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MIKE COLIAS

Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

10:17 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection. But I couldn't help but think: GM should have put the 4G demo unit in a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup.... Read More »

 

AT&T says it has made connected-car deal with undisclosed global automaker

8:13 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
AT&T, the largest U.S. phone company, said it reached a deal with a global automaker to add to its ranks of customers looking to bring connectivity to cars.... Read More »

 

MyFord Touch bugs are getting squashed, Hinrichs says

3:10 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Ford has brought its problem-plagued MyFord Touch communications system up to exceed industry-average reliability -- and plans an upgrade to improve the system's capability, Ford executive Joe Hinrichs said today.... Read More »

 

Cost quandary hits Japan's advanced factories

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's a cruel paradox for Japan's manufacturers. Auto suppliers here have some of the world's most automated factories. But because they also serve as global mother plants for low-tech operations overseas, they sometimes have to dumb down lines, making output more costly and labor intense.... Read More »

 

Innovation, safety are winners at PACE Awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's difficult to look disruptive dressed in a tuxedo.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Refreshed 2015 Chevy Cruze enhances connectivity, revises styling

8:24 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
Chevrolet is refreshing the compact Cruze, General Motors' top-selling car in the United States, and adding enhanced connectivity features for 2015. It will be introduced this week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Automotive safety at any cost? Sounds good, but it's not true

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Cost-benefit analysis is a deep-rooted and necessary practice in every industry in which health and safety are at stake. If automakers truly spared no cost for safety, cars in American showrooms would have nothing but five-star crash test ratings and cutting-edge safety technology. And they would all cost a lot more.... Read More »

 

Most drivers believe connected-car tech will improve safety, survey says

3:07 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
More than 80 percent of consumers in the United States, Australia and Britain believe connected-vehicle technology will make driving safer, a new survey by the University of Michigan finds.... Read More »

 

ADP Dealer Services to spin-off and go public

11:07 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
ADP Dealer Services, a dealer software giant, is poised to become an independent public company, according to a statement today by parent company ADP. The board of directors of ADP approved the spinoff, the statement said.... Read More »

 

Report: Aston, Daimler discuss crossover cooperation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Aston Martin and Daimler AG could extend their cooperation to include sharing the underpinnings of a new full-sized crossover, sources told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

U.S. average fuel economy hits record

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The average fuel economy of new U.S. light vehicles sold in March rose to 25.4 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers, the highest since they began collecting data in October 2007.... Read More »

 

Energy Dept. dangles low-interest financing for suppliers

3:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
The department of energy wants auto suppliers to know that it still has $16 billion in low-interest financing available to support efficient-vehicle programs, and it wants them to step forward for a share of those funds.... Read More »

 

Tesla, Alliance seek U.S. regulators' OK to ditch side mirrors

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
As long as there have been cars, there have been side mirrors. But if Tesla Motors and the auto industry's main lobbying group in Washington get their way, automakers could soon be allowed to ditch these old-school visibility aids in favor of a high-tech solution: cameras.... Read More »

 

Is a hacker's access to a Tesla just a password away?

9:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
Tesla's electric vehicles can be located and unlocked by criminals remotely simply by cracking a six-character password using traditional hacking techniques, according to newly released research.... Read More »

 

Daimler will use 3-cylinder engines in compact hybrids

March 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes will use three-cylinder engines for future hybrid versions of its compact front-wheel-drive vehicles.... Read More »

 

Ford Mustang goes high-tech to cast global net

5:58 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Ford has packed the redesigned Mustang with new technologies to boost its global appeal.... Read More »

 

Daimler will use 3-cylinder engines in compact hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will use three-cylinder engines for future hybrid versions of its compact front-wheel-drive vehicles.... Read More »

 

Dana: Tech, lightweight parts to drive growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
Rising demand for crossovers and SUVs will fuel double-digit sales growth of light-vehicle drivetrain components at U.S. auto supplier Dana Holding Corp., a top company executive said.... Read More »

 

BMW, Mercedes reduce number of architectures

March 14, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW and Mercedes-Benz are reducing their number of vehicle architectures to speed development and cut costs.... Read More »

 

Auto industry files 18% more international patents in 2013

3:20 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
The auto industry's international patent filings jumped 18 percent in 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization said today, in part reflecting a push for new technologies to lower exhaust emissions.... Read More »

 

Germany's famed Nuerburgring race track sold to partsmaker

March 12, 2014 06:01 CET
The Nuerburgring, the German race track known as Green Hell for its challenging Formula One course, was sold to Dusseldorf-based partsmaker Capricorn Group.... Read More »

 

Germany's famed Nuerburgring race track sold to auto parts maker

2:34 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
The Nuerburgring, the German race track known as Green Hell for its challenging Formula One course, was sold to Capricorn Group, an auto parts maker based in Dusseldorf.... Read More »

 

NTSB chief, frequent critic of automakers, to step down

1:28 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
Deborah Hersman, the public face of the National Transportation Safety Board and a frequent critic of the auto industry, is stepping down to head a safety-advocacy group.... Read More »

 

BMW, M-B reduce number of architectures

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
BMW and Mercedes-Benz are reducing their number of vehicle architectures to speed development and cut costs.... Read More »

 

Audi, starting with A3, aims to update in-car software faster

5:32 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
In an era when smartphones are replaced every year or two, and seem downright prehistoric within five or six, Audi AG has decided that the auto industry’s standard product cycle is too long to bear for in-car software.... Read More »

 

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