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 […]

CES: Ford wants to bring autonomous cars to mass market

Ford's Fields says connectivity is the key to finding workable transportation solutions (Photo: Ford Motor)

Ford Motor wants to bring autonomous cars to the mass market but isn’t in a hurry to be the first to sell a¬†driverless vehicle. “Our priority is not in making marketing claims or being in a race for the first autonomous car on the road,‚ÄĚ Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields said in a keynote address […]

CES: Daimler shows self-driving luxury concept

Daimler's CES concept car features a variable seating system (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler unveiled a fully connected self-driving research vehicle at this year’s CES, showing how the German premium car group sees the future of personal mobility in an increasingly urbanized environment. “The single most important luxury goods of the 21st century are private space and time,” said Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on the eve of the […]

Audi tests “piloted driving” over 550 miles

Audi's long-distance piloted-driving test started Sunday in Silicon Valley (Photo: Audi)

Audi is taking journalists on a 550 mile test of its “piloted driving” technology, demonstrating how much progress the industry is making in its efforts to let systems take over at least some of the driver’s activities. The German premium brand, part of the Volkswagen Group, has been pushing hard to make the move from […]

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 […]

IBM adds data centers to offer companies more local storage

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IBM, which wants to solidify its position as a leading provider of cloud-based services, has expanded its global data center network through the addition of 12 new locations. Nine of them are operated by partner Equinix, while the US-based software group is opening new data centers of its own in Frankfurt, Mexico City and Tokyo. […]

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 […]

Study: Industry revenue is hit by data losses

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German companies and larger public organizations have posted 33.6 billion euros less revenue in the past 12 months because they have lost data as a result of a technical problem, according to a new study. The EMC Data Protection Index, compiled by US-based software and storage group EMC, also found that data losses have risen […]

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 ‚Äútraditional‚ÄĚ 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 […]

In surprise move, BMW’s Diess to head VW passenger car brand

Diess has headed BMW's R&D since 2012 (Photo: BMW)

In a surprise move, BMW R&D chief Herbert Diess will move to Volkswagen ¬†to head the brand’s core VW passenger car brand. He will take over ¬†– on October 1, 2015 – from VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn, who will continue as chairman of the management board of Europe’s largest car group. “With Herbert Diess […]