Vehicle Technology

BMW wants 1,000 Geniuses in coming years

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

To date, BMW stores have a total of 500 product Geniuses -- customer advisers who explain features and do vehicle deliveries but don't sell cars. Peter Miles, vice president of sales channel development and customer relations, expects that number to grow to 750 by the end of the year and to 1,000 in coming years.... Read More »

Cadillac will fit CT6 with a new twin-turbo V6

10:48 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Cadillac has promised that its forthcoming CT6 will form the tip of its technological spear, packing features such as an autonomous-drive system and a rearview mirror that streams video from a rear camera.... Read More »

Honda launches $1 million campaign to draw Ohio students to manufacturing

12:15 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Honda is joining a push in Ohio to interest middle and high school students in manufacturing careers, a move stemming from increasing concerns about possible future shortages of qualified workers.... Read More »

Porsche seeks better 'connected car' technology, exec says

March 19, 2015 15:47 CET

Porsche is working to develop a more "connected car" that better integrates mobile technology into vehicles without distracting drivers.... Read More »

LaSorda's venture capital fund invests in auto cyber-security firm

11:13 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Tom LaSorda, the former CEO of Chrysler and Fisker, said his venture capital fund IncWell has invested in a global automotive cyber-security supplier called TowerSec. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.... Read More »

Jump-starting car sales from the service lane

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Mike Bowsher uses software at the service desk to help him jump-start the sales process at his stores. The owner of Carl Black Auto Group says once his staff got the hang of using the software tools, new- and used-vehicle sales across his four dealerships rose 700 to 800 vehicles per quarter.... Read More »

BMW's sales crown scrutinized as profits shrink, rivals catch up

March 17, 2015 15:58 CET

BMW's record car sales have meant big profits that have funded incentives and investment in new technologies. But competitors are catching up and profits are shrinking. Some industry observers are wondering if the "sales grow, profits look after themselves" formula still works.... Read More »

Self-driving cars will prove safer than humans, Musk says

2:54 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

It may become illegal for humans to take the wheel once self-driving cars have proven themselves, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said. “In the distant future, I think people may outlaw driving cars because it's too dangerous,” Musk said at a conference earlier today.... Read More »

All new EU cars will need emergency call technology from 2018

March 17, 2015 17:09 CET

All new cars sold in the European Union from 2018 will have to be equipped with technology to contact emergency services in the case of an accident.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why suppliers need to think differently or face extinction

1:56 pm U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Auto suppliers need to have a plan that accounts for likely scenarios 10 years from now that may include Silicon Valley giants engineering cars that drive themselves. This is no small change.... Read More »

Valeo open to acquisitions in growth areas

March 16, 2015 14:08 CET

Valeo is open to acquisitions that could bolster its product offerings in high-growth areas such as fuel efficiency and autonomous driving, CEO Jacques Aschenbroich said.... Read More »

WHY CASH IS KING

Profound technological change, uncertainty will test automakers' reserves

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

The world's major automakers are setting on tens of billions of dollars in cash. Given the uncertainties they face, they're going to need it. That's one reason why GM's decision to spend $5 billion on a stock buyback drew so much scrutiny last week.... Read More »

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Audi, Mercedes execs bullish on self-driving cars

March 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg believe autonomous driving is the next big thing. But other industry leaders wonder whether customers really want cars to take over a task that many people still enjoy doing themselves.... Read More »

Today's Delphi focuses on smart technology, software

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Delphi Automotive's brain trust thinks it has a winning business strategy -- smart technology with a heavy dose of software -- and it's likely to stick with that plan under its new CEO.... Read More »

A123 shifts focus to rebound from bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

A123 CEO Jason Forcier says he is focusing on starter batteries.... Read More »

O'Neal's goal: Smaller but stronger Delphi

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

When Delphi Automotive took journalists for rides in its driverless Audi SQ45 this winter during the International CES, the retrofitted crossover wasn't restricted to the highway.... Read More »

Tesla plans software update for Model S to address range anxiety

6:59 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2015

Tesla will unveil a software update for the Model S on Thursday that is designed to quell fears that drivers will run out of power, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday.... Read More »

GM steps up supplier courtship

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2015

GM purchasing chief Steve Kiefer’s courtship of suppliers at an awards ceremony underscores how heavily General Motors and its rivals are leaning on their supply base for innovation.... Read More »

Delphi readies coast-to-coast demo of self-driving car

3:06 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Delphi Automotive aims to demonstrate its growing prowess in self-driving cars with what it bills as the "longest automated drive ever attempted in North America" -- a 3,500-mile coast-to-coast excursion in a specially rigged Audi SQ5 that will mostly drive itself.... Read More »

2015 Ford Edge emphasizes more room and capability -- not mpg

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

Ford has taken a different tack with the redesigned Edge, which was already the top-selling midsize crossover on the market and among the most fuel-efficient. Ford focused on making the 2015 Edge more capable, comfortable and high-tech, saying its buyers want those improvements more than slightly better gas mileage.... Read More »

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Ford expects big boost from high-tech Mondeo

March 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford expects a significant sales boost in the tough midsize segment from its latest-generation Mondeo because of the car's advanced technology, new upscale trim line and the addition of a hybrid variant.... Read More »

Toyota to step up hiring at home in the next fiscal year

10:45 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Profit-rich Toyota is plowing more of its cash into new hires in the coming year, especially in the engineering and technical fields crucial to its expansion. Toyota aims to add 2,275 employees in Japan in the fiscal year beginning April 1, a 30 percent increase over the 1,744 hires added a year earlier.... Read More »

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Carmakers struggle to balance content, privacy

March 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler's head of User Interaction and Connected Car, Ralf Lamberti, believes linking data generated in vehicles to individual drivers could make it more secure, meaning one day we may have to log on in our vehicles as we do on our computers.... Read More »

Dirty downside to driverless cars shown in university study

6:50 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Driverless cars better be able to refuel themselves. They'll consume more energy than cars with drivers, according to a new study from the University of Michigan.... Read More »

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BLOG: Let the car-hacking lawsuits begin

3:29 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Fear often outpaces reality, and the issue of car hacking is no exception. But if you ask experts if any ordinary car has ever been hacked, they'll tell you no.... Read More »

 
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