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Business

Volvo to Develop Electric Motors Itself

Shanghai lab will support vehicles built on new EV platform

Design

Pass the Steering Wheel, It's My Turn to Drive

Volvo patent shows moveable driver controls

Fuel Cells

Mercedes Readies Fuel Cell Truck

Sales targeted for 2024 under joint venture with Volvo

Batteries

Mack to Beat Nikola to Refuse Truck Market

Volvo Group subsidiary Mack Trucks announces commercialization of Mack LR Electric refuse truck

Interiors & Electronics

Volvo Air Filter Targets Tiny Particulates

Programmable feature can rid pollutants prior to a trip too

Economics

Lidar Maker Luminar Readies $3.4 Billion IPO

Plan would give startup a $3.4 billion market cap

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

Regulations

Calif., 5 Carmakers Agree on Tougher Emission Rules

Seeking middle ground between Obama, Trump era standards

Marketing

Ford Rated Top Automotive Brand for “Intimacy”

Auto industry also outshines most others in new study

Regulations

Foretellix Aims to Fortify Autonomous Testing

Much more testing is needed, but it’s the quality not quantity that will make the difference

Lidar Supplier Luminar Adds Auto Veterans as Production Nears

Team will support 2022 launch with Volvo Cars

Car/Ride Sharing

FCA, Waymo Expand Level 4 Partnership

Ram ProMaster and other light commercial trucks to get autonomous tech

Production

Volvo Gets Very Bullish

CEO declares the crisis over as sales rebound

Autonomous Vehicles

Aurora Aims Big with Autonomous Testing in Texas

Startup targets commercial truck applications

Sales

June Car Sales Fell 23% in Europe

Month-to-month shortfall narrows from April and May

Car/Ride Sharing

Amazon to Buy Zoox Robo-Car Startup

Focus is automated ride-hailing, package delivery services

Business

Volvo, Waymo to Partner on Robo-Taxis

AV collaborations abound to jumpstart commercialization efforts

Quality

Dodge Soars to Top of J.D. Power Quality Report

New survey questions turn 2020 results topsy-turvy

Interiors & Electronics

NACTOY Announces 2021 Candidates

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

Assembly

Europe’s Car Plants at 50% of Capacity

Carmakers don’t expect to return to normal output for months.

Connectivity

iPhones Get Digital Key Functionality

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

Hybrid

Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid Gets 100 mpg-Equivalent Rating

Compact crossover takes on Toyota RAV4 in emerging segment

Fuel Cells

New Toyota JV Targets Fuel Cell Trucks in China

Commercial vehicles could be the right application for fledgling technology

Electronics

What Do People Know About Automated Vehicles?

Probably a whole lot less than industry insiders might imagine