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Vehicle Sales Continue to Rebound in China

Vehicle Sales Continue to Rebound in China

China’s car and truck market recovery continued in November on both the wholesale and retail side.

Factory shipments of passenger and commercial vehicles to dealers climbed 11% last month to an estimated 2.73 million units, says the China Assn. of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

Retail sales of cars and SUVs for the month rose 8% to 2.11 million vehicles, reports the China Passenger Car Assn.

Steady Gains

Wholesales have been rebounding since April, after the coronavirus pandemic slashed dealer purchases 43% during the first three months of the year. Retail sales have been consistently greater than year-ago levels since July.

CAAM says wholesales through the first 11 months of 2020 totaled 22.4 million units, down just 3% from the same period last year. The trade group says ...READ MORE

Mayflower Consulting
Escalade Gets Veoneer’s Next-Gen Night Vision Tech

"Veoneer's 4th generation thermal sensing system is a leap forward in the innovation of smaller automotive thermal cameras with increased resolution and improved analytics to enhance the detection of pedestrians and animals," boasts Jan Carlson, the supplier’s chairman and CEO.

Smaller, Lighter, Better

The new night vision system is half the size and weight of Veoneer’s previous thermal sensing technology.

And it provides a wider field of view and four times greater resolution.

It’s Alive!

Sensing tiny temperature variances, the system provides an alternative to cameras and radar to help differentiate living objects—pedestrians, stray dogs and other animals—from their surroundings at extended distances (650 ft) in good weather.

In ...READ MORE

LMC Automotive
Building a Case for Hemp-Based Car Parts

Heartland Industries is developing a supply base for industrialized hemp in the U.S. to expand the use of the biomaterial in automotive applications (several European carmakers already use it).

Why?

Hemp can be used as a filler to make plastics and lightweight metals stronger, lighter and more sustainable, while providing performance and/or cost benefits over glass- and carbon-fiber.

Lightweighting Opportunities

Heartland claims hemp has the potential to save as much as 300 lbs per vehicle.

One of the targets is the Ford Explorer, which contains about 700 lbs of plastics—including 50 lbs of glass fiber. Heartland estimates that it can replace the latter with less than 15 lbs of hemp.

Doubly Good for the Environment

The environmental benefits aren’t just ...READ MORE

AutoBeat
VW Takes Control of JAC EV Venture in China

Volkswagen is spending $1.2 billion to take a controlling 75% stake in its joint venture with JAC Automobile Group in China.

The new company—Volkswagen (Anhui) Automotive—was formed three years ago as JAC Volkswagen, a 50:50 joint venture specializing in “new-energy” vehicles.

Besides hiking its equity in the venture, VW is buying 50% of JAC itself.

Big Plans Ahead

VW CEO Herbert Diess says the renamed venture will begin in 2023 to make a “new full-electric portfolio” of electric cars for VW Group brands sold in China.

All models will ride on VW’s MEB (modular electric drive matrix) electric-vehicle platform. Headquartered in Anhui Province’s capital of Hefei, the venture will have capacity to make 350,000 pure-electric vehicles ...READ MORE

AutoBeat
A Quick Look at the Hongqi E-HS9

The FAW Hongqi E-HS9.

What?

A “full-scale intelligent pure electric premium SUV” from China’s FAW Group.

But there are lots of China-built vehicles.

Yes, but the Hongqi E-HS9 is also going to be launched in the European market.

Specifically: Norway, where EVs are snapped up like pickled herring.

What is known about it?

Not much. 22-inch wheels. A 3,110-mm wheelbase. Six “smart screens” on the interior. A “L3+ autonomous driving system.” OTA capability.

V2X first

According to Qualcomm Technologies, the E-HS9 is “the world’s first commercialized vehicle to feature LTE-V2X technology.”

An interesting aspect.

It has inductive charging capability. Hongqi says it can be wirelessly charged in 8.4 hours.

Range?

On the ...READ MORE

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