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Dashboard data shifting the car insurance model and changing ownership math

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
As dashboard data make it easier to determine how people are driving, and how much, insurers are moving toward a usage-based insurance model that could upend the cost-benefit analysis of car ownership.... Read More »

 

HERE's looking at you -- in 3-D

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
John Ristevski's ride always gets attention on the street. People are bound to stop and stare at a bright blue station wagon with $80,000 worth of electronics mounted on its roof and a map of the world affixed to its side. Ristevski works for HERE, the maps division of Finnish telecom company Nokia. And the technology-laded wagon is playing a key role in helping automakers such as BMW and Daimler keep pace with Google in the field of self-driving vehicles.... Read More »

 

VW boosts dual-clutch output in China

Nov. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
VW has boosted production of its dual-clutch transmission at a second plant in China. The plant, in the northern city of Tianjin, will build up to 450,000 units of VW's so-called DSG gearbox annually, with output rising to 1.2 million units by 2016, VW said.... Read More »

 

Ford extends Ranger recall in U.S. to look at driver's side airbag

8:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
A recall of Ford Ranger pickup trucks in the United States was expanded to include more flawed Takata airbags after a fatal accident in Malaysia exposed a defect that wasn't previously known.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Former GM engineer at center of recall crisis says 'I did my job the best I could'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
The General Motors engineer often identified as responsible for a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to 32 deaths said "I did my job the best I could" in his first public comments since GM recalled 2.6 million cars to address the defect early this year.... Read More »

 

TIMELINE -- Takata airbag recalls

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Following are some key events leading to the recall of several million cars fitted with potentially defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata.... Read More »

 

Senate to hold hearing on Takata airbag recalls; company subpoenaed by U.S. grand jury

6:24 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
A Senate Committee hearing into the recalls of defective Takata airbags that have so far been linked to five deaths is slated for next Thursday, the committee announced today. Also, the supplier earlier today confirmed it received a subpoena from a federal grand jury looking into the handling of the flawed airbags.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Delphi turns over GM recall evidence in deal with plaintiffs

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Delphi Automotive agreed to give thousands of documents to lawyers suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and to let the lawyers speak with the supplier's employees in exchange for being dropped as a defendant.... Read More »

 

Local Motors builds another 3-D car, invites public to design their own

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Local Motors, the company that 3-D printed and assembled a drivable car in just five days, is at it again -- this time with one less day and several more ambitious plans for 2015.... Read More »

 

Honda discloses 5th Takata-linked airbag fatality, issues recall

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
The death toll linked to defective Takata airbags grew to five today with Honda disclosing the first fatality outside the United States and calling back more cars.... Read More »

 

Barra to sit out award ceremony following protests

10:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
General Motors said Wednesday that CEO Mary Barra will sit out an award ceremony in her honor next week following protests from a group of family and friends of people killed in defective GM vehicles.... Read More »

 

Takata says it modified compound involved in airbag recalls

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata has modified the composition of an airbag propellant that contains a volatile chemical at the center of a recall of millions of cars worldwide, the company told Reuters.... Read More »

 

AutoNation plans mid-December rollout of digital storefront in Florida

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Customers of 30 AutoNation stores in south Florida next month will be able to use their credit cards to reserve a car they want to buy, as part of a purchase process that is largely online.... Read More »

 

Takata disputes report it hid airbag tests before recall crisis

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata said it tested airbags in 2004 for an issue separate from the flaw at the center of an auto-safety crisis, disputing a report by the New York Times last week.... Read More »

 

Feinberg may seek GM switch-related cases in regulator files

12:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
The lawyer handling General Motors' compensation for victims of accidents tied to its faulty ignition switches said he'll consider an auto safety advocate's suggestion that he comb regulators' files for relevant accidents.... Read More »

 

Zetsche: Daimler has no ambition to run Aston Martin

Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says his company has no plans to increase its stake in Aston Martin or involve itself in operational matters at the UK sports car maker. Daimler supplies Aston Martin with electric and electronic parts and V-8 engines.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Supplier competition intensifies for infotainment software

Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
The battle for the dashboard will intensify as companies fight to supply the brains and technology behind increasingly sophisticated infotainment systems in a western European market that IHS Automotive believes will be worth 3 billion euros by 2020.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to begin replacing Takata airbag inflators in U.S. in Dec.

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Chrysler will begin replacing potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata in more than 371,000 vehicles in early December, according to documents filed by the automaker with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

 

GM discloses more ignition-related deaths in U.S. report

1:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
General Motors' most recent quarterly report to federal safety regulators on crashes that may be linked to a defect lists 47 deaths and 614 injuries in vehicles it has recalled this year for ignition problems.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

GM victim's family left in the dark with compensation clock ticking

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
For 11 years, Jean Averill's family had no idea that her death was connected to a defective ignition switch. For the past five months, Averill's name sat in a footnote at the bottom of Page 103 in the Valukas report, which details the findings of General Motors' investigation into that defective ignition switch.... Read More »

 

Takata's chairman a no-show as airbag crisis endangers dynasty

11:06 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Takata Chairman Shigehisa Takada’s failure to come forward and address an airbag crisis ensnaring the world’s biggest automakers risks shaking investor confidence in the 81-year-old manufacturer’s prospects.... Read More »

 

Mercedes recalls 10,500 C-class cars in U.S. for steering defect

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 10,509 C-class compacts from model year 2015 in the United States because some cars can lose steering function at low speed.... Read More »

 

Takata accused in lawsuit of burying bad airbag test results

8:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Takata, the maker of automobile airbags with a potentially lethal defect that prompted the recall of almost 8 million cars, was accused in a lawsuit of a years-long cover-up.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to humanize autonomous driving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Self-driving cars are coming, but few people will hand over control to the vehicle unless the computer can match the way they like to drive. That's why experts already envision a world in which drivers pick the kind of self-driving experience they want.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

Marelli helps optimize Alfa 4C's transmission

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Magneti Marelli supplies the Alfa Romeo 4C roadster with the technology that helps optimize the performance of its six-speed dual-clutch transmission.... Read More »

 

 
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