Manufacturing

Secretive Lexus LFA workshop now makes Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Toyota has struggled until now to fill the void at the secretive workshop in Japan where the Lexus LFA was assembled ever since the last $375,000 sports car rolled off a line in December 2012.... Read More »

 

Halla mulls buying back Visteon stake in climate control unit

7:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Halla CEO Im Kee Young said he's still considering buying back the group's former automotive heater and air conditioner maker after a buyout fund agreed to acquire a stake in the business, Halla Visteon Climate Control.... Read More »

 

UAW members rally in Toledo to keep Wrangler output; city urged to buy land

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
UAW members rallied before Toledo's city council Tuesday asking the city to approve the purchase of industrial land needed for the potential expansion of the assembly plant that makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler.... Read More »

 

Honda recalled cars with Takata airbags in 2002, documents show

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Honda recalled a small number of cars equipped with Takata airbags in March 2002, two years before the first known injury that Honda and Takata have linked to a defective airbag inflator.... Read More »

 

NHTSA orders Takata to undertake national airbag recall

11:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
U.S. regulators formally demanded Takata take part in a nationwide recall of defective airbags, saying the company's piecemeal approach to fixing a potentially deadly flaw in millions of cars is insufficient.... Read More »

 

Tony Johnson, backer of Saleen and major suppliers, dies at 74

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Tony Johnson, co-founder of Hidden Creek Industries, a private company that acquired, sold and backed some of the auto industry's biggest suppliers and boutique car builders, died Nov. 16. He was 74.... Read More »

 

Delphi's Korean partner complicating sale of thermal unit

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Delphi Automotive's sale of its air conditioning business is being complicated by potential problems with one of its South Korean joint venture partners, three people familiar with the deal said.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Why the bid-rigging? Ask the automakers

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Toyota employees are taught to solve problems with the “Five Whys.” Ask why it happened, and why that happened, and so on until you get to the fundamental problem.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

Magna, Haartz team up on Opel Cascada roof

5:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Magna International and Haartz Corp. teamed up to supply the new Opel Cascada's folding softtop roof. Haartz supplies an acoustically enhanced three-ply composite that offers enhanced sound deadening and insulation.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Auto sector takes hit in Q3

Nov. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Automakers and suppliers were hit hard in the third quarter while car retailers continued to make gains, according to the Automotive News Europe/PwC shareholder value report.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

6:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers.... Read More »

 

Chrysler pressed by NHTSA to move faster on Takata airbag recall

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
U.S. regulators told Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to speed up its recall of airbags with faulty inflators linked to at least five deaths. NHTSA said in a letter Tuesday to the company that it should begin its recall of cars with Takata airbags Dec. 1, almost three weeks earlier than the company planned.... Read More »

 

Visteon confirms discussions to sell stake in climate control joint venture

8:16 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Visteon Corp. confirmed this morning that it's in discussions with a private equity firm to sell its stake in South Korean joint venture Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp.... Read More »

 

BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico

Nov. 25, 2014 11:40 CET
Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories.... Read More »

 

Japanese regulators to oversee Takata recalls, investigate Honda's recall errors in U.S.

6:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Japan's transport ministry will form groups to oversee airbag recalls tied to Takata Corp. and probe Honda Motor Co. for underreporting faults in the U.S., adding to regulatory scrutiny of the two companies.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Ford’s payoff from aluminum bet still years away

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Investors might be a little concerned at how Ford is spending its money. Ford dropped billions of dollars redesigning the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. Then it spent at least a billion more perfecting a high-speed aluminum riveting and bonding production system, and retooling its plants.... Read More »

 

Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany.... Read More »

 

Scion nixes convertible, turbocharged FR-S

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Toyota says there will be no convertible version of the Scion FR-S sports car and -- in a blow to power-seeking enthusiasts everywhere -- no turbocharged engine.... Read More »

 

100,000 Mazda6 sedans recalled for tire-monitoring systems

10:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Mazda is recalling about 100,000 of its Mazda6 sedans from the 2014 and 2015 model years because the tire monitoring system may not alert drivers to low tire pressure, U.S. regulators said today.... Read More »

 

Continental’s electronics, Korea units to plead guilty to price fixing

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
South Korean suppliers Continental Automotive Electronics and Continental Automotive Korea will plead guilty to rigging the prices of instrument panel clusters and pay a criminal fine of $4 million, the U.S. Department of Justice said.... Read More »

 

Takata to face U.S. House hearing into airbag crisis

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Takata and Honda executives will return to Capitol Hill next week to testify about the growing safety crisis surrounding Takata airbag inflators that may explode in a crash. A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee scheduled a hearing for Dec. 3 to examine the management and response of the industry and auto safety regulators to the Takata airbag recalls.... Read More »

 

Airbag inflator shortage plagues industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma. Even if automakers fend off federal regulators' request for a nationwide recall of driver-side airbags, it could take two years or so for Takata to produce enough replacement airbag inflators.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 rivals: Let's rumble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150. But the Ford numbers fell short of taking the overall mpg title for full-size pickups. Ford's two biggest rivals said the 2015 F-150's mpg numbers leave plenty of room for competition in the hotly contested full-size pickup segment.... Read More »

 

Korean buyout fund considers buying Halla Visteon Climate Control stake

6:43 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
South Korean buyout fund Hahn & Co. is considering purchasing shares in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. from Visteon Corp., a person familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 

GM's savvy new face to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Addressing an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., this summer, General Motors' global powertrain boss Steve Kiefer asked a room packed with about 500 people how many owned a GM vehicle.... Read More »

 

 
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