Vehicle Technology

EDWARD NIEDERMEYER

BLOG: Tesla crash shows man and machine must cooperate

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2017

It seems that both human drivers and Tesla's "Autopilot" system -- specifically the complex relationship between the two -- contributed to the fatality of a Tesla driver last year.... Read More »

GUEST BLOG: ERIK COELINGH

BLOG: Don't let regulation put the brakes on autonomous vehicle innovation

10:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2017

As we work to make autonomous driving a reality, one thing that has become clear is that innovation needs to be nurtured by policy, not regulation.... Read More »

WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Mazda CX-9 doubles down on safety for 2018

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

Even though the second-generation Mazda CX-9 is still fresh, it's already getting some tech-savvy updates.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Feds ease path to self-driving cars

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2017

Feds reveal 'path forward' for self-driving cars; NTSB: Autopilot design a factor in fatal Tesla crash; At Frankfurt: Benz fuel-cell hybrid, 'Entry-level' Ferrari, Smart all-EV plan.... Read More »

GM's Cruise Automation touts Bolt EV as 'first real self-driving car'

12:40 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2017

Cruise Automation CEO and founder Kyle Vogt is touting the GM subsidiary's newest version of its autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV as the "first real self-driving car."... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Renault Symbioz is a car that can also be your living room

Sept. 12, 2017 11:12 CET

Renault sees its Symbioz concept as an ecosystem consisting of a house and an autonomous, electric and connected car that can be part of the home's interior.... Read More »

FINANCE & INSURANCE INSIGHT

The faces of fraud

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2017

The value of auto loan originations that contain some element of fraud may be as high as $6 billion this year, double last year's level. A special section explores how lenders and dealers can guard against identity theft and finance fraud.... Read More »

Curbing data breaches

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2017

To thwart data breaches and identify theft, Mark Pribish, ID theft practice leader at Merchants Information Solutions, has these tips.... Read More »

Nissan boosts Leaf's range

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2017

The next-generation electric Nissan Leaf aims to ease range anxiety with battery improvements that include a performance edition. But better EV attributes are only part of the proposition.... Read More »

U.S. streamlines autonomous vehicle guidelines

7:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2017

The new Transportation Department policy is expected to offer the lighter regulatory touch that automakers have pushed for. For example, automakers will not have to seek approval from regulators before putting self-driving vehicles on the road.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Aicon concept previews Audi's self-driving plans

Sept. 11, 2017 21:55 CET

Audi has unveiled a luxury autonomous concept at the Frankfurt auto show designed to showcase its Level 5 self-driving technology.... Read More »

States sue Trump administration over delayed fuel-economy fines

10:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2017

New York, California and three other states sued the US government for delaying the rollout of higher "gas-guzzler" penalties for automakers building new vehicles not meeting fuel-economy standards.... Read More »

Time's running out to apply for PACE Awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2017

Suppliers have until Sept. 14 to apply for the 2018 Automotive News PACE Awards.... Read More »

When scandal hits, move fast, be honest, hire pros

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2017

After a scandal, the slow road to reputation recovery hinges on honesty, commitment and big changes.... Read More »

Tarnished image? Put your best face forward

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2017

When a fraud scandal hits, dealer interviews, community outreach aid damage control... Read More »

A con artist on your store's staff? It happens

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2017

Unsavory practices in dealership F&I departments still happen. But training, check-and-balance systems, better pay plans and just being more vigilant can discourage rogue behavior, industry insiders say.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Audi concepts highlight self-driving advances

Sept. 8, 2017 18:32 CET

Audi is highlighting its ambitions for self-driving cars with two concept vehicles that have advanced "hands-free" autonomous functions.... Read More »

Environmental groups sue U.S. over delayed fines for gas guzzlers

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2017

Three environmental groups filed suit against the federal government Thursday for delaying the rollout of higher “gas-guzzler” penalties for automakers that produce new vehicles that fail to meet minimum fuel-economy standards.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Future drivers may own just a steering wheel, Jaguar foresees

9:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2017

Jaguar thinks future drivers may not own a car, but only a steering wheel that they attach to different self-driving vehicles from a car-sharing pool. The voice-activated, connected - and detachable - Sayer steering wheel, is the centerpiece of the automaker's Future-Type concept design.... Read More »

Nissan chooses value over range with new Leaf

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2017

Nissan introduced its second generation Nissan Leaf electric vehicle with a range of 150 miles -- a 40 percent increase from its predecessor but still a far cry from competing EVs.... Read More »

U.S. average fuel economy edged down in August

11:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2017

The average fuel economy of new light vehicles sold in the U.S. in August was 25.3 mpg, down 0.1 mpg from July.... Read More »

PSA partners with AI startup for self-driving pilot

7:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2017

PSA Group and self-driving startup AImotive are partnering to develop technology capable of level 4 autonomy.... Read More »

How Delphi is building its autonomous tech team

Sept. 6, 2017 06:01 CET

Delphi's has spent the last two years turning its focus toward becoming a leader in developing technology for autonomous, connected and electric vehicles. One person playing a key role in this transition is David Paja, who told Automotive News Europe how Delphi is building its team.... Read More »

Audi may seek type approval exemption for A8's self-driving system

Sept. 6, 2017 09:21 CET

Audi will most likely seek a type approval exemption from regulators to speed up the introduction in Europe of its Traffic Jam Pilot, the first Level 3 autonomous system in a series production car.... Read More »

Ford adds new diesel, awd to EcoSport

Sept. 6, 2017 10:24 CET

Ford hopes to give its EcoSport a sales boost in Europe's increasingly competitive subcompact SUV segment by adding four-wheel drive and a new diesel engine, along with a bolder look.... Read More »

 
Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

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

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

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

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At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed. ...
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Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt ...
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Zetsche first CEO to fulfill oft-broken F1 promise

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is the first CEO I know to fulfill a promise to transfer his company's F1 ...
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First impressions of Audi's self-driving system

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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The Level 3 autonomous driving technology in the new Audi A8, which will be on display at the upcomi ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent in August with Nissan, Renault, Toyota and VW Group's S ...
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns
UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty ove ...
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German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline
New-car registrations in Germany rose to the highest level in eight years in August despite plunging ...
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Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the prem ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
UK registrations fell 9 percent in July, the fourth consecutive month of declines. ...
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
French new-car sales rose 11 percent in July as most mass-market brands enjoyed a significant jump i ...
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
Business demand helped drive a 5.9 percent increase in new-car sales in Italy last month as registra ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
Irishman John Martin is tasked with accelerating the integration of manufacturing and supply strateg ...
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
Bentley named Peter Bosch, a veteran VW Group executive, as its new manufacturing chief. ...
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
Ford named industry veteran Louis-Carl Vignon to head its France operations. Vignon returns to Ford ...
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
Simon Sproule, Aston Martin's global chief marketing officer, has added a new position: chief of the ...
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Volvo names Kerssemakers as Europe boss
Volvo named Lex Kerssemakers as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Kerssemakers retu ...
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VW shuffles product development team
VW Group is shuffling its product development team as the automaker prepares for a move to future mo ...
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Ford names former Key Safety exec Luo to steer China unit
Ford named former Key Safety Systems executive Jason Luo as chairman and CEO of its China operations ...
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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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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 ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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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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