Month: April 2021

Volkswagen Group Components announced the launch of the second production line for MEB-related battery systems at its plant in Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany that significantly expands the overall battery manufacturing capabilities. Both the first and the second production line have a maximum capacity of 250,000 battery systems (modules and packs) for MEB-based electric cars, like the Volkswagen ID.3,
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The Mercedes-Benz EQS full-electric sedan is so packed with technology that much of the automaker’s 70-page press release on the car is devoted to explaining it. But there is one feature that the EQS surprisingly doesn’t have: A rear-view camera system that replaces traditional mirrors. To solve the problem of blind spots – made worse
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You don’t have to go all the way to Stuttgart, or even to company-owned facilities in Atlanta for restoration of your classic Porsche. To underscore that fact, the 2021 Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge involves 40 dealership service departments across the United States, each restoring a car for the company-sponsored contest. “The entries run the gamut
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What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz? What does it compare to? New for 2022, the Hyundai Santa Cruz exists in the center of a Venn diagram of sedans, SUVs, and pickup trucks. It’s more like a Subaru Baja from 20 years ago than anything on sale now, though its open bed
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Software-defined vehicles are becoming more and more commonplace — particularly as automakers seek to integrate more advanced driver-assistance systems and higher levels of automation in today’s cars. With that, Continental and Amazon Web Services are teaming up on a new, open automotive software development platform that they say will expedite the development of these automated
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LOS ANGELES — Hyundai’s Santa Cruz utility vehicle blends the driving comfort of a compact crossover with the utility of a short-bed pickup, creating a unique model in terms of size and pricing when it goes on sale this summer. Hyundai, which released 2022 Santa Cruz photos and specifications on Thursday, is calling it a
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With the Q4 e-tron, Audi is aiming at buyers in the upper end of the compact segment for full-electric cars. The Q4 e-tron, which was unveiled on Wednesday, adds an entry-level EV to the brand’s expanding lineup of battery-powered cars. It’s the first Audi based on parent Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric-only platform that also underpins
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What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Mazda MX-30? What does it compare to? The MX-30 is Mazda’s first battery-powered car to be sold in the U.S. Available in Japan and Europe already, the small five-seat hatchback compares to electric vehicles like the Kia Niro EV, Mini Cooper SE, and Hyundai Kona Electric. Is the
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Collaboration between the public and private sectors will be key to advancing smart cities of the future, industry leaders said during a panel portion of SAE International’s WCX Digital Summit this week. Public-private partnerships are key for mutually beneficial technology deployments and can help expedite these deployments, said Blaine Leonard, transportation technology engineer at the
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In a recent press release, Group14 Technologies announced its first commercial-scale US manufacturing facility. The 27,000-square foot space in Woodinville, Washington, will help meet the growing demand for the manufacturer’s energy dense lithium-silicon anode materials. Group14 Technologies was founded in 2015 in Washington state as a subsidiary of enerG2 based in Seattle. Since then, the
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Toyota Motor North America has recast its head of strategy to a new role in its information technology division and promoted another executive to take over a reorganized strategy function. Doug Murtha, 55, who joined Toyota’s executive ranks in 1992, once led the former Scion division, and most recently worked as the group vice president
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