Study of Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing Finds Mixed Performance for Most OEMs, BMW and Toyota as the Clear Leaders

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Sustainable Value Margin—the ratio of Sustainable Value to sales—for each of the evaluated manufacturers. A survey of the sustainability performance of 17 of the world’s leading automakers has found a mixed pattern when it comes to the sustainability performance of most of the car manufacturers. The BMW Group and Toyota are consistent industry leaders, creating extremely positive Sustainable Value over the entire review period—i.e.,

Honda secures auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase; 60% reduction in CO2 from N.A. manufacturing operations

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Seeking to slash CO 2 emissions from its North American manufacturing operations, Honda has entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for renewable wind and solar power that will cover more than 60% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America. Climate Change Emissions Manufacturing Power Generation Wind

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Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services to develop Industrial Cloud; open industry platform

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Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services (AWS) will develop the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud together. In the future, the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud will combine the data of all machines, plants and systems from all 122 facilities of the Volkswagen Group. By leveraging Amazon Web Services technology and services, Volkswagen is creating its Industrial Cloud as an open industry platform which other partners from industry, logistics and sales may use in the future.

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Borgward to build manufacturing facility in Bremen; all-electric-drive Borgward BX7 first model; Industry 4.0

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The company also plans to manufacture electric and plug-in-hybrid versions of the BX5 series and other models. Construction of the new manufacturing facility is scheduled to begin in early 2017. From the start, Borgward’s Bremen plant will base the technological aspects of its manufacturing system, processes, and equipment on the Industry 4.0 Borgward plans to create an SKD manufacturing facility with a production capacity of up to 10,000 vehicles per year.

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China wants auto industry to focus on energy saving

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5G mobile network goes live at all BMW Brilliance Automotive production sites in China

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BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) has become the first automobile manufacturer to enable full 5G wireless coverage at all its plants. With this development, BBA becomes the first automobile manufacturer to use 5G technology in automotive development and production. Effective application of 5G technology in these areas has the potential to transform automobile production and boost productivity. Industry 4.0 Manufacturing

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GAC Group begins construction of $6.5B industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles

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China-based automobile manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group), the parent company of GAC Motor, has begun construction of a large industrial park for electric and intelligent vehicles as part of its efforts to boost its electric vehicle business. Located in Guangzhou’s Panyu district in China’s southern Guangdong province, the industrial park has a planned area of 5 square kilometers. China Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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Manufacturer Spotlight: Skoda

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Where we stand: December, 2011 Perhaps there is no greater proof of how quickly times can change in the motoring industry than with Czech automobile manufacturer, Skoda. During the 1980s it was manufacturing cars that conceptually dated back to the 1960s and its dated image made it the punch-line to more than its fair share [.]. Manufacturer Spotlight Skoda environmental Manufacturing Spotlight new performance

European organisations settle on electric car plug system

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The Union of the Electricity Industry (EURELECTRIC), the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) have agreed on the Type 2/Type 2 Combo inlet/connector for electric vehicles, [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric car chargers electric cars European Automobile Manufacturers Association green cars

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New car sales surge continues in China

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Figures released by the Automobile Association, the Ministry of Information Industry and cited by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed that production in the country also rose by 57.7 [.]. Tags: Latest news Automobile Association China China Association of Automobile Manufacturers China car sales Ministry of Information Industry new car sales

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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

Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek entering automotive industry with connected and autonomous focus

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Fabless semiconductor company MediaTek plans to bring fully integrated multimedia, connectivity and sensor system solutions to the automotive industry beginning Q1 2017. We are developing semiconductor solutions to make an impact in the automotive industry and are focused on core areas of In-Vehicle Infotainment, Telematics, safety ADAS to further the evolution toward autonomous driving.

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CAR report quantifies automotive’s position as a leading high-tech industry

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Percentage of Global R&D Spending by Industry, 2013. A newly-released report by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) concludes that the automotive industry is not only “high-tech,” it is frequently a leader in technological developments and applications. The report, supported by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, measures the technological nature of today’s auto industry and compares it to other sectors of the economy often viewed as technologically advanced.

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Global truck manufacturers call for progress in regulatory harmonization to aid reductions in fuel consumption

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The world’s leading manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines called for further progress in regulatory harmonisation and closer cooperation among European, North American, and Japanese regulators in order to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption associated with on-road freight transport. Moreover, the industry leaders also explored the potential of intelligent transport systems (ITS) to further reduce emissions and improve road transport.

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DOE HPC4Mfg program funds 13 projects to advance US manufacturing; welding, Li-S batteries among projects

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A US Department of Energy (DOE) program designed to spur the use of high performance supercomputers to advance US manufacturing has funded 13 new industry projects for a total of $3.8 Among the projects selected are one by GM and EPRI of California to improve welding techniques for automobile manufacturing and power plant builds in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Partners range from small to large companies, industry consortiums and institutes.

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How Japan can reach its plug-in vehicle goal

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As Japan aims to take its plug-in vehicle sales to 600,000 a year by 2020, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) has outlined the steps that will need to be taken to reach this goal. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news electric vehicles hybrid vehicles JAMA Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association Japan Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry plug-in vehicles

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Audi and KIT working on recycling for automotive plastics via pyrolysis oil

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A large number of components in automobiles are made from plastics; these have to meet exacting safety, heat-resistance and quality requirements. In the medium run, components made from pyrolysis oil can be used again in automobiles.

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New car registrations slump across Europe

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February was not a good month for the car industry in Europe – as new car registrations slumped across the board. Cars Latest news car registrations Europe European Automobile Manufacturers Association new car salesIn total, there were 888,878 new car registrations across the European Union during the month – down 9.7 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year. Indeed according to the European [.].

Audi opens €1B San José Chiapa plant in Mexico; 1st on N.A. continent; Smart Factory

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Audi is further expanding its worldwide production network with the opening of the company’s first automobile plant on the North American continent. Audi is the first premium automobile manufacturer with product facilities in Mexico. Mexico is a powerhouse for automobiles and automotive components. With this facility, we have established an important site for the export of our automobiles to customers all over the world. Industry 4.0

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Small cars increase market share in Europe

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The European automotive industry is… getting smaller. That’s the verdict after figures were released by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) showing that the market share of smaller cars in Europe had risen from about 38.8 Tags: Cars Green cars Latest news ACEA European Automobile Manufacturers Association small car market share small cars

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Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting endorses harmonized global approach to improve fuel efficiency and reduce GHGs

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Leading global manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines gathering at the annual Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting endorsed a harmonized global approach as an effective pathway to further improve energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from commercial vehicles. The manufacturers have been pursuing policy cooperation for a number of years.

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China makes new energy vehicles the priority

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The 12th Five Year Plan for China’s auto industry is set to make new energy vehicles a top priority with China reportedly targeting annual sales of one million units by 2015 according [.]. Tags: Green cars Latest news China China Association for Automobile Manufacturers China new energy vehicles new energy vehicles New energy vehicles are the order of the day in China – in fact they are the order of the next five years.

European and Chinese Auto Manufacturers Groups Sign Cooperation Agreement

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The European Automobile Manufacturers’s Association (ACEA) has signed a cooperation agreement with the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) in Beijing. This cooperation agreement will allow both sides to exchange information on automotive industry trends in China and Europe and, particularly in China, to work more systematically on a coordinated approach regarding regulatory developments of common concern.

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Automakers try to wave Colorado off a California-style EV mandate

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According to a Reuters report, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a lobbying group for the auto industry, met with Colorado Governor Jared Polis last month to lobby him to adopt a voluntary EV program instead. After Colorado jumped on board California's Zero Emissions ship in January, automakers apparently weren't happy.

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California, 6 automakers finalize bilateral Clean Car Framework agreements

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The framework agreements are voluntary commitments that support continued annual reductions of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions through the 2026 model year, encourage an accelerated transition to electric vehicles, provide industry the certainty needed to make investments and create jobs, and save consumers money. Electric (Battery) Emissions Fleets Fuel Efficiency Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Auto Industry and Utilities Urge President Obama to Create to National Electric Fuel Task Force to Accelerate Plug-in Adoption

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Organizations representing auto manufacturers, electric utilities and the electric drive industry are calling on President Obama to establish a new National Electric Fuel Task Force to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure. Led by the Department of Energy, the task force would include federal and state regulators, standards organizations, utilities, environmental groups, consumer groups and electric drive industry stakeholders.

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Chinese Government think tank calls for refocusing auto industry on environment-friendly and energy-saving targets

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He also said that auto manufacturers should strengthen their safety and quality control standards. Sales of domestically-manufactured autos rose 36 percent year on year to reach 13.14 million units in the months through September, as lower-priced automobiles have become more affordable for better-off Chinese people, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on Oct. Xinhua.

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.

Automaker lobbyist group predicts doom, gloom over CAFE

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and auto-industry lobbyists are now sparring over the future of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for 2022-2025. At the recent CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, representative of both the EPA and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) debated over. emissions CAFE Alliance of Auto Manufacturers Fuel Economy Corporate Average Fuel EconomyThe U.S.

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Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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The study, which provides a joint industry analysis of how different types of batteries are used in different automotive applications, concludes that lead-based batteries will by necessity remain the most wide-spread energy storage system in automotive applications for the foreseeable future. Manufacturers will work to improve the performance, cost, systems integration, production processes and safety parameters for sodium-nickel chloride batteries.

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Toshiba to Supply Electric Drive Motors to Ford Staring in 2012; Expanding Manufacturing Capacity in US

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Toshiba Corporation will expand manufacturing capacity at its plant in Houston, Texas for production of the high-performance drive motors for HEV, PHEV and EV applications. The production will be Toshiba’s first overseas manufacturing base for automotive propulsion motors, which are currently produced in Mie Prefecture, Japan. TIC currently produces a wide range of low- and medium-voltage motors for numerous industries and applications.

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European, Japanese, and North American heavy-duty engine and vehicle manufacturers call for harmonized global approach to improve fuel efficiency

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Leading manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines called for a harmonized global approach and cooperation in efforts to improve fuel efficiency, with increased cooperation among European, Japanese and American regulators as a necessary key element. One key to that effort is working to harmonize vehicle and fuel requirements across governments and regions so that manufacturers can achieve economies of scale and work towards uniform specifications and requirements.

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Sustainable aluminum for battery housing of Audi e-tron

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Audi is the first automobile manufacturer worldwide to receive a certificate from the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative ( ASI ). With the Performance Standard certification, the ASI confirms that Audi meets the ASI requirements for industrial users of aluminum and sustainably designs and manufactures the aluminum components of the battery housing of the Audi e-tron. Batteries Electric (Battery) Sustainability Vehicle Manufacturers

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Commercial vehicle and engine manufacturers establish global secretariat to move more agressively on global harmonization of regulations

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European, North American and Japanese heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers will establish in 2012 a stronger administrative support for the activities of the annual Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting and its objective of global harmonization of heavy-duty vehicle regulations. The Global Secretariat will coordinate and monitor the progress of different tasks assigned by the Global Meeting of the industry executives, under the leadership of an Executive Secretary.

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China to Encourage Consolidation in Auto Industry; Push to Increase Market Share of Domestic Automakers

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China’s central government plans to implement a new policy in the first half of this year to encourage auto industry consolidation and further the development of Chinese-brand passenger vehicles, an official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said at a recent news conference. According to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), 4.58 China Daily.

BMW Group makes sustainability and efficient resource management central to its strategic direction

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The company is targeting the biggest reductions industry-wide in this area by 2030, thus following a more ambitious path than the 1.5 Batteries Electric (Battery) Emissions Lifecycle analysis Manufacturing Market Background Sustainability Vehicle Manufacturers

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European auto industry proposes further 20% cut in passenger car CO2 by 2030 from 2021; conditional on EV uptake and infrastructure; no ZEV mandate

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At the Frankfurt Motor Show, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) outlined the industry’s proposal for a pathway to future CO 2 reductions: a 20% CO 2 reduction for passenger cars by 2030, compared to 2021. A midpoint will then be derived from the translated manufacturer-specific WLTP targets for 2021. It’s also in line with what is expected of other industry sectors, as well as the EU Climate and Energy Framework and the global Paris agreement.

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Auto Industry Backs Additional Funding for Research into Impacts of Mid-Level Ethanol Blends

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) sent a letter to US House and Senate Energy and Water Appropriators in support of additional funding to complete research into the impacts of mid-level blends of ethanol. The auto industry in principle is not opposed to the introduction of such mid-level blends (i.e., Status of research into the effects of mid-level blends.

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European, Japanese and American Heavy-Duty Vehicle and Engine Manufacturers Call for Global Policy Cooperation to Improve Energy Efficiency and Emissions of Road Freight Transport

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The world’s leading heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturing companies are urging the close cooperation between policy makers in Europe, the United States and Japan to develop practical and effective fuel-efficiency measurement metrics, methodologies and regulations which would then be used all around the globe. A coordinated global approach for our industry is the most effective way to contribute to achieving global fuel efficiency improvements from the road freight sector.

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European, North American, and Japanese heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers call for global cooperation in promoting regulatory harmonization

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At the Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting in Tokyo, the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines called for further progress in regulatory harmonization and closer cooperation among European, North American, and Japanese regulators in order to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption associated with on-road freight transport. The best approach to reach this objective is for governments and industry to work together.

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Auto Industry Weighs in Against Murkowski Amendment that Delays EPA Regulation of Stationary Source CO2 Emissions

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) have sent a joint letter to US Senator Diane Feinstein, opposing an amendment to an appropriations act that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from spending money on regulating carbon dioxide from stationary sources under the Clean Air Act for a period of one year.

2009 71

European Auto Manufacturers Agree on First Phase of Specifications to Connect Plug-ins to the Grid

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The European automobile manufacturers have agreed to a first phase of joint specifications to connect electrically chargeable vehicles to the electricity grid in a safe and user-friendly way. Harmonized rules for phase 2 will apply for new vehicle types starting 2017, so to provide the industry with enough lead time to implement these new solutions in their vehicle development programs and to make necessary adaptation in the infrastructure.

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NHTSA Sets MY 2011 CAFE Standards; Estimates Industry-Wide 27.3 mpg

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The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has set the model year 2011 CAFE standards, which it estimates will raise the industry-wide combined light-duty vehicle fuel economy average to 27.3 Estimated Industry-wide MY 2011 CAFE. . The curves defining the performance target at each footprint reflect the technological and economic capabilities of the industry.

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