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 […]

GM CEO sees further industry growth in US car market

GM's Barra says she expects younger car buyers to help boost U.S. market growth (Photo: GM)

The US car market is set to continue its expansion this year, GM CEO Mary Barra told reporters, predicting light-vehicle sales of between 16.5 million and 17.0 million units in 2015. Barra cited a strengthening economy as the main reason for the optimism. If confirmed, the 2015 sales numbers would be in the neighborhood of […]

automotiveIT publishes book about car industry’s future

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MUNICH – Germany’s Media-Manufaktur has published a book that provides an in-depth look at how the world’s biggest car companies are preparing for an era of new mobility. The German business publisher, parent company of automotiveIT and automotiveIT international, said the new 88-page – English-language – book is titled “Automotive 4.0 – The Digital Revolution.” […]

Long road ahead predicted for fuel-cell electric vehicles

Hyundai's ix35 fuel cell vehicle has been on the road for several years (Photo: Hyundai)

OFFENBACH, Germany — Frank Meijer seems resigned to the fact that it will be a while until hydrogen-powered electric vehicles are a significant part of the car market. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said the head of Hyundai Motor Europe’s fuel-cell vehicle program. “We won’t sell thousands of these vehicles overnight.” Fuel-cell cars, which […]

Sales ranking: GM slips to 3rd place in 2014

Hyundai posted stronger 2014 unit sales growth than  Toyota, Ford and GM (Photo: Hyundai)

General Motors, which has for years been a strong contender in the race to be the world’s biggest selling carmaker, slipped to third place in 2014, according to Germany’s Center of Automotive Management (CAM). Toyota and Volkswagen Group are expected to end the year neck-and-neck, with each set to post global unit sales of around 10 […]

Poll: Lower fuel prices change driving behavior

Lower oil prices have cut prices at the pump as well (Photo: Riau, Indonesia provincial govt)

Lower fuel prices are boosting car use, while drivers are paying less attention to the way they drive, according to a German poll. “The drop in fuel prices is apparently working like a small stimulus program for car use,” said Konrad Wessner, head of the puls research institute, which conducted the study. A poll of […]

Point of View: The Uber case

The Uber app lets customers book a car from their smartphone (Photo: Apple)

(This Point of View was originally published in the October edition of the automotiveIT international Executive Report) In cities all over the world an ugly war is being fought by “traditional” taxi companies against a new form of competition from Uber and other ride-sharing services. These newcomers offer customers the ability to use a mobile application […]

automotiveIT Congress – Hanover

Around 500 automotive and IT executives each year attend the Hanover Congress (Photo: Claus Dick)

The automotiveIT Group will host its annual Congress during the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover March 19, 2015. The event will focus on the new role IT is playing in tomorrow’s car industry. It is the 7th time the automotiveIT Congress takes place in Germany. The conference brings together around 500 executives from the automotive […]

Deutsche Telekom chief casts wary eye on Google

Hoettges sees the balance between infrastructure providers and service companies disappearing (Photo: Telekom)

Deutsche Telekom’s CEO doesn’t fear Google, but he closely watches any moves the California-based internet giant makes in the traditional telecommunications space. “I’m not afraid of Google; I take Google seriously,” Tim Hoettges told Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung in a recent interview. “Especially when they muscle into our core business, like when they offer free video-telephony or instant-messaging […]

Cisco sees data-center traffic tripling in 5 years

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Data-center traffic will nearly triple between 2013 and 2018 and cloud-based interactions will represent 76 pc of that traffic, according to a study by Cisco. The US-based networking specialist also predicted that, by 2018, half of the world’s population will have residential internet access and 53 pc of them will use some kind of personal cloud storage […]