Vehicle Technology

Google plans r&d center for self-driving cars in suburban Detroit

1:48 pm U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

Google plans to open a 53,000-square-foot operation in suburban Detroit to conduct further r&d for the company's self-driving automotive technology.... Read More »

BMW invests in California-based mobile carpooling app

12:01 pm U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

BMW said today its BMW iVentures venture capital arm has invested an undisclosed amount in California-based Scoop Technologies, which offers a smartphone-powered carpooling service called Scoop.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: New Mitsu R&D chief, lower profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

Mitsu names R&D chief, reports 39% profit drop; Toyota forms partnership with Uber; Judge: VW, U.S. making 'substantial progress'; Flex-N-Gate, Cosworth plants; How GM lightens up.... Read More »

PSA to develop five EVs, plug-in hybrids for China

May 25, 2016 06:01 CET

PSA and its Chinese partner Dongfeng will introduce five electric cars and plug-in hybrid models in China over the next five years to help meet tougher fuel-economy standards.... Read More »

VW, Toyota invest in ride-sharing services

May 25, 2016 09:08 CET

VW and Toyota are investing in ride-sharing companies in the latest in a wave of high-profile moves by automakers to embrace their potential upstart rivals as partners, customers and sources of valuable data.... Read More »

Mitsubishi names new r&d chief, restates earnings

May 25, 2016 11:15 CET

Mitsubishi said Nissan executive Mitsuhiko Yamashita will become its r&d chief, part of a management overhaul in the wake of a fuel-economy scandal that also prompted the automaker to restate its annual earnings. Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko will also be president, taking over the role from Tetsuro Aikawa, who will leave the company.... Read More »

Feds flash their badges on auto data

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

On Feb. 12, some of the auto industry's leading cybersecurity experts gathered at a sprawling FBI complex to meet with an elite digital SWAT team called the Operational Technology Division. It wasn't until a few days later that the significance of the meeting began to sink in.... Read More »

GM plans stop-start fleetwide by 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

General Motors is going all in on stop-start. By 2020, nearly every GM light vehicle produced globally will have at least one powertrain combination available with the fuel-saving feature, which turns off the engine when the vehicle isn't moving.... Read More »

Connectivity for mom-and-pop fleets

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

General Motors wants to attract mom-and-pop operators with what it bills as the first integrated, hardware-free tool for small businesses to manage their fleets.... Read More »

Mobileye will supply 2 fully autonomous vehicles by 2021

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Mobileye reveals programs to supply two automakers with fully autonomous drive systems as soon as 2019.... Read More »

Public not sold on fully autonomous vehicles, study finds

1:17 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

More than four out of five people would prefer not to ride in fully autonomous vehicles, a study published today found.... Read More »

Audi, BMW, Mercedes lead in user-friendly connectivity, study shows

May 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes lead other automakers in offering easy-to-use connected features, a study shows, but more needs to be done to make customers aware of the technology so they don't choose Apple and Google for their Internet-enabled navigation and in-car entertainment.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

There's no beating Indy 500 in the '60s

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

The most exciting era in the history of the Indianapolis 500 was the mid-1960s, when the Brickyard was shifting from front-engine, Offenhauser-powered roadsters to low-slung, rear-engine racers.... Read More »

Google positions updated Android as a standard for cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Google introduced an updated version of the Android operating system that it promises will work easily with key in-car features such as climate control, radio and digital instrument clusters.... Read More »

Mitsubishi’s reversal of fortune

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2016

The resignation of Mitsubishi President Tetsuro Aikawa was the opposite result of the optimistic scenario that surrounded his rise just two years ago.... Read More »

The Google alum polishing GM's Maven car-sharing brand

8:26 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2016

Zafar Razzacki's resume -- which includes a stint at Google and a few tech startups -- screams Silicon Valley, not Detroit. But a year ago GM lured him to lead marketing and user experience for a new "personal mobility" brand called Maven that includes a car-sharing program.... Read More »

GM's Cruise Automation tests autonomous Bolt EVs

3:45 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2016

General Motors and Cruise Automation have begun testing autonomous prototypes of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. Photos show a white Bolt driving in front of a camouflaged one down the street from Cruise Automation, the San Francisco autonomous vehicle startup that GM bought in March.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: How GM will atone for mpg goof

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2016

GM to offer debit cards, warranties to atone for MPG goof; Suppliers skeptical about Tesla goals; VW's march to 'mobility'; Removing self-driving barriers; Get a job, drive a Model 3.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: UAW chief decries Mexico moves

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

UAW chief: Mexico investments 'about cheap labor'; Self-driving Bolts; GM expands ride-share service; Jeep output snag; Cadillac kills ELR; Mopar expansion; Google patents a sticky safety feature.... Read More »

Cruise Automation ex-partners settle dispute after GM deal

2:51 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

The two co-founders of Cruise Automation, the self-driving car startup acquired by General Motors for a reported $1 billion, settled their dispute and will dismiss their lawsuits against each other.... Read More »

Energy group presses U.S. to speed autonomous car deployment

1:16 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

A group of business executives and retired U.S. military officials, aiming to reduce America's reliance on oil, called for the removal of regulatory barriers and a national policy to trump state rules to foster autonomous car deployment.... Read More »

Uber gives glimpse of latest self-driving prototype car

11:34 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

Uber is finally giving the world a peek at the car it's using to test self-driving technology. The ride-hailing pioneer posted a photo of a hybrid Ford Fusion outfitted with a variety of sensors and high-resolution cameras to gather mapping data while honing autonomous driving capabilities.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: GM to compensate crossover buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2016

GM plans to compensate crossover buyers; how automaker erred; Tesla to raise funds, Model 3 reservation tally falls; For Honda, Hyundai and Toyota: Plug-ins now, fuel cells later.... Read More »

UK plans new insurance laws to help driverless cars

May 18, 2016 16:12 CET

The UK announced plans for new motor insurance laws designed to encourage investment in driverless cars, as the government looks to capture a leading role in the developing technology.... Read More »

Google positions updated Android as a standard for cars

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

In a play to persuade automakers to run cars on its Android operating system, Google is introducing an updated version of Android that it promises will work easily with key in-car features such as climate control, AM/FM radio and digital instrument clusters.... Read More »

 
Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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EU governments have refused to tighten auto industry oversight despite pleas from environmental grou ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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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 growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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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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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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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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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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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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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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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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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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