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Sage Automotive Interiors to acquire Adient”s automotive fabrics business

Expansion in European automotive markets Düsseldorf, March 10, 2020 – Sage Automotive Interiors (Sage), an Asahi Kasei subsidiary based in South Carolina, the US, has concluded an agreement with Adient plc on March 5, 2020 (US Eastern time), to acquire Adient”s automotive fabrics business for $175 million (approximately 18.8 billion at exchange rate of 107.36 per US$ on March 5 Japan time). Centered in the US, Sage develops, manufactures, and sells various fabric materials for automotive interiors, and is one of the world”s leading suppliers of vehicle seat fabric with…

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Quick Bass Upgrade: AXTON ATW16 and ATW20 Woofers

These two compact woofers satisfy the desire for more bass in almost any vehicle. Small, flat woofers are very much in fashion at present. Universally applicable, these can be easily installed either in a bass box, or used as a woofer to upgrade a 2-way or 3-way system. With these two models, the ATW16 (16.5 cm) and ATW20 (20 cm), car audio specialist AXTON now has two subwoofer chassis in its product range that are not only well suited to mounting in compact bass reflex enclosures but also for upgrading…

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The air conditioning compressor-from a comfort feature to an operationally reliable component

– Air conditioning compressors play a much greater role in hybrid and electric vehicles than in those with a combustion engine – The air conditioning service is becoming more important, opening up new service volumes for workshops Since the acquisition of Behr Hella Service (BHS) by MAHLE Aftermarket, intense activity has been underway at the logistics centers in Poland, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, France, Turkey, Russia, the USA, Brazil, South Africa, and China. MAHLE air conditioning compressors-both mechanically and electrically driven-are in particularly high demand. Air conditioning compressors are at…

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Modern 1-DIN Media Center for the Car: the RADICAL R-D111

RADICAL’s new infotainer based on Android 9.0 combines the latest multimedia functions with comfortable mobile phone integration Modern style, innovative technologies and attractive pricing – with the R-D111, RADICAL now has a 1-DIN infotainer in its product range. The R-D111 (retail price 379 euros) is a well equipped media center with a very large 10.1″/25.7 cm touchscreen, DAB+ and FM tuner, three USB ports and a versatile Bluetooth unit. Designed as an open Android system, RADICAL’s new infotainer also enables comfortable use of a mobile phone in the car thereby…

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Full access to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)-OBD interface with diagnostic tools from MAHLE

– Agreement between FCA and MAHLE for trouble-free data usage – FCA-OBD interfaces for vehicle diagnostics protected by a security gateway FCA is the first vehicle manufacturer to protect its OBD interfaces with a security gateway. This does not present a problem for users of MAHLE”s diagnostic tools, such as TechPRO (MAHLE) or Connex (BRAIN BEE®). An agreement to this effect has been concluded between MAHLE and FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), giving users trouble-free access to FCA”s servers and the ability to retrieve all necessary information for diagnostics and service.…

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RADICAL R-D211: New Android 9.0 based Infotainer

Designed as an open Android system, RADICAL’s new media center enables modern use of a mobile phone in the car while bringing app diversity into the cockpit The RADICAL car media brand is certainly no longer a newcomer on the in-car infotainment market. Since then its product range has grown to include 17 vehicle-specific Android-based infotainers. In 2020, RADICAL started with a universal 2-DIN media center, the R-D211 incorporating a 7″/17.8 cm touchscreen (retail price 299 euros). Exactly like the vehicle-specific systems, it enables optimal integration of infotainer and smartphone.…

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SmartTOP additional convertible top control for the new BMW 8 Series available soon

The retrofit SmartTOP convertible module by Mods4cars will soon be available for the new BMW 8 Series Convertible (G14). Among other things, it enables for the operation of the convertibles top while driving, with One-Touch. Las Vegas, Nevada – February 19, 2020 The SmartTOP additional convertible top control for the new BMW 8 Series Convertible (G14) will be available shortly. The latest development by Mods4cars enables the opening and closing of the top while driving by One-Touch. The convertibles top movement is automatically carried through. The cumbersome continuous pressing is…

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SmartTOP additional convertible top control now available for the new BMW Z4 Roadster

As of now the SmartTOP convertible top control by the manufacturer, Mods4cars, is available for the new BMW Z4 Roadster (G29). The retrofit convertible module allows the operation of the convertibles top while driving, with One-Touch. Las Vegas, Nevada – February 06, 2020 The company Mods4cars has launched their retrofit SmartTOP convertible top control for the BMW Z4 (G29). “Now owners of the new Z4 Roadster can also enjoy our smart comfort modules. We have been offering SmartTOP modules for previous models for several years,” explains PR spokesman Sven Tornow.…

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SmartTOP for Infiniti G37/Q60 Cabriolet allows convertible top operation while driving

The retrofitted SmartTOP convertible top control by Mods4cars for the Infiniti G37/Q60 Cabriolet allows the top to be opened and closed at the touch of a button while driving slowly. Las Vegas, Nevada – February 3, 2020 The SmartTOP convertible top control for Infiniti G37/Q60 Convertible by Mods4cars provides Infiniti owners with more comfort and smart additional functions. For example, the retrofit convertible top module allows the convertibles top to be operated while driving at a speed of up to 40 km/h. For this, a quick tap of the convertibles…

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Asahi Kasei to Present Broad Range of Advanced Battery Materials at AABC Europe 2020 in Wiesbaden

Düsseldorf, January 07, 2020 – From 12-16 January, the Japanese technology company Asahi Kasei and its US-based subsidiary Celgard will present a broad variety of advanced materials for the battery industry at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference Europe (AABC) in Wiesbaden. The AABC Europe is a leading conference for the automotive battery industry, showcasing the latest developments in battery technology and giving a comprehensive outlook on future market trends. In 2019, 1,000 experts from automotive OEMs, material suppliers and research institutes participated in the conference. Since Dr. Akira Yoshino, research…

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