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    Ford develops ‘Local Hazard Information’ to warn drivers of potential danger
    Ford has unveiled a driving assist feature called Local Hazard Information (LHI) to help drivers prepare for and potentially avoid dangers on the road, the automaker said in a press release on 13 January. The LHI is activated via the FordPass Connect on-board modem and is complimentary for the fi...
    27-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Mazda recalls 34,122 affected vehicles in Australia over risk of accumulation of carbon deposits in intake shutter valve
    Mazda has issued a recall of 34,122 vehicles in Australia over a risk of accumulation of carbon deposits in the intake shutter valve, according to a recall notice on the website of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) earlier this month. The recall involves certain model year (...
    27-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Nokian Tyres announces preliminary results for 2019
    Nokian Tyres has announced preliminary results for the full year ended 31 December 2019; the company achieved 2019 net sales with comparable currencies approximately at the level of 2018, the tire-maker said in a press release on 24 January. Operating profit margin in 2019 was approximately at the l...
    Nissan recalls 345,700 vehicles globally due to defective Takata airbag inflators
    Nissan is recalling 345,700 vehicles globally due to defective Takata airbag inflators, according to a report by Automotive News earlier this month. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2001-2003 Maxima, MY 2002-2006 Sentra, MY 2002-2004 Pathfinder, MY 2007-2011 Versa Sedan and Versa Hatchback,...
    27-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Tata AutoComp forms JV with Prestolite Electric Beijing to develop EV components in India
    Tata AutoComp Systems, an auto-component conglomerate, has signed a joint venture (JV) with China-based Prestolite Electric Beijing to design, engineer, manufacture and supply powertrain solutions for the Indian electric vehicle (EV) market, according to a report by ETAuto on 24 January. The JV will...
    ams investors approve capital increase for Osram acquisition
    Austrian sensor specialist ams AG announced that the company’s Extraordinary General Meeting has approved the capital increase in form of an up to EUR1.6 billion rights issue to fund its all-cash takeover of Germany-based lighting major Osram Licht AG, according to a company press release on 24 Ja...
    Lattice Semiconductor’s Diamond FPGA design and verification software gets key safety certifications
    Lattice Semiconductor has announced that its Diamond FPGA (field-programmable gate array) design and verification software environment has received IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 functional safety standards compliant certification, a company press release dated 23 January read. Lattice Diamond design so...
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    Hyundai Motor postpones investment plans in India
    Hyundai Motor has postponed its plans to establish a new plant in India by at least 2-to-3 years amid the economic slowdown and poor consumer sentiment which have dented sales and depressed market outlook, The Time of India (TOI) reported last week, citing an interview with Seon Seob Kim, managing d...
    27-Jan-2020 News Investments
    MG Motors plans second phase of investments in India to expand production capacity
    MG Motors is evaluating the next-phase of expansion in India, ETAuto reported on 23 January, citing Rajeev Chaba, managing director and president of the company. The automaker is considering setting up a new manufacturing unit to have an additional annual production capacity of up to 200,000 units. ...
    24-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Volkswagen, Skoda to expand WeShare car-sharing service to seven European cities in 2020
    Volkswagen (VW), in collaboration with Skoda, will expand its WeShare electric car-sharing service to seven European cities in 2020, the automaker said in a press release on 23 January. The company will launch WeShare in Prague, Czech Republic and Hamburg, Germany, in the spring this year, followed ...
    Bosch to increase stake in fuel cell company Ceres Power
    Bosch has announced that it will increase its stake in Ceres Power to around 18%, up from 3.9%, according to a company press release on 22 January. The stake increase is achieved through a subscription by Bosch for new Ceres Power shares, as well as the purchase of further shares from existing share...
    24-Jan-2020 News Investments
    MG Motor launches ZS EV in India
    MG Motor has launched the all-electric ZS EV in India, the company announced in a press release on 23 January. The electric sport utility vehicle has been launched at a price starting at INR2.8 million. Customers who booked the vehicle before 17 January, will get the EV at an introductory price of I...
    24-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Maserati starts testing all-electric powertrain
    Maserati has started testing is first all-electric powertrain, the company announced in a press release on 23 January. Maserati has built some experimental vehicles equipped with the new powertrain at the new Innovation Lab in Modena, Italy. The new Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio will be the br...
    24-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Valmet to operationalize battery test center in Germany next month
    Valmet Automotive is set to operationalize is automotive battery test center (BTC) in Bad Friedrichshall, by the city of Heilbronn, Germany, before the end of next month, the company announced in a press release on 23 January. The BTC has been set up on an area of around 1,500 square meters on the l...
    24-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Opel starts deliveries of Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 PHEV in Germany
    Opel has started deliveries of its Grandland X Hybrid 4 plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 23 January. The all-wheel drive version can be ordered as the highly equipped INNOVATION for EUR51,165. The first plug-in hybrid from Opel is als...
    24-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Strattec Security’s Q2 net loss narrows y/y to USD1.3 million
    Strattec Security reported a net loss of USD1.3 million for the second quarter compared to a loss of USD22.2 million a year earlier. Net sales for the period ended 31 December 2019 came in at USD106.3 million, a 5.8% decrease from USD112.9 million reported last year. Adjusted gross profit margins...
    Infineon launches linear voltage regulator for automotive applications
    Infineon Technologies has developed a linear voltage regulator, the OPTIREG TLS715B0NAV50 for automotive applications, the company said in a press release on 23 January. It is part of a flip-chip package where the ICs are installed upside down. According to the company, the footprint of the new l...
    24-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Karma Automotive joins Alliance for Automotive Innovation
    Karma Automotive has joined the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, the EV maker announced via a press release on 22 January. “Being part of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation significantly amplifies Karma’s voice supporting policies that encourage the technical excellence needed to build...
    Sensata Technologies appoints Jeffrey Cote CEO effective 1 March 2020
    Sensata Technologies has appointed Jeffrey Cote as the chief executive officer effective 1 March, the company said in a press release on 23 January. He will take over from current CEO Martha Sullivan. Cote has served in several executive roles at Sensata, with the latest being president and chief...
    Continental develops platform to automate software integration into connected vehicle
    Continental has released an online platform that automates and standardizes software development and integration into the vehicle, the German supplier said in a press release on 23 January. The Continental Cooperation Portal allows OEMs and suppliers to save cost and time in the vehicle development ...
    24-Jan-2020 News New Products
    CEAT’s Q3 net profit remains stable y/y at USD7.3 million
    Indian tire-maker CEAT’s net profit remained almost stable year on year (y/y) at INR527.9 million (USD7.3 million) in the third quarter of FY 2019/20 ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 22 January. Revenue from operations for the period grew 1.8% y/y to INR17.6 billion....
    Toyota recalls 407,318 vehicles in Canada over airbags issue
    Toyota has issued a recall of 407,318 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada on 17 January. The recall affects model year (MY) 2012-18 Avalon, MY 2011-19 Corolla, and MY 2011-14 Matrix vehicles. Significance: In the subject vehic...
    24-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    ZF secures US, EU approval for Wabco deal
    German auto parts major ZF Friedrichshafen has secured unconditional US and EU antitrust approval for its previously announced USD7 billion acquisition of Wabco, Reuters reported on 23 January. According to the report, US regulators had required the companies to sell Wabco's steering components busi...
    Minth Group to establish new facility in US state Tennessee to produce plastics parts
    Chinese auto parts supplier Minth Group announced plans to invest USD87 million to build a new facility in the US state Tennessee, according to a report by Plastics News on 22 January. The new facility is expected to create 254 jobs over the next five years. The 236,000-square foot plant in Lewis...
    24-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Toshiba delivers 'H2One' Hydrogen Station Unit to Toyama Hydrogen Energy Promotion Council
    Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) has delivered ‘H2One™ Station Unit’ to the Toyama Hydrogen Energy Promotion Council, according to a company press release on 23 January. The system started operations at the Toyama City Environment Center in Toyama Prefecture, Ja...
    BMW i Ventures to invest in Software Motor Company for advanced electric motor systems
    BMW i Ventures has invested in Software Motor Company (SMC), a Silicon Valley-based company specializing in intelligent motor systems, BMW announced in a press release on 22 January. According to a separate press release from SMC, the company has secured a USD25 million financing round, including a ...
    24-Jan-2020 News Investments
    KS HUAYU AluTech expands core business to include structural components, e-mobility products
    KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH, a subsidiary of Rheinmetall Automotive AG, has recently expanded its core business to include structural components and e-mobility products, the company announced in a press release on 22 January. The company has recently developed an electric motor housing made of aluminum wi...
    24-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Lumileds appoints Matt Roney head of automotive business unit
    Lumileds has appointed Matt Roney as president of the Automotive Business Unit, the company said in a press release on 16 January. Matt will be based at Lumileds Farmington Hills office. Matt will succeed Mircea Buzgar-Nazare, who will become the company’s senior vice president for Business Transf...
    Daimler partners with UBQ Materials to test climate-positive material
    Daimler has partnered with Israel-based clean technology company UBQ Materials to test UBQ’s climate-positive material for the production of automobile parts, news website Green Car Congress reported on 22 January. The automaker is currently testing the incorporation of UBQ technology in the produ...
    Volkswagen, Aeris form JV to develop connected vehicle platform technologies
    Volkswagen has announced a partnership with Aeris to form a joint venture (JV) company called Ventic for the development and operations of connected vehicle platform technologies, a company press release on 22 January read. Volkswagen will own a 51% stake in the JV and the remaining 49% will be owne...
    Tata Motors launches Altroz hatchback in India with HARMAN-powered infotainment system
    Tata Motors has unveiled its Altroz hatchback with a Harman-powered infotainment system, the automaker said in a press release on 22 January. It features a 17.78-inch touchscreen. The Altroz also contains rain sensing wipers which turn on when it starts to drizzle. Drivers can customize the infot...
    23-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Force Motor develops multi-powertrain platform for vans
    India-based Force Motors developed a multi-powertrain platform ‘T1N’ for vans that is compatible with both internal combustion engines (ICE) and all-electric variants, Autocar Professional reported on 22 January. The electric variant based on the T1N is expected to be available by 2022. “Th...
    23-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Lucid Motors opens bookings for 'Air' EV in Europe
    Lucid Motors has started accepting reservations for its first all-electric model ‘Air’ in Europe, the company announced in a press release on 22 January. Initially, the booking has been opened in 15 European countries—Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Monaco,...
    23-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Sogefi supplies oil filter to FCA group for “FireFly” engines
    Sogefi is supplying its oil filter to Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) for its "FireFly" petrol engine family, the company announced in a press release on 22 January. The new "FireFly" engines were recently launched on various models, starting with the new FIAT 500X and the Jeep Renegade. Significa...
    Renault initiates INCIT-EV project for developing innovative EV charging solutions
    In a press release dated 22 January, Renault announced that it had launched its INCIT-EV project, along with 32 other partners, to develop innovative electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions. Spanning the 48 months from January 2020 through December 2023, the INCIT-EV will focus on seven E...
    CES 2020: StradVision, Green Hills Software present deep learning-based perception
    StradVision and Green Hills Software jointly presented deep learning based perception at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, StradVision said in a press release earlier this month. As part of the demonstration, StradVision’s SVNet Software leveraged the separation and resource protec...
    23-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Vishay unveils 16 new 2A and 3A devices in its TMBS Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifier portfolio
    Vishay Intertechnology has unveiled 16 new 2 A and 3 A devices as part of its surface-mount TMBS Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers portfolio. The devices are part of the eSMP series low profile SMP (DO-220AA) package. The semiconductor rectifiers feature a wide range of reverse voltages from 45...
    23-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Qualcomm, Audi, Virginia DOT to deploy C-V2X communication on northern Virginia roads
    Qualcomm will deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) in Northern Virginia in collaboration with Audi and Virginia Department of Transportation, the company said in a press release on 22 January. The companies will use the spectrum of the 5.9 GHz band which the Federal Communications Commis...
    Hyundai aims to broadly adopt A2B technology for its audio connectivity and infotainment applications
    Analog Devices has announced a collaboration with Hyundai Motor under which Hyundai will launch an all-digital road noise cancellation system, a company press release dated 22 January read. The system will use Analog Device’s automotive audio bus (A2B) technology. According to Analog, its A2B t...
    STMicroelectronics’s FY 2019 net income down 19.8% y/y to USD1 billion
    STMicroelectronics (STM) has reported a 19.8% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net income to USD1 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 23 January. Net revenues for the fiscal fell by 1.1% y/y to USD9.5 billion and operating income slid by 14% to US...
    Autoneum’s FY 2019 sales grow marginally y/y to USD2.3 billion
    Autoneum has reported a marginal growth of 0.7% year on year (y/y) in its revenues to CHF2.3 billion (USD2.4 billion) for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019, according to a company press release on 22 January. Geographically, Autoneum’s North America, Asia and SAMEA (South America, Middle E...
    Adient plans to invest USD23.5 million to expand plant in US state Tennessee
    Adient, the automotive seat manufacturer, has announced plans to invest USD23.5 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Lexington in the US state Tennessee, according to a press release on 17 January on the official website of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The e...
    23-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Toyota recalls 17,022 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags
    Toyota has issued a recall of 17,022 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada on 22 January. The recall affects model year (MY) 1997-99 Celica, MY 1998-99 Paseo, and MY 1998-2000 RAV4 vehicles. Significance: In subject vehicles, th...
    23-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Energy company Total to install up to 20,000 EV charging stations in the Netherlands
    French energy company Total has been awarded a contract from ‘Metropolitan Region Amsterdam Electric’ (MRA-Electric) to install and operate up to 20,000 electric vehicles (EV) charging stations in the Netherlands, according to a company press release on 22 January 2020. The energy major will ins...
    Nissan starts sales of MY2020 Nissan LEAF EV in US
    Nissan has started sales of MY2020 LEAF electric vehicle (EV) in the United States, the automaker announced in a press release on 10 January. The automaker has improved model year 2020 LEAF with added safety and convenience features, including standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology. In additio...
    Texas Instruments’ FY 2019 net income down 10% y/y to USD5 billion
    Texas Instruments (TI) has reported a 10% year-on-year (y/y) decline in net income to USD5 billion for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019, the company announced in a press release on 22 January. The American semiconductor company reported an 8.8% y/y drop in revenue to USD14.3 billion. Lower sal...
    Draper unveils lidar sensor with MEMS beamsteering technology
    Draper Laboratory has developed a high-resolution, solid-state lidar sensor that can image objects at 50 meters, the company said in a press release. The company’s lidar uses micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) optical switches for beamsteering. Draper is currently working to double the object d...
    23-Jan-2020 News New Products
    FLIR Systems teams with ANSYS to improve autonomous vehicle safety
    FLIR Systems has teamed up with ANSYS to deliver superior hazard detection capabilities for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles, ANSYS said in a press release. As part of the collaboration, FLIR will integrate a thermal sensor into ANSYS driving simulator to model, test...
    23-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Synopsys joins Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium
    Synopsys has joined the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC), a consortium established last year to accelerate deployment of safer and affordable autonomous vehicles, the company said in a press release on 16 January. As a member of AVCC, the company will contribute to the development of a...
    SiFive, CEVA collaborate to develop Edge AI processors for automotive, other markets
    SiFive, Inc has collaborated with CEVA to develop the design and create ultra-low-power domain-specific Edge artificial intelligence (AI) processors for a range of high-volume end markets, according to a press filing on 7 January. “CEVA's partnership with SiFive enables the creation of Edge AI ...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    CES 2020: Aptiv showcases smart interior sensing innovations
    Aptiv demonstrated some smart interior sensing innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas earlier this month. It showcased its interior sensing platform with the latest cameras and radars whereby the system can recognize and respond to drivers’ and passengers’ body positioning, ge...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    GM’s Cruise unveils ‘Origin’ self-driving electric vehicle for ride-sharing service
    Cruise Automation, a self-driving company majority-owned by GM, has unveiled its first autonomous electric vehicle called Origin for use in ride-sharing services, the company said in a blog on Medium. The Origin is the first fully autonomous vehicle by Cruise, as it does not feature conventional con...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    MG Motor gets over 2,800 bookings for ZS EV in India within first month of launch
    MG Motor has received over 2,800 bookings for its all-electric ZS EV sport utility vehicle (SUV) in India within the first month of opening of booking, the company announced in a press release on 20 January. MG Motor will cater to 2,409 of these bookings received from the markets where the ZS EV wil...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    EV start-up Canoo opens waiting list for subscription-only vehicle
    Electric vehicle (EV) start-up Canoo has opened the waitlist, referred to as ‘The First Wave’ for its first subscription-based EV, called Canoo. The EV is scheduled to be launched in 2021 in Los Angeles, United States. “Canoo is disrupting one of the most traditional industries in the world so...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    MIPI Alliance upgrades utility and control bus interface MIPI I3C
    The MIPI Alliance has announced MIPI I3C v1.1, the first update to its utility and control bus interface, a company press release dated 15 January showed. The MIPI I3C v1.1 is a scalable, medium-speed, utility and control bus connecting peripherals to an application processor, improving cost efficie...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Audi offers plug-in hybrid versions of A8 and Q5 in US
    Audi has introduced the plug-in hybrid variants of its A8 sedan and Q5 sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 16 January. The A8 TFSI e comes equipped with a 3L TFSI engine and an electric motor that together produce estimated 443 HP and 700 NM&...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz Vans delivers 10 eVito electric vans to Amazon in Germany
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has delivered 10 eVito electric vans to Amazon which have been deployed in Munich, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 15 January. Merecedes-Benz Vans said that more vehicle deliveries are planned for the future in order to further expand Amazon's electrically ope...
    Toshiba to appoint Masaharu Kamo as corporate senior vice president
    Toshiba Corp has appointed Masaharu Kamo as the executive officer and corporate senior vice president of the company, the Japanese firm said in a press release on 18 January. He will assume the responsibilities from 1 April. Kamo was a former partner in McKinsey & Company Inc. Japan and has h...
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Maruti Suzuki to showcase electric concept FUTURO-e
    Maruti Suzuki is set to showcase an all-electric concept ‘FUTURO-e- at the Auto Expo 2020 in India next month, the company announced in a press release on 21 January. Further details about the vehicle were not disclosed by Maruti Suzuki. “Concept FUTURO-e resonates Maruti Suzuki’s commitment t...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Ficosa to close plant in US state Kentucky
    Ficosa North America Corporation has decided to close its Shelbyville manufacturing facility located in US state Kentucky, according to a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act) notice filed by the auto parts supplier dated 13 January. Further, Ficosa plans to consolidate production with a plant...
    BMW recalls 292,948 vehicles in US to replace defective airbag inflators
    BMW is recalling 292,948 vehicles in the United States to replace defective airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2000-2005 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi,...
    22-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Zenuity partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to develop autonomous driving systems
    Zenuity has selected Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to provide artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure to develop next-generation of autonomous driving systems, the company said in a press release on 21 January. HPE will supply core data processing services...
    22-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Automotive cybersecurity start-up Cybellum joins ‘CVE Numbering Authority’ program
    Cybellum, a start-up developing automotive cybersecurity risk assessment solutions, has joined the CNA (CVE Numbering Authority) program, it said in a press release on 15 January. The company will disclose, report and assign CVEs to vulnerabilities. Cybellum’s automotive risk analysis solutions...
    Gentherm’s chairman Francois J. Castaing to retire
    Gentherm’s chairman Francois J. Castaing has informed the company’s board of directors of his intention to retire at the end of his current term, according to a company press release on 21 January 2020. Castaing further informed that he will not be standing for re-election at the company’s ann...
    United Kingdom doubles funding for on-street EV charging infrastructure
    The UK government has announced its plans to double its funding to install electric vehicle (EV) charge points on residential streets, according to a press release on the official website of the UK Department of Transport on 21 January. This will double the funding from GBP5 million (USD6.5 million)...
    Honda to recall 2.7 million vehicles in North America to replace defective airbag inflators
    Honda is recalling 2.7 million vehicles in North America for potentially defective airbag inflators, Reuters reported on 21 January. The recall campaign affects 2.4 million vehicles in the United States and 300,000 in Canada. The recall covers Honda and Acura vehicles from model year 1996 through 20...
    22-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Canadian Tire Corporation to install EV fast charging stations at 90 sites in Canada by end-2020
    Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) has announced plans to install electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations at 90 of its retail locations by the end of 2020, according to a press release on the website of Electrify Canada on 15 January 2020. CTC will work with FLO, Electrify Canada, Natural Resource...
    Toyota recalls 2.9 million vehicles in US over faulty ECU
    Toyota is conducting a safety recall affecting 2.9 million vehicles in the United States over defective airbags, the automaker announced in a press release on 21 January 2020. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2011-2019 Corolla, MY 2011-2013 Matrix, MY 2012-2018 Avalon, and MY 2013-2018 Av...
    22-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    EconCore signs license agreement with Kotobukiya Fronte for automotive interiors
    EconCore, a developer of lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core technology, has signed a license agreement with a Japanese automotive tier-1 supplier Kotobukiya Fronte, according to a company press release on 20 January. Kotobukiya Fronte is currently using EconCore’s honeycomb technology f...
    South Korea outlines safety standards for Level 3 automated driving
    The South Korean government released safety standards for production and commercialization of Level 3 autonomous driving vehicle in the country earlier this month. The standards, first of their kind in the world, were finalized by the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (...
    Renault's EV sales grow 23.5% y/y to 62,447 units in 2019
    Renault has reported a growth of 23.5% year on year (y/y) in its electric vehicle (EV) sales to 62,447 units in 2019, according to a company press release on 17 January. In the light commercial electric vehicle segment, Kangoo Z.E. was the best selling model, with a growth of 19.2% y/y to 10,349 veh...
    Ford to invest USD46.7 million in Spanish plant for hybrid vehicle and battery assembly operations
    Ford has announced that it is planning to invest EUR42 million (USD46.7 million) in its plant in Valencia, Spain, for hybrid vehicle and battery assembly operations, according to a company press release on 16 January. Ford will produce the new S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid in Valencia from next yea...
    21-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Toyota sells over 550,000 hybrid vehicles in Europe in 2019
    Toyota sold over 550,000 hybrid vehicles in Europe in 2019, the company announced in a press release on 13 January. During the full year, hybrid accounted for 52% of total sales of Toyota in Europe. In total, Toyota Motor Europe reported sales of 1,089,422 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in 2019, an incre...
    PowerCell’s Chinese subsidiary receives first order for S2 fuel cell stack
    PowerCell Fuel Cell (Shanghai) Co Ltd, PowerCell’s Chinese subsidiary, has received its first order for S2 fuel cell stack from a new Chinese customer, the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The stack will be delivered to the customer in February and will be used to test and valid...
    Subaru plans to offer electrification technology in all models by first half of 2030
    In a press release on 20 January, Subaru announced that it is planning to offer electrification technology in all its models in the first half of 2030. By 2030, the automaker expects at least 40% of its global sales to be electric vehicles (EV) or hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). “Even in this o...
    CES 2020: EyeLock demonstrates prototype of in-vehicle iris authentication for SiriusXM e-Wallet
    SiriusXM has collaborated with EyeLock to demonstrate a prototype of an iris biometric touchless gateway for SiriusXM e-Wallet services. The demonstrations took place at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier his month. SiriusXM eyes the e-Wallet offering to automakers who deploy SiriusX...
    Mercedes-Benz launches ‘Mercedes Me’ app e-mobility services for EQ brand
    Mercedes-Benz has launched the Mercedes Me app for its EQ brand, the automaker said in a press release on 16 January. The key services include pre-entry climate control, EQC optimized navigation and Mercedes me Charge. Its navigation services allow customers to locate public charging stations, ga...
    21-Jan-2020 News New Products
    NXP launches automotive ethernet switch for time sensitive networking
    NXP has unveiled a multi-gigabit ethernet switch for automakers to develop high-speed networks required for connected vehicles, the company said in a press release on 6 January. NXP says the NXP SJA1110 is the first automotive ethernet switch with safety capabilities built in, an integrated 100BA...
    21-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Toyota completes USD1.3 billion investment in modernization project at Indiana plant in US
    Toyota Motor has invested an additional USD700 million and added 150 jobs to complete a modernization project at its Princeton plant in Indiana, United States, the automaker said in a press release on 17 January. According to the Japanese automaker, the modernization project at Toyota Motor Manufact...
    21-Jan-2020 News Investments
    Chery Automobile to use Baidu's Internet of Vehicles OS for connected vehicles
    Chery Automobile will use Baidu's Internet of Vehicles operating system (OS) in its new connected vehicles, Yicai Global quoted Chery Automobile as saying on WeChat on 19 January. The companies will work on next-generation driving tech, including facial recognition and voice interaction. Chinese aut...
    21-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Verizon, Audi collaborate to deliver advanced connectivity and embedded in-vehicle Wi-Fi in US
    Verizon has announced a collaboration with Audi to deliver advanced connectivity and embedded in-vehicle Wi-Fi, a company press release on 16 January. The services will be available with the next evolution of Audi’s connected vehicle service launching on the model year (MY) 2020 Audi A4 and A5 mod...
    FCA Group in talks with Foxconn to set up new JV for EVs, IOV business in China
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is in discussion with Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Ind Co Ltd (also known as Foxconn) to set up an equal joint venture (JV) to develop and produce battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in China, the automaker confirmed in a press release on 17 January. The JV w...
    Hawaii Energy launches new incentive program for EVs
    The energy supplier Hawai’i Energy has launched a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station incentive program to expand the network of charging infrastructure, according to a report by Maui News on 13 January. The state will grant USD400,000 rebate in two rounds for installation projects complete...
    Toyota recalls 54,687 vehicles in Canada over fuel pump problem
    Toyota will recall 54,687 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Canada over a fuel pump issue, the automaker said in a press release on 13 January. The recall involves model year (MY) 2018-2019 Lexus GS 350 AWD, LX 570, and RX 350/350L; MY 2019 Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 300 AWD/350 AWD, IS 300 RWD, ES 350, GX...
    21-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Meritor appoints Chris Villavarayan as executive vice president, COO
    Meritor has appointed Chris Villavarayan as executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately, according to a company press release on 16 January 2020. In his new role, Villavarayan will be responsible for both of Meritor's business segments, Global Truck and Aftermar...
    Prakriti E-Mobility partners with Ridecell for EV cab service in India
    App-based taxi service provider Prakriti E-Mobility has selected US-based Ridecell to be the platform provider for its electric vehicle (EV) cab service in India, Ridecell announced in a press release on 6 January. Under the partnership, Ridecell is a technology partner in India for Prakriti’s app...
    Ferrari recalls 982 vehicles in US over defective airbag inflators
    Ferrari is recalling 982 vehicles in the United States to replace defective airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2009-2011 California and 2010-2011 458 Italia vehicles. ...
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    Iberdrola and AVIA to install 500 fast charging stations in Spain and Portugal
    Iberdrola and petrol stations operator AVIA have reached an agreement to install more than 500 fast chargers for electric vehicles (EV) at over 100 service stations in Spain and Portugal, Iberdrola announced in a press release on 16 January. The companies will install charging points at more than 10...
    Nissan recalls 307,962 vehicles in US to replace front passenger airbag inflators
    Nissan is recalling 307,962 vehicles in the United States over defective airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2001-2003 Maxima, MY 2002-2006 Sentra, MY 2002-2004 Pa...
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    Sprint Power receives UK government grant to establish wireless charging systems for taxis
    A consortium led by Sprint Power has received funding by the UK government to establish wireless charging systems for taxis, according to a company press release on 17 January. The consortium has been awarded GBP3.4 million (USD4.4 million) for the WiCET (Wireless Charging of Electric Taxis) trial, ...
    US DOT releases latest version of federal guidelines for automated vehicles
    The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) released the latest version of automated vehicle guidelines, called ‘Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0’ (AV 4.0),’ during the CES 2020 held earlier this month in Las Vegas. According to a ...
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    GKN Automotive partners with Delta Electronics for next-gen eDrive technology development
    GKN Automotive has partnered with power electronics company Delta Electronics to jointly develop next-generation eDrive technology, the company announced in a press release on 17 January. The two companies are collaborating to develop integrated 3-in-1 eDrive systems of power classes from 80kW to 15...
    Volkswagen plans to set up innovation hub in US for advanced materials
    Volkswagen, in collaboration with University of Tennessee, is planning to set up an innovation hub for advanced materials in the United States, the automaker announced  in a press release on 17 January. The new innovation hub’s initial work will focus on developing lighter vehicle components ...
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    New York announces "Make-Ready" program for EV charging infrastructure
    New York has announced a new utility-supported "Make-Ready" program for developing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the state, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on his website on 17 January. The "Make-Ready" Program would run through 2025 to coincide with New York's goa...
    Tata Nexon EV gets certified range of 312 kilometers
    Tata’s latest electric vehicle (EV) offering Nexon EV has received a certification for a range of 312 kilometers from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Autocar Professional reported on 17 January. The Nexon EV is equipped with a 30.2-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 129 PS permanent-ma...
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    Vitesco expects e-mobility shift to impact margins
    Continental’s powertrain division Vitesco Technologies expects that the shift to electromobility will impact margins, Reuters  reported on 17 January, citing Vitesco’s CEO, Andreas Wolf. “Electrification is a huge change for the company but also a massive opportunity. Profits are impacted...
    Cerence introduces emergency vehicle detection technology
    Nuance spin-off Cerence has introduced the Cerence Emergency Vehicle Detection (EVD), the company said in a press release on 6 January. Cerence EVD combines with the in-car assistant to alert drivers of approaching emergency vehicles. Cerence EVD does not need additional hardware and uses existin...
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