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TOYOTA'S IDEA FACTORY

Toyota's idea factory ramps up

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2016

Six months on the job, Toyota Motor Corp.'s top visionary for new mobility is spelling out priorities and ambitions, promising new safety technologies for cars within five years and envisioning a time when even children are chauffeured solo in autonomous vehicles to soccer practice.... Read More »

Mercedes: Google doesn't scare us

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2016

Mercedes-Benz executives say they're well-positioned to capitalize on technological and demographic changes that will transform the industry over the next 10 years.... Read More »

Nissan's to-do list: Range, autonomy

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2016

Nissan will introduce two new technologies this year to move the needle on CEO Carlo Ghosn's goal of making Nissan a leader in electric vehicles and self-driving cars.... Read More »

VW to fit filters to clean up gasoline engines

June 24, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen plans to fit particle filters in up to 7 million turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engines starting mid-2017 to help meet future tailpipe emission targets.... Read More »

FCA recalls 13,092 Maserati cars for rollaway risk

8:15 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's Maserati unit is recalling 13,092 Quattroporte and Ghibli luxury cars from the 2014 model year because they may roll away after drivers mistakenly believe they have engaged the vehicles in 'park' mode.... Read More »

FCA dealers get software to prevent rollaways of recalled Jeep Grand Cherokees

4:30 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2016

Fiat Chrysler sent dealers new software allowing them to install a software-based “Auto Park” feature in 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokees intended to prevent the vehicles from moving when the driver's side door is open and the shifter is not in park. The automaker will begin notifying owners of the recalled SUVs beginning Friday.... Read More »

Tesla, Toyota cited by MIT Tech Review for smart initiatives

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2016

Two automakers -- Tesla and Toyota -- made the cut in MIT Technology Review’s list of the “50 Smartest Companies” in 2016.... Read More »

Faraday cleared to test self-driving cars on California roads

5:31 pm U.S. ET | June 21, 2016

Faraday Future plans to begin testing prototype self-driving electric vehicles on California roads later this year after winning approval from the state.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Should NHTSA take another look at automatic transmission shifters?

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2016

The days when you could seamlessly transition from one brand of car to another and shift the vehicle into gear without thinking about it are gone.... Read More »

FCA will stop equipping new vehicles with Takata airbags slated for recall

12:26 pm U.S. ET | June 21, 2016

Fiat Chrysler said it will soon cease equipping new vehicles with the type of Takata airbag inflators that U.S. auto safety regulators said must all be recalled by the end of 2019.... Read More »

Cheeky, 'Happy Days' and styling tropes: What people think of Mini's Vision Next 100

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2016

Dubbed an “urban go-kart,” Mini's newest concept, the Vision Next 100, imagines a future dominated by electric juice, car-sharing and autonomous driving. Here's what people are saying about the Mini Vision Next 100 concept.... Read More »

Virtual red carpets and a fancy Siri: The Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 and what people think

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2016

BMW Group turned 100 in this year, and to celebrate, each of the company's three brands has unveiled a “Vision Next 100” concept. Rolls-Royce's concept, the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100, also known as the 103EX, is perhaps the most exquisite of the three. Here's what people are saying about the Rolls-Royce concept.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Retailers fall short in cybersecurity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2016

Dealerships fall short in cybersecurity; BMW makes push for tech partners; VW responds to Winterkorn probe; Report: Mitsubishi expects net loss; Tesla tops with talent, survey finds.... Read More »

BMW seeks partners in race to build self-driving car's brain

6:32 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2016

BMW is accelerating plans to acquire technology expertise in a race with the likes of Apple and Google to make cars smart enough to react like human drivers.... Read More »

BMW seeks partners in race to build self-driving car's brain

June 21, 2016 12:11 CET

BMW is accelerating plans to acquire technology expertise in the form of startups, partnerships with tech companies and talent as it races companies such as Apple and Google to build electronic brains for next-generation autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

Mitsubishi expects annual loss due to mileage-cheating scandal, report says

June 21, 2016 11:21 CET

Mitsubishi Motors expects to post a net loss this financial year over its mileage-cheating scandal as it is hit by compensation costs and a slide in vehicle sales, a report said today.... Read More »

Dealers vulnerable to hackers, survey warns

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

A new survey suggests some dealerships could be vulnerable to cyber attacks that would endanger the personal information of their customers. Such data breaches would be not only an immediate business threat, but could result in spooked consumers never doing business with hacked stores again.... Read More »

Speedometer case prompts U.S. Supreme Court to reject challenge to patent reviews

11:07 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled against Cuozzo Speed Technologies Corp. in its challenge to a federal agency's procedures for canceling patents in a case involving a vehicle speedometer that tells drivers when they are speeding.... Read More »

Talking Cadillac on collision course with Silicon Valley

6:55 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

General Motors is rolling out a sedan laden with gadgets that track other cars on the road and can automatically brake to avoid collisions, fulfilling a safety vision decades in the making. Yet the 2017 Cadillac CTS arrives to skepticism in Washington, where Detroit's dream of cars talking to cars is running into Silicon Valley's wireless aspirations.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler to investigate crash that killed 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin

11:52 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Monday it would conduct a "thorough investigation" of a crash involving a recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin. Yelchin, 27, famous for his role as Pavel Chekov in the movies, was found dead early Sunday, pinned against a gate post by his Grand Cherokee, website TMZ.com reported.... Read More »

Bosch still finds N. America fertile

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Already the industry's largest global supplier, Robert Bosch sees big growth ahead in North America through 2020.... Read More »

Toyota researcher sees cheap robots possible by mass production

June 20, 2016 11:21 CET

The researcher hired by Toyota to spearhead its robotics and artificial intelligence efforts says the automaker's production principles can be applied to build affordable helper robots for rapidly aging societies.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Italian-made Dodge Journey

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Dodge Journey output moving to Italy, Jeep Compass and Patriot get reprieve; Toyota's Brexit warning; Mercedes plans EV push in U.S.; Toyota exec's goal: Turn robotics into safety results.... Read More »

Digital world requires collaboration

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Automakers will have to collaborate more and adapt to change faster as pressure from companies such as Tesla, Apple and Google increases the need to offer connected, electrified, autonomous cars, executives said.... Read More »

A FUTURE ON THE 405

Dealer poised to ride Kia's rise

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Lady luck has been kind to Ken Phillips, the country's top Kia dealer by volume. Now he hopes that trend continues with the opening of his multimillion-dollar Car Pros Kia store in Carson, Calif., along the busy Interstate 405 freeway.... Read More »

 
Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10 2016

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Ford of Europe's 6. ...
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Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities

Bruce Gain
9:46 am U.S. ET | June 1 2016

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Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and... ...
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Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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French car sales jump 22% in May on extra selling days
French registrations rose 22 percent in May, benefiting from three extra selling days. ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Ford picks VanDyke to be new Europe marketing chief
Ford has picked Matt VanDyke as its new marketing chief in Europe. VanDyke currently leads Lincoln's ...
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Nissan Europe names new product planning chief
Nissan Europe has named Ponz Pandikuthira, its current light commercial vehicle director, as the aut ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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