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Chrysler recalls 184,000 SUVs for potential airbag, seat belt defect

8:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 184,215 SUVs globally because a possible short circuit in a part could disable airbags and seat belt pretensioners. The same part was responsible for a September recall involving more than 850,000 Ford vehicles.... Read More »

 

Nissan commercial fleet to get self-driving tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Nissan believes fleet and commercial vehicle customers are getting more demanding about creature comforts and safety systems, and the company plans to offer autonomous driving features to help satisfy the demand.... Read More »

 

Demand skyrockets for collision-avoidance sensors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Fully autonomous cars may be a decade away, but the sensors they'll need for collision avoidance -- radar, cameras, ultrasound and lidar -- have become a big business already.... Read More »

 

Nissan brand to benefit from Daimler partnership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Mass-market Nissan will begin receiving some goodies that have been flowing from the product-sharing partnership between Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a senior Nissan executive says.... Read More »

 

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: TOM GEBHARDT

Panasonic takes simple path to 'smart' voice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
How can automakers help motorists who struggle with voice recognition, the technology that generates more customer dissatisfaction than any other in-vehicle gadgetry? Panasonic Automotive Systems President Tom Gebhardt believes he has a solution.... Read More »

 

GM extends 'speak up' safety message to dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
General Motors' heightened focus on safety in the wake of its recall crisis is spilling over to its 4,300 dealerships. In a Sept. 30 memo, GM North America President Alan Batey asked dealers to reinforce to their staffs "a sense of safety ownership and responsibility," and told dealers to encourage staffers to "speak up" if they spot a potential problem.... Read More »

 

M-B system links vehicle, phone, dealer and company

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
A new offering called "Mercedes me" aims "to create a seamless integration between car and smartphone and the manufacturer and dealer so you have a portal with all the services Mercedes-Benz offers," said Ola Kaellenius, Mercedes-Benz board member for sales and marketing.... Read More »

 

36 supplier innovations named PACE Award finalists

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014
Thirty-six innovations in a diverse range from adhesives to vision systems are finalists for the 2015 Automotive News PACE Awards. The awards honor supplier innovation in product, manufacturing process and information technology.... Read More »

 

Five technologies auto suppliers can bank on, analyst says

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
The next six years will be boom times for suppliers with the right technology. LED front lights, telematics, cameras, radar and lithium ion batteries are five technologies that will enjoy the biggest growth in global sales through 2020, predicted Itay Michaeli, Citigroup Inc.'s automotive research director.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Crash recorder video craze hits Japan

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Count Japan as the latest entrant to the dash cam craze. Across the country, drivers are uploading and swapping video footage taken through their vehicle crash data recorders.... Read More »

 

Toyota supplier celebrates Nobel Prize winners

7:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
A Toyota-affiliated supplier is applauding two of its researchers as winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics.... Read More »

 

Tesla's 'D' will be Model S with all-wheel drive, 2 motors

11:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Tesla Motors will offer an all-wheel-drive system in its all-electric Model S sedan, CEO Elon Musk says, giving a glimpse of the first-of-its-kind powertrain that will power Tesla's Model X crossover when it goes on sale next year.... Read More »

 

BMW-backed researchers close in on cheaper carbon fiber

11:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Large-scale manufacturing of cars made with lightweight carbon fiber is moving closer to reality as costs start to fall, according to a materials-development group that has BMW as a partner.... Read More »

 

Daimler, Linde to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany

Oct. 8, 2014 14:01 CET
Daimler and industrial gases maker Linde will build 20 hydrogen fuel stations in Germany over the next few years to boost support networks for fuel cell cars. Daimler aims to bring competitively priced fuel cell vehicles to market by 2017.... Read More »

 

Voice controls, electronic assistants can overwhelm drivers, AAA research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Systems such as Apple's Siri electronic assistant, which automakers started installing in vehicles in 2013, may be as mentally taxing as the buttons and knobs they replace, research released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM recalls 7,601 Chevrolet Caprice police cars

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
General Motors is recalling 7,601 Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles from the 2011-13 model years for a problem with the gear shifter that could allow the car to roll away while in park.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Honda bakes building blocks for autonomous driving into updated CR-V

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
The top-of-the-line touring model of the updated 2015 Honda CR-V has a new suite of electronic technologies called Honda Sensing that the company is rolling out across its lineup. Some parts of the system are the first building blocks of Honda's autonomous driving technology.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls cargo vans due to inadvertent airbag deployments

8:22 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Chrysler is recalling about 22,100 small cargo vans because of inadvertent side airbag deployments, the company and federal safety regulators said today.... Read More »

 

Dealerships learn how to handle calls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Phone calls into dealerships are soaring, and so is the need to reduce fumbled calls that are hurting sales and customer satisfaction.... Read More »

 

After 4 Fit Hybrid recalls, Honda adds another r&d gate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Burned by four recalls of its redesigned Fit Hybrid in just nine months, Honda Motor Co. is overhauling its r&d process to intercept problems better.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls 21,470 Ram ProMaster vans to fix head restraints

9:46 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 21,470 commercial full-sized vans in the United States and Canada to replace their head restraints.... Read More »

 

Average new-car mpg drops most in nearly 3 years

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. in September had its largest decline in nearly three years, after hitting a record high in August, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said.... Read More »

 

U.S. regulators probe steering in estimated 938,000 Ford vehicles

10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
U.S. safety regulators opened a probe of an estimated 938,000 Ford Motor Co. midsize sedans due to complaints about steering issues.... Read More »

 

Tesla prepares to join automated-driving race

7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Tesla Motors will make its first foray toward automated driving, joining luxury rivals in offering high-tech features, including one that can keep the car in its lane, said a person familiar with the carmaker's plans.... Read More »

 

BMW: U.S. will get more i cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The U.S. will get a higher share of BMW i electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the coming months, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing.... Read More »

 

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