US regulators impose 105 million dlr fine on Fiat Chrysler

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) accepted a 105 million-dlr penalty for failing to meet US federal requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects. The US-Italian auto group will have to buy back some of the vehicles and will have to submit to “rigorous” federal oversight, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement. […]

Fiat Chrysler acts on hacking report, recalls 1.4 million cars

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is among the vehicles getting a software update (Photo: Jeep)

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) recalled 1.4 million vehicles in the US following a report on the wired.com web site that two hackers had successfully manipulated the in-car systems of a Jeep Cherokee. FCA said the voluntary recall will update software, which “insulates connected vehicles from remote manipulation.” Wired reported earlier that the two computer experts had […]

Sources: Adidas executive to become next Daimler CIO

Jan Brecht is set to succeed Michael Gorriz (Photo: Adidas)

A senior¬†Adidas executive, Jan Brecht, will succeed Michael Gorriz as CEO of Daimler, industry sources say. Brecht is currently in charge of IT and global supply chain at Adidas, a Germany-based maker of sporting goods. He is expected to assume his new position at Daimler in September. The new CIO already worked for the German […]

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

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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 […]