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October 4, 2017

LIASE Group attends the 2017 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt

From left to right: The LIASE Group’s Adam Pumfrey, Managing Director U.K.; Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia; and Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director Europe at the Jaguar Booth.

The LIASE Group’s Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director Europe; Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia; and Adam Pumfrey, Managing Director U.K., attended the 67th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main Press days and the opening of the show on September 12 to 14, 2017. IAA is the largest auto show in the world and featured many world premieres by German OEMs.

 

As usual, the auto show was a great opportunity for LIASE to network with auto executives and stay on top of industry trends. Here’s what they saw.
 
Strong push from governments for electrification

The IAA came just ahead of the German federal election. Germany’s returning Chancellor, Angela Merkel, made her views about the German Automotive clear during the campaign: It’s time to electrify and help consumers switch. Combined with China’s recent push for electrification, the pressure’s now on for OEMs electrify and sell more electric vehicles (EV) and hybrids.
 
However, the low price of gas, the lack of EV charging infrastructure, lagging battery technology and an unwillingness on the part of many consumers mean that the combustion engine is clearly not about to go away.
 
This was represented by the fact that while German automakers, eager to turn the corner on the ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal, presented a number of sleek, self-driving electric concepts, Nissan and Tesla – the only two carmakers actually mass producing electric cars – weren’t present at the IAA.
 
Crossovers and SUVs still rule the market

SUVs reigned supreme at this year’s IAA, accounting for a majority of model launches. These launches ranged from Volkswagen’s sporty T-Roc, to the updated Dacia Duster. Chinese automakers weren’t left out of the action. Chery and Wey both unveiled compact 4x4s. BMW also unveiled a competitor to Mercedes’s G-Wagon and Audi’s Q7. The new BMW X7 Concept will come with seven seats and will include a plug-in hybrid version.
 
German automakers unveiled their latest models

BMW was firing on all cylinders at this year’s IAA. BMW showcased its latest technological developments, including powertrain electrification, comprehensive digitalization and advances in the field of automated driving. In the luxury segment, the BMW Concept 8 Series and the BMW 7 concept made a remarkable appearance. So did the BMW Concept Z4, the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and the new BMW X3.

 

Daimler unveiled the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept, which it says is “a new vision of urban mobility and individualized, highly flexible, totally efficient local public transport.”  There was also the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE, Daimler’s two-seater sports car performance plug-in hybrid. A bit more unusual was the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, the brands first ever pick-up. Mercedes also unveiled the GLC F-Cell preproduction car, which it claims is the “world’s first electric electric vehicle with fuel-cell/battery powertrain.”

 

Not to be left out, Volkswagen group unveiled the new Audi A8, “the first production automobile in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving,” the Audi RS 4 Avant, and the third generation of the Posche Cayenne. It was also the market launch of the new SEAT Arona, and the automaker unveiled the new Volkswagen T-Roc, a new sub-compact crossover, the brand’s challenger for the Nissan Qashqai.
 
Chinese brands are getting noticed

Taiwanese upstart Thunder Power was back at Europe’s top industry showcase. Positioned next to European luxury brands Maserati and Ferrari on the showroom floor, Thunder Power unveiled a high-end electric SUV prototype set for mass production in 2020. The firm already has a factory in China and plans to set one up in Spain.Thunder Power eventually aims to sell 40,000 units a year in Europe, he said.
 
German brand Borgward, which was brought back to life in 2015 with the help of Chinese truck maker Beiqi Foton, showed off the limited-edition BX7 SUV. The new luxury SUV will go on sale in Germany first before other models are launched across the continent. Borgward also unveiled a sporty Isabella concept car. The German-Chinese manufacturer plans to increase its European footprint by building an assembly plant in Bremen, northern Germany, next year. Production is slated to begin for 2019.
 
WEY, the new luxury label of Chinese carmaker Great Wall, showcased a range of compact 4x4s, with both combustion and hybrid drivetrains. It also showed off its XEV concept, a crossover with futuristic-looking gullwing doors. No European launch plan was announced.
 
Chery displayed the Exeed Tx. Produced in China, this crossover has been developed for European customers, and will launch with three electrified powertrains: hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery EV (BEV).
 
Automotive suppliers make a bang

Not to be outdone by OEMs major automotive suppliers also made major announcements at Frankfurt.

    • Continental unveiled 3 new tire concepts: ContiAdapt is a tire and wheel combo that features microcompressors that can adjust the tire pressure, inflating and deflating it as necessary, and hydraulics to change the width of the rim so the tire can lower pressure for improved grip on a slippery road and increase pressure for a smaller footprint l fuel economy on a dry highway. ContiSense is a tire that adds sensors and a layer of electrically conductive rubber to the tire in order to detect when a metal object punctures it. Other sensors and an app are also included in the concept that is meant to attract fleet managers at first. Taraxa Gum is conceived of as a replacement for natural rubber. The idea is to use Russian dandelions as a replacement material that could be grown close to factories.

 

    • Magna demonstrated its full capabilities and autonomous drive platform technologies including a 360-Degree Capabilities Demonstrator, an Advanced Driver Assistance Simulator and the MAX4 Demonstrator, a dynamic demonstration of Magna’s scalable autonomous driving platform.

 

    • Adient, the leading supplier of automotive seating, showcased its vision for interiors, and especially the vehicle seating system, in a concept where new forms of mobility such as autonomous driving, car sharing and electromobility are changing how we get around. Adient.

 

    • Bosch showcased new technologies such as its Automated valet parking (driveless parking), over-the-air software updates, and the electric axle (e-axle), a cost-optimized solution for electrical powertrains in EVs and hybrids, whereby the electric motor, power electronics, and transmission are integrated in a compact unit which directly drives the vehicle’s axle.

 

    • TomTom, a navigation technology company, announced a deal with Daimler who will use TomTom maps for its infotainment platform in North America. They also showcase their real-time EV charging service, which has been developed to help EV drivers to make informed decisions about when and where to charge their vehicles, reducing range anxiety.

     
    New Mobility World

    LIASE group participated in the New Mobility World B2B event that was held in parallel with the main IAA auto show from September 14 to 17, 2017 brought together technology firms, the automobile industry, start-ups and disruptors to discuss and build the future of mobility.
     
    The entire spectrum of the new mobility industry was represented at the conference. Exhibitors included tech giants like SAP, semiconductor manufacturer NXP, start-ups and software companies like Facebook.
     
    Speakers at the conference portion of the event came from OEMs, Tier suppliers, start-ups and tech companies. Among the notable list of executives and innovators were:

    • Helmut Matschi, Member of the Executive Board of Continental AG
    • Steve Mollenkopf, Global CEO Qualcomm
    • Erez Dagan, Senior VP Advanced Development & Strategy, Mobileye Vision Technologies
    • Steven Armstrong, Group Vice President and President of EMEA, Ford Motor Company
    • Carlo d’Asaro Biondo, President EMEA Strategic Relationships, Google
    • Jan Carlson, Chairman, President and CEO, Autoliv
    • Erez Dagan, Senior VP Advanced Development & Strategy, Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    • Karl-Heinz Glander, Chief Engineer for Automated Driving and Integral Cognitive Safety, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    • Michael Heckmeier, Executive VP, Head of Business Unit Display Materials, Merck KGaA
    • Han Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors
    • Stephan Hönle, Senior Vice President Business Unit Automated Driving, Robert Bosch GmbH
    • John Kitchingman, Vice President, IBM Global Automotive
    • Marek Neumann, Director / CTO Automotive Solutions, Intel Corporation
    • Lars Reger, CTO Automotive, NXP
    • Erich Smidt, Regional Director – EMEA, Velodyne LiDAR
    • Christoph Stadeler, Head of Automotive, Facebook
    • Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management, AUDI AG
    • Christoph Weigler, General Manager Germany, Uber Technologies, Inc.
    • Sergey Zorin, Head of Transportation Systems Security Department, Kaspersky Lab

     
    These speakers and others spoke about the following topics:

    • How big data can be gathered and used to change the (urban) mobility of tomorrow
    • How connectivity within and between vehicles and their environments will transform what is possible
    • Intermodal transport systems and the car in everyday life
    • Individualization of air transport
    • Platforms in the mobility world
    • Future urban mobility

     
    The New Mobility World Exhibit and conference was a great opportunity for LIASE to network with the speakers and industry leaders present at the event and gain insights into the future of mobility.

    Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia (left); and Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director Europe at the BMW booth.

    Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia (left); and Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director Europe at the BMW booth.

    Vanessa and Wolfgang next to the Audi A5 g-tron, which can run on a choice of climate-friendly Audi e-gas, natural gas (CNG) or gasoline.

    Vanessa and Wolfgang next to the Audi A5 g-tron, which can run on a choice of climate-friendly Audi e-gas, natural gas (CNG) or gasoline.

    Adam and Wolfgang at the new BMW Z4 Concept, co-developed with Toyota.

    Adam and Wolfgang at the new BMW Z4 Concept, co-developed with Toyota.

    LIASE Group Managing Director Asia, Vanessa Moriel and Eddy van der Vorst at the Holland High-Tech Pavilion.

    LIASE Group Managing Director Asia, Vanessa Moriel and Eddy van der Vorst at the Holland High-Tech Pavilion.

    LIASE Group’s President and Managing Director Europe, Wolfgang Doell (right).

    LIASE Group’s President and Managing Director Europe, Wolfgang Doell (right).

    LIASE Group Managing Director Asia, Vanessa Moriel (left) with Senior Executive from Chery.

    LIASE Group Managing Director Asia, Vanessa Moriel (left) with Senior Executive from Chery.

    Erwin Doll, CEO from Röchling and Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director Europe from LIASE Group.

    Erwin Doll, CEO from Röchling and Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director Europe from LIASE Group.

    Angela Merkel at the Frankfurt IAA 2017 auto Show.

    Angela Merkel at the Frankfurt IAA 2017 auto Show.

    Angela Merkel at the Frankfurt IAA 2017 auto show.

    Angela Merkel at the Frankfurt IAA 2017 auto show.

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    Chinese automaker Chery displayed the Exeed Tx. Produced in China, this crossover has been developed for European customers, and will launch with three electrified powertrains: hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery EV (BEV).

    Chinese automaker Chery displayed the Exeed Tx. Produced in China, this crossover has been developed for European customers, and will launch with three electrified powertrains: hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery EV (BEV).

    TomTom announced a deal with Daimler who will use TomTom maps for its infotainment platform in North America. They also showcase their real-time EV charging service, which has been developed to help EV drivers to make informed decisions about when and where to charge their vehicles, reducing range anxiety.

    TomTom announced a deal with Daimler who will use TomTom maps for its infotainment platform in North America. They also showcase their real-time EV charging service, which has been developed to help EV drivers to make informed decisions about when and where to charge their vehicles, reducing range anxiety.

    The Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster made its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt show. In continental Europe the sportscar will be priced at EUR 313,666 and around $460,000 in the USA. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in February 2018.

    The Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster made its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt show. In continental Europe the sportscar will be priced at EUR 313,666 and around $460,000 in the USA. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in February 2018.

    Sino-German luxury carmaker Borgward unveiled a sporty Isabella concept car.

    Sino-German luxury carmaker Borgward unveiled a sporty Isabella concept car.

    The backside of the BMW Z4 Concept, built on a platform co-developed with Toyota.

    The backside of the BMW Z4 Concept, built on a platform co-developed with Toyota.

    A picture of Chery’s Exeed Tx unveiled at the 2017 IAA in Frankfurt.

    A picture of Chery’s Exeed Tx unveiled at the 2017 IAA in Frankfurt.

    The Volocopter was on display in Frankfurt. Daimler has invested millions into the company and Dubai is reportedly interested in using them as flying taxis.

    The Volocopter was on display in Frankfurt. Daimler has invested millions into the company and Dubai is reportedly interested in using them as flying taxis.

    Borgward showed off the limited-edition BX7 SUV. The new luxury SUV will go on sale in Germany first before other models are launched across the continent.

    Borgward showed off the limited-edition BX7 SUV. The new luxury SUV will go on sale in Germany first before other models are launched across the continent.

April 29, 2017

LIASE Group Attends Auto Shanghai 2017

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The LIASE Group’s Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia, attended the International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai), which was held from April 21-28, 2017 in Shanghai, China.  Auto Shanghai is one of the largest auto shows in the world, where many of the latest automotive models, technological innovations and concepts are unveiled. The biennial event featured most of the major automakers – both Chinese and global – and showcased approximately 1,400 vehicles, of which 113 were world debuts.

 

Several trends emerged from the auto show in Shanghai, including the prominence of SUVs. There is a growing demand for SUVs in China and many local and international automakers seized the occasion to exhibit their SUV models to car enthusiasts.

 

Electric cars make a big splash

Electric mobility was another hot trend at the show. Many auto manufacturers are developing electric or hybrid models in response to changing environmental regulations introduced in China to reduce emissions.  Auto Shanghai was a great opportunity for automakers to display their new electric vehicles or concepts. Notable examples from the show include two Chinese automakers:

 

  • NextEv – introduced its first mass-produced electric car, a seven-seat SUV
  • Qoros – showcased its K-EV electric car concept

With regards to global automakers:

 

  • Jaguar Land Rover introduced its first all-electric SUV
  • Audi exhibited its electric SUV-Coupe, the E-tron Sportsback.
  • Toyota, Volkswagen, General Motors and Ford displayed their new electric and indicated that they planned to further expand their range of electric products in the future.

 

Autonomous driving and connectivity

Autonomous driving and connectivity was another major focus of the Shanghai Auto show.  Several car manufacturers exhibited car models with smart technology and Internet connectivity.

 

  • Chinese automaker SAIC Motor introduced its Roewe I6 model, a smart car that launches an automatic self-check and can offer drivers advice on weather and road conditions.
  • Volkswagen announced that it was working on a self-driving electric concept car as well as a partnership with an AI company.

 

Several automotive executives discussed the possibility of partnering with Internet companies to develop in-car AI systems, further underlining the move towards automated driving and connectivity.

 

Car sharing and personal mobility

Auto Shanghai also included several exhibits of the latest in car sharing and personal mobility technologies. For example, Chinese company Lynk & Co introduced its first vehicle, a small electric SUV, co-developed with Volvo, which includes digital locks for car sharing, among other features.

 

Technology reshaping the Chinese auto market

Auto Shanghai was a great opportunity for the LIASE Group to witness how technological innovation is having an impact on the Chinese automobile market and to learn about some of the latest innovations and trends in the global automotive industry. Like in previous years, LIASE Group had the chance to connect with many executives, leaders and professionals who were also at the auto show.

Vanessa Moriel speaking with a Ford Asia Executive.

Vanessa Moriel speaking with a Ford Asia Executive.

Vanessa Moriel speaking with a Volvo Global Executive.

Vanessa Moriel speaking with a Volvo Global Executive.

Vanessa exchanging business cars with Borgward and Deloitte Executives.

Vanessa exchanging business cars with Borgward and Deloitte Executives.

Vanessa Moriel speaking with a Mercedez-Benz Executive.

Vanessa Moriel speaking with a Mercedez-Benz Executive.

Vanessa Moriel speaking with a Link & Co Global Executive.

Vanessa Moriel speaking with a Link & Co Global Executive.

Vanessa Moriel posing for a picture with a Delphi Executive.

Vanessa Moriel posing for a picture with a Delphi Executive.

Lynk & Co at their press conference during the Shanghai Auto Show.

Lynk & Co at their press conference during the Shanghai Auto Show.

The biennial event featured most of the major automakers – both Chinese and global – and showcased approximately 1,400 vehicles, of which 113 were world debuts.

The biennial event featured most of the major automakers – both Chinese and global – and showcased approximately 1,400 vehicles, of which 113 were world debuts.

Thousands of people attended the week-long event.

Thousands of people attended the week-long event.

An Aston Martin Classic on display at the Shanghai Auto Show.

An Aston Martin Classic on display at the Shanghai Auto Show.

NIO showed off the ES8 full electric SUV concept at the Shanghai Auto Show.

NIO showed off the ES8 full electric SUV concept at the Shanghai Auto Show.

January 14, 2017

LIASE Group Attends 2017 Detroit Auto Show

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LIASE Group attended the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), more commonly known as the Detroit Auto Show. The NAIAS is one of the most important annual automotive events in the world, where some of the latest automotive products, technological innovations and concepts are exhibited. Attended by some of the auto industry’s key executives, leaders and professionals, it was also an opportunity for LIASE Group to connect with old friends and business contacts.

 

The NAIAS ran from January 8-22, 2017 and showcased over 300 exhibitors, including global automakers. The show attracted 806,554 people over the two weeks that it ran.

 

Automobili-D

The show kicked off with Automobili-D, a one-day event focusing on the future of the automotive and mobility landscapes. It featured 120 exhibiting companies including automakers, tier-one suppliers and technology start-ups from around the world. Nearly 40,000 industry leaders participated in the event and had the opportunity to interact with their peers as well as with the new vehicles and technologies that were exhibited.

 

The speaking list at the NAIAS featured an impressive number of leaders from the automotive industry, as well as technology firms and start-ups, including:

 

  • Chris Thomas (Founder & Partner, Fontinalis)
  • John Krafcik (CEO, Waymo–formerly the Google self-driving car project)
  • Carlos Ghosn (Chairman and CEO, Nissan Motor Co.)
  • Julia Steyn (Vice President of Urban Mobility and Maven, GM)
  • Ted Serbinski (Managing Director, Techstars Mobility)
  • Donna Satterfield (Vice President and Partner of Automotive, Aerospace and Defense Industries, IBM Corp)
  • Dan Gilbert (Chairman and Founder, Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans Inc.)

The presentations and panels at NAIAS discussed the future of mobility and the role of hybrid, electric, and autonomous cars in driving change in the automotive and transportation industries. The topics covered included cybersecurity, regulations, autonomous technologies, vehicle to vehicle (V2V) automobile technology, vehicle to infrastructure interaction (V2I), and ride sharing.

 

Debuts and Reveals

Many exhibiting automakers made their world debuts and reveals at NAIAS. The debuts that sparked the most interest include the Honda Odyssey (a new van), the Toyota Camry, the KIA Stinger GT (a sports sedan), the Infiniti QX50, Nissan’s Rogue Sport, the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Ford showcased its newly redesigned F-150 truck and announced that it would debut the Ford Ranger in 2019 and the Ford Branco in 2020, which generated a lot of excitement at the event.

 

Luxury car aficionados were not disappointed with the display of luxury cars showcased at NAIAS. Some of the most notable examples include the Mercedes-AMG GTC Coupe, the Audi Q8 concept, the Lexus LS 500, the BMW M550i xDrive and 530e iPerformance, the Porsche 911 GTS and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.

 

The auto show also featured prototypes of futuristic concept cars such as the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz (an autonomous electric minivan), Nissan’s Vmotion 2.0 (a partially self-driving car) and the Rinspeed Oasis concept (an electric car with a fully autonomous driving system), among others.

 

Several vehicle of the year awards were presented at NAIAS. The Chevrolet Bolt electric car was named the 2017 North American Car of the Year. The 2017 North American Truck of the year award went to the Honda Ridgeline. And finally, the Chrysler Pacifica minivan won the 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the year award.

 

The 2017 edition of the North American International Auto Show ended with a 9-day public event where over 800,000 car enthusiasts came to see the new car debuts and mobility innovations.

 

Like in previous years, NAIAS was a great opportunity for the LIAISE Group to learn about the latest innovations and trends in the automotive industry and to connect with leaders and professionals from around the world.

 

A Mercedes-Benz Global Executive (Left) ; LIASE Group Managing Partner Asia, Vanessa Moriel (center); and  LIASE Group Managing Director Americas, John Bukowicz (right).

A Mercedes-Benz Global Executive (Left) ; LIASE Group Managing Partner Asia, Vanessa Moriel (center); and LIASE Group Managing Director Americas, John Bukowicz (right).

John Bukowicz and Vanessa Moriel pose for a picture at the Detroit Auto Show charity gala.

John Bukowicz and Vanessa Moriel pose for a picture at the Detroit Auto Show charity gala.

John Bukowicz, Vanessa Moriel and Global Executives from ZF TRW.

John Bukowicz, Vanessa Moriel and Global Executives from ZF TRW.

Annual Charity Dinner at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Annual Charity Dinner at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Vic Doolan and a Volvo Global Executive.

Vic Doolan and a Volvo Global Executive.

John Bukowicz and Vanessa Moriel and Lear CFO, Jeffrey Vanneste, and his wife.

John Bukowicz and Vanessa Moriel and Lear CFO, Jeffrey Vanneste, and his wife.

John Bukowicz and Vic Doolan stop to take a picture during the Detroit Auto Show.

John Bukowicz and Vic Doolan stop to take a picture during the Detroit Auto Show.

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Nissan Motor Co., talked about the future of autonomous driving and rapid technological change in the automotive industry during the the North American International Auto Show's Automobili-D event.

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Nissan Motor Co., talked about the future of autonomous driving and rapid technological change in the automotive industry during the the North American International Auto Show’s Automobili-D event.

James R. Verrier, CEO of Borgwarner, speaking during the Detroit Auto Show.

James R. Verrier, CEO of Borgwarner, speaking during the Detroit Auto Show.

William Clay Ford Jr. Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company spoke about growing collaboration between automakers and of Ford’s transition to become a “mobility company.”

William Clay Ford Jr. Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company spoke about growing collaboration between automakers and of Ford’s transition to become a “mobility company.”

Autonews Dinner in Detroit. William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman of Ford and KC Crain, Executive Vice President of Ford Motor Company holding a fireside chat.

Autonews Dinner in Detroit. William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman of Ford and KC Crain, Executive Vice President of Ford Motor Company holding a fireside chat.

Nissan Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura introduced the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept vehicle at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

Nissan Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura introduced the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept vehicle at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

Charity dinner at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Charity dinner at the Detroit Athletic Club.

January 7, 2017

LIASE Group Attends the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show and the Consumer Telematics Show

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LIASE Group attended the 2017 editions of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), from January 3-6, and the Consumer Telematics Show (CTA), on January 4, in Las Vegas. LIASE Group benefitted from this year’s events by mingling and networking with global automotive executives, leaders and disruptors during this major trade show.

 

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, CES has over the years become a leading event in the automotive industry, where car lovers and automotive leaders are introduced to the latest technology and innovations. At the same time, they get a preview of the direction in which the industry is going, with self-driving cars and artificial intelligence in the spotlight this year for example. The 2017 edition offered many new products which will be reaching the market in the future.

 

Major announcements and reveals

During his keynote address, Nvidia founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang presented Xavier, a computer which gives every car the ability to have artificial intelligence. Huang wants to do so by working with companies like Audi and announced a partnership with the president of Audi of America, Scott Keogh, which will bring self-driving Audi cars by 2020.

 

BMW introduced HoloActive Touch, a new holographic control interface which offers reactive floating graphics over the car console, by using a projector, a camera and a speaker. BMW sees this innovation as a future form of their iDrive control system. BMW also presented its well-established BMW 530, combined with the Personal CoPilot technology, its automated driving feature, which keeps a car’s speed and lane positions on highways. Finally, BMW also presented the addition of Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, to their cars, which integrates the system’s voice-controlled commands while driving.
 

Honda added an emotional component to driving with its new concept, the NeuV. This electric car lets users customize their experience by enabling cars to be aware of the driver’s emotions, through Honda’s Automated Network Assistant. Instead of remaining idle while parked, the car, built for ride-sharing, will have the ability to drive around to find passengers, therefore creating a revenue stream for the owner.
 

Bosch also introduced a new concept car, which uses facial recognition to adapt its settings to the preferences of the user, therefore controlling the radio station, the mirror positions or the temperature.
 

Toyota presented the Concept-i car, which has an artificial intelligence component named Yui, designed to provide a warmer and friendlier experience.
 

Faraday Future unveiled FF 91, its first electric car. While the car is not ready for production, the company says it will have a range of 378 miles and will charge at more than 500 miles per hour. It will also remember the preferences of passengers, in whichever seat they pick. The vehicle will also offer autonomous driving.

 

Ford confirmed it would integrate the Amazon Echo smart home device in their cars, which means users will be able to play audiobooks, order items on Amazon, and also remote start the car and control the doors. Ford also presented the Fusion hybrid autonomous vehicle.

 

Hyundai announced its Blue Link service would support Google Assistant with Google Home’s voice control speaker, to facilitate the driving experience, but also controlling different elements like the car’s temperature. Hyundai also displayed the electronic Ioniq car, its own autonomous prototype.

 

Google and FCA will create a concept Chrysler 300, built to run Android 7.0, which means Android Auto can run directly on a phone instead of being limited to new cars or new display heads.

 

CES Keynote Speakers

 

This year’s event featured the following speaks amongst others:

 

-Jen-Hsun Huang, Founder, President and CEO, NVIDIA

-Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Nissan Moto Corporation, Ltd.

 

CTS

Several themes and trends were discussed on January 4th, during the Consumer Telematics Show. After an opening session where investors discussed the automotive technology coming up in 2017, different panels presented the challenges of developing smart cities to support automotive innovation, or the upcoming legislation surrounding autonomous cars. Ford and Toyota discussed the adoption of SmartDeviceLink, an open-source software, and its impact on the integration of apps in cars. Other topics discussed included:

 

-the cybersecurity of cars;

-the potential of subscriptions for car connectivity;

-the timeline of autonomous cars in 2017;

-the relation between man and cars.

 

Finally, Roger C. Lanctot, Associate Director, Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics, presented a closing keynote on the biggest tech trends and the business models disrupting the automative industry this year.

 

 

CTS Speakers
This year’s event featured the following speakers amongst others:

 

-Don Butler, Executive Director of Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company

-Shigeki Tomoyama, President, Connected Car Company, Toyota

-Peter Lorentzon, Vice President, Digital & Connectivity Consumer Services, Volvo

-Kurt Hoppe, Global Head of Innovation – Connected Car, General Motors

-Rickj Whittemore, Connected Vehicle Portfolio Manager, Audi of America

-David DiMeo, Director, Connected Car Innovations, FordDirect

-Martin Rosell, Managing Director, WirelessCar

-Henry Bzeih, Managing Director KIA Connected & Mobility Division, KIA Motors

-Richard Wallace, Director, Transportation Systems Analysis, CARS

-Steve Cowper, Vice President of Business Development, Europe, Caruma

Vanessa Moriel, LIASE Group Managing Director Asia poses with Chinese Celebrities at CES press day 2017 in Las Vegas.

Vanessa Moriel, LIASE Group Managing Director Asia poses with Chinese Celebrities at CES press day 2017 in Las Vegas.

Vanessa Moriel, LIASE Group Managing Director Asia stands in front of the newly revealed FF 91 SUV at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. With the FF91, Faraday Future hopes to rival Tesla in the high-end all-electric car market.

Vanessa Moriel, LIASE Group Managing Director Asia stands in front of the newly revealed FF 91 SUV at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. With the FF91, Faraday Future hopes to rival Tesla in the high-end all-electric car market.

John Bukowicz, LIASE Group Managing Director Americas (left) and Vanessa Moriel, LIASE Group Managing Director Asia (right) pose in front of the FF91 reveal outside of CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

John Bukowicz, LIASE Group Managing Director Americas (left) and Vanessa Moriel, LIASE Group Managing Director Asia (right) pose in front of the FF91 reveal outside of CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

Nick Sampson, SVP of R&D & Engineering for Faraday Futures welcomes Jia Yuetieng, Chief Executive Officer of LeEco to the stage during their press conference at CES 2017.

Nick Sampson, SVP of R&D & Engineering for Faraday Futures welcomes Jia Yuetieng, Chief Executive Officer of LeEco to the stage during their press conference at CES 2017.

Robert Carter, Senior Vice President – Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc., presents during the reveal of the Toyota Concept-I, a fun twist on the driverless car concept.

Robert Carter, Senior Vice President – Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc., presents during the reveal of the Toyota Concept-I, a fun twist on the driverless car concept.

Dr Volkmar Tanneberger, Head of Electrical and Electronic Development at Volkswagen duing Volkswagen’s press conference at CES 2017. Volkswagen focused it’s presentation on connectivity developments in its cars.

Dr Volkmar Tanneberger, Head of Electrical and Electronic Development at Volkswagen duing Volkswagen’s press conference at CES 2017. Volkswagen focused it’s presentation on connectivity developments in its cars.

 John Scumniotales, General Manager, Alexa Automotive Domains at Amazon speaks during the Volkswagen press conference at CES 2017. Volkswagen announced it would be integrating Alexa, Amazon’s voice controlled virtual assistant, into its cars.


John Scumniotales, General Manager, Alexa Automotive Domains at Amazon speaks during the Volkswagen press conference at CES 2017. Volkswagen announced it would be integrating Alexa, Amazon’s voice controlled virtual assistant, into its cars.

Divergent, an automotive 3D printing company, displayed their impressive ‘Blade’ car and ‘Dagger’ motorcycle at CES 2017.

Divergent, an automotive 3D printing company, displayed their impressive ‘Blade’ car and ‘Dagger’ motorcycle at CES 2017.

Jose Munoz, Chief Performance Officer at Nissan Presents at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

Jose Munoz, Chief Performance Officer at Nissan Presents at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

December 10, 2016

LIASE Group Attends 2016 LA Auto Show Press Days (AutoMobility LA)

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LIASE Group Managing Director Asia Vanessa Moriel and Non-Executive Board Member Vic H. Doolan attended the Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days, called Automobility LA, on November 16 and 17, 2016. The two day visit was an opportunity to meet up with executives, leaders and professionals from the automotive and transportation industries.

Automobility LA is one of North America’s largest auto industry trade shows. The 4-day press and trade event comes just before the public opening of the L.A Auto show.

This year’s edition featured presentations from industry leaders, new car reveals, test drives, as well as discussions about several important advancements in automotive technology.

Some of the main topics covered at the event included:

  • – The future of fully connected and autonomous cars
  • – Advances in Race cars and their applications to the mass-market
  • – Automotive data and analytics to improve driver experience
  • – Car and ride sharing
  • – The future of mobility
  • – The automotive applications of 3D printing (divergent 3D)
  • – Infotainment
  • – The future of automotive retail
  • – The use of virtual reality (VR) in the automotive industry
  • – The future of flight-enabled vehicles
  • – Automotive technology start-ups
  • – Automotive cybersecurity
  • – Open innovation and vehicle design
  • – Artificial intelligence and the future of transportation
  • – Advancements in in-car navigation

Many of the presentations at the event underlined that the transportation industry is rapidly evolving as a result of growing city populations and congestion. Speakers also noted the rise of new transportation options as well as changing consumer needs and tastes as drivers of industry transformation.

An industry in transformation

Points of agreements among the industry experts gathered for the event included:

  • – Automotive companies will have to adapt to the changing landscape and become both auto and mobility companies.
  • – The way that cities are designed and built will have to take these evolving trends into account.
  • – Self-driving and electric cars, as well as on-demand services will all play an important role in the evolution of the automotive and transportation industries. However, there will need to be an accompanying ecosystem that supports the mainstreaming of these new vehicles and services, including tax incentives, government regulations, and practical considerations such as recharging times and grid connectivity.

The speaking list featured American automotive industry leaders as well as new technology actors that are trying to rewrite the rules of the sector.

Speakers included:

  • – Mark Fields (Ford President & CEO)
  • – Stephanie Latham (Director US Automotive, Facebook)
  • – Tim Strafford (Automotive Director, McLaren Applied Technologies)
  • – Brian Kraznich (CEO, Intel)
  • – Steve Banfield (CEO, BMW ReachNow)
  • – Pasquale Romano (President & CEO, ChargePoint)
  • – Ben Stapleton (VP Facilities and Operations, LA Clean Tech Incubator)
  • – Andrew Liu (VP New Ventures, AECOM)
  • – Peter Rawlinson (CTO, Lucid Motors)
  • – Rachel Bhattacharya (Director, Commercial, Maven/GM)
  • – Matt Jones (Chief Product Officer, Moovel/Daimler)
  • – Padmasree Warrior (CEO and Chief Development Officer, NextEV USA)
  • – Sébastien Stassin (Chief Creative Officer, KISKA GmbH)
  • – Jay Rogers (CEO, Local Motors)
  • – Johann Hiebl (Executive Vice President, Infotainment & Connectivity, Continental)
  • – Rob Lloyd (CEO, Hyperloop One)
  • – Armed Niestroj (CEO, Mercedes-Benz NA R&D)
  • – Thilo Koslowski (CEO, Porsche Digital)

Luxury and crossovers steal the show

Los Angeles is one of America’s largest markets for luxury cars and the L.A Auto Show did not disappoint with its display of luxury vehicles. Mercedes revealed its new Mayback S650 convertible, of which only 300 models will be made. Porsche featured its Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Jaguar introduced the Jaguar i-Pace.

But what dominated the Los Angeles Auto show were crossover utility vehicles (CUVs).  Reveals at the show included Mazda’s second generation CX-5 compact SUV/crossover, Jeep’s new 2017 Compact SUV, Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio SUV and Subaru’s Viziv-7 Concept, a seven-seat CUV.

Green car and environmental issues were also an important part of the event. The Chevy Bolt EV won the 2016 Green Car of the Year Award.

Safety was also addressed at the auto show. Automotive company executives underlined that although their cars were built with increasingly advanced safety equipment and driver assistance systems, it was important to raise awareness about driving carefully and avoiding distractions such as texting.

Like in previous years, the event was a great opportunity for the LIASE Group to discuss advances and trends in the automotive industry with leaders and executives from the industry.

 

LIASE Group Non-Executive Board Member, Vic H. Doolan (right), poses for a picture with Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer (center).

LIASE Group Non-Executive Board Member, Vic H. Doolan (right), poses for a picture with Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer (center).

LIASE Group Non-Executive Board Member Vic H. Doolan with GMC executives.

LIASE Group Non-Executive Board Member Vic H. Doolan with GMC executives.

LIASE Group Managing Partner Asia, Vanessa Moriel, and Non-Executive Board Member, Vic H. Doolan, pose for a picture in front of the Escala Concept at the LA Auto Show.

LIASE Group Managing Partner Asia, Vanessa Moriel, and Non-Executive Board Member, Vic H. Doolan, pose for a picture in front of the Escala Concept at the LA Auto Show.

LIASE Group Managing Director Asia Vanessa Moriel, and Non-Executive Board Member Vic H. Doolan take a picture with one of the KIA hamsters featured in KIA ads in recent years.

LIASE Group Managing Director Asia Vanessa Moriel, and Non-Executive Board Member Vic H. Doolan take a picture with one of the KIA hamsters featured in KIA ads in recent years.

LIASE Group Managing Director Asia Vanessa Moriel stands in front of the Jaguar I-PACE Concept which made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show in 2016. The I-PACE is Jaguar’s first fully electric car.

LIASE Group Managing Director Asia Vanessa Moriel stands in front of the Jaguar I-PACE Concept which made its North American debut at the LA Auto Show in 2016. The I-PACE is Jaguar’s first fully electric car.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth walks in front of Jaguar Racing’s formula-E vehicle with LIASE Group Non-Executive Board Member Vic H. Doolan (hidden).

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth walks in front of Jaguar Racing’s formula-E vehicle with LIASE Group Non-Executive Board Member Vic H. Doolan (hidden).

Another view on the Jaguar I-PACE Concept.

Another view on the Jaguar I-PACE Concept.

Los Angeles is the home of Hollywood, and the Tie Fighter made an appearance at the Auto Show.

Los Angeles is the home of Hollywood, and the Tie Fighter made an appearance at the Auto Show.

The baby blue Lincoln Navigator concept was on show at the 2016 LA Auto Show. With its vertical-lift doors, the concept stroke many car lovers as a show-stealer.

The baby blue Lincoln Navigator concept was on show at the 2016 LA Auto Show. With its vertical-lift doors, the concept stroke many car lovers as a show-stealer.

Padmasree Warrior, CEO and chief development officer of NextEV USA speaking at Automobility LA.

Padmasree Warrior, CEO and chief development officer of NextEV USA speaking at Automobility LA.

Ms. Warrior, CEO spoke about the current state of the automotive industry. With a broad overview of the problems plaggueing the industry (congestion, highway fatalities, emissions and changing usage and ownership models), she introduced NextEV's vision of driving to be built around the car as a safe, green companion. She noted that innovation should be focused on safety and autonomy to give back time to consumers and restore the car as an object of aspiration.

Ms. Warrior, CEO spoke about the current state of the automotive industry. With a broad overview of the problems plaggueing the industry (congestion, highway fatalities, emissions and changing usage and ownership models), she introduced NextEV’s vision of driving to be built around the car as a safe, green companion. She noted that innovation should be focused on safety and autonomy to give back time to consumers and restore the car as an object of aspiration.

Steve Banfield CEO of BMW ReachNow, speaking at LA AutoMobility. BMW’s alternative mobility platform announced its expansion into Brooklyn, NY and debute its solutions for residential buildings.  Brooklyn is ReachNow’s first foothold into the American East Coast.

Steve Banfield CEO of BMW ReachNow, speaking at LA AutoMobility. BMW’s alternative mobility platform announced its expansion into Brooklyn, NY and debute its solutions for residential buildings. Brooklyn is ReachNow’s first foothold into the American East Coast.

Ford debuted the new Ecosport SUV at the LA Auto Show. The new SUV targets environmentally conscious millennials and older baby-boomers looking for a small sized SUV.

Ford debuted the new Ecosport SUV at the LA Auto Show. The new SUV targets environmentally conscious millennials and older baby-boomers looking for a small sized SUV.

Edmunds & Facebook panel at Automobility LA. How messaging chatbots & AI will transform automotive retail.

Edmunds & Facebook panel at Automobility LA. How messaging chatbots & AI will transform automotive retail.