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    Rising interest in active dampers despite challenges in achieving precision
    Evolution of active damping systems: The automotive industry is undergoing significant changes driven by safety regulations, emissions standards and consumer demands for comfort. Key trends include a shift to electric mobility, integrated safety features and autonomous driving. This evolution is reshaping the role of active damping systems, which are transitioning from stand-alone to fully integrated and networked systems. As vehicles become more automated, the discomfort and motion sickne...
    How will mainland China’s graphite export curbs impact battery demand
    In an ever-evolving trade war between two of the world’s largest economies, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced on Oct. 20, 2023, that it would deploy a temporary export control measure on graphite, a critical raw material used in manufacturing batteries. The measure was later implemented as a state policy on Dec. 1, 2023. Mainland China’s implementation of the graphite export control policy came about four months after it had announced restrictions on exports of germanium and galliu...
    Toyota recalls over 600,000 vehicles owing to safety concerns
    Over 600,000 Toyota pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the US have been recalled over the past week owing to different issues that could increase the risk of crashes, The New York Times reported on Feb. 27. The first announcement stated that about 280,000 vehicles, including Toyota Tundra, Tundra Hybrid and Lexus LX600 vehicles from the model years (MY) 2022–2024 and Sequoia Hybrid vehicles from MY 2023–2024, were recalled because “certain parts of the transmission may not ...
    Volkswagen, Xpeng sign technical agreement, finalize framework for collaboration
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen Group and China’s electric carmaker Xpeng Motors have signed a technical cooperation agreement for joint development of platforms and software, achieving another important milestone in their strategic partnership, the two companies said in a joint announcement on Feb. 29. Significance: The Volkswagen Group and Xpeng Motors had first announced their strategic partnership in July 2023. The strategic alliance with Xpeng Motors is part of Volkswagen’s la...
    Nissan outlines plan to commercialize autonomous-drive services in Japan
    In a press release on Feb. 28, Nissan Motor has outlined a roadmap to commercialize its in-house developed autonomous-drive mobility services in Japan, to address mobility challenges faced by local communities due to an aging population. The company plans to begin offering autonomous-drive services in fiscal year 2027, working with third parties such as local authorities and transport operators. Nissan will conduct trials in the Minato Mirai, Japan, area in fiscal 2024, gradually increasing the ...
    Volvo's Accident Ahead Alert feature to debut in Denmark, expanding safety net for drivers
    Volvo Cars has introduced a new connected safety feature called the Accident Ahead Alert, which uses real-time data from traffic management centers to alert drivers of accidents ahead. The feature will be available in compatible Volvo cars in Europe, starting in Denmark, and will help drivers avoid collisions and traffic congestion caused by an accident ahead, the automaker said in a press release on Feb. 29. The feature uses Volvo's cloud-based connected safety technology, which was introduc...
    Suzuki reaches production milestone of 4 million vehicles in Hungary
    Suzuki, through its subsidiary Magyar Suzuki Corp. Ltd. in Hungary, has achieved an accumulated production of 4 million automobiles on Feb. 8. The company started production in October 1992 with the Swift model and has since produced various other models, including the WagonR+, Swift and Splash, the company said in a press release on Feb. 29. Currently, Magyar Suzuki produces two models, the Vitara and the S-Cross. The 4 million-unit milestone was achieved in 31 years and five month...
    Subaru, Dell partner to enhance driver safety with AI, storage tech
    Subaru Corp. is collaborating with Dell Technologies to enhance driver safety through the development of next-generation AI technology powered by Dell PowerScale storage systems. The collaboration aims to improve driver safety through the integration of AI and high-performance storage, with Subaru leveraging Dell PowerScale to store, manage and use a vast amount of data to advance the development of its next-generation EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, a PRNewswire release on Feb. 29 stated....
    Škoda Octavia offers more sustainable options, including recycled fabrics
    Škoda has announced that the updated Octavia model comes with enhanced and sustainable interiors, in a press release dated Feb. 14. It now offers nine interior design selections, featuring an increased use of sustainable materials. For the first time, the Octavia is available with a 13-inch central infotainment display, and USB-C ports now provide 45 W of charging power, which is three times more than before. The Kessy keyless entry system has been improved for more convenient opening and lo...
    Canadian graphite supplier NMG closes $50 million in tranche-1 investment from GM, Panasonic
    Canadian graphite supplier Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. (NMG) announced Feb. 28 that it has successfully raised the equity investment of $50 million in accordance with the subscription agreements signed with Panasonic Holdings Corp. and General Motors Holdings LLC on Feb. 14. NMG had announced on Feb. 15 that it signed deals with Panasonic and GM to supply both with graphite, a critical material used in producing battery anodes, from its Phase-2 operations in return for an equity investment of...
    iPhone-maker Apple calls off its electric car project
    US multinational technology and software company Apple has called off work on the development of its electric car project, about a decade after the iPhone-maker had first kicked off the project, according to a news report published by Reuters on Feb. 28. The report cited a source familiar with the developments at Apple. Citing another Bloomberg News report, the Reuters report further stated that Apple plans to shift several employees working on the electric car project to its AI division. ...
    Chrysler to recall 338,238 Jeeps in US, says NHTSA
    Chrysler, a Stellantis-owned brand, is recalling 338,238 Jeeps in the US over an issue that might result in the loss of vehicle control, Reuters reported Feb. 29, quoting the US safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Dealers will replace the upper control arm pinch bolts free of charge in impacted vehicles, the NHTSA said. The report quoting the NHTSA further said that the upper control arm ball joint and steering knuckle might separate and ...
    BMW offers unlimited data plan for in-vehicle Wi-Fi and infotainment in France and Germany
    BMW customers in France and Germany can now activate a Personal eSIM in their vehicles to access additional infotainment features and Wi-Fi connectivity through a partnership with Ubigi. The service is available for BMW vehicles with BMW Operating System 8, 8.5 and 9, and enables in-vehicle WiFi-Hotspot, first-row video streaming services and entertainment powered by Amazon Fire TV. The cost of the service is €10 per month for unlimited data allowance. According to Céline Laurent-Winter, v...
    Hyundai plans to commence production at Metaplant America in Q4 2024
    The US arm of South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. plans to officially commence production operations at the Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America (HMGMA) by the fourth quarter of 2024, with official opening of the facility targeted for the first quarter of 2025, Hyundai Motor America announced Feb. 26. The start of production was previously scheduled for the first quarter of 2025. The HMGMA is Hyundai Motor Group’s first dedicated electric vehicle mass production plant, located in Brya...
    Honda CR-V e:FCEV, US’ first production plug-in hydrogen fuel-cell EV
    Honda has revealed the 2025 Honda CR-V e:FCEV, the first US-made production plug-in hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) on Feb. 27. The company said that the FCEV will be available for customer leasing in California, US, beginning later this 2024. The CR-V e:FCEV is built at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, and is the only fuel-cell electric passenger vehicle made in the US. The vehicle is co-developed with General Motors (GM) and deploys the next-gene...
    Verizon and KDDI partner to support connected car services for Afeela's EV
    Verizon and KDDI have partnered to provide connected car capabilities to Afeela's first mass-produced electric vehicle in the US, according to an official press release dated Feb. 26. Afeela, a new brand of Sony Honda Mobility, is set to launch its mass-produced model in 2025, with deliveries starting in North America in the spring of 2026. Through this partnership, Verizon's 5G and 4G LTE networks, along with KDDI's Global Communications Platform, will support car connectivity and enable a...
    Kia recalls 4,358 Seltos units over potential oil pump issue
    Kia India has initiated a voluntary recall of 4,358 units of the Kia Seltos owing to a potential error in the electronic oil pump controller, which may impact the performance of the electronic oil pump in the sport utility vehicle's (SUV's) continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox. The affected models were manufactured between Feb. 28 and July 13, 2023. Kia is proactively reaching out to customers and replacing the faulty part in the affected models. This recall is the lates...
    Michelin, Enviro and Antin finalize investment plan for first end-of-life tire-recycling plant in Sweden, creating 40 green jobs
    Majority shareholder Antin, minority shareholder Michelin and Enviro, which has the option to become a significant minority shareholder, have finalized a shared investment plan for the construction of the first end-of-life tire-recycling plant in Uddevalla, Sweden. The plant will be based on Enviro's unique pyrolysis technology and will have the capacity to recycle approximately 35,000 metric tons of used tires annually, creating up to 40 green jobs in the local community. The joint venture h...
    Cadillac Lyriq qualifies for $7,500 federal tax credit under US IRA
    The Cadillac Lyriq, General Motors' (GM's) luxury-car brand’s first electric vehicle, has once again become eligible for the $7,500 federal government clean-vehicle tax incentive, according to a news report published by The Detroit News on Feb. 21. The EV model had lost the eligibility for federal tax credits after the US government released new foreign entity of concern (FEOC) requirements in December 2023. The new FEOC requirements, which are imposed on top of the existing requirements un...
    Fiat plans to expand car lineup as part of its renewed global growth strategy
    Italian carmaker Fiat, owned by Stellantis, plans to launch multiple new models across different body types, derived by its popular Panda brand in an attempt to expand and consolidate its global reach, Fiat CEO Olivier Francois announced via Fiat’s official YouTube channel on Feb. 25. “Panda will start a whole new family,” Francois said, adding that the new concepts derived from Fiat’s best-selling car in Italy will be based on Stellantis’ multi-energy platform. Fiat leads in com...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 26 February 2024
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    Tesla to fix software in 8,700 vehicles in China product recall ‒ report
    China's market regulator said that Tesla Inc. would fix software in 8,700 vehicles to reduce the chance of accidents, according to a Reuters report on Feb. 24.  The action involving 1,071 imported Model S and Model X, and 7,629 China-produced Model 3, is described as a product recall under Chinese regulations, the regulator said. It was not immediately clear if drivers might need, or would be eligible, to return vehicles to Tesla for refunds. The report stated that some vehicles falli...
    Audi enhances Q2 models with comprehensive technology upgrade, including high-resolution display and advanced safety features
    Audi has announced an enhancement to its Q2 models, which will now come standard with a comprehensive technology upgrade of its infotainment system. The new system includes a high-resolution 8.8-inch multimedia interface (MMI) touch display, the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch instrument display and the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. Additionally, safety features such as traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning and rear-park assist have been added to the standard equi...
    Hyundai Motor plans to invest $1.1 billion in Brazil by 2032, with focus on technology, green hydrogen
    South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest more than $1.1 billion in Brazil by 2032 to focus on green hydrogen and other futuristic technologies, according to a press note released by the company on Feb. 23. Hyundai Motor Executive Chair Euisun Chung is currently visiting Brazil and has met with the country’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. President Lula, Vice President and Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil Geraldo José Rodrigues Alckmin Filho, and ...
    Canada’s NMG, General Motors agree to sign offtake agreement on supply of anode active materials
    Canada-based supplier of anode active materials (AAM) for batteries, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. (NMG) and General Motors Holdings LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Co. (GM), have agreed to sign a supply agreement where NMG will supply the US automaker with 18,000 metric tons of AAM output per annum, NMG announced Feb. 15. To complement to the supply agreement, NMG and GM have entered into a subscription agreement where GM has committed to make an equity investment of US$1...
    Ecarx Cloudpeak software stack powers Volvo EX30's infotainment and ADAS features
    Ecarx has developed and deployed its Ecarx Cloudpeak digital cockpit software stack for automotive manufacturers as they work on software-defined vehicles, it said in a press release dated Feb. 22. The software stack is designed to provide global automotive original equipment manufacturers with an intelligent foundation for state-of-the-art infotainment and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). One of the first applications of Ecarx Cloudpeak is Volvo EX30, a fully electric sport utility...
    INTERVIEW: Nvidia's perspective on digital twins powered by AI
    In this S&P Global Mobility interview, Danny Shapiro, vice president Automotive of Nvidia, discusses the application and benefits of digital-twins technology (virtual copies of material objects), providing real-world examples of original equipment manufacturers using Nvidia's Omniverse platform to create digital twins of their factories. He also highlights the role of AI in improving human-robot collaboration in manufacturing environments. Shapiro underlines the importance of high-fidelity s...
    BMW recalls nearly 80,000 vehicles in US over potential brake-system malfunction
    According to a filing on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA's) website on Feb. 21, BMW is recalling 79,670 vehicles over an issue with braking. The integrated brake (IB) system may malfunction and result in a loss of power-brake assist, or cause the antilock brake (ABS) and dynamic stability control (DSC) systems to not function properly. A loss of power-brake assist can extend the distance required to stop the vehicle, and malfunctioning of the ABS and/or DSC systems ...
    Stellantis plans to commence EV production at Luton, UK, plant from 2025
    Stellantis plans to commence the production of its medium-size electric vans at its Luton-based manufacturing plant in the UK from the first half of 2025, the vehicle manufacturer announced Feb. 22. Significance: The company said that it aims to begin limited production of the group’s all-electric, medium-size vans from spring 2025 at its Luton factory, making the facility the second Stellantis plant in the UK to manufacture electric vehicles, and contributing to meet the growing deman...
    Mainland China’s JAC Yiwei begins shipping sodium-ion battery-powered EVs
    Hefei, China-based automaker JAC Group has commenced shipping its sodium-ion battery-powered electric vehicles under its Yiwei brand to Central and South America, according to a news report published by automotive news website CarNewsChina on Feb. 21. The report said that JAC has shipped the first batch of 10,000 Yiwei EVs to Central and South America. The shipment includes 5,000 Yiwei 3 and 5,000 E10X Huaxianzi sodium-ion battery-powered electric hatchbacks. The JAC Yiwei E10X Huaxia...
    Toyota begins production of 2.4-liter turbo gasoline engine for Tacoma pickup trucks in the US
    Toyota has commenced the production of its i-Force 2.4-liter turbo gasoline engine for the all-new Tacoma pickup truck in the US, the company announced Feb. 21. It said that the commencement of production operations on its new engine assembly line is part of its previous investment of $222 million. According to the company, the i-Force 2.4-liter turbo engine line marks the plant’s sixth building expansion and brings Toyota Alabama’s total investment to $1.5 billion. In 2023, the plant ach...
    VinFast to break ground on its integrated EV plant in Tamil Nadu, India, in February
    Vietnamese electric-vehicle maker VinFast Auto plans to break ground on its first EV factory in India on Feb. 25, the company announced Feb. 21. It said that its integrated EV manufacturing plant will come up at a site in Thoothukudi City in Tamil Nadu, a southern Indian state. It can be recalled that VinFast had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Tamil Nadu on Jan. 6 to set up an EV plant in the state. The company plans to invest $500 million in the f...
    Toyota recalls 280,000 vehicles due to transmission problem
    Toyota has announced a recall of nearly 280,000 vehicles in the US owing to a transmission problem that can cause the cars to roll forward while in neutral. According to an Associated Press report dated Feb. 22, the recall affects some model year (MY) 2022 Toyota Tundra pickups and Lexus LX 600 sport utility vehicles (SUVs), as well as MY 2023 and 2024 Toyota Sequoia SUVs. The issue involves certain parts of the transmission not immediately disengaging when the vehicle is shifted to neutral, ...
    Volkswagen Group joins Avanci 5G Vehicle licensing program, expanding the reach for patent holders and licensees
    Avanci, the independent global leader in joint licensing solutions, has announced that all car, bus and truck manufacturing brands in the Volkswagen Group are now participating as licensees in the Avanci 5G Vehicle licensing program. The program builds on the success of Avanci 4G Vehicle, which already covers over 150 million connected vehicles on the world's roads from almost 100 automotive brands.  According to Laurie Fitzgerald, president at Avanci Vehicle, the addition of the Volk...
    Stellantis Pro One begins deliveries of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to Hysetco in Europe
    Stellantis Pro One, the Commercial Vehicle business unit of Stellantis, has commenced the delivery of a fleet of Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen, an electric van powered by hydrogen fuel cell as standard, to French startup Hysetco, Stellantis announced Feb. 19. These hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric vans will be offered to professionals as part of the Hysetco package, which includes all associated services such as servicing, maintenance and repairs, insurance, replacement vehicles, administrativ...
    Xpeng announces expansion plans in Chinese auto market
    Xpeng has announced plans to hire 4,000 new employees in 2024 and invest heavily in AI. The company aims to navigate what it describes as a fiercely competitive landscape in the world's largest auto market, as reported by Automotive News on Feb. 19. The addition of 4,000 employees would mark a 25% increase in Xpeng's workforce, which stood at 15,829 at the end of 2022. CEO He Xiaopeng revealed that the company will allocate 3.5 billion yuan (about $486.36 million) toward AI research a...
    Li Auto plans to set up over 10,000 supercharging stations by 2025 across mainland China
    Chinese electric-vehicle maker Li Auto plans to set up a network of more than 10,000 supercharging stations by 2025 across mainland China, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on Feb. 18. Citing a leaked company document, CnEVPost said that Li Auto plans to see a threefold growth in the network of its supercharging stations by 2025, as its first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) model is set to be launched in March. The company disclosed at 2023's Shanghai auto show that it p...
    Volkswagen plans to invest $1 billion at its Puebla plant in Mexico to expand EV production
    Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen plans to invest $1 billion in a second round of investments at its existing plant in Puebla, Mexico, according to a news report published by the Mexico News Daily on Feb. 19. The report cited a joint announcement made by the company along with state government officials on Feb. 16. The second round of investment at Puebla is expected to help VW boost electric vehicle production, the report said, adding that the 300-hectare facility is VW's largest factor...
    Mercedes-Benz sells stake in Russian truck-maker Kamaz
    Mercedes-Benz Group has sold its stake in Russia's largest truck-maker, Kamaz. The German carmaker, which did not disclose the price of the transaction or the buyer, said the deal was completed in February after securing all necessary regulatory approvals, Reuters reported on Feb. 15. Mercedes-Benz AG, which at the time was Daimler AG, took over a 15% stake in Kamaz from Daimler Truck in September 2021 with a view to return it to Daimler Truck after the truck-maker was spun off from the ...
    GM halts sales of new Colorado, Canyon pickups owing to software issue
    General Motors has issued a stop-sale order for new 2024 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks owing to a potential software issue. The issue was identified during the vehicle validation process, and a fix has been implemented into vehicles that are currently shipping to dealers. The stop-sale order is not related to any safety issue and is expected to be quickly lifted. The software issue affects as many as 15,000 units. In 2023, GM implemented new software testing and quality processes f...
    Volkswagen signs agreement with Mahindra & Mahindra to supply components from MEB platform
    Volkswagen Group and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) have signed their first supply agreement on components of Volkswagen's modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, the two companies said in a joint announcement on Feb. 16. The components sourced from VW will be used by M&M in its purpose-built electric platform named Inglo. Significance: Almost 18 months after M&M and the VW Group had signed a term sheet on the supply of MEB electric components intended for use in the for...
    New Nissan Juke features updated interior
    Nissan has unveiled the new Juke model with a new interior, in a press release dated Feb. 14. The N-Sport grade interior features a matching yellow highlight that is boomerang-shaped and runs across the top of the instrument panel, framing the base of the new central infotainment screen and finishing at the air-vents. The seats are made of yellow recycled Alcantara material. The base and seat upright are quilted in a distinctive pattern, while "Juke" is embossed at shoulder-height on the seat...
    Volkswagen to merge New Mobility and Technical Development divisions from April 1
    Continuing to restructure its global operations, Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen announced Jan. 29 that the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is trimming its board of management and that its New Mobility and Technical Development (TE) divisions will be brought together with effect from April 1, under the leadership of Board Member for Technical Development Kai Grünitz. Meanwhile, Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand board member for New Mobility since 2022, has been named the Volkswage...
    Peugeot integrates ChatGPT in I-Cockpit
    Peugeot has integrated ChatGPT AI into its vehicles, it said in a press release dated Feb. 16. This technology is integrated into the i-Cockpit and can be activated via the voice assistant OK Peugeot. ChatGPT can answer any question and offers services including engaging in conversations. The technology has learned from a large amount of data and can provide sophisticated, accurate and concise responses. By introducing ChatGPT into its cars, Peugeot enhances the experience of the voice assist...
    Stellantis unveils new Lancia Ypsilon featuring advanced driver assistance systems
    Stellantis has unveiled the New Lancia Ypsilon, a fully electric version available in Italy in 1,906 numbered and certified units, featuring Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), according to a press release on Feb. 14. It also features S.A.L.A., a virtual and intelligent interface that includes the essential parameters to create a comfortable driving experience, in perfect Lancia style. In Italian, "sala" means living room, but in this case it stands for Soun...
    Volkswagen-backed Scout Motors breaks ground on its SUV factory in South Carolina, US
    Volkswagen’s US-bound sport utility vehicle (SUV) unit Scout Motors Inc., formed to build the next generation of all-electric trucks and rugged SUVs, broke ground on its production center in Blythewood, SC, Scout Motors announced Feb. 15. The site spans approximately 1,600 acres, with the plant expected to be built on 1,100 acres. Bordered by I-77 and Blythewood Road, the strategic location is less than 20 miles north of Columbia, SC, and near major cities and talent hubs such as Charleston...
    Mitsubishi Corp. to set up car dealer network in India ‒ report
    Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp. will enter the car sales business in India in 2024, taking a stake of more than 30% in an Indian company that operates car dealerships in the South Asian nation, according to a Nikkei Asia report dated Feb. 19. Under the deal, TVS Mobility, a major car sales company in India, will spin off its car sales business, and Mitsubishi will take an interest of more than 30% in the new company. Mitsubishi's investment, which would take effect after it obtains...
    Hyundai Motor expands its ultrafast-charging network in India
    South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor’s Indian subsidiary plans to expand its ultrafast public charging network across key highways and cities in India, the company announced Feb. 15. In a press note issued last week, Hyundai said that it has expanded its electric vehicle charging network to a total of 11 ultrafast-charging stations, with each having three charging points. Each EV charging station offers one charging point each of 150-kW, 60-kW and 30-kW capacity, as part of the carmaker’s ...
    AutoTechInsight Weekly – 19 February 2024
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    Audi appoints Massimo Frascella as new head of Design
    Luxury-auto maker Audi has announced Massimo Frascella as its new chief creative officer to guide the brand's design toward new heights of innovation and distinction. Audi has recently restructured its Design department to report directly to the chairman of the board of management, and Frascella will be responsible for setting the course for the coming generations of Audi models.  The company's goal is to make "Vorsprung durch Technik" (Advantage through Technology) visible and tang...
    Volkswagen Group Components opens competence center for large castings in Kassel, Germany
    Volkswagen Group Components has opened a large casting competence center in Kassel, Germany, the company announced Feb. 14. The large-scale castings are going to be a key technology for structural components of the VW group's future all-electric platforms. According to the company, the new large casting competence center marks an important milestone in the strategic direction that it is taking to develop electric vehicles in the future. By investing in state-of-the-art technologies, the new c...
    Ford opens new propulsion development laboratory in the UK
    Ford Motor Co. has opened a new propulsion development laboratory at its UK headquarters in Essex, the company announced Feb. 14. The £24 million facility was inaugurated by UK Transport Minister Anthony Browne Member of Parliament (MP) as part of a site-wide tour and hands-free, feet-free drive of the Ford Mustang Mach-E with BlueCruise, the company said. The company added that the minister saw electric vehicle powertrain components intensively tested with speeds and loads to accelerat...
    BMW i Ventures invests in direct-to-device satellite connectivity service provider Skylo
    BMW i Ventures has invested $37 million in Skylo Technologies, a provider of direct-to-device satellite connectivity services, it said in a press release dated Feb. 13. The funding round also saw participation from Intel Capital, Innovation Endeavors, Samsung Catalyst Fund, Seraphim Space and Next47. Skylo’s solution enables always-on, always-connected communication for various industries, including consumer, automotive, agriculture, energy, transportation and more. Skylo has already launch...
    Chinese carmaker BYD plans to set up an EV factory in Mexico
    Chinese carmaker BYD is evaluating the possibility of setting up an electric vehicle plant in Mexico as part of its aggressive global expansion plan, which includes selling cars in the US, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on Feb. 14. The report cited news agency Nikkei Asia as the original source of the story. Citing BYD Mexico Country Manager Zou Zhou, the report said that BYD views Mexico as a key market that offers vast potential, including the possibility of building an EV...
    Powersoft partners with Ferrari for innovative audio solutions to enable efficient driving experience
    Powersoft, a global technology leader in audio amplification systems, has announced a technology partnership with Ferrari, an Italian automotive company known for its high-performance sports cars. The partnership aims to develop innovative audio solutions that enhance the driving experience, while minimizing energy consumption and offering benefits in efficiency, reliability and sound quality. Both companies share a commitment to excellence, innovation and a passion for engineering and...
    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...
    Ionna receives approval from regulatory authorities, begins charging services in North America
    Ionna, the joint venture formed by seven leading carmakers such as BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis to focus on building one of the largest fast charging networks across North America last year, has finally received the necessary approvals from the regulatory authorities to commence operations, the charge point operator (CPO) announced on February 9. It can be recalled that in July 2023, the said seven carmakers came together to set up a country-wide EV ...
    Stellantis plans to add production capacity at its electric drive module plant in Hungary
    Stellantis N.V. plans to increase production capacity of electric drive modules (EDMs) by adding production at its Szentgotthard plant in Hungary, the company announced on February 12. It said that the vehicle manufacturer is investing €103 million at its Szentgotthard facility and the expanded capacity will see production in late 2026. The total investments include grants and contributions from the Hungarian government, it added. Apart from the said site, Stellantis has leveraged Tremer...
    Avanci announces 5G vehicle license agreement with General Motors
    Avanci, the independent global leader in joint licensing solutions said it has signed a 5G Vehicle license agreement with General Motors, extending the two companies’ existing relationship to the next generation of connected vehicles. By signing this latest agreement with Avanci, 5G connected vehicles from the General Motors family of brands will be licensed to 5G, 4G, 3G, and 2G essential patents of the more than 60 patent holders participating in the Avanci 5G Vehicle program today, as we...
    Renault, Geely expect to finalize engines tie-up this month ‒ report
    According to a Reuters report dated Feb.9, French carmaker Renault and Chinese rival Geely are expected to finalize a joint venture for their combustion and hybrid engines toward the end of February, two sources close to the matter told Reuters. At the same time, Saudi Aramco is set to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding to invest in the venture, one of the sources said, a move that would confirm Aramco's letter of intent from March last year. Renault's unit Horse and Geely ...
    Tata Motors joins hands with UN-Backed LeadIT initiative to net zero emissions transition
    Indian automaker Tata Motors has partnered with the Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT), a global alliance launched by the governments of Sweden and India at the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019. As a member of LeadIT, Tata Motors will be able to harness the power of global best practices, influence policy-making, and together with other members strengthen its climate action plans, thereby accelerating its transition toward net-zero emissions, said a report in Autocar Pro...
    Toyota Motor North America announces executive changes
    Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) on Feb. 12 announced executive changes designed to drive continued growth, advance its commitment to vehicle electrification and prepare for the future of mobility. The following manufacturing changes are effective immediately. The automaker promoted Kevin Voelkel to senior vice president, vehicle plants. In this position, he will be responsible for overseeing North American vehicle production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Baja California (TMMBC), Canada (TMM...
    Hyundai selects JPMorgan, Citi to accelerate $3 billion India IPO – report
    According to a report published by Reuters on Feb. 9, Hyundai Motor has enlisted the expertise of investment bankers JPMorgan and Citi to guide its forthcoming India IPO, which is anticipated to surpass $3 billion in value. Hyundai issued a statement indicating that there were no additional updates available at this time. The company referred back to its earlier announcement, stressing that the decision regarding the India listing remained undecided. Hyundai assured that it would provide furt...
    Lacroix begins production of bidirectional EV charging stations for Renault-backed Mobilize
    Lacroix, an expert in the design and manufacture of connected equipment and solutions, has begun producing the Mobilize PowerBox terminal, which is a smart, connected, secure and bidirectional charging station, at its Symbiose electronics plant located in Beaupréau-en-Mauges (Maine-et-Loire, France) with an initial capacity of 65,000 units per annum, Mobilize announced Feb. 8. Mobilize PowerBox is an EV charging solution that adapts to all electrical installations, single-phase or three-phas...
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    BorgWarner to supply electric motor components to mainland Chinese EV maker XPeng Motors
    BorgWarner announced on Feb. 8 that it has begun producing an eMotor rotor and stator to be supplied to mainland Chinese EV maker XPeng Motors. It said that these electric motor components will be used by XPeng on its X9 MPV as well as its next electric B-class sedan, with start of production planned for the third quarter of 2024. According to BorgWarner, the high-voltage hairpin (HVH) 220 eMotor offers high power and torque density, and higher efficiency at a competitive cost, as well as an ...
    BorgWarner signs strategic agreement with BYD’s FinDreams to produce LFP battery packs
    BorgWarner Inc. has signed a strategic agreement with FinDreams Battery, a subsidiary of BYD Company Limited, wherein it will be the only localized manufacturer that is not an original equipment manufacturer with rights to localize lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) battery packs for commercial vehicles. This agreement will utilize FinDreams Battery blade cells in Europe, the Americas and select regions of Asia-Pacific, BorgWarner announced on Feb. 8. The duration of BorgWarner’s agreement with B...
    General Motors hires ex-Tesla battery expert Kurt Kelty as vice president of batteries
    General Motors (GM) hired Kurt Kelty, a globally recognized battery expert and former Tesla executive, as the vice president of batteries, which is a newly created role, the carmaker announced on Feb. 8. Kelty will report to GM President Mark Reuss, the company said in a statement Thursday. Kelty’s appointment comes at a time when the US legacy carmaker is investing in new technologies, exploring new battery chemistries and expanding production capacity while transitioning to become a fu...
    Kia America partners with LexisNexis Telematics Exchange to offer personalized driving scores to Kia Connect customers
    LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a leading provider of data and analytics for the insurance and automotive industries joins hands with Kia America, Inc. ("Kia") for a strategic agreement to make Kia connected-vehicle data available to US auto insurers via the LexisNexis® Telematics Exchange. Connectivity has been at the core of improving the driving experience for Kia. Now taking it one step further, this integration will allow eligible customers who have enrolled in Kia Connect Services to opt in...
    Nikola to integrate what3words location solution
    Nikola Corporation, a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy supply and infrastructure solutions, via the HYLA brand, becomes the first commercial vehicle in North America to integrate what3words, a precise location technology for its customers in the accuracy of their addresses, ensuring timely deliveries and an exceptional customer experience, according to a company press release on Feb. 7. What3words provides an easy way to identify precise locations, dividing the globe ...
    VinFast recalls 6,000 units in Vietnam to replace switch
    Vietnam's electric vehicle (EV) maker VinFast is recalling nearly 6,000 of its VF 5 cars sold in the domestic market to replace the combination switch, Reuters reported on Feb. 6 quoting the company. The vehicles being recalled were manufactured from March to December 2023, the company said in a statement, adding only one vehicle sold on the market was recorded with the switch error and no incidents have occurred. VinFast discovered during tests that the front lights on some VF 5 Plus vehi...
    Volvo Cars to establish mobility innovation center for emerging technologies
    Volvo Cars is launching the Mobility Innovation Destination Torslanda, a test bed for automotive development, near its Gothenburg, Sweden, operations, it said in a press release dated Feb. 7. The initiative builds on the company’s electrification journey and advancement of its next-generation premium electric cars. The innovation center will allow Volvo Cars to test emerging technologies such as wireless car charging, vehicle-to-grid bidirectional charging, and self-driving capabilities in ...
    Ford plans to offer complimentary Tesla Supercharger adapter to eligible EV customers
    US automaker Ford Motor Co. plans to offer a complimentary fast-charging adapter to its customers to help them get access to Tesla’s Supercharging network across the US and Canada, the company said Jan. 31. Confirming the same, Ford President and CEO Jim Farley tweeted, “When we announced that Ford EVs would get access to Tesla Superchargers, I said we'd send customers a fast-charging adapter. I'm pleased to confirm that eligible Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning owners in the US and Can...
    Toyota to infuse another $1.3 billion at Kentucky, US, plant to add EV, battery-assembly capacity
    Japanese carmaker Toyota plans to invest an additional $1.3 billion at its flagship Kentucky, US, facility for future electrification efforts, including assembly of an all-new, three-row battery-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) for the US market, the company announced Feb. 6. According to Toyota, the newly earmarked outlay brings the plant’s total investment to nearly $10 billion and reinforces the carmaker’s commitment to high-quality vehicles and long-term job stability. Toyota s...
    Munich court confirms Sono Motors’ bankruptcy
    Sono Motors GmbH, the Munich-based solar technology company and subsidiary of Sono Group NV, announced Feb. 7 that the insolvency court of the local court of Munich has confirmed its insolvency and restructuring plan, as well as the closing of its recently announced investor deal with YA II PN Ltd. (Yorkville), both important milestones in the company's successful navigation toward restructuring and its imminent exit from its self-administration proceedings. Notably, closing of the Yorkv...
    General Motors, LG Chem sign $19 billion cathode material supply deal
    South Korean battery-materials company LG Chem has signed a 25 trillion won (about $19 billion) deal with US carmaker General Motors to supply the latter with battery cathode materials, LG Chem announced Feb. 7. The new long-term supply contract follows a comprehensive agreement between the two companies in July 2022. This supply contract strengthens the cooperation between the two companies and specifies a portion of the agreed volume, LG Chem said. With the new cathode material supply co...
    BYD plans to launch self-developed Urban NOA in March
    According to recent reports from domestic media, BYD is set to launch the first batch of its Urban Navigation (also known as Urban NOA) on March 30, Pandaily reported Feb. 7. Among the current lineup of over 20 models, the Denza N7 will be the earliest model to incorporate advanced intelligent driving features. In mid-January, the Denza N7 already introduced highway navigate on autopilot (NOA) and expanded its coverage to 46 cities. The initial rollout of BYD City Pilot is expected to inclu...
    GM issues recall for 300,000 vehicles owing to tailgate problem
    General Motors issued a recall for its heavy-duty trucks involving the Chevy Silverado, and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups spanning from 2020 to current 2024 models. In addition to the recall, the automaker has ordered a stop-sale for current trucks on dealer lots until they can be repaired. The issue causing the recall stems from the power lock and release function included in trucks with manual tailgates. The recall makes specific notice that trucks with other tailgates are not...
    Argus delivers multiple automotive cybersecurity products and services to Fisker
    Argus Cyber Security announced that it has delivered several cybersecurity products and services to Fisker, in a press release dated Feb. 7. Fisker has achieved type-approval certification for its Fisker Ocean all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) product line using Argus’ controller area network (CAN) Intrusion Detection and Prevention System (CAN IDPS). The certification meets global directives such as UNR 155 and Chinese GB/T standards, which require original equipment manufacturers...
    Foresight successfully completes project with prominent Japanese vehicle manufacturer
    In a press release on Feb. 5, Foresight Autonomous announced the successful completion of two proof of concept (POC) projects with a leading Japanese vehicle manufacturer. The initiation of these projects was reported by the company on Aug. 14, 2023. The vehicle manufacturer, currently employing stereo cameras in its advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), evaluated the accuracy of Foresight’s unique automatic calibration capabilities to enhance 3D depth perception. Following satisfactor...
    BYD to build an EV factory in Hungary, to commence operations within three years
    Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD plans to build an electric car manufacturing plant in Hungary and has initiated the preliminary phase of its planned state-of-the-art production facility with the signing of the preliminary sales and purchase agreement with government officials, the company announced Jan. 31. BYD said that its advanced EV manufacturing plant will be built in Szeged, in the southeast of Hungary, and will be dedicated to catering the European market. Interestingly, t...
    Stellantis exploring sale of anonymized data packages to service providers – report
    Automaker Stellantis is in discussions with customers about offering anonymized data packages from its vehicles to service providers, quoting a company executive confirming an earlier report in German media outlet WELT, Reuters said in a Feb. 6 report. The carmaker is currently in talks with customers over securing their consent, said Sanjiv Ghate, head of the Responsible Business unit at Stellantis, Mobilisights. The types of data that could be sold include information on how an electric car...
    Audi cuts output at Brussels plant due to parts shortage
    German automaker Volkswagen's car brand Audi has reduced output at its Brussels plant, where it produces the Q8 e-tron model, for at least two weeks due to component shortages, quoting the company’s spokesperson, according to a Reuters report on Feb. 6. The carmaker was "deciding from week to week" when production would return to full capacity, the spokesperson said, confirming an earlier report in German auto publication Automobilwoche. On Feb. 5, Automobilwoche reported that Audi plann...
    Honda recalls 750,000 US vehicles over airbag defect
    Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. said it was recalling 750,000 vehicles in the US over a defect involving airbags that could deploy unintentionally during a crash. The front passenger seat weight sensor may crack and short circuit, failing to suppress the airbag as intended, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Feb. 6. Dealers will replace the seat weight sensors. The recall includes certain Honda Pilot, Accord and Civic vehicles from the 2020–2022 model year...
    BYD-FAW battery JV FAW-FinDreams begins production of battery packs in mainland China
    FAW-FinDreams, a BYD-FAW joint venture company focused on electric vehicle batteries, has commenced production operations and is scheduled to supply battery packs for EVs positioned under FAW’s Hongqi brand, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on Feb. 2. The JV battery plant is located in Changchun, Jilin, in northeast China, which is also FAW's headquarters. The batteries at the said factory went into production on Feb. 2, the report said, citing a statement by FAW-FinDre...
    BYD partners Raizen Power to set up 600 new DC charging sites across Brazil
    Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD has signed a partnership agreement with Brazilian energy company Raizen Power to build an EV charging network across Brazil, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on Feb. 5. Citing a press note from the company, the news report mentioned that BYD and Raizen Power entered a strategic partnership on Feb. 2 to build 600 new DC charging stations in Brazil, adding 18 MW of installed capacity. Notably, Raizen Power is a subsidiary company of energy m...
    Škoda invests in new training facilities to enhance technical skills of workforce in robotics and automation
    Škoda Auto is investing approximately €1 million in new training facilities at its Kvasiny, Czech Republic, site to enhance the technical skills of its workforce in robotics and automation. The automaker said it is committed to broadening its technical training offering at its second-largest Czech site, with a focus on cutting-edge production processes and advanced training for employees. The investment includes state-of-the-art training facilities with two classrooms for theoret...
    Chiyoda, Toyota to collaborate on efficient hydrogen production system
    Chiyoda Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. have agreed to collaborate on developing a large-scale electrolysis system and forming a strategic partnership. The goal is to contribute to achieving the Japanese government's targets for hydrogen production through the development of a highly efficient and compact electrolysis system, according to a press release on Feb. 5. The two companies will combine their expertise in fuel-cell technology, processing plant design and large-scale plant construction t...
    BMW’s reiterates plan to begin producing electric drives from Steyr factory from July 2024
    German luxury-car maker BMW announced Feb. 1 that its plan to begin production of electric drives at its Steyr, Austria, factory from July 2024 is on track. Updating on the new factory, the company said that the facility has been constructed in record time and will see installation of about 300 pieces of equipment and machinery over the next few months to ready the factory for production operations by July. According to the company, the plant machinery and equipment that will be installe...
    GM offers Onstar features as standard for eight years with new vehicle purchases
    General Motors (GM) on Feb. 2 announced that OnStar’s popular features will be standards for retail and fleet customers starting in 2025 on the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac. Features such as automatic crash response, remote vehicle commands, and navigation and voice assistance will be offered at no additional cost. OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response is the industry’s first comprehensive automatic crash notification system, connecting customers to critical assistance in the moments a...
    Volkswagen plans to invest a further $1.8 billion in Brazil in next five years – report
    German carmaker Volkswagen said it will invest an additional 9 billion reais (about $1.83 billion) in its Brazilian business over the next five years and launch 16 new models, including hybrid and electric vehicles. The new investments would more than double Volkswagen's 2022–2028 Brazil investment plan to 16 billion reais and enable it to produce four more models than previously planned, including its first Brazil-made hybrids, a 100% electric model and a pickup truck, Reuters reported Feb...
    Tesla recalls nearly 2.2 million US vehicles over software issue with warning lights
    Tesla has recalled nearly 2.2 million vehicles in the US owing to a software issue with the warning lights on the instrument panel. The recall affects various models, including the 2012–2023 Model S, 2016–2023 Model X, 2017–2023 Model 3, 2019–2024 Model Y and the 2024 Cybertruck. The problem lies in the brake, park and antilock brake warning lights, which are too small and can make critical safety information difficult to read, increasing the risk of a crash. Tesla has already started re...
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    GAC Aion begins construction of its EV plant in Thailand
    GAC Aion, the electric vehicle unit of Chinese automaker GAC Group, has commenced the construction of its EV factory in Thailand, according to a news report published by CnEVPost on Jan. 31. The upcoming EV plant, which is GAC Aion’s first overseas production site, is located in Rayong province in Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). Citing a company statement, the report mentioned that GAC Aion broke ground at the site on Jan. 26 and plans to invest about $65 million in building the...
    Iveco to source an all-electric LCV from Hyundai for Europe
    Hyundai Motor Co. and Iveco Group have signed a supply agreement where the South Korean automaker will provide Iveco with an all-electric light commercial vehicle (LCV) based on its Global all-electric light commercial vehicle (eLCV) platform, the two companies said in a joint announcement on Feb. 1. The electric LCV sourced from Hyundai will be Iveco-badged as the commercial vehicle manufacturer plans to target the eLCV market in Europe. “The new vehicle will join Iveco Group’s e...
    Polestar 4 features new high-definition screen for rearview mirror
    The Polestar 4 has gone on sale officially in Europe and Australia, according to a press release on Jan. 31. Online sales have commenced with a starting price of €63,200 and A$81,500. Production is planned to start toward the middle of 2024, with first deliveries expected from August. The Polestar 4 is positioned between the Polestar 2 and the Polestar 3 in terms of size and price. The vehicle is built on the Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) developed by Geely. Some of the design e...
    XPeng’s NGP system targets 569,000 km coverage and global expansion by 2025
    During XPeng Motors' New Year kick-off event on the evening of Jan. 30, CEO and Chairman He Xiaopeng unveiled an updated timeline for the Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) intelligent driving assistance system, according to a report published by Pandaily on Jan. 31. XPeng aims to launch a comprehensive XNGP system in China by 2024, offering "full-range" and "point-to-point" capabilities across various scenarios such as small roads, interior roads and parking lots. Over the next two...
    BMW Group partners with Dassault Systèmes to introduce 3DExperience for its engineering platform
    Dassault Systèmes and BMW Group announced a long-term strategic partnership to develop BMW Group’s future engineering platform featuring Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform at its core. As part of the collaboration, over 17,000 employees across multiple engineering disciplines will rely on the 3DExperience platform to accelerate the development of all vehicles, from their ideation to their production. As the automotive industry looks for quick time-to-market sustainable mobility so...
    Porsche upgrades My Porsche app
    Porsche has updated its My Porsche app, which serves as the central command center for managing and controlling a Porsche vehicle, it said in a press release dated Jan. 29. The app has been extensively revised to improve user experience and deepen integration into the customer's digital ecosystem. The home screen has been completely revamped, offering more information and functions with a clearer overview. Users can access relevant information and start various functions directly from the home s...
    Continental supplies tires for Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    Mercedes-Benz is relying on Continental's expertise for its new E-Class, equipping the vehicle with EcoContact 6 Q tires that offer exceptional energy efficiency, improved noise levels and a long service life, according to a press release on Jan. 31. Continental has developed the EcoContact 6 Q tire for various vehicle models, regardless of their drive type, by using a special rubber compound that reduces energy absorption and friction. The tire's improved tread provides better grip on dry an...
    Volkswagen creates AI lab, in talks with potential partners – report
    German automaker Volkswagen is in talks with international technology firms about collaborating to create new digital prototypes for products and features using AI, according to a Reuters report dated Jan. 31, quoting the carmaker. The automaker has founded a new AI lab to generate new product ideas, including possible cooperation with companies in the technology sector across China, North America and Europe, it said in a statement. The aim is to generate early-stage prototypes in areas ...
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