Daimler Mobility Services purchases Europcar Group’s 25% stake in car2go Europe GmbH

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  • Daimler Mobility Services to hold 100% of car2go Europe after approval by the relevant authorities
  • Daimler is poised to further expand its mobility portfolio
  • car2go Group has more than 3 million users worldwide

Stuttgart. Daimler Mobility Services announced today that it will acquire the 25 percent stake in car2go Europe GmbH from joint venture partner Europcar Group. The acquisition means that following approval of the transaction by the relevant authorities, 100 percent of the car2go Europe shares are in the hands of Daimler Mobility Services. In 2012, car2go Europe GmbH was created as a joint-venture, owned 75% by Daimler and 25% by Europcar. Today, car2go Group is present in Europe, North America and China, and has more than 3 million users worldwide.

“Over the course of the last several months, we have intensified our investments in mobility services in order to create a holistic mobility system with a broad portfolio. As part of this strategy, we decided to fully acquire the remaining shares in car2go Europe,” stated Daimler’s Head of Mobility Services Jörg Lamparter. “We want to thank Europcar for their great support as we went from a car sharing start up to the leading car sharing company in the world,” Lamparter continued.

Daimler is poised to further expand its mobility portfolio

Daimler Mobility Services is poised to further expand its mobility portfolio, expand its customer base and enhance the customer experience through bundled mobility products. With the customer insights gained through 24 million rentals for both combustion engines and electric cars alone in 2017, car2go has laid the ground work for Daimler’s CASE strategy as the company shifts to a fully connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicle portfolio. Today, car2go has algorithms which predict mobility demand and the fleets are strategically moved to optimize maximum usage and meet demand. The goal is to develop the required expertise and resources so that we are a leader in the future business with self-driving cars.

“I want to thank Europcar for their collaboration in supporting car2go’s expansion across Europe. We have collectively transformed car sharing from a trend to a lifestyle and have created a mobility community,” stated Olivier Reppert, CEO car2go Group.

Caroline Parot, Europcar Group’s Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We want to thank the Daimler Group for our longstanding partnership since 2012 within car2go Europe. This investment has taught us a great deal about car sharing.”

17.8 million customers are registered with car2go, moovel and mytaxi

In addition to car2go, Daimler Mobility Services is responsible for moovel and mytaxi: The mobility platform moovel offers on-demand access to various mobility offers, including booking and payment. mytaxi is a market leader amongst the taxi hailing apps in Europe. Moreover, Daimler Mobility Services holds minority stakes in Blacklane, Careem, Flixbus, Turo and Via. Almost 18 million customers are registered with car2go, moovel and mytaxi, which are offered in more than 100 cities in Europe, North America and China.

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Tata Motors and ASDC certify first batch of trainees in Sanand for skills in automotive assembly

The collaborative skill development program was introduced in 2016 through an MoU between both parties

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Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President, Passenger Vehicle Operations, Tata Motors, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors and Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) at the certification ceremony of the first batch of trainees in Sanand, graduating from the collaborative skills development and certification program.

Key Highlights:

  • Tata Motors has partnered with ASDC (Automotive Skills Development Council), NSDC (National Skills Development Corporation) and NAPS (National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme), for various skill development programs in the automotive sectors
  • 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) at Sanand plant of Tata Motors have been awarded the ASDC Certification in automotive assembly skills and similar assessments are being conducted in Tata Motors Sanand Plant. We would be certifying around 1500+ trainees in next 3 years at Sanand plant.
  • Tata Motors plans to skill 40,000 people in next 3 to 4 years across all plants, subsidiaries and dealer network

As part of a unique initiative to promote “Skill India Mission”, Tata Motors and Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) certified the first batch of trainees under their collaborative skills development and certification program. Introduced in 2016, the program is currently training around 4000 apprentices, out of which 168 trainees (154 boys and 14 girls) with over 90% success ratio at Sanand Plant of Tata Motors have been awarded the ASDC Certification in automotive assembly skills. The trainees, after completion of their first-year training at Tata Motors’ Skill Development Center were assessed through an online test, a practical examination and a viva conducted by the external ASDC nominated assessor. Trainees that successfully passed these examinations were felicitated at the certificates award ceremony in the presence of top officials from Tata Motors, ASDC and NEEM partners at Sanand.

The first batch of trainees were awarded the ASDC certification in presence of Mr. Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resource Officer, Tata Motors, Mr. Sunil Chaturvedi, Chief Executive Officer, ASDC and Mr. Rajesh Khatri, Vice President – Operations, Passenger Vehicles, Tata Motors.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Gajendra Chandel, CHRO, Tata Motors, said, “Today indeed is a very proud moment for us at Tata Motors, as the first batch of ASDC certified trainees, enrolled under the NEEM program, graduate from the Sanand plant Skill Development Center. This program has been diligently put together by Tata Motors’ Skills Development Center, in association with NEEM service provider and ASDC. It’s a matter of great satisfaction to see a large batch of trainees, both girls and boys, mostly from rural areas and small towns who were inducted through the “Earn & Learn” mode under the ‘National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM)’ that’s part of Government’s Skill India mission. With the evolution in automobile manufacturing and service, the need for skilled workforce will continue to increase exponentially, with a huge potential to generate large-scale employment opportunities. However, for the youth to be able to take up these opportunities, it is important they have the mindset of quality, productivity, safety and discipline coupled with right technical skills, which our Skills Development Center as well NEEM partner, imparted very systematically during the program duration. Sowing the seeds of learning has short, mid and long-term benefits, and we at Tata Motors foresee this as the foundation to prepare them as well the Indian Automotive Industry for future growth.”

Adding to this, Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC), said, “The automotive industry is a significant generator of employment in India. Till date, the ASDC has contributed to the development of the automotive industry by creating 200 Qualification Packs (QPs) comprising of 363 Unique National Occupational Standards (NOS) and total 946 NOS related to automotive sector. Tata Motors’ partnership with ASDC will further enhance the expertise in conducting research, developing training course curriculums and certification of trainers and students, in consultation with experts from the automotive industry and from academia.”

Tata Motors has been at the forefront in creating the right set of talent pool for the automobile engineering and manufacturing industry. With a first-of-its-kind MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Tata Motors has over the past few years has signed over six such agreements with leading institutes and organisations, to develop skilled & highly competent manpower for being future ready.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited, a USD 42 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. As India’s largest automobile company and part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 76 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea. In India, Tata Motors has an industrial joint venture with Fiat. Engaged in engineering and automotive solutions, with a focus on future-readiness and a pipeline of tech-enabled products, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles with 9 million vehicles on Indian roads. The company’s innovation efforts are focused on developing auto technologies that are sustainable as well as suited. With design and R&D centres located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea, Tata Motors strives to pioneer new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers. Abroad, Tata cars, buses, and trucks are being marketed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

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Nissan production, sales and exports for January 2018

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced production, sales and export figures for January 2018.

1. Production

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Nissan’s global production in January surpassed year-earlier results, the first increase in four months, setting a record for the month of January.

Production in Japan declined from a year earlier.

Production outside Japan surpassed year-earlier results for the seventh consecutive month, setting a record for the month of January. Production in Mexico and China surpassed year-earlier results, setting records for the month of January.

2. Sales

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Global sales in January surpassed year-earlier results after declining the previous month, setting a record for the month of January.

Sales including minivehicles in Japan surpassed year-earlier results, the first increase in four months.

Sales outside Japan surpassed year-earlier results after declining the previous month, setting a record for the month of January. Sales in the U.S. and China surpassed year-earlier results, setting records for the month of January.

3. Exports from Japan

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Exports from Japan in January declined from a year earlier.

Source: Nissan Global Newsroom

Nissan Serena e-POWER goes on sale in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Feb. 28, 2018) – The Nissan Serena e-POWER will go on sale in Japan on March 1, combining the exceptional driving performance of the e-POWER electrified powertrain with the family-friendly features of the popular Serena minivan. The Serena will be the second model with the e-POWER system, which has been a hit with consumers since it was first introduced in the Nissan Note in Japan in 2016. Nissan plans to launch more e-POWER models globally as part of its Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

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The Nissan Serena e-POWER is both fun and comfortable to drive. The 100% electric motor drive system treats drivers to powerful acceleration, and the vehicle’s e-POWER Drive mode adds the convenience of being able to speed up or decelerate by using only the accelerator pedal1. With optimized engine management and noise reduction measures throughout the vehicle body, the Nissan Serena e-POWER transcends its class in terms of quietness.

Combined with the model’s aerodynamic body, the e-POWER system – which includes a small gasoline engine that charges the battery – ensures exceptional fuel economy. The Nissan Serena e-POWER is rated at 26.2 km/L2 (according to Japan’s JC08 test).

First introduced in 1991, the Serena has evolved to meet the needs of families through the years. The Nissan Serena e-POWER marks a major technological update, with the addition of e-POWER, e-POWER Drive mode and other features such as Manner Mode – which enables the vehicle to drive quietly at night by limiting the use of the gasoline engine that charges the battery. Drivers can take full advantage of Manner Mode by using the vehicle’s Charge Mode to charge the battery in advance.

The Nissan Serena e-POWER also comes with innovative safety features such as ProPILOT autonomous driving technology for single-lane driving on highways. With additional equipment including Intelligent Emergency Braking, Lane-Departure Warning System, High Beam Adjust and Emergency Assist for Missed Pedal Application (optional), the Serena e-POWER adheres to the Japanese government’s highest safety standards.

On the design side, a blue accent symbolizing the advanced nature of e-POWER appears throughout the interior and exterior, including the grille, the electronic shift knob, the large console tray and the dashboard display. Dedicated 15-inch aluminum wheels and roof side spoilers enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

The Nissan Serena e-POWER’s advanced technologies embody Nissan ingenuity and are part of the company’s commitment to delivering more electrification and autonomy under its Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.

1 e-POWER Drive has both an S (Smart) mode and an Eco mode. In addition to e-POWER Drive mode, there is Normal mode, with traditional acceleration and deceleration operation.

2 Optional features may add vehicle weight, affecting the rating.

Nationwide pricing (in yen; includes consumption tax)
Drivetrain Engine Grade Mission Price
2WD HR12DE-EM57 e-POWER X 2,968,920
e-POWER XV 3,128,760
e-POWER Highway STAR 3,178,440
e-POWER Highway STAR V 3,404,160 ☆Car in photo

Note: Pricing is as on 28-February-2018 company release

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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Bharat Forge invests in Tork Motorcycles


Bharat Forge Ltd., India’s largest exporter of auto components announces strategic investment of upto Rs 30 Crores for eventual stake of 45% in an EV startup, Tork Motorcycles.

Bharat Forge is making a strategic investment in Tork Motorcycles as a part of its overall EMobility powertrain development. Tork’s strength lies in its in-house team that has designed, developed and built the complete electric motorcycle. Their knowledge in the overall EV powertrain development will help Bharat Forge gain access to technologies in personal E-mobility space.

Commenting on the investment, Amit Kalyani, Executive Director, Bharat Forge said “Together with the recent investment in the R & D setup at Mira, UK, Bharat Forge is strategically aligning to develop solutions across the entire spectrum from low voltage powertrains in personal mobility to high voltage applications for commercial vehicles”.

“BFL is well prepared for the increased penetration of Electric vehicles globally through offering solutions on Light Weighting, components for drivetrain and creating supply chain capabilities for electric powertrain”.

“This strategic investment will enable BFL to develop components/ sub systems to address the huge potential in the Indian personal mobility space driven by regulatory push through various initiatives and the increasing economic viability of Electric Vehicles.”

About Bharat Forge

Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) is the flagship company of the USD 2.5 billion Kalyani Group and a global provider of high performance, innovative, safety & critical components and solutions to various industrial sectors including Automotive, Railways, Power, Defence, Construction & Mining, Aerospace, Marine and Oil & Gas. BFL today has largest repository of metallurgical knowledge in the region and offers full service supply capability to its geographically dispersed marquee customers from concept to product design, engineering, manufacturing, testing and validation.

About Tork Motorcycles

Tork motorcycles (www.torkmotorcycles.com) is India’s first, premium electric motorcycle company. Founded by Kapil Shelke, Tork’s early prototypes were developed between 2009 to 2012 and participated in several international races including the prestigious Isle of Man TT with podium finishes. This demonstrated the capability of team to develop a high performance product with world class technology.

Tork team has been working on developing production version “T6X” since 2015. T6X is powered by lithium ion batteries, engineered to travel at a top speed of 100 kmph with superior acceleration. T6X travels 100 km on a single charge in all-weather condition. With its quick charge feature, the battery can be charged up-to 80% in an hour. T6X will have on board navigation, storage, cloud Connectivity and TFT dash board. Presently, T6X is being thoroughly tested on all parameters before it hits the market.

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Land Rover launches Land Rover Explore Smartphone

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The new Land Rover Explore mobile phone is tough and capable – like the Discovery SUV that inspired it.

Powerful enough for two full days of typical use and durable enough to keep you connected when the going gets tough, it is developed by Land Rover and Bullitt Group and will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Designed with cues from the unbeatably capable and desirable Land Rover Discovery, the Explore smartphone is at home in the office and on an outdoor adventure, navigating as you go further and stay out for longer.

A powerful 4000mAh battery gives a full days hiking, biking or skiing with screen on constantly and GPS navigation mapping activated on the five-inch HD display. Battery life can be doubled by using an Adventure Pack that also boosts the reliability and accuracy of the GPS signal and improves the mapping.

The Land Rover Explore is as adventurous as you are. Drop-tested to 1.8 metres with a factory-fitted screen protector, it can survive underwater – including salt water – and can cope with extreme temperatures, humidity, thermal shock and vibration exposure. This level of protection ensures the device can survive heavy downpours or muddy trails and will continue to work, keeping you connected.

The Android-powered phone’s home screen has a customisable outdoor dashboard for instant access to weather information and data from the device’s sensors. The full HD screen works in bright sunlight and can be controlled with gloves or wet fingers.  It is also fully compatible with all Land Rover in-car apps.

This is the smartphone we’d all like to own – a perfect combination of design and functionality that embodies the Land Rover DNA and enables customers to be outdoors for longer, with the confidence to go further.

Joe Sinclair,
Director of branded goods and licensing,Jaguar Land Rover

 

Other hardware packs are available for the Land Rover Explore, including a large 4370mAh additional battery and a universal bike mount.

The Land Rover Explore launches with the Adventure Pack, bringing GPS handheld capabilities to the smartphone straight out of the box with an RRP of €649/£599. It will be available to order from 26 April 2018 via www.landroverexplore.com and selected retailers including Cotswold Outdoor and Snow + Rock in the UK, Sporthaus Schuster in Germany and AS Adventure in Belgium.

The Land Rover Explore will be on display at Mobile World Congress (stand CS78) from 26 February to 1 March 2018 and then at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Land Rover Explore outdoor phone specifications

  • Huge battery (4000mAh) plus add-on battery pack
  • IP68 splash, water and dust resistance
  • Drop-proof to 1.8 metres with factory-fitted screen protector
  • Premium grade, detailed off-road topographical mapping options from ViewRanger with Augmented Reality Skyline feature
    • In-box premium off-road mapping voucher, giving a choice of country-wide or custom region topographical maps in many markets.
  • Customisable outdoor dashboard to access to the most important weather information, sensor data, and on-device tools for your activity: eg weather, wind, tides, compass, SOS light
  • Android Nougat OS, with scheduled upgrade to Oreo
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, expandable via microSD
  • Deca-core 2.6GHz 64 bit MTK Helio X27 chipset with dual SIM functionality
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4x digital zoom
  • Bright five-inch FHD display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected, optimised for outdoor use
    • Touchscreen can be controlled with gloves on or with wet fingers
    • Night red filter mode reduces screen glare, preserving natural vision in low light and at night
  • LTE Cat 6
  • Curated apps and content catalogue relevant to outdoor pursuits

Adventure Pack specification

  • 3600mAh additional battery
  • 25 x 25mm ceramic patch GPS antenna
  • TPU protective case
  • Stainless steel carabiner with canvas strap
  • IP68 and 1.8-metre drop tested

Bike Pack specification

  • Bike mount and case for both stem and handlebar
  • Tilt to adjust viewing angle or change device orientation

Battery Pack specification

  • Ultimate battery performance, additional 4,370 mAh of battery capacity
  • IP68 and 1.8-metre drop tested

About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each defines the world’s SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries.

About Bullitt Group

Bullitt Group helps global brands extend their product portfolios into new categories, particularly in the connected devices market. We design, manufacture, market and sell products under license for our brand partners.

Since its formation in 2009, Bullitt Group has designed, manufactured and distributed millions of mobile phones, audio products, other connected devices and related peripherals to more than 60 countries across the globe.

Bullitt Group’s head office is in Reading, UK, with additional offices in Taipei (Taiwan), Shenzhen (China), New York (USA) and Singapore.

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Daimler invests in the start-up Anagog

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Sabine Scheunert, Vice President of Digital and IT for Marketing & Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars announced the investment of Daimler AG in the start-up Anagog at the Mobile World Congress 2018.
  • Investment intensifies cooperation
  • Analysis and prediction of user behaviour with the aid of artificial intelligence
  • EQ Ready App already on the German market

Stuttgart/Tel Aviv – Daimler AG is intensifying its cooperation with the start-up Anagog Ltd. Daimler has participated in a financing round together with MizMaa Ventures, a venture capital company located in California. Based in Tel Aviv, Anagog has developed software which analyses user behavior directly in the mobile phone with the aid of the various on-handset sensors, and on the basis of artificial intelligence it predicts future movement scenarios.

Through this data analysis the mobile handset understands what the user is doing and the environment in which they are located. This means that various contextual services can be generated to improve the user experience. Anagog’s patented technology changes the rules of the game when it comes to using artificial intelligence on mobile phones and other wearables, without the aid of any backend servers.


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“We want to make the best digital services available not just to our customers, but to all mobile phone owners. We are improving every digital touchpoint in the mobility behaviour of our customers and thus increasing their independence”, says Sabine Scheunert, Vice President of Digital and IT for Marketing & Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars. “With the investment in Anagog we are a big step closer to achieving this goal. This step also fits with the strategic approach taken by Daimler AG in investing in appropriate start-ups and supporting them as they grow.”

A significant advantage of the Anagog development “JedAI SDK” (Software Development Kit) here is the high data and privacy protection which grants the users full control over their data, as no data transfer to a backend server is required.

Anagog was founded in 2010 and in 2017 it participated in the start-up programme ‘The Bridge’ supported by Mercedes-Benz. The first joint development has already been on the German market since September 2017 in the form of the EQ Ready App. This app helps motorists decide whether it makes sense for them personally to switch to an electric car or hybrid. The smartphone app can record real journeys made by the user and compare it with numerous parameters of electric and hybrid vehicles. This makes it possible to try out e-mobility in a virtual yet realistic way. The EQ Ready app also recommends which electric or hybrid car model from smart or Mercedes-Benz best matches the user’s individual needs.

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