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April 8, 2018

LIASE Group Attends the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

LIASE Group’s Vanessa Moriel and Ford Chairman Mr. Bill Ford

If the 2018 edition of CES was all about the cars of the future, then the 2018 Detroit Auto Show featured the cars of today.
 

Taking place January 13-21, 2018, the North American International Automotive Show featured the newest trucks, SUVs and sedans available to American consumers. It also was host to a number of important news and announcements for the future of the automotive industry.
 

LIASE Group was present to network with automotive executives and stay abreast of the latest automotive trends.
 

Ford and GM make major announcements

On their home ground in Detroit, the 3 big American constructors made a series of exciting announcements and reveals.
 

Ford announced it is investing $11 billion in electric cars by 2022 to catch up with other automakers. It also said it would build 16 new electric cars in the next 5 years.  GM, Daimler AG, Volvo and Volkswagen had all previously announced similarly ambitious plans to expand their electric vehicle offering.
 

Ford also took advantage of the show to reveal the 2019 Ranger, Edge ST and Mustang Bullitt.
 

Meanwhile, Ford’s Detroit-based rival, GM, announced its plans to start building self-driving cars without steering wheels in the near future. The Chevy Bolts in the plan are already being tested in two American cities. GM has already petitioned the American government to deploy its new vehicles.
 

GM also unveiled the 2019 Chevy Silverado. The light-truck weighs 450 pounds lighter than its predecessor, thanks in part to new aluminum body panels.
 

Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler unveiled the 2019 Ram 1500. Lighter and with a hybrid system, the new Ram truck improves on fuel economy.  Ferrari announced it was building a battery-powered supercar.
 

Major reveals and announcements

Mercedes-Benz might have had the biggest unveiling of the show with the new G-Class wagon. The luxurious and brawny SUV was unveiled by Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche alongside none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. The 2019 G-Wagon primarily upgraded its capability and interior comfort.
 

The new Honda Insight hybrid prototype is the car that will eventual replace the Civic hybrid. It is smaller than an Accord but larger than a Civic.
 

Kia unveiled its newest Sedan, the 2019 Forte. The new Forte features an eco-friendly new motor and plenty of tech, including an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
 

Many people believe that the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept was the prettiest car at the show. A preview of the next generation of Infiniti Sedans, the concept featured beautiful curves and a luxurious interior.
 

Volkswagen featured the 2019 version of it’s US best-selling car, the Jetta. The new upgrade features a configurable digital dash inspired by Audi, and a large touchscreen for the infotainment system. It is based on the Golf and A3 frame.
 

Black tie charity preview

LIASE Group once again participated in the annual charity preview, one of the most high profile events in the American auto industry. Organizers said 13,000 people attended the event and raised a grand total of $5.1 million for eight children’s charities.

 

 

 

 

Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia Pacific, LIASE Group and John Bukowicz, Managing Director Americas, LIASE Group at the new Ford Ranger’s booth.

Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia Pacific, LIASE Group and John Bukowicz, Managing Director Americas, LIASE Group at the new Ford Ranger’s booth.

LIASE Group’s Vanessa Moriel and John Bukowicz (left) with a Brose Senior Executive.

LIASE Group’s Vanessa Moriel and John Bukowicz (left) with a Brose Senior Executive.

NAIAS Black Tie.

NAIAS Black Tie.

LIASE Group’s Vanessa Moriel at the BMW afterparty.

LIASE Group’s Vanessa Moriel at the BMW afterparty.

 Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia Pacific, LIASE Group and Vic Doolan, Non-Executive Board Member, LIASE Group


Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia Pacific, LIASE Group and Vic Doolan, Non-Executive Board Member, LIASE Group

LIASE Group’s Vic Doolan (middle) with a renowned Detroit auto journalist at the Xmotion Nissan booth.

LIASE Group’s Vic Doolan (middle) with a renowned Detroit auto journalist at the Xmotion Nissan booth.

Nissan Chief Designer, Alfonso Albaisa at the Xmotion Nissan booth.

Nissan Chief Designer, Alfonso Albaisa at the Xmotion Nissan booth.

Jose Munoz at the Nissan Press Conference

Jose Munoz at the Nissan Press Conference

Mr. John S. Chen, CEO of Blackberry.

Mr. John S. Chen, CEO of Blackberry.

With executives from a Michigan-based Tier 1 supplier Lucerne International at the Detroit Women Association Breakfast, including Mary Buchzeiger, CEO.

With executives from a Michigan-based Tier 1 supplier Lucerne International at the Detroit Women Association Breakfast, including Mary Buchzeiger, CEO.

March 19, 2018

LIASE GROUP ATTENDS THE 2018 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AND THE CONSUMER TELEMATICS SHOW

Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, CEO, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Byton taking a picture with members of his team, including Ding Qingfen, Head of External Affairs, Public Relations and Government Affairs.

CES has become one of the world’s major automotive shows. 2018 was no exception. Taking place January 9-12, CES 2018 featured all the hottest tech, futuristic ideas and autonomous news that can fit into a 290,000 square-foot exhibit space.
 
LIASE Group was present to network with global automotive executives and keep abreast of the latest industry trends.
 
Connectivity

This being the consumer electronics show, carmakers made a number of connectivity announcements.
 
Toyota announced Alexa is coming to some of its Toyota and Lexus cars. The Japanese automaker joins BMW, Ford and Hyundai in offering Alexa voice integration. Jaguard LandRover announced a competing HomeLink Connect technology to launch this year.
 
Ford announced that it’s integrating Waze into its Sync 3 infotainment system, so users won’t have to check or deal with their phones while driving.
 
Hyundai showed off an AI enhanced voice recognition technology that can monitor vital signs called the Intelligent Personal Cockpit.
 
New reveals

Byton, a Chinese electric vehicle startup founded by the former head of the BMW i8 program Carsten Breitfeld and the former managing director of Infiniti China Daniel Kirchert presented a concept SUV. The automaker promised a range above 300 km and a price point of US$ 45,000. The interior features a large display that spans the entire dashboard.
 
Hyundai showed off the new Nexo SUV with the company’s latest generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology.
 
Nissan unveiled “brain to vehicle technology” that uses brain waves to sense when you are going to take certain actions. The technology does not yet have a release date.
 
Kia completed showed off a battery-electric concept with a 64-kWh battery pack allows 350 km plus range.
 
Delphi’s mobility arm, Aptiv, showed a self-driving car. Working together with Lyft, the supplier offered self-driving rides to dozens of destinations.
 
Ford talks about integrated mobility

Ford built a small indoor street to showcase its vision of integrated mobility including cars, bikes, pedestrians and Ford self-driving vehicles.
 
Integrated mobility was also the topic of Ford CEO Jim Hackett’s talk at CES. In his keynote address, Hackett talked about shared transportation and smart cities to help with the development of autonomous driving and connectivity.
 
The Detroit automaker unveiled a new self-driving platform with partners like Lyft, Domino’s Pizza and Postmates. It also made announcement regarding its work with Qualcomm to install “vehicle-to-everything” (V2X) cellular technology in all of its cars.
 
The Consumer Telematics Show

Held the day before the start of CES on January 8, the Consumer Telematics Show gathered 500+ senior automotive executives to discuss topics including:

  • -Blockchain and automotive data
  • -Electrification, EVs and autonomy in the era of sustainable cities
  • -The role of consumer tech such as AR and digital assistants in redefining automotive UX
  • -Automated mobility on demand
  • -New business models for a new age of mobility

 
Notable speakers at the event included:

  • -Rajiv Phougat – CTO – Industry Solutions & Strategy, Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, IBM
  • -Nick Pudar – Director of Strategic Initiatives, GM
  • -Matt Jones – SVP Software Engineering, Hyperloop One
  • -Brad Stertz – Director of Government Affairs, Audi of America
  • -Danny Shapiro – Senior Director of Automotive, NVIDIA
  • -Kenny Hawk – CEO, Mojio
  • -Gil Perez – SVP, IoT & Digital Supply Chain, SAP
  • -Kenichi Murata – General Manager, Connected Strategy Department, Connected Company, Toyota
  • -Erik Ekudden – CTO, Ericsson
  • -Caroline Chan – VP, Network Platforms Group General Manager, 5G Infrastructure Division, Intel
  • -Richard Barlow – CEO, Wejo
  • -Joe Fabbre – Director of Platform Solutions, GreenHills Software
  • -Sinan Yordem – Global Ecosystem Manager – 3MTM Connected Roads, 3M
  • -Uri Tamir – Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Mobileye
  • -Kurt Hoppe – Global Head of Innovation – Connected Car, General Motors
  • -Alex Thibault – General Manager – North America, Vulog
  • -John Bukowicz – Managing Director – The Americas & Board Member, LIASE Group
  • -Lars Shultheiss – Head of Sales & Portfolio, Business Unit Infotainment & Connectivity, Continental
  • -Tom Freeman – Senior Vice President – Land Mobile, Kymeta
  • -Anne-Lise Thieblemont – Senior Director of Global Technology Policy, Qualcomm/5G Americas

 
LIASE Group was proud to serve as a co-sponsor of the 2018 edition of CTS.

Vanessa Moriel with José Muñoz, Chief Performance Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Muñoz was Chairman of Nissan North America from 2014 to January 2018.

Vanessa Moriel with José Muñoz, Chief Performance Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Muñoz was Chairman of Nissan North America from 2014 to January 2018.

John Bukowicz, Managing Director Americas, LIASE Group speaking on a panel at the 2018 Consumer Telematics Show with Martin Rossell, Managing Director, WirelessCar; Rahul Sonnad, CEO & Co-Founder, Tesloop; Cletus Nunes, Director of Sales, Octo Telematics North America; Russ Lemmer, EVP of Mobility, Silvercar.

John Bukowicz, Managing Director Americas, LIASE Group speaking on a panel at the 2018 Consumer Telematics Show with Martin Rossell, Managing Director, WirelessCar; Rahul Sonnad, CEO & Co-Founder, Tesloop; Cletus Nunes, Director of Sales, Octo Telematics North America; Russ Lemmer, EVP of Mobility, Silvercar.

John’s panel at CTS was titled “A Connected, Autonomous, Electrified Future for Mobility.” The panel discussed whether electrification or automation technology are redefining traditional mobility models.

John’s panel at CTS was titled “A Connected, Autonomous, Electrified Future for Mobility.” The panel discussed whether electrification or automation technology are redefining traditional mobility models.

Carsten Breitfeld, CEO & Co-Founder of Byton, with Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia Pacific with LIASE Group.

Carsten Breitfeld, CEO & Co-Founder of Byton, with Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia Pacific with LIASE Group.

LIASE Group’s Vanessa Moriel with one of the leaders of Byton.

LIASE Group’s Vanessa Moriel with one of the leaders of Byton.

Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, CEO, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Byton taking a picture with members of his team, including Ding Qingfen, Head of External Affairs, Public Relations and Government Affairs.

Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, CEO, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Byton taking a picture with members of his team, including Ding Qingfen, Head of External Affairs, Public Relations and Government Affairs.

In a keynote address, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang unveiled a slew of news and initiatives. He talked about training AI in virtual space as well as the certification of NVIDIA’s drive stack to ISO 26262 standard, with full functional safety.

In a keynote address, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang unveiled a slew of news and initiatives. He talked about training AI in virtual space as well as the certification of NVIDIA’s drive stack to ISO 26262 standard, with full functional safety.

NVIDIA announced the Xavier system on a chip, with about 9 billion transistors. 2000 Nvidia engineers have been working for three years the chip. The company’s vision is that all the processing needed by self-driving car, from image processing, sensor calibration, perception, localization, and pathfinding can run on Xavier. They are working with 320 partners to advanced the development of this technology.

NVIDIA announced the Xavier system on a chip, with about 9 billion transistors. 2000 Nvidia engineers have been working for three years the chip. The company’s vision is that all the processing needed by self-driving car, from image processing, sensor calibration, perception, localization, and pathfinding can run on Xavier. They are working with 320 partners to advanced the development of this technology.

Dr. Hebert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen was on hand to announce that it will use Nvidia’s Drive IX in some of its upcoming vehicles, including the I.D. Buzz electric bus. Drive IX is a software developer kit that uses the Xavier chip. Volkswagen is planning to use the software for facial recognition, gesture control, natural language processing, etc. The German carmaker will also use Drive AR, a new augmented technology.

Dr. Hebert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen was on hand to announce that it will use Nvidia’s Drive IX in some of its upcoming vehicles, including the I.D. Buzz electric bus. Drive IX is a software developer kit that uses the Xavier chip. Volkswagen is planning to use the software for facial recognition, gesture control, natural language processing, etc. The German carmaker will also use Drive AR, a new augmented technology.

Carsten Breitfeld and Daniel Kirchert, Byton’s co-founders present their concept SUV, which they believe will be the first ever truly smart car.

Carsten Breitfeld and Daniel Kirchert, Byton’s co-founders present their concept SUV, which they believe will be the first ever truly smart car.

Byton’s design team is headed by Benoît Jacques, BMW Group’s former vice president of design. He is credited with having designed the BMW i3 and i8 electric cars.

Byton’s design team is headed by Benoît Jacques, BMW Group’s former vice president of design. He is credited with having designed the BMW i3 and i8 electric cars.

The most striking aspect of the Byton concept is the giant display taking up almost the entire dashboard. The screen is central to Byton’s concept of a car that bridge’s the automotive and digital lives of consumers.

The most striking aspect of the Byton concept is the giant display taking up almost the entire dashboard. The screen is central to Byton’s concept of a car that bridge’s the automotive and digital lives of consumers.

The Byton concept will be built in Nanjing, China.

The Byton concept will be built in Nanjing, China.

Nissan brought its IMx concept SUV to CES 2018 for its U.S. reveal. The all-electric SUV features a wraparound display in the front of the car that shows the entire surrounding of the vehicle. There are a number of external cameras to show blind spots.

Nissan brought its IMx concept SUV to CES 2018 for its U.S. reveal. The all-electric SUV features a wraparound display in the front of the car that shows the entire surrounding of the vehicle. There are a number of external cameras to show blind spots.

Bell helicopter made headlines with its electric flying taxi. The cabin of the helicopter was on display for all to see and the helicopter maker plans to unveil the full model at a later date. Bell wants to make helicopter travel a more affordable proposition that’s available to everyone.

Bell helicopter made headlines with its electric flying taxi. The cabin of the helicopter was on display for all to see and the helicopter maker plans to unveil the full model at a later date. Bell wants to make helicopter travel a more affordable proposition that’s available to everyone.

Ford built a small indoor street to showcase its vision of integrated mobility including cars, bikes, pedestrians and Ford self-driving vehicles. Integrated mobility was also the topic of Ford CEO Jim Hackett’s keynote address. Hackett talked about shared transportation and smart cities to help with the development of autonomous driving and connectivity.

Ford built a small indoor street to showcase its vision of integrated mobility including cars, bikes, pedestrians and Ford self-driving vehicles. Integrated mobility was also the topic of Ford CEO Jim Hackett’s keynote address. Hackett talked about shared transportation and smart cities to help with the development of autonomous driving and connectivity.

December 12, 2017

LIASE Group Sponsors the 15th CEIBS China Automotive Industry Forum 2017

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Changing trade patterns, connectivity, smart cities and clean mobility are just some of the trends creating challenges and opportunities for the global automotive industry. Are Chinese U.S., Japanese and European manufactures ready to deal with these challenges? What should be the role of public authorities in navigating these trends? Will the industry find common ground to deliver cleaner, safer, connected, automated cars?

LIASE Group was a sponsor of the 15th CEIBS Automotive Forum, which tried to answer the important questions outlined above. Taking place October 21, 2017, the event was located at the China Europe International Business School’s main campus in Shanghai. This was a great opportunity for LIASE Group to meet senior industry executives, leading academics and government leaders from Europe and Asia to better understand automotive industry trends and opportunities for future growth.

 

Globalization, autonomous vehicles and clean cities

In a climate where the U.S. administration has signaled its intention to make significant changes to global trade regime, the global automotive industry is facing major challenges, perhaps the largest since the invention of the combustion engine. Not only does the industry have to deal with important environmental requirements, leading to massive investments in the in the development of new powertrains, but the pressure to invest in connected and autonomous vehicles is also driving unprecedented levels of R&D investments in the industry. At the same time, pollution and growing traffic problems require new ways of thinking about mobility, urbanization and the place of the car in moving millions of people every day.

To overcome these challenges, the auto industry will require a holistic, integrated approach, involving the industry, governments and citizens. But as those who attended CEIBS heard, it will above all require a change in mindsets for everyone concerned.

 

4 sessions and over 20 speakers
The 15th CEIBS China Automotive Industry Forum was organized around four key sessions.

Changing trade relations and the strategy of China’s automotive industry

How will changing trade relations affect the automotive industry in the near future? Will China play an increasingly important role in multilateral and bilateral trade agreements among the major players? Are we witnessing a turnaround in globalization?

Digitalization, mobility and smart cities

What cars will be allowed to circulate in smart cities? Who will build the infrastructure? What are rules and regulations will be needed to create a smart city?

Automated and connected vehicles

Who will be building smart cars and who will be buying them? Will today’s young customers continue purchasing cars as their forebears did? Does individual car ownership still have a future, or will car-sharing services and other mobility solutions replace the current model?

Clean mobility

Electric cars are seen as a solution for clean mobility and have received major investments, yet the technology has failed to take off with customers. When will the technology take off? Will other solutions such as hydrogen be adopted faster than electric cars?

 

To discuss these and other issues, the forum gathered over 20 speakers from the industry, government and from the academy. Notable speakers from the auto industry included:

-Lu Yongtao, Director and General Manager of SAIC Capital; Chairman and General Manager of SAIC Venture Capital

-Weiming Soh, Executive Vice President, Volkswagen AG
EVP Group Strategy and Sales & Marketing, Volkswagen Group China

-Yuan Mingxue, Vice President, Changan Automobile

-Christophe de Charantenay, Managing Director, Renault (Beijing) Automotive Co. Ltd; Vice President, Chinese Business Office of Renault China

-Enno Tang, President and CEO, Continental China

-Peter Zhou, Vice President, Banma

-Lu Qun, Chairman, Beijing CH-Auto; Chairman, Qiantu Motor

-Allan Stejskal, CEO, incadea (a Cox Automotive Brand)

-Jin Wenhui, Executive Vice President, Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd.

-Hyuk Joon Lee, Vice President, Hyundai Motor Group (China) Ltd.

-Bodil Eriksson, Chief Executive Officer, Volvo Cars Mobility

LIASE Group was proud to serve as a Silver Sponsor of this important discussion and continue to facilitate the development of strong leadership in the global automotive industry.

Ms. Bodil Eriksson, Chief Executive Officer, Volvo Cars Mobility at the 15th CEIBS China Automotive Industry Forum

Ms. Bodil Eriksson, Chief Executive Officer, Volvo Cars Mobility at the 15th CEIBS China Automotive Industry Forum

Mr. Jin Wenhui, Executive Vice President, Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd.

Mr. Jin Wenhui, Executive Vice President, Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd.

Mr. Allan Stejskal, CEO, incadea (a Cox Automotive Brand).

Mr. Allan Stejskal, CEO, incadea (a Cox Automotive Brand).

Mr. Lu Qun, Chairman, Beijing CH-Auto; Chairman, Qiantu Motor.

Mr. Lu Qun, Chairman, Beijing CH-Auto; Chairman, Qiantu Motor.

From left to right: Mr. Ivan Hodac, Founder and President, Aspen Institute Prague; Mr. Jin Wenhui, Executive Vice President, Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd.; Mr. Hyuk Joon Lee, Vice President, Hyundai Motor Group (China) Ltd.; Ms. Bodil Eriksson, Chief Executive Officer, Volvo Cars Mobility; Mr. Lu Yongtao, Director and General Manager of SAIC Capital, Chairman and General Manager of SAIC Venture Capital.

From left to right: Mr. Ivan Hodac, Founder and President, Aspen Institute Prague; Mr. Jin Wenhui, Executive Vice President, Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd.; Mr. Hyuk Joon Lee, Vice President, Hyundai Motor Group (China) Ltd.; Ms. Bodil Eriksson, Chief Executive Officer, Volvo Cars Mobility; Mr. Lu Yongtao, Director and General Manager of SAIC Capital, Chairman and General Manager of SAIC Venture Capital.

Left to right: Mr. Ivan Hodac, Founder and President, Aspen Institute Prague; Mr. Jeffrey Sampler, Adjunct Professor of Management, CEIBS; Mr. Yuan Mingxue, Vice President, Changan Automobile; Mr. Christophe de Charantenay, Managing Director, Renault (Beijing) Automotive Co. Ltd., Vice President, Chinese Business Office of Renault China; Mr. Xu Qian, Director of AlixPartners, Head of Automotive Practice for Greater China.

Left to right: Mr. Ivan Hodac, Founder and President, Aspen Institute Prague; Mr. Jeffrey Sampler, Adjunct Professor of Management, CEIBS; Mr. Yuan Mingxue, Vice President, Changan Automobile; Mr. Christophe de Charantenay, Managing Director, Renault (Beijing) Automotive Co. Ltd., Vice President, Chinese Business Office of Renault China; Mr. Xu Qian, Director of AlixPartners, Head of Automotive Practice for Greater China.

Mr. Yuan Xiaolin, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Volkswagen AG (left) and Dr. Li Mingjun, President, CEIBS (right).

Mr. Yuan Xiaolin, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Volvo (left) and Dr. Li Mingjun, President, CEIBS (right).

Mr. Enno Tang, President and CEO, Continental China (left) and Mr. Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General, European Automobile Manufacturers Association (right).

Mr. Enno Tang, President and CEO, Continental China (left) and Mr. Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General, European Automobile Manufacturers Association (right).

Mr. Christophe de Charantenay, Managing Director, Renault (Beijing) Automotive Co. Ltd; Vice President, Chinese Business Office of Renault China.

Mr. Christophe de Charantenay, Managing Director, Renault (Beijing) Automotive Co. Ltd; Vice President, Chinese Business Office of Renault China.

Mr. Yuan Mingxue, Vice President, Changan Automobile.

Mr. Yuan Mingxue, Vice President, Changan Automobile.

Mr. Weiming Soh, Executive Vice President, Volkswagen AG; EVP Group Strategy and Sales & Marketing, Volkswagen Group China.

Mr. Weiming Soh, Executive Vice President, Volkswagen AG; EVP Group Strategy and Sales & Marketing, Volkswagen Group China.

Mr. Xu Qian, Director of AlixPartners, Head of Automotive Practice for Greater China spoke about development trends and outlook in global automotive technologies.

Mr. Xu Qian, Director of AlixPartners, Head of Automotive Practice for Greater China spoke about development trends and outlook in global automotive technologies.

The event was attended by senior members of the Chinese automotive industry, academics and government officials.

The event was attended by senior members of the Chinese automotive industry, academics and government officials.

November 28, 2017

LIASE Group Joins Global Mobility Leaders at the World Intelligent Vehicle Conference (IVC) in Shanghai

LIASE’s Vanessa Moriel with other participants of the CEO talk.

LIASE Group Managing Director Asia Vanessa Moriel attended the World Intelligent Vehicle Conference & Exhibition (IVC) on September 28 and 29, 2017, in Shanghai, China. The IVC 2017 Conference gathered more than 150 experts and global industry leaders focusing on the latest technology and developments in intelligent mobility, automated driving and connected vehicles.

 

Intelligent and connected vehicles are creating a massive new business opportunity for auto, tech and telecom companies. Self-driving cars and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications are two hot topics in the auto industry that make up part of the intelligent vehicle sector. However, for this technology to achieve its full potential, governments and industry need to align their interest to develop an intelligent transportation system. Various companies also need to work together to accelerate the development of smart operation systems and features for smart and autonomous vehicles that connect with one another seamlessly. IVC 2017 aimed to advance this agenda to promote the adoption of the right mix of technologies in the Chinese context.

 

Markets and technology
The main conference featured discussions about the market outlook for intelligent mobility, Chinese government plans to develop the industry, connectivity, automation, sensors and LiDAR, advanced driver assistance systems, fleet management, automotive cyber security, the standardization of V2X communication and OEM strategic plan for future development of connected technologies.

 

Notable speakers at the two-track conference included:

 

• He Jugang, Vice President Global R&D Center, Chang’an Automotive
• Zhang Wensong Vice President, Didi Chuxing
• Chen Bin, CEO, Daimler Car2go China
• Liu Fen, Director of Intelligence Vehicle Development, SAIC Motor
• Dr. Daniel Kirchert, COO, Future Mobility Corporation
• Matthew Tsien, Executive Vice President, General Motors
• Dr. Wu Qingwen, Executive Director of Technical Engineering, SAIC Volkswagen
• Liu Weiguo, Chief Engineer of R&D Center, Geely Auto
• Chen Xiaohua, VP of New Technology Institute, BAIC GROUP
• Toshiro Muramatsu, Deputy General Manager, Telematics Engineering Group, Nissan Motor
• Dr. Stefan Greiner, Director Automated Driving and Chassis Development, Audi China
• Li Qi, Deputy Director of Electric control Development Department, Technology Institute, Great Wall Motors
• Li Kai, Director of Technical Center, Head of Automated Driving, Dongfeng Motor Corporation
• Gao Jiyong, Executive Director of Product Technology Center, Chery Automobile
• Dr. Meikei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute

 

Intelligent vehicle CEO talk
Ms. Moriel also attended the conference’s high-level CEO talk meetings. This invitation-only, closed-door program included private sessions and meetings between 15 high-level automotive C-suite executives to discuss the future of the automotive industry in China. Executives present at these meetings included:

 

• Chang Cheng, General Manager of R&D, SAIC Group
• Li Zhengyu, Deputy General Manager, Baidu Intelligent Vehicle
• Jennifer Jiang, Vice President, Business Unit Driver Assistance Systems, Chassis Systems Control, Bosch China
• August Wu, Vice President of Product Line, Asia/Pacific, Volvo Group
• Shen Haiyin, Co-founder& CEO, Singulato Motors
• Jacques Foulquier, VP, Powertrain Department, Projects & Programmes, Dongfeng Renault
• Wang Zhan, Global VP and Asia-Pacific President, Electronics & Safety Division, Delphi Automotive
• Xu Yanhua, Deputy Secretary General, China Association of Automobile Manufacturers
• Zhang Xiwei, VP of Cloud Core Network Product Line, Huawei
• Ray Bierzynski, Vice President, Chery Automotive

 

The event, which attracted over 1,000 people from all across the supply chain, also included high-level networking events.

Vanessa Moriel during the CEO session of IVC.

Vanessa Moriel during the CEO session of IVC.

Vanessa Moriel during the CEO session of IVC 2017 in Shanghai.

Vanessa Moriel during the CEO session of IVC 2017 in Shanghai.

Over 1,000 people attended the 2-day event.

Over 1,000 people attended the 2-day event.

IVC 2017 was held at the Marriot Shanghai Luwan.

IVC 2017 was held at the Marriot Shanghai Luwan.

A panel of participants during the World Intelligent Vehicle Conference 2017 in Shanghai

A panel of participants during the World Intelligent Vehicle Conference 2017 in Shanghai.

A formal diner following the CEO talk portion of IVC 2017.

A formal diner following the CEO talk portion of IVC 2017.

David Allard, EPEL Innovation Outpost Manager with PSA Peugot Citroen.

David Allard, EPEL Innovation Outpost Manager with PSA Peugeot Citroen.

The event was an opportunity to network with intelligent mobility professionals from China and around the world.

The event was an opportunity to network with intelligent mobility professionals from China and around the world.

The 2-day event included a cocktail reception for intelligent vehicle professionals.

The 2-day event included a cocktail reception for intelligent vehicle professionals.

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.