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VW will invest $2.6B for equal share in Ford unit Argo, report says

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:14

Volkswagen Group will invest $2.6 billion into Ford's self-driving unit Argo AI to make the two automakers equal stakeholders of the venture, Reuters reported.

Acura’s Rossick to women: ‘Don’t be afraid to try anything’

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 20:52

Susie Rossick knew she ‘made it’ in the auto industry after becoming the first woman to manage Acura advertising at American Honda. During her 35-year career with the automaker, Rossick has learned how to successfully work and communicate within a male-dominated industry. Moving forward, Rossick is aiming to create ‘emotional’ Acura marketing campaigns and encouraging her female colleagues to ‘try everything’ the auto sector has to offer.

Toyota preps $398 million Texas investment for truck upgrades

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 19:59

The investment in the plant, which builds Tacomas and Tundras, would boost its capabilities through the installation of additional robotics and other technologies.

GM recalls 160K pickups in Canada for fire risk; no decision on U.S. recall

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 19:57

Only trucks equipped with a power sliding rear window are being recalled, GM Canada said. The prospect for a similar recall in the U.S. was not clear as the automaker continues to investigate. 

Car2Go theft in Chicago is a lesson for car-sharing business

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 19:09

Car2Go's car-sharing fiasco with Mercedes thefts in Chicago accentuates the ugly truth of connectivity and digitalization: Anyone who uses a computer or smartphone device that's connected to the Internet is susceptible to the threats that cybercriminals pose.

Ford, Volkswagen to share details on EV, AV alliance Friday

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 19:00

Details of an agreement are expected to be outlined Friday after months of discussion between the two automakers on how to share the burdens of investing in electric and autonomous vehicles.

Mazda recalls more than 262,000 vehicles over engine stalls

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 17:28

The recall, due to software issues, affects Mazda CX-5 crossovers and Mazda6 sedans from 2018 and 2019 model years along with Mazda3 cars from 2019.

German economy minister remains hopeful on U.S. auto tariffs

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 16:43

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said he sees a 50-50 chance of averting U.S. tariffs on vehicles and automotive parts from Europe, adding that a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was constructive. 

Here's why Tesla doesn't want a new Model S

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 16:17

Asked about a next-gen Model X, Elon Musk poured some cold water on rumors of both a next-gen Model S and Model X, a month after two mysterious sedans with slightly different headlights were spotted testing in the LA area.

OEMs, suppliers and tech firms form a framework for AV safety

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 16:07


Eleven A-list automakers, suppliers and tech companies have joined forces to help the industry come up with standards for developing safe automated passenger vehicles.

In a white paper issued last week, automakers Audi, BMW, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen, along with suppliers Aptiv and Continental and tech firms Baidu, Here, Infineon and Intel set a nonbinding framework for building, testing and operating AVs.

The report summarizes "safety by design," verification and validation methods for Level 3 and Level 4 automated driving. Level 4 systems are fully autonomous but restricted to predefined geographic areas. Level 3, or conditional autonomy, requires that human drivers serve as backups, prepared to take the wheel in certain circumstances.

"In order to reach safe and consistent global development and deployment of automated vehicles, it is critical that we work across our space, with other industry leaders and regulators, to develop a universal safety criterion for automated vehicles," Michael Hafner, head of drive technologies and automated driving at Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, said in a statement.

Organizers say the report, called "Safety First for Automated Driving," offers AV developers and operations "a system for clear traceability that proves AVs to be 'safer than the average drivers' through components such as cameras or steering systems."

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FCA recruits Nike marketing expert to revive Maserati sales

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 10:54

Davide Grasso, former CEO of Nike's Converse sports shoe company, has been tasked with reviving Maserati's flagging sales as chief operating officer.

BMW, Daimler team up to develop self-driving technology

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 10:48

BMW and Daimler said they finalized an agreement to jointly develop self-driving systems and they expected the Level 4 technology to be deployed in mass-market vehicles for private customers starting in 2024.

Toyota to soup up Supra for race fans

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 10:40

Toyota will introduce a souped-up version of its Supra sports car for racing teams next year. But exactly when and where it will arrive is still being hammered out.

A transatlantic feat for teleoperation startup

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 06:00

In advance of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, startup Designated Driver finds it's possible for a remote driver to operate a car from 5,000 miles away.

Canada June sales down 9.5% as losing streak hits 16 months

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 23:09

Unlike recent months, during which a single automaker managed to drag down overall sales, every major automaker from Detroit to Japan posted June declines in Canada. The Canadian industry hasn’t seen a monthly increase in sales since February 2018.

Lithia adds first Jaguar Land Rover store

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 21:08

The dealership group said it acquired Jaguar and Land Rover in Mission Viejo, Calif., making it the first Jaguar Land Rover location under its umbrella.

'What a sales guy:' Automotive News' Ferron recalls Iacocca

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 20:29

J Ferron, a former vice president of NADA, recalls the humor and bombast of Lee Iacocca.

Iacocca services set for Metro Detroit

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 20:02

Funeral services for former Chrysler CEO and Chairman Lee Iacocca, who died Tuesday in Los Angeles, will be held July 9 and 10 in metro Detroit.

Douglas Dalgleish, last Cadillac dealer in Detroit, dies at 90

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 19:46

Dalgleish co-founded the first DADA charity event in 1969, which would eventually become the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview.