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OEMs Close to Beating Pandemic Effects

By Alejandro Enríquez | Thu, 07/30/2020 - 17:18

Volkswagen Group and Mitsubishi Motors presented their 2Q20 reports where the impact of the pandemic in terms of sales was measured while introducing measures to cope with it. In Mexico, Audi will ramp up production of an updated Q5 model that will be available to the Mexican market in December 2020. 

The pandemic has fostered connectivity and digitalization. Ford has introduced a pilot program with dog-like robots to save time and money when scanning a manufacturing facility. Meanwhile, Volkswagen announced its partnership with Amazon Web Services to Launch Industrial Cloud, the app store for Volkswagen plants. 

Electrification is also thriving as electric buses are conquering Latin America, specially Chile, Brazil and Mexico. In this week's featured interviews, we talk to ENGIE LATAM's Electric Mobility Manager, Francisco Cabeza.

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Volkswagen Group to Reduce Pandemic Effects

"Business at the Volkswagen Group and its brands was strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020," said Volkswagen Group on a statement. The company expects a slow recovery as virtually all its brands saw a decrease in sales during 1H20 compared to 2019. 

You can read the full story here.

Mitsubishi to Restructure Strategy

The Japanese automaker forecast its second straight year of losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the first steps in the company's strategy to cope with the effects of the pandemic is to take Pajero SUV out of the roads and closing the Japanese plant that manufactures it. To assure liquidity, Mitsubishi will not pay dividends in 2020. 

You can read the full story here.

Electromobility in Latin America

As part of this week's featured interviews, Francisco Cabeza, Electric Mobility Manager of ENGIE LATAM, breaks down energy giant ENGIE's projects in the region as well as the market's entry barriers for this technology.

You can check our interview with Francisco Cabeza here

Meanwhile, electric buses grow strong in Latin America. As cities struggle to find sustainable mobility solutions, electric buses are becoming a feasible option due to their emission-free performance and low maintenance costs.

Audi México Starts Manufacturing Updated Q5

Audi's manufacturing facility in Puebla is the most recent and one of the most advanced plants in the Audi group. One of the key elements for this is flexibility, which allows the plant to adapt its production lines to new models faster, in this case the updated Q5 model recently announced by the company in Ingolstadt, Germany. It is expected the new model will reach the Mexican market by late 2020.

You can read the full article here.

Volkswagen, Amazon Web Services Launch Industrial Cloud

Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are launching Industrial Cloud, a state-of-the-art online platform where strategic partners to Volkswagen can contribute with their own software applications to optimize production processes. The company expects a rapidly growing range of industrial software applications for Volkswagen plants. "The Industrial Cloud will become the App Store for our plants,” said Nihar Patel, Executive Vice President New Business Development of Volkswagen Group on a statement.

You can read the full story here.

Ford's Dog-Like Robots to Easily Scan Facilities

Scanning a facility can take time, money and human resources. Ford is aiming to make this process more efficient through the use of dog-like robots with 360-degree camera scans. Scanning a facility can cost around US$300,000 and the human team can take around two weeks. By using the robot, Ford expects to do the same in just one week at a fraction of the cost.

You can read the full story here.

Ford is also strongly betting on the race for autonomous vehicles. Most recently, the automaker has reached a deal with Mobileye, Intel's mobility subsidiary, regarding the improvement of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS). 

You can read the full story here.


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Alejandro Enríquez Alejandro Enríquez Journalist and Industry Analyst