Category Archives: General

Industry’s Smallest LiDAR ICs by Maxim Integrated

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Designers of automotive self-driving systems can now enable higher-speed autonomous driving through the industry’s fastest and smallest Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) ICs from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). Compared to the closest competitive solution, the MAX40026 high-speed comparator and the MAX40660/MAX40661 high-bandwidth transimpedance amplifiers enable 10mph (15km/h) faster autonomous driving at highway speeds by providing more than 2x higher bandwidth and accommodating 32 additional channels (128 vs. 96) to a LiDAR module within the same module size. Read more »

Autoliv Joins Together for Safer Roads’ Global Leadership Council for Fleet Safety

STOCKHOLM, Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Autoliv Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIVsdb), the worldwide leader in vehicle safety systems, today announced that it has joined Together for Safer Roads (TSR), a coalition of leading private sector companies dedicated to preventing traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on roadways around the world. Specifically, Autoliv will be an integral member of the coalition’s Global Leadership Council for Fleet Safety, a TSR program that uses peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing to help smaller fleet operators create safety cultures and reduce risk. Read more »

Commercial Truck Trader Breaks Record

NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Commercial Truck Trader, the #1 truck and trailer marketplace, today announced eight consecutive months of record-breaking traffic including 2.5 million site visits in January. That 18% year-over-year growth was accompanied by more than 54,000 phone and email leads in January, along with roughly 43,000 vehicle views and 900 vehicle detail page views per month for the average dealer. Read more »

Automotive Tailgate Market to Reach $17.17 Bn Globally

PORTLAND, Oregon, Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Allied Market Research published a report, titled, “Automotive Tailgate Market by Type (Hydraulic/Manual Operated and Power Operated), Vehicle Type (Passenger Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle), and Sales Channel (Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Aftermarket): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026.” According to the report, the global automotive tailgate industry garnered $11.49 billion in 2018, and is expected to reach $17.17 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 5.3% from 2019 to 2026. Read more »

Honda and AAM Agree to 10-Year Naming Rights Extension of Honda Center Through 2031

ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Anaheim Arena Management (AAM) and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) today announced a partnership extension, securing the naming rights of Honda Center through 2031. The extension adds 10 years to the existing 15-year partnership that began in October 2006 between Honda, which last year marked its 60th anniversary in America, and Orange County’s premier sports and entertainment venue. Read more »

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Porsche continues to achieve high levels of performance over the long term. The new 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sees the sportscar manufacturer launch a plug-in hybrid model as the flagship of a model line for the first time.

The four-litre V8 engine from the Panamera Turbo is combined with an electric motor, resulting in 680 hp of system power and outstanding power delivery: Even when just above idle speed, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid offers 626 lb.-ft. of torque. That means it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h.

The boost strategy of the all-wheel drive Panamera comes from the 918 Spyder super sportscar. In the New European Driving Cycle, the average fuel consumption is 2.9 l/100 km, and the new flagship Panamera can drive on fully electric power for up to 50 kilometres. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid underlines the high importance of electromobility to Porsche.

The new flagship of the second Panamera generation will be launched in the Canada in the fourth quarter of 2017. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is celebrating its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show (March 7 to 19, 2017). From the very beginning, the four-door Gran Turismo will also be offered in an Executive version, with a wheelbase extended by 150 millimetres.

As part of its standard equipment, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid includes the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Power Steering Plus and 21-inch alloy wheels in the 911 Turbo Design. The basic package also contains auxiliary air-conditioning, adaptive aerodynamic elements and three-chamber air suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). The long version is equipped with rear axle steering as standard. In Canada, pricing for the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at $209,800; for the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive, prices start at $221,700.

Kia Racing Maintains Pirelli World Challenge Championship Lead

Kia Motors America 2014 Sonoma

Kia Racing showcased championship-caliber grit and determination in rounds 13 and 14 of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) at Sonoma Raceway, keeping Kia atop the Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Manufacturer Championship with a pair of hard-fought, top-five finishes.

With only two races remaining in the 16-race PWC season, Kia currently leads the title fight by an eight-point margin. Among rivals Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Nissan and Aston Martin, only Kia and Ford are mathematically still in the hunt. Meanwhile, Kia Racing pilot Mark Wilkins’ pair of fourth-place finishes at Sonoma set up a dramatic three-way battle for the GTS Driver Championship among Kia’s Wilkins, Lawson Aschenbach (Camaro) and Jack Baldwin (Porsche), which will be decided at the season finale doubleheader at Miller Motorsports Park September 12-13.

Located just outside Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah, Miller Motorsports Park features a fast, free-flowing layout that has been a good fit for Kia’s turbocharged Optimas in the past. In Kia Racing’s rookie PWC season in 2012, the team scored its first podium finishes in the series at Miller with a memorable second and third-place result.

NBC Sports Network will air the televised coverage of rounds 13 and 14 from Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, August 30, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch live streaming online at www.world-challengetv.com, and race fans can keep up-to-date with the team via the Kia Racing Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kiaracing and by following along on Twitter: @KiaRacing.

Green, Smart Technologies Are Key to Rebuilding Michigan Economy

At today’s Mackinac Policy Conference, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford calls for key policy reform and the need to foster innovation as critical to ensuring Michigan’s competitiveness and creating new, high-tech jobs.

Ford told delegates that the trends emerging in manufacturing, green technology and mobility demonstrate a great opportunity for Michigan to create a dynamic, diverse and growing economy that affirms the state as a global innovation center.

Ford discussed the need to not only diversify Michigan’s economy but also build on its manufacturing history.

While great strides have been made with green technology, Ford also discussed the pressures of a growing global population and the new challenge of global gridlock – the potential that the world will face a never-ending traffic jam that wastes time, energy and resources. Read more »

Summer Time is Travel Time — Is Your Car Road-Ready?

Before you pack your car and hit the road for your summer driving trip, the Car Care Council recommends conducting a pre-vehicle inspection to help avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home.

“A pre-trip vehicle check can determine how road-ready your vehicle is so you can take steps to have the problems fixed before heading out for vacation,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Having a thorough inspection done on your car will give you peace of mind as you travel and help make your journey safer.” Read more »

Land Rover Celebrates 25 Years

The iconic Land Rover Range Rover was officially introduced to the United States 25 years ago this year in 1987. To celebrate this milestone, Land Rover will host a special celebration in conjunction with the New York Auto Show and will invite consumers to an urban off-road adventure where they will drive 2012 model year vehicles at a custom-made course in the heart of New York City’s meatpacking district. In the past quarter century, the growth and acceptance of the Land Rover brand in the U.S. marks a true product and brand success story. That success is defined by loyal customers, a distinct authentic brand and consistent sales success. Read more »