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    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    Audi plans to produce electric drives for VW’s MEB ECO platform in Hungary
    Audi’s Hungary unit plans to produce electric drives for Volkswagen’s (VW's) new MEB ECO platform (modular electric-drive toolkit), which is aimed at the development of VW Group’s small-sized electric cars, the company said in a press announcement on 21 June 2022. The company said that it plan...
    24-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen Group to invest USD2.42 billion on preparing plants in Germany for electrification
    Volkswagen Group announced on 16 June 2022 that the company’s components arm plans to invest EUR2.30 billion (USD2.42 billion) through 2026 in preparing its manufacturing plants in Germany for electrification. “It’s the next step in a transformation process initiated in 2015 that is convert...
    24-Jun-2022 News Investments
    CARIAD joins Eclipse Foundation
    Volkswagen unit CARIAD has joined the Eclipse Foundation open-source community as a strategic member of the Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) working group, it said in a press release on 22 June. CARIAD will collaborate on open-source software and contribute to projects. “The Eclipse Foundation we...
    ŠKODA Auto to present sustainability concepts at Greentech festival 2022
    ŠKODA Auto has announced that the company will present sustainable concepts at Greentech festival 2022 in Berlin, Germany, the Czech automaker said in a press release on 21 June.   Karsten Schnake, Board Member for Purchasing at ŠKODA Auto, “As a car manufacturer, we are aware of our dis...
    Volkswagen adds all-wheel drive version to its ID.4 EV portfolio
    German carmaker Volkswagen has expanded its electric vehicle (EV) portfolio by launching a new all-wheel drive variant of its ID.4 sports utility vehicle (SUV), the company announced on 9 June 2022. VW said that it has already started accepting initial bookings for the EV, which has a price tag of E...
    14-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen reveals interiors of all-electric ID.Buzz
    Volkswagen (VW) has revealed the interiors of the all-new ID.Buzz electric vehicle (EV) including a fully digital operating cabin and innovative features, according to a press release published by the German automaker on 8 June. Jozef Kabaň, head of Volkswagen Design, said, “We have developed ...
    Volkswagen to launch first electric car in India in 2023
    German carmaker Volkswagen plans to launch its first electric car, the ID.4 sport utility vehicle (SUV) in India in 2023 as the country continues to push for faster adoption of EVs, a report published by Bloomberg on 10 June said, citing a senior company executive. The company plans to launch i...
    10-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Porsche partners with US-based UP.Labs to build tailormade startups
    Porsche has announced that it partnered with UP.Labs on a three-year cooperation aimed at establishing six new companies starting 2023 to 2025 venturing into new business models in various mobility areas, according to a press release published by the German automaker on 7 June.    Lutz ...
    Volkswagen, research partners launch closed-loop recycling project for battery materials
    A Volkswagen-led research consortium has launched a closed-loop raw material project with a goal of achieving permanent recovery of critical materials to increase sustainability and security of supply, VW said in a statement on 8 June 2022. The automaker said that partners from the industrial and sc...
    Volkswagen opens Battery Engineering Lab in Chattanooga, US
    German carmaker Volkswagen’s US arm, Volkswagen of America has opened its Battery Engineering Lab (BEL) in Chattanooga, to test and optimize EV batteries for the US market, the company announced on 8 June 2022. The company said it has invested USD22 million in setting up the battery engineering la...
    09-Jun-2022 News Investments
    Salzgitter, LKAB to develop raw materials for green steel production technology
    German steel company Salzgitter AG announced via press release on 3 June that it had agreed to a technical cooperation with Swedish mining group LKAB for the decarbonization of the steel industry. According to the press release, the two companies will develop iron ore-based raw materials for Salz...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: ŠKODA AUTO partially relocates cable production to Czechia
    German automotive giant ŠKODA AUTO has moved certain wire harness production from Ukraine to the Czechia in close coordination with the affected suppliers, according to an official press release on 1 June 2022. In close collaboration with the impacted suppliers, ŠKODA AUTO has moved certai...
    New Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck features digital LED matrix headlights as standard
    Volkswagen’s new premium pickup truck Amarok features LED matrix high-impact light graphic headlights as standard to enhance driving at night or low-lit conditions, Carmudi reported on 30 May. The innovative matrix headlights offer active dipping full-beam and the static cornering lights. Volks...
    Allego, Volkswangen tie up with Groupe Bertrand for EV charging in France
    Allego Holding and Volkswagen Group have announced a partnership with Groupe Bertrand to install Ultra-Fast Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at 15 locations throughout France, according to a press release dated 25 May. With the first location set to be live toward the end of this year...
    Volkswagen partners with music streaming platform Anghami to promote safe driving
    Volkswagen Middle East has collaborated with music streaming platform Anghami to promote safe driving using Anghami’s Auto Car Mode, it said in a press release on 26 May. The Auto Car Mode user interface enlarges the buttons on the screen, resulting in less distractions for people while driving. V...
    Volkswagen begins production of all-electric ID.4 at Emden factory in Germany
    Volkswagen (VW) has started producing the all-electric ID.4 electric vehicle (EV) at its Emden-based manufacturing unit in Germany, the company said on 20 May 2022. The Emden site now becomes VW’s second factory to produce EVs in Germany following the Zwickau plant. Notably, VW’s Emden fact...
    27-May-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen announces top leadership for its EV battery business
    The Volkswagen Group has appointed a six-member executive board to manage the newly established independent European company, Société Européenne, to overlook electric vehicle (EV) battery production and ecosystem, the carmaker announced on 20 May 2022. With an aim to quickly and comprehensivel...
    Grammer supplies center console to Volkswagen’s Multivan
    Supplier of automotive interior components Grammer AG has announced via press release on 19 May that the company supplied center console for Volkswagen’s Multivan. The new Multivan features redesigned interior space, the shift-by-wire system has enabled Volkswagen to relocate the gear selector ...
    23-May-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen signs agreement with Mahindra to share MEB electric components
    Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) has signed an agreement with Volkswagen (VW) Group to explore the use of the German carmaker’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) electric components for building electric vehicles (EVs), the two companies said in a joint announce...
    20-May-2022 News New Products
    Audi to integrate Apple Music into select models
    Audi has announced the integration Apple Music directly into select models, a company press release on 19 May. Users can leverage their subscription directly from the Multi-Media Interface (MMI) screen using in-car internet data. “Integrating Apple Music into the Audio infotainment system marks...
    20-May-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen plans to build all-electric pickup trucks, SUVs in the US from 2026
    German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen Group plans to build all-electric pick-up trucks and rugged sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States, the company said on 11 May 2022, adding that the decision of the Board of Management was confirmed by the Supervisory Board of the Volkswagen Group....
    17-May-2022 News New Products
    Microsoft partners with Volkswagen to develop in-vehicle augmented reality solution
    Microsoft has announced a collaboration with Volkswagen to allow HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset to be used in moving vehicles, it said in a blog post on 5 May. The new moving platform mode for HoloLens 2 can be used to train drivers in challenging road conditions and create new user experiences fo...
    Qualcomm to supply system-on-chips for CARIAD’s software platform
    Volkswagen’s software unit CARIAD has announced that Qualcomm Technologies will supply system-on-chips (SoCs) for its software platform, according to a company press release on 3 May. The platform enables assisted and automated driving functions up to Level 4 (L4). CARIAD will leverage Qualcomm’...
    Qualcomm to supply automated driving chips to Volkswagen from 2026
    German automaker giant Volkswagen has set up a multiyear partnership with US chipmaker Qualcomm to develop automated driving technology, according to a report published by the German daily Handelsblatt on 3 May 2022. According to the report, the contract is set to run until 2031. Volkswagen will ...
    Volkswagen Group Components to make Kassel factory hub for electric drivetrains
    Volkswagen Group Components plans to transform its facility in Kassel, Germany to become a global hub for research, development and production of electric drivetrains, the company said in an official statement on 29 April 2022. The company said that the Kassel plant will accelerate the transforma...
    02-May-2022 News Investments
    Volkswagen’s software unit CARIAD establishes subsidiary in mainland China
    Volkswagen’s software company CARIAD has announced the establishment of its mainland Chinese subsidiary, according to a company press release on 28 April. The unit will focus on developing China-specific software products, including a new software platform, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS...
    Volkswagen, bp sign strategic partnership on EV fast charging infrastructure in Europe
    German carmaker Volkswagen and British oil and gas company bp have signed a partnership aimed at boosting the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe by working together to build fast charging network across key markets, Volkswagen said on 28 April 2022. VW plans to supply its innovative F...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: ŠKODA resumes production of ENYAQ iV as wiring harness parts shortage eases
    ŠKODA has announced via press release on 26 April that the automaker resumed production of its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ENYAQ iV at the Mladá Boleslav plant. The Czech carmaker had previously halted production citing supply chain bottlenecks for cable harnesses from Ukraine. Acc...
    Audi, partners start pilot project to convert faulty glass into new windowpanes for Q4 e-tron
    Audi has announced via press release on 25 April that the automaker along with its partners Reiling Glas Recycling, Saint-Gobain Glass, and Saint-Gobain Sekurit have started a pilot project that turns damaged automotive glass into recyclable material for model production. Head of Procurement Stra...
    27-Apr-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen launches quality offensive in EV charging and energy management
    German carmaker Volkswagen has launched a major quality offensive in electric vehicle (EV) charging and energy management by offering simple tariffs for public charging to the customers of its volume brands including Volkswagen, Seat and ŠKODA, the company said on 25 April 2022. VW’s public EV ch...
    26-Apr-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen devises plan to cut down supply chain vulnerabilities
    German carmaker Volkswagen is working on a new growth plan that is aimed at reducing its vulnerability to the effects of global conflicts, such as supply chain disruption and rising prices, by divesting more power to its regions and brands, according to a report filed by Reuters on 19 April 2022. ...
    Porsche adds the free drive mode to its Track Precision app
    Porsche has announced the integration of the free drive mode into the Porsche Track Precision app (PTPA), according to a company press release on 30 March. The PTPA uses electronic control unit (ECU) information through a WiFi connection with Porsche communication management (PCM) to regis...
    12-Apr-2022 News New Products
    Automotive software company CARIAD acquires mobility startup Voya
    Volkswagen’s software unit CARIAD has acquired travel technology startup Voya, it said in a press release on 1 April. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Voya offers a digital end-to-end platform that companies can use for the entire business trip process. Significance: CARIAD is ...
    Volkswagen CFO says chip shortage to last until 2024
    Volkswagen Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Arno Antlitz said semiconductor chip shortage is expected to continue until 2024 in an interview with German daily Boersen-Zeitung, Reuters reported on 9 April. According to Arno Antlitz, the ongoing semiconductor crisis will begin to ease towards the end of ...
    Volkswagen unit CARIAD to acquire Intenta’s automotive division
    Volkswagen’s software unit CARIAD is set to acquire the automotive division of Intenta, it said in a press release on 8 April. The unit will take in more than 100 employees working on sensor data fusion. The acquisition is expected to be completed toward the end of 2022. “Our goal is to ...
    US NHTSA to probe LG Energy Solution over recent EV battery recalls
    US auto safety agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into the South Korea’s LG Energy Solution's high-voltage EV batteries after internal failures in these batteries were reported to have caught fire in several vehicles, risking lives of the pass...
    Vaisala supplies infotainment weather service to Volkswagen Group
    Measurement products company Vaisala announced that German automaker Volkswagen Group has integrated Vaisala’s premium weather intelligence into its infotainment system, according to a press release published by Vaisala on 31 March. The weather intelligence service is available to Volkswagen Gr...
    BMW, Volvo, and Porsche invest in natural fibre composites startup Bcomp
    Fribourg-based natural fiber composites startup Bcomp announced via press release on 5 April that it had closed its oversubscribed Series B financing round of USD35 million with investments from a range of mobility investment companies. According to the press release, the company’s investors in...
    05-Apr-2022 News Investments
    CARIAD to equip multiple Volkswagen vehicles with high-performance computers, sensors
    Volkswagen’s software unit CARIAD has announced that several hundred Volkswagen production vehicles will be retrofitted with a high-performance computer connected to the cloud, and additional sensors, according to a company press release on 22 March. CARIAD said that the first development vehicles...
    Porsche partners with startup Holoride to pilot in-car virtual reality experience
    Porsche has announced a tie-up with Holoride, under which the companies will launch a pilot program for a new location-based rear-seat entertainment using virtual reality (VR). In a press statement dated 31 March, Porsche announced that the pilot program at the Porsche Experience Center (PEC) in Los...
    Volkswagen plans Gigafactory in Valencia as part of USD7.69 billion EV roadmap for Spain
    German carmaker Volkswagen AG announced on 23 March 2022 that the company, along with its external suppliers, plans to invest more than EUR7 billion (USD7.69 billion) under its ‘Future Fast Forward’ program, which entails setting up an entire electric mobility value chain in Spain. VW said it pl...
    28-Mar-2022 News Investments
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: VW delays ID.5 EV launch due to shortage of Ukraine-made wiring harness
    German automaker Volkswagen has delayed its ID.5 electric car launch by a month to the first week of May due to a disruption in the supply of wire harnesses from Ukraine, according to a report published by Automobilwoche on 28 March 2022. Volkswagen was not able to manufacture enough exhibition a...
    Hankook to supply Ventus S1 evo 3 tires to three Volkswagen models
    Hankook Tire has announced that it would equip three additional Volkswagen vehicles with its tires, according to its press release on 24 March. Hankook's Ultra-High-Performance (UHP) tire, Ventus S1 evo 3, will be fitted on the Golf GTI und Golf R, and the Ventus S1 evo 2 sport utility vehicle (SUV)...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: ŠKODA’s Ukrainian wiring harness supplier resumes production
    German automaker ŠKODA’s wiring harness supplier based in Ukraine has restarted production, according to a report published by Reuters on 22 March 2022. This would allow ŠKODA to resume production of electric ENYAQ iV models in Germany plants. The company anticipates semiconductor supply to i...
    Volkswagen to invest USD7.1 billion in North America over next five years
    German carmaker Volkswagen plans to invest USD7.1 billion in the North American region, which includes Canada, the US, and Mexico, over the next five years on boosting its product portfolio, regional research and development (R&D) and its manufacturing capabilities, the company said on 21 March ...
    22-Mar-2022 News Investments
    Volkswagen unveils ID. Software 3.0 with enhanced driver assistance systems
    Volkswagen has unveiled software generation 3.0, adding new functions to its all-electric ID. models, the automaker said in a press release on 21 March. The ID. Software 3.0 brings in enhanced driver assistance systems, improved charging capacity and voice control performance. Newly, Travel Assis...
    22-Mar-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen China signs MoUs with Huayou Cobalt and Tsingshan Group to secure battery supply chain
    Volkswagen Group (China) has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Huayou Cobalt and Tsingshan Group to set up two joint ventures (JVs), securing the upstream and downstream of the battery cathode material supply chain, the company said in an official statement released on 21 March 2022. ...
    Volkswagen US recalls more than 200,000 Atlas SUVs over airbag, brake issues
    Volkswagen Group of America announced a voluntary recall for the Atlas SUV covering a total of 222,892 units, that include both the Atlas and the smaller Atlas Cross Sport, according to a Part 573 Safety Recall Report 22V-152 released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on ...
    22-Mar-2022 News Recalls
    Salzgitter AG to supply low-carbon steel to Volkswagen from 2025
    German automaker Volkswagen AG announced via press release on 21 March that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with German steelmaker Salzgitter AG with regards to the purchase of low-carbon dioxide (CO2) steel and the creation of a close-loop recycled steel supply chain. According...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Yokohama stops tire production in Russia
    Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Tyres is halting production at its passenger tire plant in Kazinka Village, Gryazy District, Lipetsk region, Russia, run by its subsidiary, L.L.C. Yokohama R.P.Z., according to a statement provided by the company to Tire Business on 18 March. According to the s...
    Audi collaborates with Spoke, Qualcomm, and Commsignia for C-V2X-based safety technology for VRUs
    Audi of America has tied up with Spoke, Qualcomm Technologies, and Commsignia to deliver cellular-vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology to vulnerable road users (VRUs), it said in a press release on 15 March. The companies are conducting C-V2X demonstrations with bicycle-to-vehicle use cases to e...
    Volkswagen, Ford Motor deepen collaboration on MEB EV platform
    Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group plan to expand their electric mobility partnership as the US carmaker aims to produce another electric model for the European market based on VW’s MEB platform, the German company said on 14 March 2022. VW’s MEB platform, also known as modular electric too...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Shortage of wiring harness could impact Volkswagen’s 2022 outlook
    Volkswagen could feel the impact on its business outlook for 2022 due to a shortage of wiring harness caused by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Reuters reported on 15 March, citing executive officers of the automaker. The carmaker is relocating production from Ukraine to North Afric...
    New COVID-19 wave in China disrupts operations of Toyota, Volkswagen, and Foxconn
    Automakers Toyota, Volkswagen, and Apple’s major supplier Foxconn cease operations partially due to a new COVID-19 outbreak in China, according to a report by Reuters on 15 March 2022. A highly transmissible variant of Omnicron has triggered the outbreak across China. Mainland China reported 1,437...
    15-Mar-2022 News COVID-19
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: EU automakers seeks to replace Ukrainian auto parts
    EU automakers such as Volkswagen and BMW are trying to shift to alternate suppliers of crucial parts built in Ukraine from far away countries like China and Mexico, according to a report published by Reuters on 14 March 2022. Volkswagen group is seeking to convince major suppliers to move their Ukra...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Volkswagen CEO warns of severe economic damage from prolonged war
    In an interview with The Financial Times on 10 March 2022, Volkswagen (VW) chief executive officer Herbert Diess has warned that a prolonged conflict between Russia and Ukraine would result in severe economic damage, worse than the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for the European c...
    Volkswagen realigns vehicle development cycle
    Volkswagen has announced the realignment of its Technical Development (TD) division in Wolfsburg, Germany, with a target, among others, to shorten future vehicle development by 25%. According to a company press release on 3 March, Volkswagen said the emphasis is to completely redesign the developmen...
    Avanci announces patent license agreements with Volkswagen
    Avanci has announced an extension of its partnership with Volkswagen with regards to patent license agreements, a company press release on 8 March read. The partnership with Avanci one-stop licensing marketplace will now include 4G standard essential patents. “Volkswagen has been a valued Avanc...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Volkswagen stops production line due to component shortage
    German automaker Volkswagen has halted its production line at its home plant in Wolfsburg in Germany by at least a week due to a shortage in parts supply that are manufactured in Ukraine, according to a report published by Automotive News Europe on 7 March 2022. On similar lines, the production at B...
    Volkswagen teases ID. Buzz with sustainable materials and holistic interior design
    Volkswagen teases the ID. Buzz ahead of its official launch on 9 March, the electric vehicle (EV) features recyclable and sustainable interiors, according to a press release published by Volkswagen on 7 March. ID. Buzz reflects the company’s vision to produce clean and efficient carbon neutral mod...
    08-Mar-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen to invest USD2.19 billion in setting up a new EV plant in Germany
    German carmaker Volkswagen AG plans to invest EUR2 billion (USD2.19 billion) in setting up a new manufacturing plant in Germany to produce the Trinity electric model, the company said on 4 March. VW, which has proposed to build a new manufacturing facility for the Trinity electric model close to the...
    07-Mar-2022 News Investments
    Audi adds new connected solutions to the Q4 e-tron
    Audi has announced that its Audi Q4 e-tron series will offer upgraded features via Audi connect and the myAudi app, it said in a press release on 3 March. Following the integration of Amazon Alexa, Audi connect enables drivers manage tasks by voice and control compatible smart home devices from thei...
    Volkswagen selects Cerence’s voice AI to power infotainment system
    Cerence has announced that Volkswagen has selected its technologies to power voice and conversational artificial intelligence (AI) in its infotainment system, a company press release dated 1 March read. The solution will be first available in the new Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI. The Golf 8 GTI, which i...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Volvo cars suspends shipments to Russia
    Volvo Cars has suspended car shipments to Russia until further notice due to the ongoing geopolitical actions between Russia and Ukraine, according to a statement published by Reuters on 28 February. The Swedish automaker’s decision aligns with the potential risks associated with trade relations b...
    ŠKODA installs new software in ENYAQ iV range for enhanced user experience
    ŠKODA AUTO has launched the new ENYAQ COUPÉ iV with is upgraded vehicle software, the company said in a press release on 25 February. The ME3 software version includes updates to the function, control and design of the infotainment system, the Digital Cockpit and the head-up display (HUD). ŠKODA ...
    28-Feb-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen in talks to acquire Huawei's autonomous driving unit
    Volkswagen is reportedly in talks with mainland Chinese technology company Huawei to acquire its autonomous driving unit for billions of euros, Reuters reported on 17 February, citing Manager Magazin. According to the report, company executives have been negotiating the deal for several months no...
    Verizon partners with Audi to bring 5G connectivity to its U.S. lineup
    Verizon and Audi have announced a partnership under which the telecom operator will provide 5G connectivity to the automaker’s US lineup, according to a company press release on 22 February. It is slated to begin with select model year (MY) 2024 vehicles. The collaboration brings embedded 5G ...
    Startup Mojio launches 4G connected car program for automakers
    Mojio has launched a new program and upgraded 4G connected car service to help automotive OEMs overcome shutdown of 3G cellular networks, it said in a press release on 16 February. The 4G Upgrade Program allows OEMs the ability to purchase vouchers to be exchanged for an 18-month subscription to Mot...
    ŠKODA begins series production of its all-electric Enyaq Coupe iV
    ŠKODA has begun series production of the new Enyaq Coupe iV at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav, Czechia, the company said on 14 February 2022. The model, which will be based the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit or MEB platform like its successful sibling—all-electric En...
    16-Feb-2022 News New Products
    Cariad appoints Herbert Diess as chairman
    CARIAD has officially announced Herbert Diess as chairman of the company, according to a press release on 14 February. Diess had already taken over responsibility for software and CARIAD from Markus Duesmann as of 1 January 2022. CARIAD is the automotive software company in the Volkswagen Group. Hau...
    Porsche unveils project allowing drivers to digitize preferred routes
    Porsche has unveiled a project which allows drivers to experience routes virtually, a company press release on 9 February read. Porsche is developing a software solution in cooperation with Swiss start-up Way Ahead Technologies with the aim of offering Virtual Roads. All users will need a smartphone...
    10-Feb-2022 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new Volkswagen ID4
    The first-generation Volkswagen ID4 is assembled at parent VW Group's factory in Zwickau Germany.Production of the new electric crossover will peak at more than 112,500 units in 2024. 
    TTTech Auto raises USD285 million
    TTTech Auto has raised USD285 million from Aptiv and Audi in its latest funding round, it said in a press release on 2 February. Aptiv will invest USD228 million while Audi will increase its existing stake by investing USD57 million. The transaction is expected to close within the next two months an...
    04-Feb-2022 News Investments
    Magna begins series production of secondary eDrive systems for VW ID.4 EV in China
    Global supplier of automotive components, Magna International, via its Chinese arm—HASCO Magna Electric Drive Systems Co.,Ltd. (HME)—has started serial production of secondary eDrive systems for the Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover, the company announced on 27 January 2022. With the volume pro...
    04-Feb-2022 News New Products
    Audi unveils A8 with new rear seat screens
    Audi has unveiled its A8 model two new 10.1-inch displays with full HD resolution attached to the backs of the front seats for rear seat entertainment, the German automaker said in a press release on 2 February. The displays can be connected to passengers’ devices and can receive numerous audio an...
    03-Feb-2022 News New Products
    Volkswagen selects Nexen’s N'FERA AU7 for seventh-gen Jetta
    South Korean tire manufacturer Nexen Tire announced via press release on 24 January that its N’FERA AU7 tires will be featured as original equipment in sizes 205/60R16 92H and 205/55R17 91H on the new seventh-generation Volkswagen Jetta (A7). According to the press release, the N’FERA AU...
    Volkswagen transforms Zwickau factory into a dedicated EV production plant
    Transforming its Zwickau-based passenger car production plant in Germany into a dedicated electric vehicle factory, Volkswagen AG has officially started producing its ID.5 and ID.5 GTX models at the site, the company announced on 27 January 2022. VW said that conversion of its Zwickau factory to pro...
    31-Jan-2022 News Investments
    Otonomo announces Audi as a vehicle data platform partner
    Otonomo has announced Audi as a vehicle data platform partner, according to a company press release on 25 January. Otonomo will provide access to rich, actionable vehicle data which will enable Audi’s customers and business partners to create consumer offerings with a focus on user experience, suc...
    ŠKODA makes all-electric Enyaq iV’s interior sustainable by using recycled PET bottles
    The Czech automaker replaces its traditional interior equipment with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles to be used in the seat covers of the Enyaq iV, the company announced in a press release on 25 January.     Markéta Truhelková, Coordinator of Purchasing, Interior at ŠKO...
    26-Jan-2022 News New Products
    Bosch partners with CARIAD for automated driving solutions
    Bosch has partnered with Volkswagen’s software unit CARIAD to develop partially and highly automated driving solutions for volume production, the German supplier said in a press statement on 25 January. The companies will be looking to develop hands-free driving functions for the vehicles sold und...
    Audi selects Nexen's Winguard Sport 2 winter tire for new A6
    South Korean tire manufacturer Nexen Tire announced via press release on 10th January that its Winguard Sport 2 tires had been selected by automaker Volkswagen as original equipment in size 225/60R17 99H on the 8th Gen Audi A6. According to the press release, the Winguard Sport 2 premium winter t...
    24M Technologies closes deal with Volkswagen Group on EV battery manufacturing
    Massachusetts-based EV battery cell developer 24M Technologies, Inc. has closed its deal with the Volkswagen Group wherein the German carmaker has acquired 25% stake in 24M and plans to establish a wholly owned subsidiary that will, in cooperation with the former, develop, and produce the patented S...
    Volkswagen signs MoU with Bosch to industrialize manufacturing processes for EV battery cells
    The Volkswagen Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the global supplier of automotive parts and technologies Bosch Group to jointly lead in the European electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain and production ecosystem, the companies announced on 18 January 2022. The two compa...
    PPG partners with Cellforce to develop next-generation sustainable batteries
    American specialty chemicals company PPG announced via press release on 13th January that it would be partnering with Porsche and Customcells joint venture (JV) Cellforce Group to develop new sustainable battery cell solutions. According to the press release, the two companies aim to develop Li-i...
    The braking system industry in 2022 – Level 3 autonomy and beyond
    In the early 2010s, with the launch of the very first “driving assistance” systems, automakers began to rely on the braking system’s electronic stability control (ESC) unit, originally designed to improve driving stability, to decelerate the vehicle without driver input, in emergencies. Since ...
    Porsche unveils new digital platform for all vehicle-related services
    Porsche has revamped the My Porsche app, the automaker said in a press release on 12 January. The My Porsche app will take over the functions of My Porsche Essentials, the Connect App, and the Car Connect App. In the next few months, apps such as Porsche Charging and Porsche - Good to know will also...
    Porsche equips Cayenne Turbo GT with Pirelli's P Zero Corsa tires
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced via press release on 4 January that its P Zero Corsa summer tires would be fitted as Original Equipment on the latest Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT. According to the press release, the tires, developed by Pirelli in collaboration with Porsche, would be ...
    Porsche invests in 3D printer manufacturer INTAMSYS
    German sports car manufacturer Porsche announced via a press release on 14 December that its venture capital arm Porsche Ventures had invested in Chinese 3D printing specialist INTAMSYS. According to the press release, the investment will explore the application of additive manufacturing in ...
    07-Jan-2022 News Investments
    Skoda Auto and Etnetera Group partner to establish software joint venture
    Skoda Auto announced a joint venture (JV) called Green:Code with Prague-based IT holding Etnetera Group to accelerate the automaker’s digitalization strategy, the company said in a press release on 6 January. The collaboration should leverage each partner's expertise and agile developmen...
    Volkswagen and Brose collaborate to launch Brose Sitech JV for seat systems
    Brose and Volkswagen announce partnership with the launch of Brose Sitech as an independent supplier for seat systems, the company announced in a press release on 5 January. The new seat systems venture is located in Polkowice, Poland, and is expected to cater to the global market through innovative...
    Continental launches new 16-inch tire for delivery vans
    German parts manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 14 December its new VanContact A/S Ultra tire for delivery vans. According to the press release, the new tire will be initially produced in four sizes in a diameter of 16 inches and will be designed for installation on vehi...
    29-Dec-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen teases its ID Buzz, announces It’s ‘Coming Soon’
    According to an InsideEVs press release dated 28 December, ID Buzz is expected to debut in 2022 with retro-inspired styling concealing modern electric power and technology. It will be built on the MEB architecture, like all of Volkswagen's smaller electric vehicles (EVs), but it will have the larges...
    Audi recalls nearly 300,000 vehicles over water ingress issue
    Audi has recalled around 288,991 vehicles in the United States due to an issue related to water ingress, Hindustan Times reported on 27 December. The issue could potentially cause a short circuit leading to sudden loss of engine power. The affected models include select Audi Q5, SQ5, and Q5 Sportbac...
    28-Dec-2021 News Recalls
    Suppliers to the new 2022 Audi e-tron GT
    The first-generation Audi e-tron GT is assembled alongside the Audi R8 at Audi’s Boellinger Hoefe facility in Germany. Output of this model is expected to peak at 14,000 units in 2026, according to IHS Markit.
    CARIAD And TomTom co-develop Volkswagen Group’s next-gen navigation
    According to an official press release issued on 21 December, Volkswagen's automotive software and technology company CARIAD and the geolocation technology specialist TomTom announced that they are working together to develop a best-in-class navigation product for the Volkswagen Group. TomTom's e...
    Volkswagen to invest USD20 million in 50-State EV dealer readiness program in the US
    Volkswagen of America, Inc. plans to invest USD20 million to support its more than 600 dealership partners to transform into regional hubs of EV experience as it witnesses a sharp surge in the sales and reservations of its all-electric ID.4 sport utility vehicle (SUV), it said on 16 December 2021. V...
    20-Dec-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen updates its roadmap for EV charging network
    In an attempt to build a complete EV charging ecosystem, German carmaker Volkswagen said on 15 December 2021 that it is not only looking at mobile charging and residential charging but is also planning to install bidirectional charging capabilities in its electric cars. Notably, VW is looking at mak...
    Volkswagen upgrades voice control technology in Golf model
    Volkswagen has announced the upgradation of infotainment services for its Golf model, according to a company press release on 16 December. The new software and hardware will go into series production and will improve a range of functions, particularly voice control, which will reportedly respond up ...
    17-Dec-2021 News New Products
    Chinese EV battery startup SVOLT raises another USD938.6 million in funding
    Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery startup, SVOLT Energy, has raised CNY6 billion (about USD940 million) in a fresh financing round, according to a report filed by news website electrive.com on 13 December 2021. The report mentioned that the battery maker plans to use the fresh capital in the dev...
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