Vehicle Technology

GABE NELSON

Automotive safety at any cost? Sounds good, but it's not true

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Cost-benefit analysis is a deep-rooted and necessary practice in every industry in which health and safety are at stake. If automakers truly spared no cost for safety, cars in American showrooms would have nothing but five-star crash test ratings and cutting-edge safety technology. And they would all cost a lot more.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Deadly GM ignition switches started with 2003 Saturn Ion

3:13 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The 2003 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a pivotal car for GM. Instead, it came to represent the compromises and corner cutting that almost destroyed GM and now find the company in a global recall of some of its most popular models. The Ion debuted two years before the Chevy Cobalt, the model most associated with the current recall of 2.6 million vehicles, and it was the first car with the defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when engines turned off, disabling airbags.... Read More »

 

Most drivers believe connected-car tech will improve safety, survey says

3:07 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
More than 80 percent of consumers in the United States, Australia and Britain believe connected-vehicle technology will make driving safer, a new survey by the University of Michigan finds.... Read More »

 

Toyota unveils new generation of fuel-efficient engines

April 10, 2014 11:56 CET
Toyota has unveiled two fresh fuel-efficient powerplants that will underpin 14 new gasoline engine variants to be introduced globally through next year.... Read More »

 

ADP Dealer Services to spin-off and go public

11:07 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
ADP Dealer Services, a dealer software giant, is poised to become an independent public company, according to a statement today by parent company ADP. The board of directors of ADP approved the spinoff, the statement said.... Read More »

 

Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales

3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. After the first autonomous cars appear in North America in 2025, IHS forecasts they could account for 5 percent of the vehicles on North American roads by as early as 2035.... Read More »

 

Toyota's future manufacturing plans see humans replacing robots

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota’s next step forward in manufacturing is counter-intuitive in an age of automation: Humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus previews production NX compact crossover

2:11 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Lexus has published a preview of the 2015 Lexus NX luxury compact crossover, scheduled to debut April 20 at the 2014 China auto show in Beijing. The upcoming Lexus NX is meant to battle the likes of the BMW X1, the Audi Q3, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and it was previewed earlier in concept form as the LF-NX.... Read More »

 

CAMERA READY?

Tesla's push to replace side-view mirrors sparks safety fears

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
As federal regulators finalized a mandate for rearview cameras last week, Tesla Motors and the industry's main lobbying group sought permission to replace side mirrors with cameras. But the age of mirrorless cars will not come easy.... Read More »

 

Report: Aston, Daimler discuss crossover cooperation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Aston Martin and Daimler AG could extend their cooperation to include sharing the underpinnings of a new full-sized crossover, sources told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

U.S. average fuel economy hits record

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The average fuel economy of new U.S. light vehicles sold in March rose to 25.4 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers, the highest since they began collecting data in October 2007.... Read More »

 

GM tablet tool aims to lift service revenue

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
About 1,200 General Motors dealerships have begun using a tablet tool, part of a software program called Service Workbench, that lets service advisers quickly pull up a vehicle's history, whip through an inspection and point out a menu of factory-recommended maintenance items.... Read More »

 

Backup camera mandate boosts suppliers

8:09 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
The biggest beneficiary of the new federal mandate for rearview cameras is likely to be Magna International, which claims 40 percent of the North American market for the equipment. Other suppliers such as Delphi Automotive, Gentex, Panasonic and Valeo also are poised to profit.... Read More »

 

Nissan appoints diesel expert Shirakawa as European r&d chief

April 3, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan named Takashi Shirakawa as its head of research and development in Europe, effective April 1.... Read More »

 

Energy Dept. dangles low-interest financing for suppliers

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
The department of energy wants auto suppliers to know that it still has $16 billion in low-interest financing available to support efficient-vehicle programs, and it wants them to step forward for a share of those funds.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin said to discuss building SUV with Daimler

March 31, 2014 10:48 CET
Aston Martin and Daimler are said to be holding talks to extend their cooperation to building an SUV as the UK carmaker seeks to broaden its lineup.... Read More »

 

Tesla, Alliance seek U.S. regulators' OK to ditch side mirrors

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
As long as there have been cars, there have been side mirrors. But if Tesla Motors and the auto industry's main lobbying group in Washington get their way, automakers could soon be allowed to ditch these old-school visibility aids in favor of a high-tech solution: cameras.... Read More »

 

SGL says cheaper carbon fiber will offer automakers alternative to steel, aluminum

March 31, 2014 13:10 CET
Carbon fiber reinforced parts for cars could become more than 70 percent cheaper over the next few years, making them a reasonable alternative to steel and aluminum, an SGL exec told a German weekly.... Read More »

 

Ballard CEO says fuel cell resurgence no repeat of past bubble

March 31, 2014 11:44 CET
Ballard Power Systems Inc. is poised to report the first profit in its 21-year history as a public company, evidence the fuel cell maker isn't heading for a repeat of the 2000 technology bust.... Read More »

 

Mustang gets new AppLink

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Ford Motor Co. says the redesigned 2015 Mustang that goes on sale this fall will be the first vehicle available with the next generation of Ford's AppLink smartphone connectivity system.... Read More »

 

Marchionne commits to 9-speed, says technology keeps evolving

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2014
Chrysler was forced to delay the launch of its 2014 Jeep Cherokee by two months last fall as engineers struggled with a software flaw in the SUV's nine-speed automatic. But CEO Sergio Marchionne says he remains committed to using the new transmission throughout the company's lineup of front-wheel-drive-based models.... Read More »

 

Is a hacker's access to a Tesla just a password away?

9:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
Tesla's electric vehicles can be located and unlocked by criminals remotely simply by cracking a six-character password using traditional hacking techniques, according to newly released research.... Read More »

 

Daimler will use 3-cylinder engines in compact hybrids

March 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes will use three-cylinder engines for future hybrid versions of its compact front-wheel-drive vehicles.... Read More »

 

BlackBerry determined to maintain lead in connected-car technology

March 27, 2014 13:48 CET
BlackBerry says it's determined to keep its lead in connected-car software, even though its share of the global smartphone market has tumbled below 1 percent, crushed by rivals Apple and Google.... Read More »

 

Ford Mustang goes high-tech to cast global net

5:58 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Ford has packed the redesigned Mustang with new technologies to boost its global appeal.... Read More »

 

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