Brussels accuses BMW, Daimler and VW cartel that limited competition for eight years
Brussels accuses companies of failing to improve their products and not compete with quality, harming customers by being “prevented from buying cars with the best technology.” The European Commission said on Friday that BMW, Daimler and VW violated European Union (EU) competition laws between 2006 and 2014 over an alleged cartel that has limited competition in the field of clean technologies. At issue is a formal communication made on Friday to these companies, still in a preliminary version, in which Brussels accuses these companies of “breaching EU competition rules between 2006 and 2014 by collusion that restricted competition in the development of clean technologies for gasoline and diesel emissions in passenger cars “. Companies can cooperate in various ways to improve the quality of their products, but under EU competition rules they can not do exactly the opposite: not improving their products and not competing with quality, “the European Commissioner said in a statement. for the Competition area, Margrethe Vestager. She acknowledges that Brussels is “concerned about the possibility of this being one of those cases, ” since ” European consumers may have been prevented from buying cars with the best available technology . ” According to Margrethe Vestager, Brussels will now investigate these suspicions , giving the three manufacturers the opportunity to “answer the questions” of the community executive.
BMW reveals three new trams in winter tests
Seven years after presenting its first electric vehicle, the i3, BMW is set to surprise by promising to unveil three new battery models, which it wants to put on the market by 2021. The German brand is preparing an offensive of electric vehicles, an important decision especially in this phase in which the plug-in hybrids (PHEV), in which BMW has bet, begin to suffer an increasingly strong competition of the electric ones to battery. It was with curiosity that we received a series of images released by the brand, in which their next electric vehicles are in an advanced stage of development. The first electric BMW, the i3, came in 2013 and since then the brand has preferred to favor the PHEV. Now it is possible to see the BMW iX3, the first SUV to reach the market in 2020, which uses the platform of the new X3, already designed to serve as the basis for an electric version. This will be the model that will debut the new electrical system of BMW, the 5th generation of eDrive, with obviously two electric motors (one per axle), powered by the new battery pack . According to the Germans, the iX3 should be capable of an autonomy of 400 km and receive load with a power of up to 150 kW.
If the iX3 will be the novelty of 2020, the following year will be two electric models that BMW plans to put on sale jeep wrangler outdoor covers. The first will be the i4, it will also resort to a Series 4 platform and take over as a familiar four-door and five coupe-shaped seats, due to the slope of the roof pillars. Certainly with bigger batteries and better aerodynamics compared to the SUV, BMW promises the i4 a much more interesting range of 600 km. If the iX3 is planned to be a global car, being manufactured in Germany, China and USA, i4 is expected to be born exclusively in Germany, Munich. The third new is the BMW iNext, an SUV with more sporty features and less TT, which will be the top of the range of trams. Scheduled for 2021, it also promises an autonomy of 600 km, this in addition to autonomous Level 3 driving. Also iNext will be manufactured in Germany, but in Dingolfing. BMW wants to increase to 600 number of jobs in technology centers this year BMW aims to have “close to 600” people working at the Critical TechWorks technology centers in Lisbon and Porto by the end of the year, the company said.
BMW aims to have “close to 600” people working at the Critical TechWorks technology centers in Lisbon and Porto by the end of the year, the company said. “For now we have 320 workers in both locations and by the end of the year we want to accelerate to close to 600, and also in the future,” BMW Information Director Klaus Straub told Lusa on the sidelines of the opening of Critical offices TechWorks, a partnership between BMW and Critical Software in Lisbon. Asked if he wants to invest in other Portuguese cities besides Lisbon and Porto, the official said that “in the technological sector development is always one day after another,” and that the company “does not plan for the next 10 years.” “We want to develop these two locations [Lisbon and Porto] in a strong way so that there is stable work for you, and then we will see,” he explained. Cristoph Grote, BMW’s vice president of electronics, said that the company will “grow” in Portugal, “with a maximum of competent people and perfectionists”, and that he wants to stay in the country “in the long term”, since found “great talent,” “mentality,” “personality,” and “perseverance.”
During the opening ceremony, the president of Critical Software, Gonçalo Quadros, said without any concrete figures, that the company grew 40% in 2018. In 2017, the company recorded a profit of 32 million euros. Klaus Straub also explained that the Lisbon center will be in permanent connection with those of Porto, Munich, South Africa, Asia and America. Miguel Cabrita pointed out that the country in the technological area is facing “a great opportunity that can not be wasted”, because the “digital revolution” is the “first industrial revolution does not depend on raw materials or location. ” The BMW group owns 51% of CriticalTechWorks, which develops software for cars, involving, for example, artificial intelligence technologies for stand-alone cars. Toyota and BMW warn that Brexit without agreement compromises continuity in England BMW plans to transfer production of the “Mini” models to the Netherlands and the Toyota leader fears that Brexit means the factory closes in England. Toyota and BMW warned on Tuesday that a Brexit without a deal with the European Union would jeopardize the production of its plants in the United Kingdom.
Peter Schwarzenbauer, of the German group’s board of directors, said BMW is considering transferring production from the “Mini” model in Oxford, England, to the Netherlands if the European Union leaves without a deal. He made the remarks in an interview with British television Sky on the eve of the opening of the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from 7 to 17 March. Schwarzenbauer described this break-up scenario as “the worst possible” and said that then they would have to consider “what exactly this represents for the long-term brand.” The “Mini” factory employs 4,500 people and is the main production site for the “Mini” three-door model. Toyota Motor Europe president Johan Van Zyl told the BBC that if the ‘barriers’ of ‘Brexit’ are too high, the company’s competitiveness in the UK will be undermined. Van Zyl mentioned the possibility that the factory that the Japanese company has in Burnaston, in the county of Derbyshire, in the north of England, will be closed after the ‘Brexit’. Executive Vice President Didier Leroy said a “non-negotiated” exit from the European Union would be “terrible” and would create “enormous additional challenges” to the competitiveness of UK operations.
Toyota announced in February last year that it would build the next generation of its “Auris” model at Burnaston, which represents an investment of 277 million euros. Leroy told the Financial Times he was “confident that the UK will be able to reach a good agreement with the EU.” Noting that the Japanese do not intend to leave the UK and stop production, Leroy acknowledged that if there is no access to the European market without “tax obstacles”, it will be “extremely difficult” to start producing another model in the English factory. The warnings from Toyota and BMW come after Nissan reversed last month plans to build the “X-Trail” model at its factory in Sunderland, northeast England, to be produced in Japan. Another Japanese company, Honda Motor, has announced the closure of its factory in Swindon in south-west England in 2021, which will cut about 3,500 jobs, the Spanish news agency Efe reported.
BMW was stolen in just 20 seconds
An assailant opened, set to work and took a BMW M140i in 20 seconds. All this without breaking glass or breaking locks, using only an amplifier that detected the key signal. This BMW M140i is just one of the latest victims, but the fragility of its keyless system is identical to most of the vehicles available in the market, where you can open the door and start the engine without removing the key from your pocket. The team of two assailants can pick up the key signal, amplify it and move away, driving in just 20 seconds. The theft in question took place next to a residence in Northampton in the United Kingdom, but unfortunately for car owners equipped with keyless system happens a little everywhere and more often than you might think. Essentially because it is easy and fast, not involving any damage to the vehicle.
The images show one of the burglars passing with the signal amplifier next to the door of the house, while a second thief pulls the handle in the hope that the vehicle will communicate with the key with the aid of the amplifier, since it is outside the radius of action, indoors. Once the signal is detected, the car allows thieves to enter, start the engine and take the vehicle. The keyless system of this BMW or any other brand has a radio wave emitter that, as soon as the door handle is activated, emits a code, allowing the doors to open and the engine drive. It is a practical system that makes life easier for users, but also for burglars. The solution is to protect the key when it is at home, isolating it through a system that looks like a Faraday cage, something that prevents this type of electromagnetic radiation from coming out. This system is similar to RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) with which some bank cards are equipped, which can also be cloned by equipment used by some thieves, just by bringing a reader closer to the bearer. And it is to avoid this type of assault that there are specific portfolios so that the RFID of the card is read without “authorization” from the owner.