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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    Huawei, Volkswagen to jointly develop autonomous driving technology
    According to a press release published on Verdict on 21 October, Chinese tech giant Huawei and German automaker Volkswagen are planning to form a joint venture (JV) to develop autonomous driving technologies, according to Chinese media source 36Kr, citing people familiar with the matter. Accordin...
    Volkswagen's Skoda Auto halts production for two weeks
    According to a press release on Retuers dated October 18th, Volkswagen's Skoda Auto began a two-week outage on Monday as the carmaker deals with a global shortage of chips and other components, according to CTK news agency. Skoda plans to finish 10,000 unfinished vehicles during the outage, which...
    Porsche commercializes 3D-printed bodyform full bucket seat
    Porsche has launched sale of the new 3D-printed bucket seats, the company announced in a press release on 14 October. The seat is available for Porsche models such as Boxster, Cayman, and 911 under Porsche Tequipment. "Seats adapted to individual drivers have been available for a long time in pro...
    18-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Audi selects Apollo Vredestein summer tires for A1 Sportback
    Dutch tire manufacturer Apollo Vredestein announced via press release on 10 October that German OEM Audi had selected its latest Ultrac and Sportrac summer tires as OE for the Audi A1 Sportback. According to the press release, the tires chosen by Audi will be supplied in two sizes, 15-i...
    Volkswagen presents intelligent mobility solutions at ITS World Congress 2021
    Volkswagen presents intelligent mobility solutions at the ITS World Congress in Hamburg, according to an official press release dated 7 October.Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MOIA, and ARGO AI are currently testing an autonomous ridesharing system in a pilot project in Hamburg, with a series produc...
    Gaming: The future of the in-vehicle experience
    In-vehicle experience is more than just buzz words. With the automotive industry becoming software-driven, OEMs are not just relying on horsepower or mileage as key selling points, but also infotainment services, smart cockpits, as well as large screens are becoming increasingly important. The growt...
    Volkswagen Australia recalls MY 2021 Passat models due to brake assembly issue
    According to the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Recall report REC-004962 published on 23 September, automaker Volkswagen Australia is recalling 95 model year (MY) 2021 Passats to address a brake booster issue. According to the report, t...
    29-Sep-2021 News Recalls
    VW America recalls MY 2021 Audi E-TRON models over Continental brake booster issue
    According to NHTSA Safety Recall Report 21V-707 submitted on 13 September, automaker Volkswagen Group of America is recalling certain model year (MY) 2020–21 Audi E-TRON Quattros to address a Continental electric brake booster manufacturing issue. According to the report, the manufacturing...
    28-Sep-2021 News Recalls
    Continental to supply OE tires for Porsche Taycan
    German tire manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 24 September that its PremiumContact 6 summer tires, ProContact RX all-season tires and WinterContact TS 860 S winter tires were selected for original equipment application in the Porsche Taycan. According to the press relea...
    EU court adviser finds VW 'temperature window' software is broadly illegal
    According to a Reuters press release dated 23 September, software used by Volkswagen AG to alter pollutant emissions based on temperature and altitude is illegal unless it prevents potentially dangerous sudden engine damage, an adviser to the European Union's top court said on Thursday. If confir...
    E.ON and Volkswagen launch EV fast charger with storage battery
    German utility company E.ON and carmaker Volkswagen (VW) have together launched an electric vehicle (EV) fast charger with storage battery, the vehicle manufacturer said in a press release on 22 September. According to the company, the EV fast charger, named ‘E.ON Drive Booster’, does not nee...
    VW and Porsche recall 2020–21 models due to brake booster issue
    According to NHTSA Safety Recall Reports 21V-695 and 21V-697 submitted on 8 September, automakers Volkswagen Group of America and Porsche Cars North America Inc are recalling certain model year 2020–21 vehicle models to address a Bosch electric brake booster manufacturing issue that increases...
    24-Sep-2021 News Recalls
    ŠKODA Auto develops eco-material for interiors
    According to an official press release dated 22 September ŠKODA AUTO's Technical Development department has developed a sustainable, ecological material and applied for a patent in collaboration with the Technical University of Liberec. Sugar beet pulp is used to create the novel raw material....
    24-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Cerence to power voice-assisted AI in Audi e-tron GT and Audi Q4 e-tron
    Cerence has announced that it would be powering the in-car assistant platform for the new Audi e-tron GT and Audi Q4 e-tron electric SUV, according to a company press release on 20 September. It will provide voice-based access to features like navigation, media, air conditioning and heating, calling...
    Yokohama ADVAN Sport V105 selected as OE tire for the new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport GT
    Japanese tire company Yokohama Rubber Co Ltd announced via press release on 21 September that it its “ADVAN Sport V105” had been selected by Volkswagen of America as the tire on its Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept, unveiled in July. The GT concept is expected to be outfitted with the 285/35ZR22 106...
    IAA Mobility 2021: Volkswagen unveils ID. LIFE concept car
    German carmaker Volkswagen AG has unveiled ID. LIFE concept car at the recently concluded IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. According to a press release issued by VW on 6 September, the company plans to launch an all-electric small family car based on the ID. LIFE concept displayed at the motor show with...
    14-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen launches OTA Updates for all ID. Models
    Volkswagen is set to launch over-the-air (OTA) updates via mobile data transfer for all its ID. models immediately, the German carmaker said in a press release on 13 September. The “ID. Software 2.3” offers new functions such as a light strip at the bottom of the windscreen which gives the drive...
    14-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Hankook supplies OE tires for the new Porsche Panamera
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook announced via press release on 8 September that it will be equipping the latest version of the Porsche Panamera with its new Ultra-Ultra-High-Performance (UUHP) tread. According to the company, the UUHP Ventus S1 evo Z tires went through extensive tests...
    ACQUISITION: J.P. Morgan to acquire majority stake in Volkswagen’s payments business
    JP Morgan has announced that it has entered into a deal to acquire about 75% stake in Volkswagen Financial Services’ payments platform, according to a 9 September press release. The platform is operated by Volkswagen Payments. Volkswagen Financial Services will continue to remain a shareholde...
    Antitrust authorities approve JV between Brose and Volkswagen
    According to an official press release issued on 7 September, antitrust authorities have granted all necessary approvals for the planned joint venture (JV) between Brose and Volkswagen, paving the way for the company to begin operations as planned in early 2022. Brose, SITECH aspires to be a global ...
    Audi to launch virtual reality glasses for rear seat entertainment
    Audi has said that rear seat passengers in its vehicles would be able to use virtual reality (VR) glasses to for games, movies, and presentations in the future, according to its statement on 3 September. This will be done through holoride, a startup which Audi has invested in. The VR uses a new t...
    07-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen, autonomous vehicle startup Argo AI reveal first ID.Buzz test vehicle for autonomous driving
    According to a press release published on TechCrunch on 6 September, VW and Argo AI, an autonomous driving technology company, unveiled the first version of the ID Buzz AD (autonomous driving). “Building on our five years of development and learnings from our operations in large, complex U...
    Porsche ties up with Vodafone for 5G network at Weissach Development Center, Germany
    Porsche has tied up with Vodafone for 5G communication at its Weissach Development Centre in Germany, the carmaker said in a press release on 31 August. Real-time 5G mobile communications will be available for vehicle development at the site. The 5G technology will improve the framework conditions f...
    Bentley launches new rear-seat entertainment system for Flying Spur and Bentayga models
    Bentley will launch a new rear-seat entertainment system for the Flying Spur and Bentayga models, the British carmaker said in a press release on 31 August. The system features two, high-definition 10.1-inch screens attached to the back of the front seats. The tablets are also removable with resolut...
    01-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Porsche to expand engineering and assembly operations in Asia
    Germany-based sportscar manufacturer, Porsche, has announced that it is expanding its presence and operations in the Asian region. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 30 August, the company is establishing a new permanent research and development satellite in Shanghai, China, and a sma...
    31-Aug-2021 News Investments
    Audi to enhance in-car user experience with new physical and digital solutions
    German carmaker Audi will develop solutions for enhanced in-vehicle user experience, it said in a press release on 27 August. Software unit CARIAD is set to play a crucial role in this development. It is developing an operating system for the entire Volkswagen Group. Audi is working towards a cus...
    ŠKODA launches direct-to-vehicle delivery service of goods bought using Car Access
    ŠKODA has announced a direct-to-car delivery of products that was bought using its Car Access services, according to a press release by the automaker on 26 August. The feature will be available in the Czechia. The solution will use vehicle location and license plate as the delivery address. Cust...
    27-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen ties up with Verizon and T-Mobile for in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot
    Volkswagen has tied up with Verizon and T-Mobile to offer customers options for their Car-Net’s in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot in the United States, the automaker said in a press release 26 August. The Carrier of Choice service allows drivers to customize their own digital content through VW Car-Net and...
    27-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Porsche to integrate Android Auto in PCM System in Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo models
    Porsche has announced upgrades to its Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo models with the integration of Android Auto in the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, according to its press release on 25 August. Apple CarPlay support for iPhone is also available. This allows the use of certain smar...
    26-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen recalls 45,496 vehicles in US due to seatbelt issue
    Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 45,496 vehicles over a seat belt locking retractor malfunction, according to a filing on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 5 August. The NHTSA comes under the aegis of the United States Department of Transportation. The ...
    24-Aug-2021 News Recalls
    CARUSO teams up with Porsche to develop intelligent services using connected car data
    CARUSO has signed a framework agreement with Porsche Smart Mobility, it said in a press release 18 August. CARUSO’s customers will be able to develop services like digital logbooks to telematics insurance rates based on Porsche Connect Partner Services. The data marketplace enables customers to ac...
    Volkswagen teams up with Electrify Canada to offer three years of free fast charging to ID.4 owners
    German carmaker Volkswagen has teamed up with Electrify Canada to provide the customers of its first all-electric compact crossover ID.4 with three years of complimentary Level 3 charging access to the latter’s network, according to a news report filed by Toronto Star on 17 August. This comes a...
    New ŠKODA Fabia launched with VW's EVO engines with lower fuel consumption
    Volkswagen-owned Czech carmaker, ŠKODA Auto, has launched the new fourth-generation Fabia with engines from the Volkswagen Group’s latest EVO line-up. According to a press release issued by ŠKODA on 12 August, the company stated that these engines deliver power outputs ranging from 48 ...
    16-Aug-2021 News New Products
    LIZHI’s in-car audio product to be part of new-generation Audi Connect
    LIZHI has announced that its in-car audio product will be available Audi’s ecosystem, the new-generation Audi connect, according to a company press release on 13 August. “We are excited to provide LIZHI’s in-car audio services to Audi customers. Our extensive library of high-quality audio c...
    Volkswagen ID.5 GTX electric SUV coupé to be introduced at IAA 2021 in September
    German carmaker Volkswagen has announced that it will premiere the newest addition to its ID. portfolio, the ID.5 GTX, at the upcoming IAA Munich Motor Show in Germany in September. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 6 August, the company stated that the vehicle will make its exhib...
    12-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen, Tesla call for lower import tax on EVs in India
    Volkswagen AG and Tesla Inc have called for lower import duties on electric cars in India to help drive demand for clean vehicles, according to a Reuters report. Lowering import duties on electric vehicles (EVs) even to 25% from the current levels of as high as 100% would not pose a threat to the...
    Bosch to present multiple innovations at IAA Mobility 2021
    According to an official press release dated 10 August, Bosch will demonstrate the following solutions for personalized, automated, and connected mobility at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. Bosch offers a solution that connects users, vehicles, and their surroundings seamlessly, making driving more enj...
    11-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen of America to equip most model year 2022 models with standard digital cockpits
    Volkswagen of America has announced a few changes to its vehicle lineups for model year (MY) 2022, according to a company press release on 9 August. Most models will receive a standard Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and IQ.DRIVE driver assistance technology as standard or available equipment. IQ.DRIVE a...
    Infineon supplies over 50 semiconductors chips for Volkswagen ID.4 EV
    According to an official press release dated 3 August, the VW ID.4 US tour recently began at Volkswagen of US headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Infineon, a global leader in semiconductors for mobility, energy efficiency, and the Internet of Things, is supporting the new VW ID.4 with more than ...
    Volkswagen establishes JV with TraceTronic to work on automotive software
    Volkswagen has established a new joint venture (JV) in partnership TraceTronic for integration of automotive software, the German carmaker said in a press release on 30 July. Each partner will hold 50% in the JV named neocx, which will create a continuous integration/continuous testing (CI/CT) facto...
    Volkswagen-backed solid-state battery company Quantumscape testing 10-layer cells
    Solid-state lithium metal battery company Quantumscape is currently testing its first 10-layer cells, in the commercially relevant 70x85 mm form factor, at 1C and C/3 (one and three-hour charge and discharge) rates a standard temperature (25°C) and pressure (3.4 atmospheres), the company said in a ...
    30-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Audi adds AWD model to e-tron electric SUV portfolio
    Following the launch of the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron compact electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in April 2021, the company has now added the Q4 45 e-tron quattro, an all-wheel-drive (AWD) version, to the lineup. According to a press release issued by Audi on 29 July, the company st...
    30-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Parkopedia to offer upgraded premium parking services to Volkswagen customers in the US
    Parkopedia has partnered with Volkswagen to provide parking reservation services to Volkswagen drivers using the Car-Net service and the associated smartphone app in the US, it said in a company press release on 27 July. The system will be available via the latest Car-Net app through a new reserv...
    Audi begins Traffic Light Information services in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco
    Audi has announced that its Traffic Light Information (TLI) service will be available in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco in the United States, according to a company press release on 15 July. TLI communicates between vehicles and traffic signals to provide Time to Green, Green Light Optimiz...
    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 u...
    Bosch, VW partners to harvest swarm intelligence for automated driving
    German automotive systems supplier, Bosch, and German car maker, Volkswagen, have announced that they are collaborating in order to work on procuring real-time information for high resolution maps. According to a press release issued by Bosch on 15 July, the vehicles provide information for the Bosc...
    19-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen Group commissions 45,000 high-power EV charging stations by 2025
    German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen Group plans to set up a wide network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Europe, North America, Canada, and mainland China by 2025 as part of its overall transition to become a full-scale EV ecosystem company through this decade, it said whil...
    16-Jul-2021 News Investments
    Electrify America to more than double EV charging network under ‘Boost Plan’
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging network provider Electrify America plans to more than double its current EV charging infrastructure in the United States and Canada, with plans to have more than 1,800 fast-charging stations and 10,000 individual chargers installed by the end of 2025, the com...
    15-Jul-2021 News Investments
    Volkswagen expects share of battery-electric vehicles to rise to 50% by 2030
    German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) revealed its New Auto Strategy for this decade through 2030 on Tuesday, 13 July. While making multiple announcements during the presentation, the company said it expects the share of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) to rise to 50% by 2030. The Group plans to reduce...
    14-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen aims to develop one software platform for all group cars by 2025
    German automaker Volkswagen (VW) has said that its software company CARIAD aims on developing a one-stop software platform by 2025, in a press release on 13 July. It will be the software backbone for all the group's cars. The group is currently working on three software platforms; the first is ...
    14-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Gotion High-Tech to supply unified cells, scale up production for Volkswagen
    Mainland Chinese battery maker Gotion High-Tech and Volkswagen (VW) Group have signed a strategic agreement wherein the two companies will work together to mass produce the planned battery cells at Volkswagen Group Components’ Salzgitter (Germany) facility, Gotion said in a media announcement...
    Volkswagen and Enel X form JV to set up EV charging network in Italy
    Italy-based electric vehicle (EV) charging network provider Enel X and German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) have signed an agreement wherein the two companies would form an equal joint venture (JV) to invest, deploy, and operate a high-power EV charging network in Italy, VW said in a press announcem...
    Volkswagen to have systems capabilities for autonomous shuttle fleets by 2030
    Volkswagen (VW) intends to transform the Group into a software-driven mobility company with a strong focus on its powerful brands and global technology platforms, providing synergies and scale while also opening up new profit pools, according to an official press release dated 13 July. The company i...
    Huawei signs license agreement with Volkswagen’s supplier for 4G standard essential patents
    Huawei has announced a license agreement with a supplier of Volkswagen Group, according to a 7 July press release. The agreement includes a license under Huawei’s 4G standard essential patents (SEPs) for Volkswagen cars equipped with wireless connectivity. According to Huawei, this licensing deal ...
    Porsche to recall over 10,300 Taycan EVs over software issues
    German luxury carmaker Porsche is recalling 10,373 units of its high performance electric sportscar, the Taycan. According to a report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 29 June, the company stated that the reason for this recall is to rectify faulty monitorin...
    08-Jul-2021 News Recalls
    Audi deploys Mobileum's connected car testing solution
    Mobileum has announced that Audi is deploying its connected car testing solution to test and monitor the end-to-end quality of service of their connected cars, according to its official press release dated 6 July. Mobileum's Connected Car Testing solution allows Audi to remotely test and validate th...
    Bentley offers expanded suite of connected services in new Flying Spur Hybrid
    Bentley has unveiled the new Flying Spur hybrid with advanced connectivity features, according to a company press release on 6 July. My Bentley connected car features don’t need customers to provide their own data connection after featuring an embedded sim. Remote services such as ‘find my car...
    07-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Bentley unveils new Flying Spur Hybrid with advanced electric motor
    Volkswagen-owned British luxury car maker Bentley has introduced its latest generation Flying Spur Hybrid. According to a press release issued by Bentley on 6 July, this new vehicle will be driven by a 2.9 litre, turbocharged V6 gasoline engine that works in tandem with an electric motor to deliver ...
    07-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Porsche, Rimac, and Bugatti to establish hypercar JV Bugatti-Rimac
    German sportscar maker Porsche and Rimac Automobili have finalized the plans to establish a new joint venture (JV) including Bugatti, named Bugatti-Rimac. According to a press release issued by Bugatti on 5 July, the company stated that the share split in Bugatti-Rimac has been established with 55% ...
    Volkswagen announces OTA updates for the ID. Models
    Volkswagen has said that it will issue over-the-air (OTA) updates for its ID. models, according to a press release by the automaker on 5 July. ID.3 will the first model to upgrade via OTA while the latest software version “ID.Software2.3” will be delivered to “First Movers Club” customers vi...
    06-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Gasoline particulate filters to remain in demand this decade owing to hybridization
    Carmakers all over the world are working numerous angles to make their vehicles as efficient as possible, owing to the prevalent eco-friendly sales strategy along with governments across the globe making environmental policies progressively more stringent every few years. A significant component of ...
    Constellium supplies aluminum components for Audi e-tron GT
    French supplier, Constellium SE, has announced that it will be supplying Audi with aluminum solutions for the Audi e-tron GT electric sportscar. According to a press release issued by Constellium on 29 June, the company stated that these components will include ASI-certified aluminum auto body sheet...
    Volkswagen to stop production of ICE vehicles in Europe by 2035
    German carmaker Volkswagen AG plans to stop producing cars with internal combustion engines (ICEs) in Europe by 2035, a local newspaper Münchner Merkur reported, citing the company’s board member. “In Europe, we'll be getting out of the combustion engine vehicle business between 2033 and 203...
    Volkswagen CEO expects autonomy transforming cars more than electrification
    As per press release on Bloomberg dated 22 June, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said in an interview for Bloomberg’s Qatar Economic Forum. “The car becomes so different when it’s driving autonomously.” Volkswagen AG is undergoing the world's largest industrial transformation for the electri...
    Volkswagen suspends operations at Russian plant due to semiconductor shortage
    Volkswagen has suspended operations at its Russian assembly plant in Nizhny Novgorod for 17, 18 and 21–22 June due to a shortage of automotive semiconductors, Gazeta.RU reported on 18 June. “In relation to the complicated global situation concerning semiconductors, the company had no cho...
    Volkswagen launches new Polo with standard digital cockpit and infotainment system
    Volkswagen has announced that the new Polo hatchback will new Polo is launching with a Digital Cockpit as standard, according to its press release on 21 June. The Digital Cockpit features digital instruments with a display diameter of 20.32 cm and is operated by means of multifunction steering wheel...
    23-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen reveals ID.4 all-wheel drive EV in the US
    German carmaker Volkswagen has revealed the all-wheel drive variant of its new pure-electric vehicle, the ID.4, for the US market. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 17 June, the company stated that the vehicle is slated for launch in the fourth quarter of 2021. The new Volkswag...
    22-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Porsche to launch sixth generation Porsche Communication Management system
    Porsche has announced that the sixth generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) will be launched in Porsche 911, Cayenne, and Panamera models later this year, according to a company press release on 18 June. Features include integration of Apple Music and Apple Podcasts into PCM with wi...
    21-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Porsche Engineering opens second R&D location in Timișoara, Romania
    Technology service provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche, Porsche Engineering, has inaugurated a new research and development site in Timișoara, Romania. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 15 June, the company is planning to employ primarily software development and testing...
    21-Jun-2021 News Investments
    Volkswagen to use 3D printers in automotive manufacturing
    Volkswagen is pressing ahead with the use of a new process known as binder jetting to manufacture components at the company’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 18 June, the company stated that using the binder jetting component reduces costs and...
    21-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Audi funds renewable energy expansion to increase green charging stations in Europe
    Audi is partnering with energy providers to develop and sustain the use of renewable energy sources, according to a 17 June press release. The German automaker intends to work with partners to build new wind and solar farms in various European countries by 2025 and generate around 5 TWh of addi...
    Forschungszentrum Jülich collaborates with German OEMs to work on Quantum AI for auto industry
    Forschungszentrum Jülich is participating in a project for quantum AI applications in the auto industry, along with German automotive heavyweights BMW Group, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen as well as Bosch, it said in a press release dated 9 June. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligenc...
    Volkswagen introduces T7 PHEV van
    German automaker, Volkswagen, has presented the newest addition to its van fleet, the T7 plug-in hybrid (PHEV). According to a report filed by Electrive.com on 11 June, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has stated that the new T7 PHEV will be driven by an eHybrid system that produces a total power outp...
    15-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Daimler, Volkswagen, BASF, Fairphone partner on sustainable lithium mining in Chile
    The Responsible Lithium Partnership, aiming to work toward responsible natural resource management, including lithium, has been initiated in Chile’s Salar de Atacama. According to a press release issued by Daimler AG on 10 June, this cross-industry partnership is funded at its inception by Da...
    BMW among founding members of Quantum Technology and Application Consortium
    BMW is one of the 10 German corporations that founded the Quantum Technology and Application Consortium (QUTAC), the automaker said in a press release on 10 June. The goal of the consortium is to develop the existing fundamentals of quantum computing for multiple applications, including au...
    Northvolt secures USD2.75 billion in funding, expands Sweden gigafactory to 60 GWh
    Swedish EV battery startup, Northvolt, has announced that it has raised USD2.75 billion in equity funding. According to a press release issued by Northvolt AB on 9 June, the company will use this funding to deploy further battery cell capacity and expand the capacity of its gigafactory in Skellefte...
    10-Jun-2021 News Investments
    Volkswagen grants Li-ion battery cell testing qualification certificate to CATL cell test lab
    The cell test lab of Mainland China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) has been granted the li-ion battery cell testing qualification certificate by Volkswagen Group (VW) on 1 June at CATL’s headquarters in Ningde, according to a company press release on 1 June. Significance:...
    Volkswagen launches Polo with IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist partial automation
    VW has launched new Polo with partially automated driving capabilities, which possible by the optional IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist system. As a first in its class, the Polo permits partly automated driving across the vehicle's entire speed range, adding a considerable level of comfort and safety. The ...
    04-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen Mk 8 Golf GTI and Golf R feature new electronic architecture
    The VW Mk 8 Golf GTI and Golf R features new electronic architecture that underpins the Golf GTI, and Golf R enables a “digitally networked” world of interior displays and controls that drivers can customize accordingly as per the company website dated 2 June.  It has a 10.25-inch Digita...
    03-Jun-2021 News New Products
    ŠKODA AUTO partners IBG Česko to introduce smart energy storage system from second life EV batteries
    ŠKODA AUTO has introduced a second life cycle for batteries from electric vehicles (EV) to reduce CO2 footprint, according to a company press release on 27 May. The system is being deployed at ŠKODA dealerships, in partnership with the Czech technology company IBG Česko. The system stores sustain...
    Audi introduces new Generation 3 infotainment technologies for MY 2021 models
    Audi of America has announced multiple new technologies for its third-generation infotainment systems, according to an 11 May press release. The services are expected to be available in most model year (MY) 2021 vehicles. The MIB 3 (Modular Infotainment Toolkit) will offer customers new features ...
    31-May-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen partners with Carmel in US to test new machine vision software
    Volkswagen Group of America has tied up with the city of Carmel, Indiana, for a research project using existing city cameras and machine-vision software to help optimize traffic flows, analyze street usage patterns and support emergency response, according to a 26 May press release. “The future...
    ŠKODA Local Hazard Information Service uses data from vehicle to warn drivers of slippery roads
    ŠKODA has announced that its ‘Local Hazard Information Service’ will offer drivers with detailed road conditions based on data collected from vehicles, according to a 26 May press release. The system warns other ŠKODA drivers with infotainment units on instances such as slippery road...
    27-May-2021 News New Products
    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 featu...
    Audi works on concept for quick-charging for premium EVs
    Audi is working on a concept for quick-charging for premium electric vehicles (EV), the automaker announced in a press release on 21 May. Audi said a pilot project in the second half of the year will provide a specific outlook and a practical test for a possible serial roll-out. The concept calls fo...
    Audi launches Function on Demand navigation subscription on select MY 2021 models in the US
    Audi has introduced Function on Demand for select model year (MY) 2021 Audi Q5, Q5 Sportback, A4 and A5 Premium and Premium Plus models and 2021 e-tron and e-tron Sportback Premium models in the United States, the carmaker said in a press release on 18 May. Function on Demand features real-life s...
    20-May-2021 News New Products
    Lamborghini outlines route to electrification
    VW-owned supercar maker, Lamborghini, has presented its ‘Direzione Cor Tauri’, a roadmap to the decarbonization of future Lamborghini models and of its 160,000-square-meter Sant’Agata Bolognese headquarters in Italy, which achieved carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral certification in 2...
    Bentley, ESI Group collaborate to refine Flying Spur design process
    The ESI Group, which is involved in virtual prototyping, is working with Bentley on the optimization of its luxury sedan, the Flying Spur. According to a press release issued by the ESI Group on 17 May, the company state that, using virtual prototyping, the companies have been able to eliminate nois...
    18-May-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH to be incorporated into Volkswagen AG by 2027
    Volkswagen Sachsen will be fully integrated in Volkswagen AG by 2027, according to a press release dated 12 May. The independent company has reached an agreement with trade union IG Metall for the deal. The integration will optimize and centralize processes at the three German sites of Chemnitz, Dre...
    Volkswagen, QuantumScape to select location for solid-state battery JV plant this year
    QuantumScape Corporation and Volkswagen Group of America have entered into an agreement to select the location of their joint-venture solid-state battery pilot-line facility by the end of 2021, according to a company press release on 14 May. The companies are currently considering Salzgitter, German...
    17-May-2021 News Investments
    Hankook Tire supplies original equipment for 2021 Porsche 718 Models
    Hankook Tire will equip the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman with its ultra-high performance (UHP) tires beginning this spring, the tiremaker announced in a press release on 21 April. The tires are tailor-made Ventus S1 evo 3 tires in sizes 235/40 ZR19 (92Y) N-0 for the front axle and 265/40 ZR19 (98Y...
    Porsche plans to establish EV battery cells plant in Tübingen, Germany
    German premium sportscar manufacturer, Porsche, is planning to set up a new electric vehicle (EV) battery cells plant in Germany. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 24 April, the Volkswagen-owned carmaker intends to locate this new manufacturing facility in the German town of Tüb...
    11-May-2021 News Investments
    Bentley offers advanced chassis technologies in Continental GT Speed Coupe, Convertible
    Bentley has equipped the new Continental GT Speed Coupe and Convertible with several advanced chassis component functions that allow for improved dynamics while driving, without negotiating with the comfort or handling, according to a company press release on 5 May. Significance: The models offer...
    10-May-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen to invest USD88 million for press shop expansion in Zwickau, Germany
    Volkswagen has inaugurated the press shop expansion in its electric vehicle (EV) plant in Zwickau, Germany with an investment of EUR74 million (USD88 million), according to a company press on 5 May. A major part of the expansion is the new XL press, which weighs 180 tons, with a press force of ...
    06-May-2021 News Investments
    Continental supplies essential technologies for the Volkswagen ID.4
    Continental has supplied multiple essential technologies for Volkswagen’s ID.4 electric vehicle (EV), according to a 28 April press release. Continental has supplied software and central computer architecture, brakes, and thermal management, for example for cooling the batteries. Continental also ...
    Volkswagen to design and develop chips for self-driving cars
    As Reuters (via Autoblog) reports dated 30 April, the company chief Herbert Diess told Handelsblatt in an interview that VW will design its own high-performance chips for autonomous vehicles. It was a matter of eking out the best possible hardware, Diess said—much like Apple and Tesla, the mo...
    04-May-2021 News Investments
    Audi launches e-tron GT high-performance EV in Europe
    The Audi e-tron GT is now on sale at dealerships across Europe. According to a press release issued by Audi on 3 May, the company has announced that this fully electric Gran Turismo is available in two models, both of which come with the all-wheel drive. Two electric motors, one on each axle, tog...
    04-May-2021 News New Products
    Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen develop renewable blue gasoline
    Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen have come up with a low-carbon gasoline called Blue Gasoline, which contains up to 33% renewables. According to a press release issued by Bosch on 3 May, this fuel complies with the EN 228/E10 standard and can be used in all gasoline engines for which Super 95 E10 gasoli...
    04-May-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen details plans for decarbonizing company at Way to Zero Convention
    Volkswagen (VW) intends to be net carbon neutral by 2050 with a targeted interim milestone of a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions per vehicle in Europe by 2030, according to a company press release. The company made these announcements at its first Way to Zero Convention. The company has also sign...
    Volkswagen ID.4 GTX gets dual-motor all-wheel drive
    Volkswagen (VW) has presented its first fully electric high-performance model: the ID.4 GTX EV at the digital world premiere held at Berlin Tempelhof Airport, in Berlin, Germany, according to a company press release. The ID.4 GTX is the first model based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) to...
    03-May-2021 News New Products
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