Vehicle Technology

Daimler will launch 'Ask Mercedes' customer service app

Nov. 8, 2017 10:20 CET

Daimler will launch a customer support voice-activated "chatbox" app. Customers will be able to pose questions to the app either in vehicles where it has been installed, or by using a smartphone version of the service.... Read More »

EXOTIC SUPERPOWERS

Lamborghini, MIT envision the self-healing electric supercar

6:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2017

The next generation of Lamborghinis -- previewed with the Terzo Millennio concept -- could act as their own superpowered batteries and be able to repair themselves.... Read More »

MICHAEL WAYLAND

BLOG: Where will GM's Super Cruise go next?

11:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2017

Yes, the brand of your grandfather's sedan has received an astonishing reputation and lineup overhaul in recent years and appears to be the front-runner to receive the semiautonomous highway driving system.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Throwing the 48-volt switch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2017

I have been around long enough to remember when most cars were equipped with 6-volt batteries. They were cumbersome and never turned the engine over fast enough in cold weather.... Read More »

Economic nationalism may put r&d at risk, study says

12:03 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2017

Research and development spending is higher than ever, but the narrative of economic nationalism could soon put global r&d efforts at risk -- and automakers won't be immune, a study suggests.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for November

Nov. 6, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks why the European pickup market is set to take off.... Read More »

Ford CEO Jim Hackett to keynote 2018 CES

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2017

Ford CEO Jim Hackett will bring his vision of the future to a technology trade show known for innovation when he gives a keynote speech at CES 2018 in January.... Read More »

Continental buys Israeli auto cyber firm Argus

Nov. 3, 2017 15:32 CET

Continental is buying Israel's Argus Cyber Security, whose technology guards connected cars against hacking. The German company said Argus would now become part of its subsidiary Elektrobit.... Read More »

ANE's November issue goes live Monday

Nov. 3, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, November 6. The new edition looks why the European pickup market is set to take off.... Read More »

Portugal plans free zones for self-driving cars

Oct. 31, 2017 16:14 CET

Aiming to spur development of self-driving vehicles, Portugal is planning to launch "free zones" with special regulations to allow testing of autonomous technologies and attract investment in them.... Read More »

2018 Ford Expedition rated at class-leading 20 mpg

10:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2017

The 4x2 full-size family hauler, due in showrooms in the coming weeks, gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined, narrowly beating the Chevrolet Suburban, which gets 19 mpg combined.... Read More »

SHELLY BANJO

BLOG: It's hard to love a car that doesn't need you to steer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2017

An increasing number of consumers don't really care what kind of car they're climbing into when chauffeured by an Uber or Grab taxi.... Read More »

Continental said to be in talks to buy Argus Cyber Security

6:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

Continental is in advanced talks to buy Israel's Argus Cyber Security, which has developed technology to protect connected cars from hacking, for about $400 million, Israeli media reported on Monday.... Read More »

Continental in talks to buy Israel's Argus Cyber Security, reports say

Oct. 30, 2017 13:00 CET

Continental is in advanced talks to buy Israel's Argus Cyber Security, which has developed technology to protect connected cars from hacking, Israeli media reported.... Read More »

Intel hails self-driving cars to wary public

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

Now that automated fleets are hitting the streets, computer-chip giant Intel Corp. is taking steps to prepare a wary public.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan tech program is a big win for Conti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

The sourcing arrangement with Continental shows just how lucrative the industry's sometimes enigmatic emerging technologies can be to suppliers.... Read More »

Lexus gets dibs on Toyota's self-driving features

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

When it comes to autonomous driving, Toyota Motor Corp. says it's safety first, Lexus first.... Read More »

Toyota lagging on technology? No, just quiet.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

The pioneer of the Prius and lean manufacturing wants the world to know it's not falling behind on electrification -- or autonomous technology, for that matter.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Marketing the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

Let's introduce something that no one wants, no one is willing to pay for and, on top of that, may not be perceived as being safe.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Connected-car tech is here, so let's use it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

I read Keith Crain's “Don't wait with self-driving” and thought it was a great challenge to the automakers and software companies developing autonomous technology.... Read More »

Scott Painter's startup gets big lift

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2017

A startup trying to create a new channel for selling used vehicles just got almost $1 billion -- and a de facto endorsement from two major industry players.... Read More »

Visteon Q3 net income rises by 54% on higher margins, new business

3:10 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2017

Visteon said its third-quarter net income rose 54 percent to $43 million, citing higher gross margins for its electronics components.... Read More »

VW, BMW, Daimler warn EU over patent fee guidelines

Oct. 26, 2017 14:44 CET

VW, BMW and Daimler have warned EU regulators that adopting tech-based patent fees could hurt consumers and hinder innovation.... Read More »

TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Lexus concept showcases self-driving chops

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2017

Lexus' newest concept car, based on the re-engineered LS sedan, will be used to showcase its self-driving technologies and design direction.... Read More »

2017 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Nissan unveils crossover EV concept with more torque than GT-R

9:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2017

Nissan's new IMx crossover concept delivers a vision of the carmaker's 2020 plan for a new electric vehicle platform that can cover new segments with better performance and a full-range of autonomous driving features.... Read More »

 
Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

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

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Christiaan Hetzner
6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 2017

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VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, ...
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Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

Luca Ciferri
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26 2017

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Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy showed a much bolder Toyota at the Tokyo auto show with ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain ...
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales ...
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners. ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Germany's 2017 sales to beat expectations, group says
Germany's new-car sales will be stronger than expected this year, helped by incentives for older die ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
Ford named a new manufacturing boss and a new head of joint ventures and alliances in Europe as part ...
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
Kia has hired veteran designer Oleg Son from PSA to be the Korean brand's design chief in China. Ole ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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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 ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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