Vehicle Technology

Brose pushes electrification beyond the powertrain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

The auto industry's push toward electrification is driving changes that increasingly go beyond the powertrain and are transforming other parts of the modern vehicle.... Read More »

Tech puzzle: Just what features do drivers want?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2015

Infotainment presents a delicate balancing act for automakers. They want to stand out from the pack with pioneering features without overly complicating things for motorists. Yet they can't turn to consumers for a detailed forecast of what the future of infotainment should look like.... Read More »


BLOG: Why Tesla leads larger auto players in big data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Tesla could give established automakers lessons on how to maximize big data. “They are already more advanced,” says Matthias Bentenrieder, who specializes in big data at consultancy Oliver Wyman.... Read More »

Ford to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity

5:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Ford will begin testing autonomous vehicles at Mcity, a simulated facility at the University of Michigan, to speed up research of advanced sensing technologies.... Read More »

Apple, Google preferred as designers of next in-car infotainment

Nov. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Car buyers would welcome radio or infotainment systems designed by Apple or Google, according to analysts IHS Automotive.... Read More »


Opel wants leaner Astra to leap over rivals

Nov. 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel hopes to win sales from the Volkswagen Golf as well as compact luxury models such as the BMW 1 series by positioning its new-generation Astra as a near-premium offering that boasts improved fuel economy, a quieter ride plus a wide range of high-tech safety and comfort features.... Read More »


Audi sees A4 causing segment shake-up

Nov. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi executives are optimistic the arrival of the new A4 will give the Volkswagen Group subsidiary the boost it needs after being overtaken by Mercedes-Benz for second place in global premium car sales.... Read More »


BLOG: Range Rover Evoque convertible is ready for (next) summer

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

The Range Rover Evoque that at least several people have been clamoring for is finally here, revealed just in time for winter.... Read More »


BLOG: Crash rarity adds challenge to autonomous push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

Renault-Nissan's head of autonomous vehicle development is unsure whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that there have been no serious crashes while the automaker has tested its technology.... Read More »


Audi speeds up infotainment and driver assistance innovation

Nov. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi's innovative electronics architecture has dramatically shortened the time the brand needs to introduce more powerful processors for in-car infotainment and driver assistance systems, Audi's head of electronic development, Ricky Hudi, explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »


BLOG: How Akio Toyoda got sold on self-driving cars

6:47 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Akio Toyoda, an amateur race-car driver and big-time car buff, used to say until recently that he wouldn't be a true believer in autonomous vehicles until a self-driving car could beat him in a race around Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit.... Read More »

What's behind Toyota's big bet on artificial intelligence?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google and Apple have deftly marshaled their software expertise to muscle in on the traditional car industry. Now Toyota Motor Corp. is pushing back with a $1 billion challenge to them on their home turf.... Read More »

Apple car was already planted in Steve Jobs' mind

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Count Steve Jobs among those curious about what an Apple car would look like. In 2008, not too long after the Apple co-founder introduced the iPhone, Jobs was considering the possibilities of a much bigger gadget, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Renault and Nissan will share technology for autonomous driving

Nov. 8, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault will benefit from the autonomous driving technology that Nissan is developing and vice versa. Renault plans to sell cars that can autonomously drive in traffic jams starting next year.... Read More »


From rocket scientist to car guy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8, 2015

Last year, Ken Washington left his career as a rocket scientist in Silicon Valley to join a car company in Detroit. Now, as one of the outsiders on Mark Fields' management team, he's leading Ford's toward a future filled with autonomous vehicles and consumers who may not want to own a car.... Read More »

Average U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy slips in Oct., study finds

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

Thanks to lower gasoline prices and the continued strength of pickup and SUV sales, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. in October was down slightly from September, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said on Thursday.... Read More »

Toyota plans $1 billion U.S. outlay to advance artificial intelligence

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Toyota said it is investing $1 billion to form a U.S.-based r&d company to develop artificial intelligence as an underpinning technology for future vehicles and manufacturing.... Read More »


VW crisis widens to fuel consumption figures

Nov. 4, 2015 12:33 CET

Investors wiped another 3 billion euros off VW Group's market value today after the automaker said it had misstated the fuel consumption of some cars, opening a new front in a scandal that initially centered on rigging diesel emissions tests.... Read More »

Steve Jobs considered building an Apple car in 2008

10:21 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

Count Steve Jobs among those curious about what an Apple car would look like. In 2008, not too long after the Apple co-founder introduced the iPhone, Jobs was considering the possibilities of a much bigger gadget.... Read More »

2017 Mercedes-Benz E class borrows styling cues from S-class flagship

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2015

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan will look strikingly similar to the company's flagship S class, based on new spy photos. The 2017 E class, a mainstay of Mercedes' sedan lineup, will feature a sloping front end, and side and rear panels that resemble a smaller S class compared with the current E class, which is boxier, especially in the rear, the photos show.... Read More »

Can Mazda team spin rotary vision into viable reality?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Mazda Motor Corp.'s racing-mad executives want a sports car to replace the iconic RX-7 and RX-8. And with the RX-Vision concept from the Tokyo Motor Show, chief designer Ikuo Maeda gave them a glimpse of such a car. Now it's up to Mazda's engineers to make it possible.... Read More »


Honda's exotic powertrain tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Honda is readying a number of exotic powertrain technologies: from a new generation of plug-in hybrids and ultra-lean burning engines, to 10-speed transmissions and hydrogen fuel cells.... Read More »

Nissan focuses on code for the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2015

In the race toward autonomous driving, Nissan engineers are laboring over software refinements more than hardware.... Read More »

U.K. scientists create battery that may dramatically boost range of EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2015

U.K. scientists have created a lithium oxygen battery that could eventually replace lithium ion batteries in electric cars, giving them a much longer range between charges.... Read More »

Audi's A3 e-tron to pave way for electrified vehicle push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2015

Audi's A3 Sportback e-tron launch is far more important to the brand than its modest 5,000-vehicle annual sales goal would suggest.... Read More »

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