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    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...
    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
    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
    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...
    25-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    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
    General Motors recalls 640,000 pickups globally over risk of carpet fires
    General Motors is recalling over 640,000 pickup trucks globally over a risk of carpet fire, according to a report by The Associate Press. The recall covers model year (MY) 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks as well as MY 2020 Silverado and Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pi...
    22-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Chevrolet unveils all-electric EV Menlo for China market
    General Motors’ (GM) brand Chevrolet has unveiled a new all-electric electric vehicle (EV) Menlo for the Chinese market, the company announced in a press release on 8 November. The vehicle, which refers to as a sedan, gets a maximum range of 410 kilometers on a single charge, as per the New E...
    14-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Chevrolet showcases all-electric hot rod concept 'E-10' at 2019 SEMA Show
    Chevrolet showcased its all-electric hot rod concept ‘E-10’ at the 2019 SEMA Show in the United States, according to a company press release 4 November. Based on the 1962 C-10 pickup truck, the E-10 is powered by an electric Connect & Cruise concept crate propulsion package offering approxim...
    12-Nov-2019 News New Products
    GM recalls nearly 40,000 SUVs, pickups in Canada over unintended braking issue
    General Motors (GM) has issued a recall of nearly 37,373 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks in Canada over an unintended braking issue, Automotive News Canada reported on 4 November. The recall covers model year (MY) 2015-2020 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, and Yukon and 2014-2018 Chevrolet...
    12-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    GM sells shuttered plant in US state Ohio to electric pickup truck start-up Lordstown Motors
    GM has completed the sale of its Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio, United States, to an electric vehicle (EV) start-up for an undisclosed amount, Reuters reported last week. The start-up, Lordstown Motors Corp (LMC), plans to revamp the shutter plant to begin production of an electric pick-up truck ...
    General Motors recalls 638,068 vehicles in US to reprogram Electronic-Brake Control Module (EBCM) software
    General Motors (GM) is recalling 638,068 vehicles in the United States over an issue with electronic-brake control module (EBCM) 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) 2015-2...
    07-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    GM restarts production schedule after UAW strike ends
    General Motors (GM) employees returned to their normal work schedules on 28 October after the US automobile manufacturer resumed production operations. Many of the company’s employees had been on strike since 16 September, which came to a close on 25 October after American...
    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...
    General Motors recalls 166 vehicles in US over issue with rear brake calipers
    General Motors is recalling 166 units of model year 2020 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles in the United States over an issue with rear brake calipers, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website earlier this month. Significance: In t...
    24-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    General Motors, Tata Consultancy Services to collaborate on vehicle engineering
    In a press release issued on September 16th, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has announced their partnership with American automotive manufacturer, General Motors (GM). According to the agreement, TCS will acquire some specific assets at the GM Technical Center located in Bangalore, India. TCS will ...
    GM collaborates with US Army to strengthen automotive cyber security
    General Motors (GM) and the US Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) have announced a new co-operative research and development agreement with a bid to strengthen automotive cyber-security expertise over the next two years, according to a company press release on 14 October. The agr...
    Buick launches all-electric VELITE 6 PLUS in China
    General Motors’ brand Buick has launched a new all-electric variant VELITE 6 PLUS in China, the company announced in a press release on 12 October. The VELITE 6 PLUS gets a new battery with 52.5 kWh and energy density of 140 wh/kg. This gives the car a total range of up to 410 kilometers under the...
    17-Oct-2019 News New Products
    GM, UAW union reach tentative agreement to end month long strike in US
    GM and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union have reached a tentative deal to end a month-long strike by around 50,000 union workers at the GM facilities across the United States, the union said in a statement on 16 October. “We just reached a Tentative Agreement with GM a short time ago, today, Wed...
    GM recalls 7,308 vehicles in Canada to reprogram instrument panel cluster
    General Motors (GM) is recalling 7,308 vehicles in Canada to reprogram the instrument panel cluster, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2019 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles. Significance: In certain veh...
    04-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    GM suspends production at Mexican plant amid continuing UAW strike in US
    General Motors (GM) has suspended production at its Mexican plant located in Silao, Guanajuato, that produces its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, temporarily laying off 6,000 workers, according to a report by CNBC on 1 October. Significance: General Motors informed that a parts s...
    GM to make Amazon Alexa available on MY 2018 and newer vehicles in first half of 2020
    General Motors (GM) has said that it would bring the Amazon Alexa to model year (MY) 2018 and newer cars, trucks, and crossovers with compatible infotainment systems, according to a company press release on 25 September. GM will add the in-vehicle Alexa to Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac owners ...
    26-Sep-2019 News New Products
    General Motors recalls more than 107,000 vehicles in North America over steering issue
    General Motors is expanding its previous recall of Chevrolet Trax vehicles in North America over a steering problem, according to a report by USA Today on 20 September. The automaker is recalling more than 107,000 of its small sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States and Canada over an iss...
    23-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    General Motors recalls 13,683 vehicles in Canada over issue with lower control arms
    General Motors (GM) is recalling 13,683 vehicles in Canada over an issue with lower control arms, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2015–2018 Chevrolet Trax vehicles. Significance: In the affected vehicles, a ...
    19-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    GM partners with Michigan University to understand effectiveness of active safety, driver assistance, advance headlight features on crashes
    General Motors (GM) has partnered with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to understand the real-world effectiveness of some of its available active safety, driver assistance, and advanced headlighting features that may prevent or mitigate different types of crashes, the au...
    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...
    General Motors recalls 177,276 vehicles in US to reprogram engine control module software
    General Motors (GM) has issued a recall of 177,216 vehicles owing to a faulty Engine Control Module (ECM). The affected model in this recall is the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. General Motors will notify owners of the affected vehicles, and GM dealers will then reprogram the ECM software of these vehicles...
    17-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    UAW workers go on strike against GM in US
    Nearly 50,000 workers, who are members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Union, went on strike against General Motors (GM) on Sunday mid-night (15 September), demanding higher pay, more benefits, more job security and a greater share of profits, the UAW said in a statement. The union is also pressing...
    MY 2020 Cadillac CT4 features IntelliBeam automatic high-beam headlamps
    Cadillac’s model year 2020 CT4 features LED headlamps with IntelliBeam technology, according to a press release on 12 September. The IntelliBeam automatic high-beam headlamps are available in three of the four variants—Premium Luxury, Sport and V-Series. The IntelliBeam turns the vehicle's high-...
    17-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Cadillac CT4 sport sedan features active thermal management system
    Cadillac is offering an active thermal management system in its new model year (MY) 2020 CT4, the company announced on 12 September. The MY2020 CT4 also features an integrated exhaust manifold and an efficient electric water pump for better thermal management of powertrain and within cabin resp...
    13-Sep-2019 News New Products
    General Motors recalls 19,342 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags
    General Motors (GM) is recalling 19,342 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada last month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2005–2008 Pontiac Vibe vehicles. Significance: According to the automaker, the latest recall involve...
    13-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    GM recalls 3.5 million pickups, SUVs in US over braking issue
    General Motors (GM) is recalling 3,456,111 pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States over a braking issue, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall covers model year (MY...
    12-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    GM to integrate Google technology in new vehicles from 2021
    GM has announced it is collaborating with Google to integrate Google’s voice assistant, embedded navigation, and in-vehicle applications into compatible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles, beginning in 2021, the US-based automaker said on 5 September. The company also plans to ...
    Toyota, GM recall 219,000 vehicles in US over airbags issue
    Toyota Manufacturing and Engineering will recall 219,000 vehicles in the United States to replace faulty airbags which may not properly deploy during a crash, according to a statement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects about 14,000 units of model year (...
    03-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Balancing aerodynamic performance and cooling efficiency using AGS
    Active aerodynamics and the art of manipulating airflow Modern automotive aerodynamics is more complex than just creating a vehicle with the lowest coefficient of drag (Cd). Cd of a vehicle is a dimensionless number that determines how much air resistance a moving vehicle encounters. Therefore, ...
    EV Connect partners with General Motors to improve EV charging experience
    EV Connect has partnered with American automaker General Motors to improve electric vehicle charging experience, the company announced in a press release on 6 August. Under the partnership, EV Connect will provide Chevrolet Bolt EV driver with dynamic charge station data, including insights on stati...
    Monetizing Connected Car
    Introduction A big buzz word in the automotive industry now is ‘connected car’—a vehicle which can optimize its operation and maintenance as well as the convenience and comfort of passengers using onboard sensors and Internet connectivity. General Motors (GM) introduced the concept of conne...
    Brembo supplies brake components for 2020 Corvette Stingray
    Brembo will supply brake components for the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Brembo said in a press release on 26 July. The company will supply brake components on all four corners of the mid-engine Corvette Stingray. Two separate brake package offerings will be available with the Corvette ...
    2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray features lightweight main structure made of diecast aluminum parts
    Chevrolet’s all-new 2020 Corvette Stingray is built with a smart mixed-materials strategy, the automaker announced in a press release earlier this month. The model features a strong, stiff and lightweight main structure made of six high-pressure diecast aluminum parts, also known as the Bedford Si...
    Cadillac vehicles feature ParkWhiz parking app to help drivers deal with parking hassles
    Cadillac has introduced a new embedded parking feature in select models that will allow drivers to locate, reserve, and pay for parking directly from their in-vehicle touch screen even before reaching their destination, the company said in a press release on 19 July. The new parking feature is ...
    24-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Chevrolet unveils 2020 Corvette Stingray with mid-engine layout
    Chevrolet has unveiled the model year (MY) 2020 Corvette Stingray with a mid-engine layout, the company announced in a press release on 18 July. The car is equipped with a 6.2L V8 VVT engine which is mated to an 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT). The car has a power output of 495 hp at 6450 rpm...
    22-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Hutchinson to supply belt drive for General Motors’ Silverado, Sierra pickups
    Hutchinson is supplying its ‘Stretchy Belt’ elastic belt-drive system to General Motors (GM), which will then be equipped in Silverado and Sierra pick-up models, the company announced on 10 July. Hutchison said that it has been chosen by GM for the conversion of the accessory belt driv...
    General Motors recalls 160,000 pickups in Canada over issue with rear window defroster fuses
    General Motors Canada is recalling 159,240 vehicles because of an issue with the rear defroster circuit that could overheat and catch fire, according to a recall notice on the Transport Canada website. The recall affects Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, GMC Sierra, Sierra HD, an...
    12-Jul-2019 News Recalls
    Technology and market dynamics of engine cooling fans & motors sector
    The internal combustion engine (ICE), irrespective of the fuel type, does not sit very high on the efficiency scale.  In most engines, up to 65% of the heat energy produced can be written off as losses—the lion's share lost mainly to the cooling circuit and via exhaust gases. The ICE must be ...
    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...
    Android Auto - Making car's smarter since 2015
    Introduction Google announced Android Auto at Google I/O in June 2014 with the aim to making driving safer by minimizing distractions. Nearly a year after it was announced, Android Auto was launched on its first production vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata. It takes the best of Android smartphones...
    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...
    Advantages of twin-scroll turbocharger
    Turbocharged engines of the past have perennially suffered from ‘lag’, a delay in response to a driver input request for increased performance by way of an accelerator pedal depression. This occurs as a result of the time taken for the turbocharger to ‘spool up’ (exhaust gas impeller to incr...
    Cadillac to increase ‘Super Cruise’ compatible highway network to 70,000 miles in US, Canada
    Cadillac has announced that an additional 70,000 miles of divided highways in the United States and Canada will be compatible with its Super Cruise driver assistance systems that supports hand-free driving, the company said on 5 June. With the latest expansion, 200,000 miles of divided highways in t...
    07-Jun-2019 News New Products
    Michelin, General Motors collaborate on airless tire technology
    Michelin and General Motors (GM) has introduced a new generation of airless wheel/tire technology for passenger vehicles, the two companies said in a joint press release on 4 June. According to Michelin, its new Unique Puncture-proof Tire System (Uptis) eliminates flats and blowouts and offers signi...
    05-Jun-2019 News New Products
    General Motors (GM), Bechtel to form JV for building EV charging stations in US
    General Motors (GM) and Bechtel, a leading construction company in the United States, are planning to set up a joint venture (JV) for developing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the United States, CNN reported on 28 May, citing company officials. The JV aims to set up thousands of fast cha...
    Suspension technology in an autonomous world
    According to IHS Markit, nearly USD100 billion has been spent over the last four years on core development and M&A activities in the autonomous vehicle sector. This creates a significant potential opportunity for component system manufacturers in the long term. However, while automotive stakehol...
    General Motors introduces new digital vehicle platform
    General Motors (GM) has introduced an all-new electronic platform to support its next-generation vehicles, including vehicles with electric powertrains as well as those featuring greater safety, infotainment, connectivity, and driver assistance technologies, the company said in a press release on 20...
    21-May-2019 News New Products
    General Motors in talks Workhorse Group to sell its Ohio complex in US
    General Motors (GM) has entered into talks with electric vehicle (EV) maker Workhorse Group to sell its Lordstown Complex in Lordstown, Ohio (the United States), according to a press release by GM on 8 May. Upon final agreement, an affiliated, newly formed entity led by Workhorse founder Steve Burns...
    GM Cruise raises USD1.15 billion in equity investment
    GM Cruise has raised another USD1.15 billion in equity investment from a group of institutional investors, including T. Rowe Price Associates, as well as its existing partners GM, SoftBank Vision Fund and Honda, the company said in a press release on 7 May. The latest fund raising has lifted GM Crui...
    General Motors recalls 324,226 vehicles in US to fix issue with engine block heater
    General Motors (GM) has issued a recall for 324,226 vehicles in the United States due to a faulty engine block heater, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice last month. The vehicles recalled include certain model year (MY) 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500, 6500 vehicl...
    07-May-2019 News Recalls
    GM offers optional carbon fiber pickup box in 2019 GMC Sierra Denali
    General Motors (GM) has announced plans to launch its model year 2019 GMC Sierra Denali pickup truck with a carbon fiber box, to be offered as an option, the US automaker said in a press release. The model to be called “Denali CarbonPro Box” will be the world’s first pickup truck featuring&nbs...
    06-May-2019 News New Products
    Role of lighting system in V2X structure
    Lighting serves as a communication medium between humans and cars and will continue to serve as long as human and vehicles coexist on the same roads. Even self-driving vehicles need light to make sure people see and understand cars for better road safety. In the automotive industry, the move...
    General Motors recalls 112,958 vehicles in US over issue with lower control arm
    General Motors (GM) is recalling 112,958 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the lower control arm, according to a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 18 April. The recall covers model year 2017-2019 Chevrolet Trax vehicles. Significance: I...
    02-May-2019 News Recalls
    Auto Shanghai 2019: Buick launches all-electric VELITE 6
    General Motor (GM)-brand Buick has launched the all-electric VELITE 6 multi-activity vehicle (MAV) in China, the company announced in a press release on 15 April. The VELITE 6 generates maximum 85 kW of power and 255 Nm of torque, and has a maximum range of 301 kilometers within the city. The VELITE...
    24-Apr-2019 News New Products
    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...
    A look into the technology and supply chain of the global automotive thermostatic expansion valve sector
    For quite some time now, effective cabin temperature control has been right up there with premium cabin materials and multimedia features, along with ergonomic and comfortable seating, as one of the cornerstones of passenger cabin experience. OEMs have not only obliged but have taken it up a notch ...
    Ford, GM, Toyota, SAE form ‘Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium’
    Ford, General Motors (GM) and Toyota have teamed up with the SAE International to establish a new consortium that will focus on the safety of autonomous vehicles, SAE said in a press release on 3 April. The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) will work to promote testing, pre-competitive deve...
    High Definition lighting systems
    Since the introduction of LED technology, the lighting industry is exploring ways in multiple directions, and three are particularly important. The first is design and styling, which influence the construction of a lighting system. Second, energy efficiency solutions, which are redefining lighting p...
    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...
    Euro 7: Legislative time frame and parameters
    Each stage of emission and fuel economy regulations and standardization of robust compliance testing procedures has consistently led to further advancement in powertrain technology. Particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have fallen by more than 95% between Euro 1 and Euro 6 stan...
    South Korean supplier Myongshin to buy GM's plant to contract manufacture EVs in South Korea
    South Korean supplier Myongshin is planning to buy General Motors’ (GM) closed down Gunsan plant in South Korea to contract manufacture electric vehicles (EV), Reuters reported on 29 March, citing a statement from GM Korea. Myongshin will reportedly spend KRW113 billion (USD99.5 million) to buy th...
    General Motors to manufacture EVs at Michigan assembly plant in US
    General Motors (GM) is planning to manufacture a new Chevrolet brand electric vehicle (EV) at its plant in Michigan in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 22 March. GM will be investing USD300 million on the Michigan assembly plant and 400 new jobs will be added. “We ...
    General Motors recalls 68,189 vehicles in Australia over airbag issue
    General Motors (GM) is recalling 68,189 vehicles in Australia over an airbag issue, according to a recall notice published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 7 March. The recall affects model year (MY) 2005–09 Holden AH Astra 3-door Hatch, 5-door Hatch, Wagon, Conver...
    20-Mar-2019 News Recalls
    GM recalls 18,574 vehicles in North America over issue with fuel tanks
    General Motors (GM) has issued a recall for 18,574 vehicles in North America due to defective fuel-level sensor in the front tank, according to United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The vehicles impacted include 3,809 GMC Sierra 3500 trucks, and 14,765 Chevrolet Silve...
    19-Mar-2019 News Recalls
    GM recalls 26,772 vehicles in North America over issue with EPS assist system
    General Motors is recalling 26,772 vehicles in North America over an issue with electric power steering (EPS) assist system, according to a notice on the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 7 February. The recall affects model year (MY) 2016-2018 Cadillac CTS, and...
    19-Mar-2019 News Recalls
    GM Cruise plans to double headcount by end of 2019
    Cruise, the autonomous driving subsidiary of GM, plans to hire 1,000 more people over the next nine months, Reuters reported on 11 March citing a company’s spokesman. “We have plans to double in size by the end of this year,” said Cruise’s spokesman Ray Wert. According to Wert, most of the n...
    Coupled air conditioning hose and tube system – a look into the technology and market dynamics of the component.
    As light vehicle cabins have become more sophisticated, advanced, and comfort-oriented over the years, driven by increasing customer expectations, automotive air conditioning systems have transitioned from an optional comfort feature in the earlier years to a necessity in today’s competitive autom...
    Can EVs sell and thrive in US state Michigan?
    Introduction Even as an increasing number of US states are transitioning towards alternative propulsion by adhering to the zero-emission zone (ZEV) mandate initiated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the majority of Michigan’s auto industry still revolves around the traditional inte...
    General Motors (GM) to expand capacity at US plant to produce 10-speed transmission
    General Motors (GM) is planning to expand production capacity for its 10-speed transmission at the Romulus propulsion plant in Michigan, United States, the company announced in a press release on 19 February. GM will invest USD20 million in the expansion for purchasing additional machining equipment...
    21-Feb-2019 News Investments
    GM recalls 1,145 vehicles in North America over airbags issue
    General Motors (GM) recalled 1,145 vehicles in North America over an airbags issue, according to a notice on 16 January on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. The recall affected model year (MY) 2010-2011 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. Significance: According to the NH...
    19-Feb-2019 News Recalls
    Electrically heated catalyst
    The implementation of Real Driving Emission regulation on 1 September 2017 has tightened NOx emission regulation for vehicles with diesel powertrains registered from 1 September 2019. Moreover, new vehicles produced from January 2021 will need to adhere to Euro 6d norms. It states that if NOx confor...
    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 ...
    Automotive Cabin Comfort – The rising application of seat thermal management
    In automotive design, passenger comfort is a central element along with the other performance and efficiency parameters. Manufacturers invest a lot of resources to ensure the highest degree of ambiance, ergonomics, and user experience for the occupants. Extreme seasonal swings in ambient temperature...
    The shift towards automatic transmissions drives the market for transmission ECUs
    More severe global emission regulations lead vehicle manufacturers to look at the entire vehicle to optimize fuel consumption. One area of interest to vehicle manufacturers is replacing manual transmissions with automatic transmissions, allowing for a higher number of gear ratios. This enables small...
    Are self-dimming and glare-free headlights finally coming to the U.S.?
    Megatrends in the automotive industry have revolutionized the approach of automakers and tier-1 suppliers towards lighting components. From bulky designs to sleek designs, exterior lighting systems have travelled a long way in terms of technology and design, with increased attention from automakers ...
    General Motors (GM) to invest USD22 million in Tennessee engine plant in US
    General Motors (GM) will invest USD22 million in its engine plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee (United States) to manufacture 6.2L V8 engines with its advanced Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) technology, the company announced in a press release on 24 January. “This investment will enable our Spring Hil...
    29-Jan-2019 News Investments
    GMC to offer MY2020 Sierra with Allison Transmission’s 10-speed AT
    General Motor Company (GMC) will offer Allison branded 10-speed fully automatic transmission (AT) on its model year (MY) 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty pick-up trucks, the supplier announced in a press release on 23 January. The MY2020 Sierra with Allison’s transmission is scheduled to be launched in Febr...
    General Motors (GM) to make Cadillac its main EV brand
    General Motors (GM) has decided to make Cadillac its main electric vehicle (EV) brand within the group, according to a company press release on 11 January. GM is planning to introduce the first model based on its all-new battery electric vehicle architecture ‘BEV3’, under the Cadillac brand. “...
    General Motors (GM) partners with EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots for EV charging network
    General Motors (GM) has partnered with electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure companies EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots to provide its customers with increased access to EV charging network in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 9 January. GM said that with the new ...
    General Motors (GM) hits 200,000 cumulative EV sales mark in US, sets off subsidy phase-out
    General Motors’ (GM) cumulative electric vehicle (EV) sales crossed 200,000 units in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2018, which has triggered a subsidy phase-out for GM EVs, Reuters reported on 2 January. The subsidy phase-out is expected to kick in from April 2019 when the federal...
    Miniaturization in LED technology - Opportunities and Challenges
    Since the introduction of LED technology, OEMs are standardizing LED lamps across major vehicle segments in order to improve efficiency and safety. Another area where LED technology is contributing is in brand perception by providing design flexibility. These days we can observe exterior lamps trans...
    Nissan, Cadillac, Chevrolet distributors recall vehicles in UAE
    Nissan, Cadillac and Chevrolet distributors are recalling certain vehicles in UAE due to mechanical problems, Khaleej Times reported on 26 December 2018. Arabian Automobiles and Al-Masaood Automobiles, the distributors of Nissan vehicles in UAE, have recalled 4,145 units of Nissan’s 4x4 Patrol,...
    03-Jan-2019 News Recalls
    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...
    GM recalls 66,194 vehicles in Australia over EPS issue
    General Motors is recalling a total of 66,194 vehicles in Australia over an issue with electric power steering (EPS) system, according to a recall notice published by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 19 December. The recall affects 58,731 units of Holden VF Commodore, 1...
    20-Dec-2018 News Recalls
    Transmission Gear Ratio Spread
    Emission and fuel efficiency norms of today are demanding cleaner and more efficient vehicles. OEMs and suppliers have responded to this by introducing down-sizing with use of a turbocharger for both diesel and gasoline engines. Powertrain design is incomplete without considering transmission design...
    Trends in the wiring harness industry
    Automotive wiring harnesses are an assembly of wires that transmit power and signals to electronic control units (ECUs), actuators, and other onboard electronics. Components commonly connected to the wiring harness are control units, sensors, and actuators, including the onboard diagnostic computer,...
    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...
    Standardizing ADAS Packages
    Introduction The automotive ecosystem has undergone a paradigm shift in recent years as crashworthiness is superseded by crash avoidance. One major element of this trend is the wider availability and increasing adoption of active safety systems in passenger vehicles. The growing demand for advanc...
    Cadillac introduces CT6 sedan with new powertrain in China
    General Motors’ Cadillac brand has launched its CT6 sedan with new powertrain in China, the company announced in a press release on 30 November. The sedan comes with a 2L turbocharged engine with an optimized single-cylinder architecture design. It is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Th...
    OLED technology in automotive lighting
    After LED, the lighting industry is now focusing on OLED technology as the next light source in vehicles. In fact, the use of OLED technology to the first production has already begun in premium vehicles. For instance, Audi commercialized use of OLED technology for its flagship car, A8, in rear comb...
    GM appoints Dan Amman CEO of self-driving vehicle unit Cruise Automation
    GM has appointed its president Dan Amman as CEO of Cruise Automation, the self-driving vehicle unit of the company, the automaker said in a press release on 29 November. As CEO, Amman will lead commercialization of autonomous driving at the US automaker. Kyle Vogt, co-founder of Cruise, who is also ...
    GM announce restructuring plan to streamline global operations
    GM has announced several initiatives to transform its product development structure and streamline its global operations, which is expected to result in idling or closure of five facilities in North America and two facilities outside North America, the automaker said in a press release on 26 Novembe...
    General Motors (GM) proposes establishment of ‘National Zero Emissions Vehicle program’ in US
    General Motors (GM) has proposed establishment of National Zero Emissions Vehicle (NZEV) program in the United States, according to a company press release last month. According to GM, the program has the potential to place more than 7 million long-range EVs on the road by 2030, yielding a cumulativ...
    GM’s Cruise Automation to establish office in Seattle
    Cruise Automation, the autonomous vehicle unit of GM, is planning to establish a new office in Seattle, Washington (United States), TechCrunch reported on 19 November. The company intends to leverage Seattle’s status as a hub for software engineers, data analysts and experts in computer vision and...
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