Continental develops electric drive for China

Continental expects strong EV demand in China in coming years (Photo: Continental)

Continental has developed an electric drive for China in anticipation of an electric-vehicle boom in the world’s largest car market. The German automotive supplier said it will introduce the compact, cost-effective, and high-performance system at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The drive, which will combine an electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a […]

Software problem triggers recall of 433,00 Ford vehicles in N. America

Common architectures have led to more cars being recalled (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor is recalling about 433,000 vehicles in North America to address a software problem that could leave the cars’ engines running even after drivers turn¬†the initiation key to the off-position. The US carmaker said the recall resulted from “an issue with the body control module” of the ¬†the various models, which include the 2015 […]

Salesforce raises ambitions in Europe

CEO Marc Benioff is the key speaker at the World Tour sessions (Photo: Salesforce)

MUNICH – With 7,100 guests registered to attend the German part of its World Tour, Salesforce.com is sending a clear signal that it aims to grow its presence in Europe. The San Francisco-based business software group has been on a roll worldwide, with sales jumping 32 pc in 2014 to 5.37 billion dlrs.¬†Co-founder and CEO […]

Broadcasters press for in-car digital reception

(Photo: WorldDMB)

Initiatives to replace FM with digital radio are speeding up across Europe, but the auto industry has been slow to follow suit in the car, broadcast executives say. That may be about to change as countries review the future of FM and begin switching off the nearly 80 year old radio platform. Such a switch-off […]

Survey: Many drivers unfamiliar with infotainment features

Audi drivers are most likely to use infotainment features (Photo: Audi)

More is not necessarily better when it comes to infotainment in today’s cars, according to a new survey. And many car drivers are less than familiar with the infotainment functions available to them. Those are just two of the conclusions from a survey¬†of 14,000 recent US car buyers conducted by market researchers Nielsen and consultants […]

Cox Automotive to buy Dealertrack

Kelley Blue Book is part of Cox Automotive (Photo: Kelley)

Cox Automotive said it plans to acquire Dealertrack, a maker of automotive retail software for 4 billion dlrs in cash. The US digital marketing group said that, together, the two companies will offer a bigger portfolio of products and services to consumers, dealers, lenders and car manufacturers. “Integrating our platforms will be a big step […]

Toyota mulls using open-source version of Ford’s AppLink

Ford's Sync 3 is based on the company's Applink software (Photo: Ford Motor)

Toyota said it may use an open-source version of Ford Motor’s AppLink connectivity system to speed up development of its connected in-car infotainment systems. ‚ÄúThe in-car app market is quickly evolving,” Shigeki Terashi, a Toyota senior managing officer, said in a press statement. “Developing robust, flexible, safe and user-friendly connected services is a priority for […]

San Francisco – Dreamforce

Dreamforce (Photo: Salesforce)

Salesforce¬†stages¬†its annual Dreamforce convention in San Francisco Sept. 15-18, expecting to bring together more than 100,000 people for its annual gettogether. The cloud-based CRM company continues to grow rapidly. In the quarter ended April 30, the company boosted sales 21 pc to 1.51 billion dlrs. On an annualized basis, Salesforce expects this year to generate […]

Interview: Daimler China CIO Marc Lampe discusses CRM

Greater China CIO Marc Lampe (Photo: Daimler)

Marc Lampe moved to Beijing as regional CIO of Daimler’s operations in September of 2013. Before taking charge of the carmaker’s IT operations in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he was responsible for IT in the German company‚Äės vans segment. Lampe’s primary job in China is to support the growth of Daimler and its Mercedes-Benz […]

Audi to offer Baidu CarLife connectivity in China

Audi will offer LTE with Baidu CarLife in China (Photo: Audi)

Audi will adopt a smartphone connectivity system from Baidu in China to capitalize on the popularity of the country’s biggest internet search engine. The German premium car maker said Baidu CarLife, as the system is called, will be available in Audi vehicles in combination with a China-specific LTE module that Audi is developing with network […]