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REGULATORY: New Federal Guidelines for MPG Sticker Tests

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Several auto manufacturers have gotten caught up in conjecture over their labels for miles-per-gallon on new cars.  Indeed, as the variety and type of drivetrains being used in new cars and the competitiveness of the information, there have been questions on the appropriate testing performed in order to obtain and report mpg information.  This has led to several manufacturers having to restate their miles-per-gallon ratings on the new car sticker, something no manufacturer wants to do.

In line with the confusion regarding testing to obtain mpg ratings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week issued new guidelines for conducting fuel economy tests. …

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TELEMATICS: Valeo in Partnership with Peiker

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Paris-based Valeo has entered into a cooperation agreement with peiker acustic GmbH & Co. KG, based in the city of Friedrichsdorf, Germany, to broaden their range of geolocation and mobile connectivity products.

The partners' shared objective is to benefit …

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BATTERIES: BASF, Toda Kygyo Enter JV for Cathode Materials

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Tokyo-based Toda Kogyo Corp. have formed BASF Toda Battery Materials LLC after agreeing on plans for the joint venture last October.

BASF Toda Battery Materials was established with 66% equity from BASF Japan Ltd., and 34% from Toda Kogyo Corp. with an aim to conduct research and development, production, marketing and sales for a broad range of cathode materials, particularly NCA (Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide), LMO (Lithium Manganese Oxide) and NCM (Nickel Cobalt Manganese) in Japan.  These materials are used in lithium-ion batteries for the automotive, consumer electronics, and stationary storage markets. Internationally, the company will …

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ASSEMBLY: It's Not Easy to Build an F-150

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Building the new Ford Motor Co. F-150 pickup truck isn't easy and the company has a lot riding on the success of the model.  As the company prepares to roll out production at the second F-150 assembly plant at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, Ford is using lessons that it learned in preparing the initial assembly of the vehicle at Dearborn. 

Using new assembly techniques that most U.S. auto workers have never been exposed to in the past, along with new materials and fastening techniques, Ford says it has taken what it learned in developing and building the F-150 in Dearborn and created a training program for skilled trades and production workers at Kansas City that will h…

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ELECTRONICS: New High Temp Flexible Circuit Material from DuPont

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

     DuPont Circuit & Packaging Materials, Research Triangle Park, N.C., has introduced a new high temperature flexible circuit material system aimed at applications in the automotive and aerospace industries.

     Pyralux HT has a service temperature of 225ºC, said to be the highest of any flexible circuit material system available and enables aerospace and automotive engineers with a flexible alternative for use in automotive engines, brakes, transmissions and downhole pumps for oil and gas drilling.

     “The Pyralux HT system opens new doors for the use of flexible circuits,” said Mark T. …

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DISTRIBUTION: CFAO to Distribute Volkswagen Brands in Africa

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Retail brand manager CFAO has established a joint venture with Porsche Holding Salzburg for the importation of Volkswagen brand vehicles in East Africa. 

The deal between the two will have CFAO importing Volkswagen passenger cars and light commercial vehicles into six countries, including Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania,…

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