Vehicle Technology

Denso to open r&d lab at University of Michigan

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso International America Inc. is opening a new r&d lab at the University of Michigan, the supplier said Tuesday at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

Magna says ultralight automotive door cuts weight by 42.5%

11:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

Magna International created a vehicle door that is almost half the weight of the average door, the supplier said Monday at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

AutoMobili-D serves as bellwether for new mobility technology

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

The auto industry, as technology makes transportation more accessible, is drawing new entrants to the market with pie-in-the-sky plans to save the world.... Read More »

Ford executive says Smart Mobility unit guards against downturn

10:28 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2017

The head of Ford's newly created Smart Mobility subsidiary says its investments and expansion into ride-sharing and other services will help the automaker guard against the next economic downturn.... Read More »

Infiniti to showcase "co-pilot' driving tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Infiniti will introduce a QX50 crossover concept with self-driving technologies this week at the Detroit auto show, along with what it says is the world's first production-ready, fuel-saving variable compression ratio engine.... Read More »

Volvo launches deliveries of self-driving tech to select customers

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Volvo Cars has begun delivering self-driving technology to select customers. At the Detroit auto show on Monday, the automaker officially launched its Drive Me research program, providing autonomous XC90 SUVs to 100 customers in Gothenburg, Sweden.... Read More »

Mercedes set to overtake BMW as largest premium brand

Jan. 9, 2017 09:58 CET

Mercedes is expected to pass rival BMW to reach its goal of becoming the largest global premium brand four years early - a feat achieved after the automaker stopped chasing market share and focused on refreshing its lineup.... Read More »

Continental sees revenue gain as autonomous, electric cars drive growth

Jan. 9, 2017 14:25 CET

Continental expects revenue growth to outpace the overall auto industry's gains this year on rising demand for technology used in autonomous and electric cars.... Read More »

Ford system lets phone handle the navigating

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

With declining interest in automaker-installed navigation systems, Ford Motor Co. has opted to let drivers use the technology most have been using all along: their own phones.... Read More »

SHORT CIRCUIT

Is the industry zooming toward a battery shortage?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Automakers are under increasing pressure to electrify their powertrains to meet toughening global emissions regulations. The big question is whether there will be enough battery cells available in the next decade to meet the projected fast-rising demand.... Read More »

CES showcases auto suppliers and startups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

CES has become the show where startups and suppliers come to convince the world -- and the rest of the auto industry -- that they are on the cutting edge.... Read More »

COOL TECH

What was cool at CES

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

The trade show formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show is arguably one of the most important auto shows of the year, with suppliers and automakers convening in this city of glitz to show off their most forward-thinking ideas.... Read More »

VW ride-share concept borrows from Budd-e

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Volkswagen's ride-sharing autonomous vehicle will borrow ideas from the Budd-e concept but will not be exactly like it.... Read More »

Faraday will take your money now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Faraday Future ended a spotty car reveal last week asking for $5,000 deposits on a vehicle with no announced price or release date.... Read More »

Ford targets stand-out customer experience

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

Ford and Lincoln are celebrating 40 years of selling branded F&I products. Last month, two executives overseeing the F&I business spoke about their progress, dealerships' F&I profitability and the role F&I could play in an autonomous driving world with Staff Reporter Hannah Lutz at Ford Motor Co.'s headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Compelling EVs show what the industry can do

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

A year ago electric vehicles looked like a lost cause.... Read More »

Is it finally EVs' time? Predictions vary widely

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2017

EV predictions still vary widely. Financial analysts at Exane BNP Paribas bullishly forecast that EVs will have a 16 percent share of global vehicle sales by 2025 while IHS Markit believes that figure will be 3.4 percent.... Read More »

Ford adds diesel, new V-6 to enhance F-150 mpg for '18

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

Ford is adding its first-ever diesel variant and a new V-6 engine to the freshened F-150 pickup for 2018 to further boost the fuel efficiency of its top-selling and most profitable product line.... Read More »

VW juices famed Microbus for the autonomous era

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

VW's latest conceptual take on its historic Microbus uses a powerful battery pack and two electric motors to transform the once anemically powered hippie-mobile into an all-wheel-drive, high-capacity autonomous minivan.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Porsche boss plans to push hard into EV niche

Jan. 8, 2017 06:01 CET

Porsche finished last year in position to retain the title of world's most profitable automotive brand. CEO Oliver Blume told Automotive News Europe about what comes next as the brand prepares to launch its first electric car.... Read More »

Google's Waymo plans to expand self-driving Chrysler van fleet, report says

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are doubling down on their self-driving partnership, adding about 100 more Pacifica Hybrid minivans to an autonomous fleet first announced in May, people familiar with the decision told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Ford's Mexico move is about production efficiency

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2017

On the surface, Ford Motor Co.'s decision to scrap a $1.6 billion Mexican plant and invest $700 million in Michigan is a public relations victory. But in reality, the decision has more to do with good business practices.... Read More »

Bringing the connected car into the home

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2017

Suppliers push the frontier on how consumers can control household functions from the car.... Read More »

Ford Fiesta and VW Polo set for high-tech battle for subcompact lead

Jan. 6, 2017 06:01 CET

Ford has packed its new Fiesta with advanced technology -- heralding a battle with the VW Polo for tech supremacy in Europe's subcompact segment.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover buys stake in car technology firm CloudCar

Jan. 6, 2017 15:04 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is buying a minority stake in connected car technology firm CloudCar, which plans to use the next generation of its technology in Jaguar's first fully electric model.... Read More »

 
Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2017

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2016

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Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country ...
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Turkish sales forecast to drop 10% this year after record 2016
Turkish automotive sales are expected to shrink slightly more than 10 percent this year as lira depreciation hits demand. Sales rose 1. ...
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UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016
UK sales hit a record of 2.7 million in 2016 despite fears that the country's Brexit vote could hit ...
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German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains
Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among v ...
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Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December
The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales ros ...
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive yea ...
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of str ...
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Mercedes poised to take premium sales crown back from BMW
Mercedes is on track to overtake rival BMW as the world's largest premium brand this year, sales fig ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
Fiat Chrysler named Daphne Zheng as COO of China and Paul Alcala as the operating chief of Asia Paci ...
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Tesla's Autopilot head said to depart as Apple engineer hired
Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of autopilot programs, has left the maker of electric cars, acco ...
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
Pininfarina's new design chief, Carlo Bonzanigo, will work on an array of automotive and industrial ...
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
Apple poached the technical director of Porsche's race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports. ...
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
Renault is placing an experienced troubleshooter, Gilles Normand, in charge of its electric-vehicle ...
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Varroc Lighting appoints former Magneti Marelli executive as CEO
Varroc Lighting Systems has named Stephane Vedie as its CEO, effective immediately. He is the former ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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