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FCA recalling Dodge Ram pickups for possible loose fastener

9:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling almost 288,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks globally that had been under review by federal safety regulators over complaints that a loose fastener might cause the rear axle to lock up or detach.... Read More »

 

Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says

7:51 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones.... Read More »

 

Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag recall in U.S.

10:08 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Ford today expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata airbags with inflators to include about 502,500 vehicles.... Read More »

 

Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

11:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich.... Read More »

 

Cadillac says CT6 rearview mirror will have high-res video

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Cadillac plans to introduce a rearview mirror embedded with high-resolution streaming video that gives the driver more expansive rearward vision, unobstructed by headrests, passengers and the car's roof or rear pillars.... Read More »

 

Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Drivers don’t need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well.... Read More »

 

Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls

10:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company's CEO told the Nikkei newspaper.... Read More »

 

Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests.... Read More »

 

In-store kiosks put F&I right in front of customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Michael Fastman is buying kiosks for BMW of Silver Spring, in Silver Spring, Md., where he is general manager, and BMW of Catonsville, in Baltimore, where he is in charge of operations.... Read More »

 

ONWARD ONLINE

After decades of store confinement, the F&I office is inching digital

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village in Cicero, N.Y., says he has embraced putting financing tools on the dealership group's e-commerce website. Why not? The features that enable online car shoppers to get firm financing quotes, monthly payment calculations and trade-in values are helping the 16-dealership, 20-franchise group sell vehicles.... Read More »

 

U.S. prepares for legal battle with Takata over airbag recall

10:33 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
U.S. regulators investigating failures of Takata Corp. airbags are preparing for a legal fight in case the Japanese parts maker doesn’t comply with a request to expand a recall.... Read More »

 

Takata hires PR firm Sard Verbinnen amid airbag recall crisis

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Takata said it has hired public relations firm Sard Verbinnen as the company contends with the fallout from its recall crisis for potentially defective airbag inflators that can spray vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel.... Read More »

 

AutoTrader.com joins rivals in offering dealership reviews

11:37 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
AutoTrader is adding dealer reviews to its website after long resisting them. The giant vehicle shopping site has agreed to post consumer reviews of dealerships collected by DealerRater, the two companies announced today.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover's virtual windshield makes blind spots vanish

6:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is testing a new 360-degree virtual urban windshield which gives drivers a full view of the environment around the car and eliminates blind spots that often lead to accidents.
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Five crucial connected-car questions for 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Many automakers plan to unveil their latest and greatest connected car technology in January at the International CES in Las Vegas and at the Detroit auto show. Here are five questions that could get some added clarity in 2015.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM approves 4 more death claims for recall comp fund

11:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Claims for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by 64 filings in the last week and GM has approved four more death claims attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report issued today.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem.... Read More »

 

ONE PART FOR ALL

Denso air conditioner designed to fit in any vehicle, save money

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
What if a supplier could design a one-size-fits-all component for all of its customers, a product that would allow major economies of scale? Denso Corp. is trying it with air conditioners.... Read More »

 

Ford seeks infotainment middle ground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. In the process, it exchanged grand ambition for toned-down aspirations, including easy to use.... Read More »

 

Whose dashboard is it anyway?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2014
When car companies do business with Apple Inc. or Google Inc., they like to say they are dealing with a "partner" -- not a supplier. It's becoming clear that they won't always be silent partners.... Read More »

 

Chrysler expands airbag recall tally following NHTSA criticism

6:31 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Chrysler Group has agreed to further expand its regional recall of older-model Dodge and Chrysler vehicles equipped with airbag inflators manufactured by Takata -- a week after federal safety regulators criticized the automaker's response to the airbag crisis.... Read More »

 

Convert traditional vehicles to EVs? Ford, GM and others are brainstorming

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Tony Earley, CEO of utility Pacific Gas and Electric in California and a member of Ford Motor Co.'s board, said today that he and his colleagues, along with Ford and General Motors employees, have discussed ways to convert gasoline vehicles into electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

Ford dumps MyFord Touch name in revamp of infotainment system

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford is dropping the name “MyFord Touch” in an overhaul of the touch-screen infotainment system that sent its quality ratings plummeting in recent years.... Read More »

 

Ford, Magna, Verizon commit $2 million to bring 10 transportation-related startups to Detroit

11:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford, Magna, and Verizon are sponsoring what is being billed as Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit, an accelerator program to foster innovative transportation-related startups.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

UK dealer puts BMW's Future Retail program to the test

Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's Future Retail program, which launched last year in Europe and China, offers customers a high-tech but unrushed explanation of BMW products. Elms BMW in the UK was an early adopter as it wanted a new way to lure customers.... Read More »

 

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