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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    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.
    Ford approves Continental winter tires for multiple models
    Ford has approved premium winter tires from Continental for its latest Explorer, Fiesta, Focus, Mustang, and Puma models, according to a press release on 25 January 2023. For these five models, the WinterContact TS 870 and WinterContact TS 870 P can be ordered directly from dealers. Both winter tire models offer safe handling on dry roads and on snow, as well as short braking distances on ice. In addition, they perform well in all weather conditions with precise steering behavior and good ...
    Nissan plans to invest in Renault Group’s EV and software division Ampere
    Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Corporation said on 30 January 2023 that it plans to invest in Ampere, the electric vehicle (EV) and software division of the French carmaker and its ally Renault Group, with an aim of becoming a strategic shareholder. The plan is part of three-stage that Nissan and Renault are taking to strengthen the ties of the Alliance and maximize value creation for all stakeholders, both the company said in a joint statement Monday. The two companies plan to work joint...
    Toyota selects Turkey plant to produce PHEVs, batteries in Europe
    Japanese automaker Toyota’s European arm said on 30 January 2023 that the company plans to produce the second-generation Toyota C-HR at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (TMMT) in Sakarya, Turkey. In addition, TMMT will be Toyota’s first European plant to start producing plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), and the first to be equipped with a battery production line. TMMT is slated to produce the Toyota C-HR in hybrid as well as PHEV versions, which will make the model first PHEV passeng...
    Microvast to supply battery packs to REE Automotive for its commercial EV platforms
    US battery maker Microvast Holdings, Inc. and REE Automotive, Ltd. have signed a supply and purchase agreement wherein the former will supply MV-C Gen 4 HpCO high-energy lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs to the latter, Microvast said on 26 January 2023. Microvast’s battery packs will power REE Automotive’s commercial electric vehicle (EV) platform, the company said, adding that the customers will benefit from this partnership by combining REE’s zero-emission commercial vehicles with Mi...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 30 January 2023
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    Goodyear to layoff about 500 employees globally
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced cost savings actions, which will result in an approximately 5% reduction in salaried staff globally, or about 500 positions, according to a company press release dated 27 January. The reorganization is expected to be completed during the first and second quarters. The company said the cost savings actions are in response to a challenging industry environment and cost pressure driven by inflation. “Our fourth quarter results fell short of ...
    Suzuki Motor Corporation chalks out global EV strategy for FY 2030
    Revealing its global electric vehicle (EV) strategy for fiscal year (FY) 2030 on 26 January 2023, Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corporation said it plans to achieve carbon neutrality in Japan and Europe by 2050 and in India by 2070, based on the target set by the respective governments. To achieve the same, the company said that it plans to focus on creating solutions that are unique to Suzuki, which are to develop products and services focused on the customer and grow along with the operat...
    onsemi, Volkswagen Group partner on SiC technology for next-generation EVs
    onsemi has announced that it signed a strategic agreement with German Volkswagen to provide modules and semiconductors that enable a complete electric vehicle (EV) traction inverter solution for VW’s next-generation platform family, according to a press release on 25 December 2023. The semiconductors are part of an overall system optimization and provide a solution that supports the VW models' front and rear traction inverters. As part of the agreement, onsemi will provide in a first sta...
    Volvo recalls around 106,900 vehicles globally over faulty brakes
    Volvo has issued a recall of 106,900 vehicles worldwide over potential issues with automatic safety brakes, according to multiple reports on 25 January. The electronic braking support function is affected when the system takes over in the event of an emergency. It does not impact manual braking using brake pedals. Vehicles being recalled are model year (MY) 2023 C40, XC40, S60, V60, XC60, V90, and XC90 models. Volvo is set to issue a free software update to fix the issue.
    CATL plans to build new integrated intelligent chassis plant in Yichun, China
    According to a press release on 25 January 2023, Contemporary Amperex Intelligence Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CATL, and the Yichun Economic and Technological Development Zone Management Committee have entered into a partnership for the CATL Integrated Intelligent Chassis (CIIC) production base project in the city of Yichun, Southeast China's Jiangxi Province. CAIT-SH is dedicated to the development, manufacture, sales, and provision of CIIC's services. In accordance with the agr...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 23 January 2023
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    India Auto Expo 2023: Pricol showcases next-gen automotive technologies
    Pricol displayed multiple next-generation automotive products and technologies at the Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi, The Economic Times reported on 13 January. The company displayed its heads-up display (HUD), e-cockpit, disc brake, round TFT instrument cluster, TFT smart clusters, end-to-end telematics solutions, and battery management system (BMS), along with its existing range of automotive products. “We are glad to present our product portfolio at the Auto Expo 2023. We take imm...
    NEXEN TIRE unveils three concept tires in collaboration with Design Council Busan
    NEXEN TIRE has unveiled the BTR, Mearth, and Nocturne future concept tires, it said in a press release on 16 January. The concept tires were developed in collaboration with the Design Council Busan (DCB). The three future concept tires were created in collaboration with nine product design students from DCB of Korea Design Membership Plus, a public design membership program. Significance: BTR which is an abbreviation for Born to Race, is a racing tire with a spherical internal structure that ...
    STMicroelectronics introduces five power-semiconductor bridges for vehicles
    STMicroelectronics has unveiled five new power-semiconductor bridges in popular configurations, in advanced ACEPACK SMIT package, it said in a press release on 9 January. The devices are suitable for electric vehicle (EV) on-board chargers (OBC) and DC/DC converters, as well as industrial power conversion. STMicroelectronics’ ACEPACK SMIT surface mounted package delivers the easy handling of an insulated package with the thermal efficiency of an exposed drain. Significance: The devices offe...
    India Auto Expo 2023: BYD plans to launch battery electric sedan Seal in India by Q4 CY2023
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD has confirmed that the company will launch its electric sedan Seal by the fourth quarter of 2023, with deliveries also scheduled to commence around the same time, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 11 January 2023. The BYD Seal is based on the company’s e-Platform 3.0 and comes with two battery packs—a 61.4kWh unit and an 82.5 kWh unit. While the former has a claimed driving range of 550 km, the latter battery variant can provi...
    Chinese EV maker BYD to set up auto component manufacturing plant in Vietnam
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD Auto Co plans to set up an automotive component manufacturing facility in Vietnam, according to a news report published by the news agency Reuters on 13 January 2023. The news report cited three people aware of the company plans. The report said that BYD’s plan of setting up an auto parts manufacturing plant in Vietnam is part of its larger strategy to diversify from China and deepen its supply chain footprints in the emerging Southeast Asian markets ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 16 January 2023
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    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.
    India Auto Expo 2023: MG Motor India showcases hydrogen fuel cell–powered MPV
    Chinese automaker SAIC–backed MG Motor India has showcased a range of new energy vehicles at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi including its third-generation hydrogen fuel cell technology–powered MPV Euniq 7, the company said in a media note on 12 January 2023. According to the company, the hydrogen fuel cell system was first launched as the Phoenix No. 1 fuel cell vehicle project in 2001. The fuel cell system, which is in its third generation and is also known as Prome P390, comes ...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Maruti Suzuki unveils compact SUV Fronx, aims to strengthen its SUV lineup
    India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) has unveiled an all-new compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) Fronx, which is aimed at pulling new-age buyers, at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023 in New Delhi on 12 January 2023. The unveiling of Fronx, along with the global premiere of five-door, off-road-capable Jimny, is part of Maruti Suzuki’s plan of strengthening its SUV lineup for the domestic market. “Featuring high-end powertrain technologies and the best of Suzuki’s SUV lineage, both Fr...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Motors plans to expand EV portfolio
    India’s leading automaker Tata Motors plans to expand its electric vehicle (EV) portfolio with new models and higher price points, according to a news report published by Reuters on 11 January 2023. The report cited the company managing director Shailesh Chandra, who said that Tata Motors aims to cement its position as the top selling electric car company in India. Chandra also told the publication that the carmaker plans to develop and offer EVs to address the needs of a range of buye...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Gestamp commissions fourth hot stamping line in India
    Gestamp, a leading supplier of highly engineered metal components to the automotive industry, has announced its plan of setting up the fourth hot stamping line in India on the sidelines of the ongoing Auto Expo 2023—Components at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on 12 January 2023. The company, which is showcasing its products and technologies at the Auto Expo 2023—Components for the second time, plans to open its fourth hot stamping line by the end of 2023. Although Gestamp did not disclose t...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Maruti Suzuki unveils 5-door SUV Jimny
    Maruti Suzuki India Limited has unveiled the 5-door Jimny sport utility vehicle (SUV) for the first time on 12 January 2023 at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023. The Jimny SUV will be introduced in India first, followed by Suzuki’s global markets, the company said in its official note on 12 January 2023. The carmaker said that the Jimny SUV is built on a ladder frame chassis, 3-link rigid axle suspension and ALLGRIP PRO (4WD) with low range transfer gear (4L mode). The SUV comes loaded with s...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Hyundai launches Ioniq 5 EV at under USD55,100
    India’s second largest carmaker Hyundai Motor has launched its popular Ioniq 5 crossover in the subcontinent on the sidelines of the ongoing Auto Expo 2023, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 11 January 2023. The EV is launched at an introductory price of INR4.49 million (under USD55,100) for the first 500 customers. The company has commenced bookings for the Ioniq 5 crossover for INR0.1 million (USD1,225). The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is powered by a 72.6 kWh battery, which...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Tata Motors unveils Harrier EV concept, Sierra EV to go on sale in 2025
    Tata Motors Ltd has unveiled the Harrier electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept on 11 January 2023 at the ongoing Auto Expo in New Delhi. The Harrier electric vehicle (EV) has been unveiled in a close-to-production guise and is slated to go on sale in India in 2024, according to a news report published by Autocar India on 11 January 2023. The report stated that the Tata Harrier EV concept carries over the Land Rover-derived Omega architecture used by the internal combustion engine (ICE)...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Maruti Suzuki unveils eVX electric SUV concept
    India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki has unveiled eVX electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept on 11 January 2023 at the ongoing New Delhi Auto Expo. The concept eVX is a mid-size electric SUV concept designed and developed by Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan offering futuristic SUV design elements with an upright posture and commanding high seating, the company said in an official note on 11 January 2023. The concept electric SUV eVX will be powered by a 60-kWh battery pack offering u...
    Mercedes-Benz plans to manufacture electric vans in three continents from 2025
    German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz Vans plans to manufacture electric vans based on its all-new VAN.EA electric platform across three continents from 2025, according to a news report published by the online news portal Electrive.com on 10 January 2023. The news report cited a German publication Automobilwoche. Citing Mercedes Vans boss Mathias Geisen, the report said that the company plans to build VAN.EA models at its manufacturing facilities in the US and China, among the chosen glob...
    Xiaomi may launch its first electric car by end 2023
    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is developing two electric vehicle (EV) models, with the first model being an electric midsized sedan estimated to be priced around CNY300,000 (about USD44,000), according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 6 January 2023. The report cited a local media outlet named LatePost. The report stated that Xiaomi's first model, which is an electric midsized sedan, is internally codenamed Modena and will be offered in two versions wherein the lower-priced version...
    Renault evaluates developing mass market EVs in India
    French automaker Renault is evaluating the possibility of developing a mass-market electric vehicle (EV) in India, according to a news report published by the news agency Reuters on 9 January 2023. The news report cited two people who are aware of Renault India’s plans. According to the report, Renault is considering the option of launching a made-in-India electric version of its Kwid hatchback. The carmaker is currently reviewing potential demand, pricing and the ability to build the EV wi...
    CES 2023: Stellantis unveils Ram 1500 Revolution battery electric pickup concept
    Stellantis unveiled an all-electric pick-up concept Ram 1500 Revolution battery-electric vehicle (BEV) on 5 January at CES 2023. The Ram 1500 Revolution concept provides a glimpse of Ram’s electric vehicle (EV) roadmap as the brand transitions to electrify its portfolio of pick-up trucks and commercial vehicles, the company said in a media note issued on the same day. The company said that the Ram 1500 Revolution concept is developed on the new STLA frame body-on-frame architecture and inco...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 9 January 2023
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    CES 2023: Sony Honda Mobility mulls SUV, MPV for its electric car portfolio
    Sony Honda Mobility is evaluating an SUV as well as an MPV in its electric car line up after it launches the electric sedan under the Afeela brand, according to a news report published by Autocar UK on 6 January 2023. “An SUV and even an MPV are candidates to follow the Afeela saloon as Sony and Honda flesh out the line-up of their new EV brand,” the report said, citing the company’s CEO Yasuhide Mizuno. The top company executive was speaking after the launch of the Afeela brand...
    CES 2023: Volkswagen unveils ID.7 electric sedan developed on MEB platform
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen has unveiled the ID.7 electric sedan at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2023 in Las Vegas, US, on 5 January 2023. The electric vehicle (EV), which is showcased by VW’s US arm—Volkswagen Group of America—is its first fully electric sedan based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform. The MEB platform powers all other models in the ID family. Notably, Volkswagen Group of America has participated in the CES 2023 after a six-year brea...
    CES 2023: BMW offers sneak peek into Neue Klasse range, unveils i Vision Dee sedan
    Offering a sneak peek into its upcoming all-electric Neue Klasse range, German luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled BMW i Vision Dee at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023 in Las Vegas, United States, on 5 January 2023. The BMW i Vision Dee is a futuristic midsize sedan with a new, minimalistic design language. The name ‘Dee’ stands for digital emotional experience. Interestingly, the concept electric vehicle (EV) features an innovative heads-up display, which extends across...
    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...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 2 January 2023
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    Honda to recall over 200,000 hybrid vehicles over brake pedal sensor issue in mainland China
    Honda will recall over 200,000 hybrid vehicles because of issues with brake pedal sensors in some models, Reuters reported on 29 December, citing a mainland China State Administration for Market Regulation statement. Approximately 105,608 units of model year (MY) 2018–20 hybrid vehicles produced by Honda’s venture with Dongfeng Motor Group are being recalled, along with 95,081 units from Honda's manufacturing partnership with Guangzhou Automobile Group made between August 2018 a...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 26 December 2022
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    Indian auto component industry grows 35% y/y in H1 FY 2023, reports ACMA
    The Indian auto component manufacturing industry’s turnover in the first half of fiscal 2022–23 stood at USD33.8 billion, registering a growth of 34.8% y/y over the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2022, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) reported on 21 December 2022 while disclosing its findings of the industry performance review. Commenting on the performance of the auto component industry in India, Vinnie Mehta, Director General, ACMA said, “With vehicle sal...
    CES 2023: Bridgestone to display digitally connected tires and air springs for EVs
    Bridgestone will display various automotive tire technologies and materials at CES 2023 in Las Vegas next year, it said in a press release on 19 December. Among the demonstrations, Bridgestone will display “Smart Corner” digitally connected tires and air springs for electric vehicles (EVs), in which vehicle performance, efficiency, safety, and comfort will be enhanced through sensor-enabled tires and air springs. Bridgestone will also display its digital concierge for personal and fleet v...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 19 December 2022
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    Mahindra’s Scorpio-N becomes first body-on-frame SUV to get GNCAP 5-star rating
    Mahindra & Mahindra has announced that its new Scorpio-N model has become the first body-on-framesport utility vehicle (SUV) to secure a 5-star rating in the Global New Car Assessment Programme’s (GNCAP) new crash test protocols, it said in a press release on 12 December. The protocols came into effect from 1 July this year. “Achieving best-in-class safety performance for the All-New Scorpio-N is a demonstration of our unique product development approach towards body-on-frame vehicles...
    Aisin supplies electric powertrain and safety components for new Lexus RX performance model
    Aisin is supplying several electric powertrain and safety components for a new performance variant of the Lexus RX, the company said in a press release on 5 December. The new Lexus RX500h F SPORT Performance comes equipped with the DIRECT 4 all-wheel drive (AWD) system to deliver improved driving pleasure. Lexus launched its new performance model last month. Lexus debuted its DIRECT4 AWD system in the RZ450e, launched earlier this year. According to the carmaker, the system constantly monitor...
    Hankook launches iON series tires for EVs in US
    Hankook has launched its iON series of new tires in the United States that are especially designed for electric vehicles (EVs), the South Korean tiremaker said in a press release on 15 December. The new iON evo AS and iON evo AS sport utility vehicle (SUV) are built using Hankook’s EVolution technology, which focuses on improved tread wear, noise reduction, and better grip performance. These tires are available in sizes and rim diameters of 18 to 22 inches.  “The iON evo AS and iON e...
    Mahindra & Mahindra to invest USD1.2 billion on setting up an EV plant in Pune, India
    India’s leading sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) plans to invest INR100 billion (USD1.2 billion) on setting up an electric vehicle (EV) production facility in Pune, India, the company announced on 14 December 2022. The investment plan has also been approved under the Maharashtra Government’s industrial promotion scheme for EVs, M&M said in its official statement Wednesday. The planned investments will be made through M&M’s...
    Rivian to no longer pursue the MoU with Mercedes-Benz Vans in Europe
    The US-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Rivian is pausing plans to produce electric commercial vans in Europe and will no longer pursue the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mercedes-Benz Vans, the company announced on 12 December 2022. It can be recalled that Rivian and Mercedes-Benz Vans had signed an MoU in September 2022 to set up a joint venture (JV) manufacturing company that would build a plant to produce large electric vans for both the automakers in Europe. Commenting on the...
    China Automotive Systems introduces new series of electric power steering systems for BYD
    China Automotive Systems (CAAS) has introduced a new series of electric power steering (EPS) systems from the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD, the company said in a press release on 12 December. CAAS won design contracts for column type EPS (C-EPS), dual-pinion type EPS (DP-EPS), and rack parallel type EPS (RP-EPS) from BYD after close collaboration between the research and development (R&D) teams of the two companies for 18 months.  “Working with BYD brings out the best of...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 12 December 2022
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    Volkswagen’s next-generation MEB platform to improve driving range, charging times
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen (VW) plans to make significant investments in further developing its existing electric vehicle (EV) platform modular electric drive system (MEB) to MEB+, the company said in its official blog post on its website on 6 December 2022. With the development of MEB+, VW aims to improve the charging and storage technology, besides its digital infrastructure. “The MEB+ will use Volkswagen’s new generation of batteries—the so-called unit cell—and enable r...
    Mercedes-Benz to double production capacity of electric drive units at Untertürkheim plant in Germany
    Mercedes-Benz announced on 6 December 2022 that the company and its employee representatives plan to double the annual production capacity for electric drive units as part of a new works agreement. “The previously planned capacities will be doubled in the course of the new agreement: from 2024, the ramp-up will begin at the Untertürkheim location,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. It added that it targets to build an annual production capacity to produce one million electric driv...
    Volkswagen to invest USD483 million to ramp up EV production capacity at Wolfsburg plant
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen plans to make an initial investment of about EUR460 million (USD482 million) to ramp up the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing capacity at its Wolfsburg plant by 2025, the company said on 7 December 2022. The plan was announced by the CEO Thomas Schäfer on Wednesday at an event in Wolfsburg. “The investment is primarily earmarked for preparations to produce the new ID.3,” VW said in a statement Wednesday, adding that the compact elec...
    Apollo to test EV and autonomous vehicle tires at new Indian R&D facility
    Indian tire manufacturer Apollo Tyres inaugurated on 7 December an Advanced Tyre Testing facility at its global research and development (R&D) Centre in Chennai, India. According to the press release, the new testing facility features a custom-designed Flat-trac machine and High-Speed Uniformity machine combined with an Anechoic Chamber: The Anechoic Chamber will simulate and help optimize the Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) characteristics of the tires on different road ...
    Continental, SMX validate application of natural rubber supply chain tracking technology
    German tire manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 7 December that it had, in partnership with Melbourne-based blockchain technology company Security Matters (SMX), succeeded in verifying the application of a invisible marker for tracking the supply chain of the natural rubber in a tire. According to the press release, the marker substance enables invisible labeling of natural rubber with information on its geographical origin, enabling verification of the sustainability cred...
    NHTSA opens safety probes into Honda, Jeep, and Ram vehicles
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening new safety probes into select vehicles sold by Honda and Stellantis, Reuters reported on 6 December. The investigation affects the highest 1.72 million vehicles from Honda, mainly comprising model year 2018–22 Honda CR-V and HR-V models. The probe also impacts more than half a million vehicles from Stellantis, including 230,000 vehicles from Jeep and 390,077 vehicles sold by Ram Truck. The investigation impacts model year...
    Bridgestone, Michelin, Pirelli to raise North American tire prices in January 2023
    News agency Tire Business reported on 2 December that leading tire manufacturers Bridgestone, Michelin, and Pirelli will be raising their tire prices in the North American market from January 2023. According to the press reports, Bridgestone Americas Inc. will raise prices on its Bridgestone, Firestone, and Fuzion passenger and light truck tires sold in the US and Canada by un undisclosed amount from 1 January 2023 Michelin North America will increase prices by up to 9%...
    Klean, City Circle to set up new 40,000-ton tire recycling plant in Australia
    Canadian industrial energy solutions company Klean Industries announced via press release on 28 November that it had partnered with Australian construction company City Circle Group to set up a USD100 million fully integrated, continuous tire pyrolysis plant in Melbourne Australia. According to the press release, the pyrolysis plant will be centrally located 45 km northwest of Melbourne, Victoria and will include Klean’s commercial scale, environmentally friendly scrap tire carbonization te...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 5 December 2022
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    Valmet Automotive commences series production of Lightyear 0
    Finnish vehicle manufacturer Valmet Automotive has commenced the series production of the Lightyear 0, the solar energy powered electric vehicle (EV), at its Uusikaupunki plant in Finland, the company announced on 30 November 2022. The company said that the ceremony marking the start of production was attended by more than 100 guests, media delegates, and the top management of both Lightyear and Valmet Automotive at the Uusikaupunki plant. The series production of the EV is the result of the ...
    Tracking supplier investments and sustainability initiatives in the green EV tire market
    Demands for tires with sustainable material compositions and a high compatibility with the unique requirements associated with electric drivetrain systems has led to the creation of a new green electric vehicle (EV) tire market with leading tier-1 suppliers ramping up development and commercial availability of the specific tires across vehicle segments (conventional and high-performance), tire segments (season-specific as well as original/aftermarket), and geographical markets. While high pro...
    Lexus selects Bridgestone’s ENLITEN-equipped ALENZA tires for new RX
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone announced via press release on 28 November that its ALENZA 001 and ALENZA SPORT A/S Premium Tires with ENLITEN Technology had been selected as OE on the new Lexus RX. While the ALENZA 001 tires in the 235/50R21 101W size will be equipped in the Japanese, European, and Asian models, the ALENZA SPORT A/S tires in the 235/60R19 103V an 235/50R21 101V sizes will be equipped on the North American models. According to the press release, the ALENZA tire...
    Yokohama’s ADVAN V51 selected for OE fitment on Nissan’s new ELGRAND MPV
    Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama announced via press release on 29 November that its ADVAN V51 tires in size 225/55R18 98V were selected as OE for Nissan’s new ELGRAND MPV. According to the press release, the ADVAN V51 features a tuned tread pattern and compound that allows a high level of quietness. The high-performance tire also features high structural rigidity to enable an exceptional degree of steering stability. Significance: The Japanese tire manufacturer had previously an...
    Sensata Technologies launches tire mounted sensor for automotive OEMs
    Sensata Technologies has announced that it has developed a new tire mounted sensor for vehicle and tire OEMs to deliver enhanced safety, performance, and data insights, according to a press release on 30 November 2022. Sensata's Tire Mounted Sensors offer various advantages to motorists, tire manufacturers, and vehicle OEMs: Improved safety, tire life, fuel efficiency, and driving range calculations: Each tire's vertical load can be assessed using sensor data and a load calcul...
    Breaking down the tech behind green EV tires
    While tire development programs have historically primarily been focused toward addressing requirements associated with a specific vehicle model’s driving dynamics (e.g., wheel load, spring rates, damping, suspension kinematics and elasticities, engine performance, and velocity), expansion of the global electric vehicle (EV) sector over the last few years, along with a progressive rise in regulatory focus on corporate sustainability and carbon neutrality has driven OEM demand for a fundamental...
    Volkswagen exploring partnership with Foxconn to develop EVs under Scout brand
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen AG may partner Taiwan’s Foxconn to make electric pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles in the US, a news report published by Bloomberg said on 29 November 2022. The news report, which cited undisclosed sources aware of the matter, was first published by German automotive news publication named Automobilwoche on Tuesday. According to the report, VW is in talks with Foxconn to produce EV models positioned under its Scout brand in the US. It also added...
    Schaeffler opens new technology center in Pune to develop solutions for electric mobility
    German auto component major Schaeffler has inaugurated a new center of competence in software and electronics development in Pune, India, the company announced on 28 November 2022. The new technology center will help the company expand its capabilities in the areas of developing software and electronic solutions for electric mobility and chassis applications. Schaeffler said that the newly opened competence center in Pune will be a strategically important part of its strong international rese...
    NIO aims to foray into the US market as part of its global expansion strategy
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker NIO plans to foray into the US market with its next-generation EV models, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 29 November 2022. The report cited local media outlet LatePost’s news story published on Monday. According to the news report, in an internal speech addressing the company employees on the occasion of its eighth anniversary on 15 November, NIO’s chairman and founder William Li said that the company aims to enter the US marke...
    Surface Transforms wins new GBP100 million contract for carbon fiber brake discs
    British carbon fiber specialist Surface Transforms announced via press release on 24 November that it had been awarded a contract with as a tier-1 supplier of a carbon ceramic brake disc to an automotive company based in the US and previously named as "OEM 10" in company documents. According to the press release, the supply contract has a lifetime value in excess of GBP100 million (USD120 million) over a 6-year duration starting from 2024 (series production anticipated to commence in the...
    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. ...
    Continental develops new lightweight brake calipers for EVs
    German automotive parts company Continental announced via press release on 24 November the launch of its new Green Caliper, a cast iron brake caliper designed specifically for application in electric vehicles (EVs). According to the press release, the Green Caliper is compact with small and thin brake pads that cumulatively enable a mass reduction of up to 2 kg per caliper. The calipers with their lower bridge height also allow installation of thin and large-radius brake discs that can furthe...
    Kumho partners with Technip to produce recycled styrene-based tire rubber
    The European Rubber Journal reported on 25 November that South Korean synthetic rubber and chemicals manufacturer Kumho Petrochemical had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with French engineering and technology company Technip Energies to license a plastics recycling process enabled by US recycling technology company Agilyx. According to the report, the company plans to use the recycling tech currently exclusively licensed by Technip to recover styrene monomers from waste polystyrene...
    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, ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 28 November 2022
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    Apollo, CEAT, JK, and MRF to expand Indian natural rubber capacity with joint USD135 million investment
    The Economic Times reported on 4 November that tire manufacturers Apollo Tyres, CEAT, JK Tyre, and MRF will jointly invest USD135 million (INR11 billion) over the next five years to increase rubber plantation capacity in India as part of a project being implemented by the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers' Association. According to the report, the plantation project will involve setting up 200,000 hectares of rubber plantations in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Me...
    Porsche selects Goodyear’s Dunlop Sport Maxx Race 2 for new Cayman GT4 RS
    American tire manufacturer Goodyear announced via a press release on 23 November that its Dunlop Sport Maxx Race 2 would be available as an ‘N2-rated’ original equipment (OE) option on the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS. According to the press release, the Dunlop Sport Maxx Race 2 features increased lateral stiffness, block stability, and resistance to flex for stability under high G-forces as well as even pressure distribution across the tire’s footprint for precise steering and control...
    Continental develops brake caliper for EVs
    Continental has developed a new brake caliper for disc brakes called Green Caliper, it said in a press release dated 24 November. The new brake calipers are significantly lighter than earlier designs and have a lower residual brake torque. “Increasing efficiency is a primary goal in the optimization of electric vehicles. The lower the loss of electrical energy, the greater the range of the vehicle. Brakes can make a contribution to this that has not been exploited to date. With the new Gree...
    Apollo Tyres signs recycled rubber supply agreement with Tyromer
    Indian tire manufacturer Apollo Tyres announced via press release on 23 November that it had partnered with Canadian rubber products manufacturing company Tyromer Inc for the application of recycled rubber material in its future tires. According to the press release, the two companies had validated application of Tyromer’s recycled tire-derived polymers (TDP) as a raw material in tire manufacturing. P K Mohamed, Chief Advisor, R&D, Apollo Tyres Ltd, discussed the strategic need for t...
    Bridgestone develops bespoke Alenza tires for new BMW iX
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone announced via press release on 23 November that it had developed bespoke Alenza tires for the new BMW iX. According to the press release, the bespoke tires feature: Bridgestone’s proprietary and lightweight ENLITEN technology to reduce rolling resistance and weight by up to 20% A specially-developed material compound and tread pattern that accommodates the iX’s high acceleration capabilities Significance: BMW in April selected Goodyear...
    General Motors plans to grow EV production capacity to 1 million units in North America by 2025
    US carmaker General Motors Company estimates that its growing electric vehicle (EV) portfolio will become profitable in 2025 in North America as it will scale up its EV capacity in the region to more than 1 million units per annum, the company announced on 17 November 2022, on the sidelines of an investor meet in New York. GM said it plans to expand EV production capacity along with ramping up its software revenue opportunities while generating significant greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits and re...
    General Motors plans to roll out first Ultium-based EV in China under Buick brand
    General Motors (GM) plans to introduce its first Ultium-based electric vehicle (EV) in China under Buick brand later this year, according to a media note released by the carmaker on 23 November 2022. It added that the deliveries of the five-seat electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) developed on GM’s Ultium platform is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2023. The carmaker plans to launch its second Ultium-powered EV in the world’s largest EV market in 2023. “With the highly flexi...
    Pirelli’s P Zero Elect selected as OE for limited edition Polestar 2
    Modern Tire Dealer reported on 16 November that Pirelli’s P Zero with ELECT technology had been selected by Polestar as OE on the new, limited-edition Polestar 2 BST 270. According to the report, the ultra-high-performance tire will be supplied in size 245/35R21 and will feature a high load index and HL marking on its side.  Significance: The Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 has been developed a more powerful version of the Polestar 2 and will be available primarily in the European and No...
    ŠKODA selects Hankook’s Ventus S1 evo 3 tire for new Enyaq iV
    Tire manufacturer ŠKODA announced via press release on 18 November that its Ventus S1 evo 3 ev tire will be equipped as original equipment on the Škoda Enyaq iV. According to the press release, the Ventus S1 evo 3 ev features low rolling resistance, high load-bearing capacity, high stability (thanks to a double-layer carcass made of high-performance fibers), a low tare weight relative to its size, direct steering response (thanks to a steel-based reinforcement in the bead area that increase...
    Bridgestone to expand Cost Rica plant capacity with USD250 million investment
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone announced via press release on 18 November that it planned to invest USD250 million over a five-year period from 2022–26 to expand the tire manufacturing capacity of its plant in Belén de Heredia, Costa Rica. According to the press release, the company plans to increase the capacity of the plant by up to 36% with the capital investment. Manufacturing director of Bridgestone Costa Rica, Bridgestone Americas, Pablo Jiménez, discussed the strategic n...
    Subaru selects Yokohama’s Geolandar G91 tire for new Crosstrek
    Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama announced via press release on 21 November that it will be supplying its GEOLANDAR G91 tires as OE for use on Subaru’s new crossover Crosstrek sport utility vehicle (SUV) (Japanese-market model).  According to the press release, the GEOLANDAR G91 features a highly rigid carcass that allows agile steering stability, a flat side design that reduces tire weight and air resistance to achieve a high level of fuel efficiency, and an optimal pitch sequence ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 21 November 2022
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    Pyrowave supplies Michelin with 100% recycled styrene for tire production
    Canadian startup Pyrowave announced via press release on 17 November that it had shipped a container with approximately 3 tons of recycled styrene from its Montreal facility to Michelin’s plant in France. According to the press release, the recycled styrene will be used for the production of industrial styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) products that will be applicable for passenger vehicle tire manufacturing. Pyrowave CEO Jocelyn Doucet discussed the strategic importance of its partnership ...
    Porsche selects Pirelli’s Scorpion All Terrain Plus tire as OE for 911 Dakar
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced via press release on 17 November that its Scorpion All Terrain Plus tire had been selected as original equipment for Porsche’s new 911 Dakar model. According to the press release, the Scorpion All Terrain Plus features: An ability to handle the performance of the Dakar on loose surfaces as well as on asphalt A strengthened structure that is optimized for an improved contact patch A tread pattern that equally delivers competitive performa...
    Bridgestone receives USD35 million grant for US-based sustainable natural rubber project
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone announced via press release on 17 November that it had been awarded a USD35 million from the US Department of Agriculture to invest in its desert shrub guayule-based natural rubber project. According to the press release, the company plans to use the grant funds to attract additional growers of the guayule desert shrub crop among local farmers and Native American tribes in the Southwestern US as well as provide growers with education regarding ...
    Asahi Kasei starts supplying bio-based synthetic rubber for tire applications
    Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei announced via press release on 17 November that it had commenced sales of its Tufdene™ S-SBR (solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber) and Asadene™ BR (butadiene rubber) compounds. According to the press release, the two compounds are made using a mass-balanced approach that allows petrochemical-based raw materials to be replaced with biomass and plastic waste in the compounding process. The compounds are being manufactured at Asahi Kasei Syn...
    Honda selects Yokohama’s ADVAN dB V552 tire for new ZR-V
    Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Rubber announced via press release on 17 November that its ADVAN dB V552 tires had been selected as original equipment on the new Honda ZR-V SUV. According to the press release, the tires will be supplied in the 215/60R17 96H and 225/55R18 98H sizes. The ADVAN dB V552, according to Yokohama, features the following: High maneuverability Lower noise than previous Yokohama tires Reduced rolling resistance Significance: The Japanese tire manuf...
    LA Auto Show 2022: Toyota reveals bZ compact SUV concept
    Toyota’s new bZ compact SUV concept has just made its global debut at the ongoing 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show, the company said on 17 November 2022. The all-new compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) concept provides a glimpse into how Toyota plans to extend the company’s vision under the "bZ" or "Beyond Zero" umbrella. According to the company, the bZ compact SUV concept is designed as a zero-emission vehicle made of low-impact, sustainable materials. At the same time, the concept also ...
    European Commission proposes implementation of Euro 7 standards for cars from July 2025
    The European Commission has presented a proposal to implement Euro 7 emission norms for new cars and vans from 1 July 2025 and new heavy-duty vehicles such as lorries, trucks, and buses from 1 July 2027, according to a media note released by the Commission on 10 November 2022. Besides the tailpipe emissions, the Euro 7 proposal also includes emissions from brakes and tyres and therefore also covers electric vehicles too in its purview. The battery electric vehicles (BEVs) also still caus...
    Toyo to open new 5-million-unit tire plant in Serbia
    Japanese tire manufacturer Toyo announced via its quarterly financial results statement on 14 November that it will be holding the opening ceremony for its Serbian tire manufacturing facility in December 2022. According to the release, the facility will have an annual production capacity of 5 million tires when its starts operating at full capacity from the third quarter of 2023. The plant is expected to preferentially supply the US market this year in response to a significant rise in dem...
    Chinese EV maker NIO plans to roll out five new electric cars in H1 2023
    Chinese EV maker NIO plans to roll out five new electric cars in the first half of 2023 and by June 2023, the company will have a total of eight EV models in its portfolio, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on 10 November 2022. The disclosure came on the sidelines of the third quarter financial results reported by the company last week. Nio’s total EV deliveries were at 31,607 units in third quarter 2022, comprising of 22,859 units of its electric SUVs and 8,748 uni...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 14 November 2022
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    Our Next Energy to supply EV batteries to Bollinger Motors
    Detroit-based electric vehicle (EV) battery startup Our Next Energy (ONE) will supply modular, linkable Aries battery packs to Bollinger Motors, which recently became a majority owner of EV maker Mullen Automotive, Inc., according to a media note issued by ONE on 10 November 2022. ONE’s batteries are expected to power Bollinger’s all-electric commercial platforms and chassis cabs. “ONE battery packs are ideal for our commercial trucks, giving our customers the driving range they...
    US EV maker Canoo to acquire a vehicle manufacturing plant in Oklahoma City, US
    US-based manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs) Canoo has signed an agreement to acquire a vehicle manufacturing facility in Oklahoma City, the company announced on 9 November 2022. Canoo said that the newly acquired production unit, which is strategically located with easy access to road and rail, is slated to produce LDV and LV vehicles for delivery to customers in 2023. The facility will also accommodate a dedicated training center, and the site is expected to employ more than 500 people....
    Continental gets order for semi-dry brake system worth over EUR2 billion
    Continental has received an order for the series production of its semi-dry brake system (Future Brake System, FBS), valued at about EUR1.5 billion, it said in a press release on 9 November. This takes the liftetime sales to over EUR2 billion. The start of series production with a North American car manufacturer is scheduled for 2025. “We are very happy about the first business award for our Future Brake System. This success combines the introduction of future technology with a significant ...
    Tesla recalls over 40,000 vehicles over issues with power steering
    Tesla has issued a recall of about 40,168 Model S and Model X vehicles due to a fault with the power steering, Business Today reported on 9 November. The recall is due to a software defect that can reduce or cut power steering assistance when the car treats potholes and other bumps in the road as steering assist torque. The flaw could be jarring enough to lead to a crash. Tesla identified 314 vehicles with the problem and is not aware of any injuries or deaths related to the issue. The issue ...
    Linamar’s Q3 sales up 27.5% y/y to USD1.56 billion
    Linamar has reported a 27.5% year-on-year (y/y) increase in sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2022, in a press release dated 9 November. Sales came in at CAD2.10 billion (USD1.56 billion) compared to CAD1.64 billion in the previous corresponding period. Net earnings increased 22.4% y/y to CAD133.2 million. Operating income was CAD185.4 million during the quarter compared to CAD156.2 million. Sales for the Mobility division increased to CAD100.7 million from CAD86.2 million. “Our team is...
    Foxconn-initiated MIH Consortium unveils Project X
    The Foxconn-initiated MIH Consortium announced Project X, an open and agnostic electric vehicle (EV) Platform, on 8 November 2022. The project is part of MIH’s larger aim of making it easier for partners and potential customers to understand the open and agnostic nature of the work done by the consortium members. According to the official note, MIH released the Project X timeline and exterior design for the first time. The project, an A-segment three-seater demo car, is expected to be ...
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