Vehicle Technology

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Auto financing via smartphone is smart move

11:29 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2017

Consumers have long been able to check their credit and get preapproved for financing through a dealership or lender website, but getting approved on-the-go through mobile devices may become many consumers' first choice when considering an auto loan.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: High-stakes game for automakers

2:45 pm U.S. ET | July 12, 2017

Study: Many contenders, few winners in next-gen car tech; Ride-hailing vs. car-sharing; Audi: States must OK use of hands-free tech; Demon indemnity; Toddler has knack for nameplates.... Read More »

Billions at risk to be first with self-driving cars

July 12, 2017 10:07 CET

The race to produce the first fully autonomous car will be a process of elimination, with more than 50 major competitors spending billions of dollars, only for the field to be reduced to a handful of winners over the next decade, according to a new study.... Read More »

High stakes as automakers wager on new connected transport ecosystem

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2017

The auto industry is betting billions of dollars in a global game of roulette involving connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles, with clear winners and losers.... Read More »

Audi says A8 reaches next level of autonomous driving

July 11, 2017 12:34 CET

Audi's new A8 is the company's first production car capable of Level 3 autonomous driving, which allows hands-off capability but requires the driver to take back control at any time.... Read More »

House panel expected to unveil self-driving car legislation soon

6:48 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2017

House Republicans expect to introduce bills later this week that would bar states from setting their own rules for self-driving cars and take other steps to remove obstacles to putting such vehicles on the road, a spokeswoman said.... Read More »

Semi-autonomous Audi A8 will need to navigate varying U.S. laws

12:16 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2017

The revamped Audi A8's newest self-driving technology won't become functional until laws are passed in U.S. jurisdictions that enable the Level 3 autonomous technology to operate legally.... Read More »

Renault, partner seek to fix highway trouble spots for self-driving cars

July 11, 2017 06:01 CET

Renault is partnering with Sanef, a French highway operator, to develop a communications network between autonomous vehicles and the road infrastructure, starting with a pilot project to help self-driving cars navigate through construction and toll zones.... Read More »

VW Credit invests in app developer AutoGravity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2017

The lender said the $30 million investment aligns with its goal to create a digital experience for its customers.... Read More »

Who's killing the gasoline car?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2017

Volvo's decision to focus on electrified models represents an about-face for the Chinese-owned brand. It had previously said pure electric cars didn't make a great business case.... Read More »

Toyota's cloud city

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2017

Toyota's new connected-car unit lives apart from the automaker's massive North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. That's the way executives wanted it.... Read More »

Industry needs 40 more gigafactories, VW says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2017

A massive shortage in lithium ion battery cells could plague the global car industry in the coming decade if capacity equivalent to 40 Tesla gigafactories is not added by 2025, according to estimates from Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

How the iPhone changed our industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2017

We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to acknowledge the profound influence this youthful product has had over the century-old auto industry.... Read More »

SHELDON SANDLER

A nightmarish vision for auto retailing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2017

I dreamed of a landscape pockmarked with empty collision shops -- all on account of buyers flocking to safer cars with collision-avoidance technology.... Read More »

U.S. to revisit penalties for fuel-economy shortfalls

5:34 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2017

The Trump administration is considering easing steeper fines proposed by Obama-era regulators for automakers that don't meet tougher fuel economy standards, a move that would give a break largely to luxury brands like Jaguar, BMW and Porsche that have paid the highest penalties in the past.... Read More »

VW, Kuka to cooperate on robots that help EV owners

July 7, 2017 15:25 CET

VW Group and robot maker Kuka are expanding a cooperation to develop ways that robots can help drivers of electric and autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

BMW looks to cut costs by 1 billion euros, report says

July 7, 2017 10:51 CET

BMW wants to cut 1 billion euros ($1.14 billion) in indirect procurement costs by 2019 as it invests heavily in developing electric and self-driving cars, its head of production told a German daily newspaper.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic

July 7, 2017 06:01 CET

Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be able to surpass the success of the current model, which finished 2016 as Europe's best-selling premium midsize SUV.... Read More »

Nissan adds push-button automatic-parking to next Leaf

2:25 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2017

Nissan will feature push-button automatic-parking on the second-generation Leaf electric car as a new upgrade to its ProPilot autonomous driving system.... Read More »

China's Baidu faces probe after CEO tests driverless car on public roads

7:13 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2017

Baidu, China's biggest search engine provider, is under investigation to determine whether it broke any laws after its CEO tested a driverless car on public roads.... Read More »

Baidu investigated after CEO tests self-driving car on Beijing roads

July 6, 2017 11:07 CET

Baidu, which aims to put autonomous vehicles on China's roads by 2018, is under investigation to determine whether it has broken any laws after its CEO, Robin Li, tested a driverless car on public streets in Beijing.... Read More »

Bosch, Conti join Google rival's driverless car bid

July 6, 2017 09:47 CET

Robert Bosch, Continental and TomTom are among more than 50 partners enlisted by Google rival Baidu Inc. for its Apollo driverless car project. The Chinese company aims to get fully autonomous vehicles on city streets as early as in 2018.... Read More »

Continental to bolster autonomous tech with new stake

July 5, 2017 12:14 CET

Continental will take a minority stake in autonomous driving company EasyMile to boost its self-driving technology and will cooperate with the French firm on environmental sensors, braking systems and driving safety technologies.... Read More »

Bosch predicts 7% sales gain for auto division

July 4, 2017 10:00 CET

Robert Bosch expects its automotive division to increase revenue by 7 percent this year to about 47 billion euros. That growth rate would be nearly three times faster than the estimated rise for global passenger-car production.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Tech: Will consumers care?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2017

In the next few years the auto industry will throw a lot of new technology at customers. Whether consumers accept or reject this technology will have tremendous influence on engineering.... Read More »

 
Audi copies Silicon Valley risk-taking culture with self-driving A8

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24 2017

image
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been studying Silicon Valley's risk-taking culture and with the brand's ...
 Read More ›

How the iPhone has changed our industry

Krishnan M. Anantharaman
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2017

image
We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to ac ...
 Read More ›

Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2017

image
A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybri ...
 Read More ›

Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

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

image
The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. ...
 Read More ›

Renault design boss knows which line matters most

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2017

image
When discussing automotive design, the word “line” gets used often. Renault design chief ...
 Read More ›

Volvo sends message to suppliers

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:40 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

image
Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. ...
 Read More ›

Ghosn knows what it means to be No. 1

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

image
The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. ...
 Read More ›

Continental's speaker-less solution slashes weight, satisfies the ear

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30 2017

image
Continental's speaker-less car audio solution reduces weight by up to 90 percent compared with today ...
 Read More ›

Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

image
Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, th ...
 Read More ›

Porsche and Toyota patriarchs cement friendship at Le Mans

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

image
Porsche's friendly reception of the Toyota team they defeated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans highlights ...
 Read More ›

Newsletters & Alerts
  • Sample
  • Sample
  • Sample
  • Sample
image
Russia sales increase 15% in 4th straight monthly rise
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in June, the fourth consecutive month of higher ...
 Read More ›
image
UK car sales fall for third consecutive month
UK new-car registrations fell by 4.8 percent in June to 243,454, the first time in six years sales h ...
 Read More ›
image
German car sales drop on fewer selling days
German new-car sales declined 3.5 percent last month to 327,693 vehicles, according to data from the ...
 Read More ›
image
Italy June sales surge 13%
Italy's new-car registrations increased 13 percent in June to 187,642 units, according to figures fr ...
 Read More ›
image
French sales rise nearly 2% in June
Registrations of new cars in France rose 1.6 percent to 230,940 vehicles in June, with Daimler, Toyo ...
 Read More ›
image
Spain sales rise 7%; troubling trends seen
New-car sales in Spain were up 6.5 percent last month to 131,797 units, according to industry associ ...
 Read More ›
image
European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
 Read More ›
image
VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
 Read More ›
image
German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
 Read More ›
Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
 Read More ›
image
European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
 Read More ›
image
Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
 Read More ›
image
Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
 Read More ›
image
New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
 Read More ›
image
SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
 Read More ›
image
VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
 Read More ›
image
Former GM exec Bo Andersson to lead Yazaki Europe
Former GM purchasing chief and CEO of AvtoVAZ Bo Andersson has returned to the industry to lead Euro ...
 Read More ›
image
Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief
Ford named Amko Leenarts as its new design director for Europe. Leenarts will succeed Joel Piaskowsk ...
 Read More ›
image
BMW sales chief Robertson to retire; Dutch executive Nota is successor
BMW said Ian Robertson will retire as the automaker's sales chief. He will be succeeded by Pieter No ...
 Read More ›
image
Tesla adds two to board, including James Murdoch
Tesla appointed two new directors to its board, including Twenty-First Century Fox CEO James Murdoch ...
 Read More ›
image
KC Crain named president of Automotive News' parent company
KC Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, has been named president of parent Crain Commun ...
 Read More ›
image
Ford names Shirinov CEO of Russia JV
Ford has named Adil Shirinov CEO of its Russian joint venture, Ford Sollers. ...
 Read More ›
image
VW names veteran Europe exec to steer N. America sales, marketing
VW Group named Werner Eichhorn, a longtime executive from its European operations, as the new head o ...
 Read More ›
image
PSA hires Renault-Nissan exec to lead push in Africa
PSA Group has picked veteran Renault-Nissan executive Samir Cherfan to lead its sales and marketing ...
 Read More ›
image
Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
 Read More ›
image
Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
 Read More ›
image
Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
 Read More ›
image
Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
 Read More ›
image
Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
 Read More ›
image
Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
 Read More ›
image
Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
 Read More ›
image
Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
 Read More ›
image
Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
 Read More ›
image
Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
 Read More ›
image
Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
 Read More ›
image
Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
 Read More ›