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Who is listening in on future work?

By Andrew Marsh, 26.11.15
News Articleed in: Public | Technology Trends
OnStar 0
Once upon a time the collision repair process was fairly straight forward – the vehicle had an accident, it was recovered, and the repair routed into the repairer via an insurance company – or directly by the vehicle owner. Then came the time management systems with additional parts ordering functionality, and what a surprise – ...

Inside the BMW i3 body….

By Andrew Marsh, 26.10.15
News Articleed in: In-depth | Public | Technology Trends
BMW i3 repair highlights
The i3 has been on sale around the world for more than 1 year, and still represents a step change in automotive engineering, especially from a collision repair point of view. The headline is of course the carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell, but as we shall see the shell is a good deal ...

Volkswagen Group meltdown… or is it hype?

By Andrew Marsh, 06.10.15
News Articleed in: Public | Technology Trends
A typical piezo-electric high pressure multi-port injector in a modern 4 valve cylinder head. © Robert Bosch GmbH
The global media can’t believe its luck. A famously cash rich vehicle manufacturer pushing to become the biggest in the world nearly three years ahead of their own plan, caught red handed by the USA Environmental Protection Agency bending the rules. Forget the facts, rush in and join the feeding frenzy. Lets take a look ...

IAA 2015 – the big connectivity push

By Andrew Marsh, 02.10.15
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Public | Technology Trends
TomTom 3D HAD map
One floor of one hall was devoted to everything to do with the connected car. From smart solutions for short term vehicle hire though to smart vehicle sharing, many of these projects were funded by a at both German State and Federal level. The combined investment from the German Government along with national industry and ...

IAA 2015 – what other manufacturers got up to

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
Nissan NP300 Navara king cab
There was a huge array of new vehicles and concepts on show but many of these had already been launched. Big introductions included the Renault Megane IV (using the same hard points as before), the Nissan NP300 Navara, Infiniti Q30 and a gaggle of new vehicle manufacturers too. Here are some selected highlights from vehicle ...

IAA 2015 – what vehicle manufacturers are buying

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
IAA 2015 suppliers
The Tier 1 suppliers uniquely use the Frankfurt show to display their latest technology and to engage with both existing customers as well as new clients. In this wat we can see what type of systems the vehicle manufacturers (OEMs) are going to introduce over the next 2 to 6 years. First, a reminder from ...

IAA 2015 – the Volkswagen Group

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
Audi pavillon at IAA 2015. © Auto Industry Consulting Ltd
There were two halls devoted to all the VWG brands – overall there was far less technology on display and a somewhat subdued atmosphere. At the time of the show the reason for this was not clear… a week in the automotive industry is indeed a long time. Prof Dr Winterkorn announced that Volkswagen Group ...

IAA 2015 – Mercedes-Benz flexes it’s muscles

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
Mercedes-Benz IAA concept at IAA 2015
Taking the prime position of the festival hall, this 7 story high temple to all things Daimler had one big omission.   Thanks to endless launches elsewhere (C class coupe, new GLC soft roader based on W205), there was only one new car on show. The much fabled and rather beautiful S class convertible. Yes, next ...

IAA 2015 – Borgward appears once more

By Andrew Marsh, 01.10.15
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
Christian Borgward
BorgWard – having gone bust effectively in 1961 in the midst of allegations of market coercion,  the grandson of the founder (Christin Borgward, shown above) was part of a Chino-German consortium who bought the right to the brand name and put $250 million into developing a new vehicle. After the brand launch in Geneva this ...

IAA 2015 – what did BMW not show?

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Motor Shows | New Model Information | Technology Trends
BMW pavilionat IAA 2015.
BMW Group had a whole hall dedicated to Rolls-Royce, Mini and BMW. This featured a presentation area, a track with cars driving in and out of the building as well as numerous technology displays – it is nothing like any other show on earth. Rolls-Royce showed the Dawn, which like the Wraith and Ghost are ...
 
 
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