Polo (VW)

Sep 09, 2022

On September 7, Volkswagen announced that its factory in São Bernardo do Campo has returned to full production after two months of reduced working hours due to the shortage of semiconductors.
The São Bernardo do Campo plant produces the Nivus, Polo, Virtus and Saveiro models.
Volkswagen’s plant in Taubaté remains in a different situation whereby approximately 800 employees will stay at home for a period lasting between two and five months, also due to the shortage of semiconductors.
The Taubaté plant produces Gol and Voyage models.
(multiple sources on September 7, 2022)
Keyword: plant operating status

Sep 07, 2022

On August 23, Belgium-based Magnax closed a EUR 20 million funding round and adds two new investors: BIG Capital and SFPIM. With yokeless axial flux technology at its core, Magnax’s mission is to accelerate the innovation of EV powertrains. The proceeds, which bring Magnax’s total capital raised to EUR 36 million, will be used to accelerate product development, grow the engineering team, and expand support for customers and partners.
Magnax’s patented single-stator, dual-rotor axial flux motor delivers the most effective and efficient motor topology known today. Additional innovations such as direct cooling of the windings, high-speed rotors, and automated manufacturing result in an exceptional combination of high-power density and a high degree of manufacturability. Armed with extraordinary test results, Magnax decided to valorize and commercialize its technology via two separate spin-off companies: Traxial, which focuses on ground eMobility, and Axyal which focuses on aerospace propulsion systems.

Magnax press release

Sep 06, 2022

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on September 5, UK passenger car sales increased 1.2% to 68,858 units in August 2022. Year-to-date sales decreased 10.7% with 983,099 cars registered in the first eight months of 2022.
August sales for VW increased 1.6% to 7,099 units (10.3% market share), Ford sales increased 15.6% to 6,018 units (8.7% share) while BMW sales increased 9.1% to 4,830 units (7.0% share).
Vauxhall sales increased 43.7% to 4,638 units (6.7% share) and Audi sales decreased 20.4% to 4,582 units (6.7% share).
The best-selling cars in August 2022 were VW Polo (1,902 units), Ford Puma (1,875 units), Hyundai Tucson (1,739 units), Vauxhall Corsa (1,608 units) and VW T-Roc (1,460 units).
Compared to last August, gasoline-engine car sales increased 7.5% to 31,652 units (46.0% share), diesel-engine car sales decreased 12.3% to 4,455 units (6.5% share), EV increased 35.4% to 10,006 units (14.5% share), PHEV decreased 23.1% to 3,884 units (5.6% share), HEV decreased 0.7% to 8,007 units (11.6% share).
In August, private car sales increased 3.2% to 34,865 units (50.6% share), fleet sales decreased 1.6% to 32,794 units (47.6% share), and businesses sales increased 26.6% to 1,199 units (1.7% share).
Sales of all vans to 3.5 tons decreased 24.6% to 15,520 units, sales of trucks between 3.5 and 6.0 tons decreased 25.5% to 292 units while sales of taxis increased 22.2% to 77 units in August.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "August’s new car market growth is welcome, but marginal during a low volume month. Spiralling energy costs and inflation on top of sustained supply chain challenges are piling even more pressure on the automotive industry’s post-pandemic recovery, and we urgently need the new Prime Minister to tackle these challenges and restore confidence and sustainable growth. With September traditionally a bumper time for new car uptake, the next month will be the true barometer of industry recovery as it accelerates the transition to zero emission mobility despite the myriad challenges."
(SMMT press releases from September 5, 2022) 1 / 2

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