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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 ...

Why the seat king wants out of the seat business

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Johnson Controls is the world's biggest producer of complete seats. So why is CEO Alex Molinaroli putting the company's seating operation and interiors unit up for sale? ...

Toyota's new plan: Design parts, then cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Toyota Motor Corp. has launched a program in which it invites suppliers to develop parts three or four years ahead of production -- before the automaker has even begun to ...

Toyota nears Plan B for parts supply

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Toyota Motor Corp. ...

Johnson Controls to explore spinoff of its auto business

UPDATED: 6/10/15 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close
Johnson Controls said it is "exploring strategic options" for its automotive business -- the first step in the possible sale or spinoff of its seating and interiors units ...

Regulators, automakers, entrepreneurs push to break through the V2V roadblock

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, which allows vehicles to signal their locations to one another and possibly avert collisions, is starting to look like the auto industr ...

More suppliers join active-safety fray

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
You might think that the market for collision avoidance systems - with their complex mix of radar, cameras, processors and software - would be dominated by a handful of m ...

In the eyes of suppliers, Toyota and Honda surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
As far as North American suppliers are concerned, Toyota and Honda are the gold standard, while Ford, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors are also-rans. ...

Audi plans backups for key safety tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
For its next big step in collision avoidance - vehicles that can swerve to avoid an obstacle - Audi AG is adopting a belt-and-suspenders approach. ...

GM to suppliers: Let's see books, not bids

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
General Motors has launched a new way to buy parts that foregoes the conventional bidding process for suppliers. Instead, the new process lets GM inspect suppliers' facto ...

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 ...
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