• j.d. power.automotiveIT

    J.D. Power study: Quality up but infotainment problems abound


    The Kia Optima is the Korean brand's biggest US seller (Photo: Kia) 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 ...

  • tesla.automotiveIT

    Despite deadly crash, Tesla stands by Autopilot


    Tesla's Autpilot requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel (Photo: Tesla) 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 into an ...

  • porsche.automotiveIT

    VW: No forbidden software in 3-liter V6 diesels


    The 2015 Porsche Cayenne diesel was cited by the EPA (Photo: Porsche) 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 ...

  • Nissan.automotiveIT

    Nissan sets 2020 as target for range of autonomous vehicles


    Nissan has already been testing autonomous vehicles in the US (Photo: Nissan) Nissan said it will have available several "commercially viable" autonomous vehicles by 2020. Prices will be "realistic" and the company's stated goal isto have autonomous vehicles across its model range. It wants to achieve that in the ...

  • driver distraction.automotiveIT

    US proposes concrete steps to reduce driver distraction


    The US Administration wants drivers to keep their eyes on the road (Photo: NHTS) The US administration released guidelines Monday that include concrete measures to reduce driver distraction. The recommendations, issued by the Transportation Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), call on automakers to disable manual text entry ...

  • ford-logo blue.automotiveIT

    Ford to hire 2,200 US workers this year


    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 ...

  • obama lahood.automotiveIT

    US sets new fuel-efficiency standards for 2025


    US President Obama (l) and Transportation Secretary LaHood see economic benefits from the new rules (Photo: DOT) 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 ...

  • la show.automotiveIT

    Los Angeles Auto Show


    The LA Auto Show organizers expect more than 50 global and North American product debuts 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 ...

  • insurance allstate.automotiveIT

    Telematics help lower car insurance costs in US


    Insurers increasingly provide telematics-based coverage that helps lower policy costs (Photo: Allstate) Insurers 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 ...

  • harman audi.automotiveIT

    Harman expands VW infotainment contract to Asia


    A Harman infotainment system is available in the Audi A6 Avant 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 ...