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BLOG: VW says the Golf will be first car to offer gesture controls

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

The updated Volkswagen Golf, due in 2016, will add gesture controls to its "Star Trek"-style touch screens. VW presented the new in-car technology in the Golf R Touch concept at CES Asia in Shanghai.... Read More »

Takata plans to 'transition' away from ammonium nitrate in airbags

3:18 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Takata plans to “transition” away using from a volatile chemical in its airbag inflators, a top executive from the embattled supplier told a panel of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday.... Read More »

2016 BMW X1 gains interior space, new tech

6:00 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The second-generation BMW X1 compact crossover gets more interior room, an updated exterior and additional technology for the 2016 model year. The X1 -- the automaker's entry crossover in the U.S. -- will go on sale this fall.... Read More »

Ford shortens summer shutdowns to meet consumer demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Ford today said it plans to shorten the summer shutdown period to just one week at 16 North American plants, including all six assembly plants that build highly profitable pickups and crossovers.... Read More »

Mulally joins 3-D firm's board

10:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is diving deeper into the tech sector, joining 3-D printing company Carbon3D's board of directors.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler delays many future vehicle programs

4:58 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has in the past year delayed the redesign or release of at least a dozen current or new vehicles in North America including the Ram 1500 and the Jeep Wrangler, suppliers familiar with the company's plans told Reuters.... Read More »

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BLOG: VW preps gesture controls for Golf

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The updated Volkswagen Golf, due in 2016, will add gesture controls to its "Star Trek"-style touch screens. VW presented the new in-car technology in the Golf R Touch concept last week at CES Asia in Shanghai.... Read More »

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BLOG: Saab turbo engines to power Chinese Jeep Wrangler clone

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The Beijing Auto BJ40, a 4x4 clone of the Jeep Wrangler, will soon receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that its parent company, BAIC, received from GM's fire sale of Saab parts bin items in 2009, along with the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 platforms.... Read More »

Is Ssangyong coming to America ... with a Jeep Wrangler rival?

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Korean automaker Ssangyong is planning a Jeep Wrangler rival as a launch vehicle for the U.S., Autocar reports. The report of a small SUV that will be high on style follows the debut of the Tivoli compact crossover in Europe, which is launching this year. Company sources told Autocar that there is enough spare capacity on the Tivoli production line for another derivative.... Read More »

Mitsubishi joins move to Apple-Android connectivity

6:50 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Mitsubishi is the latest carmaker joining the Apple-Android car connectivity push, with plans to introduce the systems this summer in the Pajero SUV for Europe before eventually bringing the technology to other markets and nameplates.... Read More »

Takata will drop a troublesome airbag inflator design

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Takata will stop producing one type of driver-side airbag inflator that's used in more than 17 million U.S. vehicles covered by its expanded recalls, a top Takata executive plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday.... Read More »

VW's next W-12 engine unites direct injection, turbo

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Volkswagen's next-generation W12 engine will combine direct-injection technology and turbocharging. The new 12-cylinder will be used with the VW Group's MLB platform for bigger vehicles with longitudinally mounted engines and the upcoming MSB platform that generally underpins rear-wheel-drive sports cars and luxury sedans.... Read More »

Chevy may revive Z/28 racer from pony car days of yore

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors' head of global product development hinted at plans for a Camaro race car that pays homage to the Trans Am Camaro Z/28s of the late 1960s.... Read More »

Can simplified trims and options help Chevy compete in D.C.?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors recently began shipping cars and crossovers to Chevrolet dealers in the Washington, D.C., market with a guarantee attached: They'll get 500 bucks for any vehicle that sits on the lot longer than 90 days. But there's a catch: To qualify for the guarantee, dealers must order those vehicles from a short, predetermined list of trim packages and features - ones that GM believes are sweet-spot combinations that will move quickly.... Read More »

Opel says new Astra will be smaller but roomier than the current car

June 1, 2015 17:17 CET

Opel released details and pictures of its next-generation Astra compact car that will be key in helping the GM brand return to profitability in Europe. The Astra will have new infotainment and lighting technologies to help it compete better against rivals such as the VW Golf and Ford Focus.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch death toll inches up to 109

2:23 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The death toll from General Motors’ defective ignition switches is up to 109, the office administering GM’s compensation fund said.... Read More »

GM plans $119M upgrade of components plant

11:44 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $119 million to add new tools and equipment at its components plant in Grand Rapids, Mich., as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on its U.S. operations.... Read More »

Consolidation not on Ammann's agenda

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra made it pretty clear the company is not interested in a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles when she declined to meet with FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne to discuss it. Last week, GM President Dan Ammann was in Turin, Fiat's hometown, but he had no plans to sit down with Marchionne or FCA Chairman John Elkann.... Read More »

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Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule.... Read More »

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June 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Europe's stronger-than-expected sales rebound is unlikely to provide an equally large boost to profits.... Read More »

ANE's Car Cutaways supplement ready to view

June 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The Automotive News Europe Car Cutaways supplement provides a peek underneath the skin of Europe's hottest new vehicles to showcase the contributions of hundreds of suppliers.... Read More »

Sweden's hot spot for winter testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automakers flock to the remote town of Arjeplog, Sweden, in the winter for cold-weather testing. The attractions are frozen lakes and reliably brutal winter weather.... Read More »

Frame shortage slows F-150 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official.... Read More »

Stored Jeeps, Fiats to head to dealers this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The "software issue" that led FCA US to park hundreds of Jeep Renegades and, later, scores of Fiat 500X subcompact crossovers at a test track here involved only the identification numbers of the vehicles, said a source with direct knowledge of the issue.... Read More »

Key Safety will ramp up airbag inflator production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December.... Read More »

 
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