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    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 unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    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 rac...
    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 co...
    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 compl...
    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 al...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 u...
    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...
    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 housin...
    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 co...
    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 syste...
    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 suspe...
    15-Jun-2020 Insights COVID-19
    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 c...
    Suppliers expect adoption of interior surface lighting to increase over next three to seven years
    Interior surface lighting is where “light meets surface”, and this is achieved by concealing lighting behind a layer of fabric within the surfaces of a vehicle’s passenger compartment. According to IHS Markit research, vehicle buyers nowadays prefer vehicle exteriors with hidden or concealed l...
    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,...
    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) o...
    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 ...
    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...
    Evolving Seating Experience
    The automotive industry is in a period of evolution, where previously simple components are being enhanced by technology to deliver new functionality. Such is the case with the modern vehicle cockpit; where designers continue to pursue new means of exciting and delighting consumers. No component, no...
    EV ripple effect: How electrification and change in propulsion technologies can impact vehicle interiors
    One of the simplest ways to define the ongoing automotive shift could be—“the automotive world is going electric”. There are no two ways about it, and almost every OEM who has a desire to successfully sell vehicles from here on, has some plan in place to either electrify their existing product...
    New innovations in door solutions
    Responsible for a number of vital interior functions, including occupant protection, curbing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels, and functioning as a casing for door elements, the door trim panel of today has gone through a substantial evolution over the years. As an intrinsic component of...
    Increasing role of 3D printing in interiors
    Technology penetration into the automotive domain has not only impacted the overall design language and component functionality; it also has a far-reaching impact on the overall component development phase. How we perceive production methodologies coming from an age-old coachbuilding to assembly lin...
    Interior comfort and luxury gaining traction in the pick-up truck segment
    When one thinks of a luxurious cabin, the first body-types which spring to mind as being a natural fit are limousines or the high-end premium sedans. For that matter, thriving on the tremendous popularity gained in recent times, SUVs too can now be associated with luxury inside the cabin. Howev...
    Opportunities in cabin noise insulation as EVs gain traction
    A couple of decades ago, cabin insulation suppliers’ research to trim down noise entering the cabin revolved completely around the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) as one of the major noise sources. However, as electric vehicles (EVs) gain traction, with mostly pure electric slated to replace ICE ...
    Smart interior materials for the cars of tomorrow
    Living in the ‘smart’ era, technology has influenced all walks of life. To put things into perspective, objects such as watches, phones and other wearables once considered to be mundane, have undergone the ‘smart’ revolution, helping them to transform both in terms of capabilities and functi...
    Next wave of seating technology: increasing health analysis
    The idea of a vehicle diagnosing the occupant’s health and wellness would have sounded outlandish a couple of decades back, when it was almost unimaginable to think of development areas that do not relate to the automotive core competencies. Fast forward to the present scenario – now eyeing a mu...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2018
    2018 has been a busy year for the global chassis components sector as a major shift toward weight savings and electronification of braking, steering, and suspension systems emerged. The word active was abundantly used across the chassis components sector as the industry came to understand the benefi...
    Advancements in composite seat structures and scope for mass production
    Advancements within the automotive technology space are not only limited to the electronics penetration in components. Another area that has garnered substantial pace in the last decade is the advancement of material sciences – a major contributor in revolutionizing the development of ‘new-age...
    Global automotive safety supplier market insights
    The global automotive safety industry has been home to a number of ground-breaking developments of late, shaping up to be a dynamic industry rather than being a placid one. However, this was not always the case. A decade ago, the global automotive safety supplier market was majorly dominated by trad...
    Autoliv-Veoneer spinoff: Implications on active and passive safety
    While technology addition has already strengthened its foothold when it comes to the automotive component side of things, the role of technology has also started to create ripples on the business side of the automotive market. OEMs as well as suppliers are now investing a substantial amount of time ...
    Automotive Plastics
    The automotive industry forms a major clientele for engineering plastics, and the usage of advanced plastics has been on a steady increase for cars. The average weight of plastics and polymer composites used in a car is easily above 160 kg and is increasing. In terms of volume, these plastics a...
    Shared mobility impact on interiors in future
    The automotive industry at present is on the verge of being transformed by a convergence of several disruptive technology-driven megatrends, out of which Shared Mobility remains one of the crucial ongoing trends. Its increasing adoption is gradually impacting the automotive industry, while in the ne...
    Cars—the new home for VPAs
    Speech recognition is literally a technology created to help machines listen to humans. In its infancy, speech recognition was widely considered a failure, as recognition rates were low and error rates were high. It was common to require users to learn a special vernacular of terms and commands in o...
    Pop-up hood systems for pedestrian protection
    The automotive industry has been on the move when it comes to developing safety applications in order to create a safe ecosystem. Not only for the vehicle occupants, there have been developments going on to protect human lives coming into direct contact with vehicles. As more and more vehicles ...
    EDITORIAL – Automotive lighting industry expected to see increased collaboration, consolidation
    With the dawn of self-driving cars, the automotive lighting technology is set to undergo a significant change, both in terms of complexity and functionality. Consequently, suppliers are now faced with the challenge to develop intelligent exterior and interior lighting solutions, which will play a ke...
    Interior safety challenges for autonomous vehicles
    As one of the most influential mega trends to have surfaced in recent times, ‘autonomy’ is slated to impact the entire ecosystem as carmakers and technology companies have realized how transformative self-driving-cars can be. With the aim to revolutionize present-day vehicle architecture, the au...
    EDITORIAL – Investments in connectivity and electrification technologies to drive growth of Lear’s E-Systems business
    Last week, Lear held an ‘Investor Day’ event in Michigan (United States) outlining its future growth strategy for the next five years. The company forecasts its sales to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 7% to USD30 billion by 2023, compared with USD22 billion expected this ...
    Smart instrument panels for cabins of tomorrow
    The manufacturing sector globally is on the cusp of another ‘revolution’ driven primarily by technology. The automotive industry, being no different, has been at the receiving end of the technology penetration and we are already witnessing new inroads leading to vehicles of tomorrow. Within the ...
    Role of wood in vehicle interiors
    If there is one organic material that has withstood the automotive sands of time, it is wood which has spanned hundreds of years in a variety of applications and continues to do so. In the earlier days of the automotive era, wood played an intrinsic role – completely different from its modern-day ...
    2018 New York International Auto Show – Interior Insights
    With a rich automotive history that dates back to as early as 1900, the New York International Auto Show has carved its niche in playing host to some of the most anticipated vehicle launches for a long time. Not only catering to the audience in the United States, the automotive event reaches out to ...
    Barriers to magnesium proliferation in automotive
    Magnesium has been on the radar of automotive industries for a long time as a suitable material for light weighting. It inherently offers a weight reduction of more than 75% when compared to steel and more than 33% compared to aluminum. It has good ductility, superior noise and vibration dampening c...
    Evolving interior and safety sector of the Indian automotive industry
    As one of the fastest-growing automotive markets in the world, India has significant potential. Poised to be one of the key automotive markets globally, India’s increasing light vehicle production trend is evidence of its expanding automotive industry, which in turn also stimulates automotive comp...
    SupplierInsight Analysis - Issue 1, 2018
    News The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month E-Mobility How are tranmission manufacturers and the wider automotive industry preparing and positioning for impending rise in hybrid demand? Thermal Modest projected adoption by global OEMs is expected ...
    Interior Lighting as a Technology Enabler for Additional Personalization Features
    Lighting is fast becoming one of the most critical elements for car designers to innovate and brand vehicles that attract car customers. Automakers are showing new features in vehicle interior lighting that can be used for both functional and aesthetic purposes. Generally, functional lighting is ...
    Increasing focus on rear-row comfort
    The automotive industry of late has been largely influenced by the term ‘Autonomous,’ which a decade ago was seen mainly as industry-jargon. With stringent efforts being put together to bring higher-levels of autonomy to life, vehicular architecture at a component level has sent the designers ba...
    2018 Consumer Electronics Show – Interior Insights
    As one of the major platforms showcasing consumer technologies from all around the globe, over the years, Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has become one of the most anticipated events across multiple industries. With the inclusion of technology in almost all modern-day automotive applications and de...
    2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Interior Insights
    As one of the most prominent automotive events in the North American calendar, the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show 2017 (from December 1-10) is also grabbing worldwide attention with the debut of some of the most anticipated vehicles globally.  With a host of multiple activities including conf...
    Collaboration within interior suppliers for future development
    Synergy between component suppliers is not a new practice when it comes to the global automotive supply chain. The automotive component industry has witnessed a number of collaborations between suppliers working in tandem to create solutions for a better business outlook. Especially within the inter...
    IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – Interior Insights
    As one of the biggest events on the automotive calendar globally, the International Motor Show Germany (IAA) 2017 (starting on 14th September 2017) served as an ideal platform for the automotive industry to showcase its arsenal. Manifesting the best of present-day technology while also offering acce...
    Impact of autonomous driving on more than just seating
    The idea of ‘self-driving’ vehicles does sound impressive especially when we are able to witness glimpses of this technology in some of the modern day cars with the help of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The fact that we are able to not only imagine but also physically witness this t...
    New seating concepts
    Among varied investment interests from automotive companies and suppliers towards research and development for future products, increasing their technological capabilities remains one of the key areas of investments. At present, the pace at which technology is increasing its penetration in spearhead...
    Interview – IAC’s strategy on lightweighting in interiors
    The level of content added onto vehicle interiors over the last decade has increased at an impressive pace. So much so, that the vehicle interiors of today have scaled up and are seen as a differentiating factor for the majority of the modern-day car buyers, comprising mostly millennials. Now this p...
    New airbag concepts
    Airbags have been one of the pivotal safety elements present on vehicles ever since vehicle safety mechanisms came into existence. Along with seatbelts, introduced after 1950s, airbags arrived a few years later and in some instances were initially marketed as a substitute of safety belts. Carmakers ...
    SupplierInsight Analysis – Issue 3, 2017
    NEWS The key news and events shaping the automotive supply base in the last month.    SOFTWARE On March 13, 2017 Intel announced its acquisition of Mobileye, perhaps the most significant M&A event to date in the autonomous driving sector with significant impact over the next d...
    Growing complexity of automotive interiors
    The way a vehicle’s interior looks today is totally comparable to our personal/home environments, like intelligent living spaces that offer increased comfort and utilise latest gadgets and technology. As consumers have begun associating comfort with luxury, automakers are making efforts to offer c...
    Seven trends affecting suppliers’ business
    Matteo Fini, Senior Manager, Global Component Forecasting, IHS Automotive Over the last few years, there has been a number of overarching megatrends developing in the automotive supplier sector. The way that OEMs conduct their business is changing and this has a huge impact in the way that the...
    New powertrain development and regulation
    For OEMs, trying to balance the myriad demands placed on global powertrain development has never been harder. All major global automotive markets have in place increasingly stringent legislation focused on controlling carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and exhaust gas emissions—such as particulates an...
    EDITORIAL – SupplierBusiness’ most read articles in 2014
    January – Future demand for manual transmissions IHS Automotive took an in depth look at the manual transmission market and where it is heading. Though the technology is at a high state of development, there are still new elements being added. Six is expected to be the ideal number of speeds ...
    Issue 10, 2014
    Could new suppliers shake up the seating systems market? Interview: Andreas Maashoff, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating Suppliers to the VW Passat and Renault Twingo cutaway Mexico’s resurgence continues       &nbs...
    “We are working to reduce the weight of our seating systems ... we are aspiring to reduce the overall seat weight by half.”
    When we last spoke some 18 months ago Johnson Controls had introduced the Synergy Seat Gen 3 which demonstrated your thinking with regard to reducing the weight and complexity of seating systems while maintaining their comfort and safety characteristics. What have been the major developments in this...
    New technologies could overhaul the established order in automotive seating
    The fitment rates for various seat features such as powered and memory functions, lumbar support and massage have been increasing and will continue to do so as vehicle interiors become “smarter”. Much of the technology in today’s seats is electric or electronically driven and can be remotely c...
    Pioneer follows industry trend of focusing on core capabilities to drive future growth
    Earlier this month, Japanese digital entertainment products maker Pioneer formulated new business strategies centered around its in-car connectivity and infotainment business to reinforce its position in the automotive electronics market. The company said in a statement, “Pioneer aims to be a lead...
    Steering system design enters a new age
    The function of a steering system is to accurately guide the vehicle under all driving conditions. When the vehicle is steered, the driver’s intentions are communicated using an intuitive rotational motion of the steering wheel. This motion is translated by the steering system into a wheel cut ang...
    “As a content provider, the OEMs each have their unique way of doing integration. This means we’re more of a neutral third-party broker who brings content into the car.”
    Can you offer some background covering the relationship between Aha and Honda? Honda was our first OEM customer. I think they came on board in 2009 or ’10 and I started working on this in 2011. I think we’ve 10 OEM customers now. Honda was the first to agree to use the system at a time when ...
    Opel Vivaro’s boost to the UK supplier industry
    In recent times, the UK automotive industry, aided by a number of initiatives by the SMMT, the Automotive Council (A body which ensures close co-operation between the UK government and the automotive industry) and the new Automotive Investment Organisation (A unit of UK government industry departmen...
    The changing landscape of the automotive interiors industry
    This year, two leading North American suppliers, Johnson Controls (JCI) and Visteon, took steps to exit their vehicle interiors business. JCI entered into an agreement with China-based Yanfeng Automotive Trims Systems to merge most of assets of their interior business via a joint-venture, in which Y...
    Issue 5, 2014
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    Race in global powertrain market heats up as suppliers look to maintain a technical advantage
    The company will launch these new applications in gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and hybrid powertrains for both light passenger and commercial vehicles. The announcement shows how the race in the global turbochargers market is heating up. The company expects turbochargers’ penetration in vehi...
    Improving the internal combustion engine
    ROUEN, France – Renault is developing a plug-in hybrid and PSA Peugeot-Citroen its Hybrid Air system, but both companies count on improvements to internal combustion engines – particularly those running on petrol  -- to meet future CO2 emission challenges profitably. Studies by PSA Peug...
    Automotive electronics suppliers face a unique set of challenges
    The automotive industry places unusual demands on electronic systems, when compared to the demands of other sectors: Despite the rapidly increasing value content of electronic components in vehicles, they must remain affordable to the consumer. To achieve this, the industry requires relative...
    Suppliers at the Tokyo Motor Show
    AISIN AW CO., LTD. Aisin AW, Japan’s leading automatic transmission manufacturer, displayed its latest two-motor hybrid system. The rear-drive unit was was developed for the 2.5L Toyota Crown Hybrid which went on sale in Japan in December 2012.  Designated ‘AWRHT25’, the system subseq...
    Speech, touch, gestures: New ways drivers will interact with their cars
    The role of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) within today’s cockpit is becoming ever more important. Not only are there increasing concerns over the safety of vehicles and their occupants when there is so much potential for driver distraction resulting from the sheer complexity of the electronics/sa...
    Valeo generates interest in its superchargers
    William Diem Valeo SA has 15 clients interested in its electric supercharger as a way to improve acceleration at low engine speeds, and by the end of the decade Valeo expects to be selling about two million a year. The technology was conceived at Ford Motor Co. more than a decade ago and passed ...
    Johnson Controls looks at gestures
    by William Diem In another decade, drivers might just have to point to a spot on the instrument panel to turn off the radio, or swipe to the right to send an image of the destination map to the passenger, who could examine it to choose a restaurant. And for carmakers, this project from Johns...
    Front-end modules ready to roll
    Today’s front-end module (FEM) includes a structural frame on which can be installed headlamps, auxiliary lights, engine-cooling and energy-absorption systems, air guides, electronic devices and hood latches, as well as various reservoirs and other components. Some integrate the bumper, while othe...
    Where Hella studies the future
    Part of Hella’s success as a small, family-owned business competing with larger, public companies is its strategy of forming joint ventures with partners that bring differing expertise to new projects. The company extends this philosophy to research as well. The L-LAB, a research institute that fo...
    Hybrid growth challenges North American supply base
    Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and BMW are busy scouting for US based companies that can supply much-needed hybrid powertrain components, enabling the automakers to compete with Toyota and Honda in America’s hybrid sweepstakes.Sales of gasoline-electric vehicles are spiking in the United St...
    Questions & Answers
    Dr Karl-Thomas NeumannMember of Executive Board responsible for Automotive Systems, Continental AG You gave a number in your annual report for the effect of steel price rises on your earnings last year, 16m down, is it likely to be more this year, have you got an idea?Actually I can't say any figur...
    Questions & Answers
    Continental has about 30% of its business in North America, the business, particularly in the electronics and the brake and chassis areas, has been growing substantially. SupplierBusiness interviewed William L Kozyra - President & CEO Continental Automotive Systems in August 2005 at Travers...
    Wiring systems – more functions, over fewer metres, at less cost
    A partly preformed engine compartment wiring harness Demand for comfort, convenience and safety features continues to rise, placing ever more strain on the power and data networks in modern cars. At the same time, fewer platforms and more niche variants dictate the need for simplified and modular s...
    Seating – adding value in an increasingly competitive world
    Seating is highly outsourced – 100% in North America and 86% in Europe. In Japan seats are supplied mainly by keiretsu suppliers. Outsourcing has increased recently as there has been a shift in overall responsibility from the OEM to the supplier with regard to market research, design, engineering,...
    Supplying DaimlerChrysler – focus on cost reduction
    Supplier relations at DaimlerChrysler have deteriorated and European suppliers fear there is worse to come. While respondents to the SupplierBusiness.com supplier satisfaction survey have rated all the European-based suppliers surveyed so far (VW, Renault-Nissan, PSA, BMW) as broadly increasingly at...
    Covisint reverses out of auctions
    Only data messaging stands between Covisint and irrelevanceCOVISINT'S EXIT from the reverse auctions business signals a further retreat into portal services and data messaging for the once influential online services provider. These days Covisint has a different business model in mind and the auctio...
    J. D. Power research uncovers North American consumer preferences
    Factory fitted equipment tends to have fewer problems than dealer-fitted systems, according to analysis by J. D. Power.  Analysts found that for sound systems, remote keyless entry systems and security systems new-vehicle owners reported the fewest number of problems with systems installed by t...
    Toyota changes approach to modules and systems
    TOYOTA is finally feeling the pressure to turn to modules and systems developed and assembled by its suppliers. Toyota has been reluctant to turn over much responsibility to suppliers but supplier executives say Toyota's approach is slowly changing. Over the last two years Toyota has begun restructu...
    TRW Automotive – private company, public disclosure
    TRW AUTOMOTIVE is an enigma. Since its acquisition by the Blackstone group in February 2003, the company has become a privately held company, with no publicly traded common stock and no listing on any national exchange. For most companies this often translates into a dearth of operating information ...
    Bosch business model
    Despite the industry slowdown and cost cutting in production investment, Bosch raised its spend on research and development in the automotive division from €1.9bn in 2001 to €2.1bn in 2002. Senior management says that the research and development spending, which has been around 7% of sales, may ...
    Bosch’s new business area
    Bosch is looking to grow a third major new business for the automotive division by the end of the decade – the "sensitive car".The business builds on several areas where Bosch is strong – integrating adaptive cruise control with park assist sensors with engine management systems and chassis cont...
    Diesel market prospects
    Bosch expects sales of diesel equipped cars to grow from 14m  in 2003 to 17m  in 2007 and 20m in 2012. Western Europe is expected to continue to see steady growth from the 40.3% share of registrations in 2002 towards 50% in the next few years. Eastern Europe is also expected to show steady...
    Fehrenbach’s challenge
    Franz FehrenbachBosch CEO"Fehrenbach has a reputation among colleagues as an unpretentious, accessible executive with his feet on the ground" Robert Bosch has been one of the most successful first tier European automotive suppliers in the last decade, solidifying a leading position in ABS into a gl...
    New brake systems introduction stalls
    Wolfgang Chur - Bosch head of automotive sales Chassis systems is Bosch’s second largest division with sales of just under €5bn in 2002. Bosch built its chassis systems business on the success of its electronically controlled Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) systems, launched in the 1970s. The company h...
    Particulate filters spur revolution in diesel exhaust sector
    The fitment of diesel particulate filters (DPFs) is creating a revolution in diesel exhaust systems that is not dissimilar to the revolution in petrol exhaust systems that came with the fitment of catalytic converters. With European diesel share over 40% and rising, and an uptake of diesels forecast...
    Volkswagen raises technology stakes
    Volkswagen is raising the technology stakes for the new vehicles off its PQ35 platform, in particular Audi’s 2003 A3, the VW Touran (both on sale now) and most significantly Golf V, which will debut at the Frankfurt IAA in September. Aisin, BorgWarner and ZF Lenksysteme (ZFLS) are the suppliers mo...
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