Vehicle Technology

ZF to sell 20% Haldex stake to Knorr-Bremse

Dec. 1, 2016 10:35 CET

ZF said it had agreed to sell a 20 percent stake in Swedish brake systems firm Haldex to rival German bidder Knorr-Bremse. ZF and Knorr-Bremse have been locked in a bidding war over Haldex but ZF failed to win a majority and has been reviewing its options.... Read More »

BMW hides tech under the hood in tepid 5-series revamp

Nov. 29, 2016 14:33 CET

BMW's new 5-series sedan can drive itself at speeds as fast as 210 kph (130 mph) per hour, turn up the radio with the wave of a hand and warn other cars of fog. But despite all that gadgetry, its looks have changed very little.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: A plan to juice up Europe's highways

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2016

Ford, VW, BMW and Daimler to juice up Europe's highways; GM's Plan B for Super Cruise; Nissan dips into connected cars; Ontario OKs self-driving car tests; Toyota tough-terrain tour.... Read More »

Nissan to offer maintenance alerts in foray into connected cars

6:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2016

Nissan Motor Co. will make its first major foray into Internet-connected cars by offering an option in some new vehicles that will use big data to notify drivers when vehicle maintenance is required.... Read More »

VW stake in carbon-fiber maker SGL will fall after new share issue

Nov. 29, 2016 11:11 CET

Volkswagen Group will not buy into a new share issue by SGL, reducing its stake in the German carbon-fiber maker and allowing rival BMW Group more control over one of its key materials suppliers.... Read More »

Delphi taps Intel for chips in self-driving technology

12:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2016

Delphi Automotive has formed a partnership with Intel Corp. to use Intel chips for a technology package being developed for self-driving vehicles. Late next year, Intel will start delivering computer chips to run Delphi's decision-making software .... Read More »

GM details self-driving vehicle system in U.S. letter

9:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

GM's semi-autonomous "Super Cruise" system will allow drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel for extended periods, but will stop the vehicle automatically if drivers are not attentive, according to a government letter made public on Monday.... Read More »

Otto broke Nevada's self-driving car testing laws, report says

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Otto, the self-driving truck startup owned by Uber, broke Nevada's autonomous vehicle testing laws, according to a report published by tech website Backchannel. And there's little the state can do about it.... Read More »

That thing got a Hemi? If not, refer to Bulletin No. 23-053-16

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

Technical service bulletins are usually a complex set of instructions from automakers to service technicians on how to fix a common problem with a specific vehicle.... Read More »

BMW boosts tech startup fund as self-driving challenge grows

7:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

BMW plans to boost its investments in startups, as competition intensifies with rivals over technologies that make cars smarter and more energy efficient.... Read More »

VW Group's Porsche and Audi brands battle for EV jobs

Nov. 28, 2016 10:52 CET

Porsche and Audi are known as fierce competitors on the racetrack, but now the VW Group brands are also locked in a battle to develop and manufacture the next generation of electric cars. Porsche appears in the ascendant as Audi struggles with the group's diesel-scandal fallout.... Read More »

Fuel-cell champions still hedge their bets

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

Toyota, Hyundai and Honda are all committed to a multifaceted approach that includes a mix of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles.... Read More »

Ford dives into city of tomorrow

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

Ford Motor Co. wants to create futuristic urban utopias where curbsides don't get clogged with illegal parking; where eco-friendly bicycles help commuters navigate the final mile of their trips to work; and where key arteries leading into and out of downtowns aren't stifled by heavy traffic during rush hour.... Read More »

Ford steps up effort to hire people with autism

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

Ford Motor Co. is expanding a program to employ adults with autism, bringing on an additional 12 to 24 hires next year.... Read More »

Q&A: LEX KERSSEMAKERS, CEO, VOLVO CAR USA

Volvo's Kerssemakers: 'Sometimes, technology is smarter than we are'

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

Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Car USA, talks about Volvo's focus on bringing fully autonomous vehicles to the market in the early 2020s.... Read More »

ROCKY ROADS

Colorado's rocky roads

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

Colorado, a boom state that is growing much faster than planners expected, faces a complex road problem. So state officials are looking for solutions, and they may have found one: autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

UK gov't to fund autonomous car, EV development

Nov. 24, 2016 09:49 CET

The UK government has announced 390 million pounds ($484 million) of funding to boost the development of electric and autonomous vehicles. The money also will be used to support the country's EV infrastructure.... Read More »

U.S. transportation officials looking for driverless car proving grounds

6:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation launched a competition to identify proving grounds for the development of self-driving cars, and the new American Center for Mobility in Michigan could be a contender.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

VW adapts key design center for autonomous driving

Nov. 24, 2016 06:15 CET

VW Group is restructuring one of its most important design centers to prepare for the rapid move toward autonomous vehicles. The automaker wants designers at its massive facility in Potsdam, Germany, to focus on improving in-car user experience and enhancing the human machine interface.... Read More »

Toyota works to develop advanced EV battery

Nov. 24, 2016 11:09 CET

Toyota says it aims to develop a more advanced electric-car battery "in a few years" that will allow it to build vehicles with up to 15 percent greater range than they currently have. The automaker has said it plans to launch its first EV by the end of the decade.... Read More »

NHTSA targets smartphones, app developers to curb driver distraction

9:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today issued new voluntary guidelines aimed at curbing driver distraction from cell phones and other portable devices, extending the department's reach to tech firms and app developers.... Read More »

Construction of $80 million driverless car testing site begins in Mich.

9:05 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2016

Leaders of the American Center for Mobility testing site for driverless cars formally kicked off construction of the planned $80 million project, saying Michigan will be competitive in a race for a federal autonomous vehicle testing designation.... Read More »

Auto coalition urges U.S. to adapt regulations for autonomous vehicles

11:05 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2016

A group of automakers and tech firms advocating for autonomous vehicles has called on U.S. regulators to change federal auto safety standards that effectively prohibit the operation of a car without the presence of a driver.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Driverless cars? Count me out

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

I read Keith Crain's Oct. 17 comment, "Industry is crazy over technology." One factor you never hear mentioned is driver/enthusiast rejection of driverless vehicles.... Read More »

Audi won't get new r&d chief anytime soon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Audi is reportedly having trouble filling the post of development chief as investigations probe its role in the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

 
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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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Russia sales rise nearly 1% in first increase for 2 years
New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market sinc ...
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UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says
German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand wil ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
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VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
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Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
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