Vehicle Technology

Delphi to expand driverless-taxi test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2016

Delphi Automotive wants to expand its road test of driverless taxis - scheduled to debut next year in Singapore - to other cities.... Read More »

California proposes giving more freedom to test self-driving cars

10:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

California will allow companies more leeway in testing self-driving cars on public roads while restricting how the nascent technology is advertised under revised draft regulations. In one of the biggest changes, the new rules would allow for the absence of a driver in some instances, provided there is two-way communication with the vehicle.... Read More »

BMW expands vehicle connectivity with Amazon's Alexa

3:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

BMW will offer voice connectivity on new vehicles using Amazon's Alexa home wireless service. The upgraded BMW Connected smartphone app using Alexa will be available in the United States in early October, the company said.... Read More »

Michigan group leads $2.5M stake in cybersecurity firm targeting driverless cars

2:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

Fontinalis Partners of Detroit has led an investment of $2.5 million in Karamba Security, a company based in Hod Hasharon, Israel, that makes cybersecurity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

Bosch sues S. Korea's Mando in U.S. on alleged patent infringements

Sept. 30, 2016 14:38 CET

Bosch lodged a lawsuit in the U.S. against South Korean peer Mando alleging infringement of patents, a claim Mando later said was groundless. The suit claims some ABS brake systems and ESC electronic stability control products supplied by Mando, breach four of Bosch's patents.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Where sales still get their kicks?

8:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

Snyder: Busier, but safer road for U.S. sales; 'Tough years' ahead for VW?; Audi reveals new Q5; Volvo plans self-driving car for public, CEO says; Ghosn's message to U.K.... Read More »

Volvo plans to offer fully self-driving car to luxury buyers

Sept. 30, 2016 11:22 CET

The self-driving car that Volvo plans to offer in five years will be sold with autopilot features that add about $10,000 to the vehicle's cost, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said.... Read More »

Tesla says Autopilot not to blame in German crash

Sept. 30, 2016 09:16 CET

A Tesla car operating under Autopilot collided with a bus in Germany, but the automaker said a collision was unavoidable because the bus swerved into the vehicle's lane.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault seeks to build on design success with Trezor

Sept. 30, 2016 10:41 CET

Renault launched the first step in a fresh design direction with the Trezor concept for a Grand Tourer-style electric coupe.... Read More »

Automakers see high-stakes mobility as an opportunity

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2016

The stakes are high for automakers in the future of mass transportation. Andreas Mai, who recently served as the director of smart connected vehicles at Cisco Systems, estimated the size of the mobility industry -- which would include autonomous vehicles, ride-sharing networks and connectivity -- to be worth about $5 trillion over the next decade.... Read More »

Ford picks former 3M exec to lead mobility unit

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2016

Former 3M executive Rajendra Rao today was named CEO of Ford's mobility services subsidiary as the company looks to expand its business beyond auto manufacturing.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2016

The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. It will make future cars a lot safer and a lot smarter, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says,... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Nissan debuts 'revolutionary' new Micra

Sept. 29, 2016 11:01 CET

Nissan said its new Micra will compete against the best subcompacts in the segment because it will offer class-leading technology, more space and low-emissions engines.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Mercedes-AMG will add hybrid 'hypercar'

Sept. 29, 2016 09:09 CET

Mercedes-Benz's AMG unit said it will build a hybrid "hypercar" that uses Formula One technology. Mercedes will join F1 rivals Ferrari and McLaren in using hybrid technology to offer a very high-performance road car.... Read More »

BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments

4:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2016

PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. The new mobility services division will rely on inexpensive partnerships and investments in startups for the services it will bring to market, CEO Carlos Tavares says.... Read More »

Why shorter F&I menus work best

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

To hone menus and keep them in check, dealers should periodically review their F&I product offerings against the vehicles they sell and the general wants and needs of their customers to "make sure everything aligns."... Read More »

VW mulls robo-taxi service as part of new mobility brand

Sept. 28, 2016 20:00 CET

VW Group is considering launching a fleet of robo-taxis for ride-hailing in the future as part of plans to expand its mobility services business, which will become the group's 13th brand.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Automakers' EV plans will challenge early pioneers

Sept. 28, 2016 11:31 CET

Electric-car pioneers including Renault, Nissan and Tesla are facing a challenge from their peers as EV concepts dominate the Paris auto show. Volkswagen Group's diesel scandal and falling battery costs have persuaded executives and investors that battery-powered cars are ready to go mainstream.... Read More »

Uber to move freight, target trucking for the long haul

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

With its recent acquisition of self-driving truck startup Otto, Uber Technologies is plotting its entry into the long-haul trucking business, aiming to establish itself as a freight hauler and a technology partner for the industry.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Takata wire-fraud charges?

8:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

U.S. weighing wire-fraud charges against Takata, report says; FCA gets a grant to hire 700; Marchionne cancels Paris appearance; Nissan's self-driving chair; Built-for-Texas trucks.... Read More »

BMW, Audi, Mercedes, tech firms form 5G alliance to accelerate self-driving cars

Sept. 27, 2016 12:15 CET

BMW, Audi and Mercedes launched a 5G alliance with mobile telecoms network equipment firms Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm to accelerate development of the infrastructure needed for self-driving cars.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Design’s next frontier

11:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2016

Design is about to get way more complex and difficult as new technologies transform the automobile.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Turning the corner at Volvo

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2016

Turning the corner at Volvo; VW offers financial reassurance amid report; Audi, BMW, Daimler tech alliance; Self-driving startup seeks funds; Jeep, Audi ads take political twist.... Read More »

Self-driving car startup NuTonomy in talks to raise new funds

7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2016

NuTonomy, a self-driving car startup backed by Ford Motor Chairman Bill Ford and Singapore's government, is in discussions with potential investors for a new round of funding as it works toward a full commercial launch in 2018.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival

Sept. 27, 2016 06:01 CET

Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. It will be difficult to fulfill orders for the new cars while keeping pace with demand for the XC90. "It's a very positive problem," a senior executive said.... Read More »

 
Nissan's self-driving tech in high demand

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2016

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The “vast majority” of customers for Nissan's first car to offer semi-autonomous driving ...
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Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. It will make future cars a lot safer and a lot smarter, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says, ...
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PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments


4:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. ...
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MG's Chinese owners fail to revive UK brand

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2016

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MG's decision to end production in the UK shows just how tough it has been for Chinese owners SAIC t ...
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Bye-bye Bentley, hello Dyson?

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27 2016

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The list of exhibitors for this week's Paris auto show is the latest indication that the industry is changing fast. ...
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Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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BMW appoints European sales chief to replace retiring CFO
BMW Group appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner w ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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