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Geely and Renault sign agreement to take on S. Korea, together

Chinese automotive giant and Volvo/Polestar parent company, Geely, has signed an agreement with the French Renault Group to launch a new collaboration intended to bring fuel-efficient hybrid electric cars to South Korea, as well as export sales into other Asian markets.

The Renault-Geely collaboration represents a continuation of efforts made by both companies in producing low-emission and electrified model vehicles, as well as increasing their penetration in the Asian HEV and PHEV markets. The partnership also represent the next step in Renault’s “Renaulution” (groan) program designed to upgrade the French carmaker’s brand and product portfolio.

For Geely’s part, it seems as if it has found another customer for its “modular vehicle platform” architecture in Renault. The new Asian-market Renault vehicles will be built on the Volvo-developed “compact modular architecture”, or CMA platform, and use Geely/Volvo-developed powertrains under a skin that could resemble the Renault Megane-e concept vehicle

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Qualcomm is expanding its automotive platforms with new Volvo, Honda, Renault deals

Qualcomm has announced several new expansions of its partnerships with major car companies to provide hardware and software platforms for connected vehicles at CES 2022, partnering with Volvo, Honda, and Renault to add more functionality to their upcoming cars.

Qualcomm already has a full suite of automotive platforms, which it collectively calls the Qualcomm Digital Chassis. The goal is to provide automakers with a variety of tools they can use to help make their cars more intelligent and more connected (although companies can pick and choose which of the platforms they want to use).

Those include:

  • Snapdragon Ride, which provides driver assistance and automated driving technologies
  • Snapdragon Cockpit, for in-car experiences, including SoCs and software solutions for powering multiple displays and audio / video / multimedia
  • Snapdragon Auto Connectivity, for providing automakers with LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi, and GPS solutions for connecting cars to the internet, cloud, and other vehicles
  • Snapdragon
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I Had No Idea The Renault Fuego Was The Car With This Huge Automotive First

Illustration for article titled I Had No Idea The Renault Fuego Was The Car With This Huge Automotive First

Photo: Renault

Earlier today, I wrote about a fictional ’80s-era EV on a television show and how it had a remote locking system that featured, comically, a telescoping antenna. Because our commenters are composed of the world’s most elite group of painful car geeks, I was soon informed that even in our boring old reality, there were remote key fobs in the early 1980s, and they required no ridiculous antennae. And the first car to feature such an innovation was one I’d not expected, and this realization affected me so much that I’m writing about it right now.

The car was the 1983 Renault Fuego (starting in late 1982), and the innovation was remote locking.

Yes, that’s right, the often-ridiculed Fuego was the pioneer in something that is expected on pretty much all new cars today: the ability to click a button on a little oblong in your pocket

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