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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    Volkswagen selects NXP battery management solutions for MEB EV platform
    At the NXP Connects developer conference, NXP Semiconductors announced a collaboration with Volkswagen centered on the electronics for electric vehicles (EVs). According to a press release issued by NXP Semiconductors on 20 October, the company stated that German carmaker Volkswagen has adopted NXP...
    Audi launches Q8 TFSI e quattro PHEV SUV in Europe
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Audi, has announced the newest addition to its electrified vehicle portfolio, the Q8 TFSI e quattro plug-in hybrid. In a press release issued by Audi on 13 October, the company has mentioned that this new SUV will be put on sale in two different versi...
    15-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen launches two PHEV versions of the Touareg SUV
    German automaker Volkswagen has launched two plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of its flagship SUV, the Touareg. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 13 October, the two new models are the Touareg eHybrid and the Touareg R PHEV. While the former puts out a combined system power outpu...
    14-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Audi, FAW establish new company to produce EVs in mainland China
    German luxury and sportscar maker, Audi, has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with FAW in order to expand its presence in China. According to a press release issued by Audi on 13 October, the company stated that the MoU defines the framework for the joint production o...
    SEAT starts work on automotive battery lab in Spain
    SEAT has started construction work on its automotive battery lab Test Center Energy (TCE) at the SEAT plant in Martorell, Spain, the company announced in a press release on 7 October. SEAT said that it will invest EUR7 million (USD8.2 million) in the new battery lab. The center will develop and...
    09-Oct-2020 News Investments
    Continental supplies connectivity, safety, and thermal management solutions for Volkswagen ID.3
    Germany-based automotive components and systems supplier, Continental, has announced that it will be providing various technologies for Volkswagen’s electric hatchback, the ID.3. According to a press release issued by Continental on 7 October, the company stated that the new Volkswagen ID.3 is bei...
    Volkswagen expects 90% of its sales in Norway to be electric in 2021
    Volkswagen expects 90% of its sales in Norway to come from electric models in 2021, Reuters reported on 7 October citing Harald A. Moeller AS, the importer of Volkswagen cars into Norway. The company expects electric cars to completely replace diesel and petrol models in Norway by 2023. Significa...
    Volkswagen Group tests V2X communication in Italy
    Volkswagen Group has successfully tested its vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication suites using a range of its vehicles in Italy, according to a report by Tu Automotive on 7 October. The group used VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles to perform a series of complicated man...
    Audi opens first Software Development Center in Ingolstadt, Germany
    Audi has opened its first ‘Software Development Center’ (SDC) in Ingolstadt, Germany, the automaker announced in a press release on 6 October. Audi’s SDC will focus on developing smart, scalable, customer-centric, and secure IT solutions in-house. “Thanks to the Software Development Cente...
    07-Oct-2020 News Investments
    Audi Hungary to introduce aluminum closed loop to support sustainable production
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Audi, has introduced the aluminium closed loop at its manufacturing facility in Hungary. According to a press release issued by Audi Hungaria on 2 October, the company uses approximately 38,000 metric tons of aluminium each year. The aluminum production p...
    06-Oct-2020 News New Products
    ŠKODA launches new weather and news apps for third-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix systems
    ŠKODA has developed weather and news apps for its third-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix systems, the Czech carmaker said in a press release on 1 October. The new apps are available for download in Scala and Kamiq models fitted with the Amundsen infotainment system and in model year (MY) ...
    05-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Audi launches A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e PHEV
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Audi, has launched the new A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e SUV. According to a press release issued by Audi on 29 September, this new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SUV is driven by 1.4L, 4-cylinder gasoline engine that works in tandem with an electric motor to produce a comb...
    05-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen premieres new Golf variants with 48V mild hybrid technology
    Germany-based auto maker, Volkswagen, has premiered the newest Golf variants with mild hybrid powertrain options. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 9 September, the company has also debuted the new Golf Alltrack featuring Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD). The mild h...
    02-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Audi collaborates with Qualcomm and others for C-V2X deployment on Virginia roadways in US
    Audi has collaborated with Qualcomm Technologies, American Tower Corporation and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technologies in Virginia, US, the automaker said in a press release on 29 September. The companies are currently worki...
    Volkswagen, partners to jointly invest over USD17 billion towards e-mobility in China by 2024
    Volkswagen and its joint venture (JV) partners are planning to jointly invest EUR15 billions (USD17.4 billion) towards electric mobility in China by 2024, Reuters reported on 28 September citing the German automaker. According to the report, Volkswagen and the JV partners will launch 15 plug-in elec...
    29-Sep-2020 News Investments
    DIVESTMENT: HELLA to sell front camera software business to Volkswagen’s Car.Software Org
    HELLA has announced that it will be selling its front camera software business to Volkswagen’s Car.Software Org, a company press release on 29 September read. The transaction is expected to result in an income of about EUR100 million (USD116.5 million) for HELLA. Following the closure of the tr...
    Volkswagen starts long distance testing of all-electric ID.3 Pro S variant
    Germany-based carmaker Volkswagen has announced that it has begun long distance testing of a pre-production model of the ID.3 Pro S. In a press release issued by Volkswagen on 28 September, the company stated that the ID.3 Pro S will be powered by a battery pack with a 77-kWh net energy capacity. ...
    29-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Audi mulls EV joint venture with FAW in China
    Audi is reportedly in talks with long-term partner FAW Group about creating a second joint venture (JV) to build electric vehicles (EV) on its Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform in China, according to a Reuters report citing Germany’s Automobilwoche. Significance: Audi and FAW h...
    Volkswagen and Uber launch pilot project with electric vehicles in Berlin
    Volkswagen (VW), in partnership with Uber, launched a pilot project, allowing customers to use electric vehicles (EVs) for a sustainable ride with ‘Uber Green,’ VW announced in a press release on 25 September. Uber hire car partners in Berlin would now have a locally zero-emission alternative wi...
    ŠKODA collaborates with Parkopedia to assist drivers in finding parking spaces
    Skoda has announced a partnership with Parkopedia, whereby drivers can get easy and quick real-time access to vacant parking spaces throughout Europe, a press release by the automaker read on 23 September. The information will be displayed via the car’s navigation system or the ŠKODA&nb...
    Volkswagen premieres ID.4 all-electric SUV with 250-mile range
    German carmaker Volkswagen has premiered its pure-electric SUV, the ID.4. This new vehicle is powered by a 150 kW (201 bhp) electric motor that draws power from a 77-kWh battery pack that Volkswagen claims can drive the ID.4 for up to approximately 323 miles (520 km) according to the WLTP cycle. ...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen starts delivery of all-electric ID.3 in UK
    Volkswagen has started delivery of its all-electric hatchback ID.3 in the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 21 September. The ID.3 is produced in Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant in the east of Germany. “I am incredibly proud to witness this moment. In 2018 we were the first ...
    23-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Seoul Semiconductor supplies WICOP Bi-color LED products for MY 2020 Audi A4 headlamp
    Seoul Semiconductor has announced that it has supplied WICOP Bi-color LED products for daytime running lights and front turn signals of the MY2020 Audi A4 headlamp, a company press release on 22 September read. “The [WICOP Gen2] family has been developed as a light source suitable for automobil...
    Preh supplies sensory volume control for Audi A3
    Preh is supplying a new sensory volume control for the new Audi A3 compact sedan, the company said in a press release on 14 September. The innovative volume control is located in the center console of the sedan. The volume can be adjusted by sliding finger in circle. In addition, the controller can ...
    SEAT starts production of Arona with new engine-transmission combination at Spanish facility
    SEAT has begun the production of its Arona SUV with a new engine-transmission combination at the Martorell facilities in Barcelona, Spain, the company said in a press release on 21 September. The transmission combination is a 1.5 TSI linked exclusively to a DSG transmission. The 1.5L TSI uni...
    22-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen recalls 1,829 vehicles in US to replace passenger frontal airbag
    Volkswagen (VW) is recalling nearly 1,829 vehicles in the United States to replace passenger frontal airbags, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. The recall covers certain model year (MY) model year 2020 VW Passat sedans. It is exp...
    22-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    Volkswagen’s ID.4 EV features optional ‘IQ.Light’ with LED matrix headlights
    Volkswagen’s new pure electric vehicle (EV) ID.4 features LED matrix headlights with IQ.Light technology as optional, the automaker announced in a press release on 21 September. The lighting system’s light modules are made up of 11 individual LEDs each, which can be individually switched off and...
    Volkswagen issues green bonds to fund development of electrified models
    Volkswagen has issued its first green bonds with a volume of EUR2 billion (USD2.3 billion), the company announced in a press release on 16 September. The two bonds have terms of 8 and 12 years and annual interest of 0.875% and 1.250% respectively. The proceeds will be used for development of modular...
    Volkswagen picks Cerence to power voice assistant in ID.3 EV
    Cerence has been chosen by Volkswagen to power the voice assistant in Volkswagen’s new ID.3 fully electric vehicle (EV), the company said in a press release on 16 September. The EVs, available in Europe only, are expected to be delivered to customers in October 2020. “The car of the future is...
    17-Sep-2020 News New Products
    ŠKODA introduces plasma-coated cylinder blocks
    Volkswagen-owned Czech carmaker, ŠKODA Auto, has introduced a plasma-coating process for its cylinder blocks. According to a press release issued by ŠKODA on 16 September, the company has set up a new processing line at its Mladá Boleslav headquarters for this operation at a cost of EUR28.8 milli...
    17-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Ballard develops high-power density fuel cell stack for FCEVs
    Ballard has developed a new high-power density fuel-cell stack for fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV), the "FCgen®-HPS," the company announced in a press release on 14 September. The zero-emission, proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel-cell stack is designed to provide propulsion for a range of ...
    16-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Audi A3 Sportback gets g-tron CNG powertrain variant
    German luxury and sports car manufacturer Audi has announced that its A3 Sportback will get the option of a compressed natural gas (CNG)-based powertrain. According to a press release issued by Audi on 15 September, the company has added the new A3 Sportback 30 g-tron to its lineup, and th...
    16-Sep-2020 News New Products
    ŠKODA launches Octavia with PHEV, mild hybrid, and natural gas powertrains
    Czech carmaker, ŠKODA Auto, has announced that it will be providing three new alternative powertrains for the fourth generation Octavia. According to a press release issued by ŠKODA on 14 September, the newest iteration of the ŠKODA Octavia will provide customers the option of choosing betwe...
    15-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Audi introduces e-tron S electric SUV and Sportback with three electric motors
    In a press release dated 10 September, Audi announced that it has introduced the all-electric performance models e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback. Both variants come with three electric motors, two on the rear axle, and one on the front axle. The motors produce a combined output of 70 kW of power and...
    14-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Porsche makes 7-speed dual clutch transmissions available on all 718 models
    Germany-based sportscar manufacturer, Porsche, has announced that all 718 models can now be ordered with the PDK 7-speed twin clutch automatic transmission. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 8 September, the company stated that this gearbox would be available for the Boxster and Caym...
    14-Sep-2020 News New Products
    LG Chem supplies batteries for ŠKODA’s all-electric SUV Enyaq
    South Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem is supplying lithium-ion batteries for ŠKODA Auto’s all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ENYAQ, Czech Invest, an investment and business development agency of the Czech Republic, reported on 9 September. LG Chem is supplying the batteries from its Wro...
    Volkswagen partners with RCS Global to ensure responsible battery material sourcing
    Volkswagen (VW) has partnered with RCS Global for auditing suppliers for conformance with human rights, safe working conditions, and environmental protection along the battery raw material supply chain all the way back to the mines, the automaker announced in a press release on 10 September. VW said...
    Bridgestone provides ENLITEN tire technology for Volkswagen Golf 8
    Bridgestone is supplying Turanza Eco featuring its innovative, lightweight ‘ENLITEN Technology’ as OE tires for Volkswagen’s new eighth generation Golf 8, according to a company press release on 8 September. The custom-designed Turanza Eco tires with ENLITEN Technology have been design...
    Porsche commits to research on synthetic fuels for greater sustainability
    German manufacturer of premium high-performance vehicles, Porsche, has announced that it will be researching synthetic fuels, referred to by the company as eFuels, to bolster the sustainability of its vehicles. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 2 September, eFuels are produced fro...
    Volkswagen recalls nearly 4,800 vehicles in US over issue with front seat backrest frame
    Volkswagen (VW) has issued a recall of nearly 4,800 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the front seat backrest frame, according to a report by cars.com citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) notice. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2020 Audi Q5...
    04-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    ŠKODA unveils all-electric SUV Enyaq iV
    Skoda has unveiled its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ENYAQ iV, the company announced in a press release on 1 September. ENYAQ iV will be available in five power outputs, three battery sizes, and two drivetrains. Serial production of the ENYAQ iV will start at the end of 2020. Its market l...
    03-Sep-2020 News New Products
    ŠKODA invests USD38 million in Enyaq iV production line at Mladá Boleslav plant
    ŠKODA Auto has completed the conversion of an existing production line at its main factory in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, for vehicles based on Volkswagen Group’s Modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, the company announced in a press release on 1 September. Skoda has invested EUR32 m...
    VW, FCA recall nearly 190,000 Vehicles in US over issue with airbag crash sensors
    Volkswagen (VW) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) are recalling nearly 190,000 vehicles in the United States over issue with airbag crash sensors, according to cars.com on 1 September. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2018 VW Atlas and MY 2019 Jeep Cherokee SUVs fitted with ZF North Amer...
    02-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    Volkswagen uses Röhm’s PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds for ID.3’s lighting design
    Volkswagen used Röhm’s PLEXIGLAS® molding compounds for its ID.3’s lighting design, according to a press release by Röhm on 1 September. Röhm’s PLEXIGLAS® Resist AG 100 is used in the light strip cover of the model. This special molding compound is impact-resistant and boasts higher heat ...
    New Volkswagen ID.3 features DRiV’s semi-active suspension technology
    Powertrain components supplier DRiV has announced that its continuously variable semi-active suspension with external valve (CVSAe) can be equipped for the Volkswagen ID.3 electric vehicle. According to a press release issued by the parent company of DRiV, Tenneco, on 1 September, the company has st...
    SEAT opens new electromobility learning center in Spain
    Spanish automaker SEAT has announced the opening of its new electromobility learning center in order to provide a complete training program on electric vehicles (EVs) for its entire workforce. According to a press release issued by SEAT on 28 August, this new training center will be located wit...
    01-Sep-2020 News Investments
    Audi equips SUVs with electromechanical roll stabilization for improved handling
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer Audi has announced that it will be equipping four of its sports utility vehicles (SUVs) with an electromechanical roll stabilization system that the company calls eAWS. According to a press statement issued by Audi on 26 August, the company has announced that...
    31-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Porsche launches Panamera 4S E-Hybrid with 17.9 kWh battery, 100 kW electric motor
    German sportscar manufacturer Porsche has introduced the revamped version of its four-seater, the Panamera. According to a press release issued by the company on 26 August, the updated Porsche Panamera also comes in a new plug-in hybrid avatar called the 4S E-Hybrid. The new Panamera 4S E-Hybrid ...
    28-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen secures permit to test autonomous vehicles fleet in Hefei, mainland China
    Volkswagen Group (VW) has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui province in mainland China, the company said in a press release on 27 August. The German automotive group will start testing a fleet of autonomous Audi e-tron pure electric SUVs in Hefei...
    Porsche upgrades ROADS app in cooperation with startup ClimaCell
    Porsche has collaborated with ClimaCell for upgrading its ROADS app, the automaker said in a press release on 25 August. Using a traffic light system, the app will be able to inform users about the quality of air along the route they plan on taking. Additionally, users will be able to organize joint...
    SEAT transforms prototype development center in Martorell
    Spanish automaker SEAT has transformed its Prototype Development Centre (PDC) at its plant in Martorell, Spain, the company announced in a press release on 25 August. The company has completed a new 3,000- square-meter building in Workshop 3, unifying all processes and activities prior to mass produ...
    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles prepares Hannover plant in Germany for production of ID. BUZZ electric van
    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is preparing its Hannover plant in Germany for production of its all-electric van ID. BUZZ, the company announced in a press release on 21 August. Over the course of four weeks, Volkswagen undertook over 500 individual measures related to the maintenance and modernizat...
    Porsche Digital spins-off e-mobility digital platform as new company '&Charge'
    Porsche Digital has spun-off its e-mobility digital platform as a new company called ‘&Charge’, Porsche announced in a press release on 21 August. &Charge" offers a digital platform through which users can obtain credit for their online purchases for electric mobility. The "&Charge" ...
    Volkswagen starts sales of new Golf eHybrid and GTE PHEVs
    German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) has launched two new electrified versions of its eighth-generation Golf hatchback. In a press release issued by VW on 21 August, the company stated that the two new plug-in hybrid  (PHEV) versions of the Volkswagen Golf, namely the Golf GTE and the Golf eHybrid, ...
    24-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Porsche launches internal investigation into suspected petrol engine manipulation
    Volkswagen-owned German carmaker Porsche AG has launched an internal investigation into suspected manipulation of its petrol engines. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 23 August, Porsche has informed Germany’s automotive regulatory body KBA, the US authorities, and the Stuttgar...
    Volkswagen commences manufacturing ID.4 EV at Zwickau plant in Germany
    German carmaker, Volkswagen, has announced that it has commenced production of its new pure electric vehicle (PEV), the ID.4, at its manufacturing facility located at Zwickau in Germany. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 20 August, the company stated that the ID.4 compact sports u...
    Škoda’s ENYAQ iV EV features full LED matrix headlights
    Škoda’s all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) ENYAQ iV features full LED matrix headlights with an emotive design language, the Czech automaker said in a press release on 19 August. ENYAQ iV is the first Škoda model based on the modular electrification toolkit (MEB) to be presented to global ...
    20-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Porsche to offer Plug & Charge functionality in updated Taycan EV
    Porsche is offering Plug & Charge functionality in the updated Taycan electric vehicle (EV), the automaker announced in a press release on 19 August. The new Plug & Charge function enables convenient charging and payments while eliminating the need for cards or an app. Plug & Cha...
    AusNet Services partner with EV charging startup ev.energy for Australian smart charging trial
    Working with ev.energy, AusNet Services is conducting a trial to incentivize EV owners to select when they need their vehicles charged. The technology utilized in the trial will intelligently assess the demands on the electricity network and only charge the vehicle when demand is low. According t...
    Ferodo supplies OE brake pads for MY 2020 Volkswagen Golf
    Germany-based carmaker, Volkswagen, has selected Ferodo to supply brake pads for its new MY 2020 Golf hatchback. According to a report filed by motoring publication The Brake Report on 11 August, Ferodo also stated that it would provide Eco-Friction replacement brake pads for the new VW Golf as well...
    Porsche invests in connected car startup Aurora Labs
    Porsche Automobil Holding has acquired a minority stake in Israel-based startup Aurora Labs for USD2.5 million, the company said in a press release on 13 August. The venture capital arm of Porsche has already invested in two U.S-based 3-D printing specialists Markforged and Seurat Technologies an...
    Impact of 48V technology on automotive thermal management systems
    One of the most significant developments in recent times in the automotive field is the emergence of 48V electrical architecture. Steadily increasing levels of electrification in vehicles, from the introduction of electric power steering to large infotainment system displays, are placing heavie...
    Volkswagen expands Chattanooga factory to build North American center for EVs
    Volkswagen (VW) is expanding its Chattanooga factory in the United States to build a North American center for electric vehicles (EVs), the automaker announced in a press release on 12 August. The expanded site will serve as not only for assembly, but also for engineering the EVs of the future. To e...
    13-Aug-2020 News Investments
    Vitesco supplies drive control unit for Volkswagen ID.3 EV
    German automotive powertrain components supplier, Vitesco Technologies, has announced that it will supply drive control units for Volkswagen’s new electric vehicle (EV), the ID.3. According to a press statement issued by Vitesco Technologies on 12 August, the company announced that the new server-...
    Is there a safe haven for diesel powertrain technology?
    The push for environmentally friendly vehicles has been increasing drastically over the past few years, and vehicles powered by diesel have always been bearing the brunt of it. This friction has become even more apparent after various diesel emissions scandals that hit the industry, which have resul...
    SEAT opens new 3D-printing lab in Spain
    SEAT has opened a new 3D printing lab in Spain, the automaker announced in a press release on 28 July. The lab is located in the SEAT Prototype Development Centre at their main plant in Martorell in Barcelona, Spain. The lab has nine 3D printers ranging from multijet fusion technology and sinte...
    Audi develops electronic chassis platform for interlinking chassis systems
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer Audi’s Electronic Chassis Platform (ECP), is now interlinking various chassis systems such as the electromechanical Active Roll Stabilization (eAWS), predictive active suspension, and the Dynamic All-wheel Steering (DAS). In a press release issued by Aud...
    10-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Audi increases range, reduces price of all-electric e-tron in US
    Audi will offer the new model year (MY) 2021 e-tron with a higher range of 357 km (222 miles) in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 5 August. Audi has also reduced the price of the MY 2021 e-tron all-electric sport utility vehicle to USD65,900. Additionally, Audi has also...
    07-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Bentley launches new research study on e-axle electric drive
    Luxury automaker Bentley Motors has launched a new research study on e-axle electric drive, called OCTOPUS, which stands for Optimised Components, Test and simulation, toolkits for Powertrains which integrate Ultra high-speed motor Solutions. The company made the announcement in a press re...
    SEAT presents new strategy for suppliers; aims to increase localization in Spain
    On 4 August, SEAT presented its new strategy for suppliers, the Spanish carmaker said in a press release. The company called its 60 main Spanish suppliers and key associations, including the Spanish Association of Car and Truck Manufacturers (ANFAC) and the Spanish Association of Automotive Supplier...
    Cerence launches service for voice-powered in-vehicle payments
    Cerence has launched Cerence Pay service for in-vehicle contactless payment with the help of voice-powered AI, the company said in a press release on 30 July. Cerence Pay can anticipate drivers’ needs and offer the entire transaction process from authentication through to purchase via voice and fa...
    03-Aug-2020 News New Products
    SEAT, Volkswagen, and Iberdrola partner to promote e-mobility in Spain
    SEAT, Volkswagen Group España Distribución, and Iberdrola have partnered to jointly promote e-mobility in Spain, Volkswagen announced in a press release on 29 July. The three partners have signed an agreement to promote the creation of a public network of recharging points in Spain for electric ve...
    Porsche Digital establishes new office in Spain
    The digital subsidiary of Porsche has opened a new office in Barcelona, Spain, the automaker announced in a press release on 29 July. The new location in Barcelona is jointly operated by Porsche Digital and the SEAT subsidiary SEAT:CODE. The teams from both companies consist of product managers, sof...
    Audi says EVs to constitute 35% of its lineup in South Korea by 2030
    Audi Korea has planned to launch more pure-electric vehicles and make EVs constitute 35% of its product portfolio in the country by the year 2030, according to a report filed by South Korean news publication, Yonhap News Agency, on 17 July. Audi’s first pure-electric model for the South Korean mar...
    Audi introduces digital OLED technology in rear lights of the Q5
    Audi has introduced the next generation of a lighting technology ‘digital OLED technology’ in Q5 model, the automaker announced in a press release on 29 July. The new digital OLED technology promises to improve road safety and is the first to allow for personalization of the taillight signatu...
    31-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen expands technical center in US to strengthen powertrain engineering services
    The Volkswagen Group TCC has completed an expansion project that has brought additional entities within the company under a new name, the Oxnard Engineering Campus. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen America on 27 July, VW Group brands that include Audi, Bentley, and Porsche will...
    Audi, Hager Group partner for research project on V2H bidirectional charging
    Audi has partnered with Hager Group for a research project on vehicle-to-home (V2H) bidirectional charging, the company announced in a press release on 23 July. The two companies will research a solution that creates financial incentives and offers greater security of energy supply for the owner.&nb...
    Seven automakers to recall more than 34,000 vehicles in South Korea over faulty parts
    Seven automakers namely Hyundai, Kia, Renault Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Toyota, and Hanbul Motors (which imports Peugeot and Citroën vehicles into South Korea) are recalling more than 34,000 vehicles in South Korea to fix separate issues, according to a report by Yonhap News Agency on 17 Ju...
    24-Jul-2020 News Recalls
    Audi recalls 12,964 vehicles in US over issue with engine compartment seal
    Audi is recalling 12,964 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the engine compartment seal, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 7 July. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2013–18 Audi S8 and A8 vehicles. The reca...
    24-Jul-2020 News Recalls
    Volkswagen starts production of e-Crafter electric van in Poland
    Volkswagen has started production of its all-electric van e-Crafter at its Września plant in Poland, news website The First News reported on 21 July, citing the automaker. The plant is expected to manufacture 1,200 units of e-Crafter by the end of 2020. This number is expected to go up to 1,400 uni...
    Volkswagen’s MY 2021 vehicles to feature new audio entertainment platform ‘SiriusXM with 360L’
    SiriusXM has announced that Volkswagen will feature its new audio entertainment platform ‘SiriusXM with 360L’ in its model year (MY) 2021 vehicles, a company press release on 22 July read. Volkswagen models which will get the new third-generation modular infotainment platform—MIB3, such as Art...
    Volkswagen, Tesco, Pod Point announce 200 Tesco stores in UK now have free EV charge points
    Volkswagen (VW), Tesco, and Pod Point have installed four electric vehicle (EV) charge points at their 200th Tesco superstore in Chester in the United Kingdom, all free to use, VW announced in a press release on 17 July. “It’s fantastic that we’ve reached another milestone in our partn...
    Nexen Tire supplies OE tires for 2020 Volkswagen Golf
    Nexen Tire is supplying N’blue S and WINGUARD Sport 2 tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the model year 2020 Volkswagen Golf, according to a company press release on 21 July. The tiremaker is supplying N’blue S in size 205/55R16 91V, and WINGUARD Sport 2 in two sizes—195/65R15 91H an...
    Volkswagen launches EV charging service 'We Charge' in Europe
    German carmaker Volkswagen has announced the rollout of its own charging service, called We Charge, to coincide with the market launch of the company’s new family on electric vehicles (EVs), the ID. According to a press release issued by VW on 20 July, the company stated that vehicle owners will b...
    21-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen to equip MY 2021 models with new MIB3 infotainment system in US
    Volkswagen has announced that select model year (MY) 2021 vehicles will be equipped with the new MIB3 infotainment system in the United States, a company press release read on 20 July. The new system will contain new driver-assistance features, travel assist, and emergency assist. The MIB3 infota...
    21-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Bentley confirms Bentayga PHEV production will commence in late 2020
    British luxury vehicle maker Bentley Motors has confirmed that it will begin the manufacturing of the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of its Bentayga SUV in late 2020. According to a press statement issued by Bentley on 20 July, the company has commenced manufacturing of the new Bentley Bentayga at it...
    21-Jul-2020 News New Products
    New Audi SQ7 and SQ8 to feature all-wheel steering, updated suspension and engines
    German luxury and sports car manufacturer Audi has unveiled its new SQ7 and SQ8 sport utility vehicles (SUVs), which feature new turbocharged TFSI engines and all-wheel steering. According to a press statement released by Audi on 15 July, these vehicles will also be equipped with adaptive air s...
    17-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Audi e-tron's sales grow 86.8% y/y in first half 2020; launches MY2020 e-tron Sportback in US
    Audi e-tron’s global sales grew 86.8% year on year (y/y) to 17,641 units during the first half of 2020, the company announced in a press release on 16 July. Audi said that the e-tron was the top-selling electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Europe. In Norway, which is the pioneering country when...
    Audi files 57 patents related to electric powertrain in Germany in 2019
    On 15 July, Audi announced that it filed 57 patents related to electric powertrains in Germany in 2019. The patents were for plug-in hybrids and the models of the all-electric Audi e-tron. “This is ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ and shows the great innovative spirit of our developers,” said Roman...
    Volkswagen appoints Dirk Hilgenberg as CEO for its Car.Software organization
    Volkswagen (VW) has announced that Dirk Hilgenberg will be appointed as the chief executive officer of its Car.Software unit, according to the company's press release on 15 July. Hilgenberg is a former senior vice-president, manufacturing engineering at BMW Group. Christian Senger had headed th...
    Audi recalls 13,000 vehicles in the US over an issue with seal around engine compartment
    Audi has issued a recall of nearly 13,000 vehicles in the United States over an issue with seal around engine compartment, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2013–18 Audi A8 and S8 sedans. Th...
    16-Jul-2020 News Recalls
    Volkswagen opens new high-power EV charging station in US state Arizona
    Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) has opened an electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its North American test facility in Maricopa, Arizona, in the United States, the automaker announced in a press release on 15 July. The 50-space charging station is located at VWGoA’s global test facility ...
    Suppliers to the new Audi Q3 Sportback
    The first-generation Audi Q3 Sportback is assembled at Audi's facility in Gyor, Hungary. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi Q3 Sportback from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 35,000 units. If you would like your company included i...
    Cupra to launch all-electric el-Born with 77-kWh battery in 2021
    SEAT Cupra is set to launch its first all-electric vehicle el-Born in 2021, the company announced in a press release on 8 July. The model will come with a 77-kWh battery which will enable a range of up to 500 km. The Cupra el-Born will be manufactured at the Zwickau plant in Germany. “CUPRA el-Bor...
    14-Jul-2020 News New Products
    MAHLE uses 3D printing to produce high-performance aluminum pistons
    Germany-based automotive components supplier, MAHLE, has collaborated with sportscar manufacturer Porsche and mechanical engineering firm Trumpf to develop high performance aluminum pistons using a 3D printer. In a press statement issued by MAHLE, the company has stated that pistons were tested o...
    14-Jul-2020 News New Products
    JOINT VENTURE: Volkswagen’s subsidiary SITECH, Brose sign MOU to form JV for complete seat systems
    SITECH, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group (VW), and Brose have agreed to establish a 50:50 joint venture (JV) to produce complete seats, seat structures, and seat components, the two partners said in a joint press release on 13 July. Representatives of SITECH and Brose signed a memorandum of unde...
    Audi launches A7 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid in US
    German luxury and sports car manufacturer Audi has launched the upgraded version of its Sportback, the A7, and it is expected to go on sale in the US in the fall of 2020. According to a press statement from Audi dated 8 July, the 2021 Audi A7 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid is driven by a 2.0-liter, turboc...
    13-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Goodyear supplies additional OE tires for all-electric Porsche Taycan
    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was named the supplier for the first models of Porsche’s new electric vehicle (EV), the Taycan, back in 2019. According to a press release from Goodyear on 10 July, the tiremaker has developed additional tire fitments for the Porsche Taycan. The company al...
    Bridgestone, VW partner to introduce ‘ENLITEN’ lightweight tire technology for Volkswagen ID.3
    German-based carmaker Volkswagen has collaborated with Bridgestone to roll out a new lightweight tire technology for Volkswagen’s new electric vehicle, the ID.3, called “ENLITEN”. According to a report filed by motoring news publication Auto Tech Review on 9 July, VW sought a tire that had goo...
    10-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Consortium of automotive and telecom companies completes ConVeX C-V2X trial
    A consortium of automotive and telecom companies has completed the ConVeX cellular vehicle to everything (C-V2X) trial, Qualcomm said in a press release on 8 July. Qualcomm, along with Audi AG, Ericsson, Swarco Traffic Systems, and the University of Kaiserslautern make up the consortium. The tria...
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