IFA – Berlin

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The annual IFA consumer electronics fair will take place in Berlin September 5 – 10, amid expectations that several top executives from the global¬†auto industry will, again, be presented at the consumer electronics event. Details of conference programs were unavailable, but last year, then-Ford CEO Alan Mulally was one of the keynote speakers at IFA. […]

Bosch introduces “combiner” head-up displays for BMW

The "combiner" head-up display makes it look as if the information is suspended two meters before the vehicle (Photo: Robert Bosch)

So-called “combiner” head-up displays built by Robert Bosch will be available on a range of BMW Group models, including the new Mini hatchback, the German automotive supplier said. The combiner system merges the images that are generated by the car’s instrument panel with the scenery outside and makes the combined picture look as if it […]

Ford’s new Focus features Sync 2 connectivity

The new Ford Focus is equipped with advanced driver-assistance functions (Photo: Ford)

Touting a new version of its Sync connectivity system, Ford unveiled a new Focus model at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona last week. The carmaker also introduced a range of new driver-assistance features, showing clearly that high-tech functions are part of the competitive landscape ¬†in both the premium and the volume segments. Next […]

Apple launches “CarPlay” for Mercedes, Ferrari, Volvo

Apple's CarPlay will be available for Mercedes, Ferrari and Volvo shortly (Photo: Apple)

Apple said a new iPhone connectivity suite will be available for Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo this week and for other brands at a later date. Apple said its “CarPlay” software can be operated through the car’s HMI or by using the company’s Siri voice control. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product […]

Ford appoints former Cadillac exec to run connected-car operations

Butler was for many years a senior Cadillac executive (Photo: GM)

Ford Motor has appointed Don Butler to develop its connected-car strategy, consolidating an area of growing automotive importance under one executive. Butler resigned as vice president global strategy at General Motors’ Cadillac division in the summer of 2013. Earlier in his career he served as vice president for telematics startup Inrix. “Not only does Don […]

Ford Motor, Audi to show concept cars at CES

Audi's hybrid concept has a 700 bhp e-tron powertrain (Photo: Audi)

Ford Motor and Audi will show two concept cars at the international CES in Las Vegas this year, underscoring the growing importance to the car industry of the annual consumer electronics gathering. Ford will unveil the C-Max Solar Energi Concept, which deploys solar panels on its roof to generate power. The car needs a day’s […]

Ford unveils new Mustang

The Ford Mustang has been in continuous production for 50 years (Photo: Ford)

Ford unveiled a new version of its Mustang sports car Thursday, acknowledging that the model is designed to boost the car brand’s image as a maker of technologically advanced as well as sporty vehicles across all market segments. “We crafted this car with the goal of creating a contemporary¬†interpretation of Mustang ‚Äď an American automotive […]

Ford, University of Michigan open battery lab

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The University of Michigan, working closely with Ford Motor, has opened a new 8 million dlr battery lab designed to help the US carmaker develop batteries that are smaller, lighter and less expensive. The cooperation is especially aimed at speeding up the development of electric vehicles. Ford said in a press release that the lab […]

carIT Congress: Ford developer sees opportunities in smartphones

Ford's Hohage says Ford's HMI focuses on affordability (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT – Smartphones provide a “window of opportunity” to upgrade and personalize in-car infotainment beyond the possibilities of embedded technologies, a senior Ford development executive said Tuesday. Speaking to the 400 participants at the Mobility 3.0 Congress here, Caspar Dirk Hohage said a connected smartphone circumvents the relatively slow development cycles that are a fact […]

At IFA show, Mulally promises more high-tech features for Ford

Mulally also unveiled a 2nd generation S-Max concept (Photo: Ford)

BERLIN — Ford will bring more high-tech features to its cars as the US automaker adapts to the changing needs of the car buyer, CEO Alan Mulally said Friday. In a keynote address at the IFA consumer electronics show here, Mulally stressed that ¬†Ford is more than a car company. “We also are a technology […]