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BMW AG future models - BMW cars

8 July 2020 | Glenn Brooks

The company which forged its reputation long ago with the first generation 3 Series shows no sign of phasing out cars. BMW knows that sedans reinvented for the 2020s is what customers want in China and Europe. And even though buyers in North America prefer a bias towards SUVs, last year BMW USA's cars still outsold its light trucks.

Virtual and augmented reality get COVID-19 boost – should the auto industry embrace this technology?

6 July 2020 | Mike Vousden

Virtual and augmented reality get COVID-19boost –should the auto industry embrace this technology?Virtual reality (VR) and its cousin, augmented reality (AR) were previously niche facets of the gaming industry, but have been growing in popularity since COVID-19 lockdown orders were implemented in many countries as consumers seek out new forms of escapism closer to home. Of the USD300m of non-advertising revenue Facebook reported in Q1 2020, a large proportion of that was driven by the company’s Oculus virtual reality gaming offshoot demonstrating the technology’s growing importance.

Daimler future models - Mercedes EQ [now with Hambach update]

3 July 2020 | Glenn Brooks

BMW has i and Audi has e-tron: these are reserved for electric vehicles. Mercedes-Benz instead has one name for both electric and electrified vehicles: EQ.

China introduces measures to support struggling NEV segment

1 July 2020 | editorial team

The Chinese government over the last few months has introduced a number of measures to help the country’s struggling new energy vehicle (NEV) sector recover from the sharp economic downturn caused by outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

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Faurecia VP on connected and personalised car interiors

6 July 2020 | Matthew Beecham

If you appreciate uncluttered, simple dashboards, then it will come as welcome news that traditional buttons are gradually disappearing in favour of multi-functional touchscreens. The increasing use of multi-screens supports our view that such in-car technology is increasingly becoming a personal assistant, allowing for intelligent messaging and personalised content. To learn more about what we can expect in car, we spoke to Alexander van Laack, Vice President of Sales – FCA, Nissan and New Entrants, Faurecia Clarion Electronics. Launched last year and headquartered in Japan, Faurecia Clarion Electronics brings together the software and electronics expertise of Clarion, Parrot Automotive and Coagent Electronics as well as other acquisitions such CovaTech and Creo Dynamics.

Exponential demand for ADAS puts pressure on vehicle testing

29 June 2020 | Matthew Beecham

The volume and complexity of vehicle testing for assessments and approvals are expanding rapidly, causing concern for the industry. To find out how it is coping with the burgeoning test workload, we spoke to Wesley Hulshof, Senior Applications Engineer responsible for overseeing the growth of the testing service division within the AB Dynamics group.

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CATL and Honda agree EV battery strategic alliance

10 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

China's Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) and Honda Motor said they had signed an agreement "to form a comprehensive strategic alliance on new energy vehicle batteries to strengthen their strategic partnership and promote the popularisation of e-mobility".

Freyr secures US$14m lithium-ion financing

10 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Freyr says it has successfully completed NOK130m (US$13.8m) of pre-construction financing of the first lithium-ion battery cell (LIB) facility in Norway with significant local and regional support.

EDAG and Hexagon Purus team on hybrid storage

10 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

EDAG Group and Hexagon Purus are investigating how a hybrid storage system can be implemented that can combine the advantages of both drive alternatives in a joint research project funded by HessenAgenture.

Amazon to use stock awards to keep Zoox workers - report

10 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Amazon plans to create at least US$100m in stock awards to retain the approximately 900 employees of Zoox, the self-driving car startup it offered to buy last month, and can walk away from the deal if large numbers of them turn down job offers from the technology giant, Reuters reported.

Hankook supplies Porsche Taycan EV

10 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Hankook is supplying the Porsche Taycan with its Ventus S1 evo 3 ev tyre, which has been developed for the needs of electric vehicles.

Toyota debuts new Corolla Cross in Thailand

9 July 2020 | editorial team

Toyota Motor launched the new Corolla Cross compact SUV in Thailand on Thursday (9 July) in what was the global debut for the model. It has also been confirmed for sale in Australia from late 2022.

Tesla 'very close' to level 5 autonomous driving technology - Elon Musk

9 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is "very close" to achieving level 5 autonomous driving technology, chief executive Elon Musk was quoted as saying on Thursday.

British Gas orders 1,000 Vauxhall Vivaro e-vans

9 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

British Gas has ordered 1,000 all-electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e vans for its engineers.

Coop to deploy Scania electric truck in Denmark

9 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Danish retail company, Coop, is to deploy a battery electric Scania truck in its city distribution operations.

Gig Car Share to use Ridecell Mobility Platform in Seattle

9 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Ridecell says  Gig Car Share, powered by AAA Northern California, will use its Mobility Platform for expansion in Seattle.

ABB joins eCharge4Drivers consortium

8 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Along with 31 other stakeholders, ABB is to collaborate with eCharge4Drivers to conduct demonstrations across key EU cities to understand consumers’ perspectives on EV charging infrastructure.

BMM Networks looks to raise capital for UK charging points

8 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Electric vehicle charging provider, BMM Networks is raising capital to expand its network of British public points through Growthdeck, the private equity investment firm.

Hyundai-Kia and SK Group heads discuss future EV collaboration

8 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Hyundai Motor Group executive vice chairman Chung Euisun this week met with the chairman of South Korean conglomerate SK Group, Chey Tae-won, to discuss opportunities to collaborate on electric vehicles (EVs).

Volvo Cars invests in blockchain firm

8 July 2020 | Dave Leggett

Geely-owned Volvo Cars says it has made an investment in blockchain technology firm Circulor through the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, the company’s venture capital investment arm.

Ford selects Here platform for hands-free driving

8 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Here Technologies says Ford has chosen its platform to enable safe hands-free driving.

British Gas orders 1,000 Vauxhall electric vans

7 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

British Gas said it had ordered 1,000 new all-electric Vivaro-e vans from PSA's Vauxhall. It's claimed to be the largest commercial BEV (battery electric vehicle) order placed in the UK to date.

Hyundai exports first batch of hydrogen powered trucks

7 July 2020 | editorial team

Hyundai Motor this week said it exported its first hydrogen powered trucks from South Korea, a batch of 10 heavy duty fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) destined for Switzerland.

Karma to expand European retail network

7 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

Karma Automotive is to expand its business in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

VW starts converting and expanding Emden plant for EVs

6 July 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen said on Monday it had started to convert its Emden plant in Germany to an EV factory with the first electric cars expected off the line there from 2022.

InoBat Auto secures extra EUR10m funding

6 July 2020 | Simon Warburton

InoBat Auto has secured an additional EUR10m (US$11.3m) investment to fund the development of a 100 MWh R&D centre and production line in Slovakia.

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