Automotive

Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial reality" and a "regulatory minefield." That is exactly why he wants to hit the technology hard and fast right now....
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The vision for self-driving cars? 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The self-driving car is moving from research lab to product plan, with a wave of advanced features due to hit the market by 2020, automakers and suppliers say....
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Smart: New ForTwo gets EV, drop-top

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Daimler's Smart division will offer electric and convertible versions of the redesigned two-seater it unveiled here last week....
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More power to the redesigned Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week finally answered the two questions Mustang fans have wondered about all year: weight and power....
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Alfa 4C's power, intrigue wows 'em on press row

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Alfa Romeo's long-awaited return to North America with the lightweight 4C sports car finally happens this fall....
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Cadillac plays catch-up with German rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Cadillac is working to plug holes at both ends of its lineup as it tries to keep pace with the product onslaught from its German competitors....
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Buick due to add crossover, dose of fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Coming off a quiet 2014 -- with no new vehicle launches -- Buick will get busy next year by adding a mid-sized crossover, a potential volume model slotted between the tiny Encore and jumbo Enclave....
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Chevy to revamp key cars in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Once the Colorado and Canyon mid-sized pickups hit showrooms this fall, the brands will turn their focus to cars....
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KEITH CRAIN

No end in sight to GM mess

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Last week brought more revelations about General Motors and the infamous ignition switch, and there was more grueling testimony, from executives at GM and Delphi....
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Can Linux speed in-car systems?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers....
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BMW open to sharing battery technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI....
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WATCH THE ROAD

New head-up displays could change views for drivers and the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Head-up displays with "augmented reality," the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how drivers see the road....
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BEST PRACTICES

Cue from airlines helps dealership cut no-shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Robert Karbaum came up with is an "appointment boarding pass" to send to customers' smartphones via text or e-mail minutes after they schedule a test drive....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

Valeo boosts its N.A. r&d with hundreds of engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
French supplier Valeo SA is hiring hundreds of engineers in North America and is opening an office in Silicon Valley....
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THE RUSH TO ALUMINUM

Aluminum's per-vehicle use expected to rise 56% from 2012 to 2025

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The advent of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup has monopolized the aluminum vs. steel debate, and understandably so....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

With its new minivan, BMW ditches rwd for practicality

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Even BMW has to obey the laws of physics: a rwd car that is compact yet roomy is a paradox. But for traditional fans of the brand, the fwd 2-series Active Tourer is nothing less than a heresy on wheels....
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Muscular Challenger bulks up its interior

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
The 707-hp SRT Hellcat will generate the most smoke at the drag strip, but it's the rest of the re-engineered Dodge Challenger lineup that likely will fire the interest of consumers....
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BMW expects high conquest rate for 2-series Active Tourer

July 20, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW expects that three out of every four buyers of its 2-series Active Tourer minivan will be new to the brand....
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Warning in your car may be about you

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Automakers are tinkering with a variety of in-car health apps that monitor biometric data such as heart rate, blood sugar, allergies or alertness and relay the information to a driver....
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E-Golf marks VW's flexible product path

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
Volkswagen's e-Golf has all the makings of a "compliance car" -- a vehicle whose sole purpose is to satisfy clean-air regulations in California and other states mandating the sale of zero-emission vehicles....
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ZF needs TRW's tech know-how, CFO says

8:54 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
ZF Friedrichshafen believes buying TRW Automotive would give it a better foothold in the market for self-driving and connected cars, its finance chief told a German paper....
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Tire makers roll into South Carolina

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
South Carolina became the nation's leading tire producer in the fourth quarter last year with estimated daily output of 89,000 tires, edging Oklahoma's 88,000 units....
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Mazda2 output starts; Europe sales begin in 2015

July 18, 2014 11:03 CET
Mazda has given its Mazda2 subcompact the sharp creases and sportier stance of the brand's new Kodo design language....
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THE GM RECALL

GM's stealth redesign of switches kept old parts in circulation

3:34 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
New documents reveal GM redesigned faulty ignition switches without changing the part number in more than the 2.59 million small cars at the center of its recall crisis. Some of those additional vehicles underwent an ignition switch redesign as far back as 2004, GM said in a letter to regulators posted today by NHTSA....
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Silverado, Sierra, Yukon Denali with V-8 to feature new 8-speed transmission

1:57 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
A new eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard on some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine, GM said today....
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Special Report
Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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