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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    12-Apr-2021 News OEM Purchasing Pinned
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Dongfeng Peugeot showcases new 4008 4WD PHEV, 508 L PHEV sedan
    Dongfeng Peugeot is introducing a new iconic “Lion” logo and presenting its new strategy designed by Peugeot made for its customers in mainland China, at the Auto Shanghai 2021, according to a company press release on 19 April. The company is also launching its new range of Peugeot 4008, 4008 PH...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Lincoln China debuts all-new Corsair PHEV
    Lincoln debuted the all-new Lincoln Corsair plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at Auto Shanghai 2021. According to a company press release on 19 April, the Corsair PHEV is Lincoln’s first locally produced new energy vehicle (NEV). Lincoln also officially debuted the Zephyr Reflection Preview Car and launched L...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Genesis debuts G80 electric sedan
    Genesis has introduced its first electric vehicle (EV), the electric model of the G80 (“Electrified G80”) to the global market at the Auto Shanghai 2021, the company said in a press release on 19 April. This was Genesis’ first appearance at Auto Shanghai. The company also showcased for the fir...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Audi to unveil A6 e-tron concept
    Audi will be revealing its four-door Audi A6 e-tron electric vehicle (EV) concept at Auto Shanghai 2021, the company said in a press release on 19 April. The EV is based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which will also underpin for the automaker’s other electrified vehicles in the future as...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Stellantis extends closure of Windsor Assembly Plant in Canada for a week due to chip shortage
    Stellantis has extended the suspension of operations at its Windsor Assembly Plant for another week as the automaker grapples with the shortage of automotive semiconductors, Windsor Star reported on 16 April. The plant has been idle since 29 March and will restart on 3 May. The initial target was to...
    Volkswagen ID.4 receives five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
    German carmaker Volkswagen’s first sports utility vehicle (SUV) the ID.4, which is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP. According to a press release issued by the company on 19 April, the Volkswagen ID.4 achie...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    EV battery startup SES raises USD139 million in series D funding round, led by General Motors
    SES, a US-based startup engaged in the development of next generation Li-metal rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), has raised USD139 million in a Series D funding round, according to a press release on 19 April. This funding round was led by General Motors (GM). Other investors inclu...
    LIZHI partners with WM Motor for in-car audio solutions
    LIZHI has announced a partnership with WM Motor under which the automaker will integrate LIZHI's audio product into its in-car system for electric vehicles (EVs), according to a 19 April press release. The in-car audio product has been officially launched on the WM W6 model. “We are excite...
    Volvo Cars, DiDi partner for autonomous driving test fleet
    According to a company press release dated 19 April, Volvo Cars, a global leader in automotive safety, and DiDi Autonomous Driving, the self-driving technology arm of DiDi Chuxing, have signed a strategic collaboration agreement on autonomous vehicles for DiDi’s self-driving test fleet. The XC9...
    BMW to develop automotive solid-state battery by 2030
    The BMW Group is accelerating its development for battery technology, thereby supporting the ramp-up of a European cell and battery value chain. According to a press release issued by BMW on 19 April, the company aims to develop a automotive application-capable solid-state battery by the end of this...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Fiat ties up with Google to integrate Google Assistant in the 500 series models
    Fiat has announced a partnership with Google under which Google Assistant will be incorporated in the automaker’s 500 series models, according to a press release in March 2021. It is called 500 Hey Google, and is the integration between Mopar Connect and the Google Assistant in the My Fiat Action....
    Hyundai Motor picks Cerence Drive to power voice recognition in the IONIQ 5 EV
    Cerence has announced that Hyundai Motor Company has selected Cerence Drive to power Dynamic Voice Recognition in the IONIQ 5 electric vehicle (EV), according to a 14 April press release. The solution is easy to activate using push-to-talk button on the steering wheel. The voice assistant allows ...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: MY 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB electric SUV premiered
    Mercedes-EQ, Mercedes-Benz’s new electric mobility brand premiered the all-electric compact EQB sports utility vehicle (SUV) on 18 April at the first press day of Auto Shanghai 2021, according to a company press release on 18 April. The company will also premiere the EQS luxury sedan in Asia ...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Hyundai seeking to build partnership with Samsung SDI for EV batteries
    Hyundai Motor is looking to build a partnership with Samsung SDI, as it shifts to eco-friendly vehicles in the future, reports The Korea Times. Significance: The partnership comes at the right time as Hyundai Motor plans to source EV batteries and automotive components, while Samsung is a strong ...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Audi premieres PPE technology, four new EV models alongside FAW, SAIC
    For the first time, Audi is partnering with two other automakers, FAW and SAIC, at the Auto Shanghai 2021 according to a company press release on 19 April. Audi and its Chinese partner companies FAW and SAIC are showing four world premieres, including new Audi A6 e-tron concept vehicle, the updated ...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Volkswagen unveils ID.6 electric SUV
    The Volkswagen brand has unveiled its third model in the ID. family, the seven-seater ID.6, at the Auto Shanghai 2021 motor show. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 17 April, two versions of the fully electric family sports utility vehicle (SUV) are available in China—the ID.6 CR...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Washington state to phase out gasoline vehicles by 2030
    The Washington State legislature has passed a legislation that sets a target for all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington state, US, to be electric vehicles (EVs). The new law puts Washington five years ahead of California's target of 2035. According to a pre...
    Hyundai, Kia, SK Innovation to collaborate on HEV battery development
    Hyundai Motor, Kia, and SK Innovation have announced that they will be collaborating on the development and production of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) batteries. According to a press release issued by SK Innovation on 16 April, the companies are collaborating with the goal of developing and mass pr...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    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 pub...
    Toyota bZ BEV series launched
    Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has launched ‘Toyota bZ,’ a new series of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), according to a company press release on 19 April. Toyota also unveiled a concept version of the Toyota bZ4X, which will be the first model in the bZ series, at Auto Shanghai Show in main...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    XPeng, Zhongsheng Group sign MoU to accelerate smart EV adoption in China
    XPeng Inc., a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with an automobile dealership group in China called Zhongsheng Group, according to a press release on 15 April. The partnership aims to provide both XPeng’s smart EV products and Zhongsheng’s ...
    NIO, Sinopec unveil Power Swap Station 2.0 in Beijing, China
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer NIO, in partnership with Sinopec, has unveiled the second generation of its battery swap station in Beijing, China. According to a company press release on 15 April, the two companies have unveiled ‘NIO Power Swap Station 2.0’ at Sinopec's Chaoying Stat...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Toyota recalls more than 279,000 vehicles in US over wire harness issue
    Toyota is conducting a safety recall affecting approximately 279,000 vehicles in the United States over airbag issue, the automaker announced in a press release on 13 April 2021. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2009–15 Toyota Venza vehicles. Significance: The subject vehicles have a...
    19-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 19 April 2021
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    Mercedes-Benz EQS offers Drive Pilot automated driving tech
    Mercedes-Benz EQS has announced the lauch of the DRIVE PILOT system enabling driving in highly automated mode at speeds of up to 60 km/h in heavy traffic or congested situations. The launch is expected in early 2022 in Germany.  The EQS is prepared for Automated Valet Parking (AVP,...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Audi presents Q4 e-tron entry-level electric CUV, SUV
    Audi has launched the world premiere of the Q4 e-tron entry-level electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV) and Q4 Sportback e-tron sport utility vehicle (SUV) and according to a company press release on 14 April. The premiere was presented by the Four Rings company. Significance: Audi’s e-...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Honda, AutoX partner on autonomous driving research in mainland China
    Honda China is collaborating with AutoX on autonomous driving research in mainland China through vehicle testing on public roads. The company plans to equip the ACCORD and the INSPIRE vehicles with the AutoX autonomous vehicle technology. Through the test, Honda aims to deepen understan...
    Subaru recalls 871,205 vehicles in US over engine control module, rear stabilizer bar issues
    Subaru has issued two separate recalls affecting 871,205 vehicles in the United States over issues with engine control module (ECM) and rear stabilization bars, Automotive News reported on 15 April. The recalls involve certain model year (MY) 2017–19 Impreza sedan and hatchback and MY 2018–19 Cr...
    16-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    Mazda launches MX-30 electric crossover in the US
    Japanese car maker, Mazda, has introduced its MX-30, the brand’s first battery electric vehicle, in the US market. According to a press release issued by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) on 14 April, the vehicle will go on sale in California from fall 2021 onward. The vehicle will be driv...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Polestar raises USD550 million to fuel product expansion
    Sweden-based electric performance carmaker, Polestar, has announced that it has raised USD550 million from its long-term financial investors. According to a press release issued by Polestar on 15 April, this private placement of newly issued shares marks the first time external investors have backed...
    16-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Volkswagen Group Components expands battery systems production in Braunschweig, Germany
    The Volkswagen Group Components plant in Braunschweig, Germany, is expanding its production of battery systems for the latest electric vehicle (EV) generation. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 15 April, the site will be able to fit up to 500,000 batteries a year in vehicles ...
    Toyota, Apex.AI collaborate to develop autonomy stack for vehicle development platform
    Apex.AI has announced a partnership with Toyota to develop and deploy a production-ready autonomy stack for Toyota’s vehicle development platform Arene, for modern software development tools and best practices, according to a 14 April press release. Toyota’s Woven Planet is using Apex.OS softwar...
    Ford to idle plants in US and Turkey due to semiconductor shortage
    A US carmaker Ford Motor has announced plant shutdowns in the United States and Turkey owing to the global semiconductor shortage, Reuters reported on 15 April. Five facilities will be impacted. Ford announced production cuts during the weeks of 19 and 26 April in Chicago, Flat Rock, Michigan, and K...
    Ford to offer BlueCruise hands-free driving in Mustang Mach-E
    Ford unveiled BlueCruise, a hands-free highway driving system that is SAE Level 2 driver-assist technology, similar with Tesla Autopilot.  Via over-the-air software updates, BlueCruise will be offered later this year on the 2021 F-150 and the 2021 Mustang Mach-E models equipped with the...
    ZF to supply mainland Chinese OEM with 4D Full-Range Radar
    ZF is to begin supplying its Full-Range Radar technology to mainland Chinese SAIC Motor Corporation from 2022. The Full-Range Radar technology perceives vehicle surroundings in four dimensions, including height, making it similar in capability to optical sensors, such as cameras and lidar. I...
    Mahindra to invest USD400 million in EV business over 3 years
    Indian carmaker Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has announced that it will be making fresh investments of INR3,000 crores (approximately USD400 million) in its electric vehicle (EV) business line over the next three years. According to a report filed by news publication Busines...
    15-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Nikola, Iveco, OGE to accelerate deployment of hydrogen storage and refueling infrastructure
    Nikola Corporation, IVECO, and OGE announced that they have signed a letter of intent for a collaboration to establish a business structure for transporting hydrogen via pipeline network from production sources to hydrogen-fueling stations in support of fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Accord...
    Skoda Enyaq iV secures five-star safety rating in Euro NCAP test
    Volkswagen-owned Czech carmaker, Škoda Auto, has announced that its new electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Enyaq iV, has secured a five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP test. According to a press release issued by the company on 14 April, the Škoda Enyaq a total of 86% of the possib...
    15-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Rimac to open new headquarters in Zagreb, Croatia
    Croatian high-performance EV manufacturer, Rimac Automobili, has announced that it will be establishing its new headquarters on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia. According to a press release issued by Rimac on 12 April, this new facility will include an on-site test track, accommodation, and museum,...
    14-Apr-2021 News Investments
    General Motors launches Maps+ in-vehicle app-based navigation solution
    General Motors has launched Maps+, an in-vehicle, app-based navigation solution, the automaker said in a press release on 12 April. Select model year MY2018 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles will have the Map+ upgrade by the end of 2021. GM is set to begin its rollout to about 9...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Ford commences Mustang Mach-E preorders in mainland China
    Ford’s intelligent all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV is open for preorders in mainland China with prices from RMB265,000–379,900 (USD40,446–58,000) according to a company press release on 13 April. Ford is also building locally the high-performance GT version. The Mustang Mach-E GT First Edition...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen ID.4 Pro EV receives official EPA estimated range of 260 miles
    Volkswagen of America, Inc., has announced a second round of fuel economy figures for the 2021 ID.4 electric SUV, according to the company press release on 12 April. On a full charge, the ID.4 Pro rear-wheel-drive (RWD) has an EPA-estimated 260 miles (402 km) of range, while the Pro S and 1st Editio...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Volvo, Faraday Future select NVIDIA DRIVE Orin technology for next-gen autonomous driving
    Volvo Cars and Faraday Future are expanding their collaboration with NVIDIA to use NVIDIA DRIVE Orin™ system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology to power the autonomous driving. Faraday Future (FF), a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, will deploy the NVIDIA Drive Ori...
    General Motors recalls 60,678 vehicles in US over steering issue
    General Motors is recalling 60,678 vehicles in the United States over a steering issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) website on 25 March. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon veh...
    14-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    Israel's Cipia wins DMS orders from Chinese OEM
    Cipia, formerly Eyesight Technologies, an AI computer vision in-cabin automotive solutions provider, announced that the company was selected by one of China's largest OEMs as driver monitoring system (DMS) supplier. The 2 new design wins build on Cipia's successes in the global DMS market, m...
    GM’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Cruise, to deploy robo-taxis in Dubai in 2023
    General Motors' majority owned Cruise self-driving car subsidiary plans to begin deploying its robo-taxis in Dubai beginning in 2023. San Francisco-based Cruise has signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to be the exclusive provider for self-driving taxis and r...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Ford adds hybrid, RWD variants in Explorer SUV lineup
    American carmaker, Ford, has announced that it is expanding its model year (MY) 2021 Explorer sports utility vehicle (SUV) portfolio. According to a press release issued by Ford on 8 April, the company is adding a rear-wheel drive (RWD) Explorer Platinum, and a Platinum Hybrid variant. Order...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Toyota starts production of hybrid electric drives for Yaris in Poland
    Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland (TMMP) has launched the production of hybrid electric transmissions for its low-emission hybrid electric powertrains. According to a press release issued by TMMP on 7 April, the company stated that this new transmission combines with the latest generation 1.5L ...
    Tesla recalls 2,508 vehicles in Australia over eMMC malfunction
    Tesla is recalling 2,508 vehicles in Australia over an issue with embedded Multimedia Card (eMMC), according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 8 April 2021. The recall affects model year (MY) 2014–18 Tesla Model S and MY 2016–18 Tesla Model X equip...
    13-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services launches in Mexico through NissanConnect
    Sirius XM has announced the launch of its connected car service in Mexico, the company said in a press release on 6 April. SiriusXM will power Nissan’s NissanConnect Services which will allow drivers of select model year (MY) 2021 Nissan Sentra and Nissan Kicks models have access to the suite...
    Polestar unveils ‘0 Project’ to create climate-neutral car by 2030
    Polestar has unveiled the 0 Project in a bid to create a climate-neutral car by 2030, it said in its annual review on 7 April. The 0 project will drive ‘design towards zero’ focus by eliminating emissions rather than offsetting by planting trees. “Offsetting is a cop-out. By pushing ourselv...
    MY 2022 Hyundai Kona N to feature high-performance N dual clutch transmission
    South Korean carmaker, Hyundai Motor, has announced that its new Kona N sports utility vehicle (SUV) will be made available with a high performance transmission. According to a press release issued by Hyundai on 7 April, the company stated that this upcoming SUV will be equipped with an 8-speed, wet...
    13-Apr-2021 News New Products
    AutotechInsight Weekly – 12 April 2021
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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    South Korea to invest USD22.6 million to accelerate hydrogen mobility
    The Science Ministry of South Korea has announced that it will be investing KRW25.3 billion (approximately USD22.6 million) over the next six years in order to bolster the country’s hydrogen mobility economy. According to a post published by South Korean news agency Korea Bizwire on 8 April, this ...
    12-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Renault, STMicroelectronics and others create ‘Software République’ intelligent mobility ecosystem
    STMicroelectronics has partnered with Groupe Renault, Atos, Dassault Systèmes, and Thales to jointly create ‘Software République’, an open ecosystem for intelligent mobility, the company said in a press release on 9 April. The ecosystem will develop products and services using artificial in...
    Toyota North America, AT&T partner to offer WarnerMedia RIDE to customers
    Toyota Motor North America has partnered with AT&T to offer WarnerMedia RIDE app, which can connect up to five compatible devices, the automaker said in a press release on 8 April. Passengers can view from a selection of live and on-demand content, including ‘thousands of hours’ of TV shows ...
    12-Apr-2021 News New Products
    BYD Auto to equip new EVs with blade batteries developed in-house
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, BYD, announced that it will equip all of its vehicles with a new blade battery developed in-house. According to a report filed by Nikkei Asia on 8 April, the company has also launched four new EVs. BYD claims the new battery has improved safety and perf...
    12-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Spain announces ‘Moves III’ e-mobility subsidy program
    The Spanish government has announced Budget Moves III, a new e-mobility subsidy program to encourage electric car sales. The initial budget plan is EUR400 million (USD475 million) until 2023, which can further increase up to EUR800 million based on requirements. The new program aim...
    BMW recalls 16,850 vehicles in Australia over issue with blower controller
    BMW has issued a recall of 16,850 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the blower controller, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 12 April 2021. The recall affects model year (MY) 2007–10 BMW E70 X5 and BMW E71 X6 vehicles. Significanc...
    12-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    President Biden calls for USD100 billion in new EV consumer rebates
    The recently announced USD174 billion plan proposed by US President Joe Biden to boost the sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and bolster EV charging infrastructure also calls for USD100 billion in new EV consumer rebates. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 8 April, the plan also...
    Honda, Verizon test connected safety technologies for vehicles using 5G at Mcity
    Honda has announced a partnership with Verizon to test vehicles with connected safety technologies at University of Michigan's Mcity test bed, according to a company press release on 8 April. The two companies will research how new connected safety technology using 5G and mobile edge computing could...
    SiriusXM extends partnership with JLR in the US until 2026
    SiriusXM has extended its partnership with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the company said in a press release on 8 April. The companies will expand the factory installation of SiriusXM's audio entertainment service, which will become a standard feature in all JLR models in the United States beginning with...
    FCA recalls 1,222 vehicles in US over airbag issue
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 1,222 vehicles in the United States over an airbag issue, according to a report by cars.com on 7 April, citing a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The recall affects model year (MY) 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vehicl...
    09-Apr-2021 News Recalls
    Xpeng to establish new EV production plant in Wuhan, China
    Chinese EV maker, Xpeng Inc., has announced that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with the city of Wuhan in China to build a new XPeng Motors Wuhan smart EV manufacturing base. According to a press release issued by Xpeng on 8 April, XPeng will commence the construction of the new manufac...
    09-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Toyota unveils new Mirai, Lexus LS models with advanced driver assistance technologies
    Toyota Motor Corp unveiled new models of Lexus and Mirai in Japan, equipped with Level 2 autonomous system. The new driving assist technology, or Advanced Drive will help in limiting the car in its lane, maintaining the distance from other vehicles, and changing lanes under the driver...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Volvo, SSAB collaborate to manufacture vehicles with fossil-free steel
    Volvo Group and SSAB have signed a collaboration agreement on research, development, serial production and commercialization of vehicles to be made of steel that is manufactured without using fossil fuels. According to a press release issued by SSAB on 8 April, the company stated that this year, Vol...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Audi partners with Blue Bird, Temple, and Applied Information to deploy C-V2X for school zone safety
    Audi of America has partnered with Blue Bird, Applied Information, and Temple to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology for safety around school zones, the company said in a press release on 30 March. The Fulton County School System in Atlanta, US has also joined the project, with ...
    Ford to offer new Mappo in-vehicle app
    Ford has announced that it will offer Mappo app to its customers, according to a company press release dated 25 March. Mappo is a new in-car app that provides culture-oriented travel recommendations based on books, movies, and music. The app, which allows travelers explore cities based on their i...
    08-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup to be built at GM’s Factory ZERO plant in Detroit, Michigan, US
    General Motors has announced that Chevrolet will introduce a Silverado electric pickup truck that will be manufactured at the company’s Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan, US. According to a press release issued by GM on 6 April, the company stated that this facility...
    08-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Great Wall Motor to develop international hydrogen supply chain ecosystem
    Chinese carmaker, Great Wall Motor (GWM), has announced that it will build an international supply chain ecology integrating the hydrogen "production-storage-transportation-refueling-application" and connect the downstream industry chain, accelerating the commercial popularization of hydrogen energy...
    AutoTechInsight Webinar: Bridging the Gap from Level 2+ to Autonomous Driving
    Watch an on-demand replay now AutoTechInsight Webinar: Bridging the Gap from Level 2+ to Autonomous Driving Automated driving sits at the forefront of vehicle technology and presents an opportunity for brand differentiation in a crowded market. As automakers, suppliers, and mobility provi...
    07-Apr-2021 News Webinars
    Stellantis to launch hydrogen fuel cell light commercial vehicle in Europe by end 2021
    Stellantis is developing a light commercial vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and it is targeting a launch date in Europe at the end of 2021. According to a press release issued by Stellantis last month, the company stated that it has entered into strategic partnerships with Faurecia and Symbi...
    07-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Xpeng Motors to feature LIZHI’s new livestream podcast
    Xpeng Motors will be the first automaker to feature LIZHI’s new ‘Livestream Podcast’ service on the LIZHI Podcast app, according to an official press release by LIZHI on 6 April. It will be implemented on XPeng Motors' intelligent in-car system. “We are excited to introduce the Livestream...
    07-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Porsche, Shell to establish high-performance charging network in Southeast Asia
    Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell will implement Southeast Asia’s first cross-border high performance charging network. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 6 April, the companies will jointly set up 12 charge points at six Shell stations located along Malaysia’s North-South highway, o...
    New Mercedes-Benz CLS gets mild hybrid powertrain
    Mercedes-Benz luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz, will launch the updated CLS-Class later in April. According to a press release issued by Mercedes-Benz on 7 April, the vehicle will also get a mild hybrid powertrain option. The CLS 300 d 4MATIC has a mild hybrid powertrain. Its 4-cylinder diesel engi...
    07-Apr-2021 News New Products
    OPEN Alliance SIG officially incorporated
    OPEN Alliance SIG has been officially incorporated, according to a press release dated 6 April. BMW, Bosch, Broadcom, Continental, General Motors, Hyundai Motor Company, Marvell, NXP Semiconductors, Renesas, Toyota Motor Corporation, Volkswagen, and Volvo Cars are the companies involved. The al...
    StradVision partners with European OEM and tier-1 supplier for ADAS
    StradVision, a pioneer in AI-based vision processing technology for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), has announced two new partnerships to expand its global footprints. StradVision is partnering with a leading German OEM to supply augmented reality to the Navig...
    Croatian car parts maker AD Plastik secures new contracts from AvtoVAZ, Nissan, VW, PSA
    AD Plastik has secured new deals in Russia from AvtoVAZ worth EUR10.4 million (USD12.3 million), according to a company press release on 6 April. The project is expected to last eight years. In addition, the company has secured deals worth EUR6.2 million in Russia from Nissan and the Volkswagen Grou...
    Yokohama supplies OE tires for Mercedes GLB 35 4MATIC
    Yokohama is supplying its ‘ADVAN Sport V107’ as original equipment (OE) fitment on Mercedes-AMG’s new sport utility vehicle (SUV) GLB 35 4MATIC, which went on sale in Europe in December 2019. The GLB 35 can be outfitted with 21-inch 255/35ZR21 98Y size ADVAN Sport V107 tires. The ADVAN Spor...
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    Hercules Electric Vehicles opens USD20 million Series A funding round
    Detroit-based Hercules Electric Vehicles, which is developing an all-electric luxury pickup truck, has announced opening a USD20 million Series A funding period to help bring the vehicle to market in late 2022. The company is developing an all-electric sport pickup truck named Hercules Alpha with mo...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Genesis enters Chinese market, unveils G80 and GV80 models
    Global luxury automotive brand Genesis marked its official entry into China at Shanghai's International Cruise Terminal. The distinctive Genesis design philosophy was showcased with an unveiling of the Genesis G80, its mid-sized luxury sedan, and Genesis GV80, the first SUV in the lineup. Jaehoon...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    US auto industry group seeks government help amid chip shortage
    The Alliance for Auto Innovation, a US-based industry group has urged the Joe Biden-led government to step in and help with the current global semiconductors shortage, Reuters reported on 6 April. The group warned the global semiconductor shortage could result in the production cut of 1.28 million v...
    Subaru to idle Japan plant due to semiconductor shortage
    Subaru Corp will shut its Yajima plant in Japan between 10 and 27 April due to a shortage in semiconductor supplies, Reuters reported on 5 April. The shutdown will impact the production of 10,000 vehicles. The automaker is expected to restart all production lines at the Yajima plant from 10 May, ...
    Volkswagen invests additional USD100 million in QuantumScape for solid-state battery tech
    QuantumScape has announced it has successfully met the technical milestone that was a condition to close the investment of an additional USD100 million by Volkswagen Group of America Investments, LLC into the company, according to an Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on 31 March. This ...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Ford suspends operations at two US plants due to chip shortage
    Ford Motor is idling production at two truck plants that make its best-selling F-150 pickup on the back of the global semiconductor shortage, reports Bloomberg Quint. The truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, US, will shut for two weeks starting April 5. Ford will also cease production of the F-15...
    Toyota Motor Corporation invests in e-Mobility Power Inc.
    e-Mobility Power, Inc., the equity holders of which are Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO HD) and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. entered into an absorption-type corporate division agreement with Nippon Charge Service, LLC on 5 February. According to a press release issued by Toyota on 5 A...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    US President Biden earmarks USD174 billion for EVs, charging infrastructure, renewable power
    President of the United States, Joe Biden, has unveiled the details of his vast USD2 trillion infrastructure plan, which outlines his administration’s strategy to achieve carbon neutrality for the US economy by the year 2050. However, the plan is still awaiting approval from the US Congress. Ac...
    UK Government to invest over GBP30 million for battery technology, hydrogen vehicles
    On March 30, the UK Government announced a GBP30 million funding in research of battery technology, the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain and hydrogen vehicles. Around GBP9.4 million will be spent on 22 studies to develop innovative automotive technology, including hydrogen...
    05-Apr-2021 News Investments
    GMC Hummer EV to commence production in early 2023
    GMC’s electric truck lineup is set to expand with the addition of the 2024 Hummer electric SUV. According to a press release issued by General Motors on 3 April, the company stated that the upcoming Hummer electric will go into production in early 2023. The vehicle will be equipped with GM’s ...
    05-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Mercedes-AMG unveils new powertrain electrification strategy
    With the future electrification of the drivetrain, Mercedes-AMG is leveraging expertise gleaned from the Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. According to a press release issued by Daimler on 31 March, the company stated that its new drive strateg...
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    Genesis unveils premium electric car concept Genesis X
    Genesis has unveiled an all-electric gran turismo (GT) concept called, Genesis X Concept, the premium car unit of Hyundai Motors said in a press release on 30 March. The front of the concept car features a low yet broad silhouette, thanks to the combination of the shield-shaped Crest Grille and two-...
    02-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Covestro completes first consulting project on CMF trends for Guangzhou Automobile Group
    Covestro is strengthening its color, material, and finish (CMF) capabilities. By way of this, the material supplier has completed its first consulting project on CMF trends and material design for the Advanced Design Department at the Research and Development Center of Guangzhou Automobile Group Co....
    BMW signs USD334.5 million contract to source lithium from Livent
    BMW has announced that it will source lithium from US-based Livent, according to a company press release on 30 March. The multiyear contract, which is worth around EUR285 million (USD334.5 million), will begin from 2022, in which Livent will supply lithium directly to BMW Group’s battery cell manu...
    Stellantis to add Peugeot 308 PHEV, Opel Astra electric to product portfolio
    Stellantis has announced its plan to provide a plug-in hybrid version of its Peugeot 308 hatchback and an electric version of its Opel Astra. According to a video issued by Peugeot on 31 March, the company stated that these two models will be among a series of new additions to the carmaker’s elect...
    02-Apr-2021 News New Products
    bp joins BMW, Daimler Mobility as investor for Digital Charging Solutions
    BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG have joined bp in a drive to extend and significantly improve electrification, making electric vehicle (EV) charging more convenient and simpler for EV owners. According to a press release issued by BMW on 30 March, the company stated that the three companies will b...
    Polestar joins project to accelerate development of V2X technology in Sweden
    Polestar has said that it has co-founded a five-partner project to develop Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology, including Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) in Sweden, according to a 31 March press release. Chalmers University of Technology, the Gothenburg energy grid supplier Göteb...
    01-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Daimler to widen EV portfolio, implement structural realignment in e-mobility push
    German automaker, Daimler, has announced that it is accelerating its electrification initiative, in addition to aiming for carbon dioxide (CO2) neutrality under its Ambition2039 strategy. According to a press release issued by Daimler on 31 March, the company stated that Mercedes-Benz Cars is expand...
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