Vehicle Technology

Smartphones may have role in 8.1% rise of U.S. traffic deaths

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous.... Read More »

Rivian Automotive to build r&d center for high-tech vehicles in Mich.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn r&d center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley.... Read More »

GM's new wind tunnel aims to improve, quicken design work

10:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

General Motors has cited some impressive vitals on its redesigned 2016 models to show off the success of its weight-cutting strategy: The new Volt and Cruze are about 250 pounds lighter than their predecessors; the Malibu sheds almost 300 pounds and the Camaro loses nearly 400.... Read More »


Technology upgrades zoom into small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

High-end technology is quickly making its way into compact cars that were long conceived as cheap, basic transportation.... Read More »

Cadillac's plug-in play: Hybrids first, then EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Cadillac plans to equip most of its vehicles in coming years with plug-in hybrid versions to meet tightening regulations, especially in China, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said.... Read More »

VW CEO says diesel engine refits 'manageable'

1:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The steps needed to fix about 8.5 million Volkswagen cars in Europe fitted with illegal emissions-control software are technically and financially manageable, the German automaker's CEO said today.... Read More »

Now hiring: FCA needs hackers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Fiat Chrysler seeks cybergeeks to, among other things, “identify gaps, recommend solutions” and work with suppliers to plug any security holes in vehicle software.... Read More »

Restructured Renesas seeks its footing on platforms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Renesas is no longer bleeding red ink, but it faces stiffer competition than ever. So the company has embarked on a new strategy around back-end software that has historically been a headache, betting that automakers will finally learn its name -- this time, for the right reasons.... Read More »

Can GM build on OnStar advantage?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Phil Abram is leading GM's effort to stake a leadership position in connected cars that GM execs believe is critical to its future.... Read More »

Why Toyota offers 2 battery choices in next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Toyota is offering two battery choices in the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The hybrid's chief engineer says that's because the lithium ion battery is lighter and will be used in heavier, upper-trim cars packed with add-ons. It's one way to ensure equal performance and fuel economy.... Read More »


German auto firms try to nurture Silicon Valley boldness

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2015

German automakers and suppliers fear that America's audacious tech companies are grabbing the initiative within the auto industry as cars become more about software and successful data manipulation and less about traditional hardware. Their response is to try to ingrain that risk-taking Californian ethos into their own companies.... Read More »


In Mercedes project, latchkey kids get chauffeured rides

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2015

Mercedes had a particular group of customers in mind when it launched Boost, an Uber-like shuttle service, in 2013. They were children, and they simply needed to get to soccer practice.... Read More »

VW wins EU deadline extension to detail false CO2 data

Nov. 20, 2015 12:37 CET

The European Union has given VW until the end of the year to clarify its admission that 800,000 of its cars were sold to customers with false CO2 emissions data. The original deadline was Thursday.... Read More »

VW cuts 2016 capital investment 8% due to cost of fixing emissions cheat

7:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Volkswagen today cut 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) -- or about 8 percent -- from its investment plan for next year, as the German carmaker braces for a multi-billion-euro hit from its emissions cheating scandal.... Read More »


BLOG: Volvo Concept 26 imagines the interior of fully autonomous cars

7:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Volvo's concept car at the L.A. Auto Show isn't a concept car at all, but rather an interface that imagines how car interiors will change after we welcome our autonomous overlords.... Read More »

Volvo, Microsoft will bring augmented reality into showrooms

Nov. 20, 2015 11:18 CET

Volvo and Microsoft are working together to bring the tech company's augmented-reality goggles to Volvo showrooms next year to improve safety-feature demonstrations, car customization – and even to offer test drives using a hologram.... Read More »

GM, Army to test Chevrolet Colorado fuel cell

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has been selected by the U.S. Army to test a General Motors-designed hydrogen powered fuel cell powertrain. The grueling 12-month test will help GM engineers and army officials evaluate the fuel cell's performance under strenuous use.... Read More »

Hyundai's tech trickles down to Elantra

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Hyundai's sixth-generation Elantra will come crammed with safety and connectivity technology to fend off a newly redesigned Civic and Nissan Sentra. Like the larger Sonata, the new Elantra sheds some of its former curviness in lieu of clean lines, premium touches and Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille.... Read More »

Buick's 3rd-gen LaCrosse adds sophistication, technology

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Buick is counting on a svelte redesigned LaCrosse to carry on as the brand's flagship and draw more buyers to a declining big-sedan market. The 2017 LaCrosse borrows from the sleek Avenir sedan concept that Buick showed in January -- its front end, including the wing-shaped element in the grille, bears a strong resemblance.... Read More »

Geely plans hybrid, electric versions for 90% of models by 2020

8:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Geely said it will equip more than 90 percent of its models with alternative-energy powertrains in the next five years, the most ambitious plan by a Chinese carmaker so far to improve fuel efficiency ahead of a government-mandated deadline.... Read More »

Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness.... Read More »

Ford reboots 2017 Escape with 2 new engines, stop-start, safety upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Ford is making substantial changes to the Escape crossover, giving the exterior a more rugged, upscale look, and adding safety technology from more expensive vehicles. The 2017 Escape gets a redesigned interior and two new four-cylinder EcoBoost engines, both of which come packaged with stop-start to improve fuel efficiency.... Read More »


New Camaro's light show

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

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro's available specialty interior lighting makes you say, "Wow."... Read More »

Next-gen Leaf: More tech despite low sales

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

Determined to maintain a lead role in electric vehicles, Nissan is working on new technologies to make the next Leaf more appealing.... Read More »

Ford faces trial on mpg estimates as U.S. judge refuses to toss suit

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Ford will have to face trial over claims that it exaggerated fuel-efficiency estimates for its Fusion and C-Max hybrids after a federal judge denied the company’s request to throw the case out.... Read More »

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