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Volvo preps dressed-down interior for XC40

Spy photos of the small crossover show a simpler cabin without the wood trim that's included in the large XC90 and midsize XC60.

Bringing clarity to Ford's mobility strategy

Throughout her career, Marcy Klevorn has helped bring Ford into the digital era, cutting costs along the way.

Turning auto plants into WALL-E worlds

While Elon Musk has laid out a futuristic vision of car factories staffed by robots, the legacy auto industry is quietly putting a version of that vision into motion.

Volvo loads midsize crossover with tech

Volvo expects strong demand for the XC60's optional air suspension, which lets the driver raise the vehicle for off-roading

Tesla names new HR head amid worker allegations

UPDATED: 5/24/ 7:33 pm ET - adds Tesla statement

Tesla replaced Arnnon Geshuri, vice president of human resources, with Gaby Toledano, a former executive at video game company Electronic Arts, amid employee claims of a harsh work environment at the EV maker's California...

Study says drivers don't trust ride-hailing firms to build self-driving cars

Consumers are less likely to view ride-hailing companies as reliable autonomous-vehicle manufacturers, according to a global study published by Inrix.

Volvo preps dressed-down interior for XC40

New spy shots show the Volvo XC40 compact crossover may have a more dressed-down interior than its bigger XC90 and XC60 siblings.

Driverless cars will redefine racing

In the early days of racing, it was questionable if a car could even cross the finish line. Vehicle engineering was still a new science, and completing a race in one piece was half the battle.

Volvo prices redesigned XC60 from $42,495

Pricing in the U.S. for the redesigned Volvo XC60 will begin at $42,495. The retooled XC60 went into production in April and is to arrive at dealerships in August.

Volvo, Google team up for Android-based infotainment system

Volvo Cars is partnering with Google to develop an Android-based infotainment system.

Dealership tweaks Yelp, online strategy

Focusing too much effort on one website can backfire. Stevens Creek Subaru learned this the hard way.

Nvidia, Intel battle to supply autonomous cars

Toyota's self-driving vehicles will carry Nvidia's platform, making the chipmaker the dominant supplier of the brains of autonomous vehicles.

Driver killed in crash with bus carrying 55 Tesla workers near S.F.

A collision between a bus transporting 55 Tesla employees and a VW Beetle east of San Francisco resulted in the death of the car's driver.

Toyota to use Nvidia tech in self-driving cars

Toyota plans to use Nvidia’s autonomous driving platform for its upcoming self-driving cars. The chipmaker announced the partnership at its annual GPU Technology Conference.

Self-driving companies to consumers: Hop in

Test rides in the cars of the future are becoming more available to the public, and are no longer limited to engineers, executives and journalists.

Uber reassigns engineer cited in Waymo lawsuit

Anthony Levandowski, the Uber self-driving engineer at the center of Waymo's lawsuit against the company, stepped down from his position as head of Uber's Advanced Technology Group and moved to a different role within Uber.

Self-driving technology could boost market for mergers and acquisitions

The race to deploy self-driving cars could bring new life to the mergers and acquisitions market.

Tesla dinged by Consumer Reports for not implementing safety feature

UPDATED: 4/26/17 1:22 pm ET - adds background

Tesla vehicles have dropped in Consumer Reports' ratings because the automaker failed to implement a safety feature that was expected to come standard.

Where to discover self-driving secrets

Autonomous vehicle development has become highly competitive, and companies working on the technology tend to hold their plans close to the vest.

Uber loses another top executive as Marakby departs

UPDATED: 4/17/17 8:14 pm ET - adds detail

Sherif Marakby, vice president of global vehicle programs at Uber, left his post at the ride-hailing company after a year on the job.

Apple is granted Calif. permit to test autonomous vehicles

UPDATED: 4/14/17 6:04 pm ET - adds details

Apple, in another sign the tech giant is moving forward with plans to develop self-driving vehicle technology, has been granted a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California.

Bosch to roll out patch after smartphone app security threat found

UPDATED: 4/14/17 11:39 am ET - adds detail

Robert Bosch will issue a patch to its aftermarket connectivity dongle and smartphone app after researchers at Argus Cyber Security discovered a vulnerability that would allow it to control vehicle communications.

Continental expands r&d operations in Silicon Valley

Continental expanded its r&d footprint in Silicon Valley with the opening of a 65,000-square-foot technical center in San Jose.

Continental plants new r&d stake in Silicon Valley

Continental is expanding its footprint in Silicon Valley with the opening of a 65,000-square-foot technical center in San Jose.

Auto-services disruptors face hurdles as they grow

Several startups want to disrupt auto-related services - but they're struggling to get sustainable scale.