Vehicle Technology

FCA, Google confirm plan for self-driving prototypes based on hybrid Chrysler Pacifica

7:40 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Google has agreed to buy 100 plug-in hybrid minivans from Fiat Chrysler to expand its self-driving vehicle testing program, the two companies said today in the most advanced partnership to date between Silicon Valley and a carmaker.... Read More »

Ford preps new engine, transmission for '17 F-150 Raptor, 3.5-liter EcoBoost models

3:45 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

More pieces of the Ford F-150 puzzle are coming together. The redesigned 2015 F-150 received aluminum body panels instead of steel. For 2017, two models will get a new powertrain.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: U.S. sales rise in April

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

U.S. sales rise in April: Big gains for Honda, Nissan, Mitsu; GM deliveries fall; FCA, Google said to plan self-driving Pacificas; BMW 'i' team still intact; Startups offer door-to-door gasoline.... Read More »

Porsche picks new r&d chief as suspended Hatz quits

10:02 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Porsche AG's supervisory board has appointed Michael Steiner as new head of r&d, replacing Wolfgang Hatz who will leave the sports-car maker at his own request.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Audi will invest heavily in technology despite emissions scandal costs, development boss Knirsch says

May 3, 2016 06:01 CET

Audi will not stop or delay investing in future technology despite being hit by parent VW Group's emissions-cheating scandal, the brand's new development chief Stefan Knirsch said. Knirsch shared his views on the future of diesels, e-motors and autonomous cars with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: How store fought an online lie

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

How store fought online lie; Marchionne new Ferrari CEO; Porsche plans wagon version of Panamera; Inspiring next Infiniti QX50, QX70; New York State mulls 'Breathalyzer' for texts.... Read More »

Q&A: STEFAN KNIRSCH, HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT, AUDI

How Audi will move forward from scandal

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

In an interview, Stefan Knirsch, Audi's head of development, discusses the changes Audi has made in the aftermath of Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions-cheating scandal and his views on the future of diesels, e-motors and autonomous cars.... Read More »

Why Lithia plans to ratchet up tech hires

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Lithia Motors expects its service and parts business -- both warranty and customer-pay -- to rise due to the back-up of recalled vehicles and the increased number of cars on the road.... Read More »

A diagnostic in the cloud

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Motorcars Toyota is installing devices in customers' cars that remotely assess the vehicle's service needs. It hopes the experiment will help the dealership deliver better service and boost customer retention.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How PSA plans to become industry's 'most efficient' carmaker

May 1, 2016 06:01 CET

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares has named his latest strategy Push to Pass. The racing term seems appropriate as Tavares seeks to pass rivals to become the world's most efficient automaker.... Read More »

Why Michigan wants to stay in the driver's seat on autonomous vehicle legislation

1:14 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2016

Attorneys who specialize in connected car technology and autonomous vehicles say the industry is creating new and unique legal issues around everything from cybersecurity and data protection to product liability. Michigan should be on the cutting edge of that discussion, one lawmaker says.... Read More »

EV REALITY CHECK

Skepticism surrounds China EV boom

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

No one said electrifying China's auto market would be easy. But even as automakers flood the nation with new eco-models and the government pushes generous incentives, there remains much skepticism about the country's ballyhooed EV boom.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler and Google owner Alphabet near self-driving cars deal, reports say

April 29, 2016 08:44 CET

Fiat Chrysler and Google owner Alphabet are close to a deal on a technology partnership for self-driving cars, multiple reports said.... Read More »

Best test for self-driving cars?

3:02 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Federal safety regulators are asking automakers to help them figure out how to test self-driving cars to determine whether the vehicles are safe enough for consumers.... Read More »

FCA offers DIY Siri Eyes Free software update

1:43 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Fiat Chrysler released a free software package that allows owners of certain 2013-15 vehicles equipped with its Uconnect infotainment system to integrate the Apple iPhone's Siri Eyes Free feature.... Read More »

Driverless cars could save lives, kill businesses

10:56 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

The automotive and tech companies pursuing the driverless car share a utopian belief: Autonomous vehicles will benefit society, eventually saving most of the nearly 33,000 people killed each year in road accidents in America alone.... Read More »

SPECIAL REPORT

Inside Google's quest to shape the rules of the driverless road

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

Google is mounting a lobbying and public-relations campaign across America to win acceptance for autonomous vehicles and to shape the rules of the driverless road. And the tech giant, one of the first companies to launch a development effort, has emerged as the most visible and assertive lobbyist, with the most ambitious view of how self-driving vehicles should be deployed.... Read More »

ANE's May e-magazine goes live Monday

April 29, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, May 2. This month's edition looks at how CEO Carlos Tavares plans to turn PSA Group the world's most efficient carmaker.... Read More »

Mich. bills would make hacking electronic vehicle systems a felony, with life in prison

3:41 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Hacking into an electronic vehicle system would have serious consequences under bills introduced today in the Michigan Senate: life in prison for the offender.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: FCA, Google in talks?

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

FCA reportedly near deal with Google; FCA's Chinese partner seeks way into U.S.; April U.S. sales rise expected; Ford working on 200-mile EV; Autonomous-car tech going bust with boomers.... Read More »

Gen Y more likely than older drivers to trust self-driving tech, study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

More than half of those born after 1976 say they trust autonomous tech, compared with 41 percent in Generation X, 23 percent of baby boomers and 18 percent of the pre-boomer generation, J.D. Power's annual U.S. Tech Choice Study found.... Read More »

VW eyes new partners; not talking with Google, Apple

April 28, 2016 10:47 CET

VW will open itself up to more partnerships and strategic investments to help generate a "substantial proportion" of its revenue from new business models, CEO Matthias Mueller said. Discussions are already at an "advanced stage," but Google and Apple are not among tech companies VW is in discussions with, he said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford posts record Q1 profit

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

F-150 helps push Ford to record Q1 profit; Fields: 'Absolutely terrific start'; Mitsubishi: No test-data problems in newer U.S. models; VW's growth outlook; JLR phone-finder app; Hyundai NFL promo.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A drop-off in drop-tops

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Can Buick counter the drop-off in drop-tops?; Ford issues 5 recalls; Getting Germany to go green; Volvo to test autonomous cars in U.K.; GM plant investments; May I rent your Mini?... Read More »

Mitsubishi's existence at risk as fraud case widens

April 27, 2016 11:35 CET

For the second time in about a decade, Mitsubishi faces a scandal that could affect the company's very existence after the automaker admitted to improperly testing the fuel economy of its cars over the past 25 years.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust gains in France, Italy and Spai ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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