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Electronics

Developers Aim to Diffuse AV Short Circuits

An alternative to full electrical redundancy

Fuel Cells

Pierburg Teams with BMW on Fuel Cell Blower

Integrated system aims to boost efficiency and reduce costs

Sales

Next-Gen Rolls-Royce Ghost Takes Shape

More tech, sleeker design, star-studded interior

Business

J.D. Power Assesses High Tech for Vehicles

The fifth annual U.S. Tech Experience Index Study shows that consumers like cameras but not waving their hands at their instrument panels

Hybrid

Isn’t it Ioniq, Don’t You Think?

Hyundai launches EV sub-brand, starting with 2021 “5” crossover

Mobility

Automated Vehicle Systems Perform Poorly in AAA Tests

Reliability needs to be improved to gain public trust

Hybrid

Yes, Hybrids Still Matter

Hybrids—mild, full and plug-in—are likely to continue to be important as the automotive industry makes the transition to full electrification. An examination in three parts.

Autonomous Vehicles

Stops and Starts on the Road to Autonomy

COVID-19 is having an impact, but long-term effect is unclear.

Production

BMW Goes All In on Sustainability

Comprehensive plan targets 7 million electrified vehicles on the road by 2030

Design

Next-Gen Rolls-Royce Ghost Takes “Post Opulence” Approach

Ultra-luxury marque targets “pure,” minimalist design

AI

JLR Develops Touchless Touchscreen

AI-based system promises to reduce driver distraction and alleviate COVID-19 risks

Marketing

J.D. Power APEAL: What Do Customers Like?

If the Initial Quality Study (IQS) is about issues customers have after three months of ownership, the Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study is about what they like. Really like

Batteries

BMW Inks $2.3 Billion Battery Deal with Northvolt

Swedish supplier joins CATL and Samsung SDI as BMW ramps up EV efforts

Business

Honda Expands Partnership with Chinese Battery Giant

The deal is the latest win for CATL, which claims to be the world’s largest battery supplier.

Quality

This Year’s Best Interiors: Quality at Any Price

WardsAuto’s annual list had plenty of variety

Design

NACTOY Announces 2021 Candidates

Yes, COVID-19 notwithstanding, there are still significant car launches happening this year

Connectivity

iPhones Get Digital Key Functionality

Rollout starts with 2021 BMW 5 Series, other brands and models to follow next year

Production

14 BMW Workers Quarantined for COVID-19

Cases on the rise in South Carolina

Hybrid

Longer-Range Bimmer PHEVs in the Works

Geofencing and rewards program support new model rollout

Sales

Tesla Passes Toyota in Market Value

Stock soars past $1,000 per share

Hybrid

FCA to Test Hybrid Geofencing in Italy

Drivers get access to restricted areas and special parking but risk fines if they turn off the EV mode

Propulsion

End of the Line for Venerable Bentley V-8

Just 36,000 units were built during the engine’s 61-year run

Assembly

What You Need to Know About Byton & the M-Byte

Byton is on a fast path forward with its M-Byte electric SUV launching in China this year and North America and Europe next. Here are key aspects. And keen insights from Benoit Jacob, its head of Design

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