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Ford says internal quality ratings rise following tech fixes

8:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Ford says its internal North American quality ratings improved last year for the first time since 2010, after working through issues with its touchscreen systems and bumpy new-model launches....
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Audi sales chief unveils virtual reality system for shoppers

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Audi AG's top sales executive today unveiled a new virtual reality system that he called the “most flexible sales format ever invented for the car industry.”...
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BMW looks at time as ultimate luxury

7:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Time is one of the most sought-after luxuries, and the auto industry is using technology to give customers more of it, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing....
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Can a 'driver's car' brand mission and driverless tech coexist?

11:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
If your calling card is “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” what do you do when the machines drive themselves? How can you reconcile autonomous vehicles with your brand's deep-rooted mission?...
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Fiat Chrysler wants to collaborate with other automakers on new vehicles

Jan. 13, 2015 10:56 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says his company is in talks with other automakers to share the costs of developing new vehicles and technology, particularly to cut CO2 emissions, but he deflected questions on whether FCA was in merger talks....
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Mercedes increases emphasis on China in bid to pass BMW, Audi

Jan. 13, 2015 06:01 CET
Mercedes could become the first luxury carmaker to launch new models in China before rolling them out in Europe and the U.S. after it strengthened its local r&d operations in a bid to narrow the gap with Audi and BMW in the market....
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WORLDS COLLIDE

International CES fast becoming high-tech world's auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The International CES in Las Vegas is fast becoming the high-tech world's own auto show. This year's meeting spotlighted the intersection of the two spheres in areas such as safety, autonomous driving and entertainment....
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Car guys tell Google to move over

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Mercedes-Benz basically invented the automobile. And judging from its new prototype for a self-driving luxury car, it may be an old-guard company like Mercedes -- not a newcomer like Google Inc. -- that reinvents the automobile for the next century....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

CES in 2015: A space odyssey

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
They held an electronics extravaganza in the desert last week -- and a car show broke out. A record 10 auto companies flashed their flash drives, turned smartwatches that directly turned steering wheels, and took their hands off the wheel of their autonomous cars at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show....
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HOLD THE PHONE

Suppliers resist ceding controls in the cockpit to Apple and Google

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Most automakers and traditional suppliers aren't content to let mobile-phone technology dictate how drivers interact with their vehicles....
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JCI battery powers vehicle stop-start systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Johnson Controls Inc. has developed a small lithium ion battery that boosts the efficiency of vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds....
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Q&A

BMW moves top tech from i3, i8 into mainstream vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
BMW wants its mainstream models to benefit quickly from the cutting-edge technology offered in its i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance, low-CO2 powertrains. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson explained the company's strategy to Automotive News Europe Editor Luca Ciferri....
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Nissan, NASA form r&d pact to develop, deploy autonomous vehicles

8:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Nissan and NASA formed a five-year pact to develop the technologies that will enable autonomous driving. The first vehicle to use hardware and software jointly developed by Nissan and NASA is scheduled to be tested by the end of the year, Nissan said in a statement late Thursday....
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Driverless-car global market seen reaching $42 billion by 2025

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Vehicles that drive themselves on the freeway or take over in traffic jams may be on the road in large numbers by 2017 and autonomous cars might create a $42 billion market for the technology by 2025, Boston Consulting Group said....
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Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest $73 billion by 2018

6:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
South Korea's Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automaker, said it would spend $73 billion over four years on expanding capacity, building a new headquarters and developing new vehicles....
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BMW's iDrive will add touch screen, gesture recognition

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
BMW plans to add touch-screen and gesture recognition to its next-generation iDrive human-machine interface. The enhanced technology is designed to increase the user friendliness of commands to operate navigation, infotainment and smartphones for the driver and front passenger....
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Average fuel economy in U.S. dips to 25.1 mpg in Dec.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
With gasoline prices plunging, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US in December was down slightly from November, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said....
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Ford CEO Fields predicts self-driving cars on roads in 5 years

6:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields said that an automaker probably will introduce a self-driving vehicle within half a decade, but it won't be his company, which is focusing on less expensive features that assist in driving....
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BMW quickly moves top 'i' tech to mainstream models

Jan. 6, 2015 06:01 CET
BMW's mainstream models could soon benefit from technology offered in the i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance low-CO2 powertrains, BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe....
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Jaguar poised to pounce in 2015

Jan. 5, 2015 06:01 CET
Jaguar is poised to have a record 2015 and to increase global sales to well above 200,000 vehicles this decade as a massive investment in products, plants and underpinnings starts to pay dividends....
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GM offers sneak peek of the next-gen Volt in Vegas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
General Motors provided a sneak peek at the next-generation Chevrolet Volt -- which will be quicker, quieter and have a longer range than its predecessor -- Sunday night at International CES here....
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Drivers will pay up to $1,499 for tech features, study says

8:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
A majority of drivers in the United States are willing to pay as much as $1,499 to have high-tech entertainment and safety devices in their vehicles as consumers demand more connectivity, according to a Harris Poll....
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GM expects 15% mpg gain from new cylinder deactivation system

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
GM says a new infinitely variable cylinder deactivation system it has been developing with a Silicon Valley start-up can boost the fuel economy of gasoline engines by as much as 15 percent....
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Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia, Audi step up computing work

6:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Chipmaker Nvidia revealed that it's accelerating its push into cars with two purpose-built automotive computers. Nvidia has built up its list of automotive customers over the past several years, with luxury brands such as Tesla and Audi now using its high-powered chips....
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Software supplier Elektrobit to open Silicon Valley office in self-driving cars play

9:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Software specialist Elektrobit said today it is opening an office in Silicon Valley to work with automotive r&d centers that are developing self-driving cars of the future....
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