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No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ZF CEO Stefan Sommer is also reluctant -- in certain situations.

Nvidia, ZF, Deutsche Post to launch autonomous delivery trucks

Nvidia, ZF and Deutsche Post DHL have partnered to deploy a test fleet of autonomous electric delivery trucks starting in 2018.

Fiat Chrysler's Marelli will add factory in Morocco

Fiat Chrysler subsidiary Magneti Marelli will add a shock absorber factory in Morocco, a move that helps the North African country further build up a supplier base ahead of a bid to boost local output to 1 million vehicles a...

XC40: Volvo's platform for ideas

With its new XC40 small crossover, Volvo is taking aim at Lexus, BMW and Audi.

Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the arrival of the XC60 in 2008.

Volvo packs XC40 with firsts, takes aim at BMW, Audi

The Volvo XC40 breaks a lot of new ground for the automaker. It's Volvo's first model with inductive charging for mobile phones and the first to offer a car-sharing option for family and friends.

Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the arrival of the XC60 in 2008.

Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to the original drawing Kettle did four years ago.

Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to the original drawing Kettle did four years ago.

Fast-changing Frankfurt

At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed.

Volvo CEO outlines how Polestar will lead automaker's electric push

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the company will focus on offering "progressive performance" from Polestar, the racing-focused brand it bought in 2015.

Why Volvo thinks you're a great driver, but still wants to help

Volvo estimates a person has a one in 54 million chance of causing an car accident, but it says there is simple a way to help people reduce crashes even more.

How Delphi is building its autonomous tech team

Delphi's has spent the last two years turning its focus toward becoming a leader in developing technology for autonomous, connected and electric vehicles.

Renault-Nissan, VW, Daimler rapidly build up e-plant network in Europe

Renault-Nissan, VW Group and Daimler have been aggressively adjusting their European production networks to meet future demand for vehicles with electrified powertrains.

Volvo counts on high-tech for XC40 success

Volvo expects the XC40, its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment, to stand out because it makes city driving less stressful.

Why Webasto wants to become key battery systems firm

German roof specialist Webasto is aiming to become a leader in battery systems in order to capitalize on the forthcoming wave of EVs from automakers.

Germany powers toward electrified future

The next generation of automotive development is well underway
 in Germany following big moves toward electromobility by BMW Group, Mercedes-Benz and Honda.

Israel's automotive boom is all about r&d

Israel's mission to become a major automotive industry player took a major step forward this year when Intel said it would pay 12.5 billion euros for Mobileye, a Jerusalem-based maker of autonomous vehicle technology.

Morocco aims to add 2 more car plants

Morocco officials hope to announce the name of a third global automaker to build an assembly plant there before the end of next year and the country is working to recruit a fourth major automaker plant.

Supplier focus makes Macedonia a major industry player

Macedonia's highway infrastructure is currently undergoing an 800 million euro upgrade that will add 170 km of new road.

Daimler, others upgrade powertrain plants as electric shift intensifies

Automotive News Europe's Guide to Powertrains shows 96 locations where the engines, transmissions and the new wave of components that support the move to electrified drivetrains are built.

Morocco puts automotive on North Africa's map

An unnamed manufacturer would launch production in the North African kingdom in 2021 or 2022, according to Khalid Qalam, senior adviser with Invest in Morocco.

Israel's boom is all about r&d

Israel is proving to be a hot spot for high-end automotive technology.

In Germany, auto still the powerhouse

BMW Group and the city of Hamburg announced a landmark electromobility strategic partnership to stimulate advance mobility.

Macedonia wins by investing in itself

Macedonia’s highway infrastructure is currently undergoing an 800 million euro ($900 million) upgrade that will add 106 miles of new road.

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