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 […]

Porsche unveils movable “pop-up” store

Porsche's pop-up store will move to London and Shanghai at later dates (Photo: Porsche)

Porsche, attempting a new approach to attract younger customers, opened a temporary “pop-up” store in New York. The store, which will move to London and Shanghai at a later date, supplements existing marketing activities and aims to increase awarenss of the Porsche brand, the sports car maker said in a press release. “The new marketing […]

ZF takes over TRW

ZF will continue to be headquartered in Friedrichshafen. TRW will be a separate division (Photo: ZF)

Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen is taking over TRW Automotive to form a new global supplier group that, with combined annual revenue of around 30 billion euros and 138,000 employees, will be among the world’s 10 biggest automotive suppliers. The two companies have complementary strengths, with ZF occupying a leading position in driveline and chassis technologies and […]

AT&T offers 6 apps for connectivity platform

AT&T directly addresses the needs of the auto industry at its At&T Drive studio (Photo: ATT)

AT&T is offering carmakers six new voice-enabled apps that will add features such as weather forecasts, parking updates and personalized radio to its its connected-car platform. The US wireless company said the apps were developed by AccuWeather, Glympse, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Streetling and Tribune Digital Ventures. “Each of these apps provides an enhanced in-car experience for users […]

Infineon to acquire International Rectifier

Infineon CEO Ploss: The International Rectifier acquisition "will unleash great potential.” (Photo: Infineon)

Infineon has signed an agreement to buy International Rectifier Corp in a bid to further strenghthen its position in the global semiconductor and power management market. The German chip maker will pay 40 dlrs a share or a total of 3 billion dlrs for the California-based power semiconductor specialist. International Rectifier is a specialist maker […]

Siemens receives green light for California e-highway test

Siemens e-highway concept uses overhead cables to power trucks (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens has received the green light from California authorities to test a so-called e-highway concept near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The German electrical and electronics conglomerate said it will fit a section of highway with overhead cables that can power specially equipped trucks the same way trams traditionally operate. Siemens is […]

Tesla, Panasonic build US battery plant

The Tesla Model S electric sports sedan outsells traditional premium competitors in some markets (Photo: Tesla)

Tesla and Panasonic, seeking to lower costs for a core component of electric vehicles, will jointly build a large-scale battery plant in the US, the two companies said in a press statement. Tesla will prepare, provide and manage the land, buildings and utilities, while Panasonic will manufacture cylindrical lithium-ion cells. The Japanese electronics group will also […]