Donfeng partnered with Knorr-Bremse to develop AMT’s for its trucks

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Dongfeng Motor Group Corporation Ltd., one of the world’s biggest truck manufacturers, is partnering with Knorr-Bremse to develop the automated manual transmission for its new generation of heavy-duty trucks.

This decision will see the two companies prepare the way for automated manual transmissions to continue their triumphant advance in China, the world’s biggest commercial vehicle market. “In Europe, automated manual transmissions have become widely established. They boost active safety by easing the load on the driver, cut fuel consumption by applying an optimized gear shift strategy and reduce clutch wear,” says Dr. Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Systems division. “In our joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group we are optimizing our transmission management system to meet the specific requirements of the Chinese market. This puts us in an excellent position to help automated manual transmissions finally achieve a breakthrough in China.”

The transmission management system developed by Knorr-Bremse consists of an electropneumatic gear control unit and clutch actuator, a wide variety of sensors that gather the necessary status data, and an electronic control unit that contributes the gear shift strategy. The complete system is to be produced at the joint venture’s own facility in Shiyan, China. “A vast amount of know-how and expertise goes into developing the transmission management system for a certain type of vehicle,” explains Thorsten Seehars, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems responsible for the Powertrain unit.

Bao Ping Xu, Managing Director of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicles Systems Shanghai and Member of the Board of Directors of Knorr-Bremse Asia-Pacific Holding, adds: “Integrating the system into the vehicle-specific environment and adapting it to the respective transmission requires a high degree of coordination within the international development team.” Along with developing the individual mechatronic modules, another key part of the project is creating the software. The aim here is to always use the ideal gear to keep the engine running in its most efficient operating range for as long as possible and to shift between gears as fast as possible. The shorter the gear shift time, the shorter the interruption of the tractive force and the resulting loss of momentum. Taken together, these two factors make for extremely economical vehicle operation.

Knorr-Bremse DETC Commercial Vehicle Braking Technology, the joint venture between Knorr-Bremse and Dongfeng Motor Group, was founded in 2015. Initially it focused on manufacturing mechanical components such as brake valves and ABS systems, but the range of products it manufactures in China is steadily being expanded to include components for air management and brake control, as well as transmission systems.

At the end of fiscal 2016, the Dongfeng Group had 149,092 employees. In the same year it produced more than three million vehicles, including 369,100 commercial vehicles.

Dongfeng Electronic & Technology Co., Ltd. (DETC) is a subsidiary of Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd. (DFG) and is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. DETC owns subsidiaries with sites in Shanghai, Hubei and Guangdong. DFG holds 55 percent of the shares in Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle (DFCV), a joint venture with Volvo that is one of China’s leading manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

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Magna Enters Joint Venture with Chinese Seating Supplier HAPM

 

  • JV bolsters Magna’s product portfolio in seat mechanisms and structures
  • Magna’s global resources and operational expertise complements JV partner
  • Partnership enhances both companies’ footprint and customer base in Asia

SHANGHAI, April 28, 2017 / – To expand its seating expertise in China and throughout Asia, Magna has entered into a joint venture cooperation agreement with China’s Hubei Aviation Precision Machinery Co., Ltd. (HAPM).  Subject to regulatory approval, the deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

HAPM is a major Chinese automotive seat mechanism and structure component supplier and a subsidiary company of AVIC Electromechanical Systems Co., Ltd (AVICEM). Headquartered in Hubei Xiangyang, HAPM designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of automotive seating products from manual/power recliners, tracks, height adjusters and structures.  Established in 1995, the company has built up a solid customer base in both domestic and overseas markets.

The strategic cooperation brings together two innovative suppliers in the seating market to deliver a stronger product portfolio and advanced technology development to customers.

“We are very pleased to establish such a cooperative relationship with Magna. As a world leading automotive supplier, Magna’s global resources and expertise will be vital to the joint venture’s success,” said Mr. Wang Jian, Chairman of AVICEM.

“As the world’s largest vehicle market, China is a region in which we want to expand our seating capabilities, and with HAPM’s strong market position and seating mechanism know-how, we expect to grow our business even further in the region and throughout Asia,” said Mike Bisson, President of Magna Seating.

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Mahindra mulls turning Pininfarina into premium EV brand

SEOUL–India’s Mahindra Group plans to enter the U.S. and China, the world’s two biggest auto markets, with high-end electric vehicles to be made by its Italian auto-design affiliate Pininfarina SpA, the auto giant said.

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Pininfarina H2 speed Concept

“We’re exploring right now the potential of building an electric supercar, which will be branded Pininfarina. Certainly, we’re looking to sell it in the U.S.,” Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group, said in an interview.

Mahindra will also will look to enter China, the world’s No. 1 auto market and a good market for high-end performance cars, through Pininfarina, he said.

Mr. Mahindra is in Seoul for the 2017 Seoul Motor Show.

Mahindra Group, a conglomerate that makes airplanes, cars and tractors, acquired the Italian auto-design specialist in 2015 in a EUR25.5 million ($28.1 million) deal to boost its automotive credentials globally.

Best known for a historical relationship with Ferrari NV, Pininfarina’s designs have long been copied by other global auto makers.

Mr. Mahindra said the group aims to enhance its investments and presence in the U.S. largely through its South Korean auto unit, Ssangyong Motor Co.

“Competing in the U.S. is like the old Frank Sinatra song that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere,” he said. “So when you sell cars in the U.S., it forces you to be the most competitive.”

He said the auto group would “double its bets” in the U.S. but declined to reveal specific amounts.

Global auto makers have announced increased investments in the U.S. as President Donald Trump is raising demands that more goods be made in America.

“President Donald Trump’s policies are not global, but inward looking,” Mr. Mahindra said. Still, he said, Mr. Trump’s promises will help the American economy strengthen.

Hyundai Motor Co. said in January that it would invest up to $3.1 billion in its U.S. manufacturing facilities and that it is considering building a new plant there, joining other auto makers in highlighting investment plans after Trump criticized the industry.

Ssangyong Motor Chief Executive Choi Johng-sik said Thursday that the company is preparing for a U.S. entry but that it would take at least three years to complete its decision.

More immediately, Mr. Choi said, Ssangyong is considering expanding its presence in China by building a manufacturing plant in the world’s largest market and localizing its products there.

He said the company would complete a decision on that by the end of the first half.

Ssangyong, which specializes in sport-utility vehicles, signed an initial agreement with China’s Shaanxi Autombile Group Co. in October to start a joint venture.

Shaanxi Automobile is China’s fourth-largest maker of heavy-duty trucks by output.

Panasonic Opens New Automotive Lithium-ion Battery Factory in Dalian, China

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With this new factory in China, Panasonic establishes a global battery cell production system for eco-friendly vehicles.

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation announced today that it held an opening ceremony for a new automotive lithium-ion battery factory in Dalian, China.

The factory is Panasonic’s first automotive battery cell production site in China. Panasonic will further strengthen its global competitiveness in the automotive battery industry by the establishment of production sites in Japan, the United States, and China.

With an increasing awareness of environmental issues, the market for eco-friendly vehicles is expanding every year, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicles. Panasonic has provided automotive lithium-ion batteries to a number of auto manufacturers on a global basis and is leading the automotive battery market. Furthermore, in response to further increase in the demand of high-performance automotive lithium-ion batteries, Panasonic not only increased production at Japanese sites but will also start automotive battery cell production in the United States in 2017. The newly constructed factory in China is a new production facility of Panasonic Automotive Energy Dalian Co., Ltd., an automotive battery joint venture established between Panasonic and Dalian Levear Electric Co., Ltd. in February 2016.

Panasonic is aiming to achieve 2 trillion yen in sales for the overall automotive business, including infotainment systems and industrial devices, in the fiscal year 2019 (ending March 31, 2019) which marks the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding. Panasonic will develop the new factory into a core manufacturing site in China, and further strengthen its automotive battery business.

[Overview of the new factory]

  • Site area: Approx. 170,000 m²
  • Floor area: Approx. 80,000 m²
  • Production items: Prismatic type lithium-ion batteries for eco-friendly vehicles
  • Production launch: Fiscal 2018, ending March 31, 2018

[Overview of the joint venture company (as of April 2017)]

  • Name: Panasonic Automotive Energy Dalian Co., Ltd.
  • Location: 177 Haiming Street, Dalian Free Trade Zone, Liaoning, People’s Republic of China Establishment: February 2016
  • Capital: 273 million RMB
  • Representatives: Chairman: Guochen Liu, Managing Director: Nobukazu Yamanishi
  • Business operations: Design, manufacture, sales, and after-sales services of automotive batteries for eco-friendly vehicles.
  • Employees: Approx. 500 (FY2018 plan)

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Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise solutions and device industries. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates 474 subsidiaries and 94 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.553 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2016. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic:
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Uber sells it’s Chinese arm to the rival Didi Chuxing

After an intense battle for market share Uber China gave-in to the rival company Didi Chuxing

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In a deal expected to be formally announced tomorrow, Uber will sell its Chinese arm Uber China to local rival Didi Chuxing.

In a blog post obtained by Bloomberg, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick posited the deal as a merger that strengthens both parties.

After Uber, Didi Chuxing is the biggest name in ride-sharing and together with Uber China is expected to be valued at $35 billion. Uber, which will control around 20 percent of the merged companies and even see Kalanick join the board of Didi Chuxing, is valued at $68 billion.

Uber China and Didi Chuxing had been subsidizing rides to help gain market share. The bill for Uber reportedly reached $2 billion. The straw that broke the camel’s back, however, is likely the Chinese government’s decision last month to ban companies from subsidizing rides.

Didi Chuxing is backed by fellow Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, both of which have expanded recently into the automotive industry. Didi Chuxing has also received a $1 billion investment from Apple. It currently handles more than 11 million rides a day and serves about 300 million customers spread across 400 cities.

via: Bloomberg