J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study found that new vehicles are constructed better than ever, but problems abound in infotainment and other relatively new automotive technologies that are crucial to the auto industry’s transformation. The study, which measures the number of problems US new-car buyers experience during the first 90 days of ownership, concluded that new-vehicle Read More..
Tesla said a deadly crash involving a Model S doesn’t cast doubt on the viability of its autonomous driving technology. The Californian electric car maker was responding to a preliminary investigation by US authorities intoÂ an accident that occurred recently when a Model S with its Autopilot system switched on hit a tractor trailer, killing one Read More..
Volkswagen, in response to new allegations of illegal software deployment, denied that vehicles with V6 TDI engines sold in the US are equipped with programs that can detect emissions testing cycles and react to them. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a so-called “notice of violation” November 2 that said it had “determined that Read More..
Nissan said it will have available several “commercially viable” autonomous vehicles by 2020. Prices will be “realistic” and the company’s stated goal isÂ to have autonomous vehicles across its model range. It wants to achieve that in the course of two model generations. “I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Read More..
The US administration released guidelines Monday that include concrete measures to reduce driver distraction. The recommendations, issued by the Transportation Department’sÂ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), call on automakers to disable manual text entry for messaging and internet browsing while a car is in motion; not include video-based entertainment and communications in infotainment systems; and Read More..
Ford Motor plans to hire 2,200 salaried workers in the US this year to support the planned rollout of a range of new vehicles. The US based carmaker said it added more than 8,100 hourly and salaried jobs in the US in 2012 as it increased production capacity and expanded its engineering and manufacturing operations. Read More..
The US government finalized new automotive fuel consumption standards that will force the auto industry to make cars and light trucks substantially more fuel-efficient over the next 13 years. By 2025, new cars and light commercial vehicles need to achieve average fuel consumption of 54.5 miles per gallon. Under current rules, average fuel consumption is Read More..
The Los Angeles Auto Show will open its doors Nov. 18 amid continued optimism that the car industry is heading for continued global growth in coming years. “The automotive industry is gaining momentum,” said Andy Fuzesi, general manager of the LA show.Â He said in a press release that he wants the event to be Read More..
InsurersÂ are increasingly offering voluntary programs that use telematics devices to track driver behavior, according to the US Insurance Information Institute. The III, an insurance industry lobbying group, said in a press release that insurers have long used policyholders’ reported mileage and driving records to calculate rates. But now, it said, telematics “are taking estimates out Read More..
Harman said a six-year 1.2 billion dlr infotainment order from Volkswagen group has grown to a total volume 1.6 billion dlrs. The additional business involves providing next-generation scalable premium infotainment solutions for VW group brands Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen in Asia. In late 2010, VW announced an infotainment order for VW group cars sold Read More..