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27 Oct 2021
Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng has released updates to its semi-autonomous driving system in a bid to counter Tesla in China.

Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng has released updates to its semi-autonomous driving system in a bid to counter Tesla in China. Xpeng has released XPILOT 3.5, the latest version of its Advanced Driver Assistance System, or ADAS. This refers to a driving software system with some autonomous functions, but where a driver is still required.

In XPILOT 3.5, the company will launch a feature called City NGP, which stands for Navigational Guided Pilot. The system allows Xpeng vehicles to change lanes, accelerate or decelerate, and overtake, exit and exit highway vehicles. The system was previously designed for highways only, but now Xpeng will release this feature for urban driving. XPILOT 3.5 will be available to owners of this year's Xpeng P5. The update will be available to customers in the first half of 2022.

Xpeng has also released a new charger for its vehicles. The company says that in just five minutes of charging with the new charger, the car battery will have a range of up to 200 kilometers.

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27 Oct 2021
After announcing its electric vehicle (EV) subsidiary back in March this year, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun during an investors’ meeting has confirmed that its EV production is well on track and that the mass production of Xiaomis’ first car will begin in the first half of 2024.

After announcing its electric vehicle (EV) subsidiary back in March this year, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun during an investors’ meeting has confirmed that its EV production is well on track and that the mass production of Xiaomis’ first car will begin in the first half of 2024.
Xiaomi is planning to invest $10 billion in its EV arm in the next 10 years and has also acquired DeepMotion – a firm that works on self-driving technologies. The company has been hiring employees for its new EV business on a very rapid pace and is also considering to acquire Borgward for production of electric vehicles.
Zang Ziyuan, who is the director of Xiaomi’s international marketing department, also shared the latest development on his verified Weibo account. China’s EV market is already crowded and Xiaomi will face off against its rivals such as Nio, Xpeng, Tesla and many others in the Chinese market. Xiaomi has reported that its shares jumped by nearly 5.4% after the confirmation of the latest development.

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26 Oct 2021
Japanese automakers expect vehicle production to be cut by at least 1.3 million units in fiscal year 2021 due to the global semiconductor chip shortage and the c0vid-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia.

Japanese automakers expect vehicle production to be cut by at least 1.3 million units in fiscal year 2021 due to the global semiconductor chip shortage and the c0vid-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia. According to 8 major automakers in Japan, the cut is equivalent to 5% of automakers’ total annual production in fiscal year 2020 when they produced 23.35 million vehicles.
On 15th October, Toyota announced that it would cut global production in November by between 100,000 and 150,000 units. The automaker has announced several production cuts since August, lowering its full-year production plan from the initial 9.3 million units to around 9 million units.
Honda also lowered its forecast for global sales for the current fiscal year by 150,000 units to 4.85 million units. The company has announced a series of domestic production cuts since August, which may further lower its sales volume forecast. Although Honda has said it is trying to minimize the impact, but the situation will continue to be uncertain.
Suzuki also expects the impact of the semiconductor shortage to continue throughout the current fiscal year, and expects to reduce production by 350,000 units, the largest among the 8 Japanese automakers. Nissan will also reduce its global production for October and November by about 30% from the planned level. The company said it could not secure the parts needed to assemble finished vehicles due to a shortage of semiconductors and stalled production of auto parts in Southeast Asia. Nissan expects to cut production by 250,000 units in total during this fiscal year, however according to company executives, there was a strong possibility that production would fall further due to the pandemic situation in Southeast Asia.
Since the second half of last year, USA, Japan and China have seen rebounds in automobile demand, which had dipped following the outbreak of the C0VID-19 pandemic. If the production cuts continue, Japanese automakers might miss out on the bump in demand. The automobile sector is a key industry that accounts for about 20% of all domestic manufacturing shipments. From steel manufacturing to parts makers, a wide range of industries are involved in the production of vehicles, supporting Japan’s manufacturing sector. Analysts believe large-scale production cuts will have a negative impact on the performance and employment situation of such companies, potentially putting the brakes on the economy’s pandemic recovery.

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