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Las respuestas a los problemas de Tesla están en Detroit

Elon Musk de Tesla podría aprender mucho de Detroit en algún momento, dice el escritor del equipo de Automotive News, Richard Truett.

Schaeffler group advances the art of the valvetrain

Politics and government oversight aside, for automakers and suppliers it's still business as usual in raising the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks. And Germany's Schaeffler Group made a recent swing through Detroit to showcase its latest fuel-saving technologies.

Struggling to recruit? Think FIRST first

At robotics competitions in school gymnasiums around the world, a talent pipeline is being assembled.

Detroit-designed Marazzo to go on sale in India

The Mahindra Marazzo, to go on sale in India, is the first of a new generation of vehicles in the Indian company's plans to expand.

HONDA: Small gain driven by crossovers, pickups, Acura

Crossovers and the Ridgeline pickup came to the rescue at American Honda in August. Despite slumping car sales, the Honda and Acura brands registered a combined 1.3 percent sales bump in August.

ZF invests in future engineers with expanded FIRST presence

Facing a shortage of engineers, ZF Group and other auto companies are taking a long view and are ramping up involvement in FIRST, the robot competition founded nearly 30 years ago by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen.

ZF invests in future engineers with a U.S. robot competition

Facing a shortage of engineers, ZF Group and other auto companies are taking a long view and are ramping up involvement in FIRST, the U.S. robot competition founded nearly 30 years ago by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen.

Jaguar Land Rover to open Georgia facility to restore classics

With the price of Jaguar and Land Rover classic vehicles soaring, JLR plans to open a new restoration, sales and service center in Savannah, Ga.

Body shops also facing acute tech shortage

A growing shortage of body shop technicians could create one of the most serious staffing problems that fixed ops managers will face in the next few years.

Automakers need to help dealers control tool costs

Our in-depth look at collision repair in the June issue of Fixed Ops Journal covered the problems dealers face competing in the body shop business. But what about the unnecessarily high cost of tools?

A look inside the Chevy Silverado's techy 4-cylinder engine

In the auto industry, imitation is a very high form of flattery, and many automakers copy each other's technologies, adding just enough of their own proprietary design and unique features to keep the patent attorneys from sending the cease-and-desist orders.

Land Rover growth hinges on 3 replacements

Land Rover is on the verge of remaking three of its most important products. A misfire on any could impede JLR's drive to boost annual volume to 1 million units.

Jaguar looks to crossovers for volume

Recent new Jags have been slow sellers and the brand is poised to make changes.

JLR, Volvo stick to path for utilities, electrification

Jaguar Land Rover is hitting a few potholes as it enters its second decade as part of India's Tata Motors. Jaguar sales are sinking in the vital U.S. market, and Land Rover, is facing big challenges and new competition in the SUV segment.

Time for automakers to tap the brakes on self-driving car technology

Is any C-level executive at an automaker going to have the guts to put the brakes on autonomous driving r&d? I doubt it.

Time for automakers to tap the brakes on self-driving car technology

Is any C-level executive at an automaker going to have the guts to put the brakes on autonomous driving r&d? I doubt it.

Jaguar showcases I-Pace's SUV skills

The Jaguar I-Pace's versatility shows it is much at home tackling tough terrain as it is blazing around a Formula One racetrack.

Magna exec touts 'scalable building blocks' for future powertrains

Despite conflicting global emissions regulations and consumer demands, automakers can profitably deliver vehicles with as many as 50 powertrain combinations, says a top Magna executive.

Delphi tech chief: Advanced materials 'really are a necessity'

Hybrid engines, advanced materials, heat efficiency, emission reduction -- Delphi tech chief Mary Gustanski is in the thick of it.

Freudenberg prepares to adapt to EV future

The CEO of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, maker of seals and gaskets,says the supplier must evolve and emerge more agile if electric vehicle sales take off and its traditional market erodes.

As cities grow, get used to sharing your car, Zipcar says

Projections that two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities by 2050 have big implications for private vehicle ownership and driving.

VW to lean more on sales, marketing for vehicles

As Volkswagen moves deeper into mobility services, its sales and marketing divisions also will influence product development, says Matthias Erb, head of the company's holistic user experience.

Magna exec touts 'scalable building blocks' for future powertrains

Despite conflicting global emissions regulations and consumer demands, automakers can profitably deliver vehicles with as many as 50 powertrain combinations, says a top Magna executive.

GM I-4's performance will determine its success

If consumers embrace General Motors' four-cylinder engine in the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups coming this fall, GM will have Ford to thank.

GM brings back iconic 1960s Tripower name

For the first time since the mid-1960s, GM will have a Tripower engine in its lineup, due in the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. Tripower refers to a suite of technologies that boosts horsepower and fuel economy.


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