the installation of a...
16-Jul-2019
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Fiat offers three engine options with model year 2020 Toro pickup in Brazil
Fiat is offering the new 2020 Toro pickup with three powertrain options in Brazil, the company announced in a press release on 10 July. The 2020 Toro will get three engine options, Flex 1.8 and 2.4 and Turbodiesel 2.0, which will be mated to three different transmissions: 5-speed manual, 6- and 9-speed automatic. The pickup will also get 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive opti...
16-Jul-2019
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MIT develops new process for manufacturing smaller, safer lithium-rich ceramic electrolyte
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a new process for manufacturing thinner lithium electrolytes for solid-state batteries, the institute announced in a press release on 11 July. The smaller, safer, and faster lithium-rich ceramic electrolyte enables faster charging and potentially higher-voltage solid-state lithium ion batteries. Researchers hav...
16-Jul-2019
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Hyundai Mobis develops ‘Driver State Warning’ system
Hyundai Mobis has developed a Driver State Warning (DSW) system that accurately analyses the driver’s facial biometric data and warns them about dangerous driving situations, the company said in a press release today. According to the Korean supplier, DWS recognizes the driver’s face and even tracks their eyes.  Hyundai Mobis will supply its new solution to mid-or...
16-Jul-2019
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Karamba Security partners with Alpine Electronics to secure infotainment system from cyberattacks
Karamba Security has entered a production agreement with Alpine Electronics, the company said in a press release on 15 July. Under the agreement, the Japanese supplier will implement Karamba’s Carwall® runtime integrity software in its infotainment system. According to Karamba, its solution will provide an electronic control unit (ECU) self-protection against remote cod...
16-Jul-2019
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Bentley showcases new electric, autonomous concept Bentley EXP 100 GT
Bentley has showcased its new electric, autonomous concept vehicle Bentley EXP 100 GT as part of its centenary celebrations, according to a company press release on 10 July. The Grand Tourer has a range of 700 kilometers (435 miles) and the battery can be charged to 80% capacity in 15 minutes. The car is equipped with four motors that produce 1,500 Nm of torque and can acc...
16-Jul-2019
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Toyota plans to transfer shares in Yutaka Seimitsu Kogyo to JTKET
Toyota and JTEKT have agreed to start consideration toward the transfer of Toyota-owned shares of Yutaka Seimitsu Kogyo, Ltd. (Yutaka Seimitsu) to JTEKT by January 2020, the two companies announced in separate press releases on 10 July. Upon completion of the transaction, all Yutaka Seimitsu operations will be transferred from Toyota to JTEKT, including those related to dr...
16-Jul-2019
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Covestro partners with Silicon Valley-based Carbon for 3D printing
Covestro has partnered with Silicon Valley-based company Carbon in the area of 3D printing, Covestro announced in a press release on 15 July. The materials company is assisting Carbon with the scale-up and high-volume production of novel polyurethane liquid resin suitable for Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology, which can accelerate the production of parts ...
16-Jul-2019
Analysis
EV ripple effect: How electrification and change in propulsion technologies can impact vehicle interiors
One of the simplest ways to define the ongoing automotive shift could be—“the automotive world is going electric”. There are no two ways about it, and almost every OEM who has a desire to successfully sell vehicles from here on, has some plan in place to either electrify their existing product lineup or develop complete new electric vehicles from the ground up. The c...
16-Jul-2019
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Volkswagen develops new 6-speed manual transmission
Volkswagen has developed a new six-speed manual transmission ‘MQ281’for reducing emissions, the company announced in a press release on 15 July. The new Passat is the first vehicle to be equipped with the MQ281, followed by almost all vehicle classes of the Volkswagen Group. SEAT Componentes, SEAT’s plant in El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona in Spain, has started the p...
16-Jul-2019
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Via launches autonomous vehicle service pilot ‘BusBot’ in Australia
Via has launched its first public autonomous vehicle (AV) service called BusBot as a pilot program in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, the company said in a press release last week. The company has partnered with local bus operator Busways, Transport for NSW and France-based driverless shuttle manufacturer EasyMile for the new AV pilot. BusBot will serve the Marian Grove ...
16-Jul-2019
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Didi Chuxing opens ride-hailing platform for third party mobility service providers
Didi Chuxing has opened its ride-hailing platform to third party service providers in China, the company said in a press release on 15 July. The company’s move will allow its ride-hailing app users to book services provided by other companies. Significance: Didi Chuxing decided to make its app available for services provided by other ride-hailing service providers aft...
16-Jul-2019
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BorgWarner expands turbocharger production in Brazil
BorgWarner has increased its turbocharger production at its Itatiba facility in Brazil, the company announced in a press release on 11 July. BorgWarner has started producing its compact turbocharger for flex-fuel engines ‘B01’ in Brazil for the first time for Volkswagen models. "We are implementing our global expertise and extensive knowledge of local turbocharger engi...
16-Jul-2019
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Magna opens new paint shop in Slovenia
Magna International’s European subsidiary Magna Steyr has opened a new paint plant in Slovenia’s northeastern Hoce-Slivnica municipality, according to a press release on 10 July on the official website of the Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Economic Developement and Technology. Magna invested about EUR150 million in the plant. The company also received approximately E...
16-Jul-2019
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Vibracoustic opens new material development center in Germany
Vibracoustic has opened a new materials development center in Weinheim, Germany, the NVH (Noise, vibration, and harshness) specialist announced in a press release on 11 July. The company informed that 25 material experts will work closely with its engineering team to support new prototype compounds and conduct comprehensive testing. The site spans a 2,200-square meter area...
16-Jul-2019
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Asahi Kasei develops advanced materials for future car interiors
Asahi Kasei has developed a range of advanced materials for future car interiors to address key megatrends connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electrification (CASE), according to a company press release on 11 July. For instance, Asahi Kasei has developed Thermylene® Polypropylene (PP) for sunroofs. Considering the concept of autonomous vehicles, Asahi K...
16-Jul-2019
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Toray to establish new plant in Hungary to produce battery separator film for lithium-ion batteries
Japan-based Toray Industries, Inc. has announced plans to establish a new production facility for battery separator film (BSF) for lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) in Nyergesújfalu, Hungary, according to a company press release on 16 July. The new production facility will be located at Toray Industries Hungary Kft. (THU), which was established in April 2018. The new facility ...
16-Jul-2019
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BMW recalls 16,641 vehicles in US over issue with positive battery cable connector
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling 16,641 vehicles in the United States over issue with positive battery cable connector, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects model year (MY) 2009 328i and 328xi, MY 2009-2011 335d, MY 2008-2012 M3 Coupe and M3 Convertible, and MY 2008-2011 M...
16-Jul-2019
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls 41,169 vehicles in US over issue with airbag sensors
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 41,169 vehicles in the United States over issue with airbag sensors, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers model year (MY) 2019 Jeep Cherokee vehicles. The recall is expected to begin 2 August 2019.   Significance: In the affected veh...
16-Jul-2019
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Toyota recalls 464 Prius C vehicles in US to replace DC-DC converter
Toyota has recalled 464 units of Toyota 2018-2019 Prius C vehicles due to faulty DC-DC converter, according to a Notice by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 26 June. The DC-DC converter may fail resulting in the auxiliary battery no longer receiving power from the converter, which may cause a loss of drive.The recall is expected to begin August ...
16-Jul-2019
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Nissan unveils new Skyline with ProPILOT 2.0, updated NissanConnect
Nissan has introduced new Skyline in Japan equipped with advanced technologies, including ProPILOT driver assistance system and NissanConnect infotainment system, the automaker said in a press release today (16 June). The second generation ProPILOT system uses the vehicle’s navigation system to help the driver maneuver the car according to a predefined route on designate...
16-Jul-2019
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 659 vehicles in US over driveshaft separation risk
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), the US subsidiary of the Germany automaker Daimler, will recall 659 units of model year 2016-2017 AMG GTS in the United States over a driveshaft separation risk, according to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In affected vehicles, the bonding between the carbon-fiber driveshaft and engine/transmission flange may not be ...
16-Jul-2019
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Kalray, eSOL extend collaboration to offer solutions for automotive and other applications
Kalray has extended its collaboration with eSOL, a Japan-based developer of real-time embedded software solutions, the two companies said in a joint press release on 11 July. The extended collaboration will enable France-based Kalray to offer eSOL's eMCOS POSIX real-time operating system (RTOS) on its MPPA ® intelligent processor to address growing needs for performance, ...
15-Jul-2019
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Tata Communications, Thales collaborate to address data security concerns around IOT
Tata Communications has partnered with France-based digital security specialist Thales to develop a secure global Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solution, the two companies said in a joint press release on 12 July. Under the partnership, Tata Communications’ mobility and IoT platform MOVE and Thales’ T-Sure technology will collaborate to secure data generated by...
15-Jul-2019
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Ford expands strategic partnership with Volkswagen on autonomous driving, electrification
Ford and Volkswagen Group (VW) have agreed to expand their strategic partnership on commercial vans and midsize pickups to include autonomous driving and electrification, the two automakers said in a press release on 12 July. Under the latest agreement, VW will join Ford in investing in Argo AI, a start-up spearheading autonomous driving at Ford, at a valuation of more tha...
15-Jul-2019
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NEVS, AutoX to collaborate on large scale trial of robotaxies in Europe
National Electric Vehicle Sweden, more commonly known as NEVS, has entered into an exclusive strategic partnership with self-driving start-up AutoX to integrate AutoX’s autonomous driving technology in NEVS’ next-generation vehicle architecture, AutoX said in a press release. The partnership aims to deploy first large scale robotaxi pilots in Europe by the end of 2020....
15-Jul-2019
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15-Jul-2019
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Porsche recalls 2,632 vehicles in Australia over issue with plastic sleeve of selector lever cable
Porsche has recalled 2,632 units of model year (MY) 2010–16 Panamera (970) vehicles in Australia over an issue with the plastic sleeve of the selector lever cable, according to a notice on Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 14 July. The recall affects vehicles sold between 12 July 2009 and 13 September 2016. Significance: In the affected vehicles...
15-Jul-2019
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Bequi New Energy to recall nearly 1,400 electric vans in China over battery fire risk
Beiqi New Energy Automotive will recall 1,389 units of its Weiwang 407EV series electric vans over a battery fire risk, Yicai Global reported on 12 July citing a notice on the website of the State Administration for Markets Regulation. Significance: In the affected vehicles, the battery pack may overheat when the vehicle is running due to a supplier's production control...
15-Jul-2019
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Ford to recall 7,980 Ranger SuperCab vehicles in North America over seat belt assembly issue
Ford has issued a safety recall for 7,980 units of model year 2019 Ranger SuperCab vehicles in North America over a problem with the right-front seat belt, the automaker announced in a press release on 12 July. The recall affects approximately 7,580 vehicles in the United States and federal territories and approximately 400 in Canada. Affected vehicles were produced betwee...
15-Jul-2019
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Hyundai Mobis, Yandex unveil autonomous driving prototype
Hyundai Mobis and Yandex have unveiled their first self-driving prototype, based on a jointly-developed fully autonomous platform, the company said in a press release on 12 July. The prototype, a modified Hyundai Sonata sedan, will go on trial in Moscow. Hyundai Mobis and Yandex plan to test 100 such autonomous cars on public roads in Moscow by the end of this year. ...
15-Jul-2019
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Luminar’s sensing and perception platform Iris to feature on production vehicles in 2022
Luminar has unveiled a new sensing and perception platform called Iris for autonomous driving vehicles, the company said in a press release on 11 July.  The US-based company also presented its perception software built on its lidar sensing platform. Luminar aims to launch Iris on production vehicles beginning 2022. Separately, Luminar raised USD100 million from inv...
15-Jul-2019
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SVOLT unveils cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cell (NMx), four-element lithium-ion battery cell (NCMA)
SVOLT Energy Technology has unveiled cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cell (NMx) and four-element lithium-ion battery cell (NCMA), Chinese battery start-up said in a press release on 13 July. According to Yang Hongxin, general manager of SVOLT, the NMx competes with the NCM811 cell in performance. The new battery cell reduces cost of materials by 5% to 15% and the cell bill...
15-Jul-2019
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Idriveplus uses Velodyne’s lidar sensors to build autonomous vehicles
China-based Idriveplus is using Velodyne’s lidar sensors in a range of its autonomous driving vehicles, the US-based lidar supplier said in a press release last week. Idriveplus is one of the first companies in China to commercialize autonomous driving technology. The company is providing autonomous vehicles for several use cases, including passenger cars, stre...
15-Jul-2019
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Energy Absolute plans to set up 1,000 EV charging stations in Thailand in 2019
Energy Absolute (EA) plans to set up 1,000 charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Thailand this year, according to a company press release on 9 July. To this end, Energy Mahanakhon, an EA subsidiary, plans to invest THB800 million (USD25.7 million). "We completed agreements with four new companies - Chevron Thailand, CP All Plc, Bridgestone and Robinson Plc --...
15-Jul-2019
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Sumitomo to acquire stake in automotive brake parts maker Asama Giken from Honda
Sumitomo Corporation has reached an agreement with Honda Motor to acquire shares of Asama Giken Co Ltd. from the automaker, Sumitomo announced in a press release on 8 July. Financial terms were not disclosed. Significance: The company said that the market for brake discs and drums, which are used to control automotive wheels, has been growing in line with the globa...
15-Jul-2019
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Toyo Tire to expand production capacity at US facility
Toyo Tire announced plans to expand production capacity at its US tire production facility—‘Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. (TNA)’—according to a company press release on 12 July. To this end, the company plans to invest approximately JPY7 billion (USD64.8 million). Toyo decided to install production equipment in the remaining half of the space in the ne...
15-Jul-2019
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ZF working with neuro-technologists to develop technology to prevent motion sickness
ZF is working together with neuro-technologists from Germany’s Saarland region, to develop technology to detect motion sickness at an early stage, the company announced in a press release on 12 July. ZF is looking beyond a purely vehicle-based approach. “We are among the very first companies in this sector to place the occupants and their individual driving experien...
15-Jul-2019
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Autokiniton Global Group to acquire Tower International
Autokiniton Global Group has inked a definitive agreement with Tower International to acquire the latter for USD31 per share in cash, Tower International said in a press release on 12 July.  The transaction represents a 70% premium to Tower's closing stock price on 11 July 2019.  Including Tower's debt and pension related liabilities, the deal is valued at approx...
15-Jul-2019
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Keysight Technologies announces automotive cyber-security program
Keysight Technologies has announced an automotive cyber-security program that helps automakers and top suppliers ensure the safety of their vehicles with protection against cyber attacks throughout the research and development (R&D) and production process, the company said on 11 July. The program consists of integrated hardware, software, and services require...
12-Jul-2019
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