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Daimler, Linde to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany

Oct. 8, 2014 14:01 CET
Daimler and industrial gases maker Linde will build 20 hydrogen fuel stations in Germany over the next few years to boost support networks for fuel cell cars. Daimler aims to bring competitively priced fuel cell vehicles to market by 2017.... Read More »

 

Voice controls, electronic assistants can overwhelm drivers, AAA research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Systems such as Apple's Siri electronic assistant, which automakers started installing in vehicles in 2013, may be as mentally taxing as the buttons and knobs they replace, research released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Honda bakes building blocks for autonomous driving into updated CR-V

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
The top-of-the-line touring model of the updated 2015 Honda CR-V has a new suite of electronic technologies called Honda Sensing that the company is rolling out across its lineup. Some parts of the system are the first building blocks of Honda's autonomous driving technology.... Read More »

 

Dealerships learn how to handle calls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Phone calls into dealerships are soaring, and so is the need to reduce fumbled calls that are hurting sales and customer satisfaction.... Read More »

 

After 4 Fit Hybrid recalls, Honda adds another r&d gate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Burned by four recalls of its redesigned Fit Hybrid in just nine months, Honda Motor Co. is overhauling its r&d process to intercept problems better.... Read More »

 

Average new-car mpg drops most in nearly 3 years

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. in September had its largest decline in nearly three years, after hitting a record high in August, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said.... Read More »

 

Tesla prepares to join automated-driving race

7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Tesla Motors will make its first foray toward automated driving, joining luxury rivals in offering high-tech features, including one that can keep the car in its lane, said a person familiar with the carmaker's plans.... Read More »

 

BMW: U.S. will get more i cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The U.S. will get a higher share of BMW i electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the coming months, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hard questions on autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
The autonomous car has enormous implications for our industry. We seem to be focusing on the benefits, which are many, and avoiding the harder questions such as security and the implications of future generations who will have diminished driving skills.... Read More »

 

PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota: Fuel cell sedan sales won't match Prius' launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Sales of Toyota's fuel cell sedan probably won't grow as quickly as those of the Prius hybrid.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 comes loaded with high-tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Ford is bringing technology into the 2015 F-150 pickup more commonly associated with luxury cars. The list of new features is so long, it might seem bewildering to customers. Ford says it has taken out or applied for about 100 patents on the redesigned truck.... Read More »

 

Tesla set to introduce automated-driving functions, report says

12:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2014
Tesla will make its first foray toward automated driving with a suite of new high-tech features including one that can keep the car in its lane, said a person familiar with the carmaker's plans.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota hoping for Prius-like success with European launch of fuel cell car

Oct. 3, 2014 15:11 CET
Toyota plans a controlled rollout of its fuel cell car in Europe next summer as the automaker aims to replicate the first-mover success of its Prius hybrid and stir interest in the new technology.... Read More »

 

GM halts 2015 Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon deliveries to fix airbag flaw

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM instructed dealers to halt deliveries of the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups because of a pending safety recall to fix an airbag defect, just two weeks after shipments began for the high-profile launch.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

GM's bold platform plan aims to reduce complexity, save billions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
GM's ambitious plan to move from 26 global platforms to just four by 2025 will be a defining element of CEO Mary Barra's legacy but could eventually save the company many billions of dollars in production and purchasing outlays. GM faces a challenge of enormous complexity that rivals, notably VW and Toyota, already have begun and are still sorting out.... Read More »

 

Jeep ponders switch to aluminum for next Wrangler body, Marchionne says

11:21 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler may be built off a unibody platform, feature smaller and turbocharged engines, and switch to an aluminum body, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. Such significant changes to the hot-selling SUV would likely mean leaving its longtime, historic production site in Toledo, Ohio, Marchionne added.... Read More »

 

VW’s XL Sport concept full of surprises

5:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
Volkswagen dropped a surprise on Wednesday by rolling out the XL Sport concept on the eve of press previews for the Paris auto show. The biggest surprise, though, is the XL Sport’s engine -- a V-twin adapted from the VW Group’s Ducati 1199 Superleggera, which VW touts as the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle.... Read More »

 

Dealer software provider CDK goes public as it spins off from ADP

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
CDK Global, formerly ADP Dealer Services, went public Tuesday as part of being spun off by parent Automatic Data Processing Inc., CDK Global announced today.... Read More »

 

GM will position Cadillac CT6 as tech showcase

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The CT6 sedan due late next year is intended to be more than just a high-end Cadillac. General Motors is counting on the car to be a rolling showcase of the company’s engineering and technology prowess, and its determination once again to rise to the top of the automotive world.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math

11:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler's hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. Buried in a statement Monday on the redesigned F-150 was the first clue to how the truck will perform on the EPA's mileage tests.... Read More »

 

AT&T says 2 million customers using connected-car service

11:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
AT&T gave its first look at the performance of the connected-car unit, a new growth businesses for the largest U.S. phone service provider.... Read More »

 

PAUL MCVEIGH

For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Europe's struggling auto recovery overshadows Paris glamour

Sept. 30, 2014 11:30 CET
Self-driving vehicles and smartphone integration will be among the top features at Europe's biggest auto show this year as executives focus on something that's become increasingly hard to come by: buyers.... Read More »

 

SGL Carbon will sell 267 million euros worth of shares to tackle debt, boost growth

Sept. 30, 2014 12:23 CET
SGL Carbon, which counts BMW, VW Group and BMW heiress Susanne Klatten as its three biggest shareholders, will sell 267 million euros ($339 million) in shares to repay debt and make investments.... Read More »

 

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