Toyota, Siemens, Lotus’ Last-Petrol Car: The Week in AutomotiveBy Alejandro Enríquez | Thu, 07/15/2021 - 17:41
The President of Toyota Motor de México, Luis Lozano, shared the company's transformation process to become a connected, shared, electric and autonomous mobility business. Also, Alejandro Preinfalk, CEO of Siemens México and Central América, gave a closer look into sophisticated manufacturing processes.
In other news, electric mobility arrived to Jalisco hand-in-hand with a new electric bus line for the state. Meanwhile, the Governor of Nuevo Leon announced a US$40 million investment from DANA Corporation.
On international roads, Lotus introduced its last petrol car Emira as the brand evolves into a fully electric super sportscar company. In Europe, three of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers joined forces to deploy a charging network for electric trucks.
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Toyota México: Evolution Toward CASE Mobility
"The global automotive industry is undergoing the kind of transformation that takes place once in 100 years. Toyota has decided to become a mobility company, although automotive will continue to be at the core of our business. We understand that if a person can move, they can be happy and achieve the impossible," keep reading our interview with Luis Lozano, President of Toyota Motor de México.
A Look into Sophisticated Manufacturing Processes
Alejandro Preinfalk, CEO of Siemens México and Central America, discussed some of the hottest trends in the automotive sector, including the additive manufacturing value chain, potential 5G applications, OEMs' carbon neutrality goals, development of digital twins, electromobility systems and industrial internet of things.
Jalisco Inaugurates its First Electric Bus Line
Jalisco’s new, fully-electric bus line Mi Transporte Eléctrico (My Electric Transportation) began operating on Jul 4 with 38 electric units covering a 2,442-km route. The new bus line follows the objectives of Jalisco’s Metropolitan Climate Action Plan, a state-wide action program to fight climate change.
DANA to Invest US$40 million in Nuevo Leon
DANA will build a new plant in Escobedo, Nuevo Leon, to produce an automotive axles and support OEMs’ efforts towards electrification, said Jaime Rodríguez, Governor of Nuevo Leon. The new plant will bring an initial investment of US$40 million and generate 350 new jobs.
Emira: Lotus' Last Petrol Car
Sportscar brand Lotus unveiled Emira, its self-described "most accomplished" model in history and its last one running on petrol. Lotus states that Emira will be its "last ever petrol car," as the company will follow the steps of other brands such as Porsche, from Volkswagen group, and invest in an all-electric future.
Volvo Trucks, Daimler Trucks, Traton to Deploy Charging Network
Three of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in the world have joined forces to advance the introduction of electric heavy-duty trucks in the EU. Volvo Trucks, Daimler Trucks, and Traton Group signed a non-binding agreement to install and operate a high-performance public charging network to support battery-electric heavy-duty trucks and buses.