Inside Xpeng Motors

A look at some of the technologies being deployed in a new factory building electric vehicles in Zhaoqing, Guandong Province

Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group

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
#Byton #BMW #people

How GM Quickly Created Capacity for Mask Production

GM’s head of global manufacturing engineering talks about how a global team put mask production capacity on the floor in a week
#tech #GeneralMotors #SAIC

New Steels Explained: What You Need to Know About the Ongoing Developments

A range of new steels is being developed to assist body engineers create better trucks, cars and SUVs. Here’s what they can do for everyone from safety engineers to designers
#Ford #GeneralMotors #Acura

Porsche Offers Special Manufacture Mods for the Taycan

Of course you need to get that Taycan modified by the people in Zuffenhausen
#tech #Porsche #Carbon

December 3, 9am CST

AutoBeat Live is a monthly 30-minute show featuring conversations with leading observers of and people in the auto industry. Each episode will include insights about what’s happening—things that may affect suppliers to the industry. 


Next Frontier for Robots: General Assembly

The next challenge for industrial robots is achieving human-like dexterity, including the ability to handle flexible components such as wiring and fabric, says Fanuc America.


ESI’s Interactive Virtual Prototyping

ESI Group produces virtual prototyping software that enables users to simulate a product’s performance, manufacturability, ease of assembly and more, says Application Engineer Jacob Peterson.


Modularizing Front-End Assemblies

Carmakers are turning to specialty suppliers to preassemble complex front-end modules that can then be plugged into a vehicle as it moves down the assembly line.

Ford Adds Electric Transit Van at Kansas City Plant

All-new E-Transit will go on sale in late 2021.
#facilities #Ford

Tesla Posts 3Q Profit, Affirms 2020 Sales Target

Company sheds startup status, moves into full-fledged carmaking
#asia #Tesla #europe

Tesla to Supply EVs to Europe from China

A quick way to quickly tap Europe's booming EV market
#Tesla #europe #asia

U.K. Electric Van Startup Plans U.S. IPO

Using a micro-factory to make 10,000 vans for UPS

Ford Adds Electric Transit Van at Kansas City Plant

All-new E-Transit will go on sale in late 2021.
#facilities #Ford

PSA-FCA to Hit “Reset” in China

Merger plans will include a new marketing strategy
#asia #europe

LMC Sees Auto Sales Recovery by 2022

Slower rebound ahead as "real" economic conditions emerge
#asia #europe

Cobots: 14 Things You Need to Know

What jobs do cobots do well? How is a cobot programmed? What’s the ROI? We asked these questions and more to four of the leading suppliers of cobots. 

Industrial Robot Use Hits All-Time High

U.S. robot use in 2019 up but slowed. China dominates deployment

Tesla Tweaks Battery Plans in Germany

Company envisions in-house battery production at all its vehicle assembly plants
#facilities #Tesla

VW Aims to Surpass Tesla in EV Output by 2023

Friendly rivals move toward direct competition in the small crossover segment.
#europe #Tesla

Nissan Manufacturing Wish List

What are the sorts of things that people at Nissan North American manufacturing ops are looking for?
#Infiniti #facilities #Nissan