Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain The latest news from Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain Automotive Purchasing ahd Supply Chain Lotus launch most powerful series production road car ever built. The world’s first fully-electric British hypercar, the all-new Lotus Evija, has been revealed. With unparalleled performance and a target power output of 2,000 PS, it sets new standards in terms of advanced EV engineering. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:47:50 +0100 Asahi Kasei to increase production capacity for Lamous artificial suede Asahi Kasei has decided to expand its plant for Lamous artificial suede in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan, by 4 million m2/year, increasing total production capacity to 14 million m2/year upon completion in 2021. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:26:02 +0100 Continental opens new powertrain plant in China Continental has invested €28 million ($31.4 million) in the first phase of the new plant, which is expected to generate 600 new jobs. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:07:39 +0100 Audi’s new A8 features predictive active suspension New tech uses electromechanical actuators to adjust the suspension within five-tenths of a second. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:32:03 +0100 MOBI announces the first Vehicle Identity (VID) Standard based on Blockchain Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative’s member-led Vehicle Identification Working Group has created and launched the industry’s first VID standard incorporating blockchain technology into a digital vehicle identification system. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:43:58 +0100 ZF develops networked chassis concept ‘Flying Carpet 2.0’ The concept connects steering systems with active damping and braking to deliver a more comfortable ride. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:33:08 +0100 Road & Rail Services receives AAR Automotive Quality Excellence Award Road & Rail Services, Inc., a provider of third party logistics in North America, has been honoured with The Automotive Quality Excellence Award from the Association of American Railroads. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:24:49 +0100 Volvo Group and Samsung SDI enter strategic alliance for electromobility Volvo Group and Samsung SDI have entered into a strategic alliance to develop battery packs for Volvo Group’s electric trucks. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:19:22 +0100 Hyundai develops Active Shift Control transmission for hybrids to enhance fuel economy Hyundai Motor Group has developed the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission technology. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:14:31 +0100 Bentley reveals Flying Spur First Edition Bentley announces the arrival of the Flying Spur First Edition at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala, where it will be auctioned in support of the fund-raising charity at the inaugural Midsummer Party, Picozzi’s Villa Dorane, on July 24th. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:09:27 +0100 Jaguar Land Rover trials new recycling process Jaguar Land Rover is trialling an innovative recycling process which converts plastic waste into a new premium grade material that could feature on future vehicles. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:57:30 +0100 BYD and Toyota enter agreement to jointly develop battery electric vehicles BYD Company Ltd. (BYD) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) have announced that they have signed an agreement for the joint development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:09:38 +0100 Mitsubishi transfers domestic finished vehicle logistics to ZERO Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that its subsidiary Mitsubishi Automotive Logistics Technology (MLT) will transfer its domestic finished vehicle logistics to ZERO Co., Ltd (ZERO), formerly Nissan Transportation Co., Ltd, in August of this year. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:57:23 +0100 Analysis examines why some automotive suppliers are beating the rest An analysis by Berylls Strategy Advisors of the ‘Top 100’ automotive suppliers shows an industry undergoing dramatic change in times of severe economic challenges. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:40:09 +0100 Automotive sheet metal supplier uses new Schuler laser blanking line Decomecc, a Belgian family-owned company is cutting customised blanks flexibly from aluminium coils with a new laser blanking line. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:03:41 +0100 Audi's Böllinger Höfe plant ramps up for the Audi e-tron GT The electric powered Audi e-tron GT will be manufactured alongside the Audi R8 supercar at Audi Sport GmbH’s production facilities in the Böllinger Höfe from late 2020. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:03:27 +0100 FCA celebrates 19 North American Suppliers at 2019 Awards FCA has honoured 19 North American supplier partners at the 2019 annual Supplier Conference and Award Ceremony in Detroit. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:31:58 +0100 Audi carries out virtual testing of the assembly process of e-tron GT Audi is embracing virtual reality (VR) with the Audi e-tron GT: Using VR glasses and controllers, employees from various departments test all assembly processes entirely virtually. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:39:33 +0100 Oliver Zipse takes over as the new Chairman of BMW AG Oliver Zipse will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG effective on 16 August 2019. The company’s Supervisory Board made this decision during its meeting in Spartanburg, South Carolina (USA). Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:42:43 +0100 BorgWarner increases turbocharger production to meet Brazilian market demand BorgWarner has introduced the first compact turbocharger for flex-fuel engines to the Brazilian market, the B01. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:27:16 +0100 Vibracoustic opens new material development centre in Germany Vibracoustic, the automotive NVH specialist supplier, has opened its new Material Development Center in its location in Weinheim, Germany. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:17:46 +0100 Maxim introduce high efficiency and low EMI compact LED drivers Designers of high-performance automotive lighting applications now have a simpler, more efficient method for driving high-brightness LEDs (HBLEDs) with the MAX25610A and MAX25610B LED drivers from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:08:27 +0100 Jaguar Land Rover gets £500 million government loan guarantee to build EVs Jaguar Land Rover has received a £500 million ($621 million) loan guarantee from the UK government, after Theresa May hosted automotive industry heads at 10 Downing Street in her final days as Prime Minister. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:17:26 +0100 3D printing on the road to mass production Covestro partners with Silicon Valley based tech company, Carbon who has developed Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology, which can accelerate the production of parts up to a hundredfold compared to previous processes. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:05:19 +0100 Groupe Renault maintains market share in first half of 2019 in sharply declining market Groupe Renault counters falling market with volumes down 6.7% in a global market down 7.1% and maintained a market share of 4.4% with 1,938,579 vehicles sold. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:35:44 +0100 Tata Group invests $600 million in EV battery making facility in India The parent company of Indian automaker, Tata Motors, is to open a battery manufacturing unit to further its EV activities in the country. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:17:17 +0100 ZF presents new electric two-speed drive with motor and shift element ZF has launched a new 2-speed electric drive for passenger cars that integrates an advanced electric motor with a shift element and appropriate power electronics. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:12:08 +0100 Ryder recognised as top green supply chain partner for continued commitment to sustainability Ryder System, Inc., has announced that it has been named as a Green Supply Chain Partner in the annual Inbound Logistics “G75” special section. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:33:03 +0100 TRIGO announced as Toyota’s official quality partner TRIGO Group has been selected by Toyota to be its sole provider in quality control, inspection, and management activities. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:24:45 +0100 BMW tech under the skin of the new electric MINI MINI has today unveiled its first fully electric model – the MINI Electric production of which will begin at the Oxford, UK plant in late 2019, with first deliveries in March 2020. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:01:36 +0100 Toyo Tire to expand production capacity at US facility Toyo Tire Corporation is to further strengthen its production capacity at Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc., its US tyre production facility in Bartow County, Georgia in response to the continuing high demand for light truck, pickup and SUV tyres. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:19:32 +0100 Mahle develops ultra-efficient natural gas-powered CHP motor The single-cylinder motor has been developed by the ARPA-E consortium led by MAHLE Powertrain and is a 'downspeed' engine utilizing the automotive industry’s latest pre-chamber ignition technology. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:36:23 +0100 Pininfarina ev hypercar testing ahead of launch in the US As the Battista’s wind tunnel and simulation development programme picks up speed in Italy under the guidance of Development Driver Nick Heidfeld, Automobili Pininfarina has confirmed that the world’s first pure-electric luxury hypercar will make its Monterey Car Week public debut at The Quail on 16 August 2019. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:13:46 +0100 New Volkswagen gearbox saves up to 5 grams per kilometre of CO2 Volkswagen has developed a new state-of-the-art manual gearbox: the MQ281 unit saves up to five grams of CO2 per kilometre depending on the engine-gearbox combination. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:14:13 +0100 Aston Martin Valkyrie showcased dynamically at 2019 British GP Aston Martin Valkyrie has broken cover after making its dynamic public debut in front of an enthusiastic crowd ahead of the 2019 British Grand Prix. Piloted by Aston Martin High Performance Test Driver Chris Goodwin, the 1,160bhp machine, took to Silverstone’s world-famous Grand Prix circuit for its first public demonstration run. With the focus not on outright lap time, today’s showcase offers... Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:36:19 +0100 Daimler develops warning sound for EVs in specialised laboratory An acoustic test facility at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre (MTC) in Sindelfingen is working on giving a voice to the electrified Mercedes. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 11:10:08 +0100 PSA 2019 first half sales buck downward trend in Europe In a declining European market over the first half of 2019 (-2.4%), the PSA Group strengthened its position by achieving a 17.4% market share, with growth in several countries. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:47:24 +0100 SEAT Componentes produces new gearbox for Group brands SEAT Componentes, one of three production centres for the Spanish brand and part of the production portfolio for Group Components, has started production of the new MQ281 gearbox, for Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA and Volkswagen. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:47:47 +0100 Autokiniton Global Group to acquire Tower International Autokiniton Global Group has announced that it has have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Tower for $31 per share in cash. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 17:17:53 +0100 GERHARDI Kunststofftechnik builds a new plant in the US As part of its growth strategy, GERHARDI Kunststofftechnik has decided to expand its company activities and build a plant in Montgomery, Alabama in the US. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 16:32:31 +0100 Hutchinson's Stretchy Belt on new GM Silverado and Sierra pickups General Motors has awarded Hutchinson a new order for the supplier's Stretchy Belt for its pickup truck and off-road vehicle platforms. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 16:11:59 +0100 Volkswagen joins Ford in investing in Argo AI Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess, Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett as well as Argo AI CEO Bryan Salesky announced Volkswagen is joining Ford in investing in Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle technology platform company. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:34:00 +0100 FCA prepares Mirafiori plant for Fiat 500 Electric assembly Total investment for the project, including design, development, engineering and construction of the assembly line is around €700 million ($791 million) and production is set to begin during the second quarter of 2020. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:11:26 +0100 Future Ford EVs to be based on Volkswagen's MEB platform Ford will become the first additional automaker to use Volkswagen’s dedicated electric vehicle architecture and Modular Electric Toolkit – or MEB – to deliver a high-volume zero-emission vehicle in Europe starting in 2023. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:44:13 +0100 Hyundai to make R&D structure more agile to streamline vehicle development process Hyundai Motor Group has begun a series of sweeping changes to its R&D organisations and development processes, enabling greater responsiveness to the changing future mobility technology landscape. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 11:34:02 +0100 Volkswagen begins pre-series production of ID.3 at German plant Volkswagen Group Components supplies numerous components and parts for the production of the Volkswagen ID.3. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 10:49:41 +0100 SEAT and Grupo Sesé link up via drone In collaboration with Grupo Sesé, the Spanish carmaker has a pioneering service connecting Sesé’s logistics centre in Abrera with the SEAT factory in Martorell using drones. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:29:46 +0100 DHL is networking transport fleets across Europe with idem telematics The global logistics provider Deutsche Post DHL is equipping its fleet of trailers across Europe with telematics systems from idem telematics. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:51:00 +0100 Emden plant manager moves to China Andreas Dick, Plant Manager at Volkswagen’s Emden factory, is moving to China as Vice President (Technical) and Board of Management member at FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co. Ltd. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:10:11 +0100 Bosch Global Supplier Award winners 2019 The supplier of technology and services Bosch has presented 47 suppliers with its 'Bosch Global Supplier Award.' Thu, 11 Jul 2019 14:03:47 +0100 HYVE opens new battery facility in Sunderland HYVE, the UK’s largest independent battery manufacturing facility, outside major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), has opened new facility in Sunderland. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 12:59:26 +0100 Denso and Toyota join forces for R&D on next-generation semiconductors On July 10, Denso Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation agreed to establish a joint venture for research and advanced development of next-generation, in-vehicle semiconductors. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 11:16:11 +0100 Ex-Keycorp chairman and CEO joins Ford board On July 10, the board of directors of Ford Motor Company elected Beth Mooney as a director, effective immediately, taking the number of board members to 14. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:51:15 +0100 Bentley banks on tomorrow's battery tech with EXP 100 GT concept Bentley Motors celebrated its 100th birthday on July 10 by unveiling its vision of the future of luxury mobility at the home of Bentley in Crewe. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:36:33 +0100 The last Beetle rolls off Volkswagen de Mexico production line After its multi-generational run as a brand mainstay and global automotive phenomenon, the Volkswagen Beetle is ending production. Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:05:53 +0100 Novares inaugurates major site expansion in Janovice in Czech Novares Group has officially inaugurated a new, 9,600 m2 second building at its site in Janovice, Czech Republic, in the presence of Industry Ministry officials, customers and the international media. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:03:52 +0100 Amco Group secure Sertec Group logistics and transport contract UK, Midlands based Amco Group have secured a new contract with Sertec Group for the management and implementation of the Sertec Group logistics network and transport requirements. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 11:11:40 +0100 ZF launches new 8-speed automatic transmission for hybrid drives The technology company ZF has designed its new generation 8-speed automatic transmission specifically for hybrid applications. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 10:01:40 +0100 GEFCO acquires Chronotruck to take digitalisation to the next level for shippers and carriers GEFCO Group has announced the acquisition of Chronotruck, a company that connects shippers and carriers through an innovative digital platform. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:48:45 +0100 Third Schuler servo press delivered to Gnotec In 2015, Schuler delivered the first monoblock servo press for Scandinavia: a type MSD 400 machine for Gnotec. Now, with an MSD 800, Schuler is now handing over the third servo press to Gnotec in four years. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:40:41 +0100 Cummins to acquire fuel cell systems maker Hydrogenics Cummins Inc. has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of fuel cell systems provider Hydrogenics Corporation. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:05:08 +0100 Daimler Trucks: Truck drivers test new digital vehicle systems in mobile simulator For the first time, development engineers from Daimler Trucks will be on the road with a mobile vehicle simulator for user tests in the coming weeks. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:17:47 +0100 Groupe Renault signs global labour agreement with works council and union Declaring its awareness of the evolution of the world of work, from an economic, technological and social point of view, Groupe Renault today signed a new global agreement "Building the world of work together within Groupe Renault”. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 09:57:44 +0100 Sandvik opens coiled tubing line in China deliveries within 28 days in Asia Sandvik has opened a state-of-the-art coiled tubing line for premium grades of seamless stainless steel products in smaller dimensions at its Zhenjiang tube mill near Shanghai, China. Tue, 09 Jul 2019 09:35:22 +0100 AAM names Supplier of the Year and Supplier Excellence Award winners American Axle & Manufacturing presented Supplier of the Year Awards to key supplier partners at the company's 25th Annual Supplier Day. Crystal Engineering Services, Futronic Co. Ltd., JTEKT North America Corp. and PGI Auto Components were awarded AAM's highest honour for their commitment to excellence and support of AAM's mission to be the industry's leading global... Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:11 +0100 GEFCO celebrates 30 years of expertise in reusable packaging GEFCO has just reached its 30-year milestone in providing reusable packaging solutions for major automotive and aerospace manufacturers to transport and deliver components. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 22:59:08 +0100 AMPORTS expands its acreage at JAXPORT with new long-term lease The Governing Board of the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) approved two new long-term agreements with AMPORTS, one of the largest automobile processors in North America, significantly expanding the company’s lease space at the port in Jacksonville, Florida (USA). Mon, 08 Jul 2019 22:42:32 +0100 Škoda commences the production of Kamiq SUV in Mladá Boleslav The first Škoda Kamiq rolled off the production line at Škoda’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The compact city SUV completes Škoda’s SUV portfolio at the lower end. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 22:28:23 +0100 Novares and TG0 sign joint development agreement Novares has entered into a partnership with TG0, a UK-based 3D touch technology company. The deal was signed at the unveiling of Nova Car #2, Novares’ open innovation lab, which incorporates TG0’s ‘Squeeze command’ technology. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 21:51:40 +0100 Nissan's updated Navara pick-up goes on sale in Europe Nissan has released more information on the enhanced Nissan Navara pick-up truck, on sale now across Europe. An array of upgraded technologies ensure the Navara excels in the pick-up truck sector. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 21:33:33 +0100 Wilm Uhlenbecker named President of Brose North America Brose North America named Dr. Wilm Uhlenbecker as its new President. Uhlenbecker is responsible for overseeing operations and guiding strategy effective July 1, 2019. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 20:22:18 +0100 Volkswagen Group honours its top suppliers The Volkswagen Group presented its best suppliers with the "Volkswagen Group Award 2019" at the Porsche Visitor Centre in Leipzig. More than 200 guests from 19 countries attended this year's 17th award ceremony. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 20:10:26 +0100 Lexus unveils LC Convertible Prototype at Goodwood Festival of Speed Lexus is to extend its exquisite LC flagship coupe range, with confirmation that a dramatically styled open-top version is to go into production in the near future. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 13:38:26 +0100 Harald Krüger to step down as Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW The Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Harald Krüger, gave notice that he will not seek a second term of office. He informed the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr Norbert Reithofer, about his decision. The Supervisory Board will address the matter of a successor during its next meeting on 18 July 2019. Until a decision has been made, Harald Krüger will hold his position as... Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:30:37 +0100 Jaguar Land Rover gears up for its electrified future Jaguar Land Rover revealed plans to manufacture a range of new electrified vehicles at its manufacturing plant in Castle Bromwich, UK. The announcement is the next significant step in delivering on the company’s commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020. Fri, 05 Jul 2019 09:48:27 +0100 Nexteer opens new plant in Kenitra, Morocco Nexteer Automotive hosted a ceremony with customers, employees and government officials – including Moroccan Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Moulay Elalamy – to celebrate the grand opening of its first African plant in Kenitra, Morocco. Fri, 05 Jul 2019 09:32:07 +0100 Teijin expands its presence in the European markets with the acquisition of Benet Automotive Teijin Limited announced today that it has agreed to wholly acquire Benet Automotive s.r.o. (Benet), a leading automotive composite and component supplier in the Czech Republic, from Jet Investment. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed. Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:19:01 +0100 UK new car market declines for fourth consecutive month UK new car registrations declined for a fourth consecutive month in June, with year-on-year demand falling by 4.9% to 223,421 units, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Thu, 04 Jul 2019 23:45:12 +0100 Volvo announces new powertrain options for the XC40 The Volvo XC40 has already proved a great success, the soaring popularity of the brand’s first compact premium SUV helping deliver unprecedented sales growth since it arrived in showrooms in February 2018. Now the appeal of the multi-award-winning XC40 is being enriched with new powertrain options and features, and even more generous specification levels. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 23:35:00 +0100 Abdallah Shanti to be Volkswagen's new Global CIO The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is laying the groundwork for efficient and tailor-made digitalisation within the company going forward with a new IT organisation. Abdallah Shanti has been named Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Volkswagen brand and will lead the IT function set up at the end of April this year. He will be in charge of IT at in excess of 50 locations belonging to... Thu, 04 Jul 2019 23:26:23 +0100 ARS Altmann and ICL implement first train from China to Gent to service Volvo Representatives of Volvo, the automotive logistics company ARS Altmann AG and other participating service providers celebrated the arrival of the first train with Volvo vehicles from China at the railway terminal at the Kluizendock in Gent, Belgium. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 16:12:26 +0100 Volkswagen renames and expands Electronics Research Laboratory in the US Volkswagen Group of America announced a new name and expanded role for the former Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL), and unveiled a unique vehicle concept that combines Volkswagen heritage with futuristic technology. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 14:23:40 +0100 Renault Group awarded by World Economic Forum The World Economic Forum rewarded the Renault plant in Cléon (Seine-Maritime, France) as an “advanced lighthouse” for Industry 4.0, gratifying the Groupe Renault's commitment to a human, digital and connected industry of the future. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 11:44:53 +0100 Grimaldi Group completes installation of Corvus Energy ‘mega batteries’ in groundbreaking retrofit projects Corvus Energy announced that the company has completed the installation of a 5,5 MWh battery energy storage systems (ESS) for each of the two Ro-Pax cruise ferries “Cruise Barcelona” and “Cruise Roma” owned and operated by Italian Grimaldi Group. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 11:40:48 +0100 All new Audi SQ8 breaks cover Audi has presented the sporty top model of the Q family: the SQ8 TDI. Powered by a eight-cylinder diesel engine with biturbo charging, the large SUV coupe offers superior performance coupled with a high level of efficiency. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 01:01:12 +0100 Delphi's new multi-charge ignition coils deliver OE technology To meet the growing aftermarket demand, Delphi Technologies, a leading global supplier of advanced ignition systems, is launching two new OE ignition coils, featuring its proven multi-charge technology. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:53:27 +0100 Brunel University London to investigate next-generation powertrain concepts Brunel University London is the first to begin researching future powertrain concepts using Camcon Automotive’s new Single Cylinder Intelligent Valve Technology (SCI). The system uses the company’s pioneering Intelligent Valve Technology (iVT) and is intended to significantly speed up OEM and Tier 1 engine development, helping meet upcoming emissions regulations while also reducing cost. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:45:08 +0100 New energy-efficient RoRo MV Traviata named at Oslo ceremony New energy-efficient deep-sea RoRo vessel MV Traviata has been officially named at a ceremony in Oslo by Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide. Guests including the Norwegian Foreign Minister and representatives from the investor and financial community attended the naming ceremony of MV Traviata – the new post-Panamax HERO vessel. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 23:38:44 +0100 BMW shows off the third generation of its X6 sports coupe BMW unveiled the new edition of its Sports Activity Coupe (SAC), the new X6. The refreshed vehicle blends the agile and versatile driving properties of a Sports Activity Vehicle with the head-turning looks of a coupe. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 23:17:30 +0100 Benteler opens new plant in Spain to produce rear-axle components Benteler opened its new plant in Mos, Spain. This is the company's eight plant in the European country. The management, representatives of local government, customers, suppliers and employees attended the ceremony. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 22:48:47 +0100 Euro NCAP releases ratings based on its latest safety tests Euro NCAP released safety ratings of six new cars. Four of those have achieved five stars: the much talked about Tesla Model 3, the new Škoda Scala, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and the latest GLE from the same stable. The new Kia Ceed and crossover SUV DS 3 Crossback rated four stars with equipment offered as standard but both make it into five stars territory when equipped with an optional... Wed, 03 Jul 2019 22:16:00 +0100 Next generation of Vauxhall's popular model Astra revealed Vauxhall has revealed the first pictures of the brand-new Astra sporting a range of petrol and diesel powertrains. Building on the wide success of the outgoing model, customers will benefit from reduced CO2 and fuel consumption, as well as a series of class-leading technology and equipment. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 22:04:15 +0100 Davide Grasso named COO of Maserati, Harald Wester appointed Executive Chairman Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (“FCA”) announced two moves in its leadership team. Davide Grasso, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nike’s Converse, joins FCA and is named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Maserati. Grasso also is appointed to the Company’s Group Executive Council (GEC). Wed, 03 Jul 2019 18:14:40 +0100 Continued rail investment at the Port of Southampton accelerates air quality improvements A project to lengthen the tracks at the Port of Southampton’s Solent Rail Terminal has completed and aims to reduce lorry movements in the city by 180,000 each year. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 12:38:43 +0100 ZF to supply new 8-Speed Automatic Transmission to FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) has nominated ZF Friedrichshafen AG as global transmission supplier for rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles with front-longitudinal drive configuration. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 10:53:21 +0100 Hyundai unveils new engine with CVVD technology Hyundai Motor Group has developed the world’s first Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology to feature in future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The innovation was revealed at Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang on Wednesday alongside the Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi the first engine to feature the technology. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 10:29:15 +0100 PPG names James T. Jones as Vice President, Procurement PPG announced the appointment of James T. (JT) Jones as Vice President, Procurement, effective July 1. Reporting directly to Rebecca Liebert, Senior Vice President, Automotive Coatings, Jones will be responsible for leading PPG’s global procurement team, processes and strategy. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 01:49:27 +0100 LANXESS intensifies its blow-molding activities The specialty chemicals company LANXESS envisages an extensive range of potential applications for blow-molded components made from technical plastics in automobiles. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 01:41:51 +0100 GM invests additional $20 million in Texas plant ahead of new SUV launch General Motors Co. is investing an additional $20 million at Arlington Assembly to upgrade plant conveyors in preparation for the launch of GM’s all-new full-size SUVs. GM has invested more than $1.4 billion in Arlington Assembly since 2015 to build a new paint shop and for body shop and general assembly area upgrades. The new upgrades at Arlington are scheduled to be completed next year. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 22:44:50 +0100 OSRAM Continental presents smart digital HD Headlamp System OSRAM Continental, the joint venture founded by lighting specialist OSRAM and Continental, presented its innovative HD headlight system in a show car at the Continental TechShow 2019 in Hanover. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 20:28:06 +0100 Imperial Logistics expands the scope of work for VDL Nedcar The European road transport arm of Imperial Logistics has significantly increased its business with Dutch independent car manufacturer VDL Nedcar, following a renewal of its previous contract to operate trailers carrying automotive components between the company’s plant at Born (Netherlands) and southern England. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 18:54:40 +0100 Denso merges Nippon Wiper Blade and Asahi Manufacturing to form Denso Wiper Systems Denso Corporation announced that Nippon Wiper Blade Co., Ltd. and Asahi Manufacturing Co., Ltd., both of which are subsidiaries of Denso Corporation, will merge on October 1, 2019, and make a new start as Denso Wiper Systems, Inc. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 18:04:29 +0100 Faurecia creates global centre of expertise dedicated to hydrogen fuel tanks in France Faurecia, one of the world’s leading automotive technology companies, announced the creation of a global centre of expertise for hydrogen storage systems at its R&D centre in Bavans, France. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 15:46:54 +0100 Volkswagen reiterates its commitment to vehicle electrification in China Volkswagen is striving for the lead in transforming the auto industry towards electric mobility in China. This was endorsed by the CEO of Volkswagen AG, Dr. Herbert Diess, at the first World New Energy Vehicle Congress (WNEVC) in the southern Chinese city of Boao. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 13:00:40 +0100 thyssenkrupp opens new damper plant in Romania thyssenkrupp opened a new automotive components plant in Sibiu, Romania. The new site in Sibiu will produce dampers for customers including Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover and Porsche. The company built the new damper plant at a cost of around €60 million ($67.8 million). Tue, 02 Jul 2019 02:15:07 +0100 Third Schuler servo press delivered to Swedish automotive supplier Gnotec In 2015, Schuler delivered the first monoblock servo press for Scandinavia: a type MSD 400 machine for Gnotec. Due to its technical possibilities the Swedish automotive supplier could expand its business significantly. With a MSD 800, Schuler is now handing over the third servo press to Gnotec in four years. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 02:01:28 +0100 Nexteer opens new plant in Liuzhou, China Nexteer Automotive, a global leader in intuitive motion control, celebrated the grand opening of its new plant facility in Liudong New District, Liuzhou, China. Officials from Liuzhou Government and Liudong New District participated in the ceremony together with management from Nexteer Automotive and customer representatives. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 01:53:19 +0100 Nick Ratcliffe takes over as Customer Experience Director at Volkswagen Group UK Volkswagen Group UK has appointed Nick Ratcliffe as its Customer Experience Director, with the goal of ensuring continued quality and customer satisfaction across the Volkswagen Group UK brands of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi, Seat and Škoda. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:59:03 +0100 All electric Fiat Ducato LCV unveiled During a media event dedicated to the new Ducato MY2020, Fiat Professional gave the world its very first glimpse of the Ducato Electric – an all-electric BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) version – which will go on sale in 2020. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:54:37 +0100 BMW begins production for three new BMW 8 Series models at its Dingolfing plant No fewer than three new models from the BMW 8 Series family went into production at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing: the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé, the new M8 Competition Coupé and the new M8 Competition Convertible. This brings the total number of luxurious sports coupé variants built at the plant in Lower Bavaria to five, with the sixth family member already on the horizon: The BMW M8 Gran Coupé... Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:15:18 +0100 Dassault Systèmes named Groupe PSA’s preferred digital partner Dassault Systèmes announced that Groupe PSA has named the company a key supplier. This distinction makes Dassault Systèmes the first and only software provider today in Groupe PSA’s global network of 8,000 suppliers to be formally recognised by the automaker as a preferred digital partner for its digital transformation. Mon, 01 Jul 2019 23:37:16 +0100 Mercedes-Benz opens new testing facility for EMC and antenna systems Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is a key prerequisite for the future topics connectivity, autonomous driving, shared, and electric drivetrain. With the new test facility, Mercedes-Benz takes an important step as a pioneer in the digitisation of the automotive industry. Mon, 01 Jul 2019 18:19:53 +0100 Volkswagen Group to establish Sustainability Ratings for suppliers As of 1st July 2019, the Volkswagen Group will introduce a worldwide Sustainability Rating for its suppliers. This enables the company to assess the sustainability conduct of its business partners in its supply chain with regard to risks relating to human rights, environmental protection and corruption. Mon, 01 Jul 2019 17:34:39 +0100 Gestamp inaugurates a new plant in Slovakia Gestamp, the multinational company specialising in the design, development and manufacture of highly engineered metal components for the automotive industry inaugurated a new plant specialising in aluminium in Nitra (Slovakia). Mon, 01 Jul 2019 17:24:07 +0100 Jorge Diez to lead design at Mitsubishi Motors Europe Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that Jorge Diez has joined MMC Design as the Head of Mitsubishi Motors Europe Design (MMED) near Frankfurt, Germany, and also becomes Vice President of Mitsubishi Motor R&D Europe (MRDE). Mon, 01 Jul 2019 15:28:30 +0100 APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive expands rail wagon fleet with delivery of sixteenth rake APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive, a leading rail-based automotive logistics provider in India, has taken delivery of its sixteenth rake of specialised rail wagons. Mon, 01 Jul 2019 10:25:46 +0100 New head of strategy at Volkswagen commercial vehicles Silja Pieh, previously CFO and Head of Product at Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH (AID/a subsidiary of AUDI AG) is to become the new Head of Strategy for the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand (VWCV) with effect from August 1. Fri, 28 Jun 2019 12:53:26 +0100 MONET Technologies forms capital and business partnerships with Isuzu, Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu and Mazda MONET Technologies Inc. has announced that it has concluded capital and business partnership agreements with Isuzu Motors Limited, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Subaru Corporation, Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. and Mazda Motor Corporation, respectively; Hino and Honda to make additional investments in MONET at the same time. Fri, 28 Jun 2019 09:30:34 +0100 ZF announces WABCO shareholder approval for planned acquisition In a shareholder vote on June 27, 2019, 68.44 % of WABCO’s outstanding share capital voted in favour of the transaction agreed by ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) and WABCO in late March 2019. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 16:02:54 +0100 Hella helps OEMs meet shorter innovation cycles with modular lighting concept With its new approach "Light Design", lighting and electronics specialist HELLA is the first supplier to offer a complete system for complex lighting systems. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 15:17:01 +0100 Groupe PSA announces Opel and Vauxhall Astra plant plans Groupe PSA has announced its intention to manufacture the next generation Astra in two plants in Europe. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:16:12 +0100 UK engine manufacturing down 10% in May amid Brexit uncertainty UK engine production falls -10.1% in May, the ninth successive month of decline. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 14:09:00 +0100 Ford's new Europe operating model - more new EVs and SUVs Ford is launching a new business model and fresh vehicle line-up as part of the most comprehensive redesign in the history of its business in Europe. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 13:07:34 +0100 LSP Amco certified as Authorised Economic Operator for customs simplification in UK AMCO has announced that they have achieved accreditation and certified as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). Thu, 27 Jun 2019 12:34:08 +0100 UK car making declines for 12th month in a row as output falls -15.5% in May British car production fell for the 12th month in a row in May, as output dropped 15.5%, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Thu, 27 Jun 2019 11:59:54 +0100 From growth to sloth - ACEA revises 2019 car sales forecast to -1% On the sidelines of its annual general meeting in Brussels on June 27, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) revised its forecast for 2019 passenger car registrations downwards to -1%. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 11:44:34 +0100 Production of new generation GLC and GLC Coupé starts at Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant Production of the new generation of the GLC and the GLC Coupé started on June 27 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 10:36:32 +0100 Renault-Nissan-Mitsubuish Alliance Ventures invests in the Mobility House to boost electric mobility Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, announced an investment in The Mobility House, a technology company that provides a platform for integrating vehicle batteries into power grids using intelligent charging, energy and storage solutions. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 09:55:10 +0100 Teijin’s advanced materials and technologies to support Kogakuin U.’s vehicle in world solar challenge race The Teijin Group's advanced high-performance materials and technologies will once again be used in the latest solar-powered, carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) vehicle developed by the Kogakuin University Solar Team for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 09:37:48 +0100 Steer-by-wire racing car debuts at Nürburgring A racing car without a steering column using a steer-by-wire system has been unveiled by German supplier Schaeffler. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 13:04:06 +0100 Geotab brings GO9 fleet management telematics device to Europe Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected vehicles, has announced the availability of its GO9 telematics device in Europe for the first time. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:42:37 +0100 Start of production of the new CLA Shooting Brake at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét in Hungary The new CLA Shooting Brake is produced exclusively by the Mercedes-Benz plant in Hungary – like the preceding model and the CLA Coupé. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:50:57 +0100 ZF celebrates making 500,000 Active Rear-Axle Control Systems AKC system (Active Kinematics Control) number 500,000 has rolled off ZF's production line just six years after the start of production and sees a new assembly line in Lebring planned to serve the increasing demand. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:27:43 +0100 NYK RORO loads huge industrial project cargo ex Germany to US West Coast Earlier this month NYK RORO loaded one of their biggest ever industrial project cargoes from Bremerhaven, Germany to Port Hueneme, California for the Liebherr Group. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 09:57:11 +0100 Ford Puma - new compact crossover with hybrid technology Ford unveiled the new Ford Puma on June 26 - an SUV-inspired compact crossover with the OEM's EcoBoost Hybrid 48-volt technology, new design and best-in-class uncompromised load space. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:37:14 +0100 Ryder opens new maintenance facility near Seattle Ryder System, Inc. recently announced the opening of a state-of-the-art maintenance facility 37 miles from Seattle in Marysville, WA. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:23:31 +0100 Surgere joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance Surgere have announced they have joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) — a member-driven organisation that shares a common mission of driving the adoption of emerging Blockchain architecture forward. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:59:07 +0100 ŠKODA presents natural-gas-powered SCALA G-TEC compact ŠKODA is introducing the most eco-friendly variant of its new compact model at the CNG Mobility Days in Berlin (24/25 June 2019): the ŠKODA SCALA G-TEC. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:55:26 +0100 A low carbon logistics solution - ABB E-truck debuts in Switzerland A zero-emission E-truck developed with ABB technology was seen on the streets of Swiss capital Bern for the first time, paving the way for sustainable urban logistic solutions. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:17:51 +0100 Tenneco to present new cylinder liner technology at 2019 IAA Frankfurt Tenneco’s Powertrain division will present its all-new Megabond cylinder liner technology at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:00:06 +0100 Logistics provider tests Active Drive Assist in new Mercedes-Benz Actros In preparation for the launch of the new Actros, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has carried out final tests with customers including with Wagenstetter, a forwarding agent from Forsting in Upper Bavaria in Germany. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:20:30 +0100 FedEx sues US government over China export rules The carrier has issued a statement stating that it is suing the US government to obtain an exclusion to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) if it should accidentally ship goods that violate rules imposed on Chinese products by the Trump administration. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:35:43 +0100 Vision M NEXT concept - hinting at BMW's connected future BMW has said that its Vision M NEXT concept offers a foretaste of the BMW M brand’s electrified future by placing the focus squarely on the actively engaged driver. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:38:31 +0100 Geodis receives its 6th Gold Rating from Ecovadis EcoVadis, the ratings agency for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance in global supply chains, has given GEODIS an overall grade of 72/100 (+2 points compared to 2018). Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:24:25 +0100 Testing times - SMMT UK President to talk of challenges at automotive summit With the automotive industry facing a technological revolution, this year’s Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) International Automotive Summit will focus on how the key areas of transformation are affecting the industry. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:41:41 +0100 Change on the VW Supervisory Board: Conny Schönhardt succeeds Birgit Dietze There will be a change to the composition of employee representation on the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:27:52 +0100 Hyundai fits world's first 45 profile commercial tyre - from Kumho The Korean tyre manufacturer Kumho has developed the world’s first 20-inch commercial vehicle tyre in 45 profile, and is supplying it to Hyundai for Original Equipment fit to the Solati Limousine, the company’s premium minibus. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:39:21 +0100 Mercedes-Benz Cars signs a Memorandum of Understanding for new car assembly in Egypt Following successful discussions, the carmaker has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Egyptian government. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:57:23 +0100 Mercedes-Benz Cars and Telefónica Deutschland establish the first 5G network for production plant The first 5G indoor mobile network provides gigabit data rates with short latency times for industrial data communication and digitalised vehicle assembly in "Factory 56" at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 12:49:23 +0100 Kumho builds Euro tech centre with two new appointments Kumho’s European Technical Centre (KETC) in the Hessian town of Mörfelden-Walldorf, Germany has been led by Matthias Bode, joined by Roberto Sangalli, who has taken up the role of Manager, Tyre Engineering for KETC. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 12:16:45 +0100 Chassis Brakes International to be sold to Hitachi Automotive Systems KPS Capital Partners announced on June 19 that it has signed a put option agreement to sell its portfolio company Chassis Brakes International Group to Hitachi Automotive Systems. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:25:35 +0100 Hamburg again wins award for Best Global Seaport 2019 After two awards as Best Seaport – Europe in 2015 and 2016, as well as the accolade Best Global Seaport 2018, this is the fourth honour for the Port of Hamburg. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:09:00 +0100 Two fully-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks on test in Switzerland Two further battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros are now in operation in Switzerland: one for the logistics service provider Camion Transport and another one for the retail company Migros. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:11:04 +0100 Comau to build world’s first automated lithium-ion battery line Comau has been commissioned to build one of the world’s first automated manufacturing lines for lithium-ion battery modules for transport applications by Leclanché, one of the world’s leading providers of energy storage solutions. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:24:02 +0100 Gallega Global Logistics opens new facility in Abu Dhabi Gallega Global Logistics, a UAE-based third-party logistics company, has opened a 325,000 square metre facility in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) to meet the growing regional demand for automotive supply chain services. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:07:07 +0100 Ten millionth vehicle built at Nissan Sunderland UK plant Nissan Sunderland Plant is celebrating another record-breaking milestone as the ten millionth vehicle rolls off the production line. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 10:35:36 +0100 Maersk to offer customers carbon-neutral transport A new carbon neutral product - the first of its kind in the industry - is being piloted with select Maersk customers who are engaged in sustainable solutions for their supply chain. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:36:13 +0100 All-new Peugeot 2008 SUV and zero-emission e-2008 SUV set for launch early 2020 100% electric e-2008 SUV is powered by a 100kW electric motor and 50kWh battery capable of 193 miles of range under the WLTP test. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:53:21 +0100 VW Group opens carbon neutral data centre in Norway The Volkswagen Group moved into a new, climate neutral data centre in Rjukan (Norway) on June 19. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:42:21 +0100 Renault Triber - a B-segment for India with an adaptable and modular configuration Renault revealed Triber, a world-first vehicle designed and produced for the Indian market and an entirely new ultra-modular, modern and value-for-money model. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:06:19 +0100 Ford turns plastic bottles into carpets for EcoSport SUV model Ford has found a clever way of reusing millions of plastic bottles: each EcoSport SUV that the company produces is fitted with carpets made using 470 single-use plastic drink bottles. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:22:10 +0100 New AMR-based angle sensors from Infineon Infineon Technologies is expanding its sensor portfolio with a new family of AMR-based angle sensors. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:17:13 +0100 BMW adds four-door Gran Coupe to 8 Series line-up BMW is expanding its flagship model range with the launch of an 8 Series Gran Coupe that will go on sale in September and start at $85,895. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:03:21 +0100 SAIC to make MG cars in Egypt with local partner SAIC Motor and Egypt's largest car sales company Mansour Automotive Group signed a joint venture agreement on June 17 to manufacture MG brand cars in the region. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:19:11 +0100 Supplier Novares awarded the Best Open Innovation Strategy prize at G20 summit Novares Group has been awarded the Best Open Innovation Strategy at the G20 Marketing and Innovation Summit, which took place in Paris on 5 June. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:01:26 +0100 Aston Martin’s latest mid-engined hypercar officially named Valhalla Formerly identified by its codename AM-RB 003, Aston Martin’s latest mid-engined hypercar collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Adrian Newey has been officially named the Aston Martin Valhalla. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:17:01 +0100 New Porsche 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4 unveiled For the first time, the 718 Spyder and the 718 Cayman GT4 share a technical base, including a newly-developed four-litre six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, combined with a six-speed manual transmission. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:27:01 +0100 VW to boost in-house software development and create vw.os Volkswagen AG intends to group more than 5,000 digital experts together in its new “Car.Software” unit with Group responsibility for software in the vehicle by 2025. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:04:15 +0100 Volvo Group partners with NVIDIA on autonomous truck technology The Volvo Group has signed an agreement with NVIDIA to jointly develop the decision-making system of autonomous commercial vehicles and machines. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:58:38 +0100 Hyundai Mobis to supply Krell audio system for Kia K7 Premier The South Korean supplier has installed 12 speakers and a 12-channel amplifier in Kia’s new premium saloon. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:19:15 +0100 CEVA appoints new Executive Vice President Global Automotive Sector CEVA Logistics has promoted Dave Dudek to the position of Executive Vice President Global Automotive sector. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:04:29 +0100 Mike Hynekamp takes over from Ray Fitzgerald as WW Solutions’ COO After 19 years as WW Solutions’ chief operating officer, Ray Fitzgerald has announced his retirement; WW Ocean’s current chief operating officer Mike Hynekamp took over on June 3. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:46:25 +0100 BYTON announces new Vice President of Program Management BYTON announced that it has further reinforced the company’s executive team with the appointment of Andrew Ball to the position of Vice President of Program Management. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:42:42 +0100 Continental Engineering Services develops special head-up display for sports cars Technology company Continental has developed the first ultra-compact, high-performance head-up display (HUD) in a project spearheaded by its own development and production service provider, Continental Engineering Services. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 14:51:25 +0100 New Renault ZOE - bigger battery and motor offer more range and pace New ZOE gets a powerful 52 kWh battery that delivers a range of up to 242 miles (WLTP*), and a choice of 80 or 100kW motors. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:20:28 +0100 ZF Dual Lens Camera for trucks, integrates with ADAS technologies ZF, the world’s leading supplier of automotive cameras, has developed the Dual-cam two lens camera specifically designed for the commercial truck market and to be used in concert with other ZF ADAS technologies. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:31:24 +0100 Excellence rewarded at Groupe PSA’s 2019 Supplier Awards 15 suppliers have been rewarded for their commitment and their excellence in meeting the expectations of Groupe PSA. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:54:05 +0100 New BMW 3 Series Touring to be unveiled this month - PHEV coming in 2020 The latest generation of the sports estate car is said to combine the core attributes of the BMW 3 Series range with generous levels of onboard space and a highly flexible interior. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:19:01 +0100 Infineon launches world’s first monolithically integrated linear Hall sensor for ASIL D systems As the first semiconductor supplier, Infineon Technologies is to launch a monolithically integrated linear Hall sensor which was developed entirely in accordance with the ISO26262 safety standard for automotive applications. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:43:46 +0100 Mercedes-Benz to start CLA Shooting Brake deliveries in September The new CLA Shooting Brake features some interesting modern driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:10:44 +0100 Jeep Wrangler owners bring lawsuit against FCA in US Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company of Jeep, has been served with a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of being dishonest about the risks of a potentially-dangerous steering issue in 2015-2018 Jeep Wranglers commonly known as the "death wobble." Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:55:00 +0100 Magna introduces FreeForm seat trim technology The supplier has said that its FreeForm technology, a new seat trim cover technique can provide a clean, sculpted, seamless styling surface and the freedom to achieve endless design possibilities. Sun, 16 Jun 2019 22:01:04 +0100 Tesla Semi truck delayed again - until 2020 Problems with battery supply for all its vehicles are blamed by Tesla boss Elon Musk for the launch of the brand's Semi electric lorry being delayed until next year. Sun, 16 Jun 2019 21:30:01 +0100 Porsche recalls 387 vehicles in Australia over issue with blower control system The recall affects Porsche Panameras sold between 12 July 2009 and 13 September 2016. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:43:16 +0100 Turbo maker Garrett Motion names Anthony Lodato V-P and GM, North America Garrett Motion Inc. has announced the appointment of Anthony Lodato as vice president and general manager, North America, effective June 1, 2019. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:06:32 +0100 Kia shutters plant in China due to market slowdown Kia Motors China has announced it will cease production at one of its vehicle assembly plants in China this month due to weak local demand. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:48:47 +0100 GEFCO enhances and accelerates implementation of its CSR approach For the seventh consecutive year, GEFCO, the complex supply-chain solutions and European leader in automotive logistics, has confirmed its commitment to CSR initiatives. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:11:30 +0100 VW Group sells stock in Traton truck unit to raise funds for new mobility push The Volkswagen Group has announced that it will try to raise up to €1.9 billion ($2.1 billion) by floating a stake of at least 10% in its Traton truck unit late in June. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:34:43 +0100 BYTON opens Shanghai Design Studio to further strengthen its global presence BYTON officially opened its Shanghai Design Studio, intended to focus on the Chinese market, as well as to work closely with the existing Design Studio in Munich on advanced and intelligent design for the global market. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:56:20 +0100 Alpine unveils new Alpine A110S Assuming a position at the top of the Alpine line-up, the A110S is a lightweight coupe characterised by high engine power, a focused chassis setup and refined design elements. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:23:14 +0100 Former client John Stocker appointed to General Manager of CXBHUB UK market team The customer experience experts at CXBHUB are delighted to announce the latest addition to the team: experienced sales, marketing and customer experience director John Stocker. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:27:17 +0100 Lear to close Michigan electrical systems plant Lear Corp. is stopping production and permanently closing its electrical systems plant in Taylor, Michigan, the supplier said in a statement. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 17:05:34 +0100 Mercedes-Benz gear up for a clean diesel future with Euro 6d-TEMP compatible cars Significantly reduced NOx emissions are a characteristic feature of vehicles which are certified according to the Euro 6d-TEMP standard, and all new Mercedes-Benz passenger cars now meet this requirement. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:45:58 +0100 Volkswagen invests in Swedish battery cell producer VW is initially acquiring about 20% of the shares in the Swedish battery cell producer and plans to establish a 50/50 joint venture during the course of this year to set up a battery cell factory with an initial capacity of 16 GWh. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:26:57 +0100 FCA to offer all-new 3.0-litre V-6 EcoDiesel engine in 2020 Ram 1500 in US The 2020 Ram 1500 will become America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup, with 480 lb.-ft. of torque, and most capable light-duty diesel, with towing capability up to 12,560 pounds. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 15:55:00 +0100 Emission-free plant logistics with the electric Mercedes-Benz Actros Logistics service provider Pfenning Logistics starts operation of the fully-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros in Mannheim. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:31:30 +0100 Infineon Technologies to acquire Cypress Semiconductor Infineon Technologies AG and Cypress Semiconductor Corporation have announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:41:00 +0100 Fiat Ducato goes electric with BEV in 2020 The Ducato Electric is being developed through an innovative pilot project with no trade-off in terms of load and performance. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:26:23 +0100 Ford recalls F-150 and other vehicles in North America Ford Motor Company is issuing three safety recalls in North America and one for Canada only. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:02:04 +0100 Volvo Trucks and DFDS autonomous solution for logistics centre to port transport Volvo Trucks’ electric, connected and autonomous vehicle 'Vera' will form part of an integrated solution to transport goods from a logistics centre to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:17:46 +0100 BYTON appoints Dr. Andreas Schaaf as Chief Customer Officer Chinese-based premium electric vehicle maker has announced the appointment of Dr. Andreas Schaaf to the newly-created position of Chief Customer Officer with immediate effect. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:21:17 +0100 Aston Martin produces first cars at St Athan, UK plant Aston Martin Lagonda’s second UK manufacturing plant has started to produce cars, as the latest pre-production models of the luxury British carmaker’s first SUV, the Aston Martin DBX, are built. Tue, 11 Jun 2019 17:43:59 +0100 DSM opens new production line for automotive polymers Royal DSM, a global science-based company, has announced the strengthening of its leadership in high-performance speciality polymers with the operational launch of a new production line for its Arnitel products in Emmen, the Netherlands. Tue, 11 Jun 2019 10:09:22 +0100 SEAT launches its first electric vehicle - the Mii SEAT Mii electric is the first electric vehicle from the brand, laying the groundwork for more to join the family in the future. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:03:45 +0100 Volkswagen and NSK to collaborate on electric power steering NSK and Volkswagen have announced a formal cooperation agreement between the two companies' steering divisions; the companies have agreed on in-depth development cooperation. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 12:45:03 +0100 BMW Group opens plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico High-level representatives of the Mexican government and the BMW Group have officially opened the company’s new automotive plant in San Luis Potosi in Mexico. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 10:07:54 +0100 Renault and Nissan open a new Alliance Innovation Lab in Israel The new lab features a unique model of collaboration with Israeli startups and an exclusive partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA). Mon, 10 Jun 2019 09:35:33 +0100 Dongfeng and Maxion Wheels break ground on 2-million wheel plant Maxion Wheels, the world’s largest wheel manufacturer, with its new joint venture partner, Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group, held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 6 at the future site of their 22,000 square-metre plant in Suizhou, China. Sun, 09 Jun 2019 21:20:50 +0100 Mercedes-Benz GLC: SUV and Coupé: new edition of two successful models The Mercedes-Benz GLC has been in the market for four years, and now the brand's most popular SUV model has been significantly refreshed with completely new engines. Sun, 09 Jun 2019 19:47:48 +0100 BMW i Ventures makes investment in Yellowbrick Data, Inc. BMW i Ventures have announced an investment in Palo Alto-based Yellowbrick, the technological leader in big data warehouse solutions that helps businesses derive value from large data sets in real-time. Sun, 09 Jun 2019 18:55:28 +0100 MANN+HUMMEL recognised by General Motors as a Supplier of the Year MANN+HUMMEL was named a Supplier of the Year by General Motors during their 27th annual ‘Supplier of the Year’ awards ceremony held in Detroit in May. It is the 24th time MANN+HUMMEL has received the award. Fri, 07 Jun 2019 18:26:18 +0100 Production, logistics and supply chain personnel changes at Daimler The German car and truck maker announced changes in several departments in production, logistics and supply chain. Fri, 07 Jun 2019 16:16:58 +0100 Port of Hamburg moves more cargo by rail and is well equipped for further growth In Germany’s largest universal Port of Hamburg more than 135 million tons of seaborne cargo traffic are cleared annually. A major share of this freight reaches or leaves the port by rail. Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:44:51 +0100 Interiors supplier Adient breaks ground for factory in Serbia US automotive seating manufacturer Adient has launched the construction of a $20 million factory in Serbia's western municipality of Loznica. Fri, 07 Jun 2019 13:17:21 +0100 Polestar 1 enters final prototype stage before production start Initial Polestar 1 customers have started the process of confirming their final specification as the Electric Performance Hybrid takes the final steps towards production. Fri, 07 Jun 2019 13:06:22 +0100 Falken Tires selected as OE fitment on 2020 Jeep Gladiator Falken Tires will become original equipment on the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, the tyre maker has announced. The choice of tires for the new Gladiator truck are Falken’s Wildpeak A/T AT3W, sized LT285/70R17 (116/113Q-rating) as standard fitment, while also available will be the LT285/70R17 (116/113Q) Wildpeak M/T (mud terrain). The tread design, combined with a silica tread compound, enables the A/T3W... Fri, 07 Jun 2019 12:57:19 +0100 Hot form quench sets aluminium lightweighting standard Impression Technologies, a specialist in aluminium lightweighting, has released a new white paper introducing the benefits of its ground-breaking new technology: hot form quench (HFQ). Fri, 07 Jun 2019 12:37:01 +0100 Rhenus delivers goods via Antonov from Cologne/Bonn Airport to Rio de Janeiro The Rhenus Group has commissioned one of only 28 heavyweight Antonov An-124 100 aircraft in operation globally, to carry goods from Europe to Brazil. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 14:05:01 +0100 Ford confirms consultation on closure of UK Bridgend Engine plant After detailed consideration, Ford today confirmed the start of a consultation with its unions concerning the potential closure of the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant in South Wales, in the UK. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:46:21 +0100 Jaguar Land Rover has celebrates global supply chain with Supplier Excellence Awards Fifteen winners were recognised for their extraordinary contribution to the business, cost transformation and operational delivery over the course of the last 12 months. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:38:31 +0100 Visteon wins Jaguar Land Rover supplier excellence award Visteon Corporation has been recognised for providing innovative technology to Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) over the course of a longstanding relationship. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 12:47:35 +0100 Renault sets its sights on the SUV fast lane with Koleos Renault has announced a refreshed and updated version of the Koleos large SUV, featuring new engines, enhanced looks and a host of technology upgrades. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:38:18 +0100 Fiat Chrysler withdraws Renault merger offer Fiat Chrysler has pulled their support for a deal that would have created the world's largest carmaker. Thu, 06 Jun 2019 09:19:50 +0100 ARS Altmann AG and ICL introduce RoRo to the Silk Road ARS Altmann AG and its partner Intermodal Container Logistics Vienna (ICL) are about to take the next step on the new silk road by implementing so-called RoRo trains (= Roll on, Roll off) to the route between Europe and China. Wed, 05 Jun 2019 15:55:00 +0100 Jaguar Land Rover and BMW to collaborate on next generation EV tech Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group confirmed on June 5 that they are joining forces to develop next-generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs). Wed, 05 Jun 2019 15:16:26 +0100 GM partners with Michelin to take air out of tyres Michelin and General Motors presented a new generation of airless wheel technology, the MICHELIN Unique Puncture-proof Tire System (Uptis) Prototype, at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility on June 4. Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:08:45 +0100 Renault Board reviewing FCA's merger proposals Renault's Board of Directors met on June 4 to review in detail the elements of the proposal received from FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) on May 27 for a potential 50/50 merger between Renault S.A. and FCA. Tue, 04 Jun 2019 18:08:16 +0100 Haldex board member Helene Svahn takes over as CEO Helene Svahn, board member of Haldex, will assume the role as CEO of Haldex after Åke Bengtsson, who has been CEO since the 2017 bidding process with Knorr-Bremse, steps down. Tue, 04 Jun 2019 16:05:00 +0100 Jaguar’s Ian Callum to leave role of Director of Design after 20 years Jaguar has announced that Ian Callum, Director of Design, is to leave his position at the company after two decades heading up Jaguar Design. Julian Thomson, currently Creative Design Director, has been appointed to the role of Director of Design, effective July 1. Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:52:21 +0100 ECG urges European industry standard for forecasting and volume planning The standard was formally launched by Jörg Lenz, MOSOLF SE & Co. KG and Geert Rossaert, Mazda Motor Logistics Europe on 24th May at the ECG Spring Congress 2019, to an audience of almost 200 delegates in Sorrento, Italy. Tue, 04 Jun 2019 11:53:29 +0100 CEVA appoints Senior Vice President Automotive and Industrial Inbound Logistics CEVA Logistics has appointed Criss Edwards as Senior Vice President Automotive and Industrial Inbound Logistics, effective 3 June 2019. Tue, 04 Jun 2019 11:05:36 +0100 AP Møller - Mærsk A/S initiates first phase of share buy-back programme As announced on 24 May 2019, A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S has decided to initiate a share buy-back programme of up to DKK 10 billion ($1.5 billion) and a maximum of 3.12 million shares to be acquired over a period of up to 15 months. Tue, 04 Jun 2019 10:13:34 +0100 Startup Cazoo signs partnership agreements with BCA Cazoo, one of the UK’s most exciting automotive start-ups, today announces it has signed a number of commercial partnership agreements for its vehicle logistics, refurbishment and disposal requirements with BCA. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 16:55:08 +0100 Rich Mohr promoted to VP and CTO at Ryder Rich Mohr has been promoted to Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Ryder Fleet Management Solutions; he was recently leading Ryder Truck Rental as VP & Global Product Manager. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 16:25:44 +0100 NEVS acquires UK in-hub motor maker Protean Electric National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), a subsidiary of Evergrande Health, has acquired the leading developer of in-wheel motor technology, Protean Electric. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 16:16:45 +0100 Great Wall's Haval brand starts production of F7 SUV in Russia Haval Brand, China's leading SUV brand and part of the Great Wall Motor (GWM) group, has launched the inaugural round of production for the highly anticipated Haval F7 SUV in the brand's new factory in Tula, Russia. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 15:40:46 +0100 HORIBA MIRA expands emissions service with new $5.06 million Propulsion Test and Development Centre HORIBA MIRA has opened a new Propulsion Test and Development Centre at its UK headquarters in Nuneaton. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 15:25:25 +0100 New intelligent multi-talented programmable control unit from Eberspaecher Thanks to variable design and programming, Eberspaecher has launched an autarkic control for additional vehicle functions. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 14:39:35 +0100 Volvo Cars and POC collaborate to develop Car-Bike Helmet crash test Volvo Cars, a leader in automotive safety, is teaming up with top Swedish sports and safety brand POC for a series of world-first crash tests of bike helmets against cars as part of a ground-breaking new research project that aims to further protect cyclists. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 12:35:47 +0100 New CIO for Imperial Logistics International Imperial Logistics International has appointed Hugo Pluess as its new Chief Information Officer, based in Zurich. He takes up his new post on August 1. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 12:08:48 +0100 Indian Railways to transport half of Maruti Suzuki's finished vehicles by 2030 A senior government official has confirmed that Indian automotive giant Maruti Suzuki (MSIL) is all set to transport at least 50% of its vehicles via Indian Railways by 2030. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:38:38 +0100 Collaboration, digitisation and standardisation discussed at the ECG Spring Assembly The 24th ECG Spring Assembly (Sorrento, Italy, 23rd- 24th May), showcased a sector with a clear vision of the future of finished vehicle logistics, Ben Waller reports. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:21:59 +0100 BMW updates its entry level SUV, the X1 the new BMW X1 adds another chapter to the Sports Activity Vehicle’s ongoing success story. The new model update makes the BMW X1 an even more desirable proposition. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 09:37:35 +0100 Infineon to acquire Cypress strengthening its automotive portfolio Infineon Technologies AG and Cypress Semiconductor Corporation announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement under which Infineon will acquire Cypress for $23.85 per share in cash, corresponding to an enterprise value of €9.0 billion. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 08:11:41 +0100 Fiat 500X reaches 500,000 production milestone The 500,000th Fiat 500X was built at the Melfi plant in southern Italy. The 500X that carries this landmark number belongs to the 120th edition model. The 500X 120th was launched at 2019 Geneva International Motor Show to celebrate the Fiat brand's 120th anniversary. Fri, 31 May 2019 21:18:19 +0100 Seat uses supercomputers to design vehicle aerodynamics The aerodynamics of every new car built by Spanish manufacturer, Seat, is designed using a supercomputer, housed in a deconsecrated chapel, with the power of 40,000 PCs. Fri, 31 May 2019 19:25:50 +0100 Cummins and Isuzu partner to develop and manufacture Diesel engines Cummins Inc. and Isuzu Motors Limited announced another step forward in their partnership by entering into the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership agreement. The agreement formalises a business structure for the two companies to evaluate and carry out opportunities to jointly develop and bring new diesel and diesel-based powertrains to global markets. Fri, 31 May 2019 19:11:46 +0100 Honda e to sport Side Camera Mirror System as standard Honda has confirmed that the Side Camera Mirror System of the new Honda e urban electric vehicle will be available as standard when the car enters production. As seen on the prototype version, the technology is a first in the compact segment and brings significant benefits for styling, safety, aerodynamics and refinement. Fri, 31 May 2019 18:35:04 +0100 Samsung’s Exynos Auto 8890 powers in-vehicle Infotainment system of the Audi A4 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced that its Exynos Auto 8890 processor will be powering German automobile manufacturer Audi’s third generation high-spec modular infotainment platform (MIB). The advanced in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system will be equipped as standard in the new A4 and upcoming models. Fri, 31 May 2019 17:04:30 +0100 Škoda manufactures 2.5 millionth EA211 engine at Mladá Boleslav Škoda Auto built the 2.5 millionth EA211 engine at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The car manufacturer has been producing these since the end of 2012, both for Škoda and for other Volkswagen Group brands. Fri, 31 May 2019 16:09:00 +0100 Ford honours AAM at 21st Annual World Excellence Awards American Axle & Manufacturing was recognised as a top-performing global supplier at the 21st annual Ford World Excellence Awards. AAM was presented with a Sustainability Award by Hau Thai-Tang, Ford Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer and Linda Cash, Ford Vice President, Quality and New Model Programmes. Fri, 31 May 2019 15:55:42 +0100 DRÄXLMAIER opens new plant to produce battery system for the Porsche Taycan The DRÄXLMAIER Group will start the series production of the powerful 800-volt complete battery system for the purely electrical Porsche Taycan. For that purpose, the supplier has set up a sophisticated production facility in Sachsenheim near Stuttgart, Germany. Fri, 31 May 2019 15:01:13 +0100 GM invests $24 million to expand full size truck production at Indiana plant General Motors Co. is making a new round of upgrades to its Fort Wayne Assembly plant to further increase production of the all-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups – especially crew cab models. Fri, 31 May 2019 13:14:40 +0100 Hyundai develops performance control system for commercial EVs Hyundai Motor Group revealed a system that estimates the gross vehicle weight of a light duty commercial electric vehicle and optimises performance accordingly. Fri, 31 May 2019 12:57:33 +0100 Visteon's cockpit domain controller to power Tata Harrier's infotainment system Visteon Corporation, the market leader in the fast-growing cockpit domain controller segment, has launched India’s first SmartCore cockpit domain controller powering the infotainment system and digital and hybrid instrument cluster variants on the recently launched Tata Harrier sport utility vehicle (SUV). Fri, 31 May 2019 12:39:49 +0100 YASA to supply electric motor for Ferrari SF90 Stradale YASA, the world’s leading manufacturer of axial-flux electric motors, announced that a YASA electric motor powers Ferrari’s first hybrid series production sports car, the SF90 Stradale. Fri, 31 May 2019 11:04:37 +0100 Ferrari unveils its latest series production model, the SF90 Stradale Ferrari has written a new chapter in its history with the introduction of its first series production PHEV, the SF90 Stradale. Fri, 31 May 2019 10:30:52 +0100 Seat names Carsten Isensee as the Executive Vice-President for Finance Carsten Isensee has been appointed new Executive Vice-President for Finance at Seat, and will begin his duties as a member of the Executive Committee of the company on June 1st 2019. He is taking over from Holger Kintscher, who will be serving as head of Finance and IT at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles from that date. Isensee has pursued his entire career in the Volkswagen Group and until now... Fri, 31 May 2019 08:58:29 +0100 Battery manufacturer BMZ opens new US headquarter The BMZ Group, leading manufacturer of lithium-ion battery systems in Europe, has opened the new headquarters of the American subsidiary BMZ USA on May 23, 2019 in Virginia Beach, VA. More than 100 local and international business partners joined BMZ USA to attend the grand opening ceremony, to tour the operations and to celebrate the significant step for the US battery market. Fri, 31 May 2019 08:41:59 +0100 The new 2020 Lexus RX breaks cover Lexus unveiled the new 2020 RX luxury SUV, revealing evolutionary changes to the brand's core model, which helped establish the luxury SUV segment when it was first introduced in 1998.The 2020 RX is scheduled to go on sale in late August 2019. The new RX is a testament to Lexus' ongoing commitment to maintain its status as a pioneer of the luxury SUV segment. Fri, 31 May 2019 07:14:49 +0100 Hyundai names Randy Parker as Vice President of National Sales, US Hyundai Motor America has named automotive industry veteran Randy Parker Vice President of National Sales. Parker will be responsible for all aspects of sales and distribution of Hyundai vehicles in the US, including sales strategies, fleet and certified pre-owned operations, dealer relations, market representation, and other related activities with the mission to grow Hyundai sales and market... Thu, 30 May 2019 18:13:16 +0100 Infiniti to move its global headquarters to Yokohama, Japan from Hong Kong Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. (IML) announced its strategic plan that will provide greater efficiencies and enhance collaboration with parent Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. as INFINITI electrifies its portfolio over the next three years. Thu, 30 May 2019 13:37:14 +0100 JLR develops new ‘Sensory steering wheel’ to reduce driver distraction A steering wheel developed by Jaguar Land Rover could help keep drivers’ eyes on the road – by using heat to tell drivers when to turn left or right. Thu, 30 May 2019 12:58:04 +0100 GEFCO UK to support five of Groupe PSA's Tier 1 suppliers at its Luton facility GEFCO UK has welcomed 41 experienced automotive employees to support a significant new customer project at its Luton site, as part of a move to help redeploy talented industry professionals impacted by recent redundancy. Thu, 30 May 2019 12:34:54 +0100 Audi joins SEMI to advance automotive electronics SEMI, the industry association serving the global electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, announced that Audi AG has become the first automotive OEM to join SEMI. Thu, 30 May 2019 12:24:58 +0100 BorgWarner supplying GenV AWD Coupling for BMW's compact SUVs Small sport utility vehicles (SUVs) enjoy growing popularity. In the compact SUV segment, BorgWarner is strengthening its presence by supplying one long-term partner with its GenV all-wheel drive (AWD) coupling. Thu, 30 May 2019 11:58:47 +0100 UK car manufacturing sees a steep fall in April British car manufacturing output plummeted by almost half in April, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 70,971 cars rolled off production lines in the month, down 44.5% year on year as factory shutdowns, rescheduled to mitigate against the expected uncertainty of a 29 March Brexit, took effect in many plants across the UK. Thu, 30 May 2019 11:43:54 +0100 Toyota to set up new facility in Myanmar Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has decided to establish Toyota Myanmar Co., Ltd., (TMY) as its first vehicle production company in Myanmar where it will locally produce the Hilux from February 2021. Thu, 30 May 2019 07:34:33 +0100 McLaren's Ken Smart chosen as the new Chair of Composites Leadership Forum Ken Smart, Executive Director of Business Strategy for British sportscar and supercar company McLaren Automotive, has been announced as the new Chair of the Composites Leadership Forum (CLF). Thu, 30 May 2019 07:22:23 +0100 Volvo Cars and Varjo introduce mixed reality applications for car development Volvo Cars and Varjo, the Finnish maker of high-end augmented-reality headsets, have created a world-first mixed-reality approach to evaluating prototypes, designs and active safety technologies. Wed, 29 May 2019 15:05:23 +0100 Rhenus and E-Dentic develop innovative loading solution The Rhenus Group, working with the French start-up company, E-Dentic, has developed a solution at its logistics centre in Rade near Hamburg to make the loading procedure safe and transparent by means of Bluetooth devices and video cameras. This ensures 100% shipping quality and prevents any human errors. Wed, 29 May 2019 14:38:30 +0100 Schuler to supply servo press line for the MINI Swindon facility In 2009, Schuler's first servo press line went into operation at BMW in Leipzig and the supplier is now supplying another servo press line to the MINI plant, which will form body parts for the small car at the production site in Swindon in the South of England. Tue, 28 May 2019 12:49:18 +0100 MOSOLF plans New Silk Road route for finished vehicles As presented by Dr. Jörg Mosolf, Chairman of the Board, Mosolf Group (pictured fourth from right) at the recent event, the Group is planning to set up sustainable railway services along the New Silk Road between Europe and China, aiming to transport finished vehicles via the rail link between Lodz in Poland and the Chinese city of Chengdu. Tue, 28 May 2019 11:06:47 +0100 BMW unveils the refreshed entry level compact car, the 1 Series The launch of the third generation of the successful premium compact model, the all-new BMW 1 Series, heralds the dawn of a new era. The new vehicle features BMW's new front-wheel-drive architecture and a significant increase in interior space. Tue, 28 May 2019 09:49:47 +0100 RZD Logistics and FESCO launch transit service to deliver goods from Japan to Europe through Russia RZD Logistics JSC and FESCO Transport Group have launched joint transit service, the Trans-Siberian Landbridge, for an accelerated delivery of goods from Japan to Europe through Russia’s Far East via the Trans-Siberian Railway. The shipment of the test container took place on the 23rd of May at the port of Yokohama in the presence of First Deputy General Director of Russian Railways JSC,... Tue, 28 May 2019 09:31:53 +0100 Nuance powers Geely’s GKUI platform Nuance Communications, Inc. announced that its automotive platform provides AI-powered voice recognition for select car models from Geely, China’s fastest-growing automotive manufacturer, in its GKUI smart ecosystem powered by ECARX, a technology company under Geely Group. GKUI is Geely’s innovative digital cockpit system, integrating infotainment, connectivity, and vehicle management into one... Tue, 28 May 2019 07:06:47 +0100 voestalpine opens steel research facility in Donawitz Ongoing steel development provides the basis for new concepts in mobility, energy, and infrastructure. At its unique pilot facility in Leoben-Donawitz, Austria, voestalpine is now conducting research into the production of new high-performance steels which are subsequently processed into special rails, quality rod wire, and extremely high-resistant OCTG by the Group’s companies in Styria. Tue, 28 May 2019 06:26:04 +0100 Knorr-Bremse to cease production of steering systems at its Wülfrath facility by 2020 The Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG decided to discontinue production of steering systems by Knorr-Bremse SteeringSystems GmbH at the Wülfrath site by 2020. Mon, 27 May 2019 16:24:30 +0100 BMW undertakes its first Remote Software Upgrade BMW Group customers can now ensure their vehicle software in all BMW’s with Operating System 7.0 is updated at all times with Remote Software Upgrade. Available with immediate effect, this feature keeps the vehicle fresh and is as easy as updating a smartphone. Mon, 27 May 2019 16:07:48 +0100 Seat advances its efforts for smoother entry into the Chinese market Seat is advancing its strategy to begin operations in China. A delegation from the Chinese government visited the Seat headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona) to meet with the JAC Volkswagen joint venture partners (Seat, Volkswagen Group China and JAC). Mon, 27 May 2019 15:55:29 +0100 YKTA to build new facility in the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing site in Alabama Auto supplier Y-tec Keylex Toyotetsu Alabama (YKTA) announced the company’s plans to invest $220 million to open a manufacturing facility that will create 650 jobs. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Huntsville facility was attended by Governor Kay Ivey and executives from the company. Mon, 27 May 2019 15:36:38 +0100 FCA proposes merger with Groupe Renault Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. has delivered a non-binding letter to the Board of Groupe Renault proposing a combination of their respective businesses as a 50/50 merger. Renault’s Board of Directors are meeting to examine the proposal received from FCA regarding the potential merger. Mon, 27 May 2019 13:14:43 +0100 Daimler Trucks opens new cabin manufacturing facility in Russia Opening a brand new truck cabin production facility in Naberezhnye Chelny, Daimler Trucks and Kamaz have reached a new level in their technology partnership for the Russian market. Daimler Kamaz RUS (DK RUS)is the Joint Venture between Daimler Trucks and its Russian partner Kamaz. Mon, 27 May 2019 10:27:12 +0100 Mahle develops new oil management module for EVs To meet the growing demands regarding oil management in electric vehicles with an oil-cooled powertrain, Mahle has developed a new oil management module. The unit comprises a filter, electric oil pumps, and a thermostat. The Mahle oil management module enables vehicle manufacturers to deal with the increasing requirements associated with the development of high-performance electric drives. Fri, 24 May 2019 15:36:05 +0100 Production of the new A-Class Sedan begins at Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt The five millionth Mercedes-Benz compact vehicle "Made in Rastatt" since production of the first A-Class began back in 1997 has rolled off the production line at Mercedes-Benz's Rastatt plant. This marks a historic production milestone for the A- and B-Class and the GLA at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt. Fri, 24 May 2019 12:33:48 +0100 Škoda ushers in the electric era with new sub-brand 'iV' Škoda is entering the era of electromobility by launching its new iV sub‑brand. Škoda iV covers both the development of the brand’s own family of electrified products as well as a special ecosystem for mobility solutions. Thu, 23 May 2019 23:11:10 +0100 Vauxhall reveals the much awaited electric Corsa Vauxhall has released first images of the all-new Corsa-e, one of the most hotly-anticipated new cars to go on sale in 2019. As part of the PACE! strategic plan, Vauxhall’s Corsa-e and Grandland X PHEV will lead the British brand’s electric charge this year. Thu, 23 May 2019 22:41:02 +0100 Yanfeng collaborates with Prisma to bring plant-based material to vehicle interiors Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) and Prisma Renewable Composites announced that the companies have entered into an agreement giving YFAI exclusive use of Prisma’s lignin-based material in the development of automotive interiors. Thu, 23 May 2019 21:44:38 +0100 Škoda launches the PHEV version of its flagship sedan, the Superb iV The Superb iV, Škoda’s first production model to be fitted with plug‑in hybrid drive, will be powered by a 1.4 TSI petrol engine and an electric motor delivering a combined power output of 160 kW (218 PS). Thu, 23 May 2019 21:33:09 +0100 AGC develops flexible Antenna Design Technology for Millimetre Wave AGC, a leading manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials, has succeeded in developing flexible antenna design technology for millimetre wave that realises ultra-low transmission loss. Thu, 23 May 2019 20:12:25 +0100 Hanon Systems opens new facility in Chongqing, China Global automotive supplier Hanon Systems announced the formal opening of Chongqing Hanon Jianshe Automotive Thermal Systems Co., Ltd. Thu, 23 May 2019 19:59:37 +0100 Škoda unveils the CITIGOe iV, an all electric city speedster By launching the Škoda CITIGOe iV, the Czech car manufacturer is embarking on a new era – 124 years after it was founded. As the first Škoda production vehicle, the four-seater city car is powered exclusively by a 61‑kW electric motor. Thu, 23 May 2019 16:17:41 +0100 Kuehne + Nagel equips new fleet vehicles with turning assistants Kuehne + Nagel is optimising its overland transport fleet within the scope of an initiative to increase road safety and reduce exhaust emissions. Thu, 23 May 2019 16:03:26 +0100 Daimler shareholders approve new Group structure of Daimler AG The shareholders of Daimler AG voted to reorganise the Daimler Group by a large majority at the Annual Meeting in Berlin. This clears the way for the Group to place its car and van business as well as its truck and bus business into two legally independent entities by way of a spin-off. This project, called PROJECT FUTURE, will take effect when the hive-down is entered in the commercial... Thu, 23 May 2019 11:01:19 +0100 ams, Ibeo and ZF partner to further develop solid-state LiDAR systems ams, a supplier of high performance sensor solutions, announced that it has signed an agreement to team with Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH, the German specialist for automotive LiDAR sensor technology, and ZF Friedrichshafen AG, one of the leading technology companies for mobility worldwide to advance solid-state LiDAR technology for use in autonomous driving and other applications. The three... Thu, 23 May 2019 09:30:53 +0100 Continental opens Competence Centre for 3D Printing in Karben, Germany Continental has opened the company-wide competence centre for 3D printing at its electronics plant in Karben. Under the leadership of its own development and production service provider, Continental Engineering Services, the technology company combines years of expertise to implement this technology for production across all divisions. Thu, 23 May 2019 09:29:43 +0100 WW Solutions opens new equipment processing centre (EPC) in Melbourne Equipment manufacturers in Australia are set to enjoy improved speed to market and greater visibility of parts inventory thanks to the opening of WW Solutions’ new dedicated technical services facility in Melbourne. Wed, 22 May 2019 22:25:47 +0100 Euro NCAP releases safety ratings for seven new vehicles Euro NCAP published the safety ratings of seven new vehicles, among which three have made their first appearance this year: Audi’s first fully electric model, the e-tron, Volkswagen T-Roc’s smaller brother the T-Cross and the hybrid Lexus UX. Euro NCAP also released the results of the new Mazda 3, the Renault Clio V, and the latest Toyota Corolla and RAV4. All seven cars achieved the maximum... Wed, 22 May 2019 22:10:13 +0100 The BMW X5 M50i and BMW X7 M50i break cover The two new top models in the BMW X family exude a supreme presence with a corresponding performance. Their concentrated power is generated by the new 8-cylinder petrol engine – based on BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with a maximum output of 390 kW/530 hp – built into both the BMW X5 M50i and the BMW X7 M50i models. Wed, 22 May 2019 21:38:52 +0100 Erwin Doll steps down as the Vice-Chairman of the Röchling Group Erwin Doll, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Board of the Röchling Group and responsible for the Automotive division, is leaving the company with immediate effect due to strategic differences regarding the future direction of the division. Wed, 22 May 2019 21:23:04 +0100 Varroc opens new manufacturing hall at its Czech facility Varroc Lighting Systems, one of the world leaders in the field of exterior lighting systems production for the automotive industry, celebrated the opening of a new hall for manufacturing rear lamps and fog lamps. Wed, 22 May 2019 19:53:01 +0100 Ford deploys self-driving robots at its European facility Ford is using a self-driving robot to deliver parts directly to where they are needed at its facility in Europe. Wed, 22 May 2019 19:29:50 +0100 Ingrid Jägering to take over as CFO of Leoni The Supervisory Board of Leoni AG has appointed Ingrid Jägering (52) as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She will be joining the Board of Directors alongside CEO Aldo Kamper, Bruno Fankhauser and Martin Stüttem. Ingrid Jägering will take office at the latest on 1 October 2019. There are currently negotiations about her taking office at an earlier point in time. Wed, 22 May 2019 15:45:14 +0100 ACEA reacts to Trump's statement on auto imports to the US Reacting to the declaration by the US President on the imports of cars and parts into the United States, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has re-iterated its opposition to any trade-restrictive measures that are incompatible with WTO rules. Wed, 22 May 2019 11:07:12 +0100 Nissan announces strengthened corporate governance structure Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.’s board of directors resolved to strengthen corporate governance by transitioning from a company with statutory auditors to a company with three statutory committees (nomination, compensation and audit). Wed, 22 May 2019 10:21:48 +0100 Toyota to introduce Autopilot driverless vehicles to its Australian warehouse in 2020 Toyota Australia together with Toyota Material Handling Australia and Toyota Fleet Management will be introducing a fleet of autonomous Autopilot vehicles in to its Altona warehouse from its operation start in 2020. Wed, 22 May 2019 09:55:43 +0100 GM Canada to make an investment of C$170 million in its Oshawa plant General Motors Canada and Unifor, Canada’s largest union in the private sector, announced that they have reached a “Transformation Agreement” that will transition the GM Oshawa Assembly operations to parts manufacturing and advanced vehicle testing. Tue, 21 May 2019 21:35:24 +0100 New Actros rolls off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant At the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant, the sapphire-blue Actros 1851 LS 4x2 was the first customer vehicle to roll off the production line. Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Gerald Jank, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Operations, and Dr Matthias Jurytko, Head of Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant, accompanied the series production start of the Mercedes-Benz flagship truck together with the... Tue, 21 May 2019 21:01:02 +0100 Volkswagen now offers a powerful V8 diesel option for the Touareg The most powerful Volkswagen in the current model range is now available to order: the Touareg V8 TDI. At 310 kW / 421 PS, it’s one of the most powerful SUVs with a diesel engine in Germany. Tue, 21 May 2019 16:36:14 +0100 Micro-Epsilon launches inline and robot-mounted 3D inspection system Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has launched a 3D non-contact surface inspection system for defect detection and for inspecting the aesthetic appearance of non-reflecting (matt, unpainted, plastic and bare metal) surfaces. The turnkey system enables fast, reliable 100% surface inspection and can be integrated directly into processing/assembly lines or on robots. Tue, 21 May 2019 15:22:56 +0100 Hyundai opens new cylinder head machining plant Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and other elected officials joined Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA), in a celebration of the grand opening of HMMA’s cylinder head machining plant. Tue, 21 May 2019 15:06:49 +0100 Constellium to supply aluminium body sheets for Groupe PSA's vans Constellium N.V. announced that it is the supplier of aluminium Auto Body Sheet for the hood of Groupe PSA’s New Peugeot Partner and New Citroën Berlingo Van, International Vans of the Year 2019, as well as the new Peugeot Rifter. Tue, 21 May 2019 14:01:47 +0100 Audi launches the Q5 55 TFSI e quattro PHEV Audi is proceeding full-steam ahead with its electrification offensive. The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro with 270 kW (367 hp) system output is the first of the new plug-in models from Audi. Tue, 21 May 2019 12:17:28 +0100 BASF launches ultra-thin films made of Ultrason for automotive applications Films can now be made as thin as 5 microns without compromising performance and strength, thanks to polyarylsulfone Ultrason from BASF. Mon, 20 May 2019 23:42:16 +0100 Borealis opens its new polypropylene compounding plant in Taylorsville, North Carolina Borealis, a provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins and base chemicals, along with customers and local guests, celebrated the opening of its new polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Taylorsville, US. Mon, 20 May 2019 23:33:43 +0100 Imperial Logistics to manage Volkswagen Group's packaging centre in Germany Imperial Logistics has formally opened the new Volkswagen Group packaging centre which it is managing and operating at JadeWeserPort, Wilhelmshaven (Germany). The 40,000 square metre facility took 9 months to complete. Mon, 20 May 2019 22:48:54 +0100 GM debuts its Digital Vehicle Platform General Motors President Mark Reuss debuted the company’s all-new electronic platform necessary for its next-generation of vehicles, EVs, active safety, infotainment and connectivity features, and the evolution of the Super Cruise driver assistance feature. These and many other advancements are central to GM’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. Mon, 20 May 2019 22:05:54 +0100 Hitachi to supply EV Inverter for the Audi e-tron Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. announced that its electric vehicle (EV) inverter has been adopted by Audi for its first mass production EV, the e-tron, which went on sale in Europe from March of this year. Mon, 20 May 2019 21:23:30 +0100 Mercedes-Benz to unveil Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 2019 at ESV convention With the new Experimental Safety Vehicle ESF 2019, Mercedes-Benz is giving an insight into the ideas that the company's safety experts are researching and working on. Among the one dozen or so innovations, some are near-series developments and some look well into the future. Mon, 20 May 2019 19:39:14 +0100 William McKnight to be the new Chairman of Georgia Ports The Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority elected William D. McKnight as Chairman. McKnight, who has served as Vice Chairman since 2018, will assume his new responsibilities July 1. Mon, 20 May 2019 18:16:58 +0100 Ficosa plant in Cookeville, Tennessee receives Ford's Q1 recognition Ficosa, a top-tier global provider devoted to the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of vision, safety, connectivity and efficiency systems for the automotive and mobility sectors, has been awarded with the Ford Q1 distinction. The Ficosa plant in Cookeville, Tennessee, has been recognised by Ford for its high-quality products and capacity for continuous improvement. Mon, 20 May 2019 14:35:26 +0100 Cree selected for the Volkswagen Group's FAST Programme Cree, Inc., the global leader in silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductors, has been selected as the exclusive silicon carbide partner for the Volkswagen Group’s “Future Automotive Supply Tracks” Initiative (FAST). The aim of FAST is to work together to implement technical innovations quicker than before and to realise global vehicle projects even more efficiently and effectively. Mon, 20 May 2019 13:08:49 +0100 Grupo Antolin opens new Manufacturing and Technical Centre in Bamberg, Germany Grupo Antolin, one of the world’s largest vehicle interior manufacturers, has opened its new facilities in Bamberg (Germany) for its lighting business. Mon, 20 May 2019 12:48:52 +0100 Tesla completes the acquisition of Maxwell Technologies Tesla, Inc. announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Maxwell Technologies, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of energy solutions. Mon, 20 May 2019 09:14:20 +0100 GM honours its suppliers at its 27th Annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony General Motors recognised 133 of its best suppliers from around the globe during its 27th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony in Warren, Michigan. More than half of the suppliers are repeat winners from 2018. Sun, 19 May 2019 16:56:44 +0100 Mercedes-Benz Cars announces personnel changes Mercedes-Benz Cars has appointed new sales management in China, USA and Russia. Fri, 17 May 2019 13:58:10 +0100 Geely opens R&D centre in Germany Geely Auto Group, China’s leading privately-owned automotive company, has formally opened a new research and development facility at Raunheim, Germany, to accelerate innovation in new propulsion systems and next-generation mobility technology. Fri, 17 May 2019 11:07:59 +0100 Audi launches the new A4 along with a MHEV engine option After four years in the making, Audi has made is successful midsize model, the A4, even tauter and sportier. Its exterior is integrated into the brand’s new design language; the large MMI touch display offers the kind of operating experience customers will be familiar with from their smartphone. Fri, 17 May 2019 10:07:03 +0100 Millbrook to showcase new breakthroughs in testing EVs at Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2019 Millbrook will showcase its latest developments in testing and validating the next generation of electrified powertrains at this year’s Automotive Testing Expo Europe in Stuttgart, Germany. Millbrook will be showcasing its facilities in the UK and US, which help automotive engineers to test the performance and durability of electric and hybrid powertrains. Fri, 17 May 2019 09:22:40 +0100 Silicon Mobility and Valeo complete their “GMG-EHL” common project on mild-hybrid EVs Silicon Mobility, a technology player powering control solutions for a cleaner, safer and smarter mobility, announced the success of the GMG-EHL project executed with the support of Valeo on automotive powertrain electrification. Thu, 16 May 2019 21:31:56 +0100 A.P. Moller – Maersk to accelerate growth in Logistics & Services through further integration APM Terminals Inland Services will be integrated into Maersk Logistics & Services from 1 August 2019, providing customers with seamless access to a wider range of logistics & services offerings. This is a next step for A.P. Moller - Maersk in the implementation of their strategy to offer end-to-end solutions to customers. Thu, 16 May 2019 20:47:48 +0100 Six start-ups join Volkswagen’s Incubator programme Six new start-ups have been decided on for the founders programme in the Future Mobility Incubator at the Gläserne Manufaktur in Dresden. The winners of the final pitch were the following start-ups: AVILOO from Vienna, Kopernikus from Berlin, NAVENTIK from Chemnitz, Visualix from Berlin, home-IX UG from Stuttgart and LiGenium from Chemnitz. Thu, 16 May 2019 20:45:23 +0100 Nissan's new Skyline to come loaded with next-gen driver assistance system Nissan unveiled a world first in driver assistance technology, combining navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities. Thu, 16 May 2019 19:24:41 +0100 Seat plans to achieve a 60% reduction in production waste by 2025 Seat has announced that it is focussing its environmental improvement actions this year on reducing waste. Over the past 8 years, Seat has managed to generate 34% less waste in its facilities, and in the next few months is going to implement measures designed to reduce production waste by up to 60% in the next six years. Thu, 16 May 2019 17:33:12 +0100 BMW lays down its near term electrification plan The BMW Group, a pioneer in electromobility, is rapidly expanding its range of electrified vehicles. Within two years, the company will offer five fully-electric series-production vehicles: Alongside the BMW i3, with more than 150,000 units built to date, this year will see the start of production of the fully electric Mini at Plant Oxford (UK). This will be followed in 2020 by the... Thu, 16 May 2019 15:00:28 +0100 Borg-Warner launches new Onboard Battery Charger BorgWarner has introduced its state-of-the-art Onboard Battery Charger (OBC), adding to the company's impressive portfolio of technologies for plug-in hybrid and pure-electric vehicles. This technology uses pioneering silicon carbide technology and is best in class for power density, power conversion efficiency and safety compliance. Thu, 16 May 2019 13:29:16 +0100 William J. "Bill" Shea, Jr. to receive 2019 Connie Award in Long Beach, California William J. "Bill" Shea, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Direct ChassisLink Inc. (DCLI), will receive the 2019 Connie Award presented by the Containerization and Intermodal Institute on September 17. The industry-wide event to honour Mr. Shea will be held in Long Beach, California. Thu, 16 May 2019 13:09:29 +0100 Hyundai develops new air purification system Hyundai Motor Group developed an intelligent ‘Smart Air Purification system’ that monitors interior air quality to automatically filter the air inside a car. The innovation builds on the Group’s prior work to enhance in-car air quality by introducing a new automated monitoring system, which continually checks interior air quality until it achieves an ‘Excellent’ status. Thu, 16 May 2019 12:41:39 +0100 McLaren unveils its new Grand Tourer, the McLaren GT McLaren Automotive revealed its unique interpretation of a modern Grand Tourer: the new McLaren GT. Sleek, elegant and muscular, the superlight new GT challenges the conventions of the Grand Tourer category with a compelling blend of beautiful design, high-quality innovative materials, true supercar performance and McLaren driving dynamics and engagement. Thu, 16 May 2019 10:01:39 +0100 Continental develops intelligent surface materials for enhanced comfort and safety Through the ongoing development of its smart surface materials, Continental is not only contributing to increased road safety, but also enhancing driver comfort. Thu, 16 May 2019 09:59:14 +0100 Hankuk Carbon opens its first European office at MIRA Technology Park Hankuk Carbon, a pioneer and leader in the Korean composite material manufacturing industry, has opened its first European office at MIRA Technology Park; one of the UK’s leading Enterprise Zones. Thu, 16 May 2019 09:53:50 +0100 Schaeffler expands its aftermarket Clutch Repair portfolio for Asian vehicles Schaeffler's Automotive Aftermarket division has significantly expanded its portfolio for clutch repair of Asian vehicles. Under its LuK brand, Schaeffler now offers more than 450 articles – from individual parts like dual-mass flywheels and concentric slave cylinders, all the way to intelligently conceived repair solutions. This translates into market-leading coverage of the European car... Wed, 15 May 2019 21:17:32 +0100 Hyundai launches the new 2020 Elantra with enhanced fuel efficiency and safety The 2020 Hyundai Elantra, with a new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), improved fuel economy and standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), once again is the standard in the compact sedan segment has been launches the US. Pricing throughout the lineup delivers consumers a compelling choice, starting at $18,950 for the Elantra SE. The 2020 Elantra arrives in dealer showrooms this... Wed, 15 May 2019 18:24:32 +0100 Delphi launches 500+ bar GDi system to help cut particulate emission by up to 50% Delphi Technologies will reveal a new 500+ bar GDi system that can reduce particulate emissions by up to 50% compared to state-of-the-art 350 bar system without expensive engine design modifications at the 2019 Vienna Motor Symposium. Reducing the number of exhaust gas particulates, including those smaller than 23 nm, will help manufacturers meet increasingly stringent future global emissions... Wed, 15 May 2019 16:25:08 +0100 Toyoda Gosei invests in Imuzak, a start-up specialising in optics Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has invested in Imuzak Inc., a start-up located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, with strengths in optical design and assessment, to accelerate its development of interior and exterior modules for the age of autonomous driving. Wed, 15 May 2019 16:12:00 +0100 MG Motor unveils the all new Hector SUV in India MG (Morris Garages) Motor unveiled the Hector, India's first internet car with 50+ connected features. As India's first 48V hybrid SUV, the MG Hector comes with 19 exclusive features that make it the new benchmark in its segment. Wed, 15 May 2019 13:56:29 +0100 Hella announces changes to its Management Board The Shareholder Committee of Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA has made important personnel decisions at the management board level of the company. Wed, 15 May 2019 11:17:49 +0100 Volvo Car Group signs battery supply agreement with CATL and LG Chem Volvo Car Group has signed long-term agreements with leading battery makers CATL and LG Chem to ensure the multi-billion dollar supply of lithium ion batteries over the coming decade for next-generation Volvo and Polestar models. Wed, 15 May 2019 10:02:59 +0100 DB Schenker, MAN Truck & Bus and Fresenius University of Applied Sciences successfully complete platooning pilot project Operating electronically linked trucks on German motorways is safe, technically reliable and easily applicable in the routine of a logistics company. These are the key results of the world's first field test with truck platoons in real logistics operations, which the project partners presented in Berlin. Wed, 15 May 2019 09:39:26 +0100 Elaphe begins low volume serial production of its In-Wheel Hub Motor At the Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, Elaphe Propulsion Technologies announced that they will begin low-volume series manufacturing of the world’s highest performance direct drive, gearless in-wheel powertrain system, called the L1500. Tue, 14 May 2019 21:12:02 +0100 Infineon to supply power modules that control the electric drives in Volkswagen's EVs Infineon Technologies AG is a new partner in the Volkswagen Group’s strategic supplier network FAST (Future Automotive Supply Tracks). This program stands for close cooperation in key future fields. Tue, 14 May 2019 19:44:44 +0100 smart bids farewell to combustion engines with limited special edition, The final #21 In 2020 smart will become the first automotive manufacturer in the world to have uncompromisingly switched its entire portfolio over from combustion engines to electric drives. Before smart goes all-electric next year, the brand is presenting an exclusive and strictly limited special edition of the final #21 combustion-engine vehicles - designed by Konstantin Grcic and for the most ardent... Tue, 14 May 2019 19:19:37 +0100 Schaeffler's innovative steering systems for electric mobility helps manoeuvre the “OmniSteer” project For automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler, electric mobility is one of the most important innovative driving forces for the future. Against this background of increasing vehicle electrification and automation, Schaeffler has been working with several project partners to develop concepts and prototypes for new steering systems in urban applications. After three years, the “OmniSteer”... Tue, 14 May 2019 18:52:24 +0100 Kia reveals sketches of its upcoming compact SUV Kia Motors has revealed the first image of its new small SUV. Due to be revealed fully in the summer, the new vehicle possesses the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV in a compact package. Tue, 14 May 2019 18:40:38 +0100 Calsonic Kansei and Magneti Marelli to unite operations under the brand name 'Marelli' Leading automotive suppliers Calsonic Kansei and Magneti Marelli announced that the company will unite under one worldwide brand – Marelli. The move to a single brand name is an important step in the integration of the two companies and positions Marelli to compete even more effectively on a global scale. Tue, 14 May 2019 11:09:05 +0100 Vinturas uses IBM's blockchain technology to provide end-to-end supply chain visibility Vinturas, a consortium of leading Automotive logistics service providers in Europe, announced that it will operate a digital, blockchain based platform, to provide end-to-end visibility in the supply chain of finished vehicles. Tue, 14 May 2019 10:59:59 +0100 Hyundai invests €80 million in high performance EV maker Rimac Automobili Hyundai Motor Group and Rimac Automobili (Rimac) have announced a strategic partnership aimed to strengthen the Group’s efforts to lead the high-performance electrified vehicle market and enhance its status as a game changer in Clean Mobility. Tue, 14 May 2019 09:10:55 +0100 Škoda to introduce new lighting technology in the revised Superb Škoda’s updated flagship model, the Superb, will be the brand’s first production model to feature innovative full LED Matrix headlights. The revised model will boast even more safety and greater comfort. Tue, 14 May 2019 08:29:49 +0100 Toyota to supply Fuel Cell components to Chinese commercial vehicle manufactures To promote the popularity of Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles (FCVs) in China, Toyota Motor Corporation will supply hydrogen fuel cell (FC) components to commercial vehicle manufacturers in China. Tue, 14 May 2019 08:23:48 +0100 Mercedes-Benz Cars aims for electrified vehicles to make up half of its sales by 2030 Daimler AG is pushing ahead with the transformation to emission-free mobility. Sustainability is one of the key elements of Daimler’s corporate strategy and at the same time a benchmark for corporate success. The future Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Ola Källenius, who is currently still responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development as a member of the... Mon, 13 May 2019 23:14:45 +0100 Farasis to set up battery factory in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany Leading battery manufacturer Farasis Energy Inc. announced its intent to set up a battery cell, module and pack production facility in Bitterfeld-Wolfen in the administrative district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld in the coming years. Mon, 13 May 2019 22:58:55 +0100 Volkswagen Group announces important decisions for the future The Supervisory Board and Board of Management of Volkswagen AG took important decisions for the future of the Volkswagen Group. Mon, 13 May 2019 21:32:40 +0100 Honda finalises closure of its plant in Swindon After around three months of consultation with Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Honda announced that it failed find a viable alternative which could prevent the closure of its plant in Swindon. Around 3,500 employees currently work at this plant in South West England. Mon, 13 May 2019 21:06:25 +0100 ZF acquires Occupant Recognition software specialist ZF plans to expand its network of cooperations and investments by acquiring 90% of the shares in Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH. The company and its 35 employees have decades of experience in image-based 3D systems for the recording and analysis of human movement. This knowledge is highly valuable in the development of systems for occupant recognition. These systems are a fundamental element... Mon, 13 May 2019 16:29:05 +0100 Vauxhall launches the Grandland X AWD PHEV Vauxhall is continuing its journey towards electrification with the new Grandland X all-wheel drive (AWD) plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Mon, 13 May 2019 15:23:48 +0100 McLaren produces its 20,000th car in Woking McLaren Automotive, the luxury British sportscar and supercar company, has celebrated the 20,000th car to be hand-assembled at its McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking, Surrey. Mon, 13 May 2019 14:41:29 +0100 FEV opens new mobility centre in Pune, India The globally renowned engineering service provider, FEV, expanded its location in India and inaugurated a new mobility centre. More than 150 guests from business and politics attended the opening ceremony. Mon, 13 May 2019 13:40:57 +0100 Autoneum launches ultra-silent textile battery undercovers Autoneum is extending its product portfolio with textile battery undercovers made of Ultra-Silent that optimally meet the specific requirements for acoustic and thermal management of electric vehicles. Mon, 13 May 2019 13:18:56 +0100 Dachser launches automotive competence centre in the US Continuing its commitment to developing automotive sector logistics solutions, Dachser USA recently introduced the automotive competence centre in Atlanta, which provides dedicated customer service teams that are trained to address the complex logistics associated with the automotive market. In February 2019, Dachser introduced this initiative to the US market after a successful launch in Mexico. Fri, 10 May 2019 12:49:01 +0100 OmniVision launches Dual-Mode Image Sensor for Driver State Monitoring and Viewing applications OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, announced the OV2312 automotive image sensor, which enables multiple functions in one camera. This multi-functional approach reduces total system cost, space and power budget for driver state monitoring (DSM) and viewing applications like video conferencing. Fri, 10 May 2019 11:19:08 +0100 Groupe Cat's internal training school holds its first graduation ceremony The first official graduation ceremony of CAT Academy, the Groupe CAT training school, was held honouring the very first 7 CAT Academy graduates, in the presence of Mr Alejandro Forbes, CEO, Groupe CAT. Fri, 10 May 2019 11:07:00 +0100 Eberspaecher to open exhaust plant in Mexico The Eberspaecher Group of Companies is investing in a component plant for exhaust technology in Mexico. The new building in Saltillo will house manufacturing facilities for existing and future contracts in the NAFTA market. Thu, 09 May 2019 22:15:34 +0100 Volkswagen builds 200 pre-production vehicles of the ID.3 Conversion of the vehicle factory in Zwickau to the largest production site for electric mobility in Europe is right on schedule. The members of Volkswagen’s Group and Brand Boards of Management, as well as the Group Works Council, were able to see that for themselves at the site symposium for all three locations in Saxony held at Zwickau. Thu, 09 May 2019 18:39:21 +0100 Sumitomo Rubber Industries to supply Dunlop tyres as OE for the Toyota RAV4 and the Lexus LS Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. announced that it will be supplying the high-performance Dunlop Grandtrek PT20 tyres to Toyota Motor Corporation for use as factory standard tyres on their new model RAV4 for the North American market, which went on sale in Dec, 2018. The company has also started supplying Dunlop "SP Sport Maxx 050 DSST CTT" runflat tyres for the Japanese model of the... Thu, 09 May 2019 12:49:43 +0100 Hyundai streamlines integration with Google Assistant To make it easier than ever to control a Hyundai vehicle remotely through the Google Assistant, Google previewed enhanced remote vehicle controls with Hyundai’s Blue Link at Google I/O. Thu, 09 May 2019 12:32:18 +0100 Seat ups its electric offensive at the Automobile Barcelona Seat celebrated its 69 years of history by participating this year in the 100th edition of the Automobile Barcelona, where it rolled out its vision of electric mobility with its two new concept cars – the first ever fully electric Seat el-Born and the Seat Minimó, a forward-looking approach that aims to become the companion of cities and revolutionise urban mobility. Moreover, Cupra is also... Thu, 09 May 2019 12:01:21 +0100 Kia’s Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid receives an update Following its unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, the upgraded Kia Niro is now on sale in the UK with prices starting at £24,590 ($32,213). A number of improvements have been made to Kia’s best-selling electrified crossover range of ultra-low emission vehicles. Thu, 09 May 2019 10:47:28 +0100 Groupe PSA to produce large vans by end of 2021 in Gliwice, Poland Groupe PSA is pinning the success of its light commercial vehicle (LCV) strategy on creating additional manufacturing capacities. To achieve this, Opel/Vauxhall LCV models on Groupe PSA platforms will be converged to increase efficiency. The automaker is planning to adapt its Gliwice facility to produce LCVs. Thu, 09 May 2019 10:32:44 +0100 Chilean Mercedes-Benz importer Kaufmann uses INFORM's SyncroTESS to optimise vehicle logistics With SyncroTESS from INFORM for Vehicle Logistics, the Chilean vehicle importer Kaufmann plans and optimises all processes from the import of a commercial vehicle chassis, multi-stage upfitting in cooperation with service providers, to the finished vehicle. The system simultaneously controls and optimises all incoming, outgoing, and service processes on a new yard. Thu, 09 May 2019 10:11:21 +0100 Inteva completes sale of its Roof Systems Business Inteva Products, a global Tier 1 automotive supplier of engineered components and systems, announced that is has completed the sale of its Roof Systems product line to CIE Automotive. Wed, 08 May 2019 23:26:47 +0100 Toyotetsu implements Plex Systems' smart Manufacturing Enterprise Plex Systems, a leader in cloud ERP and MES for manufacturing, announced Toyotetsu America, Inc. (TTAI) is now running two facilities in North America on the Plex Manufacturing Cloud. An additional six facilities will go live by 2020 in the US, Canada and Mexico, with Plex forming the foundation of the company's smart manufacturing strategy. Wed, 08 May 2019 22:10:37 +0100 Schaeffler acquires electronics and software solutions provider XTRONIC Schaeffler AG, acting via its subsidiary Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, signed a purchase agreement for the acquisition of XTRONIC GmbH. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The takeover of the Böblingen, Germany-based company is expected to be completed in June 2019, once all closing conditions have been met. Wed, 08 May 2019 21:52:36 +0100 GM to create more than 450 jobs in Ohio General Motors Co. announced that it is creating more than 450 manufacturing jobs in three Ohio cities. GM also said it is in discussions with an Ohio-based company that could bring significant production and electric vehicle assembly jobs to the Lordstown Complex. Wed, 08 May 2019 20:48:49 +0100 Volkswage names the first member of the all-electric ID. family Months before its official world premiere at the IAA international motor show, Volkswagen officially announced the name of the first model of the new ID. family. It will be called ID.3. Wed, 08 May 2019 13:24:12 +0100 Audi A4 completes 25 years in production Audi is celebrating a major production anniversary in the premium mid size segment: 25 years ago, the first Audi A4 drove off the assembly line in Ingolstadt. Since then, the brand with the Four Rings has produced more than 7.5 million units of the model. Wed, 08 May 2019 11:55:42 +0100 DSV opens new logistics centre in Istanbul, Turkey In April, DSV in Turkey moved into a new logistics facility in Istanbul, which consolidates all warehouse operations in the area; a total of 45,000 square metres for open and closed warehousing including 2,000 square metres offices. Wed, 08 May 2019 11:15:04 +0100 Polestar opens new R&D facility in the UK Polestar has significantly expanded its research and development capacity with the establishment of a new R&D centre in the United Kingdom. Situated in Coventry, England, the new facility will allow Polestar to increase its own R&D capabilities, and further strengthens the brand’s ability to engineer its future electric performance vehicles. Wed, 08 May 2019 10:00:35 +0100 Lotus names Geoff Dowding as Global Sales and Aftersales Director Lotus announced the appointment of Geoff Dowding as Global Sales and Aftersales Director, reporting to Lotus Cars CEO, Phil Popham. Wed, 08 May 2019 09:54:58 +0100 Hyundai Mobis accelerates ‘Open Innovation’ in cooperation with MIT Hyundai Mobis has embarked on the road to open innovation in the field of new technology for future cars by cooperating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Wed, 08 May 2019 09:51:46 +0100 Infiniti announces management changes post Christian Meunier’s exit Christian Meunier, Chairman of Infiniti Motor Company Ltd., is leaving the Company to join FCA as the Global President of Jeep. Wed, 08 May 2019 09:42:19 +0100 New car sales in April falls across the UK, PHEV sales takes the biggest hit The UK new car market declined by 4.1% in April, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The month saw 161,064 units registered, the second lowest April volume since 2012 but following a double-digit increase the previous year. Wed, 08 May 2019 09:41:11 +0100 APL Logistics to hire EDF Climate Fellow As part of its growing sustainability practice, APL Logistics will hire an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps fellow, Sriram Rachamadugu, to create a Scope Three Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator. Tue, 07 May 2019 22:07:10 +0100 Limited production 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster now available Last year, Porsche celebrated its 70th anniversary of building sports cars by showing two 911 Speedster Concept vehicles to the public. Now, the production version — the last of the 991.2 series 911 GT cars to be produced by Porsche — is available for order. Tue, 07 May 2019 20:57:01 +0100 BorgWarner announces new JV with Romeo Power Technology With global expertise supplying combustion, hybrid and electric vehicle propulsion solutions, BorgWarner is continuing to build its electrification portfolio and systems expertise by agreeing to form a joint venture with Romeo Power Technology, a technology-leading battery module and pack supplier. This new joint venture will be split 60/40 with BorgWarner obtaining the larger share Tue, 07 May 2019 20:49:51 +0100 Hyundai's new compact SUV, Venue rolls out of assembly lines in India Hyundai Motor India Ltd., the country’s second largest car manufacturer and the largest exporter since inception, began a new era of connected mobility with the rollout of Global First – Made in India Connected SUV- Hyundai Venue. With the Hyundai Venue, HMIL enters the most popular and fast-growing segment of compact SUV in India. Tue, 07 May 2019 19:36:12 +0100 Autoliv appoints Frithjof Oldorff President Autoliv Europe and member of the Executive Management Team Autoliv, Inc., the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, announced that Frithjof Oldorff has been appointed President of Autoliv Europe and member of Autoliv's Executive Management Team. He is expected to join Autoliv no later than September 2019. Tue, 07 May 2019 16:59:37 +0100 Christian Meunier to take over as Jeep's Global President Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. announced that Christian Meunier has been named Global President of the Jeep Brand. Meunier also has been appointed to the Company’s Group Executive Council (GEC). Tue, 07 May 2019 16:57:23 +0100 GORE Low Pressure Evacuation Vent for. battery packs launched W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) introduced a technology to allow flexibility in designing the battery packs of the future, for vehicles including battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (BEVs/PHEVs). Tue, 07 May 2019 15:41:31 +0100 Teijin to supply Sereebo CFRTP for GM's high volume production vehicles Teijin Limited announced that its Sereebo carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) has been selected by General Motors (GM) for use in select pickup box applications. This is the world’s first use of CFRTP for structural parts in a high-volume production vehicle. Tue, 07 May 2019 11:04:31 +0100 Groupe PSA and the University of Orléans create new platform to develop sustainable mobility solutions Groupe PSA and the University of Orléans have renewed the OpenLab Energetics contract for four years. Created in 2011, the OpenLab provides a shared scientific vision of alternative energy industries and innovative powertrains that allow for a drastic reduction in CO2 emissions. Tue, 07 May 2019 10:22:49 +0100 Škoda reveals design sketches of the updated Superb Škoda reveals a design sketch displaying the first details of its modernised flagship, the Superb. The world premiere of the reworked Superb family will take place in the Slovakian capital Bratislava in May as part of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Tue, 07 May 2019 10:01:10 +0100 Wallenius Wilhelmsen receives two top awards from Toyota Logistics An environmentally-friendly WW Solutions business improvement project has been recognised by its auto customer Toyota. WW Solutions won the award for a project designed to handle the excess cardboard created during the launch of a wheel cover programme. Mon, 06 May 2019 21:09:33 +0100 Ford partners with Gravity Sketch to introduce a 3D VR co-creation feature A designer from Shanghai and another from Dearborn step into a virtual design space together to make changes to a global vehicle design. Both walk around the 3D design, review it and make changes on the fly. Once finished, the two remove their VR headsets and return to their separate workspaces -- thousands of miles apart. Mon, 06 May 2019 21:02:47 +0100 Gajanan Gandhe to head Dana's Indian operations Dana Incorporated, a provider of propulsion technologies in India for more than 50 years, announced that Gajanan Gandhe will be joining the company as country leader of Dana India, effective immediately. Mon, 06 May 2019 17:38:01 +0100 MG Motor readies itself to enter the Indian market with the commencement of production of the Hector MG (Morris Garages) Motor India rolled out the first production version of Hector from its state-of-the-art facility at Halol in Gujarat. Mon, 06 May 2019 16:05:24 +0100 BYD to produce EVs in China's Changzhou National Hi-Tech District Chinese plug-in electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD announced that it will set up a manufacturing facility for EVs and EV components in Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (CND), in a move to meet increasing demand from the EV market and expand its production capacity of pure electric passenger vehicles. Mon, 06 May 2019 15:18:21 +0100 Škoda's Jiří Černý to run SAIC Volkswagen's production plant in Ningbo Jiří Černý, manager of the Škoda Auto Kvasiny plant, will take on a new role within Volkswagen Group from 1 July 2019. The 56-year old is moving to China to run the SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Company Limited production plant in Ningbo. Miloš Halbich will take over as his successor from 1 July. Mon, 06 May 2019 14:18:05 +0100 Martin Stoekenbroek to take over as MD of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Kerry Logistics Kerry Logistics Network Limited has appointed Martin Stoekenbroek as its new Managing Director – Europe, Middle East and Africa (‘EMEA’) with effect immediately. Mon, 06 May 2019 14:08:26 +0100 Mercedes-Benz EQC now up for orders The Mercedes-Benz EQC is being produced at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant – and can be ordered now. There the EQC can be flexibly integrated into the ongoing series production of vehicles with combustion engine or hybrid drive. Mon, 06 May 2019 12:31:40 +0100 Infineon and Schweizer jointly improve performance of 48 V systems in mild-hybrids Infineon Technologies AG and Schweizer Electronic AG have developed a new technology for the mild-hybridisation of cars: chip embedding for Power MOSFETs. It will significantly improve the performance of 48V systems while reducing their complexity. Continental Powertrain will be the first player to adopt the technology. Mon, 06 May 2019 10:52:28 +0100 Maruti Suzuki to stop selling diesel cars in India by April 2020 India’s largest auto manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki, recently announced that it will stop selling the popular diesel variants of its cars come April 1, 2020. The company has taken this decision due to the implementation of new emission laws in the country from the said date. Mon, 06 May 2019 09:43:58 +0100 Mitsubishi takes curtains off the Outlander Shogun Sport SVP Concept The Mitsubishi Outlander Shogun Sport SVP Concept has been unveiled at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham. Mon, 06 May 2019 09:39:33 +0100 Andreas Wolf to be the CEO of Continental's Powertrain Division spin-off Vitesco Technologies Andreas Wolf, 58, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Vitesco Technologies following Continental's Powertrain business becoming a separate entity on January 1, 2019. He took charge of the Powertrain division in October 2018. Fri, 03 May 2019 21:05:24 +0100 Porsche makes its operations at Zuffenhausen facility even more CO2 neutral Porsche has launched two new cogeneration plants in operation in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen to thus enhance its environmentally friendly energy mix and close the remaining gap to CO2 neutral production of the fully electric Taycan in Zuffenhausen, a production site with a long history. Fri, 03 May 2019 15:41:27 +0100 First phase of construction of the vehicle export terminal at the Port of Southampton completed A significant milestone has been reached in the construction of a new £15 million ($19.5 million) multi-deck vehicle export terminal at the Port of Southampton as the first phase is handed over. Fri, 03 May 2019 14:55:07 +0100 Webasto Roof Systems to expand its facility in Plymouth, Michigan Webasto Roof Systems, Inc. is planning on expanding its facility in Plymouth, Michigan according to an announcement Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Fri, 03 May 2019 13:16:16 +0100 Niclas Rosenlew to be the new CFO of SKF Niclas Rosenlew has been appointed Senior Vice President and CFO of AB SKF. Niclas will start his new position on 17 June 2019 and replaces Christian Johansson, who leaves SKF with immediate effect, to pursue his career outside the company. Fri, 03 May 2019 13:09:14 +0100 Osram completes the acquisition of aftermarket lighting specialist Ring Automotive After approval by the British Competitors and Market Authority (CMA) for the takeover of Ring Automotive by Osram, the partnership between the companies will now officially start on 01.05.2019. The acquisition of the British aftermarket specialist Ring will allow Osram to expand its product range in the automotive sector to include more automotive electronics and accessories. Fri, 03 May 2019 11:48:02 +0100 Jaguar E-Pace Chequered Flag special edition launched Jaguar has revealed a new Chequered Flag special edition for the E-Pace. Unique, premium design touches and upgraded standard features build on the agility, precision and performance that helped to make the E-Pace Jaguar UK’s best-selling model from April 2018 to March 2019. Fri, 03 May 2019 10:57:39 +0100 Series production of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class facelift begins The first new V-Class rolled off the production line at the Spanish Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria, the global competence centre of Mercedes-Benz Vans for medium-sized vehicles. Thu, 02 May 2019 21:49:57 +0100 Zotye to enter the US market with the compact CUV T600 Zotye USA's first vehicle for the US market will be a compact CUV, the T600, Duke Hale, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zotye USA and HAAH Automotive Holdings announced. Thu, 02 May 2019 21:25:00 +0100 Hyundai launches the new Ioniq with three electrified powertrain options Hyundai Motor has launched comprehensive connectivity and design enhancements for the new Ioniq, the latest edition of its revolutionary eco-friendly model. As of its launch in 2016, Ioniq was the world’s first car planned from the start to offer three electrified powertrains – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric. Thu, 02 May 2019 20:38:04 +0100 PUES to adopt Siemens' digital platform to integrate advanced technologies into EV design Siemens announced that leading Japanese electric vehicle (EV) systems provider PUES Corporation has selected Capital electrical design software from Mentor, a Siemens business, to help speed and simplify the development of next-generation automotive electrical/electronic (E/E) systems. Thu, 02 May 2019 19:02:54 +0100 FCA completes sale of Magneti Marelli to Calsonic Kansei Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. announced the completion of the sale of its automotive components business, Magneti Marelli S.p.A., to CK Holdings Co., Ltd., the holding company of Calsonic Kansei Corporation, a leading Japanese automotive component supplier. In connection with the closing, FCA received cash consideration of approximately €5.8 billion ($6.44 billion). Thu, 02 May 2019 15:26:07 +0100 Ford begins exporting its Ranger models from Port Elizabeth in South Africa to Europe Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is expanding its vehicle export operations by adopting a multi-port strategy with the first shipment of 1 000 locally assembled Ford Rangers from Port Elizabeth to markets in Europe. Thu, 02 May 2019 13:49:16 +0100 Continental's Powertrain Division to now operate as an independent entity Continental’s powertrain business has become the first part of the group to complete its realignment, with the management team fully in place since April 1, 2019. It now operates as an independent business that will trade under the name of “Vitesco Technologies”. The introduction of this new name is planned for the second half of 2019. Thu, 02 May 2019 12:08:13 +0100 Infineon HybridPACK power modules to enable fast and flexible electrification of vehicles In order to support the automotive industry in building up a broad and cost competitive portfolio of hybrid and electric vehicles (xEV), Infineon Technologies AG is launching new power modules for xEV main inverters. Thu, 02 May 2019 10:18:00 +0100 Mazda begins its sales operations in Greece Mazda announced that together with its partner Syngelidis Group, it will start sales of new vehicles in Greece later this year. Thu, 02 May 2019 10:11:24 +0100 Cakeboxx Technologies unveils new 'CoilBoxx' Container for shipping Steel and Aluminium coils Cakeboxx Technology has launched the new 20′ CoilBoxx container that is specifically designed for global transportation of steel and aluminium coils Thu, 02 May 2019 09:14:20 +0100 Ford unveils the more powerful Transit Sport Vans A new 185PS version of Ford’s enhanced 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine makes the Transit Custom Sport van the most powerful ever, heading up a range of three Transit Sport van models with their signature twin sports stripes. Wed, 01 May 2019 20:14:11 +0100 Port of Nanaimo and BCVPC's Vehicle Processing Centre begins operations Mercedes-Benz Canada has welcomed its first official delivery of vehicles through the newly opened Vehicle Processing Centre (VPC) in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Wed, 01 May 2019 18:18:01 +0100 Greg Sibley to be Autoneum's new Head of Business Group North America Greg Sibley is to become the new Head of Business Group North America and member of the Group Executive Board. He takes over from Fausto Bigi, Head of Business Group SAMEA (South America, Middle East and Africa), who has served as interim Head of Business Group North America since the beginning of the year. Wed, 01 May 2019 18:10:29 +0100 Faurecia to open new manufacturing plant for exhaust systems in Japan Faurecia announced the establishment of its first Clean Mobility manufacturing plant in Japan, located in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. Wed, 01 May 2019 16:49:53 +0100 Vauxhall's all new Corsa reaches final stages of testing Vauxhall’s all-new fifth generation Corsa is close to the end of development, primed to become the most efficient Corsa ever after undergoing extensive testing and tuning. Wed, 01 May 2019 13:32:42 +0100 Pierre-Olivier takes over as Chief Human Resources Officer at CEVA Logistics CEVA Logistics AG has appointed Pierre-Olivier Landry as the Company’s new Chief Human Resources Officer as of 1 May, 2019. Pierre-Olivier Landry will report directly to the company’s CEO and will be based in Marseille, France. Wed, 01 May 2019 13:25:33 +0100 Magna opens two new manufacturing plants in China Magna continues to grow its presence in China, as demonstrated by two recent grand opening celebrations. Wed, 01 May 2019 12:42:10 +0100 ABB to supply Paint solutions for SAIC Volkswagen’s first EV factory in China ABB signed a formal agreement with SAIC Volkswagen to provide robotics painting solutions for the first New Energy Vehicle (NEV) factory of the Volkswagen Group based on the Modular Electric Driver Kit (MEB), an automotive platform specifically designed for the mass production of electric vehicles. Wed, 01 May 2019 10:43:11 +0100 Bentley installs nearly 10,000 solar panels at its Crewe facility Bentley Motors reinforced its commitment to sustainable energy with the installation of the UK’s largest ever solar car port at its factory headquarters in Crewe, UK. This means – in the company’s centenary year – all electricity used to manufacture every Bentley is solar or certified green. Wed, 01 May 2019 10:33:56 +0100 Range Rover now available with the 3.0-litre 400PS Ingenium Mild Hybrid petrol engine Range Rover is now available with the latest 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, enhanced performance and quicker responses go hand-in-hand with improved fuel economy at the pinnacle of the luxury SUV segment. Wed, 01 May 2019 09:30:23 +0100 FCA and GAC reorganise their JV in China Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) jointly announced changes to the organisational structure and leadership of their joint ventures in China. The changes affect GAC Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Co., Ltd. (GAC FCA) and GAC Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sales Co., Ltd. (GAC FCA Sales Company) and will be effective from May 1, 2019. Wed, 01 May 2019 09:21:36 +0100 Novelis develops Aluminium Sheet Battery Enclosure solution Novelis Inc., one of the world leaders in aluminium rolling and recycling, announced that it has developed the first aluminium sheet battery enclosure solution to address customers' needs in the rapidly growing electric vehicle and battery markets. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 22:19:33 +0100 Valmet to create almost 1000 jobs in Finland to boost production Valmet Automotive’s plans to recruit around 1,000 employees in Finland this year. The number includes both the needs of the battery plant in Salo and the car plant in Uusikaupunki. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 22:09:13 +0100 Audi Sport gets new leadership Oliver Hoffmann (42) and Julius Seebach (35) are to take over the management of Audi Sport GmbH on May 1, 2019. The current Managing Director, Michael-Julius Renz (62), is to retire. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 20:17:49 +0100 Peugeot launches the Boxer Electric at the Commercial Vehicle Show The Peugeot Boxer Electric was unveiled for the first time at the Commercial Vehicle Show, adding a zero-emission model to the Boxer LCV range. This continues Peugeot’s electrification strategy, which will see all vehicles offered with an electrified variant by 2023. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 17:51:30 +0100 Daimler successfully completes NextGenAM, a pilot project for automated metallic 3D printing The project "NextGenAM" that worked on the development of a pilot production line for a next-generation automated "Additive Manufacturing" process for partners Premium AEROTEC, EOS and Daimler has now reached a successful conclusion. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 16:21:36 +0100 UK Chemical Sector could capture £4.8 billion per annum from domestic Automotive Battery Manufacturing Supply Chain by 2030 A report examining the UK Chemical Supply Chain for Battery Manufacture has found that the UK chemical sector could capture a £4.8 billion ($6.2 billion) per annum market share by 2030 meeting the needs of UK-built vehicles alone. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:57:58 +0100 Specially-camouflaged Land Rover Defender prototype model undergoes field-testing To celebrate World Land Rover Day, Land Rover has announced plans for the new Defender to complete a final phase of field testing with the Tusk Trust, on location in Kenya. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:26:06 +0100 Toyota to begin production of the Lexus NX in Canada oyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) announced that it will begin producing the top-selling Lexus NX and Lexus NX Hybrid compact luxury SUVs at its Cambridge, Ontario facility starting in early 2022. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 14:06:18 +0100 SGL Carbon produces prototypes of fully integrated composite battery enclosures for NIO In collaboration with SGL Carbon, Chinese automotive manufacturer NIO has developed prototypes for battery enclosures made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for its NIO high performance electric vehicles. Thanks to CFRP, the battery enclosure is extremely lightweight, stable and safe. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 11:41:38 +0100 ZF develops electric truck prototype for the Japanese market ZF Japan Co., Ltd. announced that the company has developed an electric light commercial vehicle specifically for the Japanese market. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:41:56 +0100 Maersk to offer digital Ocean Customs Clearance Every port in every country puts cargo through many different rules, regulations and laws that complicate a trader's life. Aiming to provide simple and easy-to-use solutions, Maersk has launched Customs Clearance online shipping management platform in seven European countries - Germany, France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom and Spain - with the goal of expanding this... Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:33:56 +0100 Melexis to develop a miniaturized 3D camera system for vehicle interiors BMW AG, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, gestigon GmbH, a VALEO brand, Melexis GmbH and Melexis Technologies NV, as associated partner, intend to develop a miniaturised 3D camera system for vehicle interiors within the framework of the MinTOFKA project. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:25:56 +0100 Aston Martin launches its fastest convertible model, the DBS Superleggera Volante Aston Martin has opened the roof on its ultimate open-top driving experience; the new DBS Superleggera Volante. Combining three iconic nameplates in one flagship model, the new DBS Superleggera Volante delivers all the evocative talent of the British marque’s critically-acclaimed Super GT flagship – the magnificent DBS Superleggera – and blends it with class-leading convertible technology. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 10:44:22 +0100 Celestino Silva to be the new MD for Dachser European Logistics Iberia Celestino Silva will take over as Managing Director of Dachser’s European Logistics (EL) Iberia business unit. He succeeds Juan Quintana, who has opted to leave the company to pursue new professional opportunities. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 10:36:51 +0100 Personnel changes announced at Mercedes-Benz Cars Katrin Adt (46) is taking over management of the newly created unit Mercedes-Benz Cars Own Retail Europe (Passenger Cars and Vans) as of July 2019. The German and European section of the Group's own sales network (Own Retail) is being amalgamated. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 10:12:01 +0100 Seat's in-company biomechanics lab in Spain aims at improving occupational health using advanced technologies 20 cameras, state of the art sensors and virtual reality glasses. It may look like the studio of a tech start up, but it isn’t; it’s Seat's biomechanics lab located in the CARS Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Martorell. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 10:04:41 +0100 PowerCell and Bosch sign joint development and licensing agreement Bosch has now formed an alliance with Powercell Sweden AB, the Swedish manufacturer of fuel-cell stacks, to further improve and manufacture these stacks. As the core of the fuel cell, the stacks converts hydrogen into electrical energy. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 09:24:48 +0100 Grove signs cooperation agreement with hofer powertrain and FEV Group Grove Hydrogen Automobile Co., Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation agreement with German FEV Group on a comprehensive co-development of mass-production vehicles and a joint promotion of Grove. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 00:33:58 +0100 CEVA begins new block train service from China to Europe CEVA Logistics North Asia has launched a new Wednesday Xiamen block train service from China to Europe. The multimodal (Sea-Rail) transportation mode further taps the potential of trade and cooperation among the countries under the "Belt and Road Initiative". Mon, 29 Apr 2019 00:01:19 +0100 Aisin AW to boost manufacturing capacity of Automatic Transmissions in the US Aisin AW Co., Ltd., has announced its decision to make a new investment to enhance the potential of its automatic transmission (AT) business in the US, and reinforce its manufacturing site. Sun, 28 Apr 2019 23:50:37 +0100 Audi reveals the A6 Saloon and Avant Black Edition Audi has launched the popular Black Edition specification for the latest generation A6 Saloon and Avant models. Sun, 28 Apr 2019 23:31:55 +0100 Toyota and Kenworth unveil Fuel Cell Electric Heavy-Duty Truck Toyota, Kenworth, the Port of Los Angeles and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) took the next great leap towards the future of zero-emission trucking, unveiling the first of Toyota and Kenworth's jointly developed fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks before a crowd of media, government officials and industry and community leaders during a special event held at the Port of Los... Sun, 28 Apr 2019 22:58:37 +0100 Volkswagen Group joins Responsible Sourcing Network Volkswagen Group has joined an open industry collaboration for the responsible sourcing of strategic minerals that will use blockchain technology to increase efficiency, sustainability and transparency in global mineral supply chains. Sun, 28 Apr 2019 22:53:30 +0100 Citroën launches the C1 and C3 Aircross Origins to celebrate the brand's centenary To continue the celebrations of Citroën’s centenary year, the brand has unveiled the final two models that are joining the ‘Origins’ Collector’s Editions range in the UK – Citroën C1 and C3 Aircross Compact SUV. Both models are available to order now, and production will begin in May 2019. Sun, 28 Apr 2019 22:42:33 +0100 BLG Logistics' sales and profit exceed targets for 2018 At the Annual Report Press Conference in Bremen, the Managing Board of BLG Logistics Group AG & Co. KG presented the results of the last business year. Sun, 28 Apr 2019 21:28:35 +0100 Mullen Technologies signs LOI to manufacture EVs in the City of Spokane, Washington The West Plains Airport Area Public Development Authority (PDA) and Mullen Technologies, Inc. of Brea, California, signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of 1.3 million square feet of assembly, manufacturing, and research & development facilities in the West Plains. Sun, 28 Apr 2019 20:37:48 +0100 Nissan announces senior management changes for North America Nissan is making several changes to its North American management team in line with the mission of delivering sustainable results and leading the technology and business evolution outlined in the company's "M.O.V.E. to 2022" midterm plan. Sun, 28 Apr 2019 19:51:33 +0100 New RoRo MV Traviata joins Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s ocean fleet. A highly energy-efficient RoRo vessel with industry-leading capabilities has joined Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s fleet of Neo-Panamax vessels. With a capacity equivalent to 8,000 cars and electrically hoistable deck panels, MV Traviata is the second of a series of four Post-Panamax HERO vessels with a combined capacity of 24,000 car equivalent units (CEUs). Sat, 27 Apr 2019 09:18:12 +0100 ZF and Foton jointly open Transmission Plant in China At the end of 2016, ZF entered into two joint ventures with Foton, a Chinese commercial vehicle manufacturer, to produce and sell commercial vehicle transmissions. The partners have now opened a production plant in Jiaxing, to the south of Shanghai. The companies will focus primarily on the production of automated transmissions for heavy and light commercial vehicles. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 22:16:01 +0100 Novares acquires minority stake in Quad Industries The Novares Venture Capital Fund has invested in Quad Industries, a company specialised in printed flexible electronics, to create new systems with intuitive intelligent interfaces for all passengers and add to Novares Group's innovative solutions for cars. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 21:32:16 +0100 New York Auto Show witnesses three Mercedes-Benz world premieres Mercedes-Benz presented three world premieres at the NYIAS 2019: on display for the first time in the Big Apple were the new Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé and the EQC Edition 1886. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 18:52:56 +0100 Thorsten Seehars appointed as the new CEO of Grammer AG With the appointment of Thorsten Seehars (46) as the new Chief Executive Officer, Grammer AG’s Supervisory Board has now successfully completed the new Executive Board of the company. At its meeting on April 25, 2019, it passed a resolution to appoint Mr. Seehars to the Executive Board with effect from August 1, 2019. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 17:36:00 +0100 Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant produces the 750,000th truck assembly kit The 750,000th truck kit from the CKD Centre at the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant was packed in a 40-foot sea container for its journey overseas. Shortly it was shipped to Rotterdam before it embarked to Port Elizabeth/ South Africa, its destination country. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 16:21:27 +0100 Hella expands partner network for lighting and electronics in China The global automotive supplier Hella is continuing its focus on the Chinese market. In this context, the company has signed further cooperation agreements at Auto Shanghai, China's most important motor show. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 15:13:02 +0100 Great Wall Motor adds three new models to its Pickup range Great Wall Motor Company Limited (Great Wall Motor), one of China's largest SUV and pickup manufacturer, has launched three new pickup trucks as part of their new P series at Auto Shanghai 2019. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 14:29:58 +0100 Bridgestone launches new Touring Tyre engineered for long-lasting performance Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) announced the release of the Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack tyre, the newest addition to the company's Turanza touring tyre portfolio. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 13:04:37 +0100 Nicolas Morel appointed Executive Vice-President, Quality and Engineering at Groupe PSA Gilles Le Borgne, Executive Vice President Quality and Engineering has decided to leave Groupe PSA on May 2 for personal reasons. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:19:23 +0100 Toyota strengthens its R&D capabilities with new facility in Japan Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced that it has completed work on the central section of its new research and development facility, named Toyota Technical Centre Shimoyama, located in a mountainous area straddling the cities of Toyota and Okazaki. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:58:14 +0100 David Hanna to Head Service and Parts at Volkswagen Commercial Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Head of Fleet, David Hanna, is to take on a new role in the brand as Head of Service and Parts. He replaces Trevor Hodgson-Phillips who left the brand at the end of March to take on a new role in Volkswagen Group sister brand Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:59:43 +0100 GM adds second shift to its Bowling Green Assembly Plant General Motors is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green (Kentucky) Assembly plant to support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18, 2019. The addition of the second shift will increase the plant’s workforce to more than 1,300. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:55:43 +0100 Brose New Boston earns Ford Q1 supplier status Brose North America announced that its New Boston, Michigan plant earned Ford Q1 supplier status after meeting stringent quality and environmental management criteria while also implementing manufacturing processes that support Ford standards. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 09:27:44 +0100 Hyundai introduces smartphone based EV Performance Control Technology Hyundai Motor Group announced development of ‘smartphone-electric vehicle pairing based performance adjustment technology,’ which allows users to customise primary functions through a smartphone application – an industry-first innovation. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 09:03:47 +0100 Freudenberg Sealing Technologies COO to retire Freudenberg Sealing Technologies announced that Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dieter Schaefer will retire on June 30, 2019. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 08:40:39 +0100 BNSF receives President’s Award from Toyota Logistics Services BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) was recently named the 2018 recipient of the President’s Award for Rail Logistics Excellence by Toyota Logistics Services for the fifth year in a row. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 08:30:16 +0100 EVs have the lowest CO2 emissions according to VW's product life cycle assessment For the same vehicle models with different powertrains, the carbon footprint of the battery-powered E variants is already better than those of the corresponding vehicles with internal combustion engines. In addition, the electric vehicles offer a higher CO2-saving potential in all phases of the product cycle. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:03:05 +0100 Allison Transmission acquires Vantage Power and AxleTech’s EV Systems Division Allison Transmission Holdings Inc., a global manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions, announced that it has purchased Vantage Power and AxleTech’s electric vehicle (EV) systems division. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:16:10 +0100 Magna breaks ground for a new manufacturing facility in Morocco As the auto industry continues to develop in Morocco, Magnais continuing to expand its footprint in the country. The company recently broke ground on construction of a new facility in Kenitra, Morocco, to supply global automakers with exterior and interior mirror systems. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:47:13 +0100 José Muñoz takes over as COO of Hyundai Motor Hyundai Motor Company has appointed José Muñoz as global Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Mr. Muñoz will oversee global operations strategies and their implementation. His focus will be to deliver profitable growth and to improve overall performance of Hyundai Motor based on his decades of automotive and technology experience. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:44:22 +0100 Volkswagen uses Blockchain to maintain transparency in supply chain Optimising supply chains, eliminating sources of error, guaranteeing social and ecological standards – these are the goals of the collaboration between the Volkswagen Group and Minespider. Together with the blockchain specialist, a pilot project is to be set up to achieve transparency in the the global supply chain for lead. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:31:04 +0100 Bosch brings advanced solutions to the new Nikola Two truck Nikola Motor Company showcased its hydrogen-electric powered semi-truck, the Nikola Two, live in action for the first time to the general public at its Nikola World event. Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:25:27 +0100 Toyota premieres the 2020 Highlander at New York International Auto Show Toyota's next-generation three-row 2020 Highlander debuting at the New York International Auto Show. Arriving in Toyota dealerships in winter, the Highlander Gas model will arrive in December 2019 and the Highlander Hybrid will make its way to customers in February 2020. Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:04:09 +0100 Seat increased purchases from suppliers by 5.6% in 2018 In a record year for Seat, the Purchases area managed a volume of €7.137 billion ($8.065 billion) in 2018, which represents a 5.6% increase compared to the previous year. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 22:02:57 +0100 Mini Clubman launched at Auto Shanghai 2019 With a precisely modified design, an extended selection of innovative equipment features and the latest technology in the areas of operation and connectivity, the new Mini Clubman hones its profile as a stylish individualist in the premium compact segment. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 21:54:19 +0100 Eaton to supply Nidec-PSA with inverters for passenger BEVs Power management company Eaton announced that its eMobility business was chosen by Nidec-PSA Emotors (Emotors), a joint venture between Nidec Leroy-Somer and Groupe PSA, to supply high-performance traction inverters for a battery-electric vehicle platform. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 21:47:38 +0100 Hyundai Venue breaks cover at the New York Auto Show At the 2019 New York International Auto Show, Hyundai introduced its all-new 2020 Venue, the latest SUV to join its growing product lineup. Venue is packed with a host of premium driver safety and convenience technologies and is the perfect fit for those seeking a seamless combination of style and versatility. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 20:57:15 +0100 Gestamp announces a deeper cooperation with BHAP at Auto Shanghai 2019 Gestamp, the multinational company specialised in the design, development and manufacture of highly engineered metal components for the automotive industry, signed an strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts Co. Ltd. (BHAP). Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:07:06 +0100 Benteler partners with Bosch to develop Rolling Chassis for BEVs Benteler has started a development alliance with Bosch combining system integration know-how for rolling chassis as a basis for battery electric vehicles. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:06:01 +0100 Uwe Holzer to take on the role of Vice President International Corporate and Special Sales at the BMW Group. From May 2019, Uwe Holzer will take on the role of Vice President International Corporate and Special Sales at the BMW Group. He brings many years of experience in the automotive industry to the job, having previously led the group of BMW Group branch offices based in central Germany. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:25:16 +0100 Continental continues expanding production of e-mobility components in China Continental is continuing to drive forward the expansion of electric mobility in China. At Auto Shanghai, the technology company presented a range of established and production-ready drive systems and innovative electronic components extending from 48-volt mild hybrid applications and plug-in hybrid or full-hybrid solutions to high-voltage drive systems. At the same time, Continental Powertrain... Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:49:33 +0100 Brose uses AGVs to optimise logistics operations at its Coventry facility Automotive supplier Brose is actively using ground-breaking technology to optimise its logistics operation, improve efficiencies and win new business on future model launches. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:03:54 +0100