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When are humans still better than computers?

Letting technology drive our cars is a more nuanced issue than it may initially seem. At least at the current level of development, we're caught between conflicting realities.

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Hyundai r&d chief: No fear of Apple, Google

Google won't challenge old-school metal-benders by trying to make cars, says Hyundai ...

Diesels still coming to America, Mazda says

While diesel-powered Mazdas haven't made a U.S. debut yet, the automaker still plans ...

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Maven chief drives GM in a new direction

Julia Steyn, who is leading GM's various experiments in vehicle sharing and transportation services under the Maven brand, says she's encouraged by the early results.

Diesels still coming to America, Mazda says

While diesel-powered Mazdas haven't made a U.S. debut yet, the automaker still plans on offering them stateside.

When are humans still better than computers?

Letting technology drive our cars is a more nuanced issue than it may initially seem. At least at the current level of development, we're caught between conflicting realities.

Hyundai r&d chief: No fear of Apple, Google

Google won't challenge old-school metal-benders by trying to make cars, says Hyundai Motor Group's global r&d chief.

Volkswagen to halt sales of most vehicles in S. Korea amid emissions probe

Volkswagen will suspend sales of most of its vehicle models in South Korea from July 25, as pressure builds on the automaker over its falsified emissions tests. The decision comes ahead of a pending

AutoNews Now: GM welcomes ethical hackers

GM welcomes ethical hackers; Tesla's battery bash; Automotive Hall of Fame's Motown move; New Mercedes marketing chief; Mini, Serena get ready for Rio.

Automotive Hall of Fame mulls move to downtown Detroit

After nearly 20 years in Dearborn, Mich., the Automotive Hall of Fame's president says it's time to move the museum to downtown Detroit.

Autoliv net income gains 8.5% in Q2 as airbag business grows

Swedish safety products supplier Autoliv said it posted gains across all its product lines during the second quarter as it generated more airbag business than expected in the wake of the Takata

How dealerships can fix 'underselling' right away

Dealerships that suffer from “underselling” can take a few steps to quickly improve their sales performance, says the head of a mystery-shopping consultancy.

Axalta acquires United Paint's automotive coatings business

Axalta Coating Systems has acquired United Paint and Chemical's automotive interior coatings business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Samsung invests $449 million in China's BYD

Samsung pursued a stake in EV specialist BYD after an affiliate was among foreign battery makers left off a list of suppliers approved by China, where sales of EVs are surging and the government has

For Elon Musk, Tesla's impresario, the latest act falls flat

The hints, the tweets, the will-he-or-won't-he suspense. It was classic showman Elon Musk. Then his much-hyped 1,500-word manifesto dropped and -- whiff.

Volvo plans self-driving car by 2021 to challenge BMW

Volvo plans to sell a model able to pilot itself down the highway by 2021. The carmaker needs expertise in software and cloud services and is looking into various partnerships, CEO Hakan Samuelsson

GM, Isuzu end pickup truck tie-up in Asia; GM eyes more upscale market

GM and Isuzu have agreed to stop working together on developing midsize pickup trucks made in Asia, as the U.S. automaker focuses on the higher end of the market while the Japanese firm sticks to

FCA recalling 410,000 vehicles for software, wiring issues

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is recalling nearly 410,000 vehicles worldwide because of a defect that can lead to a loss of propulsion.

Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief

Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes-Benz cars. Seeger currently serves as head of Mercedes in Turkey and will succeed Ola Kallenius who will take over as

FCA cites 124 dealerships for excellence in customer sales, service

A new awards program by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has encouraged many of its dealerships to raise their scores in surveys of service customer satisfaction -- in some instances to historically high

Car-hacking has the industry's highest level of attention, conference shows

If the 500-strong crowd at the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit here today is any indication, cybersecurity now has the automobile industry's undivided attention.

First Shift: Nader sees slow road to autonomy

Nader sees slow road to autonomy; $3B Tesla master plan?; Daimler accelerates EVs; VW to stop some sales in S. Korea; GM, Isuzu cease pickup partnership; Volvo's 2021 goal.

Auto industry should enlist hackers to aid in cybersecurity, panelists say

If the auto industry wants protection from the most talented players in the cybersecurity field, then it needs to attract hackers, panelists said today at the Billington Global Automotive

First Shift: GM posts $2.9 billion profit

GM posts $2.9 billion profit; Musk's 'master plan' takes Tesla beyond EVs, batteries; Rosekind: U.S. still bullish on autonomous cars; Daimler, Volvo profits; Chevy's product pipeline.

Vehicle advancements can trigger more calls for roadside help, AAA says

Technological and design advancements in vehicles haven’t reduced the need for drivers to seek roadside assistance and there is new evidence that they actually may be contributing to more calls

Suspect in shooting of 2 UAW officials in Chicago pleads not guilty to attempted murder

The man who allegedly shot two UAW local officials outside of a union hall in Chicago was charged with eight counts of attempted murder. William Cowart, 50, was also charged last week with two counts

Volvo eyes record year as profit triples in first half

Volvo is confident of reaching record sales and earnings for the full year after it reported half-year operating earnings rose to 5.59 billion Swedish crowns ($649.8 million) up from 1.66 billion in

Mercedes' Q2 profit drops on Takata airbag recall

Daimler reported weaker profit from its Mercedes Cars unit in the second quarter because of the cost of refreshing its lineup and one-time charges related to recalling cars with faulty Takata airbags.

Dana Q2 net income falls 10% as company tweaks its corporate name

Dana Holding today reported a 10 percent decline in second-quarter net income to $53 million on lower sales in its commercial vehicle and off-highway driveline units. The company also tweaked its

BMW names Duesmann as new purchasing chief

BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former F1 powertrain boss and current engine guru, to the company's management board as head of the purchasing and supplier network. Duesmann will replace Klaus

U.S. Energy department expands EV charging loan guarantees

The White House is expanding a federal loan guarantee program to include companies building electric vehicle charging stations, as part of a broader effort to boost EV sales.

GM may recall another 4.3M vehicles for Takata airbags; cost could reach $550 million

General Motors said in a securities filing on Thursday it may be forced by U.S. regulators to recall another 4.3 million vehicles for Takata airbag inflators -- a call-back that would cost it $550

GM Q2 net income more than doubles to $2.87 billion

General Motors' strategy of focusing on retail sales in North America paid off in the second quarter, with net income more than doubling from the year-earlier quarter. GM reported overall net income

VW labor chief warns of tough talks over savings, strategy

Volkswagen Group's efficiency drive at its namesake brand is paying off, but talks over further savings and strategy changes will be tough, said Bernd Osterloh, the automaker's labor boss, who added

Mitchell Plastics to build $20.5 million parts plant near Detroit

Canadian auto supplier Mitchell Plastics plans to invest $20.5 million to build a plant north of Detroit in Sterling Heights, Mich., a move that will create 122 jobs, the state's development arm said.

AutoNews Now: Can driver logs shield Tesla in court?

Tesla's data trove could aid its defense; Mazda mulls diesel in U.S.; GM recalls Impalas with flawed airbags; Hyundai's first Genesis store; Honda, Softbank to tap into driver emotions

How BMW learned the best product placement is a true story

On Saturday, ABC's “20/20: In an Instant” featured the true story of a car accident involving a BMW sedan and an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rig.

JCI's auto unit posts record quarterly profit with spinoff approaching

Johnson Controls reported record income in its fiscal third quarter for its automotive unit, even as revenue fell 19 percent due in part to the deconsolidation of its interiors business.

Mini campaign will defy labels during Olympics

Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields has dealt with a bevy of labels in her life. Shields -- who captured a gold medal during the London games in 2012 -- is one of eight current and former U.

Musk's new Tesla 'master plan' comes with big price tag

Elon Musk's latest "master plan" for Tesla Motors to develop an electric commercial truck, a public bus, a pickup and systems to enable fully autonomous driving, could cost $2 billion to $3 billion

Dow-DuPont shareholders approve $59 billion merger of equals

Shareholders of Dow Chemical and DuPont approved the companies' historic merger, clearing a hurdle for the deal to close this year and for a later split into three entities. The impact of the

China lifts stake caps on foreign motorcycle, battery manufacturers

China’s central government said it’ll exempt foreign makers of motorcycles and batteries from ownership limits in their manufacturing operations, revising a key industrial policy just as

VW emissions-rigging claims reach back further

VW's emissions rigging dates back to 1999 when Audi engineers developed software to cheat emissions tests, U.S. lawsuits allege. Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn and other top company executives

Metaldyne Performance Group to consolidate 8 brands

Powertrain components supplier Metaldyne Performance Group will consolidate its eight brands following a merger nearly two years ago. All brands will fall under the MPG moniker.

First Shift: BMW diesels hit snag in U.S.

BMW diesels hit snag in U.S., VW rethinks role of diesels in market; Fastback Honda Accord spied; Feds mull regulating self-driving tech; Crossovers at heart of Cadillac product plan.

Hyundai dealers in China seek up to $135 million in compensation

A group of Hyundai dealers in China is seeking 800 million-900 million yuan ($120 million-135 million) in compensation from the South Korean automaker, saying Hyundai has cut the flow of models it

EU steps up pressure on VW for bigger consumer payouts

The European Commission is working with consumer groups and regulators in the EU's 28 nations to pressure Volkswagen Group to give payouts to customers caught in its emissions scandal.

AutoNews Now: VW taking another financial hit

Double hit on VW: As cost of scandal rises, 'deep' cover-up alleged; FCA compliance czar; Report: Benz, Ferrari recalls needed; Honda, Buick, Jag spy shots; Look son, no hands!

Musk set to launch new Tesla 'master plan'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he will roll out a new master plan for the electric luxury carmaker later Wednesday, after hints he intends to make Tesla a renewable energy enterprise offering products and

NHTSA's Rosekind stands by self-driving cars

The head of NHTSA said Wednesday the U.S. government will not abandon efforts to speed the development of self-driving cars, despite a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S operating on an

BMW N.A. retains Interpublic's UM for media work

Interpublic Group's UM has retained BMW's North American media planning and buying account after a review. The agency has also picked up media planning for BMW-owned Mini, after previously handling

Daimler, Ferrari selling some new vehicles with faulty airbags, Senate report says

Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Vans units and Ferrari are among a small group of automakers selling some new vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that will be subject to recalls by the end of

Tesla's data collection may help it deflect Autopilot liability, lawyers say

The large volume of data Tesla collects from its cars on the road has armed it with information to publicly counter, and possibly legally defend, claims about the safety of its Autopilot driving-

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