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Takata executive indicted in U.S. for fixing prices of seat belts

1:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
An executive at embattled Japanese auto supplier Takata was indicted today for conspiring to fix the prices of seat belts sold to carmakers, the US Justice Department said.... Read More »

 

ONWARD ONLINE

After decades of store confinement, the F&I office is inching digital

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village in Cicero, N.Y., says he has embraced putting financing tools on the dealership group's e-commerce website. Why not? The features that enable online car shoppers to get firm financing quotes, monthly payment calculations and trade-in values are helping the 16-dealership, 20-franchise group sell vehicles.... Read More »

 

GM issues stop-sale on crossovers for problem with Goodyear tires

10:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
General Motors has told dealers to stop delivery of about 6,300 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers because of a pending recall to replace tires that are prone to cracking.... Read More »

 

PSA winds down hybrid air fuel-saving project, still seeks partner to share costs

Jan. 22, 2015 12:45 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said it will continue development of its Hybrid Air technology to reduce fuel use, despite reports in the French press that the project almost certainly will not see commercialization.... Read More »

 

Ford to open r&d lab in Tesla's backyard

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley r&d center that is believed to be one of the auto industry's largest.... Read More »

 

TrueCar says more than half of its web traffic now is mobile

8:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
As technology plays a more pivotal role in the vehicle-shopping process, mobile shoppers, for the first time, have begun to make up the majority of TrueCar's web traffic.... Read More »

 

Toyota supplier weighs raising airbag capacity as demand climbs

9:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Toyoda Gosei, a supplier part-owned by Toyota, is considering increasing its capacity for making airbags to cater to expanding global demand for the safety devices.... Read More »

 

Google's self-driving car underpinned by Detroit area suppliers

11:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
The fate of Google's self-driving car rests in the hands of Roush Industries and several other Detroit area suppliers. Roush, an engineering and specialty manufacturing company known for its custom Ford Mustang models, will assemble a test fleet of 100 Google prototypes in 2015.... Read More »

 

GM gets 108 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation

8:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
General Motors has received 108 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,818, according to the official administering the compensation program.... Read More »

 

Hyundai posts biggest gain in global patent filings, report says

1:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Hyundai posted the biggest gains in the number of patent filings over the past five years, narrowing the gap with industry leader Toyota, according to an analysis of global patent applications released today.... Read More »

 

Pushing 30: Ram pads lead in mpg wars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
In the full-size pickup fuel economy race, it's diesel vs. aluminum, and diesel is winning.... Read More »

 

Signature sound

Autos, audio amplify each other

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover's partnership with Meridian is part of an intensifying competition among luxury carmakers to use high-end audio brands to enhance their vehicles' appeal. In December, Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln became the latest entrant, announcing a 10-year partnership with Revel, a premium speaker brand owned by Harman International Industries.... Read More »

 

Ford tests 'beacons' to beam info to shoppers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Ford Motor Co. is testing a new way that shoppers browsing on a dealership lot can learn about the vehicles they're looking at. Ford is demonstrating the technology, which it developed in conjunction with Cisco Systems, on an F-150 at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Google car project finds friends in industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Chris Urmson, the director of Google's autonomous driving project, revealed at the Automotive News World Congress last week that Google is working closely with global suppliers such as Bosch and Continental to build the prototypes that it plans to begin testing on California roads this year.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Luxury brands seek an edge with tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
The horsepower race is dead, giving way to advanced hybrid technology and smaller displacement engines. Digital technology has become central to selling vehicles, not only on smartphones and tablets but in innovative showroom settings. These are some of the ways that luxury brands are embracing the megatrends discussed at the Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

After '11 quake, Renesas is ready for next disaster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
At the International CES this month, chipmakers such as Renesas, Nvidia and Freescale were eager to brag about their readiness to supply the silicon brains for infotainment and driverless cars. But when I chatted with Ali Sebt -- chief of Renesas' U.S. operations -- I was preoccupied with thoughts of floods, earthquakes and fires.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Honeywell turbo boss expects to gain from hot sector's growth

Jan. 16, 2015 06:01 CET
Honeywell, the world's leading turbocharger supplier, foresees big gains for the performance-boosting, CO2-reducing technology, Terrence Hahn, CEO of the Switzerland-based Honeywell business unit, told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Jeep Cherokee catches fire 2 days after purchase; NHTSA opens probe

11:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
A 2015 Jeep Cherokee that erupted in flames two days after purchase has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate whether a defect exists in 50,415 of the SUVs.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM accused of misleading investors over recalls

6:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
General Motors managers misled investors and regulators for years about issues connected to vehicle ignition switch defects, shareholders said in a lawsuit accusing the company of inflating the stock's value.... Read More »

 

When the Motor City becomes Startup City

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Metro Detroit, the automotive capital of the world, ironically isn't a hotbed for mobility upstarts, but several efforts are under way in the auto industry to help develop more transportation startups and improve the industry's risk tolerance.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Zetsche, Tesla's Musk have similar timetables for self-driving cars

8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have very similar timetables for when they think autonomous cars will be on the road.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Bosch outlines 10-year path to door-to-door driverless car

6:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH -- the world's largest automotive supplier -- is preparing to roll out the technology needed to allow cars to pilot themselves and change lanes at high speeds on the autobahn.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen starts sales of black-box recorder for vehicle data

Jan. 14, 2015 18:18 CET
Volkswagen plans to sell a black box in Austria that records trips and tracks the location of a car. The box will be available for new and old VW and Audi models. VW plans to expand the service to other European markets.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Ford will limit aluminum mostly to trucks, Hinrichs says

9:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Ford isn't planning to use much aluminum beyond trucks because the benefits for other vehicles aren't as compelling. The company sees better, more cost-effective ways to improve the fuel economy of its cars.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Google in talks with OEMs, suppliers to build self-driving cars

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Internet giant Google has started talks with most of the world's top automakers and assembled a team of global suppliers to speed its push to bring self-driving cars to market, Chris Urmson, the head of the project, said today at the Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »

 

 
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