A123 Systems opening new manufacturing facility in Czech Republic; support for increasing volume of 12V and 48V Li-ion systems

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Li-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems is expanding its operations in Europe by opening a new manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic city of Ostrava. The opening of the new facility is the result of a substantial surge in European market demand for low-voltage automotive products, a strategic focus of A123.

E.ON and Samsung SDI to cooperate in Li-ion stationary energy storage business

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will run battery projects in US, Germany, UK and Czech Republic first. SE recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Samsung SDI on co-operation in the energy storage business. The co-operation includes the development of profitable energy storage solutions and, to this end, to assess and develop a potential business model for targeting applications for Lithium-Ion batteries in selected regions and markets.

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Hyundai Opens €1B Manufacturing Plant in Czech Republic

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billion) manufacturing plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic. With mass production having started in November last year, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC), a fully-owned subsidiary of Seoul-based Hyundai Motor Co., With the completion of the Czech factory, Hyundai Motor now has a production foothold in all major markets, including the USA, China, India and Turkey. Hyundai Motor Co., officially opened its €1 billion (US$1.5

Volkswagen Group expands presence in Russia with agreements with GAZ

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GAZ personnel were trained at Volkswagen and ŠKODA plants in Germany and the Czech Republic, and a new training center was opened at GAZ. The Volkswagen Group and GAZ Group have extended their manufacturing agreement for Volkswagen and ŠKODA models in Russia until 2025. Furthermore, the Volkswagen brand will in future supply 2.0 TDI engines for GAZ light commercial vehicles, opening up new business opportunities in international markets.

EEA: Fuel efficiency improvements of new cars in Europe slowed in 2016

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Registrations increased in all EU Member States except in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Slovenia.

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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. Honda aims to win a new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency in an 8,500-mile (13,679 km) drive across all 24 contiguous EU countries in a 1.6

SEAT Ibiza sets new fuel economy record

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Then, with around 45litres of fuel at his disposal, he embarked on his tour of the 12 European states and drove through the cities of Mosty in the Czech Republic, Bratislava in Slovakia, Hegyeshalom in Hungary, Graz in Austria, Varazdin in Croatia, Maribor in Slovenia, Toblach in Italy, Innsbruck in Austria, Schaan in Liechtenstein, Zurich in Switzerland and Saint-Louis in France before finishing in Frankfurt, Germany.

Li-ion maker A123 Systems to build HQ complex in Michigan, shrink US cell manufacturing

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Production for these products will be located in close proximity to customers, including the new Novi manufacturing facility, the recently announced facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic and the ongoing expansion at the company’s Hangzhou, China campus. A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, plans to spend $40 million to build a new headquarters complex in Novi, Michigan.

Study finds that EV-specific factors rather than socio-demographic variables better predictors of EV uptake

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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., Trnava, Slovakia) agreed to establish the V4G4 Centre of Excellence for performing joint research, development and innovation in the field of Generation-4 (G4) nuclear reactors.

Ford Car Buying Trends 2015 shows increasing demand for semi-autonomous driving technologies in Europe

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The overwhelming majority (98%) still chose gasoline and diesel models.Gasoline was the fuel of choice for 56% of European drivers and nowhere was that more the case than in Russia, where customers chose 96% gasoline-powered cars, followed by the Netherlands (87%) and the Czech Republic (83%). European drivers are showing an increasing appetite for semi-autonomous driving technologies, according to a new Ford Motor Company study on buying trends in Europe.

Prague emergency service gets its first EV, a smart ed

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Prague (Czech Republic) Emergency service recently received its first electric vehicle, a smart ed (electric drive). The car is the first of 20 smart ed (electric drive) entering into the Czech Republic via a partnership with energy company E. Hybrid.cz It will be used for fast emergency response in the city center. ON and Smart.

A123 Systems opens Czech plant to produce 12V and 48V Li-ion systems

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A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, recently celebrated the opening of its new manufacturing facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic at which A123 will produce more than 600,000 units of its low voltage automotive systems annually for European customers.

SEAT Componentes to manufacture new 6-speed manual for Volkswagen Group MQB platform; 450K units/year

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Located in El Prat de Llobregat, this is one of the facilities owned by the Volkswagen Group worldwide for the manufacture of transmissions, together with the ones in Kassel (Germany), Mladá Boleslav and Vrchlabi (Czech Republic), Córdoba (Argentina) and the four plants located in China (Tianjin, Dalian, Changchun and Anting).

ŠKODA showing VisionC dual-fuel design concept at Geneva

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Based in the Czech Republic and part of the Volkswagen Group, ŠKODA is using the concept to highlight the evolution of the brand, as well as compliance with Europe’s 95 g/km target.

Magna providing composite liftgate assembly for BMW i3 EV

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The liftgate assembly is being produced at a Magna facility in the Czech Republic, using advanced manufacturing and bonding processes to ensure a high-quality product scalable for high-volume production. Magna International Inc. is leveraging its advanced composites and exteriors systems expertise to produce an innovative, lightweight composite liftgate assembly on the BMW i3.

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FISKER AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERS WITH MAJOR EUROPEAN AUTO RETAIL GROUP

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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.

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. Waze, the popular “connected driver” app that combines navigation with driver contributions on traffic, accidents and other road data, is adding a speed limit feature that will automatically notify drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit.

First fire of new prototype 3-cylinder TGDI engine for China’s Changhe

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litre turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) engine prototype is the culmination of 11 months of work by Ricardo engineers at the company’s facilities in Shanghai, the Czech Republic, Germany and the UK, as well as a team of Changhe resident engineers who have been based at Shoreham.

European Fast-E project launches; 278 fast-charging points in Germany and Belgium

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A sister project between the Czech Republic and Slovakia will add another 30 charging stations. The Fast-E project, co-financed by the European Union and nine companies, has officially launched , with the objective of installing 241 fast-charging charging stations in Germany and 37 in Belgium. The 278 charging points set up every 80 km along Germany and Belgium’s main motorways, will allow drivers of electric vehicles to “refuel” and extend their car’s range.

Skoda confirms new Rapid to sit between Fabia and Octavia

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The Czech Republic company has confirmed that the MissionL will be coming to the UK as the Rapid when it arrives at [.]. The Auto China 2012 show is in full swing in Beijing today, and Skoda is present with a modified version of the MissionL concept, seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011. Skoda Beijing China Rapid UK

Magna and bio-on to partner on bio-plastics for automotive industry

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Magna Interiors will utilize its facility in Liberec, Czech Republic, for joint testing. Magna International Inc., a leading global automotive supplier, and bio-on , an Italian intellectual property company, signed a cooperation agreement to start exclusive R&D activities on the use of bio-plastics for the automotive industry. bio-on has developed a new kind of bio plastic created through the use of naturally occurring bacteria which feed off sugar beet by-products.

Chart to provide fuel system for LNG-Hybrid barge delivering shore power in Hamburg

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All engineering, major capital equipment and assembly will be performed by Chart’s operations in Decin, Czech Republic. Chart Ferox, a.s., a member of Chart Industries’ Distribution and Storage (D&S) segment in Europe, has been awarded a contract by Hybrid Port Energy Gmbh & Co.

Continental urea sensors for efficient SCR NOx aftertreatment in diesels; measuring level, quality and temperature

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R&D for the urea sensor is located in Nuremberg (Germany) and in the new competence center at Ostrava (Czech Republic), which was only opened in 2014. The component is manufactured at the Frenstat location (Czech Republic).

Constellium investing $20M in Decin Site to boost production of specialty aluminum alloy products for automotive market

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has finalized a €15-million (US$20-million) investment in its site located in Decin, Czech Republic, to further its strategy of boosting production capacity of high-volume specialty alloy products to supply primarily the European automotive market. Constellium N.V.

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%). In February, 968,159 new passenger cars were registered in Europe (the EU27 + EFTA), 18.3%

PSA Peugeot Citroën to supply Toyota Europe with light commercial vehicles for the European market

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in the Czech Republic. Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC’s) European. subsidiary Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) and PSA Peugeot Citroën (PSA) have. signed an agreement under which PSA will supply light commercial vehicles to TME for. sale under the Toyota brand in the European market. Under the OEM agreement, in mid-2013 PSA will begin supplying TME with a. medium-sized van based on the Peugeot Expert and the Citroën Jumpy.

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% of the Ford Focus models in Europe’s major 19 markets.

DLR researchers use new camera to show deformation of propeller blade during flight

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Fritz Boden and Boleslaw Stasicki from the DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology carried out the experiments at Kunovice in the Czech Republic, using a single-engine Evektor VUT 100 Cobra.

BMW updates BMW Connected with expanded services, device support and availability

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BMW Connected was already offered in the USA, Germany, Austria, UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Luxembourg. At the Paris Motos Show, BMW introduced an expanded set of services, device support and availabilitiy in more countries. The personal mobility companion BMW Connected already comprises many functions designed to help users with their daily mobility needs.

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Dürr sells 2,000th sealing robot

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The EcoRS 30L16S milestone machine will perform rough seam sealing at Škoda in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, and it will also be a first. One trend in automotive manufacturing is toward fully automatic sealing of welds; robots are increasingly performing this task in automobile production. Dürr has now sold its 2,000 th sealing robot. With its shortened arm 1, the robot is particularly suitable for sealing applications inside car bodies.

KSPG awarded $342M in contracts for new compact EGR valve

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The valves are made not only at the German plants but also in the Czech Republic, Spain, USA, India, and China. Compact EGR valve. Click to enlarge.

JRC Report Concludes Extreme Weather Wont Affect Average Levels of European Crop Output for 2010; Yields Up, Although Acreage Down; Heat and Drought Have Huge Impact on Russia

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Meanwhile, both spring and early summer brought a severe shortage of rain to Belgium, the Czech Republic, northern Germany, Greece, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, eastern Poland and the UK. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia were hit by floods in the spring. The European Commission says cereal production in 2010 will be close to the average recorded since 2005.

Europe Passenger Car Registrations Down 7.4% in April

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Of the largest markets, Germany registered the largest number of new cars (259,414 units) though new registrations declined the most (-31.7%) percentage-wise, followed by Italy (-15.7%), the Czech Republic (-13.2%), Poland (-11.9%) and Austria (-11.6%). New passenger car registrations in Europe fell by 7.4%

Volkswagen Group outselling GM in China

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The positive delivery performance in Poland and the Czech Republic in particular offset the slight decline in Russia (-2.5%). The Volkswagen Group is having a very strong sales year so far in China. For September, deliveries were up 20.1% to 382,300 units compared to September 2015. For the nine-month period from January to September, VW Group deliveries were up 10.7% to 2,853,900 from the year before.

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Research Suggests Renewables Could Generate 40% of Global Power by 2050

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The Czech Republic, meanwhile, is also a major supporter of renewable energy. This would help the Czech Republic fulfil its pledge to increase twofold its renewables-generated electricity (in gross domestic power consumption), which amounted to 4% in 2008. Czech utility CEZ Group increased biomass electricity production to 327 gigawatts per hour (GWh) last year, up 33%.

Chevrolet Extends LPG Portfolio Throughout Europe

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Switzerland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain will offer LPG-versions in addition to the regular gasoline and diesel range. In 2009, Chevrolet will further expand its LPG product range throughout Europe. Chevrolet’s strategy is to offer LPG versions for its entire product line-up. This will include the brand-new Chevrolet Cruze, which will hit the European dealer showrooms in May 2009.

Proton Motor Previews Triple-Hybrid Electric Drive Passenger Bus

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The project was coordinated by UJV, a leading research institution in the Czech Republic.

Continental Introduces Its First Turbocharger

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Series production of Continental’s turbocharger will start in 2011 at the Trutnov plant in the Czech Republic. Section drawing: Fully-automated assembly delivers quality and cost advantages, according to Continental. Click to enlarge.

Kia introducing bi-fuel gasoline-LPG Picanto in Europe

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Initially, the bi-fuel model will be available in Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Portugal and the Netherlands, where it expected to account for up to 7% of Picanto sales. Picanto Click to enlarge. Responding to growing customer demand in Europe for small cars with low running costs and low emissions, Kia is introducing a bi-fuel gasoline-LPG model to its Picanto small car range.

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