Vehicle Technology

Delphi Q4 net income slides 44% in 'challenging global marketplace'

11:59 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Automotive electronics and technology supplier Delphi Automotive's fourth-quarter net income fell 44 percent from the year-earlier period to $192 million despite revenue and other measures that topped expectations....
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Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington state

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Google parent company Alphabet said its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Wash., later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles....
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Got gadgets?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Some of the most revolutionary innovations originate not with carmakers but with the suppliers who provide the building blocks and concepts that reshape the industry. Here is a sampling of some of the most cutting-edge technologies....
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GM names executive to lead autonomous driving efforts

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

GM is reorganizing certain vehicle engineering operations to speed efforts to develop autonomous and electrified vehicles. Doug Parks, GM's vice president for global product programs, will become vice president for autonomous technology and vehicle execution, reporting to global product chief Mark Reuss....
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Harman posts strong quarterly gains from auto business

11:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Harman International Industries, which supplies audio and telematics systems to the auto industry, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong demand from automakers....
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ZF TRW signs office lease for global electronics business

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

ZF TRW plans to open its global electronics headquarters in suburban Detroit by the end of the second quarter following a lease of a 171,000-square-foot office building....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM shifts r&d role to meet new realities

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

GM researchers, working in four locations around the globe, are focused more on developing products and technologies that can be put into production in years, not decades....
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RICHARD TRUETT

The risk of being an auto pioneer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Some companies making the most noise about transforming the car have a poor record of delivering world-class vehicles when they are distracted....
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GM bundles, expands ride-sharing efforts under new Maven brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

GM is consolidating and expanding its car-sharing programs under a new brand, Maven, in its latest push to adapt to new business models that could threaten to undercut the way automakers have made money for decades....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: What Nissan learned from Mercedes for Infiniti Q30 production

6:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Nissan made some costly changes to build the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 compact cars at its UK factory. The models, which are based on Mercedes's architecture, are the first premium vehicles to be built there....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The danger of being a pioneer

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

Some companies making the most noise about efforts to transform the car have a poor record of consistently delivering world-class vehicles when they become distracted from the core mission....
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NHTSA chief vows action this year on cybersecurity

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The nation's top auto safety regulator said his agency will take action this year to address automotive cybersecurity issues, as the spread of connectivity technologies threatens to expose vehicles to new paths of attack....
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BMW's retooled, tech-packed 2017 5 series takes shape

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW's aging 5-series sedan will be more svelte and technology-packed when it is redesigned and debuts later this year as a 2017 model. It's expected to shed more than 200 pounds as it adopts BMW's new 35up platform that debuted with last year's redesigned 7-series flagship sedan....
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Next Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave won't follow GMC Acadia diet

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The next-generation Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse are expected to be built on a long-wheelbase version of GMC's redesigned and slimmed down 2017 Acadia, leaving them closer in size to that of the current crossovers....
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Panasonic shifts from home electronics to cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Panasonic targets a 62 percent surge in automotive sales by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. The gambit wagers that Panasonic can leverage its electronics expertise to get a leg up on traditional automotive suppliers such as Denso Corp. of Japan and Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Nobody needs a safety-tech nanny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Automakers like to say they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. In doing so, they should take care not to turn their products into rolling smoke detectors. Let me explain....
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VW supplier Bosch defends diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Bosch, a key supplier of diesel components, says the technology has a future in the U.S. market, despite the troubles stemming from Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal....
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Zetsche: '17 E class will pass ES

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche said he is “very confident” the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will reclaim the No. 1 spot in the U.S. midsize luxury sedan segment from the Lexus ES. Mercedes believes much of the car's appeal will lie in its vast array of technologies....
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U.S. seeks to clear autonomous-car hurdles

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

U.S. highway safety officials plan to take several steps this year to clear the way for autonomous vehicles -- including those designed to operate without a driver -- to hit the streets in large numbers....
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GM and Ford will be tested by slowing global auto demand

5:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

A looming slowdown in global auto demand will test General Motors and Ford as they try to funnel more cash to shareholders while still investing adequately in new vehicles and technology....
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WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Is Toyota turning the Mirai into a mobile network server?

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Toyota wants to alleviate the data bottleneck that happens while using a standard mobile network....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Android Auto architect Brenner sees a 'virtuous cycle' in common car software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

In the days before Google launched the Android operating system in 2008, engineers had to rewrite the code for Google Maps dozens of times for different smartphones. It was a hassle, but Android changed all that....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Ford will ultimately get its due from Wall Street, Fields says

10:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Ford CEO Mark Fields said delivering strong results is the best way for the automaker to counter the skeptics on Wall Street who sent its shares sliding 5.1 percent Wednesday....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Naming GM's Barra chairman was 'tone deaf,' activist investor says

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Harry Wilson, the activist investor who last year prodded General Motors to buy back $5 billion in stock, says that GM's recent move to make CEO Mary Barra board chairman was “remarkably tone deaf,” even as he applauded her performance....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Auction head urges retailers to see themselves as a consumer's resource

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Lead the retail transformation by staying focused on connecting people to the right car, the president of the nation's largest auto auction company says. That means retailers should see themselves as a resource for consumers....
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