Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne dies suddenly

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On Saturday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles quickly replaced him as CEO with Mike Manley, who most recently. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Sergio Marchionne, the man who engineered a historic merger between Fiat and Chrysler to rescue the Detroit automaker from financial collapse, died Wednesday in Switzerland. He was 66. Marchionne died after complications from surgery last week.

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

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The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the. China government plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) regulation new energy vehicles

Honda hits 100M worldwide automobile production milestone

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announced that the company has reached the 100 million-unit milestone in cumulative global automobile production. Honda began automobile production in 1963 with the production of the T360 mini-truck, Honda’s first mass-production model, at Saitama Factory. In 1964, in order to move forward with full-scale automobile production, Honda constructed the first Honda plant dedicated to automobile production, Sayama Factory in Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture. Honda Motor Co.,

Saab Automobile files for bankruptcy

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Swedish Automobile N.V. Swan) announced that Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile), Saab Automobile Tools AB and Saab Powertrain AB filed for bankruptcy with the District Court in Vänersborg, Sweden. After having received the recent position of GM on the contemplated transaction with Saab Automobile, Youngman informed Saab Automobile that the funding to continue and complete the reorganization of Saab Automobile could not be concluded.

Gevo enters on-road automobile gasoline market in Houston with 12.5% isobutanol blend

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blend of its bio-isobutanol with gasoline marketed for use in automobiles has begun to be sold in the Houston area. Gevo, Inc. announced that a 12.5% This marks the first time that Gevo’s isobutanol has been specifically targeted towards on-road vehicles.

First driving behavior-based telematics automobile insurance developed for Toyota connected cars in Japan

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have jointly developed Japan’s first driving behavior-based telematics automobile insurance. The advance of telematics technologies has led to major changes in the automobile industry, such as the creation of a variety of new products and services that utilize automobile driving data.

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Lux: carbon fiber to go mainstream in automobiles by 2025

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Driven by a faster-than-expected pace of technology development, carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) will be poised to gain widespread adoption for automotive lightweighting by 2025, according to a new report from Lux Research, “Scaling Up Carbon Fiber: Roadmap to Automotive Adoption.”. Advances already underway in fiber, resin and composite part production will lead to a $6 billion market for automotive CFRPs in 2020, more than double Lux’s earlier projection. Earlier post.)

Zendrive launches smartphone-based automobile accident detection service

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Driving data and analytics company Zendrive—a BMW i Ventures portfolio company— announced the availability of Zendrive Accident Detection, a smartphone-based service which instantly determines that an automobile accident has taken place at a particular location.

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.

Saab Automobile AB files for voluntary reorganization, Saab Automobile Parts AB And Overseas Subsidiaries Excluded

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Swedish Automobile N.V. Swan) announced that Saab Automobile AB and its subsidiaries Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and Saab Automobile Tools AB (collectively Saab Automobile) filed for voluntary reorganization today with the District Court in Vänersborg, Sweden. As part of the reorganization filing, the court-appointed administrator will apply for the Swedish state’s wage guarantee scheme to allow wage payments to all Saab Automobile employees to be made.

Guangzhou Automobile Group to show battery-electric SUV concept at Detroit Auto Show

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Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd (GAC Group) is showing the Trumpchi GS5-BEV Pure Electric Vehicle Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The electric SUV concept is based on the conventionally-engined Trumpchi GS5 SUV which was introduced in March of 2012.

DS Automobiles unveiling high-performance E-TENSE electric GT concept at Geneva

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DS Automobiles, Citroën’s luxury brand spin-off, will introduce the high-performance electric GT concept DS E-TENSE at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week. The DS Automobiles brand has sold more than 600,000 vehicles since launch.

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

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Automobile Driving Museum show offers electric-car history retrospective

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The first modern electric cars to go on sale in large numbers were the Nissan Leaf and first-generation Chevrolet Volt, both of which arrived in showrooms in December 2010. But the history of electric cars stretches back much further than that—more than a century back, in fact. Electric cars achieved notable popularity at the turn of the. California Museum Vintage plug-in cars Historic

Saab Automobile to resume production

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Saab Automobile will soon resume production after Spyker Cars NV secured short term funding thanks to a €30million convertible loan agreement with Gemini Investment Fund Limited. Green cars Latest news saab Saab Automobile Saab production Spyker carsThe loan agreement has six months maturity with an interest rate of seven per cent; and in addition to the €30million, Saab will also make a drawdown request to [.].

Honda resumes production at automobile plant in Thailand

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand has resumed production of automobiles after suspending production since 4 October 2011, due to the damage sustained from the flooding in Thailand. After approximately four months of such restoration efforts, HATC is now ready to resume automobile productions at its plant.

Chery Automobile furthers electric car plans

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Chinese carmaker Chery Automobile has stepped up its efforts to introduce electric cars by signing up a high power battery supplier. China BAK Battery Inc has been signed up to supply the batteries for the Chery Automobile Ruilin M1 electric car. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries Chery Chery Automobile China electric cars green cars

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Rice study finds Houston intersections with traffic lights 9x more likely to see fatal pedestrian- and bicyclist-automobile crashes

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Hu used two colocation measures—global and local—to analyze the spatial relationship between pedestrian- and bicyclist-automobile crashes and intersections. The key finding of this research—that bicycle- and pedestrian-automobile crashes are collectively colocated with signalized intersections—suggests that these intersections require attention to make our streets safer for all.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe. This collaboration is in line with the implementation of the DAFI Directive (Directive 2014/94 - Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructures), with a particular focus on certain countries and regions, starting from Wallonia, Belgium.

Latest developments in Saab Automobile saga

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You might need a personal organiser to keep up to date with all the developments surrounding Saab Automobile – but now there is more breaking news. Green cars Latest news saab Pang Da Automobile Saab Automobile Saab production Saab rescue Spyker NVJust five days after the termination of its strategic partnership with Hawtai Motor Group (see article), Spyker Cars NV has now announced that it and Saab have signed a [.].

Saab Automobile secures short-term funding; production to resume

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Spyker) has secured the short-term funding of Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile) by entering into a €30-million (US$44.6 In addition to the receipt of €30 million from Gemini, Saab Automobile will make a drawdown request to the EIB for an amount of €29.1 As a result of the convertible loan and the EIB draw down—which is expected next week—Saab Automobile secured an amount of €59.1 Spyker Cars N.V.

Advanced Battery Technologies to supply Li-ion batteries for 20K Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile electric cars

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Advanced Battery Technologies signed a strategic partnership agreement with Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile Co., Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile specializes in research and development, design and manufacture of its Supercar-branded electric sports cars. Jiangsu Duke New Energy Automobile’s new energy project is authorized by the China Development and Reform Commission.

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Leonardo DiCaprio & Venturi Automobiles launch Formula E electric race car team

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Venturi Automobiles announced a joint venture with award-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio to enter a team in the new FIA Formula E Championship—the first fully-electric race series beginning in September 2014. Based in Monaco, the new Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team has been co-founded by DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of pioneering EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles, together with Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa.

Aisin Seki develops new economic electric water cooling pump for automobiles

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Following work to develop electric pumps for cooling inverters, Aisin Seki has now focused on automobile cooling systems. Aisin Seki electric water cooling pump installed in engine (red circle). Aisin Seiki. Click to enlarge. Aisin Seki Co.,

Honda begins building new automobile production plant in Brazil; starting with new Fit in 2 years

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HAB), the Honda automobile production and sales subsidiary in Brazil, has begun construction of its new automobile production plant in the city of Itirapina in the state of São Paulo (approximately 200 km (124 miles) northwest of the city of São Paulo). Combining the production capacity of the new plant with the existing plant in Sumaré, HAB’s total annual automobile production capacity will double from the current 120,000 units to 240,000 units.

Study finds automobile tires are a potential source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes to the environment

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A new study by researchers from Stockholm University concludes that automobile tires may be a potential previously unknown source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes—a type of high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)—to the environment. Automobile tire rubber in general consists of approximately 40?60%

Saab Automobile and Spyker enter into MOU with Pang Da Automobile on distribution/manufacturing partnership for China and equity participation

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Spyker) announced that it and Saab Automobile AB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pang Da Automobile Trade Co., Ltd (Pang Da), China’s largest publicly traded automobile distributor with more than 1100 dealerships nationwide. Saab Automobile will have up to 50% in the MJV, with Pang Da and a to-be-selected manufacturing partner owning the remaining shares.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles joining BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye in developing global autonomous driving platform; Level 4/5 by 2021

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BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to be the first automaker to join them in developing a world-leading, state-of-the-art autonomous driving platform for global deployment.

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ZF and start-up Levant Power partnering on first fully active, regenerative suspension for automobiles

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The first fully active and regenerative suspension is based on a pioneering electrohydraulic functional unit fitted to the exterior of the damper. Photo: ZF. Click to enlarge. ZF Friedrichshafen AG has entered into a partnership with Levant Power Corp. to build the first fully active suspension system with energy recovery function. GenShock technology is a fully active system for passenger cars which combines dynamics, safety and comfort characteristics with minimum energy consumption.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles make big changes to leasing department

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointments of Robert English to the role of National Corporate and Leasing Manager and Mike Miles.

Ankai Automobile Developing Plug-in Hybrid Bus for US Market

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The state-owned Chinese vehicle maker Ankai Automobile Co. Global Atlanta. is developing a plug-in hybrid electric bus for the US market. Ankai is China’s third-largest bus company; it has partnered since 1993 with Daimler Buses, producing Setra brand buses under license for the Chinese market. Ankai is working with Efficient Drivetrains Inc. EDI) in Palo Alto, CA to develop the plug-in hybrid’s drive train.

FIA grants homologation to nine manufacturers for 2018/19 Formula E season The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) released

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The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) released the names of the nine manufacturers that have been granted homologation from the 2018/19 season of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. DS Automobiles. Venturi Automobiles. FIA grants homologation to nine manufacturers for 2018/19 Formula E season.

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Honda begins installation of solar power generation systems at automobile dealership locations in Japan

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The installation is the kick-off of a project to install Honda Soltec solar power generation systems with a total capacity of 1 MW at Honda automobile dealership locations in Japan by 31 March 2014. This will be the largest solar power generation system installed at an automobile production plant in Japan. Honda Motor Co., has installed a 9 kW-capacity solar power generation system at the Adachi Odai location of the Honda Cars Tokyo Chuo dealer network.

Volkswagen Group & Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) jointly to develop EVs in China; new JV focused on NEVs

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Volkswagen AG and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., —An Jin, Chairman of the Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd (JAC) is a comprehensive automobile company encompassing R&D, production, sales and service and other businesses related to the production and sale of commercial and passenger vehicles, including powertrains.

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Study puts total automobile air emissions costs in 86 metro areas in US at $145M/day

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A new study published in the journal Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board estimates total automobile air emission costs in 86 US metropolitan areas to be US$145 million/day, with Los Angeles, California, and New York City (each US$23 million per day) having the highest totals. These external automobile air emission costs are important for social benefit and cost assessment of transportation measures to reduce vehicle use.

Fiat Group Automobiles, Chrysler Group International and GAC Group to Produce Jeep vehicles in China for Chinese market

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Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., Chrysler Group International LLC and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC Group) have reached an agreement to expand the joint venture partnership. Under the agreement, the joint venture, GAC Fiat, will begin localized production of three new Jeep vehicles for the Chinese market, expanding the portfolio of Jeep sport-utility vehicles (SUV) currently available to Chinese consumers as imports.

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MIRA to Support New Guangzhou Automobile Vehicle Program

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Guangzhou Automobile Co. Ltd (GAC) and MIRA have signed a contract for MIRA to provide support on a new vehicle programme for GAC. Through a combined GAC/MIRA team of engineers, this engineering programme will help GAC to deliver its new passenger car—the first to carry GAC’s own brand—to the market. GAC is one of China’s most successful vehicle manufacturers, with successful joint venture partnerships with Toyota, Honda and most recently Fiat.

Frost & Sullivan: market for lightweight materials in automobiles to reach $95.34B in 2017

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These laws have resulted in the lowering of vehicles’ weight through the replacement of heavy materials in certain systems with lighter alternatives, as the weight of the automobile has a direct bearing on its fuel efficiency.

PSA Peugeot Citroën partnering with IBM on “Connected Services” for automobiles

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PSA Peugeot Citroën plans to use IBM Big Data and Analytics and IBM MobileFirst solutions to launch new customized services for connected vehicles. The two companies are working together to integrate the massive amounts of data from cars, phones, traffic signals, lights and other sources and analyze it in real-time for delivery. This innovation and collaboration with IBM is expected to offer new and essential services for both drivers and passengers.

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Electric Or Gasoline? Vintage Woods Automobile Could Do Either, If Required

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Virtually every automotive advancement changed the direction of the automobile, and--perhaps more significantly than anything else--nobody had quite decided what cars should run on. The turn of last century must have been a fascinating period to live in. Within the last quarter century or so, the car itself had been invented by Karl Benz.

Automobile production in Japan dropped 6.7% in November, led by 30.3% decline in small cars

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Automobile production in Japan dropped 6.7% year-on-year in November to 802,009 units, according to data from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. Passenger car production dropped 8.2% to 689,808 units, led by a 30.3% decline in small cars to 165,866 units. By contrast, production of standard cars of more than 2L displacement rose 3.7% to 415,548 units. Mini car (less than 660 cc) production dropped 4.2% to 108,394 units. Truck production was up 3.3%

Honda to build new automobile production plant in Thailand; total capacity to increase to 420,000 units in 2015

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), Honda’s automobile production and sales subsidiary in Thailand, plans to build a new automobile production plant with an annual production capacity of 120,000 units. billion baht (US$576 million), including acquisition of the land and construction of the automobile assembly and engine plant, the new plant is scheduled to become operational in 2015.

Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., Chrysler Group International LLC and GAC Group sign framework agreement to expand cooperation in China

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Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC Fiat Automobiles Co., GAC Fiat ), incorporated on March 9, 2010, is jointly invested by Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., GAC) and Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. Chrysler Group International LLC. GAC Group) have signed a Framework Agreement to expand their cooperation on passenger car manufacturing and sales in China.

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