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ZF’s CES blitz underscores industry shifts

The Consumer Electronics Show has become a centerpiece for advanced automotive technologies, highlighting the huge industry transition driven connectivity and convenience. Partnerships are now a central part of strategic plans, as are forays into new segments into the digital world.

Cadillac unveils all-new V8

General Motors' Cadillac premium-vehicle unit reveals an all-new V8 earmarked for initial use in the redesigned 2019 CT6 flagship.

2018 Ford F-150 diesel aims to beat 30 mpg

Combined with standard stop-start, the first-ever diesel powered F-150 will be shooting for an EPA fuel economy rating that exceeds 30 mpg—the Holy Grail for full-size trucks—when it enters production later this year as a 2018 model.

Styrolution targets interiors for styrenics growth

Based in Frankfurt, Pierre Juan manages sales and technical teams across 19 countries as the Global Automotive Vice President at Styrolution. The company describes itself as the leading global styrenics supplier. He discusses the future of plastics in the automotive industry, including opportunities and challenges.

Low-thermal-expansion epoxy

EpoxySet Inc. has released the EB-315 low-thermal-expansion epoxy, which can be used as an adhesive or encapsulant for semiconductors and other microelectronics, a gasket sealing compound, wire bonder, or for any application where temperature cycling between -55 and +230°C (-67 and +446°F) is required.

Additive manufacturing startup added to Ford’s research roster

Ford is jumping on the additive manufacturing bandwagon, teaming up with a startup that claims its 3D manufacturing system makes parts 25 to 100 times faster than conventional 3D printing systems. The automaker is using additive processes to make tooling and may eventually use them to make production parts.

Ford focuses on cameras

The company is beefing up its use of cameras and expanding their roles. Imagers can help drivers peer around corners and help back up trailers in addition to basic functions like lane keeping.