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Business

Conti Names New N. America President

Jeff Klei to retire; Bob Lee tapped as successor

Materials & Lightweighting

Bentley Teases the Future of Coachbuilding

Limited-edition Bacalar supercar to take styling cues from last year’s EXP 100 concept

Mobility

Conti Gets in Touch with Sensory Tech

Seeing, hearing and feeling is believing 

Electronics

Conti Launches Powerful Architecture

Links 68 ECUs and manages 20 million lines of software code

Hybrid

Caddy ICE Age Coming to an End?

The bulk of Cadillac’s lineup—and perhaps all of it—will consist of electric vehicles by 2030, the company says.

Materials & Lightweighting

Ford Puts McDonald’s Coffee to Use in Car Parts

Ford Motor Co. plans to begin using composite materials derived from coffee remnants supplied by fast food giant McDonald’s Corp. in future vehicle parts to reduce weight and enhance sustainability.

Economics

Germany’s Auto Jobs Boom Collapses

The German auto industry, which has been steadily hiring more workers for a decade, has shifted to shrinkage mode.

Labor

Continental to Cut 5,000 Jobs by 2028

Continental AG says it will cut 5,000 jobs by 2028 in areas related to the production of engine components and analog electronics.

Bentley Drop-Top Adds Tweed Look

Volkswagen AG’s high-end Bentley unit has added an optional tweedlike material for the roof of its Continental GT Convertible.

Car/Ride Sharing

Starting in 2020 new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles will include Alexa integration as a feature in the infotainment system.

Starting in 2020 new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles will include Alexa integration as a feature in the infotainment system.

Connectivity

5 Teams Plan Robo-Rides at Detroit Auto Show

Five developers of autonomous cars will offer free rides in their robotic vehicles during next year’s Detroit auto show in June.

Intelligent Transportation

Conti, 3M Team on V2I Research

Continental AG and 3M Co. have agreed to work together to develop technologies and protocols to better enable vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

Interiors

Faurecia to Buy Out Conti in JV

Faurecia SA has agreed to acquire Continental AG’s 50% stake in SAS Autosystemtechnik Verwaltungs GmbH and take full control of the interior modules joint venture.

Conti Launches Third-Gen e-Axle

Continental AG says its third-generation electric drive system is smaller, lighter, less expensive and more efficient than previous versions.

Business

Consortium Targets Software Standards for Self-Driving Cars

A new group called the Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC) aims to develop common software platforms and open standards for autonomous vehicle systems.

Conti Touts Future Tire Tech

Continental AG's new concept tire features several technologies to improve performance and monitor wear.

Design

Mustang Stylist to Head Lincoln Design

Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln unit has appointed Kemal Curic as design director.

Business

Conti To Cut 20,000 Jobs, Close 2 U.S. Plants

Continental AG is launching a 10-year restructuring plan that will eliminate as many as 20,000 employees and shutter two factories in the U.S. 

Production

Quality Problems Stall Ford Explorer Launch

Ford Motor Co. is fixing several problems that have delayed the launch of the 2020 Explorer SUV and its Lincoln Aviator twin.

Design

AutoPacific: What the IVAs Say

  You might be surprised what OEMs aren’t paying attention to

Autonomous Vehicles

Smart Doors for Autonomous Vehicles

Continental AG’s new active entry system uses a key fob or smartphone app to recognize your approach, open the correct door and close it when you exit, says Mike Crane, head of Continental’s body and security for North America.

Electronics

Addressing the Vehicular Electrical and Electronic Architecture

Michael Crane of Continental: “Your phone gets updates and so its utility improves over time. Your vehicle can do the same thing.” With the right E/E architecture, it will.

Business

Conti Ponders Total Spin Off Powertrain Division

Continental AG’s executive board says it may completely spin off its Powertrain unit under the Vitesco Technologies name rather than float a partial initial public offering for the business.

Business

Conti Ponders Plant Closures

Continental AG reportedly may close as many as nine of its 32 powertrain factories and shed 4,000 jobs as part of a major restructuring effort.