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Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015

Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerative braking and new automatic transmissions.... Read More »

New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW believes its latest 7 series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics.... Read More »

PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS Automobiles upscale brand has created a motorsports unit to support its racing activities that could provide future technology for the production of electric and high-performance cars.... Read More »

Cars will be ripe for identity theft as shopping comes to dashboard, experts say

11:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Hackers can already take control of a car. And as vehicles become rolling shopping malls, cybercriminals will have an opportunity to snatch your identity, too. Eager for a cut of drivers' purchases of fast food, gas and more, automakers have big plans to bring e-commerce to the dashboard.... Read More »

Ten automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ten of the world's biggest automakers were sued today by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from millions of vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions.... Read More »

New car technologies often unused by drivers, J.D. Power finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

A new study from J.D. Power suggests that automakers are investing billions into technologies that a considerable number of drivers aren't using. J.D. Power's first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured.... Read More »

Jeep Grand Cherokee being probed by NHTSA for rollaway risk

11:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

An estimated 408,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are the subject of a preliminary NHTSA investigation after drivers complained that newer models rolled away after being put in park.... Read More »

3-D printing accelerates Honda Pilot development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Automakers are again taking a run at accelerating the new-car development cycle, this time with an assist from 3D printing. The latest example comes from Honda, whose just-launched 2016 Pilot is the product of a new computer-driven development process in which the automaker was able to eliminate the production of hand-built prototypes.... Read More »

Autonomous driving and the law: Who's responsible when there's a machine at the wheel?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Drivers cause accidents, accidents cause injuries and injuries cause lawsuits. But if the advent of autonomous vehicles means cars increasingly control themselves, who is liable when something goes bump?... Read More »

Mazda turbo to do double duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mazda has engineered a potent turbocharged version of its 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine to power the redesigned CX-9 crossover that goes on sale in early 2016, according to two sources familiar with Mazda's product plan.... Read More »

GM ignition switch defects tied to 124 deaths, 275 injuries, Feinberg review finds

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg has completed its review of all 4,000-plus compensation claims related to General Motors' faulty ignition switches. The switches, which prompted the recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles last year, now have been linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries, 17 of which were serious.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

As drivers, we're never as comfortable as when we or someone with the same risk tolerance and driving style is at the wheel. In that sense, even a well-trained computer might frighten us by taking a curve faster than we'd like, or exasperate us by hewing too blindly to the speed limit.... Read More »

Automakers form alliance to bolster cybersecurity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Automakers are taking coordinated steps to address cybersecurity. The effort is designed to address growing concern over cyberthreats to their connected cars.... Read More »

Tesla engineer joins Apple's growing team of automated car experts

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Apple has hired a senior engineer from Tesla, according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple's effort to build a team of experts in automated driving.... Read More »

2008 Honda Accords probed by NHTSA for airbags that may fail to deploy

10:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

NHTSA opened an investigation into 348,000 Honda Accords for a flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.... Read More »

GM recalls Impalas for airbags flaw involving infant seats

12:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

General Motors is recalling 8,989 Impalas for passenger-side airbags that can fail to turn off if an infant seat is in the front seat.... Read More »

Zetsche mulls cooperation with Apple, Google, report says

8:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Daimler's CEO said "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts.... Read More »

2016 Honda Pilot nabs Top Safety Pick+ rating

3:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Honda’s redesigned 2016 Pilot was awarded the top rating in five crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well as the highest distinction for its performance when equipped with front collision-prevention technology.... Read More »

How Daimler's Car2go could transform how New Yorkers get around town

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

As residents of Brooklyn and Queens know all too well, not having a car makes it difficult to get from one borough to the other. But soon there will be another option: hopping into an unnervingly small, but surprisingly roomy, two-person vehicle and motoring to the other borough, where the rental ends once the driver parks.... Read More »

U.S. senators urge recall of all autos with Takata airbags

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

After reports this week of a ruptured Takata airbag in a Volkswagen vehicle, two U.S. senators today called on Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's airbags. U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey said their move was prompted by an incident in June, in which a Takata airbag inflator in a 2015 VW Tiguan ruptured after a collision... Read More »

Honda goes prototype-free to build redesigned Pilot

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

The redesigned 2016 Pilot that was just launched by Honda is the product of a new computer-driven development process in which the automaker was able to eliminate the production of hand-built prototypes, company officials said today.... Read More »

Former Ford Europe COO tapped to recruit for U.S.-Chinese EV startup

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Martin Leach, former COO at Ford of Europe, is recruiting staff for a new electric car manufacturer based mainly in China and California. Leach declined to say which company is backing the new venture, but said, "It is not a company with a background in the car industry."... Read More »

Ford patents autonomous vehicle with 'reconfigurable seats'

12:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Ford received a U.S. patent on its plans for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats” earlier this month. The seats can swivel and fold all while the vehicle is in motion, and the steering wheel can even retract into the dashboard to create more space in the vehicle cabin.... Read More »

Dealertrack to sell inventory-management business to clear way for Cox merger

9:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Dealertrack Technologies has moved to clear a regulatory impediment to its merger with Cox Automotive by agreeing to sell its inventory-management software business to DealerSocket for $55 million in cash.... Read More »

GM expands headlight recall to 180,504 more vehicles

11:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

General Motors is expanding a recall of Buicks and Pontiacs with defective low-beam headlights to include 180,504 more vehicles, the automaker said today.... Read More »

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