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Antonio Gozain By Antonio Gozain | Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst - Wed, 05/11/2022 - 16:54

During the San Marcos Fair, Nissan announced an investment of more than US$700 million over the next three years to strengthen its manufacturing arm in Aguascalientes, where Kicks, March, Versa, V-Drive and Sentra models are manufactured.


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Nissan Repurposes EV Batteries

Nissan is repurposing its LEAF batteries for the JR East, Japan’s biggest rail network. The batteries will serve as a backup power source for maintenance and emergencies. The OEM allied with 4R Energy Corp. and East Japan Railway to install repurposed batteries in 160 train crossings during this fiscal year.

Toyota Implements AI in North American Manufacturing Operations

Invisible AI and Toyota allied to integrate computer vision at the latter’s North American manufacturing operations. Through the alliance, Toyota aims to improve safety, quality and efficiency in its operations as Invisible AI’s technology predicts and prevents simple defects and high stress injuries using body motion data.

GM, INRIX Ally to Ensure Road Safety

General Motors allied with INRIX to develop Safety View, a cloud-based safety analytics application that helps mobility stakeholders to achieve road safety goals. The use of connected vehicle data will help make smarter infrastructure decisions in urban areas, says the automaker.

Kenworth’s KW55 Truck Comes to Mexico

The new KW55 truck arrived in Mexico to connect cities, said Kenworth and DAF. Currently, there are 100 units available throughout Kenworth’s dealer network and the company expects to sell 350 units by the end of 2022.

BMW Sells Vehicles Without Connectivity Features

While OEMs are investing in customer experience to offer more efficient vehicles, the implementation of this technology hinges to chip availability. BMW has recently changed chip suppliers and has been forced to temporarily ship vehicles without support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Wi-Fi, as the new chips need a software update.

Rivian’s Stock Takes a Nosedive

Electric pickup manufacturer Rivian’s stock dropped 17 percent in US premarket trading on Tuesday, following Ford’s sale of 8 million shares.

SEMOVI Kicks Off Taxi Fair 2022 to Foster Fleet Renewal

Mexico City’s Ministry of Mobility (SEMOVI) kicked off the Taxi Fair 2022 at Ciudad Deportiva, Iztacalco, to promote cab renewal across the city through economic incentives so taxi owners can replace their cars with highly-efficient ICE vehicles, HEVs and BEVs.

Auto Part Production Beats Pre-Pandemic Figures

During January and February, 2022, the Mexican auto part industry registered a 3.6 percent increase in production compared to the same period in 2019. The auto part sector has been strengthened in recent years due to the substitution of imports from Asia required by USMCA, said in press conference Alberto Bustamante, General Manager, INA.

Sales in Russia Slump by Record 78.5 Percent Year-on-Year in April

New car sales in Russia fell by a record 78.5 percent year-on-year in April, with 32,706 units sold during the month, said the Association of European Businesses.

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