Technology

Ford moves 2016 Explorer upscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The freshened 2016 Ford Explorer unveiled here last week will come with a new version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a new, loaded Platinum trim level that will be priced above the current top-of-the-line Explorer Sport....
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Toyota: Fuel cell water safe to drink ... but don't try it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Toyota pitches its new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor? Turns out, the Mirai's exhaust water is safer than milk, Toyota says. Still, no one at Toyota has tried it....
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JLR speaks up for voice recognition with startup's tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Voice-recognition systems have fallen far short of their promise. Android Auto and CarPlay both use voice recognition, but CloudCar wants to go even further with JustDrive....
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SGL sees rising interest in carbon fiber parts

Nov. 23, 2014 20:25 CET
SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fiber reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with Audi, Porsche, GM and other carmakers to supply carbon fiber for a wider range of automotive components, its CEO said....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
In round one of aluminum vs. diesel, diesel wins. Ford's new F-150 failed to knock off the pickup fuel economy champ, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel....
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Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model....
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Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors....
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More car buyers are OK with dealer texting, survey says

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Dealers who want to best engage with tech-savvy buyers should try text messaging to communicate, according to survey results released today....
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GABE NELSON

Honda opens Calif. garage to get Android rolling

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
To help Google's new Android Auto system gain favor, Honda is doing something rare in the auto industry: subsidizing its rivals....
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VINCE BOND JR.

Just how bad is that traffic jam ahead? New tech lets drivers see it

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Traffic apps that alert users of upcoming delays aren't unheard of these days. But what if drivers could actually see what's happening at a particular location on their vehicle screens when they're 5 miles -- or even a couple states -- away?...
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Technology training can help close a sale, AutoTrader.com says

10:39 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
As automakers incorporate in-vehicle technology features in more models, dealers have to find a way to sufficiently teach customers how to use the new tools, AutoTrader said in a report....
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LIGHT IN ACTION

In smart headlight, 1 LED emits beams that can be controlled

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
A German consortium is developing a "smart headlight" that would require just one LED bulb instead of the array of 25 LEDs required for an Audi A8-style high beam. The consortium led by Osram Opto Semiconductors has developed a single LED light source that can emit 256 pixels -- each a separate beam of light that can be individually controlled....
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THE FUTURE OF HYDROGEN CARS

Ewanick's next bold bet: Hydrogen stations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
If Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are the companies defining what fuel cell vehicles are, it's FirstElement and former GM executive Joel Ewanick that largely will define how and where they will be refueled....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Clean diesels are perfect for China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Today's clean diesel technology does not require a compromise between real-world fuel economy and vehicle size and performance....
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KEITH CRAIN

Want to buy a good, used crystal ball?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
The scenario was clear: Constantly rising prices at the gas pump would encourage more and more people to switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles....
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Automakers vow to protect data they collect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Under pressure from U.S. regulators to prevent misuse of personal data from services such as General Motors' OnStar, automakers agreed last week to follow a set of rules intended to guard the most sensitive information....
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VW boosts dual-clutch output in China

Nov. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
VW has boosted production of its dual-clutch transmission at a second plant in China. The plant, in the northern city of Tianjin, will build up to 450,000 units of VW's so-called DSG gearbox annually, with output rising to 1.2 million units by 2016, VW said....
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Local Motors builds another 3-D car, invites public to design their own

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Local Motors, the company that 3-D printed and assembled a drivable car in just five days, is at it again -- this time with one less day and several more ambitious plans for 2015....
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AutoNation plans mid-December rollout of digital storefront in Florida

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Customers of 30 AutoNation stores in south Florida next month will be able to use their credit cards to reserve a car they want to buy, as part of a purchase process that is largely online....
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Zetsche: Daimler has no ambition to run Aston Martin

Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says his company has no plans to increase its stake in Aston Martin or involve itself in operational matters at the UK sports car maker. Daimler supplies Aston Martin with electric and electronic parts and V-8 engines....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Supplier competition intensifies for infotainment software

Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
The battle for the dashboard will intensify as companies fight to supply the brains and technology behind increasingly sophisticated infotainment systems in a western European market that IHS Automotive believes will be worth 3 billion euros by 2020....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to humanize autonomous driving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Self-driving cars are coming, but few people will hand over control to the vehicle unless the computer can match the way they like to drive. That's why experts already envision a world in which drivers pick the kind of self-driving experience they want....
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VW to add autonomous driving proving ground at test track in Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
The Volkswagen Group plans to add a proving ground for autonomous driving to its test track in Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony, Germany, Automobilwoche, a sibling publication of Automotive News, has learned from company sources....
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Hyundai, Kia vow to raise mpg 25% by 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors aim to raise the average fuel economy of their vehicles by 25 percent by 2020....
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GM touts 13,000 vehicles sold under Shop-Click-Drive

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
General Motors has sold more than 13,000 new vehicles via its online shopping tool Shop-Click-Drive since it debuted for use on dealership websites a year ago, the automaker said today....
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