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Volkswagen offers Bosch anti-drowsiness feature in Passat Alltrack

With the Bosch Driver Drowsiness Detection system, the early signs of fatigue will be detected while driving before a critical situation happens. Microsleep and fatigue at the steering wheel are two of the frequent causes of serious accidents. The system will monitor steering movements and advise the one behind the wheel to take a break.

This vital information is communicated by the steering angle sensor or by the electric power steering system of the vehicle. The steering angle sensor is part of the vehicle's ESP anti-skid system. This means that it would be cost-effective to fit the feature, which aids in further boosting road safety.

The Bosch Driver Drowsiness Detection is useable in light commercial vehicles and in passenger cars. It can also be combined with a range of control units in automobiles. In 2010, it was launched in the new Volkswagen Passat as a standard feature. The new Passat Alltrack is the latest vehicle to be fitted with the system.

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Brazilian designer renders 2018 VW Polo Alltrack to suit the outdoor lifestyle

Volkswagen strong sellers like the Golf and the Passat have their Alltrack versions, which offer a sportier driving experience with an all-terrain capability and rugged looks. But another VW strong seller, the Polo supermini, doesn’t have an Alltrack version. Nonetheless, a Brazilian automotive designer is providing Polo fans an idea of how an Alltrack version of the supermini might look like.

Essentially, VW employs the Alltrack moniker to identify derivative models that cater to urban customers with active lifestyles. These customers are people who spend the weekdays in the city, and the weekend off the road. This is why all of VW’s Alltrack models are fitted with an all-wheel drive system. VW distinguishes the Alltrack versions from their base vehicles by making them appear rugged.

Here comes a detailed rendering of the VW Polo Alltrack, as created by Kleber Silva of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This isn't the first time an Alltrack version of the Polo has been rendered visually, but Silva’s work is certainly worth considering.

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VW and Bosch to pay at least $1.6B to customers over Dieselgate scandal

As the Dieselgate scandal continues its run, German carmaker Volkswagen AG and supplier Robert Bosch GmbH each reached a settlement agreement with owners of VW, Audi and Porsche diesel-powered vehicles found to be cheating emissions tests. The agreement, once approved, would entail a payment of at least $1.6 billion to accommodate specific actions – repair, buy back or compensation – meant to settle the companies’ differences with affected customers.

VW’s settlement agreement covers around 78,000 VW, Audi and Porsche vehicles powered by the group’s 3.0-liter TDI V6 diesel engine. This agreement became necessary because of the so-called Dieselgate scandal, which is basically a scheme implemented by VW to sell around 590,000 diesel-powered vehicles in the US – from model years 2009 to 2016 -- by making it seem that these units were cleaner than they actually were. Regulators have found out that VW employed a defeat device that helps these vehicles cheat on emissions tests.

Under the 3.0-liter TDI settlement program, Volkswagen would pay up to $1.2 billion in benefits assuming that 100 percent of affected customers take part; all eligible Generation 1 vehicles are bought back; and Generation 2 vehicles are fixed with an Emissions Compliant Repair to bring them to same emissions standards as they were certified.

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VW reveals all-new offroad Caddy Alltrack in Frankfurt Motor Show

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was the venue for the unveiling of the latest off-road style version of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Caddy, the Caddy Alltrack. Succeeding the Cross Caddy, this urban delivery van and family multi-purpose vehicle is unique from other Caddy models thanks to distinctive features like its Mojave Beige metallic paintwork and exclusive 17-inch ‘Quito’ alloy wheels, as well as the optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive technology.

This off-road version of the Caddy is further made distinct by matt silver sill tread plates with the Alltrack logo. Available in passenger car and panel van versions, the Caddy Alltrack features black side sills, black trim panels on the wheel arches, and the lower edges of the bumpers – all giving the Alltrack a robust character.

These features are contrasted by Alltrack parts painted in body color like the vehicle’s bumpers, protective side strips and door handles. Likewise, the Caddy Alltrack’s black designer underbody protection is contrasted by additional silver accents.

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After it made quite a buzz on the market, the new VW Passat (B8) received a new version as the German manufacturer unveiled the redesigned Passat (B8) Alltrack. Set to make its official debut next month at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Passat (B8) Alltrack features a 27.5 mm increased ride height and comes with plenty of design features that underline its off-road capabilities.

As a result, the new 2015 VW Passat Alltrack shows redesigned front and rear bumpers as well as plastic elements that improve its rugged look. The interior features as standard unique Alcantara, fabric interior and metal trim, while leather is available as an option. As expected, the 2015 Passat Alltrack is offered with the 4Motion four-wheel drive system as standard.

Four driving modes will be offered by the new vehicle: Eco, Normal, Sport and Off Road. Alltrack version will be available with the same engines found on the standard model, such as a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine developing 150 hp or a 2.0-liter TSI with 220 hp.

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Wolf-Henning Scheider has resigned from Robert Bosch to join engine parts maker Mahle. He was chief of Bosch's automotive division. Bosch is now grouping all automotive activities grouped under the new mobility solutions business sector, and has assigned Rolf Bulander to take over Scheider’s role.

Bulander will also be in charge of Bosch’s diesel systems, gasoline systems, and starter motors and generators divisions as well as for the electrical drives division. Dirk Hoheisel, meanwhile, will take charge of Bosch’s automotive steering business as well as the chassis systems control, car multimedia, and automotive electronics divisions.

Assuming Scheider’s sales and marketing roles will be Markus Heyn, who was most recently president of the Bosch diesel systems unit. He will also be in charge of the automotive aftermarket division and the ETAS and Bosch Engineering subsidiaries.

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By 2025, fuel-cell technology will be less costly due to greater economies of scale and will be commercially viable for mass use in vehicles, according to Wolf-Henning Scheider, head of Bosch's automotive division. Fuel cell vehicles still have to gain acceptance due to prohibitive development costs despite their capability to travel five times longer distance than electric cars and take less time to refuel.

Scheider remarked that fuel cell vehicles are a viable alternative to other zero-emission vehicle technologies. He quipped that while fuel-cell powertrains might still be twice as costly to build than those found in electric cars in 2025, the higher operating range of fuel-cell cars would make them a viable alternative.

Carmakers developing fuel cell vehicles include Daimler, Hyundai, Nissan, Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Honda and General Motors are all developing fuel-cell vehicles. Toyota and Honda have plans to commence sales of fuel-cell vehicles next year.

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Volkswagen wanted to offer Golf fans the possibility to drive their vehicle on uneven roads and as a result, it introduced the Golf Alltrack. The new German “off-roader” arrived at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and as expected it gets the permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system equipped with the latest generation Haldex coupling that activates before slip occurs.

The design is new and follows the same strategy applied by Volkswagen with the Passat Alltrack (Passat B8 Alltrack was also confirmed), consisting of a low-profile radiator grille crossbar featuring an aluminum look (matt), a honeycomb radiator grille that sports a chrome “Alltrack” badge designed in matt “Black” as well as a redesigned front bumper that shows a honeycomb structure.

Looking at the vehicle you’ll first notice the distinctive ‘Reflex Silver’ crossbar that extends across the entire width of the bumper. At the rear, there are dark-red taillights, a new bumper design with an underbody protection in ‘Reflex Silver’ and a dual-branch exhaust system with separate chrome tailpipes on the left and right for the model powered by the 180 hp TSI petrol engine.

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Volkswagen officially confirmed the fact that the Alltrack version of the Passat (B8) Estate will be unveiled next year in July. Under the hood, we expect to see the powerful 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine that generates 240 hp (176 kW) and 500 Nm of torque but also a less powerful turbocharged version that produces 190 hp (140 kW).

When it comes to petrol engines, the Passat (B8) Alltrack is expected to get a 1.8-liter TSI engine with 180 hp (132 kW) and 280 Nm of torque as well as a more potent 2.0-liter TSI with up to 220 hp (162 kW).

The most fuel-efficient version will get a 1.6-liter TDI with 120 hp and bolted to a 6-speed manual transmission. Just like the previous model, the new Passat Alltrack will feature the 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system.

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Following the success of the Passat Alltrack, Volkswagen introduced the 2015 Golf Alltrack and officially announced that it will bring the new vehicle next month at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Featuring a 20 mm additional ground clearance, the Golf Alltrack gets the same body as the Golf Estate, but thanks to the new black mouldings the vehicles shows a rugged look.

In addition, it comes with matt “Reflex Silver” inserts on the new front bumper, new side sills painted in matt ‘Reflex Silver’, mirror caps painted in glossy ‘Reflex Silver’, a chrome trim strip (mattt) beneath the side windows, ‘Silver’ anodized roof rails, a rear bumper with matt ‘Reflex Silver’ protection and new 17-inch Valley alloy wheels designed exclusively for Alltrack models.

In addition, the rear end gets dark-red taillights and dual chrome tailpipes on the left side for the diesel-powered models and separate chrome tailpipes on the left and right for the petrol-powered versions. Inside, the Golf Alltrack gets a steering wheel wrapped in leather just like the gear shift lever, custom seat covers wearing the ‘Alltrack’ badge, ‘Dark Magnesium’ accents on the centre console and ‘Tracks’ accents on the dash and interior door trim.

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With ZF Friedrichshafen's planned acquisition of TRW Automotive on full blast, another German supplier is bound to benefit from the transaction, albeit unexpectedly. Bosch recently announced plans to gain full control of its 50-50 steering joint venture with ZF.

That came after Bosch’s partner disclosed intentions to sell its stake in the joint venture – which build electronic steering systems critical to development of driverless cars – to the largest supplier in the world and purchase TRW for $105.60 a share. ZF has to let go of its holdings in the joint venture, ZF Lenksysteme, to avoid antitrust issues in the acquisition of TRW.

ZF doesn’t have to worry about losing a place in the steering segment since TRW also has a steering systems business largely involved in developing technology that could pave way for autonomous driving. ZF will have to pay TRW around $12.4 billion in cold cash, based on equity value.

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ZF Friedrichshafen is resuming discussions to exit its joint venture with Robert Bosch, a move that if successful would allow it to successfully acquire TRW Automotive Holdings, people privy with the matter told Bloomberg. The parties plan to resume talks this week following a short break due to summer holidays.

ZF Friedrichshafen wants to divest its 50-percent stake in the steering-systems venture to Bosch to avoid antitrust problems since TRW boasts of a significant presence in steering systems, people privy with the matter said. The sources said if Bosch agrees with ZF, a deal to acquire TRW could come as early as next week. ZF and Bosch established the joint venture in 1999, which now boasts of around $5.5 billion in annual sales.

Both ZF and TRW have agreed on the broad outline of a merger, one of the sources told Bloomberg. The parties have talked about a price of between $105 and $110 per share, although the final figure is still under negotiations.

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ZF Friedrichshafen is aiming to become the second-largest parts supplier in the world, but that target is being put on hold by negotiations to exit a joint venture with Robert Bosch, people privy with the matter told Bloomberg. ZF is seeking to sell its stake in the joint venture before it could complete an agreement to acquire TRW Automotive Holdings.

Breaking down the partnership, however, is complex and several key parties are away for summer holidays, the sources said. ZF wants to close the deal with TRW in the first half of September, the people told Bloomberg. ZF and TRW have discussed a sale at a price of around $105 to $110 per share, although the final amount is still under negotiations.

In July, ZF and its advisers at Citigroup Inc. and other banks had been exploring a proposal that values TRW at between $110 and $112.50 per share, two people told Bloomberg last month.

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Robert Bosch GmbH is expecting its sales to grow between 3 and 5 percent this year, even as it shifts its focus onto Asian markets and developing Internet-connected sensors. Bosch intends to penetrate into a thriving market for Internet-enabled devices and systems that allows autonomous driving.

Bosch Chairman Volkmar Denner remarked that they would continue with their traditional business while opening up new fields, allowing them to benefit from their broad technological and industrial expertise.

The company said that the focus shift toward more sophisticated vehicles should lead to a 25-percent surge in ultrasound sensor output this year to 50 million devices, and a doubling of radar and video sensors production to more than 2 million units.

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The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation into the likelihood that around 50 EV chargers made by Robert Bosch LLC may overheat and result in a fire. The investigation came after a driver of a 2013 Nissan Leaf reported smoke emissions while the vehicle was charging.

Bosch spokeswoman Cheryl Kilborn stated that the German supplier was reviewing the filing and would cooperate with the investigation as it tries to determine the cause of the matter. On the other hand, Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman told Reuters in an e-mail that the Japanese carmaker was aware of the investigation and would assist in it as needed.

According to NHTSA and the consumer complaint filed in August 2013, the charger in issue -- a Bosch Power Xpress 240V -- had been charging for over an hour at 30 amps at a private home when indications of overheating, including a "strong burning smell," were noticed.

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Robert Bosch would commence producing an automatic parking system in 2015 for an anonymous customer. Dirk Hoheisel, a management board member at member, disclosed last week at the SAE International's World Congress that fully autonomous vehicles are expected in the next decade.

Bosch's parking assist maneuvers a vehicle into or out of tight parking spaces, even if no one is driving it. The driver just can get out of the vehicle and commence the parking maneuver through a smartphone or key fob. To stop the maneuver, the driver just needs to take his finger off the button.

Bosch’s parking assist also works wonders during parallel parking. Hoheisel told Automotive News that automated parking is the next logical step for autonomous vehicles. He remarked that the system employs ultrasonic sensors and cameras to track the vehicles movements.

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Robert Bosch posted a 3-percent surge in revenues in 2013 to EUR46.4 billion, supported mainly by a 7-percent rise in revenues at its automotive unit to EUR30.7 billion ($41.7 billion). The surge in the division’s revenues was attributed to strong demand for gasoline direct-injection and diesel-injection system, Bosch said in a statement based on preliminary figures.

According to a spokesman, the unit posted an 8-percent margin in earnings before interest and taxes margin of 8 percent, up from 4.5 percent in 2012. Bosch’s 2013 revenue was hit by a EUR1.5 billion burden attributable to foreign exchange fluctuations. In April 2013, Bosch said it expected an overall sales growth of up to 4 percent.

Excluding an extraordinary EUR1.3 billion charge for losses on its solar business, Bosch's overall EBIT margin in 2013 would have been 6 percent, according to preliminary figures. Bosch will disclose its 2013 full-year earnings on April 30, 2014. Bosch officials have said that they don’t expect significant charges this year.

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Robert Bosch GmbH has developed a self-parking system for vehicles that a driver can activate remotely through a smartphone. This self-parking system uses ultra-sonic sensors and video cameras to park the vehicle and will go into production this year, according to Tim Frasier, regional president of Bosch Automotive Electronics North America.

He said that the self-parking system represents the next logical step for the development of driverless vehicles.  A driver just needs to pull up the vehicle to an open space in a lot, activate the parking function and step out. Once outside, the driver has to activate an app on his smart phone to complete the parking maneuver.

He said that the system will work in any parking and will be especially useful in tight European garages. Its next-generation version -- dubbed valet parking -- will enable a driver to step out of the vehicle at the entrance to the parking lot then let the unit find its own parking space. The driver would also be able to retrieve the vehicle by remotely starting it up with his smartphone.

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South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has fined the local units of Denso Corp., Continental AG and Bosch around KRW114.6 billion ($107.99 million) for their role in fixing prices of components sold to Hyundai Motor Co. The fine comes as their counterparts in the United States, Europe and Japan continue their crackdown on price collusion among auto parts makers.

The covered parts include those for air-conditioning systems, seat belts, windshield wipers, radiators, power window motors and power steering. The Fair Trade Commission remarked that the units of Denso, Continental and Bosch had rigged prices of instrument panels and wipers sold to Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors. Affected vehicles include Hyundai's Sonata, Elantra and Kia's Pride and Carnival.

Denso, a South Korean unit, and a Continental unit were found involved in price-fixing of instrument panels from January 2008 to March 2012 that were installed on 11 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Denso and another Korean unit and that of Bosch were found to have colluded on the prices of wipers between August 2008 and February 2009.

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Robert Bosch GmbH and GS Yuasa Corp. are targeting to sell a lithium ion battery by 2020. This battery reportedly cuts production costs by half and delivers twice the energy density of current batteries, according to Wolf-Henning Scheider, the management board director in charge of Bosch's global automotive business.

Scheider disclosed that the goal was to start to put the batteries on the market to supply what is forecasted by the German company as increasing demand for electrified vehicles. He remarked at the Tokyo Motor Show that they expect around 12 million cars electrified by 2020, compared to the forecasted 2 million EVs this year, according to LMC Automotive. Currently, the cost and limited performance of today’s lithium ion batteries are considered as obstacles to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and hybrids.

Lithium ion batteries are considered better than nickel-metal hydride ones since they are lighter and could hold more power. However, lithium ion batteries are more expensive and usually used in small city commuter EVs since they cannot store ample energy for regular long-distance travel. According to Scheider, sales targets for the venture have yet to be set, and it is too early to forecast the percentage of the projected 12 million units that Bosch will supply.

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