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    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated
    Introduction: The transition to electric parking brakes (EPBs) from conventional cable-operated mechanisms represents a significant advancement in automotive technology. Electric brakes not only effectively immobilize parked vehicles, but also introduce additional functionalities, including hill start assist and hill hold, thereby enhancing both safety and convenience for drivers. Furthermore, they adhere to stringent safety standards, such as ISO 26262 and require less frequent maintenance c...
    Tesla’s wild ride: From headlines to headscratchers and what it means for full self-driving
    “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” Winston Churchill’s famous soundbite at the beginning of World War II has been applied to many a discourse or course of events since it was first uttered. Its ultimate use case, to use the current vernacular, could never be more apt than unpicking Tesla’s strategy and tactics or the actions and pronouncements of its CEO Elon Musk.  While Tesla still generates reams of press coverage, the tone has shifted, and it has slipped away f...
    Interview: Protean Electric on in-wheel motors
    Founded in 2008, Protean Electric is a key player in IWM technology and development. Its core technology centers around in-wheel electric drive solutions, notably the patented ProteanDrive® system. The system has in-wheel motors integrated with power electronics, digital control and a compatible friction brake, and offers advantages such as high torque density, enhanced efficiency and improved vehicle packaging. Protean’s IWMs have been used by Dongfeng Motor in its passenger cars E70 and Voy...
    Baltimore: Not another port in automotive’s stormy recent history
    As the world awoke on the morning of March 26 to the news that there had been a crash involving a container ship and the Francis Scott Key Bridge in the city of Baltimore, which had caused the bridge to collapse, immediate thoughts were with the safety and welfare of all concerned. Six people are missing, presumed dead in the tragic aftermath. Traffic through the port will be suspended until further notice and looks set to cause disruption to trade and supply chains. One of the sectors that w...
    Not all things begin and end with Tesla: Mexico's burgeoning automotive supply chain
    As with everything that Tesla says and does, its investment in Mexico for a new vehicle plant has attracted much attention. The latest hubbub around the Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, plant surrounds reports that Tesla is looking to invite its mainland Chinese suppliers at its operations in Shanghai to join it in investing in Mexico. That it is looking to bring some of its mainland Chinese suppliers to Mexico is not surprising. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) do this all the time. They have...
    EPA's updated emission proposals: A balancing act between environment and industry
    The updated EPA proposal for light- and medium-duty vehicles On March 20, 2024, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final rules related to light- and medium-duty vehicles. The final Multi Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles expand on the EPA’s existing emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years (MY) 2023 through 2026. The rules are technology-neutral and take advantage of develop...
    Electric motor market set to rocket: China leads, eAxle drives growth
    Rapid expansion in the electric motor market is on the horizon, driven by the eAxle market and evolving technologies. As original equipment manufacturers increasingly keep design in-house but outsource production, who stands to gain? S&P Global Mobility forecasts a fourfold increase in the electric motor market in the next 12 years, with an expected production of over 120 million motors by 2034. The eAxle market is set to drive this growth, with its motor production share projected to inc...
    Suppliers to Chevrolet Traverse
    The Chevrolet Traverse is produced at at the GM Lansing Delta Assembly Plant in Delta Township. Production of the car is expected to peak at 142127 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility.     Image Source: Chevrolet Suppliers to Chevrolet Traverse COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Spring Seat Isolators Vibracoustic Upper and Lower Body Structure Multimatic Tubular Stabilizer Bars M...
    Mainland China's latest ban to intensify diversification of rare earth magnet supply chain
    1. What has been banned by Mainland China? On December 21, 2023, mainland China imposed a ban on the export of rare earth magnet-making technology. The country’s Ministry of Commerce released a revised version of the Catalogue of Technologies Prohibited and Restricted from Export, which includes the ban on export of technology used for making rare earth magnets. As per the country, the revised ban and regulations are implemented with the intent to safeguard its national security and public ...
    Suppliers to Skoda Superb
    The fourth-generation Skoda Superb is produced at the automaker’s factory in Bratislava. Production of the car is expected to peak at 45183 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility.          Image Source : Skoda   Suppliers to Skoda Superb COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Wiring Harness Protection  Delfingen Liftgate Hinges Edscha Cylinder Head Nemak Inte...
    Major e-drive component-related developments in 2023
    As 2023 draws to a close, we look at the main developments and market/technology trends during the year that shaped the e-drive components (such as e-motors, inverters) and the e-drive system integration market. 1. The increased focus on silicon carbide (SiC) devices as a way to increase EV range and enable ultra-fast charging. An efficient inverter can increase the range and performance of an electric vehicle without significantly adding to the cost or weight of the vehicle. Owing to this...
    Automotive Supplier Outlook 2024
    The automotive industry grappled with a range of challenges this year, including ongoing supply chain disruptions, chip shortages, rising energy costs, inflation, recession fears, waning consumer demand, a shift towards software and electronics, labor shortages, strike action, and volatile order forecasts. It also faced several geopolitical concerns and challenges, including the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, which resulted in tariffs and trade barriers that disrupted global su...
    Talking Heads: Key themes for 2024
    As we approach the end of 2023, our “Talking Heads” series delves into conversations with the practice leads at AutoTechInsight. The aim is to explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in their respective domains. The automotive industry faces challenges and opportunities shaped by the pandemic and technological advancements. Electrification is a key factor impacting new car prices, especially in Europe. A potential price war among EVs in mainland China is a concern. Afforda...
    Euro-7 norms: The shifting dynamics of the European automotive industry
    In a vote held earlier in November, the European Parliament endorsed a modified Euro-7 emissions regulation, bringing testing procedures for new cars more in line with Euro 6 standards. While praised by some as a middle ground, apprehensions linger regarding the potential relaxation of car pollution standards. The members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will begin discussions with the EU government to finalize the new rules. What was proposed a year back in November 2022? The European Co...
    Schaeffler eyes formidable position in e-mobility solutions market
    On October 9, 2023, Schaeffler came up with voluntary public tender offer of $3.8 billion to buy Vitesco Technologies Group AG. As per Schaeffler, its decision to buy Vitesco is to strengthen its offerings in the electrification field. Vitesco was spun out of Continental in April 2021 with the aim to focus on electrification, e-mobility and electronics and quickly address the shift towards electric mobility. On October 17, Vitesco said its Executive Board and Special Committee would evaluate the...
    OEMs are unlikely to entirely in-source e-drives or their components
    In our recent insight titled “The battle for e-drive supremacy: Make vs. Buy,” we discussed how the majority of OEMs are opting to in-source e-drive components, mostly e-motors and overall eAxle system integration, owing to a variety of reasons: Obtain competitive advantage: For electric vehicle makers, range and efficiency are the key differentiators as potential customers seek EVs that provide a higher range and faster charging. Electric drive components such as e-motors and inverter...
    UAW expands strike at GM, Stellantis after a week of standoff with Detroit Three
    After a week into the persisting standoff with the Detroit Three – General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Stellantis – the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced on September 22 that it is expanding the ongoing strike to 38 parts distribution locations across 20 states in the US. In its second wave, the UAW strike aims to target the aftersales and service facilities, which is expected to have a direct and immediate impact on the carmaker’s dealerships, and therefore customers. While the UA...
    Global demand for 700 bar hydrogen storage tanks to gain momentum after 2028
    Amid the race for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and combating climate change, research and development (R&D) on hydrogen-powered vehicles are gaining ground, especially around its applications in large commercial trucks and buses. Hydrogen is now increasingly seen as a more practical choice than large batteries for these vehicles. According to S&P Global Mobility, global demand for fuel-cell medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCVs) is projected to exceed 72,000 units by 203...
    US and Europe begin their quest for secure REE supply chain
    As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to become mainstream and witness rapid adoption across the world, securing an uninterrupted supply of rare earth elements (REEs) has emerged as a critical issue for automakers and governments alike. Demand for REEs and other critical materials for battery and permanent magnet for e-motors is expected to witness an exponential rise over the next decade, compelling automakers, tier 1 suppliers and governments to look for ways to establish a secure and sustainabl...
    White paper: Electrification technology in reshaped supply chains for ubiquitous EVs
    With the rapid rates of electric vehicle adoption continuing in major markets globally, legislative agendas supporting aggressive transitions to phase out mainstream internal combustion engine (ICE) usage, and supply chains gearing up accordingly, the narrative around electrification technology is shifting toward one of maturity and scale. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Supplier to the new Lincoln Nautilus
    TheLincoln Nautilus produced at the Changan Hangzhou plant in China. The  SUV is expected to peak at more than 34702 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    The battle for e-drive supremacy: Make vs. Buy
    Received wisdom for the supplier community in the recent past has focused on preparing product portfolios for the transition to battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). However, as Liam Butterworth, CEO of Dowlais Group plc, the parent company of GKN Automotive Limited, recently disclosed suppliers are not capitalizing, even if they have been early movers into the BEV component market. This insight sets out to examine the e-drive, or e-axles, market and provides clues as to why the anticipated yields f...
    Can Brazil’s commercial truck fleet turn electric?
    In Brazil, intermodal transport is limited, with average truck trips spanning more than 2,000 km. Combine that with a commercial truck fleet averaging 12 years of age, and a lack of affordable options to replace with new vehicles, and Brazil is facing a truck-emissions timebomb. Brazil has a truck parc of 2.2 million units, and the movements to modernize the fleet by agribusiness, e-commerce and construction have contributed to reducing the fleet average age. However, while the emission restr...
    Suppliers to the new Polestar 3
    The Polestar 3  is produced at company’s production centre is located in Chengdu, China. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 13823 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Impact of new norms on demand for crucial emission-reducing components
    Countries and governments worldwide are passing laws and implementing legislations to phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and shift to carbon-neutral zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) to mitigate climate change and decarbonize the economy. Recently, the EU passed a law which from 2035 will allow sales of new vehicles that will have zero CO2 emissions. The EU was set to ban ICE vehicles from 2035, however last moment opposition from a coalition comprising Germany, Italy, Poland and th...
    Is eBeam axle the future for electric pickups?
    As the world races toward achieving a faster transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), a key challenge associated with the electrification of light- and medium-duty pickups is achieving the same level of payload-carrying and towing capacity as its internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. The eBeam axles, comprising an integrated motor, inverter and gearbox on a rigid axle, can be directly fitted on an ICE pickup without the need to redesign any associated parts. eBeam axles are tou...
    Suppliers to the new BMW i5
    The BMW i5 is produced at company’s Group Plant Dingolfing in Germany. The electric vehicle is expected to peak at more than 39722 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Suppliers to the new Cupra Leon
    The Cupra Leon  is produced at built at Martorell plant in Spain. The VW’s SEAT is expected to peak at more than 52311 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Fuel for Thought: ICE shakeout
    The time for denial is over. There are still suppliers of parts related to internal combustion engines that are steadfast in their belief that the looming (and eventual) shift away from ICE toward any number of battery-electric propulsion formats is just a passing fad. In their view, scores of OEMs, suppliers, dealers and infrastructure partners have it completely wrong. They believe that the billions in investment earmarked in virtually every major global market to build a new ecosystem are cap...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Silverado EV
    The Chevrolet Silverado EV is produced at Factory ZERO assembly plant. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 53088 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Rare earth elements sourcing – a potential bottleneck for e-motors?
    Vehicle electrification is one of the crucial ways in which countries around the world are planning to meet their decarbonization targets and green goals. As of 2023, there are 11.8 million battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in operation globally, which is projected to reach 44.8 million by 2030 and 65.66 million by 2035. In addition to batteries, e-motors play a critical role in ensuring the driving range and performance of a BEV. An e-motor with high power density and high efficiency can reduce ...
    EVangelists: Putting the electric cart before the power generation horsepower?
    One of the most recognized patterns in current well-to-wheel analysis is the differentiation of localized power generation sources and supply chain contributions to the overall carbon footprint of vehicles. Experts like Kelly Senecal rightly point out that in many cases, the power grid is dirtier than a hybrid, even when vehicles manufacturing energy sources are responsibly developed.  Click the link above to download the full article.
    Supplier to the new Ford Mustang
    The Ford Mustang produced at Flat Rock, Michigan. The  vehicle is expected to peak at more than 76159 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Global demand for light FCEVs expected to grow at 25% CAGR during 2021–34
    Currently, although battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are the frontrunners in the race of alternative propulsion methods, they also come with their own set of challenges ranging from issues related to range anxiety and longer battery-recharging time, to raw materials needed for batteries. Hydrogen as a fuel holds immense promise with its clean burning, high-energy density (gravimetric energy density of hydrogen when stored under high pressure or liquid form is about 120 MJ/kg, which is approximat...
    Power politics over ICE ban – Will OEMs get their way?
    In October 2022, EU lawmakers agreed on a new carbon dioxide (CO2) fleet regulation for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, adopting the target of zero CO2 emissions by 2035. As CO2 emissions are measured exclusively at the tailpipe, this decision is effectively a ban on vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICEs). Although a final rubber-stamp vote by EU member states was scheduled for earlier this March, a coalition of EU countries (led by Germany) is now looking to oppose th...
    Talking Heads: Tesla Investor Day
    On March 1, Tesla hosted its Investor Day, where it presented ‘Master Plan 3’, the sequel to Master Plan outings in 2006 and 2016. While earlier plans were greeted enthusiastically by investors, the third met with a muted response from the markets with the stock falling by 6%.  Click the link above to download the full article.
    INTERVIEW: Improving brake feel in the electric era
    One of the fundamental differences with EVs, compared with ICE vehicles, is the complex hybrid braking system. The integration of the traditional mechanical brake and the electric regenerative system is incredibly challenging. Ensuring the brake system feels consistent to what consumers have already become accustomed to could become a key purchasing decision. Traditionally, ‘brake feel’ has only been evaluated using subjective opinions but AB Dynamics has developed a means to add crucial obj...
    Suppliers to the new Ford Ranger
    The Ford Ranger is produced at at the Michigan Assembly Plant ,USA. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 75484 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Supplier to the new Mercedes-Benz GLC
    The Mercedes-Benz GLC produced at the at the Beijing plant in China. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 122981 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Visual interaction is moving to the forefront of HMI design
    Automotive display HMI is growing in demand owning to convenience features and enhancing customer experience. Moreover, in the coming years development of multi-display will not only provide greater freedom of information usage and control between driver and passenger, but it will also reduce product development complexities and costs for automakers. Although, in real-terms automakers will invest more during the initial years to gain longer-term benefits. Automakers are also engaged in the devel...
    BorgWarner spins off fuel systems, aftermarket businesses to sharpen EV focus
    In an attempt to sharpen its focus on electric vehicle (EV) technologies while accelerating growth under the “Charging Forward” strategy, the Michigan-based automotive component supplier BorgWarner Inc. said on December 6, 2022, that it plans to spin off its fuel systems and aftermarket businesses into a separate, publicly traded company (NewCo). The announcement comes amid the ongoing global shift to EVs as both automakers and component suppliers transition supply chains and their respec...
    Talking Heads: Key themes for 2023
    The current year has again been dominated by the chip crisis. Overlaid on this has been the worsening macroeconomic position due to the fallout from the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which has had knock-on effects for the industry in terms of demand surety. In turn this has brought an end to the era of cheap capital, which has served to slow the burgeoning mobility startup ecosystem. In the broader sense the sector looks set to be heading to a phase where demand-side considerations replace the curren...
    How challenging will the proposed Euro 7 norms be for the industry to comply with?
    On 9 November 2022, the European Commission presented a proposal to implement Euro 7 emission norms in Europe for new light duty vehicles (cars and vans) from 1 July 2025 and for heavy-duty vehicles (lorries and buses) from 1 July 2027. Succeeding Euro 6 norms, which was implemented in 2014, the Euro 7 mandate is going to be the final set of regulations for the internal combustion engines (ICEs), before new gas-powered cars and vans are phased out from production and sales by 2035 in Europe. ...
    Update on the semiconductor shortage and outlook for 2023 and beyond
    From the first rumblings out of China in December 2020 the semiconductor has gone on to dominate discussions around the automotive sector. The issues are still ongoing – just last week Jaguar Land Rover announced it was slowing production of certain models due to a continuing supply squeeze – and a few voices in the industry are being heard speculating that the crunch will last until 2026. To get a perspective on the current situation and future developments we talked with Jeremie Bouchaud, ...
    Talking Heads: CASE on the road to nowhere?
    The CASE megatrends – connected, autonomous, shared and electric – in case you’ve not been paying attention, have been the hot topics of the automotive industry in the past decade. They’ve even given rise to talk of the industry in the whole as the mobility industry rather than the more prosaic automotive industry. But is the CASE narrative running into trouble? Hot on the heels of the news that Ford and VW were exiting their Argo AI autonomous driving technology venture came news out...
    Highlights from the 2022 Paris Motor Show
    The biennial Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile in French) alternates with the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2022 edition, which took place from 17–23 October 2022 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, returned in four years after the last one planned in March 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic. The 2022 edition of the show also indicated that automotive shows are becoming a diminishing affair. The list of no-shows included Stellantis’s Fiat, Maserati and Alfa-Romeo brands; VW and ...
    Winter is Coming
    With energy prices in Europe skyrocketing, placing business bottom lines in triage mode, a harsh winter could place certain automotive sectors at risk of being unable to keep their production lines running. Click the link above to download the article.
    Decoding DENSO’s semiconductor strategy
    Japan’s DENSO Corporation, one of the leading global automotive suppliers of powertrain, thermal, and safety systems, recorded a 4.2% year-on-year (y/y) decline in its fiscal year (FY) 2021 revenue, which stood at JPY4,936.7 billion (about USD45.1 billion). The company attributed this year-on-year fall to the significant decline in car sales resulting from COVID-19, followed by the shortages in semiconductors and other raw materials. Yasushi Matsui, CEO at DENSO Corporation, projected in the c...
    Highlights from the 2022 North American International Auto Show
    The 2022 edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) featured a redesigned layout, with the main exhibits and many events indoors at Huntington Place, and other events outdoors in nearby Hart Plaza. Participation was limited this year, with hometown automakers—Ford, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis—carrying the show. Other major exhibitors were Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz. With many other big automakers and brands keeping away from the show, the ma...
    Inflation Reduction Act 2022 remains a tough call for carmakers to avail EV tax credits
    It has been almost a month since the Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA 2022), which became legislation on 16 August 2022 after the US President Joe Biden signed the act. While carmakers and their suppliers across the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain have been scrambling to decode the new mandates, auto industry lobbies from Europe, South Korea, and Japan have already expressed deep concerns about the ability of global carmakers to meet the requi...
    Suppliers to the new Jeep Grand Cherokee
    According to S&P Global Mobility, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee's highest year of production will be 2023, when more than 175780 units will be produced.
    Suppliers to the new Renault Austral
    The new third generation Austral mid-sized SUV is assembled at the carmaker's facility in Palencia, Spain. S&P Global Mobility forecasts that the highest year of production for this SUV will be 2023, when more than 117326 units will be produced.  
    How is the global semiconductor shortage impacting thermal and powertrain suppliers?
    The global automotive industry reported a semiconductor shortage for the first time in the second half of calendar year (CY) 2020. That was the time when major automakers, which were looking to scale up production and revive industrial activities across the automotive supply chains, struggled to secure necessary supplies of mainly electronic and electrical components powered by the semiconductors. As demand for household appliances including consumer electronics and white goods, and cars witn...
    Suppliers to the new Dodge Hornet
    Built in Stellantis’ factory in Pomigliano, Italy ,  Dodge Hornet is expected to peak at more than 32430 in 2023, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    How the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 impacts the US EV ecosystem
    On 7 August 2022, Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which aims to not only take control of rising inflation by reducing the fiscal deficit but also invest in domestic manufacturing of renewable energy and electric vehicles (EVs), secure the necessary supply chain, and cut down the carbon footprint by roughly 40% by 2030. The proposal made within the purview of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) expects to raise about USD739 billion and invest about ...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes-Benz EQE
    The new EQE SUV is assembled at the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama. Tuscaloosa is a key production location for Mercedes-EQ luxury electric SUVs, including the EQS SUV and the EQE SUV, which will be available later this year. According to S&P Global Mobility, the highest year of production for this SUV will be 2023, when more than 36810 units will be produced.
    How rapid electrification of vehicles will impact the coolant industry?
    The need to establish a sustainable global transportation system, which accounts for nearly one-third of the global carbon emissions, is leading to rapid electrification of vehicles across segments. As several countries continue to tighten the emission norms for automobiles and roll out new policies for the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), vehicle manufacturers are increasingly investing in their respective product portfolios, supply chains, new technologies, and EV ecosystem to ensure that ...
    Software complexity starting to cost CEOs their job
    Complexity in the software has increased to a level where it has become not just difficult to debug and maintain, but it has compounded an OEM’s already difficult situation to comprehend the overall system interactions between various electronic control units (ECUs) and to properly test all the various combinations of features in a car. Most of the software in vehicles is written by suppliers that also use third-party software and work with externals, so the OEM’s control on the result is ve...
    Suppliers to the new BMW X1
    Built at Regensburg factory in Germany, the third-generation BMW X1 is expected to peak at more than 132194 in 2023, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    The evolving landscape of inverter technology in EVs
    The automotive industry is slowly but steadily moving toward an electric future. Several factors are at play that will determine the pace of this transition from internal combustion engines (ICEs) to electrified vehicles. One of the key factors is certainly the performance of the EV, especially the range that it will offer in the real-world driving conditions. Slapping a bigger battery onto the EV will give the additional range, but that will significantly add to the cost and weight of the ve...
    Suppliers to the 2022 Honda Civic
      The 2022 Honda Civic Hatch is assembled at the Greensburg Assembly plant in United States .Production of the vehcile will peak at more than 93,700  units in 2023. 
    How will ECHA’s proposal on the use of lead affect Europe’s net zero ambitions?
    The proposal by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to include lead as one of the eight new substances of very high concern (SVHC) in the REACH Authorisation List can hurt the growth potential of manufacturers using lead metal, reduce the competitiveness of an existing supply chain and negatively impact Europe’s well-established circular economy, Dr Steve Binks, director, regulatory affairs at International Lead Association (ILA) said in an interview. ILA, which had issued a position paper...
    Shanghai lockdown creates new supply chain concerns for OEMs
    A dramatic surge in new COVID-19 infections and the breakout of a new sub-strain of the Omicron variant forced the mainland Chinese government to impose a full-scale lockdown in the country’s financial hub, Shanghai, from early April. Shanghai is a major automotive component manufacturing hub as well, and a prolonged lockdown in the city would cause significant disruptions to vehicle production in the region, and logistical barriers hindering export of parts from the country. The lockdown h...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Silverado
    The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado is assembled at the Oshawa Assembly plant in southern Ontario .Production of the vehcile will peak at more than 84360  units in 2023. 
    Russia–Ukraine conflict: is palladium a potential black swan for already stretched auto supply chains?
    Several supply disruption concerns have been reverberating through the automotive industry since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, however few have the disruption potential of palladium, a critical raw material used in catalytic converters for emission abatement. Palladium supplies are de facto already facing some logistical disruption since palladium is usually transported via passenger flights due to its high value and relatively low weight (only about 200 tons were produced in 2021). The clo...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Shortage of several critical parts leaving German OEMs exposed
    The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has disrupted production at several supplier facilities, forcing them to announce temporary production suspensions or shifts of production operations to other sites, opening another front for carmakers scrambling to stabilize their production output in light of the ongoing semiconductor shortages. Tier-1 suppliers, such as Leoni, Gentherm, Aptiv, Kostal, Kroschu, Fujikura, Sumitomo Electric, Nexans, Yazaki, and Prettl, have plants in Ukraine producing primarily wi...
    Is the European Commission’s proposed Chips Act a lost chance to secure chip supplies?
    The European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council to establish a framework of measures for strengthening Europe’s semiconductor ecosystem or Chips Act, just like the US government’s recent policy on semiconductors, aims at securing strategic supply of chips to support various industries. The act focuses on shoring up more semiconductor manufacturing capacity while ensuring the availability of a trained workforce to support the industry throug...
    Special analysis: New battery electric vehicle entrants in China
    The global automobile industry has experienced a huge change toward electrification in recent years. Startup battery-electric vehicle (BEV) manufacturers have played an essential role in this era and even led technical development in multiple segments. Aside from currently being the world’s largest automobile market, mainland China has been more aggressive than other regions to replace internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles with BEVs thus making mainland China home to many BEV startups. Acc...
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen ID4
    The first-generation Volkswagen ID4 is assembled at parent VW Group's factory in Zwickau Germany.Production of the new electric crossover will peak at more than 112,500 units in 2024. 
    Auto parts to software ecosystem: Does Aptiv and Wind River merger make sense?
    Well-known auto parts maker Aptiv acquired automotive and IoT software developer Wind River on 11 January 2022. This is the first automotive acquisition of this year. This deal is the biggest since 2017 and the divergence of Delphi by Aptiv. Aptiv Aptiv PLC, formerly known as Delphi Automotive PLC, is a tier-1 supplier for the automotive industry. Aptiv designs and manufactures vehicle components and provides electrical and electronic and active safety technology solutions to the global au...
    Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Mokka
    The second-generation Opel/Vauxhall Mokka is assembled at the Stellantis Poissy facility in France. Output of this model, at the French plant, is expected to peak at more than 136,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new Nissan Qashqai
    Produced by the Nissan since 2006, with most of the European volume built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK. Nissan’s compact crossover SUV is now in its third generation. With production starting in June 2021, the all-new Qashqai is Nissan's first model built in Europe using a significant number of lightweight aluminum panels, IHS Markit forecast production will reach its highest level of 303,000 units in 2023.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 Audi e-tron GT
    The first-generation Audi e-tron GT is assembled alongside the Audi R8 at Audi’s Boellinger Hoefe facility in Germany. Output of this model is expected to peak at 14,000 units in 2026, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 BMW 2-Series
    The second-generation BMW 2-Series 2-door coupé (G42) is the first BMW designed by BMW of Mexico. It is also assembled in BMW's San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico. Output of this model is expected to peak at around 43,000 units in 2024, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    The fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is assembled in Detroit Michigan, USA. Output of this model at the Michigan plants is expected to peak at around 480,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit.
    Special Report: Foxconn's preparedness to redefine EV value chain
    Taiwan-based Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Technology Group, is promoting a new electric vehicle (EV) business model that has the potential to drive extensive collaboration in the industry, reduce research and development (R&D) cost, and shorten the development cycle for new EV products. Over the next five years, Foxconn could emerge as a company that can drive significant changes in EV manufacturing value chain and make the e-mobility landscape more competitive for the established OEMs...
    Electrical steel: Another temporary supply chain shortage or a threat to OEMs’ electrification plans?
    This report has contributions from xEL Mobility and Metals Technology Consulting. As the automotive industry battles the semiconductor shortages, which have prevented the production of 9.3 million units to date, the rapid expansion in growth of EV sales raises questions about the future availability of sufficient electrical steel needed to produce electric motors to meet the electrification targets set by regulators and OEMs around the globe. Several major steel producers have announced in...
    Suppliers to the new 2022 NIssan Pathfinder
    The fifth-generation Nissan Pathfinder is assembled at the Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant plant in Tennessee, USA. Output of this model at the Tennessee plant is expected to peak at around 115,000 units in 2024, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com
    Suppliers to the new Rolls-Royce Ghost
    The second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is assembled at the Rolls-Royce plant in Goodwood, West Sussex, UK. Output of this model is expected to peak at more than 2,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Rapid
    The second-generation Skoda Rapid is assembled at the Volkswagen Group Kaluga facility in Russia. Output of this model at the Russian plant is expected to peak at more than 27,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com.
    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million units; this is a front-loaded adjustment and from the second quarter output levels are expected to be able to accelerate as supply chains return to normal. If this is the case then strong pent-up demand a...
    Suppliers to the new Hyundai Tucson
    The fourth-generation 2021 Hyundai Tucson is assembled at Hyundai’s facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Output of the new version of the compact crossover SUV is expected to peak at more than 184,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). The ‘Fit for 55’ package, which comprises close to a dozen proposals for EU’s climate, land use, energy, among other areas, views transportation sector as one of the key emitters of the greenhou...
    Suppliers to the new Lincoln Aviator
    The second-generation Lincoln Aviator is assembled at Ford’s facility in Chicago SHO, United States. Output of the new mid-sized luxury SUV is expected to peak at more than 2,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new BMW 4 Series
    The second-generation BMW 4 Series is assembled at BMW’s facility in Dingolfing, Germany. Output of the new version of the two-door coupe is expected to peak at more than 45,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Why the Nissan-Envision AESC gigafactory is strategic for UK’s EV battery supply chain
    Unveiling its strategy to put the UK at the center of its electric vehicle (EV) game plan for Europe, Nissan, along with its battery partner Envision AESC, made a crucial announcement on 1 July to jointly invest GBP1 billion (USD1.37 billion) in the northeastern region to set up the country’s first EV ecosystem of such scale. Named EV36Zero, the planned GBP1 billion EV ecosystem involves Nissan investing up to GBP423 million to produce a next-generation electric crossover at its Sunderland ...
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Octavia
    The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia is assembled at the Volkswagen Group’s facility in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, as well as Russia contract manufacturer GAZ’s plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Output of the new version of the five-door compact car is expected to peak at more than 233,000 units in Mlada Boleslav in 2022 and peak at 27,000 units in Nizhny Novgorod in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways publishe...
    Stellantis’s EV roadmap hinges heavily on its battery strategy
    Amsterdam-based Stellantis announced its vehicle electrification strategy for this decade and beyond on its EV Day on 8 July. The parent company to over a dozen iconic brands, including Fiat, Citroën, Peugeot, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Maserati, plans to pump in EUR30 billion (over USD35 billion) over the next five years in electrifying all brands through this decade. At the heart of its giant plan are four all-new battery-electric vehicle–focused platforms, three core electric drive mo...
    Gasoline particulate filters to remain in demand this decade owing to hybridization
    Carmakers all over the world are working numerous angles to make their vehicles as efficient as possible, owing to the prevalent eco-friendly sales strategy along with governments across the globe making environmental policies progressively more stringent every few years. A significant component of vehicular exhaust emissions is particulate matter (PM), which comprises microscopic particles that are so lightweight that they remain suspended in the air. Coarse particles, which measure 10 micromet...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes-Benz CLA
    The second-generation 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA is assembled at Daimler's facility in Kecskemet, Hungary. Output of the new version of the compact sedan is expected to peak at more than 98,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Jeep Compass
    The second-generation 2021 Jeep Compass is assembled at Stellantis’ facility in Melfi, Italy. Output of the new version of the compact crossover SUV is expected to peak at more than 77,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen T-Roc
    The first-generation 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc is assembled at Volkswagen’s facility in Osnabruck, Germany. Output of the new version of the subcompact crossover is expected to peak at more than 15,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new DS 3 Crossback
    The first-generation DS 3 Crossback is assembled at Stellantis’ factory in Poissy, France. Output of the new version of the small crossover is expected to peak at more than 24,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Powertrain company spin-offs driven by global shift to electrification
    The past few years have already seen intense competition and innovation in the automotive powertrain sector magnifying several times over due to challenging market conditions, ever stricter regulatory and environmental policies, and the disruptions in the form of electrification and new players entering the markets across the globe. Powertrain components and systems manufacturers worldwide have responded by rapidly increasing the development of new or improved products, and consolidating their b...
    Suppliers to the new Porsche Cayenne Coupe
    The third-generation 2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is assembled at Porsche's facility in Bratislava, Slovakia. Output of the new version of the mid-sized SUV is expected to peak at more than 22,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Seat Leon
    The fourth-generation 2020 Seat Leon is assembled at Seat's facility in Martorell, Spain. Output of the new version of the hatchback is expected to peak at more than 129,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Market challenges and outlook for automotive powertrain suppliers in 2021
    The recent few years have seen progress and advancements being made at a blinding pace in the automotive powertrain sector. Faced with mounting pressure all over the world for lowering pollutants and increasingly more stringent emission norms, OEMs are making conventional powertrain systems as efficient as possible while opening up new avenues such as electrification in order to adhere to new and upcoming regulations. There remains little doubt that the automotive industry, along with nearly all...
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Supra
    The fifth-generation 2020 Toyota Supra is assembled at Toyota's facility in Graz #2, Austria. Output of the new version of the sports grand tourer is expected to peak at more than 8,800 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Volkswagen reveals e-mobility strategy on its first Power Day
    One of the most predominant trends in the global automotive industry of today is the relentless move toward electrification.  Carmakers around the world are heeding the demand to shift away from inefficient propulsion methods and focus instead on hybridization and electrification. German automotive manufacturer, Volkswagen, has envisioned a transformation into a global market leader for e-mobility solutions—an aim that was clearly outlined during its Power Day event held on 15 March. I...
    Suppliers to the new Audi A3
    The fourth-generation 2020 Audi A3 is assembled at Audi's facility in Ingolstadt #1, Germany. Output of the new version of the compact sedan is expected to peak at more than 59,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Renault Captur
    The second-generation Renault Captur is assembled at Renault's facility in Valladolid, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Renault Captur from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 229,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
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