automotiveIT magazine: Audi, BMW, Mercedes embrace digital

New technology is entering car showrooms (Photo: Audi)

Germany’s three premium brands are using digital technology to post higher sales, despite declining showroom traffic. In interviews with automotiveIT international, the sales and marketing chiefs of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz explained how their companies are catering to a new generation of car buyers, which does its research online and is looking for a physical […]

Gartner laments absence of internet-of-things standards

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The internet of things will be marked by a notable absence of business or technical models in coming years, according to market researchers Gartner. Through 2018, the company predicts there will be no dominant internet-of-things ecosystem platform. Most IoT projects will continue to contain custom elements and there won’t be any dominant technology service providers […]

Ford looks at Apple, Amazon for clues to successful transformation

Ford Motor is conducting 25 mobility experiments (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor said it would study companies such as Apple and Amazon to learn how to successfully manage a major industry transformation. Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields, in an address to the International CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany, announced that the US-based carmaker has entered into a research cooperation with Aachen University to launch the […]

Bosch CEO: Low fuel prices won’t hurt pace of electrification

Denner: "Connected electric cars are better." (Photo: Robert Bosch)

Low oil prices won’t lead to a slowdown in the pace of automotive electrification, Robert Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner said at a conference. The German supplier¬†is sticking to its forecast that roughly 15 pc of all new cars sold worldwide will have at least a hybrid powertrain by 2025. The Bosch CEO, speaking at the […]

Global 2015 car sales forecast to rise 2.4 pc

Car sales will rise in 2015, but the global picture will be mixed (Photo: Emil Frey)

Global car sales are set to rise 2.4 pc to 88.3 million units, despite widespread geopolitical and economic uncertainties in many parts of the world, a leading market forecaster said this week. It would mark the fifth consecutive year of higher unit sales growth. According to market researchers IHS Automotive, China will lead the global […]

BMW, VW, Chargepoint to cooperate on US EV charging network

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BMW and Volkswagen are teaming up with Chargepoint to build a network of electric-vehicle charging stations along highways in the eastern and western parts of the US. Chargepoint, a large operator of EV refueling stations, said the network will consist of fast-charging facilities that should¬†help promote electric mobility. “A robust network of conveniently located DC […]

HP announces leadership for split company

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Hewlett Packard said¬†last year that it would be splitting the technology company in two. Hewlett Packard Enterprise is set to handle hardware, software and services in the business market, while HP Inc will take over printer and PC businesses. Now, the company, which will continue to operate as HP throughout 2015, announced some of the […]

BMW responds quickly to report of possible security breach

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BMW responded quickly¬†to a report of a potential security gap in the data transmissions to and from the carmaker’s connected¬†vehicles. The German premium car group¬†said it had closed the security gap with “a new configuration.” The quick action by BMW underscores how serious the industry is taking data security, which is a growing concern as […]

Germany’s Hella implements CRM platform from Salesforce

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In a bid to increase its operational efficiency, Hella has implemented a cloud-based CRM software platform built by Salesforce. The German automotive lighting specialist said in a press release that it had decided to implement the technology to speed up the time it takes to respond to customer requests. Hella said the Salesforce platform, which […]

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 […]