Munich. A first in the automotive industry, the models of the NEUE KLASSE to be launched from 2025 will include plastic trim elements whose raw material contains around 30% recycled fishing nets and ropes. This raw material is proactively sourced from ports around the world to ensure it does notRead More →

These automakers are entering the NFT space. Last year, a Tesla Model X miniature car signed Elon Musk was struck as a non-fungible token (NFT) and auctioned on OpenSea. The auction didn’t turn out to be very successful (probably because it wasn’t an official release made by Tesla), but itRead More →

IT MIGHT be somewhat removed from the automotive space, but the fact remains that electricity, its production and its use occupy a prominent place in a world towards which we are rapidly moving. Combined with other forms of new power generation systems, fuel cells produce electricity from hydrogen through anRead More →

David Borland, EY UK & Ireland Automotive Leader, comments on the SMMT new car registration figures for August 2022: “The trilemma of financial, energy and supply chain pressures continues to impact all sectors, with automotive at the center of the storm. showed some green sprouts with a 1.2% increase fromRead More →

Aside from STANDARDIZED EV charging sockets, significant progress is being made in providing facilities for EV owners to charge their vehicles. Commercial charging stations of various types and in various situations are beginning to appear primarily in major cities and adjacent suburbs with deployment expected to continue as government andRead More →

BRISBANE-based Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) says its new aluminum-ion graphene batteries could change electric vehicle technology as we know it by offering less weight, faster charging, longer life and better environmental credentials than their lithium-ion counterparts. With sights set on the global battery market – estimated to be worth $50Read More →

US President Joe Biden signed into law a bill this week that will provide billions of dollars to bolster the country’s semiconductor production, including dedicated funding for microchips used by the automotive industry, reports Automotive News. The bipartisan bill, known as the CHIPS and Science Act, provides more than US$52Read More →

As the chip shortage continues, automakers continue to curb production, cutting 180,000 vehicles from production worldwide this week alone. Nearly 100,400 of them are eliminated from factories in North America, Automotive News reported, based on data from AutoForecast Solutions (AFS). This week’s production cuts are the largest recently reported byRead More →

Over the past few decades, the UK economy has become increasingly service-oriented. But as the opening ceremony from the powerfully illustrated Birmingham Commonwealth Games, the industry still holds a special place in the imagination of regions like the West Midlands. At the Alexander Stadium, Jaguars, Minis and Rovers of variousRead More →

SUPPLY issues and scorching competition forced Ford Australia to call time on the hot Fiesta ST and Focus ST hatchbacks less than 12 months on consumer variants of the range have been discontinued locally. Sales of the models had plummeted to near zero as performance car buyers shopped elsewhere, depositingRead More →

An avalanche of acronyms is how the alphabet soup that is Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) terminology has often been described…and it started decades ago, perhaps with the anti-lock braking now forever dubbed ABS. To clarify, ADAS is any group of electronic technologies that assist drivers with driving and parkingRead More →

USAGE of Ford’s hands-free driving option, called BlueCruise, is growing rapidly in the US as it promises a self-driving version on certain “qualified” highways. BlueCruise is available as an over-the-air (OTA) download for compatible vehicles and only really took off last year. It is gaining momentum as upgrading (downloading) theRead More →

GERMANY is set to cut financial incentives offered for the purchase of new electric vehicles from next year, as the popularity of electric models makes government subsidies unnecessary. In a report by Reuters this week, the German government also outlined its intention to completely scrap incentives for plug-in hybrid vehiclesRead More →

THE Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has declared its intention to become the first Australian state or territory to ban the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. The ban is signaled for 2035 by Greens MP Shane Rattenbury, the territory’s energy and emissions reduction minister. Mr Rattenbury said the ACTRead More →

J he UK car industry suffered its worst June for new car sales since 1996. New vehicle registrations fell 24.3% last month from June 2021, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Global shortages of components such as semiconductors continue to hamper automakers’ ability to meet demand,Read More →

ON A technicality, new laws coming into force in Australia on July 1 could delay the implementation of so-called “locked-down” Electronic Control Units (ECUs), but changes to US regulations will be difficult to circumvent and will likely have repercussions effect. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been pushingRead More →

BOSCH announced this week that it had acquired Melbourne-based MoTeC (Motorsports Technology) for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition agreements were signed by Bosch and the MoTeC Group this month and are currently subject to merger control approval. Bosch says that in terms of organisation, MoTeC – headquartered in Croydon, VictoriaRead More →

ReportLinker ResearchInChina has released the “Global and Chinese Flying Car Industry Research Report 2022”. A flying car is a three-dimensional vehicle. Generally speaking, it is a low-altitude intelligent autonomous transport tool carrying goods or people, namely the electric vertical take-off. and landing (eVTOL). New York, June 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)Read More →

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:11 PM An electric vehicle being charged Automotive groups have criticized the government’s decision to remove subsidies for newly purchased electric vehicles (EVs), fearing it will deter buyers from entering the market. In a shocking blow to the car industry, the Department for Transport (DfT) hasRead More →

“Good artists borrow, great artists steal” – Pablo Picasso. In 1896, Ford manufactured its first car and its most lucrative flight. While the manufacture of the quadricycle was a major feat, it came 11 years after two Germans – Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz – developed the first gasoline-powered automobile.Read More →

German car sales took another hit in May, official figures showed on Wednesday, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and tight supply chains added to the industry’s woes. New registrations in Europe’s biggest economy fell 10.2% year-on-year to just over 207,000 cars, the Federal Transport Authority (KBA) said in a statement.Read More →

South Africa is such a strange place. Five partial municipal elections were held on Wednesday, two of which were made necessary because the former public representative was violently killed. There is mass unemployment, load shedding, flooding and the usual setbacks that we talk about every day. And during this lastRead More →

POWER tech giant Cummins has unveiled a 15-litre hydrogen engine that could pave the way for emission-free heavy-duty transport. Launched at the Advanced Clean Transport Expo in California, the new powertrain called X15H is an internal combustion engine that will run much like a diesel engine but with clean hydrogenRead More →

ANCAP has given the Kia EV6, Mercedes-Benz C-Class (sedan) and Volkswagen Multivan PHEV (on sale in New Zealand) a five-star maximum safety rating. All three models have been tested against the more stringent ANCAP 2020-2022 testing requirements. The recently launched battery-electric EV6 scored well in all key elements of theRead More →

BMW and Mini could switch to a direct sales agency model in Europe, but the local subsidiary of the Bavarian group says it has no plans – for the time being – to follow this example. BMW Group Sales and Marketing Director Pieter Nota recently told Automotive News Europe (ANE)Read More →

GENERAL Motors CEO Mary Barra told Automotive News Europe that the company can re-enter the European market as a company focused on electric vehicles and that it has no seller’s remorse for divesting Opel and Vauxhall in 2017 to what was then the PSA group. It remains unclear whether theRead More →

THE shortage of microprocessors continues to wreak havoc on global vehicle production, with European and North American production facilities recording particularly large losses in the latter part of May. According to a report in Automotive News, North American factories pulled about 87,500 vehicles from their production schedules, with European assemblyRead More →

LESS than 48 hours after the announcement of the federal election results, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) called on the Albanian government to adopt the industry’s own voluntary emissions reduction program for Australia’s light-duty vehicle fleet. According to FCAI CEO Tony Weber, the time has come for theRead More →

The future looks uncertain for front-drive compact cars from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, as German premium brands seek to prioritize profit margins on high-end models – rather than high-volume ones – with their upcoming battery electric products. Speaking at the recent Financial Times Future of the Car 2022 conference, Mercedes-Benz chiefRead More →

MANILA – For two consecutive months, sales by local vehicle assemblers have grown more than 40%, with April 2022 sales increasing 40.9%, the Philippine Chamber of Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. reported on Thursday. (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA). . Vehicle sales increased to 25,149 units last month from 17,843Read More →

Auto industry still not out of the woods and Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) decision to raise repo rate by 45 basis points will make car loans expensive, senior official says of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA). Comparing April 2022 auto sales to April 2019, FADA Chairman VinkeshRead More →

VW, Skoda, Honda access Swarm technology to prevent accidents, avoid traffic jams and get closer to fully autonomous driving. Volkswagen, Skoda and Honda are among the brands using or testing Swarm technology to provide excellent driver assistance capabilities. The solution is such a big step towards high-level autonomy that aRead More →

FOLLOWING the appointment of Paul Sansom of Volkswagen Group Australia to its Board of Directors last month, the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) today announced that Glen Walker of SEA Electric has been accepted to the Board of Directors of the ‘organization. As Vice President of SEA Electric Asia Pacific, Mr.Read More →

“DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR NEW ORDERS.” That’s the message that potential Polestar 2 buyers greet on the company’s Australian website when they try to access the Volvo sub-brand car configurator. Under normal circumstances, this would be the first step towards placing an online order forRead More →