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Many drivers are ready for autonomous cars, survey says

5:02 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
A significant percentage of drivers are ready for their cars to do the driving for them. In a study conducted in June by Insurance.com, 32 percent of the 2,000 licensed drivers surveyed said they would not continue to drive themselves once a self-driving car became available.... Read More »

 

2015 Cadillac ATS offers wireless charging dock

2:41 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors will offer wireless charging for smartphones for the first time in the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe when they are launched this fall.... Read More »

 

Hot hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Honda Motor Co. engineers are trying to figure out why an Acura NSX undergoing high-speed testing at Germany's Nurburgring last week caught fire and burned to the ground.... Read More »

 

Ford EcoBoost V-6 makes V-8 power

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s latest EcoBoost engine -- a compact, lightweight 2.7-liter V-6 -- will be the smallest engine available in a full-sized pickup when it debuts this fall in the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. But it generates V-8 levels of power: 325 hp and 375 pounds-feet of torque.... Read More »

 

Self-driving tech attracts ZF to TRW

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Self-driving cars are years away, but their lure is prompting ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a German supplier of transmissions and other mainstream products, to consider buying TRW Automotive, said ZF's finance chief.... Read More »

 

OnStar change targets service visits

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Starting with its 2015 models, GM will offer buyers free monthly vehicle-diagnostic reports through OnStar, and allow those customers to sign up to receive maintenance notifications from their dealerships.... Read More »

 

Millennials drawn to car-sharing services, but eventually, they buy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Car- and ride-sharing programs are changing the way city dwellers get around and the way millennials think about car ownership. Automakers have noticed and are experimenting with ways to adapt -- creating partnerships with car-sharing services or offering their own transportation services.... Read More »

 

Nissan expands U.S. recall of cars with defective Takata airbags

2:45 pm U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Nissan is expanding by 226,326 vehicles a U.S. recall of older models equipped with defective airbags made by Takata, Nissan said in an amended filing posted Saturday by U.S. safety regulators.... Read More »

 

NHTSA to investigate older GM models for software, airbag glitch

3:03 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
NHTSA will investigate whether 320,000 older Chevrolet Impalas have a software defect that might cause airbags to fail to deploy in a crash.... Read More »

 

GM's quarterly profit plunges on recall costs

7:36 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
The heavy cost of General Motors' unprecedented slew of safety recalls during the second quarter wiped out most of its profits, erasing the fruits of strong truck pricing in North America and sales growth in China.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM lists more Cobalt, Ion fatalities in quarterly crash data

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
In the first quarter, General Motors received claims that defects in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion caused 17 deaths and 167 injuries, according to data it submitted to federal safety regulators. The disclosures do not link directly to the company's recalls for faulty ignition switches, but they suggest that the pool of potential victims could expand.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM seeks broader immunity in switch lawsuits

3:49 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
GM, moving to expand its immunity from lawsuits after recalling almost 29 million cars in North America, said it sees no need to try to settle customer claims until a judge decides whether it's legally responsible for faults in its predecessor's cars.... Read More »

 

GM sales surge despite recalls as Barra proves quality sells

9:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
General Motors' Mary Barra is projected to report her second straight quarter of rising sales, adding to evidence that the CEO is weathering the biggest wave of recalls in automotive history. Second-quarter revenue may rise 2.7 percent, the average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM recalls 717,950 vehicles, pushing year's recall tally to 60

2:07 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
General Motors is recalling another 717,950 vehicles in the United States, mostly 2010-12 model year cars and crossovers, lifting its total for the year to a record 60 safety campaigns covering around 29 million vehicles globally.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings

10:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls older Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees for ignition switch

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the “on” position, causing a stall and possible loss of power to the airbags. Engineers are still developing a fix, and the company says it is initiating a recall “out of an abundance of caution.”... Read More »

 

Targeted digital video ads deliver preferred car colors

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
A New York company that creates personalized online video ads is harnessing the power of the palette. Say, for instance, a car shopper builds a shiny red SUV in an automaker's online configurator. Eyeview says its technology can deliver an online video advertisement of that shiny red SUV directly to that customer.... Read More »

 

Former Ford digital exec Monty joins PR and social media firm

9:16 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Scott Monty, Ford's former social media chief who left the automaker two months ago, is joining Shift Communications, a public relations and social media agency with offices in Boston, San Francisco and New York.... Read More »

 

Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial reality" and a "regulatory minefield." That is exactly why he wants to hit the technology hard and fast right now.... Read More »

 

The vision for self-driving cars? 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The self-driving car is moving from research lab to product plan, with a wave of advanced features due to hit the market by 2020, automakers and suppliers say.... Read More »

 

Can Linux speed in-car systems?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers.... Read More »

 

BMW open to sharing battery technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI.... Read More »

 

WATCH THE ROAD

New head-up displays could change views for drivers and the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Head-up displays with "augmented reality," the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how drivers see the road.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Cue from airlines helps dealership cut no-shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Robert Karbaum came up with is an "appointment boarding pass" to send to customers' smartphones via text or e-mail minutes after they schedule a test drive.... Read More »

 

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

Valeo boosts its N.A. r&d with hundreds of engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
French supplier Valeo SA is hiring hundreds of engineers in North America and is opening an office in Silicon Valley.... Read More »

 

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