Vehicle Technology

GM touts 13,000 vehicles sold under Shop-Click-Drive

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
General Motors has sold more than 13,000 new vehicles via its online shopping tool Shop-Click-Drive since it debuted for use on dealership websites a year ago, the automaker said today.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Daimler exec: Cars will be part of Internet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Ralf Lamberti, manager of the connected-car area at Daimler AG, says the car is becoming "a part of the Internet," meaning it will be "able to communicate with its environment and other vehicles."... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Dealers must tailor technology to their needs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Sonic Automotive's One Sonic-One Experience pilot in Charlotte, N.C., is the latest effort to make car buying easier.... Read More »

 

Tapping the potential of smartphones

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Automakers such as Ford and Toyota are illustrating how static ads on screens and billboards can quickly generate dynamic ads for the smartphone through the use of near-field communication, the short-range wireless communications technology that's behind Apple Pay and works with a quick tap of the phone.... Read More »

 

Global suppliers see growth with Chinese brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
International suppliers predict their next sales boom in China will come as the country's struggling domestic brands race to add advanced technologies and shore up sliding market share.... Read More »

 

Toyota to pack track-tested tech into next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
Toyota is testing technology to be used in the Prius in its high-performance TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer.... Read More »

 

BMW, Toyota move ahead with development of midsize sports car platform

Nov. 6, 2014 16:29 CET
BMW and Toyota have moved closer to a jointly developed sports car platform. A technical feasibility study has been completed and development of vehicle underpinnings has moved on to the concept phase, BMW said.... Read More »

 

PSA may take low-cost step with Moroccan outsourcing

Nov. 6, 2014 15:36 CET
PSA will open an engineering center in Morocco and may build cars in the country as part of CEO Carlos Tavares' plan to reduce costs and return the automaker to profit, sources said.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Cheaper gas led to increased light-truck and crossover sales? Not necessarily

11:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Cheaper gas is being widely credited with October’s gains in the sales of crossovers, SUVs, pickups. And no doubt, lower pump prices are figuring into consumer thinking right now. But sometimes the easiest explanation of the month’s sales trends isn’t always the most satisfying.... Read More »

 

Mercedes worst manipulator of EU fuel-economy test, report says

Nov. 6, 2014 12:04 CET
Mercedes is the worst offender in manipulating European fuel-efficiency tests, a move that costs the average car owner thousands of euros over the lifetime of a vehicle, green lobby group T&E said in a report.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Lower gas prices, longer alt-power payback

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
I've enjoyed seeing my gas tank fill-ups cost $10 to $15 less than usual. I'm sure that people selling bigger vehicles do, too. But one group probably isn't cheering: Anyone marketing alternative powertrain vehicles.... Read More »

 

Shiloh advances product strategy with U.S. tech center, acquisitions

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Shiloh Industries is planning to open a new technical center in Michigan as part of the company's efforts to reinvent itself and grow with its automaker customers.... Read More »

 

Q&A

How some customers cheat themselves

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
When Hennessy Buick-GMC in Georgia signed up this year for an Equifax system that automatically verifies employment and income, Finance Director Blake Bailey thought the system would mostly identify people who had overstated their income.... Read More »

 

GM to roll out Android cars in 2016, supplier says

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
General Motors is preparing to introduce Android-based infotainment systems -- the same Google platform used on more than 1 billion mobile devices, from smartphones and tablet computers to computerized wristwatches -- starting in late 2016, according to supplier Harman International.... Read More »

 

Mercedes-Benz adds 4wd, safety tech to Sprinter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, running true to form, is turning to safety and powertrain technology to keep the 2015 Sprinter van on fleet buyers' shopping lists as newly launched Ford and Ram entries heat up the full-size van segment.... Read More »

 

Daimler opens China r&d center to help Mercedes close gap with Audi, BMW

Nov. 3, 2014 14:55 CET
Daimler has opened an r&d center in Beijing tasked with further tuning its Mercedes brand to wealthy Chinese tastes and closing the sales gap with Audi and BMW.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW, Renault, GM, others bet big on megaplatforms

Nov. 3, 2014 06:15 CET
VW, Renault and GM are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them quickly, including Fiat Chrysler and PSA, run the risk of being left behind, analysts say.... Read More »

 

Mercedes puts Tesla tech under the hood to chase BMW

6:40 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Mercedes-Benz's first mainstream electric car has Tesla technology under the hood, though it's not flaunting it.... Read More »

 

Infotainment software is center of attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The battle for the center stack will intensify as companies fight to supply the brains and technology behind increasingly sophisticated infotainment systems.... Read More »

 

Infotainment bugs bite in reliability survey

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
As consumer demand for automotive infotainment systems that blend with digital lifestyles has grown the past few years, so have gripes about buggy or confusing technology that still isn't quite ready for prime time.... Read More »

 

Pairing phones to cars could be done with a tap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2014
Near-field communication, the wireless technology that allows users of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 to make payments by tapping the smartphone on a reader at a checkout counter, is coming to the car.... Read More »

 

Carmakers face uncertainly from EU's 2030 CO2 goals

Nov. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The EU's new 2030 climate and energy targets create uncertainty for automakers because they let member states decide whether to include transport pollution in the EU's carbon emissions trading system.... Read More »

 

Ram quality, reliability dragged down by technology, new boss says

12:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram brand chief says cockpit technology was partly responsible for the brand's ranking in the latest Consumer Report's reliability study.... Read More »

 

Most interested in self-driving cars, but safety is a concern, survey says

1:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
When fully autonomous cars become ready to sell, consumers around the globe -- particularly in Asia -- may be ready to buy, but many of them still have concerns, according to a new survey by the University of Michigan.... Read More »

 

Edmunds.com buys startup, plans to offer texting services to dealerships

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Edmunds has purchased a startup texting technology company that it helped nurture. The acquisition will enable Edmunds dealership subscribers to offer texting services to mobile customers.... Read More »

 

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