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Samsung SDI building Li-ion battery plant in Hungary; global triangular production structure

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Samsung SDI has decided to use Hungary as its Li-ion battery production base in Europe. —Executive Vice President Jeong SehWoong.

UQM Technologies powers first all-electric mini bus in Hungary

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in Hungary. UQM Technologies Inc. continues to broaden its global customer base, with a UQM PowerPhase electric motor and controller systems being used to power an all-electric mini bus built by Inter Tan-ker Ltd. This is the first all-electric mini bus to be approved for use by the Hungarian National Transport Authority. Brief

Electric cars too small? Drive two!

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Samsung Hungarian battery plant to open in 2018, perhaps for BMW electric cars?

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One of the major players is Korean firm Samsung SDI, which is reportedly planning to open a new battery plant in Hungary. Anticipated increases in electric-car production in 2018 and later now have battery suppliers scrambling to add manufacturing capacity. Europe Manufacturing Batteries plug-in cars Samsung

Valeo, Siemens JV for high-voltage electric powertrains starts operation: Valeo Siemens eAutomotive GmbH

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The joint company will include R&D centers in France (Cergy-Pontoise); Germany (Erlangen, Bad Neustadt); Norway (Drammen); and China (Shanghai) as well as plants in Germany (Erlangen, Bad Neustadt); Hungary (Veszprem); Poland (Czechowice); and China (Changzhou, Shenzen and Tianjin). Brief

EPFL cooperative maneuvering control algorithm for integrating automated vehicles with legacy traffic; dynamic platooning

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In addition to EPFL, the AutoNet2030 project involved: Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (Greece, coordinator); Broadbit (Hungary); Baselabs (Germany); Centro Ricerche Fiat (Italy); ARMINES – Mines ParisTech – INRIA (France); Scania (Sweden); Hitachi Europe; and the Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany). Resources.

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Honda targets new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency with 8,500-mile diesel drive across Europe

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The 24 countries which are covered in the route, in alphabetical order, are as follows: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Brief

SEAT Ibiza sets new fuel economy record

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Ibiza may be the place most Brits go to enjoy some excessive drinking – but its namesake in the automotive world is anything but drunk on fuel. The achievement sets a new record for the fuel-sipping Spanish supermini and was reached by Austrian economy driving specialist Gerhard Plattner. TDI engine’s electronic management. .

V4 countries form G4 Centre of Excellence for joint R&D in Generation-4 nuclear reactors

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Husinec, Czech Republic; MTA EK, Budapest, Hungary; NCBJ, ?wierk, The V4 is an alliance of four Central European states—Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The nuclear research institutes of the Visegrád Group countries (V4) (ÚJV ?ež ež a.s., wierk, Poland; and VUJE, a.s., Brief

Audi going to the moon; Audi lunar e-quattro rover

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Double wishbone suspensions are used at all four of the wheels that can each be rotated over 360 degrees. The theoretical maximum speed is 3.6 km/h (2.2

Opel introducing new 1.6L diesel engine family; fuel consumption reduced by up to 10%, Euro 6 compliant

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CDTI ECOTEC will be manufactured at the same “flex plant” as the new 1.6-liter gasoline engine, in Szentgotthard in Hungary. Click to enlarge.

Audi Brussels to produce exclusively e-tron quattro SUV, battery packs; A1 production moving to Spain

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The Audi Q3, currently produced in Spain, will be built in Győr (Hungary) in the future. The plant will also produce its own battery packs.

Reports highlight ongoing advances in vehicle technology, consumer demand for fuel efficiency in US and Europe

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Hungary and Belgium were the only two EU Member States where cars sold in 2012 were on average less efficient than those sold the year before.


Waze adds speed limits feature, planned drives

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Waze is rolling out the new feature first in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago and Uruguay. The rest of world will follow. It will stay there until the vehicle speed drops below the limit. Brief

IFQC annual ranking of gasoline sulfur standards sees progress around the world; US drops to 46th

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Maximum gasoline sulfur limits. Click to enlarge. Montenegro leaped 48 slots, from 89 th place in 2010 to 41 st in this year’s ranking.


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Today, Fisker Automotive announces that they have selected the Emil Frey Group as a distributor in Europe, with locations in Switzerland, Germany, France, the Czech Republic , Hungary and Poland. Fisker Automotive continues to attract an impressive list of auto dealers in North America and Europe. Tesla Motors currently has three

New thermoplastic-graphene nanoribbon composite could offer lighter, more effective natural gas storage for vehicles

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An electron microscope image shows graphene nanoribbons embedded in a block copolymer. Image by Changsheng Xiang. Click to enlarge. wt% GNRs.

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Hungary. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely. prices at the pump. to $4 per gallon. car market. Country.

Opel presents new midsize gasoline engine at Aachen Colloquium; fuel consumption down 13%, torque and power up 33%

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liter SIDI ECOTEC Turbo engine alongside the other new engine families will be at the Szentgotthard plant in Hungary and will begin in late 2012.

Opel introducing new 1.6L SIDI engine with start-stop system; 3 new engine generations over next 12 months part of major turnaround plan

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Production at the Szentgotthardt plant in Hungary will begin in late 2012. Click to enlarge. Our new 1.6 liter unit with 194kW/264 hp. Engines

Report: Suzuki broadening ties with Fiat with 1.6L diesel engine deal

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Suzuki plans to use the engines in the SX4, which the two jointly developed, at its assembly plant in Hungary. The Nikkei reports that Suzuki Motor Corp. is broadening its alliance with Fiat SpA, which will supply Suzuki with 1.6-liter diesel engines. The two began partnering on vehicle development and engine production technology in 2005.

Audi newly to begin production in Brazil in 2015; $200M investment in Curitiba

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To achieve that target, the company is making large investments at its large production sites in Germany and Hungary and is significantly expanding its production network outside Europe. Beginning in 2105, Audi AG will produce the new Audi Q3 and the new A3 Sedan on the premises of Volkswagen’s Curitiba plant in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil.

GM introducing new generation of modular 3- and 4-cylinder Ecotec engines; 11 variants from 1.0L to 1.5L

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Shenyang, China; Szentgotthárd, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; and Changwon, South Korea. New Ecotec 1.0L I-3, 1.4L I-4, 1.5L I-4 engines. The new 1.4L

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Audi begins construction of first North American plant

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r (Hungary); Bratislava (Slovakia); Changchun (China); Aurangabad (India); Martorell (Spain); and Jakarta (Indonesia). Audi has begun construction on a more than €900-million plant, comprising a press shop, body shop and assembly line in San José Chiapa, Mexico—the company’s first plant in North America. Brief

Audi developing modular assembly principle as successor to production line; Gy?r testing for 2018 e-tron electric motor production

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At its Győr engine plant in Hungary, Audi is developing a possible future production process for the electric drive motor to be used in the 2018 C-BEV. Audi is developing a new modular assembly principle intended as the enabler of the post-production line assembly era. The processes each have different timing, and are flexible. Earlier post.

Remy International, Inc. Supplying HVH Electric Motors to Daimler for 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Two-Mode Hybrid

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The Remy HVH motors for the Mercedes ML450 Hybrid will be manufactured at Remy’s manufacturing plant in Mezokovesd, Hungary. Source: Remy.

Opel expanding and enhancing its LPG offerings; new 1.4L LPG Turbo EcoFlex for Astra and Meriva

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Hungary has about 250 stations. The Opel Meriva can now be ordered with the 1.4 liter LPG Turbo ecoFLEX dual fuel engine. Click to enlarge. Opel is expanding and enhancing its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) offer. The Astra 5-door hatchback, the Astra Sports Tourer and the Meriva can now be ordered with the new 1.4 The Corsa 1.2 Fuel mode.

New Car Registrations in Europe Down 18.3% in February

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Other major markets were down with 7.7% (Czech Republic), 46.4% (Hungary) and 66.5% (Romania). Looking at the cumulative figures from January to February, Poland ranked first in absolute numbers with 56,841 new cars registered (+0.7%), followed by Romania (-58.8%), the Czech Republic (- 10.0% ) and Hungary (-31.4%). Source: ACEA.

Ford Focus 1.0L EcoBoost model accounts for 23.3% of Focus orders in April in Europe

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The Euro 19 markets are: Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Across Europe, more than 4,700 customers ordered a Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost in April, accounting for 23.3% Brief

Toray to enter large tow carbon fiber business via $584M acquisition of Zoltec; wind and automotive markets

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Zoltek entered into large tow carbon fiber business in 1988, and acquired textile acrylic fiber plants in Hungary and Mexico in 1996 and 2007 respectively, and has been promoting development of large tow carbon fiber application and demand. Toray Industries, Inc. is acquiring Zoltek Companies, Inc. for approximately $584 million ($16.75

New Daimler compact car plant begins production at BBAC in China

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million square meters, the Beijing-compact car site complements the current Mercedes-Benz’ compact model plants in Rastatt (Germany) and Kecskemet (Hungary) as well as the Valmet Automotive plant in Finland. The new plant will bring local passenger car production capacities to about 250,000 units by the end of 2015. FBAC). Brief

Siemens and Valeo to form joint venture in high-voltage electric powertrains

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The joint-venture will have a global focus and cost-efficient regional set-up, providing access to key markets for automotive electrification, such as Europe and China: headquartered in Germany, with facilities in France, Norway, Poland, Hungary and China. —Jacques Aschenbroich, Chairman and CEO of Valeo.

Daimler contracts with Valmet to increase production of new A-Class

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The new Mercedes-Benz compacts are produced in a network of the Mercedes-Benz plants in Rastatt, Germany, and Kecskemét, Hungary. Daimler has signed an agreement with the Finnish Supplier Valmet Automotive for the production of more than 100,000 units of the new A-Class ( earlier post ) for Daimler from 2013 through 2016. Brief

Opel presents new 1.0 SIDI Turbo engine at Aachen Colloquium; below 100 gCO2/km and ~59 mpg in the Adam

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New 1.0-liter SIDI turbo with 85 kW/115 hp. Click to enlarge. The 1.0 The 1.0 l/100 km (59 mpg US ). The 1.0 All vehicle applications of the 1.0 The 1.0

EU and China to collaborate on low-carbon city projects

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Climate-KIC currently has centers in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK and is represented in the regions of Valencia, Central Hungary, Emilia Romagna, Lower Silesia, Hessen and the West Midlands. It is the first time that local and regional authorities will play a leading role in such international relations. Brief

New Opel/Vauxhall Small Car to be Built in Eisenach; Possible Basis for a BEV

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On 21 September, Opel/Vauxhall announced a €500-million (US$674-million) investment in its engine plant in Szentgotthard, Hungary. Opel/Vauxhall will build an all-new small car targeted at the segment below the Corsa at its Eisenach plant in the east German state of Thuringia. The start of regular production is planned for 2013.

Exxon Mobil Acquiring XTO Energy in $41B Deal; Enhances US Position in Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil

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These will complement ExxonMobil’s holdings in the United States, Canada, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Argentina. Exxon Mobil Corporation is acquiring XTO Energy Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion. This represents a 25% premium to XTO stockholders. Completion of the transaction is expected in the second quarter of 2010.

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Downsized 4.0 TFSI for Audi S8 cuts fuel consumption 23% compared to predecessor; cylinder deactivation and start-stop

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Technologies such as plate honing are used during assembly of the V8 at the Audi plant in Györ, Hungary. Audi S8 4.0 Click to enlarge. The 4.0

New Mercedes-Benz compact CLA Shooting Brake; up to 60 mpg

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The CLA Shooting Brake is built at the company''s plant in Kecskémet, Hungary. Earlier post.) CLA Shooting Brake. Click to enlarge. Diesel.

European consortium investigating graphene-based materials for lightweight cars; energy-efficient and safe vehicles

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The 66 new partners come from 19 countries, six of which are new to the consortium: Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Israel.