NIO Inc. Provides March 2020 Delivery Update

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• Delivered 1,533 vehicles in March 2020

• Delivered 3,838 vehicles in 2020 in total

• Cumulative deliveries of ES8 and ES6 reached 35,751

NIO Inc., a pioneer in China’s premium electric vehicle market, today provided its March 2020 delivery results.

NIO delivered 1,533 vehicles in March 2020, representing a robust 116.8% month-overmonth growth mainly contributed by our recovering production capacity. The deliveries consisted of 1,479 ES6s, the Company’s 5-seater high-performance premium electric SUV, and 54 ES8s, the Company’s 7-seater high-performance premium electric SUV and its 6-seater variant. The Company plans to commence deliveries of the all-new ES8 with more than 180 improvements in April 2020. As of March 31, 2020, cumulative deliveries of the ES8 and the ES6 reached 35,751 vehicles, of which 3,838 vehicles were delivered in the first quarter of 2020, 9.7% higher than the middle point of the Company’s delivery guidance for the first quarter of 2020.

“We are pleased to see the gradual recovery of our production in March, with special thanks to the great support from our supply chain partners since the second half of March,” said William Bin Li, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of NIO. “In parallel with our continued online sales efforts, our in-store visits have also witnessed a gradual pickup. With the continuous support from our loyal user community, we have seen increasing order backlog since February.”

Steven Feng, chief financial officer of NIO, added, “As the COVID-19 outbreak is largely brought under control in China at this stage, we will continue working closely with our supply chain partners to resume normal productions. Meanwhile, we remain committed to roll out NIO Spaces and integrate online and offline sales channels to further boost our order growth.”

Alvis offers free technical support to owners working on their cars at home

Alvis_RegWith many workshops shut, Alvis owners can get advice from factory technicians to tackle jobs at home 

 

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With classic car workshops closed and owners keen to have cars ready for when restrictions lift, Alvis’ parts division Red Triangle, is offering its customers, free technical support to them to undertake jobs at home during the restrictions.

Whilst its own workshop is now closed, Red Triangle is still able to ship genuine parts to owners around the world and sought ways it could help them to do work themselves and avoid missing time to enjoy their car at the appropriate time in the future.

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“We took the decision to temporarily close our workshop but understand that Alvis owners will want to be ready for when they can get motoring and with time on their hands, are considering doing jobs at home, some they may be tackling for the first time,” says Alvis director Alan Stote. “We have assigned one of our experienced factory technicians, who has access to drawings, factory service manuals and parts catalogues, to respond to customer queries for pre and post-war cars.”

Alvis owners can email [email protected] with the opportunity to share images or videos of issues they encounter.

 “We hope that this scheme might give owners the confidence to tackle new jobs and sometimes just knowing somebody is there to ask, is all that’s needed.”

New ‘reduced odour natural rubber’ offers pioneering, ‘greener’ solution for tyre factories

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries develops technique deemed “a major step toward” in solving long-standing odour issues surrounding natural rubber 

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After successfully identifying the factors that cause natural rubber to emit a smell. Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) has developed a ‘Reduced Odour Natural Rubber,’ (RONR) a new type of natural rubber that emits significantly less odour.

Thanks to the introduction of a proprietary raw material processing technique at the SRI’s plant in Thailand, its new ‘Reduced Odour Natural Rubber,’ achieves a significant reduction in odour by suppressing the breakdown of odour-causing non-rubber components (such as proteins and lipids) that are found within natural rubber in its raw material state.

“The establishment of this new technique represents a major step toward solving long-standing odour issues, not just at natural rubber processing plants, but also at tyre factories and other sites where natural rubber is handled,” says Sumitomo Rubber Europe GmbH’s Dr Bernd Löwenhaupt.

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As natural rubber in particular accounts for approximately 30 per cent* of the raw materials that make up a tyre (by weight), SRI is currently moving forward with other proactive efforts to find pioneering solutions to the various issues its use. These range from improving tyre performance and a greater overall environmental awareness, such as modifying natural rubber’s properties and making greater use of biomass materials.

*Source: “Tyre Industry of Japan 2019” Report (Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association)

HARMAN delivers a record-breaking performance at the 2020 iF World Design Awards

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Huemen, HARMAN’s in-house design agency, brings home 25 iF World Design Awards

Stamford, CT – 12 March, 2020 HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, and its Huemen design team have received 25 iF Design Awards, setting a new record and taking the total number of awards received to over 370.

One of the world’s largest and most prestigious design competitions, the iF World Design Awards have been recognising excellence in design for the past 65 years. HARMAN has often been among the companies selected by the competition’s panel of design experts, but this year was truly exceptional: HARMAN and its Huemen design team received no fewer than 25 awards for the outstanding and original design of a wide array of products from JBL, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, and more across consumer, luxury, car and car aftermarket audio as well as communications design for the products’ user interface and app.

The iF World Design Award contenders are evaluated based on innovation and elaboration, functionality, aesthetics, responsibility, and positioning.

In the Consumer Audio product and communications design category, the distinguished award winners include:

JBL QuantumENGINE, a PC-based App that supports the new series of JBL QUANTUM gaming headphones. Designed for gamers, the JBL QuantumENGINE combines audio control, multichannel surround sound, multi-zone RGB illumination, 3D audio virtualisation, and even 3D head tracking to deliver the perfect gaming audio solution.

JBL CLUB Series Headphones (950NC, 700BT, One), inspired by music industry pros and featuring legendary JBL Pro Sound and Hi-Res audio. The sleek JBL CLUB 950NC headphones make it easy to leave the world behind for all 35 hours of Bluetooth playtime, thanks to Adaptive Noise Cancelling, the 40mm custom orange driver, comfy over-ear cups and a foldable, portable design. Meanwhile, the JBL CLUB 950NC headphones feature Personi-Fi, a technology that adjusts EQ personalisation to listeners’ gender, age, and preferences. An iF Design Award was also granted to the dedicated My JBL Headphones app, which provides users with the unique experience of their own listening preferences enhanced by their JBL headphones with Personi-Fi technology.

Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3, a stunning Bluetooth speaker that looks as good as it sounds, elevating the home with its timeless, iconic design and 360 degrees of beautiful sound. It pairs room-filling audio with integrated ambient light effects, a water wave ripple movement to experience music in a new, visually dynamic way.

Mark Levinson № 5101 Source Player, for its unmatched luxury audio performance and flexibility as a player of physical and streaming audio as well as a premium high-resolution DAC. In addition to playing all CD formats including SACD, it can stream from NAS, DLNA and UPnP devices via Ethernet or WiFi and from USB drives, plus supports popular streaming services through an app. It is also beautiful to behold, with lavish finishes and bold geometry with inch-thick, bead-blasted, anodized, aluminum front panels machined seamlessly into a sleek glass display recessed into an aluminum bezel.

Among HARMAN’s other iF Design Award winners in Consumer Audio, JBL was chosen for its Pulse 4, Partybox 1000 and Partybox 100, Link Portable, Link Music portable speakers, Live 300TWS earphones and its Pulse 4 and Partybox 1000 experience apps. Harman Kardon was recognised for its Neo portable speakers and its Citation MultiBeam soundbar.

Besides the consumer products, HARMAN car aftermarket solutions were also recognised with prestigious design awards, including the JBL Fuse compact subwoofer solution or JBL Club Series Speakers for perfectly blending car audio culture with the night club life. JBL Click, another iF Design Award winner, helps drivers stay focused on the road, putting intuitive phone call controls at their fingertips. Moreover, Infinity took home an award for its Reference Series Amplifiers.

In the Car Audio category, the winners include:

Harman Kardon for the new Volkswagen Golf, for its extraordinary sound system that brings the beauty of sound to life, impressing with its sophisticated yet functional design. Its distinctive speaker grills are highlighted by a 60° hole pattern in a nod to the iconic angled slash in the Harman Kardon logo, and are crafted from ultra-thin 0.5mm high-strength steel to support optimal acoustic performance and truly captivating sound.

Bang & Olufsen for its Ford Mustang Mach-E, with an elegant design and unbridled performance. A fabric-covered speaker array takes centre stage as the focal point of this premium in-car sound system. Inspired by B&O’s Kvadrat textile-covered speakers, the system seamlessly integrates principles of interior design into the vehicle. Anodized aluminum badges identify the B&O sound system, which elegantly spans the dashboard and surrounds passengers with gorgeous sound.

In addition, Harman Kardon received an iF award for its Polestar 2 sound system, and the design teams of Huemen, Bowers & Wilkins and McLaren were recognised for the Bowers & Wilkins speaker grille design for McLaren Speedtail and McLaren GT.

These wins for Car Audio design are also a great testament to the fruitful collaboration between the brand designers and their counterparts on the OEM side, ensuring the speaker grille design integrates seamlessly into the vehicle interior yet stays true to the DNA of the respective audio and car brand.

“This tremendous achievement further demonstrates HARMAN’s belief in the value of design as a competitive advantage. I’m incredibly proud of the amount of honors and accolades this group has received over the past several years,” said Christian Schluender, Vice President and General Manager of Global Design at HARMAN. “Our outstanding Huemen design team and our world-class HARMAN engineers constantly strive to push the limits to design and deliver ever more intelligent, intuitive, and innovative products that bring brands to life through meaningful and beautiful design.”

HARMAN’s world-class design agency Huemen is the centre of creativity, with over 250 gifted designers delivering best-in-class innovation and meaningful user experiences from the car, to the home, to the office, and everywhere in between.

New apprentice swaps penguins for PR

Elan PR appoints Sophie Fletcher as its first apprentice as agency continues to grow

Specialist automotive agency, Elan PR is pleased to announce the appointment of Sophie Fletcher as apprentice account executive. Having previously been working at Cotswold Wildlife Park, Sophie is the agency’s first apprentice and joins the growing team, based in Shutford. As an apprentice, she will be working towards the Higher Apprenticeship qualification in PR and communications, supported by the PRCA.

“I am thrilled to get the opportunity to complete a nationally recognised qualification, while being supported by senior PR specialists, who are truly passionate about what they do,” says Fletcher. “As an apprentice I’ve still got a lot to learn about the industry, but I’m already impressed by the amount of time and support the team have offered me. I’m excited to grow professionally alongside such a dedicated group.”

“We’ve been delighted with both Sophie’s approach and enthusiasm to learning about both PR and our clients, making a positive contribution to agency life,” says Nick Bailey, director at Elan PR. “Her experience of dealing with snappy penguins, stubborn zebras and soft and cuddly bears could well be valuable with some media!”

Elan PR is a sector-specific communications agency, specialising in classic, automotive and motorsport sectors. A period of dramatic growth has seen the agency expand with a number of high profile clients turning to it for its sector expertise It has recently secured new contracts to launch Alvis’ new range of cars as well as revealing Ian Callum’s first project, the Aston Martin Vanquish 25.

Pioneering microscope analysis technique offers “enormous potential” to develop new breed of highly efficient tyres

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries & Ibaraki University establish technique to selectively observe individual materials within tyre rubber to help develop new generation of tyres 

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI). with Ibaraki University, have established a new technique to observe and analyse individual materials within tyre rubber. Engineers claim this pioneering research offers ‘enormous potential’ to use the information to develop high performance tyres with unprecedented levels of efficiency and wear resistance.

The rubber used in automotive tyres is made up of dozens of different types of materials including polymers such as natural and synthetic rubber, reinforcing agents containing carbon and silica and so forth. These various materials form complex, hierarchical structures within the rubber that directly affect performance. For example, the structures formed by sulphur cross-links, which give rubber its elasticity, have long been thought to be closely related to rubber strength and changes in rubber properties over time (such as degradation). Until now, the details of these structures within rubber have been a mystery.

To understand these interactions, a new particle beam microscope was developed by Ibaraki University in Japan. It can evaluate the actual rubber used in mass-produced tyres rather than less representative processed test samples. The microscope generates clear images of elements such as the sulphur cross-links or reinforcing agents and assigns specific colours to each element to clearly identity them.

“Being able to evaluate the very structures of tyres themselves, provides us with image data which can be used to develop internal structures for future tyres that provide superior performance in terms of fuel efficiency, wear resistance and so forth,” says Sumitomo Rubber Europe GmbH’s Dr Bernd Löwenhaupt. “This breakthrough offers enormous potential for the acceleration of our material development process. Using this technique, we have already succeeded in observing both coarse areas and fine areas (i.e. density) of sulphur cross-links (*1) within rubber in vivid detail for the first time (*2).

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*1: Mixed into uncured rubber, sulphur serves to link polymer molecules together under the heat and pressure of the curing process, which gives the cured rubber greater elasticity.

*2: Refers specifically to the selective observation of sulphur cross-link density at the nanometre scale (based on in-house research).

FORD-OWNED SPIN TO EXPAND DOCKLESS E-SCOOTER SERVICES INTERNATIONALLY, LAUNCHING FIRST IN GERMANY AND SETTING SIGHTS ON THE UK AND FRANCE

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The micromobility company promises to launch only with the permission of cities and bring an eco-friendly and sustainable first-and-last mile transportation solution to Germany and other European cities this year 

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SAN FRANCISCO—FEBRUARY 27, 2020—Spin, the micro-mobility unit of Ford Motor Company that crafted the first stationless micro-mobility permit in the United States of America, today announced its international expansion plans. The company will launch its first international fleet of dockless electric scooters in Cologne, Germany this Spring, with other German cities soon to follow. To further bolster its presence internationally, Spin will apply for the upcoming Paris e-scooter share permit in France next month and will explore opportunities to participate in the United Kingdom’s pending e-scooter share trials.

With over 20 exclusive partnerships in the United States of America, Spin is a trusted partner to over 60 cities and 25 universities, developing a long-term affordable and reliable alternative to commuting for communities. Through its Partnership Promise, Spin prides itself on putting riders’ safety first, working closely with local governments to obtain permission prior to entering new markets, and scaling its fleet responsibly. Spin also works with private companies, advocacy and local community groups to create a genuine transportation solution that addresses the needs and challenges of each city and college campus.

“We believe that community integration is integral to our long-term success. That’s why we have local teams dedicated to listening to the people in the communities we operate, gathering feedback so that we can offer the best service possible,” said Euwyn Poon, Co-Founder and President of Spin. “Last year, we increased the number of U.S. cities in which we operate by 600 percent. We look forward to working collaboratively with cities and universities throughout Europe to bring the joyful, safe, and seamless Spin experience to the international community.”

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Since joining the Ford family in November 2018, Spin and Ford have partnered to scale the business in new markets, successfully run operations, and offer a sustainable and genuine transportation solution that will allow a mass of commuters to freely move in gridlock and urban environments, and explore the world around them. Earlier this year, Spin announced its plans to heavily invest in product and infrastructure projects that will contribute to scooter-sharing sustainable mobility. The company has installed hundreds of Spin charging Hubs across the U.S.A. that address issues such as scooter clutter and accessibility of scooters.

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“We are thrilled to celebrate this major milestone for our company,” said Derrick Ko, Co-Founder and CEO at Spin. “As the company that created the first policy framework for regulating stationless micromobility, we look forward to collaborating with our constituents in Europe to shape the future of this industry. Being part of Ford helps us to offer long-term commitments to our partners as well as infrastructure investments such as Spin Hubs charging stations and multimodal lanes. We are looking forward to expanding our services to Europe where cities are committed to making sustainable, safe, and people-centered transportation options work through regulatory frameworks and infrastructure investments.”

Since its acquisition by Ford in November 2018, Spin’s team has grown significantly from 24 employees to over 600 employees. The company is currently hiring in Germany for local corporate and fleet operation positions.

 

 

NIO Kicks Off EC6 Production and Signs Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Hefei Municipal Government

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On Feb.25, the production of EC6, NIO’s smart electric coupe SUV, kicked off at the JAC-NIO Advanced Manufacturing Center in Hefei. EC6, a smart electric coupe SUV, is the third NIO model to be manufactured at the JAC-NIO Advanced Manufacturing Center. The car was unveiled at NIO Day 2019, and its pricing and specifications are expected to be released in July 2020 with deliveries beginning in September.
EC6 carries forward the high-performance DNA of NIO’s product family. It sprints from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds. In addition to the 70kWh and 84kWh battery packs, EC6 also will be equipped with the new 100kWh liquid-cooled battery pack released in 2020, boosting the NEDC range up to 615km.

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Earlier that day, at the NIO House in the JAC-NIO Advanced Manufacturing Center, NIO and the Hefei municipal government signed a framework agreement for establishing NIO China’s headquarters in Hefei. NIO plans to build NIO China headquarters, R&D and manufacturing center in Hefei, and set up NIO China headquarters’ operational system centered around Hefei. The details of the framework agreement are still under discussion. NIO will announce the amount of the investment and specific terms through official channels after signing the definitive investment agreement. The estimated scale should reach over 1.4 billion US dollars.

Falken tyres for the Audi A1 citycarver

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Ideally suited to the city, country roads, motorways and even over light terrain, the new model in Audi’s A1 Series, the Audi A1 citycarver, on sale since autumn 2019, is now factory fitted with Falken tyres.

Since its market launch, the Falken ultra-high-performance tyre and test favourite Falken AZENIS FK510 has equipped the Audi A1 citycarver in the dimension 205/55R17 at factories. It joins the compact SUV Audi Q3 that is also being equipped with Falken summer tyres at factories since summer 2018.

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The Falken AZENIS FK510 has been on the market since 2016 and since then it has pleased not just the sporty driver. Independent test organisations have also repeatedly give the UHP tyre top marks. Most recently in the big AUTO BILD summer tyre test, where the AZENIS FK510 secured third place in this renowned test. The testers particularly praised aspects including the balanced driving properties on wet and dry surfaces as well as the sporty, dynamic dry handling.

The technologically sophisticated premier model from Falken is aimed at sporty, modern drivers and is therefore an outstanding fit for the A1 citycarver from the Ingolstadt-based car manufacturer.

“We are very pleased to have won this contract,” comments Christian Stolting, Key Account Manager OE at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH. “The decision to equip another premium model with our tyres at the factory says a great deal for the quality and the high scope of our tyres.”

 

Hyundai Motor Company and HARMAN International launch the world’s first road noise cancellation system into production

harma a samsung companyCo-developed with HARMAN, Hyundai Motor Company’s (HMC) new Road-Noise Active Noise Control (RANC) system combats unwanted noise by up to 50 percent to increase driving pleasure. Genesis GV80 SUV is the first vehicle to feature innovative noise cancellation technology 

Stamford, Connecticut – February 03, 2020  HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, has launched the world’s first active road noise cancellation system for a production vehicle in partnership with Hyundai Motor Company (HMC). The Road-Noise Active Noise Control (RANC) system reduces the in-cabin noise level by cancelling out unwanted sound originating from the tyres and road surfaces while driving. The Genesis GV80 SUV, that celebrated its global reveal on January 15 in Korea, is the first production car to feature the technology, which is based on HARMAN’s HALOsonic suite of noise management technologies. In addition to being the first vehicle with RANC, the Genesis GV80 will also incorporate other technologies from HARMAN’s HALOsonic suite of sound management solutions.

Road noise is compromising driving pleasure

When it comes to cars, sound must be distinguished from noise. On and off the road, sound has an essential role to play. It is a key influencer in customers’ purchasing decisions and wholly contributes to the pleasure of the driving experience. Noise on the other hand, is a nuisance; too much of it can ruin a driving experience. According to a study commissioned by HARMAN, end users reported that road noise was the biggest auditory distraction for drivers in the car.

Today, end customers demand sharper vehicle handling, fuel efficiency, stiffer suspensions and wide low-profile tyres. The downside is that measures to address these needs offer multiple paths for unwanted noise to be transmitted through the structure of the vehicle, ultimately creating a ‘droning’ noise inside the car cabin that is both distracting and tiring. Applying conventional, passive Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) methods to reduce this intrusive noise significantly adds to the vehicle weight with a further negative effect on fuel economy and CO2 emission levels.

As a leader in automotive audio solutions for over 60 years, HARMAN has built an unrivalled expertise in controlling sound and noise in the vehicle. Together with its trusted partner Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) that sells cars under the renowned brands of Genesis, Hyundai and Kia globally, HARMAN is now supporting HMC to bring the RANC system to a production vehicle. Debuting on the Genesis GV80 SUV, the system actively reduces noise in real-time by emitting soundwaves inverted to the incoming noise.

How it works

The RANC control processor uses reference signals received from acceleration sensors placed strategically along the suspension and chassis to predict noise transferred into the cabin and to generate an anti-noise wave in real-time. Compute time and signal transfer speed are optimised to allow for an analysis of the intruding noise and the generation of the anti-noise within milliseconds, thereby preventing the noise from reaching the occupants’ ears. Error microphones constantly monitor the system performance in each seat location to ensure a more pleasant ride for all vehicle occupants.

The partnership

The RANC system is the result of years of research and continuous development, bringing together the expertise, R&D capacities and IP patents of HMC and HARMAN’s HALOsonic suite of noise management technologies. The co-development and introduction of this first-ever active road noise cancellation system on a production vehicle, marks another milestone in the successful collaboration between both companies; HARMAN is the audio partner of choice for HMC’s car brands, bringing premium listening experiences to drivers of selected Genesis, Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

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Genesis vehicle launch dates

The Genesis GV80 SUV celebrated its global reveal on 15th of January 2020 in Korea and launched in the general market. In the U.S., the market launch is expected for early summer.

HARMAN HALOsonic Sound Management Solutions

Besides co-developing sound management solutions with key industry partners, HARMAN is also investing in its own research, building its portfolio of solutions available to car manufacturers globally. In addition to the Road Noise Cancellation solution, HARMAN’s HALOsonic suite of sound management solutions comprises Engine Order Cancellation (EOC) and Electronic Sound Synthesis solution (ESS) to both enhance engine sound inside the vehicle (internal ESS) and create new sounds for hybrid and electric vehicles to comply with applicable AVAS regulations (external ESS).