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Global Car Sales Revenues to Plunge by $200B in 2022

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 ottobre 2022

Car sales in 2022 have proved just as challenging as in 2021, as supply chain bottlenecks and record inflation deepen automakers’ uphill battle. According to data presented by, with rising costs and low inventory plaguing the industry, global car sales revenues are expected to plunge by $200bn this year. The global automotive industry has had a rough three years, with multiple factors contributing to the low stock and high prices the car buyers are now facing. First, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted production lines and changed consumer behavior. But the 2022 challenges were just as tough. Car sales in Europe have been falling for months as the war in Ukraine further cripples supply chains and spurs record inflation that risks undermining demand once shortages ease. The US car buyers also can’t catch a break, as rising costs and low inventory have made it impossible to bring home a new car these days. As a result, global car sales revenues dipped below 2014 levels. According to a Statista survey, last year, the global automotive industry generated $2.08trn from car sales, a significant recovery from $1.67trn in 2020, but still below pre-COVID-19 revenues. However, Statista expects revenues to drop by 9% YoY to $1.89trn in 2022 and remain around that value next year. This steep revenue drop brought the entire market eight years back, below 2014 levels, when the automotive industry made roughly $1.99trn from car sales. Although the demand for new cars remains high, automakers can’t keep up. As a result, dealerships have significantly marked up any models in stock, bringing them record-high profits recently. Nevertheless, the total car unit sales are at their lowest point in years. Statista expects global care sales to hit 67.3 million this year, 6.5 million units less than in 2021, and 2.6 million below 2013 sales figures. Mini cars and full-size vans will witness the biggest sales drop, with unit sales falling by 12% and 10% this year. All other market segments are expected to see around an 8% drop. According to Statista data, Toyota remains the leading automaker globally, with a 9.6% sales share in 2022. Despite facing production stoppages due to war in Ukraine and supply chain bottlenecks, Volkswagen AG remained the second-largest carmaker with a 7.2% market share this year. Ford follows with a 7.1% share, respectively.The full story and statistics can be found here:

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Car of the Future Symposium

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 Maggio 2019

On Thursday, May 9, Sundeep “Sunny” Madra, vice president of Ford X, Ford Mobility’s business incubator and accelerator, will participate in a fireside chat moderated by Itay Michaeli at Citi’s 2019 Car of the Future Symposium in New York.Madra is the co-founder and former CEO of Autonomic which was acquired by Ford Smart Mobility LLC in 2018. As a longtime entrepreneur and investor, Madra will speak about how Ford is nurturing a culture of innovation and speed as it transforms to deliver smart vehicles for a smart world.In addition, Madra will discuss Ford’s mobility services and solutions including the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) by Autonomic. The TMC is an open, cloud-based platform designed to support the ecosystem for mobility solutions. Madra will describe the successful applications and services Ford is building for the customers of its increasingly connected fleet of vehicles and how other OEMs can do the same using the TMC, now powered by Amazon Web Services.Ford’s fireside chat will take place 8-8:35 a.m. EDT on the 14th floor of Citi Center, 601 Lexington Avenue at East 54th Street, New York. It can be accessed at that time at or by clicking here.

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New Nationwide In-Car Payment Technology Is Launching In Massachusetts

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 Maggio 2019

A first-in-the-nation breakthrough payment solution that lets drivers purchase gas from their car without taking out cash, a credit card or a mobile app is launching in Westborough, MA today. PayByCar™ allows drivers to simplify and speed up non-toll transactions such as gas purchases.Those with E-ZPass™ toll transponders who register for PayByCar™ on the PayByCar™ website ( will be able to easily pay for their fuel at the Route 9 Alltown Mobil located at 130 Turnpike Rd., which is on the Eastbound side of Route 9, using their transponders without ever pulling their wallet out of their pocket.The technology will soon be available for other kinds of transactions such as paying at convenience stores, car washes, drive thrus and restaurants.
Signing up to use PayByCar™ is simple. Visit the PayByCar™ website at, click enroll and follow the easy two-step process to set up your PayByCar ™ member profile. Remember to have your E-ZPass™ transponder and a credit card handy to complete the enrollment. Purchases through PayByCar do not go through your toll account, but are charged directly to the payment method you choose when enrolling (credit or debit cards, e-wallet, etc.) Once the enrollment is complete, purchasing fuel becomes easier and faster than ever before. Upon entering the station, PayByCar™ recognizes your transponder and sends a text to your smartphone. You reply with just the pump number and PayByCar™ automatically turns that pump on, registers the transaction, charges your card and sends you an email receipt with retail offers for your visit. No more swiping cards, entering PINS, or waiting for paper receipts.

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1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta Named the Most Prestigious Car in the World

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 febbraio 2019

Arguably one of the most desirable cars of all time, the remarkable 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta today was revealed at The Peninsula Paris hotel as the winner of the fourth annual The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award.While eight stunning ‘Best of Show’ winners from top concours around the world competed for the accolade, the Alfa Romeo was the stand-out choice among the judges as the best car in the world. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, the car was entered into the running for the award after being named ‘Best of Show’ at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Alfa Romeo is owned by David and Ginny Sydorick of Los Angeles, California. Reflecting on the car’s recent recognition, David said: “As an avid auto-collector, having two cars in the running for this year’s award was truly remarkable. It goes without saying that Ginny and I are ecstatic at the result – a proud moment for us both.” The winning car was unveiled using a ‘shutter-effect’, whereby individual slats turned in sync to reveal the Alfa Romeo standing proudly within a bespoke-designed, up-lit box. Following the big reveal, guests at the party, including ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘The Alienist,’ and ‘Girl on a Train’ star Luke Evans, were further treated to a music set from notable DJ and On-Camera Personality, Hannah Bronfman, who was joined by husband, DJ and Entrepreneur, Brendan Fallis.An automotive jewel engineered by Ingegner Vittorio Jano, the 8C 2900 was designed to compete in sports car races, specifically the Mille Miglia, which it won outright in 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1947. In racing trim, they dominated all the major competitions, and in road trim, they were the fastest grand touring cars.Established in 1925 in Milan, Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring had first licensed Charles Weymann’s system of fabric-covered lightweight frames and then developed its own ‘Superleggera’ construction. Patented in 1936, the Superleggera system consists of a structural framework of small-diameter steel tubes that conform to an automobile body’s shape and are covered by thin alloy body panels that strengthen the framework. The winning vehicle, 412020, is the first of only five known Berlinettas built on the Lungo chassis and is the car that Touring refers to as the beginning of Superleggera.

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DMX Announces VINblock™ –– Blockchain for Everyday Car Business

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 dicembre 2018

Dealer Market Exchange is introducing a new take on how dealers, car makers, vendors and consumers may all soon be doing business together –– on blockchain. The powerful technology behind cryptocurrencies is already flexing its muscle with new services from Microsoft, IBM and Amazon, and DMX has now stepped into the ring with some muscle of their own.
VINblock is the first in line of their business blockchain solutions menu for the automotive community. Reportedly designed to track the lifetime activity of any vehicle by its unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), a new industry ecosystem would be created by their participating users.“Our VINblock permanent, shared ledger, based on Hyperledger Fabric blockchain technology, provides a critical value-add for building a foundation of connected mobility for OEMs, dealers and consumers to conduct business well into the 21st century,” said Jason Bennick, CEO and Co-Founder of DMX. “As we innovate next-generation solutions across automotive, we’re striving to create new channels that can operate faster and more efficiently than most everything out there, and in a new, low-cost and fully trusted, secure environment.”
Based on Hyperledger Fabric permissioned blockchain and related technologies, VINblock’s permanent shared ledger of VINs aims to provide accurate, timely tracking of vehicle identity, ownership changes and status in DMX markets. This approach offers significant advantages on trust, security, provenance, accuracy, cost and speed over traditional, disparate database systems, applications and integration methods.“Blockchain is just one of our key technologies along with automation, AI, analytics, IoT and intelligent API’s that we’re integrating in our mobile, cloud platform and solutions that deliver strategic advantages for all our customers,” stated Wes Reid, DMX Co-Founder and Head of Technology.VINblock will combine on-chain data, private data, off-chain data and services to efficiently deliver the information needed by applications hosted by DMX and their other partners.Users will access VINblock through their mobile devices on the DMX platform. At enterprise level, OEMs are provided additional, secure, integration options including DMX’s REST API and the VINblock shared ledger network.

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Carvana Brings Corpus Christi the New Way to Buy a Car

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 dicembre 2017

carvanaCarvana (NYSE: CVNA), a leading eCommerce platform for buying used cars, has grown its Texas presence to five markets, today launching in Corpus Christi with free, as-soon-as-next-day vehicle delivery. Corpus Christi area residents can now shop more than 9,000 vehicles on, finance, purchase, trade in a car and schedule free vehicle delivery for as soon as the next day.
Carvana’s 7-day test-own gives customers the time and peace of mind to ensure that their vehicle fits their life. If customers aren’t satisfied, they can return it within seven days for a full refund. Removing the hassle and time commitment of an entire Saturday wasted at the dealership, Carvana puts the customer in control of the car buying process, saving them valuable time and money along the way. In 2016, Carvana customers saved an average of $1,430 versus the Kelley Blue Book® Suggested Retail Value. Additionally, all Carvana vehicles have passed a rigorous 150-point inspection, have never been in a reported accident nor have frame damage. Customers can view all features, imperfections and updated information about open safety recalls on the car’s vehicle description page.“Corpus Christi is our fifth market in Texas, our 44th market overall and our last market launch of 2017,” said Ernie Garcia, Carvana founder and CEO. “We’re proud to cap off an exciting year of growth with Corpus Christi residents, and look forward to many Carvana deliveries in the area in 2018 and beyond.” While Corpus Christi residents can now enjoy free, as-soon-as-next-day delivery from Carvana, those who are up for a road trip also benefit from four Carvana Car Vending Machines in the state – located in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas. Customers who choose to pick up their vehicles from one of Carvana’s fully automated, coin-operated Car Vending Machines can opt into the company’s fly-and-drive program, which provides a $200 airfare stipend to fly to pick up your vehicle at a Carvana Car Vending Machine and drive it home.Carvana has delivered vehicles to customers in 48 states, and offers free, as-soon-as next-day delivery to residents in 44 markets: Albuquerque (N.M.), Atlanta, Augusta (Ga.), Austin (Texas), Bakersfield (Calif.), Baltimore, Birmingham (Ala.), Charlotte (N.C.), Chattanooga (Tenn.), Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia (S.C.), Columbus (Ohio), Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Myers (Fla.), Greenville (S.C.), Hampton Roads (Va.), Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (Fla.), Knoxville (Tenn.), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville (Ky.), Macon (Ga.), Memphis (Tenn.), Miami, Nashville (Tenn.), Newark (N.J.), Oklahoma City, Orlando (Fla.), Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh (N.C.), Richmond (Va.), San Antonio, St. Louis, Tampa (Fla.), Tucson (Ariz.), Washington, D.C. and now Corpus Christi (Texas). (photo. carvana)

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Rimac Automobili Accelerates Its Next Electric Super Sports Car with Dassault Systèmes

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 settembre 2017

Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) is enabling Rimac Automobili to scale its business from European startup to major supplier to the global automotive industry as market demands for electric vehicles increase. Rimac Automobili is using the “Electro Mobility Accelerator” industry solution experience to quickly design and develop high-performance electric vehicles, drivetrains and battery systems, including the next generation of its Concept One fully electric super sports car.More and more consumers are looking to buy electric cars worldwide, without sacrificing the sleek aesthetics and fast, powerful performance of the traditional sports car. Rimac Automobili recognized the market potential for electric vehicles and its own role as an integral supplier to major automobile manufacturers.Based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, “Electro Mobility Accelerator” provides Rimac Automobili with digital applications to industrialize its operations, expand its production capacity and connect its workforce in 11 countries. Its teams have access to real-time information for full visibility on projects, changes and product data throughout the development phases. They can detect and resolve issues earlier, reuse data, and organize and prepare complex production processes. Hence, Rimac Automobili can accelerate its full vehicle development business and successfully deliver on programs for customers.“The ‘Electro Mobility Accelerator’ industry solution experience enables quicker design, simulation and collaboration that will improve our productivity and satisfy customer requirements,” said Mate Rimac, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rimac Automobili. “We’ve long used SOLIDWORKS for specific projects and looked to Dassault Systèmes to accompany us as we scale up our business. With a digital platform we can align our resources and capabilities to fully carry out any kind of electric vehicle program in-house.” “The automotive landscape is evolving every day. Today’s electric car startup is working to create tomorrow’s autonomous car sharing vehicle,” said Olivier Sappin, Vice President, Transportation & Mobility Industry, Dassault Systèmes. “Collaborative, intelligent and intuitive digital environments are the innovation labs for creating new experiences in this sector. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a scalable and adaptable tool for companies to accelerate their evolution from startups to the next generation of car makers.” “The complex automotive development cycle is requiring greater collaboration and integration across the industry, and this can be supported only by a single source of information. The result is innovative and reliable products, based on faster decision-making, the reuse of existing models, know-how and comprehensive requirements management,” said Zlatko Simunec, Chief Executive Officer, CADCAM Group. “We are working with Rimac Automobili to provide them with consulting and implementation services related to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform that will support them across multiple business processes.”

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Car Retail, the 3D Revolution is Here and Now

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 settembre 2015

londonLONDON Sit back, relax and… go! The consumer is in the driving seat now more than ever as the 3D revolution in car retail has just started. This is thanks to the next generation 3D car configurator solution, provided by IBM and ZeroLight. Frost & Sullivan has researched the future of automotive retailing for the past few years and has produced a White Paper which focuses on this new platform because of the way it allows customers to see, feel and take a virtual test drive of a car at the touch of a button.
Customers can open the doors, boot, and bonnet, for example, as well as activate features such as turning on the headlights, starting the engine, and taking a virtual test drive. This virtual test drive can be taken to a new level of personalization by allowing the customer to select from a range of environments in which to see the car drive (such as virtually parking a city car in an urban environment or driving an SUV up a mountainside). Customers can even take control of the camera to experience the drive from different vantage points (e.g. the driver’s, passenger’s, or rear seats as well as an external view) and continue to customize the virtual car while it drives.
Frost & Sullivan research indicates that in 2016 alone, OEMs will invest up to $5 billion in digitalization and unveil over 100 digital show rooms across the globe. In addition to the financial investment in digitalization, a trend of “floor space” investment is also taking place. Existing showrooms are expected to dedicate between 20-30 percent of floor space to digital technology by 2016, instead of physical car displays. This is on top of the trend toward smaller stores and an expected reduction of 15-20 percent total showroom floor space by 2020.”The technology now exists to overcome automotive retail barriers and transform automotive retail as the world knows it today. The next generation 3D car configurator solution provided by IBM and ZeroLight, delivers an experience so “real” that time-poor, urban-based customers no longer need to travel to an out-of-town car dealership, and those who do visit a physical store will have a completely new and exciting retail experience,” confirms Frost & Sullivan Consultant Catherine Hutt who produced the paper. “By zooming in on minute details like the stitching, by opening the doors and boot, by turning on and hearing the roar of the engine, and by letting the customer take a virtual test drive in a setting of their choice, this configurator brings the car (and the car buying experience) to life – virtually.”Car makers and dealers recognize that there will be tremendous disruption in the retail process over the next 10 years and are embracing the retail revolution by considering the cost of technology as an investment, not as an expense.IBM and ZeroLight have joined forces to offer a one-stop shop, omnichannel car configurator solution for OEMs aiming to embrace retail digitalization. According to Frost & Sullivan, this collaboration brings together a unique combination of skill-sets to satisfy the customer and the OEM:
· ZeroLight’s 3D car configurator technology, anchored in 27 years’ experience and £30 million investment, which saw it become the market leader in car gaming technology, surprises and delights the customer with advanced and interactive visual features to personalize the customer journey and capture valuable customer data.
· IBM brings its global network and IT implementation expertise to complement the cutting-edge technology with tried-and-tested implementation methods and data analytics which improves new product development and lead generation as well as providing a platform to shift retail strategy online.
The crucial difference between the IBM/ZeroLight solution and traditional configurators is first, the 3D versus 2D factor and second, the fact that car models, options and information available to the customer can be updated across the globe from the cloud.

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Advanced Telematics and Integration to Revolutionize Global Connected Car Market

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 Maggio 2015

London, UK Advanced infotainment systems, over-the-air (OTA) updates, big data analytics, mobility services and in-car security are key technologies that will shape the global connected car market in 2015. Human machine interface (HMI) input and output solutions, as well as, heads up display (HUD) are set to take center stage. However, car makers must create consumer-centric HMI solutions that will strike a balance between reducing driver distraction and meeting consumer need for connected services.
“While embedded connectivity is on the rise due to specific regulations related to telematics, shared data plans and smartphone-based connectivity will also gain prominence in the global mass market,” said frost sullivanAutomotive & Transportation Research Analyst Ramnath Eswaravadivoo. “OEMs wanting to compete with free smartphone-based navigation solutions are offering connected capabilities with dynamic re-routing, real-time traffic and point of interface services.” Since 2G connections are likely to be discontinued in North America by 2017, the seamless running of networks with 3G and 4G coverage will prove to be a rigorous task. In addition, consumers are unwilling to pay extra for in-car long-term evolution (LTE) connections, and the penetration of LTE in mobile handsets remains slow. Nevertheless, 4G LTE networks are expected to cover over 60 percent of the world’s population by 2020, generating new revenue possibilities. OTA updates are becoming critical to providing a smooth end-user experience, thus the security aspect gains extreme importance and poses yet another challenge. Security must evolve from offering feature-level safety to delivering in-vehicle and back-end protection, covering multiple areas such as OTA, connected services, user data protection and virtualization. “Meanwhile, the large-scale acceptance of big data and predictive analytics will bring in new service and revenue opportunities,” added Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Research Manager Praveen Chandrasekar. “Harnessing vehicle data into the next generation of advanced diagnostics will enable OEMs to lengthen customer relationships to more than three years and tap into the longer-term maintenance and service business.”

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Premium and Mass Market Passenger Car OEMs to Adopt Shift-by-Wire Technology by 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 Maggio 2015

london-centralLondon. Passenger car original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have traditionally embraced the latest technologies for enhancing driving dynamics, safety and convenience. This trend will continue, with shift-by-wire technology likely to be adopted in premium segment cars globally and across volume segments in mature markets such as North America, Germany and Japan by 2020. Although the technology is currently expensive, commoditisation will bring down the cost of these systems and make it ready for the mass market. “Passenger car OEMs are striving to provide better driving dynamics, stability and safety by integrating driving interface systems. These can monitor the state of vehicles and its surroundings and dynamically optimise traction and ride performance,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Senior Research Analyst Kamalesh Mohanarangam. “While electronic transmission shift is being used as one of the enabling technologies for future autonomous self-driving vehicles and driver assistance systems, haptic feedback is being employed to enrich the driving skills of drivers.” However, the high cost of road surface sensing technologies and haptic feedback pedals is likely to confine these systems to premium passenger cars OEMs. For pedals, position sensors based on optical systems or incremental encoders are available but their performance in terms of cost, reliability and tolerance to high temperature has prevented large-scale adoption. “The shift from the manual to automated mode of driving will redefine the relevance of vehicle dynamics control interfaces and systems,” noted Mohanarangam. “With the advent of level 4 automated vehicles, pedals, steering wheels and gear shift levers are expected to be replaced with touchscreens, driver monitoring systems, and advanced voice interfaces.” Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Key Focus Areas for Driveline Systems in Europe and North America, Key Focus Areas for Steering Technology Development, European Consumers’ Attitude towards Driving Dynamics Technologies, and Passenger Car Braking Technology and Innovations in North America and Europe. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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In the Rush to Stay Ahead of the Curve, Some Automotive OEMs Tend to Bite More Than They Can Chew

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 aprile 2015

london-centralLondon, UK According to a survey by What Car? and Warranty Direct Japanese cars are the most reliable, while German premium brands can be found at the bottom of the list. Nevertheless, German OEMs, especially Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz, the top three premium OEMs, want to be the front-runners in providing state of the art innovations. All three car makers offer more and more innovative features in their vehicles, especially with electronic interfaces or controls to improve safety, convenience and driving dynamics. The system manufacturers generally push the limits of technology to provide an innovative offering, which tends be more complex and may require a span of its life cycle attain sufficient maturity.The need to stay ahead of rivals such as JLR, Infiniti, Acura, Lexus etc. drives German OEMs to introduce innovative technologies that justify the premium price commanded by their vehicles. However, sometimes in the fervent rush to stay ahead of the curve, some OEMs tend to bite more than they can chew. For instance, in the early 2000’s, a German OEM had launched a new type of electrically actuated brake system. After the launch, complaints started pouring in from its customers regarding undesirable braking response. Analysis revealed that software failure led to system malfunction. Thanks to the hydraulic brake fall-back option, drivers and occupants were safe, as no major fatalities were known to be reported.Japanese OEMs are generally fast-followers of innovative features. It is worth noting that even a few Japanese mass market OEMs have faced similar issues with time-tested technologies such as Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and air bags. Irrespective of the make however, OEMs across the globe are making every effort to meet requirements of safety and reliability. With the advent of functional safety and stringent ISO 26262 norms, vehicle are turning out to be more reliable.

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The Slogan May Have Changed but the Car in Front is Still a Toyota

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 marzo 2014

furto autoThe Brand Finance Auto 100, released today, is an annual study conducted by leading brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance. As the world’s biggest auto brands showcase their latest creations in Geneva, we put to them to the test to determine which are the most powerful and most valuable.Toyota has solidified its status as the world’s most valuable auto brand. Impressive growth of 34% means Toyota’s brand is now worth US $34.9 billion ahead of BMW (US$29bn) and Volkswagen (US$27bn). Looking ahead, Toyota must negotiate the potential pothole of a 1.9 million unit recall of its Hybrid Prius model and the resulting loss of consumer confidence. Toyota has faced similar challenges in recent years. While brand value took a hit in the short term, it also rebounded quickly, suggesting that Toyota’s brand is powerful and resilient enough to see it through the latest issue.Those already causing a stir in Geneva include Audi, which has just revealed its new TT. Its brand value is up 30% to US$7 billion. Jeep’s latest crossover model, whose name is yet to be confirmed, was leaked online recently. Its brand value is up to over US$2.5 billion. Brands valued for the first time include Maserati (US$693m), which presented its Alfieri coupe concept, Lamborghini (US$677m) which unveiled the Huracan, which will replace the outgoing Gallardo and Tesla (US$1.2bn) whose share price is soaring as it forges a reputation as perhaps the only credible electric car brand.Ferrari is again the world’s most powerful auto brand, in fact the most powerful brand from any industry. It scores highly on a wide variety of measures on Brand Finance’s Brand Strength Index, from desirability, loyalty and consumer sentiment to visual identity, online presence and employee satisfaction. The exceptional AAA+ brand rating has been preserved thanks to the strategic decision to cap production at 7000, maintaining the brand’s exclusivity. As a result, despite a 4% fall in production last year, brand value rose 12% to US$4 billion.Ferrari’s latest branding coup is its involvement in the launch of the ‘CarPlay’ system, which integrates a user’s iPhone into an onboard display. This collaboration between Apple, the world’s most valuable brand (worth US$105bn) and Ferrari, the world’s most powerful, could be the start of the ultimate brand partnership.Unsurprisingly, German, Japanese and American owned brands dominate the table, accounting for 74% of the total US$388 billion brand value. France and Italy’s share of brand ownership is increasingly threatened by rising Asian manufacturers based in India, South Korean and China. Notable by its absence is the UK. The UK may be a leader in automotive technology, the base for eight Formula1 teams and the original home of brands now worth US$13.6 billion, but none of the world’s 100 auto brands are now British owned.Though foreign ownership may be a blow to national pride, much of the manufacturing, marketing and branding infrastructure has remained in the UK. Many auto brands of British origin are thriving. Land Rover (whose brand value is up 43% to US$4.3bn) Jaguar (up 58%) Mini (up 42%) and Bentley (up 27%) are finding huge success as aspirational brands in emerging markets and the US. Their success has boosted British industry, with production rising over 3% in 2013 and thousands of new jobs being created.Overall, the auto industry performed strongly last year, thanks to a combination of global economic recovery and increased demand in both the United States and Asia. The brand value of the top 50 brands rose by $55 billion to $346 billion, and the gross margins of the five biggest manufacturers are the highest they have been for 10 years.Brand Finance Chief Executive David Haigh commented, “The increasing market share of the biggest manufacturers coupled with a trend for joint ventures and alliances has resulted in vehicles that are mechanically more homogeneous. Consequently, brand will play an increasingly important role in shaping consumer preference over the coming years, not just for the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche but for mass market manufacturers too.”

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Advanced in-car electronics and user demand for connectivity make a strong case for automotive Ethernet in Europe and North America

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 gennaio 2014

london-centralLondon, UK The use of Ethernet technology in Automotive is gaining pace in Europe and North America. The paradigm shift towards connected cars and associated services such as automotive app stores and connected location-based services is fuelling the uptake. Along with the need to integrate multiple consumer electronic devices, the importance of offering prioritised, personalised services and maintaining brand identity are compelling automotive OEMs original equipment manufacturers (original equipment manufacturers) to adopt Ethernet technology.New analysis from Frost & Sullivan ( <), Strategic Outlook of Automotive Ethernet Technology in Europe and North America, expects the number of Ethernet nodes to rise to more than 100 in luxury cars, 50-60 in cars sold in the mass market, and up to 10 in entry-level cars by 2020. The global market for Ethernet ports is expected to reach 300 million by 2020, with North America and Europe contributing the most to the total revenue.User interest in audio and video applications for advanced driver assistance systems like camera assisted parking, lane departure warning systems, collision avoidance systems, and traffic light recognition is spurring the adoption of high-speed Ethernet in the range of 100 megabits per second. As a result, automotive OEMs and tier I suppliers in Europe and North America continue to work on Ethernet-based electrical and electronic (E/E) system architecture for vehicle applications though it is a time-consuming, research-intensive, and expensive process.

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“A Connected Car Does Not Mean a Distractive Car Anymore”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 aprile 2012

London. There has been a great deal of speculation and discussion about how a connected car should be, while at the same time not losing sight of the issue of driver distraction. Harman’s Aha platform defines today’s connected car by introducing an altogether new approach to infotainment full of web content. The Aha platform serves as a one stop shop for the entire web-based entertainment content, and uses voice interface as output medium to relay the information, which in the current scenario is considered to be the safest form of human-machine interaction unlike visual interaction, which needs maximum user attention.According to Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst, Krishna Jayaraman (, Aha’s primary aim is to keep the user always connected and make driving easy and safe. “This application has opened the floodgates for numerous Internet-based services in the infotainment domain, which were considered to be sources of distraction,” he comments.The unique cloud-based radio platform is focused on collecting data from the web, simplifying it, and making it consumable while driving. In case of unavailability of specific media such as a podcast, the system gives an audio feedback about the unavailability, hence keeping drivers’ eyes on the road.
“With the flexibility of integration on basic radio systems to advanced multimedia systems, it will cater to consumers’ needs irrespective of different car segments and will open opportunities for OEMs, who are planning to introduce applications and connectivity in their cars,” he concludes.
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