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Recent articles

Driverless cars and the big conundrum

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 26
If autonomous driving is Megatrend No. 1 in the global industry, the matter of how to handle the human interface may be Conundrum No. 1. ...

Financially strong Dana on hunt for acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Seven years after Dana Corp. emerged from bankruptcy, the supplier is looking for acquisitions. ...

Magna to sell interiors unit to Grupo Antolin for $525 million

UPDATED: 4/16/15 1:22 pm ET - new story
Canadian auto supplier Magna has agreed to sell its interiors operations to Grupo Antolin, a Spanish supplier with global operations, in a deal valued at about $525 milli ...

Is a focused, all-in Visteon now stable?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
When Tim Leuliette steps down as CEO of Visteon Corp. late this year, he will leave behind a company working in just one major product sector: cockpit electronics. That's ...

How Faurecia made over a Visteon relic

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22
Faurecia knew it had a big job converting a castoff Visteon plant it bought in 2012 in Michigan into a profitable operation. ...

Today's Delphi focuses on smart technology, software

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
Delphi Automotive's brain trust thinks it has a winning business strategy -- smart technology with a heavy dose of software -- and it's likely to stick with that plan und ...

A123 shifts focus to rebound from bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
A123 CEO Jason Forcier says he is focusing on starter batteries. ...

O'Neal's goal: Smaller but stronger Delphi

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
When Delphi Automotive took journalists for rides in its driverless Audi SQ45 this winter during the International CES, the retrofitted crossover wasn't restricted to the ...

Takata says tests show airbag failures occur in older vehicles in hot regions

3:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2
Takata said today that its ongoing tests of recalled airbag inflators have supported the company's view that failures are most likely to occur in older vehicles in hot, h ...

Is clock ticking on replacement inflators?

UPDATED: 2/23/15 2:03 am ET - notes Ito's departure
Now that Honda has recalled more than 14 million vehicles to fix defective Takata airbag inflators, CEO Takanobu Ito says he is prepared for a difficult possibility: If t ...

Robot orders surge as vehicle output climbs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
In a bid to keep pace with rising production, automakers and suppliers are ordering record numbers of robots. ...

Survey: Suppliers upbeat as N.A. factories hum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
As North American light-vehicle output remains strong, suppliers are optimistic about their prospects for the coming year and are unfazed about meeting higher production ...

Suppliers develop rear-seat airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15
Airbag suppliers, which have developed an array of airbags, side curtains and knee bolsters to protect front-seat occupants, are starting to design a new generation of ai ...

TRW seeks long-term business from Takata airbag customers

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13
TRW Automotive is moving ahead with plans to produce replacement airbag inflators for Takata customers, but only for automakers willing to offer guarantees of long-term b ...

Takata sued by recyclers for lost airbag values

UPDATED: 2/12/15 8:26 pm ET - adds details
The Automotive Recyclers Association has filed a lawsuit against Takata, claiming that auto recyclers that wanted to salvage and resell Takata-made airbags will be unable ...

Takata to double output of replacement inflators to 900,000 a month

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10
Takata, racing to meet a huge backlog of orders for replacement airbag inflators, plans to double production to 900,000 units a month by September. ...
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