Information Technology

Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler, Rosekind says

1:11 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said today.... Read More »

Hacked Jeep Cherokee exposes weak underbelly of high-tech cars

6:49 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The Jeep Cherokee brought to a halt by hackers last week exposed wireless networks as the weakest link in high-tech vehicles, underscoring the need to find fast over-the-air fixes to block malicious intrusions.... Read More »

BMW revamps China marketing to focus more on tech, less on the badge

July 31, 2015 12:21 CET

BMW will increase spending on online marketing in China to emphasize its technology as part of efforts to target younger buyers, who care more about the latest features than the brand as a status symbol.... Read More »

Toyota holds Apple, Google at bay with Telenav navigation deal

4:34 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Toyota will turn to a little-known company instead of Apple or Google to provide navigation and phone connectivity, as it seeks to maintain control of the car features. Toyota has been the biggest holdout among automakers as Apple and Google turn dashboards into screens that closely mirror their smartphones.... Read More »

GM's OnStar app can be hacked, reseacher says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

A researcher is advising drivers to halt the use of a mobile app for General Motors' OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to remotely unlock cars and start engines.... Read More »

Senate passes bill raising automaker fines to $105M

4:29 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

The U.S. Senate passed legislation that will triple the maximum fines automakers pay for violations of motor-vehicle safety laws yet bypassed other measures sought by consumer groups.... Read More »

BMW drivers collect $1,000 to delay charging i3 in Calif. pilot

10:19 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

In a new pilot program, a California utility is paying drivers of BMW electric cars to delay charging their vehicles when the power grid is under pressure.... Read More »

GM recalls 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans over sunroof issue

4:49 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

General Motors is recalling 82,620 Cadillac ATS sedans and issuing a stop sale on the vehicle for issues with the power sunroof. GM already had recalled 67,000 ATS sedans in February for the same issue.... Read More »

Tech is a key for new-car marketing, study says

12:50 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Targeting techies is an important marketing strategy for automakers, according to a new study from J.D. Power. The company's 2015 U.S. Automotive Media and Marketing Report -- Summer edition found that 30 percent of new-vehicle drivers cited their vehicle's latest technology as a reason for purchasing.... Read More »

Delphi will buy UK cabling company to boost connectivity business

July 30, 2015 11:29 CET

Delphi will buy the UK cabling company HellermannTyton Group to capitalize on growing demand for cars that connect to the Internet, mobile phones and other devices.... Read More »

New test shows disparities in Ford F-150 crash protection

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

After a follow-up test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Ford "shortchanges" some buyers of its redesigned 2015 F-150 pickups by equipping certain models with protective steel bars while leaving them off others. In response, Ford said it will add "countermeasures" to improve crash-test performance.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch spin battle reignites with plaintiffs' lawyer

6:28 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

General Motors may face a renewed media campaign over what a key opponent called its “false narrative” about recalls of cars with defective ignition switches. GM lost a bid to stop lawyers from circulating information about the recalls, obtained ahead of a January trial.... Read More »

VW rolls out crash avoidance with '16 lineup

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Volkswagen, catching up to its luxury siblings, will offer sensor-based safety features across nearly its entire U.S. lineup for model year 2016.... Read More »

CDK sees 25 percent profit growth in 2016

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

CDK Global CEO Steve Anenen predicted that earnings at the dealership software giant would jump in its 2016 fiscal year. On the strength of cost-cutting and better bundling of software products, CDK Global expects adjusted earnings to rise at least 25 percent in 2016 on revenue growth of 4 to 5 percent, Anenen told analysts during a year-end earnings call today.... Read More »

Jeep hacking sends warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes

July 28, 2015 10:55 CET

When friendly hackers landed a Fiat Chrysler Jeep in a ditch last week, it sent a warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes as the premium automakers compete increasingly on technology rather than just horsepower.... Read More »

Jeep fuel-tank fire death verdict slashed to $40 million

4:46 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

A judge in Georgia has reduced a $150 million award to $40 million for the family of a young boy killed when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames, according to orders released on Tuesday.... Read More »

GM plans $5B vehicle family for emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

GM plans to spend $5 billion over the next several years to develop a new range of technology-rich small cars, based on a common architecture, that will be built and sold under the Chevrolet name in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets.... Read More »

Jeep hacking sends warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes

4:55 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

When friendly hackers landed a Jeep Cherokee in a ditch last week, it sent a warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes as the luxury automakers compete increasingly on technology rather than just horsepower.... Read More »

Dodge cancels unfilled '15 Hellcat orders, doubles '16 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Dodge will more than double Hellcat Charger and Challenger production for 2016. But about 900 unfilled 2015 orders will be canceled.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler under tighter scrutiny after record NHTSA penalty

4:10 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of close oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of pickup trucks as part of a far-reaching consent agreement to settle a U.S. government probe into 23 safety recalls since 2009.... Read More »

At last, Honda and Toyota prepare for turbo charge

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

After years of setting the pace in fuel economy without relying on technologies like turbocharging, direct injection or CVTs, Japan's big three will spend the next several years playing catch-up.... Read More »

1,100-hp supercar's problem? 'Too powerful'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The founder of Denmark's Zenvo might have to go to a four-wheel-drive system for the next model, just to make the replacement for the 1,104-hp ST1 more drivable. “It's too powerful,” founder Troels Vollertsen told Automotive News.... Read More »

Hack attack vs. FCA shows flaws with rush to connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

By the time it was publicized last week that hackers managed to take over a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler had posted an urgent security patch on its website and was scrambling to further lock down the system. But the industry's response is only now ramping up, as automakers come to terms with the implications of building devices that increasingly function as networked computers on wheels.... Read More »

R&D HUB

Honda flexes research muscle with new Silicon Valley center

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Honda last week opened to journalists its new 35,000-square-foot Silicon Valley r&d lab, where it has united once-disparate strands of its research work and connected them with a technology incubator for other potential research partners.... Read More »

FCA pact gives broad powers to NHTSA monitor

12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's consent agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles grants sweeping powers to an independent monitor tasked with overseeing the company's safety operations, deepening the federal government's role in direct oversight over individual automakers.... Read More »

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