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IIHS outruns NHTSA as pacesetter in safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
IIHS crash tests go beyond what's required by the government, and automakers have responded to the results by making substantial engineering changes quickly. Its access to insurance claim data allows it to see areas of unmet need in safety and identify solutions. The group's accolades are must-haves for automakers.... Read More »

 

Airbag-safety vet leads hunt for Takata clues

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
David Kelly, the former federal auto safety regulator chosen to coordinate automakers' investigation into Takata airbag explosions, is no stranger to the issue of airbags endangering lives they're designed to save.... Read More »

 

Honda relies on turbo Civic to lift fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The next-generation Honda Civic's base powerplant will be a downsized turbocharged engine as the automaker tries to boost fuel economy. The turbo engine will help Honda Motor Co. meet stricter emissions standards and deliver fun-to-drive performance that sets the Civic apart, global r&d head Yoshiharu Yamamoto said.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Nissan charts own course to raise racing profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Darren Cox, global director of motorsports for Nissan and head of sales and marketing for the Nismo performance brand, is tasked with raising Nissan's profile in world racing. That includes making NASCAR-centric Americans more aware of Nissan as a bona fide source of performance technology.... Read More »

 

Behind Ford's big performance push

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Increased speed and performance is the new mantra at Ford Motor Co. as the company scrambles to differentiate itself from rivals. That's the thinking behind Ford Performance, a division formed at the end of last year combining Ford's Special Vehicle Team in North America, Team RS in Europe and global Ford Racing.... Read More »

 

Hyundai recalls more than 200,000 Elantras over steering problem

8:14 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
Hyundai is recalling 204,768 Elantras because of a power steering defect that might cause the cars to suddenly revert to manual steering, the company said in a report filed with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

 

Warning other cars about a slippery road

Volvo self-driving car to hit Swedish roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
Volvo Cars' Drive Me pilot program announced last week will push autonomous driving a step closer to reality by putting 100 self-driving XC90 crossovers on Swedish streets by 2017. The vehicles will be driven by ordinary people in Volvo's home city of Gothenburg using a controlled 31-mile route.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler recalling about 467,500 SUVs worldwide

10:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall. The automaker also said it is recalling some 2015 models of the Chrysler 200 for issues that may prevent vehicles from shifting into park.... Read More »

 

ANE's March e-magazine goes live Monday

Feb. 27, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 2. This month's edition looks why ultraluxury brands such as Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are poised to keep experiencing unprecedented success.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Toyota, Mazda bet against each other in quest for 94 mpg

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Japan’s largest auto manufacturer and one of its smallest are betting against each other on divergent paths to the same goal -- an incredible fuel economy rate pushing 94 mpg.... Read More »

 

Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests

10:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's troubled inflators on their behalf.... Read More »

 

Daimler plans years of cost cuts to offset investments to reduce CO2 emissions

Feb. 26, 2015 10:26 CET
Daimler plans to offset higher costs for technology to cut CO2 emissions with material cost savings for at least the next few years, Chief Financial Officer Bodo Uebber said.... Read More »

 

Valeo sees further profit gain after beating 2014 goal

Feb. 25, 2015 10:33 CET
Valeo is targeting a further boost in profitability this year after exceeding its 2014 goals on strong demand for emissions-cutting technologies and intuitive driving systems. The company's operating profit margin rose to 7.2 percent last year beating a 7 percent goal.... Read More »

 

Upgrade envy has drivers trading in cars as often as iPhones

7:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Mike Fine was perfectly happy with his 2011 Nissan Xterra. Then he got a look at his son's ride. The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee was packed with technology: a touchscreen loaded with apps, Bluetooth, all-wheel drive and push-button start. The Nissan had none of those. Fine did what any self-respecting father would do: He ditched the 4-year-old Nissan SUV for his own Grand Cherokee.... Read More »

 

EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. The update covers how automakers should calculate road load values in coast down tests, which measure the rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag of vehicles as they glide from 70 mph to a stop on a straight, flat track.... Read More »

 

GM gets 33 more claims for faulty ignition-switch compensation

11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
GM received another 33 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 4,345, according to the administrator of the company's compensation program.... Read More »

 

OUTSIDE-IN STRATEGY

Fields lures another Ford newbie in push for fresh thinking

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields has plenty of reasons to fear being left behind as Tesla, Google and Apple shake up the auto industry. That’s why he’s hired another outsider to help his 112-year old automaker control its own destiny.... Read More »

 

Did you hear the one about the GM phone?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
News reports about Apple getting into the car business were the talk of Detroit and Silicon Valley last week. Many in Detroit think the maker of the iPhone is biting off more than it can chew. Many in Silicon Valley think an Apple car would be better than anything from Detroit. Jokesters on the Internet also had a field day.... Read More »

 

Automakers and tech companies work to perfect seamless home to vehicle transition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Automakers and suppliers, imagining a day when vehicles and homes are connected over a so-called Internet of Things, are beginning to write software to make the transition between the two more comfortable than ever.... Read More »

 

Thirst for power fuels Nvidia's surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Nvidia Corp., best known for graphics cards for video gaming systems, boosted automotive revenue more than 80 percent in 2014 by capitalizing on car companies' hunger for high-powered computers.... Read More »

 

Connected car's connector: Ethernet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Across the auto industry, a transition is underway to Ethernet, the networking system widely used to connect PCs to the Internet and one another.... Read More »

 

Robot orders surge as vehicle output climbs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
In a bid to keep pace with rising production, automakers and suppliers are ordering record numbers of robots. Last year, companies ordered 17,678 automotive robots in North America, up 45 percent from 2013, said the Robotic Industries Association. Manufacturers are hustling to boost output now that annual North American light-vehicle production is topping 17 million units.... Read More »

 

S.C. testing center plans expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The International Transportation Innovation Center in Greenville, S.C., is expanding in hopes of attracting work on advanced technology such as wireless charging, automatic parking and zero-emission vehicles.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

For Apple, an opportunity to revolutionize the automobile, without ever selling one

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015
What could Apple do for the auto industry? With its $178 billion cash pile, probably anything it wants. But there's little reason to believe that Apple would want to join a marketplace that already exists — unless it saw an opportunity to revolutionize it.... Read More »

 

Apple hiring patterns, patents signal automotive r&d plans

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
A year and a half ago, Apple had applied for just eight patents related to auto batteries. Recently, it has hired a bevy of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis.... Read More »

 

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