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Monday 02 December 2019

The Fiat 500 revamps car sharing services in the Baltics

The Fiat 500 is now available to the users of the car sharing company CityBee in the Baltics. FCA will supply more than 400 Fiat 500 cars to launch this partnership.

Citybee operates in 16 cities across 4 countries, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, and it has over 5,5 thousand vehicles (including cars, vans, e-scooters and bicycles) in its fleet and nearly 550 thousand users.

CityBee was created in 2012 in Lithuania. After 7 years, it became a leading car sharing company in Central and Eastern Europe.

Monday 02 December 2019

Audi launches first locally built EV in China

Audi started selling its first locally produced full-electric vehicle, a variant of the elongated Q2 SUV, in China as part of an effort to electrify its local product lineup.

The electric compact crossover, known as Q2L e-tron, is priced from 692,800 ($98,410) to 800,800 yuan after government subsidies.

The vehicle is 4,237 mm, long, 1,785 mm wide and 1,458 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,628 mm. Powered by lithium ion batteries from the Chinese supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology, the Q2L e-tron has ...

Saturday 30 November 2019

China's SAIC readies MG Plug-in hybrid for overseas markets

SAIC Motor plans to deliver the Plug-in version of the MG HS compact crossover to international markets.

After launching in the domestic market, the vehicle will be first exported to UK and Singapore, the state-owned automaker said last week. «It will join the EZS pure electric vehicle to speed up MG brand’s process to go global» it added. SAIC did not provide more details on its export plan for the vehicle.

The Plug-in MG HS went on sale in China at the Guangzhou auto show last week, with a ...

Saturday 30 November 2019

ZF establishes third research and development center in China

ZF is establishing a third Chinese research and development center in Guangzhou southern China. Representatives of ZF and the local authorities have signed an agreement and ZF plans to invest approximately €90 million in the new development center.

ZF already has two development centers in China, both located in Shanghai. With their respective focus on the development of active and passive safety technology as well as driveline and chassis technology, the two centers support ZF customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Meanwhile, the massive expansion of future technologies such as automated ...

Saturday 30 November 2019

Opel Ceo Michael Lohscheller is “Manager Of The Year 2019”

Title hat-trick for Opel Ceo Michael Lohscheller: after the “Eurostar 2019” award and “MANBEST 2019”, Lohscheller has now been named “Manager of the Year 2019”. The editors of the magazine Auto Zeitung recognized the successful work of Lohscheller and the positive development at Opel at the annual “Auto Trophy” election.

Auto Zeitung wrote: «He has been boss at Opel since 2017. Lohscheller shaped the transition from GM's long-losing traditional brand to Groupe PSA. Under his leadership, Opel earns money again».

The “Manager of the Year” award is the third ...

Saturday 30 November 2019

The Alfa Romeo Scarabeo concept car on display at the Château de Compiègne

The "Concept-car. Pure beauty" exhibition, inaugurated Thursday at the Musée National de la Voiture in Compiègne, France. The exhibition focuses on the evolution of the concept-car phenomenon, from its origins up to the 1970s.

The models on show include the extremely rare Alfa Romeo Scarabeo (1966), owned by FCA Heritage.

Until March 23, 2020, the Château de Compiègne in France will play host to the exhibition "Concept-car. Beauté pure". The event offers a fascinating journey in the field of car-design between the end of the 19th ...

Saturday 30 November 2019

Virtual Reality offers van drivers a cyclist’s eye view

Delivery drivers have tried a unique virtual reality experience that allows users to see the world from either a cyclist’s or a driver’s point of view in a virtual space.

The aim of the award-winning WheelSwap virtual reality experience – part of our Share The Road campaign – is simple: to encourage people to make a few small changes to the way they drive or cycle so that everyone is a bit safer on the road.

More than 35 drivers from consumer delivery firm Hermes participated in the training at ...

Friday 29 November 2019

"Enjoy Electric." – The campaign for the Mercedes-Benz EQC started today

The “Enjoy Electric.” advertising campaign for the market launch of the Mercedes-Benz EQC started today.

The campaing is available with various moving image formats and a major print and online communication initiative. The teaser phase leads to the launch of the campaign, where the EQC Webspecial with campaign content will go live on mercedes-benz.com.

The heart of the campaign is the TV ad, a long-format campaign film and in addition four product films that will be available on the Mercedes-Benz social media channels.

Mercedes-Benz was able to have Global ...

Friday 29 November 2019

Artificial intelligence set to Improve tyre durability and performance with "Tyre Leap Ai Analysis"

Falken’s parent company, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, has developed new technology that utilises artificial intelligence to predict the properties of rubber and detects how structural changes, due to load and wear, will affect performance throughout a tyre’s lifecycle.

The data collected through Tyre Leap AI Analysis will support engineers to create longer lasting tyres with more consistent performance over time and is a key element of Sumitomo’s “Smart Tyre Concept”.

Real-world data along with advanced image processing, such as electron microscopy, are used to analyse the internal structure ...