Vehicle Technology

In-store kiosks put F&I right in front of customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Michael Fastman is buying kiosks for BMW of Silver Spring, in Silver Spring, Md., where he is general manager, and BMW of Catonsville, in Baltimore, where he is in charge of operations.... Read More »

 

ONWARD ONLINE

After decades of store confinement, the F&I office is inching digital

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village in Cicero, N.Y., says he has embraced putting financing tools on the dealership group's e-commerce website. Why not? The features that enable online car shoppers to get firm financing quotes, monthly payment calculations and trade-in values are helping the 16-dealership, 20-franchise group sell vehicles.... Read More »

 

Chrysler Pentastar V-6s to get turbos and direct injection, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Chrysler Group is improving its Pentastar family of V-6s, adding direct injection, turbocharging and other technology to enable smaller displacement engines to power its vehicles.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Emerging retail tech helps sell EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Dealers should tailor emerging retail technology to customer needs and preferences that change as vehicle technology changes.... Read More »

 

October fuel economy static as gas prices drop toward $2 per gallon

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the United States last month remained unchanged from October and likely will remain unchanged in the near term as gasoline prices drop toward $2 per gallon, according to research posted this week.... Read More »

 

Lincoln launches high-end audio collaboration with Revel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Lincoln will bring concert-quality sound to its vehicles through a new collaboration announced today with Revel, a manufacturer of audiophile speaker systems.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Fields sees more big gains coming from One Ford plan

Dec. 3, 2014 06:15 CET
Mark Fields became Ford CEO in July after turning around the automaker's North American business. Fields told Automotive News what his priorities are now in the top job and why he changed the leadership at Ford of Europe.... Read More »

 

Toyota: Active safety for all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. will step closer to autonomous vehicles when it begins rolling out a range of advanced active safety systems across its mass-market lineup in early 2015. New or re-engineered technologies include more sophisticated precrash braking packages, an improved auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system.... Read More »

 

GET A GRIP

For mpg gains, tiremakers deliver -- consumers shrug

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
The auto industry is putting improved tires onto cars these days, but consumers aren't so sure they like the results. It is a rare disconnect between industry ingenuity and consumer stubbornness -- and neither the automakers nor their tire suppliers can do much to correct it at the moment.... Read More »

 

Tire tech keeps eye on distance and pressure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Under pressure to help automakers hit higher fuel economy targets, tire companies are championing new technologies. Those technologies are taking many different forms.... Read More »

 

Virtual reality adds lively dimension to auto shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
The knock on auto shows has always been that, unless you're a gearhead or a consumer shopping for a new vehicle, cars on carpets can be a little boring. But automakers are increasingly turning to virtual reality to ensure that consumers not only look at their auto show displays but immerse themselves in them.... Read More »

 

One-stop tool helps techs complete Toyota repairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. has created collision-repair software that gives body shop technicians one-stop access to parts information, repair instructions and technical information.... Read More »

 

Laser scans zero in on more alignments

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Thanks to the steel towers straddling its service lanes, Fair Oaks Chantilly Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in suburban Washington, has a pretty good idea of whether customers need help before they even step out of their cars.... Read More »

 

Fuel-finding app wins Ford contest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Ford Motor Co. has rewarded a company for creating a smartphone app that promises to make finding fuel easier. Team FuelSignal developed an application called FuelSignal that helps motorists locate gasoline stations, buy discounted gasoline and receive loyalty credits.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology.... Read More »

 

Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Toyota will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a range of advanced active-safety systems across its mass-market lineup. The new or re-engineered technologies, unveiled in Tokyo, encompass more sophisticated precrash braking packages, a better auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system.... Read More »

 

'18 Wrangler to get 8-speed automatic

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler redesign planned for 2018 will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to dramatically improve the off-roader's fuel economy.... Read More »

 

Toyota's fuel cell goal: Big cost cutting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp.'s top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost of the current system.... Read More »

 

Ford moves 2016 Explorer upscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The freshened 2016 Ford Explorer unveiled here last week will come with a new version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a new, loaded Platinum trim level that will be priced above the current top-of-the-line Explorer Sport.... Read More »

 

Toyota: Fuel cell water safe to drink ... but don't try it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Toyota pitches its new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor? Turns out, the Mirai's exhaust water is safer than milk, Toyota says. Still, no one at Toyota has tried it.... Read More »

 

JLR speaks up for voice recognition with startup's tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Voice-recognition systems have fallen far short of their promise. Android Auto and CarPlay both use voice recognition, but CloudCar wants to go even further with JustDrive.... Read More »

 

SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts

Nov. 23, 2014 20:25 CET
SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with Audi, Porsche, GM and other carmakers to supply carbon fiber for a wider range of automotive components, its CEO said.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
In round one of aluminum vs. diesel, diesel wins. Ford's new F-150 failed to knock off the pickup fuel economy champ, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.... Read More »

 

Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model.... Read More »

 

Retired Ford exec Mascarenas joins ON Semiconductor's board

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Retired Ford chief technical officer Paul Mascarenas has joined ON Semiconductor's board of directors. Mascarenas, 53, also joined the semiconductor supplier’s science and technology committee, the company said Thursday.... Read More »

 

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