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VW sets sights on Apple-like model updates with speed task force

1:04 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
VW plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its cars.... Read More »

 

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Experts disagree on how to handle massive data from self-driving cars

July 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Experts have differing views on what to do with the mountain of data that is likely to be generated by autonomous vehicles when computers control much of our cars' functions in the future.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM revises way legal staff handles safety suits

9:35 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
GM has hired an outside legal firm to review the company's litigation practices and has revised the way it handles civil lawsuits so that cases involving serious injuries or deaths will be reviewed by the company's general counsel and engineering staffs, GM's top lawyer plans to tell a Senate panel on Thursday.... Read More »

 

Driverless cars will require industry shift, Nissan scientist says

10:17 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Automakers intending to bring driverless cars to market need to work as much on software design as mechanical engineering, the researcher leading Nissan’s automated-vehicle program says.... Read More »

 

Obama touts progress on 'talking' cars

11:20 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
President Barack Obama highlighted government-backed research on technology being developed by companies including Ford and Toyota to allow cars to communicate with each other.... Read More »

 

Toyota's massive engine overhaul

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Toyota, after long neglecting the internal combustion engine in favor of hybrids, is preparing a sweeping powertrain makeover. It is designing common parts to spread costs across large numbers of engines that will allow it to economically customize engines for specific vehicles with fuel injection, turbocharging and more.... Read More »

 

Toyota ponders awd for next-gen Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The next generation of the Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid, will offer a lithium ion battery and possibly an all-wheel-drive option.... Read More »

 

Ford's vision extends beyond building cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford believes that global traffic congestion and new technologies will force automakers to think beyond their traditional role.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why fuel economy faces law of diminishing returns

3:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
In economics, it's known as the law of diminishing returns, the shrinking benefit you get when you pour ever-increasing resources toward achieving a singular goal. The DOE showed a good mathematical example of the principle today with a graphic it released about the consumer benefits of fuel economy.... Read More »

 

ZF-TRW combination could spark more supplier deals

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen's takeover offer for rival TRW Automotive looks unlikely to draw rival bids for the Michigan-based company, but could trigger further deals down the line, bankers and analysts said today.... Read More »

 

NHTSA investigates 500,000 Ford Motor sedans for potential steering problems

1:20 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
NHTSA is investigating an estimated 500,000 Ford Motor sedans for potential steering problems.... Read More »

 

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Ex-Opel CEO Stracke eyes acquisitions to boost Magna Steyr's engineering unit

July 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Karl-Friedrich Stracke, Magna Steyr's head of vehicle technology and engineering, is betting on acquisitions in China. The supplier is watching the M&A market very closely, Stracke said in an interview.... Read More »

 

TRW attracts takeover offer from ZF Friedrichshafen, report says

10:56 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
TRW Automotive, the world's biggest car-safety equipment supplier, has received a preliminary takeover approach from Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen AG, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. If completed, it would be the largest auto supplier takeover in seven years.... Read More »

 

GM moves Cadillac chief Ferguson back to chief lobbying role

3:23 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Bob Ferguson, the head of Cadillac since October 2012, is returning to his previous position as GM's top government lobbyist, effective immediately. Ferguson, who was head of public policy for GM from 2010 until moving to Cadillac, already had been spending much of his time since mid-March in Washington, helping to steer GM's response to its ignition switch recall.... Read More »

 

U.S. auto recalls smash single-year record with 6 months to go

12:49 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Automakers this year have already recalled more vehicles in the United States than in any other year on record. NHTSA says U.S. recalls total 37.5 million cars to date, topping the 30.8 million record set in 2004.... Read More »

 

Bill Ford predicts 'radical transformation' of auto industry

1:16 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford sees a bright -- albeit remodeled -- future for the automotive industry, according to an op-ed story he authored in The Wall Street Journal.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Delphi CEO summoned to Capitol Hill on GM recall

4:01 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Delphi Automotive, which supplied the faulty ignition switch at the center of General Motors' safety crisis, will join GM on Capitol Hill's hot seat.... Read More »

 

Subaru recalls cars with Takata airbag inflators in U.S.

1:32 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Subaru of America is recalling 8,557 older model cars in the United States equipped with potentially defective airbag inflators made by Japanese supplier Takata, the automaker and federal regulators said today.... Read More »

 

Ford announces 6 recalls covering 100,610 vehicles in North America

10:57 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Ford said it is recalling 100,610 vehicles in North America in six separate actions. About 92,000 of the vehicles have a potential problem with front axles that run to right wheels and may have not been properly installed during assembly. That may cause the axle to move outward over time and eventually become disengaged.... Read More »

 

Supplier aims to be a go-to source for weight loss

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
One of the first things Ramzi Hermiz asked for after taking over Shiloh Industries less than two years ago was a slimmer corporate logo.... Read More »

 

Execs find big fish to fry in small pond

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Executives moving out of top managerial posts at carmakers are finding a nice place to land these days in the industry's high-potential digital marketing world.... Read More »

 

Toyota r&d boss: EVs in need of a Nobel idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The technology needed to make electric vehicles viable hasn't even been invented yet, says Mitsuhisa Kato, Toyota's global r&d chief.... Read More »

 

GM dealers learn how to pitch 4G technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2014
GM is embarking on the industry's broadest deployment of embedded 4G LTE technology, which will be delivered through OnStar. GM is rolling it out on 30 nameplates across its four brands for the 2015 model year, starting with the '15 Chevy Malibu that began arriving in dealerships in mid-June.... Read More »

 

Jeep aims to boost future Wrangler's fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2014
Chrysler Group engineers are striving to improve the Wrangler's fuel economy with lightweight materials, more gears and perhaps a smaller engine.... Read More »

 

Honda expands giant airbag recall to include California

9:36 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Honda expanded a U.S. regional recall of vehicles over potentially explosive airbags to include California after a complaint that said a driver was injured in an accident in the state.... Read More »

 

 
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