Audi against “Euro-7”, and Skoda threatens to close the plant and lay off thousands of employees because of the new standard
Audi CEO Markus Duesmann said the mid-2025 deadline for the implementation of Euro 7 regulations on pollution should be delayed as it doesn’t give automakers enough time to prepare.
The Euro 7 standard, which regulates exhaust emissions of pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, as well as fine particles, received preliminary approval in November last year. It also proposes for the first time to regulate particulate emissions from brake pads and tires.
Automakers will have to re-certify every transmission in their portfolio, a lengthy and costly process. New technologies, upgraded filters and catalysts will need to be created, and automakers say they will have to pass on much of that cost to buyers.
Many see Euro 7 as an unnecessary milestone that will divert resources from the ultimate goal of electrification. Company executives say the rules will only apply to the latest generation of internal combustion engines until a proposal to allow only zero-emission vehicles to be sold in Europe after 2035.
Skoda head of sales Martin Jahn said on Sunday that the Czech brand Volkswagen Group will have to close the plant and phase out models if the Euro 7 standard is adopted in its current form.
“If the Euro 7 standard is approved in this form, it will mean that Skoda Auto will close one plant, because we will stop producing smaller models – Fabia, Scala, Kamiq – this means at least 3,000 jobs will be reduced,” said Martin Yang in a televised debate.
“We strongly believe that we need to adjust the current proposal,” added Markus Duesmann. “We spent a lot of time and money developing electric vehicles.”
Strict adherence to Euro 7 would divert investment away from electric vehicles, he said, and higher prices for buyers would “really weaken the situation.”
Soon in all the most advanced cars in the world. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8295 SoC introduced, supporting 11 car screens
Qualcomm has officially unveiled the new (fourth generation) Snapdragon 8295 automotive platform. This is the successor to the very popular and widespread Snapdragon 8155, and in terms of functionality, Snapdragon 8295 will allow automakers to take a big step forward. For example, stuffing the car interior with 11 screens!
If the Snapdragon 8155 is manufactured using the 7nm process technology, then the Snapdragon 8295 is 5nm. AI task performance is 30 TOPS, and the overall performance of the novelty is twice that of its predecessor.
Snapdragon 8295 provides much better voice recognition and processing, which, in turn, will make it more convenient and efficient to voice control various car functions. The platform is presented in three versions, but even the basic one supports a complex of various security systems, a central cluster of 4K screens and a projection screen with Full HD resolution. The top version adds support for a 4K passenger screen and Full HD electronic rear-view mirrors.
The first production car with the Snapdragon 8295 is expected to be the Geely-powered Robo-01 Lunar Edition. But interestingly, Snapdragon 8295 is rumored to be used in Xiaomi electric vehicles as well.
BMW has introduced a new 3.0-liter diesel engine for the BMW X5 and BMW X6. It produces 352 hp.
BMW has updated the popular 3.0-liter B57 turbodiesel found under the hood of many of the automaker’s models. A set of measures made it possible to increase power by 12 hp. – up to 352 hp
The motor received new steel pistons and nozzles that make 12 injections per cycle under a pressure of 2500 bar. Under the hood of the BMW X5 and X6 in the xDrive40d version, the new engine will appear in August, and later it will be installed on other models.
At the same time, the company’s electric vehicles – i7 and iX – received the Max Range mode: it is able to increase the range by a quarter by … turning off unnecessary consumers and limiting the power of the motors.
TCL’s first foldable 8K TV, 55-inch 8K car screen and other innovative TCL displays unveiled
At SID Display Week 2023, TCL unveiled six extraordinary displays, including a 65-inch foldable 8K 120Hz OLED TV.
The manufacturer claims it is the largest foldable OLED screen in the industry. The ultra-thin screen can be bent with a radius of 25mm and is rated for 100,000 cycles. That is, the corresponding TV can work for many years if you fold and unfold the screen a couple of times a day. Information about the timing of the appearance of such a TV on sale has not yet been reported.
The company also showed a 57-inch curved ultra-wide display with a frequency of 240 Hz. Its curve radius is 1000R, the monitor offers users a 32:9 aspect ratio and a screen resolution of 7680 x 2160 pixels.
In addition, the company showed off two high-quality VR displays. Both have a density of 1512 pixels per inch, which TCL says is the highest in the world. In the first case, this is a Mini LED screen with a resolution of 2280 x 2280 pixels and support for 120 Hz. In the second, an LTPO realRGB LCD display with 4K resolution for both eyes.
They also showed an ultra-wide curved display for car dashboards. Its diagonal is 55 inches at a resolution of 8K.
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