Manufacturing

RICHARD TRUETT

Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math

11:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler's hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. Buried in a statement Monday on the redesigned F-150 was the first clue to how the truck will perform on the EPA's mileage tests.... Read More »

 

AT&T says 2 million customers using connected-car service

11:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
AT&T gave its first look at the performance of the connected-car unit, a new growth businesses for the largest U.S. phone service provider.... Read More »

 

PAUL MCVEIGH

For fuel efficiency, the time has come for plug-in hybrids

9:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Plug-in hybrids are about to become a lot more common on Europe's roads as the region's mass-market brands start to introduce such cars in a bid to lower the average CO2 emissions of their new-car fleets ahead of tougher EU limits.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will account for 20 percent of the light-duty Ram pickup's annual production volume, up from 10 percent now, Chrysler said today, without giving details.... Read More »

 

Panasonic to buy 49% stake in Spanish supplier Ficosa

Sept. 30, 2014 14:48 CET
Panasonic says it has agreed to buy a 49 percent stake in Spanish supplier Ficosa to allow the companies to accelerate the launch of electronic technologically advanced automotive mirrors that support safe driving.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Europe's struggling auto recovery overshadows Paris glamour

Sept. 30, 2014 11:30 CET
Self-driving vehicles and smartphone integration will be among the top features at Europe's biggest auto show this year as executives focus on something that's become increasingly hard to come by: buyers.... Read More »

 

SGL Carbon will sell 267 million euros worth of shares to tackle debt, boost growth

Sept. 30, 2014 12:23 CET
SGL Carbon, which counts BMW, VW Group and BMW heiress Susanne Klatten as its three biggest shareholders, will sell 267 million euros ($339 million) in shares to repay debt and make investments.... Read More »

 

BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

Sept. 29, 2014 17:43 CET
BMW is teaming up with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of automated driving already have undergone tests on German autobahns.... Read More »

 

READY FOR TAKEOFF

2015 Mustang's interior design inspired by airplane cockpits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Interiors have never been one of the Ford Mustang’s selling points over the years. That’s about to change with the airplane-inspired cockpits in the 2015 models that will go on sale next month.... Read More »

 

Toyoda Gosei settles U.S. price-fixing charge, pays $26 million fine

1:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Japanese auto parts maker Toyoda Gosei agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay a $26 million fine, the Justice Department said. Toyoda Gosei, which acknowledged conspiring to fix prices of airbags, steering wheels and automotive hoses, is the 29th auto parts maker to plead guilty to price-fixing since the Justice Department began its long-running investigation.... Read More »

 

BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

8:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
BMW is teaming up with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Klaus Zehender

Sept. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. Klaus Zehender, Daimler head of procurement and supplier quality, is this year's winner for Purchasing Executive.... Read More »

 

A sleek, supple, sophisticated Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as the most ballyhooed car of the year.... Read More »

 

Japan's keiretsu suppliers at risk in a new reality

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Japanese suppliers are struggling to adjust to a new business reality that threatens to undermine the country's keiretsu system of tightknit cooperation between carmakers and their favorite-son suppliers. Blame the unraveling on an immutable truth: Japan's carmakers have stopped expanding at home.... Read More »

 

No '15 Evora as Lotus works on 'smart' airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Lotus, which is laying off about one quarter of its global staff, will skip the 2015 model year of its only street-legal car sold in the United States, the Evora two-seater.... Read More »

 

Chrysler revamps line to boost pickup output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
With thousands of suggestions from line workers, Chrysler Group modified the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit to build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each production day or 28,500 per year.... Read More »

 

GM victim fund begins payout offers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The compensation fund that General Motors created in response to its ignition-switch recalls began offering multimillion-dollar payments to crash victims and their families last week.... Read More »

 

Windshield could be the display screen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Inspired by video games and wearable devices such as Google Glass, car companies and their suppliers are pouring resources into head-up display (HUD) technology, despite daunting challenges that stand in the way of turning the whole windshield into a display screen.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ford interiors boss is driven to end distraction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
J Mays, retired Ford global design chief, recruited Amko Leenarts in 2012 as a strategy director, and Leenarts quickly stepped up to the top global interiors job in 2013.... Read More »

 

VW Group, Renault-Nissan dominate European car assembly footprint

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group and Renault-Nissan have expanded their reach. The two automakers now jointly account for more than 40 percent of all the vehicle assembly plants in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe data.... Read More »

 

French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year, having received financial help from the French government ahead of tougher new EU regulations.... Read More »

 

VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production.... Read More »

 

Subaru adds EyeSight technology to Impreza, plans big rollout

11:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Subaru said it will add its new third-generation EyeSight pre-crash system to the Impreza small car this year as part of a drive to boost margins and burnish the brand's image as a safety leader.... Read More »

 

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