Volkswagen Industrial Cloud – Improved VW?

May, 2020—Volkswagen is not only betting its future on electric cars (we talked about this in our previous blog posts) but it is also working on restructuring its manufacturing processes through creation of an Industrial Cloud, which is supposed to improve efficiency of its manufacturing plants, and reduce production costs. Initially by 2019 Volkswagen linked 3 plants, but now it plans to expand the project to 15 plants. Volkswagen Industrial Cloud provides standardized ways to collect manufacturing plant data, and use the data to provide predictive maintenance information and reduction of vehicle rework though the use of Artificial Intelligence applications. Data from several hundred thousand machines and manufacturing plant items will be recorded by sensors, and fed into the AI programs that will look for patterns that could be used to improve maintenance or production quality. Overall plan calls for improving productivity of the plants by at least 30%. Presumably this will result in cost savings of billions of dollars. Volkswagen is also planning to make the system available to other companies, presumably making it yet another profit center for VW. The benefit to Volkswagen owners should be improved quality, and, presumably, fewer price increases – be it for cars or parts – as the more efficient and more productive plants should reduce overall unit cost of production. In the meantime, at Made in Japan/USA/Europe we continue to welcome Volkswagen owners, and continue to offer superior Campbell Volkswagen service and repairs. All repairs are backed by 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty. So next time your Volkswagen needs service or repairs – give us a...

Honda Recycles and Finds New Uses for Old Honda Hybrid Batteries

Honda Hybrids are pretty popular, and Honda manufactures plenty of them. As those vehicles age, so do their hybrid batteries. At some point, they need to be replaced. At Made in Japan/USA/Europe we offer broad range of Honda Hybrid services, and we also do Honda hybrid battery replacements. With all those used hybrid batteries piling up, Honda decided to find a way to recycle and reuse them. In Europe it expanded its partnership with a major European recycling company – SNAM. They will evaluate used hybrid batteries and divide them based on the state – if they are still viable – they will be used for electrical storage for homes and businesses. If they are dead, they will be recycled. Fortunately, new recycling technologies have been developed that allow for economic recovery of rare earth metals that are used in manufacture of the hybrid batteries. Recyclers will extract Lithium and Cobalt from the dead batteries, and these metals will be used to produce new hybrid batteries. Cobalt can also be reused in the production of pigments - you may have heard of “cobalt blue” – it is a blue pigment created by mixing alumina with cobalt oxide the temperature of about 2200 F. At Made in Japan/USA/Europe we not only admire Honda for their environment-friendly practices but also join in by running an environmentally friendly shop. In the meantime, if your Honda Hybrid requires service or repairs, or if its hybrid battery needs to be replaced, give us a call – we are happy to be of...

Honda Helps Students Learn Next Generation Manufacturing

Honda announced that they are partnering with Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) to provide Indiana students with exposure to careers in next generation manufacturing. Honda has a large plant in Greensburg, Indiana that produces Honda Civic sedan as well as Honda CR-V, and CR-V Hybrid. The plant has production capacity of 250,000 vehicles per year. Honda in partnership with IN-Mac created a Design and Innovation Studio. Middle school and high school students can explore design, as well as problem solving, and be exposed to advanced technologies, including 3D printers, programming, and robotics – all learning modules include hands-on activities. The Studio is located inside Honda’s Greensburg manufacturing plant. At Made in Japan/USA/Europe we applaud Honda efforts. We have been servicing and repairing Honda vehicles for over three decades. Our clients have found Honda an economical, yet highly reliable vehicle. We provide a full range of Honda services and repairs – from oil service to major engine repairs – if you Honda needs some TLC, give us a call. We are happy to be of...

Volkswagen Expanding EV Training

Volkswagen continues to expand its electric vehicle (EV) commitments. As it continues the $800 million investment in the Chattanooga TN plant, it also ramps up training for those working in the high-voltage environment. Training ranges from 2 weeks to 6 months, depending on the jobs involved. Training will involve working in high-voltage environment, working with high-voltage batteries, and robotics. Volkswagen plans to start producing electric vehicles at the Chattanooga plant starting in 2022. It’s a part of VW commitment to building millions of electric vehicles in this decade. Workers will receive training onsite, but they will also travel to the Volkswagen plant in former East Germany, where Volkswagen is already producing its Volkswagen ID.3 electric vehicle. We are thrilled to see Volkswagen follow up on its promises to ramp up production of electric vehicles, and that the production facilities are located in the United States. At Made in Japan/USA/Europe in Campbell, we are closely following EV development, and including EV training in our ongoing technician training plans. While currently the vast majority of Volkswagens we service and repair are the conventional gasoline variety, we are looking forward to cleaner, greener electric vehicles from Volkswagen. In the meantime, if you drive a gasoline engine VW, bring it to us – we can provide a full gamut of services and repairs – from oil service, to brake pad replacement, to manufacturer recommended maintenance, to major transmission and engine repairs. If your VW needs help – give us a...

5 Frequent Volkswagen Jetta problems

Volkswagen Jetta is a very practical and popular vehicle. But as any mechanical device, it can have “off” years. Here are 5 frequent Jetta owner complaints: 1) 2006 Jetta - electrical issue - short in the wiring harness in the driver side door 2) 2006 Jetta - check engine light came on during cold weather 3) 2009 Jetta - brake problems - ABS module failure 4) 2010 Jetta - electrical issues - radio and stereo problems 5) 2014 Jetta could experience engine stall while driving Naturally, just because other Volkswagen Jetta owners ran into these problems does not mean that your vehicle will experience them. But it is good to be forewarned. Moreover, at Made in Europe, we suggest following Volkswagen recommended maintenance schedule. When you bring your vehicle to Made in Europe, we will not only perform maintenance as specified by Volkswagen, but will also provide you with the results of a complimentary digital vehicle inspection, so you know the overall health of your vehicle. If your Jetta (or another VW you might own) needs some TLC, give us a...

Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat – Great Vehicle if You Avoid 2002 or 2003 model At Made in Europe we are big fans of Volkswagen vehicles. They combine German engineering with practicality and non-nonsense performance. Volkswagen Passat is one of the VWs we really like. In general it garners positive reviews form owners. The only exceptions were the 2002 and 2003 models – they suffered from engine failure due to oil sludge. Even use of synthetic oil did not always protect from the problem. Fortunately, most Passat models are fairly problem free and can provide reliable transportation. At Made in Japan, we highly recommend regular service, and following manufacturer maintenance schedule. Regular service not only prolongs engine and tire life, but also provides us with an opportunity to perform a complimentary digital inspection that will give you a clear idea of the overall state of your vehicle. Naturally, being a full service Campbell auto repair shop we can provide your Volkswagen Passat not only with regular maintenance but also with sophisticated diagnostics and full gamut of repairs, from brake pad replacement, to ac repair, transmission problems, and engine repair. We work by appointment, but setting up appointment is easy – you can do so online, or simply give us a call. We are happy to be of...

Volkswagen to build more electric vehicles than Tesla by 2022

After the diesel emissions fiasco Volkswagen has done a full 180, and has jumped into the electric car race. Recently it has unveiled its Volkswagen ID 3 – a fully electric vehicle. But what is more significant is that it is committed to mass production of electric vehicles. While Tesla produces around 500,000 electric vehicles per year, Volkswagen promises to build over 1.2 million electric vehicles per year by 2022, and increase that capacity to over 20 million electric vehicles per year by 2028. At Made in Japan/ USA / Europe we welcome these new developments. Our shop is staffed with highly trained Volkswagen mechanics who are nationally ASE certified, and have the skill as well as the latest state-of-the-art computerized tools necessary to work on electric vehicles. So whether you drive a Volkswagen with a conventional engine, or an all- electric Volkswagen – you can bring it to our Campbell auto repair shop knowing it will be in good...

Made In Japan.. “COVID-19” UPDATE

We are still open!! As COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on our lives, businesses and on supply chains, I want to share an update on what Made In Japan is doing to keep our customers safe while continuing to stay open as an essential business. You can still get your car fixed at Made In Japan while staying safe during the Campbell Stay-In Place order. Here’s how: Accepting payments over the phone. Call from your car or beep your horn and we will come out keeping our distance. Leave keys in center console. After every service we are disinfecting all keys, steering wheels, gear selectors, and exterior and interior door handles. All communication over phone &/or email. Call, text or email us with any questions or to schedule your appointment. 408-866-5300. [email protected] FREE vehicle pick up for customers can not to leave their home. (Campbell area only) *Restrictions apply for vehicle pickup. Please call” 6 Month Credit card 0% financing...

Electric Volkswagen ID.3

Just in time for the September 2019 Frankfurt Auto Motor Show, Volkswagen is expected to unveil in Frankfurt its newest car - electric Volkswagen ID.3 Needless to say, details of the vehicle are hard to discern, but it is an electric vehicle so we can expect it to be a lively, fun to drive car. The one thing that Volkswagen has revealed is the electric range of the vehicle - from the low-end version, which will do 200 miles, to the high-end VW ID.3 which will carry you for 340 miles before it needs to be recharged. If these numbers hold up, this Volkswagen could be a game changer - an electric vehicle that will take you to Reno or Tahoe without needing to recharge, and you will still have spare capacity in case of inclement weather or if you want to take a little sightseeing side trip. Naturally, we will keep you posted as the details and first road test results of the Electric Volkswagen ID.3 become available. In the meantime, we continue to service and repair all Volkswagen models currently available in the Bay Area. So, if your favorite VW needs some TLC - give us a...

Mini Cooper – 60 years old!

Mini Cooper - 60 years old! Yes, the first MINI was introduced in Great Britain in August, 1959. That’s 60 years ago! The original MINI came in two versions: Morris Mini-Minor and Austin Seven, with minimal differences between the two. The price tag was £497 of which £147 was the British “purchase tax”. From the very beginning, MINI was a lively, fun to drive vehicle. Fuel efficient, it was a welcome sight to the drivers still brutalized by the fuel shortages created by the 1957 Suez Canal crisis. Today, 60 years later, Mini remains a sporty, fun car to drive. At Made in Japan/USA/Europe we salute the MINI and wish it another 60 years, though likely in the electric version (more about that in another post). We have been serving MINI owners since our inception, over 30 years ago, and we are starting preparations to help MINI celebrate its 100th birthday in 2059. In the meantime, we continue to service and repair all models of Mini Cooper - so bring your MINI to us, and experience our first-class customer service as well as the 3 year/36,000 mile...