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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl

Jan. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

Opel's new entry-level model, the Karl, is the brand's cheapest car but it now offers advanced connectivity features that will allow a smartphone to be connected to the dashboard touchscreen and a 4G WiFi hotspot to be created....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Efficiency, compliance still trump shorter visits to F&I office

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Speed in the F&I office, while a priority, may not be dealerships' No. 1 goal anymore....
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Fiat Chrysler runs short on time to fix emissions problems in U.S.

Jan. 20, 2016 10:35 CET

Fiat Chrysler is running short on time to fix its emissions record in the U.S. The company finished last in an Environmental Protection Agency ranking of CO2 emissions for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. The EPA plans to accelerate its targets sharply beginning next year....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The danger of being a pioneer

11:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

Some companies making the most noise about efforts to transform the car have a poor record of consistently delivering world-class vehicles when they become distracted from the core mission....
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BMW to roll out restaurant-booking digital helper

6:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW is pushing back against tech competitors with a digital helper that lets drivers locate a nearby restaurant with free tables, book seats and find the best route there....
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NHTSA chief vows action this year on cybersecurity

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

The nation's top auto safety regulator said his agency will take action this year to address automotive cybersecurity issues, as the spread of connectivity technologies threatens to expose vehicles to new paths of attack....
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GM buys ride-sharing company Sidecar's assets to support Lyft alliance

6:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

GM is following up its $500 million bet on Lyft with another flashy, though far less costly, move to fortify itself against the rise of Uber Technologies....
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BMW will boost i3's range

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

BMW will boost the range of its i3 electric car by about half for the 2017 model year. This summer, the lithium ion battery pack of the compact EV will be improved, "which puts it into a much more usable range," Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing, told Automotive News at the Detroit auto show....
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Krafcik, Lentz chart diverging routes to the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In their campaign for self-driving cars, Toyota Motor Corp. and Google Inc. share a vision of a world without car crashes, in which everyone -- including the elderly and disabled -- can easily get around....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Nobody needs a safety-tech nanny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Automakers like to say they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. In doing so, they should take care not to turn their products into rolling smoke detectors. Let me explain....
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GM delays rollout of Super Cruise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors' Super Cruise autonomous driving technology will debut on the Cadillac CT6 sedan sometime in 2017, at least several months later than the fall 2016 on-sale date the company announced in September 2014. The system allows hands-free highway driving even while in traffic....
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U.S. seeks to clear autonomous-car hurdles

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

U.S. highway safety officials plan to take several steps this year to clear the way for autonomous vehicles -- including those designed to operate without a driver -- to hit the streets in large numbers....
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GM and Ford will be tested by slowing global auto demand

5:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

A looming slowdown in global auto demand will test General Motors and Ford as they try to funnel more cash to shareholders while still investing adequately in new vehicles and technology....
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WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Is Toyota turning the Mirai into a mobile network server?

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Toyota wants to alleviate the data bottleneck that happens while using a standard mobile network....
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Supplier Roechling extols engine encapsulation

6:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

German supplier Roechling Automotive is betting the next step in aerodynamic technology is something called engine encapsulation....
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BMW tailors its pitch to the young and wealthy

5:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

BMW of North America knows millennial customers are the future for the industry, but it wants the top 1 percent -- those with a household income of $150,000-plus, says the company's CEO....
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Jonas describes the gap between traditional automakers and newcomers

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Defending against interlopers is almost impossible for the traditional auto industry, Adam Jonas says. Newcomers are just as smart and better heeled, but more importantly they see the business differently, the managing director of Morgan Stanley said....
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The stampede to put new tech in lower-priced models

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Rapidly evolving technology is upending the traditional pecking order in the luxury car market, which until now has operated on the principle that bigger is better. Mercedes-Benz and a host of others are quietly changing the rules....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Autonomous cars will challenge technology infrastructure, panelists say

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Twenty years from now, the auto industry will have tens of millions self-driving vehicles on the road, but it may require automakers to share data with municipalities -- and each other....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: With a whiff, Ally aims to stand out

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

What's your car scent? A blend of cappuccino, hairspray, lipstick and yoga mat? Or is it a mix of bonfire, axle grease, flannel and beard?...
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Luxury brands tap mobile software experts to polish premium cachet

8:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Software expertise has become the new battleground for luxury automakers as the latest premium cars compete on high-tech innovations rather than sheer power or luxury, something that requires millions of lines of code....
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Auto industry's fuel economy goals are in trouble

9:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

In private meetings late last year, U.S. regulators and automakers staked out preliminary -- and opposing -- positions in a debate about the companies' ability to boost fuel economy 50 percent to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025....
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Obama to discuss self-driving cars in State of the Union

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

President Obama plans to talk about the prospects for self-driving cars in his final State of the Union address tonight, according to government officials, the first time the president has used the annual speech to tackle an important issue facing the auto and technology industries....
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Magna to stay flexible on tech partnerships

6:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Fresh on the heels of his company's acquisition of transmission supplier Getrag last week, Magna CEO Don Walker said he sees no slowdown in the pace of consolidation among auto suppliers....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Toyota won't rush to fully autonomous vehicles, Lentz says

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

While Google’s gumdrop-shaped self-driving car is logging thousands of miles on the streets of California, don’t expect to jump in the backseat of a Toyota anytime soon for a robot-chauffeured ride....
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