How ‘feature bloat’ is driving the chip shortage

What if the auto industry’s best solution to the chip shortage was not simply making more chips? Suppose we instead got a handle on what might be called “feature bloat” — the tendency, fueled by sales competition, to slather new cars with as much technology as possible? Surveys show that consumers want — and expect […]

Qualcomm commits to auto sector, locking in new clients for its Snapdragon Digital Chassis

Tech giant Qualcomm signaled a strong commitment to furthering its technologies in the automotive sector at CES this year, announcing new OEM clients and the opening of an engineering software office in Berlin to support the company’s European auto customers with the latest Snapdragon Digital Chassis. “The office opening is further evidence of the company’s […]

How Volvo plans to maintain its safety rep while staying in the fast lane

Safety in modern cars is no longer simply a question of engineering. It’s a technology and design challenge that is dependent on sensors and software and hinges on a user experience that is clear and intuitive for drivers. So how does Volvo, a company synonymous with safety, convince customers that it’s innovative, forward thinking and […]

Polestar will increase its EV’s horsepower with a €1,000 software update

Polestar has released an over-the-air update that boosts the Polestar 2’s torque and horsepower. It bumps up the EV’s oomph to 469 horsepower (an increase of 67hp) and 502 lb. ft of torque, an increase of 15. In practical terms, Polestar says those upgrades shave around a tenth of a second off the 0-60 MPH […]

The Polestar Precept is a cypher for the EV automaker’s future

Polestar will spend the next three years executing a lofty electric vehicle launch schedule that will culminate with the Precept concept, a “Rosetta Stone” of sorts that provides a physical representation of the company’s future. Polestar, the former Volvo company that spun out to become its own brand, refers to the concept as its “manifesto.” […]

The 2022 Polestar 2 is more appealing, affordable and repairable

When Polestar launched its first all-electric vehicle last year, it came in a single flavor: a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive configuration that cost around $50,000 before incentives. Next year, the automaker is adding some variety. Polestar is rolling out a more affordable, single-motor, two-wheel-drive version of the sedan that still offers many of the features of the dual-motor […]

Polestar is bringing its electric Precept sedan to market in 2024 with a new name

The Polestar Precept sedan — the concept vehicle turned production project — has a new name and an official launch date. The company, the electric performance brand that spun out from Volvo Car Group, has dubbed the shark-nosed sedan Polestar 5 and announced it will go into production in 2024. When Polestar first revealed the […]

Geely’s Volvo Cars will file for initial public offering on Stockholm’s NASDAQ

Volvo Cars, the Swedish carmaker owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding, said Monday it would file for an initial public offering and list on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, in a transaction that’s expected to raise up to $2.9 billion (25 billion Swedish kroner). The deal could value the automaker at up to $25 billion, the […]

Swedish EV-maker Polestar reportedly preparing to go SPAC at $21B valuation

Swedish electric vehicle maker Polestar is reportedly preparing to go public via special purpose acquisition with Gores Guggenheim Inc., reports the Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter. The SPAC deal, which sources say could be reached by Monday, would value Polestar at $21 billion. Polestar falls under Volvo Car Group’s electric performance […]