Vehicle Technology

GM, Army to test Chevrolet Colorado fuel cell

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has been selected by the U.S. Army to test a General Motors-designed hydrogen powered fuel cell powertrain. The grueling 12-month test will help GM engineers and army officials evaluate the fuel cell's performance under strenuous use.... Read More »

Hyundai's tech trickles down to Elantra

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Hyundai's sixth-generation Elantra will come crammed with safety and connectivity technology to fend off a newly redesigned Civic and Nissan Sentra. Like the larger Sonata, the new Elantra sheds some of its former curviness in lieu of clean lines, premium touches and Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille.... Read More »

Buick's 3rd-gen LaCrosse adds sophistication, technology

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Buick is counting on a svelte redesigned LaCrosse to carry on as the brand's flagship and draw more buyers to a declining big-sedan market. The 2017 LaCrosse borrows from the sleek Avenir sedan concept that Buick showed in January -- its front end, including the wing-shaped element in the grille, bears a strong resemblance.... Read More »

Geely plans hybrid, electric versions for 90% of models by 2020

8:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Geely said it will equip more than 90 percent of its models with alternative-energy powertrains in the next five years, the most ambitious plan by a Chinese carmaker so far to improve fuel efficiency ahead of a government-mandated deadline.... Read More »

Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness.... Read More »

Ford reboots 2017 Escape with 2 new engines, stop-start, safety upgrades

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

Ford is making substantial changes to the Escape crossover, giving the exterior a more rugged, upscale look, and adding safety technology from more expensive vehicles. The 2017 Escape gets a redesigned interior and two new four-cylinder EcoBoost engines, both of which come packaged with stop-start to improve fuel efficiency.... Read More »


New Camaro's light show

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

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro's available specialty interior lighting makes you say, "Wow."... Read More »

Next-gen Leaf: More tech despite low sales

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

Determined to maintain a lead role in electric vehicles, Nissan is working on new technologies to make the next Leaf more appealing.... Read More »

Ford faces trial on mpg estimates as U.S. judge refuses to toss suit

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Ford will have to face trial over claims that it exaggerated fuel-efficiency estimates for its Fusion and C-Max hybrids after a federal judge denied the company’s request to throw the case out.... Read More »

Brose pushes electrification beyond the powertrain

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

The auto industry's push toward electrification is driving changes that increasingly go beyond the powertrain and are transforming other parts of the modern vehicle.... Read More »

Tech puzzle: Just what features do drivers want?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2015

Infotainment presents a delicate balancing act for automakers. They want to stand out from the pack with pioneering features without overly complicating things for motorists. Yet they can't turn to consumers for a detailed forecast of what the future of infotainment should look like.... Read More »


BLOG: Why Tesla leads larger auto players in big data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Tesla could give established automakers lessons on how to maximize big data. “They are already more advanced,” says Matthias Bentenrieder, who specializes in big data at consultancy Oliver Wyman.... Read More »

Ford to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity

5:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Ford will begin testing autonomous vehicles at Mcity, a simulated facility at the University of Michigan, to speed up research of advanced sensing technologies.... Read More »

Apple, Google preferred as designers of next in-car infotainment

Nov. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Car buyers would welcome radio or infotainment systems designed by Apple or Google, according to analysts IHS Automotive.... Read More »


Opel wants leaner Astra to leap over rivals

Nov. 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel hopes to win sales from the Volkswagen Golf as well as compact luxury models such as the BMW 1 series by positioning its new-generation Astra as a near-premium offering that boasts improved fuel economy, a quieter ride plus a wide range of high-tech safety and comfort features.... Read More »


Audi sees A4 causing segment shake-up

Nov. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi executives are optimistic the arrival of the new A4 will give the Volkswagen Group subsidiary the boost it needs after being overtaken by Mercedes-Benz for second place in global premium car sales.... Read More »


BLOG: Range Rover Evoque convertible is ready for (next) summer

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

The Range Rover Evoque that at least several people have been clamoring for is finally here, revealed just in time for winter.... Read More »


BLOG: Crash rarity adds challenge to autonomous push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

Renault-Nissan's head of autonomous vehicle development is unsure whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that there have been no serious crashes while the automaker has tested its technology.... Read More »


Audi speeds up infotainment and driver assistance innovation

Nov. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi's innovative electronics architecture has dramatically shortened the time the brand needs to introduce more powerful processors for in-car infotainment and driver assistance systems, Audi's head of electronic development, Ricky Hudi, explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »


BLOG: How Akio Toyoda got sold on self-driving cars

6:47 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Akio Toyoda, an amateur race-car driver and big-time car buff, used to say until recently that he wouldn't be a true believer in autonomous vehicles until a self-driving car could beat him in a race around Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit.... Read More »

What's behind Toyota's big bet on artificial intelligence?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google and Apple have deftly marshaled their software expertise to muscle in on the traditional car industry. Now Toyota Motor Corp. is pushing back with a $1 billion challenge to them on their home turf.... Read More »

Apple car was already planted in Steve Jobs' mind

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Count Steve Jobs among those curious about what an Apple car would look like. In 2008, not too long after the Apple co-founder introduced the iPhone, Jobs was considering the possibilities of a much bigger gadget, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Renault and Nissan will share technology for autonomous driving

Nov. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault will benefit from the autonomous driving technology that Nissan is developing and vice versa. Renault plans to sell cars that can autonomously drive in traffic jams starting next year.... Read More »


From rocket scientist to car guy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2015

Last year, Ken Washington left his career as a rocket scientist in Silicon Valley to join a car company in Detroit. Now, as one of the outsiders on Mark Fields' management team, he's leading Ford's toward a future filled with autonomous vehicles and consumers who may not want to own a car.... Read More »

Average U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy slips in Oct., study finds

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

Thanks to lower gasoline prices and the continued strength of pickup and SUV sales, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. in October was down slightly from September, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said on Thursday.... Read More »

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