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ASKED & ANSWERED: Gill Pratt, CEO, Toyota Research Institute

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All-Terrain Technology

JLR is working on connected-car technologies that work regardless of terrain with the goal of reducing driver stress, accidents and injuries. No word yet on when these will debut.

First Shift: '17 Fords to get Apple, Android

'17 Fords to get Apple, Android; Sources: FCA sales-reporting practices uncovered in 2015 review; GM rethinks India spending; VW tries new way to name crossover; Rosekind's plea.

No auctions for this used-car manager

A pre-owned sales manager at a Buick-GMC dealership in Ohio pays staffers $200 when they find the vehicles he wants.

Toyota plans to deliver a more dynamic future

Years of planning are now bearing fruit as Toyota puts more of its vehicles on the new global modular architecture that debuted on the fourth-generation Prius for 2016.

How Honda's purchase got found out by Porsche

When Honda's Acura NSX development team bought a rival supercar, the other company took notice.

Wolfsburg allows 'American-style name' for new crossover

Hinrich Woebcken, head of the Volkswagen brand's new North American Region, says he sees early signs that headquarters in Wolfsburg is willing to give the region more autonomy.

The coming clash over MPG rules

Agencies hailed the 1,217-page draft Technical Assessment Report's findings as evidence that the industry is ahead of schedule in complying with the Obama administration's ambitious National Program

Sources: FCA found sales were inflated

An internal review ordered in mid-2015 by top Fiat Chrysler FCA US executives uncovered thousands of vehicle sales reported by FCA brands for which there was no actual buyer, according to two company

Infiniti's new product wave is rolling in now

Infiniti's new North American product campaign launches in the coming weeks with long-awaited fresh vehicles and engines.

Nissan, Toyota vie for the hearts of Texans

To grow in the U.S., Nissan needs more of Texas. But Dallas is about to become Toyota Town.

Cox shifts into 'integration mode' after shopping spree

Cox Automotive will be in “integration mode for a couple of years,” after a string of acquisitions and company launches this decade, President Sandy Schwartz said.

Nissan declares its 'year of the truck'

Nissan has declared this as its “year of the truck,” with fresh changes coming for the Titan, Armada, Pathfinder and Rogue.

Hyundai to roll out next-gen fuel cell in '18

Hyundai will use the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to showcase a new next-generation fuel cell vehicle.

Redesigns due for 3 core Honda models

Honda's product onslaught continues for 2017, with the next 12 months heralding the launch of next-gen Accord, Odyssey and CR-V models, plus an expanded green footprint and wider proliferation of

Vehicle-shopping app swipes a dating idea

A new app allows shoppers to swipe through images of new and used vehicles gathered from more than 29,000 dealership sites across the U.S.

GM rides North America to record post-Chap. 11 net

General Motors, riding profitable North American retail sales, posted second-quarter net income that more than doubled to $2.87 billion, as revenue rose 11 percent to $42.37 billion.

Japan 3 chart their own courses

Japan's big three automakers have set their sights in different directions as they craft their product plans over the next few years.

Judge allows dealership discrimination suit to proceed

A lawsuit alleges that a former new-car manager made "racially inappropriate comments every day" towards an African-American car salesman.

ASKED & ANSWERED: Gill Pratt, CEO, Toyota Research Institute

Gill Pratt talks autonomous driving and about those that don't want a machine driving for them.

Lexus' sexy, sporty flagship leads the way

Several Lexus models will be moving to the TNGA platform in coming years. Meanwhile, the new RC and coming LC 500 are leading the brand's shift to a sexier and sportier vibe.

When 'Unsafe at Any Speed' sped away

Ralph Nader's landmark 1965 book on auto safety, Unsafe At Any Speed, had a very bumpy ride to the publisher.

Store expects its used-car leasing to grow

Dealer Wes Lutz took used-vehicle leasing into his own hands. He offers his customers leases on late-model used cars and trucks that, in some cases, can cut payments in half compared with purchasing

Switch to 48 volts? Not so fast

Every five years or so, you hear scuttlebutt that sometime soon a luxury car is about to replace its 12-volt electrical system with a battery capable of handling all the electronics now being

GM unveils plan to add minority dealers

GM laid out an aggressive plan at the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers conference to add 10 minority-owned dealerships per year, net, to its retail network for the next five years.

Palmer will get up close and personal with DB11s

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer plans to personally inspect the first 1,000 DB11s to trundle off the assembly line in Gaydon in the U.K.

Amtek said to expand asset sale to include all overseas units

Amtek Auto, the cash-strapped Indian parts maker that supplies Ford and Aston Martin, has expanded its planned asset sale to include additional overseas businesses as it looks to reduce leverage,

Guests of honor

Former Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, vehicle safety advocate Ralph Nader and Ford and American Motors engineer Roy Lunn were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week.

FCA salutes Jeep

A unique Jeep Wrangler rolled down the assembly line in Toledo, Ohio, on July 15, looking like a combat zone "jeep" of the distant past.

Ford plans to install Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in entire 2017 lineup

Ford will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity on its full lineup of 2017 vehicles, marking the fastest rollout of the technology so far by an automaker in the U.S.

Fuel economy report shows just what the industry can do

Last week's draft report on the auto industry agreement on fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions provides a helpful reminder of what happens when automakers and regulators have the courage to

What Samardzich already knew: No risk, no reward

Barb Samardzich, who is retiring Oct. 1 as vice president and COO of Ford of Europe, was told by a boss at Ford 16 years ago that he “didn't think it was worth the risk” of her taking a

'Don't lose the deal': How Cox bought Dealertrack

In a wide-ranging interview, Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz offered this peak at Cox Enterprises' $4.5 billion purchase of Dealertrack in 2015.

Uncertain futures for Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in January he expected to find a partner to build the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 “in a relatively short period of time.” But so far FCA has found

A buff new Buick Enclave

Spy photos suggest the Buick Enclave will become more muscular when the brand’s biggest crossover is redesigned.

A CR-V with HR-V cues

The redesigned Honda CR-V compact crossover, due next year as a 2018 model, will ride on a modular platform shared with the Civic and Accord.

Mexico's awakening is good all around

The belated awakening of Mexico's new-vehicle marketplace is a big deal. It's good news all around, something that ought to put smiles on the faces of everybody in the global auto industry.

Jaguar Land Rover said to be in talks with Ford, BMW over battery plant

Jaguar Land Rover declined to comment on a newspaper report that it is in talks with Ford and BMW to build a battery plant in the UK.

Acura's changes follow Honda's cadence

Acura's product plans for the next several years include modified faces, upgraded powertrains and new iterations of its newest brand signature, the NSX sports car.

Japan's NSK agrees to $34.5 million settlement in price-fixing case

Japanese auto supplier NSK said it has agreed to pay $34.5 million in a settlement stemming from a class-action lawsuit over price-fixing allegations.

Toyota CPO surge boosts sales industrywide

Industrywide first-half CPO sales grew 4 percent, according to data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center. Toyota division helped to lift the total, as its CPO sales climbed 15 percent.

Audi plans three electric models by 2020, CEO tells paper

Audi aims to have three electric models by 2020 and for electric vehicles to account for 25 to 30 percent of its sales by 2025, CEO Rupert Stadler told a German newspaper.

Samardzich looks beyond Ford

Now that Ford of Europe is profitable again, COO Barb Samardzich is retiring and returning home to the U.S. before deciding on the next step in her career. The head of Ford South America will replace

While looking back, Nader looks forward

It takes a surprisingly small number of people to change the world - and that's one thing consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, wishes more

GM re-evaluates India investment, new car platform on hold

GM, amid slumping sales and a crackdown on diesel vehicles in India, is re-evaluating its planned $1 billion investment in the country and has put on hold moves to introduce a new car platform as

Next Range Rover could move upscale

A new version of the Land Rover Discovery due in the first quarter of 2017 could give the automaker an opportunity to move the next Range Rover further upmarket, perhaps to compete with the Bentley

Tesla, SolarCity close to merger agreement, report says

Tesla Motors and SolarCity have made progress in putting together a deal that will merge the electric car maker and the solar panel installer, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Maven chief drives GM in a new direction

Julia Steyn, who is leading GM's various experiments in vehicle sharing and transportation services under the Maven brand, says she's encouraged by the early results.

Diesels still coming to America, Mazda says

While diesel-powered Mazdas haven't made a U.S. debut yet, the automaker still plans on offering them stateside.

When are humans still better than computers?

Letting technology drive our cars is a more nuanced issue than it may initially seem. At least at the current level of development, we're caught between conflicting realities.

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