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Design

Redesigned Genesis G80 Sedan Follows Winning Formula

Lighter, sleek styling and lots of tech—and new engines

Autonomous Vehicles

TuSimple, ZF Partner on Autonomous Big Rigs

Supplier giant delivers automotive knowhow to help commercialize self-driving tech

Hybrid

Aston Martin Revs Up V-6 Hybrid

First fully internally developed engine in 50 years promises to bring the power

Autonomous Vehicles

Toyota Appoints Self-Driving-Car Guru to Board

James Kuffner has the knowhow and background to help transform the carmaker’s future

Sales

Look Up in the Sky: It’s a Drone Delivering Your Car Keys

The latest in the contactless ordering and delivery process from China’s Geely Auto

Business

Hyundai Mobis Develops Radar-Based Rear-Seat Reminder Tech

Supplier claims the system is more effective than cameras and other sensors

Propulsion

Sweden Tests Electrified Road

Wireless tech recharges EV batteries on the fly

Autonomous Vehicles

NHTSA Proposes Easier Safety Standards for Robotic Cars

A small step toward testing truly robotic vehicles on public roads

Production

Toyota Touts More Efficient Electrostatic Painting Process

Device enables 95% coating efficiency, reduces emissions and paint booth size

Interiors & Electronics

ZF Launches Front Electric Parking Brake

Performance, design and weight benefits coming to smaller vehicles

Regulations

IIHS Issues Guidelines for Level 2 Autonomy

Better monitoring and alerts needed to keep drivers engaged

Design

Hyundai Sharpens Design of Elantra Small Car

Bolder and bigger compact 2021 model

Interiors & Electronics

Hella Readies World Headlight Tech

Software allows carmakers to meet global standards with one system

Intelligent Transportation

Toyota, Partners Ready Real-Time HD Map Updates

Proof-of-concepts demonstrate faster, less expensive mapping techniques

Interiors & Electronics

Can Your Car Help Protect You Against the Coronavirus?

Geely touts air purification system in new crossover

Mobility

Millennials Ask, Where’s the Future Tech?

Millennials are optimistic about cars but disappointed about the pace of tech adoption

Materials & Lightweighting

Goodyear Envisions Self-Regenerating Tires

If you’re going to dream big, how about a car with adaptive tires that can regrow treads

Business

Buyers in China Protest Tesla Chip Switch

Virus-related parts shortage riles early Model 3 buyers

Steel

Hengst Develops Reusable Oil Filter Module

Spin-on plastic unit promises to reduce combined steel and oil waste by 642,000 tons per year 

Batteries

Pininfarina's $2.9 Million Masterpiece

Only five of the special-edition models will be produced. The hand-crafted painting process alone takes weeks to complete. 

Hybrid

Fisker's Upcoming “Ocean” EV in Action

Highlights include a sport suspension, active aerodynamics and enhanced crash protection

Propulsion

Will Mahle’s F1 Engine Tech Make It To Mass Production?

Jet-ignition system promises 10%-25% improved fuel efficiency and even greater emissions benefits.

Autonomous Vehicles

Hella Readies Next-Gen ADAS Radar

Production of the 77-GHz system starts this spring in Germany 

AI

Toyota Invests in Self-Driving Tech Startup

Pony.ai lands $462 million in latest funding round and expands tests programs in California