Vehicle Technology

EVs seen as cheaper than gasoline models within a decade

May 26, 2017 12:12 CET

Electric cars will soon be cheaper to buy than conventional gasoline ones, new research shows. Batteries currently account for about half the cost of EVs, and their prices will fall by about 77 percent between 2016 and 2030, a Bloomberg study says.... Read More »

Cox, Holman team up on subscription sales model

12:15 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2017

Cox Automotive and Holman Enterprises are teaming up toexpand a retail vehicle-subscription service dubbed Flexdrive.... Read More »

Supreme Court ruling could protect automakers from predatory patent suits

12:18 pm U.S. ET | May 24, 2017

The Supreme Court ruled that patent lawsuits must be filed on the defendant's turf, a decision expected to protect US automakers from predatory patent litigation.... Read More »

Clean-car rules support U.S. jobs, environmental groups say

7:08 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2017

More than a quarter million US jobs are tied to the production of technologies and materials used to improve vehicle fuel economy, according to a new report.... Read More »

CDK buys Auto/Mate in consolidation of DMS providers

11:07 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2017

Dealer software giant CDK Global has struck a deal to acquire Auto/Mate, a smaller rival in the dealership management system market... Read More »

'THE TRUEST FORM OF MOTORSPORT'

Why does Honda stick with Indy?

4:52 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Why would a company like Honda bother with IndyCar, given its limited audience? To Honda, the real question is “Why wouldn't it?... Read More »

DEEP DIVE

JLR engineers use the America's Cup race to gather performance intel

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover's engineers using big data at the dawn of the self-driving era are getting their feet wet on a racetrack in the ocean.... Read More »

Toyota, tech firms explore blockchain for driverless cars

3:42 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Toyota Research Institute said it has teamed up with MIT Media lab and five other companies to explore blockchain technology for the development of driverless cars.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

How racing pays off in daily driving

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Automakers rationalize racing as a proving ground for performance and safety technology. I totally buy that, even for brands that make mainstream family haulers.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

The thrill of simply going fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

The most important day of my life, I always thought, was the day I got my driver's license.... Read More »

Raj Nair's mom was right

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Raj Nair, the head of Ford's product development, doesn't remember when he first fell in love with motorsports. But he knows his parents certainly didn't have anything to do with it.... Read More »

Innovations at the Indianapolis 500

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Technological advancements tested on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's historic 2.5-mile oval have transitioned to everyday production models since the very first race.... Read More »

Ford GT's storybook finish had stomach-turning start

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Ford Motor Co.'s 2016 return to racing with the GT supercar had a storybook ending: victory at Le Mans 50 years after it beat rival Ferrari to put American motorsports on the map.... Read More »

How Toyota transforms America's best-selling car to compete for other titles

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Turning the latest generation of the production Camry into the NASCAR racing version required even more than the usual feats of styling and engineering that went into past transformations.... Read More »

EDUCATING AKIO

Akio Toyoda: Master driver, late bloomer

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2017

Akio Toyoda not only runs Toyota Motor Corp. but is its master driver, the final arbiter of what makes a Lexus a Lexus and a Toyota a Toyota. Knowing how to drive - no, race - a car makes him like no other CEO in the 79 years since his grandfather founded the company.... Read More »

CDK, Reynolds have no security need to block DMS access, expert says

4:33 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2017

A cybersecurity expert said CDK and Reynolds have no security need to block data integrators' access to their dealership management systems.... Read More »

Senate bill to drive research in fuel-saving technologies

5:50 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2017

Senators from states with major auto plants are trying again to pass legislation designed to encourage investment in zero-emissions r&d, and advanced fuel-reduction and safety technologies.... Read More »

Subaru weighs Sweden's Autoliv as camera supplier, report says

3:28 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2017

Subaru is considering Autoliv's stereo cameras for its driver-assist system as the Japanese automaker looks for options beyond longtime supplier Hitachi, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

German industry welcomes self-driving vehicles law

May 15, 2017 11:11 CET

Germany's auto industry praised its government as the first worldwide to broadly legalize self-driving cars, while cautioning that this was just an initial, but crucial, step in rolling out the technology on roads across the country.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Japanese automakers in truck scramble

1:30 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

Japanese automakers in truck scramble; GM inventory up 37%; Volvo getting Android; Delphi plans self-driving taxi in U.S.; Lambo's 650-hp SUV; Ultraluxury vending machine.... Read More »

Lyft partners with Waymo for self-driving cars

May 15, 2017 09:31 CET

Ride services company Lyft and Waymo, an automotive business owned by Google parent Alphabet, have launched a self-driving vehicle partnership, bringing together two rivals to dominant ride-sharing service Uber.... Read More »

In new automotive era, even Toyota struggles

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

A lackluster test drive of an EV prototype underscores for Akio Toyoda the new challenges posed by an evolving auto industry. His reaction has Toyota in crisis mode as it grapples with next-generation technologies and plunging profits.... Read More »

Nvidia, Intel battle to supply autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

Toyota's self-driving vehicles will carry Nvidia's platform, making the chipmaker the dominant supplier of the brains of autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

How to fund road upgrades for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2017

Congress should initially tax automated-vehicle travel at a penny per mile to help fund necessary infrastructure improvements, a leading think tank suggests.... Read More »

Renault, Nissan European operations deal with global cyber attack

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2017

Renault stopped production at several European sites on Saturday to prevent the spread of a global cyber attack that hit its computer systems. Nissan's plant in England also was impacted.... Read More »

 
Lotus can thrive under Geely

Nick Gibbs
5:47 am U.S. ET | May 24 2017

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Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving... ...
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How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19 2017

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Renault hopes to keep the Captur as Europe's top-selling subcompact SUV by giving it an upgraded int ...
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After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10 2017

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Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to. ...
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Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

Christiaan Hetzner
7:14 am U.S. ET | May 3 2017

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One aspect of VW Group's first-quarter report is the plunge in revenue at its core brand. ...
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VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati


4:33 am U.S. ET | May 2 2017

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Volkswagen's 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati might not have been based on any industrial logi ...
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China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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Premium brands gain ground as UK sales plunge 20%
UK new-car registrations slumped 20 percent in April, the biggest year-on-year drop for over six yea ...
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German sales fall 8% as diesel share declines
German new-car registrations fell 8 percent in April as buyers turned away from diesel cars and fewe ...
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Renault, Skoda and Citroen among winners as Italy sales fall 5%
New-car registrations in Italy fell 4.6 percent last month with most major automakers losing volume ...
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Renault, PSA suffer as French sales decline 6%
French registrations fell 6 percent in April on two fewer selling days. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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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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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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BMW adds 2 execs to North American leadership
BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive the au ...
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VW names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandal
Volkswagen's U.S. unit named a KPMG director, Stephanie Davis, as its chief compliance officer after the automaker was sentenced in April in its diesel-emissions scandal. ...
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Continental names new head of China operations
Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China ...
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BMW i subbrand exec to join energy group Innogy
German energy group Innogy has recruited Stefan von Dobschuetz, a key executive from BMW Group's i s ...
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Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing
Mini USA has appointed new heads of both sales and marketing. ...
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VW names new communications, logistics chiefs for North America
Volkswagen Group of America has promoted two executives to top positions running the company's commu ...
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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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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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