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    The evolution of displays in the automotive cockpit
    The size of automotive displays has increased over the past few years, as has the number of displays in the vehicle. The rapid growth in display-based instrument clusters; heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) control displays; digital display mirrors (both rear and side view); passenger di...
    12-Nov-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    Automotive semiconductor demand running ahead of 2020 expectations
    IHS Markit conducted a survey in July that asked 30 automotive semiconductor suppliers about the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) viral pandemic. According to the survey, most respondents saw demand for automotive semiconductors rebounding faster than expected compared to a previous...
    Vehicle electrification will be strong growth driver for magnetic sensors market
    The automotive industry has witnessed a sharp deceleration in vehicle sales over the last couple of years. While the trend was expected to reverse by the second half of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic will certainly sustain the slump. Despite the temporary setback, the industry is entering a crucial per...
    Suppliers to the new BMW X7
    The first-generation BMW X7 is assembled at BMW's facility in Kaliningrad, Russia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW X7 from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 2,200 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or ...
    C- and D-segment vehicles to drive demand for semi-active damping systems
    The focus on ride quality is increasing and so is the demand for advanced, cost-effective suspension systems. Automotive suspension systems range from simple, passive spring-based systems to cutting-edge active systems that can independently raise or lower the height of vehicle at each wheel in resp...
    Heat recovery system fitment to be driven by D-segment vehicles in the medium-term
    Automotive OEMs need to make more effort to improve the overall efficiency of their model range, and this fact is more emphatic in the case of electric vehicles because of their limited driving range. Automobiles have always had the necessity to dissipate excess heat, and the A/C heater core was one...
    Rising engine downsizing trend to propel demand for turbochargers in the medium term
    Automobile manufacturers (OEMs) across the globe are facing immense pressure to improve efficiency, lower emissions, and fuel consumption, while increasing power and torque outputs from their vehicles. OEMs have already incorporated various methods in order to achieve these targets, including lightw...
    The evolution of displays in the automotive cockpit
    The size of automotive displays has increased over the past few years, as has the number of displays in the vehicle. The rapid growth in display-based instrument clusters; heat, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) control displays; digital display mirrors (both rear and side view); passenger di...
    OEMs seek environment friendly advanced coatings solutions
    Due to the major transformation in the automotive industry, lightweighting, electrification, and autonomy, coatings are required to offer a much higher performance. Coatings can be primarily classified as appearance coating, anti-corrosion coating, thermal coating, and anti-friction coating. They ar...
    Deployment of rear seat reminder system to pick up speed in United States
    Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of noncrash fatalities among children in vehicles in the United States. According to NoHeatStroke.org, 873 children have died since 1998 because of heatstroke in vehicles. In 2018 and 2019, on an average 52 children died due to heatstroke in vehicles in the co...
    Global automotive camera sensors market forecast to more than double in six years
    Camera sensors are the most widely used sensing technologies in cars, supporting various active safety and advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) applications, such as forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW), lane keep assist (LKA), and tra...
    ADB on its triumphal procession
    The evolution of the automotive lighting industry is still ongoing. From the bulbs in headlamps to LEDs and sophisticated headlamp systems, its innovation is far from over. In fact, the adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlamp system has become a hot topic in the automotive lighting industry. ADB, also ...
    Fastener technologies need to advance to support new vehicle architectures
    Fasteners may be among the smallest components in a vehicle, but they perform some of the most critical functions. Fasteners are used to join two or more parts in a vehicle, either temporarily or permanently. They have always been important in ensuring safety and reducing noise, vibration, and harsh...
    Suppliers to the new Ford Kuga
    The third-generation Ford Kuga is assembled at Ford's facility in Valencia, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Ford Kuga from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 151,000 units. If you would like your company included in this featur...
    Automotive semiconductor demand running ahead of 2020 expectations
    IHS Markit conducted a survey in July that asked 30 automotive semiconductor suppliers about the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) viral pandemic. According to the survey, most respondents saw demand for automotive semiconductors rebounding faster than expected compared to a previous...
    Are UK-based OEMs at risk of failing local content requirements in Brexit deal blow?
    The EU has rejected calls from Brexit’s chief negotiator Lord David Frost to include components as ‘local content’ if they imported from countries with which both the EU and the UK have trade deals with or are in the processing of finalizing, such as Japan and Turkey.   Under this so-c...
    Advanced semiconductors key to efficient EV inverters
    In terms of consumer demand, electric vehicles (EVs) are still far away from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. There is a constant and increasing push from automakers, suppliers, and technology companies to make EVs more efficient on performance and range to make them a viable alternative t...
    Asian and South American markets to drive demand for low-cost LED lighting technology
    The shift from halogen/HID bulbs to LEDs in headlights and taillamps is a major trend in the automotive industry. In many Asian countries such as India, OEMs are beginning to offer reflector or projector-based LED headlights, with no adaptive driving beam (ADB), in the upper trims of lower segment m...
    Key technology trends in instrument panels
    Over the years, the role of an instrument panel (IP), or a dashboard, in the vehicle cockpit has evolved significantly. Apart from technology integration, IPs also supplement the overall aesthetic value of the cabin. In modern vehicles, an IP acts like a place holder for various components and syste...
    Will Tesla’s thrust on expanding its in-house expertise pay off?
    On 22 September, Tesla hosted an announcement-packed ‘Battery Day”, showcasing its vision on where it wants to be in terms of battery cell technology and production capacities within the next three years, as well as what some of the innovation in the works could mean for end customers of its ele...
    E-axle demand forecast to more than double within next two years
    Electrification is by far one of the most active areas of automotive innovation these days. Vehicle manufacturers are being faced with constantly evolving and strengthening emission norms and standards, while simultaneously having to make their models more responsive to drive so as to keep up the ap...
    Increased electrification to drive demand for newer types of A/C condensers
    Comfort almost always ranks quite high in the list of criteria for customers looking to purchase a new vehicle, and carmakers have always invested significant time, effort, and money in making sure their vehicles’ A/C or climate control systems function as best as possible. In addition to heating ...
    Electrohydraulic brake actuation to see high adoption in the short-to-medium term
    The brakes of an automobile are unquestionably one of the first lines of safety in motoring, and for this reason, vehicle manufacturers have invested and will certainly continue to dedicate significant investments in order to upgrade vehicle braking systems. Automotive brakes functioned through mech...
    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Corvette
    The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is assembled at Chevrolet's facility in Bowling Green, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Chevrolet Corvette from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 34,000 units. If you would like ...
    Cyber security set to take center stage in vehicle development process
    The amount of data shared by a vehicle and its surrounding ecosystem is increasing at a rapid pace, thus presenting higher risks in automotive cyber security. It is no longer the automakers’ responsibility to solely handle cyber security but also that of third-party suppliers, such as Wejo and Oto...
    Next-generation automotive displays
    Automakers are equipping vehicles with multiple displays to address the growing information, communication, and entertainment needs of drivers and passengers without compromising safety requirements. Other than the usual instrument cluster display (ICD) and center stack display (CSD), premium vehicl...
    Panoramic sunroof to lead growth of glass in automotive
    Automotive glass is considered by many as one of those components that have not undergone a lot of technological change over the years, especially in terms of its applications. This perception is all set to change in the next decade, as glass is expected to play a key role in improving the user inte...
    Fog lamps fitment to decline over mid to long-term
    Fog lamps are entirely different from regular headlights and have a very specific use. Designed to cut through fog more effectively than headlights, fog lamps ensure effective road illumination in fog, snow fall, rainstorms, or dust clouds. Despite its safety function and style statement, fitment of...
    Mainland China shifts policy stance to offer OEMs more flexibility on NEV strategy
    Globally, Mainland China has among the most dynamic new energy vehicle (NEV) policy, which is being updated regularly to be in sync with the economic conditions, market demand, and technology developments. The initial heavy subsidies given by the central government are seen to have largely done the ...
    Impact of 48V technology on automotive thermal management systems
    One of the most significant developments in recent times in the automotive field is the emergence of 48V electrical architecture. Steadily increasing levels of electrification in vehicles, from the introduction of electric power steering to large infotainment system displays, are placing heavie...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X
    The first-generation Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X is assembled at Opel's facility in Eisenach, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 86,000 units. If you would like you...
    Is there a safe haven for diesel powertrain technology?
    The push for environmentally friendly vehicles has been increasing drastically over the past few years, and vehicles powered by diesel have always been bearing the brunt of it. This friction has become even more apparent after various diesel emissions scandals that hit the industry, which have resul...
    Aluminum brake calipers to experience increased demand after 2025
    Over many years of automotive innovation, vehicle safety has experienced many innovations and developments in order to keep occupants safe under almost all circumstances. Tracing back, the very first automotive safety feature is the braking system. Automotive brakes have also gone through their fair...
    Development of new-generation DSRC technologies will be key to its survival in V2X applications
    Along with the push for utilizing environmentally friendly resources, the automotive industry is also taking giant leaps in autonomous driving and connectivity. The basis for this push lies in a technology called vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, with subsets vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehic...
    ADAS applications that will see high growth in near term
    A growing number of automakers are equipping their new vehicles with advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) to enable safer and comfortable driving. Some popular ADAS applications, such as adaptive cruise control (ACC) and lane departure warning (LDW) systems, which debuted in premium vehicles o...
    More lower segment vehicles to introduce ambient lighting in instrument panel
    Automakers are increasingly focused on offering more dynamic interior lighting elements in their new models as colors and light play a powerful role in creating mood and feeling. Therefore, ambient lighting is quickly garnering traction among automakers. In fact, the use of ambient lighting in the i...
    Range-extended EVs face cost, complexity hurdles toward higher adoption
    The automotive industry has experimented with several forms of electrification, trying to find the right balance between development, vehicle cost, customer needs, and the operability in the real world. While the vehicles with the most basic level of electrification are deemed mild-hybrids, whereby ...
    Digital car key market set to become more competitive with Apple’s entry
    At the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2020 in June, Apple announced that the latest update in its iOS operating system (OS), called iOS14, will support use of the iPhone as a digital car key, allowing drivers to unlock, start, and drive their compatible vehicles without using a physical...
    Suppliers to the new Audi Q3 Sportback
    The first-generation Audi Q3 Sportback is assembled at Audi's facility in Gyor, Hungary. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi Q3 Sportback from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 35,000 units. If you would like your company included i...
    Emerging markets set to become more aggressive on exhaust emissions legislations
    An area where automotive OEMs and suppliers witness the greatest amount of pressure to effect change is in the realm of efficiency. The dangerously rising levels of noxious gases and accelerating climate change have resulted in governments across the world drawing up regulations in an attempt to cur...
    Combi cabin air filters to gain larger foothold in the global market
    One of the most important criteria when purchasing a new car is passenger comfort. Carmakers heavily invest in making their vehicles as comfortable as possible, and the A/C or climate control unit has been a focus area for advancement for a very long time. The pollution we face on our daily commutes...
    Industry takes significant steps toward cockpit domain controllers
    People have created personal connected ecosystems using their smartphones, laptops, and tablets with the recent trend shifting to cars. Automakers have realized the importance of this digitization and have begun rolling out tech-heavy vehicles, even in the conservative markets. Traditionally, additi...
    Growth of ceramic matrix composites in automotive may remain flat in the short- to mid-term
    Ceramic is used in several applications in the automotive industry, from spark plugs to the many sensors that are being equipped in a vehicle nowadays. Although ceramic has excellent thermal and electrical properties, it is known to be very brittle with limited ductility, thus limiting the number of...
    China E-Motor Outlook
    Driven by a strong policy stimulus from 2009 to 2018, China’s new energy vehicles (NEVs) have achieved rapid growth from less than 10,000 to more than 1,200,000 units. It has become the world's largest NEV market for five consecutive years since 2015. However, 2019’s production and sales volume ...
    Connected intelligent tire: The next big push for connected mobility
    In order to create a vision of automated and accident-free driving, all parts of the vehicle need to be intelligent and connected. As such, dummy tire that provides no information about the tire itself and the road surfaces can be a barrier. Therefore, an inevitable evolution is a connected intellig...
    AEB to become more prevalent by 2025 owing to increasing focus on autonomy and safety
    In a world where automotive manufacturers are coming under increasing regulatory pressure to improve safety features in their vehicles, and where autonomy is being steadily integrated into nearly every operational aspect of the vehicle, certain technologies are poised to become ubiquitous in cars in...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Use of UVC light as disinfectant in vehicle interior
    The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has severely impacted app-based new-mobility services such as car sharing, ride sharing, and ride hailing; since vehicles in such services are used by multiple people during a day, there is an increased possibility of getting infected by the COV...
    02-Jul-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Is Tesla’s application of LFP cathode technology indicative of price over performance?
    A recent development has got the automotive industry talking about a battery chemistry which, over the last half-a-decade, has been steadily losing market share in the electric vehicle (EV) segment—lithium iron phosphate (LFP). Tesla recently received an approval from the Mainland Chinese governme...
    Radar sensors to see robust demand on growing focus on active safety and driver assistance
    Radar is one of the most widely used sensors in vehicles for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving applications. A radar can be broadly categorized as a short-range radar (SRR) or long-range radar (LRR) depending upon its detection range. Some suppliers also mentioned a thi...
    New alloys and additive manufacturing could dictate the future role of powder metallurgy in the automotive industry
    PM components have been an integral part of the automotive industry for decades now, playing a major role in mass-scale manufacturing of complex and lightweight components. Today, the automotive industry is the biggest customer for the PM industry. According to reports, over 80% of PM components man...
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Yaris
    The fourth generation Toyota Yaris is assembled at Toyota’s plant in Valenciennes-Onnaing, France. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Toyota Yaris from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 129,000 units. If you would like your company in...
    Consumer Survey: Will we see an increase in anti-microbial coating in automotive due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the global automotive supply chain. With no immediate solution in sight, federal governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders and called for the closure of non-essential businesses. This forced OEMs to suspe...
    15-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Asian markets to drive growth of DRL fitment over next decade
    Daytime running lights (DRL) not only help vehicles stand out on a dull day but have also become an important part of automakers’ brand identity. DRLs are used primarily to increase the visibility of vehicles; they do not illuminate the road ahead. DRLs are fitted on the front end of a vehicle nea...
    Luxury and high-performance segments to drive demand of active damper control systems
    Ride comfort is one of the most important criteria for any new car buyer, especially considering that road infrastructure in many countries and regions across the globe may not be up to the mark. Automotive OEMs have and continue to invest significant amounts of time, money, and effort to make their...
    COVID-19: Impact on L2–L5 Strategy and Deployment
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly disrupted the global automotive industry, causing many OEM production plants and more than 300 supplier plants to stop operations around the world. This ecosystem disruption will impact more than just vehicle production, with researc...
    08-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Demand for curved displays to significantly grow over next 10 years
    Generally, displays used in the instrument clusters and center stack areas inside cars have been flat. However, as more automakers equip their new vehicles with larger-size, high-resolution displays to deliver more immersive user experience (UX), demand for curved or flexible displays that conform t...
    COVID-19 impacts on ride-hailing services in Latin America
    When restriction measures were implemented to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, which constrained passenger transportation, many service segments, including ride-hailing companies, felt a sudden and intensive drop in the demand for their services. As the situation has no precedent t...
    04-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Growing EV market to drive demand for battery heating systems
    Keeping the lithium-ion batteries in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) within optimum temperature levels plays a key role in the efficiency of these vehicles, as temperatures that are too low or too high can degrade the ability of these batteries to store charge and deliver optimal voltages and ampera...
    Technology advancements and government support to determine fate of fuel cell vehicles
    It is a known fact that an increasing number of vehicles are becoming electrified. What is uncertain is which electrification technology will gain the upper hand in the long run. The conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) is expected to feature in more than 80% of the light duty vehicles unti...
    Impact of COVID-19 on Automotive UI/ UX Market
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly disrupted all aspects of the automotive supply chain. Global efforts to control the spread of the virus have impacted both demand and supply, and in turn the industry cumulating in a sharp decline in production. Both automakers and auto...
    29-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Is water injection technology ready for mass-market adoption?
    Automotive OEMs across the globe are faced with the challenge of making their vehicles increasingly more efficient by cutting fuel consumption and emissions. A wide variety of measures exist for car manufacturers to employ and refine in order to achieve these desired effects, including improving the...
    How COVID-19 will fast-track health and wellness features in the automotive industry
    As the world is adapting to live the “new normal,” the widespread economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus is becoming clearer by the day. For industries across the world, the key challenge is not just to fight the pandemic but also to manage its social and economic conse...
    26-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Vehicle electrification trend to drive adoption of GaN devices
    The rise in connected and autonomous services along with the growth in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) has led to the adoption of various new technologies in the automotive industry over the last decade. This trend has led to a broader use of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor materials. While s...
    Sunroof systems to see strong demand in Asian markets
    Sunroofs are a standard feature in premium vehicles, but lately automakers have started fitting sunroofs in more affordable vehicle segments to make their products distinct. Sunroofs are either fixed or electrically operated (power sunroof). In terms of size, sunroofs can be broadly categorized as c...
    5G in-vehicle deployment forecast expected to drop in stages due to COVID-19 pandemic
    The utilization of 5G is just getting to a nascent stage, but the disruption caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic across the supply chain has already begun to impede its progress. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an organization setting global mobile network stand...
    19-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19: Impact on European type-approval regulations
    Regulation is a strong market force throughout the automotive industry, and the autonomy sector is no different. In fact, given the central role of safety in the autonomy sector—from basic driver assistance to automated driving to autonomous mobility—regulations play a particularly critical role...
    16-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Suppliers to the new Nissan Juke
    The second generation Nissan Juke is assembled at Nissan's facility in Sunderland #1, United Kingdom. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Nissan Juke from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 102,000 units. If you would like your compa...
    Global demand for in-car VPAs set to double to 130 million units by 2025
    As modern cars become more like smartphones on wheels, several connectivity features once available in smartphones are making their way into cars. The virtual personal assistant (VPA) is one such feature that is becoming hugely popular in new cars. VPAs allow drivers and passengers to initiate phone...
    Dynamic bend lighting (DBL) is expected to lose shine in medium- to long-term
    The bend lighting, in simple words, helps extend the visual range on curved roads or when cornering. Using bend lighting, the course of the road and obstacles can be identified earlier and more easily in darkness. There are two types of bend lighting: dynamic bend lighting (DBL) and static/fixed ben...
    COVID-19: Impact on the lighting sector
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has become a global crisis since its onset in late 2019, affecting almost all countries and economies with over 2 million people directly infected by the virus worldwide at the time of writing. In affected countries, manufacturing operations have been...
    10-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    What is driving ADAS fitment in vehicles?
    Automakers are increasingly equipping vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to deliver higher safety and driving comfort. ADAS warn drivers of potential dangers and intervenes in a timely manner if the driver fails to act promptly to either prevent or reduce the impact of a crash. ...
    The next decade will be the most crucial and opportune for magnesium in the automotive industry
    For OEMs, lightweighting is one of the most value-for-money solutions to achieve better fuel efficiency and lower emissions in a vehicle. There is almost no component in a vehicle which is not under the scanner for lightweighting―right from seats, chassis, powertrain parts, the entire body-in-whit...
    Steer-by-wire power steering system demand to surge within five years
    Automotive steering systems have experienced occasional changes in terms of their design and complexity. While the basic technology has endured for generations, innovation has sporadically made noteworthy advancements to the way we steer our vehicles. After the advent of steering systems that used r...
    COVID-19 pandemic: EV charging industry wrestles with a new magnitude of underutilization
    As several countries around the world impose complete lockdowns because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, global light vehicle sales are expected to witness a fall of more than 22% year on year (y/y) in demand to 70.3 million units in 2020, according to April I...
    V2X deployment forecast to drop 15% owing to COVID-19 pandemic
    Since the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the automotive industry will be more severe and prolonged than initially estimated, OEMs and suppliers are preparing for near- and longer-term risks. The pandemic simultaneously affects the industry in all aspects, from production, supply ch...
    30-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    B-segment vehicles to see major rear seat HVAC fitment growth within five years
    Automakers are on a constant quest to innovate amenities and convenience features to improve passenger comfort. The general trend with such technology is that they are initially introduced into the upper segments. However, over time, many such concepts and features trickle down to the more affordabl...
    Implications of COVID-19 and a falling oil price on the BorgWarner-Delphi merger
    The global automotive component production and supply chain has been drastically affected due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Mainland China, South Korea, and Japan were among the first automotive component producers to be impacted in early-2020. Vehicle demand in these regio...
    23-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact on 5G and data privacy regulation
    A direct impact of the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is the delay of key regulations relative to the connected car ecosystem. While support for a unified regulation in key areas such as the 5G spectrum was high in 2019, largely led by the European Union, the focus has understa...
    22-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 Automotive R&D Impact - IHS Markit Survey
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    20-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    The impact of COVID-19 on the Indian automotive industry
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the automotive supply chain globally, and as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, automakers and automotive suppliers around the world are suspending production operations. The increasingly stringent federal and sta...
    17-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen Polo
    The sixth generation Volkswagen Polo is assembled at Volkswagen's facility in Kaluga, Russia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Volkswagen Polo from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 85,000 units. If you would like your company in...
    Android Automotive and COVID-19: Navigating a dynamic market in the cockpit
    After years of a record pace of vehicle sales, the automotive industry was once again showing positive signs for 2020, albeit at a relatively flat level compared with 2019. However, the industry is now scrambling to deal with a unique situation impacting every aspect of the economy—the coronavirus...
    14-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 impact: The invisible bottleneck of automotive semiconductors logistics
    As the world grapples with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic containment, most car manufacturers and tier-1 suppliers have had to suspend operations or are functioning at reduced capacity. This has resulted in a reduction in demand of the semiconductors used in cars, at least in the short...
    14-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: Car companies, suppliers step up to help accelerate medical ventilator production
    The automotive industry has a history of stepping up to help in times of war, and this tradition seems strongly in evidence as all parts of the supply chain have responded rapidly to the shortage of key medical equipment and especially ventilators needed to combat the current pandemic caused by the ...
    09-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Suppliers expect adoption of interior surface lighting to increase over next three to seven years
    Interior surface lighting is where “light meets surface”, and this is achieved by concealing lighting behind a layer of fabric within the surfaces of a vehicle’s passenger compartment. According to IHS Markit research, vehicle buyers nowadays prefer vehicle exteriors with hidden or concealed l...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive Supplier Plant Downtime Tracker
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    06-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Seat assembly suppliers face challenging times ahead
    Demand for complete seat assembly is directly related to global light vehicle production. According to IHS Markit data, demand in the global complete seat assembly market declined by 5% year on year (y/y) in 2019, to 269.9 million units, in line with the 5.6% y/y decline in light vehicle production,...
    Leather expected to see increasing competition from synthetic alternatives in automotive interior segment
    Sustainability is no more just a tool for automakers to meet the government’s regulations and policies. Sustainability is now a necessity to be able to meet the changing lifestyle choices and eco-friendly preferences of customers. An increasing number of car buyers want their purchase to have the ...
    e-Turbos and e-Boosters to register increased adoption in the near future
    Automobile owners of today demand more features, more comfort, more safety, and more value for their money. A significant section of people want to drive the cars they own faster, a requirement that can be attributed to rapidly improving road infrastructure available in many countries today. However...
    Key takeaways from the Automotive Ethernet Congress 2020
    With the growing number of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles on the road, ethernet in automotive is inevitable and will become crucial. The sixth edition of the annual Automotive Ethernet Congress was held in Munich on 12 and 13 February 2020. During the event, industry leaders and expert...
    V2G could become a necessity in an EV-dominated landscape
    The current global electricity production of more than 26,000 terawatt-hours (TWh) just about meets the global demand. The demand is mostly from the industrial segment and the transportation segment’s contribution is negligible. However, the demand from the transportation segment is certainly goin...
    COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Automotive Suppliers - IHS Markit Survey
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    29-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Tire pressure monitoring systems to become an increasingly prevalent feature in automobiles
    Safety has become an incredibly important priority for today’s automotive manufacturers. Vehicles are becoming increasingly powerful and more complex, and when that is coupled with improving road infrastructure in many parts of the world and a steadily rising density of automobiles, it has the pot...
    China’s NDRC sets a more realistic timeline for development of intelligent vehicles
    Around two years ago, China’s National Development and Reform Corporation (NDRC) had released a draft on ‘Intelligent Vehicle Innovation and Development Strategy’ (draft strategy) to seek public opinion. The draft strategy aimed at intelligent vehicles, also referred to as intelligent and conn...
    Use of haptics in vehicle set to grow rapidly driven by rising digitalization
    Touch feedback technology, also known as haptics, has dramatically transformed the way users interact with devices such as smartphones, tablets and smartwatch. Vehicles seem to be the next in line to benefit from haptics. Automakers, especially premium carmakers, have already started adopting haptic...
    Heated steering wheels to become more prevalent in mass-market vehicles
    Automobiles are no longer seen as luxuries, and passenger cabin comfort is no different. Car buyers all over the globe are ready to spend an increasing proportion of their income on vehicles, which is leading to greater acceptance of features that were once relegated only to luxury and high-end cars...
    Suppliers to the new BMW 8 Series
    The second generation BMW 8 Series is assembled at BMW's facility in Chengalpattu, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW 8 Series from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 51 units. If you would like your company included in t...
    COVID-19 outbreak: IHS Markit expects supply chain issues to improve in China from end March
    Extended closures of automotive suppliers’ facilities in mainland China, which have taken place since the Lunar New Year annual holidays in the second half of January to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have severely affected the global supply chain. Some ci...
    10-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Electric parking brakes set to become more prevalent in lower-segment cars
    Electric parking brakes (EPBs), once seen as a luxury feature that was available only to buyers of high-end and premium vehicles, are poised to make significant inroads into lower vehicle segments. This technology replaces the conventional hand-operated brake lever with a switch that operates the br...
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