Interview: Opel’s Neumann is committed to affordability

Neumann became CEO of Opel in March, 2014 (Photo: GM)

With a new CEO, a revamped strategic plan and a strengthened commitment from parent General Motors, Opel believes it is on the road to a sustained recovery. The European GM brand has for years suffered losses and weak sales, but its newest models are finding buyers and the company is improving its position in the […]

Salesforce expands offering, provides more integration with Microsoft

This year's Dreamforce gathering has 140,000 registered participants (Photo: Arjen Bongard)

SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce.com opened its annual mega-convention here with a series of announcements that underscored the business software group’s¬†determination to continue to grow its business sharply. The company announced at its Dreamforce event here how it plans to offer tighter integration with Microsoft productivity software. Salesforce and Microsoft signed a strategic cooperation pact in […]

TomTom cites big fuel-efficiency improvement at Toshiba fleet

TomTom's Webfleet dashboard lets fleet managers monitor a range of variables (Photo: TomTom)

A UK-based¬†Toshiba division has improved its fleet fuel efficiency by 27 percent using a TomTom telematics solution, the Amsterdam-based navigation specialist said in a press release. TomTom said Toshiba‚Äôs TEC European retail and sales and service support division increased fuel efficiency across its UK fleet by using TomTom’s Webfleet system. The technology monitors employees’ driving […]

carIT Congress: Daimler CIO’s personal agenda

Daimler's Gorriz (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Daimler CIO Michael Gorriz provided some insight into his personal agenda Tuesday, when he told the annual carIT Congress here what the priorities for his department are. “Providing the best customer experience is at the center of all our activities,” he said, adding that, with the Mercedes me platform launched earlier this year, […]

Study: Automotive suppliers lack well-defined social media plan

Suppliers can benefit from greater use of social media (Photo: LinkedIn)

The world’s biggest automotive suppliers only rarely have a clear social-media strategy, according to a study conducted by German PR agency vibrio. They need one, says the agency, because supplier content is becoming ever more important for automakers. As the auto industry changes, new competitors enter the market and the car culture changes to a […]

Porsche unveils movable “pop-up” store

Porsche's pop-up store will move to London and Shanghai at later dates (Photo: Porsche)

Porsche, attempting a new approach to attract younger customers, opened a temporary “pop-up” store in New York. The store, which will move to London and Shanghai at a later date, supplements existing marketing activities and aims to increase awarenss of the Porsche brand, the sports car maker said in a press release. “The new marketing […]

Porsche acquires 10 pc of Inrix

Volkswagen Group wants to invest in connectivity (Photo: VW)

Porsche Holding has acquired a 10 pc stake in Inrix, underscoring the importance of connected information for the¬†Volkswagen Group. Citing the quickly growing need for traffic-related information and data-based solutions, Porsche board member Philipp von Hagen said: “We see a tremendous potential in this segment of the automotive value chain.” Von Hagen, who is in […]

Study: Consumers warm to usage-based insurance

73 percent of fleet manager say commercial auto
insurance is extremely
important (Source: LexisNexis)

Consumers in the US are growing more comfortable with usage-based insurance policies, according to a new study. According to the 2014 ¬†LexisNexis Insurance Telematics Study, insurance rate discounts are still the main driver for consumers, but other factors are starting to play a role in increasing acceptance levels. Safety and security considerations are a major […]

Inrix, PTV cooperate on smart-city mobility

Inrix …. (Photo: Inrix)

PTV and Inrix plan to work together to provide modeling software to address mobility issues in smart cities. PTV, a Germany-based logistics software group, and Inrix, a provider of real-time traffic information, said the cooperation will combine PTV’s analytics tools with the traffic data gathered by Inrix. In addition, the two companies will jointly market […]

AT&T offers 6 apps for connectivity platform

AT&T directly addresses the needs of the auto industry at its At&T Drive studio (Photo: ATT)

AT&T is offering carmakers six new voice-enabled apps that will add features such as weather forecasts, parking updates and personalized radio to its its connected-car platform. The US wireless company said the apps were developed by¬†AccuWeather, Glympse, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Streetling and Tribune Digital Ventures. ‚ÄúEach of these apps provides an enhanced in-car experience for users […]