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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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

EDITORIAL

Reducing driver distraction with a carrot, not a stick

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay disable the screen of the hand-held device while it's connected.... 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 »

 

RYAN BEENE

Hyundai's safety tech video shows what a sales pitch can't

2:16 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
The biggest problem with selling consumers on the idea of active safety technologies is that unless you experience what happens when they intervene, it's hard to fully appreciate their potential.... Read More »

 

Daimler tests self-driving truck, sets goal of production by 2025

12:50 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Daimler is working to introduce trucks that steer, brake and accelerate independently as early as 2025 as the world's commercial-vehicle industry leader seeks to keep an innovative edge.... Read More »

 

2015 Cadillac CTS -- sans wreath -- quietly appears in OnStar ad

1:21 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
The 2015 Cadillac CTS made a surprise short appearance ahead of its scheduled debut in an OnStar commercial this week.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan boost alliance savings by 7%

July 2, 2014 16:08 CET
Renault and Nissan increased savings from their alliance by 7 percent last year as the first cars built on the jointly developed common module family (CMF) platform rolled off production lines.... Read More »

 

GM Korea contractor probed by prosecutors for possible leak of engine technology

7:05 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
General Motors said South Korean prosecutors are investigating whether a contractor leaked the carmaker’s engine technology overseas.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Gesture recognition makes dials, buttons obsolete

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
Buttons and dials may become obsolete to control your car's radio, heater and navigation system. That's because those functions can now be managed with the wave of the hand.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Gesture recognition makes dials, buttons obsolete

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
Buttons and dials may become obsolete to control your car's radio, heater and navigation system. That's because those functions can now be managed with the wave of the hand.... Read More »

 

Audi to offer Apple CarPlay in European models starting in 2016

4:56 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Audi said it will begin offering Apple's CarPlay in 2016 model year vehicles in Europe. Talks between Apple closed last week, and the deal was confirmed Monday.... Read More »

 

Big chipmakers struggle to connect with automakers

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Intel, Qualcomm and NVIDIA -- pioneers in the production of chips for computers and phones -- are finding it harder to make inroads into the auto industry.... Read More »

 

Google puts phones on lockdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Governments have mainly tried to fight distracted driving with laws banning handset use or texting in the car -- laws that are widely flouted. Google and its partners from the auto industry are taking an approach that's more carrot than stick.... Read More »

 

Ford to replace 2.0-liter EcoBoost after just 4 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder -- offered in more than a dozen Ford and Lincoln vehicles globally -- begins easing out of production early next year with the launch of the redesigned 2015 Ford Edge.... Read More »

 

Subsidy question looms over Toyota FCV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
A sparse refueling network won't be the only hurdle facing Toyota Motor Corp.'s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. A generous dollop of government subsidies will also be necessary for the car.... Read More »

 

A diesel Cherokee? Depends on Grand Cherokee

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Jeep won't consider offering a diesel-powered version of the Cherokee in the United States unless diesel-powered Grand Cherokee sales take off.... Read More »

 

MULALLY'S SCORECARD

Ford's outgoing CEO mainly brought his A-game, but technology and luxury were struggles

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2014
After an eight-year run in which he spearheaded the salvation of Ford, Alan Mulally hands the CEO job to Mark Fields on Tuesday, July 1. But, like all great leaders, Mulally did not succeed in everything he tackled.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BMW's iDrive earns high marks, but doesn't match Apple

7:37 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple.... Read More »

 

TrueCar to drop 75 franchisees in policy disputes

4:24 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
TrueCar this month plans to drop up to 75 of its 8,000 participating franchisees for failing to honor price guarantees made to car buyers or for other violations of TrueCar policies, President John Krafcik said today. TrueCar also will launch a new app in the coming days that allows consumers to take photos of their trade-in vehicles and seek a price for the vehicles from competing dealers in the TrueCar network, Krafcik said.... Read More »

 

SKF opens China bearings plant, tech center

June 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Swedish supplier SKF has opened a new bearings factory and r&d campus in the Jiading district of Shanghai in China.... Read More »

 

 
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