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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. Mercedes-Benz said that the “Concept IAA” exemplifies the fundamental technological changes which are taking place in the automobile industry.

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. This has occasionally made for some very frustrated high-end customers already. 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 The German manufacturer had already decided to invest €4.4billion in the country as it attempts to reinforce its position as one of the leaders in this key sales market. [.].

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

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On the eve of the 2016 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, Toyota announced that it will launch plug-in hybrid versions of the Corolla and Levin—two mass-market models, both of which have conventional hybrid variants—in China during 2018.

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

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An analysis of the global automobile industry’s recent patent activity by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters has found a massive commitment from carmakers and their suppliers to new propulsion technology.

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. The formal establishment of the Silicon Valley facility will help BJEV gain familiarity with the needs and requirements of overseas markets, raise its profile as well as that of China’s industry as a whole and ultimately facilitate the full integration of BJEV into the global marketplace.

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. A team of scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University has synthesized a powerful new magnetic material that could reduce the dependence of the United States and other nations on rare earth elements produced by China.

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. As part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), Germany’s federal government and industrial sector are investing more than €40 million (US$51 million) to expand the country’s network of hydrogen filling stations.

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. The six partners in the “H2 Mobility” initiative ( earlier post )—Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total—have signed an agreement in principle upon a specific action plan for the construction of a Germany-wide hydrogen refueling network for fuel cell powered electric vehicles.

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

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plasma combination in removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), automobile exhaust treatment, carbon dioxide reduction, and methane reforming on a lab scale. Especially in the automobile industry, the plasma?catalyst Schematic diagram of the plasma?catalyst catalyst reactor.

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 billion dollars from investors as diverse as Leonardo di Caprio and Kleiner Perkins, obtain a

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. In addition, the Volkswagen Group and the Chinese joint venture partner SAIC are investing in the Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) proving ground in Xinjiang province, western China.

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. Renault said that EOLAB breaks new ground in the automobile industry by using magnesium sheeting. EOLAB. Click to enlarge.

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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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The analysis examines how these global forces may impact business and industry; calculates the environmental costs to business; and calls for business and policymakers to work more closely to mitigate future business risk and act on opportunities. Sector analysis: Automobiles.

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.

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. Professor Figge from Queen’s University Management School said: “Economic crisis, energy crisis, climate crisis and recent global developments have affected the automobile industry like few other sectors.

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 has conducted extensive research and testing on its battery-switch technology combined with managed charging, which takes into account the attributes and needs of the electric grid as the electric-car industry grows rapidly in China.

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. Audi’s e-gas plant. Click to enlarge.

“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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In June 2013, Audi commissioned a power-to-gas facility in the north German town of Werlte, thus becoming the first automobile manufacturer to develop a chain of sustainable energy sources. The pilot plant is also demonstrating that industrialization of liquid Audi e‑fuels is also possible.

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. GM OnStar will launch its Emergency, Security, Navigation, Diagnostics and Connectivity services in Brazil on the Chevrolet Cruze later this year.

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. Therefore, in my view, much is to be said for a large investment partnership of government and industry for the best possible public charging infrastructure in Germany ,” dpa quoted Winterkorn as saying.

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. The first draft of the 12 th Five-year Plan for China's automobile industry has already been formulated and the formal plan is scheduled to be released at the end of 2010.

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. The 15-point increase in the percentage rating the auto industry positively ties the largest one-year improvement in Gallup's 10-year history of measuring public opinion on major US business industries.

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. Johnson Controls is expanding its manufacturing operations in China by beginning production of advanced lead-acid batteries for Start-Stop vehicles to help automakers meet increasingly strict fuel economy and emission regulations.

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

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which represents the components suppliers of the automobile industry, and SMEs that produce seat covers—Borgstena Group (Project Coordinator); safety belts—ALATEX; smart textiles—Sensing Tex, S.L.;

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. The move towards adoption of carbon fiber is expected to soon gain momentum as a solution for significantly reducing the automobile body weight.

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

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This material used for the color base coat makes it possible to use any exterior paint color, which is an automobile industry first for a 3-coat/2-bake process, according to Honda research. Honda Motor Co., has developed the “Honda Smart Ecological Paint (Honda S.E.

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). China has become our largest and most important market.

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. At the Geneva show, Winterkorn introduced the Future Tracks program by saying : Over the next few years, our industry will face one of the greatest upheavals since the invention of the automobile.

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. These technologies will be key building blocks to achieving fully automated driving. The fact is, automated driving is happening now and will continue to expand in capabilities and mainstream use in the very near future.

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. Hence, high performance battery systems which meet automobile energy use, and especially space requirements, remain paramount in establishing the next generation of EVs and PHVs.

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.,

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. Such “ excessive and unpredictable ” pricing policy would affect the competitiveness of manufacturing in Europe, including the automotive industry, according to a statement from ACEA, the European auto industry’s trade association.

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 [.]. Green cars Latest news CARS21 European Automobile Manufacturers Association green cars Sergio Marchionne

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. Protean Electric introduced its production in-wheel motor at the 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit. Earlier post.). The motors reside in the space behind the wheel.

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

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The HELLA Group develops and manufactures components and systems in lighting technology and electronic products for the automobile industry and has one of the largest retail organizations for vehicle parts, accessories and diagnostics in Europe.

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

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A hybrid plastics/metal airbag housing with integrated lead frame, co-developed and produced by Quadrant Creative Molding & Systems for an automotive steering wheel airbag assembly, reduces weight, packing space and costs.

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. For private households, electricity rates were nearly 40% higher than the European Union average in 2012; for industrial facilities, 20%.

Japan to push hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

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The automobile industry may be heading towards an era of electrification, but Japan has not given up on fuel cell technology. According to a report in business daily, The Nikkei, the Japanese government will launch a public-private initiative aimed at applying hydrogen used in oil refining to power fuel cell vehicles. It states that with [.].