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    Electric parking brakes: Making handbrakes feel outdated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...
    Suppliers to the GMC Acadia
    The GMC Acadia is produced at the Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan. Production of the car is expected to peak at 90500 in 2025, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : GMC  Suppliers to the GMC Acadia COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Door Checks Edscha Side Door Hinge Multimatic Cylinder Block Nemak Prop Shaft NTN Body Fasteners P&R Fast...
    Suppliers to the Mercedes Benz G-class
    The Mercedes Benz G-class is produced at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria. Production of the car is expected to peak at 33521 in 2025, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : Mercedes-Benz  Suppliers to the Mercedes Benz G-class COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Coupling Flange Hirschvogel Automotive Group Floor Carpet Auria Steering Wheel Switch Kostal Low-voltage battery ...
    Suppliers to new BMW 5-Series
    The BMW 5-series is produced at the company’s Dingolfing plant in Germany . Production of the car is expected to peak at 37949 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : BMW (ICE version shown)  Suppliers to  BMW 5-Series COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Prop Shaft Hirschvogel Automotive Group Floor Carpet Auria HVAC Module Denso Low-voltage battery Clarios ...
    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...
    Driving green: Automotive giants drive sustainability
    The automotive industry is shifting toward sustainability by reevaluating materials used in manufacturing. Manufacturers are embracing circularity rather than relying solely on petroleum-based plastics by repurposing waste materials like landfill scraps and agricultural by-products. This shift reduces reliance on virgin resources, minimizes waste generation and fosters a circular automotive economy. Approximately 30% of vehicle materials are recycled for new vehicles, indicating a firm trajector...
    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...
    Copper's vital role in powering the EV revolution
    The surging popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) is intricately tied to an escalating demand for copper, marking a transformative trend in the automotive sector. The demand for copper associated with EVs is anticipated to experience a remarkable compound annual growth rate (CAGR), exceeding 17% between 2024 and 2032. The increasing demand for copper emerges as a critical factor in the evolution of autonomous vehicles, driven by the shift toward electric and self-driving technologies. Thi...
    Suppliers to Peugeot 3008
    The Peugeot 3008  is produced the Sochaux plant in France. Production of the car is expected to peak at 140494 units in 2024, according to the forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : Peugeot  Suppliers to Peugeot 3008 COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Electric Water Pumps Aisin Wiring Harness Protection Delfingen HVAC Module Denso Instrument Panel Motherson Top Mounts, Bush...
    Suppliers to Toyota Tacoma
    The Toyota Tacoma is produced  in Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato. Production of the car is expected to peak at 136086 in 2024, according to a forecast from S&P Global Mobility. Image Source : Toyota    Suppliers to Toyota Tacoma COMPONENT NAME SUPPLIERS Seat Fold/Recline WR Controls LED Headlamp North American Lighting Hitch Tube Schuler Hydroforming Front Sideshafts  ...
    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...
    The dynamic transformation of automotive lighting
    This insight is an edited article by Sascha Klapper, Research & Analysis Manager, S&P Global Mobility, first published in Driving Vision News on Feb. 6, 2024. The automotive lighting industry has evolved from simple lamps to dynamic LED, miniLED, microLED, and even lasers. Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) have influenced lighting design, with illumination used for fronts, animations, logos and sensor concealment. The competition from mainland Chinese original equipment manufacturers, gro...
    Aluminum insight tracker: Navigating over 75 components in automotive evolution
    The increasing integration of aluminum in the automotive industry is underpinned by its multifaceted contributions to various critical components. The propulsion systems benefit from aluminum's ability to reduce weight, thereby enhancing fuel efficiency in both internal combustion engines and electric vehicles. Additionally, aluminum's formability and strength-to-weight ratio make it an ideal material for lightweight and durable battery casings in energy storage devices. In body structures, alum...
    Nippon Steel's strategic overture in the US with the US Steel acquisition
    In the dynamic realm of the global steel industry, the impending acquisition of the United States Steel Corp. (US Steel) by Japan's Nippon Steel Corp. (NSC) has set in motion a captivating narrative of strategic intricacies, financial dynamics and the nuanced navigation of domestic ownership considerations. This tale unfolds against the backdrop of a steel industry undergoing transformative shifts, reflecting the broader evolution within the global automobile sector. The tale begins in August, w...
    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...
    Plastic recycling needs regulation, innovation and collaboration
    The increasing use of plastics in the automotive industry, particularly in the context of electric vehicles, has brought about a complex challenge in the realm of recycling. As the demand for lightweight materials rises, plastics play a crucial role in offsetting the additional weight of EV batteries. Not only do certain high-performance plastics enhance safety in collisions, but they also contribute to the overall efficiency and sustainability of automotive design. Recycling plastics from ba...
    Precision, strength, sustainability: The trifecta reshaping automotive manufacturing in the 21st century
    The automotive industry is currently undergoing a profound transformation, driven by a relentless pursuit for enhanced performance, weight reduction and the electrification of vehicles. This paradigm shift is reshaping materials and manufacturing processes, with notable implications for the entire supply chain. One prominent shift is the anticipated decline in the usage of mild steel, making way for higher-strength materials such as steel alloys, aluminum and advanced composites. Advanced hig...
    INTERVIEW: How carbon-hybrid wheels are redefining automotive performance
    UK-based Dymag specializes in carbon-hybrid wheels, which feature a carbon-fiber rim combined with a metallic center made of high-strength-formed aluminum or magnesium. These wheels target the luxury-performance market and provide weight savings over traditional aluminum wheels. The company is working with its partner Hankuk Carbon to accelerate time-to-market. To learn more, we spoke to Tom de Lange, CEO of Dymag. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation. General S&...
    While the industry talks about casting, the play is being rescripted and the staging changed
    Gigacasting is a hot topic in the automotive industry right now. We continually receive calls from clients on the subject, either concerned about how it’ll change their market prospects or warning of the perils of this ‘eggs-in-one-basket’ strategy. They’re right about the perils. It’s a long list. Massive castings can cost up to 10 times more than what they’re replacing. They may have distortion issues, may remove important repair capabilities. What’s more they require intensiv...
    Will outsourcing gigacasting body sections form an emerging industry in China?
    According to S&P Global Mobility, the production of electric light vehicles in mainland China is expected to exhibit a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16% between 2023 and 2030, reaching a total of 19 million units. The electric vehicle industry in mainland China has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, firmly establishing the country as a global leader in the EV sector. China holds the distinction of being the world's largest EV market, contributing to over half of g...
    Composite adoption poised for strong growth in automotive body-in-white
    The automotive industry is currently undergoing a profound transformation driven by evolving consumer preferences and mounting concerns about climate change. Key challenges include reducing vehicle weight, improving crash performance and lowering construction costs. Composite materials, known for their superior strength-to-weight ratio, are emerging as a key solution for designing lightweight automotive components. This shift toward composites is primarily driven by their potential to signifi...
    Suppliers to new Mercedes-Benz CLE
    The Mercedes Benz CLE is produced at the company’s plant Bremen  in Germany. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 63833  in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Electrical steel production in US far from sufficient to support OEMs’ electrification goals
    According to S&P Global Mobility, hybrid and electric light vehicle production in the United States is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% between 2023 and 2030 to 9.8 million units. This is also going to drive demand for EV motors (e-motors) in the country, which we forecast will grow at a CAGR of 20% over the same period to 14 million units. Besides its application in other industries, electrical steel is also used in the manufacturing of e-motors and charger...
    Suppliers to Volkswagen ID3
     The Volkswagen ID3 is produced at  the parent plant in Wolfsburg in Germany. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 43,000  in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    Talking Heads: Reimagining production - Tesla's unboxed approach
    During Tesla’s Investor Day earlier this year, the carmaker explained its intention to increase the production of its next-generation electric vehicles and stationary battery storage in order to speed up the world's transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The driving force behind this is its Unboxed Process, a combination of refined manufacturing techniques and strategic process overhauls that will contribute to a substantial production cost reduction and facilitate the profitable build of t...
    Suppliers to new Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Mercedes Benz E-class : The Mercedes Benz E-class  is produced at Sindelfingen plant in Germany. The new, W214-generation model is expected to peak at more than 134204  in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    EU's end-of-life vehicle regulation will help build new value chain for recycled materials
    Europe grapples with the management of over 6 million end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) annually, resulting in environmental issues and economic losses. The automotive industry's heavy reliance on primary raw materials exacerbates the problem, necessitating a sustainable solution. To combat this, the EU has unveiled its ELV regulation, revising 3R Type-Approval (3RTA) directives on ELVs and reusability, recyclability and recoverability. The primary goal is to promote circularity by reusing and recycli...
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen ID7
    The Volkswagen  ID.7 is produced at the company’s plant Emden in Germany. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 49967  in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    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.
    Lightweighting with aluminum to continue strongly until 2030
    The automotive industry's focus on lightweighting with aluminum has become crucial in the pursuit of reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency. The rise of electrification has further driven the demand for aluminum as it allows for lightweighting electric vehicle components and offsets the weight of batteries. This aligns with the industry's sustainability goals, as aluminum is highly recyclable. One significant factor contributing to the growing usage of aluminum in automobiles is the...
    Copper's rise in the electric-vehicle era
    The global boom in electric-vehicle production will have a significant impact on copper mines, as the demand for copper in the automotive sector is set to skyrocket. This surge in demand is primarily due to the exceptional properties of copper that makes it indispensable in the EV sector. Copper's remarkable conductivity, comparable to silver, and its ability to withstand temperature variations makes it ideal for high-speed data wires in vision systems and sensors. Additionally, copper plays ...
    From spray to films: The art of automotive finishing
    Automotive paint films are made from paint that can be applied in layers without the need for heat; this offers environmental benefits and new aesthetic options compared with traditional automotive paint. They can be applied to various surfaces and provide sustainability benefits by reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions. To learn more, we caught up with Daniel Bencun, CEO, PPG Advanced Surface Technologies. The following is an edited transcript of the conversation: S&P Global M...
    INTERVIEW: Urbix on graphite and other promising anode technologies
    Graphite has been traditionally used in the automotive sector for brake linings and clutch materials. However, its significance has been increasing due to its crucial role in electric vehicle batteries. Graphite serves as the anode material in these batteries, and there are no viable alternatives. The rising popularity of hybrid and all-electric vehicles, along with grid storage systems, has triggered a surge in demand and generated new business for Urbix, a graphite processor, says it is helpin...
    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.
    What Toyota’s staggering announcements on battery technologies, giga castings mean
    In its most elaborate presentation so far, on June 13 Toyota Motor Corp. shared details of its strategic technology roadmap including the developments on new battery chemistries, hydrogen fuel cells and the pathway to achieve significant cost reduction in manufacturing electric vehicles. One of the largest carmakers in the world with a significant technology advantage on plug-in hybrid EVs and patents on EV batteries, Toyota has been visibly lagging in rolling out pure battery electric vehicl...
    INTERVIEW: Spotlight on Manganese
    The role of manganese in the battery-material conversation is frequently disregarded, given that it is used in smaller amounts compared with other metals in lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Its primary function is as a stabilizer in the cathode. However, there is growing OEM and investor interest in manganese. Tesla and Volkswagen have expressed interest in shifting their Li-ion battery designs away from cobalt and nickel and toward manganese. Mainland China dominates the manganese market, accoun...
    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.
    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.
    Graphene in motion: Advancing automotive technology with nanomaterials
    By incorporating graphene into plastics, its benefits include enhanced mechanical properties, improved thermal management and increased electrical conductivity. Graphene integration into composites strengthens materials while improving conductivity. These applications span across structural parts, coatings, tires, electronics, fluids, propulsion and energy storage. The environmental impact is positive, as graphene reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, exhibits enhanced recyclability, an...
    Titan Silicon can completely replace graphite from battery anode: Sila Nanotechnologies
    Sila’s anode material plant in Moses Lake, Washington, will produce enough material to serve up to 200,000 electric vehicles in its first phase. With Mercedes-Benz as its first official customer, Sila is working through an early qualification process with other potential customers. Sila’s innovative silicon materials can entirely replace graphite from battery anode. Berdichevsky gives a detailed account of how Sila was formed, the advantages of breakthrough silicon anodes in EV...
    Interior Insight: Toyota bZ4X
    The Toyota bZ4X, similar in size to the RAV4, marks the Japanese brand’s first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and the first of a series of bZ products launched globally. Its name references the size of the car – 4 for mid-size – and the vehicle type, in this case, X for crossover SUV. Continuing our series of interior reviews, we explore some technologies and materials for this all-electric SUV. What’s it all about? The bZ4X is available in front- and all-wheel drive versions. The ...
    3D printing drives innovation in the automotive industry_A look at major players
    The automotive industry is adopting additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, to produce complex parts, reduce expenses, save time and weight, and provide greater design flexibility. The electronics industry is also expected to become a significant customer of 3D printing technology, especially for advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS), owing to the benefits of 3D-printed circuits in reducing volume and optimizing pathways. The development of more advanced printers and process...
    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.
    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.
    Rethinking the automotive value chain - software's role in revolution
    With Level 2+ autonomous vehicles nearing mass-market adoption and the era of the software-defined vehicle fast approaching, a new battle for control is set to emerge. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Fewer EVs qualify through US Treasury’s guidelines on battery sourcing
    On March 31, the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released proposed guidance on the new clean vehicle provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which was signed into law in August 2022. Aimed at incentivizing the domestic production of electric vehicles (EV) and batteries and reducing dependency on foreign supply chains, the proposed guidance, according to the US government, intends to provide clarity and certainty to manufacturers on the IRA requiremen...
    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.
    The steel conundrum: Can stronger and more malleable grades hold their ground?
    Steel drives ahead: The strong and cost-effective backbone of mass-produced vehicles Ferrous metals, especially steel, have long been the primary material used in the automotive industry owing to their strength and durability. However, the rising market share of other materials like carbon fiber and aluminum has caused concerns about steel’s competitiveness. Despite this, advanced high-strength steels and improvements in production processes have enabled steel to retain its market dominance...
    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.
    Suppliers to the new Cruise Origin
    The Cruise Origin is produced at General Motors Factory ZERO Plant. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 2412 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    INTERVIEW: Sustainable alternatives for in-cabin materials
    Automotive interior design study initially focuses on the use of sustainable materials for “A” surface applications and discovers that there is wider-reaching potential.  Design and engineering consultancy Callum’s recipe for a sustainable car interior includes coffee, lentils, eggshells, rice, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and walnut shells that have the potential to meet car interior production feasibility by 2030.  Like the design of electric vehicles (EVs), con...
    Europe moves closer to implementing battery passports for EV batteries
    The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached a provisional agreement on a proposal to strengthen the sustainability rules for batteries in December 2022. The Parliament and the Council said they are also open to further discussions on the new technological developments and future challenges pertaining to the batteries and battery materials. The negotiating representatives on both sides agreed that a carbon footprint declaration and label must be made mandatory for batter...
    Suppliers to the new Ford Transit Custom
    The Ford Transit Custom is produced at its plant in Kocaeli, Turkey. S&P Global Mobility forecasts that the highest year of production for this vehicle will be 2024, when more than 175390 units will be produced.
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz AMG GT
     The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT production takes place at Mercedes' plant in Bremen, Germany. The vehicle is expected to peak at more than 6648 in 2024, according to S&P Global Mobility forecast.
    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.
    Suppliers to the 2023 Volvo EX90
    The Volvo EX90 is built at Volvo's Charleston, South Carolina plant. The full-sized SUV is expected to peak at more than 46585 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.
    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.
    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...
    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...
    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...
    Suppliers to the new Maserati GranTurismo
    The new Maserati  GranTurismo is produced at Stellantis' Mirafiori plant in Turin. S&P Global Mobility forecasts that the highest year of production for this vehicle will be 2024, when more than 3744 units will be produced.
    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, ...
    Geothermal brines: The key to low-emission localized lithium supply chains?
    The progressive rise in vehicle electrification has driven a massive increase in demand for lithium products applicable in electric vehicle (EV) batteries. While capacity expansions of the base chemical have largely stayed ahead of demand, geographical concentration of the chemical’s upstream extraction and midstream processing sectors in Latin America and mainland China respectively combined with logistical freight issues caused by the pandemic have driven an exponential hike in spot prices (...
    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.
    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...
    Landmark Umicore deal key to Volkswagen’s EV battery strategy in Europe
    On 26 September 2022, Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen Group’s newly established battery company PowerCo and Brussels-based material supplier Umicore announced setting up a joint venture (JV) for precursor and cathode material production in Europe, starting from 2025. The landmark agreement with Umicore is expected to be critical for VW, which has two major long-term milestones to achieve: prepare for the European Union’s regulatory requirement of allowing sale of only zero-carbon-emis...
    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.  
    Tracking the emission reduction initiatives of the top-5 auto steel suppliers
    Concerns over Scope 3 emission reporting regulatory requirements, government and investor pressures to decarbonize supply chains, and a progressive increase in fossil fuel steel prices owing to rising carbon prices have driven downstream consumer industries to increasingly switch toward the application of low-emission green steel for production operations. Driven by this demand, steel manufacturers have ramped up investments to decarbonize operations across global plants, while simultaneously se...
    Carbon ceramic brakes: Expanding beyond the luxury and ultra-high performance segments
    While growth in the luxury and ultra-high performance vehicle segments has driven a progressive increase in demand for specialized carbon ceramic brake discs, component manufacturers of the particular tech have over the last few years increasingly looked toward expanding market share by penetrating the broader high-performance disc brake market that is currently dominated by ventilated cast iron rotors. This article will provide an extended discussion into how carbon ceramic discs are differe...
    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 ...
    Decarbonizing the automotive steel supply chain
    While demands for lightweighting and increased requirements for impact resistance have driven a progressive decline in demand for mild steel for body structure manufacturing, an increased availability of new steel alloys with high strength and optimized energy absorption characteristics from major suppliers has renewed interest in the material’s application within the future light vehicle segment. At the same time, net zero targets set by countries bound by the Paris agreement have led regu...
    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.
    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...
    Driving down non-exhaust particulate matter emissions through new chassis materials and technologies
    While the looming threat of climate change has driven OEMs to prioritize reductions in exhaust emissions through modifications to vehicle propulsion systems, the increasing weight of the average vehicle, partly driven by the progressive move toward drivetrain electrification, has initiated new concerns over rising particulate matter (PM) levels caused by increased wear of the vehicle’s brakes and tires. New developments in particulate testing methodologies have driven regulatory agencies aroun...
    Suppliers to the new Tesla Model Y
    The Tesla Model Y is manufactured at the automaker's factory in Gruenheide, Germany. Output of the mid-size SUV is expected to peak at more than 241600 in 2023, according to IHS Markit.
    Can new chassis technologies and materials help OEMs meet future emission standards?
    While countries such as the US, Japan, and mainland China have been enforcing fuel economy standards for over a decade to drive down domestic fuel consumption levels, concerns over climate change and continuously rising global average temperatures have led governments around the world to redouble efforts in cutting down domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to levels prescribed by the 2015 Paris Agreement. The initiative has driven regulatory agencies to roll out increasingly strict vehicle em...
    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.
    Fallout of the Ukraine crisis on tire production and material supply chains
    On 24 February 2022, Russian forces initiated military operations in neighboring Ukraine, provoking a massive international geopolitical response aimed at financially isolating the country’s economy from the rest of the world. Western governments have since initiated wide-ranging sanctions that have cut off the country’s supply chains while simultaneously causing a large-scale exodus of international businesses from the country. While negotiations calling for a diplomatic solution to the cri...
    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. 
    Will megacasting revolutionize the vehicle body manufacturing industry?
    Over the last few decades, automakers increasingly gravitated toward multi-material, multi-gauge sheet metal-based body construction methods that allowed lightweighting through part optimizations. Off the back of Tesla’s much touted “Gigacasts”, a new trend of single piece megacast body parts has gained interest as an alternate method that can lower engineering complexity whilst boosting manufacturing cost-effectiveness. This article will analyze the perceived benefits of this disruptiv...
    Raw material supply chains affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict
    Russian military forces initiated military operations in Ukraine on 24 February, creating logistical nightmares for automotive supply chains whose downstream ramifications are yet to reach the consumer market. Western governments, following the invasion, initiated broad-based financial and trade-based sanctions against Russia. Occupation of critical parts of Ukraine’s shoreline by Russian forces indicate that even if a ceasefire is announced between the two countries in the next couple of week...
    Cobalt in future EV supply chains: Addressing long-term demands through strategic investments
    1. Introduction – Cobalt and the EV revolution Driven primarily by emission-based legislations and mandatory electrification-targets worldwide, the electric vehicle (EV) industry has grown exponentially over the last few years with the demand for EVs nearly doubling between 2020 and 2021, from 2.4 million vehicles to 4.5 million. The growing EV market has meanwhile caused an unprecedented surge in demand for the materials needed to produce the lithium-ion batteries (LiB) and motors powering...
    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. 
    Leather sourcing and processing set to become more environmentally friendly
    Stringent government regulations and policies are enforcing responsible extraction methods to meet consumers’ changing lifestyle choices. An increasing trend is seen with car buyers opting for products and materials with least impact on the environment. This carbon-neutral initiative has led to growing demand for sustainable and principled leather tanning, which includes factors such as where the cows come from, what environment they were reared in, and the tanning process involved. This ar...
    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.
    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...
    Infrastructure bill’s EV charger funding a good start, but more funding likely to be needed to meet growing demand
    On 15 November 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the USD1.2-trillion infrastructure bill. The bill is expected to support the automotive industry in many ways, from improved road conditions, cleaner commercial vehicles, electric vehicle (EV) battery factories, battery recycling, and lithium mining and refining. However, one of the largest EV appropriations will be toward vehicle charging. Some USD7.5 billion has been allocated to alternative fuel charging, primarily for EV chargers and s...
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