VW CEO Mueller's pride sets him up for a fall
Posted 5:49 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Christiaan Hetzner is Automotive News Europe's Germany correspondent.
The air of self-confidence that convinced the Volkswagen Group's supervisory board that company veteran Matthias Mueller had what it takes to lead the 12-brand automotive giant is coming back to haunt him.
This week Mueller embarked on his first trip to the U.S., the epicenter of its diesel crisis, since he was appointed VW Group CEO in September. He badly needed to score points at the Detroit au ...
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Ghosn on why Renault-Nissan really needs 2 CEOs
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Jan. 11
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 4. (REUTERS)
DETROIT -- Globetrotting Carlos Ghosn, the time-zone traveling dual CEO of France’s Renault and Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., is no stranger to the misery of jet lag -- splitting his time between Europe and Asia -- and everywhere in between.
But what time trip really sets his head spinning?
“The worst jet lag is Tokyo-New York or Tokyo-Detroit,” Ghosn said of the two Eastern ...
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Get ready for the unexpected in 2016
Posted 12:15 am U.S. ET, Jan. 4
| Luca Ciferri is editor of Automotive News Europe.|
If we have learned anything about the automotive industry in the past few years, it is to expect the unexpected. At the start of last year no one could have predicted that Volkswagen Group would spend the final months of 2015 fighting to regain its credibility after cheating on emissions tests. What will be the big surprises of 2016? Here are few crazy things that just might happen.
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Toyota's tech takes the wheel
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 18 2015
Toyota is testing its autonomous driving technology on Japan's demanding Shuto Expressway, which is narrow, curvy and busy.
Toyota wants its autonomous cars to work with their drivers like “close friends who share a common purpose, sometimes watching over each other and sometimes helping each other out,” said Seigo Kuzumaki, the company’s chief safety technology officer.
That is why Toyota calls its autonomous driving project Mobility Teammate. The system that I got to see in action on Tokyo’s ...
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VW Microbus returning with electric powertrain?
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 16 2015
VW's Microbus concept made its debut at the 2011 Geneva auto show.
The Volkswagen Microbus will return as an electric vehicle, debuting at the CES tech extravaganza before heading into production, Autocar reports.
Volkswagen has teased various versions of the Microbus, or Kombi as it is known in its home market, dating back to the start of the century but has never pulled the trigger on a production version despite very favorable reactions to the concepts at aut ...
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Land Rover fans' eyes are on Gerry McGovern as the next Defender takes shape
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 16 2015
Gerry McGovern with a Defender concept.
Redesigning an iconic vehicle is a job that’ll add plenty of gray hairs to a veteran designer’s head -- if there is any hair left.But that’s what Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s design director and chief creative officer, is facing with his current project: the next Land Rover Defender, the boxy, four-wheel-drive vehicle that has clinged to its same basic shape and remained in ...
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ZF TRW's new center airbag protects against bumping heads
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 4 2015
The center airbag helps to prevent front-seat occupants from smashing into each other during side crashes.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:
Editor's note: A number of vehicles already offer center airbags.
ZF TRW’s new center airbag is one of those products you see and instantly think, “Yeah, that makes sense.” It keeps the driver and front-seat occupant from smashing into each other when the car is hit from the side, helping to reduce trauma to the heads, shoulders and torso areas of the people up front.
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One day historians will examine what factors coalesced to spawn the the German auto industry's biggest corporate scandal.
When they do, they might want to look at a bizarre news conference held on Tuesday by the German auto industry’s chief lobbyist, VDA President Matthias Wissmann, as a behavioral microcosm of lack of accountability that culminated in Volkswagen’s emissions scandal.