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    Unable to find investors, Britishvolt files for insolvency
    Battery startup Britishvolt filed a notice to appoint an administrator in the insolvency courts in the UK on January 17, 2023, after failing to raise funds from new and existing investors to keep the business afloat. While a majority of 300 existing employees have lost their jobs as an immediate consequence of Britishvolt’s liquidation, the development is also being seen as a blow to the UK government’s efforts of establishing a flourishing ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) and battery man...
    Talking Heads: CES – the wrap
    In 2023, some 300 exhibitors showcased their vehicle technology. Its increasing importance – usurping the traditional auto shows like NAIAS, Paris, IAA and Geneva along the way – is demonstrated if we wind back the clock to 2014. Then, there were just nine OEMs present and some 125 automotive technology exhibitors. With this growth has also come maturity. The 2023 CES was less about fanciful concepts and more about tangible. Click the link above to download the full article.
    Tracking supplier investments and sustainability initiatives in the green EV tire market
    Demands for tires with sustainable material compositions and a high compatibility with the unique requirements associated with electric drivetrain systems has led to the creation of a new green electric vehicle (EV) tire market with leading tier-1 suppliers ramping up development and commercial availability of the specific tires across vehicle segments (conventional and high-performance), tire segments (season-specific as well as original/aftermarket), and geographical markets. While high pro...
    FORVIA’s divestment strategy reflects its ambition to emerge as a technology focused enterprise
    On 29 July, HELLA announced the divestment of 33.33% stake of integrated front end modules company Hella Behr Plastic Omnium (HBPO) GmbH to France-based Plastic Omnium for an equity value of EUR290 million (USD306.70 million). The transaction enables Plastic Omnium with complete ownership. The divestment is part of HELLA’s strategy to align its resources in the development of high growth business segments underlining FORVIA’s combined businesses which, aim to become a major technology-focuse...
    Decoding DENSO’s semiconductor strategy
    Japan’s DENSO Corporation, one of the leading global automotive suppliers of powertrain, thermal, and safety systems, recorded a 4.2% year-on-year (y/y) decline in its fiscal year (FY) 2021 revenue, which stood at JPY4,936.7 billion (about USD45.1 billion). The company attributed this year-on-year fall to the significant decline in car sales resulting from COVID-19, followed by the shortages in semiconductors and other raw materials. Yasushi Matsui, CEO at DENSO Corporation, projected in the c...
    Inflation Reduction Act 2022 remains a tough call for carmakers to avail EV tax credits
    It has been almost a month since the Democrats in the US Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA 2022), which became legislation on 16 August 2022 after the US President Joe Biden signed the act. While carmakers and their suppliers across the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain have been scrambling to decode the new mandates, auto industry lobbies from Europe, South Korea, and Japan have already expressed deep concerns about the ability of global carmakers to meet the requi...
    Centralizing E/E architectures: The key to efficient integrated chassis control
    Over the last few years developments in the driving assistance and automation feature market have driven demands for a new generation of automotive controllers that are able to process, analyze, and communicate increasingly large amounts of complex real-time data rapidly, efficiently, and flawlessly. A progressive electronification of vehicle systems, meanwhile, has led to the penetration of by-wire chassis systems equipped with electronic control units (ECUs) that process information fed fro...
    How is the global semiconductor shortage impacting thermal and powertrain suppliers?
    The global automotive industry reported a semiconductor shortage for the first time in the second half of calendar year (CY) 2020. That was the time when major automakers, which were looking to scale up production and revive industrial activities across the automotive supply chains, struggled to secure necessary supplies of mainly electronic and electrical components powered by the semiconductors. As demand for household appliances including consumer electronics and white goods, and cars witn...
    Can new chassis technologies and materials help OEMs meet future emission standards?
    While countries such as the US, Japan, and mainland China have been enforcing fuel economy standards for over a decade to drive down domestic fuel consumption levels, concerns over climate change and continuously rising global average temperatures have led governments around the world to redouble efforts in cutting down domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to levels prescribed by the 2015 Paris Agreement. The initiative has driven regulatory agencies to roll out increasingly strict vehicle em...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the future of light vehicle (LV) steering technology owing to advances in vehicle electrical architectures and semiconductor-based, integrated controller performance as well as the gradual penetration of dri...
    Transforming interior concepts, autonomous vehicles pushing airbag technology trends
    Airbags have been one of the essential passive safety technologies in vehicles, along with seatbelts. Automakers developed the idea to use airbags as a supplemental restraint system (SRS) for added occupants’ safety. With increasing safety regulations from rating bodies, such as New Car Assessment Programs (NCAP) and other regulatory authorities globally, awareness among individuals about vehicle safety is also contributing to instrumental increase in vehicle airbags. This development has led ...
    Fallout of the Ukraine crisis on tire production and material supply chains
    On 24 February 2022, Russian forces initiated military operations in neighboring Ukraine, provoking a massive international geopolitical response aimed at financially isolating the country’s economy from the rest of the world. Western governments have since initiated wide-ranging sanctions that have cut off the country’s supply chains while simultaneously causing a large-scale exodus of international businesses from the country. While negotiations calling for a diplomatic solution to the cri...
    Automotive applications for ultra-wideband wireless technology set to expand in the coming five years
    UWB is a short-range wireless communication system that employs radio waves, similar to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. UWB can enable the very accurate measurement of time of flight (ToF) of the radio signal, leading to centimeter accuracy of distance and location calculations. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized the unlicensed use of UWB in 2002. According to recent IHS Markit analysis, the adoption of UWB technology will significantly rise in applications such ...
    How the new NHTSA ruling for autonomous cars impacts the wider chassis systems market
    On 10 March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency that develops and enforces the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) regulations relevant to vehicles sold in the United States, updated the 200-series occupant protection standards to account for autonomous vehicles that do not have the traditional manual controls associated with a human driver. This change came a month after General Motors (GM) sent a petition on behalf of its self-driving subsidiary C...
    Faurecia and HELLA to emerge a more capable supplier in interior and lighting space
    On 31 January 2022, Faurecia announced that it completed the acquisition of a controlling interest in HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA; the deal was announced on 14 August 2021. Faurecia SE (PAR:EO, market capitalization USD6.46 billion as on 21 February 2022) acquired 79.5% HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA (XETRA:HLE, market capitalization USD7.93 billion as on 21 February 2022) shares with an investment of EUR5.3 billion (USD6.0 billion). This included 60% share package of the HELLA pool shareholders as wel...
    Cars that watch you: Driver monitoring system
    Driver monitoring systems (DMS) are high-tech safety features that detect driver drowsiness or distraction and issue a warning or alert to refocus the driver's attention on the task of driving. In most cases, a sensor mounted on the steering column or dashboard includes eye tracking software that enables the DMS to detect whether a driver is inattentive or drowsy. The system can then generate progressive alerts for the driver; if no action is taken by the driver, the automated driving system ...
    Cobalt in future EV supply chains: Addressing long-term demands through strategic investments
    1. Introduction – Cobalt and the EV revolution Driven primarily by emission-based legislations and mandatory electrification-targets worldwide, the electric vehicle (EV) industry has grown exponentially over the last few years with the demand for EVs nearly doubling between 2020 and 2021, from 2.4 million vehicles to 4.5 million. The growing EV market has meanwhile caused an unprecedented surge in demand for the materials needed to produce the lithium-ion batteries (LiB) and motors powering...
    The braking system industry in 2022 – Level 3 autonomy and beyond
    In the early 2010s, with the launch of the very first “driving assistance” systems, automakers began to rely on the braking system’s electronic stability control (ESC) unit, originally designed to improve driving stability, to decelerate the vehicle without driver input, in emergencies. Since then, system requirements have continuously expanded to accommodate growing demands for more powerful, sustained, and responsive autonomous braking capabilities needed for semi-automated and automated...
    Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Mokka
    The second-generation Opel/Vauxhall Mokka is assembled at the Stellantis Poissy facility in France. Output of this model, at the French plant, is expected to peak at more than 136,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new Nissan Qashqai
    Produced by the Nissan since 2006, with most of the European volume built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK. Nissan’s compact crossover SUV is now in its third generation. With production starting in June 2021, the all-new Qashqai is Nissan's first model built in Europe using a significant number of lightweight aluminum panels, IHS Markit forecast production will reach its highest level of 303,000 units in 2023.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 Audi e-tron GT
    The first-generation Audi e-tron GT is assembled alongside the Audi R8 at Audi’s Boellinger Hoefe facility in Germany. Output of this model is expected to peak at 14,000 units in 2026, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 BMW 2-Series
    The second-generation BMW 2-Series 2-door coupé (G42) is the first BMW designed by BMW of Mexico. It is also assembled in BMW's San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico. Output of this model is expected to peak at around 43,000 units in 2024, according to IHS Markit.
    Suppliers to the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    The fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is assembled in Detroit Michigan, USA. Output of this model at the Michigan plants is expected to peak at around 480,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit.
    Evolving role of AI and machine learning — primarily for autonomous vehicles
    Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are designed to assist a driver in the process of driving, making the experience safer, more comfortable, simpler, and even more efficient. There are several types of ADAS functionality available, and they may be offered as standard equipment or made available as optional features. Some common ADAS functions include lane departure warning (LDW), forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), blind spot information (BSI), adaptive cru...
    Suppliers to the new 2022 NIssan Pathfinder
    The fifth-generation Nissan Pathfinder is assembled at the Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant plant in Tennessee, USA. Output of this model at the Tennessee plant is expected to peak at around 115,000 units in 2024, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com
    Suppliers to the new Rolls-Royce Ghost
    The second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is assembled at the Rolls-Royce plant in Goodwood, West Sussex, UK. Output of this model is expected to peak at more than 2,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Rapid
    The second-generation Skoda Rapid is assembled at the Volkswagen Group Kaluga facility in Russia. Output of this model at the Russian plant is expected to peak at more than 27,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechinsight@ihsmarkit.com.
    General Motors' Ultra Cruise: An advanced version of the Super Cruise
    On 10 October 2021, General Motors has announced a new driver-assist system called Ultra Cruise. Going beyond the first of its kind and the currently available Level 2+ hands-free highway driving Super Cruise system, Ultra Cruise promises “door-to-door hands-free driving” capabilities in 95% of driving scenarios on suburban and city streets of the United States and Canada. The technology is a centerpiece in the newly unveiled plan that the Detroit company says will enable it to doubl...
    How the upcoming ESC regulation will revolutionize the Indian driving assistance system market
    The importance of active safety systems in India came into focus in 2020 when consultancy Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) published a report that outlined the costs and benefits of electronic stability control (ESC) systems in G20 countries. While final dates have not been officially announced yet, the Indian government is expected to mandate fitment of ESC systems in all new cars in 2022. While the upcoming ESC regulation will be primarily aimed at improving safety, IHS Markit has identi...
    Germany autonomous vehicle development advancing at lightning speed
    The Bundestag, Germany's lower house, approved a new autonomous driving law in May, allowing shuttle services as well as services that involve dual-mode vehicles with automated valet parking. With the implementation of the new law, Germany has opened its doors—and its roads—to a bright autonomous future, allowing potentially game-changing applications such as self-driving mobility and autonomous delivery services to begin operating on its roads. Even if new developments are not announc...
    Qualcomm continues to advance in automotive sector
    Qualcomm, headquartered in California, is a semiconductor company best known for its efforts in smartphone connectivity through its popular Snapdragon brand of modems, application processors, and now radio frequency (RF). While smartphones are undoubtedly the company's bread and butter, Qualcomm also has a significant presence in a number of other industries. A great example of this is its USD10 billion (backlog) automotive business. While Qualcomm is a latecomer to the broader automotive ele...
    Suppliers to the new Hyundai Tucson
    The fourth-generation 2021 Hyundai Tucson is assembled at Hyundai’s facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Output of the new version of the compact crossover SUV is expected to peak at more than 184,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Special Report: Impact analysis of COVID-19 and the chip shortage crisis
    Compared to the previous light vehicle production forecast, almost 1.5 million fewer vehicles are forecast to be produced in 2021, which translates to a growth of 11.7% over 2020. Another 1 million more cars are now forecast to be produced in 2022 followed by a 700,000-unit increase in 2023. These vary regionally with North America seeing the biggest reduction in 2021 at about 1.1 million fewer cars produced, followed by Europe with a reduction of about 600,000 units. Greater China is forecast t...
    Suppliers to the new Lincoln Aviator
    The second-generation Lincoln Aviator is assembled at Ford’s facility in Chicago SHO, United States. Output of the new mid-sized luxury SUV is expected to peak at more than 2,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new BMW 4 Series
    The second-generation BMW 4 Series is assembled at BMW’s facility in Dingolfing, Germany. Output of the new version of the two-door coupe is expected to peak at more than 45,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Octavia
    The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia is assembled at the Volkswagen Group’s facility in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, as well as Russia contract manufacturer GAZ’s plant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Output of the new version of the five-door compact car is expected to peak at more than 233,000 units in Mlada Boleslav in 2022 and peak at 27,000 units in Nizhny Novgorod in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways publishe...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes-Benz CLA
    The second-generation 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA is assembled at Daimler's facility in Kecskemet, Hungary. Output of the new version of the compact sedan is expected to peak at more than 98,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Germany paves the way for adoption of autonomous vehicles
    On 28 May, German legislators passed legislation allowing some self-driving vehicles to operate on public roads as early as 2022. In addition, the Bundestag, Germany's lower house, has approved a new draft to amend the Road Traffic Act and the Compulsory Insurance Act – Act on Autonomous Driving. The vote was based on a Federal Council opinion and a resolution recommendation from the Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The lawmakers' bill has now changed traffic regulations t...
    Suppliers to the new Jeep Compass
    The second-generation 2021 Jeep Compass is assembled at Stellantis’ facility in Melfi, Italy. Output of the new version of the compact crossover SUV is expected to peak at more than 77,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen T-Roc
    The first-generation 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc is assembled at Volkswagen’s facility in Osnabruck, Germany. Output of the new version of the subcompact crossover is expected to peak at more than 15,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    NCAP plans to add new generation ADAS tech to its feature rating system
    Automakers have developed safety enhancement features that could reduce the number and severity of accidents—the innovation developed by component manufactures an opportunity to upgrade vehicle safety and save lives. The most noteworthy of these innovations' technologies are automated driving assistance system (ADAS) that can mitigate the harm caused by a vehicle. A prime example is highway assist, a technology designed to make motorway driving safer by reducing fatigue and encouraging safe dr...
    Suppliers to the new DS 3 Crossback
    The first-generation DS 3 Crossback is assembled at Stellantis’ factory in Poissy, France. Output of the new version of the small crossover is expected to peak at more than 24,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Powertrain company spin-offs driven by global shift to electrification
    The past few years have already seen intense competition and innovation in the automotive powertrain sector magnifying several times over due to challenging market conditions, ever stricter regulatory and environmental policies, and the disruptions in the form of electrification and new players entering the markets across the globe. Powertrain components and systems manufacturers worldwide have responded by rapidly increasing the development of new or improved products, and consolidating their b...
    UK Government adopts ALKS regulation
    On 28 April 2021, the UK government announced the adoption of regulations for self-driving vehicle systems, known as the Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS). What is ALKS? Many of today's cars incorporate advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as adaptive cruise control, lane changing assistance, and advanced emergency braking. These are individual automated features that assist a driver with the driving task. The ALKS takes things a step further on the autonomy scale as ...
    Suppliers to the new Porsche Cayenne Coupe
    The third-generation 2019 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is assembled at Porsche's facility in Bratislava, Slovakia. Output of the new version of the mid-sized SUV is expected to peak at more than 22,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Are we ready for light projection technology in and around a vehicle?
    Light projection can be used to transform a vehicle and its surroundings. Not only does light have the ability to increase safety and functionality but it also offers manufacturers the ability to differentiate their vehicles with lighting design and create customizable driving experiences. Nowadays, a number of cars, mostly premium, are offering what is called projection lighting. Such technology can be used for light carpets, for instance,&...
    Suppliers to the new Seat Leon
    The fourth-generation 2020 Seat Leon is assembled at Seat's facility in Martorell, Spain. Output of the new version of the hatchback is expected to peak at more than 129,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Supra
    The fifth-generation 2020 Toyota Supra is assembled at Toyota's facility in Graz #2, Austria. Output of the new version of the sports grand tourer is expected to peak at more than 8,800 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Audi A3
    The fourth-generation 2020 Audi A3 is assembled at Audi's facility in Ingolstadt #1, Germany. Output of the new version of the compact sedan is expected to peak at more than 59,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Renault Captur
    The second-generation Renault Captur is assembled at Renault's facility in Valladolid, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Renault Captur from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 229,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Land Rover Defender
    The second-generation Land Rover Defender is assembled at Land Rover's facility in Nitra, Slovakia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Land Rover Defender from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 54,000 units.  If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Chip supply constraints will likely persist until third quarter 2021
    The semiconductor shortage crisis has hit the automotive industry at a time when the sector started to experience a moderate recovery in production levels following a pandemic-inflicted slowdown. The ramp up in demand of chips from the automotive industry started when the supply lines were already stretched by significant demand for chips from the consumer electronics sector, for 5G phones and infrastructure, new gaming platforms, and IT equipment. There are no easy fixes to the capacity constra...
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Corolla
    The twelfth-generation Toyota Corolla is assembled at Toyota's facility in Tupelo, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Toyota Corolla from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 160,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    ABS and ESC fitment to be driven by emerging markets and affordable vehicle segments
    Having a high safety ranking is a unique value proposition (UVP) for any carmaker, coupled with the fact that safety norms worldwide are becoming increasingly stringent, and the number of vehicles on the roads are increasing globally at very high rates, the requirement to improve overall vehicular safety is of paramount importance to OEMs. Despite various safety measures dotting the modern automobile, one of the earliest and best-known active safety measures is the anti-lock braking system (A...
    Suppliers to the new Subaru Legacy
    The seventh-generation Subaru Legacy is assembled at Subaru's facility in Lafayette #1, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Subaru Legacy from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 29,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Semiconductor supply constraints expected to resolve by second half of fiscal year 2021
    With demand falling for most part of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, carmakers and tier-1 suppliers have reduced their inventory. Automotive semiconductor vendors have canceled orders to external foundries, while internal capacity was halted or slowed either intentionally or as a result of reduced labor availability due to the pandemic. However, with industries opening up in the last couple of months and automotive demand increasing, there are signs of disruption in the supply chain. Last ...
    Suppliers to the new BMW X7
    The first-generation BMW X7 is assembled at BMW's facility in Kaliningrad, Russia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW X7 from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 2,200 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Heat recovery system fitment to be driven by D-segment vehicles in the medium-term
    Automotive OEMs need to make more effort to improve the overall efficiency of their model range, and this fact is more emphatic in the case of electric vehicles because of their limited driving range. Automobiles have always had the necessity to dissipate excess heat, and the A/C heater core was one of the first examples of heat recovery―it worked by harvesting heat from the internal combustion engine (ICE) and redirecting it into the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) module to...
    Suppliers to the new Ford Kuga
    The third-generation Ford Kuga is assembled at Ford's facility in Valencia, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Ford Kuga from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 151,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    E-axle demand forecast to more than double within next two years
    Electrification is by far one of the most active areas of automotive innovation these days. Vehicle manufacturers are being faced with constantly evolving and strengthening emission norms and standards, while simultaneously having to make their models more responsive to drive so as to keep up the appeal for potential customers. In the domain of torque management, e-axles have proven to be one such innovation that provides both these benefits in a vehicle. The channeling of the vehicle’s tor...
    Increased electrification to drive demand for newer types of A/C condensers
    Comfort almost always ranks quite high in the list of criteria for customers looking to purchase a new vehicle, and carmakers have always invested significant time, effort, and money in making sure their vehicles’ A/C or climate control systems function as best as possible. In addition to heating up or cooling down the passenger cabin rapidly and efficiently, automotive A/C systems have evolved into multifunctional units that also filter out particulates, such as pollen and harmful pollutants,...
    Electrohydraulic brake actuation to see high adoption in the short-to-medium term
    The brakes of an automobile are unquestionably one of the first lines of safety in motoring, and for this reason, vehicle manufacturers have invested and will certainly continue to dedicate significant investments in order to upgrade vehicle braking systems. Automotive brakes functioned through mechanical means such as cables for several years, but actuation methods have been modernized over time. Nowadays, brake actuation methods include hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical, or a combination of ...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Corvette
    The eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette is assembled at Chevrolet's facility in Bowling Green, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Chevrolet Corvette from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 34,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X
    The first-generation Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X is assembled at Opel's facility in Eisenach, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 86,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Aluminum brake calipers to experience increased demand after 2025
    Over many years of automotive innovation, vehicle safety has experienced many innovations and developments in order to keep occupants safe under almost all circumstances. Tracing back, the very first automotive safety feature is the braking system. Automotive brakes have also gone through their fair share of innovation—with brake drums being replaced by discs; different materials being tried for discs including cast iron, carbon composites, and ceramic; and the number of pistons being increase...
    Suppliers to the new Audi Q3 Sportback
    The first-generation Audi Q3 Sportback is assembled at Audi's facility in Gyor, Hungary. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi Q3 Sportback from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 35,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Combi cabin air filters to gain larger foothold in the global market
    One of the most important criteria when purchasing a new car is passenger comfort. Carmakers heavily invest in making their vehicles as comfortable as possible, and the A/C or climate control unit has been a focus area for advancement for a very long time. The pollution we face on our daily commutes, coupled with natural irritants or allergens such as pollen, has made sophisticated climate control systems the unique value proposition (UVP) for many vehicle manufacturers. While the earlier genera...
    Industry takes significant steps toward cockpit domain controllers
    People have created personal connected ecosystems using their smartphones, laptops, and tablets with the recent trend shifting to cars. Automakers have realized the importance of this digitization and have begun rolling out tech-heavy vehicles, even in the conservative markets. Traditionally, addition of a new electronics technology meant integration of an electronic control unit (ECU) in the vehicle. However, many automakers are now increasingly consolidating different functions into single coc...
    Connected intelligent tire: The next big push for connected mobility
    In order to create a vision of automated and accident-free driving, all parts of the vehicle need to be intelligent and connected. As such, dummy tire that provides no information about the tire itself and the road surfaces can be a barrier. Therefore, an inevitable evolution is a connected intelligent tire (CIT). What is a CIT? A tire with sensors embedded in the rubber to monitor the instantaneous status such as pressure; temperature; and even acceleration and/or strain to improve vehicl...
    Suppliers to the new Toyota Yaris
    The fourth generation Toyota Yaris is assembled at Toyota’s plant in Valenciennes-Onnaing, France. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Toyota Yaris from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 129,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    COVID-19: Impact on L2–L5 Strategy and Deployment
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has significantly disrupted the global automotive industry, causing many OEM production plants and more than 300 supplier plants to stop operations around the world. This ecosystem disruption will impact more than just vehicle production, with research and development (R&D) and vehicle technology investment being key targets for budget reduction and strategy realignment. In April, the Automotive Supply Chain and Technology team at IHS Marki...
    Impact of COVID-19 on Automotive UI/ UX Market
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has profoundly disrupted all aspects of the automotive supply chain. Global efforts to control the spread of the virus have impacted both demand and supply, and in turn the industry cumulating in a sharp decline in production. Both automakers and automotive supplier manufacturing plants are either working on a lesser production capacity or have temporarily suspended manufacturing activities. Additionally, a combination of stringent federal laws, e...
    Is water injection technology ready for mass-market adoption?
    Automotive OEMs across the globe are faced with the challenge of making their vehicles increasingly more efficient by cutting fuel consumption and emissions. A wide variety of measures exist for car manufacturers to employ and refine in order to achieve these desired effects, including improving the aerodynamics of the vehicle, using turbochargers, installing improved catalytic converters, cylinder deactivation, and auto stop-start. While the aforementioned methods have seen applications to vary...
    COVID-19: Impact on European type-approval regulations
    Regulation is a strong market force throughout the automotive industry, and the autonomy sector is no different. In fact, given the central role of safety in the autonomy sector—from basic driver assistance to automated driving to autonomous mobility—regulations play a particularly critical role in shaping the future of this segment of the market. That impact is expected to be increasingly profound over time, and Europe is poised to experience this sooner and in greater force than any other ...
    Suppliers to the new Nissan Juke
    The second generation Nissan Juke is assembled at Nissan's facility in Sunderland #1, United Kingdom. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Nissan Juke from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 102,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Steer-by-wire power steering system demand to surge within five years
    Automotive steering systems have experienced occasional changes in terms of their design and complexity. While the basic technology has endured for generations, innovation has sporadically made noteworthy advancements to the way we steer our vehicles. After the advent of steering systems that used rack and pinion gears to turn the wheels, important advancements included the development of the collapsible steering column that improved driver safety in the event of a collision, power steering mech...
    B-segment vehicles to see major rear seat HVAC fitment growth within five years
    Automakers are on a constant quest to innovate amenities and convenience features to improve passenger comfort. The general trend with such technology is that they are initially introduced into the upper segments. However, over time, many such concepts and features trickle down to the more affordable segments. A case in point currently being seen is in the fitment of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) modules specifically for the rear of the vehicle. After the conventional air-cond...
    Implications of COVID-19 and a falling oil price on the BorgWarner-Delphi merger
    The global automotive component production and supply chain has been drastically affected due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Mainland China, South Korea, and Japan were among the first automotive component producers to be impacted in early-2020. Vehicle demand in these regions in February was severely affected by the nationwide quarantine measures introduced to keep the public at home so as to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The lockdown measures imposed by the Ch...
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen Polo
    The sixth generation Volkswagen Polo is assembled at Volkswagen's facility in Kaluga, Russia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Volkswagen Polo from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 85,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Key takeaways from the Automotive Ethernet Congress 2020
    With the growing number of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles on the road, ethernet in automotive is inevitable and will become crucial. The sixth edition of the annual Automotive Ethernet Congress was held in Munich on 12 and 13 February 2020. During the event, industry leaders and experts discussed new technologies, such as SerDes links and plastic optical fiber, and trends, such as the expected migration of the in-vehicle network (IVN) from the largely distributed, one-feature-per-E...
    Tire pressure monitoring systems to become an increasingly prevalent feature in automobiles
    Safety has become an incredibly important priority for today’s automotive manufacturers. Vehicles are becoming increasingly powerful and more complex, and when that is coupled with improving road infrastructure in many parts of the world and a steadily rising density of automobiles, it has the potential to become a high-risk mix. Therefore, making vehicles as safe as possible is vital. Manufacturers have added a wide variety of safety features to their model lineups, and these features eventua...
    Suppliers to the new BMW 8 Series
    The second generation BMW 8 Series is assembled at BMW's facility in Chengalpattu, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW 8 Series from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 51 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Demand for charge air coolers forecast to accelerate between 2021 and 2025
    The world of today is highly aware of the problems posed, and the far-reaching ramifications, of climate change. As a result, increased levels of efficiency and optimization are demanded in every sphere, and one area where this is felt more strongly than anywhere else, is in the automotive sector. Automobile OEMs are progressively favoring engines that have ever smaller displacements in order to lower fuel consumption. However, as reducing engine capacity will have an adverse effect on power and...
    Prospects of integrating lidar sensors in headlamps
    Automakers are exploring headlamps as a location for lidar sensors to achieve automated driving functionalities. According to IHS Markit, vehicles in future will have digital lighting system that will include a camera, lidar, and other sensors combined with artificial intelligence (AI) to understand the environment better and improve overall safety. According to Dexin Chen, senior research analyst, Semiconductors & Components, IHS Markit, putting lidar into headlamps is a good option from de...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz GLA
    The second generation Mercedes Benz GLA is assembled at Daimler's facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz GLA from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 127,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    BorgWarner looks to future-proof powertrain business with acquisition of Delphi Technologies
    The fast-paced technology developments in the automotive industry have made consolidation almost a necessity in order to keep pace with the changes, not just in the powertrain domain, but across the industry. We have witnessed a number of consolidations in the form of mergers and acquisitions over the last couple of years, and 2020 has started on a similar note. Last week, BorgWarner announced one of the biggest developments in the powertrain segment when it decided to fully acquire...
    Outlook for automotive electronics in 2020
    The growth in electrification, connected car and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), along with the strict regulatory emphasis on emission norms in the automotive industry, have set the ball rolling for changes that are expected to continue well into this decade. Multiple macro-economic factors led to depleted auto sales in 2019 around the world. Automakers cut car production during the year leading to, what IHS Markit predicts, will be a 2.9% drop in semiconductor sales. Power semiconduc...
    Connected Car highlights from CES 2020
    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual affair organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) since 1967, took place from 7-10 January 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event sees global OEMs and suppliers come together to showcase new products and technologies related to the consumer electronics industry, and the increased participation by automotive innovators is adding to technology, electric, lighting and mobility options for consumers. “CES is a broad and dynamic technical ...
    Suppliers to the new Audi A1
    The second generation Audi A1 is assembled at Audi's facility in Martorell, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi A1 from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at over 81,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Thermal sector wrap-up 2019
    The automotive thermal sector witnessed a wide range of innovations and developments, from improving vehicle efficiency to making vehicle occupants more comfortable. Irrespective of whether automobiles are being powered by conventional forms of drive such as internal combustion engines, or by new generation methods such as hybrid powertrain, electric motors or fuel cells, thermal management will always be in demand. As a result, IHS Markit forecasts for the majority of components in the aut...
    Automotive cybersecurity to become more challenging over the next decade 
    As the industry shifts towards autonomous driving and connected car technologies, vehicles and the back-end systems supporting these functionalities will become more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States defines cybersecurity as the protection of automotive electronic systems, communication networks, control algorithms, software, users, and underlying data from malicious attacks, damage, unauthorized access,...
    Powertrain sector wrap-up 2019
    The response to climate change has been the defining aspect of this year for car makers and component manufacturers with regard to the powertrain sector. Car markets across the globe witnessed the creation and implementation of more stringent emission norms, forcing OEMs and ancillary companies to redesign and/or come up with new components in order to adhere to the new regulations. Another direct result of this pressure on automotive OEMs to cut down on emissions is the drive for increa...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2019 – Market analysis
    The buzzword for the automotive chassis sector in 2019 was “consolidation”. Ever increasing competition, falling demands and spiraling costs meant that different companies have felt the need to work together in order to outperform the competition and market standards, and reduce their exposure to risk in a volatile economy. This has been amplified by the emergence of technologies such as autonomous driving, which, according to IHS Markit data has resulted in approximately USD100 billion bein...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz B-Class
    The third generation Mercedes Benz B-Class is assembled at Daimler's facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz B-Class from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at over 86,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail Aman.kapoor@ihsmarkit.com.
    Outlook for semiconductor applications in powertrains and e-drivetrains
    While a raft of macro-economic factors, including the Sino-US ‘trade war’ and a slump in the Chinese automotive market, have led to a fall in vehicle production over the past two years, hybrid (HEV) and electric vehicle (EV) production grew in double-digits in 2018, and the momentum is continuing in 2019. Recent production data shows that there was a double-digit growth in hybrid and electric vehicle segment in 2018 and a significant 75% increase in the battery electric vehicles (B...
    Market outlook for AC condensers
    Overview A key component of any automotive air conditioning system is the condenser. The condenser is a heat exchange system that condenses the refrigerant from a vapor state to a liquid state, thereby transferring latent heat to the surroundings and lowering the temperature of the air that is circulated within the passenger cabin. Types of AC condensers There are multiple types of AC condensers, and they can be categorized into the following : Tube and fin Serpentine Multi fl...
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Kamiq
    The first generation Skoda Kamiq is assembled at Skoda's facility in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Skoda Kamiq from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 90,000 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechInsight@ismarkit.com.
    Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC): A step towards making autonomous driving a reality?
    As the industry moves towards autonomous vehicles, it is important to create an ecosystem that not only sustains the progress but also creates an environment for collaboration and information sharing. It is difficult for one company to take on the responsibility of creating an autonomous vehicle entirely from scratch, given the complexities such as data management, safety and power consumption. The time and cost incurred in research and development is another deterrent. On 8 October, at the 15th...
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This means fuel consumption of around 4.1L per 100 km, or 24.4 km/L, for petrol and 3.6L per 100 km, or 27.7 km/L, for diesel. One of the measures determined by the EU to improve air quality in metropolitan a...
    Chassis evolution and outlook
    It is a common belief that the chassis of a vehicle has had limited evolution, when compared to other sectors of the car, such as powertrain or electronics. However, in the last decade, the chassis has seen several advancements, not just in terms of its structure, but also the way the chassis is conceived. For instance, chassis is no longer just a frame to the car, rather a dynamic component in the vehicle that needs to be able to ‘communicate’ even if passively, to the rest of the vehicle. ...
    Suppliers to the new Audi A8
    The fourth generation Audi A8 is assembled at Audi's facility in Shendra, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi A8 from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at more than 114 units. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways published in Automotive News or Automotive News Europe, please e-mail autotechInsight@ismarkit.com.
    Impact of increasing sensor fitment on the in-vehicle network
    ADAS for Autonomous Driving is the major force for the automotive in-vehicle networking sensor market; especially for image and radar sensors. These devices are being integrated into several interior and exterior components of the vehicle, including radar into bumpers and grills, and image sensors into windshield and mirrors. Beyond this, there are a number of associated opportunities for silicon and other sensors to enhance comfort, HMI, and safety inside the cabin, or even in determining th...
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