The use of simulation for product development in a virtual test environment is becoming increasingly common. Punch implements a range of powertrain simulation tools that can enhance traditional physical test methods. This is evident in testing the new transmission. The company points out that test transmissions can be a complicated business. The transmission needs to be aligned with every other component of the car, while some parts are still in development and not available for testing. That’s where hybrid test beds come in. The Punch powertrain tests its transmission in a partly physical, partly virtual set-up, where software emulates certain components. It boasts of a state-of-the-art technology that allows for quick turning and flexibility. One area where this comes in handy is acoustic testing. Engineers test the shifting noise made by a transmission. This is something they can start doing even if they don’t have major components like an engine, however. Virtually simulating the engine also offers the advantage that there is less noise than a combustion engine, allowing for better evaluation of transmission noise.
Virtual reality (VR) applications are growing rapidly in areas as diverse as entertainment, professional services and even education. VR technology is now being extended to the automotive industry in an innovative way by Nutritori, a London-based independent creative design studio, which has created a multi-sensory virtual reality experience designed to help the automotive industry and address some of the challenges presented. Designed to reduce Semi-autonomous driving. Using the latest VR technology enables the test driver to experience a fully immersive experience, allowing the company to monitor heart rate, responses to various stimuli and much more. To learn more about this unique technology, we visited the Nuteritory office in London to speak to Tim Smith, the design and creative technical director.
With the departure of Datsun, Nissan now has three brands, each requiring more investment. Our new report from this week examines two of the three – Infinity and Venusia.
The process behind painting vehicles is often a painstaking task involving many hours, sometimes days, between coats of masking usually more complex designs. With this in mind, ABB Robotics, a leading digital technology company, has developed a robot to assist with this task. Equipped with 1,000 nozzles in the printed head, the robot completes artwork and design tasks in less than 30 minutes. This technology, named ‘PixelPaint’, can be applied in a single coat and is opening up the personalized design market for the automotive industry. We spoke to Jörg Rager, managing director of ABB Business Line Automotive, Robotics and Discrete Automation, to learn more.
Renault said more than 300 patents have been filed for the design of the Megane e-Tech Electric. The automaker said it saw the electric motor playing a strategic role in the EV value chain and decided [re]Design it completely in-house. Concentrated in the greater Paris area, all active parts (rotor, stator, power electronics, reducers) are manufactured and assembled in a clean plant (Seine-Marine) with less material and energy used in the process, while R&D is concentrated at the Technocenter in Guanacourt (Yvelines). “We invented a magnet-free rotor winding process. The magnets have been replaced with copper, which has little impact on the environment. The patented process also makes it possible to modify the current flowing through the rotor to reduce how much electricity the battery receives.” especially at high speeds and motorways,” said douard Negre, electric motor design leader in the powertrain design department.
Musical Chair at VW Group: The Supervisory Board has appointed Oliver Bloom as Chairman of the new Board, effective 1 September 2022. Bloom will also continue to serve as chairman of the board of Porsche. VW also said it would remain in the Porsche role “after a potential IPO”. Herbert Diess is resigning as chairman of the VW board by mutual consent. Reports suggest that he is stepping down for three years before his contract officially ends.
Suzuki has shown off its new Grand Vitara SUV – a model developed under a collaboration agreement with Toyota. Although developed by Suzuki, the new model is being produced at Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd. Ltd. (TKM). Under the agreement between the two companies announced last month, there will also be a Toyota model based on the Grand Vitara. Maruti Suzuki India and TKM will market their models in India as Suzuki and Toyota models respectively. In addition, both the companies are planning to export the new model to markets outside India, including Africa.
Another Mercedes contract assembly deal for Finland: Valmet Automotive has signed a contract with the group to manufacture the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car. The plant will manufacture the four-door version of the AMG GT in both ICE and hybrid versions. The start of production is scheduled for the second half of 2023 in Uusikaupunki. Valmet Automotive has already started manufacturing engineering related to the AMG GT. As part of the project, the paint shop process will be modified to allow for a number of specialized coatings. Modifications will be made to the body shop and a dedicated assembly line for the AMG model will be created in the general assembly area. The coupe is expected to employ about 200 people in various departments at the plant, although the new production will require no new workers.
Geely’s Volvo Cars is partnering with Google to roll out a new over-the-air (OTA) software update for all cars, which enables improvements in convenience and quality. One of the new functions will include Apple CarPlay. Users can now connect their iPhone via USB and access apps from the iPhone, where CarPlay is available. Volvo Cars has offered regular OTA updates from 2021 onwards. Meanwhile, Porsche said the Taycan EV will receive a “complimentary” software update. The automaker has delivered around 75,000 units since the automaker introduced its first all-electric sports car in late 2019. All model variants will now be brought to 2023 model year status with the update, but that should be established by dealers. a market specific basis.
Tesla Cybertruck customers in Australia can apply for a refund of their deposit after an electric pick-up was pulled from the Australian website two months ago, Drive.com.au informed of. The report said: “The abrupt removal of the online ordering button from the Tesla Australia website is seen as an indication that the vehicle is not coming down”. It (right hand drive) refunded Cybertruck deposits in Australia from the time the order book was opened on Tesla’s Australian website from late 2019. Less than a month after it was unveiled in the US. While initially expected to be sold in Australia, the Cybertruck order button was removed from the Tesla Australia website in May 2022, the report said.
Toyota has suspended night shift operations (on July 27) at a production line at its Takaoka factory in central Japan due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company said in a statement that eight line workers (age and gender – three men in their 20s, one man in their 30s, three men in their 40s, one woman in their 30s) were employed in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. infected at the Takaoka plant. Toyota said it was necessary to suspend operations for one shift due to difficulties in “ensuring the safety and security of our employees and keeping personnel required for operation”.
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Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor, Just Auto