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Ford seeks younger Mustang buyers with tech features

12:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as Ford's most technology-laden pony car yet. The fastback model will arrive first, followed by the convertible later in the fall. Ford hopes to appeal to a new generation of Mustang buyers -- and overseas markets -- by offering technologies never seen before in Ford's pony car.... Read More »

 

Ford and Lincoln get connected with Apple's Siri

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
After years of negative customer reviews of its in-car voice-recognition technology, Ford may solve some of its lingering issues by partnering with Automatic Labs. Soon, drivers will be able to ask Apple's Siri system about the weather and turn on their home thermostat from the wheel of their Ford or Lincoln, the automaker said Tuesday.... Read More »

 

Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tuesday.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

NHTSA chief, before blistering Senate panel, admits 'we need to improve'

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today insisted that his agency lacked enough information to force a recall of faulty General Motors ignition switches before this year, but under heavy criticism from members of a Senate subcommittee he admitted that regulators could have done better.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

House report, citing 'critical mistakes,' blasts NHTSA

11:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators failed to detect GM's defective ignition switches despite having “ample information” about the problem as early as 2007, according to a House committee investigation into the GM recalls and NHTSA released today.... Read More »

 

Bosch benefits as new ZF-TRW combo enters driverless car fray

6:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Robert Bosch GmbH gained full control over key automotive technology, positioning the world's biggest parts supplier as an unexpected beneficiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG's leap into the No. 2 position.... Read More »

 

Feinberg team approves 19 death claims in GM ignition switch case

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The independent lawyer overseeing GM's program to compensate victims of accidents that involved defective ignition switches has approved claims for 19 deaths, at least six more fatalities than GM has officially linked to the faulty part. The approved claims are now awaiting a decision on payment amounts.... Read More »

 

END OF FENDER BENDERS

Experts see a world free of crashes, not drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A parade of new mainstream models equipped with advanced safety technologies that take control of the vehicle in certain instances will soon be in showrooms. But the goal of a car that makes its own way, sans driver, remains distant and uncertain.... Read More »

 

Nissan transforms Japanese plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
With a stern foreman clocking their efforts on his stopwatch, the Chinese apprentices snap together their first Nissan vehicle, brick by brightly colored plastic brick.... Read More »

 

OnStar, police are hitting the brakes on stolen cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
OnStar has worked in tandem with law-enforcement agencies for years to recover more than 60,000 stolen vehicles.... Read More »

 

Pay attention! It's your turn to drive now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In conjunction with the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, Toyota unveiled Automated Highway Driving Assist, a technology that allows the central computer to guide the car at highway speeds.... Read More »

 

Industry learns to share road with tech giants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Now that North America's mobile-phone market has matured, corporate behemoths such as Verizon, AT&T, Google and Apple have zeroed in on autos as the next big thing.... Read More »

 

Hearing to focus on NHTSA reform, safety laws

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In his last appearance before Sen. Claire McCaskill's consumer protection subcommittee, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration left plenty of questions about his agency's handling of the General Motors ignition switch defect unanswered.... Read More »

 

Ford bites back at Apple hype: Your tech's old news

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
During the Apple Watch two-hour webcast, Ford used its main Twitter account and the hashtag "#wegotthat2" to joke that its products already offered many of the new devices' most alluring features.... Read More »

 

Urban development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Chevrolet's EN-V concept vehicles for urban mobility, on display at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit last week, were used to demonstrate the integration of electric powertrains with autonomous-driving and communications technology.... Read More »

 

Sensor cuts self-driving car costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
You can't buy one yet, but the autonomous vehicle just got a little cheaper.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Dealerships' tech team offers training for all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A few years ago, Ford's quality ratings began to take a hit from consumers who found its MyFord Touch infotainment system less than user-friendly.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Tenneco cuts emissions with quick warm-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In Jan. 1, 2017, EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards will kick in, affecting the 2018-25 model years. Tenneco Inc., a major supplier of exhaust systems and emissions equipment, is getting ready.... Read More »

 

BMW veteran takes charge of Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
BMW veteran Roland Krueger has been named to head Nissan's leaderless Infiniti luxury unit.... Read More »

 

N.A. robot sales poised for record

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A bumper crop of North American vehicle launches this year has triggered what is shaping up as a record wave of robot purchases by automakers and suppliers.... Read More »

 

Lawyers reaching for in-car data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
Information gathered by vehicle telematics systems is garnering increased attention from lawyers who see the data as a puzzle piece in building court cases.... Read More »

 

Raising the temperature fast

How automakers, suppliers are preparing for tougher emissions rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
The EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards take effect in 2017. To meet the standards in the early years, automakers will adopt well-known technology to increase engine efficiency. Then the hard work starts.... Read More »

 

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Up-to-the-minute maps will be critical for autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014
Autonomous vehicles will sport sophisticated sensors and radar systems to read and react to their surroundings, but their robotic drivers still will require vivid and current roadmaps to put the various inputs into context.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Smart dealers can make big bucks through smartphones

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Car dealers are sitting on a gold mine: their idle inventories. The tool to turn that goldmine into gold is the smartphone.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM has substantially completed vehicle recalls, Barra says

9:06 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
General Motors has “substantially completed” its vehicle recalls, CEO Mary Barra said. “We're working hard to make sure that as new vehicles come out, they achieve even higher levels” of quality and safety, Barra told reporters in New Delhi today. “We're very focused to being industry leaders.”... Read More »

 

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