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Bosch is currently developing vehicle computers for all possible automotive applications and their goal is to ultimately reduce the complexity of electronic systems.

The German tech giant has already received several billion euros worth of orders for its computers – 2.5 billion euros since last summer alone. Aside from controlling functions such as driver assistance systems, it will unveil central computers for cockpit functions and body electronics.

“Vehicle computers have huge business potential for Bosch. Even now, our high-performance computers mean that automakers view us as one of their leading engineering and technology partners,” stated board member Harald Kroeger.

The market for these systems is said to be worth about 20 billion euros, and could grow by 15 percent annually between now and 2030.

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In order to meet demand, Bosch’s new Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division, which will handle all the hardware and software engineering for vehicle computers, sensors and control units, will start operations in January 2021.

With Bosch developing computers for cockpit and connectivity functions, driver assistance and automated driving, as well as powertrain and body electronics, it will look to concentrate control over all central vehicle functions using just a handful of high-performance central computers.

One example is the information domain computer currently under development which will assume the tasks done by as many as 10 control units. Right now, some vehicles boast more than 100 control units in total, and such developments will help greatly reduce that number. Of course, less units also means less wiring, and thus fewer costs and less weight.

“Bosch vehicle computers will make it possible to master even highly complex driving functions across individual vehicle domains,” says Dr Mathias Pilin, who will take over the new Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division next month.

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With the new generation Note finally up for grabs in Japan, Nissan is now getting ready to start rolling out an all-wheel drive variant of the compact car for the local market.

The Note e-Power AWD features the brand’s e-Power electrified powertrain with two electric motors, one on each axle, which results in improved grip on slippery surfaces, increased output over the two-wheel drive model and better overall performance.

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Unlike a conventional hybrid, where both the engine and the electric motor power the wheels, the HR12DE 1.2-liter naturally aspirated three-cylinder acts solely as a range extender to recharge the battery. The car also features regenerative braking that recuperates the energy during deceleration and stores it in the battery for later use.

Nissan has yet to fully detail the Note e-Power AWD lineup, but it will launch with all the bells and whistles as its two-wheel sibling, including the infotainment system and digital instrument cluster and a selection of driver assistance gear. Nonetheless, they did disclose that it will be available in two grades, the S Four and the X Four. Pricing will start at 2,288,000 yen ($22,106) and 2,445,300 yen ($23,626) respectively.

As for the 2021 Note 2WD that was unveiled last month, it went on sale today in Japan and is available in three trim levels. The range kicks off with the base S, priced at 2,029,500 yen ($19,609), while the mid-spec F and the top-of-the-line X are priced from 2,054,800 yen ($19,853) and 2,186,800 yen ($21,128) respectively.

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The Toyota Land Cruiser will be getting the Horizon treatment Down Under, which includes a host of stylistic updates inside and out, in a package that will be limited to 400 examples.

Set to launch in March 2021, with a AU$131,896 (equal to US$99,528) starting price, it builds on the LC200 Sahara grade, to which it adds a dark finish for the grille, black headlamp surrounds and smoked chrome fog light surrounds. The puddle lamps displaying the ‘Land Cruiser’ logo and the rear ‘Horizon’ badge complete the look on the outside.

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Trimmed in black leather, the cockpit also features black trim, chrome accents and high-end stitching in the door cards. Elsewhere, the flagship Toyota SUV is equipped with power adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, 9-inch touchscreen display, satellite navigation system, rear-seat entertainment with DVD player, premium audio and keyless entry and go. The Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance items is also included, bringing with it active cruise control, automatic high beams, pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and others.

Powering the new special edition Land Cruiser is the 4.5-liter V8 bi-turbo diesel engine. It pumps out 200 kW (272 PS / 268 HP) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque, and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift function and low-range ratios. The Multi-Terrain Select enhances its driving capability off the beaten path, while the fully independent suspension ensures a comfortable ride on the asphalt.

“As Australia’s best-selling upper-large SUV, there is no shortage of Land Cruisers out there and the new Horizon special edition offers customers an enhanced visually distinctive appeal”, said Toyota Australia’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley. “With its bespoke styling and premium ambience, the Horizon special edition is equally at home for an elegant night out in the city as it is crossing the Simpson desert.”

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