BMW, Toyota pool research on lithium-ion batteries

Toyota's Uchiyamada said his engineers felt comfortable dealing with their BMW counterparts

BMW and Toyota signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on next-generation green technologies and pool research on lithium-ion batteries. The German premiu car maker will also supply 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe from 2014, the two companies said in a a press release. Toyota hopes its European lineup […]

Autodesk introduces cloud-based PLM software

Autodesk hopes its cloud-based solution will appeal to smaller companies as well (Photo: Autodesk)

Autodesk has unveiled new cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) software targeted at existing as well as new users. The US based 3d design, engineering and entertainment software group said in a press release that its new Autodesk 360 for PLM software is designed for “small companies eager to deploy PLM for the first time” as […]

Wind River, Clarion collaborate on Android-based infotainment

The system Clarion is developing with Wind River will be GENIVI-compliant (Photo: Clarion)

Wind River is working with in-car entertainment systems maker Clarion to develop Android-based automotive infotainment systems. The embedded and mobile software specialist, which is owned by chipmaker Intel, said it is creating a custom Android software platform for use inside the car. Wind River is also providing software integration services so Clarion can build its […]

Automechanika, Frankfurt

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The world’s biggest automotive aftermarket trade fair, Automechanika, will take place in Frankfurt Sept. 11-16, 2012. The event, which is held every other year, provides a meeting place for the global auto industry, with special focus on innovations and solutions in the fields of parts, systems, tuning, workshop equipment, bodywork & paintwork, car wash and […]

Toyota to show information-hub vehicle at Tokyo show

The Fun-Vii concept car, which will be shown at the Tokyo auto show, is Toyota's version of the fully connected car (Photo: Toyota)

Toyota has developed a concept car that provides a futuristic vision of how people, cars and society can be linked. The Japanese carmaker will unveil its concept, which is called the Fun-Vii, at the Tokyo auto. The theme of the show, which opens later this week, is “Mobility can change the world.” The Fun-Vii will […]

Mazda unveils regenerative braking with capacitor

The Mazda Takeri concept car, which will be unveiled at the Tokyo auto show, will feature new braking technology (Photo: Mazda)

Mazda said it will be the first car group to start selling models equipped with regenerative braking systems that use a capacitor to store electricity. The Japanse carmaker said its system, which is called “i-ELOOP,” will start appearing in Mazda cars next year. i-ELOOP, which stands for “intelligent energy loop” will improve fuel economy by […]

Tesla starts Model S roadshow in N. America, Europe

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Tesla is  embarking on North American and European tours to show its new Model S, which it claims is “the world’s first sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle.” The electric sports car maker will provide potential buyers with a detailed look at the engine, battery pack, front suspension and rear drive […]

Fully networked car workshop

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For the seventh consecutive year the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) is organizing the “Fully Networked Car” workshop during the Geneva auto show. The workshop, which will take place in Geneva March 7 and 8, 2012, provides a venue for car companies and standards makers to meet and discuss the car of the future. The WSC […]

Daimler, BYD to show concept EV at 2012 Beijing auto show

In March, 2010, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche (left) and BYD Chairman Wang Chuan-fu signed their partnership for electric vehicles in China (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler and Chinese car and battery maker BYD said they plan to show a concept version of their planned electric vehicle at next year’s Beijing auto show. The German premium car maker said the joint venture between the two companies, Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd. (BDNT), plans to have its own presence at […]

Honda’s electric Fit to charge faster with Toshiba battery module

Honda's electric Fit was unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show this week (Photo: Honda)

The new electric version of the Honda Fit, which will be for sale from the summer of 2012,  will be powered by Toshiba battery modules that the company says will charge quicker and provide less heat than more conventional EV batteries. The Japanese electronics group said the Japanese carmaker has evaluated the systems since December, […]