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Volvo, Microsoft will bring augmented reality into showrooms

Nov. 20, 2015 11:18 CET

Volvo and Microsoft are working together to bring the tech company's augmented-reality goggles to Volvo showrooms next year to improve safety-feature demonstrations, car customization – and even to offer test drives using a hologram.... Read More »

GM, Army to test Chevrolet Colorado fuel cell

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has been selected by the U.S. Army to test a General Motors-designed hydrogen powered fuel cell powertrain. The grueling 12-month test will help GM engineers and army officials evaluate the fuel cell's performance under strenuous use.... Read More »

Hyundai's tech trickles down to Elantra

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Hyundai's sixth-generation Elantra will come crammed with safety and connectivity technology to fend off a newly redesigned Civic and Nissan Sentra. Like the larger Sonata, the new Elantra sheds some of its former curviness in lieu of clean lines, premium touches and Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille.... Read More »

Auto dealers poised for victory on recall provision in U.S. highway bill

7:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

It was supposed to be the response by Congress to a historic string of auto safety lapses that rocked the industry. Instead, lawmakers are finalizing a highway bill that would let dealers sell used cars with outstanding safety recalls.... Read More »

Buick's 3rd-gen LaCrosse adds sophistication, technology

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Buick is counting on a svelte redesigned LaCrosse to carry on as the brand's flagship and draw more buyers to a declining big-sedan market. The 2017 LaCrosse borrows from the sleek Avenir sedan concept that Buick showed in January -- its front end, including the wing-shaped element in the grille, bears a strong resemblance.... Read More »

Geely plans hybrid, electric versions for 90% of models by 2020

8:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Geely said it will equip more than 90 percent of its models with alternative-energy powertrains in the next five years, the most ambitious plan by a Chinese carmaker so far to improve fuel efficiency ahead of a government-mandated deadline.... Read More »

Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness.... Read More »

Ford reboots 2017 Escape with 2 new engines, stop-start, safety upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Ford is making substantial changes to the Escape crossover, giving the exterior a more rugged, upscale look, and adding safety technology from more expensive vehicles. The 2017 Escape gets a redesigned interior and two new four-cylinder EcoBoost engines, both of which come packaged with stop-start to improve fuel efficiency.... Read More »


New Camaro's light show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro's available specialty interior lighting makes you say, "Wow."... Read More »

Next-gen Leaf: More tech despite low sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Determined to maintain a lead role in electric vehicles, Nissan is working on new technologies to make the next Leaf more appealing.... Read More »

Ford faces trial on mpg estimates as U.S. judge refuses to toss suit

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Ford will have to face trial over claims that it exaggerated fuel-efficiency estimates for its Fusion and C-Max hybrids after a federal judge denied the company’s request to throw the case out.... Read More »

Model S option becomes police matter: We've got a report of a kid in the trunk

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Done with shopping, a mom and dad toss their bags in the back seat, their daughter in the trunk and drive off. A watchful bystander takes notice and alerts the police. Except, this is a Tesla Model S, which has third-row, rear-facing child seats as an option.... Read More »

Brose pushes electrification beyond the powertrain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

The auto industry's push toward electrification is driving changes that increasingly go beyond the powertrain and are transforming other parts of the modern vehicle.... Read More »

Tech puzzle: Just what features do drivers want?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2015

Infotainment presents a delicate balancing act for automakers. They want to stand out from the pack with pioneering features without overly complicating things for motorists. Yet they can't turn to consumers for a detailed forecast of what the future of infotainment should look like.... Read More »


BLOG: Why Tesla leads larger auto players in big data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Tesla could give established automakers lessons on how to maximize big data. “They are already more advanced,” says Matthias Bentenrieder, who specializes in big data at consultancy Oliver Wyman.... Read More »

Kia recalls some 2014-16 Souls for steering glitch

11:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Kia is recalling 256,459 Soul subcompact crossovers in the U.S. for a problem that can lead to steering loss.... Read More »

Ford to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity

5:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Ford will begin testing autonomous vehicles at Mcity, a simulated facility at the University of Michigan, to speed up research of advanced sensing technologies.... Read More »

Apple, Google preferred as designers of next in-car infotainment

Nov. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Car buyers would welcome radio or infotainment systems designed by Apple or Google, according to analysts IHS Automotive.... Read More »


Opel wants leaner Astra to leap over rivals

Nov. 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel hopes to win sales from the Volkswagen Golf as well as compact luxury models such as the BMW 1 series by positioning its new-generation Astra as a near-premium offering that boasts improved fuel economy, a quieter ride plus a wide range of high-tech safety and comfort features.... Read More »


BLOG: VW's 'goodwill package' squandered an opportunity

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

There's one thing Volkswagen needs to do to make sure the owners of its disgraced diesel vehicles get them repaired down the road, and stop fouling the air.... Read More »

Takata crisis hands rival Autoliv chance to go big in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Sweden's Autoliv could capitalize on the crisis engulfing its rival Takata by finally extending its global leadership to the one major auto hub it has been unable to dominate -- Japan. Autoliv is the world's top maker of equipment such as airbags and seat belts, but it has struggled to break ties between Japan's carmakers and Takata.... Read More »


Audi sees A4 causing segment shake-up

Nov. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi executives are optimistic the arrival of the new A4 will give the Volkswagen Group subsidiary the boost it needs after being overtaken by Mercedes-Benz for second place in global premium car sales.... Read More »


BLOG: Range Rover Evoque convertible is ready for (next) summer

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

The Range Rover Evoque that at least several people have been clamoring for is finally here, revealed just in time for winter.... Read More »


BLOG: Crash rarity adds challenge to autonomous push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

Renault-Nissan's head of autonomous vehicle development is unsure whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that there have been no serious crashes while the automaker has tested its technology.... Read More »


Audi speeds up infotainment and driver assistance innovation

Nov. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi's innovative electronics architecture has dramatically shortened the time the brand needs to introduce more powerful processors for in-car infotainment and driver assistance systems, Audi's head of electronic development, Ricky Hudi, explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

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