Automakers are rethinking the way they design car cockpits to reduce cognitive overload as more sophisticated infotainment systems risk increasing driver distraction, a problem that has been linked to an increasing number of fatal accidents.
Fisker Automotive, the plug-in hybrid sports car maker grappling with financial woes, today laid off 75 percent of its more than 200 employees. About 53 senior managers and executives have been retained to pursue buyers for the company's assets.
My 2-year-old son recently started asking about the clock hanging on the wall of his bedroom. What does learning how to tell time have to do with cars? Ideally, nothing, because analog clocks have no reason to be in cars anymore.
Daimler said vehicle sales at its Mercedes-Benz Cars unit rose 5.7 percent to a record 150,430 units in March compared with the same month a year earlier because of strong U.S. demand and small gains in Europe and China.
Not only is Kia benchmarking BMW and Audi; it is crawling out of the shadow of its bigger corporate sibling, Hyundai. Its new goal: model its own brand identity after Volkswagen's as it seeks to be mass-market yet one notch above the pack in terms of quality and flair.
BERLIN (Reuters) -- General Motors CEO Dan Akerson and the new head of GM's Opel unit, Karl-Thomas Neumann, will visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel next Thursday, along with members of the GM board, a government spokesman said on Friday.
It wasn't long ago that gasoline was the only fuel a Porsche could use. Today, the powertrain options at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary include diesel, gasoline-electric hybrid and, soon, plug-in hybrid. Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche's r&d boss, is spearheading the changes.
Does Volkswagen still expect to hit its much talked-about target of 1 million sales in the United States by 2018? At the New York auto show last week, Jonathan Browning, CEO of VW Group of America, offered a roundabout answer that smelled, at best, like a maybe.