BLOG: David Sedgwick

Aston Martin learns the scary meaning of 'China price'

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Feb. 10
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Aston Martin has been forced to recall nearly all of the vehicles it has produced since 2007. (Reuters)
For any automaker or supplier doing business in China, Aston Martin's decision to recall 17,590 sports cars built since 2007 has got to be a nightmare.To recap briefly, the British automaker discovered last May that the accelerator pedal arm in its cars was made of inferior counterfeit plastic and was subject to breakage.Twenty-two of those pedal arms failed, according to ...
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What's the real benefit of driverless cars?

Posted 1:24 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 29
Driverless cars are the auto industry's equivalent of an Armani suit: They give any company a touch of class.A small fleet of driverless cars -- displayed by BMW, Audi, Ford and others -- was displayed this month at the International CES, along with a self-parking vehicle designed by Valeo.At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, for example, a hands-free BMW 2-series coupe mainta ...
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At GM, Barra gains a key operation

Posted 11:02 am U.S. ET, Oct. 23
Mary Barra, General Motors' chief of global product development, is starting to look like a serious candidate to run the company some day.GM CEO Dan Akerson has said nice things about her, and she keeps amassing more power. He recently gave her oversight of the company's vast purchasing operation.As of Aug. 1, GM purchasing chief Grace Lieblein began reporting directly to ...
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Crash warning devices must earn drivers' trust

Posted 6:01 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 7
It's unclear when -- if ever -- automakers will equip cars with vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems that would prevent fender benders at intersections. But one supplier, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., is developing such a system to help motorists avoid pedestrians and cyclists. Chris Borroni-Bird, Qualcomm's vice president of strategic development, says the company is de ...
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