PRODUCTION

Propulsion

The New Fiat 500 and Italian Coffee

This new EV likely isn’t coming to America so we won’t figure out how much charge you could get while drinking a Starbucks venti
#FiatChryslerAutomobiles #Fiat

Batteries

Polestar 2: The Start of the Company’s EV Era

Yes, there is a Polestar 1. But it is a hybrid, not an electric vehicle (EV). The Polestar 2 is the company’s first EV—the first of what promises to be many
#Volvo #LG #Polestar

Propulsion

Nikola to Supply 2,500 Electric Trucks for Refuse Collection

Nikola’s Trevor Milton says this is the “single largest order” of refuse trucks in history—and he just doesn’t mean EV trucks, either
#Nikola

October 1, 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. 

Machining

LIFT: Advancing Lightweighting Tech

Next-generation manufacturing and talent development programs
#tech

Interiors & Electronics

Building Hondas and Acuras Is a Family Affair

First-hand insights into building NSXes, Accords and much more
#tech

Assembly

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.
#tech

Batteries

VW Aims to Surpass Tesla in EV Output by 2023

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

Design

Next-Gen Rolls-Royce Ghost Takes Shape

More tech, sleeker design, star-studded interior
#tech #RollsRoyce #HP

Production

Suppliers Narrow Talent Gap as Company Culture Shifts

Changing times, changing skillsets roil N. American supply base
#people #americas

Production

FCA Hikes Credit Line for Hybrids, EVs to Nearly $1 Billion

European line-of-credit cover research, plant retooling in Italy.
#europe #facilities

Production

LG Chem Spins Off Battery Unit

Wholly owned subsidiary aims to nearly triple sales in four years.
#facilities #asia

Economics

Stalled Plant Sale Stymies GM’s Exit from India

Deal hampered by tensions between India and China
#facilities #asia

Hybrid

Fisker Plans to Have Ocean EV Made in Austria

Magna Steyr would begin production in late 2022
#Magna #Toyota #Peugeot

Propulsion

Could GM Spin Off EV Business?

An intriguing way to get Wall Street’s attention
#tech #GMC #GeneralMotors

Production

Mercedes Launches Extensive Digital Production Platform

Company plans to achieve 15% efficiency improvement through connecting sensors—and everything in between—to the Cloud
#MercedesBenz

Production

CAR MBS: Auto Rebound On Track, But…

Uncertainty casts plenty of doubt about pace and timiing

Production

CAR MBS: Manufacturing Ops Need Better Tech, Experts Say

Equipment needs updating—as do the personnel in the industry
#Tesla #Chrysler

Internet of Things

Nissan Manufacturing Wish List

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