OEM Coverage

Infiniti uncovers its A3 fighter

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The production version of Infiniti's Q30 compact hatch unveiled last week stays faithful to the striking, and somewhat polarizing, looks of the 2013 concept.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

Autonomous vehicle explosion brings challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Conundrum is defined by Webster's New World College Dictionary as a puzzling question or problem. The exploding autonomous vehicle phenomenon is presenting the automobile industry with a thicket of conundrums.... Read More »

J FERRON

Thinking outside the customers' box

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Innovation drives the automotive industry. But what drives innovation? I get that question all the time in the Automotive News PACE Awards Program, now in its 22nd year, where independent judges study companies that commercialize innovative products and processes. How companies innovate is only the starting point. More important is understanding why they risk capital and resources.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Car hacking is real, and auto industry must respond

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

When two hackers took command of a Jeep Cherokee while journalist Andy Greenberg was driving it on public roads, an exploit revealed last week in a Wired magazine story, everything changed. Car hacking got real.... Read More »

Mercedes revamps supply chain to trim costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mercedes-Benz aims to reduce its logistics costs by about 20 percent per vehicle as the company invests hundreds of millions of euros in a global reorganization of its supply chain network. The automaker has increased production outside of its German home over the past decade but many of the components used in its cars are still sourced from Europe.... Read More »

Making a car's sensors work like our senses

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Autopilot systems like Cadillac's Super Cruise will rely on “sensor fusion,” in which supercomputers stitch data from many sensors into a 360-degree view.... Read More »

A supercar, then a mini crossover for Acura

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Next year will finally see Acura's long-awaited NSX hybrid supercar land in customer hands. After that, look for more turbo engines, and a new baby crossover in the lineup.... Read More »

Honda in line for plug-in, a turbo injection

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Honda fans have plenty to look forward to in the near future, as the company looks to turbocharging, a resurrected truck, a dedicated plug-in hybrid, and even a sports car.... Read More »

Infiniti's bold overhaul begins next spring

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Infiniti remains on course with a full slate of new models that it revealed over the past year, scheduled to roll out between early 2016 and 2018.... Read More »

Lexus arms for luxury battle with updated CT, new crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The next few years will see Lexus fill key holes in its lineup with a rethought entry-level CT, a new three-row crossover above the RX and even a high-zoot coupe at the top of its lineup.... Read More »

Long-starved Scion gets a serving of new cars, crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

After years of neglect from parent company Toyota, Scion is finally seeing new products roll in. Two cars go on sale this year, and a subcompact crossover likely is headed to dealers in 2016.... Read More »

Nissan aims for volume sweet spots with rollouts

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Four big model splashes will dominate Nissan Division's product rollouts for the next 12 months. The changes are intended to bolster the performance of two of Nissan's highest-volume products, the Altima and Sentra, while lifting two others, the Titan and Armada, into high-volume status.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler hit with record $105 million U.S. penalty over recalls

4:30 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of additional oversight by an independent monitor and buy back more than 500,000 vehicles as part of a sweeping consent agreement to settle a U.S. government probe into 23 recalls since 2009. The overall potential civil penalty of $105 million marks the largest imposed by NHTSA.... Read More »

SCREEN SAVERS

Automakers try integrated tablets to retain backseat business

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2015

It might seem strange that BMW's redesigned 7-series sedan, priced at $81,300 plus shipping, would have to compete with a $499 iPad from Apple. But that's exactly what's happening, as automakers realize that their cars are being compared not only with other cars but also with devices brought into the back seat.... Read More »

VW: No plans to cut China production

9:04 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Volkswagen has no plans to cut China output even amid slowing vehicle demand in the world's largest auto market, the company said Saturday in response to a media report.... Read More »

Wiping out U.S.-EU rules disparities would yield big savings

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Automakers are pushing governments to streamline safety regulations in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free-trade deal the U.S. and E.U. are negotiating. With the prospect of new regulations on autonomous driving technologies, the industry views the talks as a critical opportunity to bring harmony to disparate rules.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.7 million trucks for faulty airbags

11:04 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling about 1.7 million late model Ram trucks to replace airbags that may deploy inadvertently.... Read More »

FCA's anti-hacking recall marks industry milestone

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's recall of about 1.4 million cars and trucks equipped with radios that are vulnerable to hacking is the first formal safety campaign in response to a cybersecurity threat.... Read More »

Renault seeks to buy stake in Iranian partner, report says

July 25, 2015 09:13 CET

Renault is in talks to buy a minority stake in its Iranian joint venture partner, the Wall Street Journal cited an executive at the Iranian firm as saying.... Read More »

Barra pressed for cost cuts, other moves to help GM hit China target

6:29 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

GM Chief Executive Mary Barra has been pushing executives in China since the first signs of trouble in the market early this year to find ways to hit the company's target of delivering 9 to 10 percent profit margins, despite falling car prices and weak economic growth.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole that allowed hackers to remotely take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The company previously only advised owners to download a software patch or take their vehicle to a dealer to have it installed.... Read More »

Mitsubishi to end U.S. vehicle output, shutter factory by Nov. if there's no buyer

12:49 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Mitsubishi will shutter its only North American assembly plant by November if it can’t find a buyer for the factory, and will soon start shipping tooling back to Japan.... Read More »

JCI plans spin-off of auto seating, interiors units

9:30 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Johnson Controls plans to spin off its automotive seating and interiors businesses, which will operate as an independent, publicly traded company. Bruce McDonald, currently JCI's vice chairman and executive vice president, will become chairman and CEO of the new company.... Read More »

Hot wheels: Blue-green, deep red, sparking gold on horizon

3:30 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Cars and trucks of the future will sport deep reds, sparkling golds, bright silvers, rich blues and deep blue-greens, trend spotters at supplier BASF's automotive coatings divisions predict.... Read More »

Chevrolet plans low-cost pedestrian avoidance on Malibu

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

GM is introducing a pedestrian-avoidance system on the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the latest example of active-safety features proliferating on mainstream vehicles. GM said Friday it will offer 22 active safety systems across its brands for the 2016 model year.... Read More »

 
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