Vehicle Technology

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: FBI, SEC probe FCA sales reporting

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

FBI, SEC probe FCA sales reporting; U.S. likely to miss 54.5 mpg goal; Delays at Saleen rile Mustang dealers; Ford executive shuffle; Germany mulls black boxes for auto-piloted cars.... Read More »

Tesla working with suppliers to improve Autopilot

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

Tesla is working with suppliers Bosch and Mobileye to refine its Autopilot technology, which has come under fire in recent weeks following a fatal accident that occurred while it was in use.... Read More »

Germany may require black box in autonomous cars

July 18, 2016 16:01 CET

Germany plans legislation to require manufacturers of cars equipped with an autopilot function to install a black box to help determine responsibility in the event of an accident, the country's transport ministry said.... Read More »

Uber logs 2 billion rides 6 months after hitting first billion

11:35 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

Uber has completed more than 2 billion trips on its app, a milestone that arrives just weeks after the ride service added another $4.7 billion to its war chest.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Steep hike in CAFE fines

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

NHTSA plans steep hike in CAFE fines; Update coming to Tesla's Autopilot?; GM pickup truck incentives more than double; Redesigned Enclave, next-gen Regal in Buick pipeline.... Read More »

Nissan system is more co-pilot than autopilot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

Nissan unveiled a new technology that allows for hands-free highway driving as its next step toward self-driving cars but cautioned that automakers must be proactive in warning about safety following the recent crash of a self-driving Tesla.... Read More »

Honda hybrid motor avoids costly metals

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

Honda has developed a way to break its reliance on rare-earth metals to make batteries for hybrids.... Read More »

Honda re-charts green territory

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

Honda, a pioneer in gas-electric hybrids, says it's finally ready to go big with its alternative-powertrain plans.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Vehicle security must be a priority from the start

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will offer cash bounties to hackers who identify security vulnerabilities in vehicle software, becoming the first mass-market automaker to follow Tesla's example.... Read More »

The big question for self-driving cars: Human behavior

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2016

A high-profile fatality in a Tesla Model S operated in Autopilot mode reveals that the push toward self-driving cars still has many unsolved problems.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ex-Nokia exec outlines how Renault-Nissan will gain from self-driving cars

July 17, 2016 06:01 CET

Renault-Nissan's connected cars global chief, Ogi Redzic, says the alliance's investments in autonomous driving and connected services are key to helping the partners remain competitive as automakers increasingly become mobility providers.... Read More »

ZAC PALMER

BLOG: Fist bumps and shock installation, Ford 'co-bots' do it all

2:45 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2016

The "co-bots" have arrived at Ford's assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, and can do it all it seems.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Tesla won't be able to put crash defense on Autopilot

12:16 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2016

Telling Tesla drivers its Autopilot feature doesn’t mean their cars can drive themselves may not be enough to keep Elon Musk off the hot seat if the technology comes up short.... Read More »

BorgWarner to expand r&d operations in Michigan, add 76 jobs

10:24 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2016

BorgWarner plans to spend $27 million to expand its Auburn Hills operations near Detroit, a project expected to add 76 jobs, the state of Michigan said.... Read More »

Ford invests in startup that makes maps for self-driving cars

July 15, 2016 11:20 CET

Ford is among five investors providing $6.6 million in seed funding for Civil Maps, a California startup that creates three-dimensional maps for autonomous cars.... Read More »

Tesla is asked to brief U.S. Senate panel on fatal Florida crash

8:44 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2016

The chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that oversees auto safety issues wrote Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday, asking the automaker to brief the committee on a fatal May 7 crash involving its Autopilot software.... Read More »

Dutch vehicle authority requests answers on fatal Tesla crash

July 14, 2016 15:59 CET

The Dutch vehicle approval body has asked U.S. authorities for details of a fatal Tesla crash to see if cars equipped with the automaker's autopilot function are safe. The Model S vehicles have been approved in Europe by the Dutch organization.... Read More »

Consumer Reports urges Tesla to disable auto steering function

8:42 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2016

Consumer Reports on Thursday urged Tesla Motors to disable the automatic steering function in its Autopilot driving-assist system, which is under investigation by U.S. safety regulators after a fatal crash.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Pressure mounts on Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2016

Pressure mounts on Tesla: Consumer Reports calls for disabling Autosteer, losing 'Autopilot' name; Shipper fined $98.9M in price-fix case; RAV4 ahead of CR-V; Ford's new recruit; Denso expansion.... Read More »

Infineon agrees to buy Wolfspeed to expand into EVs

July 14, 2016 13:29 CET

Infineon, Europe's biggest chipmaker, agreed to buy Wolfspeed Power to expand in fast-growing markets such as electric cars and the Internet of Things.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Nissan takes self-driving step

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2016

Nissan takes self-driving step; Tesla stands by Autopilot; GM modifying dealer rating system in New York state; FCA to pay bounty to 'bug' hunters; JLR to test connected cars in England.... Read More »

Nissan debuts ProPILOT auto drive system but warns on safety

3:50 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2016

Nissan unveiled a new technology that allows for hands-free highway driving as its next step toward self-driving cars but cautioned that automakers must be proactive in warning about safety following the recent crash of a self-driving Tesla. ProPILOT will be offered in Japan this year and will come to the U.S. later.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover to begin testing autonomous technology in UK

July 13, 2016 10:47 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will create a fleet of more than 100 research vehicles to test autonomous and connected technology. The first models will be on the road later this year.... Read More »

PSA tests range-extender technology in EV push

July 13, 2016 11:19 CET

PSA is preparing to test battery-powered cars that recharge with an on-board generator as the automaker hunts for a breakthrough in mass-market electric vehicles to catch rivals Toyota and Renault-Nissan.... Read More »

FCA joins Tesla in offering bounties to hackers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will become the first mass-market automaker to join Tesla in offering bounties to hackers who identify security vulnerabilities in vehicle software. FCA said it will pay bounties of between $150 and $1,500 to reward hackers who notify the company of security vulnerabilities through a program on bugcrowd.com.... Read More »

 
PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7 2016

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Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals woul ...
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How to push self-driving tech to the limits without the risks

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6 2016

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There's a risk-free way to push autonomous cars to their limits. A simulator in the UK is going to d ...
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Volvo defies gravity

Luca Ciferri
8:33 am U.S. ET | July 5 2016

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Volvo doesn't consider itself a true global player in the premium segment. ...
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BMW CEO scores first big win with Intel, Mobileye deal

Christiaan Hetzner
10:40 am U.S. ET | July 2 2016

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Led by CEO Harald Krueger, BMW's strong push into autonomous driving with Intel and Mobileye could b ...
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Why Europe's car buyer categories need a shake-up

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:49 am U.S. ET | July 1 2016

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Johnson Controls says current car buyer categories aren't telling the full story. ...
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Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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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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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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UK's June car sales fall; gov't asked for support
UK car sales fell for only the second time in more than four years in June, prompting an industry bo ...
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W. Europe car sales up 6% in June despite UK decline
Western European car registrations increased nearly 6 percent in June as demand rose last month in G ...
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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
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8. ...
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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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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. ...
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
VW Group's Seat brand has recruited Audi veteran Wayne Griffiths as its new sales and marketing boss ...
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Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes
Daimler has hired a former Citroen executive to run a new department focused on technology sales and ...
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FCA's U.S. communications chief Ranieri returns to Italy
Gualberto Ranieri, the senior vice president for communications for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' subsidiary, FCA US, has returned to Italy, seven years after arriving to work... ...
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Former Audi, Mercedes exec named new Cadillac Europe boss
GM has appointed former Audi and Mercedes executive Felix Weller as head of Cadillac Europe as it tr ...
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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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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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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
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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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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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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