US regulators impose 105 million dlr fine on Fiat Chrysler

(Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles )

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) accepted a 105 million-dlr penalty for failing to meet US federal requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects. The US-Italian auto group will have to buy back some of the vehicles and will have to submit to “rigorous” federal oversight, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement. […]

Software problem triggers recall of 433,00 Ford vehicles in N. America

Common architectures have led to more cars being recalled (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor is recalling about 433,000 vehicles in North America to address a software problem that could leave the cars’ engines running even after drivers turn¬†the initiation key to the off-position. The US carmaker said the recall resulted from “an issue with the body control module” of the ¬†the various models, which include the 2015 […]

At Ford, autonomous driving moves to next stage

Ford's autonomous vehicle project is moving to the next phase of development (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor appointed a director of autonomous vehicle development and said it is moving ahead with its driverless-car project. The US automaker said 29-year Ford veteran Randy Visintainer will¬†lead a global team to work on the advanced program. Advanced engineering is the next step in bringing a feature to market. It follows the research phase. […]

KPMG: Most insurers unprepared for autonomous-driving era

KPMG warns car insurers that autonomous driving will fundamentally change their  business(Photo: Daimler)

If the US insurance industry experts’ predictions are any guide, it will be at least 10 years before autonomous cars will become a factor in driving. A recent survey of insurance executives carried out by consultants KPMG found that 84 pc of executives don’t see any significant impact on their business until 2025. Nearly three […]

Survey: Many drivers unfamiliar with infotainment features

Audi drivers are most likely to use infotainment features (Photo: Audi)

More is not necessarily better when it comes to infotainment in today’s cars, according to a new survey. And many car drivers are less than familiar with the infotainment functions available to them. Those are just two of the conclusions from a survey¬†of 14,000 recent US car buyers conducted by market researchers Nielsen and consultants […]

With new CEO, Visteon puts focus on the connected car

The e-bee concept shows Visteon's ambitions in in-car infotainment (Photo: Visteon)

Visteon completed the sale of a climate control subsidiary as part of its strategy to become what it termed “a technology-focused pure-play supplier of automotive cockpit electronics and connected car solutions.” The Michigan-based automotive supplier also announced that it had appointed former top Harman International executive Sachin Lawande¬†as its new CEO, succeeding Tim Leuliette, who […]

Report shows connected car data, privacy vulnerabilities

US Senator Markey is critical of connected-car data security and privacy (Picture: Continental)

A US report published this week shows how connected cars may be vulnerable to hackers.The paper, based on answers to questions by 16 major car manufacturers, highlights growing concerns that networking cars with the world around them poses potential security risks. “The responses from the automobile manufacturers show a vehicle fleet that has fully adopted […]

Global 2015 car sales forecast to rise 2.4 pc

Car sales will rise in 2015, but the global picture will be mixed (Photo: Emil Frey)

Global car sales are set to rise 2.4 pc to 88.3 million units, despite widespread geopolitical and economic uncertainties in many parts of the world, a leading market forecaster said this week. It would mark the fifth consecutive year of higher unit sales growth. According to market researchers IHS Automotive, China will lead the global […]

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 […]

GM CEO sees further industry growth in US car market

GM's Barra says she expects younger car buyers to help boost U.S. market growth (Photo: GM)

The US car market is set to continue its expansion this year, GM CEO Mary Barra told reporters, predicting light-vehicle sales of between 16.5 million and 17.0 million units in 2015. Barra cited a strengthening economy as the main reason for the optimism. If confirmed, the 2015 sales numbers would be in the neighborhood of […]