Engineering

Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. The overhaul, part of a switch to new modularized product platforms, has been years in the making and is designed to fuel the company's expansion....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The latest tech is great -- until you have to replace it

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

There is a downside to rapidly advancing automotive technology: Break something, and you'll pay an eye-popping amount to get it fixed....
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Chevrolet's Teen Driver safety feature to debut on redesigned Malibu

11:15 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Chevrolet says Teen Driver is the first feature in the industry to offer what is essentially a report card that allows parents to view on a display how their teens drive. Teen Driver automatically mutes the radio until the front seat belts are fastened. Parents can set the radio's maximum volume to a lower level and select a maximum speed between 40 and 75 mph, which activates a visual warning and audible chime if exceeded....
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Remote updates speed Tesla's Autopilot push

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

Tesla doesn't have the r&d budget of rivals such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. But the Palo Alto, Calif., startup sees its ability to send over-the-air software updates as a crucial edge in the race to self-driving cars because it can quickly roll out technology to vehicles that have already been sold....
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Honda launches $1 million campaign to draw Ohio students to manufacturing

12:15 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Honda is joining a push in Ohio to interest middle and high school students in manufacturing careers, a move stemming from increasing concerns about possible future shortages of qualified workers....
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Toyota will add engineers in Japan

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

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to add 2,275 employees in Japan in the fiscal year beginning April 1, 30 percent more than it added a year earlier. The biggest increases are coming in engineering and manufacturing operations....
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Toyota to step up hiring at home in the next fiscal year

10:45 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Profit-rich Toyota is plowing more of its cash into new hires in the coming year, especially in the engineering and technical fields crucial to its expansion. Toyota aims to add 2,275 employees in Japan in the fiscal year beginning April 1, a 30 percent increase over the 1,744 hires added a year earlier....
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Apple seeks to dismiss lawsuit filed by electric battery maker A123

8:24 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

Apple asked a U.S. court on Tuesday to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by battery maker A123 systems over engineers hired by Apple, saying A123's claims were too speculative to proceed....
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Jaguar Land Rover's performance unit could make stand-alone models

March 6, 2015 15:14 CET

Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations unit may create its own stand-alone models to rival Mercedes' AMG performance division, which builds the SLS and GT....
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Q&A

Nissan charts own course to raise racing profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Darren Cox, global director of motorsports for Nissan and head of sales and marketing for the Nismo performance brand, is tasked with raising Nissan's profile in world racing. That includes making NASCAR-centric Americans more aware of Nissan as a bona fide source of performance technology....
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Behind Ford's big performance push

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Increased speed and performance is the new mantra at Ford Motor Co. as the company scrambles to differentiate itself from rivals. That's the thinking behind Ford Performance, a division formed at the end of last year combining Ford's Special Vehicle Team in North America, Team RS in Europe and global Ford Racing....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Why does Ford race? Because it can

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

He's not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but the head of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, still has a full plate....
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Cadillac considers Vsport model for ATS

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

The ATS could get an up-level Vsport model as Cadillac seeks ways to regain momentum for the compact sedan. Vsport, Cadillac's answer to Audi's S and BMW's M Sport packages, was introduced with the XTS sedan in mid-2013, followed by a version of the CTS sedan....
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CHARLES CHILD

BLOG: Resist the temptation, Apple: Cars are a tricky proposition

9:13 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015

So if media reports are true, Apple wants to join Google in the car business. Apple, please resist -- for your own good....
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Apple hiring auto experts for secret research project, reports say

4:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015

Apple is hiring automotive technology and design experts to staff up a top-secret research lab, with the possible intention of building a car, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The Wall Street Journal reported the project, code-named “Titan,” has an initial design of a vehicle that resembles a minivan....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: More black eyes for the diesel engine

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

The diesel engine is in trouble in Europe. Diesel's reputation is being blackened because air quality in many European cities is poor, and that is causing health problems. Fingers are pointing at diesel engines....
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10 automakers eye engineering firm, ex-regulator for Takata airbag probe

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015

A consortium of 10 automakers led by Toyota plans to hire an independent engineering firm and a former top U.S. auto safety regulator to investigate a rash of problems with airbags supplied by Takata, the group said. David Kelly, a former acting administrator of NHTSA, is the lead candidate to coordinate the probe, said people familiar with the effort....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Does FCA have a new small turbodiesel coming to the states? Why, it's a mystery

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015

Break out the Scooby Snacks, because I've got a mystery that might even stump Velma: Is Fiat Chrysler secretly developing a new 16-valve, 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine for its passenger cars? Jinkies....
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Ford, at long last, plans Focus RS for U.S.

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

U.S. fans of the Ford Focus RS -- a pocket rocket long sold overseas -- soon will be able to get their hands on one. The all-wheel-drive hatchback, the first RS model to be sold in North America, will arrive next year, possibly as a 2017 model....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The spare tire goes missing

11:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

The spare tire has been squeezed out of many new vehicles, thanks to run-flat tires, inflator kits, efforts to reduce vehicle weight and a lack of storage space -- especially in hybrids and electric vehicles. The problem is many drivers don't know their spare isn't there...
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015

General Motors has no plans to revive Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn, CEO Mary Barra says. So where do longtime Pontiac and Hummer buyers go if they are in the market?...
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George Gibson, chief engineer of the Dodge Dart, dies at 92

9:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

George Gibson Jr., a former chief engineer for Dodge, died Wednesday in Rochester, Minn. He was 92....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Why tomorrow's sports cars will have mixed pedigree

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Mazda would share the MX-5 Miata with another company....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

McLaren will unveil P1 GTR hybrid supercar

Jan. 19, 2015 12:53 CET

McLaren will unveil a production-ready version of the P1 GTR hybrid supercar, its fastest and most powerful vehicle to date, at the Geneva auto show in March....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM takes long view with Chevrolet Bolt EV

11:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015

Looking way the road, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has another mission entirely....
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