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Volvo's Drive Me takes detour on road to full autonomy

Volvo's Drive Me autonomous driving project is taking some detours compared with promises the automaker made when it announced the program four years ago, but Volvo says the changes will make its first Level 4 vehicle even...

BYD bets big on buses in Europe, cars can't be far behind

China's BYD has built up a production network in Europe to make electric buses.

China's BYD plans EV plant in Morocco

BYD, the Chinese electric vehicle maker backed by U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has signed an agreement to build electric cars, buses and trucks in Morocco's "Silicon Valley" for the local market and export.

Continental gains edge with electronics

In this Q&A, the head of Continental's powertrain business discusses how the supplier will respond to the rise of electrified vehicles, and the future of diesels.

ZF: In times like these, partnerships are key

The race to autonomous technology requires a search for new expertise, and an expensive one at that. ZF's EVP for sales Peter Lake says that time may be more critical than cost at the moment.

Why Uber expects big gains from strong move into robotaxi market

Uber has taken a big step toward offering robotaxis. They will be on the streets "sooner than most people think," said the ride-hailing company's head of automotive alliances.

How Bosch is preparing for autonomous cars

As Bosch seeks groundbreaking solutions for autonomous vehicles, the supplier's culture is changing to allow failure, as long as it provides a valuable lesson.

ZF's partnerships help it keep pace with megatrends

ZF has spent the year aggressively building up expertise and partnerships to help it capitalize on the move toward autonomous driving.

Volvo CEO credits 'safety and speed' for Uber deal

Volvo's deal to supply ride-hailing company Uber with XC90 SUVs that can be become fully autonomous gives the automaker an early leader in the robotaxi sector. It will benefit Volvo on many levels, CEO Hakan Samuelsson says.

Volvo wins Uber's first robotaxi order

Volvo has signed a deal to sell Uber up to 24,000 cars that will become part of the ride-sharing giant's first robotaxi fleet.

At Bosch, to err can be divine

Bosch wants to stimulate creative new ideas for the coming era of autonomous vehicles. To get there, it's willing to accept a few unsuccessful efforts.

Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "totally false."

PSA-Opel fusion shakes up European production footprint

PSA's takeover of GM's Opel was a game-changer for Europe's vehicle assembly footprint.

Nissan bullish about Europe, Russia

Nissan is bullish about how the automaker will perform in Europe for the rest of 2017 and for 2018 because of the roll out of the updated Leaf, new Micra and semi-autonomous driving technology.

Nissan Leaf is off to a hot start in Europe, globally

Nissan Europe says 3,500 Leaf electric vehicles have been sold in the region in less than two months. By comparison, it took Nissan a year to achieve that same total when it launched the first Leaf in Europe seven years ago.

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.

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