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April 8, 2019

Detroit Auto Show 2019: LIASE Group Highlights From our Visit

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The 2019 edition of North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) took place January 14 -27. LIASE Group was proud to attend this year’s edition of the famed auto show, which will be presented in June in 2020.
 
Although more and more automakers chose to debut their innovation at CES and some big name such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Jaguar Land Rover were missing, the NAIAS was still an opportunity to network and get a first look at new cars and concepts.
 
Major reveals and announcements
The show opened with the lowering of a 2020 Shelby GT500 from the Cobo Center ceiling. The new Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford car ever made. All of that power is generated by a 5.2-liter supercharged all-aluminum V8. Ford said the new car produces up to 700 horsepower and is capable of a mid-three second 0-60 mph time.
 
Toyota has given the 2020 Supra coupe its official debut at the show. Toyota Supra is a two-seat sports car with 335 horsepower, 50:50 weight distribution and a long distinctive hood. The 2020 Supra has two driving modes: normal and sport. Sport mode dials back the traction and stability control, increases throttle response, sharpens shifting, gives the steering more weight, adjusts the suspension and boosts exhaust noise.
 
General Motors introduced a new three-row Cadillac crossover called the XT6. This is the second three-row, seven-seat SUV by Cadillac. The XT6 has a decent engine, GM’s venerable 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6, a spacious interior, with a second row that has plenty of legroom and a third row that folds easily with standard power folding seatbacks.
 
Kia showcased a full-size crossover SUV – the Telluride. It boasts a luxurious interior. There’s a wide console with an available 10.25-inch color touchscreen, ceiling-mounted climate control in the second row and reclining third-row seats. It comes standard with five USB charging ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the Kia Drive Wise driver-assist system. The new Telluride is scheduled to hit dealerships in the 2019 calendar year.
 
The new 2020 Volkswagen Passat sedan had made its public debut at the NAIAS. It retains the basic powertrain and underpinnings of the previous Passat, but wears all-new body styling and a redesigned interior.

The GAC Motor presentation at NAIAS 2019 in Detroit.

The GAC Motor presentation at NAIAS 2019 in Detroit.

Vanessa Moriel standing in front of the Borg-Warner Trophy.

Vanessa Moriel standing in front of the Borg-Warner Trophy.

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show attracted sold 774,179 tickets over its 16-day run.

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show attracted sold 774,179 tickets over its 16-day run.

April 6, 2019

LIASE Group Attends CES 2019

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LIASE Group attended the 2019 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show from January 8 – 11 in Las Vegas. More than 4,500 exhibitors showcased the latest tech innovations to some 180,000 attendees across more than 2.9 million net square feet of exhibit space in Las Vegas this year.

 
CES has become one of the flagship events in the automotive industry due to the convergence of customer electronics and automotive technology. Many of the world’s top automakers are choosing to unveil their new vehicles, new concepts and new technologies at CES.

 

New vehicle announcement

Byton showed their first car M-Byte SUV. The interior features a 48-inch screen, a 7-inch tablet embedded in the steering wheel and an 8-inch touch pad in the central console.

 

The new Nissan LEAF e-Plus was also revealed at CES 2019. The new model has a higher capacity battery pack, more range and more power.

 

Bell Helicopter unveiled a new flying car design called the Bell Nexus. Built in partnership with Uber, the concept vehicle brings the ride hailing company closer to its dream of launching aerial taxis.
 

New concept and technology

Kia showcased some of its outstanding technology, such as the SEED concept – its car-within-a-car concept – and Kia V-Touch, which does away with buttons, touchpads, and touchscreens by using multiple 3D cameras that can follow your eye and hand movements to determine what settings you want to change.

 

Meanwhile, the Hyundai Mobis displayed the brand’s new autonomous vehicle lighting that is meant to prevent collisions with pedestrians. The vehicle can play with its LED lights to warn pedestrians of its next move.
 

Toyota presented the Guardian system, this driver assist system bridges the gap between fully autonomous vehicles and traditional vehicles. It monitors the driver’s environment and sends an alert in case of danger.
 

Ford demonstrated how the use of vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology with Qualcomm’s 9150 chipset will let its cars communicate with other vehicles and traffic lights using 5G, starting in 2022.
 

Notable speakers

CES 2019 featured the following notable speakers:

 

  • – I.P. Park , LG Electronics President and Chief Technology Officer
  • – Danny Shapiro, Senior Director, Automotive, NVIDIA
  • – Ginni Rometty , IBM Chairman, President and CEO
  • – Amnon Shashua, President & CEO, Mobileye, an Intel Company & Senior Vice President, Intel Corporation
  • – Jada Smith, VP, Advanced Engineering, Aptiv
  • – Andrew Till, VP, Technology and Marketing, Harman International
  • – David Cohen, President, North America, MAGNA
  • – Jeremiah Golston, Global VP, Engineering for Automotive, Qualcomm
  • – James Schwyn, Chief Technology Officer, Valeo
  • – Corinne Vigreux, Co-Founder, TomTom

 

The Bell Nexus presentation at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

The Bell Nexus presentation at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

Nissan presented its new invisible-to-visible (I2v) technology at CES. I2V uses virtual reality and in-vehicle sensors to enhance a driver’s awareness.

Nissan presented its new invisible-to-visible (I2v) technology at CES. I2V uses virtual reality and in-vehicle sensors to enhance a driver’s awareness.

BlackBerry QNX highlighted its new QNX Platform for digital cockpits in two vehicles as CES 2019.

BlackBerry QNX highlighted its new QNX Platform for digital cockpits in two vehicles as CES 2019.

 

Kia unveiled its new READ (Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving) concept, which is meant to adapt the on-board experience of drivers and passengers in the era of self-driving vehicles.

Kia unveiled its new READ (Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving) concept, which is meant to adapt the on-board experience of drivers and passengers in the era of self-driving vehicles.

 

CES 2019 organizers were expecting over 180,000 visitors for this year’s edition.

CES 2019 organizers were expecting over 180,000 visitors for this year’s edition.

 

Google’s CES showcase featured its own mini amusement park. The company also announced a series of new automotive features for its Google Voice Assistant.

Google’s CES showcase featured its own mini amusement park. The company also announced a series of new automotive features for its Google Voice Assistant.

 

Audi’s presentation at CES 2019 focused heavily on its revamped infotainment system.

Audi’s presentation at CES 2019 focused heavily on its revamped infotainment system.

 

November 25, 2018

LIASE Group Partners with the German Chamber of Commerce for the 21st Edition of the German Ball in Shanghai

German Ball dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai

LIASE Group was proud to partner with the German Chamber of Commerce for the 21st edition of the German Ball in Shanghai, taking place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Pudong on November 24, 2018. Shanghai-based executives from German automotive OEMs and suppliers such as Bosch, Continental, Porsche, and ZF all attended the annual event at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Grand & Crystal Ballroom or 56th floor of the hotel.

The German ball welcomes over 1,200 guests every year. The yearly tradition has become one of Shanghai’s most glamorous events on the international social calendar. All guests were entertained by three veteran bands and enjoyed delicious food in luxurious surroundings.

This theme of the ball this year was “A Galactic Night,” a fantastic way to delight the German Community in Shanghai with an unforgettable event.

The dinner featured a show by a live band.

The dinner featured a show by a live band.

The guests dancing in front of the stage

The guests dancing in front of the stage

Liase Group was proud to serve as a sponsor of the 21st German Ball

Liase Group was proud to serve as a sponsor of the 21st German Ball

October 17, 2018

LIASE Group Co-Hosts the 2018 International Suppliers Fair (IZB) VIP Dinner

2018 International Suppliers Fair 1

The LIASE Group was proud to co-host the 2018 International Suppliers Fair (IZB) VIP Dinner with Automobilwoche in Wolfsburg, Germany, on October 16th, 2018.

Vanessa Moriel (LIASE Group Founder and Managing Director Asia) and Wolfgang Doell (LIASE Group President) gathered together with top executives from leading global manufacturers and auto suppliers to discuss current trends and future opportunities in the automotive industry.

The VIP dinner took place at the Ritz Carlton in Wolfsburg, on the sidelines of the 10th IZB Fair. The IZB Fair was held from October 16 to 18, 2018. Over 800 exhibitors from 34 different countries participated in this biennial event.

The LIASE Group team composed of Vanessa and Wolfsburg also had the opportunity to communicate with exhibitors and participants on the opening days of IZB Fair.

Guests discussing before dinner.

Guests discussing before dinner.

Speech from Helmut Kluger (Automobilwoche), the host of the VIP dinner

Speech from Helmut Kluger (Automobilwoche), the host of the VIP dinner

Speech from Wolfgang Doell (LIASE Group President)

Speech from Wolfgang Doell (LIASE Group President)

Wolfgang talking with a guest

Wolfgang talking with a guest

VIP Dinner

VIP Dinner

Speech from Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director and Board Member of LIASE Group

Speech from Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director and Board Member of LIASE Group

Vanessa with a PWC executive

Vanessa with a PWC executive

June 7, 2018

LIASE Group Managing Director Asia Pacific Vanessa Moriel Participates in GAF 2018 in Chongqing

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LIASE Group Managing Director Asia Pacific Vanessa Moriel participated in the Global Automotive Forum (GAF) 2018 in the margins of Chongqing’s International Auto Industry Fair at the Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Center on June 5-6, 2018.
 
The Global Automotive Forum has been held in Chongqing for four years in a row. The event gather global industry elites to discuss the hot topics in the automotive sector.
 
Of the more than 820 attendees, one third come from OEMs; one third from suppliers, distributors, and automotive-related areas; and the other third from the Chinese and Foreign media. LIASE Group was pleased to sponsor GAF 2018.
 
GAF 2018 revolved around the theme of Shaping the Future of an Industry in Transition. The forum kickd off with an opening statement from Wang Xia, Chairman, of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Committee; Chairman, China Chamber of International Commerce Automotive Chamber.
 
Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia Pacific, LIASE Group moderated a panel discussion on how the banking and private equity community is changing its approach towards the auto industry against the continuing backdrop of outbound investment by Chinese companies and traditional M&A activity with domestic and international automotive executives. The Panelist included:
– Patrick Steinemann, Managing Partner of A1 Capital
– Jim O’neill, Chief Operation Officer of JFP Holdings, Ltd
– Diao Shu, Vice President, Xiamen Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.
 
The event was very well attended by leading domestic and international automotive executives. Some of the main speakers included:
– Zhu Huarong, President of Changan Automobile
– Yang Hongze, Chairman of Beijing Auto Link World Technology Co. Ltd
– Xia Heng, Co-founder and President of XPeng Motors
– Liu Xiaozhi, Founder and CEO, ASL Automobile Science & Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
– Bill Russo, Founder and CEO, Automobility Limited
– Ashvin Chotai, Managing Director, Intelligence Automotive Asia, UK
– Shashikant Vaidyanathan, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Abraxas Motors Limited (UK), India
– Li Shufu, Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, China

VIP dinner at GAF 2018 in Chongqing.

VIP dinner at GAF 2018 in Chongqing.

Mr. Li Shufu, Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

Mr. Li Shufu, Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

Mr. Li Shufu speaking during the closing plenary session.

Mr. Li Shufu speaking during the closing plenary session.

Xia Heng, Co-founder and President of XPeng Motors.

Xia Heng, Co-founder and President of XPeng Motors.

Panel discussion on New Energy Vehicles: Driving the Next Phase of Growth.

Panel discussion on New Energy Vehicles: Driving the Next Phase of Growth.

The opening plenary was titled Changing Industry Landscape: Making a Transition from a Traditional Auto Industry to the New Era.

The opening plenary was titled Changing Industry Landscape: Making a Transition from a Traditional Auto Industry to the New Era.

Patrick Steinemann, Managing Partner of A1 Capital.

Patrick Steinemann, Managing Partner of A1 Capital.

GAF 2018 featured a designer roundtable on Auto Design and Styling: How are Electric Cars, Smart Cars, and New Mobility Concepts Changing the Role of Design and Styling?

GAF 2018 featured a designer roundtable on Auto Design and Styling: How are Electric Cars, Smart Cars, and New Mobility Concepts Changing the Role of Design and Styling?