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Turbo suppliers expect a lift from diesels

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Rising U.S. demand for diesel-powered cars and trucks could be a windfall for turbocharger suppliers such as Honeywell Inc., BorgWarner and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. ...

Favorable tariffs, inexpensive labor boost Mexico

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
By 2018, light-vehicle production in Mexico is expected to approach 4.4 million units, up 26 percent from last year's output, according to a forecast by the Center for Au ...

Army eyes self-driving convoys

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The United States Army is getting ready to conduct road tests of automated truck platoons, in which convoys of computer-guided vehicles follow each other on paved or dirt ...

Conti's Cruising Chauffeur: The beauty of 2 of everything

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
If Continental AG is right about driverless cars, the trick to the technology is to have at least two of everything. ...

Why standard batteries are a tough sell for automakers

11:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
There's a simple way to reduce EV battery costs without using any exotic new technologies, but it’s a tough sell for automakers. ...

Survey: Raw material costs are declining

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The cost of raw materials for the average vehicle produced in May is a hefty $476 lower than last August, according to a survey by AlixPartners. ...

Digital images may turn mirrors into museum pieces

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The lowly rearview mirror may be on the way out. Several suppliers are developing digital mirrors -- that is, cameras that would replace rearview mirrors. ...

JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy

UPDATED: 8/3/15 6:56 pm ET - corrected
The executive who is orchestrating the spin-off of Johnson Controls' $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit has a straightforward message for customers: steady as she goes. ...

Why Conti has the inside track on automated maps

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Now that Mercedes, BMW and Audi are buying Nokia's HERE navigation map unit for $3.1 billion, the big winner could be Continental AG. ...

Stop-start systems pick up speed in North America

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Stop-start systems are starting to take off in North America. ...

Bosch targets cylinder deactivation for 4-bangers

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
A senior executive at Robert Bosch confirmed that the German supplier is developing cylinder deactivation technology for four-cylinder engines, to improve fuel economy in ...

A new breed of software engineer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
As auto suppliers beef up their software development, the hunt for software talent has taken on the urgency of a gold rush. ...

Today's Volvo XC90: A rolling computer chip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
When the XC90 was introduced in 2002, it had as many as 38 electronic control units -- small computers that receive data from sensors and components and issue control ins ...

OESA zeros in on Mexico, new-tech suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Tier 1 companies are struggling to build networks of Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers in Mexico because smaller vendors are reluctant to shoulder the financial risk, says Juli ...

Seeking N.A. niche, China's Minth expands in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Minth Group, a maker of roof racks, hopes to gain a niche in North America. The company supplies the Detroit 3 along with Audi, BMW, Honda and Nissan, and it already has ...

Chasing profits, JCI jumps out of seats

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
Johnson Controls' spinoff of its $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit, announced last week, underlines an uncomfortable truth for suppliers: Sometimes it's not enough to ...

JCI plans spin-off of auto seating, interiors units

UPDATED: 7/24/15 5:28 pm ET - adds details
Johnson Controls plans to spin off its automotive seating and interiors businesses, which will operate as an independent, publicly traded company. ...

For Bosch, sensors make sense

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
To understand the future of the high-tech automobile, check out the $1.1 billion “clean plant” built here in 2010 by Robert Bosch GmbH. ...

2 deal makers take charge at suppliers

UPDATED: 7/20/15 9:53 am ET - corrected
Deal makers Kamsickas and Miller take charge of 2 major suppliers, Dana and IAC. ...

Dana names IAC's Kamsickas as new CEO; Steve Miller takes helm of IAC

9:45 am U.S. ET | July 13
Jim Kamsickas, the CEO of International Automotive Components Group, is leaving his company to become CEO of Dana Holding Corp. ...

With new owner, TI Automotive weighs acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Now that TI Automotive has a new owner - Bain Capital - company CEO Bill Kozyra says he has the money and shareholder support to make acquisitions. ...

Toyoda Gosei 'on track' to loosening Toyota ties

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Toyoda Gosei President Tadashi Arashima says his company is on track to reducing its dependence on Toyota Motor Corp., which accounts for nearly two-thirds of the Japanes ...

Gestamp along for VW's expansion ride in N. America

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Gestamp Automocion announced plans last week to expand its stamping plant in Chattanooga to produce body panels, hot-stamped steel parts and chassis components for Volksw ...

VW supplier Gestamp to expand stamping line in Tenn. for new SUV

10:30 am U.S. ET | June 23
Gestamp Automocion, a Spanish supplier to Volkswagen AG, said it plans to expand its stamping plant in Chattanooga to produce body panels for VW's new midsize SUV. ...

Visteon affirms software shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
Now that Sachin Lawande has been named CEO of Visteon Corp., effective next week, his to-do list can be boiled down to one word: software. When Visteon was spun off from ...
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