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    Porshe Taycan gets EPA-certified range of 201 miles
    Porsche Taycan Turbo has received a United States Environmental Protection Agency-certified range of 201 miles (323 kilometers), news website Electrek reported on 11 December. This is lower than the 280 miles that Porsche Taycan Turbo is claimed to have as per Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test...
    13-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Pod Point partners with Groupe PSA as exclusive EV charge point supplier in UK
    Pod Point has partnered with Groupe PSA as the automaker’s exclusive electric vehicle (EV) charge point supplier in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 10 December. The two-year UK agreement will see Pod Point become Group’s EV chargepoint supplier for its Peugeot, Ci...
    CES 2020: Continental to present holistic solution for HMI in autonomous vehicles
    Continental has developed a holistic solution for human-machine interaction (HMI) for autonomous vehicles, the company said in a press release on 12 December. The German supplier developed its new solution in the CUbE, its platform for driverless technologies. The solution combines audio and visual ...
    13-Dec-2019 News New Products
    FCC votes to split 5.9 GHz band for C-V2X, Wi-Fi
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to split the 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi and cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) uses, in a statement made on 12 December. Of the 75 MHz in question, the commission proposed to allocate the lower 45 MHz spectrum of the band for unlicen...
    USABC launches RFPI for development of automotive lithium electrode-based cell
    The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has issued a request for proposal information (RFPI) ‘‘Beyond Lithium-Ion” for development of a lithium electrode–based cell and manufacturing for automotive traction applications, according to a press release by the consortium on 12...
    Mercedes-Benz Vans starts production of eSprinter all-electric van at Dusseldorf plant in Germany
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has started production of its eSprinter all-electric van at its Dusseldorf plant in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 12 December. Mercedes-Benz Vans has made the Dusseldorf plant as the competence center for Sprinter vehicles with electric drive. "We ...
    Mercedes-Benz to produce electric powertrains at Untertürkheim plant in Germany
    Mercedes-Benz is planning to produce electric powertrains at its Untertürkheim plant in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 12 December. In the future, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertürkheim will manufacture and assemble parts of the electric powertrain (eATS). The eATS is the d...
    Nokia, Daimler, and other automotive suppliers agree on mediation to resolve technology licensing dispute
    Nokia, Daimler, and certain car parts suppliers have agreed to an independent mediation to resolve their technology licensing dispute, Reuters reported on 12 December. Nokia and the German automaker have been at odds over royalties regarding technologies in navigation systems, vehicle commun...
    Calterah’s new-generation CMOS millimeter-wave radar SoC enters mass production
    Calterah Semiconductor's new-generation advanced CMOS millimeter-wave radar system-on-chip (SoC) with Synopsys' DesignWare ARC EM Processor IP has entered mass production, the companies said in a press release on 12 December. Calterah ensured that the Alps chip series mee...
    Waymo acquires UK-based AI firm Latent Logic
    Waymo has acquired Latent Logic, a spin-out of Oxford University in the United Kingdom developing scalable and efficient testing of autonomous vehicles using imitation learning to build realistic simulation of human behavior. The acquisition also marks the launch of Waymo’s first Europea...
    Xpeng Motors selects RTI’s connectivity technology for all-new P7 EV
    Real-Time Innovations (RTI) has announced that Xpeng Motors has picked Connext DDS as the connectivity framework for its Xpeng P7 electric sedan, a company press release on 11 December stated. The P7 electric vehicle (EV) will use the XPILOT 3.0 autonomous driving system, which will be power...
    MY2020 Honda Ridgeline gets new 9-speed automatic transmission
    Honda has announced that the newest version of its Ridgeline pickup truck will go on sale on 16 December. In a press release issued on 12 December, the Japanese carmaker has stated that the new Ridgeline will feature a new 9-speed automatic gearbox. While the previous-generation Honda Ridgeline f...
    13-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Constellium’s Singen plant in Germany receives ‘Chain of Custody’ certification by ASI
    According to a press release issued by the company on 11 December, Dutch aluminium product firm Constellium has announced that the ‘Chain of Custody’ certification was granted by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) for its aluminium rolling and casting operations at the company’s facili...
    CES 2020: Wind River to demonstrate edge compute use cases in automotive technologies
    Wind River has announced that it will showcase technologies pertaining to edge computing especially in automotive applications at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 in Las Vegas in January, a company press release on 12 December showed. The company will exhibit technologies that advance intell...
    CES 2020: Immersion to showcase 15-inch haptic touchscreen for automotive center console
    Immersion Corporation will showcase its 15-inch haptic touchscreen for the automotive center console at the upcoming 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month in Las Vegas, US, according to a press release. The company will also exhibit haptics in a touchpad implementation to replace mechanica...
    MY 2020 Honda Ridgeline pickup features ‘Honda Sensing’ as standard
    Honda has launched the updated model year (MY) 2020 Ridgeline pickup truck in the United States, featuring its ‘Honda Sensing’ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard on all trims, according to a press release by American Honda on 12 December. The Honda Sensing suite in the...
    13-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Auto parts molder US Farathane expands operations
    Auto parts molder US Farathane LLC is expanding its facility in Michigan, US, according to a report by Plastics News on 11 December. To this end, the company plans to invest more than USD20 million. The 100,000-square-foot expansion is expected to create 89 jobs. The project is slated for completion...
    Subaru recalls 4,302 vehicles in Australia over aluminum PCV valve fracture
    Subaru has issued a recall of 4,302 vehicles in Australia to fix an issue with its aluminum positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 3 December. The recall affects model year (MY) 2019 Subaru Forester vehi...
    13-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Volkswagen joins AVSC
    Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) announced that it has joined the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC), according to a company press release on 12 December. The consortium, which includes automakers and technology companies, is focused on jointly developing standards and best practices for ...
    MANN+HUMMEL invests in capacity expansion at US production facility
    Germany-based MANN+HUMMEL announced plans to invest USD15 million at its facility in Tennessee, the United States, according to a press release on the official website of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development on 10 December. The expansion is expected to create up to 50 jobs at t...
    13-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Henkel expects organic sales growth of up to 2% in FY2020
    Henkel expects organic sales growth to be between 0% and 2% in 2020, the company said in a press release on 12 December. For the fiscal year of 2019, Henkel expects organic sales growth to be approximately stable. However, the company said it expects the Adhesive Technologies business...
    ZKW expands headlamps production capacity in Mexico
    Austrian Lighting systems specialist ZKW is expanding its manufacturing capacity for headlamps in Silao, Mexico, according to a company press release on 6 December. To this end, the company is investing EUR67.5 million (USD75.1 million) at its existing Mexican site. The expansion is expected to doub...
    ZKW expands manufacturing operations in Slovakia
    Austria-based lighting solutions supplier ZKW is expanding its Slovakian plant, the company announced in a press release on 6 December. The company has invested around EUR155 million (USD172.5 million) toward expansion of its existing site in Krušovce, Slovakia. The plant manufactures headlamp...
    FCA establishes unified product development organization to improve speed-to-market
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced in a press statement released on 12 December that the company has established a new, streamlined product development organization. This organization structure will reduce complexity and improve delivery effectiveness and the resulting efficiency gai...
    DRiV, research partners receive EU grant to develop wheel-corner concepts for autonomous vehicles
    DRiV, a company owned by US-based supplier Tenneco, along with several research partners, have received a European Union (EU) Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) mobility grant for development and evaluation of advanced wheel-corner concepts for autonomous vehicles, the company said in a press rel...
    12-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Toshiba uses Cypress Semper NOR Flash for next-generation ADAS
    Cypress Semiconductor has announced that Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage has picked Cypress’ Semper NOR Flash for its next-generation Visconti family of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), the company said in a press release on 11 December. The Semper NOR Flash supports automoti...
    CES 2020: Elmos to exhibit IC solutions for LED ambient lighting, LED taillights in cars
    Elmos has announced that it will display high-performance IC solutions for LED ambient lighting and for rear lighting in cars at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas in January 2020. According to a company press release on 12 December, Elmos will also exhibit highly integrated, programma...
    Pioneer makes strategic investment in local start-up Nain to jointly deliver in-vehicle solutions
    Pioneer Corporation has entered a strategic partnership with Nain Inc, a Japan-based start-up in the voice user interface (UI) solution business, the company said in a press release on 11 December. The partnership will combine Pioneer’s in-vehicle mobility technology and Nain’s original voice UI...
    12-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Cerence introduces ‘Cerence Drive’ voice assistant platform
    Cerence has introduced new innovations in its ‘Cerence Drive’ platform, the technology and solutions portfolio for automakers and IoT providers, the company said in a press release on 11 December. The platform enables automakers to build high-quality, intelligent voice assistant experiences and ...
    12-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Aeva develops 4D Lidar on Chip for autonomous driving
    Aeva has unveiled its next generation Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) lidar system, the company announced on 11 December. Aeris integrates the elements of a lidar sensor into a photonics chip. The 4D lidar-on-chip decreases the size and power of the device but has a full range performa...
    12-Dec-2019 News New Products
    China's NEV sales grow 1.3% y/y to 1.04 million units in January-November period
    Sales of new energy vehicles (NEV) in China have grown 1.3% year on year (y/y) to 1.04 million units during the January to November period, Xinhuanet reported on 10 December. Production during the period grew 3.6% y/y to 1.09 million. In November however, NEV sales fell by 43.7% y/y, whereas NEV pro...
    EV startups NIO and Xpeng Motors partner for EV battery charging services
    China-based electric vehicle (EV) start-ups Xpeng Motors and NIO have partnered on EV battery charging services, Xpeng announced in a press release on 11 December. Under the agreement, Xpeng Motors will gradually connect its charging network and payment processing system to NIO Power across China.&n...
    BMW to offer Android Auto smartphone integration in new vehicles from mid-2020
    BMW Group has announced that it will be integrating Android Auto in all vehicles with BMW Operating System 7.0. from July 2020, a company press release dated 11 December showed. The addition will allow customers to connect their Android smartphones wirelessly with their vehicle and have access to An...
    12-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Brose approves investment of between USD1.7 to 2.2 billion by 2021
    Brose Group has approved an investment program worth between EUR1.5 billion and EUR2.2 billion (USD 1.7 billion and USD2.2 billion) by 2021, the company said in a press release on 11 December. The company plans to add personnel in information technology (IT), software, and electronics. However, the ...
    12-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Innoviz selects WekaFS to accelerate AI for autonomous driving applications
    Israel-based supplier of high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software Innoviz has selected WekaIO to accelerate its artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning workflows for autonomous driving applications, according to a press release on 11 December. Innoviz will use WekaI...
    Hyundai Transys partners with Brose to develop seat for future vehicles
    Hyundai Transys Inc, a South Korean auto parts manufacturer affiliated with Hyundai Motor Group, has signed a preliminary agreement in the area of automotive seating with Germany-based auto parts supplier Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co, according to a report by Yonhap News Agency on 12 Decem...
    BMW partners with Ganfeng for sourcing lithium for battery cells
    BMW has signed a supply agreement with Ganfeng Lithium to source lithium for its electric vehicle (EV) battery cells, the company announced in a press release on 11 December. The order is worth EUR540 million (USD598.2 million) and has a term of five years (2020-2024). Ganfeng will supply the l...
    GKN unveils new strategy to make EVs more affordable
    GKN has unveiled a new strategy to help it make electric vehicles (EV) more affordable by offering cost effective electric drives, the company announced in a press release on 11 December. GKN will offer standardized range of intelligent highly integrated “3-in-1” systems for pure electric and pl...
    Magna supplies dual-clutch 8-speed transmission to Ferrari SF90 Stradale
    Magna, in cooperation with the Italian sports car maker Ferrari, has developed an all-new dual-clutch 8-speed transmission (DCT) for the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, according to a company press release on 11 December. The company is supplying its innovative, next-generation DCT that provides improved tor...
    Rheinmetall develops new electric oil pumps
    Rheinmetall has developed new electric oil pumps for the automotive industry, according to a company press release on 10 December. The company developed a new product family of electric oil pumps with three types of products with which Pierburg, depending on customer needs, is able to supply oil pum...
    12-Dec-2019 News New Products
    MANN+HUMMEL appoints Kurk Wilks as new president and CEO
    The Supervisory Board of MANN+HUMMEL Verwaltungs GmbH has appointed Kurk Wilks as the company’s new president and CEO, according to a company press release on 11 December 2019. The appointment is effective 1 January 2020. Kurk Wilks succeeds Werner Lieberherr, who resigned in October. Kurk Wilks w...
    Hankook Tire supplies Ventus and Winter i*cept line of OE tires for new Audi SQ8 TDI
    Hankook Tire is supplying Ventus and Winter i*cept line of tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new Audi SQ8 TDI, Hankook announced in a press release on11 December 2019. The South Korean tire-maker is supplying Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV and Winter i*cept evo 2 OE tires respectively in 285/45 ...
    ams begins additional acceptance period of takeover offer for Osram
    Austrian sensor specialist ams has announced the start of the additional acceptance period of its all-cash takeover offer for German lighting supplier Osram Licht, according to ams press release on 11 December. ams has achieved an acceptance level of 59.3% during the main offer period, which expired...
    BMW recalls 7,910 vehicles in US over airbags issue
    BMW is recalling 7,910 vehicles in the United States over an airbags issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year 1999 323i and 328i vehicles equipped with non-azide driver airbag inflators (NADI)...
    12-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    STMicroelectronics and Tieto collaborate to develop automotive central control unit software
    STMicroelectronics has announced a collaboration with Tieto to jointly develop Central Control-Unit (CCU) software to run on STM’s Telemaco3P platform, a company press release on 10 December showed. Tieto’s software R&D services division and STM are developing vehicle CCU software and nex...
    CES 2020: Kyocera to showcase camera-lidar fusion sensors for ADAS, autonomous driving applications
    Kyocera Corporation will display artificial intelligence (AI) and camera-lidar fusion sensors for use in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving at the CES 2020, the company said in a press release on 10 December. The Japan-based company is developing a miniature camera modu...
    11-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Ouster develops new 32-channel lidar sensor for perception system 
    Ouster has developed a 32-channel lidar sensor called the OS1-32, the company said in a press release last month. The sensor will aid in the deployment of perception systems by offering Ouster’s digital lidar technology at a reasonable price point. It is priced at USD8,000 for commercial applicati...
    11-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Polestar starts trial production of Polestar 2 at plant in China
    Polestar has started tooling trial production of Polestar 2 in the Luqiao factory in China, the company announced in a press release last week. The customer deliveries of Polestar 2 are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2020. “Polestar 2 tooling trial prototypes are now rolling off the final...
    11-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Pod Point, Volkswagen together install 100 EV chargers at Tesco store in UK
    Pod Point, in partnership with Volkswagen, has installed 100 electric vehicle (EV) charging points at Tesco stores across the United Kingdom, Pod Point announced in a press release on 6 December. "With the rollout now underway, we are witnessing a pivotal moment for the UK’s rapidly expanding publ...
    FCA joins 'Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network' for ethical EV supply chain
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has joined the ‘Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network’ (RSBN), to ensure an ethical supply chain for its electric vehicles (EV), the company announced  in a press release on 10 December. Built on the IBM Blockchain Platform and assured by RCS Global Group, ...
    SK Innovation completes construction of EV battery plant in China
    SK Innovation has completed the construction and opened its first electric vehicle battery plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, Pulse reported on 6 December, citing the company. SK Innovation will start mass production of battery cells for electric vehicles early next year. “The new plant ...
    11-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Sales of electric cars in Norway fall 27.4% y/y to 3,697 units in November
    Sales of all-electric zero-emission cars in Norway fell 27.4% year on year (y/y), to 3,697 units in November, according to OFV, which cited data from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Zero-emission cars constituted 36.9% of Norway’s total car market in November, compared with 41.3% in the...
    BlackBerry to supply QNX Neutrino RTOS, other solutions for Wall Motors’ next-gen vehicles
    BlackBerry has announced that China-based electric carmaker WM Motor will integrate its QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS) and other QNX software products into its third-generation SUVs, a company press release dated 10 December showed. WM Motor will use the QNX Platform for Digital Cockp...
    CES 2020: Infineon to demonstrate automotive security and V2X technologies
    Infineon has said that it will demonstrate innovations in automotive security and V2X technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas in January 2020, a press release dated 10 December showed. Infineon says demonstrations will include compact, high-performance radar modules and lidar c...
    CES 2020: Continental to showcase ‘Contact Sensor System’ for safe automated parking
    Continental will showcase its new Contact Sensor System (CoSSY) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas in January 2020, the company said in a press release on 10 December. Continental will demonstrate how CoSSy can help make automated parking safer. Based on the sound signal, a low-s...
    11-Dec-2019 News New Products
    AvtoVAZ buys out GM stake in GM-AvtoVAZ JV
    In a press release issued 9 December Russian auto maker AvtoVAZ has confirmed that it has signed an agreement with General Motors to buy out GM’s holdings in the GM-AvtoVAZ joint venture. Currently, General Motors holds a 50% stake in the GM-AvtoVAZ JV, which is based in Togliatti, Russi...
    Ibeo Automotive supplies solid-state lidar sensor for Rinspeed’s MetroSnap concept
    Ibeo Automotive Systems is supplying solid-state lidar senors for Rinspeed’s MetroSnap concept, which will be exhibited at the CES 2020, according to a company press release on 10 December. The 4D solid-state lidar sensors from Ibeo—ibeoNEXT—are the eyes of the Rinspeed MetroSnap. These lidar ...
    Eberspächer supplies heating solutions to StreetScooter for all-electric WORK XL model
    Eberspächer, the automotive components manufacturer based out of Esslingen, Germany, has announced that it will be supplying heating solutions for the electrically powered vans of StreetScooter GmbH. According to a press release issued by the company on December 10th, the WORK XL vans of StreetScoo...
    Ford recalls 3,900 vehicles in North America over fuel line issue
    American car maker Ford has issued a recall for 3,900 vehicles in the North American region. According to a press release issued by the company dated December 6th, the vehicles affected in this recall are the 2020 Ford Explorer and the 2020 Lincoln Aviator. The recall will be applied to 3,858 vehicl...
    11-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Toshiba develops general-purpose system power IC for automotive applications
    Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage has launched a new general-purpose system power IC ‘TB9045FNG’ for automotive applications, according to a company press release on 10 December. The new power IC is available in four versions, with output voltages ranging from 1.1V to 1.5V. the company ex...
    11-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 2,427 vehicles in US over issue with front door wiring harnesses
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 2,427 vehicles in the United States over an issue with front door wiring harnesses, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year 2019 G550 4MATIC and G63 AMG vehicles. The reca...
    11-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    French supplier Streit Groupe inaugurates new manufacturing plant in Mexico
    French supplier Streit Groupe has inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, to assemble and manufacture parts for center housing turbochargers, according to a report by Automotive News Mexico on 2 December. The company invested USD20 million in the plant, which is expected to crea...
    Amsterdam stadium installs 15 bi-directional EV chargers
    German technology supplier, The Mobility House, has installed 15 bi-directional charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, according to a report by New Mobility on 10 December. The project is the result of collaboration between the Royal BAM Group, The Mobility Hous...
    BMW recalls 32,760 vehicles in US over problem with child restraint system
    BMW is recalling 32,760 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the child restraint system, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall covers model year 2015-2019 X6 sDrive35i, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6...
    11-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    LeddarTech, First Sensor team up to accelerate lidar deployment for ADAS and autonomous driving applications
    LeddarTech has entered into a partnership with First Sensor, a sensor solution developer, to accelerate lidar deployment for advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) and autonomous driving applications, LeddarTech said in a press release on 10 December. The two companies are developing a lidar plat...
    Geely selects Quanergy as strategic partner for lidar technology
    Quanergy has been selected as lidar partner by Chinese automaker Geely Automotive Group, the US-based company said in a press release on 10 December. The two partners will collaborate on development and deployment of lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles and smart city applications. Quanergy and Gee...
    Hella appoints new heads to lead business activities in China
    Germany-based lighting and electronics firm Hella has appointed new heads for its business activities in China, the company announced in a press release on 10 December. Hella has appointed Didier Keskas to lead its Lighting business in Asia/Pacific, and Jörg Brandscheid to lead Electronics business...
    BlackBerry enters strategic collaboration Marelli in China
    BlackBerry has entered a strategic partnership with Marelli’s Electronic Business Unit in China to integrate its ‘QNX Platform for Digital Cockpit’ in Marelli’s electronic cockpit (eCockpit) and Digital Cluster solution, the company said in a press release on 10 December. The integrated solu...
    11-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Valeo targets higher profitability, cash flow in 2022
    Valeo is aiming to increase its EBITDA to 15% of sales in 2022, the company announced in a press release on 9 December. It is also looking at free cash flow generation between EUR1.3 billion (USD1.4 billion) and EUR1.5 billion over the 2020-2022 period, which is nearly double compared to 2017-2019 p...
    Mercedes-Benz to source batteries for hybrid cars from SK Innovation in China
    Mercedes-Benz is set to source batteries for its plug-in hybrid cars in China from SK Innovation, Reuters reported on 9 December, citing SK Innovation. According to the report, Mercedes Benz plug-in hybrid sedan will be built by Daimler’s local joint venture (JV) with BAIC Group. Significa...
    Autoneum revises short- and mid-term outlook
    Autoneum has revised its short- and mid-term outlook and now expects a net loss in the high double-digit million range for the full year 2019, the company announced in a press release on 9 December. Due to this, Autoneum will need an additional year to meet the mid-term targets announced in March. ...
    Dana unveils silicon carbide (SiC) inverter for e-racing at CTI Berlin
    Dana Incorporated has announced that it will showcase its silicon carbide (SiC) inverter at the CTI Berlin, a company press release on 9 December said. Dana says that it originally developed the SiC inverter for e-racing, which has served as a testbed for Dana's technology over the last five year...
    10-Dec-2019 News New Products
    EC approves USD3.5 billion towards battery value chain R&D
    The European Commission (EC) has approved nearly EUR3.2 billion (USD3.5 billion) for research and development (R&D) of the entire battery value chain in Europe, according to a press release on 9 December. The funding is under EU State aid rules for an Important Project of Common European in...
    OCTO Telematics buys Nebula Systems
    OCTO Telematics has announced the acquisition of the entire share capital of Nebula Systems, a company press release on 4 December showed. Following the acquisition, Nebula technology will be integrated in the standard OCTO offering and all OCTO telematics devices will integrate these capabi...
    Repsol acquires Ibil's EV charging network
    Repsol has acquired Ibil’s charging network and energy commercialization services for electric vehicles (EV), the company announced in a press release on 4 December. Ibil will concentrate its activities in providing the market with technological and value-added services for installation and operat...
    OmniVision develops 8.3 MP automotive image sensors
    OmniVision Technologies has unveiled the first two products of its new automotive image sensor platform—the 8MP, front-view OX08A and OX08B, the company said in a press release on 9 December. According to OmniVision, the high-resolution OX08A features the automotive industry’s best HDR, while...
    10-Dec-2019 News New Products
    BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor gets Automotive Safety Integrity Level ‘D’ certification
    BlackBerry has announced that its QNX Hypervisor 2.0 for safety has got an ISO 26262 ASIL D compliant certification, according to a company press release on 9 December. This makes it the world’s first ASIL D safety-certified commercial hypervisor. Developers can isolate safety-critical sys...
    Sogefi appoints Mauro Fenzi as new CEO
    Sogefi has appointed Mauro Fenzi as the new CEO of the company, according to a company press release on 9 December 2019. This comes after the resignation of the current CEO Laurent Hebenstreit. Fenzi many years' international experience in the automotive sector, particularly in the field of ...
    Denso agrees to pay USD19 million to settle class action lawsuits in Canada
    Denso Corporation and some of its consolidated subsidiaries have entered into a settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in putative class action lawsuits in Canada, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 9 December. The company agreed to pay approximately JPY2.1 billion (USD19 million). ...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz B-Class
    The third generation Mercedes Benz B-Class is assembled at Daimler's facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz B-Class from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at over 86,000 units. If you would like your...
    Denso, Toyota name semiconductor JV ‘MIRISE Technologies’
    Toyota Motor Corp has said that its joint venture with Denso will be called MIRISE Technologies, a company press release on 10 December showed. The JV will be established in April 2020. The JV will conduct research and develop next-generation in-vehicle semiconductors and manufacturing electronic...
    Durr expands paint shop production capacity in China and Hungary to supply BMW
    Dürr announced plans to expand its presence in China and Hungary by building new paint shops in Shenyang, China, and Debrecen, Hungary, according to a company press release on 6 December 2019. In addition, the company will expand an existing paint shop in China. These additional capacities will cat...
    Ford recalls 86,296 vehicles in US over to reprogram body control module software
    Ford is recalling 86,296 vehicles in the United States to reprogram body control module (BCM) software, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2018-2019 F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty truck...
    10-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Yokohama Rubber supplies OE tires for Porsche’s Cayenne Premium SUV
    Yokohama Rubber began supplying its Advan and Avid brand of tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for Porsche’s new Cayenne premium sport utility vehicle (SUV), according to a press release on 10 December. The tire-maker is supplying Advan Sport V105 and AVID GT OE tires for the new Porsche Cay...
    Vitesco develops affordable hybrid transmission for plug-in hybrid vehicles
    At the CTI Symposium in Berlin, Germany, powertrain supplier Vitesco Technologies showcased a new compact hybrid transmission that is cost-effective. According to a press release dated 9th December, this device comes with integrated electric machines and is designed to be used in plug-in hybrid vehi...
    10-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Mitsubishi Motors recalls 2,108 vehicles in US to replace brake vacuum pump
    Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc is recalling 2,108 vehicles in the United States to replace the brake vacuum pump, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2012-2017 i-MiEV vehicle...
    10-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Toyo Tire sells 50% holdings in Bridgestone Corporation
    Japanese tire maker Toyo Tire has announced the sale of half of its stock holdings in Bridgestone Corporation, in a press statement released on November 28th. The company will be doing a normal sale of 1,946,602 Bridgestone shares on the Tokyo Stock exchange, and this represents 50% of the total num...
    Mercedes-Benz, Bosch start automated ride-hailing pilot project in US
    Mercedes-Benz and Bosch have started testing their self-driving taxies in California, United States, under a joint pilot project on automated ride-hailing, Daimler said in a press release on 9 December. The joint automated ride-hailing service pilot project uses automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan...
    CES 2019: Koito to exhibit advanced lighting products
    Koito Manufacturing, in collaboration with its subsidiary North American Lighting Inc, will exhibit advanced lighting products at the CES 2020 to be held in Las Vegas, United States, next month, according to a company press release on 9 December. Koito’ said its ‘Sensor Lighting Solution’...
    Audi launches new Q7 TFSI e quattro with plug-in hybrid powertrain
    According to a press release issued on 9th December, German luxury and sportscar manufacturer Audi has launched the newest version of its Q7 SUV. The vehicle, which is called the Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro, is a plug-in hybrid model powered by a 3.0 litre, turbocharged, V6 petrol engine that works in ta...
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    Volkswagen demonstrates first real use of quantum computing for optimizing traffic routing
    Last month, Volkswagen demonstrated the first real use of quantum computing for optimizing traffic routing during the Web Summit Conference from 4-8 November in Lisbon, Portugal, the company said in a press release. The German automaker partnered with public transportation company CARRIS to equip ni...
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    Volkswagen seeks strategic partner for Sitech seating business
    Volkswagen Group Components is looking for a strategic partner for its automotive seating business, operated by wholly owned subsidiary, Sitech Sitztechnik GmbH, Automotive News Europe reported on 8 November, citing a senior official from the company. The move will help Sitech share development cost...
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    Tesla Model 3 qualifies for subsidies in China
    Tesla’s Model 3 has qualified for electric vehicle (EV) subsidies in China, the automaker announced on Twitter on 6 December. According to the tweet, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has released a list of electric vehicles (EV) eligible for subsidies, which includes Tesla M...
    SAE to launch industry-led research project for improving EV charging infrastructure
    Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE)  is planning to form an industry-led pre-competitive research project to strengthen electric vehicle (EV) charging system security, SAE announced in a press release on 5 December. The project will look at more secure implementation of Plug & Charge for ...
    Nexeon acquires key patents related to use of silicon in lithium-ion battery anodes
    Material science  company Nexeon has acquired three sets of key patents related to the use of silicon in lithium-ion battery anodes, the company announced in a press release on 5 December. The patents, numbering 24 in all, concern the manufacture and use of nano scale silicon particles, alone o...
    Russia EV sales more than doubles in January to October period
    Sales of electric vehicles (EV) in Russia during the January to October period have grown over 165% year on year (y/y) to 297 units, as compared to 112 units in the same period last year, Autostat reported on 3 December. Jaguar I-Pace was the best selling electric model with sale of 119 un...
    BMW's global electrified vehicle sales grow 18.4% y/y to 17,480 units in November
    BMW has reported a growth of 18.4% year on year (y/y) in the global sales of its electrified vehicles to 17,480 units in November, according to a company press release on 6 December. Out of these, 13,590 units were plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), which is a growth of 20.3% y/y. Sales of the MINI Coo...
    Ford recalls 261,617 vehicles in North America for unintended tailgate opening
    Ford has issued a recall for select model year (MY) 2017-19 F-250, F-350 and F-450 Super Duty vehicles for unintended tailgate opening, the automaker announced in a press release on 6 December. Vehicles with a mechanical tailgate release handle are not affected. The recall covers 231,664 vehicles in...
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