CALLUM: New Design and Engineering Business Launches

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  • The next chapter for Ian Callum CBE
  • The award-winning British designer is amongst the founding members of CALLUM
  • Collaboration of top creative design and engineering talent
  • CALLUM will design and create bespoke and limited-edition products
  • Comprehensive design, development and manufacturing facilities in Warwick, Warwickshire
  • Details of the first project will be released in the coming weeks

Warwick, UK, 17 July 2019 – CALLUM, a new design and engineering business that will create bespoke and limited-edition products across the sectors of design, lifestyle and travel, launches today. CALLUM is a collaboration of talented and experienced individuals with a desire to invent, intrigue and excite, led by founding members Ian Callum CBE, David Fairbairn, Adam Donfrancesco and Tom Bird.

“I wanted to get back to the essence of creativity; the challenge of producing something wonderful and personal,” explains design director, Ian Callum. “To design the alternative has always been my mantra, but always the beautiful alternative and something to enjoy. In today’s modern world, collaboration is the catalyst for new ideas, and this is our ethos and inspiration, both within our team and as we look to work with partners in the future. CALLUM is an exciting new chapter that will focus on ‘Journeys to Destinations’, and all that encompasses.”

“CALLUM brings together highly-experienced, skilled and enthusiastic people that share the same want – the opportunity and freedom to create and produce products that excite,” adds David Fairbairn, programme director. “We love what we do, and we have the passion, collective experience and know-how to create some very special, diverse products across design, lifestyle and travel.”

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CALLUM’s comprehensive 20,000ft2 facility in Warwick houses the latest in design, engineering and manufacturing technology, enabling the design and creation of bespoke products in-house.

Details of the first CALLUM project will be released in the coming weeks.

Its network of 18 individuals has experience spanning art, audio, automotive, fashion, lifestyle and motorsport. The four founding members of CALLUM are:

  • Ian Callum, design director, the celebrated British designer known for his award-winning automotive designs, including the Aston Martin Vanquish, Vantage and DB9, Jaguar F-Type, F-PACE, XJ and, most recently, the World Car of the Year Award-winning I-PACE, amongst others
  • David Fairbairn, programme director, has more than 18 years’ experience in the automotive industry and includes the recreation of the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type amongst his career highlights
  • Adam Donfrancesco, engineering director, a prolific design engineer whose accomplishments include road and race cars for Noble, the Aston Martin GT8 and GT12, and Jaguar’s F-Type GT4
  • Tom Bird, commercial director, has gained extensive experience at PWC, Barclays and Jaguar Land Rover, working on global business expansion and special projects, including the Jaguar C-X75 and its iconic movie appearance

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Falken celebrates 20 years at the Nürburgring


This year, Falken will once again be looking to win big in the Eifel – the tyre brand is sponsoring the ADAC TOTAL 24-Hour Race, which will take place at the Nürburgring on 22-23 June 2019. Falken first joined the event as a partner in 1999 and, since then, has consistently upped its involvement.

More than 400 tyre retailers and almost 50 journalists from all key European markets will be hosted by a range of hospitality providers and can look forward to experiencing a thrilling weekend of racing at the “Grüne Hölle”, the oldest and most famous part of the Nürburgring racetrack. At the trade stand in the ‘ring boulevard’, in addition to viewing the latest tyre products, fans and guests will also have the chance to take part in an autograph-signing session with the drivers, as well as in many more activities. The race will also be broadcast live onto a large screen at the stand. On Saturday and Sunday, a range of Falken merchandise will be on sale in the paddock. Here, fans will have the opportunity to buy products such as models of the racing cars, bath towels, puzzles or Falken caps. The Falken Drift Show, which will take place in the historic paddock, is also on the tyre brand’s agenda during the 24-hour race weekend.

This season, the Falken team will be making use of a tried-and-tested line-up when it comes to drivers. What’s more, the team will once again be taking to the starting grid in two iconic racing cars: the Porsche 911 GT3R (991.2) will be driven by Austrians Martin Ragginger and Klaus Bachler, who will be supported by the Porsche factory drivers Dirk Werner (GER) and Jörg Bergmeister (GER). At the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3, Falken drivers Peter Dumbreck (GBR) and Alexandre Imperatori (SUI) will be taking turns with the two BMW factory drivers Stef Dusseldorp (NED) and Jens Klingmann (GER).

Last year, the 24-hour race came to a close with both Falken racing cars having secured spots in the top 15. The Falken Porsche finished in ninth place and the Falken BMW finished in 15th place.

During the race, it will be possible to watch live streaming from the cockpits, as well as from other locations, at both  and on Falken’s Facebook page. The events can be extensively followed on Falken’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels, as well as on the Falken website

“We have been rising to the challenge of the Nürburgring since 1999,” said Markus Bögner, COO, President and Managing Director of Falken Tyre Europe GmbH, with regard to the tyre brand’s commitment to motorsport. “Back then, we started with our Ford Cosworth and our Nissan Skyline, which has since reached legendary status. The Nissan Skyline quickly became an audience favourite. The experience which we have gathered since then has made us confident that we will perform well yet again this year, and that we will also be able to provide our guests with an unforgettable weekend of racing.”


Imminent legislation targets improved safety for pedestrians around electric and hybrid vehicles

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Just four weeks until EU Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System Law is implemented. HARMAN explains the implications of this new legislation for new electric and hybrid vehicles 

From 1st July, all new private and commercial electric and hybrid vehicles with four or more wheels must have an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) fitted. The EU ‘Regulation on the Sound Level of Motor Vehicle’ (EU 540/2014) in combination with EU Requirement ECE R138, will ensure such vehicles are more easily heard by pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable groups and follows more than a decade’s worth of campaigning by groups such as the European Blind Union.

The regulations state AVAS shall be activated for vehicle speeds up to 20km/h, with a minimum sound level of 56dB; equivalent to the sound level of an electric toothbrush or paper shredder. The legislation also dictates the AVAS sound ‘should be a continuous one providing the vehicle driving behaviour to other road users and pedestrians.’ For example, generating changes in sound level and pitch to signify acceleration.

Since 2009, acoustics expert HARMAN has been developing its own AVAS system called external Electronic Sound Synthesis (eESS) under the HALOsonic® active noise management solutions portfolio, thereby helping a number of OEMs adopt the technology ahead of the deadline. Drawing on over 60 years’ of audio expertise, HARMAN’s eESS creates a specific sound that is projected from speakers positioned at the front and rear of the vehicle. Speed and throttle position sensors determine the volume and characteristics of the eESS signal warning pedestrians of an approaching vehicle.

“Given the ever-increasing number of hybrid and electric vehicles on our roads, the risk to pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable groups has risen exponentially over the years,” says Rajus Augustine, Senior Director Product Strategy & Planning, Car Audio at HARMAN. “AVAS technologies such as HALOsonic eESS offer an affordable and effective way of increasing pedestrian awareness of an approaching EV in noisy urban environments.”

Although not mandated by the EU legislation, HARMAN’s system is also modular to offer in-cabin sound to provide acoustic feedback on vehicle status thereby ensuring the driver is more connected to the vehicle. For example, the welcome sound when the electric motor kicks-in or the shutdown sound when the motor is switched off, provide the driver with acoustic cues, which otherwise would not be present in an EV. Moreover, eESS can be tuned to meet customer specific requests and/or comply with market specific regulations, such as in the US where eESS should be active even at speeds of 30km/h.

Additionally, HALOsonic lets carmakers create custom-designed sounds, thereby helping OEMs have a sound-signature that reflects the brand DNA of their cars. “Be it a sporty engine sound or a spaceship-like drone sound, HALOsonic is proud to be a key enabler for OEMs in their pursuit to stay a class apart without compromising pedestrian safety,” concludes Augustine.

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Legislation at a glance

  • Legislation comes into force on 1 July 2019
  • ECE R138 & Article 8 of the EU ‘Regulation on the Sound Level of Motor Vehicle’ (EU 540/2014) states that by 1 July 2019 all new silent electric cars and hybrid vehicle types must have an AVAS
  • The minimum sound level at a speed of 20km/h is 56dB. The maximum sound level is 75dB (comparable to a conventional car)
  • Applies to all private and commercial vehicles with four or more wheels
  • Activated for speeds of up to 20km/h going forward with a sound also emitted whilst reversing

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.”