R&D

More vehicles, walkers join accident prevention study

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The University of Michigan plans to triple the number of study vehicles outfitted with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the next phase of a road test of equipment designed to prevent accidents.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

Audi, starting with A3, aims to update in-car software faster

5:32 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
In an era when smartphones are replaced every year or two, and seem downright prehistoric within five or six, Audi AG has decided that the auto industry’s standard product cycle is too long to bear for in-car software.... Read More »

 

Mazda snaps up engineers in latest sign of rebound

1:44 pm U.S. ET | March 7, 2014
Mazda is embarking on a hiring binge in Japan, the latest sign that the former money-losing carmaker is bouncing back. The surge in new recruits will come in engineering as Mazda doubles down on future product.... Read More »

 

GM, Ford post double-digit gains in China

11:34 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2014
GM and Ford both reported double-digit sales gains in China for February -- GM jumped 20 percent and Ford rose 67 percent from a year earlier period.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why the PSA-Dongfeng deal does more harm than good

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
The bailout that PSA negotiated with the French government and Dongfeng will prop up the French automaker in the short term but could cripple its competitiveness in the long run.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

The r&d grunt work shifts to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
The r&d has shifted dramatically from auto manufacturers to suppliers. The expenses for those innovations have shifted from auto manufacturers to suppliers.... Read More »

 

Renault, Nissan to combine manufacturing, r&d for $4 billion annual savings, report says

8:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
Renault and Nissan will combine their manufacturing and r&d functions in a move that will save the alliance more than 400 billion yen ($3.86 billion) a year, a report said.... Read More »

 

DOE chief: Fisker's Chinese buyer must keep work in U.S.

12:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
The winner between two Chinese-backed bidders for assets of bankrupt electric-car maker Fisker Automotive will have to keep manufacturing and research in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.... Read More »

 

Ford teams with universities on automated driving research

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
Ford said today it is launching a new research project into automated driving technology with two top universities in the United States.... Read More »

 

Toyota supplier to boost capital spending on new vehicle programs

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Toyoda Gosei, a supplier to Toyota, plans to increase capital spending next fiscal year as carmakers roll out new models. Capital expenditure will “definitely grow” in the year ending March 2015, Tadashi Arashima, president of the maker of auto parts including steering wheels and air bags, said in an interview Sunday at the company’s headquarters in Kiyosu, Japan.... Read More »

 

Infiniti working with Daimler on platform for four models

Jan. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan's Infiniti brand is developing a new platform with Daimler that will spawn four models including a crossover vehicle.... Read More »

 

Infiniti working with Daimler on platform for four models

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
NIssan's luxury Infiniti brand is developing a new platform with Daimler AG that will spawn four models including a crossover vehicle, the unit’s president said.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

JLR, Mercedes seek tech edge from new r&d centers along U.S. west coast

Jan. 14, 2014 06:15 CET
Europe's premium automakers are opening r&d centers on the U.S. west coast to be close to some of the brightest technology developers in the world.... Read More »

 

Daimler electrics get fake 'vroom' to thwart silent threat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2013
The development of artificially produced noise for electric cars has become more critical to carmakers as regulators look to require warning noises as soon as next year, while the rollout of more and more models forces manufacturers to seek ways to stand out. Synthetic motor noise could save lives and at the same time protect investments in electric cars.... Read More »

 

Daimler electrics get fake 'vroom' to thwart silent threat

Dec. 31, 2013 06:01 CET
The development of artificially produced noise for electric cars has become more critical to carmakers as regulators look to require warning noises as soon as next year, while the rollout of more and more models forces manufacturers to seek ways to stand out. Synthetic motor noise could save lives and at the same time protect investments in electric cars.... Read More »

 

BMW, Toyota agree on joint sportscar platform, report says

Dec. 30, 2013 16:15 CET
BMW and Toyota have agreed to develop a joint platform for sportscars, BMW's development chief Herbert Diess told a German newspaper.... Read More »

 

Delphi to showcase automated driving technology at CES

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
Technology and powertrain components supplier Delphi Automotive said it plans to demonstrate new automated driving technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.... Read More »

 

BMW, Toyota agree on joint sportscar platform, report says

10:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
BMW and Toyota have agreed to develop a joint platform for sportscars, BMW's development chief Herbert Diess told a German newspaper.... Read More »

 

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