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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    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 ap...
    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 ...
    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 mech...
    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 ...
    Impact of 48V technology on automotive thermal management systems
    One of the most significant developments in recent times in the automotive field is the emergence of 48V electrical architecture. Steadily increasing levels of electrification in vehicles, from the introduction of electric power steering to large infotainment system displays, are placing heavie...
    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 you...
    Is there a safe haven for diesel powertrain technology?
    The push for environmentally friendly vehicles has been increasing drastically over the past few years, and vehicles powered by diesel have always been bearing the brunt of it. This friction has become even more apparent after various diesel emissions scandals that hit the industry, which have resul...
    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...
    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 i...
    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...
    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, additi...
    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 intellig...
    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 in...
    Luxury and high-performance segments to drive demand of active damper control systems
    Ride comfort is one of the most important criteria for any new car buyer, especially considering that road infrastructure in many countries and regions across the globe may not be up to the mark. Automotive OEMs have and continue to invest significant amounts of time, money, and effort to make their...
    Growing EV market to drive demand for battery heating systems
    Keeping the lithium-ion batteries in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) within optimum temperature levels plays a key role in the efficiency of these vehicles, as temperatures that are too low or too high can degrade the ability of these batteries to store charge and deliver optimal voltages and ampera...
    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 auto...
    29-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    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...
    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...
    16-May-2020 Insights COVID-19
    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 compa...
    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 r...
    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 affordabl...
    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 regio...
    23-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    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 in...
    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 expert...
    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 pot...
    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 t...
    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. A...
    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...
    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 compa...
    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 acquisiti...
    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 facto...
    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 el...
    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 feat...
    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 n...
    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...
    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...
    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 t...
    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...
    New chassis technologies in ADAS and autonomous vehicles
    The global chassis systems market is currently undergoing a sea change, and strategies of both OEMs and suppliers are, above all, being molded by the emergence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. A growing number of chassis systems are being designed to be intellige...
    New emission norms to drive demand for fuel-efficient clutch technologies
    New developments and technological advancements in the automotive powertrain sector are taking place at an unprecedented pace. The focus is on ramping up power and torque levels delivered to the wheels from powertrain units that are increasingly more efficient, in addition to being lighter in weight...
    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...
    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 ci...
    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 co...
    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 ent...
    Outlook for HVAC HMI systems
    Automotive manufacturers across the globe are investing ever increasing amounts of time, effort and money in order to make the interiors of their vehicles better. Vehicle owners are spending longer durations in their cars than ever before in history, particularly due to longer commute times. Studies...
    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 mea...
    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 con...
    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&n...
    Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
    Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europ...
    Suppliers to the new Peugeot 208
    The second generation Peugeot 208 is assembled at Peugeot's facility in Trnava, Slovakia. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Peugeot 208 from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 174,960 units. If you would like your company included ...
    Additive manufacturing progressing from rapid prototyping to series production
    The automotive industry is gradually adopting additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, in its design and manufacturing strategies. The technology offers potential benefits such as innovative designs, lighter and safer products, shorter lead times, and lower cost. However, there are st...
    Vehicle dynamics: From motorsports to customized driving
    The concept of vehicle dynamics has not only shaped the way a car drives on a fundamental level, but also has indirectly made consumers aware and more willing to spend for comfort and handling when choosing a car. Premium OEMs have been the champions of developing cars with more improved vehicle dyn...
    Suppliers to the new Ford Escape
    The fourth generation Ford Escape is assembled at Ford’s facility in Louisville, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Ford Escape from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 295,909 units. If you would like your company included...
    Sunroof solutions in automotive
    The automobile roof has been generally treated as another closure component protecting the occupants from environmental and NVH conditions. There has also been an element of safety combined with the design of passenger cells and connection of the pillars. However, over time the roof has become an in...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz A-Class
    The fourth generation Mercedes Benz A-Class is assembled at Daimler’s facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz A-Class from the plant is expected to peak in 2019 at more than 91,600 units. If you would like your c...
    Suppliers to the new Chevrolet Silverado HD
    The fourth-generation Chevrolet Silverado HD is assembled at the Oshawa, Canada, facility. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new-generation Chevrolet Silverado from the plant is expected to peak in 2019, at more than 242,000 units. If you would like your company...
    Electric Mobility - material choices affecting affordability
    The e-mobility disruption in the automotive industry has reached more than the critical global mass and is now gunning to replace conventional ICE propulsion technologies from pole positions in markets across the world. It is not the breakthrough kid in business now and hence needs to address the re...
    New innovations in door solutions
    Responsible for a number of vital interior functions, including occupant protection, curbing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels, and functioning as a casing for door elements, the door trim panel of today has gone through a substantial evolution over the years. As an intrinsic component of...
    Indian Automotive Industry – Lightweighting Scenario
    Lightweighting has been repeatedly touted as one of the most-favored OEM strategies to meet the stricter deadlines and demands of the future business, especially considering the increased regulations over emissions, fuel efficiency and safety standards. Globally, lightweighting has been progressivel...
    Cockpit domain controller features vs peripherals
    The central body control module was the first ECU to become a sort of hub or gateway managing multiple basic functionalities related to doors, windows, seats, lighting and air conditioning. However, infotainment is currently the vehicle domain where the most radical consolidation is happening. Cockp...
    Suppliers to the new Bentley GT
    The third generation Bentley GT is assembled at Crewe, United Kingdom. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Bentley GT from the plant is expected to peak in 2018 at more than 6,700 units. If you would like your company included in...
    HD Maps – Competitive Landscape
    Introduction Technology companies are taking their mapping and localization efforts to the next level to support the growing development of autonomous driving technologies. This has resulted in the integration of next-generation maps, known as HD maps, into semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles. HD...
    Seating Subsystem Lightweighting
    The seating subsystem in the interiors component area is estimated to account for more than 40% of the total component area weight and up to 6% of the total vehicle weight. In terms of additional comfort and luxury features, one of the first targets for OEMs is to improve the driving experience even...
    Geneva Motor Show 2019 : Material sector insights
    The Geneva Motor Show 2019 was tracked extensively by IHS Markit, not only in terms of important OEM launch developments but also from the point of view of the supply chain and technology trends that the show offered. With analysts on the ground covering the show, there were many insights that could...
    High-definition Maps
    Introduction Since the introduction of Honda’s Electro Gyro-Cator navigation unit in 1981, automotive navigation systems have come a long way. In-vehicle navigation has become ubiquitous in modern day cars, enabling consumers to seamlessly navigate from one place to other, along with other feat...
    Opportunities in cabin noise insulation as EVs gain traction
    A couple of decades ago, cabin insulation suppliers’ research to trim down noise entering the cabin revolved completely around the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) as one of the major noise sources. However, as electric vehicles (EVs) gain traction, with mostly pure electric slated to replace ICE ...
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Kodiaq
    The all-new Skoda Kodiaq is assembled at the Volkswagen plant in Shendra, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the all-new generation of Skoda Kodiaq from the plant is expected to have peaked in 2018 at more than 3,800 units. If you would like your company...
    Natural fibers and hemp usage in automotive
    Natural fibers derived from plant stalks or leaves have long been used for industrial purposes especially in the textile and medicine industry. However, plant fibers have been finding other important functions such as being used as matrix components for composites for the construction industry. The ...
    Suppliers to the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    The fourth generation Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is assembled at Toeldo North, United States. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Jeep Wrangler from the plant is expected to have peaked in 2018 at more than 215,500 units. If you would li...
    Domain Controllers for ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles
    Introduction The electrical and electronic architecture of any vehicle defines the relationship between its hardware, software, and computing power. The increasing adoption of new active safety and driver assistance features has massively impacted the system architecture of modern day vehicles. T...
    2019 NAIAS: A balance between performance, comfort, and vehicle dynamics
    This year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) showcased that the product focus for the North American automotive market is also on performance and sports cars, as well as high-end SUVs. The show hosted automakers looking to renewing interest by showcasing high-performance cars and SUV...
    CES 2019: Connected mobility and VPA innovations galore
    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is held every January in Las Vegas, continues to host the world’s automotive innovators to highlight the most cutting-edge technologies the industry can offer. In years past, the automotive industry was a side-note at CES, alongside smartphones, TVs, and ...
    GRAPHENE as an Automotive material
    Graphene has long been christened the gold mine of new age materials since its first discovery in 2004 by a team of two scientists at Manchester University. A single-atom, two-dimensional thick film of carbon-graphene is known to have strength, electrical conductivity and flexibility, all of which a...
    Suppliers to the new SEAT Arona
    The all-new SEAT Arona is assembled at Martorell, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the first-generation SEAT Arona from the plant is expected to have peaked in 2018 at more than 87,800 units. If you would like your company included i...
    Chassis sector wrap-up 2018
    2018 has been a busy year for the global chassis components sector as a major shift toward weight savings and electronification of braking, steering, and suspension systems emerged. The word active was abundantly used across the chassis components sector as the industry came to understand the benefi...
    Suppliers to the new BMW 5-Series
    The seventh-generation BMW 5-Series is assembled at Chengalpattu, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new-generation BMW 5-Series from the plant is expected to have peaked in 2017 at more than 175,000 units.If you would like your company includ...
    EDITORIAL – Novelis strengthens position in automotive industry
    Aluminum suppliers globally are redrawing their strategies to meet growing demand for the metal in the automotive market as OEMs move to a multimaterial approach to align their product development plans with industry megatrends such as lightweighting and electrification. According to The Aluminum As...
    Lightweighting in BIW Component Systems
    The body-in-white, or BIW, forms one of the most critical vehicle component systems in defining both the final external contour of a car and determining its crash worthiness. Acting as the basic skeleton of the car to which the other component systems are bolted/mounted, the BIW needs to perform var...
    EDITORIAL – Acquisition of Clarion will strengthen Faurecia’s capability in cockpit system integration
    Current automotive industry trends such as connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electromobility are expected to usher in sweeping changes in how vehicles are purchased and used. One area that is expected to see new use cases due to these trends is vehicle interior. In fully autonomo...
    In-car displays: curvature drives innovation
    As the global automotive industry continues to delve deeper into shared mobility and autonomy, the in-vehicle Human Machine Interface (HMI) is set to assume a more important role than ever. The HMI today is already responsible for addressing the information, communication and entertainment needs of ...
    Cost analysis of electric vehicle charging stations
    Introduction An electric vehicle (EV) charging station, also known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), refers to a device that connects an EV to a source of electricity. EVSE varies in type depending on the type of power supplied, the connectors as well as the charging standards adhered ...
    In-car audio technologies gaining higher ground
    Nearly as old as the modern automobile itself, audio components continue to be one of the most indispensable features of in-car entertainment. Listening to music on the go has always been an important aspect of car journeys, with added importance as more self-driving capabilities continue to arrive....
    Impact of Autonomous and ADAS technologies on Vehicle weight
    Autonomous Vehicles (AV) are one of the most talked innovations across the automotive industry. Autonomous driving aims at using technology to aid fully automated driving of a vehicle from one place to another, while ensuring that all road hazards and traffic conditions are rightly identified and re...
    Impact of governmental regulations and guidelines on ADAS adoption
    The global rise in the number of vehicles on the roads has led to rapid rise in road accidents, resulting in fatalities and partial or full disabilities as well as other minor injuries. People across the world, living in both developed and developing regions, have to face the risk of road accidents....
    Sheet Molding Compounds
    The use of Sheet Molding Compound (SMC) in the automotive industry has been steadily increasing over the past few decades. SMC is a variety of composite containing a polyester/polymer matrix with glass and carbon fibers. The composite gets its name from the specific compression molding process in wh...
    Autoliv-Veoneer spinoff: Implications on active and passive safety
    While technology addition has already strengthened its foothold when it comes to the automotive component side of things, the role of technology has also started to create ripples on the business side of the automotive market. OEMs as well as suppliers are now investing a substantial amount of time ...
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class
    The all-new Mercedes Benz X-Class is assembled at Barcelona, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the all-new Mercedes Benz X-Class from the plant is expected to peak in 2018 at more than 23,500 units. If you would like your company included in this f...
    Automotive Plastics
    The automotive industry forms a major clientele for engineering plastics, and the usage of advanced plastics has been on a steady increase for cars. The average weight of plastics and polymer composites used in a car is easily above 160 kg and is increasing. In terms of volume, these plastics a...
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen Jetta
    The seventh generation Volkswagen Jetta is assembled at Puebla, Mexico. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation VW Jetta from the plant is expected to peak in 2018 at more than 251,500 units. If you would like your company included in th...
    Augmented reality—right on your windscreen
    A heads-up display or HUD is a projection technology or a virtual transparent display of information that does not require users to look away from their usual viewpoints. An integral part of military and commercial aviation since the very beginning, HUDs first went into production in cars with Ge...
    Fleet management in commercial vehicles—a big opportunity for passive entry systems
    Traditionally, technological innovation appeared in passenger cars earlier than in heavy commercial vehicles. Among the features that are about to make the transition from this traditional approach are passive entry systems. Moreover, the trend of passive entry systems moving toward the use of mobil...
    Sensor Fusion: Defining new scope in automotive lighting
    The autonomy race is bringing a new meaning to automotive lighting systems. Vehicle headlights are shifting from conventional bulb headlamps to high-resolution matrix headlights focused on enhancing safety through various sensors. Most of the safety concerns, such as blind spot warnings, forward col...
    EDITORIAL – Ningbo Jifeng’s majority shareholding in Grammer bodes well for the latter’s long-term growth
    The pall of uncertainty over Grammer’s ownership structure due to the rising influence of the Hastor family on the company’s administration and management, has cleared now with China-based Ningbo Jifeng Auto Parts grabbing a majority shareholding in the Germany-based vehicle interior parts ...
    EDITORIAL – Continental’s Powertrain business to become more dynamic after spin-off
    Continental is the latest tier-1 supplier to jump on the bandwagon of companies hiving off business divisions into standalone companies. Last month, the Germany-based company announced major organizational realignment to keep pace with a dynamic marketplace. The group will create a holding structure...
    WLTP and its implications on lightweighting
    Emissions testing and performance have always been an imperative part of vehicular performance as well as homologation. The need to control nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from cars is critical to control environmental pollution. Therefore, countries of the world have always put i...
    Automotive lighting: Made in China—a viable option?
    Increasing use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the automotive market has ushered the industry into a new era of competition, business strategies, and market demand. To sustain themselves in the long run and fulfill the ever-rising LED demand, many lighting companies have turned to niche lighting ...
    Pop-up hood systems for pedestrian protection
    The automotive industry has been on the move when it comes to developing safety applications in order to create a safe ecosystem. Not only for the vehicle occupants, there have been developments going on to protect human lives coming into direct contact with vehicles. As more and more vehicles ...
    EDITORIAL – Automotive lighting industry expected to see increased collaboration, consolidation
    With the dawn of self-driving cars, the automotive lighting technology is set to undergo a significant change, both in terms of complexity and functionality. Consequently, suppliers are now faced with the challenge to develop intelligent exterior and interior lighting solutions, which will play a ke...
    Advanced transparent materials
    The use of glass in automotive started with the idea of segregating the passenger cabin from the driver while providing a panoramic view and less NVH to the occupants. The early carriage type cars were designed like this only. With the advent of assembly line cars and new designs, the entire driver ...
    EDITORIAL – Investments in connectivity and electrification technologies to drive growth of Lear’s E-Systems business
    Last week, Lear held an ‘Investor Day’ event in Michigan (United States) outlining its future growth strategy for the next five years. The company forecasts its sales to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 7% to USD30 billion by 2023, compared with USD22 billion expected this ...
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