Continental develops electric drive for China

Continental expects strong EV demand in China in coming years (Photo: Continental)

Continental has developed an electric drive for China in anticipation of an electric-vehicle boom in the world’s largest car market. The German automotive supplier said it will introduce the compact, cost-effective, and high-performance system at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The drive, which will combine an electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a […]

Interview: Daimler China CIO Marc Lampe discusses CRM

Greater China CIO Marc Lampe (Photo: Daimler)

Marc Lampe moved to Beijing as regional CIO of Daimler’s operations in September of 2013. Before taking charge of the carmaker’s IT operations in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he was responsible for IT in the German company‚Äės vans segment. Lampe’s primary job in China is to support the growth of Daimler and its Mercedes-Benz […]

Audi to offer Baidu CarLife connectivity in China

Audi will offer LTE with Baidu CarLife in China (Photo: Audi)

Audi will adopt a smartphone connectivity system from Baidu in China to capitalize on the popularity of the country’s biggest internet search engine. The German premium car maker said Baidu CarLife, as the system is called, will be available in Audi vehicles in combination with a China-specific LTE module that Audi is developing with network […]

CES Asia – Shanghai

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler will hold a keynote address at CES Asia (Photo: CES)

The international CES is staging¬†an Asian version of its flagship Las Vegas consumer electronics trade show in Asia this year. CES Asia will take place in Shanghai May 25 through 27. One of the keynote speakers¬†at the event will be Rupert Stadler. The Audi CEO, noting that China is Audi’s biggest sales market, said in […]

Volvo Cars CIO gets promotion

Volvo CIO Bendrik will report directly to CEO Hakan Samuelsson (Photo: Volvo)

Volvo Cars CIO Klas Bendrik has been promoted to a new senior vice president position, as the Swedish carmaker acknowledges the growing importance of IT across its model lineup. The move underlines “the key role technology will play for carmakers in future as they develop their connectivity products and services,” Volvo said in a press […]

Shanghai auto show

The Shanghai show alternates with Beijing (Photo: Shanghai auto show)

The Shanghai auto show takes place this April as car sales in China continue to outpace other major markets. The event, which alternates with the Beijing auto show every other year, opens with two press days April 20 and 21 and runs through April 29. Underscoring the growth of the Chinese car market, this year’s […]

Report: China’s Baidu researching smart car

(Photo: Baidu)

Baidu, one of China’s largest internet search companies, is looking into the possibility of building an¬†autonomous electric car, according to a Bloomberg report. The news agency cites Baidu Chief Executive Robin Li as saying the company is working with automakers on the project. He declined to name these car companies. If confirmed, Baidu would join […]

GM China vehicles to feature 4G telematics this year

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General Motors said a Cadillac brand model it will start selling this year in China will mark the beginning of its rollout of fast 4G telematics systems in the world’s biggest car market. The connectivity will be provided by China Mobile, the country’s largest wireless company The faster mobile communications will improve GM’s existing OnStar […]

Global 2015 car sales forecast to rise 2.4 pc

Car sales will rise in 2015, but the global picture will be mixed (Photo: Emil Frey)

Global car sales are set to rise 2.4 pc to 88.3 million units, despite widespread geopolitical and economic uncertainties in many parts of the world, a leading market forecaster said this week. It would mark the fifth consecutive year of higher unit sales growth. According to market researchers IHS Automotive, China will lead the global […]

Chinese robot density set to grow sharply

Robot (Graphic: IFR)

Starting from a low base, China is set to see a sharp increase in the use of robots in manufacturing, according the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). Today’s 200,000 robots in Chinese plants are set to double to more than 400,000 by 2017. That compares with a projected 300,000 in Europe’s five major markets in […]