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Car News Round Up, Issue 4

Published on 07 Dec 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng with Neofiliac News AI
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News Digest

Issue 4 of Neofiliac's Car News Round Up: This time, we bring 15 updates from BMW, Ford, Honda, Lexus, and Mazda.
This Round Up provides our summaries on these latest industry news. It is made possible with our NLP-based algorithms.

News Round Up

BMW announced on 07 Dec 2021

“Looking at things and taking action”: Winners of the BMW Group Award for Social Responsibility 2021
Presented for the tenth time this year, the award honours associates around the world who volunteer with social and environmental projects. Due to the pandemic, the award ceremony on 6 December in Munich was held virtually and livestreamed for employees. The principle of sustainability as an element of corporate strategy has been even more firmly anchored in the award in its anniversary year, with environmental as well as social initiatives that create long-term opportunities now considered.
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BMW announced on 07 Dec 2021

Delivered as promised: BMW Group hands over one-millionth electrified vehicle and achieves next milestone in transformation
Shortly before the end of the year, the BMW Group celebrated the delivery of its one-millionth electrified vehicle: Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales handed over the milestone vehicle, a BMW iX xDrive40 (Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 22.5-19.3 WLTP), to its owner at BMW Welt on 6 December. The company included a special bonus with the delivery: The customer not only received the keys for his new vehicle, but also a BMW Wallbox, including installation, to enable safe and convenient home charging, as well as a credit for public Europe-wide charging with BMW Charging. Over the next year, the BMW Group will expand its electrified product line-up to include fully-electric versions of the BMW 7 Series and BMW X1.
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Ford announced on 07 Dec 2021

Ford Motor Company Provides Details On Three Safety Recalls In North America
Safety recall for certain 2020-2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty vehicles with 6.7-liter engine and single rear wheel axle for a rear axle housing spring seat interface weld issue Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 34,939 Ford F-350 Super Duty vehicles with 6.7-liter engine and single rear wheel axle for a rear axle housing spring seat interface weld issue. In the event of a disconnected driveshaft, customers may experience loss of motive power while driving or loss of transmission park function if the parking brake is not applied, increasing the risk of a crash. This action affects 34,855 vehicles in North America, with the remaining balance in Ford’s International Markets Group.
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Ford announced on 07 Dec 2021

Ford Pro Offers Complimentary Services To Help Commercial Customers Manage Electric, Gas Fleets, Improve Uptime
As the only complimentary telematics service offering by an automaker for the life of a Ford vehicle, Ford Pro Telematics Essentials is not just making vehicle data more accessible – it also is providing new features to customers such as easy maintenance scheduling to help boost fleet uptime and productivity. “Both Ford Pro E-Telematics and Ford Pro Telematics Essentials provide fleet managers with key information and abilities through an intuitive interface – at no additional charge.”. Ford Pro Telematics Essentials is designed to help fleet managers operate their fleets more efficiently, providing instant odometer readings, diagnostic trouble codes, recall notifications, trackable maintenance alerts, and information around engine hours and oil life.
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Ford announced on 07 Dec 2021

Ford Motor Company And Lexisnexis Risk Solutions Join Forces To Help U.S. Drivers Maximize Connected Vehicle Benefits
ATLANTA / Detroit, September 9, 2021 – LexisNexis® Risk Solutions and Ford Motor Company today announced they have entered into a strategic agreement so that Ford connected vehicle data can be available to U.S. auto insurers via the LexisNexis® Telematics Exchange. “As a trusted steward of data for more than 20 years, LexisNexis Risk Solutions continues to bring the insurance and automotive industries together with market-leading solutions to provide consumers with a better experience during insurance shopping and renewal. “Ford owners who opt-in to usage-based insurance have the potential to reduce their total cost of vehicle ownership through more personalized insurance offerings and be rewarded for good driving habits,” said Kari Novatney, General Manager, Connectivity Strategy & Partnerships, Ford Motor Company.
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Ford announced on 07 Dec 2021

Ford Launches Viizr, A Technology Built On Salesforce To Help Small Businesses And Tradespeople Thrive
Dearborn, Mich., Dec. 7, 2021 – Ford today announced the launch of VIIZR, a new field service tool built on Salesforce and designed to meet the needs of the small business owners that keep America running – such as plumbers, electricians, and heating and ventilation technicians. “For more than 100 years, Ford has been the backbone of commercial business,” Ford CEO Jim Farley said. VIIZR is built on Salesforce Field Service, a complete solution for managing mobile workforces and providing onsite support, and was developed specifically for trade businesses by Ford, America’s #1 in commercial vehicles for 36 consecutive years.
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Ford announced on 07 Dec 2021

Ford And Purdue Patent Charging Station Cable For Research That Could Lead To Recharging Evs As Quickly As Gas Station Fill-Ups
Through a research alliance, researchers from both groups are working to develop a new, patent-pending charging station cable that could combine with in-development vehicle charging technology, making it even easier for people to transition to EVs with seamless re-charging. Charging faster requires more current to travel through the charging cable,” said Michael Degner, senior technical leader, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering.1 “The higher the current, the greater the amount of heat that has to be removed to keep the cable operational.”. The cable uses liquid as an active cooling agent, which can help extract more heat from the cable by changing phase from liquid to vapor – the key difference between this and current liquid-cooled technology on the market.
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Ford announced on 07 Dec 2021

Let’S Build Safer Streets Together With Data: Ford Shares Findings From Research With Michigan State University
Ford sees an opportunity to provide a more holistic view of what is happening on city streets with the most up-to-date information available via connected vehicle event data. Using Ford’s Safety Insights platform, in collaboration with StreetLight Data, the company’s goal is to help to proactively arm cities with the up-to-date, rich information they need to make more informed — and more timely — decisions about their safety infrastructure. Since late 2020, Ford has been working with Michigan State University (MSU) on an ongoing research project to analyze existing connected vehicle event data, which captures insights around harsh acceleration, harsh braking, and harsh turns, against crash data from 2015–2019 in Southeast Michigan.
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Ford announced on 07 Dec 2021

Ford And Newlab Announce Startups To Pilot New Electric Vehicle Tech In Mobility Innovation Program
DETROIT, Oct. 28, 2021 – Ford Motor Company and Newlab, a community of experts and innovators applying transformative technology to solve the world’s biggest challenges, today announced the five startups that will participate in the inaugural cohort of the Mobility Studio – a new program focused on supporting the advancement of technologies, product collaborations and business models that drive a cleaner transportation future. Combining Ford’s storied excellence in advancing mobility solutions, especially its plans to bring electric vehicles at scale to customers, with Newlab’s collaborative, transformative model of innovation, the Mobility Studio will convene an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, experts and investors to test new technologies in a “sandbox” environment to help electrify commercial fleets across the U.S. “Together, Ford and Newlab are building upon our nation’s goal of reducing carbon emissions and the effects of climate change by advancing commercial fleet electrification,” said Matt Stover, director of charging and energy services, Ford Motor Company. “As Ford works to accelerate electric vehicle adoption and zero-emission transportation, the Mobility Studio is meeting the moment by identifying innovative solutions to enhance fleet management through connected data, integrate our vehicles into the energy ecosystem and advance urban charging for commercial fleets and support electric vehicle drivers at home.
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Ford announced on 07 Dec 2021

Detroit Smart Parking Lab Opens In September For Real-World Automated And Ev Charging Testing
Ford, Bedrock, Bosch and State of Michigan create lab; Enterprise to conduct first lab project and American Center for Mobility to run daily operations. DETROIT – The State of Michigan is teaming up with Ford, Bedrock and Bosch to launch the nation’s first-of-its-kind, real-world test site for emerging parking technology – called the Detroit Smart Parking Lab. “Innovative collaborations like the Detroit Smart Parking Lab are solving issues that will make transportation more accessible and affordable while creating an environment for technology and mobility-related companies to thrive and grow in Michigan.”.
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Ford announced on 07 Dec 2021

Ford-Owned Spin Announces Global Integration With Google Maps, Helping Users Take Advantage Of Spin E-Bikes And E-Scooters As They Plan Their Journeys
San Francisco, August 16, 2021 - People using Google Maps for efficient and reliable journey planning are now able to discover Spin e-scooters and e-bikes when given route options for their journeys. When looking for directions, Google Maps users can easily locate Spin vehicles in 84 towns, cities and campuses in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Spain. “With this integration, Spin is making it easier for millions of Google Maps users to easily incorporate shared bikes and scooters into their daily trips,” commented Ben Bear, CEO of Spin.
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Ford announced on 07 Dec 2021

Ford Pro Readies American Businesses; All-Electric E-Transit Customer Pilot Vehicles Debut Nationwide
Through a Ford Pro™ pilot program, companies nationwide, such as Penske Truck Leasing and National Grid, have taken delivery of preproduction units of the E-Transit van with plans to use early learnings that will help deployment into their operations when the vehicle arrives to market early next year. Operating in fleets that span industries such as rental, delivery, service, maintenance, telecom and utilities, these E-Transit pilot vans will give companies the opportunity to experience how battery-powered vehicles coupled with Ford Pro Intelligence and Ford Pro Charging solutions can help improve fleet efficiencies. “We’re excited to collaborate with Ford Pro on the introduction and real-world testing of these new electric vehicles as the first truck rental and leasing company to do so,” said Art Vallely, president, Penske Truck Leasing.
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Honda announced on 06 Dec 2021

2022 Honda Passport Arriving with Rugged New Styling; New TrailSport Model Adds Emotion and Adventure
Restyled and adventure-ready, the 2022 Honda Passport begins arriving at dealerships this winter with a rugged new exterior design that better reflects its true off-road capabilities and more standard features than ever before. Inspired by the spirit of exploration, the first-ever Passport TrailSport takes Passport's new rugged styling even further. "Honda has offered weekend adventurers durable and capable SUVs for more than two decades and our newest Passport takes this to a new level," said Michael Kistemaker, assistant vice president of Honda National Sales at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "The new Passport and Passport TrailSport don't just look rugged, they're ready, willing and able to get dirty tackling trails.".
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Lexus announced on 06 Dec 2021

Lexus, Vasser Sullivan Announce Gtd Pro Lineup For 2022 Imsa Campaign
DALLAS (Dec. 6, 2021) – Lexus will run one full-time entry fielded by Vasser Sullivan in the new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD PRO class with drivers Ben Barnicoat, Jack Hawksworth and Kyle Kirkwood completing the lineup in the No. Barnicoat joins Lexus and Vasser Sullivan after four years as a factory driver with McLaren. Barnicoat has also competed in the European Le Mans Series and finished as runner-up in the Asian Le Mans Series racing in the LMP2 class, earned multiple race wins in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and the Formula Renault Eurocup and was the 2014 Formula Renault NEC champion.
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Mazda announced on 06 Dec 2021

Mazda2 Hybrid to be Introduced in Europe
The Mazda2 Hybrid will be an OEM model supplied by Toyota Motor Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, and will be added to the Mazda2 lineup in Europe and sold as Mazda's own brand vehicle. Establishing a basic agreement for a business alliance in 2015, Toyota and Mazda have since been collaborating in various fields, including advanced technologies, a joint venture plant, and sales finance. Mazda aims to become a brand that creates special bonds with customers by offering the joy of driving and committing ourselves to preserve our beautiful earth, enrich people's lives and make a bountiful society that lifts everybody's spirits.
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