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Lear, others devise high-tech ways to support bad backs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19
Lear Corp. wants motorists to sit up straight. The seat maker is developing a "smart" seat that adjusts itself automatically to correct a motorist's posture, important fo ...


Bosch plans automatic park system in 2015
April 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Bosch says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify. ...


Luxury models take center stage in China
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
A few months ago, industry analysts speculated that China's fast-growing luxury market soon would stagnate as the economy cooled and Communist Party leaders discouraged c ...


Bosch plans automatic park system in '15
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14
Robert Bosch GmbH says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify. ...


Expert: Out-of-spec parts can still be OK
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Why would an automaker knowingly accept a part that is out of spec? ...


James Grace
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 33

Title: Director of advanced automotive engineering, Panasonic Corp. ...



Sandeep Punater
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 39

Title: North American engineering director of electronic controls, Delphi Automotive

Big break: In 20 ...



Kevin Heintz
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 37

Title: Managing director of the GM business unit for Johnson Controls Automotive Seating

Big break: I ...



John Absmeier
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 39

Title: Director, Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley, Delphi Automotive

Big break:Asked to launch Delphi's M ...



Erin Wormald
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7
Age: 37

Title: Program manager, ArcelorMittal Global Research & Development

Big break: Taking part in a p ...



Backup camera mandate boosts suppliers
8:09 am U.S. ET | April 5
The biggest beneficiary of the new federal mandate for rearview cameras is likely to be Magna International, which claims 40 percent of the North American market for the ...


Off F&I menus, LoJack sales perk up
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
A couple of years ago, LoJack Corp. was starting to look like an afterthought. ...


More suppliers join turbo fray in race for mpg
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17 | UPDATED: 3/17/14 2:01 pm
The push to improve fuel economy has shaken up the auto industry's once-cozy world of turbocharger suppliers. ...


Apple invades cars' center stack
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
Apple's new CarPlay system lets drivers use their vehicle touch screens to access the company's apps for music, phone numbers, route guidance, e-mails -- you name it. ...


Suppliers seem to gain clout; is it temporary?
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
Lately it does seem like vendors are enjoying more bargaining power. ...


Some systems let passenger, but not driver, access apps
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
To avoid driver distraction, automakers typically disable certain infotainment functions, such as entering navigation destinations by hand, when the vehicle is in motion. ...


The big question: Who really owns vehicle data?
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
According to a study released in February by Frost & Sullivan, vehicle data will generate $700 to $800 per vehicle in savings for automakers, vehicle owners, service prov ...


Ford plans apps from car data
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
This quarter, Ford Motor Co. ...


GM to issue report cards to big suppliers
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3
After a year at the helm of GM's massive purchasing operation, global chief Grace Lieblein last week outlined the Strategic Supplier Engagement program. ...


Visteon makes deal to use Autonet Mobile 'connected car' software
9:35 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24 | UPDATED: 2/25/14 2:33 pm ET
Visteon has announced an agreement with Autonet Mobile that will allow Visteon to integrate Autonet's telematics software into its next-generation infotainment systems. ...


Consolidation is a tough tonic for interiors
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24
Give credit to Johnson Controls for pulling the plug on part of its interiors operation. ...


Johnson Controls to sell headliner, sun visor business to private equity firm Atlas
Feb. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Johnson Controls plans to sell its headliner and sun visor business to an affiliate of private equity firm Atlas Holdings. Johnson Controls expects to close the deal by A ...


Johnson Controls to sell headliner, sun visor business to private equity firm Atlas
4:03 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19 | UPDATED: 2/19/14 4:50 pm ET - adds details
Johnson Controls plans to sell its headliner and sun visor business to an affiliate of private equity firm Atlas Holdings. Johnson Controls expects to close the deal by A ...


Audi, BMW race to be first with laser headlights
Feb. 17, 2014 06:15 CET
The race is on. BMW has announced plans to offer optional laser headlights on its new i8 plug-in hybrid supercar, while Audi has promised to get the technology to market ...


Suppliers in the driver's seat
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17
General Motors' dramatic about-face on its standard purchasing contract last week was more than a gritty admission by GM's purchasing chief that she was wrong. ...


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