BMW and Daimler make public details of their mooted joint mobility venture. The two companies are investing more than €1 billion to develop and integrate offerings for car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking, charging and multimodal transport. By Paul Fisher. Five new brands were unveiled at a launch attended by chairmen of both companies. Reach Now for multimodal Read More..
PSA Group, which retreated from North America in 1992, announced three years ago that it was coming back. The first phase of a 10-year plan started late last year and the French automotive group is getting ready for the next step. PSA didn’t opt for a traditional market-entry strategy, which would involve establishing a dealer Read More..
Magna, a leading supplier of automotive seating, has announced details of a reconfigurable interior solution which can be custom-adapted for different car-sharing and autonomous-driving scenarios. Its new seating concept creates a flexible cabin for three key use-cases. The concept was developed out of digital and market research with consumers in China, Europe and the US, Read More..
As expected, Daimler and BMW announced Wednesday that they planned to merge their mobility services, in a move that will create a car-sharing giant with a commanding footprint across the world’s major cities. The plan underscores how scale considerations in new automotive business areas are forcing major competitors to collaborate in the face of strong Read More..
Mercedes-Benz is expanding its “Croove” private car sharing program, introducing the platform in Berlin four months after it started a pilot program in Munich. The German premium car brand, which belongs toÂ the Daimler Group, said Croove is part of a strategy to move away from merely building and selling cars and become a mobility provider Read More..
Toyota Motor plans to build a software platform that aims to ease cooperation between the carmaker and its new-mobility partners as they strive to deliver new products. The Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) will bring together a range of business functions Toyota has developed. Through the platform, partners will have access to these functions, which include Read More..
FRANKFURT – The auto industry is undergoing an “iconic change” as it moves into a new-mobility era, a senior BMW executive said Wednesday. Bernhard Blaettel, director mobility services at the German premium car maker, told the Mobility 3.0 Congress here that the changes are driven by increased urbanization, expectations of higher oil prices and customers’ Read More..
LAS VEGAS – Visteon hopes to persuade automakers that its new infotainment platform offers all the essential user requirements while still giving car brands the possibility to differentiate with unique design features. At this week’s CES electronics fair, the US-based automotive supplier is showing a mid-range infotainment system aimed at global car models needing enhanced Read More..
Europeans still want to buy cars, despite increasing concerns about traffic congestion, air pollution and rising fuel costs. That is one of the conclusions from a survey of 6,000 people across Europe conducted on behalf of Ford Motor by The Futures Company, a consultancy firm. The survey found that a majority of Europeans would find Read More..
Deutsche Telekom said it has agreed on a strategic technology partnership with Deutsche Bahn to help the German national railway system grow its electric-vehicle car-sharing and fleet management operations. The two companies want to achieve closer networking of trains, cars and energy systems Witn Flinkster, Deutsche Bahn runs one of the largest car-sharing networks in Read More..