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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...
    Polestar raises USD550 million to fuel product expansion
    Sweden-based electric performance carmaker, Polestar, has announced that it has raised USD550 million from its long-term financial investors. According to a press release issued by Polestar on 15 April, this private placement of newly issued shares marks the first time external investors have backed...
    16-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Polestar unveils ‘0 Project’ to create climate-neutral car by 2030
    Polestar has unveiled the 0 Project in a bid to create a climate-neutral car by 2030, it said in its annual review on 7 April. The 0 project will drive ‘design towards zero’ focus by eliminating emissions rather than offsetting by planting trees. “Offsetting is a cop-out. By pushing ourselv...
    Volvo, SSAB collaborate to manufacture vehicles with fossil-free steel
    Volvo Group and SSAB have signed a collaboration agreement on research, development, serial production and commercialization of vehicles to be made of steel that is manufactured without using fossil fuels. According to a press release issued by SSAB on 8 April, the company stated that this year, Vol...
    09-Apr-2021 News New Products
    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...
    Polestar joins project to accelerate development of V2X technology in Sweden
    Polestar has said that it has co-founded a five-partner project to develop Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology, including Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) in Sweden, according to a 31 March press release. Chalmers University of Technology, the Gothenburg energy grid supplier Göteb...
    01-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Geely Auto unveils new premium EV brand ‘Zeekr’
    Geely Auto has announced the formation of Zeekr Company Limited, a new electric mobility technology and solutions company based in Mainland China that will serve the growing global demand for premium electric vehicles (EVs), according to a company press release on 23 March. Geely Automobile Holdings...
    Volvo, ECARX to set up JV for developing infotainment system platform
    Volvo has announced a tie up with ECARX, under which the two companies will set up a joint venture (JV) to development and commercialize a new infotainment system platform, a company press release on 23 March read. Volvo and ECARX will also enhance Volvo Cars’ infotainment system platform. The JV-...
    ChargePoint, Volvo develop in-car app for Volvo’s Recharge models
    ChargePoint has announced a partnership Volvo Cars under which the companies will launch an in-car ChargePoint charging app for Volvo’s Recharge electric vehicles (EVs), according to a company press release on 9 March. This will enable drivers to easily locate and begin charging without tapping...
    12-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volvo Cars launches all-electric SUV C40 Recharge
    Volvo Cars has launched the all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) C40 Recharge, the company announced in a press release on 2 March. The C40 is powered by twin electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle, and a 78 kWh battery. Volvo claimed that the C40 Recharge has a range of 420 ...
    03-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volvo Cars rolls out OTA software update on its XC40 Recharge EV
    Volvo is rolling out its first ever over-the-air (OTA) software update on the XC40 Recharge electric vehicle (EV), the carmaker said in a press release on 25 February. The XC40 Recharge in Europe will receive updates including new features, bug fixes and stability improvements to the vehicle’s inf...
    01-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Volvo Cars and Geely to deepen collaboration to improve growth opportunities
    Volvo Cars and Geely Auto have agreed on a wide-ranging collaboration that will deliver synergies in powertrains, sharing of electric vehicle (EV) architecture, joint procurement, autonomous drive technologies, and aftersales. According to a press release issued by Volvo on 24 February, this collabo...
    Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV to use Analog’s ICs for BMS and audio bus power
    Analog Devices has announced a partnership with Volvo Cars under which Volvo will use Analog’s integrated circuits supporting the battery management system (BMS) and Automotive Audio Bus for its Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV. “Electric vehicles are the future of Automotive, and the market ...
    HERE to provide premium map content and connected vehicle services for Lynk & Co 01 SUV
    HERE Technologies has announced that it will offer premium map content and connected vehicle services for the Lynk & Co 01 SUV, according to a company press release on 15 February. HERE will provide HERE Parking and HERE Real-Time Traffic, search, weather services, and departure alert services f...
    Faraday Future, Geely enter cooperation agreement for technology and engineering support
    Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Faraday Future (FF) and mainland Chinese automaker Geely have entered a cooperation agreement for technology and engineering support, FF announced in a press release on 28 January. The two companies will explore the possibility of using OEM production services prov...
    Geely Auto, Tencent agree to collaborate in intelligent cockpit, digitization and autonomous driving
    Geely has announced a partnership with mainland Chinese telecoms carrier Tencent to develop an intelligent cockpit as well as solutions for autonomous driving, Reuters reported on 19 January. The two companies will work together on mobile apps, multiscreen interaction, smart surfaces, and intelligen...
    21-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Geely, Foxconn form new JV to offer customized consulting services
    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and Foxconn Technology Group decided to set up a joint venture (JV) to provide OEM production and comprehensive customized consulting services relating to whole vehicles, parts, intelligent drive systems, automotive ecosystem platforms, electric vehicle industry val...
    Volvo Cars to triple EV manufacturing capacity at Ghent plant in Belgium
    Volvo Cars is planning to triple the manufacturing capacity for electric vehicles (EVs) at its plant in Ghent, Belgium, the company announced in a press release on 7 January. By 2022, electric car capacity at the Ghent plant will be around 60% of the plant’s total production capacity. “Our fu...
    08-Jan-2021 News Investments
    smart to develop electric SUV based on Geely's platform
    smart is planning to develop an electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), which will be based on Geely’s SEA platform, Daniel Lescow, VP, Global Sales, Marketing & After-Sales bei smart Automobile, said in a post on LinkedIn in December 2020. The SUV is expected to be launched in 2022 and will be ...
    07-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Chinese connected car specialist Ecarx opens headquarters in Sweden
    Geely-backed connected car specialist Ecarx has opened a headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, eeNews Europe reported on 29 December. Ecarx will look to build experienced research and development (R&D) and management teams. “Ecarx EU HQ and product development center is the second move of our...
    Volvo explores use of light and sound for autonomous vehicle communication with other road users
    Volvo Cars is researching how autonomous vehicles (AVs) will communicate with other road users in the driverless world. The company is exploring sounds, which can indicate an AV’s intentions to other road users. “What we really need is three or four key sounds that tell you what the car is going...
    24-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Volvo Cars to invest USD82.6 million to produce electric motors in Skövde, Sweden
    Sweden-based carmaker, Volvo Cars, will assemble electric motors at its powertrain plant in Skövde, Sweden, and plans to establish complete in-house e-motor production by the middle of this decade. According to a press release issued by Volvo on 9 December, the company stated that it will be invest...
    10-Dec-2020 News Investments
    Daimler, Geely to collaborate on hybrid powertrain systems
    Daimler AG and Geely Holding, the respective parent companies of Mercedes-Benz AG and Volvo Cars, have announced their intention to collaborate on developing highly efficient powertrain systems for next-generation hybrid vehicle applications. According to a press release issued by Daimler on 20 Nove...
    23-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Volvo partners with Waycare to help warn drivers about slippery roads and hazards in US
    Volvo has announced a partnership with Waycare Technologies, which will allow the companies to share data from Volvo’s Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert with transportation bodies in the United States, a company press release dated 19 November read. Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road...
    Akebono supplies braking components for Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered
    Japanese supplier of automotive braking components, Akebono Brake Industry, has announced that it will be supplying braking systems for Volvo’s high performance sports utility vehicle (SUV), the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered. According to a press release issued by Akebono on 17 November, the company...
    Lotus plans to launch new all-electric SUV in 2022
    British automaker Lotus is planning to launch an all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in 2022, Autocar reported on 9 November. According to the report, the SUV, internally codenamed Lambda, will be offered in two variants with outputs of 600 bhp and 750 bhp. The SUV is expected to have a range o...
    10-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Volvo Cars opens new EV electric motor lab in China
    Volvo Cars has opened a new electric motor laboratory in Shanghai, China, to design and develop motors in-house, the company announced in a press release on 2 November. It will mainly focus on electric motor development for use in fully electric and hybrid cars based on Volvo Cars’ forthcomin...
    03-Nov-2020 News Investments
    Geely's new EV plant in China to build Polestar electric car
    Geely is planning to build all-electric cars under the Polestar brand at its upcoming electric vehicle (EV) plant in China, Reuters reported on 26 October. According to the report, Geely will also manufacture the recently unveiled Polestar Precept at its plant. Significance: Polestar is the wholl...
    Volvo Cars raises USD588 million through green bond to fund EV program
    Last week, Volvo Cars successfully placed its first green bond, raising EUR500 million (USD588 million) from institutional investors to fund its ambitious vehicle electrification program, the company said in a press release on 30 September. The bond, issued under Volvo Cars’ Euro Medium Term Note ...
    Volvo plans to launch compact all-electric SUV on new platform from Geely
    Volvo is planning to launch a compact all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) on a new platform from its parent company Geely, called ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture’ (SEA), Auto Express reported on 1 October citing Volvo head Hakan Samuelsson. According to the report, the SUV could be nam...
    07-Oct-2020 News New Products
    Polestar plans to make all-electric Precept a series-production model
    Polestar has announced that it plans to make the all-electric Percept concept in a series-production model, according to a company press release on 26 September. Polestar also confirmed that it will produce Precept in Chengdu, China, where a new production facility will be established. “Stunnin...
    28-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Volvo Cars establishes ‘Green Finance Framework’ to fund electrification strategy
    Volvo Cars has established a new framework to help it fund its ambitious vehicle electrification strategy and climate plan, the company said in a press release on 24 September. The company’s Green Financing Framework will pave way for its first green bond. Volvo will use proceeds of such bond to f...
    Auto China 2020: New Geely Lynk & Co’s Zero concept EV features Mobileye features
    Geely has announced that its’ new Zero Concept electric vehicle (EV) will feature Lynk & Co’s CoPilot solution powered by Mobileye SuperVision surround-view advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) with over-the-air (OTA) update capabilities, a company press release read on 24 September read...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Geely develops new platform for EVs
    Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) has launched its ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture’ (SEA), which it claims to be the world’s first open-source electric vehicle (EV) architecture, according to a company press release on 23 September. Geely Holding will deploy the SEA architec...
    24-Sep-2020 News New Products
    Geely launches battery swapping stations in China
    Geely has launched new battery swapping stations in China, the company announced in a press release on its website. According to the company, the station can swap a spent battery for a fully charged one in around 90 seconds. Geely plans to set up 35 battery swapping stations by the end of 2020 and a...
    Volvo to equip 2021 lineup with Advanced Air Cleaner technology
    Sweden-based luxury carmaker Volvo has announced a more advanced cabin air filtration technology that will be equipped in the manufacturer’s 2021 product portfolio, with the exception of the XC40 compact crossover. In a press release issued by Volvo on 25 August, the company stated that the Adv...
    26-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Volvo launches XC40 Recharge T4 PHEV
    Sweden-based automobile manufacturer, Volvo Cars, has announced that it has launched the new XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T4, which is the second plug-in hybrid (PHEV) petrol-electric version of this compact sports utility vehicle (SUV). According to a press release issued by Volvo on 20 August, the...
    21-Aug-2020 News New Products
    Polestar announces details of apps for Polestar 2 EV
    Polestar has announced details for apps to be available in its Polestar 2 EV, a company press release dated 23 July showed. Polestar 2 is the world’s first car to feature an Android Automotive OS powering an infotainment system, with built-in Google apps and services plus three years of inter...
    Volvo registers 80% y/y growth in demand for plug-in hybrid vehicles in H1 2020
    Volvo has announced a sharp rise in demand for its electrified vehicles. In a press statement issued by Volvo on 21 July, the Sweden-based carmaker said that although sales fell during the first half, it registered a 79.8% year-on-year (y/y) increase in demand for its chargeable plug-in hybrid ...
    Fengsheng Automotive launches Maple 30x all-electric SUV in mainland China
    Fengsheng Automotive has launched its Maple 30x all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in mainland China, the company announced in a press release on 13 July. The Maple 30x offers a maximum output of 70 kW and a maximum torque of 180 N.m. The company claimed that the all-electric SUV has...
    17-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Volvo invests in blockchain firm Circulor to trace cobalt usage in EV batteries
    Sweden-based carmaker Volvo Cars has made an investment in Circulor, a blockchain technology firm, and the investment was made through Volvo’s venture capital investment arm, Volvo Cars Tech Fund. According to a press release issued by Volvo on 8 July, the two companies have been working in conjun...
    09-Jul-2020 News Investments
    Anhui Zhongding Sealing Parts to supply heat management system to Geely’s NEVs in Mainland China
    Sealing technologies and rubber components supplier, Anhui Zhongding Sealing Parts, will be supplying the heat management systems for the new energy vehicle (NEV) powertrains of Mainland Chinese carmaker, Geely. According to a report filed by Mainland China-based new agency Yicai Global on 7 July...
    Veoneer, Volvo Cars complete split of Zenuity JV
    Veoneer and Volvo Cars have finalized previously announced the split of their equally-owned automated driving software joint venture (JV), Zenuity, the two Sweden-based companies said in separate press releases on 2 July. As part of the split, Veoneer received the part of Zenuity’s business focuse...
    PARTNERSHIP: Volvo Car, Waymo join hands to develop Level 4 autonomous vehicles
    Volvo Car Group has formed a strategic partnership with Waymo to build SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles, the Sweden-based carmaker said in a press release on 15 June. The partnership will allow Waymo to integrate its self-driving system ‘Waymo Driver’ into an all-new electric vehicle platfor...
    Volvo Cars and Plugsurfing partner to offer Europe-wide EV charging service
    Volvo Cars has partnered with Plugsurfing to offer Europe-wide electric vehicle (EV) charging service for drivers of Volvo electric vehicles, Plugsurfing announced in a press release on 24 June. Drivers will have access to a network of over 200,000 public charging points operated by more than 630 ch...
    Enel X and Volvo Cars partner to develop integrated EV charging solution
    Enel X and Volvo Cars Italia have partnered to develop a range of integrated electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, Enel X announced in a press release on 4 June. The solutions will include home charging and access to public charging points using the Enel X JuicePass app. It will be availabl...
    Nidec supplies e-axle traction motor system to Geely for Geometry C
    Nidec is supplying its e-axle traction motor system to Geely for the Geometry C, the company announced in a press release on 27 May. Geely’s Geometry C will be equipped with Nidec's 150-kW e-axle model Ni150Ex. The Ni150Ex e-axle weighs 91 kg and achieves a maximum power output of 150 kW and a max...
    Volvo starts sales of all-electric XC40 Recharge in UK
    Volvo Cars has started accepting orders for all-electric crossover XC40 Rechargein the United Kingdom, the company announced in a press release on 27 May. The electric XC40 will be initially offered in R-Design specification, and the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is available from GBP53,155 (USD65,342...
    28-May-2020 News New Products
    All new Volvo cars come with 180 kph speed limit and Care Key
    Volvo Cars has now started equipping its all news vehicles with top speed limit of 180 kph (112 mph), the company said in a press release on 20 May. In addition, every new Volvo car comes equipped with Care Key, which allows drivers to set additional limitations on the car’s top speed. Volvo ...
    21-May-2020 News New Products
    Volvo Cars Korea, SK Telecom to jointly develop next-gen infotainment system
    Volvo cars will jointly develop next-generation infotainment systems based on ICT technology, the carmaker said in a press release on 11 May. The partnership is aimed developing customized infotainment systems for Volvo Car customers in South Korea. The automaker aims to gradually apply the next-...
    Veoneer launches collision mitigation technology on new Polestar 2
    Veoneer has launched its suite of collision mitigation technology for the Polestar 2 electric vehicle (EV), the company said in a press release on 6 May. The company’s fourth generation mono vision system, 77 GHz front radar, and an ADAS electronic control unit (ECU) are some of the components in ...
    Volvo Cars to equip next generation cars with Luminar’s lidar and perception technology
    Volvo Cars has partnered with Luminar to equip its next-generation vehicles, based on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA 2), with Luminar’s lidar and perception technology, the Sweden-based carmaker said in a press release on 6 May. Luminar’s lidar sensor will be seamlessly integrated into t...
    07-May-2020 News New Products
    Geely to launch two low-orbit satellites in second half 2020
    Zhejiang Geely Group will launch two low-orbit satellites in the second half of this year to provide high-precision positioning services and assist fleet management and new mobility services, according to a report by Automotive News China on 27 June. In a press release last week, Geespace, a subsidi...
    Polestar launches all-electric Polestar 2 in US
    Volvo Cars’ high-performance electric vehicle (EV) brand Polestar has launched its all-electric Polestar 2 in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 23 April. The Polestar 2 has a power output of 408 hp and 660 Nm of torque, all-wheel drive and comes equipped with a 78-kWh ...
    28-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Ricardo partners with Geely for chassis and high-voltage functional safety support
    Ricardo has partnered with Chinese automaker Geely for chassis and high voltage functional safety support, Ricardo announced  in a press release on 16 April. Ricardo’s functional safety teams based in China and the United Kingdom will provide support for key aspects of chassis and new energy ...
    Fengsheng Automotive unveils all-electric SUV 'Maple 30X'
    Fengsheng Automotive Technology Corp has launched its new pure electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) called the Maple 30X, Kandi Technologies said in a press release on 13 April. Geely-Kandi Affiliate Fengsheng Automotive is an affiliate of the Geely-Kandi partnership. The electric vehicle (EV) f...
    15-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Android Automotive and COVID-19: Navigating a dynamic market in the cockpit
    After years of a record pace of vehicle sales, the automotive industry was once again showing positive signs for 2020, albeit at a relatively flat level compared with 2019. However, the industry is now scrambling to deal with a unique situation impacting every aspect of the economy—the coronavirus...
    14-Apr-2020 Insights COVID-19
    Polestar Percept EV’s infotainment system to be powered by Android Automotive OS
    Polestar has announced that its Percept electric vehicle (EV) will use Android Automotive operating system (OS), according to a company press release on 7 April. The Polestar 2 will be the first car to feature Google’s OS. The Polestar Percept will also feature Google Assistant with advanc...
    10-Apr-2020 News New Products
    Volvo to use ‘Recharge’ label for all electric models with charging cables
    Volvo will use the ‘Recharge’ label as a suffix for all its electric models with charging cables, which will include battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), the company announced in a press release on 7 April. Volvo Cars has also announced the addition of T...
    Volvo Cars, Veoneer agree to restructure Zenuity JV
    Volvo Cars and Veoneer have entered into a nonbinding agreement to split their 50:50 automated driving joint venture (JV), Zenuity, the two companies said in separate press releases on 2 April. As part of the agreement, Veoneer will integrate and operate the current business of the JV focused on the...
    Polestar starts production of Polestar 2 in China
    Polestar has officially started production of the Polestar 2, its second all-electric performance car model, in Luqiao, China, the company said in a press release on 24 March. “The world is facing enormous upheaval in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath. ...
    Geely selects Cerence ARK to build AI-powered automotive assistant
    Chinese automaker Geely has selected Cerence’s AI Reference Kit (ARK) to build artificial intelligence (AI)-powered automotive assistants, Cerence said in a press release on 12 March 2020. Geely’s China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) subsidiary will use Cerence’s new Cerence ARK platform to bu...
    INVESTMENT: Volvo cars sets up new battery assembly line at Belgian plant
    Volvo cars has set up a new battery assembly line at its plant in Ghent in Belgium, the company announced in a press release on 5 March. The assembly line is expected to supply batteries to Volvo Cars first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8. “I am pleased to celebrate this momentous occasio...
    06-Mar-2020 News Investments
    Geneva Motor Show 2020: Polestar to showcase all-electric concept 'Precept'
    Polestar is set to showcase its all-electric 4-door grand tourer concept ‘Precept’ at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland next month, the company announced in a press release on 25 February. Polestar said that the Precept is a vision of the company’s future vehicle aspirations and unique...
    26-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Volvo now offers 48-V mild-hybrid technology for all models
    In a press statement released on 21 February, Swedish car maker Volvo has announced that every single model in its product portfolio will now be available with mild hybrid powertrain options. Volvo claims that its 48 V mild-hybrid powertrains offer up to 15% fuel savings and emission reductions in r...
    24-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Polestar develops new solutions for car interior
    Polestar, the electric performance car brand of Volvo Cars, is exploring the use of innovative materials for the car interior in order to reduce carbon footprint, the company said in a press release on 11 February. Using these innovative materials in its production models in the near future, Polesta...
    14-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Volvo Cars, Geely Automobile consider combining businesses
    Volvo Cars and Geely Automobile Holdings are considering combining their businesses to create a strong global group, the Sweden-based carmaker announced in a press release on 10 February. The two companies will set up a joint working group to prepare a proposal to their respective boards. The pro...
    Volvo Cars opens order books for all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge
    Volvo Cars has opened bookings for its all-electric all-wheel drive (AWD) model XC40 Recharge P8 in selected markets, the company announced in a press release on 23 January. Volvo claimed that “several thousands” firm orders had been received even before the formal start of sales. Production and...
    28-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Volvo plans to offer electric version of XC90
    Volvo  is planning to launch an all-electric version of its flagship sport utility vehicle (SUV) XC90, Autocar reported on 24 January, citing Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of  Volvo Cars. According to the report, the electric variant of XC90 is expected to be launched aro...
    27-Jan-2020 News New Products
    Volvo, China Unicom join forces to develop 5G-based connected car solutions
    Volvo has announced that it will collaborate with China Unicom to develop 5G-based vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology, a company press release dated 15 January showed. The companies will research, test and develop automotive applications. Volvo Cars and China Unicom are exploring the various ...
    Mercedes-Benz and Geely establish ‘smart’ brand as global JV
    Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have announced their formal establishment of smart Automobile Co Ltd, a global joint venture. According to a press release issued by Mercedes-Benz on 8 January, the JV has a total registered capital of RMB5.4 billion (approximately...
    Polestar starts trial production of Polestar 2 at plant in China
    Polestar has started tooling trial production of Polestar 2 in the Luqiao factory in China, the company announced in a press release last week. The customer deliveries of Polestar 2 are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2020. “Polestar 2 tooling trial prototypes are now rolling off the final...
    11-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Daimler and Geely inaugurate ‘StarRides’ premium ride hailing service in China
    Daimler Mobility AG and Geely Technology Group have inaugurated their premium ride-hailing service, named StarRides, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. According to a press release from Daimler issued on December 3rd, the 50:50 joint venture between the two companies will commence operations this mont...
    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...
    Volvo to trace source of cobalt used in EV batteries
    Volvo Cars is planning to implement global traceability of cobalt used in its batteries using blockchain technology, the company announced in a press release on 6 November. Volvo Cars has now reached an agreement with its two global battery suppliers, Contemporary Amperex Technologies (CATL) of Chin...
    Volvo offers one-year free electricity to car buyers in UK to charge their new plug-in hybrid cars
    Volvo has announced that it will provide free electricity for buyers in the United Kingdom (UK) to charge their plug-in hybrid cars, according to a company press release on 8 November. The offer is available across the full range of seven Volvo plug-in hybrid cars purchased from now until 30 June 20...
    Volvo launches Polestar Engineered variants of electrified S60, V60 and XC60
    Volvo has launched the Polestar Engineered versions of plug-in hybrid S60, V60 and XC60 models, the company announced in a press release on 21 October. All three models will be powered by a 2L four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 318hp, and an 87hp electric motor. Together, the total system...
    22-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Upstream Security raises USD30 million Series B funds from Renault, Volvo Group, Hyundai and others
    Upstream Security has secured Series B funds worth USD30 million from investors including major OEMs like Renault, Volvo Group, and Hyundai, the Israeli company said in a press release on 21 October.  The round was led by Renault Venture Capital and included Volvo Group Venture Capital, Hyundai...
    22-Oct-2019 News Investments
    Volvo unveils new Android-powered infotainment system in XC40 EV
    Volvo has unveiled a new infotainment system which is powered by Android for its fully electric XC40, the German carmaker said in a press release on 9 October. The infotainment system has integrated the Android Automotive operating system (OS), Google’s open-source Android platform, with real-time...
    10-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Kandi offloads 21.47% stake in Kandi Electric Vehicles Group to Geely
    Kandi Technologies has completed the transfer of a 21.47% stake in Kandi Electric Vehicles Group, a joint venture (JV) owned by Geely Group and Zhejiang Kandi Vehicles, to Geely for a total amount of CNY516 million (USD72.4 million), the company announced in a press release on 7 October. Under the a...
    Polestar announces chassis performance pack for Polestar 2
    Polestar, the electric high-performance car brand that is owned jointly by Volvo Cars and Geely, has announced a performance pack for their electric sportscar, the Polestar 2. This pack has been tuned to improve the dynamics of the car. Significance: The performance pack for the Polestar 2 compri...
    09-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Volvo Cars, Geely announce plan to merge their combustion engine operations
    Volvo Cars and parent company Geely have announced their intention of merging their current internal combustion (IC) engine operations into a separate, stand-alone business unit. This is being done in order to create a new global supplier that develops next generation IC engines and hybrid powertrai...
    Geely delivers 4,000 electric taxis to MEB Group in China, to deliver another 11,000 before end-2019
    Chinese automaker Geely has delivered 4,000 electric taxis to a joint venture between Ideanomics’ MEB Group and iUnicorn in China, Ideanomics announced in a press release on 26 September. The sales value of the taxis is approximately CNY356 million (USD50 million). Geely will deliver another 11,00...
    Volvo to launch all-electric XC40 next month
    Volvo is set to launch its first all-electric vehicle XC40 next month, the company announced on 25 September. Volvo Cars will reveal more details about the fully electric XC40 in the coming weeks. The company claimed that it will also be one of its safest cars. “Regardless of what drives a ca...
    26-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Volvo launches XC60 and XC90 SUVs with mild-hybrid powertrain
    Swedish automotive firm Volvo is making progress with introducing electrification in their model range. Two of the latest additions are the XC90 and XC60 SUVs, both of which will go on sale with mild hybrid powertrain options. Significance: The B5 mild hybrid petrol engine used in these SUVs has ...
    25-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Volvo partners with ChargeGuru, Zeplug for EV charging solution in France
    Volvo has partnered with ChargeGuru, Zeplug for offering EV charging solution to its plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) customers in France, news website auto-infos.fr reported on 23 September. Through the partnership, Volvo will offer turnkey solution for both home or business charging. Significance...
    Volvo debuts new T5 Twin Engine hybrid system in XC40 SUV
    Volvo has launched its new T5 Twin Engine hybrid system in the XC40 compact SUV, according to a press release by Volvo Cars UK today (11 September). The hybrid powertrain features Volvo’s new 1.5 L three-cylinder petrol engine combined with an 82hp electric motor to deliver power of 262hp, which i...
    11-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Polestar opens new EV production plant in China
    Volvo’s electric performance brand Polestar has opened a new electric vehicle (EV) production plant in Chengdu, China, the company announced in a press release on 27 August. Polestar has started production of its first model, the Polestar 1 hybrid for both China and global export markets with firs...
    28-Aug-2019 News Investments
    Volvo to offer plug-in hybrid powertrain in S60 sedan
    Volvo Cars has equipped its S60 sedan with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the company announced in a press release on 21 August. The Volvo S60 gets a T8 Twin Engine which generates 303 hp, combined with an 87hp electric motor. Together, the system produces 390 hp power enabling 0-62 miles per hour (10...
    22-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Volvo Cars to install data SIM card in all new vehicles in UK
    Volvo Cars UK has announced plans to install a data SIM card on all new model year (MY) 2020 cars in the United Kingdom as a standard feature, the carmaker said in a press release on 31 July. The SIM card can also be retrofitted to the company’s MY2020 vehicles that have already been delivered to ...
    Volvo Cars recalls 507,000 vehicles globally over fire risk
    Volvo Cars has recalled 507,000 vehicles globally due to a faulty engine intake manifold which may catch fire, Bloomberg reported on 22 July. The models affected include S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90. The recall is for vehicles  produced between 2014 and 2019 and which have a...
    23-Jul-2019 News Recalls
    Volvo Car Tech Fund invests in two Israeli startups
    Volvo Cars has invested in two Israel-based start-ups, UVeye and MDGo, through its corporate venture capital (CVC) investment unit, Volvo Cars Tech Fund, the Swedish carmaker said in a press release on 22 July. UVeye specialises in automatic external inspection of vehicles using advanced technologie...
    Lotus unveils all-electric hypercar 'Evija'
    Lotus has unveiled its all-electric hypercar ‘Evija’ in London, according to a company press release on 16 July. The hypercar gets a mid-mounted 2,000-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack which gives it a range of 250 miles (400 kilometers). Lotus said that with target figures of 2,000 PS of power ...
    17-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Baidu enters strategic partnership with Zhejiang Geely
    Baidu has entered a strategic partnership with Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group to collaborate on smart connectivity, intelligent driving, smart home and e-commerce, the company announced during the ‘Baidu Create’ Artificial Intelligence (AI) developer conference, held in Beijing l...
    08-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Geely-backed ECARX develops new E-Series system-on-chip for intelligent connected vehicles
    ECARX, a company backed by Chinese automaker Geely, has unveiled E-Series chipset at the launch of GKUI19 platform and the Geely Bo Yue PRO SUV in Beijing, China, the company said in a press release on 3 July. The new system-on-chip (SOC), developed in collaboration with Taiwan-based semiconductor c...
    05-Jul-2019 News New Products
    China 6 emission legislation
    To address air pollution problems in China, the country’s regulatory bodies are working toward swiftly adopting more stringent protocols to reduce harmful automotive emissions and fuel consumption. In December 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment put forward the final version of i...
    MG introduces new eZS all-electric SUV in Thailand
    Geely-owned MG brand has introduced its first all-electric vehicle ‘eZS’ in Thailand, Bangkok Post reported on 20 June. The car has been priced at THB1.19 million (USD38,043). The car comes with a 44.5kWh lithium-ion battery which gives a range of 335 kilometers and a 150 hp (112kW) motor. Si...
    24-Jun-2019 News New Products
    LG Chem, Geely plan to set up JV for EV batteries
    South Korean battery maker LG Chem and Chinese automaker Geely have signed an agreement to set up a new 50:50 joint venture (JV) for producing batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) in China, Geely announced in a press release on 13 June. The JV reportedly will have an annual battery production ...
    Volvo and Uber showcase production-ready self-driving car
    Volvo Cars and Uber have showcased their jointly developed production-ready self-driving car, Volvo Cars announced in a press release on 12 June. The Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicle (SUV) presented is equipped with Uber’s self-driving system capable of fully autonomous driving. Volvo said that it...
    Polestar 1 enters final prototype stage before production start
    Polestar has announced that its first model ‘Polestar 1’ has entered final prototype before production start, according to a company press release on 5 June. The electric performance hybrid will be manufactured at Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China, which Polestar informed is in its fi...
    06-Jun-2019 News New Products
    Daimler, BMW, Ford, Volvo and others to test Car-to-X technology
    Daimler, BMW, Ford and Volvo Cars have joined forces with HERE Technologies and TomTom and transport authorities in six European countries to test car-to-everything (Car-to-X) communication technology in the Netherlands, Daimler said in a press release on 3 June. These project partners signed a Memo...
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