Study: VW could be world’s biggest carmaker in 2014

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A new study predicts that Volkswagen Group, which wants to be the world’s biggest automaker in terms of unit sales by 2018, could achieve that goal this year already. Europe’s largest automaker has “a good chance” to reach the target in 2014 after selling more cars than Toyota in the first half of the year, […]

Newspaper: Russia mulls car import restrictions

Expanded sanctions may depend on new western moves, Moscow officials say (Photo: Azov/Wikimedia)

Russia may impose import restrictions on foreign-made cars if European and US sanctions are expanded further, according to a local newspaper. The newspaper, Vedomosti, said it had been told by two government officials that Moscow could resort to such action should western countries impose tougher sanctions on Russia. The EU and the US last month […]

IAA Commercial Vehicles – Hanover

The IAA features demonstrations of the latest trucking technologies (Photo: IAA)

The Hanover commercial vehicles fair (IAA) will take place September 23 through October 2. The show, which is held every other year, kicks off with two press days, Sept 23 and 24, before opening to the public Sept. 25. The fair will highlight the importance of road transportation for the European economy. At a press seminar […]

Dreamforce – San Francisco

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff hosts the annual Dreamforce convention (Photo: Salesforce)

Salesforce.com will host its Dreamforce convention in San Francisco October 13 through 16. The annual gathering, which brings together more than 100,000 IT professionals and users of Salesforce software, is a forum for discussions about the latest IT trends, the role of technology in today’s world and a broad range of other issues. This year’s […]

Pelata to carmakers: Watch out for Google

Pelata addresses IT executives during a Salesforce convention in Paris June 26 (Photo: Salesforce)

MUNICH – Google may not be a direct competitor to established automakers yet, but the internet company’s drive to capture customer information is a threat to car brands. That’s the message Patrick Pelata, head of Salesforce.com’s automotive operations, is sending to the auto industry. “I think Google is competing with carmakers in the area of […]

Study: Dealers need IT upgrades

Dealers… (Photo: Renault)

Car dealers need to do more on the IT side to improve service and focus more clearly on the customer, according to a new study conducted by Germany’s Autohaus magazine and consultants NTT Data. Four out of every five experts questioned said that, although tablet PCs are gaining in importance in the dealership, only 18 […]

automotiveIT Congress marks progress on road to connectivity

The congress featured a panel discussion on big data in the auto industry (Photo: Sylvia Steinbach)

LONDON — The auto industry is coming to grips with the broad implications of connectivity, but it will be a while before carmakers and drivers will start reaping the full benefits of new information technologies. In the meantime, ties between traditional carmakers and new automotive players will have to be strengthened; car retailing is in […]

VW implements Cross dealer management system

The Cross dealer management system helps integrate various operations (Photo: Cross)

Volkswagen has already installed its Cross dealer management system in 500 German dealerships and plans to add another 200 before the end of the year. By the end of 2015, VW hopes to have installed Cross in 1,000 dealerships throughout the country. The German carmaker said Cross, which was developed by VW Group brand Porsche, […]

Automechanika – Frankfurt

Automechanika is held every other year in Frankfurt (Photo: Messe Frankfurt)

The Automechanika trade fair, which will  take place in Frankfurt Sep. 16 through 20, will have a special focus on tomorrow’s mobility. The fair, which is organized every other year at the Frankfurt fair grounds, will dedicate its Hall 10 to new technologies. Specialist companies will show products from areas that include storage technology, charging infrastructure, […]

TRW opens tech center in Anting, China

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TRW is opening a technical center in China that will be its largest worldwide. The US automotive supplier group said the 66,000 square meter facility, which is located in Anting, near Shanghai, will have more than 20 scientific testing labs. Focus areas include braking, steering and suspension, occupant safety and safety electronics. The facility will […]