Media

Kia brings back hamsters for Soul EV ad campaign

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Kia rolled out the new “fully charged” ad campaign for the Soul EV today, featuring Adam Levine's falsetto on the new Maroon 5 track “Animals” and, of course, the Kia hamsters....
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Penske Media acquires Fairchild trade magazines from Conde Nast

7:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Penske Media, the Los Angeles-based publishing company founded by automotive heir Jay Penske, is acquiring Fairchild Fashion Media's trade magazines from Conde Nast Publications....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Conti exec says automated driving requires tight ties with many partners

Aug. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Continental executive Helmut Matschi says automated driving will emerge gradually in the next decade. He also believes that to be successful, suppliers will need to collaborate more than ever with non-automotive companies....
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Dealer website provider Search Optics acquires DigiGo

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Search Optics, a growing provider of dealer websites and digital marketing services, has purchased KPA's DigiGo division, formerly known as TK Carsites. Terms were not disclosed....
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Continental lures Google self-driving exec in Silicon Valley push

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
German supplier Continental AG is growing its Silicon Valley presence to help car companies roll out autonomous driving and other “intelligent” features over the coming years -- and it has hired one of Google's self-driving car executives to lead the effort....
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Detroit 3 and others ready to roll at annual Dream Cruise

10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Muscle cars abound at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise outside Detroit -- and this year is no exception. Classic car enthusiasts and gearheads will flock to a 16-mile, four-lane stretch of Woodward Avenue on Saturday, whether it be to cruise in their vintage whips or set up camp along the route to watch the parade of historical wheels....
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Honda consolidates digital media work

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
American Honda is consolidating its digital marketing business for both the Honda and Acura brands with a team drawn from Razorfish and siblings at Publicis Groupe....
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JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times' demands are misguided

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Subprime auto loans have gotten most of the attention, but an editorial in The New York Times on Saturday makes other demands dealers and lenders are sure to dislike....
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Fire proves Super Dutys will be aluminum, spies say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
It's been a burning question: Will Super Duty versions of the redesigned Ford F-series pickup have aluminum bodies like the 2015 F-150? Some bloggers and a spy photographer think the inferno that destroyed a testing prototype in Death Valley in July answers the question....
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Self-driving cars receive OK for road testing in UK

Aug. 2, 2014 06:01 CET
The UK government will allow self-driving cars to be tested in three cities starting in January as the UK aims to be at forefront of new technology governing autonomous driving....
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Tesla's Musk to portray himself on 'The Simpsons'

10:26 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk will be providing the voice for himself in an episode in the 26th season of “The Simpsons,” the show's executive producer, Al Jean, said at a recent Comic-Con panel....
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Many drivers are ready for autonomous cars, survey says

5:02 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
A significant percentage of drivers are ready for their cars to do the driving for them. In a study conducted in June by Insurance.com, 32 percent of the 2,000 licensed drivers surveyed said they would not continue to drive themselves once a self-driving car became available....
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Hot hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Honda Motor Co. engineers are trying to figure out why an Acura NSX undergoing high-speed testing at Germany's Nurburgring last week caught fire and burned to the ground....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness

5:34 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
I'll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit....
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Mulally joins Google board

4:16 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally has joined the board of directors of Google as the technology giant ramps up development of autonomous light vehicles....
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Chevy ad launched for sponsorship deal with Manchester United

2:24 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
General Motors turned one of the most hotly debated sports sponsorship deals of recent years into an advertising reality today by launching a video that celebrates the Chevrolet's "Bowtie" logo succeeding AON as Manchester United's match-shirt sponsor....
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EDITORIAL

Reducing driver distraction with a carrot, not a stick

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay disable the screen of the hand-held device while it's connected....
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Infiniti hires Porsche official as first corporate communications director

2:49 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Infiniti Americas said it hired Nick Twork as director of corporate communications, a newly created position at the company, effective July 21. Twork, 34, comes to Infiniti from Porsche Cars North America, where he was the manager of product communications....
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Jerry Seinfeld pens another batch of Web ads for Acura

11:59 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2014
For the second season in a row, Jerry Seinfeld has taken a stab at writing Acura ads that will appear before and after episodes of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."...
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Google puts phones on lockdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Governments have mainly tried to fight distracted driving with laws banning handset use or texting in the car -- laws that are widely flouted. Google and its partners from the auto industry are taking an approach that's more carrot than stick....
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Part of Corvette-swallowing sinkhole will be preserved, museum says

2:30 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
The National Corvette Museum will preserve a piece of the 60-foot-wide hole that opened underneath the museum and sunk eight of its historical models in February, the museum’s board of directors decided....
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VINCE BOND JR.

Inside the Camaro's transformation for latest 'Transformers' film

4:09 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The reimagined Camaro in the latest Transformers film features a slew of design alterations unique to the movie. Chevy Camaro enthusiasts hitting theaters for Transformers: Age of Extinction this weekend should have a field day identifying changes amid the over-the-top explosions as Bumblebee fights alongside Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots....
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JAMIE LaREAU

GM's Mary Barra is a woman. Get over it

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
I learned some shocking news this morning watching “Today” with Matt Lauer. General Motors CEO Mary Barra is a woman....
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Barra says more recalls possible as automaker reviews data

8:53 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said more recalls remain possible as the automaker continues to grapple with a series of safety problems that have prompted the recall of 20 million cars....
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GM's Barra says further recalls are possible

June 26, 2014 14:53 CET
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said further vehicle recalls remain a possibility as GM continues to deal with a number of safety issues that have led to the recall of 20 million cars....
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