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Race cars are laps ahead on connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2016

Although some might think the fuss about connected cars is a relatively recent phenomenon, it's not. Race cars -- including those at today's Indianapolis 500 -- have been transmitting fuel and performance data to pit crews for decades. And some technology tested on the track has found its way into production vehicles.... Read More »

Toyota patent activity soaring

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2016

EV-related technologies have triggered a boom in automotive patents, and they are streaming out of Toyota. And the gap between the number of new Toyota patents and those at the industry's second-place company, Robert Bosch, is enormous.... Read More »

Indy 500 delivers speed, safety advances, innovation for 100 years

10:00 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2016

Technological advancements first tested on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's historic 2.5-mile oval have transitioned to everyday production models since the very first race.... Read More »

Autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing could push insurance premiums down 30%, study finds

12:18 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2016

Auto insurance premiums could decline by as much as 30 percent over the next 25 years as autonomous vehicles and sharing services become more prevalent, a study found.... Read More »

VW sees mobile robots on future assembly lines

11:02 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2016

For Volkswagen AG, one of the visions for future manufacturing includes mobile machinery, with robots cruising around factories and deciding on their own what they'll do next.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Investors eyeing Takata?

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

Investors eyeing Takata?; UAW endorses Clinton; Google plans Detroit-area facility; Milestone at FCA factory; At Ford: Autism, opportunity; Automakers building on JFK's challenge.... Read More »

Apple's next big moneymaker could be cars

May 26, 2016 13:28 CET

Apple's $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing startup Didi is unlikely to be its last in the auto industry. The tech giant is burning more cash than the top 14 automakers combined, say Morgan Stanley analysts. They believe shared mobility has been the main driver of Apple's increased spending.... Read More »

GM's China joint venture to recall 2.16 million vehicles

6:37 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2016

GM's joint venture with China's SAIC will recall about 2.16 million vehicles starting Aug. 15 because the engine crankcase valves may corrode, China's principal consumer protection watchdog said today.... Read More »

Takata hires financial adviser to mull restructuring options

3:51 pm U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

Takata hired investment bank Lazard to lead efforts to seek new investment and help resolve financial issues stemming from its record-setting recall of tens of millions of airbag inflators that can rupture.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: When car-making meets ride-hailing

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

Car-making meets ride-hailing: GM, Toyota, VW hop in; Back-seat dummies; Dodge's new ad agency; F-150 recall; Elkann: No FCA deal to sell stake; Nissan Sentra Nismo, Titan spy shots.... Read More »

Google plans r&d center for self-driving cars in suburban Detroit

1:48 pm U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

Google plans to open a 53,000-square-foot operation in suburban Detroit to conduct further r&d for the company's self-driving automotive technology.... Read More »

BMW invests in California-based mobile carpooling app

12:01 pm U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

BMW said today its BMW iVentures venture capital arm has invested an undisclosed amount in California-based Scoop Technologies, which offers a smartphone-powered carpooling service called Scoop.... Read More »

Ford recalls nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after brake failures

10:05 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

Ford is recalling nearly 271,000 previous-generation F-150s after a three-month investigation by federal safety regulators into dozens of complaints about front brake failures and nine crashes.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: New Mitsu R&D chief, lower profits

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

Mitsu names R&D chief, reports 39% profit drop; Toyota forms partnership with Uber; Judge: VW, U.S. making 'substantial progress'; Flex-N-Gate, Cosworth plants; How GM lightens up.... Read More »

PSA to develop five EVs, plug-in hybrids for China

May 25, 2016 06:01 CET

PSA and its Chinese partner Dongfeng will introduce five electric cars and plug-in hybrid models in China over the next five years to help meet tougher fuel-economy standards.... Read More »

VW, Toyota invest in ride-sharing services

May 25, 2016 09:08 CET

VW and Toyota are investing in ride-sharing companies in the latest in a wave of high-profile moves by automakers to embrace their potential upstart rivals as partners, customers and sources of valuable data.... Read More »

Mitsubishi names new r&d chief, restates earnings

May 25, 2016 11:15 CET

Mitsubishi said Nissan executive Mitsuhiko Yamashita will become its r&d chief, part of a management overhaul in the wake of a fuel-economy scandal that also prompted the automaker to restate its annual earnings. Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko will also be president, taking over the role from Tetsuro Aikawa, who will leave the company.... Read More »

Challenger trails Mustang, Camaro in crash tests, IIHS says

11:05 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2016

The Dodge Challenger may be the fastest and most powerful American muscle car, but in crash tests, the sports coupe, which is in its ninth year, isn't keeping pace with its rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.... Read More »

Connectivity for mom-and-pop fleets

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

General Motors wants to attract mom-and-pop operators with what it bills as the first integrated, hardware-free tool for small businesses to manage their fleets.... Read More »

Campaign for zero fatalities started in safety-conscious Sweden

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

The notion that traffic fatalities can be eliminated is a Swedish import. The initiative, known as Vision Zero, was written into Sweden's road safety law in 1997.... Read More »

Audi, BMW, Mercedes lead in user-friendly connectivity, study shows

May 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes lead other automakers in offering easy-to-use connected features, a study shows, but more needs to be done to make customers aware of the technology so they don't choose Apple and Google for their Internet-enabled navigation and in-car entertainment.... Read More »

Toyota expands Takata airbag recall by 1.6 million vehicles

6:00 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Toyota is recalling almost 1.6 million additional U.S. vehicles for front passenger side Takata airbag inflators that could rupture.... Read More »

Feds flash their badges on auto data

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

On Feb. 12, some of the auto industry's leading cybersecurity experts gathered at a sprawling FBI complex to meet with an elite digital SWAT team called the Operational Technology Division. It wasn't until a few days later that the significance of the meeting began to sink in.... Read More »

GM plans stop-start fleetwide by 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

General Motors is going all in on stop-start. By 2020, nearly every GM light vehicle produced globally will have at least one powertrain combination available with the fuel-saving feature, which turns off the engine when the vehicle isn't moving.... Read More »

Mobileye will supply 2 fully autonomous vehicles by 2021

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Mobileye reveals programs to supply two automakers with fully autonomous drive systems as soon as 2019.... Read More »

 
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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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
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