X
Oct 30, 2014 | Last Updated 41 mins ago
  Login
Previous
  • Fiat Chrysler Announces Plans to Float Ferrari IPO

    Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to spin off Ferrari as a separate entity in order to finance the company’s ambitious expansion plans. The Ferrari brand has enormous value and the chief executive of the Fiat Chrysler group, Sergio Marchionne is seeking to unlock this value with this move. According to a press release issued by the company, its board of directors has recently approved the plan to make Ferrari a separate company. Once the legal process for the separation is complete, 10 per cent of the company’s shares will be listed on the stock market in both the US and one of the European exchanges through an IPO which is bound to attract significant public interest. The funds thus raised will be used to fund the company’s expansion plans. The balance 90 per cent of the shares will be given to ...

    Read more
  • Mercedes-AMG Powertrains Bag Much-Coveted Dewar Trophy

    As one of the most coveted awards in the automotive industry, the Dewar Trophy is only given in years when the Royal Automobile Club’s committee believes that there are candidates of enough merit, with winners joining a notable line-up of great automotive inventions. In the current year, which marks the 150th birthday of Thomas Dewar, 120 years of motorsport success for Mercedes-Benz and the beginning of a new technological era for F1, the award represents a tribute to the long and rich automotive innovation history. The HPP team was acknowledged for its development of the most valuable powertrain within the new F1 regulations. The target for this year was to boost the engine efficiency from about 29 percent for the previous aspirated 2.4L V8 to better than 40 percent with the new 1.6L V6 hybrid turbo. The result of the design, research and cooperation is the Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid Power Unit, which has not only been the...

    Read more
  • Jaguar Land Rover Ventures into Overseas Production  with Chery

    Jaguar Land Rover has always manufactured its vehicles, cars and trucks in Britain. However, that is soon set to change with the opening of JLR’s first overseas factory, a joint venture with Chinese automaker, Chery. Work began on the new $1.8 billion plant which covers a sprawling site of 4.3-million square feet in the Changshu Economic Development Zone near Shanghai two years ago. When fully functional by 2016, it will manufacture 130,000 units aimed at the Chinese market, which is currently the company’s largest market on a global basis with sales crossing over 100,000 vehicles every year. Officially known as the Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Company, the plant will begin production with the award winning Range Rover Evoque. The company will then add production lines for the Discovery Sport and a third model which is yet to be announced. JLR has also revealed that the plant will manufacture models which have been specially adapted for ...

    Read more
  • Korean Automaker to Equip Its HEVs with Six-Speed Automatic Transmission

    At Hyundai Motor’s recently held annual International Powertrain Conference in Namyang, South Korea, the automaker announced a new six-speed automatic transmission to equip its hybrid electric vehicles. Integrating the electric motor, the new transmission applies a number of technologies that open up a world of possibilities to the customer. It will be fitted to upcoming Hyundai hybrids, including the latest Sonata generation. The advanced set-up implies that almost all of the hybrid powertrain components are contained within the transmission, reducing energy losses and boosting fuel economy. An all-new electric oil pump (EOP) and traction motor have been fitted, while the torque...

    Read more
  • Newly Invented Device Monitors Vehicle Health in Real Time

    Many drivers, especially those who have zero knowledge about troubleshooting, consider the inner workings of a vehicle as magic. In the event something goes wrong with the car, it seems like their first and last resort is to take it to the nearest mechanic and trust them to offer an honest recommendation as well as quick and accurate resolution. Good thing, there is now an app that could offer vehicular simpletons with constant monitoring and recommend a non-biased solution once a problem is detected. This is the Drivebot, a device touted as a Fitbit for the car. Developed by five Thai engineers, this simple dongle device plugs...

    Read more
  • New Voltec Propulsion System to Launch in 2016 Chevrolet Volt

    2015 will be a big year for Chevrolet as this will mark the debut of its 2016 Volt at the much anticipated Detroit Auto Show in January. The main highlight of the car is a new Voltec extended range electric vehicle (EREV) propulsion system that was developed in great consideration of Volt owners, which include the data gathered on their driving behaviors. The Voltec system comes included with power electronics, range-extending engine, drive unit and battery. It also promises to be more efficient and offer greater fuel economy and EV range compared to...

    Read more
Next

Headline for News Article

Test Series Prove Rear View Cameras’ Life-Saving Ability

Test Series Prove Rear View Cameras’ Life-Saving Ability At the recently conducted tests of AAA, a motorclub federation in North America, results revealed that the rear visibility of rear-view camera systems has improved at an average of 46 percent. These systems are designed to enhance the driver’s awareness of the area immediately behind the vehicle to reduce, if not prevent the number of back-over casualties. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandates rear-view images in all passenger vehicles starting 2016, with full conformity by May 2018. AAA assessed 17 vehicles across 11 manufacturers with aftermarket and factory-installed rear-view camera systems on various vehicle body styles to gauge the reduction in...

[Read More...]

SABIC Resin Used in Windows of New EV Concept

SABIC Resin Used in Windows of New EV Concept Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has once again proven its engineering expertise after its LEXAN™ resin has been successfully used in constructing the windows of an all-new ultra-lightweight electric car concept that was developed by BMW-led Visio.M Consortium. The resin is used as an alternative to traditional glass for the car’s windows and is designed to reduce weight by more than 13 kilograms. It also extends the vehicle’s driving range by up to two kilometers for just a single battery charge. The lightweight urban electric concept vehicle was exhibited at the Technical University of Munich on October 20 by Daimler, BMW, the university’s scientists and a group of...

[Read More...]

Resource

Automotive

Blog

  Research Reveals Children More Likely to Buy Same Brand of Cars that Parents Own

Research Reveals Children More Likely to Buy Same Brand of Cars that Parents Own

You don’t need to be a psychologist to know that children take after their parents in habits and behaviors. It is quite evident that children and young adults absorb their parents’ preferences both consciously and unconsciously in matters ranging from food preferences to speech patterns. A recent study conducted by the Michigan State University has highlighted yet another similarity. It claims that children are 39 percent more likely to buy the same automobile brand that their parents prefer. The report argues that since generally children share similar characteristics with parents, the buying pattern also correlates. Thus, if a parent owns a Toyota, there is a very good chance that the son or daughter will head to the Toyota showroom for their first car purchase. The results of the report will be particularly useful to automakers when it comes to their marketing efforts – especially in terms of pricing. So far, automakers have had few clues with regard to the brand preferences of the younger demographic. Hence, they have been forced to keep car prices low for entry-level vehicles and then increase the prices once customers get used to the brand. But going by this study, the real key to capturing the younger market is to keep an eye on which brand their parents prefer. Technically, if a young buyer comes with preconceived brand loyalty, automakers will have the leverage to raise prices of those vehicles. Similarly, automakers may even begin to target the older generation for cars like SUVs with the aim of attracting youngsters.

[Read More...]
Global Tire Industry – Outlook, Opportunities and Challenges

Global Tire Industry – Outlook, Opportunities and Challenges

Mr. Surender Singh Kandhari, the chairman of the Al Dobowi Group is the doyen of the tire industry in the UAE. Every year, without fail, the Automechanika Academy has a session by Mr. Kandhari. This year, his session was on the topic “Global Tire Industry – Outlook, Opportunities and Challenges” Mr. Kandhari began his presentation with an overview of the condition of the world economy as it has a direct impact on the condition of the tire market. The global recession of 2008 has affected virtually every developed country with the Japanese economy slowing down, the US economy alternating between recovery and recession, the European countries like Greece and Iceland needing financial rescue and even curbing the growth of sfast growing Asian economies like India and China.

[Read More...]
Hard Sell may Backfire in Selling Tires

Hard Sell may Backfire in Selling Tires

The first impression plays a crucial role in making or breaking a deal. A potential sale, for example, can easily go up in smoke if the salesperson seems to be too eager to push his product, with an air of someone who just wants to close the sale before the customer can change his mind. On the other hand, a salesperson who shows interest in the client’s needs and requirements, though it may mean slowing down the process, will go home smiling. The buyer, too, will feel reassured and have confidence in the deal. Barring a few exceptions, this is the rule of thumb in all businesses. In his book, “Becoming a Service Icon in 90 Minutes”, Customer Service Strategist and Professional Speaker, Jeff Mowatt argues that the concept of ‘faster the better’ does more harm than good in business. Returning customers’ calls within 24 hours and providing speedy service may look good look on paper, but can backfire if clients get an impression – at times, false – that they are nothing more than a load that needs to be ‘taken care of’. What needs to be put across, says Mowatt, is a feeling that the company understands the client and is trying to build a more personal relationship. Putting the theory to test in the automobiles industry, imagine trying to buy a tire in a hurry. Needless to say, a quick job would fail, because unlike other commodities, understanding how a tire works for different vehicles is not easy. In addition to the fact that tire safety and handling are valid concerns that buyers need to be reassured about, the cost factor also comes into play. Tires comprise an important chunk of automobile budget. Salespersons looking for quick sales may end up with disgruntled and dissatisfied clients, or at times, no clients at all. Mowatt holds managers responsible for this state of affairs. Generally, he says, it is not the service representatives who want to rush ahead in a deal, but the managers who prod them to speed up. With this carrot-and-stick policy where numbers or service standards are the yardsticks to measure the performance of frontline employees, the results tend to be counterproductive. By prioritizing effective service standards like quality, courtesy, safety, innovation, etc., company representatives can gain valuable customer loyalty. Such standards can guide frontline employees in making appropriate decisions, without having to refer to the manager. A company’s frontline employees are the first point of contact and, in many ways, their behavior determines the outcome of a client-company relationship. This is why businesses should revise their service standards and ensure that they are not primarily focused on speed. This would be the test of the real impact on both employees and customers.

[Read More...]
Tips to Handle a Joyride Gone Wrong

Tips to Handle a Joyride Gone Wrong

We often hear and read online about unfortunate incidents like carjacking, robbery and accidents that happen to others. These result in loss of property and even loss of lives. However, we give such incidents serious thought only when they happen to us or someone we know, Yet, the fact remains that street crime related to car drivers and passengers is quite common and few of us have the knowledge to deal with it when we face it. While a cool head, presence of mind and quick thinking can help immeasurably when faced with a crisis, learning techniques to deal with danger gives us a head start if we encounter such a situation. A flat tire, for example, is something most drivers will relate to. Many of us will recall incidents of being stranded on a road while we either wait for help or spend time changing the tire. At night, or in a tunnel, it can be ten times more serious, since it is not only dark, but traffic also thins as time progresses. This presents an ideal opportunity for carjacking, robbery, or even kidnapping.

[Read More...]
Experts Claim Voice-recognition Software As Distracting as Hand Held Devices

Experts Claim Voice-recognition Software As Distracting as Hand Held Devices

Using hand-held devices while driving is not only potentially dangerous, but it is also a legal offense in many countries. With the introduction of voice-recognition software, drivers thought they had found a safer alternative. They could now multi-task while keeping both their hands on the wheel. These hands-free devices were expected to keep drivers from getting distracted while on the road. However, the results of a recent study published by the AAA Foundation prove that voice recognition software can be just as distracting as hand held devices. According to the research, the technology – even though easy on hands – adds to a driver’s mental distraction. Most of such software, for example, calls for highly specific words to follow instructions, demanding a certain level of cognitive attention. This can take a driver’s mind off the road, at least for a few moments. Sometimes, it can even take longer for a driver to find suitable words to word his request than to punch the needed buttons with his hands on the machine. One of the biggest problems, according to J. Peter Kissinger, the President of the AAA Foundation, is that most drivers are unaware of this distraction. Lulled into a sense of safety by the knowledge that they are using a hands-free device, they tend to be less guarded and only realize the full consequence of their distraction when they face accidents. The study also found that users perform best on systems that require the least amount of time to complete their request. Complexity of the task was another factor. While simple tasks, like changing a radio channel are less taxing, menu-based functions require far more mental involvement. The make and the model of the software also contribute towards reducing or increasing the level of distraction. Using software that best decreases the risks of distraction can go a long way in reducing accidents. According to AAA, Toyota’s Entune leads on that front. Calling the results for Toyota, “a best-case scenario”, the Foundation found that Entune provides a relatively smoother voice-based interaction with a simple design interface thus placing a lighter cognitive burden on the driver. On the other hand, Chevrolet MyLinkinfotainment system's voice-recognition technology lost points on the basis of its poor performance. But it was Siri-based interaction that proved to be one of the biggest culprits when it comes to accidents. According to the AAA, out of the 36 participants in the research, two of the three simulators crashed were by those using Siri. The research holds the inconsistencies in the software responsible for this. For example, Siri would sometimes give two different responses to apparently identical queries. In other instances, Siri demanded specific phrases and failed to comply when the demand was not met. Researchers also realized that many participants eventually gave up trying to convey their wishes to the machine. They suggest that instead of repeated attempts that can lead to frustration, perhaps the safest thing to do is for drivers to perform the task manually. Kissinger advises manufacturers to focus more on these hands-free devices to overcome their shortcomings. At the same time, he warns drivers to exercise caution when using these devices. Irrespective of what makers claim, this technology needs to be refined a lot more before it becomes safer than hand held devices.

[Read More...]
Industry Experts Give Overview of Upgrading Modern Cars with ICE Gear

Industry Experts Give Overview of Upgrading Modern Cars with ICE Gear

Music makes the world go 'round, and depending on its quality, any road trip can be more fun and exciting. No wonder, there is a never-ending quest for car audio innovation nowadays, and there are several associations that make this possible. However, the big question in today’s industry is whether modern vehicles can still integrate aftermarket in-car entertainment (ICE) systems. This is what the fifth session of...

[Read More...]
 
 
+97142555548
info@morjanmedia.com
www.morjanmedia.com
PO Box 7830
Dubai
UAE
 
© 2013 The Automotive, Tires & Parts. All Rights Reserved.