Vehicle Technology

GM bundles, expands ride-sharing efforts under new Maven brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

GM is consolidating and expanding its car-sharing programs under a new brand, Maven, in its latest push to adapt to new business models that could threaten to undercut the way automakers have made money for decades.... Read More »


BLOG: Efficiency, compliance still trump shorter visits to F&I office

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Speed in the F&I office, while a priority, may not be dealerships' No. 1 goal anymore.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler runs short on time to fix emissions problems in U.S.

Jan. 20, 2016 10:35 CET

Fiat Chrysler is running short on time to fix its emissions record in the U.S. The company finished last in an Environmental Protection Agency ranking of CO2 emissions for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. The EPA plans to accelerate its targets sharply beginning next year.... Read More »


BLOG: What Nissan learned from Mercedes for Infiniti Q30 production

6:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Nissan made some costly changes to build the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 compact cars at its UK factory. The models, which are based on Mercedes's architecture, are the first premium vehicles to be built there.... Read More »


BLOG: The danger of being a pioneer

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

Some companies making the most noise about efforts to transform the car have a poor record of consistently delivering world-class vehicles when they become distracted from the core mission.... Read More »

BMW to roll out restaurant-booking digital helper

6:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW is pushing back against tech competitors with a digital helper that lets drivers locate a nearby restaurant with free tables, book seats and find the best route there.... Read More »

NHTSA chief vows action this year on cybersecurity

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The nation's top auto safety regulator said his agency will take action this year to address automotive cybersecurity issues, as the spread of connectivity technologies threatens to expose vehicles to new paths of attack.... Read More »

BMW's retooled, tech-packed 2017 5 series takes shape

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW's aging 5-series sedan will be more svelte and technology-packed when it is redesigned and debuts later this year as a 2017 model. It's expected to shed more than 200 pounds as it adopts BMW's new 35up platform that debuted with last year's redesigned 7-series flagship sedan.... Read More »

Next Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave won't follow GMC Acadia diet

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The next-generation Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse are expected to be built on a long-wheelbase version of GMC's redesigned and slimmed down 2017 Acadia, leaving them closer in size to that of the current crossovers.... Read More »

GM buys ride-sharing company Sidecar's assets to support Lyft alliance

6:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

GM is following up its $500 million bet on Lyft with another flashy, though far less costly, move to fortify itself against the rise of Uber Technologies.... Read More »

Panasonic shifts from home electronics to cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Panasonic targets a 62 percent surge in automotive sales by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. The gambit wagers that Panasonic can leverage its electronics expertise to get a leg up on traditional automotive suppliers such as Denso Corp. of Japan and Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany.... Read More »

BMW will boost i3's range

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

BMW will boost the range of its i3 electric car by about half for the 2017 model year. This summer, the lithium ion battery pack of the compact EV will be improved, "which puts it into a much more usable range," Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing, told Automotive News at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

Krafcik, Lentz chart diverging routes to the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In their campaign for self-driving cars, Toyota Motor Corp. and Google Inc. share a vision of a world without car crashes, in which everyone -- including the elderly and disabled -- can easily get around.... Read More »


Nobody needs a safety-tech nanny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Automakers like to say they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. In doing so, they should take care not to turn their products into rolling smoke detectors. Let me explain.... Read More »

VW supplier Bosch defends diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Bosch, a key supplier of diesel components, says the technology has a future in the U.S. market, despite the troubles stemming from Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

GM delays rollout of Super Cruise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors' Super Cruise autonomous driving technology will debut on the Cadillac CT6 sedan sometime in 2017, at least several months later than the fall 2016 on-sale date the company announced in September 2014. The system allows hands-free highway driving even while in traffic.... Read More »

Zetsche: '17 E class will pass ES

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche said he is “very confident” the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will reclaim the No. 1 spot in the U.S. midsize luxury sedan segment from the Lexus ES. Mercedes believes much of the car's appeal will lie in its vast array of technologies.... Read More »

U.S. seeks to clear autonomous-car hurdles

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

U.S. highway safety officials plan to take several steps this year to clear the way for autonomous vehicles -- including those designed to operate without a driver -- to hit the streets in large numbers.... Read More »

GM and Ford will be tested by slowing global auto demand

5:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

A looming slowdown in global auto demand will test General Motors and Ford as they try to funnel more cash to shareholders while still investing adequately in new vehicles and technology.... Read More »

Some Nissan websites down for 2nd day after hacking attempt

2:28 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Nissan websites were down for a second day after an attempted cyberattack by an Anonymous-linked hacker protesting Japanese whaling.... Read More »


BLOG: Is Toyota turning the Mirai into a mobile network server?

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Toyota wants to alleviate the data bottleneck that happens while using a standard mobile network.... Read More »


Android Auto architect Brenner sees a 'virtuous cycle' in common car software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

In the days before Google launched the Android operating system in 2008, engineers had to rewrite the code for Google Maps dozens of times for different smartphones. It was a hassle, but Android changed all that.... Read More »

Supplier Roechling extols engine encapsulation

6:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

German supplier Roechling Automotive is betting the next step in aerodynamic technology is something called engine encapsulation.... Read More »


Ford will ultimately get its due from Wall Street, Fields says

10:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Ford CEO Mark Fields said delivering strong results is the best way for the automaker to counter the skeptics on Wall Street who sent its shares sliding 5.1 percent Wednesday.... Read More »


Naming GM's Barra chairman was 'tone deaf,' activist investor says

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Harry Wilson, the activist investor who last year prodded General Motors to buy back $5 billion in stock, says that GM's recent move to make CEO Mary Barra board chairman was “remarkably tone deaf,” even as he applauded her performance.... Read More »

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