Falken Tyres with Porsche Macan approval

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Falken is supplying the current generation of Porsche Macan with tyres to the factory after approval was issued by the automobile manufacturer. The SUV versions of the Falken best-seller AZENIS FK510 are supplied in both 235/60R18 and 255/55R18 sizes. The tyres each have the speed symbol “W” (up to 270 km/h) and a load index of 103 and 105 respectively.

The successful top-of-the-range model AZENIS FK510 has been available as an SUV-specific tyre since 2017. With an innovative carcass design, AZENIS FK510 SUV tyres ensure precise steering behaviour and refinement. This is demonstrated through a high level of driving comfort and ensures well-balanced overall driving characteristics. The Porsche Macan is geared towards sporty drivers who will make use of the full ability of the tyres. The ACP (Adaptive Constant Pressure) tread technology improves braking performance, directional stability and driving dynamics. As well as the excellent braking characteristics on wet surfaces, the AZENIS FK510 SUV is also noted for its long operating life. Using 4D NANO design technology, Falken engineers were able to design a ground-breaking rubber compound for the FK510 series tyres which, in addition to providing a high degree of grip, also offers improved wear resistance.

“With the introduction of these tyres, we have continued to apply our strategy of consistently offering an extensive range in growing and profitable segments,” explains Christian Stolting, key account manager OE at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH. “Awarding us the factory fitting for the Porsche Macan doesn’t just confirm this strategy, but also speaks volumes for the quality of our tyres. Supplying Porsche with our tyres is a bit of an accolade for us!”

Luxury Audio Studio Opens at the HARMAN Experience Store in Munich

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Dedicated to the Art of Listening, new Luxury Studio offers premium listening experience in a modern and dynamic environment 

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MUNICH – May 10, 2019 - HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is adding a new highlight to the HARMAN Experience Store in Munich through the opening of the HARMAN Luxury Audio Studio. Featuring an original spatial concept based on a musician’s loft, the dedicated space comprises a stereo lounge and a state-of-the-art home theatre, all of which were designed using materials chosen for their acoustic properties. Open to the public as of 10 May, the Luxury Audio Studio invites visitors and partners to discover HARMAN’s luxury audio brands through a unique, experiential approach.

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A whole new dimension 
With the opening of its Luxury Audio Studio, HARMAN is bringing a whole new dimension to the Experience Store in Munich. Designed with the same experience-oriented perspective as the store, the studio delivers a retail experience revolving around the visualisation and emotion of sound articulated through both form and light. The Studio is intended to serve as a showcase for HARMAN’s most exclusive luxury audio systems and brands: JBL Synthesis, Lexicon, Revel, Mark Levinson, and ARCAM. It also features a stunning 7.4.4 home theatre experience featuring Dolby Atmos®.

“The new Luxury Audio Studio in our Munich Experience Store is a show stopper. It gives our world-class luxury audio brands a unique home. This is an important step in the development and growth for our Luxury Audio Division across Europe with iconic brands like JBL Synthesis, Lexicon, Revel, Mark Levinson and ARCAM,” said Michael Mauser, President Lifestyle Audio at HARMAN. “We are delighted to welcome consumers to this unique space to discover the most advanced high-performance audio systems available in the market.”

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A unique spatial concept 
The 136 sqm Luxury Audio Studio’s design takes a truly unique approach that immerses visitors in a rockstar-like atmosphere with vintage layers and textures used throughout the space. Resembling a musician’s loft, the studio contains a stereo lounge with a vinyl record wall, a conference room and pantry. Acoustic sound booth textures inspired by speaker materials are integrated. Completing the experience is a state-of-the-art theatre to be used as a testing ground for HARMAN’s latest products while providing a luxury in-home experience.

Systems on display
Currently featured in the Luxury Audio Studio’s Stereo Lounge are the Mark Levinson N°585.5 Integrated Amplifier, Mark Levinson N°519 Audio Player and Mark Levinson N°515 Turntable, which exemplify the unrivalled build quality, elegant style and sophisticated features that are hallmarks of the Mark Levinson brand. On display as well are the Revel PerformaBe loudspeakers, true feats of sound engineering meticulously tuned to offer listeners the finest details, the highest levels of performance and the most emotion possible. Finally, in the Theatre is the JBL Synthesis 7.4.4 System (7x Surround, 4x ceiling, 4x Sub) and the 85” Samsung LED Screen, which work together to offer visitors an immersive movie theatre-like experience certain to impress audiophiles and audio professionals alike.

Inaugural festivities 
HARMAN celebrated the opening of the Luxury Audio Studio on May 9 with an exclusive event featuring a multi-touch listening journey to the heart of Luxury Audio, including an interactive panel discussion on “The Art of Listening” with Frank Filipetti, seven-time Grammy-winning music producer, engineer and mixer, Dr. Hauke Egermann, Assistant Professor in Music Psychology, University of York, and Dr. Sean Olive, Senior Fellow, Acoustic Research, HARMAN. The fascinating discussion covered holistic approaches to grasping music in its emotional and creative perfection, as well as discussions on how to develop critical listening skills to help people listen better and more intelligently. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in interactive listening sessions and demos of the all the systems, including the latest Mark Levinson car audio system in the Lexus ES. The evening concluded with a reveal of the Lexicon SL1 speaker with HARMAN’s revolutionary “Sound Steer” technology.






-       Bring garage diagnostics tools into car owner’s control

-       Direct information management and control of vehicle features

-       Access tools once only the domain of garages    

-       Diagnostics App developed for VW group car owners for a more ‘connected’ car experience

-       Access the car’s secret history and previous usage

-       Personalised car setting option



German automotive software developer Carly, a leading specialist in car-focused connectivity solutions, has further expanded its extensive app portfolio, allowing car owners to have a direct ‘dialogue’ with their vehicle without the need to visit a garage.


Specifically, Carly’s VAG App furnishes owners of VW, Audi, Seat or Skoda cars with access to their vehicles’ many ECUs and information stored within them, along with the ability to run diagnostics with accuracy similar, in quality terms, to that afforded by professional garage services.


Other advantages included in the company’s innovative solution for VW group vehicles allow owners to modify the car’s original configuration to suit one’s preferences, such as:


  • Comfort settings for electrical window and sunroof regulator
  • Blinking and beeping when locking/unlocking the car
  • Activating hidden options in the dashboard modules such as Lap-timer
  • Automatically adjusting the side-mirrors to a more downwards facing position when reversing (and returning them to original position when 1st gear is selected)
  • Automatically folding the side mirrors when locking the car
  • Brake pad release (electric handbrake)*


Coding is not the only feature made possible by the software developed by Carly. Access to on-board computer systems means that the app can ‘read’ the car’s previous history, including actual mileage (which may or may not coincide with the dashboard’s information, highlighting discrepancies and possible ‘clocking’ issues), previous owner’s driving styles, average fuel economy, speed and journey times. Crucially, it also lists fault codes (operating in a manner similar to the garage’s own diagnostics system), highlighting potential problems with the engine, brakes, infotainment, climate control, steering systems and many others.


Handbrake release: brake pads on electric handbrakes are ECU-controlled, and therefore need the right software when it comes to DIY repairs or maintenance. The Carly VAG App can control brake pad release of an electric handbrake, avoiding an expensive trip to the garage.


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The Carly VAG App suits VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda models built from 2000, including the Golf (4 to 8 version), Octavia 3 and Audi A3 (8P), as well as Porsche models. Carly’s App portfolio also caters for BMW (incl. MINI), Mercedes, Toyota and Renault cars.


IOS and Android versions of Carly’s apps for mobile phones and tablets are available on Apple AppStore and Google PlayStore, as well as direct distribution via Amazon UK. Prices start at £48.99 in the UK. ‘Fuller’ versions allow for an even more personalised experience. Carly supplies proprietary hardware alongside the software, returnable with the free version of the App, and priced at £44.90 (Android) and £61.90 (IOS) when accompanying the Pro version.


All New ET Preview Makes Debut at Auto Shanghai 2019

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  • All new NIO ET Sedan Series made its debut at Auto Shanghai with ET Preview
  • NIO fast charging piles premiere, while NIO Power Swap station holds its first demonstration on-site
  • NIO “One Click for Power” service officially extended to other EV brand users at 280 yuan per use

April 16, 2019 – Shanghai – At Auto Shanghai 2019, NIO offered the first glimpse of its all new Sedan product line with the ET Preview and exhibited its entire NIO Power service solution, along with its 220 kW permanent magnet synchronous motor electric drivetrain. It also announced the extension of the “One Click for Power” service to other EV brand users.

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At this year’s Auto Shanghai, NIO brought the latest NIO House experience right to the auto show itself by creating “NIO House|Auto Shanghai”. The company also showcased the high-performance electric flagship ES8 SUV; the high-performance long-range, intelligent electric ES6 SUV; the world’s fastest electric car, the EP9; the NIO EVE Vision car and NIO Formula E Team car, the NIO 004. The ET Preview, the first in NIO’s sedan series also made its premiere at Auto Shanghai. The ET Preview represents NIO’s exploration of an all new car body, whose sleek new contours combine elegant proportions with power and beauty through a minimalistic design.

In terms of electric motor, ECU and power battery technology, NIO displayed its high-performance electric mobility platform which combines high-energy density NCM811 nickel-cobalt-manganese battery pack technology with high-efficiency permanent magnet motors in the front and high-performance induction motors in the rear, to achieve a NEDC cruising range of up to 510 km.

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Additionally, the 220kW permanent magnet synchronous motor electric drivetrain, carbon fibre battery pack and other pioneering technologies, reflected NIO’s technical prowess and research and development strength.

Also debuting at the auto show was NIO’s fast-charging pile, NIO Power Charger, which is the “last piece of the NIO Power service system jigsaw”. Through intelligent integration with home charging piles, power stations and mobile charging vehicles it provides users an efficient charging experience.ET Preview2 ET Preview3

NIO’s “One Click for Power” has currently been used over 93,000 times. During the auto show, NIO officially extended “One Click for Power” to the public. Users of other electric car brands will be able to use the “One Click for Power” charging service through the “NIO Charging” mini app in WeChat at 280 yuan per service.

60 NIO car owners volunteered as Fellows during Auto Shanghai 2019. As Fellows, they presented NIO’s products and services and shared their experiences as NIO car owners with visitors to the auto show.

“After just over four years of development, NIO has grown into a tech company that is constantly perfecting itself and increasing systemic efficiency, while striving to provide high-quality service to users,” said William Li, Founder, Chairman and CEO of NIO.

Bernhard tests Falken Porsche ahead of VLN2

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Porsche driver supports tyre manufacturer’s N24 preparation 

Ongoing preparations for Falken’s Nürburgring 24 Hours will see the tyre manufacturer draft in five-time winner Timo Bernhard to test the team’s new-for-2019 Porsche 991.2 this Friday.

With all of Falken’s rosta of Porsche drivers racing at clashing events this weekend, including Carrera Cup Asia, Blancpain GT Series, Intercontinental GT Series and European Le Mans Series, Falken originally planned to only race its sister BMW M6 in VLN2. But the chance to get feedback from Bernhard, who set a lap time of the Nordschleife of 5:19.546 in the 919 Evo last year, means the Schnabl-run team will roll out the Porsche for testing on Friday.

“We always planned to race the BMW this weekend but the opportunity came up to get Timo in the car to work through the preparations we need to do before the N24,” says Stefanie Olbertz, Falken’s motorsport co-ordinator. “With revised suspension, different tyre sizes and aero package, the 2019 911 differs considerably from the GT3R we have been running. Getting more experience of running the new car, plus the chance to have Timo’s feedback was a worthwhile addition to our test programme. We’d like to thank Porsche for making him available to us.”

NIO Brings ES6 and NIO Power Solution to Auto Shanghai 2019

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April 3, 2019 – Shanghai – NIO Inc. (“NIO” or the “Company”) (NYSE: NIO), will once again be bringing the NIO House experience to Auto Shanghai, providing NIO users and attendees an even better exhibition experience. On display will be the EP9, one of the fastest electric cars in the world; the NIO EVE vision car; NIO’s high-performance electric flagship SUV, the ES8; and the high-performance, long-range, electric SUV, the ES6. NIO Power, the comprehensive power solution, will also be exhibited, along with NIO’s latest achievements and advances in R&D. Furthermore, a preview model will also be presented. The NIO House will be located at Exhibition Hall 5.1.

Take all your listening preferences into any car with HARMAN Personi-Fi

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European debut at Geneva for technology that brings how, what and where you like to listen to music into the car 

GIMS 2019 – GENEVA – March 5, 2019A new technology that enables you to bring your individual listening preferences into the car by audio specialists HARMAN, is making its European debut at Geneva Motor Show. Personi-Fi users simply input how, what and where they like to listen to music into the app. Then the technology creates immersive sound environments that are personalised to the listener and the car they are travelling in. By personalising the audio, Personi-Fi can deliver the best experience for each individual, including those that have suffered some hearing loss. The technology also looks to the future, ensuring that ride share users won’t have to compromise their listening preferences with other users.

Against a backgdrop of growing demand for personalization, HARMAN developed Personi-Fi to be a cloud-based brand entertainment solution with a simple user interface to optimise the listening experience on any device with an automotive-specific version shown at Geneva in a VW Golf demonstrator built by HARMAN. Users input data about themselves, their preferences (more bass for example, or an EQ such as jazz or classical) and Person-Fi creates a profile that can be transferred from car to car or other devices.

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With all the processing done in the cloud, users select either Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or LTE streaming to connect their profile to the car. Personi-Fi then uses 200 DSP and technologies such as Virtual Venues, Individual Sound Zones (ISZ), Clari-Fi, Hearing Profile and DIRAC Panorama, even factoring in car seat location to personalise the sound.

In addition to improved acoustic performance over app-only versions of Personi-Fi, the automotive version unlocks a multitude of advanced Personi-Fi features enabled through access to the car’s microphones and navigation systems. By integrating sources from Personi-Fi, the user’s audio preferences are extended to sources including AM/FM, Satellite Radio, CD, USB and streaming sources. Thanks to ‘Over the Air’ updates, custom audio features and upgrades are possible during the life of the vehicle.

“HARMAN Personi-Fi is an ingenious combination of smart phone app and cloud service that brings a personalised experience to any device in any environment, whether the listener is in the car, at home, or on the go,” said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio at HARMAN. “Looking ahead to the future, this is a great way for people to enjoy their personal preferences in ride-sharing scenarios, whatever the vehicle.”

Classic Mini goes electric to create alternative and fun city car

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Sixty years after the original first hit the streets, the iconic Mini is given an electric update, blending classic style with the latest 21st century technology

  • Classic Mini gets electric conversion to create a fun and engaging city EV
  • 125-mile (200km) range, 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds
  • Prices start at £79,000
  • Revealed at London Classic Car Show, ExCel 

SWINDON UK, 14 FEBRUARY 2019: Thanks to a British technology company, Swindon Powertrain, the classic Mini is now available as a fun electric city car. Indistinguishable on the outside from the car that made the 1960s swing (apart from the missing exhaust pipe), the Swind E Classic Mini takes the iconic original and gives it a state-of-the-art electric motor and battery, delivering eco-conscious performance and a return to enjoyable city driving.

Available to order immediately, the Swind E Classic Mini promises nippy performance and sensational handling, all packaged in the most stylish way to avoid congestion charge fees. Developed and built in Great Britain using fully restored and original Minis, each taking six months to create, up to 100 will be produced by Swindon Powertrain, an automotive technology firm that has worked on everything from F1 to electric mountain bikes. Prices start at £79,000.


With compact dimensions, good all-round visibility and responsive handling, the Mini always made sense as a city car. Now it is cleaner too; the Swind E Classic Mini uses cutting-edge lithium-ion batteries to deliver a zero emissions top speed of 80mph and a range of 125 miles. Acceleration is brisk with 0- 60mph in just 9.2 seconds and regenerative braking ensures the car can hold its own in city traffic. A full charge takes just four hours whilst a fast charge is also possible using the widely available female Type-2 connector.

Swind’s E Classic Mini is available in both left and right-hand-drive, with six primary body colours with contrasting roofs available to choose from. The interior gets a makeover with a raft of modern features to ensure it can be used all year round. Highlights include USB charging ports, heated leather seats and windscreen, and cosy underfloor heating. Custom-build options include infotainment and sat-nav systems, power steering, a full-length sliding fabric roof, air conditioning and bespoke colours and wheels.


This highly-advanced Swind E Classic Mini is the brainchild of Swindon Powertrain’s managing director Raphael Caillé, who saw an opportunity to produce an electric car with a soul that people from all walks of life would instantly fall instantly in love with. “This is the first time an electrified Mini has entered production,” confirms Caillé. “There have been one-offs and prototypes before, but Swind is the first company to launch such a car to the public. The classic Mini has such a special place in people’s hearts, not only in the UK but around the world. The packaging of Sir Alec Issigonis’ 1959 design was truly ground-breaking and now we are making it relevant again. Its compact size and good visibility together with contemporary performance and handling, makes it a car you’ll want to drive in the city and puts a smile on your face.

For more information visit www.swind.life

HARMAN Showcases Today’s Ultimate In-Vehicle Experiences at CES 2019

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Connected car, audio and connected services technologies collectively provide automakers bundled solutions for immersive in-vehicle experiences

CES 2019 – LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2019 – HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, is showcasing at CES 2019 the vehicle’s role in amplifying the connected life. By bringing together the company’s expertise in connected car, audio and connected services technologies, HARMAN is democratising vehicle experiences through innovative technology solutions that enable smarter interactions, improve safety and security, and help automakers seamlessly scale offerings for all vehicle segments.

“It wasn’t too long ago that a vehicle’s value was measured by its mechanical performance and driving dynamics. With the emerging popularity of shared mobility and in-vehicle technology however, value is now being measured by experience-per-mile,” said Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN President and CEO. “With our CES 2019 technologies, HARMAN is helping automakers provide more connected experiences in a variety of segments that can be used today instead of years down the road.”

Each newly enhanced offering is designed to work together, often managed by a single HARMAN control unit, to help automakers pick and choose technologies to provide greater connectivity within vehicles, and across devices, allowing OEMs the ability to streamline their supply chain, while improving product flexibility. This also helps expedite the implementation of more advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) across model lineups.

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Scalable Connected Car
Some of the most important in-vehicle technologies today are the instrument cluster and infotainment display, but far too often these are designed to function in a silo. For the consumer, this can make the driving experience seem disjointed and lead to a feeling of information overload. All of which, fosters a sense of discomfort and mistrust around connected car technology.

To foster consumer trust, and help drivers embrace the highly connected and autonomous vehicle experience, HARMAN has reimagined its Digital Cockpit offerings while ensuring they are scalable for a range of entry-level and premium luxury vehicles. In an economical application, HARMAN’s Digital Cockpit simplifies vehicle display layouts to present both critical and ancillary information in an intuitive and cohesive layout. Capable of showing ADAS feature information, turn-by-turn navigation, multi-media player information, feature menus and more, the entry-level Digital Cockpit can also seamlessly integrate with a user’s smartphone to bridge multiple personal assistants (such as Google, Alexa and Samsung’s Bixby) while adding HARMAN-specific driver related skills into all the clouds in an agnostic way.

For drivers seeking the ultimate in-vehicle experience for them and their passengers right from the factory, HARMAN’s Premium Digital Cockpit and Compute Platform with integrated modular hardware is an end-to-end package that seamlessly integrates a vehicle’s cluster, infotainment and safety features. Blending clear, vibrant QLED and OLED display technologies for optimal colour gamut regardless of the time of day, the solution also features facial recognition for driver monitoring using HARMAN’s Cabin Monitoring System – a suite of sensors to capture first- and second-order biometric signals from a driver to create a deeper human-machine relationship. Augmented reality for E-Mirror surround view and contextual navigation, as well as cloud-stored profile settings for personalised experiences are also featured in this fully integrated IoT capable offering.

Both variants of HARMAN’s Digital Cockpit can work seamlessly with the company’s suite of sensor technology – from Forward Facing Cameras to LiDAR – designed to not only bring more ADAS-equipped vehicles to market, but help drivers feel more comfortable with future-mobility technology.

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Personalised, Smart Audio for an Elevated Communications Experience

With voice commands emerging as the norm for managing in-car experiences, clear in-vehicle communication is more important than ever before. HARMAN’s new Premium Communication solutions leverage the latest advancements in smart audio and acoustic signal processing to personalise the sonic environment and provide clear, frustration-free communication for all vehicle occupants – whether it’s with a voice assistant, someone on the other end of a phone call, or with each other.

Built on AudioworX, HARMAN’s proprietary, open-network development platform, Premium Communications is modular and scalable across vehicle segments. Together, its technologies address the challenges of the evolving vehicle interior and help OEMs better capitalise on integrations with voice assistants, while fulfilling consumer demand for better in-vehicle communication.

 Premium Communications comprises:

  • In-Car Communication (ICC), providing clear, safe 2-way communication amongst vehicle occupants –seamlessly, for every drive.
  • ClearChat with Far-End Noise Cancellation, bringing new levels of clarity for phone voice calls and voice commands.
  • Personal Communication Zones, giving each occupant an enjoyable, personalised in-car experience free from sonic clutter.
  • Multi Voice Personal Assistant Capability allowing occupants the freedom to use the voice assistant of their choice.

Leveraging the world’s leading microphone, voice processing and noise cancelling technologies, Premium Communications is a new way to go to market, changing the standard for the in-vehicle experience across all market and vehicle segments.

A Securely Connected Future
Ensuring all this connectivity functions securely is a primary consideration. HARMAN’s Ignite Automotive Cloud platform works with both entry-level and premium offerings to manage multiple in-vehicle solutions, from vehicle diagnostics to cloud-based driver profiles, all under one control unit that can be updated over-the-air by using HARMAN Remote Vehicle Updating Service (OTA). This also enables connected ADAS applications and features, as well as IoT functionality to provide capabilities such as route alerts and guidance via calendar integration and integration with home control systems such as SmartThings. HARMAN SHIELD – a comprehensive intrusion detection and prevention solution (IDPS) – functions as the car’s security system, capable of detecting, managing, mitigating and responding to cyber-attacks on connected and autonomous vehicles.

Keeping all of this technology updated and connected requires a robust data transfer network, which is why HARMAN is working to equip more vehicles with its 5G Telematics for vehicle to everything (V2X) communications. Powered by HARMAN’s powerful conformal antenna technology and capable of working in cars and motorcycles (via a Bluetooth helmet), V2X allows for faster message exchanges for increased roadway safety, and audible infrastructure and safety alerts.