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    Bean Tech selects Cerence ARK to build AI-powered assistant for Great Wall Motors 
    Cerence has announced that Bean Tech has selected Cerence ARK (AI Reference Kit) to build AI-powered automotive assistants for Great Wall Motors, a company press release on 8 April stated. Cerence ARK is an automotive solution that combines AI-powered voice assistant features such as wake-up...
    Volkswagen sets up JV to produce flexible quick charging stations in China
    Volkswagen has set up a joint venture (JV) with Shanghai DU-POWER New Energy Technical to produce flexible quick charging stations in mainland China, Volkswagen announced in a press release on 8 April. Series production of the flexible quick charging stations is currently scheduled to start in the s...
    Chinese EV battery supplier Farasis receives regulatory approval to raise USD479 million
    Mainland Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Farasis Energy has received regulatory approval to raise approximately CNY3.4 billion (USD479 million) in an initial public offering (IPO) on China's Nasdaq-like STAR board, according to a Reuters report on 2 April citing a statement by the Shangh...
    Suppliers expect adoption of interior surface lighting to increase over next three to seven years
    Interior surface lighting is where “light meets surface”, and this is achieved by concealing lighting behind a layer of fabric within the surfaces of a vehicle’s passenger compartment. According to IHS Markit research, vehicle buyers nowadays prefer vehicle exteriors with hidden or concealed l...
    Wuling unveils all-electric van Rong Guang
    Mainland Chinese automaker Wuling has showcased an all-electric van Rong Guang, General Motors (GM), Wuling’s partner, announced in a press release on 1 April. The minivan has a range of 300 km on a single charge and supports DC fast charging. The electric version of Rong Guang is scheduled to be ...
    06-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Aotecar New Energy Technology to supply AC compressors for BAIC's three new EV models
    Aotecar New Energy Technology will supply electric air conditioning (AC) compressors for three new electric vehicle (EV) models of BAIC Group starting October, according to a report by Yicai Global on 2 April. The latest order is expected to add about CNY100 million (USD14 million) to the company...
    Toyoda Gosei develops extra-large spindle grille for Lexus LM
    Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has developed new extra-large spindle grilles for Toyota’s Lexus LM, a luxury minivan sold in China, the Japanese supplier said in a press release on 26 March 2020. The new Lexus LM was launched for the growing luxury minivan segments in Asian and other markets. Significa...
    LILEE Systems launches TransAir SDR-2400 communications for V2X applications
    LILEE Systems has launched a proprietary software-defined radio for V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communications, the company said on their website on 31 March. The TransAir SDR-2400 has been implemented and proven in V2X communications systems of multiple, successful autonomous bus pilots. TransAir S...
    02-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Toyota, BYD form a JV for development of EVs
    Toyota Motors and Chinese automaker BYD have completed setting up a new JV to conduct research and development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), Toyota announced in a press release on 2 April. The new 50:50 JV has been named BYD Toyota EV Technology Co. Ltd. (BTET) and will be headquartered ...
    POLICY: Mainland China extends NEV subsidies for two more years
    Mainland China has decided to extend  new energy vehicles (NEV) subsidies for an additional two years, Ideanomics announced in a press release on 31 March. NEVs will now be eligible for subsidies till the end of 2022. At a State Council meeting on March 31, Chinese Premier Li Leqiang also annou...
    Diodes gets approval from Taiwanese authorities for acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor
    Diodes has announced that it has been granted approval by authorities in Taiwan for the acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor (LSC), according to a company press release on 30 March. Approvals from the authorities include the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission and the Foreign Investment Approval from the I...
    BYD plans to offer EV components to other automakers
    BYD is planning to offer various electric vehicle (EV) components to other EV makers, Singapore-based The Business Times reported on 30 March, citing BYD founder Wang Chuanfu. BYD will use brand name FinDreams for its parts business. "BYD will open its technology and products to the whole world...
    BYD develops new 'Blade Battery' technology for EVs
    BYD has developed and launched a new battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs), called ‘Blade Battery’, the company announced in a press release on 29 March. According to BYD, the new battery is safer than the lithium-ion batteries currently used in EVs. BYD highlighted a video of the Blade...
    30-Mar-2020 News New Products
    CATL partners with Baicheng New Energy for EV charging services JV
    Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technologies (CATL) has formed a joint venture (JV) with Baicheng New Energy on 6 March to bring electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions across China, China Daily reported on 16 March. CATL holds 49% of shares in the new JV Shanghai Kuaibu New Energy ...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Saint-Gobain restarts operations at plants in China
    Saint-Gobain has announced that it has resumed operations at all of its plants in China, following an improved situation regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a company press release on 23 March. Significance: The company decided to resume operations in China fo...
    24-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    China’s NDRC sets a more realistic timeline for development of intelligent vehicles
    Around two years ago, China’s National Development and Reform Corporation (NDRC) had released a draft on ‘Intelligent Vehicle Innovation and Development Strategy’ (draft strategy) to seek public opinion. The draft strategy aimed at intelligent vehicles, also referred to as intelligent and conn...
    Toyota partners with Chinese start-up Momenta to develop HD map platform in China
    Toyota Motor Corp has collaborated with Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta to create a high-definition (HD) mapping platform for autonomous vehicles in China, Reuters reported on 18 March. Toyota’s research arm Toyota Research Institute is developing the Automated Mapping Platform to ...
    Chinese city Guangzhou offers incentives for purchase of NEVs
    In a bid to push up demand for new electric vehicles (NEV), Chinese city Guangzhou has announced incentives for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, Automotive News reported on 16 March. Guangzhou will offer an incentive of CNY10,000 (USD1,426) for both all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles ...
    China Association of Automobile Manufacturers seeks extension for NEV subsidy program to arrest slowdown
    China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) has requested the government to extend the new energy vehicle (NEV) subsidy program to delay the slowdown in the industry, China Daily reported on 16 March, citing Shi Jianhua, the association's deputy secretary-general. According to the repo...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Auto suppliers in Hubei province resuming production in orderly manner, says minister
    According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 13 March, the vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, Xin Guobin, has stated that automotive components and parts manufacturers based in the Hubei province are resuming manufacturing operations in an orderly...
    16-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    INVESTMENT: Baidu begins construction of autonomous driving test track in Chinese city Chongqing
    Chinese internet giant Baidu broke ground on its new autonomous driving test track in Chinese city Chongqing, according to a report by Chinapev.com on 11 March. Baidu and Chongqing Yongchuan District Government jointly established the Baidu Western Autonomous Driving Open Test Base project. The proj...
    16-Mar-2020 News Investments
    POLICY: China’s MIIT seeks public opinion on Taxonomy of Driving Automation for Vehicles
    China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is seeking public opinion on the proposed “Taxonomy of Driving Automation for Vehicles,” Gasgoo reported on 10 March. The draft document will be available for to the public until 9 April 2020. Once fully approved, China’s own sta...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Chinese automakers operating at less than 40% capacity, according to CAAM
    Chinese automakers are operating at less than 40% of capacity, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Nikkei Asian Review reported today (13 March). According to the association, about 90% of the factories operated by the 23 local automakers had resumed operations by ...
    13-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    Changan Automobile to begin production of L3 autonomous car this month
    Chinese automaker Changan Automobile has started mass production of its level 3 autonomous driving car model UNI-T, Xinhua News Agency reported on 12 March. According to the report, Changan Automobile's mass-produced UNI-T model equipped with L3 autopilot systems uses five millimeter-wave ...
    Geely selects Cerence ARK to build AI-powered automotive assistant
    Chinese automaker Geely has selected Cerence’s AI Reference Kit (ARK) to build artificial intelligence (AI)-powered automotive assistants, Cerence said in a press release on 12 March 2020. Geely’s China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) subsidiary will use Cerence’s new Cerence ARK platform to bu...
    Autonomous delivery vehicle start-up Neolix raises USD29 million in Series A funding
    Neolix Technologies, a China-based self-driving logistics startup, has closed an approximately CNY200 million (USD29 million) series A+ financing round last month, according to a report by Venture Beat on 11 March. Neolix’s latest funding round saw participation from Addor Capital and existing bac...
    NIO's sales fall 12.8% y/y to 707 units in February
    NIO has reported a fall of 12.8% year on year (y/y) in its vehicle delivery to 707 units in February, according to a company press release on 10 March. The deliveries consisted of 671 ES6s and 36 ES8s. As of 29 February 2020, cumulative deliveries of the ES8 and the ES6 reached 34,218 units, of whic...
    ZF forms JV with Wolong Electric Group for electric motors and components
    ZF has officially signed an agreement with Wolong Electric Group to set up a joint venture (JV) for manufacturing electric motors and electric components, ZF announced in a  press release on 10 March. ZF holds a 26% share in the JV, and the remaining shares are held by Wolong Electric. Named&nb...
    ThunderSoft, GAC R&D center to jointly develop intelligent connected vehicle platform
    ThunderSoft have announced a partnership with Guangzhou Automobile Group Automotive Engineering Institute to establish a joint innovation center for intelligent vehicle software (GAC R&D Center), the company said in a press release on 4 March. The companies will jointly develop an Intellige...
    COVID-19 outbreak: Dongfeng Honda resumes operations at plants in Chinese city Wuhan
    Dongfeng Honda Automobile, a joint venture (JV) between Dongfeng Motors and Honda, as well as its suppliers have received approval on Monday (9 March) from authorities in Wuhan, in Hubei province, to resume manufacturing operations at its plants in Wuhan, after extended production suspensions since ...
    11-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 outbreak: IHS Markit expects supply chain issues to improve in China from end March
    Extended closures of automotive suppliers’ facilities in mainland China, which have taken place since the Lunar New Year annual holidays in the second half of January to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have severely affected the global supply chain. Some ci...
    10-Mar-2020 Insights COVID-19
    EMG collaborates with Continental for connected car services
    eMapgo Technologies (Beijing) Co (EMG) has entered into a strategic partnership with Continental’s unit Continental Holding (China) to promote cooperation in China's smart city, smart mobility, and connected vehicle services, a company press release on 5 March read. EMG will provide map data (i...
    Xpeng P7 electric sports sedan delivers NEDC range of 706 km
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup Xpeng Motors’s P7 electric sports sedan has a New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) range of 706 km (439 miles), according to an announcement by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) made on 6 March. It is the longest range amon...
    INVESTMENT: Toyota plans to build a new EV plant in Chinese city Tianjin with FAW Group
    Toyota is planning to set up a new electric vehicle (EV) plant in Tianjin, China, in collaboration with its local partner FAW, Reuters reported on 29 February, citing a document issued by local authorities of the China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city. The partners are aiming to invest CNY8.5 billion (USD...
    03-Mar-2020 News Investments
    POLICY: Chinese city Guangzhou plans to reintroduce subsidies for NEVs
    Chinese city Guangzhou is planning to reintroduce its subsidy program for new energy vehicles (NEVs), Automotive News China reported on 1 March. While more details about Guangzhou’s subsidy program was not revealed, the subsidy is aimed at offsetting the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on the cou...
    CATL plans to raise USD2.85 billion for EV battery initiatives
    Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technologies (CATL) is planning to raise around CNY20 billion (USD2.85 billion) through a private placement of shares, Reuters reported on 27 February, citing a company filing on the Shenzhen stock exchange. The funds raised are expected to be used for an e...
    Mercedes-Benz plans recalls over 11,166 vehicles in China over faulty front seat belt knuckle
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 11,166 vehicles in China over faulty front seat belt buckles, according to the recall plan filed with China’s State Administration for Market Regulation. The recall includes certain C-Class, E-Class, G-Class, CLS-Class, GLC SUV, and AMG GT vehicles imported between 2 Jun...
    28-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    Mercedes-Benz to recall 9,765 vehicles in China over problem in communication module
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 9,765 vehicles in China over software problems in the communication module used to communicate the vehicle position in the emergency call system, according to a recall notice filed with China’s State Administration for Market Regulation. The recall includes 5,218 units o...
    28-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    Robert Bosch Venture Capital invests in automated driving platform developer UISEE
    Robert Bosch Venture Capital (RBVC), the corporate venture capital unit of German supplier Bosch, has invested in China-based UISEE, a provider of turnkey solutions for automated driving (AD), according to a company press release on 26 February. “As one of the leading automated driving companie...
    27-Feb-2020 News Investments
    NIO starts production of EC6 electric coupe SUV in China
    Electric vehicle (EV) startup NIO has started production of its latest all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) EC6 at the JAC-NIO Advanced Manufacturing Center in Hefei, China, the company announced in a press release on 25 February. NIO informed that the pricing and specifications of EC6 will be r...
    26-Feb-2020 News New Products
    General Motors launches Chevrolet Menlo EV in China 
    General Motors has launched the Chevrolet Menlo electric vehicle (EV) in China, the automaker said in a press release on 20 February. It uses GM’s battery technology and a new-generation pure electric drive system, generating 110 kW of maximum power and 350 Nm of maximum torque, with electricit...
    25-Feb-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 outbreak: Nissan and Honda postpone restarting facilities in China
    Japanese automakers Nissan and Honda have delayed the restart of its operations at some facilities in China, citing directives from local authorities in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a Reuters report on 21 February. While Honda said that its plants in Wuhan, the epice...
    24-Feb-2020 News COVID-19
    Tesla mulls sourcing LFP batteries from CATL
    Tesla is planning to source lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries from Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technologies (CATL), Reuters reported on 18 February. According the report, Tesla is in talks with CATL for the supply of LFP batteries for more than a year. Significance: Earlier th...
    COVID-19 outbreak: Volkswagen extends plant closure at some Chinese plant until next week
    Volkswagen (VW) has postponed production restarts at some of its plants in China that it runs with the local joint venture partner SAIC Motors by one more week (24 February), citing supply-chain and logistical issues caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak which has killed more than 1,80...
    18-Feb-2020 News COVID-19
    Subaru to recall 81,260 vehicles in China over issue with damper springs
    Japanese automaker Subaru will recall a total of 81,260 vehicles in China over an issue with damper springs, according to a recall notice on the website of State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration on 14 February. The recall covers certain imported Foresters manufactured between ...
    17-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    Tesla to recall 3,183 Model X in China over power steering issue
    Tesla will recall 3,183 Model X vehicles in China over an issue with power steering, according to a recall notice on the website of State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration on 14 February. The recall affects vehicles produced from 15 April 2016 to 16 October 2016. Significanc...
    17-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    Auto Expo 2020 (India): Haima Automobile showcases Bird Electric EV1
    China-based automaker Haima Automobile has showcased its next-generation electric vehicle (EV) ‘Bird Electric EV1’ at the 2020 Auto Expo in India, ET Auto reported on 6 February. Haima Automobile collaborated with Bird Electric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bird Group to manufacture Bird Electri...
    10-Feb-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 outbreak: Goodyear suspends production at Chinese plant
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. temporarily suspended its Chinese operations owing to concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China, reports cleveland.com on 5 February. The US-based company has closed its Shanghai offices for a few weeks, and also its Pulandian plant until a...
    07-Feb-2020 News COVID-19
    ZKW integrates LG Electronics’ rear light business
    ZKW Group, which was acquired by LG Electronics in 2018, is integrating the rear light business of LG Electronics, ZKW announced in a press release on 23 January. To this end, the Austrian lighting major is integrating LG Electronics’ rear light production in Ningbo, China. The company also establ...
    04-Feb-2020 News Investments
    COVID-19 outbreak: PSA, Valeo extend plant closure in China
    French automaker PSA has extended Lunar New Year holidays at its three plants in Wuhan, Hubei province, China until 14 February, in line with the Chinese government’s guidance over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a report by Reuters on 31 January. Another France-based company, ...
    03-Feb-2020 News COVID-19
    CATL signs battery supply agreement with Tesla
    Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has signed battery supply solutions with electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla, Reuters reported on 3 February, citing a stock exchange filing by CATL. Under the two-year agreement, which is effective between July 2020 and June 2022, Tesla wil...
    Tata Technologies displays solutions for EVs at EV100
    Tata Technologies showcased solutions for electric vehicles (EVs) at the EV100 held in Beijing, China, according to a report by Autocar Professional on 31 January. The display included the company’s Electric Vehicle Module Platform (EVMP) designed to meet the changing demands of the industry. S...
    03-Feb-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 outbreak: Initial impact on automotive supply chain
    On Thursday midnight (30 January), The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China confirmed 9,692 cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), including 213 deaths, in mainland China. In Central China's Hubei province, where the epidemic is believed to have originated, 5,...
    31-Jan-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Rheinmetall wins order to supply pumps for EVs in China
    Rheinmetall Automotive has won a contract to supply pumps for electric vehicles (EV) from a global automaker, the company announced in a press release on 27 January. The total lifetime value of the order amounts to EUR130 million (USD143.2 million). As part of the 8-year contract, Rheinmetall Automo...
    KS HUAYU AluTech expands core business to include structural components, e-mobility products
    KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH, a subsidiary of Rheinmetall Automotive AG, has recently expanded its core business to include structural components and e-mobility products, the company announced in a press release on 22 January. The company has recently developed an electric motor housing made of aluminum wi...
    24-Jan-2020 News New Products
    PowerCell’s Chinese subsidiary receives first order for S2 fuel cell stack
    PowerCell Fuel Cell (Shanghai) Co Ltd, PowerCell’s Chinese subsidiary, has received its first order for S2 fuel cell stack from a new Chinese customer, the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The stack will be delivered to the customer in February and will be used to test and valid...
    Volvo, China Unicom join forces to develop 5G-based connected car solutions
    Volvo has announced that it will collaborate with China Unicom to develop 5G-based vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology, a company press release dated 15 January showed. The companies will research, test and develop automotive applications. Volvo Cars and China Unicom are exploring the various ...
    CES 2020: Mindtronic AI, other Taiwan-based startups present automotive solution
    Taiwan-based Mindtronic AI and other homegrown start-ups led by Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) have showcased their innovative solutions at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas, United States, according to a press release on 8 January. The showcase includes an AI turnkey solution consisting of embedded DMS modules, A...
    16-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Webasto opens roof plant, battery center in China
    Webasto has inaugurated its new roof plant and battery center in Jiaxing in Zhejiang Province, China, the company announced in a press release on 13 January. The new plant, spanning an area of 36,000 square meters, has a production capacity of 1.5 million roofs a year. The new battery center provide...
    14-Jan-2020 News Investments
    China to not cut NEV subsidies in July, says minister
    China is not planning to cut new energy vehicle (NEV) subsidies in July this year and the NEV subsidy scheme will largely remain stable through the year, reported Reuters, citing Miao Wei, China’s minister for industry and information technology (MIIT). “There was a subsidy cut on July 1 la...
    HELLA BHAP Electronics starts series production in China
    HELLA BHAP Electronics, a 50:50 joint venture (JV) has started series production of components for lighting electronics in China, HELLA announced in a press release on 9 January. The plant, spanning across a production area of 7,000 square meters, initially began production of control units for sunr...
    Nexteer opens technical center in China
    Nexteer Automotive has opened a technical center in Suzhou Industrial Park in China, according to a press release on 9 January. The new Asia Pacific Technical Center spans across an area of more than 30,000 square meters; it includes research and development (R&D) labs and test tracks. The techn...
    10-Jan-2020 News Investments
    EV maker Byton confirms Series C funding from Marubeni
    In a press release dated 5 January, Byton confirmed that it had raised Series C funding from Japanese trading firm Marubeni. The two companies will also explore opportunities for further cooperation in a range of fields such as mobility services, energy solutions and overseas production and dis...
    NIO delivers 3,170 EVs in December
    NIO has delivered 3,170 vehicles during the month of December in China, which is a growth of 25.4% month on month (m/m), the company announced in a press release on 6 January. The deliveries consisted of 2,537 ES6s and 633 ES8s, an increase of 22.7% m/m and 37.3% m/m respectively. At the end of 2019...
    Porsche recalls 645 vehicles in China over issue with hazard warning lights
    Porsche will recall 645 imported vehicles in China due to safety hazards, according to a recall notice on the website of the State Administration for Market Regulation. The recall affects Porsche 911 Series vehicles manufactured between 7 January 2019 and 11 December 2019. Significance: In the af...
    06-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Xpeng Motors partners with Didi Chuxing’s subsidiary to develop smart mobility business
    Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Xpeng Motors has entered a partnership with Xiaoju Car Service, the one-stop car rental and maintenance service platform backed by Didi Chuxing, to jointly build a smart mobility ecosystem, according to a press release on 4 January. The smart mobility ecosystem wil...
    06-Jan-2020 News New Products
    NIO showcases 'EC6' electric coupe SUV
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup NIO has showcased its new electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) coupe ‘EC6’ during NIO Day 2019 held in Shenzhen, China, the company announced in a press release on 28 December. The EC6 Performance Version is equipped with a 160 kW PM motor and a 240 kW induc...
    03-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Tesla partners with Chinese tech companies to offer online videos, games in vehicles
    Tesla will offer local videos and gaming services in its cars in China, Reuters reported on 20 December. It will be the first time for the EV maker to offer internet-connected games. Tesla will offer two video-streaming channels from Bilibili and Youku and three online games—mahjong and two ver...
    02-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Baidu secures licenses to test autonomous vehicles in Beijing
    Baidu has secured its first batch of licenses to test autonomous vehicles with passengers in Beijing, China, Xinhua reported on 30 December. The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation issued 40 licenses to Baidu to test autonomous vehicles carrying passengers on designated routes. The test v...
    Toyota to recall 1,380 vehicles in China due to defective emergency locking retractor
    Japanese automaker Toyota will recall 1,380 vehicles in China, according to a recall notice on the website of the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration (SAMR) on 29 December. The recall involves 723 imported Alphard Hybrid models manufactured between 19 August 2019 and 10 Sep...
    02-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    Chinese EV startup NIO unveils all-new ES8 electric SUV
    China-based electric vehicle (EV) start-up NIO has unveiled its all-new flagship smart electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ES8, according to a company press release on 28 December 2019. Delivery is expected to begin in April 2020. The model features a 160kW permanent magnet motor and a 240kW ind...
    Excellence Optoelectronics breaks ground on new facility in Taiwan for automotive LED lighting module, displays
    Excellence Optoelectronics Inc. (EOI) broke ground on its new facility at Hsinchu Science Park (HSP) in northern Taiwan, LEDinsisde reported on 30 December. The new facility will be used for research and development (R&D) of mini LEDs for automotive displays and large size display, as well as au...
    Ford to recall 1,351 vehicles in China over potential loss of power steering assist
    Ford has issued a recall of 1,351 vehicles in China over potential loss of power steering assist, according to a recall notice on the website of the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration (SAMR) on 27 December. The recall affects some imported model year 2015-2016 Lincoln MKZ ...
    30-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    SAIC General Motors to recall 16,292 vehicles in China over issue with electronic brake control module software
    SAIC General Motors Co., Ltd. has issued a recall of 16,292 vehicles in China over an issue with electronic brake control module software, according to a recall notice on the website of the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration (SAMR) on 27 December. The recall affects model ...
    30-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Tesla begins deliveries of China-made Model 3
    Tesla began delivering Model 3 electric cars from its newly-established Gigafactory in Shanghai, China, on Monday (30 December), Reuters reported. The US-based electric carmaker handed over locally-built Modal 3s to its 15 employees in an event today. “From now onwards China-made Model 3 vehicles ...
    30-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Japanese trading firm Marubeni to invest in Chinese EV startup BYTON
    Japanese trading firm Marubeni has signed an agreement to invest in Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup BYTON, Nikkei Asian Review reported on 25 December. Although the exact figure was not disclosed, Marubeni is expected to invest several million dollars in the EV startup. Under the partnership, ...
    GAC, China’s Shaoguan government begin construction of testing center for intelligent-connected and new-energy vehicles
    Guangzhou Automobile Group Co (GAC Group) and the Shaoguan city government in Guangdong Province in South China have started construction of a testing center for intelligent-connected and new-energy vehicles, China Daily reported today (27 December). The two partners are investing CNY2.75 billion (U...
    27-Dec-2019 News Investments
    JFE Steel forms JV with China-based Guangdong Shaoguan Iron and Steel Songshan for specialty bar steel
    JFE Steel has agreed to form a joint venture (JV) for specialty bar steel with China-based Guangdong Shaoguan Iron and Steel Songshan (SGIS), JFE announced in a press release last month. JFE Steel and SGIS, which is an affiliate of China BaoWu Steel Group, have reached an agreement under which JFE S...
    Nuvera starts construction of automated fuel cell production facility in China
    Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions for motive applications, has started construction of a fuel cell stack production line in the Hangzhou district of Fuyang, China, according to a company press release on 18 December 2019. The Nuvera site will have a manufacturing c...
    Xpeng Motors presents autonomous driving architecture at NVIDIA GTC China 2019
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up Xpeng Motors showcased its autonomous driving architecture of the upcoming P7 intelligent sedan at the NVIDIA GTC China 2019 in China, according to a company press release on 19 December. The P7 is the first production vehicle to feature the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Xa...
    Xpeng Motors reveals powertrain details of all-electric P7 sedan
    Chinese electric vehicle start-up Xpeng Motors has released the powertrain details of its upcoming all-electric sedan ‘P7’, according to a company press release on 16 December. The P7 will be equipped with a rear-drive permanent magnet synchronous motor, with a maximum power of 196kW and a peak ...
    18-Dec-2019 News New Products
    EV maker NIO delivers 2,528 vehicles in November in China
    Electric vehicle (EV) start-up NIO delivered 2,528 vehicles during the month of November in China, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. This includes 2,067 units of ES6 and 461 units of ES8. As of November 30, aggregate deliveries of the ES6 and ES8 reached 28,743 vehicles, o...
    Cerence introduces turnkey automotive assistant solution ‘ARK’ for Chinese market
    Cerence has announced the launch of Cerence AI Reference Kit (ARK), a turnkey automotive assistant solution for the Chinese market, the company said in a press release on 12 December. The ARK will enable Chinese automakers to quickly develop, deploy and manage a fully localized automotive voice assi...
    16-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...
    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
    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
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    BASF to double production capacity of automotive refinish coatings at its Chinese plant
    BASF will construct a new facility for automotive refinish coatings in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, in South China to enhance production capacity in the country, the company said in a press release on 5 December 2019. The new site is scheduled to start production in the first half of 2022. ...
    06-Dec-2019 News Investments
    AIWAYS starts production of European-spec U5 electric SUV in China
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up AIWAYS has started production of all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) U5 for the European market, reports news website AutoMobilSport.com. The vehicle is being manufactured at AIWAYS’s plant in Shangrao in China. “This is a very important milestone for ...
    05-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Bosch starts construction of new fuel-cell center in China
    Bosch broke ground on a fuel cell center in Wuxi, China, the German supplier said in a press release on 2 December. The new center paves the way for technological breakthroughs in fuel cell application in both commercial vehicles and passenger cars. The center in Wuxi will be engaged mainly in ...
    SK Innovation mulls setting up second EV battery plant in China
    South Korean battery maker SK Innovation is planning to set up a new electric vehicle (EV) battery plant  in Yancheng, China, reports news website BusinessKorea. SK Innovation is investing USD1.05 billion in the new plant. According to the report, most of the batteries manufactured at the new&n...
    04-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Daimler and Geely inaugurate ‘StarRides’ premium ride hailing service in China
    Daimler Mobility AG and Geely Technology Group have inaugurated their premium ride-hailing service, named StarRides, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. According to a press release from Daimler issued on December 3rd, the 50:50 joint venture between the two companies will commence operations this mont...
    China aims for NEV sales to reach 25% market share by 2025
    China is aiming for new energy vehicles (NEV) sales to touch 25% market share of total car sales in the country by 2025, Reuters reported today (3 December) citing China’s industry ministry. According to the report, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s draft on NEVs proposed tha...
    Airgain to provide C-V2X connectivity for Didi Chuxing AV pilot in Shanghai
    Airgain has announced that it has been selected by Didi Chuxing to deliver cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) connectivity for an autonomous vehicle pilot in Shanghai, a press release dated 2 December showed. Airgain’s MULTIMAX FV ITS 3-in-1 antenna provides two high gain directional antenn...
    BMW and Great Wall Motors officially inaugurate JV for manufacturing electric models from MINI
    BMW and Great Wall Motors (GWM) have officially inaugurated their new joint venture (JV) ‘Spotlight Automotive Limited’ to manufacture electric models from MINI brand, BMW announced in a press release on 29 November. The 50:50 JV will set up a new plant with standard capacity of 160,000 vehicles...
    02-Dec-2019 News Investments
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