Category Archives: engineering

Avalon Amplifies Its Sound with JBL, Dynamometers

The newest Toyota sedan – already known for its quietness- and the modern facility represent a heightened level of cooperation between Toyota and suppliers by working from concept to roll out of a vehicle. Again, this is standard industry practice. Continue reading

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Honda, GM Expand Cooperation for Next Gen Battery

Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate based on GM’s next generation battery system with the intent for Honda to source the battery modules from GM. The collaboration will support each company’s respective vehicles. The combined scale and global manufacturing efficiencies will ultimately provide greater value to customers. IT’s another example of how automakers are scrambling to cover the cost of future products as they try to morph to mobility companies. Continue reading

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SoftBank Vision Fund to Invest $2.25 B in GM Cruise

The SoftBank Vision Fund investment will be made in two phases. At the closing of the transaction, the Vision Fund will invest the first tranche of $900 million. At the time that Cruise AVs are ready for commercial deployment, the Vision Fund will complete the second tranche of $1.35 billion. Continue reading

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FCA Sells Minivans to Google’s Waymo for Driverless Use

Given Chrysler’s dubious safety record, it’s a risky proposition in AutoInformed’s view. Continue reading

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 4.8 Million Vehicles for Runaway Acceleration Caused by Cruise Control Software

This appears to be a re-run or sequel of Chrysler’s long-running horror movie on safety. (See AutoInformed/com on: NHTSA Whacks Chrysler with Record $105m Safety Penalty, Hack Attack! FCA Recalls 1.4m Vehicles Because Outsiders Can Take Control Remotely by Exploiting the Software, US DOT Fines Fiat Chrysler $70 Million more, NHTSA Blasts FCA Recalls – Big Fines, Maybe Criminal Charges Coming for Italian Automaker? Litigation Ongoing.) Continue reading

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Transformation to Mobility Company? Ford Returns to Detroit.

As part of an $11.1 billion investment in global electric vehicles announced earlier this year, Ford says it will sell electrified vehicles that “offer exciting experiences and enhanced capabilities based on what people need and want – including the all-new Mustang-inspired battery-electric SUV in 2020.” Continue reading

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Drinking the Electrolyte? Audi Plans to Sell 800K EVs in 2025

This regulation-prompted strategy – searching for an advantage and customers – means every third buyer or leasee would take an e-model by the middle of the next decade – customers who have thus far shunned driving “green vehicles” at this level. During 2017 Audi sold 1.9 million vehicles globally. Do the math and that means a huge shift in the market. In the U.S. during 2017 Audi sold 227,000 vehicles. Continue reading

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Ford Enlarges Transit Fire Recall in North America

In potentially unsafe Transits, water intrusion into the module may result in rapid flashing of the turn signals, loss of the instrument cluster display, loss of heater and air conditioning controls, and loss of multimedia including radio, screens and the SYNC system. Continue reading

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Mahindra, Ford to Co-Develop SUVs, EV, Connected Car Blends

Mahindra and Ford also agreed to evaluate co-development of a compact SUV and electric vehicle, along with sharing powertrain portfolios, including the supply of Mahindra powertrains to extend Ford’s product range. Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Next Big Thing in Autos?

As just the latest example of the growing use of sophisticated computer programming, some of it quite invasive and reckless in customer privacy issues, Mercedes-Benz is presenting what it calls “innovations and initiatives” from a variety of fields as part … Continue reading

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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Didi Chuxing Sign Chinese Car-Sharing MoU

Automotive Alliance to explore future business opportunities with global Chinese transportation company. Continue reading

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3000 Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cells Sold in California

In the ongoing attempt to describe and promote the unknown, not unlike the Analogy of the Cave applied to auto companies, Toyota Mirai, a “mass-produced” hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, surpassed 3000 sales in the California. This means that Mirai … Continue reading

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More Significant Stories, Trends of 2017. And 2018?

A real victory starting in 2016 came from the work of the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Trump of course wants to ban the word and work of “science” because of its relentless search for the truth that in personal practice Trump has banned as a guiding principle for the largest democracy in the world.) Continue reading

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Ford Finally Will Offer F-150 Diesel Engines

The best in class bragging – if it sticks – will see an engine rated at 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, with a BiC diesel of 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque. The diesel is available for both 4×2 and 4×4 F-150 pickups. Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Another 800,000 Deadly Takata Airbags Recalled

This latest recall addresses model year 2010 vehicles ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Continue reading

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