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US: autonomous cars could have surprising ill effect

US: autonomous cars could have surprising ill effect

Believe it or not, but according to a recent study the world’s upcoming autonomous vehicles might come with a surprising issue – they could have roller-coaster effect for some passengers. The latest automotive research report issued by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute expects that between 6 and 12 […]

Tesla’s upgrade mulling increased profit

Tesla’s upgrade mulling increased profit

The California-based electric luxury automaker recently announced its Model S premium sedan would receive a battery upgrade, with the announcement also prompting the company to raise its base price. After the announcement, Tesla said all Model S sedans would have the battery capacity increased by 17 percent, while the price […]

US: average fuel economy of March auto sales on the rise

US: average fuel economy of March auto sales on the rise

According to the latest report coming from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the average fuel economy figure for new cars and light trucks delivered last month in the US soared by 0.2 mpg. The study follows the average window-sticker value of new cars, SUVs, vans and pickups sold […]

Study finds the wackiest driving distractions in the US

Study finds the wackiest driving distractions in the US

Research and numerous documentations have shown that in America, a little more than 50 percent of all traffic crashes have distracted driving at least as a contributing factor. The usual suspects are talking and texting on a mobile phone, while such mundane tasks as changing radio stations, discussing with the […]

US: study shows auto dealerships need improvements

US: study shows auto dealerships need improvements

The latest research conducted in the US shows that both women and the upcoming power generation – the Millennials – are still reacting positive to the traditional dealership experience when shopping for a car, save for the usual ton of paperwork. While many feared so, with the advent of the […]

US: study shows how two-tier wage system impacts the labor market

US: study shows how two-tier wage system impacts the labor market

According to a new research material that comes just as United Auto Workers officials are scheduled to meet in preparation for their contract wage negotiations with the Detroit Three, GM and Ford have higher labor costs than Fiat Chrysler US. The 2014 labor costs study done by the Center for […]

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US: study sees ignition interlock devices saving 59,000 people

US: study sees ignition interlock devices saving 59,000 people

A recent research material coming from the University of Michigan says 59,000 lives could be saved over the course of 15 years, together with $343 million if drunk driving would be mitigated by technology that prevents the start of every US vehicle. University of Michigan’s Injury Center and Transportation Research […]

US: study predicts massive auto recalls are not over yet

US: study predicts massive auto recalls are not over yet

A new research conducted by advisory firm Stout, Risius and Ross has come to the conclusion that massive automotive recalls are poised to continue their high rate of appearance this year. The second annual automotive industry warranty and recall study comes after auto manufacturers last year called back into safety […]

US: autonomous cars could reduce the car count in households

US: autonomous cars could reduce the car count in households

According to the latest report coming from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, self-driving vehicles could lower the car count in American households as they open up new commuting possibilities. UMTRI researchers Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak decided to base their research on analyzed data from the government’s National […]

Europe: ACEA forecasts 2.1 percent climb for car sales in 2015

Europe: ACEA forecasts 2.1 percent climb for car sales in 2015

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) presented its early on full-year new car registration forecast, with the expected growth of 2.1 percent being slower than the overall pace seen last year. IHS Automotive conducted a full research report on behalf of ACEA and its findings indicate deliveries should expect growing […]

Europe: suppliers follow the megatrends and rewards come in

Europe: suppliers follow the megatrends and rewards come in

Numerous European suppliers, such as Faurecia and Valeo have previewed a half to full decade window of increased expansion, mainly buoyed by the latest auto industry megatrends. The latest report shows the parts makers get above-average organic growth from such megatrends as the race to introduce partially and fully autonomous […]