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Mercedes-Benz unveils plug-in hybrid Concept IAA: Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile; Industry 4.0

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled the “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Earlier post.).

Japanese automobile industry establishes joint Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines (AICE)

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million, including a subsidy granted from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for the fiscal year started 1 April 2014.

Why Tesla Model 3 should use standard model-year changes: opinion

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Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has always followed a different path than the rest of the automobile industry. Among the ways it has violated industry convention is ignoring annual model changes and simply updating its cars whenever changes were ready for production. Tesla Motors software update

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Volkswagen furthers commitment to China

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With the Chinese automobile market continuing to expand at a rapid rate Volkswagen has decided to expand its investment programme for the country by a further €1.6billion. Tags: Green cars Latest news Volkswagen China automobile industry FAW-Volkswagen Shanghai Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf GTI VW VW China

Toyota to launch two new plug-in hybrid models in China; Corolla and Levin

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Levin Hybrid (left) and Corolla Hybrid (right) introduced at the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in 2015.

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Thomson Reuters analysis finds automotive new propulsion technology patent activities surge 6-fold in 5 years

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miles per gallon – and the industry is working diligently to comply. Source: Thomson Innovation & Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index.

BAIC BJEV opens Silicon Valley EV research center, planning another for Europe

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BJEV plans to bring a complete lineup of alternative energy automobiles to market. China-based automaker BAIC has opened its first overseas research and development center, the BAIC EV R&D Center in Silicon Valley, California. Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., BAIC BJEV), a subsidiary of BAIC, is a developer of new energy vehicles in China.

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Researchers synthesize magnetic nanoparticles that could offer alternative to rare earth magnets

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Permanent magnets, specifically those containing rare earth metals, are an important component used by the electronics, communications and automobile industries, as well as in radars and other applications. The team’s findings will appear in an open-access paper in Applied Physics Letters. —Ahmed El-Gendy, a co-author. Resources.

Germany to expand nationwide network of hydrogen filling stations from 15 to 50 by 2015

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The German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and several industrial companies signed a joint Letter of Intent to expand the network of hydrogen filling stations in Germany from 15 to 50. Mobility using hydrogen is already being extensively and successfully tested for everyday use. —Prof. Brief

H2 Mobility initiative agrees on $474M plan for hydrogen refueling network in Germany; 400 stations by 2023

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Accordingly the planned H2 Mobility joint venture will work closely together with the automobile industry. Under the plan, the current network of 15 filling stations in Germany’s public hydrogen infrastructure will be expanded by 2023 to about 400 H 2 filling stations. Hydrogen is the most common element in the Universe.

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New hybrid plasma-catalyst aftertreatment system feasible for low-temperature combustion engines

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Especially in the automobile industry, the plasma?catalyst Schematic diagram of the plasma?catalyst catalyst reactor. Click to enlarge.

Is Fisker The Most Tragic VC-Backed Debacle In Recent History?

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In January 2005, legendary car designer Henrik Fisker founded a company to bring innovative new thinking to the automobile industry. Between that date and today, Fisker Automotive would create perhaps the most beautiful car ever made, raise almost $1.4

Volkswagen extends cooperation with China joint venture partner FAW Group for 25 more years; enhanced R&D on alt drive systems

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The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful companies in the Chinese automobile industry. After 20 years of cooperation, the Volkswagen Group and its Chinese joint venture partner First Automotive Works (FAW) are extending their present partnership for a further 25 years—i.e., until the year 2041.

Renault presents the 235 mpg EOLAB prototype; plug-in “Z.E. Hybrid”; targeting production

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EOLAB forms part of the “fuel consumption of 2 litres/100 km for all” plan introduced within the framework of France’s New Industrial Plan.

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KPMG study identifies 10 sustainability “megaforces” with accelerating impacts on business; imperative of sustainability changing the automotive business radically

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Material Resource Scarcity: As developing countries industrialize rapidly, global demand for material resources is predicted to increase significantly.

Balqon to build electric buses in China with SAIG

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California-based Balqon Corporation, a developer of heavy-duty electric vehicles, drive systems and lithium battery storage devices ( earlier post ), has entered into a Joint Development Agreement with China-based Sichuan Automobile Industry Co., Sichuan Automobile Industry Co. Brief

Japanese carmakers still ‘most sustainable’

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A focus on tailpipe CO2 emissions has distracted away from the impact of car production, suggests Professor Frank Figge who co-authored the ‘Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing’ study. Asian carmakers are still outperforming their Euorpean and American counterparts in environmental sustainability, a new report finds.

Better Place, China Southern Grid sign strategic agreement on battery switching; Guangzhou accord to encourage production of EVs with switchable batteries

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The Guangzhou accord calls for the municipal government to encourage local car manufacturers, such as Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group, to produce electric cars with switchable batteries. Better Place and China Southern Power Grid Co. CSG is the world’s eighth-largest utility, according to the Fortune Global 500. —Shai Agassi.

Audi opens power-to-gas facility in Werlte/Emsland; e-gas from water, green electricity and CO2

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Audi has opened its e-gas plant in Werlte, making it the first automobile manufacturer to develop a chain of sustainable energy carriers. The 1.4

“Energiewende” in a tank; Audi e-fuels targeting carbon-neutral driving with synthetic fuels from renewables, H2O and CO2; Swiss policy test case

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The pilot plant is also demonstrating that industrialization of liquid Audi e‑fuels is also possible. Click to enlarge. —Reiner Mangold.

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OnStar expanding to Brazil in Chevy Cruze

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OnStar, with more than 7 million customers in North America and China and 19 years of experience, is the leading global provider of connected safety and security solutions, value-added mobility services and advanced information technology in the automobile industry. OnStar services include: Security - Helps recover stolen vehicles.

Volkswagen to build 12,000 charging points in its parking lots in Germany; 10% of its parking spaces

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Although Winterkorn reportedly said that it is not the business model of the automobile industry to build charging stations, VW wants to set an example, as e-mobility in Germany has not really budged. Volkswagen subsequently confirmed the plans. Brief

12th Five-Year Plan for Chinas auto industry to make new-energy vehicles priority

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The 12 th Five-year Plan for China’s auto industry reportedly will make developing new-energy vehicles the top priority. China is targeting annual new-energy automobile sales of 1 million units by 2015, according to the China Association for Automobile Manufacturers. People’s Daily.

Johnson Controls begins production of batteries for Start-Stop vehicles in China

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In addition, the company debuted its 12V Lithium-ion battery for Advanced Start-Stop vehicles at the 16 th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition going on this week. The global Start-Stop market for new vehicles could reach 49 million annually by 2020. Earlier post.). Brief

Gallup Poll Finds Surge in Positive Ratings of Auto Industry in US; Still Less Favorable Than in 2000-2005

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Americans' opinions of the automobile industry have posted a 15-point positive increase after reaching an all-time low last year, and now tilt more positive than negative for the first time in three years, according to a new Gallup poll. Positive views of the banking industry remain depressed. Click to enlarge.

Non-intrusive bio-monitoring system anticipates driver fatigue in the vehicle to prevent accidents

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The two-year project had its final meeting in June. All are invisible to the user. —Martínez et al. Scheme of the HARKEN concept. Background.

Daimler and Toray to establish JV for carbon-fiber based automobile parts; new production and joining process enables large-scale production

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Toray Industries, Inc. and Daimler AG are forming a joint venture in Esslingen, Germany, for manufacturing and marketing of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) automobile parts. Reducing the vehicle weight for boosting fuel efficiency is an important issue in the automobile industry. Fuel Efficiency Materials

Honda develops new paint technology that shortens painting process; to be introduced at Yorii Plant in July 2013

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Honda Motor Co., has developed the “Honda Smart Ecological Paint (Honda S.E. Moreover, in addition to the Honda S.E. Click to enlarge. Brief

Volkswagen Group and FAW to build 2 new vehicle plants in China; “Our most important market”

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Volkswagen has been active on the Chinese market for 30 years and is one of the Western pioneers of the automobile industry in the country. The Volkswagen Group, together with its partner FAW, will build two new vehicle plants in Qingdao and Tianjin, with an estimated investment of €2 billion (US$2.7 billion). —Prof. Brief

Volkswagen Group’s new Future Tracks program targeting digitalization era in auto industry; “James 2025”

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Dieter Kempf, President of BITKOM, the IT industry Association, Winterkorn declared that the increasingly intensive networking of cars with their surroundings and automatic driving would be the key topics for the intelligent mobility of the future. Information technology has been a key component of the automobile industry for some time.

Delphi to showcase safety and connectivity technologies at CES

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This is the new frontier in the automobile industry, and we’re uniquely positioned to lead the way. Delphi Automotive PLC will showcase highly integrated active safety and connectivity technologies at the upcoming 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. —Jeff Owens, chief technology officer, Delphi Automotive. Brief

Toyota researchers show superior performance for tin anode for Mg-ion batteries with conventional electrolytes

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batteries) as stand-alone or tandem energy sources is slowly revolutionizing the face of the automobile industry. However, while batteries are a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels, concerns over their long range performance in automobiles have hampered their widespread use. —Singh et al. Mg 2+ rather than Li + ). Commun.

BorgWarner China JV begins delivery of dual-clutch modules

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Introduced at the 15 th annual Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai) in April, the transmission improves shift quality, durability and reliability and debuts in the Roewe 550 midsize sedan in 2013. BorgWarner United Transmission Systems Co., Ltd., Brief

European Auto Industry Expresses Concern Over Iron Ore Price Hikes

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The European automobile industry expressed concern about the “ sudden and massive ” increase in the price of iron ore, a crucial material for producing steel. The automobile industry needs broad access to raw materials at competitive conditions, especially in times of fragile economic circumstances, ACEA said.

European carmakers welcome CARS21 recommendations

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A new CARS21 report has outlined methods to strengthen the automobile industry across Europe with a firm emphasis on establishing a streamlined regulatory framework and reducing fuel consumption and emissions (see CARS21 report). President of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, Sergio [.].

Protean Electric introduces production in-wheel motor at SAE World Congress; 25% increase in peak torque

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Protean has developed multiple demonstration vehicles, including a Vauxhall Vivaro cargo van, Guangzhou Automobile Industry Group (GAC) Trumpchi sedan, a Ford F150 pick-up truck, and BRABUS full electric and hybrid vehicles, based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Earlier post.). The motors reside in the space behind the wheel. Brief

Infineon and Hella develop new compact, lower-cost 24 GHz blind spot radar sensor

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Due to this efficiency increase, serial production of the driver assistance system is made possible for vehicles outside of the premium segment.

Quadrant CMS plastics/metal hybrid technology saves weight in airbag assemblies with integrated lead frames

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Production is carried out fully automatically to provide high levels of quality and safety in the zero-defect environment of automotive passive safety.

Siemens presents three-point plan for implementing cost-efficient energy transition in Germany

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High electricity rates are burdening private households and industry alike and threatening Germany’s competitiveness, the company noted.

BMW to partner with Andretti Formula E; may lead to works involvement

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In the last ten years, we have established a leading position in the automobile industry in this field with BMW i. As part of a new strategic realignment of its motosports activities, the BMW Group will partner with Andretti Formula E in the Formula E Championship. It will remain a cornerstone within the BMW Group in the future. Brie