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SEAT RELIEF

Lear, others devise high-tech ways to support bad backs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Lear Corp. wants motorists to sit up straight. The seat maker is developing a "smart" seat that adjusts itself automatically to correct a motorist's posture, important for comfort on long trips.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

10:17 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection. But I couldn't help but think: GM should have put the 4G demo unit in a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW dealers with Product Geniuses boost profit and customer satisfaction

April 17, 2014 06:15 CET
BMW dealers in Europe taking part in the automaker's Product Genius program are getting a financial boost. The tech-savvy employees' no-pressure explanation of the features available in BMW's vehicles has increased the purchase of high-margin options by 10 percent to 15 percent, the company said.... Read More »

 

Lamborghini helps give parent Audi a technical edge

April 17, 2014 11:43 CET
Lamborghini will showcase the Huracan LP 610-4, its newest technology-packed supercar at the Beijing auto show, with the model set to spice up its parent company Audi's own offerings.... Read More »

 

AT&T says it has made connected-car deal with undisclosed global automaker

8:13 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
AT&T, the largest U.S. phone company, said it reached a deal with a global automaker to add to its ranks of customers looking to bring connectivity to cars.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why the Mustang II should get its due

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
One member of the Mustang family won't have a very high-profile role at this week's 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II. But if you reconsider the case of the Mustang II, you may find it is time to give the car the respect it is due.... Read More »

 

Suzuki joins fuel-efficiency race with simplified hybrid system

April 16, 2014 11:34 CET
Suzuki says it will introduce affordable, simplified gasoline-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining rivals in the race for fuel efficiency.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

China's Qoros uses Slovakia to prepare for a full European roll out

April 16, 2014 06:15 CET
Chinese automaker Qoros is using Slovakia as its first global export market with the goal of rolling out the brand across western Europe within two years.... Read More »

 

MyFord Touch bugs are getting squashed, Hinrichs says

3:10 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Ford has brought its problem-plagued MyFord Touch communications system up to exceed industry-average reliability -- and plans an upgrade to improve the system's capability, Ford executive Joe Hinrichs said today.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 production boosted 43% in preparation for U.S. launch

April 15, 2014 13:05 CET
BMW has ramped up production of its i3 electric car to 100 vehicles a day, ahead of its launch in the United States this month, board member Harald Krueger said.... Read More »

 

Cost quandary hits Japan's advanced factories

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's a cruel paradox for Japan's manufacturers. Auto suppliers here have some of the world's most automated factories. But because they also serve as global mother plants for low-tech operations overseas, they sometimes have to dumb down lines, making output more costly and labor intense.... Read More »

 

Bosch plans automatic park system in 2015

April 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Bosch says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify.... Read More »

 

Innovation, safety are winners at PACE Awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's difficult to look disruptive dressed in a tuxedo.... Read More »

 

14 new Toyota engines seek 10% gain in mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. will unleash a blitz of 14 new gasoline engines through 2015 in a long-awaited powertrain overhaul that aims to boost fuel efficiency by at least 10 percent.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keys, push buttons and first responders

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
I have had concerns about push-button, fob and stop-start systems for some time now.... Read More »

 

Bosch plans automatic park system in '15

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Robert Bosch GmbH says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify.... Read More »

 

Detroit 3: High octane has pluses

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automakers could increase fuel economy as much as 5 percent if the United States used the same blend of high-octane gasoline that is sold in Europe, Detroit 3 powertrain chiefs say. Automakers could fine-tune engines to boost fuel economy and reduce engine sizes on future engines without sacrificing power.... Read More »

 

'Inner frame' makes Fit stronger, less costly

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
In creating the 2015 Honda Fit's body-in-white, Honda engineers changed the manufacturing process to make the car lighter, stronger and less expensive. Honda welds the upper body -- without the sheet metal -- to the lower body as a single "inner frame."... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Refreshed 2015 Chevy Cruze enhances connectivity, revises styling

8:24 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
Chevrolet is refreshing the compact Cruze, General Motors' top-selling car in the United States, and adding enhanced connectivity features for 2015. It will be introduced this week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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