Porsche cayman assess less powerful than the Boxster models in china

Porsche cayman assess less powerful than the Boxster models in china

The Volkswagen Group brand expects it can nearly double annual sales of its 718 Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe in China by offering base versions with 250 horsepower for under 600,000 renminbi More »

Toyota’s breakthrough in Japanese taxi industry

Toyota’s breakthrough in Japanese taxi industry

Toyota ready to hit the taxi industry in Japan. Toyota developing new taxi for Japan, ties up with hire-taxi body . Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) is developing a next-generation taxi for the More »

Earthquake negatively impact the automotive electronics

Earthquake negatively impact the automotive electronics

The earthquake was very influential in life, not to mention also the Automotive industry on earth. It has been a couple of weeks since double earthquakes hit the Japanese island of Kyushu More »

VW’s best-selling automaker, and Toyota reported a decline in sales in the first semester 2016

VW’s best-selling automaker, and Toyota reported a decline in sales in the first semester 2016

The Japanese company, which manufactures the Toyota, Lexus and Daihatsu brands, said its global sales slid 0.6 percent in January-June to 4.992 million vehicles worldwide, down from 5.021 million in the same More »

Porsche to create big jobs for electric car

Porsche to create big jobs for electric car

Porsche made a breakthrough. Porsche (VOWG_p.DE) will boost the number of jobs for its first all-electric model by more than half from previous targets as part of parent Volkswagen’s (VW) push to More »


Porsche cayman assess less powerful than the Boxster models in china

The Volkswagen Group brand expects it can nearly double annual sales of its 718 Boxster roadster and Cayman coupe in China by offering base versions with 250 horsepower for under 600,000 renminbi ($90,000). In Europe and the U.S. the models have 300-hp and 350-hp engines.

The 600,000 renminbi price is “a magical threshold for customers in China,” said Jan Roth, head of the 718 model line, told Automotive News Europe on the sidelines of the 718 Cayman press launch. “A lot of the TTs that Audi sells in China, the smaller displacement 1.8-liter versions with rear wheel instead of all-wheel-drive, are priced below that, Mercedes too,” he said.

Previously a flat-six Cayman with 275 horsepower, for example, retailed for more than 700,000 renminbi in China. To protect resale values of the older generation, China is the only global market where the base versions of the Boxster and Cayman have a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine producing 250 hp.
Roth believes combined sales of the Boxster and Cayman in China could rise to around 4,500 in 2017, when both models are a full year in the market compared to nearly 2,500 in 2015. The new 718 Cayman joins the Boxster in Chinese dealerships in early December.

China, the world’s biggest auto market, is also Porsche’s largest single market but sales of sports cars are low. Chinese customers are most familiar with the Cayenne SUV. Porsche sells nearly 16 times more Cayennes than its iconic 911 sports car in China.
The 718 Cayman with 300 hp will go on sale in Europe and the U.S. in November starting at 51,623 euros ($57,200) in Germany and $53,900 in the U.S. excluding delivery.

source : http://europe.autonews.com/


Toyota’s breakthrough in Japanese taxi industry

Toyota ready to hit the taxi industry in Japan. Toyota developing new taxi for Japan, ties up with hire-taxi body .

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) is developing a next-generation taxi for the Japanese market and it has formed a partnership with the country’s hire-taxi federation to explore uses for new technology, the company said on Friday.

The partnership comes as Japan’s biggest automaker invests heavily in automated driving, car sharing and other connected mobility technologies, while Japan’s powerful taxi industry has opposed efforts by ride-hailing app Uber [UBER.UL] to expand into the country.

Toyota’s new taxi, which is being developed in cooperation with the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Associations, will focus on being accessible to the elderly, families with children and foreign tourists. It would become available in 2017, it said.

The automaker said that it would collaborate with the association, which represents more than 15,000 taxi operators nationwide, to use taxis in Tokyo to collect and analyze information on road traffic, and apply the results to technologies including automated driving.

Toyota produces the majority of the country’s taxis. It has said it plans to market a vehicle which can drive autonomously on highways by 2020.

The tie-up is the latest in a series of new partnerships Toyota has inked in the past year, including with Uber, while the company has also set up a $1 billion artificial intelligence research institute.

Source : http://www.reuters.com/


Earthquake negatively impact the automotive electronics

The earthquake was very influential in life, not to mention also the Automotive industry on earth. It has been a couple of weeks since double earthquakes hit the Japanese island of Kyushu in the Kumamoto prefecture, self-named as Japan’s Silicon Valley. The two earthquakes, one registering 6.5 magnitude followed by the main 7.3 magnitude event, are unusual in that they occurred in a two-day time frame.

Additionally significant: 1,000 aftershocks continue to affect the area, according to the Japan Times. The Kumamoto prefecture, which accounts for approximately 25 percent of Japan’s semiconductor manufacturing output, according to Reuters, is an important area for chip manufacturing, particularly for automotive electronics, as well as image sensor (CMOS) chip manufacturing in addition to other electronic components and industrial products.

Supply chain concerns, beyond the humanitarian impact, initially included the impact on transportation systems given that air, rail, and highway closures were implemented. To date, all major transportation operations have resumed, although some secondary roadways and rail lines require repair from landslides and fissures. One lingering question is to what extent the global supply chain will be affected given that there are structural and equipment damages to manufacturers and their subcontractors.

While the actual impact is still being assessed, the supply disruption from the wider network of subcontractors, whose production has been significantly affected, is a major concern. Although the impact on the broader electronics distribution supply chain is not at the levels seen in the aftermath of the 2014 Hynix fire, nor the 2011 disasters in Japan and Thailand, the impact on the automotive supply chain is significant delays and low visibility into production forecasts, while damage assessment continues and full facility production dates are not certain.

Among the global component companies that have reported on their status, Rohm has officially released no effects to production occurred; Texas Instruments and Mitsubishi Electrics have not reported damage. Renesas, which is a major supplier to local automotive OEMs including Toyota and Honda, recommenced step-wise manufacturing production in Kumamoto.

Renesas disclosed that some subcontractors have sustained greater damage affecting its production, but that subcontractors are moving manufacturing to other locations.

Sony has issued a public statement regarding its major manufacturing facility for image sensors for digital- and security-cameras, as well as micro-display devices. Sony gave notice of a delay in reporting its quarterly forecasts due to ongoing assessments of damage and production schedules and subcontractors’ facilities that have also been damaged. The impact to the digital imaging sector and CMOS chip sourcing remains to be determined.

The automotive industry is facing more significant disruptions than general electronics. Bridgestone, Toyota, and Honda are among the global automotive OEMs who continue to suspend at least some of the manufacturing in Kumamoto. Given the significant increase in automotive electronics, this once niche sector is playing an increasingly important role in the overall electronics industry’s volume sales, meaning that negative production will also impact the broader electronics industry.

Until the assessments of the various facilities at both Tier 1 and other subcontractors have come through, the supply chain continues to be faced with speculation. Quietly, some supply chain experts and analysts are concerned that the impact of the recent Japan earthquakes on the automotive industry will actually be historically significant and that disruptions could prove to have a real impact globally for automotive manufacturing and production.

Similarly, in regard to the semiconductor and electronics industry, supply chain analysts and experts have anonymously commented on some activity and positioning around select component classes, but are not seeing the recent events as having a major impact on the global electronics supply chain writ large. What the actual situation is and who will be affected depends on the next round of news out of Japan.

Source : epsnews.com


VW’s best-selling automaker, and Toyota reported a decline in sales in the first semester 2016

The Japanese company, which manufactures the Toyota, Lexus and Daihatsu brands, said its global sales slid 0.6 percent in January-June to 4.992 million vehicles worldwide, down from 5.021 million in the same period last year.

Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said on Wednesday it delivered 5.116 million vehicles in the same period, a 1.5 percent rise.

Having been the world’s best-selling automaker for four consecutive years through 2015, Toyota (7203.T) has suffered this year from a hit to Japanese production after an earthquake in April damaged a plant operated by a key supplier, halting production at many of its lines across the country for weeks.

Before that, production at domestic assembly plants ground to a halt for a week in February after an explosion at one of the automaker’s steel suppliers led to a shortage of parts.

For the month of June, sales of Toyota vehicles, which include the Camry and Corolla sedans and the gasoline hybrid Prius, fell 1.1 percent on the year to 881,000.

VW’s sales have so far not taken a beating from its “dieselgate” scandal, sparked by its admission in September that it installed illegal software to mask toxic emissions on about 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide.

While sales of its mass-market VW brand have suffered, this has been more than offset by strong demand for luxury Audi and Porsche models as well as Czech brand Skoda.

Europe’s largest automaker said on Thursday it expected full-year sales to come in slightly above last year’s 9.93 million deliveries, as demand in China and Western Europe outweighs declines in the Americas and Russia.

Although the emissions scandal has tarnished its reputation and triggered a multitude of lawsuits, VW has maintained sales in part by offering incentives to buyers in the United States and other markets while it repositions its business by investing in electric cars and on-demand transport services.

General Motors (GM.N), the largest U.S. automaker, is third in global sales rankings, with six-month sales of 4.76 million vehicles, down 1.2 percent from a year earlier.

source : http://www.reuters.com


Porsche to create big jobs for electric car

Porsche made a breakthrough.

Porsche (VOWG_p.DE) will boost the number of jobs for its first all-electric model by more than half from previous targets as part of parent Volkswagen’s (VW) push to overcome its emissions scandal by embracing zero-emission cars and digital services.

Porsche, the No. 2 contributor to VW group profit, plans to create at least 1,400 jobs to develop, build and sell the battery-powered Mission E, a rival to Tesla’s Model S, that is due to roll off the assembly line at its Zuffenhausen base in 2019, it said on Tuesday.

Another 350 digital experts are to be hired at a Porsche unit specifically set up to develop mobility concepts and uncover new business areas, it said, reflecting a transformation also underway at VW’s luxury brand Audi.

Porsche previously targeted more than 1,000 new jobs for the Mission E at Zuffenhausen, where it is building a new paint shop and assembly line. The sports-car brand is spending about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) on the zero-emission model.

The Mission E implies a sea change at Porsche, traditionally known for high-performance combustion-powered sports cars, Porsche labor boss Uwe Hueck told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday. “You either take part in the digital change or you lose.”

Although Porsche is attracting more than 140,000 job applications per year and tops various employer rankings, the manufacturer is struggling to attract the sort of smart brains also being wooed by rival carmakers, suppliers and IT firms.

“I’m not denying that the battle for talent is tough,” human resources chief Andreas Haffner said, noting plans to expand the digital unit to Silicon Valley and China.

Porsche said the 1,400 jobs include 900 production staff, 300 salaried workers and 200 engineers. It also plans to boost the number of apprenticeships by half to 220, part of an industry-wide recruitment push as automakers compete with the likes of Google and Apple for digital car technology.

Hueck declined to specify production targets for the Mission E, but said Porsche needs to sell at least 10,000 of a model per year to make a profit.

Porsche prefers to use battery technology from Stuttgart-based Robert Bosch GmbH [ROBG.UL] and would handle final assembly of the battery systems, said Hueck, who sits on VW’s supervisory board.

VW Chief Executive Matthias Mueller has said Wolfsburg-based VW is weighing plans to start its own battery production as part of the group’s repositioning, with an engine plant in Salzgitter and a component factory in Braunschweig vying for electric-car orders.

(Editing by Tina Bellon and David Holmes)
Source : http://www.reuters.com/


Faurecia was awarded a pace award for two innovations

Faurecia won awards PACE Award in 2016 for certain innovations.Faurecia is a global leader, providing innovative solutions and qualitative equipments to the automotive industry.

Faurecia won the Automotive News 2016 PACE Award today for two innovations: the Adaptive ValveTM and Cover Carving Technology. Both technologies, recognized for their contributions to lightweighting and optimizing in-vehicle experiences, were among the 30 finalists selected for consideration in the annual PACE Awards program.

Faurecia’s Emissions Control Technologies division, the leading manufacturer in the market, won with its Adaptive Valve. The technology, which is self-adjusting and activated by the flow of exhaust gas, works in tandem with the muffler to control sound emitted from the exhaust pipe. The Adaptive Valve plays a critical role in weight reduction, allowing the mufflers to be as much as 30 percent smaller and the exhaust system to be up to 20 percent lighter. In vehicles with cylinder deactivation, the Adaptive Valve cancels low-frequency sounds, which ensures the driver hears no difference when the car switches from eight cylinders to four.

Faurecia Automotive Seating won with its Cover Carving Technology, a proprietary process that reinvents the production of seat covers and enables 3D animation with an unmatched level of repeatable quality. CCT offers new design options with greater durability and overall quality, while reducing development and production time for covers. The light back panel, associated with Faurecia’s sculpted cover, allows for inclusion of concave and convex embossing shapes, and significantly reduces production time. Additionally, CCT cuts tooling costs by 80 percent and is 50 percent lighter when compared to a plastic back panel.

“Faurecia is honored to have been recognized for two of its innovations. The Adaptive Valve and Cover Carving Technology have helped reinvent the way automakers look at traditional processes and products in the areas of emissions control and seating,” said Faurecia North America President Mark Stidham. “Receiving the PACE Award is a direct recognition of Faurecia’s commitment to not only lightweighting and sustainable mobility, but also to improving the life on-board experience of drivers. We thank the PACE committee for this honor.”

Sponsored by Ernst & Young, Automotive News and the Transportation Research Center, the annual PACE Awards—known globally as the “Oscars of Innovation”—recognize superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. A panel of independent judges selected the PACE Award winners, who were honored at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Michigan, on April 11, 2016.
Source : http://www.faurecia.com

The new Infiniti Q50 sports sedan is seen during its launching in Hong Kong

Infiniti luxury brand of Nissan motor will recall the model q50

Infiniti luxury brand of Nissan Motor Co. will recall seacara Q50 models globally because of damage to the wheel. because the steering system that is key to the sedan’s autonomous driving capabilities could malfunction.

The recall covers 28,182 vehicles in the U.S. and 3,804 in Canada, Infiniti said.
The auto industry is racing to put self-driving cars on the road, seeing autonomous driving as the next big thing, although safety, regulatory and technical hurdles remain.
The Q50 — equipped with a direct adaptive steering system — is Infiniti’s first model that can drive itself on highways under certain conditions.

The system could malfunction “in certain rare circumstances, just after starting the vehicle” when a software glitch “can lead to a lack of steering responsiveness and change in turning radius,” Infiniti spokesman Stefan Weinmann said.
Infiniti will begin informing customers of the recall in June and July, he said, emphasizing the brand’s commitment to safety.
Infiniti chief Roland Krueger told Reuters last week that the brand plans to roll out autonomous driving to more new models as it introduces the steering system to more of its cars “one by one.”

“With this (steering) function, we can offer what we call partial autonomous drive already, so the car above approximately 60 kilometres (37 miles) per hour on the highway can be driven hands free,” he said last week.
Krueger said that more advanced autonomous driving features, such as those beyond highways, will require advances in infrastructure and regulation.
This isn’t the Q50’s first issue with the direct adaptive steering system. Infiniti recalled 2014 model year Q50s because the electric steering system could be disabled at freezing temperatures, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
China’s safety watchdog said the current recall would affect 6,894 cars in China, including imported Q50s and a long-wheel base versions that are locally produced.

source : autonews.com


Brexit impact on the automotive industry

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The shock waves from the U.K.’s historic vote to leave the EU are about to hit the global auto industry.

Analysts predict that falling sales and rising costs are the most likely outcomes for automakers as Europe’s second-largest car market begins severing long-standing ties with the region that buys the greatest proportion of the U.K.’s home-produced vehicles.

It comes at a bad time for the world’s automakers.

“Brexit adds further ballast to an already struggling ship,” said London-based Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst. He listed concerns over U.S. sales, industry disruption, regulatory headwinds and uncertainty over future mobility.

Brexit is bad news for Ford and General Motors, which are battling for profitability in a region already hard on the bottom line. “We’re taking a chunk out of the sales forecast so the two biggest sellers in the country, Ford and [GM’s] Vauxhall, will likely be affected the most,” said Ian Fletcher, principal analyst for IHS Automotive.

The two biggest importers into the country, Ford and Volkswagen Group, are most at risk from the pound’s fall in value against the euro, but PSA Peugeot Citroen will also be hit, analysts predict. Japanese automakers exporting from Japan are also suffering as the value of the yen strengthened on news of the British vote.

Automakers could move production elsewhere if the EU imposes tariffs on U.K.-made vehicles. GM’s plant in Ellesmere Port is considered most at risk because of the high imported content of the Astras made there.

Carmakers are pushing for a deal with the EU that retains access to the single market. “Leave” voters are likely to reject that. Until the decision is made, manufacturers are hastily making contingency plans for all outcomes.

“We hadn’t planned for Brexit. No one had,” said Tony Walker, deputy managing director of Toyota’s U.K. car-making operations. “We were all expecting a narrow vote for “Remain.’ Even the bookies said that, and they’re never wrong.”

Here are some of the key questions arising from Britain’s vote to withdraw from the EU.

  • How will automakers’ and suppliers’ earnings be affected?

They’ll take a knock, analysts predict. Evercore ISI has cut its 2017 earnings-per-share predictions for German, French and U.S. manufacturers by 8.9 percent and for global suppliers by 3 percent.

Japanese automakers’ operating profit is likely to fall 15 percent as the value of the yen rose against European currencies and the dollar after the Brexit vote, according to JP Morgan. Of those importing into the U.K., the bank predicts Mitsubishi and Mazda will be hit hardest, followed by Toyota.

Automakers were already struggling to make money. “Europe has gone from the most profitable region in the world in 2007 to the least profitable,” said Erik Jonnaert, secretary general of ACEA, the European automakers association, citing the cost of meeting increasingly stringent regulations.

  • What would a breakup of the EU look like for the auto industry?

Not good. “If the EU breaks up, the whole automotive supply chain would be in disarray” as border crossings are reinstated, investment bank RBC Capital Markets wrote in a note. “It could take years and a lot of capital to get supply chains back to more cost efficient levels.”

A return to national currencies would mean a return to Germany’s strong deutsche mark making its exports uncompetitive, which would affect U.S. suppliers.

“While we are not forecasting it, we have to believe that the odds of the disintegration of the EU have risen,” RBC wrote.

  • How will U.S. dealership groups with U.K. operations, such as Penske Automotive Group and Group 1 Automotive, be affected?

“The main problem for dealers is the uncertainty,” said Sue Robinson, director of the U.K.’s National Franchised Dealers Association. Concerns include what happens to pan-European dealer contracts once the ties are severed. “We’ve taken quite a lot of legal advice on this but all the lawyers are saying is that everything is pure conjecture at the moment,” Robinson said. Broader worries include possible pricing increases and expected loss of sales. So far, no one is reporting a drop in demand.

  • Are Ford’s and GM’s European recoveries at risk?

Almost certainly. The U.K is the biggest European market for both companies, with Ford heading GM’s Vauxhall as the country’s two most popular brands. The country is “fundamental” to Ford’s return to profitability in Europe, Ford of Europe’s CFO, Lyle Watters, told Automotive News last year. Ford of Europe reported healthy profits for the first quarter this year, but the weakening pound exposes the company to a currency hit because it imports all its U.K.-sold vehicles, mostly from Europe.

GM is better positioned because it makes cars and vans in two U.K. factories. Last week, GM’s chief economist, Mustafa Mohatarem, argued that that Brexit might have a positive effect on U.S. sales because it meant U.S interest rates would be less likely to rise, preserving low-interest auto financing.

  • How will suppliers be affected?

Dan Sharkey, a suburban Detroit lawyer whose firm Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco represents more than 150 suppliers, said Brexit will affect only a few of those clients.

“England is a pretty small market, nowhere near Mexico, nowhere near China. It’s not a huge issue. But for those who are there it’s huge. If they negotiate new trade deals that are very close to what they have now, the panic may be for naught. The question is: What’s going to replace this? The answer is: Nobody knows. Until we know what replaces it, we don’t know how scared we should be.”

  • What is the future of U.K. auto manufacturing? Who is most likely to leave?

The U.K. plant most likely to shut is GM’s Ellesmere Port factory, which makes the Vauxhall Astra subcompact hatch and station wagon, argues Garel Rhys, emeritus professor of motor industry economics at the U.K.’s Cardiff Business School. “It’s the most vulnerable,” he said. His reckoning is that Ellesmere Port’s cars’ low 25 percent local content rate makes the plant less “anchored” compared with factories whose products have more parts sourced in the U.K. Offsetting that is the Ellesmere Port plant’s fresh trade-union agreement, a new model to build and improved productivity.

  • Are U.K. car prices likely to rise?

So far only PSA Peugeot Citroen has said that Brexit likely will mean price increases in the U.K., but the fall in the pound’s value against the euro makes that inevitable. As of Thursday, June 30, the pound stood at 1.20 euros, down from 1.36 at the beginning of the year, hitting the big importers such as PSA Peugeot Citroen and VW Group.

  • What about Jaguar Land Rover’s special agreement on carbon dioxide emissions?

The U.K. government helped Jaguar Land Rover reach a deal with the EU whereby its cars were handed a much less onerous fuel economy target come 2020-21. Without it, JLR would have to bring the average economy of its SUV-heavy lineup to roughly that of a subcompact. Will it still stand?

“It’s a fair question,” said ACEA’s Jonnaert. He believes that if the U.K. joins the wider European Economic Area trading bloc, the special deal will still apply. But if the country rejects that route, which looks likely because that option would come with all the same EU rules U.K voters rebelled against, then it will have to renegotiate. That could force JLR to accelerate its electric vehicle plan.

  • Will the U.K. have the same fuel economy and emissions requirements?

Yes. 57 percent of the 1.6 million cars the U.K. built last year are sold into Europe and they will still need to conform to EU regulations. That means hitting stringent targets for gasoline and diesel emissions, as well meeting crash standards.

  • Could the U.K.’s automakers weather a 10 percent tariff to sell into the EU?

Cardiff Business School’s Rhys said yes, thanks mainly to their productivity, led by Nissan’s Sunderland plant. “We are the most productive country in Western Europe, twice as productive as the French and Italians and ahead of the Germans too,” Rhys said. So far no U.K.-positioned automaker has said it will alter its investment plans.

Bradford Wernle contributed to this report.


Ford will present a technology apple carplay and android auto

By the end of this year, all Ford and Lincoln vehicles will have the features built into Sync 3, which is replacing the sometimes-balky MyFord Touch system. Ford Motor Co. said will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity on its full lineup of 2017 vehicles, marking the fastest rollout of the technology so far by an automaker in the U.S.Competitors have been introducing the popular features a few nameplates at a time over several years, but Ford, which offered no 2016 models with Apple or Android integration, is doing it all at once.

“We developed one platform — Sync 3 — and have been able to quickly offer the technology across our lineup,” Chuck Gray, Ford’s global director of electrical and electronic systems engineering, said in a statement. “Customers considering a new vehicle can now choose any 2017 model year Ford car, SUV, light truck or electrified vehicle with SYNC 3 and be able to access their favorite apps.”

The industry’s adoption of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which together cover more than 98 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, since their introduction in 2014 has been slower than anticipated, with some automakers falling behind their announced timelines. In many cases, the features are being added as part of a vehicle’s redesign or freshening, in contrast to Ford’s all-at-once approach.

Today’s announcement means Ford will have the technology in more nameplates than any competitor except General Motors, according to Apple Inc.’s website, which lists more than 120 compatible U.S. models. (That’s about one-third of all new-vehicle nameplates.) Apple says CarPlay is on 32 GM nameplates, including derivatives such as coupes and convertibles, and 22 from Ford Motor.

The software allows drivers to access many apps and other functions on their smartphone through the vehicle’s touch screen and voice controls.

“SYNC 3 is already a major leap forward in terms of functionality, simplicity and user experience — Ford’s promise that every new model now ships ‘smartphone-ready’ is huge,” Jeffrey Hannah, director of North America for global automotive technology research firm SBD, said in a statement provided by Ford. SBD’s website lists Ford as a client.

“Ford is not taking the traditional approach of introducing Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto on a few piecemeal models or as an expensive option on luxury vehicles only,” Hannah said. “The guesswork for consumers is over — if you buy any 2017 Ford vehicle with SYNC 3, you drive off the lot with both of these innovative technologies ready to go.”

Apple and Google Inc., which developed Android, say their in-car systems are designed to reduce distraction and create a seamless, nearly identical experience across all vehicles. Still, safety advocates have raised concerns about the features taking drivers’ attention away from the road.

Consumer Reports, in its July issue, praised Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for offering easier-to-use navigation apps and more frequently updated maps than automakers’ built-in systems but said the music player can be cumbersome to operate in some vehicles.

Source : http://www.autonews.com



Warning, for taking a panel from a junk car and replacing the damaged or missing parts

Those that are mechanically inclined sometimes opt for the do-it-yourself quick fix of taking a panel from a junk car and replacing the damaged or missing parts. Quarter panels, hoods and fenders must be removed from another car or truck of the same make, year and model to ensure a close and usable fit. While it is less expensive, the biggest problem with this method of repair is that the donor car is rarely the same color. This unappealing, eye-catching problem can be remedied with a trip to the local car repair and auto painting center to complete the vehicle collision repair.

Incomplete Repair
While a donor vehicle repair is a quick fix, it is only part of the remedy. The car is safer and more functional to drive; however, the mismatched single or multiple panels on the vehicle are similar to wearing a neon sign that shouts to other drivers, “Ive been in an accident.” Since people tend to avoid vehicles that are a sign of trouble, this may lead to other problems. For example, this often results in other motorists making it difficult for that driver to merge into traffic. They may also be the target of false claims of hitting other vehicles. The damaged vehicle is also an embarrassment for the driver when friends, co-workers and family members are present in the parking lot or driveway, staring at it, shaking their heads or rolling their eyes. The best way to fix this problem is to have the vehicle or the panel repainted to match.

When a dent is banged out of the outer panel, it often mars the paints finish and creates chipping and peeling. Holes and other damage can be repaired with body putty.
Once this is sanded, the smooth surface is ready for paint. The auto can then be taken to an auto painting center where a professional can complete the repair with a matching paint job. This is difficult for a do-it-yourself repair, because color matching, weather conditions, clean environments and space are all difficult factors for individuals to overcome. A professional shop will have a premier paint booth with the ability to create the right hue with matte, metallic and gloss finishes to match.

Panel Painting
Once step one of repairing or replacing the panel is complete, step two is to have it painted by a professional auto painting center. A collision repair center that is up to date on technology is a good place to have the vehicle painted. The existing paint color can be matched almost exactly using a computerized color-matching system. The whole car or truck can be repainted or just one section, depending on the preferences of the vehicles owner.