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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 »

 

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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 »

 

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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 »

 

Daimler will use 3-cylinder engines in compact hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will use three-cylinder engines for future hybrid versions of its compact front-wheel-drive vehicles.... Read More »

 

Volvo plans to boost development spending in expansion push

March 21, 2014 16:33 CET
Volvo plans to boost research and development spending this year as the carmaker prepares to roll out the new XC90 SUV in a reset of the brand.... Read More »

 

Google co-founder would send his money to Tesla's Musk

3:38 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page says that when he dies he has a plan for where his billions should go -- not to charity, but to people like Tesla founder Elon Musk.... Read More »

 

GM preps more fuel-efficient engine family for small cars

March 19, 2014 15:19 CET
GM is creating a suite of 11 new small powerplants that the automaker says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models.... Read More »

 

GM preps more fuel efficient engine family for small cars

9:19 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
General Motors is creating a family of more fuel efficient small engines that it says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models. The suite of engines will consist of 11 powerplants ranging from a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder to a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four, the company said today.... Read More »

 

Off F&I menus, LoJack sales perk up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
A couple of years ago, LoJack Corp. was starting to look like an afterthought. Then company CEO Randy Ortiz had an insight: Get LoJack out of the F&I department -- where it often got lost on menus listing a dozen or so products -- and into the showroom.... Read More »

 

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