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China is on its way to becoming an automotive superpower. The Middle Kingdom has now overtaken Japan as world export champion for the first time. On the Chinese domestic market, too, Chinese brands are outperforming foreign carmakers for the first time.

CATL has unveiled the new battery Shenxing. The LFP battery is said to provide a range of 400 km on a 10-minute charge and a range of over 700 km on a single full charge.

Magna starts the first production of a modular eDecoupling unit for BEVs. The market launch is planned in several vehicles of a German premium OEM.

Numerous new projects for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries are currently being announced. In our dossier, we have compiled what the market development of LIB recycling looks like.

Volkswagen is unveiling the completely redesigned Passat, which will only be launched as a Variant in 2024. It is presented to the public at the IAA Mobility show in Munich.

The transport sector is the sector with the lowest share of renewable energy sources. Biodiesel accounted for the largest share of renewable energy consumption in transport in 2022.

Sustainability is an important goal for companies in the automotive and mobility industry. In 2024, the Sustainability Award in Automotive will again honor companies that make an outstanding contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

ZF has presented the new AxTrax 2 drivelines. They are suitable for distribution vehicles of up to 44 tons as well as trailers. The production start of AxTrax 2 is planned for 2024.

The Volkswagen Group is strengthening its position in the Chinese automotive market. To this end, VW is buying just under 5 % of the Chinese start-up Xpeng, and Audi is strengthening its cooperation with SAIC.

Aston Martin has presented the Valour, a sports car with a V12 front engine and manual transmission. The design of the strictly limited special model is reminiscent of the original V8 Vantage from the 1970s.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is the first high-performance battery-electric model from the sports brand N. The two-motor all-wheel drive with rally-inspired handling is packed with electronic driving functions.

Purem by Eberspächer has introduced the latest generation of the EHC Fractal Heater. This is said to offer an optimized heating surface with reduced thermal mass at the same time. The planned start of series production is 2024.

Porsche celebrates the 60th anniversary of the 911 with a special edition: the Porsche 911 S/T. For the first time, the high-revving engine of the 911 GT3 RS puts its power on the road via manual transmission and lightweight clutch.

Efficient production processes are crucial to the success of electromobility. While development progress on the battery is in the public spotlight, progress on electric motors is taking place more quietly.

Tesla, with its large factories spread around the globe, is an embodiment of efficiency in automobile production. What chances do traditional manufacturers have? Do they have to follow the example of the challenger in order not to give way?

With the new CLE model series, Mercedes-Benz is replacing the two-door C-Class and E-Class models. The new CLE Coupé will be launched in November 2023, followed by the CLE Cabriolet in 2024.

After the battery electric scooter BMW CE 04, BMW Motorrad now shows the CE 02. The electric two-wheeler is located between e-scooter and e-motorcycle and is called eParkourer by BMW.

The Council of the European Union has passed the new Battery Regulation. The new regulations are intended to promote a circular economy by regulating batteries throughout their life cycle.

At Global Technology Day 2023, ZF presented solutions from the areas of electric drives, vehicle networking and control that are designed to make electric vehicles more efficient and practical.

Many people fear that they will no longer be able to afford a car in the future. That's why many people want more fuel-efficient and smaller cars - and want politicians to put the brakes on fuel prices and lower taxes.