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Average fuel economy drops to 25.4 mpg in June

11:23 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. was down 0.1 mpg in June, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.... Read More »

Chevy has a cool answer when phone gets too hot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is beating the heat this summer by rolling out a phone-cooling system in select 2016 models.... Read More »

Google Maps will sound train whistle

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Google, responding to a call from the Federal Railroad Administration to help reduce the occurrence of train-vs.-car crashes, has agreed to work with the agency to pinpoint nearly every one of the nation's roughly 250,000 railroad grade crossings and integrate the data into the Google Maps smartphone app that many drivers routinely use for navigation, according to a New York Times report.... Read More »

Volvo exec pledges to protect drivers from hackers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Volvo's information-technology boss says the Swedish automaker's commitment to safety includes the promise to protect its customers from vehicle hackers. Klas Bendrik, 45, Volvo's chief information officer, also believes that the company's connected car features need to be easy to use, affordable and provide tangible benefits.... Read More »

Toyota claims top range for hydrogen-powered Mirai

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. said last week that its hydrogen-powered Mirai has a range of 312 miles between fueling stops, the most of any emissions-free car on the market, though finding a location for a fueling stop will be a challenge.... Read More »

How Infiniti climbed quality chart

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2015

The entire auto industry got a little bit better on quality this year, but few brands jumped in the rankings of a closely watched survey the way Infiniti did. The brand focused on two problem areas, telematics and a noisy transmission, to make big gains in J.D. Power's latest quality ratings.... Read More »

Toyota finds airbags are in demand on world's deadliest roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

For many years, carmakers have been loath to make airbags standard on models in India, worried that higher costs will hurt sales. But Toyota has found that customers don't mind paying more for safety on the world's deadliest roads.... Read More »

Citroen will drop hydropneumatic suspension

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen will stop selling cars equipped with its once-renowned hydropneumatic suspension system. Instead it's working on “new technologies” to ensure that a comfortable ride remains at the heart of the French brand's top models, CEO Linda Jackson told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module

4:00 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Ford is recalling 432,096 Focuses, C-Maxes and Escapes, including some 2015 models, for faulty body control modules.... Read More »

BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013.... Read More »

Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs

6:25 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells.... Read More »

GM directors don't have to face ignition-switch claims

6:54 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

General Motors directors don't have to face investors' allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for at least 119 deaths.... Read More »

Car-sharing plan cuts owner costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Ford Motor Co. is entering the car-sharing market with a program that will cut Ford Credit customers' vehicle costs by enabling them to rent out their cars. The pilot program, Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing, invites 26,000 select Ford Motor Credit Co. customers in six U.S. cities and London to rent their vehicles to other drivers for short-term use.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why Toyota can set the car-tech agenda

1:28 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Alix Partners assessed the ability of automakers to pay for the cool but expensive technology about to flood into vehicles. Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Toyota was by far the best-positioned.... Read More »

Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a person familiar with the project said.... Read More »

GM tweaks Colorado, Canyon turbodiesel for cold weather

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Because diesel engines can get cranky in cold weather, General Motors engineers have redesigned several key components in the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel coming this fall in the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized trucks.... Read More »

BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform

June 29, 2015 14:58 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013.... Read More »

Ford builds in Silicon Valley -- and talent comes

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Ford's Silicon Valley research center is helping the automaker attract employees with different backgrounds and perspectives than it usually gets at its home campus in Michigan. It hopes a presence in the nation's high-tech hub will help produce the types of innovations necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing industry.... Read More »

In CASE you missed it, here's the future of the car business in a word

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Consulting firm AlixPartners has taken a shot at creating some shorthand to describe the coming investment crunch faced by automakers. In a report released last week, AlixPartners came up with CASE - short for “connected, autonomous, shared and electric” - to refer to the bundle of technologies and business models that car companies may need to embrace to remain at the forefront of the industry.... Read More »

'The Future' is now: Lexus will test hoverboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

It's been 30 years since the first Back to the Future movie was released, and Marty McFly only hopped on a hoverboard to evade his pursuers in the second installment released in 1989.... Read More »

Passing a big rig? Don't sweat it, Samsung says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Passing an 18-wheeler on a two-lane road is pretty harrowing. Now, Samsung has created a system that could take some of the guesswork out of overtaking large trucks.... Read More »

Chasing Jetta, Chevy equips Cruze with a new turbodiesel

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Chevrolet isn't just sticking with a diesel offering on the next-generation Cruze - it's talking tough about challenging Volkswagen for passenger-car diesel leadership in the U.S.... Read More »

Chevy pulls ahead timetable for Bolt EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors has accelerated development of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle as the automaker tries to have the first mainstream brand with a long-range EV on the market.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: Self-driving cars already have ethics

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

Car companies aren't usually involved in philosophic debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die.... Read More »

Ford F-150 pickups draw NHTSA scrutiny

1:31 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Some Ford F-150 pickups from the 2011-12 model years are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a possible defect that could cause loss of power-brake assist.... Read More »

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