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Google's prototype car earned my trust, even when it stopped cold

11:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2
Google's latest self-driving car prototype left me with a warm, cuddly feeling of trust, even when it malfunctioned with me inside, slamming hard on the brakes and refusi ...

Tucson's quick start, Soul help Hyundai-Kia to breakout month

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Slowly but surely, Hyundai Motor Group is shifting resources toward trucks to catch up with rivals in the U.S. market. ...

Trucks lift American Honda; Civic sell down underway with redesign coming

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
With a fresh-looking version of its iconic Civic due in showrooms this fall, American Honda Motor Co. ...

All your Tesla Model X questions, finally answered

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30
Tesla gave journalists a chance to drive the new Model X and fiddle with the crossover's avant-garde features, from the “falcon-wing” doors to the motorized s ...

Google sees 'top-tier OEMs' as partners on self-driving cars

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and president of its parent company Alphabet Inc., expects the technology giant to team up with “top-tier OEMs” when it ulti ...

Automakers gamble on wireless charging standard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Automakers are putting wireless chargers into their cars, but they're still waiting for a clear signal from Apple, which has yet to build the technology into its iPhone. ...

The challenge and promise of car-sharing, in 2 charts

9:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
If you're a forward-looking automaker, it's no longer enough to sell an EV and experiment with autonomous driving -- you need a car-sharing service, too. ...

Notice expected on Mitsubishi plant closure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Mitsubishi, still seeking a buyer for its Illinois assembly plant, is expected to formally notify the plant's 900 workers this week of the plant's imminent closure. ...

Connected car finally may have found a parking spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
Parking is drawing a new level of attention from in-car navigation specialists such as Inrix, of Kirkland, Wash., which already taps into smartphone data to beam down clo ...

App makers eager for clear path to car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28
To get their apps into cars, developers like Pandora have to rewrite their code for every brand, but that could soon change. ...

Apple aims to 'ship' electric car in 2019, report says

UPDATED: 9/21/15 3:12 pm ET - adds background, link
Silicon Valley technology giant Apple has set a goal of finalizing an electric car in 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported. ...

Suppliers team up to provide starter kit for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
Autonomous cars have a dirty little secret: No matter how dazzling they seem, most of the prototypes shown to date rely on a trunkful of computers rigged up with bespoke ...

Hyundai kicks off rookie season with NFL

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21
In June, Hyundai inked a four-year deal with the NFL, replacing General Motors as automotive sponsor of America's most-watched sports league. After a quarter-century of s ...

Hyundai's new CMO aims for a more dominant, loved brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20
Newly hired CMO Dean Evans says Hyundai should stand for more than just rational proof points. ...

After Model X, Tesla will make a mass-market shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
After introducing the Model X crossover this fall, Tesla will turn to the next chapter in its product plan: the smaller, more affordable Model 3, due in late 2017. ...

Google hires TrueCar's Krafcik to steer auto project

UPDATED: 9/14/15 12:57 pm ET - adds TrueCar statement
Google is bringing in John Krafcik, the veteran Ford and Hyundai executive, to head its self-driving car program, presenting the clearest sign yet of Google's broad comme ...

In Krafcik, Google gains a visionary

UPDATED: 9/14/15 11:58 am ET - adds graphic
Anyone who has spent any time with John Krafcik knows he isn't a typical auto executive. ...

Hyundai kicks off NFL advertising with gameday gag

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10
Hyundai launches its NFL sponsorship today with a television ad airing during the regular-season opener between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. ...

Mazda taps Montousse to lead Calif. design studio

9:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Mazda tapped Julien Montousse, an interior design specialist known for crafting the cockpit-like interiors of the Mazda6 sedan and the MX-5 Miata roadster, to lead its U. ...

Shared access to technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7
By opening up patents and sharing a set of powertrains and electronics -- and encouraging other automakers to do the same -- Tesla can invest in what sets it apart: desig ...

Massive windshield, 'sculptural' seats: A glimpse inside Tesla's Model X

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7
New images suggest the Tesla Model X will have a windshield so large that it doubles as a moonroof, stretching well above the driver's head. ...

Toyota invests $50 million in artificial intelligence for smarter cars

UPDATED: 9/4/15 1:16 pm ET - adds comments
Seeking to make cars better at avoiding crashes, Toyota will spend $50 million over five years to set up joint research centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technolo ...

Hyundai brings back Nissan's Hatami as U.S. sales chief

UPDATED: 9/2/15 10:06 am ET - adds Nissan announcement
Derrick Hatami, who left Hyundai last January to become U.S. sales chief at Nissan, will return to Hyundai to fill the company's new vacancy for a U.S. sales chief. ...

Hyundai, Kia notch records on Santa Fe, Soul

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Facing stock market turmoil and an unfriendly calendar, Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia still set monthly U.S. sales records in August on strong demand for crossovers. ...

Hyundai's U.S. sales chief Pradzinski departs abruptly

UPDATED: 9/1/15 3:10 pm ET -- adds background
Bob Pradzinski, the No. 2 sales executive at Hyundai Motor America behind CEO Dave Zuchowski, has left the company, Hyundai said today. There was no immediate word on a s ...
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