Vehicle Technology

GM launching over-the-air updates 'before 2020,' Barra says

12:35 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2017

GM CEO Mary Barra said the company plans to launch a new electrical vehicle architecture and infotainment system capable of over-the-air updates "before 2020."... Read More »

U.S. may revise 2021 fuel efficiency standards, freeze targets

10:07 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2017

The Transportation Department said it may revise auto fuel efficiency requirements starting with the 2021 model year, a year earlier than previously disclosed, and could adopt lower standards through 2025.... Read More »

V-12s & 48 VOLTS

5 questions with Mercedes' director of r&d

8:19 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2017

Ola Kaellenius, head of r&d at Mercedes-Benz Cars, sat down with reporters at the launch of the updated S class and covered topics ranging from the return of the Mercedes inline-six to robot taxis to the coming of autonomy to the staying power of V-12s.... Read More »

JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Like it or not, signs signal change for auto retail

10:49 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2017

Car dealers need to prepare for a new way of selling as consumers may not desire car ownership in the future.... Read More »

Consumer group raises alarm about rollback of mpg targets

3:36 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2017

The Consumer Federation of America released data it says show that the value of fuel savings from higher mpg outweighs the added cost of vehicles with fuel-saving technology.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Audi copies Silicon Valley risk-taking culture with self-driving A8

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2017

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been studying Silicon Valley's risk-taking culture and with the brand's new A8 self-driving flagship sedan, he is putting into practice what he has learned.... Read More »

J FERRON

Dealers are still missing from mobility conversation

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2017

Data management and consumer behavior tracking companies will gather tons of user and vehicle information in the emerging ecosystem of mobility options. Missing from the forecasts is what role, if any, franchised dealerships will have.... Read More »

Fisker, emerging battery supplier Nanotech end JV

2:36 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2017

A joint venture between Henrik Fisker's new car company and an emerging battery supplier was unplugged before it could ever charge up.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: New push to clear the air in Europe

8:30 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2017

New push to clear the air in Europe: Audi recalls 850,000 vehicles; VW to pay more in Calif.; Ford designer shakeup; Blind citizens seek autonomous-car input; Hall of Fame inductees.... Read More »

Continental to buy 8-10% stake in mapping firm HERE, report says

9:28 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2017

Continental is in talks to acquire an 8-10 percent stake in the digital mapping firm HERE, which is now controlled by Germany's leading carmakers, a German magazine reported.... Read More »

Driverless shuttles tested in Paris in training for U.S. push

July 20, 2017 11:09 CET

Navya Technologies, a French maker of driverless shuttles, is training its robot-driven machines to navigate around bankers and corporate directors in Paris, ahead of a push to sell vehicles in the U.S.... Read More »

Audi confident new A8 will hold lead in race to offer Level 3 driving

July 19, 2017 06:01 CET

Audi believes it will be the first automaker to launch a self-driving car even though its first model with that capability, the new A8, still needs to undergo lengthy government approvals that could allow a competitor to pass the automaker in the race to market.... Read More »

A8's new controls help driver keep eyes on the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

Audi is redesigning its human-machine interfaces across its lineup, beginning with the A8, to incorporate haptic feedback, which the brand views as an added safety measure.... Read More »

Tesla driver denies Autopilot system caused Minnesota crash

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

The driver of a Tesla vehicle involved in a Minnesota crash denied that its Autopilot system caused the incident. Tesla said it had "no reason to believe that Autopilot ... worked other than as designed."... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: States back dealers in ratings battle

8:30 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

States side with dealers in performance-ratings battle; Wells Fargo curtails car lending; Musk calls for regulating AI; Carmakers' dirty dilemma; Honda's Disney-themed 'Minnie' van.... Read More »

Tech summit showcases auto entrepreneurs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

The first Technology in Motion summit, to be held Sept. 6-8 in Detroit, will offer auto entrepreneurs pitch competitions, hackathons and a "startup village."... Read More »

Audi dealers may have role in on-demand system

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

Scott Keogh, CEO of Audi of America says the brand's dealer network, could get involved in the brand's on-demand mobility experiment down the road.... Read More »

Racy films get very short run​

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

Wow, the stuff that goes on in the back seats of cars. Now a new chapter in this long, storied history of second-row steaminess in American automobiles.... Read More »

Freudenberg steps up fight against friction

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

Automakers seeking better fuel economy are asking suppliers for innovations to help reduce engine friction.... Read More »

Musk warns of worst-case scenario from artificial intelligence

9:18 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2017

Elon Musk warned governors that government regulation of artificial intelligence is needed because it's a fundamental risk to humans.... Read More »

Doing more washing with less water

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

New vehicles will have more lights and cameras to keep clean with windshield fluid, but environmental concerns weigh on automakers and their customers.... Read More »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

BLOG: How the iPhone has changed our industry

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

We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to acknowledge the profound influence this youthful product has had over the century-old auto industry.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Dueling makeovers for Camry, Accord

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2017

A rare rival re-do: Dueling makeovers for Camry, Accord; Jag E-Pace enters hot compact SUV race; Used-car 'time bomb'?; Self-driving tolls and throws; Mustang ice cream treat.... Read More »

Audi A8 poised to benefit from new self-driving law

July 13, 2017 06:01 CET

Audi's new A8 is poised to be the first production car to take advantage of a law passed late last month in Germany that allows drivers to cede full or partial control should their cars have Level 3 or Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities.... Read More »

Tollbooths become key for autonomous car success

July 13, 2017 06:01 CET

An unlikely battleground has emerged in the race to develop autonomous vehicles: tollbooths. Renault and PSA are working with partners to make sure their models can handle the exchanges without help from the driver.... Read More »

 
German industry fears image blow over cartel probe


4:16 am U.S. ET | July 25 2017

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Germany's auto industry fears its image will suffer another severe blow after EU antitrust authoriti ...
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Audi copies Silicon Valley risk-taking culture with self-driving A8

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24 2017

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been studying Silicon Valley's risk-taking culture and with the brand's ...
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How the iPhone has changed our industry

Krishnan M. Anantharaman
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2017

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We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to ac ...
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Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2017

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A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybri ...
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Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

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

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The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. ...
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Renault design boss knows which line matters most

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2017

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When discussing automotive design, the word “line” gets used often. Renault design chief ...
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Volvo sends message to suppliers

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:40 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. ...
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Ghosn knows what it means to be No. 1

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. ...
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Continental's speaker-less solution slashes weight, satisfies the ear

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30 2017

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Continental's speaker-less car audio solution reduces weight by up to 90 percent compared with today ...
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Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, th ...
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Russia sales increase 15% in 4th straight monthly rise
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in June, the fourth consecutive month of higher ...
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UK car sales fall for third consecutive month
UK new-car registrations fell by 4.8 percent in June to 243,454, the first time in six years sales h ...
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German car sales drop on fewer selling days
German new-car sales declined 3.5 percent last month to 327,693 vehicles, according to data from the ...
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Italy June sales surge 13%
Italy's new-car registrations increased 13 percent in June to 187,642 units, according to figures fr ...
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French sales rise nearly 2% in June
Registrations of new cars in France rose 1.6 percent to 230,940 vehicles in June, with Daimler, Toyo ...
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Spain sales rise 7%; troubling trends seen
New-car sales in Spain were up 6.5 percent last month to 131,797 units, according to industry associ ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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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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BMW's Willisch to retire Aug. 1 as Americas chief
After 21 years with BMW, including six in the U.S., Ludwig Willisch will retire as the company's Americas chief as of Aug. 1. ...
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Former GM exec Bo Andersson to lead Yazaki Europe
Former GM purchasing chief and CEO of AvtoVAZ Bo Andersson has returned to the industry to lead Euro ...
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Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief
Ford named Amko Leenarts as its new design director for Europe. Leenarts will succeed Joel Piaskowsk ...
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BMW sales chief Robertson to retire; Dutch executive Nota is successor
BMW said Ian Robertson will retire as the automaker's sales chief. He will be succeeded by Pieter No ...
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Tesla adds two to board, including James Murdoch
Tesla appointed two new directors to its board, including Twenty-First Century Fox CEO James Murdoch ...
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KC Crain named president of Automotive News' parent company
KC Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, has been named president of parent Crain Commun ...
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Ford names Shirinov CEO of Russia JV
Ford has named Adil Shirinov CEO of its Russian joint venture, Ford Sollers. ...
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VW names veteran Europe exec to steer N. America sales, marketing
VW Group named Werner Eichhorn, a longtime executive from its European operations, as the new head o ...
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PSA hires Renault-Nissan exec to lead push in Africa
PSA Group has picked veteran Renault-Nissan executive Samir Cherfan to lead its sales and marketing ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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