Vehicle Technology

BMW: U.S. will get more i cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The U.S. will get a higher share of BMW i electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the coming months, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hard questions on autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The autonomous car has enormous implications for our industry. We seem to be focusing on the benefits, which are many, and avoiding the harder questions such as security and the implications of future generations who will have diminished driving skills.... Read More »

 

PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota: Fuel cell sedan sales won't match Prius' launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Sales of Toyota's fuel cell sedan probably won't grow as quickly as those of the Prius hybrid.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 comes loaded with high-tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Ford is bringing technology into the 2015 F-150 pickup more commonly associated with luxury cars. The list of new features is so long, it might seem bewildering to customers. Ford says it has taken out or applied for about 100 patents on the redesigned truck.... Read More »

 

Tesla set to introduce automated-driving functions, report says

12:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2014
Tesla will make its first foray toward automated driving with a suite of new high-tech features including one that can keep the car in its lane, said a person familiar with the carmaker's plans.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota hoping for Prius-like success with European launch of fuel cell car

Oct. 3, 2014 15:11 CET
Toyota plans a controlled rollout of its fuel cell car in Europe next summer as the automaker aims to replicate the first-mover success of its Prius hybrid and stir interest in the new technology.... Read More »

 

GM halts 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon deliveries to fix airbag flaw

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM instructed dealers to halt deliveries of the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups because of a pending safety recall to fix an airbag defect, just two weeks after shipments began for the high-profile launch.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

GM's bold platform plan aims to reduce complexity, save billions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM's ambitious plan to move from 26 global platforms to just four by 2025 will be a defining element of CEO Mary Barra's legacy but could eventually save the company many billions of dollars in production and purchasing outlays. GM faces a challenge of enormous complexity that rivals, notably VW and Toyota, already have begun and are still sorting out.... Read More »

 

Jeep ponders switch to aluminum for next Wrangler body, Marchionne says

11:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. Such significant changes to the hot-selling SUV would likely mean leaving its longtime, historic production site in Toledo, Ohio, Marchionne added.... Read More »

 

VW’s XL Sport concept full of surprises

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Volkswagen dropped a surprise on Wednesday by rolling out the XL Sport concept on the eve of press previews for the Paris auto show. The biggest surprise, though, is the XL Sport’s engine -- a V-twin adapted from the VW Group’s Ducati 1199 Superleggera, which VW touts as the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle.... Read More »

 

Dealer software provider CDK goes public as it spins off from ADP

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
CDK Global, formerly ADP Dealer Services, went public Tuesday as part of being spun off by parent Automatic Data Processing Inc., CDK Global announced today.... Read More »

 

GM will position Cadillac CT6 as tech showcase

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The CT6 sedan due late next year is intended to be more than just a high-end Cadillac. General Motors is counting on the car to be a rolling showcase of the company’s engineering and technology prowess, and its determination once again to rise to the top of the automotive world.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math

11:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler's hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. Buried in a statement Monday on the redesigned F-150 was the first clue to how the truck will perform on the EPA's mileage tests.... Read More »

 

AT&T says 2 million customers using connected-car service

11:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
AT&T gave its first look at the performance of the connected-car unit, a new growth businesses for the largest U.S. phone service provider.... Read More »

 

PAUL MCVEIGH

For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Europe's struggling auto recovery overshadows Paris glamour

Sept. 30, 2014 11:30 CET
Self-driving vehicles and smartphone integration will be among the top features at Europe's biggest auto show this year as executives focus on something that's become increasingly hard to come by: buyers.... Read More »

 

SGL Carbon will sell 267 million euros worth of shares to tackle debt, boost growth

Sept. 30, 2014 12:23 CET
SGL Carbon, which counts BMW, VW Group and BMW heiress Susanne Klatten as its three biggest shareholders, will sell 267 million euros ($339 million) in shares to repay debt and make investments.... Read More »

 

BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

Sept. 29, 2014 17:43 CET
BMW is teaming up with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of automated driving already have undergone tests on German autobahns.... Read More »

 

BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

8:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
BMW is teaming up with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai.... Read More »

 

A sleek, supple, sophisticated Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as the most ballyhooed car of the year.... Read More »

 

No '15 Evora as Lotus works on 'smart' airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Lotus, which is laying off about one quarter of its global staff, will skip the 2015 model year of its only street-legal car sold in the United States, the Evora two-seater.... Read More »

 

Windshield could be the display screen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Inspired by video games and wearable devices such as Google Glass, car companies and their suppliers are pouring resources into head-up display (HUD) technology, despite daunting challenges that stand in the way of turning the whole windshield into a display screen.... Read More »

 

French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year, having received financial help from the French government ahead of tougher new EU regulations.... Read More »

 

VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production.... Read More »

 

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