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BLOG: Renault Espace's Tesla-like touchscreen could be a winner

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Renault's large, vertically mounted touchscreen on its new Espace large minivan seems like a smart move as connectivity increasingly becomes a key selling point for new vehicles. The touchscreen's portrait mode, a first in its segment, makes operating the device similar to using a smartphone or tablet, Renault says.... Read More »

GM readies wireless downloads of new features

12:11 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development says. Under the new electrical architecture, called "Global B," much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile internet, or cloud.... Read More »

Chevy makes next Cruze longer, lower, lighter

7:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be lighter, larger and packed with connected-car technology and safety features, a bid by Chevy to solidify its status as a top small-car contender.... Read More »

ZF to invest $71M in Mich. tech center

3:54 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG plans to spend more than $71 million and add 571 jobs by expanding its technical center in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

Lexus builds functional hoverboard prototype

11:23 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota is heading back to the future. The Lexus brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. It's real, but not for sale. Yet.... Read More »

Ford moves to advanced stage of autonomous car development

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Ford said its work on autonomous vehicles has moved into the second of three phases, shifting "from a research effort to an advanced engineering program" that brings the technology closer to production.... Read More »

Denso sees 15-year wait for self-driving car

3:30 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

The technology to make cars fully autonomous probably won't be established until at least 2030, according to Toyota's largest supplier.... Read More »

Buick, GMC start adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

11:07 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

General Motors is adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to some Buick and GMC models, another step in the rollout of the smartphone-like interfaces across GM's portfolio.... Read More »

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BLOG: Removing the fear when passing a big rig

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Samsung has created a system that could take the guesswork out of passing large trucks that one cannot see around.... Read More »

Tech race will strain automakers, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Automakers face enormous pressure on profit margins as technology and connectivity demands grow and car sales slow in markets such as the U.S. and China, according to a report by consultancy AlixPartners.... Read More »

Visteon affirms software shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Now that Sachin Lawande has been named CEO of Visteon Corp., effective next week, his to-do list can be boiled down to one word: software. When Visteon was spun off from Ford Motor Co. 15 years ago, the company was a traditional metal-bending conglomerate. Now, Visteon specializes in cockpit electronics.... Read More »

Do copyrights for books, music also apply to cars?

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The U.S. Copyright Office will likely decide within months whether a law written partly to protect literature and music copyrights in the digital age also prevents car owners and mechanics from making vehicle repairs or diagnoses.... Read More »

Continental says it's 'working heavily' on electrified turbo

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Continental AG is working on an electrified turbocharger to compete with a similar unit made by France's Valeo that is scheduled to debut on an Audi next year.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Eberspaecher, GKN, Marelli have key parts in new Fiat 500X

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Eberspaecher, GKN Driveline and Magneti Marelli contribute key parts to the new Fiat 500X that include its NOx-reducing catalytic converter, rear-drive module and power transfer as well as its halogen and Xenon headlights.... Read More »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

The connected car will get better with age

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The upgrade CD gave way to the downloadable software patch and later to the over-the-air update that's beamed wirelessly to your laptop or smartphone. This is how today's connected computers get better -- continually, seamlessly and sometimes automatically. It's how connected cars will get better, too.... Read More »

WAVE OF THE FUTURE?

BMW's flagship gives gesture controls first big test

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Gesture control is here, but automakers are being cautious, having learned a lesson from the problems that plagued early voice-control systems. With the debut of gesture controls in BMW's flagship sedan later this year, yet another interface is entering the fray.... Read More »

Toyota torques up turbodiesel lineup for trucks

10:26 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Toyota is stepping up a global upgrade of high-efficiency powerplants through the end of this year with the deployment of two new turbodiesel engines.... Read More »

U.S. report finds fuel-economy targets can be met -- at a cost

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

A midsize sedan can exceed the 54 mpg needed to comply with the U.S. government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations in 2025 without adding expensive electrification technology such as a hybrid powertrain, according to a new study released today.... Read More »

Audi, BMW, Mercedes favored by Nokia for maps deal, report says

June 18, 2015 10:39 CET

Nokia favors selling its HERE maps unit to Audi, BMW and Mercedes although price differences remain, according to sources. Final bids are due this week on the business, which supplies maps data for about 80 percent of cars with in-dash navigation systems in North America and Europe.... Read More »

Kia rises in J.D. Power quality; Japanese fall below average

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Kia topped all other nonpremium brands in J.D. Power and Associates' latest survey of new-vehicle quality for the first time ever, while Japanese brands fell below the industry average -- another first in the study's 29-year history.... Read More »

AAA finds 8 in 10 drivers report their mpg tops EPA ratings

9:51 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Eight in 10 drivers report getting better fuel economy than the EPA ratings posted on their vehicles' window stickers, AAA says in a new study.... Read More »

Remote-control Range Rover shows hand on wheel is becoming optional

June 17, 2015 11:42 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is testing technology that allows a driver to steer a vehicle from outside the car. The app can be used to steer a car into and out of tight parking spots and may appear on production cars in 2020.... Read More »

Jaguar XJ adds tech, trim lines for 2016

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Jaguar, hot on the heels of BMW's redesigned 7-series sedan, is prepping a freshened XJ sport sedan for 2016. The exterior features a larger, more upright grille, new LED head- and taillamps, and a new R-Sport model. But there's quite a bit new and improved inside and under the skin.... Read More »

Ford-Jaguar consortium to test driver-less pods in UK

June 16, 2015 12:30 CET

Ford and Jaguar Land Rover are teaming up with the UK government to test autonomous cars as an add-on to public transport systems. The UK Autodrive Consortium will place 40 self-driving transport “pods” in a town north of London for six months beginning in late 2017.... Read More »

Cox-Dealertrack deal to create full-service dealer software powerhouse

7:42 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Cox Automotive's $4 billion blockbuster acquisition of Dealertrack Technologies brings together software giants with complementary strengths and little product overlap, the CEOs of the two companies said today.... Read More »

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