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Ford, Toyota reshape supplier strategies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Ford purchasing boss Hau Thai-Tang is reaching out to supplier CEOs in a bid to get their best teams working with Ford to deliver cutting-edge technology. As a lure, he's dangling global contracts and greater access to product info. Toyota's Robert Young is engaging suppliers earlier in the vehicle-development process. After an endorsement from parts makers, he's promoting an open-door policy and relationships 'built on trust.'... Read More »

 

Next-generation Volt to debut at Detroit show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in will debut at the Detroit auto show in January. Tim Mahoney, Chevy's global chief marketing officer, disclosed the plans at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich.... Read More »

 

Trouble looms as industry zooms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
As U.S. auto sales and output roar back to levels many in the industry feared they would never see again, leading industry economists and forecasters have a warning: Dark clouds are on the horizon.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Next-gen Chevy Volt to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show

10:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
General Motors will show the next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in at the Detroit auto show in January, Chevy's top marketer said today. Tim Mahoney, Chevy's global chief marketing officer, disclosed the plans at the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Ford touts supplier innovations on Mustang, F-150

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Ford's purchasing chief is touting some of the innovations created with suppliers on the all-new Mustang sports car and F-150 pickup.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Nissan taking more time to hire new N.A. ad boss

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Nissan is taking its time to hire its next North American advertising chief, and it will not necessarily be someone from the auto industry who takes the job.... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Why GM is re-engineering its 'political punching bag'

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
GM critics might think the company is wasting money -- a lot of which came from taxpayers who often moonlight as critics of GM -- by continuing to invest in the Volt. But the Volt may be GM’s most successful money-losing car ever.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Magna points supply chain toward local sourcing

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Canadian automotive supplier Magna International sees local strategy and efficiency improvements as key cost-saving measures within its supply chain.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Volt marketing will get redesigned next year with new vehicle

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Chevrolet will overhaul its marketing plan for the Chevy Volt when it launches the second-generation in 2015, using existing Volt owners as product evangelists focusing marketing efforts regionally.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving cars will still need human help

10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving.... Read More »

 

Nissan's Diaz on being humble, staying hungry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Nissan is doing well in the U.S. market, but sales and marketing boss Fred Diaz wants his team to stay humble and hungry. He's meeting monthly with Nissan's dealer advisory board, installing a real-time customer feedback system for dealers and targeting the automaker's diverse client base with 'authentic' advertising to advance sales further.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

Nvidia continues quest to bring computer power to cars

9:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A year after opening an office in Michigan, computer processor maker Nvidia continues its quest to bring modern computer power to the automobile.... Read More »

 

Toyota, GM bet on alternative powertrains

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Toyota's first fuel-cell car debuts in the U.S. next year. General Motors, meanwhile, is planning to offer more diesel-powered vehicles. Executives say the powertrains will be critical pieces in their product arsenals to meet the needs of customers.... Read More »

 

GM finishes grading its top 200 suppliers

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
General Motors has completed assessments of its 200 largest suppliers under a program dubbed Strategic Supplier Engagement and has begun assessing the next 200. General Motors purchasing chief Grace Lieblein said GM was making good progress.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

J.D. Power pans in-car voice recognition systems

5:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
In-car voice recognition systems work so poorly that automakers should give up trying to add new features and go back to the basics, said Kristin Kolodge, JD Power's executive director of driver interaction.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Will Marchionne's profits grab come up empty?

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today seemed like a grizzly bear standing amid a stream of happily swimming salmon.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Toyota exec touts supply chain benefits of staff moves to Mich.

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Toyota’s plan to move supplier development and purchasing staffs to its technical center in Ann Arbor will improve suppliers relations, a top executive said today.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

The global market beckons, but where?

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The auto industry will have to side-step social unrest and political obstacles to take advantage of a coming decade of overseas growth opportunity, says GM’s chief economist.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Software is key to sizzling active safety market, Delphi exec says

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The $14 billion global market for collision avoidance and driver assistance is expected to grow about 25 percent a year -- a growth rate that has established active safety as one of the auto industry's hottest segments.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

ZF-TRW talks mean industry megadeals are possible

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Somehow, it always seems like a good time for mergers and acquisitions, at least as far as Wall Street is concerned. ZF’s proposed acquisition of TRW has put the entire industry on notice that mega-deals are possible.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Marchionne vows to claw back share of supplier profits

3:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today fired a shot at his supply base, saying that suppliers' double-digit profit margins were making his blood pressure go up.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Johnson Controls experiments with interiors that change colors

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Johnson Controls is experimenting with car interior surfaces that could change colors to match the motorist's whim. The concept could prove especially useful for vehicles that are used by ride-sharing services, said Han Hendriks, vice president of advanced product development at Johnson Controls Inc.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Nissan exec wants faster customer satisfaction feedback

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Nissan will attempt to speed up feedback from car shoppers and move beyond widely accepted customer-satisfaction practices, Nissan's top sales executive for the United States said today.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Pickup trucks rising, thanks to oil boom

8:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Full-sized pickup sales are rebounding to big volumes -- even without the complete return of new-home construction. Through seven months, sales of full-sized pickups in the United States rose 4 percent in an overall market that increased 5 percent.... Read More »

 

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Jaguar Land Rover grapples with growing demand, tighter supplies

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
After a year of record global sales of 425,000 vehicles in 2013 and a 14 percent increase in the first half of 2014, Jaguar Land Rover is facing a problem it has not seen in decades: Demand is far outstripping supply on some models.... Read More »

 

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