R&D

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The r&d grunt work shifts to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
The r&d has shifted dramatically from auto manufacturers to suppliers. The expenses for those innovations have shifted from auto manufacturers to suppliers....
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Renault, Nissan to combine manufacturing, r&d for $4 billion annual savings, report says

8:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
Renault and Nissan will combine their manufacturing and r&d functions in a move that will save the alliance more than 400 billion yen ($3.86 billion) a year, a report said....
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DOE chief: Fisker's Chinese buyer must keep work in U.S.

12:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
The winner between two Chinese-backed bidders for assets of bankrupt electric-car maker Fisker Automotive will have to keep manufacturing and research in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said....
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Ford teams with universities on automated driving research

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
Ford said today it is launching a new research project into automated driving technology with two top universities in the United States....
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Toyota supplier to boost capital spending on new vehicle programs

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Toyoda Gosei, a supplier to Toyota, plans to increase capital spending next fiscal year as carmakers roll out new models. Capital expenditure will “definitely grow” in the year ending March 2015, Tadashi Arashima, president of the maker of auto parts including steering wheels and air bags, said in an interview Sunday at the company’s headquarters in Kiyosu, Japan....
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Infiniti working with Daimler on platform for four models

Jan. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan's Infiniti brand is developing a new platform with Daimler that will spawn four models including a crossover vehicle....
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Infiniti working with Daimler on platform for four models

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
NIssan's luxury Infiniti brand is developing a new platform with Daimler AG that will spawn four models including a crossover vehicle, the unit’s president said....
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JLR, Mercedes seek tech edge from new r&d centers along U.S. west coast

Jan. 14, 2014 06:15 CET
Europe's premium automakers are opening r&d centers on the U.S. west coast to be close to some of the brightest technology developers in the world....
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Daimler electrics get fake 'vroom' to thwart silent threat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2013
The development of artificially produced noise for electric cars has become more critical to carmakers as regulators look to require warning noises as soon as next year, while the rollout of more and more models forces manufacturers to seek ways to stand out. Synthetic motor noise could save lives and at the same time protect investments in electric cars....
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Daimler electrics get fake 'vroom' to thwart silent threat

Dec. 31, 2013 06:01 CET
The development of artificially produced noise for electric cars has become more critical to carmakers as regulators look to require warning noises as soon as next year, while the rollout of more and more models forces manufacturers to seek ways to stand out. Synthetic motor noise could save lives and at the same time protect investments in electric cars....
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BMW, Toyota agree on joint sportscar platform, report says

Dec. 30, 2013 16:15 CET
BMW and Toyota have agreed to develop a joint platform for sportscars, BMW's development chief Herbert Diess told a German newspaper....
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Delphi to showcase automated driving technology at CES

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
Technology and powertrain components supplier Delphi Automotive said it plans to demonstrate new automated driving technologies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January....
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BMW, Toyota agree on joint sportscar platform, report says

10:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2013
BMW and Toyota have agreed to develop a joint platform for sportscars, BMW's development chief Herbert Diess told a German newspaper....
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Nissan tests new Leaf battery recipe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2013
Nissan believes it can create a longer-lasting battery pack for its electric Leaf next year by altering the recipe used to create the component. The proposed change in chemical composition, which is still under review at the automaker, should make the lithium ion battery more resilient to hot-weather aging, says Billy Hayes, vice president for Nissan's global electric vehicle business....
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Saleen planning to develop EV, show models early in 2014

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2013
Saleen Automotive, a venture of sports car tuner Steve Saleen, is developing an electric car, the company announced this week. No technical details or renderings have been released, but Saleen says he will show scale models of the vehicle early next year...
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Self-driving 2.0: Cars pass, change lanes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2013
Even as automakers introduce technology that lets cars drive themselves in congested highway traffic, their engineers and suppliers already are working on the next steps, such as automatic passing and lane changing....
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Getrag CEO expects big gains from dual clutches

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
German transmission maker Getrag foresees massive growth. By 2020, the supplier aims to produce 6.9 million transmissions a year, up from 3.9 million in 2012....
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Hyundai r&d president, 2 other execs resign over quality problems

Nov. 11, 2013 16:23 CET
Hyundai's research and development president, Kwon Moon-sik, and two other executives resigned over a string of quality problems....
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Stanford's Nass, pioneer in autonomous vehicle research, is dead at 55

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Clifford Nass, one of the industry's leading researchers in human interaction with autonomous vehicles, died over the weekend of a heart attack. He was 55....
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Chrysler to study electrification, lightweight alloys in Canada

11:25 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2013
Chrysler Group has entered a five-year, $18.2 million research partnership with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, to develop electric powertrains and components....
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Ford, University of Michigan open battery lab

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Ford and the University of Michigan are opening a battery laboratory in Ann Arbor to speed development of electrified vehicles, the automaker said today....
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Mercedes tech boss expects B-class EV to top BMW i3, others

Oct. 11, 2013 06:15 CET
Daimler r&d chief Thomas Weber believes that the Mercedes B-class Electric Drive will outpace the BMW i3 and other competitors in the fast-growing EV segment....
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Goliath GM takes a close look at the auto industry's David, Tesla

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2013
In Wall Street's retelling of the biblical Book of Samuel, GM is Goliath and electric car maker Tesla is David, the would-be giant slayer. Faced with this prospect, GM CEO Dan Akerson and Vice Chairman Steve Girsky assembled an internal task force to study Tesla's playbook, test-drive its best-selling Model S and figure out what lessons might be applied....
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Ford's Russia venture plans r&d center

Sept. 27, 2013 10:43 CET
Ford Sollers, Ford's Russia joint venture, plans to create a new research and development center in the country to adapt Ford vehicles for the local market....
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Cadillac preps to take on Tesla, GM CEO says

2:18 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says Cadillac is preparing to take on electric car maker Tesla Motors, a newspaper reported....
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