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    IHS Markit launches 2021 OEM-Supplier Relations (SuRe) survey
    The automotive industry’s global survey of OEM-supplier relations has returned, giving tier-one suppliers the opportunity to express their views and opinions on their relationship with every major OEM from today (April 12). IHS Markit's unique SuRe (Supplier Relations) Index scores and ranks OE...
    12-Apr-2021 News OEM Purchasing Pinned
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Audi premieres PPE technology, four new EV models alongside FAW, SAIC
    For the first time, Audi is partnering with two other automakers, FAW and SAIC, at the Auto Shanghai 2021 according to a company press release on 19 April. Audi and its Chinese partner companies FAW and SAIC are showing four world premieres, including new Audi A6 e-tron concept vehicle, the updated ...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Volkswagen unveils ID.6 electric SUV
    The Volkswagen brand has unveiled its third model in the ID. family, the seven-seater ID.6, at the Auto Shanghai 2021 motor show. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 17 April, two versions of the fully electric family sports utility vehicle (SUV) are available in China—the ID.6 CR...
    19-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new Seat Leon
    The fourth-generation 2020 Seat Leon is assembled at Seat's facility in Martorell, Spain. Output of the new version of the hatchback is expected to peak at more than 129,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaways pub...
    Audi presents Q4 e-tron entry-level electric CUV, SUV
    Audi has launched the world premiere of the Q4 e-tron entry-level electric crossover utility vehicle (CUV) and Q4 Sportback e-tron sport utility vehicle (SUV) and according to a company press release on 14 April. The premiere was presented by the Four Rings company. Significance: Audi’s e-...
    16-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen Group Components expands battery systems production in Braunschweig, Germany
    The Volkswagen Group Components plant in Braunschweig, Germany, is expanding its production of battery systems for the latest electric vehicle (EV) generation. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 15 April, the site will be able to fit up to 500,000 batteries a year in vehicles ...
    Skoda Enyaq iV secures five-star safety rating in Euro NCAP test
    Volkswagen-owned Czech carmaker, Škoda Auto, has announced that its new electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Enyaq iV, has secured a five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP test. According to a press release issued by the company on 14 April, the Škoda Enyaq a total of 86% of the possib...
    15-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen ID.4 Pro EV receives official EPA estimated range of 260 miles
    Volkswagen of America, Inc., has announced a second round of fuel economy figures for the 2021 ID.4 electric SUV, according to the company press release on 12 April. On a full charge, the ID.4 Pro rear-wheel-drive (RWD) has an EPA-estimated 260 miles (402 km) of range, while the Pro S and 1st Editio...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Audi partners with Blue Bird, Temple, and Applied Information to deploy C-V2X for school zone safety
    Audi of America has partnered with Blue Bird, Applied Information, and Temple to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology for safety around school zones, the company said in a press release on 30 March. The Fulton County School System in Atlanta, US has also joined the project, with ...
    Porsche, Shell to establish high-performance charging network in Southeast Asia
    Porsche Asia Pacific and Shell will implement Southeast Asia’s first cross-border high performance charging network. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 6 April, the companies will jointly set up 12 charge points at six Shell stations located along Malaysia’s North-South highway, o...
    Volkswagen invests additional USD100 million in QuantumScape for solid-state battery tech
    QuantumScape has announced it has successfully met the technical milestone that was a condition to close the investment of an additional USD100 million by Volkswagen Group of America Investments, LLC into the company, according to an Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on 31 March. This ...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Audi recalls 153,152 in US over airbag issue
    Audi has issued a recall for more than 153,152 in the United States over issue with airbag, according to a Reuters report on 28 March citing a recall notice on the website of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects 153,152 units of Audi A3 sedans and its variant...
    30-Mar-2021 News Recalls
    Brose, Volkswagen sign JV for vehicle seats
    The Brose Group and Volkswagen (VW) have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture (JV) to develop and manufacture complete seats, seat structures and components along with solutions for the vehicle interior, according to a joint press release by the two companies on 26 March. As per the agre...
    Electrification pushing chassis component technology trends
    Earlier in March, Volkswagen, and Japan-based automotive components supplier, NSK, formed a partnership between their steering divisions to further the level of innovation in automotive steering technology. Today, even with a commoditized component such as the steering system, automakers and supplie...
    Volkswagen sets up new AI unit in Detroit, US
    Volkswagen (VW) has set up an artificial intelligence (AI) unit in Detroit, United States, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. The research and development (R&D) center develops and operates AI solutions, feeds them with data from across the company, and retrain the algorithms wit...
    Audi, EOS expand use of metal 3D printing applications
    Owing to its partnership with EOS, Audi has moved entirely to additive manufacturing for selected tool segments for hot forming at its Metal 3D Printing Centre in Ingolstadt, Germany, dispense with conventional production methods in these cases, according to a press release by EOS on 18 March. Si...
    ŠKODA to invest USD2.96 billion on future tech over next five years
    ŠKODA Auto, part of the Volkswagen Group, announced plans to invest around EUR2.5 billion (USD2.96 billion) over the next five years on future technologies, with more than half going to electric vehicle (EV) investment, according to a Reuters report on 24 March 2021. The Czech automaker plans ...
    Audi begins series production of Q4 e-tron at Zwickau plant in Germany
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Audi, has announced the start of production of its first ever pure-electric SUV, the Q4 e-tron. According to a press release issued by the company on 23 March, the Audi Q4 e-tron will be manufactured at Audi’s production facility in Zwickau, Germany...
    24-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen partner Gotion High-Tech to set up battery recycling plant in Hefei, mainland China
    Volkswagen’s Chinese battery partner Gotion High-Tech has announced plans to invest a total of USD1.8 billion in the construction of battery recycling and raw material production facilities for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in Hefei city, reports electrive.com. The company expects to complete the...
    24-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Alcoa supplies sustainable low-carbon aluminum for wheels on Audi’s e-tron GT
    Alcoa Corporation is supplying sustainable aluminum for wheels used on the Audi e-tron GT, which is the first vehicle to ever use metal from a revolutionary technology that eliminates all direct carbon dioxide emissions from the traditional smelting process, Alcoa and Audi announced in separate pres...
    Volkswagen brand to stop development of new ICEs
    Germany-based automaker, Volkswagen, has announced that it will no longer develop new internal combustion engines (ICEs). According to an interview published by German news publication Automobilwoche on 21 March, the company has stated that it will continue to further develop existing ICE lines...
    Porsche to begin trials of synthetic fuels in 2022
    Porsche sports car head Frank Walliser has said that the automaker is looking to begin trials of its own synthetic fuel in 2022, that will be compatible with unmodified combustion engines, according to a report by Autocar on 16 March. Speaking ahead of the unveiling of the new 911 GT3, Walliser a...
    23-Mar-2021 News Investments
    SEAT, Iberdrola, Volkswagen sign strategic alliance to push electrification in Spain
    Volkswagen Group (VW) and its Spanish car unit SEAT have partnered with electric utility company Iberdrola to promote electrification in Spain, SEAT said in a press release on 15 March. As part of the collaboration, the three companies have agreed on supply of renewable energy in the electric vehicl...
    ŠKODA offering iV chargers and POWERPASS charging service
    Volkswagen-owned Czech carmaker, ŠKODA, has announced its new iV charging stations and the POWERPASS charging service. According to a press release issued by ŠKODA on 19 March, the company stated that it now offers chargers for home or business charging. The ŠKODA iV chargers are available in ...
    22-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen reveals e-mobility strategy on its first Power Day
    One of the most predominant trends in the global automotive industry of today is the relentless move toward electrification.  Carmakers around the world are heeding the demand to shift away from inefficient propulsion methods and focus instead on hybridization and electrification. German automo...
    Volkswagen to deliver over 450,000 electric vehicles to customers in 2021
    Volkswagen (VW) has announced that it will deliver over 450,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to customers in 2021, more than double the 2020 figure. With its new ACCELERATE strategy, VW will be piloting a subscription model for the ID.3 in six German cities, to test the acceptance of use-based billi...
    19-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Porsche to produce high-performance batteries with silicon anodes
    Porsche is looking into high-performance batteries with silicon instead of graphite anodes to achieve higher energy density and better fast-charging capability, according to a company press release on 16 March. The new batteries will be produced in limited volumes in Europe for high-performance vehi...
    19-Mar-2021 News Investments
    SEAT’s Cupra commences series production of Leon e-Hybrid
    Volkswagen-owned Spanish car maker SEAT’s high-performance division, CUPRA, has commenced series manufacturing of its Leon e-Hybrid in both 5-door and Sportstourer body styles with a power output of 201 bhp, in addition to the 242 bhp variant. According to a press release issued by SEAT on 12 Marc...
    17-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen is betting big on software to outpace rivals
    German automaker Volkswagen is focused on developing its own software ecosystem in a bid to overtake rivals, including Tesla. CEO Herbert Diess told CNBC that it wants to “get close and then overtake” the electric vehicle (EV) maker, while ruling out any potential tie-ups. In the annual media co...
    Audi ends development of new ICEs
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Audi, has announced that it has stopped the development of new internal combustion engines (ICEs). According to a report filed by electric transport news service Electrive on 16 March, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurt...
    Volkswagen launches ID.4 EV in US
    Volkswagen has launched its first long-range electric sports utility vehicle (SUV), ID.4, at dealers across the United States, according to a company press release on 16 March.  Significance: “The launch of the ID.4 represents a huge inflection point for the Volkswagen brand, and its foray...
    17-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen, bp to work together on expediting deployment of ultra-fast EV charging facilities across Europe
    Volkswagen and bp have announced that they intend to work together on extending and expediting the deployment of ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities at bp retail sites across the United Kingdom, Germany, and the rest of Europe, according to a company press release on 15 March. The a...
    Suppliers to the new Audi A3
    The fourth-generation 2020 Audi A3 is assembled at Audi's facility in Ingolstadt #1, Germany. Output of the new version of the compact sedan is expected to peak at more than 59,000 units in 2023, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car cutaw...
    Volkswagen presents technology roadmap for e-mobility up to 2030
    German automaker, Volkswagen, has unveiled its technology roadmap for batteries and charging up to 2030 during its first Power Day. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 15 March, the company announced that it will be establishing six new gigafactories with a total production capacity...
    Northvolt receives long-term EV battery supply order from Volkswagen worth over USD14 billion
    Sweden-based EV battery startup Northolt has received a USD14 billion order for supply of premium battery cells to Volkswagen Group in Europe over the next 10 years, according to a company press release on 15 March. In order to accommodate this supply order, Northvolt will expand its gigafactory in ...
    Audi’s upcoming Q4 e-tron to feature augmented realty head-up display as option
    Audi will offer augmented realty head-up display (AR-HUD) as an option in its all-new Q4 e-tron electric compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), the company said in a press release on 9 March. The next-generation HUD reflects important driving information on the vehicle’s windshield on two separate ...
    11-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen expects EVs to account for half of all vehicles sold in mainland China by 2030
    Volkswagen (VW) expects 50% of its vehicles sold in Mainland China to be electric by 2030, according to a report by China Daily. This is part of VW's ACCELARATE strategy. The brand will be unveiling at least one EV per year to reach its new electrification goal. Significance: Volkswagen launched ...
    Audi uses high-precision swarm data to improve V2X service
    Audi has announced that it is using high-precision swarm data to enhance its vehicle-to-everything (V2X) service called Local Hazard Information (LHI), according to a company press release on 8 March. The service uses a car-to-cloud application to estimate the coefficient of friction based on the...
    Porsche increases stake in high-performance EV startup Rimac to 24%
    The Supervisory Board of Germany-based sportscar manufacturer, Porsche AG, has agreed to increase its stake in Rimac Automobili from 15% to 24%. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 8 March, the company joined Rimac as an investor in 2018 and raised its stake to 15% in September 2019. T...
    09-Mar-2021 News Investments
    Volkswagen launches ACCELERATE strategy to become software-driven mobility provider
    Volkswagen has launched ACCELARATE strategy to increase digitalization, new business models and autonomous driving, it said in a press release on 5 March. Software integration into vehicles and digital customer experience will become core competencies while the German carmaker also aims to make auto...
    Volkswagen previews Project Trinity EV, targets 2026 launch
    German automaker Volkswagen has previewed its upcoming electric sedan, the Project Trinity. According to a website issued by Volkswagen on 5 March, the company stated this new vehicle will be manufactured at its Wolfsburg facility from 2026. Volkswagen states that by the planned start of series prod...
    08-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Porsche unveils all-electric Taycan Cross Turismo
    Porsche has unveiled the off-road version of its all-electric sports car Taycan, called Taycan Cross Turismo, the company announced in a press release on 4 March. The Taycan Cross Turismo will be offered in four variants. They are the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, Taycan 4S Cross Turismo, Taycan Turbo Cro...
    05-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen, NSK collaborate to advance steering technology
    Japan-based automotive components supplier, NSK Ltd., has announced its collaboration with Volkswagen AG. According to a press release issued by NSK on 1 March, the company stated that this partnership agreement between the companies' steering divisions has been done with the intention to further in...
    02-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Audi Q5, A6, and A7 PHEVs get upgraded batteries for longer electric driving range
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Audi, has announced that it has equipped three of its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models with larger capacity battery packs in order to improve their pure-electric driving range. The dimensions of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery have not changed despite it...
    24-Feb-2021 News New Products
    Porsche testing Level 4 autonomous driving at Nardò Technical Centre in Italy
    Porsche is testing Level 4 autonomous driving at Nardò Technical Centre (NTC) in Italy, the German sportscar manufacturer said in a press release on 15 February. Porsche is using modified Porsche Cayenne and Panamera in testing. “A revolution is looming in the automotive industry over the next fi...
    Volkswagen starts electric car sharing service WeShare in German city Hamburg
    Volkswagen has launched its electric car sharing service WeShare in Hamburg in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 19 February. The services will be available in Hamburg starting 25 February. Around 800 electric ID.3 vehicles will be on the road in an environmentally friendly manner...
    Automakers suspends production in North America amid severe winter weather
    Several automakers, including Ford, GM, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen have suspended operations this week at their manufacturing plants in the United States and Mexico amid severe cold weather, Reuters reported on 18 February. Ford temporarily closed its plants in Kansas City, Michigan, and Kentuck...
    Bentley begins three-year research study to develop sustainable electric motors
    Bentley has launched a new three-year research study for developing recyclable electric motors, the company announced in a press release on 18 February. The study, titled Rare-earth Recycling for E-machines (RaRE), intends to build on work completed at the University of Birmingham in devising a meth...
    Volkswagen begins pilot production of ID.5 at Zwickau plant in Germany
    Volkswagen has started pilot production of its new all-electric model ID.5 at its Zwickau plant in Germany, the company announced on twitter on 11 February. The sport utility vehicle (SUV) coupe is scheduled to be launched in the second half of 2021. Significance: The ID.5 will be the third all-e...
    18-Feb-2021 News New Products
    Enel X partners with Porsche and Q8 to set up ultra-fast EV charging in Italy
    Enel X has partnered with Porsche Italia and Q8 to set up ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Italy, the company announced in a press release last month. The partners with install 300-kW High Power Charging (HPC) stations at 20 Q8 service areas by the end of 2021. The first ultr...
    Audi selects three OE tire brands from Nexen Tire next-generation A3
    South Korean tire manufacturer, Nexen Tire, has been selected by Audi to supply tires for its new A3 lineup. According to a press release issued by Nexen Tire on 16 February, the company stated that it would be supplying its N’Fera Sport, N’Blue S and Winguard Sport 2 tires for the new Audi A3 f...
    Volkswagen to seek extension of reprieve in SK Innovation-LG Energy Solution dispute
    Volkswagen (VW) is planning to seek an extension of reprieve in the trade dispute between SK Innovation and LG Energy Solution to four years, Reuters reported on 13 February. “We will request the carve out be extended to at least four years to give an adequate transition period. Ultimately, howeve...
    New Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover features advanced chassis technologies
    German car maker Volkswagen has equipped its newest electric crossover SUV, the ID.4, with advanced chassis features and technologies. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 9 February, the company stated that these features improve the handling while simultaneously optimizing the effi...
    12-Feb-2021 News New Products
    ŠKODA integrates Bosch’s wrong-way driver warning system in several models
    Bosch has announced that Czech carmaker ŠKODA will integrate its wrong-way driver warning system in several models, according to a company press release on 10 February. The system warns both the driver who is going the wrong way and all road users at risk of the impending danger within seconds. Dri...
    Audi launches e-tron GT electric sportscar
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Audi, has launched two high performance electric vehicles (EVs), the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT. According to a press release issued by Audi on 9 February, this four door electric coupe will be powered by two electric motors and all-wheel drive. In the e...
    10-Feb-2021 News New Products
    Audi to manufacture e-motors in Hungary
    Audi is set to start manufacturing electric motors at its Győr plant in Hungary, the company announced in a press release on 9 February. The Győr plant will supply the new electric drives for the Group's all-electric models, which are based on the "Premium Platform Electric (PPE)" developed jointl...
    Electrify America installs new solar EV chargers at 30 locations in California
    Electrify America has installed new solar electric vehicle (EV) chargers at 30 locations in rural California, that company announced in a press release on 4 February. The Level 2 off-grid chargers have been installed throughout the Central Valley and inland areas of Southern California. “Electr...
    Volkswagen looking to buy semiconductor supplies directly from manufacturers
    Volkswagen is looking into buying semiconductor supplies directly from manufacturers, Reuters reported on 2 February. The automaker sources semiconductors from tier-1 suppliers such as Bosch and Continental and has no direct contractual or supply agreements with semiconductor manufacturers. “We...
    Volkswagen Group Components begins battery recycling pilot plant in German city Salzgitter
    Volkswagen Group Components has opened its first electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling pilot plant in Salzgitter, Germany, the company announced in a press release on 29 January. Volkswagen Group Components aims to recover valuable raw materials such as lithium, nickel, manganese and cobalt in a c...
    01-Feb-2021 News Investments
    Porsche Ventures invests in AI startup Cresta
    Porsche Ventures has announced an investment in artificial intelligence company Cresta, company said in a press release on 29 January. The amount was not disclosed. Cresta's software will be rolled out across Porsche Cars North America and Porsche Financial Services online platforms. “Porsche a...
    01-Feb-2021 News Investments
    The case for OEM-made operating systems in the age of software-driven vehicles
    By combining vehicle domains with the cloud and internet of things (IoT), future software architecture will have a common hardware layer at the vehicle level, a common middleware layer in the software level, and an operating system that will add different features in a scalable way. To sustain futur...
    Volkswagen commences ID.3 series production in Dresden, Germany
    Germany car manufacturer, Volkswagen, has announced that it has begun the series manufacturing of its electric vehicle, the ID.3, at its Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 29 January, the company stated that this makes the Dresden facility t...
    ZF to supply new brake control systems for Volkswagen electrified vehicles
    Germany-based automotive components and systems supplier, ZF Friedrichshafen, has confirmed a new series production order for brake control solutions, which will be equipped as standard in Volkswagen’s ID.3 and ID.4 models as well as in the Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular e-drive system platform....
    27-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen's electric van sales more than double to 2,700 units in 2020
    Volkswagen Group’s Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand delivered 2,700 electric vans in 2020, reflecting a year-over-year (y/y) increase of 167.4%, the German automaker said in a press release. Of the total, 1,100 were e-Crafter vans, which the German automaker started building at its Września p...
    Volkswagen in talks with suppliers to claim damages due to semiconductors shortage
    German automaker Volkswagen is in talks with suppliers about possible claims for damages due to a shortage of semiconductors, Reuters reported on 24 January. Among the affected suppliers are Bosch and Continental. According to the Reuters article, the German carmaker had told suppliers shortly af...
    ev.energy partners with Volkswagen Group’s brand Elli for smart EV charging solutions
    Electric vehicle (EV) charging company ev.energy has expanded its partnership with Volkswagen (VW) Group’s brand Elli for smart charging solutions, the company announced in a press release on 14 January. ev.energy and VW Group have decided to continue to collaborate and explore potential opti...
    Volkswagen recalls 56,000 Golf hatchbacks over software issues
    Volkswagen (VW) will recall 56,000 units of its Golf hatchbacks to fix software problems affecting the infotainment system and reversing camera, Reuters reported on 12 January. The report adds that the fix affects vehicles of the Golf 8 series made until July 2020. As quoted by in the article, ...
    22-Jan-2021 News Recalls
    Porsche, Axel Springer increase investment in APX to support digital startups
    Porsche and its partner Axel Springer have announced that they are increasing the total investment amount for their joint venture APX, according to a press release dated 21 January. This will allow APX and its existing portfolio companies with a volume of EUR55 million (USD66.7 million). This will a...
    22-Jan-2021 News Investments
    Volkswagen faces fine of over USD121 million for missing 2020 EU emissions targets
    German automaker Volkswagen has stated that it faces a fine of more than EUR100 million (over USD121 million) as penalty for missing the EU-set carbon dioxide emissions target for 2020. According to a report filed by business news publication Economic Times on 21 January, the company stated that it ...
    Volkswagen developing new flagship EV model 'Project Trinity'
    Volkswagen is developing a new flagship electric vehicle (EV) model ‘Project Trinity’, AutoExpress reported on 21 January citing Volkswagen brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter. The vehicle is expected to be highly autonomous and will be built on a bespoke EV architecture. “Wolfsburg is becoming a fla...
    21-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen ends production of Golf in Mexico
    Volkswagen of America announced that the VW Golf ended production for the US market last week. According to a press release issued by the company on 20 January, Volkswagen expects that the model year 2021 Golf models built at the Puebla, Mexico plant will sustain sales of the hatchback through the y...
    Nippon Seiki partners with Elektrobit for HUD in Porsche Taycan
    Elektrobit has announced that it has developed a windshield head-up display (HUD) for the Porche Taycan in partnership with Nippon Seiki, a company press release on 19 January read. EB GUIDE from Elektrobit offered suitable tools for the HUD’s software and graphical framework. The HUD projects inf...
    20-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Porsche launches RWD variant of Taycan
    Porsche has launched a new rear-wheel drive (RWD) variant of its all-electric sportscar Taycan, the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The RWD variant of Taycan will be offered with two battery sizes. A single-deck Performance Battery with a gross capacity of 79.2 kWh is fitted as s...
    20-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Hankook supplies OE tires to Audi RS Q8
    Hankook Tire is equipping the new Audi RS Q8 with its tires as original equipment, the South Korean tiremaker announced in a press release on 20 January. Hankook is supplying Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV in 295/40 ZR22 112Y XL AO size. In addition, Audi customers can order the winter tires, i*cept evo 2 in t...
    Audi, FAW to set up new JV for manufacturing EVs in mainland China
    Audi and mainland-Chinese automaker FAW have decided to set up a new joint venture (JV) for manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs) in mainland China, Audi announced in a press release on 18 January. AUDI AG and Volkswagen Group China will hold a 60% stake in the new Audi-FAW JV. The company will manu...
    Audi converts model range to be compliant with Euro 6d emission standards
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Audi, has announced that as of the beginning of 2021, it has converted its vehicle range to the new level of the Euro 6d emission standards. According to a press release issued by Audi on 18 January, the company stated that all models included in the ...
    19-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Audi, Qualcomm join iATL Partner Alliance to develop connected vehicle technologies
    The Infrastructure Automotive Technology Laboratory (iATL) has announced the creation of iATL Partner Alliance, according to a press release on 11 January. The Alliance will look at the development and deployment of connected vehicle technology. Audi, Qualcomm, AT&T, and Applied Information are ...
    Audi to reduce shifts at Mexican plant due to semiconductor shortage
    Audi will temporarily reduce shifts at the Puebla plant in Mexico owing to a constraint in semiconductors supply, Reuters reported on 14 January. The plant will operate with one shift from 18 to 29 January and two shifts from 1 to 12 February. “The lack of availability of semiconductors wo...
    Audi equips e-tron models with grid-optimized charging
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Audi, has introduced intelligent grid-optimized charging in order to relieve the stress on electricity grids. According to a press release issued by Audi on 14 January, the company collaborated with GISA and other partners as part of a research projec...
    15-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Porsche delivers over 20,000 units of all-electric Taycan in 2020
    Germany luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Porsche, has announced that it has completed more than 20,000 deliveries of its pure electric sportscar, the Taycan. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 12 January, the company stated that 20,015 units of the Porsche Taycan were delivered to c...
    Volkswagen plans additional production cut at German plant due to shortage of semiconductors
    Volkswagen would further cut vehicle production at its main plant in Wolfsburg, northern Germany, due to continuing shortage of semiconductors, Reuters reported on 13 January. The Wolfsburg plant builds the Volkswagen Tiguan and Touran as well as SEAT Tarraco models. Volkswagen said in a statem...
    Volkswagen brand PEVs deliveries more than doubles y/y to 212,000 units in 2020
    Volkswagen brand delivered a total of 212,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) in 2020 globally, which is a growth of 158% year on year (y/y), the company announced in a press release on 12 January. This includes 134,000 battery electric vehicles (BEVs), which is nearly triple the number of BEVs sold...
    Volkswagen ID.4 EV to get intelligent regenerative braking system
    German carmaker Volkswagen’s newest electric vehicle, the ID.4 SUV, has been equipped with an intelligent regenerative braking system. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 6 January, the company stated that, in the braking system in the VW ID.4, coasting takes priority because conv...
    07-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Volkswagen Group Components appoints Elke Temme as head of Charging & Energy business
    Volkswagen Group Components has appointed Elke Temme as head of the newly-created Charging & Energy business, the company announced in a press release on 4 January. The new business’ responsibilities will include pooling and managing existing Group activities in the fields of energy, char...
    Bentley launches updated Bentayga Hybrid SUV
    British luxury auto maker, Bentley Motors, has launched the latest version of its SUV, the Bentayga plug-in hybrid (PHEV). According to a press release issued by Bentley on 4 January, the company stated that the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid would be powered by a 3L twin turbocharged V6 petrol en...
    05-Jan-2021 News New Products
    New Bentley Bentayga hybrid features next-generation infotainment system
    Bentley has launched its new Bentayga hybrid with a next-generation infotainment system, the British carmaker said in a press release on 4 January. The system is integrated into a Bentley ‘wing’ dashboard design and features a 10.9-inch display screen. The Bentayga features an all-new navigat...
    05-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Bentley opens new campus in Crewe, UK in push toward electrification
    British luxury carmaker, Bentley Motors, has officially opened its new campus—with the company’s facilities now encompassed within a single site in Crewe, England. According to a press release issued by Bentley on 10 December 2020, this was outlined as part of Bentley’s November Beyond100 stra...
    04-Jan-2021 News Investments
    Volkswagen to install 750 new EV charging points in Germany in 2021
    Volkswagen is significantly expanding the charging infrastructure at its German sites. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 29 December, around 750 new charging points are planned for 2021, including the first High Power Charging (HPC) stations with up to 300 kW power. Approximately ...
    30-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen develops prototype EV charging robots
    Volkswagen has unveiled the prototypes of its electric vehicle (EV) charging robot, according to a press release by the automaker on 28 December. It will offer fully autonomous charging of vehicles in restricted parking areas, like underground car parks. Relying on vehicle-to-everything (V2X) tec...
    29-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen recalls 105,000 Beetles in US to replace defective Takata airbag inflators
    Volkswagen (VW) is recalling over 105,000 Beetles in the US to replace faulty airbag inflators from Takata, Associated Press reported on 23 December. The recall affects model year 2012 through 2014 Beetles. In affected vehicles, VW’s dealers will replace the driver’s airbags free of cost, starti...
    28-Dec-2020 News Recalls
    Audi expands PHEV portfolio to seven models
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, Audi, has announced that it now provides plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models in seven different product lines. According to a press release issued by Audi on 17 December, the company stated that after the A6, A7 Sportback, A8, and Q7 models, PHEV versions we...
    28-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen phases out e-Golf production at Dresden plant in Germany
    The last unit of the Volkswagen e-Golf, the company’s first mainstream battery-electric production series vehicle, has rolled off the Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 23 December, this factory will be manufacturing the Volkswa...
    New MyŠKODA app to offer ŠKODA users access to all online mobile services
    ŠKODA has unveiled the new MyŠKODA app, which will offer users access to all the mobile online services of ŠKODA Connect, the Czech carmaker announced in a press statement on 22 December. The new app provides all the information about the vehicle and the network of ŠKODA service partners. It ...
    24-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen recalls 2,355 vehicles in US to replace positive battery terminal cover
    Volkswagen has issued a recall of 2,355 vehicles in the United States to replace the positive battery terminal cover, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 9 December. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2018–19 Audi RS5...
    23-Dec-2020 News Recalls
    Porsche manufactures complete housing for electric drive using 3D printing
    Porsche has produced its first complete housing for an electric drive using the 3D printing technique. According to a press release issued by Porsche on 17 December, the 3D printed engine-gearbox unit has passed all the requisite quality and stress tests. The drive housing was manufactured from high...
    22-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen to adjust vehicle production in key markets owing to semiconductor supply shortage
    Volkswagen has announced that it will adjust production at mainland Chinese, North American and European locations in the first quarter of 2021 due to the supply shortage of semiconductors, according to a press release by the German automaker on 18 December. According to Volkswagen, the affected ...
    New Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4 EVs will feature augmented-realty head-up display
    Volkswagen (VW) will equip its all-new ID.3 and ID.4 all-electric vehicles (EVs) with an augmented-reality head-up display (AR-HUD), the German automaker said in a press release on 17 December. The advanced driver information display projects important driving information onto the vehicle’s windsc...
    21-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Volkswagen launches PHEV version of Tiguan SUV
    Volkswagen has announced the launch of the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of its Tiguan SUV. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 15 December, the company stated that the new Tiguan eHybrid will have a pure electric driving range of up to 50 km (approximately 31 miles), based on the W...
    16-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Semiconductor supply constraints expected to resolve by second half of fiscal year 2021
    With demand falling for most part of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, carmakers and tier-1 suppliers have reduced their inventory. Automotive semiconductor vendors have canceled orders to external foundries, while internal capacity was halted or slowed either intentionally or as a result of reduce...
    Volkswagen upgrades 2.0L TDI diesel engine to meet Euro 6d emission norms
    German automaker, Volkswagen, has announced that it has upgraded its 2.0L TDI diesel engine so as to adhere to the Euro 6d emission standards. According to a press release issued by Volkswagen on 14 December, the company stated that this engine is widely used in Volkswagen vehicles that include the ...
    15-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Porsche Digital develop AI-based digital assistant for noise detection
    Porsche Digital, a unit of Germany-based sports carmaker Porsche, has launched Sounce, a digital assistant that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to detect noise, the company said in a press release. The new solution enables more cost-efficient component development and quality testing. Acco...
    15-Dec-2020 News New Products
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