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    Making waves in the autonomous driving industry: Wayve’s funding splash
    Wayve's recent funding represents the largest AI fundraising in the UK to date. One notable aspect of Wayve's approach to automated/autonomous driving technology is its focus on empowering a variety of manufacturers through its 'Embodied AI' technology. Unlike many competitors that rely heavily on high-definition maps and pre-programmed routes, Wayve utilizes a machine learning model that learns from vast amounts of data, simulating human learning. This adaptability enables Wayve's system to han...
    Navigating compliance costs: OEMs' dilemma in making legacy vehicles compliant with cybersecurity
    The implementation of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) R155 cybersecurity regulation has ramifications for the automotive industry that are more immediate than one would ordinarily expect in the vehicle planning process. It has led to some shuffling of vehicle portfolios among original equipment manufacturers due to inputting cost-benefit scenarios into the vehicle planning process. Porsche's decision to discontinue sales of the internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered M...
    Yokohama Rubber to supply tires for Lexus' new GX 550 SUVs
    In a press release on July 10, The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., based in Hiratsuka, Japan, recently announced its role in supplying GEOLANDAR X-CV tires as an optional original equipment (OE) for Lexus' new luxury on-road sport utility vehicle (SUV), the GX 550. The tires, which come in sizes 265/55R20 113V for the North American market and 265/55R20 109V for the Japanese market, were designed to cater to the vehicle's launch in North America in April 2024 and its upcoming general sales debut in Ja...
    Kontron AG launches smart EV charging project with German car manufacturer
    In a press release dated July 3, Kontron AG, recognized for its IoT technology solutions, has announced that it has won a major new order for intelligent charging systems for electric cars from a leading German automobile manufacturer. The project, valued at €120 million, is slated to commence series production in the third quarter of 2024 and extend through 2028. This endeavor focuses on catering to the European and Chinese markets with a novel generation of intelligent, interconnected cha...
    Rheinmetall secures major e-mobility contract with global carmaker
    Rheinmetall, a prominent technology group, has secured a significant contract to supply several million electric coolant pumps to a renowned international car manufacturer. The contract is valued in the low three-digit million euro range and involves the production of pumps to be utilized in the manufacturer's hybrid vehicles. Production has started already and is slated to continue through 2030, with a service agreement extending even further to 2045. This order marks a vital step for Rheinm...
    Huaxiang Electronic agrees to acquire IAC Group's business in mainland China
    Huaxiang Electronic has reached an agreement to acquire International Automotive Components Group’s (IAC) operations in mainland China for 600 million Chinese yuan ($82.6 million), Yicai Global reported June 26. The acquisition will significantly expand Hauxiang's presence in its domestic market. The deal involves IAC’s six subsidiaries in mainland China, including buying full stakes in Automotive Components Technology, IAC Automotive Components, IAC Shanghai Management as well as IAC Aut...
    Sila secures $375M in Series G for next-gen battery technology
    Sila, a company specializing in next-generation battery materials, has successfully closed its Series-G funding round, raising $375 million. The round was led by Sutter Hill Ventures and T. Rowe Price Associates Inc., with additional investments from new and existing investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Coatue and Perry Creek Capital, among others. This financial milestone is set to support the completion of Sila's Moses Lake, Wash., plant by the first quarter of 2025, facilita...
    Punch Powertrain secures major order for new continuously variable transmission project
    In a press release dated June 25, Punch Powertrain announced that it has won a major order for its VT3 continuously variable transmission (CVT) from a leading mainland Chinese automaker. The annual demand forecast is for over 100,000 transmissions, and the start of production is scheduled for 2025. The VT3 transmission has proven to be a successful, robust and cost-efficient CVT, which can be quickly deployed thanks to its design flexibility. The tried-and-tested VT3 transmission contrib...
    Mitsui Chemicals and ARRK debut advanced materials in Toyota Hyper-F Concept
    Mitsui Chemicals and its subsidiary ARRK Corp. have announced their materials' incorporation into a high-performance concept car based on the Toyota Fortuner. This collaboration involves TAFNEX CF PP, a unidirectional carbon fiber-reinforced polypropylene resin sheet developed by Mitsui Chemicals, and direct pellet-fed 3D-printed components co-developed by Mitsui Chemicals and ARRK. These materials are utilized in the Toyota Hyper-F Concept, which was designed by TCD Asia Co. Ltd., ...
    Hyundai Transys secures contract with Saudi EV maker Ceer
    Hyundai Transys has secured a milestone agreement to supply its innovative integrated electric vehicle drive system (EDS) to Ceer, a Saudi Arabian EV manufacturer backed by the Kingdom's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF). The contract, valued at 3 trillion won (about $2.1 billion), was formalized at Hyundai Transys' headquarters. The company's integrated EDS, pioneering in the EV market, merges a motor, inverter and reduction gear into a single unit. This integration not...
    Tesla extends lithium supply contract with Yahua
    Yahua, a Sichuan-based company primarily known for manufacturing and selling industrial explosives, has secured its position in the electric vehicle battery sector by extending its contract with Tesla for the supply of lithium hydroxide. The initial contract between Yahua and Tesla, which was set from 2021 to 2025, involved the supply of 63,000 to 88,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide, amounting to a total value of $880 million. This contract was later extended in August of the previous year for...
    SoundHound AI acquires Allset to enhance voice commerce
    SoundHound AI has announced acquisition of significant assets from Allset, an online food ordering platform known for connecting restaurants with local customers, the US-based specialist in voice artificial intelligence said in a press release June 20. The acquisition will enable consumers to use advanced voice AI to order food from their vehicles, phones and smart devices. With this acquisition, Allset's team joins SoundHound, enhancing the company's innovation capacity and voice AI capabili...
    Kongsberg Automotive secures €55 million contract for dog-clutch actuator
    Kongsberg Automotive (KA) has secured a new contract valued at over €55 million for its dog-clutch actuator (DCA) from a mainland China-based automaker in the electric commercial vehicle market. The DCA, which is a KA invention, is tailored for gear-shifting and decoupling activities for multispeed transmissions. This five-year contract will commence production in 2025, with KA's Wuxi, mainland China, plants responsible for producing and supplying the product. KA's DCA is compatible wi...
    Group14 signs multiyear deal for silicon battery materials with three EV cell manufacturers
    Group14 Technologies Inc., a major manufacturer and supplier of advanced silicon battery materials, has signed five multiyear binding offtake agreements that represent over $300 million in contract value, according to a press release dated June 4. Without disclosing the names, Group14 said that the agreements have been made with three leading electric vehicle and two consumer electronic (CE) cell manufacturers across Europe, Asia and North America. These contracts will enable Group1...
    Geely plans localized supply chain to tackle Malaysia's high auto component costs
    Geely Holding Group, the owner of multiple car brands including Lynk & Co., Zeekr and Polestar, plans to establish a localized supply chain in Malaysia to deal with the high costs of automotive components in the country, Yicai Global reported, citing Geely Founder and Chairman Li Shufu.  Proton, a Malaysian car brand partly owned by Geely, has about 30% higher supply chain costs than brands in mainland China and 10% higher than those in Thailand, Shufu recently disclosed in...
    Hexagon Purus to supply components for heavy-duty hydrogen mobility to Toyota Motors North America
    In a press release dated May 22, Hexagon Purus announced that it will supply components to Toyota North America (TMNA) for serial production of its heavy-duty fuel-cell electric powertrain kits. The components include a full hydrogen storage system and a high-voltage battery pack. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) assembles integrated dual fuel-cell modules for use in hydrogen-powered heavy-duty commercial trucks. The fuel-cell kit, including the battery and hydrogen storage systems ...
    Cupra incorporates Bcomp’s natural fiber in new EV bucket seats
    Cupra, the Spanish automaker, has announced the incorporation of Bcomp's innovative natural fiber composite solutions in the new CUP Bucket seats for the Cupra Born VZ electric vehicle. The car's interior design has been conceived through a collaboration with Bcomp and Sabelt, known for their high-performance automotive seats. According to BComp, the all-natural fiber seatbacks, which replace the previously used carbon and glass fibers, significantly reduce emissions. Specifically, the use of...
    Rheinmetall wins major order for high pressure EGR and exhaust backpressure valves
    Rheinmetall, the technology group, has secured an order for high-pressure exhaust gas recirculation and exhaust backpressure valves from an existing commercial vehicles sector client, the company announced in a press release May 22. The order has a total value in the lower three-digit-million-euro range. Rheinmetall said that the order is from an automaker which has been a customer for over a decade, without disclosing the name. Production for this order is set to commence in January 2027 and...
    Kobe Steel to incorporate green aluminum in Nissan's vehicles
    In a press release dated May 21, Kobe Steel announced that it will use green aluminum into its aluminum extrusion and suspension products for Nissan Motor. These products will be used in Nissan's mass-manufactured vehicles destined for the Japanese and North American markets, starting in fiscal year 2024. The company is also considering the use of these materials in vehicles produced for the European market. Some of the car components to be made from green aluminum are bumper reinforcements, ...
    Panasonic to supply batteries for new heavy-duty truck brand Tern
    Panasonic Energy has announced it will supply its lithium-ion batteries for the new heavy-duty truck model, the RC8, under the recently launched brand Tern, in its first foray into the commercial vehicle sector. The Tern truck brand was launched by Hexagon Purus ASA, a manufacturer of zero-emission mobility, and Hino Trucks. The truck was unveiled at the ongoing Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Las Vegas. Panasonic Energy will begin manufacturing batteries for Hexagon Purus’ Tern ...
    Lamborghini Revuelto introduces Sonus Faber premium sound system
    The luxurious Italian brand Sonus Faber has designed an exclusive sound system for the new Lamborghini Revuelto. The system features seven speakers in total, an exclusive phase plug and a natural fiber composite material developed for the vehicle. To enhance the in-car experience, the system utilizes a new Full Class D amplifier in combination with a powerful digital signal processor (DSP), delivering smooth transitions between electrical signals and acoustical tones. The amplifier can power the...
    Kongsberg Automotive secures €13 million contract for supply of battery coolant pipes
    Kongsberg Automotive (KA) has secured a €13 million contract from an undisclosed vehicle manufacturer to supply battery coolant pipes, the company announced on May 16. The said battery coolant pipes will be used in the new generation battery packs used in electric trucks, the company said. The manifold, which distributes coolant within the battery clusters in the battery cells, is connected to the truck’s chassis cooling system and adheres to the IP67 standards, which ensure water and dus...
    Alfa Romeo selects Alcantara for interior of Junior SUV
    Alcantara has announced that Alfa Romeo has chosen its premium “Made-in-Italy” material for the interior of its new SUV, the Junior 2024, according to a press release dated April 30. The SUV’s sporty look is enhanced by the combination of black Alcantara for the center of the seats with a round-shaped open work on a red backing and stitching. The interior of the new Junior features high quality upholstery with a sporty feel with a distinctively Italian quality. The Junior was introduced...
    CATL, Beijing Hyundai sign strategic agreement for supply of EV batteries in mainland China
    CATL, the world’s largest battery maker, and Beijing Hyundai have signed a strategic partnership agreement on the supply of EV batteries, CATL announced April 25. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Beijing Auto Show 2024. Under the agreement, CATL will supply batteries for Beijing Hyundai's EV projects. As a joint venture with a deep presence in China for 21 years, Beijing Hyundai has sold over 12 million vehicles in mainland China. Notably, the automaker has been partnerin...
    Ineos Styrolution's Luran S SPF60 material chosen for blackening panel
    Ineos Styrolution has announced that its high-performance Luran S SPF60 material has been selected by a leading European automotive brand for use in the blackening panel of its trucks, it said in a press release dated April 17. Luran S SPF60 has a superior surface quality, is weather resistant and can maintain its deep blackened appearance over time. Ineos Styrolution has a long-standing relationship with the automotive company and its application supplier, and the two companies have previous...
    Sheeva.AI unveils in-vehicle services marketplace for Citroën vehicles in India
    Sheeva.AI has introduced its innovative in-vehicle payment technology, SheevaConnect, as part of the product suite for the Citroën C3 Aircross sport utility vehicle (SUV) AT, Autocar reported April 16. It is a location-based platform for in-vehicle payments, offering secure, innovative and frictionless customer experiences. As drivers approach a SheevaConnect-enabled petrol station, the integration of Sheeva.AI technology allows users to complete transactions using their ...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies GEOLANDAR A/T G015 tires to Toyota’s Crown Crossover RS Landscape
    The Yokohama Rubber has announced that it will supply its GEOLANDAR A/T G015 tires as original equipment to Toyota Motor Corp. for the latter's new Crown Crossover RS Landscape special edition, as reported in a press release on April 16. The GEOLANDAR A/T G015 is an all-terrain tire designed for sport utility vehicles (SUVs), which offers excellent drivability and durability in off-road conditions, along with a comfortable and quiet ride on city streets. This marks an expansion of Yokoha...
    Mahle secures two new major orders for supplying thermal management modules
    German auto component supplier Mahle has secured two major orders for thermal management modules to be used in electric vehicles, with a total order volume of about €1.5 billion across both the projects, the company announced April 12. Without disclosing the names of both customers, Mahle said that while one order has come from an established global vehicle manufacturer, the second order is secured from an upcoming, innovative Asian carmaker. According to Mahle, the first order marks the...
    Kongsberg Automotive wins €105 million contract for fluid-transfer assemblies in heavy-duty trucks
    Kongsberg Automotive (KA) has won a contract worth over €105 million in estimated lifetime revenue for metal and plastic fluid-transfer assemblies used in heavy-duty truck engines. The five-year contract was awarded by a Europe-based global original equipment manufacturer and will be engineered according to the customer's requirements, and manufactured and supplied by KA's plants in Epila, Spain; Brzesc Kujawski, Poland; and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Production is set to begin in 2026...
    Rimac Technology to provide high-voltage battery units to BMW Group
    Rimac Technology has partnered with BMW Group, under which Rimac will supply high-voltage battery units for BMW Group’s product range, it said in a press release dated April 9. This partnership represents the largest and most ambitious project for Rimac Technology to date. To accommodate the project, a significant portion of the Rimac Campus near Zagreb, Croatia will be dedicated to the development of sophisticated automated production lines for batteries. The companies will ...
    Xiaomi unveils SU7 EV equipped with Hesai Lidar
    In a press release on April 2, Xiaomi has launched its first mass-produced electric vehicle, the Xiaomi SU7, equipped with Hesai's Lidar, in Beijing. The all-new high-performance sedan represents Xiaomi's entry into the EV market and showcases its capabilities in car manufacturing. The SU7 features Hesai's high-performance AT128 long-range Lidar. With over 88,898 reservations within the first day of its release, the SU7 is set to start deliveries in April and May for the Pro and Max version...
    Panasonic Energy to supply cylindrical lithium-ion batteries to Subaru Corp.
    Subaru Corp. and Panasonic Energy Co. Ltd. have signed a cooperative agreement where Panasonic will supply the carmaker with cylindrical automotive lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, Panasonic announced March 19. The final agreement follows months-long negotiations between the two companies, which first began discussion on supply of Li-ion batteries in July 2023. The discussions focused on building a medium-to-long term partnership to serve the growing market for battery-electric vehicles (...
    Mazda Motor, Panasonic Energy sign agreement on supply of cylindrical lithium-ion batteries
    Mazda Motor Corp. and Panasonic Energy Co. Ltd. have signed a strategic agreement where Mazda will source cylindrical automotive lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries from Panasonic, the two companies said in a joint announcement on March 29. The two companies had begun discussions aimed at building a medium-to-long term partnership for the supply of cylindrical automotive Li-ion batteries in June 2023. Those discussions have now resulted in the signing of this agreement, the two companies said...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies Advan Sport V105 tires to Subaru’s new Impreza
    In a press release on April 1,  Yokohama Rubber announced that it has begun delivering Advan Sport V105 tires to Subaru Corp. for use as original equipment (OE) on the automaker's new Impreza cars to be sold in Europe and Latin America. The new Impreza models will feature these high-performance tires (size 22540R1892W). The Advan Sport V105 tires being supplied as OE on the new Impreza have a specially tuned structure that enhances handling stability and ride comfort while reducing ...
    Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 N gets bespoke Pirelli P Zero tires
    As reported in a press release on March 27, Pirelli has developed a specially adapted version of its P Zero tire for Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 N, the automaker’s first high-performance electric car. In a two-year collaboration with Hyundai, the tire was developed using virtual simulation tools and then tested on the Nürburgring circuit. The bespoke P Zero tire features Pirelli’s Elect technology, specially engineered for electric cars and plug-in hybrids. The P Zero Elect, according to Pi...
    Panasonic's full-display meters debut in Mazda's CX-70 model
    Panasonic Automotive Systems has announced that its full-display meters are installed in Mazda Motor Corp.'s new CX-70 model, in a press release dated March 28. The CX-70 is the third Mazda passenger vehicle to feature Panasonic's full-display meters, which use a large 12.3-inch display to show the driver various vehicle conditions such as speed and warnings. The graphics on the display change according to the vehicle's conditions, providing timely and appropriate information to help drivers ...
    Yokohama Rubber to supply Advan Sport V107 tires for new Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 coupe
    In a press release on March 29, Yokohama Rubber announced that it will supply its Advan Sport V107 tires as original equipment (OE) for the new Mercedes-AMG CLE 534MATIC+ coupe. The coupe will be fitted with 26540ZR19 (102Y) front tires and 29535ZR19 (104Y) rear tires. The Advan Sport V107 is an ultrahigh-performance tire developed jointly with Mercedes-AMG and is part of Yokohama Rubber's global flagship Advan brand. The tire has undergone testing at Yokohama Rubber's test center at the Nür...
    Seoul Semiconductor supplies Wicop to front headlamps of 2024 Genesis GV80
    In a press release on March 28, Seoul Semiconductor announced that it is supplying and mass-producing its  Wicop technology to Hyundai Motor Group for the headlamps of its sport utility vehicle (SUV) model, the Genesis GV80. The company claims that the Wicop is the world's first high-power LED without wire, and Seoul Semiconductor has applied its new technology, Ultra-High Luminance Wicop UHL, to the high and low beams of the GV80, symbolizing Genesis vehicles. This technology has improv...
    Pioneer's Premium Sound System to debut in upcoming Lexus GX SUVs in Japan
    Pioneer Corp. has announced that its Premium Sound System will be factory-installed in the upcoming Lexus GX sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in Japan, scheduled for launch in 2024, in a press release dated March 25. The company has also received a Special Chief Engineer (CE) Award from Toyota Motor Corp. for designing and developing a technologically advanced premium sound system for the Lexus GX, which enhances its value propositions. The Premium Sound System designed for the Lexus GX is ...
    Lexus NX Overtrail features Dunlop Grandtrek AT5 as standard
    As reported in a press release on March 15, the Dunlop Grandtrek AT5 tire has been selected as factory standard for the Lexus NX Overtrail, which launched in February. The development of this luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) is part of the Lexus Overtrail Project, which aims to foster a carbon-neutral society and cater to diverse outdoor lifestyles, with the interior and exterior of the Overtrail designed with off-road capability, stability and comfort in mind. The Dunlop Grandtrek AT5 t...
    Volvo Cars invests in battery-charging software startup Breathe Battery Technologies
    Volvo Cars’ corporate venture capital arm Volvo Cars Tech Fund has invested an undisclosed amount in a battery-charging software startup named Breathe Battery Technologies, the carmaker announced March 12. In parallel to its investment in Breathe Battery, Volvo Cars has also signed a sourcing agreement with the startup for its flagship product, Breathe Charge, the company said in a statement. Breathe Battery Technologies is a London-based startup that develops battery management software...
    Yokohama Rubber to supply Geolandar A/T G94 tires for Mitsubishi Motors’ new Triton
    The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has announced that it will supply its Geolandar A/T G94 tires as original equipment for Mitsubishi Motors' new Triton pickup truck, which was launched in Japan, according to a press release on March 12. The Triton will be fitted with 26560R18110H size tires and will be successively launched in approximately 100 countries worldwide. The Geolandar A/T G94 is an all-terrain tire designed for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks that offers excell...
    EKPO supplies fuel-cell stacks to mainland China’s premium carmaker Hongqi
    EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies GmbH (EKPO) and China FAW Group (FAW) have signed a contract for the development and supply of fuel-cell stack module prototypes, EKPO announced on March 8. The fuel-cell stacks of the ‘NM12-Single’ platform will be used in a next-generation fuel-cell vehicle of FAW's premium brand Hongqi, it said, adding that the ‘NM12-Single’ stack module is suitable for applications in the passenger car and light commercial vehicle (LCV) segments. According to the com...
    Rheinmetall secures second order for electric oil pumps from major automaker
    Rheinmetall, a German technology group, has secured a new order from one of the world's largest automobile manufacturers to supply millions of electric oil pumps. The order, worth a figure in the lower-three-digit million-euro range, excluding value-added tax, will result in additional sales volume through supplementary services. This marks the second time Rheinmetall has received an order from the same manufacturer for electric oil pumps, demonstrating the company's quality products and experti...
    Smart Eye secures major order for automotive interior sensing AI technology
    Smart Eye, a leading developer of driver monitoring systems (DMS) for the automotive industry, has received a significant order from a major South Korean car manufacturer. The order includes both DMS and cabin monitoring systems, and the estimated revenue for the order is 175 million Swedish kronor (about $16.8 million) based on product life-cycle projections, according to a press release on Feb. 29. This marks the first time Smart Eye will deliver its technology to a major vehicle manufactur...
    Harman Kardon supplies new Renault Scenic E-Tech electric with premium sound system
    Harman announced that French carmaker Renault has launched its all new Scenic E-Tech electric vehicle equipped with a Harman Kardon premium sound system, according to a press release dated March 5. The premium sound system features an upgraded setup of nine high-performance speakers, including single-voice coil woofers in the front doors for a better performance in upper mid-range frequencies and an External Coupled Subwoofer (ECS) that reduces weight and volume of the subwoofer enclosure and...
    Technotrans to supply cooling solutions for fast-charging stations to ADS-TEC Energy
    Technotrans SE has received a follow-up order in the high single-digit million euro range from ADS-TEC Energy to supply thermal management solutions for the latter’s electric vehicle charging stations, according to a news report published by EQS News on Feb. 19. The thermal management solution from Technotrans will be used in ADS-TEC Energy’s battery-buffered fast-charging station ChargePost, it said. The order, which has a term of one year, follows the first order from ADS-T...
    BorgWarner secures a contract to supply dual inverter from a Chinese automaker
    BorgWarner has secured a contract with a major Chinese vehicle manufacturer to supply its dual inverter with boost function, the Michigan, US-based global component supplier announced Feb. 8. It said that its dual inverter with boost function will be used in a series of its customer’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and range-extended (REEV) electric vehicle passenger car platforms. BorgWarner, however, did not disclose the name of its Chinese customer who has placed this order. The boost module i...
    BorgWarner extends contract to supply 400V high voltage coolant heaters to a major global OEM
    BorgWarner has extended its contract to supply 400V high voltage coolant heaters (HVCH) to a major global OEM, the Michigan-based supplier announced on February 8. It said that these 400V HVCH will be used on the undisclosed automaker’s battery-electric light-vehicle platforms, specifically SUV and passenger truck programs. The business win is one of three contracts secured with North American OEMs for BorgWarner’s HVCH, it said in its press note. According to BorgWarner, the robust 40...
    BorgWarner to supply electric motor components to mainland Chinese EV maker XPeng Motors
    BorgWarner announced on Feb. 8 that it has begun producing an eMotor rotor and stator to be supplied to mainland Chinese EV maker XPeng Motors. It said that these electric motor components will be used by XPeng on its X9 MPV as well as its next electric B-class sedan, with start of production planned for the third quarter of 2024. According to BorgWarner, the high-voltage hairpin (HVH) 220 eMotor offers high power and torque density, and higher efficiency at a competitive cost, as well as an ...
    General Motors, LG Chem sign $19 billion cathode material supply deal
    South Korean battery-materials company LG Chem has signed a 25 trillion won (about $19 billion) deal with US carmaker General Motors to supply the latter with battery cathode materials, LG Chem announced Feb. 7. The new long-term supply contract follows a comprehensive agreement between the two companies in July 2022. This supply contract strengthens the cooperation between the two companies and specifies a portion of the agreed volume, LG Chem said. With the new cathode material supply co...
    Magna bags a new contract to supply eDrive systems to a North American OEM
    Canadian auto-parts supplier Magna has bagged a new contract from a North America-based original equipment manufacturer to supply a specialized primary rear eDrive system for one of the company’s high-end niche vehicle platforms, Magna announced Feb. 6. The highly complex eDrive system, which is a variant of Magna’s 800V eDS Duo, delivers exceptional power and performance offered by only a few vehicles on the road today, the company said, adding that its all-new eDrive system boasts ...
    Evtec Aluminium secures $67M supply contract with JLR for new EV line
    Blackboxstocks has announced that its planned acquisition target, Evtec Aluminium, has executed a supply contract with JLR to supply parts for a new line of Jaguar Electric Vehicles, in a press release dated Feb. 1. The contract is expected to provide over $67 million in new sales to Evtec, excluding aftermarket and model life extensions. Evtec will be a single-source supplier for key components in the EV powertrain of the new line of EVs being introduced by Jaguar. The vehicles will have a ...
    Continental supplies tires for Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Mercedes-Benz is relying on Continental's expertise for its new E-Class, equipping the vehicle with EcoContact 6 Q tires that offer exceptional energy efficiency, improved noise levels and a long service life, according to a press release on Jan. 31. Continental has developed the EcoContact 6 Q tire for various vehicle models, regardless of their drive type, by using a special rubber compound that reduces energy absorption and friction. The tire's improved tread provides better grip on dry an...
    Lotus Emeya to feature RoboSense M Platform sensors
    RoboSense, a provider of lidar and perception solutions, announced that Lotus has equipped its newly launched electric sedan Emeya with two RoboSense M Platform lidar sensors. It is the second Lotus vehicle to incorporate these sensors, following the Eletre, the original equipment manufacturer's electric sport utility vehicle (SUV). Lotus itself will use the sensors to advance the Emeya’s intelligent driving systems, according to a press release on Jan. 30. The compact, high-performance M P...
    Yokohama Rubber to supply Geolandar G91 tires to Subaru for new Forester
    The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has announced that it will supply its Geolandar G91 tires as original equipment (OE) to Subaru Corp. for the latter's new sport utility vehicle (SUV), the 2025 Forester (US model), according to a press release on Jan. 26. The Geolandar G91 tires are designed to provide fuel-efficiency, safety and comfortable performance, and have been developed using Yokohama Rubber's proprietary HAICoLab technology, which combines human inspiration and creativity with AI's massiv...
    Posco International secures a large order to supply motor cores from Hyundai
    Posco International has secured an order to supply 1.03 million units of drive motor cores to the South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor, according to a news report published by Business Korea on Jan. 19. The report mentioned that these motor cores will be used in the electric vehicles that Hyundai and Kia plan to produce locally in Europe from 2025 to 2034. The drive motor cores will be supplied through Hyundai Mobis’ factory in Slovakia, with 550,000 units allocated to Hyundai’s vehicle...
    Hyundai Motor Group secures four-year lithium deal with China’s Ganfeng Lithium
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor has signed a deal with China’s Ganfeng Lithium Group to secure the supplies of lithium hydroxide, a key raw material required for electric vehicle batteries, for four years starting Jan. 1, 2024, according to a news report published by The Korea Economic Daily on Jan. 19. The report, however, did not disclose more details about the arrangement between the two companies, including the financial terms and total supply volume. The Hyundai-Ganfeng deal new...
    Svolt to supply lithium-ion phosphate batteries for Citroën’s electric hatchback ë-C3
    Svolt Energy Technology will supply its innovative lithium-ion phosphate battery to Citroën for the French carmaker’s affordable small electric car — the ë-C3, the battery-maker said in a press note on Jan. 18. Citroën’s ë-C3, which is slated for commercial launch in the spring of 2024, will be powered by Svolt’s 44-kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery. According to Svolt, its lithium-ion phosphate offers greater thermal and chemical stability, and can withstand more charging cy...
    Hesai selected by global automotive OEM for advanced driver assistance systems lidars
    Hesai Technology announced that a global automaker has selected the company to supply its ultrahigh-resolution, long-range lidar, the AT128, according to a press release dated Jan. 5. The lidar will be integrated in an upcoming all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) as part of a Level 2+ advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). With this latest design win, Hesai's products are now integrated into over 50 ADAS series production electric vehicle models. These models are produced by 15 majo...
    Daimler Truck and Torc Robotics selects Aeva to supply 4D lidar for autonomous trucks
    According to a press release on Jan. 9, Aeva, a developer of sensing and perception systems, will supply Daimler Truck with long and ultralong-range lidar sensors for the trucking company’s series production autonomous commercial vehicle program. Through the collaboration, Aeva will supply Atlas — its newly revealed automotive-grade 4D lidar technology — to Daimler Truck and collaborate with Torc Robotics to enable SAE Level 4 capabilities, starting with the Class 8 Freig...
    Klipsch Reference Premiere Audio System to be featured in 2025 Infiniti QX80
    The all-new 2025 Infiniti QX80 will feature a segment-exclusive Klipsch Reference Premiere Audio System, Panasonic said Jan. 8. The Klipsch Reference Premiere Audio System is powered by Panasonic. The system includes 24 specifically designed speakers, such as titanium tweeters, a high-performance 8-inch TriPower subwoofer and Highline roof-mounted speakers, driven by a 24-channel amplifier with a 1-GHz digital signal processor. This integration represents the first of many new featu...
    Mobileye's excess inventory alert puts strain on automotive chip sector
    Mobileye Global issued a cautionary statement on Jan. 4, signaling that a reduction in orders from customers seeking to clear excess inventory would negatively impact its results for the year, according to a report published by Reuters on Jan. 4. This announcement triggered a sell-off in the shares of automotive chip suppliers. The Israel-based company, catering to clients such as Volkswagen and Porsche, witnessed a significant decline of 28.2% in its shares, reaching a one-year low of $...
    Top global automotive OEM selects Aeva to directly supply lidar for series production program
    In a press release on Jan. 3, Aeva announced that one of the top global automotive original equipment manufacturers has selected Aeva as its tier 1 lidar supplier for its series production vehicle program. The multiyear production program is expected to generate revenues starting in the first quarter of 2024 with production ramp by mid-decade. Aeva expects to reveal more details with the OEM regarding this major win in early 2024. “This win is a defining moment for Aeva and the la...
    Kodiak Robotics selects Ambarella AI domain controller SoC for next-gen autonomous trucks
    Ambarella and Kodiak Robotics have announced in a press release on Jan. 2 that Kodiak selected Ambarella’s CV3-AD685 AI domain control system-on-chip (SoC) as a complete embedded compute solution for its next-generation autonomous vehicles. This SoC provides a complete embedded solution for Kodiak’s multisensor perception, fusion and path planning — running neural networks while processing multiple cameras, lidars and radars. Kodiak has already logged over 300,000 mi...
    Kongsberg Automotive gets new contract worth over €19 million for headrest business
    Kongsberg Automotive (KA) announced that its headrest business has secured a contract extension as well as a new contract worth over €19 million in estimated lifetime revenue, according to a company press release dated Dec. 27. The four-year contracts were awarded by a tier 1 customer. KA will supply headrest mechanisms globally across two vehicle platforms, which includes an all-electric vehicle. The headrest mechanisms are developed and produced at KA's Mullsjo facility in Sweden. It...
    ClearMotion to supply smooth suspension tech for Nio's ET9 EV
    ClearMotion announced a significant deal with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Nio. The partnership involves ClearMotion supplying its active suspension technology for Nio's upcoming luxury sedan model, the ET9, with a contract spanning 750,000 cars over the sedan's lifetime. Nio's ET9, scheduled for launch on Dec. 23, is set to enter production in late 2024, according to a report published by Reuters on Dec. 23. ClearMotion Founder and Chief Technology Officer Zack Anderson reveale...
    Kongsberg Automotive wins contracts worth €49 million from European automaker
    Kongsberg Automotive (KA) has received two contracts valued at about €49 million in estimated lifetime revenue, it said in a press release dated Dec. 22. The contracts were awarded to KA by a global automotive manufacturer based in Europe for the production and supply of hose and tube assemblies (flow control systems) and lever shifters (shift-by-wire) used in electric vehicles (powertrain and chassis). The hose and tube assemblies, which are designed to transport fluids including...
    Hongqi uses Toyoda Gosei’s pop-up hood actuator for its EH7 model
    Toyoda Gosei has announced that its safety product, the pop-up hood actuator, has been adopted by Chinese automaker Hongqi, according to a press release on Dec. 25. The pop-up hood actuator will be used in its EH7 model. The pop-up hood actuator quickly raises the hood in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, creating a space between the hood and the rigid parts beneath it, thereby reducing the impact on the pedestrian’s head. The supplier had recently reviewed the structure o...
    STMicroelectronics signs long-term Silicon Carbide supply agreement with Li Auto
    According to a press release on Dec. 22, STMicroelectronics (ST) has signed a long-term supply agreement with Li Auto, a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, to provide Silicon Carbide (SiC) metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) devices for Li Auto's high-voltage battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Under the agreement, ST will provide Li Auto with SiC MOSFETs to support its strategy of offering premium smart EVs with superior performance and range. The agreement...
    Yokohama Rubber’s Advan V61 tires coming factory-equipped on new Lexus LBX
    The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. announced in a press release on Dec. 13 that it is supplying its Advan V61 tires as original equipment (OE) to Lexus for use on the new compact sport utility vehicles (SUVs) — the LBX — sales of which will be launched in Japan, Europe, Asia and other markets in December. The new LBX is being fitted with 225/55R18 98H and 225/60R17 99H. The Advan V61 tire being supplied as OE is a high-performance tire in Yokohama's global flagship...
    Here HD Live Map powers BMW Personal Pilot Level 3 highly automated driving function
    BMW has announced the availability of its Personal Pilot Level 3 highly automated driving function in Germany starting from March 2024, with the Here HD Live Map playing a central role in the function, according to a press release on Dec. 13. The Here HD Live Map provides critical information about the car's environment and route ahead, and is used to define the operational design domain (ODD) for the function. The map data is used to enhance situational awareness by providing precise informa...
    Major OEM commissions rFpro to create digital twin of the Tōmei Expressway in Japan
    According to a press release on Dec. 14, rFpro has been commissioned by a major automotive original equipment manufacturer to create a highly accurate digital twin of the Tōmei Expressway in Japan. The virtual model will be used for powertrain calibration, including optimizing drivability, efficiency and Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) results, as well as high-speed testing. The digital twin has been developed using survey-grade lidar scan data, ensuring a...
    Yokohama Rubber’s Advan dB V551 and Aspec A349 tires coming factory-equipped on Honda’s new Odyssey
    The Yokohama Rubber has announced that it is supplying its Advan dB V551 and Aspec A349 tires as original equipment (OE) to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. for use on the automaker’s new minivan, Odyssey, which will be launched in Japan in December. The Odyssey is being equipped with the Advan dB V551 in the 225/50R18 95V size, and the Aspec A349 in the 215/60R17 96H size, according to a press release on Dec. 7. The Advan dB V551 is a premium comfort tire that achieves both advanced noise reduction...
    SiriusXM to launch on Rivian's R1T and R1S vehicles
    According to a press release on Dec. 4, SiriusXM has announced that it will be launching its audio entertainment service on Rivian's R1T and R1S electric vehicles in the US in 2024. The collaboration between the two companies will directly integrate SiriusXM into Rivian's in-vehicle software. Upon launch, new and existing Rivian owners will be able to opt in and activate a three-month SiriusXM trial subscription directly on their vehicle's center display. The trial subscription will include S...
    Envision in advanced negotiations with Renault to supply batteries in Spain
    Chinese electric vehicle battery-maker Envision is in advanced negotiations with the French carmaker Renault to supply batteries from its 10-GWh gigafactory that it plans to build in Navalmoral de la Mata, Cáceres, Spain, according to a news report published by local publication La Tribuna de Automoción on Nov. 21. Envision plans to invest €1.31 billion in the first phase of its upcoming gigafactory to set up a production capacity of 10 GWh, the report said, adding that the battery-m...
    Iveco selects Continental as exclusive tire supplier for eDaily 42S electric van
    In a press release announcement on Nov. 22, Iveco said that it has selected Continental as its exclusive supplier for tires for its all-electric van, the eDaily 42S. Continental will provide a range of tires, including summer, all-season and winter tires, which have been specifically designed to meet the needs of electric vehicles. The tires include the VanContact Ultra, VanContact Eco, VanContact 4Season and VanContact Winter. The VanContact Ultra is a premium tire with a long-service l...
    Ecarx begins mass production of Antora 1000 computing platform for Lynk & Co. 06 SUV
    Ecarx announced that it has begun the mass production of its Antora 1000 computing platform for the Lynk & Co. 06 sport utility vehicle (SUV), in a press release dated Nov. 21. This follows the recent debut of the Lynk & Co. 08 EM-P SUV equipped with Ecarx's full-stack solution. The Lynk & Co. 06 EM-P SUV features a 14.6-inch floating central control screen and a 10.2-inch thin-film-transistor instrument cluster. The Ecarx Antora 1000 boasts a technical specification that includes...
    Talbros Automotive Components receives multiyear orders worth 5.80 billion Indian rupees
    Talbros Automotive Components has received new multiyear orders worth about 5.80 billion Indian rupees (about $69.6 million) from both domestic and overseas customers, it said in a press release dated Nov. 20. The orders are to be executed over a period of the next five years, starting from fiscal year 2025 onward, and cover the company’s product lines such as gaskets, heat shields, forgings, chassis and rubber hoses. The company has received orders from export original equip...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies Advan V35 tires to Porsche’s Cayenne model
    The Yokohama Rubber has announced that it is supplying its Advan V35 tires as original equipment (OE) to Porsche AG for use on the automaker’s facelift model of the Cayenne premium sport utility vehicle (SUV), which is sold worldwide, according to a press release on Nov. 15. The tire sizes are 285/40R22 110V for the front and 315/35R22 111V for the rear. The Cayenne SUVs are also being fitted with Advan Sport V107 ultrahigh-performance tires. The Advan V35 is an ultrahigh-performance t...
    Toyoda Gosei to supply hydrogen tank, topcoat-less, hot-stamped grille for Toyota’s Crown sedan
    Toyoda Gosei has announced that it will supply a high-pressure hydrogen tank and topcoat-less, hot-stamped grille for the new Crown sedan by Toyota Motor, according to a company press release dated Nov. 13. The fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) model of the Crown sedan is equipped with high-pressure hydrogen tanks to store the hydrogen fuel. The high-pressure hydrogen tank is jointly developed using technology by Toyota Motor and Toyoda Gosei. Placed in the rear of the vehicle, the tank offer...
    Pioneer supplies display audio units and premium audio systems for Toyota Yaris Cross SUV in Thailand
    Pioneer has been supplying Toyota Motor Thailand Co. Ltd. with display audio units and premium audio systems, according to its press release dated Nov. 8. The display audio units and premium audio systems are factory-installed in the new Toyota Yaris Cross SUV, which was launched in Thailand in October 2023. The Pioneer Display Audio features a large 10.1-inch screen and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Pioneer Premium Sound System consists of six branded speakers. Durin...
    Hankook Tire continues Nissan partnership with 2024 Nissan Frontier models
    Hankook Tire & Technology announced its continued partnership with Nissan, supplying the company's next-generation 2024 Frontier with two fitments: the all-terrain Dynapro AT2 in size 265/70R17 and the premium all-season Dynapro HT in size P265/70R16. Both fitments will be produced at Hankook Tire's Tennessee plant in the United States, according to a press release dated Nov. 8 . "We're excited to continue our partnership with Nissan, providing versatile tire products for both on-and-off ...
    Polestar 4 to integrate Luminar LiDAR with Mobileye Chauffeur
    According to a press release by Luminar dated Nov. 9, Polestar is working with Luminar and Mobileye to enhance safety and the future autonomous driving capabilities of Polestar 4 with the integration of Luminar’s next-generation lidar technology with Mobileye's Chauffeur platform. Announced in August, Polestar 4 has planned to be the first production car to feature Mobileye Chauffeur, now with Luminar LiDAR, which builds upon the full-surround camera-based SuperVision platform available in ...
    Aeva to supply long-range lidar to May Mobility
    Aeva has announced it will be the exclusive supplier of long-range lidar sensors for May Mobility globally, in a press release dated Nov. 8. The multiyear supply agreement provides volume commitments through 2028, with delivery starting this year and production ramping up in 2025. May Mobility has provided more than 350,000 rides using its autonomous technology, most of which have been provided using the Toyota Sienna Autono-MaaS vehicle platform. “May Mobility is championing an autonomo...
    Polestar signs agreement with SK On to procure battery modules
    Swedish premium electric vehicle (EV) maker Polestar has signed an agreement with South Korean battery maker SK On, wherein the latter is slated to supply battery cell modules for the forthcoming Polestar 5 electric 4-door GT, the car company announced Nov. 6. SK On was chosen by Polestar owing to their superior battery cell technology that offers high-performing chemistry, fast charging, efficient discharging and superior driving range, according to Polestar's press note, which added that th...
    Hesai secures lidar design win with Leapmotor
    Hesai Technology has secured an automotive lidar design win with electric vehicle (EV) maker Leapmotor, according to a press release dated Nov. 3. Hesai will supply its ultra-high resolution long-range lidar AT128 for Leapmotor's upcoming series production vehicle model. Founded in 2015, Leapmotor is an EV company with a full suite of research and development and manufacturing capabilities. The company developed the LeapPilot intelligent driving assistance system, which continuously introduce...
    Rheinmetall secures order for eco-friendly vehicle plain bearings
    Rheinmetall has secured an order for plain bearings to be used in an environmentally friendly vehicle powered by an electric motor, it said in a press release dated October 26. The order comes from an international automaker with a focus on e-mobility. The order is valued at several hundred thousand euros and will be delivered starting in January 2024. Rheinmetall's plain bearings offer high-quality materials, damping and smooth-running characteristics, and the company expects to receive furt...
    Kempower to supply DC charging solutions to Daimler-Volvo-Traton JV
    Finnish DC fast-charging equipment manufacturer Kempower announced October 18 that it has signed a contract to deliver electric vehicle charging solutions for heavy-duty vehicles to Milence, a joint venture between Traton Group, Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG. Established in July 2022, Milence aims to roll out Europe’s biggest EV charging network for heavy-duty vehicles, including at least 1,700 high-performance public charging points across Europe by 2027. With an initial funding of €5...
    BMW, Allegro MicroSystems collaborate on traction inverters for BEVs
    Allegro MicroSystems, a leading supplier of power and sensing semiconductor technology for motion control and energy-efficient systems, announced October 17 that German luxury-car maker BMW Group has selected Allegro as the sole current-sensor integrated circuits (ICs) supplier for its traction inverter systems used across the company’s entire fleet of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). The IC’s built-in overcurrent detection and self-diagnostics will enable BMW to meet the highest level o...
    Chery to use CATL’s Shenxing ultrafast-charging battery
    Chinese automaker Chery will become the first car manufacturer to use CATL’s fast-charging Shenxing battery, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on October 16. The report cited company announcement. It further elaborated that CATL’s Shenxing battery will be featured in Chery's premium Exceed branded cars. The move is expected to further deepen the ties between the two companies, it said, citing CATL, which is the world’s largest battery-maker. According to the report, wh...
    Yokohama Rubber’s BluEarth AE-01 tires coming factory-equipped on Honda’s new N-Box
    According to a press release on October 18, The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has announced that it will supply its BluEarth AE-01 tires as original equipment (OE) to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. for use on the automaker's new mini-vehicle, N-Box, which was launched in Japan in October. The N-Box will be equipped with 15565R1475S size tires. The BluEarth AE-01 is a fuel-efficient standard tire in Yokohama's global tire brand, which is designed to be environmentally, human and socially friendly. The t...
    Tenneco to supply CVSA2 Monroe Intelligent Suspension electronic shock absorbers for Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE
    Tenneco will equip the model year 2023 Mercedes-AMG C 63 SE Performance plug-in hybrid model with its CVSA2 Monroe Intelligent Suspension electronic shock absorber, it said in a press release dated October 16. The CVSA2 technology adapts to damping conditions based on steering wheel angle, vehicle speed, acceleration, displacement and other data points. “CVSA2 Monroe Intelligent Suspension technology allows drivers to make the most of the capabilities of a world-class powertrain, while enjo...
    Panasonic Automotive Systems to supply full-display meters for Mazda’s CX-90
    Panasonic has announced that its full-display meters will be installed in Mazda Motor’s CX-90, it said in a press release on October 16. The CX-90 will be the second Mazda passenger vehicle to feature Panasonic's full-display meters. The full-display meter is a system that utilizes a large 12.3-inch display to show the driver graphics of a vehicle's conditions, such as speed and warnings. The graphics change according to the vehicle conditions to provide timely and appropriate information, ...
    Svolt Energy to supply about 90 GWh of battery capacity to BMW in Europe
    Chinese battery-maker Svolt Energy has received an order to supply about 90 GWh of battery capacity to German luxury-car maker BMW in Europe, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on October 12. The report cited a local media publication named 36kr. It said that the 90 GWh battery-supply order to Svolt Energy is valued at up to 96 billion Chinese yuan (about $13 billion). Svolt Energy will become a battery supplier to BMW, which already has supply agreements with China’s leading ...
    Hankook to supply Ventus S1 Evo 3 EV tires for Hyundai Ioniq 6
    Hankook has equipped the Hyundai Ioniq 6 with its Ventus S1 Evo 3 electric vehicle tires, it said in a press release dated October 12. These tires have low-rolling resistance and a lightweight, robust construction to meet the requirements of all EVs. Hankook will offer the Ventus S1 Evo 3 EV in the size 22555R18W for the Ioniq 6. “We are very pleased with the confidence Hyundai has shown in our premium tyres, and that the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev will be used in its new top electric model. With t...
    Lattice FPGAs selected to deliver Mazda’s next-gen driving experiences
    Lattice Semiconductor, the low-power programmable supplier, has announced that its new Lattice field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) now enable advanced driver experiences on Mazda Motor Corp.'s new CX-60 and CX-90 models, according to a press release on October 10. The Mazda crossover sport utility vehicles (SUVs) leverage an interface bridging solution based on multiple low-power Lattice FPGAs to provide safety-critical advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) side-radar applications...
    Hesai's AT128 lidar to enhance Neta Auto's smart EVs with advanced driving capabilities
    Hesai Technology has announced an advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) lidar design win with Neta Auto, according to a company press release dated October 10. Hesai will supply its ultrahigh-resolution, long-range lidar, AT128, for Neta Auto's upcoming vehicle model, which is expected to launch in the first half of 2025. The AT128 is an automotive-grade lidar capable of outputting real-time 3D data at a rate of 1.53 million points per second. The collaboration aims to enhance the ad...
    GMV to supply positioning technologies for future BMW Group vehicles
    GMV has been selected by the BMW Group to supply next-generation positioning technologies intended to support new automated driving capabilities for future BMW vehicles, based on a press release by GMV on October 3. The positioning solution provided by GMV is comprised of two components — an onboard Positioning Engine (PE) software, and a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) Corrections Service (CS) that provides vehicles with corrections to the Broadcast GNSS Ephemeris, augmentat...
    ZKW equips Volvo EX90 electric SUV with LED headlights
    ZKW has equipped Volvo’s EX90 electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) with high-quality LED headlights, it said in a press release dated October 5. The digital high-definition (HD) light modules contain over 1.3 million pixel resolution and adapts dynamically to the traffic and precisely blends out other road users. When switched to high beam, the daytime running light splits up and down to reveal the main headlamp. “The unique front lighting, which is distinctive for the brand, combines exc...
    LG Energy Solution to supply lithium-ion batteries to Toyota in the US
    South Korean battery-maker LG Energy Solution (LGES) has signed a supply agreement with Toyota Motor North America Inc., Toyota announced October 4. Under the agreement, LGES will supply lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery modules for Toyota battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) that will be assembled in the US. “Under the contract, LG Energy Solution will supply automotive battery modules at an annual capacity of 20 GWh starting from 2025,” the carmaker said in a statement October 4. The battery ...
    Toyota Boshoku unveils luxurious Century seats with massage, heat and ventilation functions
    Toyota Boshoku has developed seats and interiors for the new Century models by Toyota, it said in a press release dated September 21. The front passenger and second-row seats can slide forward to create space for an ottoman extension and fully reclined back position, up to 77 degrees. The seats feature massage, heat and ventilation functions, as well as decoration and styling inspired by traditional Japanese "Suganui" embroidery technique. The interior includes LED color illumination on the p...
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