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    MG Motor unveils all-electric ZS EV in India
    MG Motor has unveiled its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) eZS in India, The Economic Times reported on 5 December. The MG eZS comes with a 143 PS power output and a 44.5-kWh battery, which will give it a range of over 300 kilometers. The electric SUV will be launched next mon...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen reveals details about new battery system for MEB-based EVs
    In a press release dated 5 December, Volkswagen (VW) has revealed details about its new high-voltage battery systems for all electric vehicles (EVs) built on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform in the Volkswagen Group. The system will be launched in the ID.3 all-electric hatchback, whic...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    BorgWarner develops new variant of HVH electric motor for hybrid cars
    BorgWarner has developed a new variant of the High Voltage Hairpin (HVH) motor ‘HVH 146’ for hybrid cars, the company announced in a press release on 5 December. The motor delivers 35 kW of  peak power and 65 N.m of torque. The HVH 146 motor will go into production on a light-duty hybrid pa...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Porsche tests all-electric AWD SUV with in-wheel motor setup
    Germany-based Porsche Engineering has announced a new solution for electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that improves the vehicle’s stability through software alone, in a press statement released on 4 December. This solution does not require any additional sensors and works by distributing power...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    General Motors, LG Chem to set up battery cell JV in US
    General Motors (GM) and LG Chem will set up a new  joint venture (JV) for producing electric vehicle (EV) battery cells in the United States, the automaker announced in a press release on 5 December. The new JV will build a battery cell assembly plant on a greenfield manufacturing site in the L...
    Ford recalls 72,718 vehicles in US to fix problem with inline electrical connector terminals for rear lights
    Ford is recalling 72,718 vehicles in the United States to fix a problem with the inline electrical connector terminals for rear lights, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2019 Ranger truck...
    06-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    New Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé features full-LED headlamps as standard
    The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé features full-LED headlamps as standard, the automaker announced in a press release on 5 December. The model's ambient lighting illuminates the dashboard, with optical fibers running through the entire cockpit. For certain assemblies, the body shell of the new G...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    BMW drops plan to charge subscription fee for Apple CarPlay
    BMW has decided to remove the subscription fees for Apple CarPlay in vehicles in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to a report by Autocar Professional on 5 December. According to the report, UK cars running BMW's latest operating system for its infotainment system will offer acc...
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls 99,128 vehicles in US over issue with engine cooling fan
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall of 99,128 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the engine cooling fan, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2015–18 Ram ProM...
    06-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Mercedes-Benz to end sales of BS-IV vehicles within a few weeks
    Germany-based luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has stated that it will end the retail sales of BS-IV vehicles in India within a few weeks, according to a quote provided to ET Auto. The company has already stopped manufacturing these vehicles in India ahead of its preparation to switch completel...
    MY2020 Nissan Skyline features DRiV Monroe Intelligent Suspension
    The 2020 Skyline 400R has now gone on sale in Japan with the Monroe Intelligent Dynamic Suspension (IDS) of DRiV, according to a press release issued on December 4th. This new suspension system features the DRiV continuously variable semi-active (CVSAe) technology. The CVSAe electronic suspension...
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls 51,788 vehicles in US to replace shifter cable adjuster
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a recall of 51,788 vehicles in the United States to replace shifter cable adjuster, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2012-2013 Fiat 500 vehicles equi...
    05-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    AIWAYS starts production of European-spec U5 electric SUV in China
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up AIWAYS has started production of all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) U5 for the European market, reports news website AutoMobilSport.com. The vehicle is being manufactured at AIWAYS’s plant in Shangrao in China. “This is a very important milestone for ...
    05-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Ford recalls 54,411 vehicles in US over issue with battery harness clips
    Ford is recalling 54,411 vehicles in the United States over an issue with battery harness clips, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall covers model year (MY) 2016-2017 Lincoln MKX vehicles equipped with 3.7L engines...
    05-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Ford, McDonald’s USA collaborate to convert coffee bean skin into car parts
    Ford Motor Company has entered into a collaboration with McDonald’s USA to convert coffee bean skin into vehicle parts such as headlamp housing, Ford announced in a press release on 4 December. The collaboration project also involves Varroc Lighting Systems, which supplies the headlamps, and Compe...
    Ford issues recall for certain Ranger, Everest vehicles to replace defective Takata airbag module
    Ford has issued a safety recall for certain model year (MY) 2003-2011 Ranger and MY 2004-2014 Everest vehicles to replace the defective Takata airbag inflators in front driver and passenger airbags which use non-desiccated Phase-Stabilised Ammonium Nitrate (PSAN) propellant, the automaker said in a ...
    05-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    New Opel Insignia features adaptive IntelliLux LED headlamps
    Opel’s new Insignia features new adaptive IntelliLux LED headlamps, the German automaker announced in a press release on 4 December. The new extremely slim IntelliLux LED pixel light is equipped with 84 LED elements per headlamp. According to Opel, these new headlamps react faster, with more preci...
    05-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé to get plug-in hybrid engine, 48V tech and advanced air suspension
    In a press statement released on December 5th, German car maker Mercedes-Benz has brought out the latest iteration of its GLE Coupe SUV. Among other variants, the GLE Coupe is also available as a plug-in hybrid version. Powering this SUV is a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that works in tandem ...
    05-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Avanci announces new patent license agreement with Volvo for connected cars
    Avanci has announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Volvo Cars for 2G, 3G, and 4G essential patents, the company said in a press release on 3 December. The agreement takes the total number of auto brands licensed through the Avanci marketplace to 14. “We are very pleased to ...
    French EV maker Goupil Industrie unveils all-electric LCV G6
    French electric  vehicle (EV) maker Groupil Industrie has unveiled an all-electric light commercial vehicle (LCV) ‘G6’ at the Solutrans trade fair in Lyon, France, Eco-Mobiliteit BV announced on its website. The Goupil G6 will have lithium batteries with a capacity of 15 or 30 kWh, and is e...
    04-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Rimac to source battery management system IC from Analog Devices
    Electric vehicle (EV) start-up Rimac has selected Analog Devices (ADI) to source precision battery management system (BMS) integrated circuits (ICs), Analog Devices announced in a press release on 2 December. Rimac will adopt the Analog ADI’s portfolio of battery management ICs across its complete...
    ACEA presents ‘check-list’ of rules and regulations for automated driving in EU
    The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has drawn a ‘check-list’ of rules and regulations needed to enable automated driving in the European Union (EU), the association said in a press release on 3 December. The checklist details the legislative framework that is needed to be...
    Tata Motors, Google collaborate to launch Tata Altroz Voice BoT
    Tata Motors has announced a collaboration with Google to launch a voice bot for its Altroz hatchback, the automaker said in a press release on 3 December. The Tata Altroz Voice BoT is designed to guide customers on the car’s features and specifications and is useful in the entire process of boo...
    04-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Daimler and Geely inaugurate ‘StarRides’ premium ride hailing service in China
    Daimler Mobility AG and Geely Technology Group have inaugurated their premium ride-hailing service, named StarRides, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. According to a press release from Daimler issued on December 3rd, the 50:50 joint venture between the two companies will commence operations this mont...
    Hyundai Motor presents ‘Strategy 2025’ roadmap to become smart mobility solutions provider
    Hyundai Motor has announced ‘Strategy 2025’, a long-term roadmap to transition into a smart mobility solutions provider, the leading South Korean automaker said in a press release today (4 December). The company will focus on ‘Smart Mobility Device’ and ‘Smart Mobility Service’ as its tw...
    Cerence extends collaboration with Daimler for MBUX multimedia system
    Cerence has announced a ‘continued innovation and development collaboration’ with Daimler for its Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) multimedia system, a company press release dated 3 December showed. Cerence’s artificial intelligence technology powers the MBUX system. “MBUX remains one...
    MY2020 Toyota Corolla to be available only as a hybrid in UK
    The Toyota Corolla range has been revised for the 2020 model year.  The most important development is that the car will only be available as a hybrid in the United Kingdom from next year onwards. The Japanese car maker issued a press release on December 3rd confirming the same, and mentioned th...
    03-Dec-2019 News New Products
    BMW invests USD443 million to upgrade Dingolfing facility in Germany
    German auto maker BMW has announced its decision to invest approximately EUR400 million (nearly USD443 million) in its vehicle manufacturing facility located in Dingolfing, Germany. According to a press release dated 2nd December, the investment is to upgrade the plant ahead of the company’s produ...
    03-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Bentley commences work on new engineering test centre in Crewe, UK
    British luxury car maker Bentley has announced that the company has begun work on its all-new engineering center in the United Kingdom, according to a press statement issued on 2nd December. This new facility is located at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, and is being constructed due to&n...
    03-Dec-2019 News Investments
    New Genesis G90 sedan features OTA wireless updates for maps and software 
    The 2020 G90 is the first Genesis vehicle to offer over-the-air wireless updates for maps and software, the company said while unveiling its flagship sedan at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show on 20 November. It features a 12.3-inch display navigation system that integrates touchscreen controls and ...
    03-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Daimler, Bosch start pilot testing of self-driving taxies in US
    Daimler and Bosch have started testing their self-driving taxies in the US state of California, Automotive News Europe reported on 2 December, citing sources familiar with the matter. The two German companies have deployed a fleet of 30 automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans equipped with a range of...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 25 November 2019
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    GM to resume offering 3-cylinder engines to North American vehicles
    American auto maker General Motors is reportedly bringing back its 3 cylinder internal combustion engine for vehicles in the North American markets after a gap of 20 years, according to a story filed by motoring publication Automotive News Canada. The engine will have its reintroduction to North ...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Audi collaborates with suppliers for CO2 reduction through more efficient procurement
    Audi is working with its suppliers to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) through more efficient procurement of raw materials used in production of vehicles, the company said in a press release today. In 2018, the German carmaker conducted 30 workshops with its suppliers to develop 50 measures which in tota...
    Audi upgrades all-electric SUV e-tron to offer higher range
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer Audi has done a technical update for the company’s first electric SUV, the Audi e-tron. As a result of the updates to the vehicle’s software and drive system hardware optimizations, the e-tron 55 quattro will have approximately an additional 25 km (n...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Citroën plans to offer electric version of C4 Cactus next year
    Citroën is planning to offer an electric version of updated C4 Cactus next year, Automotive News Europe reported on 28 November, citing Citroën CEO Linda Jackson. According to the report, the electric variant of the C4 Cactus replacement will be Citroën's first mass-market electric vehicle (EV). ...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Audi to spend USD13.2 billion on electromobility by 2024
    Audi has accelerated its investment plans and is now planning to invest EUR12 billion (USD13.2 billion) in electromobility between 2020 and 2024, the company announced in a press release on 29 November. In total, Audi has announced EUR37 billion in investments towards research and development (R&...
    02-Dec-2019 News Investments
    BMW and Great Wall Motors officially inaugurate JV for manufacturing electric models from MINI
    BMW and Great Wall Motors (GWM) have officially inaugurated their new joint venture (JV) ‘Spotlight Automotive Limited’ to manufacture electric models from MINI brand, BMW announced in a press release on 29 November. The 50:50 JV will set up a new plant with standard capacity of 160,000 vehicles...
    02-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Toyota, Nishi-Nippon Railroad begin full-scale operation of ‘my route’ multi-modal mobility service in Japan
    On 28 November, Toyota Motor and Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu) started full-scale operation of multi-modal mobility service ‘my route’ for smartphone in Fukuoka City and Kitakyushu City in Japan, the Japanese automaker said in a press release last week. The two companies have launched the m...
    JLR to offer software OTA update on every new model
    Jaguar Land Rover has said that all models will have software over-the-air (OTA) capabilities as standard, a company press release dated 28 November showed. It is part of JLR’s on-going transformation in connected services. Customers will receive software updates in the future without visi...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Audi unveils new RS Q8 with 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain
    Audi has unveiled its new RS Q8 sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain, the company announced in a press release on 27 November. The car is equipped with a 4L V8 engine, which generates 441 kW and 800 N.m torque. The new RS Q8 will be launched in Germany and other E...
    29-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Fisker opens reservations for all-electric SUV Ocean
    Electric  vehicle (EV) startup Fisker has opened reservations for its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) Ocean for USD250, the company announced in a press release on 27 November. Ocean will be available for leasing starting at USD379 per month, and delivery will begin from 2022. Fis...
    29-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Audi’s new RS Q8 features RS Matrix LED headlights
    Audi’s new RS Q8 features RS matrix LED headlights, the automaker announced in a press release on 27 November. Customers can choose from two different LED headlight configurations. The optionally tinted RS Matrix LED headlights have a three-dimensional daytime running lights (DRLs) signature with ...
    Audi recalls 11,140 vehicles in Australia over incorrectly fastened wheel arch covers
    Audi has issued a recall of 11,140 vehicles in Australia over incorrectly fastened wheel arch covers, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 28 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017–2020 Audi Q5 vehicles. Significance: In the affe...
    29-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Nissan invests USD302 million in Tochigi plant in Japan to produce next-generation of electrified, intelligent vehicles
    Nissan has announced plans to make a substantial investment in advanced production technologies and equipment at its plants around the world to prepare them to produce the next-generation of electrified and intelligent vehicles, the company said in a press release today. The automaker has earmarked ...
    Mercedes-Benz to recall 24,226 vehicles in US to update communication module software
    Mercedes-Benz will recall 24,226 vehicles in the United States to update communication module software, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2013-2017 AMG GT, MY 2016-2017 AMG GT S, ...
    28-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 683 vehicles in Australia over issue with hazard lamps
    Toyota has issued a recall of 683 vehicles in Australia to fix an issue with hazard lamps, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 27 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017-2019 Toyota Coaster XZB70 vehicles. Significance: The ACCC no...
    28-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Hyundai to recall 11,217 vehicles in US over problem with mounting bolts that secure side curtain airbags
    Hyundai will recall 11,217 vehicles in the United States over a problem with mounting bolts that secure side curtain airbags, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2020 Palisade vehicles. ...
    28-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    FCA recalls 72,761 vehicles globally due to degraded shift cable bushings
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 72,761 units of model-year (MY) 2012-13 Fiat 500 vehicles globally due to degraded shift cable bushings, according to a report by Automotive News Canada on 27 November. The recall covers 51,788 vehicles in the United States, 10,627 units in Canada, 3,520 ...
    28-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Audi’s e-tron Sportback features digital matrix LED headlights
    Audi’s e-tron Sportback features innovative digital matrix LED headlights, the automaker announced in a press release on 20 November. “Its digital matrix LED headlights are a new feature now available for the first time in a mass-production vehicle,” Audi said in a statement. Market introducti...
    Hyundai to set up new manufacturing facility in Indonesia
    South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company has announced its plans to set up its first ever production facility in Indonesia, according to a press statement issued on November 26th. The company entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Indonesia to build...
    28-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Tata Motor’s upcoming Nexon EV to offer over 30 connected car features
    The Nexon, Tata Motors’ upcoming electric vehicle (EV), will carry more than 30 connected car features, according to information on the automaker’s website. The features include location-based services, vehicle health monitoring, alerts, safety, and security. Tata adds that the EV will offer pre...
    28-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Fiat Chrysler recalls 528,594 vehicles in US over issue with fuel pump relay
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling 528,594 vehicles in the United States over an issue with fuel pump relay, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects model year (MY) 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand...
    27-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Mazda recalls 47,053 vehicles in US over defective airbags
    Mazda is recalling 47,053 vehicles in the United States over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers model year (MY) 2003-2008 Mazda6, MY 2004-2005 MPV, MY 2004 RX-8, and MY 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6...
    27-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Renault’s new Espace crossover features EasyLink multimedia system
    Renault has unveiled its Espace crossover with EasyLink multimedia system, the French automaker said in a press release. The Renault EASY CONNECT ecosystem is made up of apps such as MY Renault, the new Renault EASY LINK multimedia system and connected services such as automatic updates and remote v...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Porsche recalls 2,348 vehicles in Australia to reprogram instrument cluster software
    Porsche has issued a recall of 2,348 vehicles in Australia to reprogram instrument cluster software, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 26 November. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2017-2020 Panamera (971) and MY 2018-202...
    27-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    New Renault Espace features LED Matrix Vision adaptive headlamps
    The new Renault Espace features LED Matrix Vision adaptive headlamps, the automaker announced in a press release on 25 November. The New Espace uses the LED Matrix Vision technology, which is a first in the Renault range, according to the press release. The intelligent adaptive lighting system ...
    Ford recalls 5,546 vehicles in Canada over issue with taillight
    Ford is recalling 5,546 vehicles in Canada over an issue with taillights, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall covers model year (MY) 2019-2020 Ford Ranger trucks. Significance: In certain trucks, a connector for the taillights may not be ...
    27-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Audi concludes fundamental agreement with Works Council, plans to cut up to 9,500 jobs until 2025
    In accordance with Audi’s Transformation Plan, the company has taken measures to ensure the job security of its core workforce until the year 2029, along with optimizing the production capacities of both its manufacturing facilities in Germany. The plan, which was launched two years ago with the t...
    Volkswagen, Siemens launch electric mobility project in Rwanda
    Volkswagen and Siemens have launched an electric mobility project in Rwanda to test the feasibility of electric mobility in an African country, Volkswagen announced in a press release on 29 October. Under the pilot phase of the project, four e-Golfs and one charging station will be introduced i...
    Audi launches new RS 6 Avant with mild hybrid powertrain and upgraded suspension
    German luxury and sportscar maker Audi has launched the newest version of their RS6 Avant, and this vehicle now features a mild hybrid powertrain and improved suspension systems, among other upgrades. The 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8 petrol engine produces a power figure of 591 bhp and a torque o...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz partners with Chargefox for EV charging services in Australia
    Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Chargefox to offer free fast charging to EQC owners in Australia for five years, Chargefox announced in a press release on 25 November. EQC owners will have to register their vehicle details in the Chargefox app, after which owners will be able to see all of the free...
    Nissan and EVgo launch new EV charging program in US
    Nissan and EVgo have launched a new electric vehicle (EV) charging program ‘Nissan Energy Perks by EVgo’ in the United States for Nissan LEAF customers, EVgo announced in a press release on 25 November. Under the program, Nissan will provide USD250 of pre-paid charging credits with EVgo to quali...
    Honda’s new City sedan features latest generation of Honda CONNECT infotainment system
    Honda has launched the fifth generation of its entry-level sedan City in Thailand with the latest Honda CONNECT infotainment system, the company said in a press release on 25 November. It includes premium functions such as a multi-information display (MID) with illumination, 8-inch advanced touch di...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz to equip new V-Class with MBUX multimedia system
    Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will integrate its MBUX infotainment system in the all-new V-Class multi-purpose van (MPV) from December 2019, a company press release dated 26 November showed. The V-Class’ MBUX operating concept will have a high-resolution, 7-inch or 10.25-inch touchscreen ...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Blue World Technologies partners with Chinese EV start-up AIWAYS to develop methanol fuel cell vehicles
    Blue World Technologies partners with Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up AIWAYS to develop a methanol fuel cell vehicle, Blue World Technologies announced in a press release earlier this month. AIWAYS will launch the methanol fuel cell hybrid version of its U5 sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the ...
    LA Motor Show 2019: Porsche showcases all-electric Taycan 4S
    Porsche has showcased its first all-electric vehicle Taycan 4S at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. “A year ago we introduced the new generation of the 911 in Los Angeles. Now we follow up with the Taycan—the first all-electric sports ca...
    Mercedes-Benz to launch all-electric EQC in US in early 2020
    Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will launch the EQC 400 4MATIC all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the United States in early 2020, according to a company press release on 20 November. The SUV will be priced starting at USD67,900. At launch, there will be three available tiers customers ...
    Buick launches Encore GX with added safety and connectivity features
    Buick has launched its Encore GX SUV with a plethora of safety technologies, driver assistance and convenience features, the company said in a press release on 19 November. The Encore GX will come equipped with the latest infotainment systems and connectivity, compatible with Apple CarPlay and An...
    26-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Audi plans to launch more than nine plug-in hybrids and other electrified models in China by 2021
    German car maker Audi has planned to launch over nine electrified models in the Chinese car market by the year 2021, and the company has also stated that all of the models that it sells in China will feature electrification by 2025, according to a report filed by motoring publication Automotive News...
    26-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Honda launches all-new City in Thailand with new 1.0L VTEC turbo engine
    Japanese car maker Honda premiered the newest, 5th generation of the company’s entry level sedan, the City, on the 25th of November. For this version, Honda has equipped the vehicle with a new 1.0 litre, 3-cylinder, turbocharged VTEC engine that develops 120 bhp, and it is connected to a CVT autom...
    26-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Skoda launches Superb iV PHEV and all-electric Citigoᵉ iV
    Czech auto maker Skoda launches two new models, the Skoda Superb iV and the Citigoᵉ iV, according to a press release issued on 25th November. These new Superb is the first ever plug-in hybrid vehicle of Skoda while the Citigoᵉ is its first pure electric vehicle. Along with these vehicles, the...
    26-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Ford recalls 78,000 MY2019 Ranger vehicles in US, Canada to fix glitch in tail lamp
    Ford is recalling 78,264 units of model year (MY) 2019 Ranger pickup truck to fix an issue in their tail lamp, the automaker said in a press release on 25 November. The recall affects 72,718 vehicles in the United States and 5, 546 vehicles in Canada. The affected vehicles were built at Ford’s Mic...
    26-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Subaru recalls 17,479 vehicles in China to fix glitch in engine control unit
    Subaru is recalling a total of 17,479 vehicles in China to fix a glitch in the engine control unit, according to a recall notice on the website of the State Administration for Markets Regulation. The recall affects 10,487 Foresters manufactured between 3 September 2018 and 19 June 2019, and 6,992 XV...
    26-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 780 vehicles in Australia over issue with trim divider of rear door windows
    Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall of 780 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the trim divider of the rear door windows, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 21 November. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2019 Mercedes-Be...
    26-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Toyota recalls 12,637 Alphard minivans in China over defective charging control program
    Japanese automaker Toyota will recall a total of 12,637 units of imported Alphard minivans over a defective charging control program, according to a recall notice on the website of the State Administration for Markets Regulation. Recall is expected to begin on 29 December. The recall affects vehicle...
    26-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    LA Auto Show 2019: Karma Automotive unveils all-electric SC2 hypercar concept
    Karma Automotive has unveiled its new all-electric model SC2 hypercar concept at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 19 November. The hypercar generates a power output of 1,100 HP from front and rear mounted twin electric motors delivering...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Auto Guangzhou 2019: Kia unveils all-new K3 EV
    Kia has unveiled its all-electric sedan K3 EV at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou), the company announced in a press release on 22 November. According to a report by Yonhap News Agency, which cited a company statement. Kia is planning to launch the K3 EV in...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Auto Guangzhou 2019: Peugeot showcases electrified lineup
    French automaker Peugeot has showcased an electrified lineup at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou), the company announced in a press release on 22 November. The showcase included the Peugeot e-2008, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 4008 4WD PHEV, and the Peugeot 508 L PHEV ...
    Auto Guangzhou 2019: Hyundai unveils all-electric Lafesta EV sedan
    Hyundai has unveiled its all-electric sedan Lafesta EV at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou), the company announced in a press release on 22 November. The car has a maximum power of 150kW and maximum torque of 310 Nm. Lafesta EV gets a 56.5kWh battery, giving it ...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Auto Guangzhou 2019: Lexus showcases all-electric UX 300e
    Lexus has showcased its all-electric crossover UX300e at the 2019 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (Auto Guangzhou), the company announced in a press release on 22 November. The crossover comes with 54.3 kWh lithium-ion battery  which gives the vehicle a range of 400 kilometer...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    New BMW X3 gets plug-in hybrid powertrain, new high voltage battery pack
    BMW has announced the newest version of its SUV, the X3, in a press release dated 4th November. The Munich-based car maker has made its X3 xDrive30e the third vehicle in its fleet to be equipped with plug-in hybrid drive and all-wheel drive (AWD). The new BMW X3 is driven by a 2.0-litre, twin tur...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz’s Maybach, AMG models feature NVIDIA’s AI-powered MBUX infotainment system
    NVIDIA has said that Mercedes-Benz’s Maybach AMG models feature its AI-powered MBUX infotainment system, according to a company blogpost on 22 November. The latest addition takes the total number of Mercedes models equipped with MBUX to 20, including the all-electric EQC SUV. MBUX can...
    SupplierInsight Weekly – 25 November 2019
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    BMW, Great Wall Motor JV gets regulatory approval for setting up plant in China
    China-based Great Wall Motor has obtained the required approvals from local regulatory authorities to set up its vehicle manufacturing facility with German automotive manufacturer BMW. This joint venture production facility comes with a total investment of RMB5.1 billion (approximately USD730 millio...
    Ford recalls 30,073 vehicles in Canada over loose connection on battery positive terminal
    Ford is recalling 30,073 vehicles in Canada over a loose connection on the battery positive terminal, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall covers model year (MY) 2019-2020 F-150 trucks. Significance: In certain trucks, a connection on the ...
    25-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    General Motors recalls 75,208 vehicles in Canada over problem with front seat belt pretensioner
    General Motors (GM) has issued a recall of nearly 75,208 vehicles in Canada over an issue with the front seat belt pretensioner, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall covers model year (MY) 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado, MY 2020 Chevrolet Silv...
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    All-new Kia KX3 features full LED headlights and taillights
    Kia Motors’ all-new KX3 sport utility vehicle (SUV) features full LED headlights and taillights, the automaker announced in a press release on 22 November. The model also features Sound Mood Lighting. The automaker unveiled its new KX3 at the 17th China Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibi...
    LA Auto Show 2019: Hyundai showcases Vision T Plug-in Hybrid SUV Concept, upgraded IONIQ lineup
    Hyundai has showcased its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sport utility vehicle (SUV) Concept Vision T at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in the United States. The Vision T is the seventh in a series of Hyundai Design Center concepts. Hyundai, however, did not reveal further details about the vehicle’s power...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Tesla unveils pick-up truck Cybertruck
    Tesla has unveiled its all-electric pickup truck, Cybertruck, in the United States. The company has opened reservations for the pickup truck which is expected to enter production in late 2021. According to Tesla’s website, Cybertruck will also come with a dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) version a...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    New MY2021 Kia Seltos SUV features advanced connectivity, safety and driver assistance features
    Hyundai has announced that its model year (MY) 2021 Kia Seltos is packed with connected technology features and the ‘Kia Drive Wise’ suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), according to a company press release on 21 November. The car will be available with a 10.25-inch high-resolu...
    22-Nov-2019 News New Products
    BMW awards battery cell contracts worth over USD11 billion
    BMW has awarded electric vehicle (EV) battery cell contracts of over EUR10 billion (USD11 billion) to China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and South Korea-based Samsung SDI, the company announced in a press release on 21 November. BMW has increased its previous order to CATL from EUR4 ...
    Volkswagen’s Car.Software organization to operate as independent business unit from Jan 2020
    German carmaker Volkswagen has said that its Car.Software unit will operate as an independent business from January 2020, according to a company press release dated 21 November. The Car.Software organization will centralize the units within the group. Initially, around 3,000 digital experts from ...
    Volkswagen extends mobility partnership with German city Hamburg
    Volkswagen Group (VW) has announced plans to extend strategic mobility partnership with Hamburg in Germany to 2022, the automotive group said in a press release on 21 November. The extended partnership will mainly focus on support for electromobility, new mobility services, intelligence transport ne...
    BMW invests over USD220 million in Austrian diesel engine development centre
    The BMW Group has announced that in 2019 alone, it will be investing over EUR200 million (more than USD220 million) in new diesel engines and test stands for the company’s electric drives at the engine development centre in Steyr, Austria. According to Fritz Steinparzer, the Head of diesel engi...
    22-Nov-2019 News Investments
    GM and Isuzu to invest USD175 million in new diesel engine components plant in the US
    In a press release issued on 21st November, American auto manufacturer General Motors (GM) stated that the company, along with Isuzu, would invest USD175 million in a new diesel engine components manufacturing facility. This new 251,000 sq. ft. plant will be located in Brookville, Ohio, and it will ...
    22-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall nearly 697,800 SUVs globally over electrical fault risk
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will recall nearly 697,800 sport utility vehicles (SUV) worldwide over an electrical fault risk, according to a report by Reuters on 21 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2011-2013 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. The recall covers around 528,500 ...
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    BYTON partners with Electrify America for ultra-fast EV charging
    Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYTON has announced a partnership with Electrify America that will provide BYTON owners in the United States with complimentary unlimited 30-minute charging sessions on Electrify America´s network of DC Fast public charging stations for two years, Electrify Americ...
    Volkswagen Group, partners to invest USD4.4 billion in China in 2020
    Volkswagen Group (VW), along with its Chinese partners, will invest EUR4 billion (USD4.4 billion) in China next year, the Germany-based automotive group said in a press release on 21 November. About 40% of this investment is earmarked for electromobility as part of the VW group’s electrification s...
    22-Nov-2019 News Interviews
    Pirelli to supply OE tires for Aston Martin DBX SUV
    Pirelli is supplying three different tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for Aston Martin’s DBX sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Italian tire-maker said in a press release on 21 November 2019. The tire-maker is supplying the P Zero that offers good performance and handling, the Scorpion Zero ...
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