Lightweighting/Cost Reduction

Apr 19, 2019

On April 16, Genesis revealed the Mint Concept at Hudson Yards, ahead of the opening of the 2019 New York International Auto Show.
The two-passenger Mint Concept introduces the all-electric, luxury car for the city, a new vehicle typology, featuring organic design and an innovative interior user experience.
The Mint Concept is powered by a high density, battery-electric powertrain, which is capable of an estimated 200 miles per full charge and 350 kW fast recharging.
The lightweight runabout reimagines the shape of the city car, tailored to the needs of modern lifestyle.
Design of the Mint Concept was a studio collaboration of Genesis Global Advanced Design in Germany, Genesis Design Team in the U.S., and the Namyang Design Center in South Korea.
In lieu of a conventional trunk with a rear hatch, the Mint Concept’s rear compartment features a parcel shelf accessed by scissor-style side openings engineered with a low load-in point to allow for easy stowage and retrieval.
The center console, which houses a central control knob, can be folded, turning the floating front bench into a settee.
Ingress and egress are made easier due to the automatic swiveling capability of the instrument panel and the bench seat.

(Genesis press release on April 16, 2019)

Apr 17, 2019

On April 8, local Brazilian media noted Caoa’s interest in the Ford plant in São Bernardo do Campo.
Already Ford’s leading distributor in Brazil, Caoa would like to continue producing its light trucks, as well as begin building Hyundai’s Xcient heavy truck line, according to sources connected to the negotiations.
Any changeover of ownership is not expected until December 2019.
Caoa already manufactures Hyundai’s HR and HD80 trucks in Anápolis, and has been studying the feasibility of producing semi-heavy and heavy trucks in Brazil.
Recently, pictures have circulated on the internet of Xcient P440 horsepower trucks and the lightweight Mighty in a Goiás courtyard where Caoa moves imported vehicles.
Caoa envisions the São Bernardo do Campo plant as an export platform for the Hyundai truck line to other countries in South America.
Hyundai Xcient trucks are already sold in Uruguay and Paraguay, countries with which Brazil has bilateral trade agreements.
Caoa is the official importer of Hyundai cars made in South Korea, such as the Elantra sedan and Santa Fe SUV, as well as Subaru imports from Japan.

(Fenabrave article on April 8, 2019)

Apr 15, 2019

On April 15, Opel announced that the sixth-generation Opel Corsa is based on a completely new design, which is the basis for an increase in efficiency.
Whether diesel, petrol or, for the first time, electrically powered, every new Corsa benefits from the lower weight.
The new Corsa will weigh only from 980 kg.
Compared with its predecessor, this model variant is a useful 108 kg lighter.
This means that every new Corsa benefits from improved performance and handling, and increased efficiency, whether it’s powered by an electric motor or conventional engine.
Despite losing around ten per cent of its weight, the Corsa retains similar dimensions to the outgoing model at 4.06m.
The all-new Corsa is based on the new multi-energy platform for small and compact cars, which allows a variety of propulsion systems.
So for the first time customers can opt to go fully electric with a Corsa BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), or choose from a range of highly efficient petrol or diesel engines.
Since the start of production in 1982, more than 13.6 million units of the Corsa have been built at the plants in Zaragoza (Spain) and Eisenach (Germany).
The sixth generation is now about to go into production and will be available to order this summer.

Opel Press Release