BMW reduces CO2 emissions with Efficient Dynamics technology

Mar 31, 2020    Technology

With the introduction of its Efficient Dynamics technology package back in 2007, the BMW Group created a concept that remains unrivalled in the automotive industry to this day. It centred on consistently reducing fuel consumption – and thereby CO2 emissions – on the one hand, while steadily increasing driving pleasure on the other. As a result, BMW Efficient Dynamics is now a fundamental link in the DNA of all BMW models and one of the key reasons why the BMW Group will be able to meet the European Union’s CO2 targets in full.

Ted Mengiste named Executive Director, Sales Operations at Genesis Motor America

Mar 31, 2020    People

Genesis Motor North America has appointed Tedros (Ted) Mengiste as Executive Director, Sales Operations, Genesis Motor America. Ted will be responsible for sales, retail operations and client experience in the United States. Mengiste starts on March 31, 2020 and will report directly to Mark Del Rosso, President and CEO Genesis Motor North America.

JATCO develops new 9-speed AT for RWD vehicles

Mar 31, 2020    Tier Suppliers

JATCO Ltd has newly developed the JR913E, a 9-speed automatic transmission for RWD vehicles. The automatic transmission for RWD vehicles is a high-efficiency high-response transmission that has ideal gear ratios and is constructed with an oil pressure system that enables highly responsive gear changes.

Jobs of over 1.1 million EU automobile workers affected so far, ACEA data shows

Mar 31, 2020    OEM

The jobs of at least 1,110,107 Europeans working in automobile manufacturing are affected by factory shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, according to data compiled by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). This figure only refers to those people directly employed by car, truck, van and bus manufacturers – the impact on the wider automotive supply chain is even more critical.

Ford further postpones North America production restart

Mar 31, 2020    OEM

Ford is delaying the restart of production at its North America plants to help protect its workers. The company had been aiming to restart production April 6 at Hermosillo Assembly Plant and April 14 at several key US plants – and now has further postponed startup dates, which will be announced later.

Grégoire Olivier to take over as Head of China at Groupe PSA

Mar 31, 2020    People

Effective April 1st 2020, Grégoire Olivier has been appointed Head of China. In addition to his current role as General Secretary and Services and Parts activity management, the Managing Board has appointed Grégoire Olivier Head of China, succeeding Carlos Gomes who has chosen to leave the Groupe PSA on his own request at the end of June 2020 in order to engage an ongoing personal entrepreneurial project.

BMW Group uses Blockchain to drive supply chain transparency

Mar 31, 2020    Supply Chain

The BMW Group is using innovative digital technologies to optimise its processes. A good example of this is Blockchain, a technology that enables tamper-proof data sharing, with potential applications throughout the entire automotive value chain. The BMW Group is using this technology in purchasing to ensure the traceability of components and raw materials in multi-stage international supply chains.

Matthew Weaver appointed Vice President, Nissan Design Europe

Mar 31, 2020    People

Nissan's design function within Europe has been refreshed with the appointment of Matthew Weaver to the position of Vice President, Nissan Design Europe from 1st April. He succeeds Mamoru Aoki, who will retire after 39 years with Nissan.

Infineon receives Honour Quality Award from Toyota Hirose plant

Mar 31, 2020    Tier Suppliers

Infineon Technologies AG has achieved an impeccable quality record in its deliveries to Toyota's Hirose plant for the sixth consecutive year.

EDAG launches new crash-proof aluminium alloy developed for 3D printing

Mar 30, 2020    Tier Suppliers

Additive production has huge undisputed potential for revolutionising the production of the future and at the same time achieving new dimensions for lightweight construction. At present, the aluminium alloys available do not yet fulfil the high demands required for them to be suitable for use in the automotive industry.

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