The global chips shortage and Covid-19 seemed to bite the world’s auto industry this week. Toyota is cutting its September output plans due to the chips and other parts supply shortages. Others will surely follow. Toyota, it is worth reminding ourselves, is one of the better OEMs when it comes to supply chain management.
Hyundai is also being impacted in the US: Hyundai halts US production due to chip shortage
Toyota also cited problems sourcing parts from southeast Asia, where the Delta variant of Covid-19 is causing an upsurge in infections and measures to control population movement. Malaysia’s July vehicle market presents a sobering top line stat.
The semiconductors shortage shows no sign of easing soon, despite evidence of work to examine supply chains and look at new solutions. This seemed interesting: ESI says it can reduce semiconductor content in vehicles
Moving on from immediate concerns, it is interesting to note that when it comes to future mobility, there are still investments taking place. Chinese internet giant Baidu sees a big future for robocars and is developing the technologies.
This concept from a company in Germany intrigued me and it’s apparently getting some traction with the involvement of Magna to take it to series production.
In terms of inner city freight distribution and logistics, this Volta electric truck looks good and is now being tested.
In the EV batteries area, CATL has an aggressive international growth strategy that requires funding.
On the supplier front, it’s good to see Mahle looking after its employees.
And Faurecia is looking to acquire 60% of Hella
We’ve got some future model features published this week that are well worth a look.
And still on Tesla: Why is Tesla considering a plant and lobbying for import duty cuts in India?
Before we leave Tesla. Elon Musk is known for his fondness for science fiction as well as his grand visions. So, how about a humanoid robot, a ‘Tesla Bot’?
As a number of observers have noted, the project brings to mind the 2004 science fiction movie starring Will Smith and a very futuristic Audi, as well as AI-infused robots that jumped their control settings: I,Robot.
Now that we are in the second half of August, attention is turning to the big IAA show next month in Germany. No, not Frankfurt this time, but Munich. Here’s our updated model debuts list. Check back to the URL as it gets updated regularly.
It is, of course, the time of the year that many of us take vacations. If you find yourself near deep water, do be careful. Here’s a nice recycling project with a cleverly executed safety message. Flip-flops with a twist. Well done Ford.
Have a nice weekend.
Dave Leggett, Editor, Just Auto