More Zintro Experts discuss Auto Industry Trends – Zintro Blog

thailand autosThe auto industry is always changing one way or another, but it is being faced with some serious challenges, from greater regulation on emissions to addressing its role in the climate crisis. We asked our Zintro experts to explain what the next three to five years hold for the industry and in what direction does it seem to be moving.

K. R. Sathyanarain, a mechanical engineer, says that the emerging trends and changes in the automobiles and industry will be different in the developed and developing countries based on the respective priorities, such as

  • environment friendliness and emission regulations,
  • irreclaimability and disposal policies,
  • technology for NVH improvement,
  • anti-collision and pedestrian safety devices for the saturated markets of developed countries and volume production,
  • surface treatments,
  • fuel efficiency, and
  • capability to withstand overloading and abuse of vehicles, which will be the challenges of the developing countries.

“Over a short period of time, technological improvements will be shared across the globe with suitable adaptations, especially by multinationals operating in all these areas narrowing the gap with a smaller time lag,” says Sathyanarain. “Independent development will happen in the areas of alternate energy to fossil fuels, hybrid vehicles, electric traction and lighter batteries with quick charge facility and driverless vehicles. These will be costly and introduced in the affluent developed markets first. As the volumes increase and cost decrease these new developments will be taken to the mass markets selectively.”

Sathyanarain predicts that in the long run mass transportation will improve in comfort,  safety, and overall efficiency and the switch from personal transport to mass transport vehicles will be the trend in urban and organized sectors like schools, large work places, and in poorer countries. “In the goods transport sector, large and small last mile connectivity vehicles will emerge as totally different categories and the smaller ones will concentrate more on emission and environment issues because of their operating area being more in city centers,” he says.

Paul Walter, an expert in automotive repair and services, says that with the growing trend and demand by governments requiring greater fuel economy, the auto industry has and will continue to change dramatically over the next three to five years.

“Take Jaguar for instance, renowned for luxury, world class performance and pure beauty mated with speed. Jaguar is introducing two new engines in the 2013 lineup: a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder and a 3.6 liter supercharged V6. In response to demands for greater fuel economy, Jaguar has adapted Range Rovers 2.0 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine used in the Evoque and has modified it so that it will perform as necessary for it’s demanding Jaguar owners,” explains Walter. “Performance, power and fuel economy  is possible, and Jaguar has stepped up to the plate swinging.”

Walter says that Range Rovers’ most impressive change in its new platform that supporting the Range Rover  and Range Rover sport. “It is an aluminum-based frame and body, shedding 900 lbs from both vehicles in order to comply with demands for greater fuel economy,” he says. “If these two manufacturers, renowned for not catering to the masses, are making these types of changes, you can be assured that the automotive industry is not only being challenged, but that it will rise to the occasion.”

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By Maureen Aylward


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