Opel launches OnStar in Europe as free service in first year

(Photo: GM)

Opel joined the race to be the best connected car brand in Geneva Tuesday, when it announced that General Motors’ OnStar connectivity suite will be available on all of its models starting this year. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said OnStar will be rolled out in 13 European markets by the middle of 2015, with other […]

VW’s Winterkorn welcomes Apple’s, Google’s interest in car industry

Winterkorn, seen here testing a new manufacturing tool, is an engineer by training (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said plans by consumer electronics companies to get more actively involved in the car industry may have a positive effect on car sales to a younger generation of consumers. “I highly welcome the interest of Apple, Google and others in the automobile,” Winterkorn said on the eve of the Geneva […]

Ghosn says driverless cars at least 10 years away

Ghosn sees regulatory and cyber-security obstacles for driverless driving (Photo: Bloomberg)

It will be at least 10 years before fully autonomous cars will be sold on world markets, Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said Monday. “We’ll be going from more simple to more complex forms of autonomous driving,” Ghosn told Bloomberg television. “At the end of the journey we may end up with driverless cars, […]

Daimler still expects to join Google automotive alliance this year

Weber cites "intensive" discussion with Google over data privacy (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler expects to join Google’s¬†Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) this year, as discussions between the German premium car maker and the internet company over automotive data continue. “We will bring Google Auto into the car, ¬†but we are looking for an agreement that we can accept,” Daimler’s R&D boss, Thomas Weber, said in a recent interview. […]

CeBIT, Hanover

(Photo: CeBIT)

The annual CeBIT fair, which takes place March 16 through 20, will have a strong focus on the biggest trends shaping the digital economy. The event, which is billed as the leading trade fair for IT and the digital economy, will be officially opened on Sunday, March 15, by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Also speaking […]

Geneva Auto Show

(Photo: Geneva auto show)

The Geneva Auto Show will start¬†Tuesday, March 3 with two press days before officially opening its doors to the public Thursday, March 5. The annual event, held at the Palexpo convention center near Geneva airport, takes place against a backdrop of recovering European auto sales. In 2014, European passenger car unit sales rose 5.7 pc, […]

Detroit auto show: Mercedes, VW target SUV segment

Mercedes unveiled a GLE Coupe on the eve of the Detroit auto show (Photo: Arjen Bongard)

DETROIT — Mercedes-Benz will keep renewing its product lineup in coming years, with particular focus on premium SUVs, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Sunday. Speaking on the eve of the Detroit auto show, Zetsche noted that Daimler had launched 15 new vehicles over the past two years and that this “renovation” had been a major […]

CES: Ford wants to bring autonomous cars to mass market

Ford's Fields says connectivity is the key to finding workable transportation solutions (Photo: Ford Motor)

Ford Motor wants to bring autonomous cars to the mass market but isn’t in a hurry to be the first to sell a¬†driverless vehicle. “Our priority is not in making marketing claims or being in a race for the first autonomous car on the road,‚ÄĚ Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields said in a keynote address […]

CES: Daimler shows self-driving luxury concept

Daimler's CES concept car features a variable seating system (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler unveiled a fully connected self-driving research vehicle at this year’s CES, showing how the German premium car group sees the future of personal mobility in an increasingly urbanized environment. “The single most important luxury goods of the 21st century are private space and time,” said Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on the eve of the […]

Audi tests “piloted driving” over 550 miles

Audi's long-distance piloted-driving test started Sunday in Silicon Valley (Photo: Audi)

Audi is taking journalists on a 550 mile test of its “piloted driving” technology, demonstrating how much progress the industry is making in its efforts to let systems take over at least some of the driver’s activities. The German premium brand, part of the Volkswagen Group, has been pushing hard to make the move from […]