This Months Industry Spotlight with Peter Els

Peter Els

Before It Disappears - One Last Look in the Rearview Mirror:

Rearview mirrors have been around for more than a hundred years, but few people are aware that the first rearview mirror fitted to a car played a pivotal role in delivering a race win! Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, mostly thanks to him fitting a mirror to his Marmon Wasp while all the other competitors had to drag around a “riding mechanic” to tell them when cars were close behind or coming up alongside them.

by: Peter Els
Published: February 23, 2017
Tags: HMI, interface, mirror, camera, ADAS

Peter Els

Blowing New Life Into Downsized Engines: The Face and Future of Turbocharging:

Before the 2014 Formula One season had even kicked off in Australia, race followers were already decrying the lack of a screaming exhaust note from the 1.6 liter turbocharged V6 engines. The fact that these little powerhouses were putting out more than 450 kW from the ICE, with a further 120 kW from the electric motor seems to have gone unnoticed in the general outcry.

by: Peter Els
Published: January 18, 2017
Tags: Advanced Turbocharging, Turbo, e-charger, Formula 1, WRC

Peter Els

Li-Ion Batteries Turn Twenty-Five – Will They Survive Another Twenty-Five?:

Electric vehicles first appeared in the mid 19th century and were so efficient that an electric vehicle held the vehicular land speed record until around 1900. However, the relatively high cost, low top speed and short range of battery electric vehicles compared to the emerging internal combustion engine vehicles led to a worldwide decline in their use: the very challenges modern EVs face today.

by: Peter Els
Published: December 19, 2016
Tags: Li-ion Battery, EV, BEV, Battery

Peter Els

The End of Lighting as We Know It?:

The past two decades have probably been the most innovative years in the history of the automotive industry. The speed at which the spotlight has moved from downsized IC engines to PHEVs and onto full EVs and fully self-driving cars is absolutely astounding, and every time we look at these advances and try and imagine what the future might look like we enter the world of science fiction – except that nothing is impossible anymore.

by: Peter Els
Published: November 22, 2016

Auto Tech Update


Automakers Step up in the Push for Electrification:

There are several driving forces behind the electrification of vehicles, including infotainment, car-to-x communication, advanced driving systems and ultimately fully autonomous vehicles. These are desirable functions envisaged to improve the driving experience and/or increase road safety; but the more immediate drivers towards electrification are the legislative requirements for better fuel economy and reduced emissions.

by: Colin Pawsey
Published: December 13, 2015
Tags: Electric Vehicle, Audi, Ford, Hyundai


VW Scandal Threatens to Kill Off US Diesel Market:

While VW are embroiled in an immediate furore over the recall and modification of millions of vehicles, there may well be far-reaching ramifications for the industry as a whole.

by: Colin Pawsey
Published: October 13, 2015
Tags: Volkswagen, Diesel, Emissions


2015 Frankfurt Motor Show – The Glitz and the Concept Cars:

This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show has perhaps seen more new vehicles introduced by OEM’s than ever before, along with a variety of innovative concepts based around new ideas and new technology.

by: Colin Pawsey
Published: September 20, 2015
Tags: IAA, Concept Car, Porsche, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover


New Vehicles to be Revealed at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show:

The Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 opens next month and the world’s automakers are gearing up for one of Europe’s most prestigious motoring events.

by: Colin Pawsey
Published: August 9, 2015
Tags: IAA, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Alfa Romeo, Audi

Tire Industry Monthly

David Shaw

Save the dates - It's Tire Technology Season:

This is the time of year when experts plan which shows they are going to attend. And – oh goodness – there are a lot of them.

by: David Shaw
Published: February 1, 2015
Tags: Tire Technology, Event, Conference, Outlook 2015

David Shaw

The growing segmentation of the top tire market:

As many of you know, I have been looking hard at the China tire industry for the last few months. That research has led me to an interesting conclusion, which could affect the strategic direction of some of the top tire makers. I think that the tire industry is steadily moving toward a commodity-speciality split. This is most apparent in passenger car segment, but also applies to truck and bus... Read more

by: David Shaw
Published: January 11, 2015
Tags: Tire Industry, China

David Shaw

US imposes countervailing duties on China:

This column will appear in early December, as much of the world's tire industry is in Shanghai for the Reifen China 2014 rubber tech fair. I'll be there and I know what the main topic of conversation is going to be: The dual impact of countervailing duties and anti-dumping measures brought by the United States Government on light vehicle tires made in China. This is the most recent in a... Read more

by: David Shaw
Published: November 30, 2014
Tags: China, USA, Rubber Technology, Antidumping, Countervailing

David Shaw

How sustainable are current rubber prices? Take a guess!:

Today I am going to talk about the impact of low natural rubber prices. I make no apology for this column – it is something I feel strongly about. On one level it is a simple topic, but at another, immensely complex, covering global geo-politics; the rural poor in the developing world and, of course, tires. Natural rubber (NR) is a traded commodity, like oil, or gold or pork bellies. The... Read more

by: David Shaw
Published: November 4, 2014
Tags: Tire Industry, Corporate Sustainability, Rubber

From the Editor

Will Hornick

A Weekend of Racing at the Nürburgring:

Coming from the U.S., the name 'Nýrburgring' holds an almost mythical quality to it as most of us have never been there. Anyone who is a car enthusiast and certainly fans of motorsport know of this legendary track. The Nordschleife has its own reputation and so many people compare the times set by production cars on the full circuit (though there's no organization that keeps an official lap... Read more

by: Will Hornick
Published: July 21, 2014
Tags: FIA Racing, NASCAR, Whelen Euro Series, FIA European Truck Racing Championship, Nürburgring, Nordschleife

Will Hornick

A Disturbing Trend: Coal Rollers:

This morning, a colleague made me aware of a trend happening among owners of large pick-up trucks in the United States. The basic idea is that as a protest against the Obama administration's attempt at legislating via the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act, a number of pick-up truck owners have modified their vehicles to dump raw fuel into the engine and installed smoke... Read more

by: Will Hornick
Published: July 9, 2014
Tags: coal roller, Clean Air Act, Climate Change, Climate change denial, emissions regulations, exhaust, Diesel Exhaust, pick-up trucks

Will Hornick

Can We Improve Road Safety Without Removing the Driver?:

Last month, an amendment to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic was agreed upon which changed the language to the convention. Essentially it will allow a vehicle to be operated without the driver having full control. It seems like this amendment did not generate much attention in the mainstream media. I found one article from Reuters written a few days ago and that was essentially distributed... Read more

by: Will Hornick
Published: May 22, 2014
Tags: Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, Autonomous Driving, Road Safety

Will Hornick

What are Your Favorite Automotive Blogs/Forums/Publications?:

Automotive IQ is focused on technical developments within the automotive industry but many members of our staff also discuss cars outside of work and we imagine it's the same for most of our members. For a number of years, when I lived in the U.S., I subscribed to European Car Magazine, had an annual print subscription to Rolling Magazine (The Volvo Club of America's publication) and read... Read more

by: Will Hornick
Published: May 15, 2014
Tags: Car enthusiast blogs, car forums, favorite automotive news sources

Technology for a Future Car Culture

Paul Nieuwenhuis

Recalling the Recall?:

Elon Musk of Tesla fame suggested recently that the idea of a recall should be recalled. He was making the point that in the case of his Tesla Model S, much of the car’s software can be reconfigured remotely and in fact where most traditional manufacturers would require a trip to the dealer for most software updates – if they bother at all – in the Tesla case, such updates are carried out on a... Read more

by: Paul Nieuwenhuis
Published: March 2, 2014
Tags: Car recall, automotive recall, Aston Martin recall, Toyota Recall, Elon Musk, Tesla

Paul Nieuwenhuis

A Car Is for Life, Not Just Transport – Observations on the Driverless Car.:

"The car has become an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, incomplete." (Marshall McLuhan) Many observers – including many in the car industry – treat the car as a transport mode, or at least they often present their arguments as if they do. In reality, transport is only part of the car system. The car is at least as much a cultural artefact; it is as personal as... Read more

by: Paul Nieuwenhuis
Published: December 11, 2013
Tags: automobility, Paul Nieuwenhuis, Sarah Redshaw, Autonomous Driving, Self-Driving Car, car culture

Tech Timeline

Cindy Zeis

The Evolution of Power Steering:

Of all the drive components under scrutiny today, one of the greatest may very well be the steering system. Aside from aesthetics, most never even realize the progression that is taking place. With the exception of introducing hydraulic assisted systems on a commercial scale in 1951 - the most profound change from a driver’s perspective - subsequent design changes appear minimal. From a... Read more

by: Cindy Zeis
Published: March 11, 2013
Tags: Tech Timeline, Cindy Zeis, electric power steering