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    Dyson pulls plug on EVs

    2019-10-11T15:22:00Z

    British technology company Dyson has cancelled its plans to build electric cars, citing problems making its design viable in the market. “Despite developing a fantastic car… [and] though we have tried very hard throughout the development process, we simply cannot make it commercially viable. ...

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    Stricter EU CO2 regulations will reshape vehicle platforms and car design

    2019-10-04T11:20:00Z

    As OEMs try to reduce CO2 and transition to electric vehicles in the face of the high fines, we expect a profound impact on vehicle design.

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    VW expands digital platform to improve connectivity

    2019-10-02T13:38:00Z

    Volkswagen Group’s commercial vehicle division, Traton, is expanding the application of its cloud-based logistics platform Rio to support the carmaker’s group logistics function across 13 brands in Europe. Rio will be used by VW Group Logistics to more efficiently coordinate both the inbound supply of parts ...

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    Suppliers will face squeeze as OEMs push to meet EU CO2 targets

    2019-10-02T09:58:00Z

    As carmakers strive to reach the more stringent CO2 emissions targets being phased in across the EU next year, we predict that many are likely to put more pressure on their supply base to help reduce emissions

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    OEMs’ profit strategies today could hurt them tomorrow

    2019-09-30T08:53:00Z

    Ahead of stringent EU emissions targets starting in 2020, some carmakers are pursuing strategies that actually go against what they will ultimately need to do to reduce hefty fines. This makes sense – but only for now

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    Teenage dreams and EVs – why it's not as simple as Thunberg thinks

    2019-09-30T08:51:00Z

    “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words… How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight?” With such powerful language did 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg reproach world leaders at the UN’s Climate Action Summit last month. The ferocity of the pink-cheeked teenager provoked a tidal wave of reactions. I have a few observations myself….

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    EU fines and electric future not entirely in the hands of OEMs

    2019-09-26T09:56:00Z

    In the face of government and citizens’ rising concern over climate change, vehicle emission regulations around the world are tightening, especially in Europe. In our latest business intelligence report, we forecast that carmakers will face hefty fines under tightening vehicle emission targets, driven largely by factors outside their control.

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    Opportunities ahead for automotive OEMs and tier suppliers

    2019-09-25T06:00:00Z

    The downturn in automotive sales volume creates many challenges, but the transitional state of the industry also provides many business opportunities, according to a forecast and report from Ultima Media.

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    CATL to supply battery cells to Daimler Trucks & Buses

    2019-09-24T14:41:00Z

    Dr. Robin Zeng, founder and CEO, Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) (left), Gesa Reimelt, head of e-mobility group Daimler Trucks Buses, and Dr. Frank Reintjes, head of global powertrain, e-mobility and manufacturing engineering Daimler Trucks Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) has signed ...

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    Greater expectations: brighter days will return for the automotive industry

    2019-09-24T06:00:00Z

    Although automotive OEMs will face years of stagnant vehicle sales, a stronger recovery thereafter will bring growth back up to long run averages and herald a return to stronger profits. By then, however, the industry is likely to have undergone further consolidation.

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    Re-tooling of manufacturing plants and supply chain for EVs pose investment risk for OEMs

    2019-09-23T06:00:00Z

    Tooling and conversion of automotive plants are significant costs for OEMs as they invest in electrification, which some may struggle to afford, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.  

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    Report: Climate Change vs. Carmakers

    2019-09-20T00:35:00Z

    In our second report from Ultima Media’s automotive business intelligence team, we focus on climate change mitigation policies around the world with a particular focus on the most stringent and imminent EU CO2 emissions targets predicting the financial consequences of the legislation upon the OEMs, the impact upon the wider supply chain and the opportunities that arise from the legislation.

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    US automotive market to struggle against backdrop of global challenges

    2019-09-17T17:37:00Z

    US light vehicle sales forecast by PWC, covering 2015-2025 Vehicle sales in the US are predicted to slow down from next year, and with a possible recession on the way carmakers and their suppliers could face a difficult few years, delegates heard at last week’s 20 ...

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    DHL Supply Chain appoints automotive lead in Thailand

    2019-09-17T14:35:00Z

    Toshihiro Koyama, senior director automotive, DHL Thailand Toshihiro Koyama (pictured) has taken the role of senior director, automotive for DHL Supply Chain Thailand. He began the job at the beginning of September and is overseeing the expansion of DHL Supply Chain’s automotive business in Thailand, with ...

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    AL Global Detroit report: Dark times ahead for US automotive industry

    2019-09-17T14:25:00Z

    As overall US vehicle sales slow down and EV sales remain stagnant, there are concerns that some OEMs are chasing new-generation technologies at the expense of their existing business – potentially setting up a ‘make or break’ scenario in the near future.

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    Emissions regulations pose existential risk for OEMs

    2019-09-17T08:00:00Z

    Escalating fines over CO2 and fuel standards, especially in Europe and China, are set to have significant impacts across the supply chain and OEM investment plans, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.

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    Auto industry faces lengthy decline in sales

    2019-09-10T21:42:00Z

    Global new vehicle sales could face years of falls or stagnation, hurting OEM profits and putting pressure on the supply chain, according to a forecast by Automotive from Ultima Media’s new business intelligence unit.

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    Daimler extends electric truck testing in US

    2019-09-10T15:02:00Z

    Daimler Trucks North America is expanding field tests for its electric-powered trucks. This time the emphasis is on heavy-duty lorries. Customers Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries have acquired the first heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia trucks (class 8), which have a range of up to 400km (250 ...

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    Report: Automotive headwinds align into a perfect storm

    2019-09-08T08:48:00Z

    Ultima Media’s new business intelligence team forecasts global vehicle sales by powertrain over the next decade, with analysis of the trends reshaping the automotive industry and supply chain. 

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    VW takes electric Silk Road train to put ID.R at Heaven’s Gate

    2019-08-20T10:39:00Z

    German OEM Volkswagen (VW) has opted to use the new Silk Road rail route to China to transport its prototype electric ID.R car – and all the ancillary equipment – for a motoring challenge in Tianmen.