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Chips, fisheyes and LA’s back – the week

19 Nov 2021

It was good to see the reappearance of the LA auto show this week, albeit with a bit of ‘mobility’ rebranding. In the circumstances, it looked like a reasonable turnout from exhibitors, too.

2021 Los Angeles auto show – world premieres

Hyundai and Kia both made big splashes with large e-SUVs.

Hyundai and Kia unveil EV concepts at AutoMobility LA

We also have a timely analysis of future Kia product.

Future Kia models – is it all about EVs?

Today is press day at Guangzhou.

Guangzhou motor show debuts – Genesis e-GV70

Is an automotive gorilla about to gobble up McLaren?

McLaren denies Audi acquisition report, but speculation swirls

Every week seems to bring us new supply chain concerns.

Weak lithium-ion supply chains to slow electric vehicle adoption in the West – analyst

Panasonic could be about to make a considerable technological leap in batteries.

Panasonic shows prototype 4680-format battery cell

The chips shortage rumbles on (EU new car sales were down 30% in October), but there are growing signs of progress being made in tackling the structural capacity issues.

Ford and GlobalFoundries work to address chip supply

There are many possible strategies for automotive companies to deploy on the journey to carbon neutrality. On the hydrogen front, Toyota is emerging as a significant player and is collaborating with Kawasaki, Subaru, Mazda and Yamaha on the production, transportation and use of hydrogen.

Toyota bets big on hydrogen as an alternative route to carbon neutrality

Suppliers also have a challenge on their hands to become carbon neutral and their OEM customers will be on their respective cases.

Veoneer aims to be carbon neutral by 2040

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Foxconn’s automotive strategy involves working with Taiwanese companies.

Yulon to launch first Hon Hai-based EV in 2023

What automotive company is talked about most on social media? The numbers have been crunched and, twitter ye not (apologies to the late Frankie Howerd), the answer is…Tesla. Number two was a surprise though.

GlobalData reveals top 10 most mentioned automotive companies on social media in 2021

Finally, there was a nice nod to the inventor of the fisheye lens (Robert Wood, in 1909) in Valeo’s naming of a clever piece of new technology.

Valeo releases multitask fisheye camera open source dataset

Have a nice weekend.

Dave Leggett

Editor, Just Auto