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 […]

Ford Motor’s Fields to deliver keynote at 2015 CES

Ford's Fields will join Daimler's Zetsche as top auto-industry speaker at CES 2015 (Photo; Ford)

Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields, further increasing the automotive presence at the International CES, will deliver a keynote address at the Las Vegas consumer electronics convention January 6. He will join Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, who is also scheduled to speak at the event. The CES, which traditionally focused on home and other consumer electronics, […]

Marcy Klevorn to become CIO at Ford Motor Jan 1, 2015

Marcy Klevorn (Photo: Ford Motor)

Marcy Klevorn will take over as CIO at Ford Motor Jan 1, 2015, overseeing all information technology services globally at the US automaker. Klevorn succeeds Nick Smither, who is retiring. The announcement of Klevorn’s new role coincided with news that Ford of Europe CEO Stephen Odell and Ford’s global marketing chief, Jim Farley, will swap […]

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 […]