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  • Ford and China's Anhui Zotye Automobile Co. Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding to build electric cars in China. The document calls for the creation of a 50/50 joint venture to manufacture electric cars in the world's largest new car market, and sell them under a Chinese brand name.The move shows Ford's commitment to both the Chinese market and electric vehicles. In a press release, the Blue Oval said it expects the market for so-called "new energy vehicles" in China will reach 6 million units annually by 2025, including 4 million all-electric cars. ("New energy vehicles" is a term coined by the Chinese government that includes all-electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.) The Chinese government began incentivizing new energy vehicles several years ago to combat horrific air pollution, but sales have only really picked up over the past couple of years. A large chunk of the those sales have been plug-in hybrids that, due to China's lim..

    Ford Teaming Up With China’s Zotye Auto to Build Electric Cars

    Ford and China's Anhui Zotye Automobile Co. Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding to build electric cars in China. The document calls for the creation of a 50/50 joint venture to manufacture electric cars in the world's largest new car market, and sell them under a Chinese brand name.The move shows Ford's commitment to both the Chinese market and electric vehicles. In a press release, the Blue Oval said it expects the market for so-called "new energy vehicles" in China will reach 6 million units annually by 2025, including 4 million all-electric cars. ("New energy vehicles" is a term coined by the Chinese government that includes all-electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.) The Chinese government began incentivizing new energy vehicles several years ago to combat horrific air pollution, but sales have only really picked up over the past couple of years. A large chunk of the those sales have been plug-in hybrids that, due to China's lim..
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  • Are you an enthusiast who wants to wrench on cars you can't afford? Are you someone who knows nothing and wants to learn the basics? Or maybe you're a full-time mechanic who can't get enough time in the bay, and loves to take work home? Well, have we found the game for you. Meet Wrench.Wrench is a project in development by Digital Mistake, a studio ran by Alec Moody, who The Drive had the pleasure of chatting with. Working as a video game artist since 2002, Moody had taken on the task of mechanical modeling early on in his career. Being an avid gearhead, he saw an opportunity to combine his work with his passion, and that's where Wrench was born. The hardest task to learn was the actual programming behind the scenes. "Building game systems like this involved a lot of learning and stubbornly working through problems that seem impossible", said Moody. "Learning something new can be a slog, after you solve a problem it often times seems obvious and trivial. It is ver..

    New Video Game Wrench Lets You Build Cars From the Ground Up in Virtual Reality

    Are you an enthusiast who wants to wrench on cars you can't afford? Are you someone who knows nothing and wants to learn the basics? Or maybe you're a full-time mechanic who can't get enough time in the bay, and loves to take work home? Well, have we found the game for you. Meet Wrench.Wrench is a project in development by Digital Mistake, a studio ran by Alec Moody, who The Drive had the pleasure of chatting with. Working as a video game artist since 2002, Moody had taken on the task of mechanical modeling early on in his career. Being an avid gearhead, he saw an opportunity to combine his work with his passion, and that's where Wrench was born. The hardest task to learn was the actual programming behind the scenes. "Building game systems like this involved a lot of learning and stubbornly working through problems that seem impossible", said Moody. "Learning something new can be a slog, after you solve a problem it often times seems obvious and trivial. It is ver..
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  • Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Monday said it plans to build three facilities in the US state of Wisconsin for operation as early as next year, as part of a campus housing a $10 billion liquid crystal display (LCD) factory due for 2020.Foxconn, which makes electronics under contract for clients such as Apple, announced its $10 billion plan at the White House in July, saying the LCD plant would occupy 1,000 acres in the state's south east.Foxconn, formally Hon Hai Precision Industry, said it will begin by setting up a back-end packaging line, high-precision moulding line and end-device assembly line. It may also start importing glass from Taiwan, China and Japan.The three facilities will require combined investment of under $1 billion, Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, told Reuters on Monday. The jobs they generate will fall under the 13,000 positions that Foxconn has said its $10 billion investment would directly create, Woo said.Wiscon..

    Foxconn to Build 3 Ancillary Facilities as Part of Wisconsin LCD Campus

    Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Monday said it plans to build three facilities in the US state of Wisconsin for operation as early as next year, as part of a campus housing a $10 billion liquid crystal display (LCD) factory due for 2020.Foxconn, which makes electronics under contract for clients such as Apple, announced its $10 billion plan at the White House in July, saying the LCD plant would occupy 1,000 acres in the state's south east.Foxconn, formally Hon Hai Precision Industry, said it will begin by setting up a back-end packaging line, high-precision moulding line and end-device assembly line. It may also start importing glass from Taiwan, China and Japan.The three facilities will require combined investment of under $1 billion, Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, told Reuters on Monday. The jobs they generate will fall under the 13,000 positions that Foxconn has said its $10 billion investment would directly create, Woo said.Wiscon..
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  • Although Giti Tire is a significant player in China with multiple tire factories and more than 200 fitments there, the Singapore company remains largely unknown in North America's original equipment tire business. But that's changing. The company is building its first U.S. plant — in Richburg, S.C. — and has landed its first U.S. contract with an automaker — for the 2019 Volkswagen Passat, to be produced in Chattanooga. John Aben, 56, senior vice president of OE and consumer sales for North America at Giti Tire USA, spoke with Correspondent Stephanie Hernandez McGavin about Giti's arrival. Giti Tire's plant being built in South Carolina is raising the tire maker's profile in the U.S. There's a trend of new tire makers building in North America — what's up? Today's game of gaining market share isn't so much about who has the better product. It's really who is the fastest to get the product to the marketpla..

    Build a tire factory, they will come

    Although Giti Tire is a significant player in China with multiple tire factories and more than 200 fitments there, the Singapore company remains largely unknown in North America's original equipment tire business. But that's changing. The company is building its first U.S. plant — in Richburg, S.C. — and has landed its first U.S. contract with an automaker — for the 2019 Volkswagen Passat, to be produced in Chattanooga. John Aben, 56, senior vice president of OE and consumer sales for North America at Giti Tire USA, spoke with Correspondent Stephanie Hernandez McGavin about Giti's arrival. Giti Tire's plant being built in South Carolina is raising the tire maker's profile in the U.S. There's a trend of new tire makers building in North America — what's up? Today's game of gaining market share isn't so much about who has the better product. It's really who is the fastest to get the product to the marketpla..
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  • There are the obvious reasons why Jaguar would want to build the fire-breathing Project 8 sport sedan: infinite opportunities for marketing and magazine covers, the performance halo from a 592-hp car, a chance for dealers and the brand to reward favored clients. But there's a less obvious motivation that Jaguar hopes will pay dividends down the line: on-the-job training. The Project 8 is overseen by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations in Coventry, England, the division responsible for limited-edition variants such as Jaguar's F-Type SVR and Project 7, the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Range Rover SVAutobiography. The hand-built Project 8 is a limited-run series of 300 cars, costing around $190,000 each (the program is profitable, the company insists). It's based on the more mild-mannered XE, Jaguar's compact sport sedan. But the XE was never designed to hold a V-8 engine of any kind, certainly not th..

    Jaguar’s Project 8 helps build skills in Special Vehicle Operations team

    There are the obvious reasons why Jaguar would want to build the fire-breathing Project 8 sport sedan: infinite opportunities for marketing and magazine covers, the performance halo from a 592-hp car, a chance for dealers and the brand to reward favored clients. But there's a less obvious motivation that Jaguar hopes will pay dividends down the line: on-the-job training. The Project 8 is overseen by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations in Coventry, England, the division responsible for limited-edition variants such as Jaguar's F-Type SVR and Project 7, the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Range Rover SVAutobiography. The hand-built Project 8 is a limited-run series of 300 cars, costing around $190,000 each (the program is profitable, the company insists). It's based on the more mild-mannered XE, Jaguar's compact sport sedan. But the XE was never designed to hold a V-8 engine of any kind, certainly not th..
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  • Volkswagen has been on an EV kick lately. They have recognized Tesla as a huge competitor for future markets and are working around the clock to develop a successor to their gasoline-powered lineup. Fortunately, they're already on the ball and have confirmed four EVs to be released within the early 2020s. At Pebble Beach today, Volkswagen confirmed the green-lighting of the fifth model to be included in the I.D. family - the Buzz.We've come a long way from the original design of the bus, which Volkswagen marketed as the station wagon. Families and businesses alike used the early models for their every day needs, as it was not only a family "wagon", but also came in windowless and pickup-like variants. Hippies loved it in the '70s and today, it is an icon of the past. Now, instead of a rear-mounted air cooled gasoline engine, two electric motors and a big battery will take its place and a bit more of a modern take is bestowed upon a classic design.The decision to build ..

    Volkswagen Confirms it Will Build the I.D. Buzz in 2022

    Volkswagen has been on an EV kick lately. They have recognized Tesla as a huge competitor for future markets and are working around the clock to develop a successor to their gasoline-powered lineup. Fortunately, they're already on the ball and have confirmed four EVs to be released within the early 2020s. At Pebble Beach today, Volkswagen confirmed the green-lighting of the fifth model to be included in the I.D. family - the Buzz.We've come a long way from the original design of the bus, which Volkswagen marketed as the station wagon. Families and businesses alike used the early models for their every day needs, as it was not only a family "wagon", but also came in windowless and pickup-like variants. Hippies loved it in the '70s and today, it is an icon of the past. Now, instead of a rear-mounted air cooled gasoline engine, two electric motors and a big battery will take its place and a bit more of a modern take is bestowed upon a classic design.The decision to build ..
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  • Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Preview build for PC and Mobile, and the updates bring a lot of changes with it. The latest Windows Insider Preview build for PCs is numbered 16215, and it introduces a new notification centre, the ability to pin websites to the taskbar, overhauled handwriting panel, and more emoji support. This is the test version, and the stable build will arrive in fall with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Furthermore, Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15222 has also been released for Insider members in the Fast ring.With this update, Microsoft is bringing changes to the Start and Action Center with what it’s calling a Fluent Design. The Start menu can be now resized to your preference, and not have just one default vertical option as seen now. Action Center has been redesigned based on the Fluent Design System with a new Blue colour scheme and graphic tweaks.The update also brings the ability to pin websites from Microsoft Edge to the taskbar. Th..

    Windows 10 Preview Build Shows Off Upcoming Features, Including Redesigned Action Center

    Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Preview build for PC and Mobile, and the updates bring a lot of changes with it. The latest Windows Insider Preview build for PCs is numbered 16215, and it introduces a new notification centre, the ability to pin websites to the taskbar, overhauled handwriting panel, and more emoji support. This is the test version, and the stable build will arrive in fall with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Furthermore, Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15222 has also been released for Insider members in the Fast ring.With this update, Microsoft is bringing changes to the Start and Action Center with what it’s calling a Fluent Design. The Start menu can be now resized to your preference, and not have just one default vertical option as seen now. Action Center has been redesigned based on the Fluent Design System with a new Blue colour scheme and graphic tweaks.The update also brings the ability to pin websites from Microsoft Edge to the taskbar. Th..
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  • Microsoft on Friday released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build that solves an issue that has been nagging Windows users with high-resolution display. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16237 changes how the system reacts to DPI adjustments. Users will no longer have to log out and log back in to fix blurry desktop apps, which are mostly related to old Win32 apps, after docking, undocking, and remoting.Presently, if a user changes the resolution of a display by docking/ undocking or via Settings, the scaling gets reflected throughout the apps only by logging out of the account and then back in. However, with the latest build, Microsoft is cutting down that process and will adjust the scaling by simply relaunching the the app to render them crisply on your 4K display or high DPI display, the company says in its blog post.This will solve the issue for most legacy apps, but not all as yet, and one will have to wait for those apps to get updated to respond to DPI change. Mic..

    Windows 10 Preview Build Gets DPI-Scaling Fix, Removes Blurry Apps on High-Res Displays

    Microsoft on Friday released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build that solves an issue that has been nagging Windows users with high-resolution display. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16237 changes how the system reacts to DPI adjustments. Users will no longer have to log out and log back in to fix blurry desktop apps, which are mostly related to old Win32 apps, after docking, undocking, and remoting.Presently, if a user changes the resolution of a display by docking/ undocking or via Settings, the scaling gets reflected throughout the apps only by logging out of the account and then back in. However, with the latest build, Microsoft is cutting down that process and will adjust the scaling by simply relaunching the the app to render them crisply on your 4K display or high DPI display, the company says in its blog post.This will solve the issue for most legacy apps, but not all as yet, and one will have to wait for those apps to get updated to respond to DPI change. Mic..
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  • Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Wednesday announced plans to build a $10 billion (roughly Rs. 64,111 crores) LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin, a deal President Donald Trump asserted would not have happened without his efforts.The company said it plans to invest $10 billion over four years to build a 20-million square foot plant that could eventually employ up to 13,000.Trump praised Foxconn chairman Terry Gou at a White House event, asserting: "If I didn't get elected, he definitely wouldn't be spending $10 billion ... This is a great day for America."Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said at the White House his state will award $3 billion (roughly Rs. 19,235 crores) in incentives and sign a memorandum of understanding on the investment on Thursday.He told reporters at the White House the state legislature will need to approve the $3 billion incentives package. About half is for capital costs and nearly half for workforce development. There are also..

    Foxconn Announces Plans to Build $10-Billion LCD Manufacturing Plant in the US

    Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Wednesday announced plans to build a $10 billion (roughly Rs. 64,111 crores) LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin, a deal President Donald Trump asserted would not have happened without his efforts.The company said it plans to invest $10 billion over four years to build a 20-million square foot plant that could eventually employ up to 13,000.Trump praised Foxconn chairman Terry Gou at a White House event, asserting: "If I didn't get elected, he definitely wouldn't be spending $10 billion ... This is a great day for America."Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said at the White House his state will award $3 billion (roughly Rs. 19,235 crores) in incentives and sign a memorandum of understanding on the investment on Thursday.He told reporters at the White House the state legislature will need to approve the $3 billion incentives package. About half is for capital costs and nearly half for workforce development. There are also..
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  • Microsoft at its Build conference, a few months back, talked about PCs and phones working together, and the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build for tablets and PCs brings it to life. The company's latest Build 16251 for "Fast ring" users bring features that enable linking your Android phone to your PC. This is a follow-up to the company's previous Apple Continuity-like feature for Windows 10. At Build, Microsoft revealed a brand new feature dubbed Pick up Where I Left Off (PWILO) that Microsoft apps will support out-of-the-box.The all-new Build 16251 for PC is focused on cross-device web-browsing. Currently, Microsoft is releasing the feature for Android devices only while support for iPhone is expected to arrive soon.Windows 10 Insider Preview users in "Fast ring" to get started can go to Settings > Phone and link your phone, after installing the new build on the PC. After adding the Android phone to be linked, users will receive an SMS from Microsoft directing to inst..

    Windows 10 Preview Build Now Lets Link Your Android Phone to Your PC

    Microsoft at its Build conference, a few months back, talked about PCs and phones working together, and the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build for tablets and PCs brings it to life. The company's latest Build 16251 for "Fast ring" users bring features that enable linking your Android phone to your PC. This is a follow-up to the company's previous Apple Continuity-like feature for Windows 10. At Build, Microsoft revealed a brand new feature dubbed Pick up Where I Left Off (PWILO) that Microsoft apps will support out-of-the-box.The all-new Build 16251 for PC is focused on cross-device web-browsing. Currently, Microsoft is releasing the feature for Android devices only while support for iPhone is expected to arrive soon.Windows 10 Insider Preview users in "Fast ring" to get started can go to Settings > Phone and link your phone, after installing the new build on the PC. After adding the Android phone to be linked, users will receive an SMS from Microsoft directing to inst..
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