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Automakers, Shows Changing to Feature Technology

Shows finding ways to include tech with automakers.

by on Jul.15, 2016

GM's decision to debut the Chevy Bolt at the CES instead of at the Detroit Auto Show shows the shift in how automakers view auto shows.

The world is changing and the auto industry is scurrying to change with it.

Transportation options are multiplying and makers are attempting to be players in each segment whether is simply producing new types vehicles, i.e. small SUVs and crossovers, to satisfy consumers or jumping into the personal mobility market through partnerships like the latest between General Motors and Lyft.

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It doesn’t stop there as car sharing services are springing up and folks are focusing on more personal methods of transportation. A quick tour of Facebook will show you the preferences of folks ranging from cars that double as boats to a move to make the U.S. more like Belgium and create a more bicycle-friendly country. (more…)

Volvo Making Semi-Autonomous System Standard on New S90

Pilot Assist system to become industry-first.

by on Jan.07, 2016

Volvo is offering semi-autonomous technology for the first time on its new S90 flagship sedan this year.

Volvo is poised to set an industry first. The Swedish maker plans to make its Driver Assist system standard when it launches the all-new Volvo S90 sedan later this year.

Self-driving technology has become one of the hottest topics in the auto industry, a variety of manufacturers outlining plans to eventually offer hands-free systems during this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. A number of makers expect to begin rolling out semi-autonomous systems between now and the end of the decade, but Volvo is likely to become the first to make such technology standard on one model.

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“We think it’s a great feature and see that (consumer) interest in this technology is increasing quite rapidly,” said Erik Coelingh, senior technical leader for Volvo’s active safety operations. (more…)

Driving the (Almost Production Ready) Chevrolet Bolt

Quick, comfortable, well-appointed … and coming soon.

by on Jan.06, 2016

TheDetroitBureau.com got an early test drive in a preproduction version of Chevy's 2017 Bolt EV.

An unusual winter rainstorm has finally moved out and the sun is once again shining over Sin City, drying out the temporary test track that Chevrolet has dubbed Electric Avenue.

The little car launches out of the starting gate with unexpected speed – and in near silence, only the crunch of gravel under its tires reaching the surprisingly roomy cabin. For those who think of electric vehicles as sluggish, cramped and boring, a quick spin in the new Chevrolet Bolt could come as a surprising revelation.

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The 2017 battery-electric vehicle is likely to shatter a lot of preconceived notions. Unlike most of the BEVs now on the market, the Bolt will offer significant range, about 200 miles per charge, or more than double what most current electric vehicles can deliver. But unlike that other long-range battery-car, the high-priced Tesla Model S, the Bolt will be targeting the mainstream market, coming in at less than $30,000 once federal tax credits are factored in. (more…)

VW Introduces its New BUDD-e

High-tech electric minivan and advanced e-Golf take center stage at CES.

by on Jan.06, 2016

Volkswagen officials show off the maker's new battery electric minivan concept, BUDD-e, at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016.

We all can use a friend, sometimes more than others. And so, during the current diesel emissions crisis, it’s perhaps all the more significant that Volkswagen has come up with a new BUDD-e.

That’s the name of a connected, battery-powered minivan, one of two high-tech concept vehicles that the German automaker unveiled during a long and splashy news conference at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

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One of two electric vehicles it unveiled, the Volkswagen BUDD-e offers an intriguing look at the way the auto industry is chasing the concept of mobility, going far beyond the simple concept of building vehicles that can get you from Point A to Point B safely. Among other things, this reimagining of the classic VW Microbus would allow a driver to control home automation functions with a gesture or verbal command. (more…)

Kia Plans Extended Phase-In of Autonomous Vehicles

“Partially automated” models to debut in 2020, driverless cars a decade later.

by on Jan.06, 2016

Kia EVP Seung Ho-Hwang outlined the automakers plans for autonomous vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Kia has become the latest automaker to lay out plans for introducing autonomous vehicles to its line-up, though the maker is taking a more cautious approach than some of the leaders in the field.

During a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, officials from the Korean carmaker said they will offer their first “partially autonomous” vehicle by 2020, with “highly autonomous” technology to follow five years later. Vehicles capable of driving under all conditions hands-free, even without a driver at all, would follow in 2030.

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“Kia will invest up to $2 billion in developing these new technologies,” said Seung Ho-Hwang, the Kia executive vice president overseeing the autonomous vehicle program. (more…)

Chevrolet Confirms Debut of Production Bolt EV

Long-range electric will cost under $30,000 after federal tax credit.

by on Jan.05, 2016

The 2017 Chevy Bolt will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Chevrolet has confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. During her keynote speech on Wednesday, General Motors CEO – and newly named Chairman – Mary Barra will pull the wraps off the production version of the Bolt battery-electric vehicle.

The Chevy Bolt is the first foray by GM – and, indeed, by any mainstream automaker – into the long-range electric vehicle market. The maker anticipates the vehicle will deliver about 200 miles of range per charge, or at least double what virtually all current BEV models are offering, including the current Chevrolet Spark EV.

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Meanwhile, GM plans to offer the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt for less than $30,000 after factoring in the $7,500 federal tax credits currently available. (more…)

Faraday Future Sketches Out Plans for Tomorrow

But start-up leaves plenty of questions unanswered during debut event.

by on Jan.05, 2016

The Faraday Future FF Zero1 concept.

A revolution on wheels? That’s what officials from Faraday Future laid out for an audience at the Consumer Electronics Show late Monday as the mysterious, Chinese-funded start-up carmaker finally came out from the shadows.

Launched just 18 months ago, largely with the backing of Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, Faraday plans to set up a $1 billion assembly plant in North Las Vegas, with the first car set to roll down the line sometime in 2018, R&D chief Nick Sampson confirmed during a high-energy presentation. But the CES debut left plenty of questions unanswered.

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Among them, what will Faraday build? The California-based carmaker rolled out the FF Zero1, something that lead designer Richard Kim called “a concept of cars,” but it is admittedly nothing more than an “electric dream car,” Kim stressed, rather than something likely to go into production.


Automakers Turning CES into a High-Tech Car Show This Year

Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, Toyota, VW and others to make major announcements.

by on Jan.04, 2016

VW offers a hint of the electric microbus it's expected to unveil at CES this coming week.

You’ll be hearing plenty about the so-called “Internet of Things,” and there’ll be rooms full of next-generation TVs and digital cameras. But some of the biggest headlines to come out of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week will be made by automotive manufacturers.

Ford is expected to announce a major alliance with Google; General Motors will reveal the production version of its long-range electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Bolt and, among other announcements to come from CES, Volkswagen will unveil a new battery-electric minivan.


Many of those announcements might, in years past, have been made just a week later, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but “The traditional approach, having all new cars debut at a traditional car show, has been eroding,” said Stephanie Brinley, senior analyst with IHS Automotive. “And CES is part of that erosion.”


Ford’s Smart Mobility Plan Changing Global Transportation

Maker’s 25 experiments expanding knowledge base.

by on Jan.06, 2015

Mark Fields, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company, delivers the opening keynote address at the 2015 International CES.

Ford is not just looking for ways to make cars smarter, it’s trying to change the way people around the world get from place to place. The automaker introduced its plans to do that as well as addressing its progress on autonomous vehicles as well at the Consumer Electronic Show today in Las Vegas.

Ford CEO Mark Fields told a packed house during his keynote address at CES that the automaker is actively pursuing an autonomous vehicle. However, he noted it’s not a race to get done first, but more important to get it done right and make it affordable.

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“Our priority is not in making marketing claims or being in a race for the first autonomous car on the road,” Fields said. “Our priority is in making the first Ford autonomous vehicle accessible to the masses and truly enhancing customers’ lives.” (more…)

Kia Displays Latest Electronic Innovations at CES

User-Centered Device gives info in 3-D display.

by on Jan.07, 2014

Kia's User-Centered Device (UCD) uses a wide-screen, head-up display to give drivers information such as speed, navigation or traffic information.

Kia continues to find ways to grow its customer base whether its with pricing, improved quality and now it’s looking toward interactive technologies to differentiate the company and its vehicles from the pack.

The Korean maker showed a couple of concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that can be used with its UVO system. The first is a User-Centered Device (UCD). The UCD uses a wide-screen, head-up display to give drivers information such as speed, navigation or traffic information across 18 inches above the instrument cluster. It’s joined by a 12.3-inch TFT-LCD display that provides the data in 3-D.

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Additionally, the system charges mobile devices wirelessly and uses hand-gesture recognition for additional information. (more…)