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    Volkswagen reveals details about new battery system for MEB-based EVs
    In a press release dated 5 December, Volkswagen (VW) has revealed details about its new high-voltage battery systems for all electric vehicles (EVs) built on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform in the Volkswagen Group. The system will be launched in the ID.3 all-electric hatchback, whic...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Porsche tests all-electric AWD SUV with in-wheel motor setup
    Germany-based Porsche Engineering has announced a new solution for electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that improves the vehicle’s stability through software alone, in a press statement released on 4 December. This solution does not require any additional sensors and works by distributing power...
    06-Dec-2019 News New Products
    New chassis technologies in ADAS and autonomous vehicles
    The global chassis systems market is currently undergoing a sea change, and strategies of both OEMs and suppliers are, above all, being molded by the emergence of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. A growing number of chassis systems are being designed to be intellige...
    Ultra wideband-based solutions offer added security
    As the automotive industry moves swiftly towards connectivity and self-driving vehicles, security becomes a challenge. Hackers can remotely gain unwarranted access to vehicles by hacking the key fob and replicating the signal to unlock and start the car. Hence it is crucial for the industry to quick...
    Bentley commences work on new engineering test centre in Crewe, UK
    British luxury car maker Bentley has announced that the company has begun work on its all-new engineering center in the United Kingdom, according to a press statement issued on 2nd December. This new facility is located at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, and is being constructed due to&n...
    03-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Forecasting the implications of Euro 7 on powertrain technologies
    Introduction Governments around the world are beginning a substantial push towards a clean, zero-emissions society. While there are unquestionably challenges and obstacles to overcome in making this happen, the automotive industry is already showing its commitment to playing its part. Global t...
    Audi collaborates with suppliers for CO2 reduction through more efficient procurement
    Audi is working with its suppliers to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) through more efficient procurement of raw materials used in production of vehicles, the company said in a press release today. In 2018, the German carmaker conducted 30 workshops with its suppliers to develop 50 measures which in tota...
    Audi upgrades all-electric SUV e-tron to offer higher range
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer Audi has done a technical update for the company’s first electric SUV, the Audi e-tron. As a result of the updates to the vehicle’s software and drive system hardware optimizations, the e-tron 55 quattro will have approximately an additional 25 km (n...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Audi to spend USD13.2 billion on electromobility by 2024
    Audi has accelerated its investment plans and is now planning to invest EUR12 billion (USD13.2 billion) in electromobility between 2020 and 2024, the company announced in a press release on 29 November. In total, Audi has announced EUR37 billion in investments towards research and development (R&...
    02-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Naim supplies in-car sound system for MY2020 Bentley Flying Spur
    Bentley has announced that audio systems maker Naim will supply the in-car sound system for its Flying Spur model year (MY) 2020 edition, the press release by the British carmaker on 29 November stated. The Flying Spur features Naim for Bentley sound system with 21 speakers and 2,200-watt amplifi...
    02-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Audi unveils new RS Q8 with 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain
    Audi has unveiled its new RS Q8 sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain, the company announced in a press release on 27 November. The car is equipped with a 4L V8 engine, which generates 441 kW and 800 N.m torque. The new RS Q8 will be launched in Germany and other E...
    29-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Audi’s new RS Q8 features RS Matrix LED headlights
    Audi’s new RS Q8 features RS matrix LED headlights, the automaker announced in a press release on 27 November. Customers can choose from two different LED headlight configurations. The optionally tinted RS Matrix LED headlights have a three-dimensional daytime running lights (DRLs) signature with ...
    Audi recalls 11,140 vehicles in Australia over incorrectly fastened wheel arch covers
    Audi has issued a recall of 11,140 vehicles in Australia over incorrectly fastened wheel arch covers, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 28 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 2017–2020 Audi Q5 vehicles. Significance: In the affe...
    29-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    Prospects of laser light technology in vehicles
    Presently, laser lights are mainly used for high-beam applications in conjunction with some other lighting technologies, usually LEDs, to cater for low-beam operation. The technology is quite expensive, so the segment is currently quite niche; laser technology can only be seen in premium vehicles an...
    Audi’s e-tron Sportback features digital matrix LED headlights
    Audi’s e-tron Sportback features innovative digital matrix LED headlights, the automaker announced in a press release on 20 November. “Its digital matrix LED headlights are a new feature now available for the first time in a mass-production vehicle,” Audi said in a statement. Market introducti...
    Audi concludes fundamental agreement with Works Council, plans to cut up to 9,500 jobs until 2025
    In accordance with Audi’s Transformation Plan, the company has taken measures to ensure the job security of its core workforce until the year 2029, along with optimizing the production capacities of both its manufacturing facilities in Germany. The plan, which was launched two years ago with the t...
    Volkswagen, Siemens launch electric mobility project in Rwanda
    Volkswagen and Siemens have launched an electric mobility project in Rwanda to test the feasibility of electric mobility in an African country, Volkswagen announced in a press release on 29 October. Under the pilot phase of the project, four e-Golfs and one charging station will be introduced i...
    Audi launches new RS 6 Avant with mild hybrid powertrain and upgraded suspension
    German luxury and sportscar maker Audi has launched the newest version of their RS6 Avant, and this vehicle now features a mild hybrid powertrain and improved suspension systems, among other upgrades. The 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8 petrol engine produces a power figure of 591 bhp and a torque o...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    LA Motor Show 2019: Porsche showcases all-electric Taycan 4S
    Porsche has showcased its first all-electric vehicle Taycan 4S at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. “A year ago we introduced the new generation of the 911 in Los Angeles. Now we follow up with the Taycan—the first all-electric sports ca...
    Audi plans to launch more than nine plug-in hybrids and other electrified models in China by 2021
    German car maker Audi has planned to launch over nine electrified models in the Chinese car market by the year 2021, and the company has also stated that all of the models that it sells in China will feature electrification by 2025, according to a report filed by motoring publication Automotive News...
    26-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Skoda launches Superb iV PHEV and all-electric Citigoᵉ iV
    Czech auto maker Skoda launches two new models, the Skoda Superb iV and the Citigoᵉ iV, according to a press release issued on 25th November. These new Superb is the first ever plug-in hybrid vehicle of Skoda while the Citigoᵉ is its first pure electric vehicle. Along with these vehicles, the...
    26-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen’s Car.Software organization to operate as independent business unit from Jan 2020
    German carmaker Volkswagen has said that its Car.Software unit will operate as an independent business from January 2020, according to a company press release dated 21 November. The Car.Software organization will centralize the units within the group. Initially, around 3,000 digital experts from ...
    Volkswagen extends mobility partnership with German city Hamburg
    Volkswagen Group (VW) has announced plans to extend strategic mobility partnership with Hamburg in Germany to 2022, the automotive group said in a press release on 21 November. The extended partnership will mainly focus on support for electromobility, new mobility services, intelligence transport ne...
    Volkswagen Group, partners to invest USD4.4 billion in China in 2020
    Volkswagen Group (VW), along with its Chinese partners, will invest EUR4 billion (USD4.4 billion) in China next year, the Germany-based automotive group said in a press release on 21 November. About 40% of this investment is earmarked for electromobility as part of the VW group’s electrification s...
    22-Nov-2019 News Interviews
    LA Auto Show 2019: Volkswagen unveils ID. SPACE VIZZION concept
    Volkswagen (VW) has unveiled the all-electric ID. SPACE VIZZION concept at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in the US, the company announced in a press release on 20 November. VW said that the ID. SPACE VIZZION previews the future production version for Europe and North America, and the seri...
    21-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Skoda Auto starts production of all-electric CITIGOe iV at Volkswagen plant in Slovakia
    Škoda Auto has started the production of all-electric CITIGOe iV at the Volkswagen (VW) plant in Bratislava, Slovakia, the company announced in a press release on 20 November. The car is expected to be launched early next year. “The CITIGOᵉ iV’s start of production marks a new milestone ...
    21-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Audi unveils e-tron Sportback SUV coupé
    Audi unveiled on 20 November its all-electric e-tron Sportback sport utility vehicle (SUV) coupé. The new SUV coupé two-motor system generates 265 kW of power and 561 Nm of torque. Equipped with a 95 kWh battery, e-tron Sportback 55 quattro has a range of up to 446 km (277.1 miles) as pe...
    20-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen to start production of ID.3 at Dresden plant from fall 2020
    Volkswagen (VW) has announced that it will start production of its upcoming all-electric hatchback ID.3 at its Gläserne Manufaktur plant in Dresden, Germany, from 2020, according to a company press release on 18 November. “The decision to bring the ID. family to Dresden lays a solid foundation fo...
    Volkswagen plans to invest EUR60 billion in e-mobility, hybridization, and digitalization over next five years
    Volkswagen (VW) is planning to invest EUR60 billion (USD66 billion) in e-mobility, hybridization, and digitalization over the next five years, the company announced in a press release on 15 November. Around EUR33 billion will be invested in electric mobility and the rest, EUR27 billion, in hybr...
    18-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Audi’s new S8 model features HD Matrix-design LED headlights with laser light
    Audi’s new S8 will feature HD matrix LED headlights with laser light and high-beam assist, the German luxury automaker announced on 14 November. The model also features OLED tail lights with animation, while the interior includes rear Matrix LED reading lights. In addition, the new Au...
    Skoda sets up new EV charger pilot with flywheel technology in Czech Republic
    Škoda Auto, in partnership with Chakratec and PRE, has set up a new electric vehicle (EV) charger pilot based on flywheel technology in Prague, Czech Republic, Škoda announced in a press release on 14 November. The charger is based on kinetic flywheel technology and provides twice as muc...
    New Skoda Octavia features shift-by-wire technology for its DSG automatic gearbox
    The fourth-generation Škoda Octavia had its world premiere on 11 November, and the Czech carmaker has equipped this midsize sedan with a lot of new technology. The vehicle can be ordered with a manual or an automatic gearbox, depending on the trim level. In this new Octavia, the twin-clutch DS...
    15-Nov-2019 News New Products
    New Audi S8 features mild-hybrid powertrain, predictive active suspension
    German luxury carmaker Audi has introduced the latest version of its high-performance luxury sedan, the S8, according to a press release dated 14 November. The new Audi S8 features a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, V8 engine with mild hybrid technology that produces a combined system power o...
    15-Nov-2019 News New Products
    LA Auto Show 2019: Volkswagen to showcase ID. SPACE VIZZION concept
    Volkswagen (VW) will debut its ID. SPACE VIZZION concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, the automaker announced in a press release on 7 November. The ID. SPACE VIZZION combines the aerodynamic characteristics of a Gran Turismo with the spaciousness of a sport utility vehicle (SUV). ...
    Volkswagen starts construction of new EV plant in US
    Volkswagen (VW) has broken ground on a new facility for manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs) at its Chattanooga plant in the US, the company announced in a press release on 13 November. The new manufacturing facility will start production in 2022 and will be VW's North American assembly base for EV...
    14-Nov-2019 News Investments
    SAIC Volkswagen starts pre-production in dedicated EV plant in China
    SAIC Volkswagen, a joint venture between Volkswagen Group (VW) and SAIC Motors, has completed construction of an all-new plant in Anting, China, the German automaker said in a press release on 8 November. The plant will exclusively produce electric vehicles built on VW’s Modular Electric Driv...
    11-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Suppliers to the new Skoda Kamiq
    The first generation Skoda Kamiq is assembled at Skoda's facility in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Skoda Kamiq from the plant is expected to peak in 2020 at more than 90,000 units. If you would like your co...
    Volkswagen starts production of all-electric ID.3 at Zwickau plant in Germany
    Volkswagen (VW) has started the production of its all-electric model ID.3 at its Zwickau plant in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 4 November. The Zwickau plant is set to produce around 100,000 electric models next year. From 2021, up to 330,000 electric vehicles will leave the a...
    Porsche invests in Israeli start-up Tactile Mobility
    Porsche has made a minority investment in Tactile Mobility, the automaker said in a press release on 29 October. Union Tech Ventures and other existing investors will also participate in the investment round. Tactile Mobility plans to use the funds primarily to strengthen its development and ...
    05-Nov-2019 News Investments
    Harman enters new partnership with Volkswagen
    Harman Kardon has entered into a new partnership with Volkswagen (VW) under which the Stamford-based company will provide branded audio solutions for VW vehicles worldwide, according to a press release filed by the company on 28 October. The audio partnership debuted with the global launch of t...
    Volkswagen aims to sell 300,000 electrified models in China in 2020
    Volkswagen (VW) is planning to sell about 300,000 electrified vehicles (EVs) in China in 2020, the automaker announced on 31 October. VW is expecting this number to reach one million units by 2025. By 2023, VW will launch 10 battery EVs based on the modular electric drive toolkit (MEB) on the C...
    STMicroelectronics, Audi join hands to develop next-generation automotive exterior lighting solutions
    STMicroelectronics (STM) has joined hands with Audi AG to conceive, design, industrialize, manufacture, and deliver the next generation of innovative automotive exterior OLED lighting, STM said in a press release on 29 October. The two companies showcased the first demonstration of this effort—the...
    Outlook for HVAC HMI systems
    Automotive manufacturers across the globe are investing ever increasing amounts of time, effort and money in order to make the interiors of their vehicles better. Vehicle owners are spending longer durations in their cars than ever before in history, particularly due to longer commute times. Studies...
    NXP unveils RoadLINK V2X communication solution in new Volkswagen Golf
    NXP Semiconductors has announced the roll-out of RoadLINK V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communication solution in the new Volkswagen Golf, according to a press release filed by the company on 28 October. The new Golf is the first volume European car model equipped with V2X technology. The two compa...
    30-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    Volkswagen unveils new Golf featuring advanced connectivity solutions
    Volkswagen has unveiled its new Golf hatchback vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication fitted as a standard, it said in a press release on 24 October. Volkswagen said that it is the first car by the German automaker to use swarm intelligence from traffic via Car2X, meaning it could warn against ha...
    29-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Audi adds A6 55 TFSI e quattro to its plug-in hybrid model line-up
    German luxury car manufacturer Audi has rolled out the latest addition to their product line-up, the A6 55 TFSI e quattro. This iteration of the A6 sedan is the newest midsize luxury sedan from Audi to feature plug-in hybrid technology. Power for this sedan will come from a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder ...
    22-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Audi launches A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro with plug-in hybrid powertrain, acoustic vehicle alerting system
    German luxury car maker Audi has launched the latest version of its flagship luxury sedan, the A8, with a plug-in hybrid system, according to a press release dated 16th October. This new Audi A8 L 60 TFSI e quattro will be powered by a 3.0 litre, turbocharged, V6 TFSI petrol engine that works in con...
    17-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen recalls 63,214 vehicles in Australia over issue with transmissions pressure accumulator
    Volkswagen is recalling 63,214 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the transmissions pressure accumulator, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 15 October. The recall affects diesel variants of model year (MY) 2009-2015 Golf, MY 2009-2015 J...
    17-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    MY2020 Audi A6 allroad to feature mild-hybrid powertrain and improved chassis in the US
    The latest generation of German luxury car maker Audi’s station wagon, the A6 allroad, will be launched in the United States next year with a mild-hybrid powertrain unit. According to a press release issued by the company on October 14th, for this new version of the A6 allroad, Audi has chosen a 3...
    16-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Porsche unveils new electric car variant Taycan 4S
    Porsche has expanded the range of its all-electric Taycan range with a new variant Taycan 4S, the company announced in a press release on 14 October. The Taycan 4S will be offered with two battery options, a 79.2 kWh battery, which comes as standard, and 93.4 kWh battery in the Performance battery P...
    15-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new Audi A8
    The fourth generation Audi A8 is assembled at Audi's facility in Shendra, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Audi A8 from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at more than 114 units. If you would like your company included in this feature&n...
    Electrify America launches Level 2 home EV charger
    Electrify America has launched a Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charger for homes, the company announced in a press release on 1 October. Electrify America informed that the home charger will be compatible with all electric vehicles available in the North American market today. It features a charging...
    10-Oct-2019 News New Products
    VW India companies merge to form Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited
    Volkswagen Group India has announced the consolidation of three of its passenger car subsidiaries after securing all the required statutory and regulatory approvals. The new entity will operate under the name of Skoda Auto Volkswagen Indian Private Limited (SAVWIPL). Significance: The compan...
    JAC Volkswagen launches all-electric SOL E20X
    JAC Volkswagen has launched its first all-electric model SOL E20X in China, news website China Car News reported on 28 September. The electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) comes with a 49.5 kWh battery which gives the vehicle a range of 249 miles (402 kilometers) on a single charge. The car comes in ...
    08-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Audi launches new RS 4 Avant with upgraded powertrain, chassis
    German luxury and sportscar maker Audi has launched the revised version of its RS 4 Avant high-performance station wagon. Among other updates, this new model comes with significant upgrades to its powertrain and chassis as well. Significance: The 2.9 litre, twin turbocharged V6 engine of the RS 4...
    08-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Porsche increasing workforce in Germany to meet strong demand for Taycan EV
    Porsche has announced that it is increasing its workforce at its headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, to meet the strong demand it has received for its first electric vehicle (EV) Taycan, according to a company press release on 1 October. Porsche will be adding 500 new jobs by the e...
    Volkswagen appoints Dirk Große-Loheide as new board member for procurement at VW Passenger Cars
    Volkswagen (VW) has appointed Dirk Große-Loheide as its new head of procurement of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, effective 1 October, the automaker announced on 1 October. Große-Loheide succeeds Dr. Stefan Sommer, who was previously in charge of this brand function, in addition to h...
    Audi, Deutsche Telekom partner with city of Ingolstadt on 5G technology
    Audi and Deutsche Telekom have entered into a 5G technology partnership together with the city of Ingolstadt, the company said in a press release on 2 October. The objective is to use the 5G technology to make urban mobility safer, more digital and more sustainable, the automaker added. The ...
    Audi’s new RS 4 Avant features optional matrix LED headlights
    The new Audi RS 4 Avant model features optional matrix LED headlights, Audi said in a press release on 2 October. The shape of the LED headlights of the RS 4 Avant has been redesigned, said the automaker. The optional matrix LED headlights with darkened bezels differentiate the model within the A4 f...
    03-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Examining the engine oil filter technology and market dynamics
    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is an intricate assembly of several moving parts such as pistons, connecting rods, camshafts, and valves. The individual components are usually assembled with very tight tolerances between them and operate at very high speeds when the engine is running. For the e...
    Rear-, four-wheel steering technology in steer-by-wire systems
    Rear- or four-wheel steering has become synonymous with luxury. There are several factors contributing to the growth in demand for rear-steering systems, and perhaps the biggest factors are the need for improved comfort and handling higher safety solutions in a vehicle. As the automotive industry pr...
    Bentley starts sales of Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV in Europe
    British luxury car maker Bentley has launched the Bentayga, which happens to be the first plug-in hybrid in the luxury SUV segment, in Europe. Customers can also order this vehicle in North America. Bentley will launch an electrified version of all its vehicles by 2023. Significance: The Ben...
    27-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Skoda launches voice control system Laura in Kamiq SUV and Scala hatchback models
    Skoda has unveiled its new online-based voice control system called Laura, the Czech carmaker said in a press release on 25 September. The digital assistant will be available in Skoda’s Kamiq sports utility vehicle (SUV) and Scala hatchback models. The voice control system supports six language...
    25-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen recalls 7,847 vehicles in Australia over defective airbags
    Volkswagen (VW) is recalling 7,847 vehicles in Australia over defective airbags, according to a notice by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 25 September. The recall affects model year (MY) 2010–15 Polo A5 (front driver’s side inflators), MY 2010–14 Eos (front ...
    25-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Volkswagen commences EV battery cell development and production in Germany
    Volkswagen has started electric vehicle (EV) battery cell development and production at its Salzgitter plant in Germany, the company announced on 23 September. The production has started on a pilot line at the Center of Excellence (CoE) in Salzgitter. Volkswagen has created 300 jobs at the center an...
    Audi to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% over the vehicle lifecycle by 2025
    Audi is planning to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles by 30% over the vehicle lifecycle by 2025, compared with reference year 2015, the company announced in a press release on 20 September. In the long term, Audi is pursuing the vision of CO2-neutral mobility and aims to be climate-neutral througho...
    SEAT to participate in biofuel project
    Spanish automotive manufacturer SEAT has announced that it will be participating in the Life Landfill Biofuel project until the year 2023. The project’s goal is to obtain renewable gas from municipal landfills and has recently received approval from the European Commission. Significance: SEAT i...
    23-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen, Porsche to recall 227,000 vehicles to fix problem with airbag, seatbelt pretensioners
    Volkswagen and Porsche will recall around 227,000 vehicles over problems with airbags and seatbelt pretensioners, according to Reuters on 19 September, citing Germany’s KBA federal motor authority. The recall covers the Tiguan, Sharan, and CC models built in 2015 as well as Porsche 911, Boxter, Ca...
    23-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Volkswagen offers updated 'Car-Net' in most MY2020 vehicles
    Volkswagen said it would offer an updated version of its infotainment services ‘Car-Net’ in most model year (MY) 2020 vehicles, according to a company press release on 18 September. The German automaker added that it would offer a long list of no-charge services for five years and new subscripti...
    23-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Skoda Auto starts production of SUPERB iV PHEV at Kvasiny plant in Czech Republic
    Skoda Auto has started the production of plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) SUPERB iV at its Kvasiny plant in Czech Republic, the company announced in a press release on 18 September. The SUPERB iV plug-in hybrid is made exclusively in Kvasiny, where it is built on the same production line as conventiona...
    19-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Hankook Tire supplies OE tires for Audi's Q8 model series
    Hankook Tires is supplying original equipment (OE) tires for the new Audi Q8, according to a company press release on 18 September. The tire-maker is supplying three tire lines for the four-door sport utilioty vehicle (SUV)—the ultra-high performance summer and winter treads Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV an...
    Volkswagen (VW) to launch new Golf GTE plug-in hybrid in October
    According to a quote by Volkswagen (VW) board member Frank Welsch to motoring publication Autocar, the next generation Volkswagen Golf GTE will be sold with two plug-in hybrid powertrain options. One will be a standard version while the other will be intended for buyers who require a more powerful c...
    19-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Electrify Canada opens first HPC station in Toronto
    Electrify Canada has opened its first high-power charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) in Toronto, Canada, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. Opened at the Toronto Premium Outlets, the station will feature 350kW DC fast chargers. Electrify Canada will be announcing an a...
    Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
    Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europ...
    Audi launches new A5 with mild-hybrid powertrain
    Audi has launched the newest version of its A5. The A5 product line-up will include the A5 Coupé, the A5 Sportback and the A5 Cabriolet. All three variants will employ mild-hybrid engine technology in order to reduce emission levels and improve fuel economy. Significance: The 3.0 litre TDI diese...
    17-Sep-2019 News New Products
    IAA 2019: SEAT showcases SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV, CUPRA Tavascan concept
    SEAT is showcasing its new plug-in hybrid SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV and all-electric CUPRA Tavascan concept at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, the company announced in a press release on 10 September. SEAT is also displaying the Mii electric all-electric hatchback at the show and announced that pre-sa...
    Volkswagen introduces range of wallboxes for EV charging at home
    Volkswagen (VW) has rolled out a range of wallboxes to enable customers to charge their electric vehicles (EV) quickly and conveniently at home, according to a company press release on 11 September. VW will roll out three versions of the ID. Charger—ID. Charger, ID.Charger Connect and ID.Charger P...
    IAA 2019: Volkswagen unveils ID.3 EV with matrix LED headlight
    Volkswagen (VW) has unveiled its ID.3 pure electric vehicle (EV) featuring matrix LED headlights at the 2019 IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, the automaker announced in a press release on 9 September. The model features matrix LED headlights, matrix side lights, brake lights, turn indicators and tail ligh...
    All-new Audi RS 7 Sportback features optional RS matrix LED laser headlights
    The new Audi RS 7 Sportback features optional RS matrix LED laser headlights, the automaker announced in a press release on 10 September. The new RS 7 Sportback comes with LED headlights as standard. The optional RS matrix LED laser headlights, with their dark bezels, and the LED rear lights are equ...
    10-Sep-2019 News New Products
    New Audi A5 features optional Matrix LED headlights
    The new Audi A5 top trim model features Matrix LED headlights, Audi said in a press release on 6 September. All body and engine variants in the A5 product line—Sportback, the A5 Coupé and the A5 Cabriolet—come equipped with LED headlights as standard equipment, says the automaker. Audi offers M...
    10-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen, Northvolt form 50:50 JV to produce batteries for EVs
    Volkswagen (VW) and Northvolt have formed a 50:50 joint venture (JV) to build a factory for lithium-ion batteries in Germany, VW announced in a press release on 6 September. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to start in Salzgitter in Lower Saxony, Germany, in 2020, with production e...
    Skoda begins production of EV batteries for VW Group
    Skoda Auto has begun production of high-voltage traction batteries at its Mladá Boleslav plant in Czech Republic, the automaker said in a press release on 6 September. The batteries produced at the Czech plant will be used in plug-in hybrid vehicles by the Volkswagen Group (VW) brands, includi...
    09-Sep-2019 News Investments
    Porsche unveils Taycan electric sportscar
    Porsche has unveiled its fully-electric sportscar Taycan at simultaneous events held in China, Canada and Germany on Wednesday (4 September), the German sportscar company said in a press release. The first model in the new series are Taycan Turbo S and Taycan Turbo. According to Porsche, the flagshi...
    06-Sep-2019 News New Products
    IAA 2019: SEAT to unveil CUPRA Tavascan Electric Concept
    SEAT will unveil its CUPRA Tavascan Electric Concept SUV at the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, next week, the Spanish carmaker said on 3 September. The Tavascan Electric Concept SUV is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular car platform for electric car. It gets power from two electric ...
    05-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Audi introduces ‘myAudi Connect’ app in India
    Audi has launched its ‘myAudi Connect’ map in India to drive up its digitalization in the country, the automaker said in a press release on 2 August. The ‘myAudi Connect’ app comes with features such as car tracking, geo fencing or time-based curfew along with disturbance in case of any inci...
    02-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen (VW) develops ‘twin dosing’ SCR system
    Volkswagen (VW) has developed a new ‘twin-dosing’ selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80%, the German automaker said in a press release on 29 August. In the new SCR system, AdBlue is selectively injected upstream of two SCR catalytic convert...
    02-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Additive manufacturing progressing from rapid prototyping to series production
    The automotive industry is gradually adopting additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, in its design and manufacturing strategies. The technology offers potential benefits such as innovative designs, lighter and safer products, shorter lead times, and lower cost. However, there are st...
    Porsche expands vehicle subscription service in North America
    Porsche Cars North America (PCNA), a subsidiary of the German sports carmaker, has expanded its monthly vehicle subscription service ‘Porsche Passport’ and its shorter-term plan ‘Porsche Drive’ to four more cities in North America, the company said on 29 August. Apart from Atlanta, Geor...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 675 vehicles in Australia over issue with active brake assist software
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 675 vehicles in Australia over an issue with the brake assist software, according to a notice by Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 29 August. The recall affects model year 2019 GLE, CLA, C, E, and S Class vehicles. Significance: In the affected ...
    30-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    Volkswagen to start manufacturing EVs at Emden plant in Germany by end of 2021
    Volkswagen is planning to start manufacturing electric vehicles (EV) based on Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) platform at Emden plant in Germany by the end of 2021, the company announced on 28 August. Volkswagen has released the planned investments for making necessary structural changes. "I ...
    Audi to showcase new digital OLED technology at ISAL 2019
    Audi will showcase its next generation of organic light emitting diode (OLED) lighting technology at the International Symposium on Automotive Lighting (ISAL 2019) in Germany next month, the company said on 29 August. The automaker will present the next development stage – digital OLED t...
    New Volkswagen Passat to feature Preh's third-generation modular infotainment kit
    Preh Car Connect has launched its third-generation modular infotainment kit (MIB3), Preh said in a press release on 28 August. The Germany-based supplier will install the new infotainment kit in the new Volkswagen Passat. The infotainment system in new Passat will comprise Preh’s applications...
    29-Aug-2019 News New Products
    SEAT to offer plug-in hybrid powertrain in Tarraco SUV
    SEAT is now offering a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain in its Tarraco sport utility vehicle (SUV), the company announced in a press release on 28 August. The SUV will be powered by a  1.4L TSI petrol engine that generates 147.5 hp, an 85 kW electric motor and a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack....
    29-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid features innovative chassis systems
    Porsche has introduced the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé featuring a variety of innovative chassis systems, the company announced in a press release on 27 August. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid features a host of standard chassis systems designed to boost performance...
    29-Aug-2019 News New Products
    NXP shows potential applications for ultra-wideband technology in Volkswagen concept car
    NXP Semiconductors and Volkswagen have showcased potential applications of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology in a concept car. The technology offers higher levels of theft protection and convenience in keyless entry systems, NXP said in a press release on 27 August.  In the concept car, the co...
    28-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen introduces updated Passat GTE PHEV with higher all-electric range
    Volkswagen has introduced the updated Passat GTE plug-in hybrid vehicle with a higher all-electric range of 56 kilometers, as per Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), the company announced in a press release on 26 August.  The battery’s energy capacity has been increas...
    27-Aug-2019 News New Products
    IAA 2019: Audi to showcase all-electric off-roader concept
    Audi is set to showcase an all-electric off-roader concept at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the company announced in a press release. Audi, however, did not reveal any further information about the vehicle. The off-roader will be one of the four future concepts Audi will be showcasin...
    26-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Porsche unveils interior of Taycan EV
    Porsche has unveiled the interiors of its first all-electric vehicle Taycan, according to a company press release on 23 August. Taycan will get an innovative instrument cluster comprising a curved 16.8-inch screen; a central 10.9-inch infotainment display; and an optional passenger di...
    26-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Volkswagen recalls 679,000 vehicles in US over roll away risk
    Volkswagen (VW) has recalled 679,000 vehicles in the United States because of an electrical issue that could lead to the vehicle rolling away, Reuters reported on 23 August. The recall affects various model years (2011–19) Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf Sportwagen, and GTI ...
    26-Aug-2019 News Recalls
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