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Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) launches the MTAiQ innovation hub : Being one of its own kind facility in Australia, the innovation hub is primarily focussed on massive automotive technological change. The hub is said to bring the major investors, mentors, commercial partners, coaches and experts in collaboration with entrepreneurs/start-ups/established businesses. The hub is located at MTA Queensland’s HQ in Brisbane.
Volkswagen Group to spend $11.8 billion by 2025 for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles : The news has come after VW’s venture collaboration with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group. The production of new electric vehicles (NEV) is set to start in the first half of 2018, with sales starting in the second half of 2018.
Couche-Tard partners with a joint venture of major automakers to create a network of high-power chargers (HPC) across Europe : With a plan of 400 sites in Europe, the network has been designed to enable traveling in Europe at long distances. Each site would have an average of 6 EV charging points. The sites include Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Ireland, Estonia, and Latvia.
Toyota Motor recalls 28,600 2018 C-HR compact SUVs in North America : With issues related to electronic parking brake malfunction, the automaker has taken a preventive recall. The company will notify the owners of the involved vehicles through the mail.
FCA Australia recalls 2011-2014 (WK) Jeep Grand Cherokee : Due to issues related to incorrectly installed brake booster water shield, the affected vehicles have been recalled again under Safety Recall T59. With limited braking ability, there is a high risk of a crash and/or injury to vehicle occupants. The company is said to notify the owners of affected vehicles by direct mail.
BMW, Mercedes, Ford bring Amazon Alexa and other smart home voice control platforms into connected cars : With a rise in development strategies of major automobile manufacturers are starting vehicle integration with smart home management. The technology can further extend to easy navigation, insurance, health, energy management, AI, media management, and supporting industries.
2019 model of Infiniti QX50 crossover to be powered by never seen 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine technology : With variable compression, Infiniti is set to transform the compression engine technology. The Variable Compression Turbo engine changes the distance which the pistons travel in the cylinders by 6 mm, or about a quarter of an inch.