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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.
    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...
    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, ...
    Highlights from the 2022 Paris Motor Show
    The biennial Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile in French) alternates with the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2022 edition, which took place from 17–23 October 2022 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, returned in four years after the last one planned in March 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic. The 2022 edition of the show also indicated that automotive shows are becoming a diminishing affair. The list of no-shows included Stellantis’s Fiat, Maserati and Alfa-Romeo brands; VW and ...
    FORVIA’s divestment strategy reflects its ambition to emerge as a technology focused enterprise
    On 29 July, HELLA announced the divestment of 33.33% stake of integrated front end modules company Hella Behr Plastic Omnium (HBPO) GmbH to France-based Plastic Omnium for an equity value of EUR290 million (USD306.70 million). The transaction enables Plastic Omnium with complete ownership. The divestment is part of HELLA’s strategy to align its resources in the development of high growth business segments underlining FORVIA’s combined businesses which, aim to become a major technology-focuse...
    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...
    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.  
    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 advanced materials are evolving the automotive sunroof landscape
    The automobile roof has traditionally been regarded as an additional closure component that protects the occupants from environmental and noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) conditions. With the design of the passenger cells and the connection of the pillars, there is also an element of safety. While sunroofs have traditionally included a sliding sunshade to block light when closed, this is not always the case. In the interest of safer driving, auto glass is becoming larger to accommodate...
    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...
    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.
    Automotive interiors are driving sustainability to a circular economy
    The automotive industry is witnessing unprecedented levels of disruption and innovation, and rapidly evolving technological advances are impacting all areas of the vehicle, notably interiors. Additionally, by improving the “circular economy,” automakers and suppliers are seeking to create sustainable vehicle interiors. Furthermore, strict government laws and policies requiring ethical extraction practices to accommodate customers' shifting lifestyle preferences are increasing eco-friendly pr...
    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.
    Transforming interior concepts, autonomous vehicles pushing airbag technology trends
    Airbags have been one of the essential passive safety technologies in vehicles, along with seatbelts. Automakers developed the idea to use airbags as a supplemental restraint system (SRS) for added occupants’ safety. With increasing safety regulations from rating bodies, such as New Car Assessment Programs (NCAP) and other regulatory authorities globally, awareness among individuals about vehicle safety is also contributing to instrumental increase in vehicle airbags. This development has led ...
    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. 
    Impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict on helium supply for airbag applications
    The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict is affecting the supply of various raw materials and resources, including helium gas (which goes in automotive airbags and semiconductors). However, according to IHS Markit’s market research, the extent of the impact on helium will be minimal in the short run. In fact, the impact of COVID-19 has been significant on the global helium supply chain.  Helium and helium mixtures are essential for the functionality of most airbags. Most airbags harness a h...
    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. 
    Automotive industry megatrends to drive demand for smart surface solutions
    The automotive interior industry has been rapidly progressing in recent years and is no longer just a basic aspect but rather a vital space for passenger comfort and aesthetics. The use of secondary capacitive touchscreens designed with hard coated films and holographic foils can be applied to all kinds of surfaces, including plastic, wood trims, natural fibers, leather, textile, or metal decorative surfaces to enhance user experience. As vehicle cockpit technology advances, smart surfaces are t...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Shortage of several critical parts leaving German OEMs exposed
    The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has disrupted production at several supplier facilities, forcing them to announce temporary production suspensions or shifts of production operations to other sites, opening another front for carmakers scrambling to stabilize their production output in light of the ongoing semiconductor shortages. Tier-1 suppliers, such as Leoni, Gentherm, Aptiv, Kostal, Kroschu, Fujikura, Sumitomo Electric, Nexans, Yazaki, and Prettl, have plants in Ukraine producing primarily wi...
    Faurecia and HELLA to emerge a more capable supplier in interior and lighting space
    On 31 January 2022, Faurecia announced that it completed the acquisition of a controlling interest in HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA; the deal was announced on 14 August 2021. Faurecia SE (PAR:EO, market capitalization USD6.46 billion as on 21 February 2022) acquired 79.5% HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA (XETRA:HLE, market capitalization USD7.93 billion as on 21 February 2022) shares with an investment of EUR5.3 billion (USD6.0 billion). This included 60% share package of the HELLA pool shareholders as wel...
    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.
    Evolving vehicle safety norms and consumer preference to push demand for airbags globally
    For suppliers and automakers working with technology development and viability of airbags, regulatory developments can have a substantial impact on planning and deployment—especially production volume. Stricter regulations and mandates being enforced by NCAP bodies are expected to increase in the first half of this decade with implementation of various interior airbags to models across segments. The installation of air bags is regulated by many state and federal laws globally and have influ...
    Suppliers to the new 2022 NIssan Pathfinder
    The fifth-generation Nissan Pathfinder is assembled at the Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant plant in Tennessee, USA. Output of this model at the Tennessee plant is expected to peak at around 115,000 units in 2024, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com
    Suppliers to the new Rolls-Royce Ghost
    The second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is assembled at the Rolls-Royce plant in Goodwood, West Sussex, UK. Output of this model is expected to peak at more than 2,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Rapid
    The second-generation Skoda Rapid is assembled at the Volkswagen Group Kaluga facility in Russia. Output of this model at the Russian plant is expected to peak at more than 27,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com.
    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million units; this is a front-loaded adjustment and from the second quarter output levels are expected to be able to accelerate as supply chains return to normal. If this is the case then strong pent-up demand a...
    Steering wheels of the past, present, and future
    Since its inception in 1894, steering wheels have undergone an unending series of innovations. However, there are talks in the industry that they could soon become obsolete with the advent of autonomous vehicles. Today steering wheels have become stylish, thick, often flat-bottomed inspired from race cars, and assist in performing several other tasks than to just ‘steer’ the vehicle. The multifunction steering wheels of today can answer a call, change the speed of cruise control, and change ...
    LEDs and advanced optical technologies driving the development in automotive ambient lighting
    Lighting is becoming the new chrome. It is made possible by use of light-emitting diode (LED) light sources and related optics, which are unlocking new opportunities for design. Light-based applications in cars no longer fulfill only functional tasks, but are also increasingly becoming elementary components of design. Ambient lighting helps amplify the design language, contours key elements of the car interior and reinforces brand identity. The functional role of interior lighting has grown from...
    Trends in floor consoles
    Floor consoles are an indispensable part of modern passenger vehicles. They occupy the space between the front seats of the vehicle and have many utilities and functionalities. The floor console design can be as simple as just providing an enclosure for the gear shifter and parking brake or as complex as having storage bins with armrests that can slide. These days, floor consoles accompany the instrument panels combining the most functional appearance (storage compartments) with ambient lighting...
    Suppliers to the new Hyundai Tucson
    The fourth-generation 2021 Hyundai Tucson is assembled at Hyundai’s facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Output of the new version of the compact crossover SUV is expected to peak at more than 184,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Lincoln Aviator
    The second-generation Lincoln Aviator is assembled at Ford’s facility in Chicago SHO, United States. Output of the new mid-sized luxury SUV is expected to peak at more than 2,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Evolution of car dashboards
    The rapid evolution of dashboards is one of the most exciting and visible areas of advancement in automotive technology. A dashboard is a control panel that is located directly ahead of a vehicle's driver, displaying instrumentation and controls. Dashboards also allow drivers to control their car with the turn of a knob and the push of a button. Furthermore, modern digital dashboards also feature infot...
    Suppliers to the new BMW 4 Series
    The second-generation BMW 4 Series is assembled at BMW’s facility in Dingolfing, Germany. Output of the new version of the two-door coupe is expected to peak at more than 45,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Octavia
    The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia is assembled at the Volkswagen Group’s facility in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, as well as Russia contract manufacturer GAZ’s plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Output of the new version of the five-door compact car is expected to peak at more than 233,000 units in Mlada Boleslav in 2022 and peak at 27,000 units in Nizhny Novgorod in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways publishe...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes-Benz CLA
    The second-generation 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA is assembled at Daimler's facility in Kecskemet, Hungary. Output of the new version of the compact sedan is expected to peak at more than 98,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Seat massage systems expected to remain a niche comfort feature
    Today, a number of ways are available to relieve the strain for drivers and provide comfort driving for long distances. To achieve enhanced seat comfort, one of the ways is via massage seats, however, seat massage systems continue to be a niche comfort feature and a vital contributor to the overall premium image of a vehicle. Seat massage makes use of either electronically actuated mechanisms (electromechanical systems, which actuates the existing four-way power lumbar in a way that provides ...
    Suppliers to the new Jeep Compass
    The second-generation 2021 Jeep Compass is assembled at Stellantis’ facility in Melfi, Italy. Output of the new version of the compact crossover SUV is expected to peak at more than 77,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen T-Roc
    The first-generation 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc is assembled at Volkswagen’s facility in Osnabruck, Germany. Output of the new version of the subcompact crossover is expected to peak at more than 15,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Evolution of automotive interiors toward a living room on wheels
    Automotive interior design will continue to be driven by efficiency, lightweight, comfort, and safety. The interiors are getting more complex day by day and their designs are required to meet various safety regulations, material compliance, weight reduction requirements, and higher noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance. Ultimately, the removal of the need for a driver (with the advent of autonomous vehicles) means these vehicles are likely to be oriented in a face-to-face layout eithe...
    Suppliers to the new DS 3 Crossback
    The first-generation DS 3 Crossback is assembled at Stellantis’ factory in Poissy, France. Output of the new version of the small crossover is expected to peak at more than 24,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Porsche Cayenne Coupe
    The third-generation 2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is assembled at Porsche's facility in Bratislava, Slovakia. Output of the new version of the mid-sized SUV is expected to peak at more than 22,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Seat thermal market is expected to grow at a modest rate
    Automotive seats are an important part of a vehicle as it provides comfort to the passengers and the driver. Consumers expect the vehicle cabin to be cooled or heated rapidly to a comfortable temperature, which was conventionally achieved using heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. However, with advancements in HVAC system technology, heated/cooled seats are also being offered to pr...
    Automotive R&D investment to grow in 2021 despite COVID-19 setbacks
    The survey results indicate that R&D spending is critical for medium- and long-term goals for companies within the industry, particularly to develop their market positioning. However, some companies are still cautious about planning a high-spending year until the market conditions for products have settled to a predictable level. The key findings of the ‘2021 IHS Markit global automotive R&D survey’ are: 6.5% average increase in automotive R&D spending by companies. Gr...
    Suppliers to the new Seat Leon
    The fourth-generation 2020 Seat Leon is assembled at Seat's facility in Martorell, Spain. Output of the new version of the hatchback is expected to peak at more than 129,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Making seat belt reminder fitment mandatory for all seats in a vehicle
    Seat belts, along with airbags, are the most effective occupant safety systems that reduce the severity of injuries in the event of high-impact crashes. Seat belts secure occupants of a vehicle against harmful movement during a collision or a sudden braking. According to data by Insurance Institutes of Highway Safety (IIHS), seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives in the United States in 2017. IIHS estimates that for drivers and front passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by ...
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Supra
    The fifth-generation 2020 Toyota Supra is assembled at Toyota's facility in Graz #2, Austria. Output of the new version of the sports grand tourer is expected to peak at more than 8,800 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Audi A3
    The fourth-generation 2020 Audi A3 is assembled at Audi's facility in Ingolstadt #1, Germany. Output of the new version of the compact sedan is expected to peak at more than 59,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Winter Storm Uri impacts on automotive supply chain
    The Winter Storm Uri that hit the United States Gulf Coast (USGC) region in the third week of February 2021 resulted in one of the worst electric grid outages in the United States, leaving millions of people without electricity and water for four days in the state of Texas. The blackout, along with freezing cold temperature, also forced almost the entire refining and petrochemical industry&nb...
    Achieving the right mix of premium yet sustainable interior plastics to be a key challenge for automakers
    The importance of advanced engineering plastics in making a vehicle safer, efficient, and feel more premium, cannot be overstated. Plastics is one of the most extensively used materials in a car. Plastics and polymer composites account for more than 50% of the total vehicle volume and contribute somewhere between 150 and 200 kg. This is expected to increase in the coming years as high strength plastics start to replace metal components due to the need for lightweighting. A majority of the pla...
    Suppliers to the new Renault Captur
    The second-generation Renault Captur is assembled at Renault's facility in Valladolid, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Renault Captur from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 229,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Land Rover Defender
    The second-generation Land Rover Defender is assembled at Land Rover's facility in Nitra, Slovakia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Land Rover Defender from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 54,000 units.  If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Market and technology outlook of door trim panels
    Door trim panels, the lightweight structure on the inside of a vehicle’s door, mainly serves as an interface between the occupant and the inner working of the doors. They also contribute toward occupant protection, maintaining noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels, and functioning as housing for door elements. These panels also enhance the appearance of the vehicle interior and help automakers to deliver higher in-vehicle experience. Door trim panels in modern vehicles are expected t...
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Corolla
    The twelfth-generation Toyota Corolla is assembled at Toyota's facility in Tupelo, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Toyota Corolla from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 160,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Subaru Legacy
    The seventh-generation Subaru Legacy is assembled at Subaru's facility in Lafayette #1, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Subaru Legacy from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 29,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new BMW X7
    The first-generation BMW X7 is assembled at BMW's facility in Kaliningrad, Russia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW X7 from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 2,200 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Deployment of rear seat reminder system to pick up speed in United States
    Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of noncrash fatalities among children in vehicles in the United States. According to NoHeatStroke.org, 873 children have died since 1998 because of heatstroke in vehicles. In 2018 and 2019, on an average 52 children died due to heatstroke in vehicles in the country. This year (as of 8 October), 24 children have died from heatstroke in vehicles in the US. Heatstroke occurs when a child is left unattended inside a vehicle parked under direct sun, which cause...
    Suppliers to the new Ford Kuga
    The third-generation Ford Kuga is assembled at Ford's facility in Valencia, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Ford Kuga from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 151,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Key technology trends in instrument panels
    Over the years, the role of an instrument panel (IP), or a dashboard, in the vehicle cockpit has evolved significantly. Apart from technology integration, IPs also supplement the overall aesthetic value of the cabin. In modern vehicles, an IP acts like a place holder for various components and systems that make a cockpit module. This includes instrument clusters; multimedia systems; switches and trim strips; wire harnesses; steering columns; front passenger airbags; and heating, ventilation, and...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Corvette
    The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is assembled at Chevrolet's facility in Bowling Green, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Chevrolet Corvette from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 34,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Panoramic sunroof to lead growth of glass in automotive
    Automotive glass is considered by many as one of those components that have not undergone a lot of technological change over the years, especially in terms of its applications. This perception is all set to change in the next decade, as glass is expected to play a key role in improving the user interface and user experience inside a car. The age of electrification and autonomous driving are almost at the doorstep. Similar with other components, automotive glass is also expected to undergo techno...
    Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X
    The first-generation Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X is assembled at Opel's facility in Eisenach, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 86,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Audi Q3 Sportback
    The first-generation Audi Q3 Sportback is assembled at Audi's facility in Gyor, Hungary. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi Q3 Sportback from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 35,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    COVID-19 pandemic: Use of UVC light as disinfectant in vehicle interior
    The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has severely impacted app-based new-mobility services such as car sharing, ride sharing, and ride hailing; since vehicles in such services are used by multiple people during a day, there is an increased possibility of getting infected by the COVID-19 virus. Even use of personal vehicles is not absolutely safe. Automakers are exploring various measures to keep vehicles disinfected, which vary from using more advanced air filter systems to ...
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Yaris
    The fourth generation Toyota Yaris is assembled at Toyota’s plant in Valenciennes-Onnaing, France. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Toyota Yaris from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 129,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Consumer Survey: Will we see an increase in anti-microbial coating in automotive due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the global automotive supply chain. With no immediate solution in sight, federal governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders and called for the closure of non-essential businesses. This forced OEMs to suspend production operations in all major geographies as early as February 2020. According to IHS Markit, global light vehicle production declined by more than 11% month on month (m/m) in April. However, ...
    Sunroof systems to see strong demand in Asian markets
    Sunroofs are a standard feature in premium vehicles, but lately automakers have started fitting sunroofs in more affordable vehicle segments to make their products distinct. Sunroofs are either fixed or electrically operated (power sunroof). In terms of size, sunroofs can be broadly categorized as conventional or panoramic. A conventional sunroof, also referred to as inner conventional, is a single panel above the driver seat. A panoramic sunroof is larger in size and often covers the majority o...
    Suppliers to the new Nissan Juke
    The second generation Nissan Juke is assembled at Nissan's facility in Sunderland #1, United Kingdom. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Nissan Juke from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 102,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    COVID-19 Automotive R&D Impact - IHS Markit Survey
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    The impact of COVID-19 on the Indian automotive industry
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused severe disruptions in the automotive supply chain globally, and as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, automakers and automotive suppliers around the world are suspending production operations. The increasingly stringent federal and state government conditions on workplace attendance, in addition to the closure of nonessential businesses globally, are also forecast to severely impact the automotive industry in the short term. The...
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen Polo
    The sixth generation Volkswagen Polo is assembled at Volkswagen's facility in Kaluga, Russia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Volkswagen Polo from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 85,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers expect adoption of interior surface lighting to increase over next three to seven years
    Interior surface lighting is where “light meets surface”, and this is achieved by concealing lighting behind a layer of fabric within the surfaces of a vehicle’s passenger compartment. According to IHS Markit research, vehicle buyers nowadays prefer vehicle exteriors with hidden or concealed light sources as a distinctive decorative appearance for their vehicles. Similarly, the use of concealed interior lighting may also prove to be a desirable decorative feature. This type of lighting has...
    COVID-19 pandemic: Automotive Supplier Plant Downtime Tracker
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    Seat assembly suppliers face challenging times ahead
    Demand for complete seat assembly is directly related to global light vehicle production. According to IHS Markit data, demand in the global complete seat assembly market declined by 5% year on year (y/y) in 2019, to 269.9 million units, in line with the 5.6% y/y decline in light vehicle production, to 94.2 million units. IHS Markit had forecast that the seat assembly market was expecting a recovery in 2020 and was set for moderate growth over the next few years through 2025 to reach 300.8 milli...
    Leather expected to see increasing competition from synthetic alternatives in automotive interior segment
    Sustainability is no more just a tool for automakers to meet the government’s regulations and policies. Sustainability is now a necessity to be able to meet the changing lifestyle choices and eco-friendly preferences of customers. An increasing number of car buyers want their purchase to have the minimum impact on the environment and be as ethical as possible. This has led to a growth in demand for artificial leather, also referred to as ‘synthetic leather’ or ‘vegan leather.’ The t...
    COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Automotive Suppliers - IHS Markit Survey
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    Heated steering wheels to become more prevalent in mass-market vehicles
    Automobiles are no longer seen as luxuries, and passenger cabin comfort is no different. Car buyers all over the globe are ready to spend an increasing proportion of their income on vehicles, which is leading to greater acceptance of features that were once relegated only to luxury and high-end cars. A case that argues that premium features are now making their way into conventional vehicles is heated steering wheels, which incorporates a heating element woven into the steering wheel cover mater...
    Suppliers to the new BMW 8 Series
    The second generation BMW 8 Series is assembled at BMW's facility in Chengalpattu, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW 8 Series from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 51 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    COVID-19 outbreak: IHS Markit expects supply chain issues to improve in China from end March
    Extended closures of automotive suppliers’ facilities in mainland China, which have taken place since the Lunar New Year annual holidays in the second half of January to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have severely affected the global supply chain. Some city and provincial governments in mainland China implemented a complete ban on nonessential business activities and restriction on the movement of people and goods in the first half of February. The pr...
    Global demand for auto-dimming interior mirrors is forecast to see robust growth
    The interior rearview mirror (IRVM) has been an integral part of a vehicle’s cabin for more than 100 years. An IRVM helps the driver to not only keep an eye on the vehicles at the back, but also helps in the key maneuvering of reversing and parking. Such a mirror can be either manual (prismatic) or automatic dimming depending on how it reduces brightness and glare from the vehicles at the back. In manual mirrors, drivers can reduce the glare by using the flip switch on the mirror. An automa...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz GLA
    The second generation Mercedes Benz GLA is assembled at Daimler's facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz GLA from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 127,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Airbag technology for autonomous vehicles
    Automotive industry’s focus on active safety technologies―such as antilock-braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control system (TCS)―has increased significantly in the past two decades. Automakers are also offering new vehicles with rising number of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane departure warning (LDW), blind spot detection (BSD) and automatic emergency braking (AEB), which help drivers in reducing the...
    COVID-19 outbreak: Initial impact on automotive supply chain
    On Thursday midnight (30 January), The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China confirmed 9,692 cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), including 213 deaths, in mainland China. In Central China's Hubei province, where the epidemic is believed to have originated, 5,806 infection cases had been confirmed, including 204 deaths, the commission said on Friday (31 January). On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak a “global h...
    Suppliers to the new Audi A1
    The second generation Audi A1 is assembled at Audi's facility in Martorell, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi A1 from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at over 81,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Innovations in automotive interiors in 2019
    The four key megatrends of the automotive industry—connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility services, and electromobility (CASE)—are set to transform the type vehicles automakers will produce and how such vehicles will be used in the future. These trends are expected to bring about changes in almost every major components and systems in a vehicle, from chassis and safety to powertrain to interior and exterior systems. A vehicle’s interior has not changed much over the...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz B-Class
    The third generation Mercedes Benz B-Class is assembled at Daimler's facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz B-Class from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at over 86,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Factors driving development of intelligent seating systems
    For many years automotive seats were designed to perform the mundane task of seating vehicle occupants. However, modern seats are doing more than that. Seating suppliers are equipping seats with electronics to perform varies tasks, ranging from remembering seating profile of the driver to helping to better monitor the driver's and passengers' safety and comfort.       Rising focus on connectivity, autonomous driving and electrification is ushering in major c...
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Kamiq
    The first generation Skoda Kamiq is assembled at Skoda's facility in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Skoda Kamiq from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 90,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechInsight@ismarkit.com.
    Global automotive safety supplier market insights
    Introduction According to the World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, traffic accidents were responsible for 1.35 million deaths each year and are the 8th leading cause of death among people of all ages. While technological advancements in safety systems have reduced traffic casualties in recent years, these advanced systems are more common to higher segment vehicles and small cars remain prone to increased crash fatalities. Julie Blackley from iseecars.com—a...
    Suppliers to the new Audi A8
    The fourth generation Audi A8 is assembled at Audi's facility in Shendra, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi A8 from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at more than 114 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechInsight@ismarkit.com.
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