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Continental Wins First Order For A High Performance Computer In The Commercial Vehicle Sector

Continental Wins First Order For A High-Performance Computer In The Commercial Vehicle Sector

Now Also In The Truck Segment: For The First Time Continental Has Won An Order To Supply The Commercial Vehicle Sector With High Performance Computers For Telematics Applications. Continental Now Supplies Telematics Boxes With High Performance Computers For Commercial Vehicles High Performance Computer Creates Foundation For Even More Innovative Functions And Services With This Order Continental Reinforces Its Leading Position In The Segment For The First Time Continental Has Won An Order To Supply The Commercial Vehicle Sector With Telematics Units That Include High Performance Computers. This Means That The Technology Company Now Also Offers A Solution That Can Master The Increasing Requirements For Connectivity Complexity And Functional Scope In Trucks. Continental Will Use Its Considerable Telematics Know How – Already Proven In The Passenger Car Sector – To Complete This Order From A Leading European Commercial Vehicle Manufacturer. The Technology Company Is One Of The Pioneers In The Still Young Market Segment For High Performance Computers. Last Year Continental Was The First Supplier To Put A High Performance Computer With Software Into Serial Production. The Computer Connects The Electronics Architecture Controls Data Streams And Enables Over The Air Updates For Vw’s All Electronic Id Series. “Continental Recognized The Potential Of High Performance Computers At An Early Stage And Used Its Vehicle Electronics Know How Which Has Grown Over Many Years To Create A Foundation For Innovative Applications – Now Also For The Commercial Vehicle Sector” Says Gilles Mabire Head Of The Commercial Vehicles And Services Business Unit At Continental. In Using High Performance Computers Continental Is Addressing The Ever Increasing Variety Of Functions And Complexity In The Connectivity Of Commercial Vehicles. In The Solution For Trucks The Company Combines The Telematics Unit With A High Performance Computer Enabling The Mapping Of A Large Number Of Additional Functions And Different Applications. Particularly In The Efficiency Driven Transportation Industry This Entails Competition Relevant Applications Ranging From The Digitalization Of The Logistics Chain And Remote Diagnostics To Secure Over The Air Software Updates. Continental’s Solution Can Manage The Large Data Streams Generated In The Vehicle Much Better Than Conventional Computers. As A Result It Not Only Creates Opportunities For Even More Innovative Functions And Services But Also Ensures A High Degree Of Flexibility For The Customer.

Next Generation Ford Transit Custom All Electric Coming In 2023; New Vehicle Built In Turkey By Ford Otosan

Next Generation Ford Transit Custom All-Electric Coming In 2023; New Vehicle Built In Turkey By Ford Otosan

Next Generation Ford Transit Custom Range To Include All Electric Models Built By Ford Otosan In Turkey Advancing Ford’s Electrification Strategy And Commercial Vehicle Leadership In Europe Plug In Hybrid Mild Hybrid And Conventional Engine Models Also Available In What Will Be The Most Extensive Transit Custom Range Ever Offered To European Customers Next Generation Volkswagen 1 Tonne Commercial Vehicle Also To Be Built In Kocaeli As Part Of The Ford Volkswagen Alliance; Adds Valuable Scale To Vehicle Platforms And Enhances The Customer Experience By Bringing More Technologies To Market Faster Connected Services Co Developed With Commercial Vehicle Customers Designed To Enhance The Customer Experience And Help Their Businesses To Thrive Follows Ford Otosan’s December €2 Billion Investment Forecast In Its Kocaeli Facilities To Increase Vehicle And Battery Pack Production And To Create More Jobs Ford Today Confirmed That The Next Generation Ford Transit Custom Range Will Include An All Electric Model In Addition To Plug In Hybrid Mild Hybrid And Conventional Engine Variants. The New Custom Range – Which Includes The Transit Custom Van And Tourneo Custom People Mover – Goes Into Production In The First Half Of 2023 With All Electric Versions Of Both Modelspart Of The Most Extensive Transit Custom Range Ever Offered To European Customers. All Versions Of The Next Generation Transit Custom Will Be Built By Ford Otosan – Ford’s Joint Venture In Turkey – In Kocaeli The Home Of The Ford Transit Range. In Addition The Next Generation Volkswagen 1 Tonne Commercial Vehicle Also Will Be Built In Kocaeli Adding Valuable Scale To Vehicle Platforms And Enhancing The Customer Experience By Bringing More Technologies To Market Faster. “The Next Generation Transit Custom Range – Including The All Electric Versions – Will Strengthen Ford’s Position As Europe’s No.1 Commercial Vehicle Brand” Said Stuart Rowley President Ford Of Europe. “Transit Custom Is The Jewel In Our Commercial Vehicle Crown And Key In Our Drive To Grow Our Commercial Vehicle Business As We Continue To Create A Sustainable Profitable Ford Business In Europe Rooted In An Electrified Future.” Ford Said In February That Its Entire Commercial Vehicle Range Will Be Zero Emissions Capable All Electric Or Plug In Hybrid By 2024 With Two Thirds Of Ford’s Commercial Vehicle Sales Expected To Be All Electric Or Plug In Hybrid By 2030. In The Interim Period However Ford Understands That Not All Commercial Vehicle Operators Will Make The Move From The Conventional Internal Combustion Engine To All Electric Vehicles In A Single Jump. This Is Why Its Range Of Powertrain Technologies From Mild Hybrids Through To Plug In Hybrids Are Essential Now With The Power Of Choice Continuing To Be A Significant Part Of The Next Generation Transit Custom Range. Continued Growth In Ford’s Strong Commercial Vehicle Business Is Key To Its European Profitability. It Is Supported By New Products And Services Working With An Extensive Network Of Commercial Vehicle Converter Partners With Ford’s Strategic Alliance With Volkswagen And Its Ford Otosan Joint Venture Providing Cost Effective Vehicle Development And Sourcing. “Today We Are Starting Another Strategic Investment That Will Help Shape The Future Of The Automotive Industry. Our Kocaeli Plants Will Be Transformed Into Turkey’s First And Only Integrated Production Center For The Assembly Of Electric Vehicles And Batteries. We Consider This Investment Which Will Span Over A Decade As A Forward Looking Strategic Move. I Would Like To Thank Ford Motor Company For Their Trust In Turkey And Ford Otosan Which Made This Significant Investment Possible” Said Ali Koç Chairman Ford Otosan And Vice Chairman Koç Holding Board Of Directors. In 2020 Ford Achieved Its Sixth Successive Year As The Leader In Commercial Vehicle Sales In Europe. The Trend Has Continued Into 2021 With Ford Maintaining Its Position As The Continent’s Best Selling Commercial Vehicle Brand. Driving Further Growth In Ford’s Commercial Vehicle Business Is An Ecosystem Built Around Connected Services Co Developed With Customers And Designed To Enhance The Customer Experience And Help Their Businesses To Thrive. These Include Connected Uptime And Productivity Services Such As Ford Pass Pro For Fleets Of Up To Five Vehicles And Ford Fleet Management Created By Ford And Ald Automotive Last Year To Maximize Productivity For Fleet Customers Seeking Bespoke Services To Keep Their Vehicles On The Road. Today’s Announcement Also Is Positive News For Other Ford Manufacturing Facilities In Europe And For The European And Turkish Supplier Industries Providing Components For The Next Generation Transit Custom Range. Ford Manufacturing Facilities Will Supply Advanced Technology Diesel Engines From Dagenham Uk And Transmissions From Cologne While More Than 100 Turkish Based Suppliers Will Provide Components. “Commercial Vehicle Growth And Leveraging Partnerships Such As Our Joint Venture With Ford Otosan Are Key Enablers To Ford Of Europe’s Future Success. We Are Committed To Reaching Our 6 Percent Ebit Margin Goal As Part Of Ford’s Plan To Turnaround Our Global Automotive Operations” Said Rowley. Ford Otosan – Home Of The Ford Transit Custom The Relationship Between Koç Holding And Ford Dates Back To 1928 And Today Ford Otosan Is The Leading Company In The Turkish Auto Industry And One Of The Longest Running And Most Successful Joint Ventures In The Global Auto Industry. Ford Otosan’s Kocaeli Facilities Opened In 2001 And Since 2004 Has Been Ford’s Global Lead Plant For The Production Of Successive Generations Of The Ford Transit Custom Range And The Transit 2 Tonne. The Ford Courier Range Is Manufactured At Ford Otosan’s Yenikoy Assembly Plant Also Located In Kocaeli. In Total Around 85 Percent Of The Sales Of The Complete Transit Family Of Commercial Vehicles Are From Vehicles Manufactured By Ford Otosan In Turkey. Ford Otosan Stated Last December That It Plans To Invest More Than €2 Billion To Increase Vehicle And Battery Pack Assembly Capacity Production At Kocaeli And That It Expects To Increase Employment By Around 3000 People.

Ford Ranger Generates Record Numbers For Local And Export Sales

Ford Ranger Generates Record Numbers For Local And Export Sales

The Locally Assembled Ford Ranger Remained One Of South Africa’s Most Popular New Vehicles And The Country’s Leading Light Commercial Vehicle (Lcv) Export Throughout 2020 Despite The Constrained Economic Climate Exacerbated By The Impact Of The Global Covid 19 Pandemic. A Total Of 18846 Ford Rangers Were Sold In South Africa Last Year Placing It Amongst The Overall Top Three Models On The Local Sales Charts – With The Number Of Units Retailed Recovering Rapidly From June 2020 Once The Nationwide Hard Lockdown Was Eased. The Ranger Recorded Its Peak Sales For The 2020 Year In September (2188 Units) October (2203) And November (2100) – Thus Reaffirming Its Position Within The Top Two Lcv Contenders In The Highly Competitive South African Market. This Success Was Supported By The Mid Year Launch Of The Luxurious Limited Edition Ranger Thunder Followed By The Ranger Xl Sport In October – The Latter Adding A Significant Dose Of Style And Appeal To Ford’s Value Oriented Ranger Xl Line Up. “Last Year Will Certainly Go Down As One Of The Most Challenging In History And It Impacted The Automotive Industry Particularly Hard Especially During The Hard Lockdown During Which New Vehicle Sales Almost Ground To A Halt Followed By The Economic Fall Out Over The Ensuing Months” Says Neale Hill Md Of Ford Motor Company Of Southern Africa (Fmcsa). “This Was Reflected In The 29.1 Percent Decline In Total Market Sales Compared To 2019. “However The Market Showed Remarkable Resilience And Began A Rapid Recovery As Soon As The Lockdown Restrictions Were Eased And We Recorded Our Highest Volumes For The Ford Ranger In September October And November” Hill Adds. A Total Of 45790 Ford Rangers Produced At Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant In Pretoria Were Exported In 2020 – Once Again Ranking It Amongst The Top Two Exported Vehicles Overall And Ensuring It Remains The Leading Lcv Export. November 2020 Saw The Highest Monthly Export Volume Of 6920 Vehicles Followed By September (6681) And March (6353).

Zf Takes The Fast Lane To Mobilize Commercial Vehicle Intelligence

ZF Takes The Fast Lane To Mobilize Commercial Vehicle Intelligence

Zf Builds On Its Technology Portfolio With Recent Acquisition Of Wabco Demonstrating World Premieres And Intelligent Solutions To Address Future Transport And Mobility Challenges. Reducing Co2 Emissions Zf’s Lightweight Truck With Aerodynamic Trailer Takes Sustainable Technology To The Next Level Fully Automated Tractor Trailer Coupling And Advanced Reversing Assist System Further Enhance Vehicle Safety And Operational Efficiency With Increased Electric Drive Range And E Trailer Innovations Zf Demonstrates Its Commitment To Enable Commercial Fleets To Become Safer And Greener. The Extended Portfolio Expands Zf’s Capability To Serve Fleet Operations Through Digitalization And Connectivity Solutions. Friedrichshafen Germany. Zf Is Poised To Be The Leading Technology Partner To The Commercial Vehicle Industry With The Addition Of Wabco’s Capabilities. The Company Is Playing A Pivotal Role In The Industry’s Drive Towards A More Sustainable Connected And Safer Future. With A Clear Focus On Reducing Co2 Emissions And Enhancing Safety Standards Zf Is Also At The Forefront Of Delivering The Next Level Of Vehicle Automation And Digital Connectivity. Recent Applications And Technology Advancements Were Showcased Today By The Leading Commercial Vehicle Technology Systems Supplier At A Digital Press Event In The Zf Forum. Building On Its Recent Acquisition Of Wabco Zf Is Accelerating The Development Of Its Product And Systems Portfolio To Enable Intelligent Commercial Vehicles. This Includes An Industry First Autonomous Trailer Coupling Function And Energy Saving Truck Trailer Combination. Eu Requirements For Manufacturers To Reduce New Commercial Vehicle Co2 Fleet Emissions By 15 Percent Before 2025 Increasing To 30 Percent By 2030 Makes Zf An Invaluable Partner To The Commercial Vehicle Industry As Demand For Electric Drive Trains In Buses And Trucks Grows Exponentially. In Addition The Eu Requires New Driver Assistance Systems Approvals From 2022 And From 2024 For New Registrations To Include Advanced Blind Spot Warning Systems. With The Integration Of Wabco’s Leading Advanced Driver Assistance And Fuel Efficiency Systems Into Its Existing Technology Range Zf Is Demonstrating The Advantages Of A Complete And Unique Product Portfolio For Trucks Buses And Trailer Oems As Well As Fleets. "Wabco Is A Perfect Strategic Match For Zf And Has Enabled Us To Accelerate Our Global Leadership As A Future Oriented Full Range Technology Supplier And Systems Integrator Serving The Commercial Vehicle Industry” Said Fredrik Staedtler Head Of Zf’s Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division. “With A Clear Aim Of Making Mobility And Transport Cleaner Safer And Efficient We Are Mobilizing Commercial Vehicle Intelligence To Support Customers World Wide. Just Four Months After Acquiring Wabco We Have Made Substantial Progress In Implementing New Development Projects Bringing Together Our Significant Combined System Competencies.” “When It Comes To Transformative Solutions For The Next Generation Of Commercial Vehicles We Are At Full Speed" Added Andreas Moser Head Of Zf’s Commercial Vehicle Technology Division. “As A Result We Can Highlight New Innovations Such As The Fuel Saving Truck Trailer Prototype Designed For Energy Efficient Driving. It Combines A Lightweight Design And Aerodynamics With Optimized Chassis Space Offering Major Benefits For Future Electrification Strategies.” Zf Has Also Accelerated Its Successful Commercial Vehicle Electrification Program. Zf’s Ax Trax Ave Electric Axle Has Been In Daily Operation For A Number Of Years And This Year The Group Will Start Volume Production Of The Ce Trax Electric Central Drive. By 2023 A Complete Modular Electric Drive Kit With Axle And Central Drives Will Be Established For Buses And Trucks Of Up To 44 Tons. As With Other Zf Electric Systems It Will Be ‘Open To Technology’ Meaning It Can Be Combined With A Battery Or Fuel Cell For Example. Zf Can Now Also Extend Its Electrification Expertise To Trailers With The E Trailer. This Semitrailer With Integrated Electric Motor Can Convert The Conventional Truck It Is Coupled With Into A Hybrid Vehicle That Consumes Up To 16 Percent Less Fuel. In Addition With The E Trailer Traction And Acceleration Improve While Noise Level And Brake Wear Decrease. Zf Also Demonstrated At Today’s Event How Taking A Future Forward Approach To Enhance Commercial Vehicle Safety. Featured Technology Included The Industry’s First Fully Automated Coupling Assistant Which Enables Trucks To Find Their Allocated Trailer Autonomously And Engage Automatically. Another Innovation Advanced Reversing Assist A Further Enhanced Reversing Assist Function For Trucks Was Also Revealed. Both Solutions Help To Reduce The Risk Of Accidents Offer Depots Increased Operating Safety And Efficiency While Reducing The Risk Of Time Delays And Repair Costs That Are Typically Associated With Maneuvering Damage. For Automated Vehicle Operations Advanced Vehicle Motion Control Based On Wabco’s Adopttm (Autonomous Driving Open Technology) Software Platform Increases Safety Efficiency And Operational Productivity. The Adopt Framework Applies Zf’s Expertise In Autonomous Driving And Artificial Intelligence To The Commercial Vehicle World Helping To Simplify And Accelerate The Development Of Automated Driving Applications For Virtual Drivers (Autonomous Driving Artificial Intelligence). It Is Specifically Designed To Support Automated Driving Modes By Providing Instant Precise Maneuvering And Stable Vehicle Control In Response To "Real World" Automated Driving. Zf Is Also Reinforcing Its Capabilities In Digitalization And Vehicle Connectivity To Better Serve The Commercial Vehicle Fleets Sector. The Extended And Integrated Offering Of Truck Bus And Trailer Technologies Provides Zf With Broad Access To A Rich Reservoir Of Vehicle Systems Data Which In Turn Power Its Growing Portfolio Of Cloud Based Applications And Services To Further Optimize Fleet Efficiency And Safety.

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