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ZF TRW's new center airbag protects against bumping heads

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 4
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The center airbag helps to prevent front-seat occupants from smashing into each other during side crashes.
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 p ...
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Why Tesla leads larger auto players in big data

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 13
Tesla could give established automakers lessons on how to maximize big data. "They are already more advanced. They are already an OEM 2.0," says Matthias Bentenrieder, who is a partner at consultancy Oliver Wyman. He says that Tesla has a better understanding than its competitors of how to use big data to do things such as enhance its relationship with customers, monitor ...
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Why Ghosn, Marchionne agree and disagree on consolidation

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 30
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne both say automakers will face increasing pressure to consolidate, but Ghosn has a very different view on how this will happen than his rival. "If you think consolidation is A buys B then you are going to be wrong," Ghosn said on the sidelines of the Tokyo auto show earlier this week. That is "1950s" ...
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How BMW helped Volvo choose its U.S. plant location

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 20
BMW played a key role in getting Volvo to choose South Carolina as the location for its U.S. plant. “The first company to help Volvo was BMW,” South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told me. The other company that lobbied for the state was aerospace giant Boeing. “Both of them offered everything they could do to help Volvo,” Haley said. “They are t ...
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Why VW is closer than ever to global No. 1

Posted 5:26 am U.S. ET, Jan. 21
Volkswagen Group has reason to celebrate after Toyota seemingly conceded the title of world’s largest automaker to its German rival 21 days into the new year. Toyota said today it expects its sales to slump 1 percent to 10.15 million in the current calendar year because of slowing demand in Japan and emerging markets. If that happens and VW manages a slight increas ...
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Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

Posted 8:00 am U.S. ET, Jan. 14
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road. Musk said that in five years or less the technology will be advanced enough for fully autonomous driving to be a reality. Then it will take another two to three years to: 1) Prove that self-driving cars are safe. 2) Draw up the rules t ...
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Why Jaguar's founder would love the F-Pace

Posted 12:25 am U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum believes that company founder Sir William Lyons would approve of the first crossover in the automaker’s 80-year history. Callum said that Lyons, above all, was an innovator, so he thinks European Automotive Hall of Fame member would love the F-Pace’s “sportiness and pragmatism.” “He would think it’s ab ...
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