Manufacturing

NHTSA orders Takata to produce documents related to airbag probe

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Federal safety regulators today ordered Japanese supplier Takata to provide documents and answer questions under oath related to the government's ongoing probe of potentially defective Takata airbags in millions of vehicles.... Read More »

 

Takata taps rivals to help build replacement inflators

6:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Takata, under pressure from federal regulators, has asked rival suppliers if they can help produce replacement inflators for the company's airbag customers.... Read More »

 

Ram chief: Consumers aren't clamoring for aluminum pickup

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Bob Hegbloom, chief of the Ram brand, isn’t buying the buzz that the lightweight aluminum body of the upcoming 2015 F-150 pickup will give Ford a significant advantage.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover opens $750 million engine plant

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover moved another step closer today to gaining greater control of its destiny with the opening of its $750 million engine plant near Wolverhampton in the U.K.... Read More »

 

Airbag investigators focus on metal shards sprayed at crashes

6:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
More details are emerging about accidents involving Takata airbags -- and the horrific injuries and subsequent lawsuits that resulted from them. Takata, which accounts for about a quarter of all airbag inflators produced globally, is finding it far more difficult to silence safety questions.... Read More »

 

Detroit Manufacturing Systems to hire 200 workers to support new F-150

3:25 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC plans to hire 200 assembly workers by January 2015 to support production growth of the Ford F-150 truck.... Read More »

 

BMW, others bet on Brazil but benefits trail Mexico

Oct. 30, 2014 16:18 CET
BMW is among a group of carmakers investing in Brazil as a growing middle class fuels a surge in car sales, but high costs, poor infrastructure and few trade agreements mean Brazil can't compete with rival Mexico as a Latin American car-manufacturing hub.... Read More »

 

BorgWarner posts flat net income for Q3 after one-time charges

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
BorgWarner reported today a 13 percent increase in revenue and flat net income for the third quarter after one-time charges.... Read More »

 

Lawyers urge U.S. judge to move quickly in Takata airbags case

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Lawyers for consumers in the United States asked a federal judge in Miami today to speed up a class action lawsuit against Japanese auto parts maker Takata and four automakers, saying that public safety was at stake over defective airbags.... Read More »

 

Tower International reports higher Q3 profits on improved sales in Americas

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Tower International today reported improved earnings in the third quarter due to improved sales in the Americas.... Read More »

 

Johnson Controls profit beats estimates as car seat demand rises

10:05 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Johnson Controls posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by higher sales of its car seats in North America and a lower expected tax bill.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls 33,443 light trucks in U.S. for tire pressure issues

9:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group said that it was recalling 33,443 light trucks in two separate campaigns to prevent false warnings from the tire pressure monitor systems.... Read More »

 

NHTSA steps up inquiry into defective Takata airbags

7:39 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
More than 18 months after Honda and other automakers announced recalls to fix exploding airbags, U.S. regulators are now asking the companies to speed up repairs.In letters today to 10 automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked for details about how the companies are reaching nearly 8 million affected consumers and what is being done for people who are afraid to drive their cars.... Read More »

 

Captives see big rise in leases

7:10 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Leases accounted for almost half of GM Financial originations in the United States and Canada in the quarter. That's a big increase for the GM captive finance company and part of an industry trend that carried leasing to new highs. Last week, Ford Motor Credit Co. also reported an increase in leasing during third quarter.... Read More »

 

Q&A

BorgWarner's Verrier expects supplier to thrive despite increased competition

11:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
James Verrier, BorgWarner Inc. CEO since January 2013, is working to double the size of the giant supplier from $7.5 billion in revenue to $15 billion by 2022.... Read More »

 

GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers said today.... Read More »

 

TRW's revenue slips 1%, net income falls 4% in Q3

11:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Automotive safety technology supplier TRW Automotive Holdings, preparing for its $13.5 billion acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen, today said its third-quarter revenue dropped 1 percent to $4.16 billion from a year earlier, while net income fell 4 percent.... Read More »

 

Honda says quarterly North American operating profit drops 14%

10:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Falling sales and hefty incentives undercut North American profit at Honda in the latest quarter, as the automaker trimmed its full-year sales and profit outlooks.... Read More »

 

Takata knew of airbag defects as early as 2001, lawsuits allege

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Takata knew at least as early as 2001 of manufacturing defects that could lead its airbags to explode, U.S. drivers claimed in lawsuits.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

BorgWarner helps boost power in BMW 2 series

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
BorgWarner-sourced turbochargers for the new BMW 2 series help boost power by as much as 13 hp to 184 hp in gasoline-powered variants of the 220i compared with the previous generation of the car.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why the stick shift's days may be numbered

9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Two cars I have test driven recently finally convinced me the good old-fashioned manual transmission will soon be dead.... Read More »

 

More airbag recalls could test automakers' Takata ties

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Japan's Takata, whose potentially defective car airbags have been linked to four deaths in the United States, is unlikely to be dumped by its automaker customers given the cost and disruption of such a move -- for now.... Read More »

 

Auto industry uses 3-D printing heavily in product development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Companies as old as Ford and as new as Local Motors have embraced 3-D printing, a technology that promises faster development, lower costs and a reduction in mechanical failures.... Read More »

 

Thumbs-up for 3-D at BMW plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
BMW AG has found a unique way that 3-D printing could help some assembly workers at a plant in Germany do their jobs.... Read More »

 

Next-generation Wrangler will get an aluminum body

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
It’s looking more and more like the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will have an aluminum body, keep its body-on-frame construction and remain built in Toledo, Ohio. That means Chrysler will likely produce more Wranglers for U.S. dealers and for export.... Read More »

 

 
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