Technology

Bill Ford predicts 'radical transformation' of auto industry

1:16 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford sees a bright -- albeit remodeled -- future for the automotive industry, according to an op-ed story he authored in The Wall Street Journal....
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Supplier aims to be a go-to source for weight loss

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
One of the first things Ramzi Hermiz asked for after taking over Shiloh Industries less than two years ago was a slimmer corporate logo....
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Toyota r&d boss: EVs in need of a Nobel idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The technology needed to make electric vehicles viable hasn't even been invented yet, says Mitsuhisa Kato, Toyota's global r&d chief....
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EDITORIAL

Reducing driver distraction with a carrot, not a stick

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay disable the screen of the hand-held device while it's connected....
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GM dealers learn how to pitch 4G technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2014
GM is embarking on the industry's broadest deployment of embedded 4G LTE technology, which will be delivered through OnStar. GM is rolling it out on 30 nameplates across its four brands for the 2015 model year, starting with the '15 Chevy Malibu that began arriving in dealerships in mid-June....
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Jeep aims to boost future Wrangler's fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2014
Chrysler Group engineers are striving to improve the Wrangler's fuel economy with lightweight materials, more gears and perhaps a smaller engine....
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RYAN BEENE

Hyundai's safety tech video shows what a sales pitch can't

2:16 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
The biggest problem with selling consumers on the idea of active safety technologies is that unless you experience what happens when they intervene, it's hard to fully appreciate their potential....
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Daimler tests self-driving truck, sets goal of production by 2025

12:50 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Daimler is working to introduce trucks that steer, brake and accelerate independently as early as 2025 as the world's commercial-vehicle industry leader seeks to keep an innovative edge....
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Renault-Nissan boost alliance savings by 7%

July 2, 2014 16:08 CET
Renault and Nissan increased savings from their alliance by 7 percent last year as the first cars built on the jointly developed common module family (CMF) platform rolled off production lines....
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GM Korea contractor probed by prosecutors for possible leak of engine technology

7:05 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
General Motors said South Korean prosecutors are investigating whether a contractor leaked the carmaker’s engine technology overseas....
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Audi to offer Apple CarPlay in European models starting in 2016

4:56 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Audi said it will begin offering Apple's CarPlay in 2016 model year vehicles in Europe. Talks between Apple closed last week, and the deal was confirmed Monday....
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Big chipmakers struggle to connect with automakers

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Intel, Qualcomm and NVIDIA -- pioneers in the production of chips for computers and phones -- are finding it harder to make inroads into the auto industry....
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Ford to replace 2.0-liter EcoBoost after just 4 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder -- offered in more than a dozen Ford and Lincoln vehicles globally -- begins easing out of production early next year with the launch of the redesigned 2015 Ford Edge....
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Subsidy question looms over Toyota FCV

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
A sparse refueling network won't be the only hurdle facing Toyota Motor Corp.'s new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. A generous dollop of government subsidies will also be necessary for the car....
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A diesel Cherokee? Depends on Grand Cherokee

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Jeep won't consider offering a diesel-powered version of the Cherokee in the United States unless diesel-powered Grand Cherokee sales take off....
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MULALLY'S SCORECARD

Ford's outgoing CEO mainly brought his A-game, but technology and luxury were struggles

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2014
After an eight-year run in which he spearheaded the salvation of Ford, Alan Mulally hands the CEO job to Mark Fields on Tuesday, July 1. But, like all great leaders, Mulally did not succeed in everything he tackled....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BMW's iDrive earns high marks, but doesn't match Apple

7:37 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple....
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TrueCar to drop 75 franchisees in policy disputes

4:24 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
TrueCar this month plans to drop up to 75 of its 8,000 participating franchisees for failing to honor price guarantees made to car buyers or for other violations of TrueCar policies, President John Krafcik said today. TrueCar also will launch a new app in the coming days that allows consumers to take photos of their trade-in vehicles and seek a price for the vehicles from competing dealers in the TrueCar network, Krafcik said....
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SKF opens China bearings plant, tech center

June 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Swedish supplier SKF has opened a new bearings factory and r&d campus in the Jiading district of Shanghai in China....
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Google reveals Android interface for autos

3:19 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Claiming commitments from most of the world's most popular car brands, Google Inc. today revealed Android Auto, an in-car control system for smartphones that will compete with Apple Inc.'s new CarPlay interface....
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Hyundai Sonata to have Apple, Google phone tech by year-end

10:54 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Hyundai will offer in-car smartphone operating systems from Apple and Google on the 2015 Sonata mid-sized sedan by year end -- making it the first nonluxury vehicle in the United States to offer the systems....
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Ford to replace 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine after just 4 model years

6:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
In an unusual move, Ford is phasing out its current 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine after just four model years....
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Mitsubishi Electric rolls out FLEXConnect infotainment system

1:09 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America wants to put in-home wireless networks on wheels with FLEXConnect, an information and entertainment audio-video bridging system...
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Chrysler to make stop-start standard on some 200s, Jeep Cherokees for 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
Engine stop-start -- a fuel-saving technology -- will become a standard feature later this year on some 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs and Chrysler 200 sedans, Chrysler Group said today....
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Audi, BMW both claim to be 1st with laser high beams

June 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Both Audi and BMW claim to be the first to market with high-beam laser headlights, but it is unclear which automaker should get the bragging rights....
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