Automotive

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: E-contracting needs standard definition

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Although electronic contracting has gained traction, it’s still not widely embraced by dealers.
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Acura, Mercedes, Mazda get top rating in IIHS collision prevention tests

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Acura, Mercedes and Mazda made an impressive showing in the most recent IIHS testing of vehicles with front collision prevention technology. More than a dozen of the 19 vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned a “superior” rating -- the highest rating offered in this test....
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Ford, UAW in talks to revive Ranger sales, output in U.S.

12:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ford is in discussions with the UAW about bringing the Ranger midsize pickup and Bronco SUV back to the U.S. market, according to media reports and a person with knowledge of the talks. The company is considering a plan to build the vehicles at Michigan Assembly Plant near Detroit after production of the Focus and C-Max ends in 2018, the source said....
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Mercedes aims to expand crossover appeal with tech, right-hand drive GLC

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Mercedes expects that its latest compact SUV model, the GLC, will generate higher sales than the GLK it replaces because of softer design, additional comfort features and the availability of right-hand-drive in key markets....
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2015 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Hyundai concept will showcase brand's performance credentials

Aug. 26, 2015 11:07 CET

Hyundai is trying to burnish its performance credentials and will unveil an “ultimate concept car” at next month's Frankfurt auto show that expands on the company's sporty N subbrand and showcases racing design....
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Toyota poised to restart production at China plant shut in blast

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work Thursday at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Why UAW VEBA could be model for contract talks between union, Detroit 3

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams recently said an independent health care cooperative might be formed to negotiate health care services contracts jointly with the UAW trust. The resulting clout of up to 1.7 million former and current autoworkers, and hundreds of thousands of other dependents, could reduce or slow health care costs for all, Williams said....
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Honda to unwrap retooled 2016 Civic sedan on Sept. 16

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Honda says the 10th generation of the venerable Civic compact sedan will be introduced Sept. 16 in simultaneous events in both Detroit and Los Angeles....
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New car technologies often unused by drivers, J.D. Power finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

A new study from J.D. Power suggests that automakers are investing billions into technologies that a considerable number of drivers aren't using. J.D. Power's first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Will another Fiat Chrysler star, or two, bow in Vegas?

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

For the third time in six years, Fiat Chrysler dealers are gathering -- in private and without cellphones or cameras -- to get their first glimpses of the vehicles they soon will be asked to sell....
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Chevrolet's next-gen Equinox will be lower, sleeker

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Equinox will sport a streamlined face and lower, sleeker profile, based on recent spy photos. The shots and video, purportedly taken during hot-weather testing of the compact crossover, show a blacked-out, horizontally patterned grille with swept-back headlamps....
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Jeep Grand Cherokee being probed by NHTSA for rollaway risk

11:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

An estimated 408,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are the subject of a preliminary NHTSA investigation after drivers complained that newer models rolled away after being put in park....
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Lexus rises to No. 1 in customer satisfaction study

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Lexus overtook Mercedes-Benz to come out on top in a recent U.S. customer satisfaction study while recalls and rising prices across the industry are driving down average new-vehicle customer satisfaction scores....
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Jeep hacker leaves Twitter

7:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter after three years on the job, a person familiar with the matter said....
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Toyota tests potential alternatives to Takata airbag inflators

Aug. 25, 2015 10:54 CET

Toyota said it is testing airbag inflators made by Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to potentially lethal parts supplied by Takata. Toyota said it wanted to ensure the parts were compatible with its vehicles....
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Prius' dramatic redesign comes into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

New spy shots reveal a dramatic front and rear design of the redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius, set to debut in Las Vegas on Sept. 8....
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3-D printing accelerates Honda Pilot development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Automakers are again taking a run at accelerating the new-car development cycle, this time with an assist from 3D printing. The latest example comes from Honda, whose just-launched 2016 Pilot is the product of a new computer-driven development process in which the automaker was able to eliminate the production of hand-built prototypes....
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Autonomous driving and the law: Who's responsible when there's a machine at the wheel?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Drivers cause accidents, accidents cause injuries and injuries cause lawsuits. But if the advent of autonomous vehicles means cars increasingly control themselves, who is liable when something goes bump?...
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Infiniti stretches QX50 into 'new model'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Infiniti's re-engineered QX50 wheelbase creates a functional rear seat where consumers previously saw none....
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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

As drivers, we're never as comfortable as when we or someone with the same risk tolerance and driving style is at the wheel. In that sense, even a well-trained computer might frighten us by taking a curve faster than we'd like, or exasperate us by hewing too blindly to the speed limit....
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Mazda turbo to do double duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mazda has engineered a potent turbocharged version of its 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine to power the redesigned CX-9 crossover that goes on sale in early 2016, according to two sources familiar with Mazda's product plan....
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Daimler still positive on China business despite stock market rout

Aug. 24, 2015 15:36 CET

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is counting on China to be a leading driver of car sales growth this year despite the country's stock market turmoil. The automaker expects vehicle ownership levels to rise and will continue to invest more in compact cars in the market where it has been adding dealerships, Hubertus Troska, head of Daimler China, said....
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GM suspends 800 job cuts in Brazil, ending strike

9:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Workers at a General Motors plant in Brazil ended a two-week strike on Monday after the company agreed to suspend nearly 800 job cuts, buying time in an industry where idle assembly lines have roiled labor tensions....
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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

BLOG: Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

As drivers, we're never as comfortable as when we or someone with the same risk tolerance and driving style is at the wheel. In that sense, even a well-trained computer might frighten us by taking a curve faster than we'd like, or exasperate us by hewing too blindly to the speed limit....
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Toyota extends halt in Tianjin operations through Wednesday

6:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Toyota said its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain shut at least through Wednesday due to safety concerns as fires continue to break out at the site of last week's deadly chemical explosions....
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