Manufacturing

Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015

Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerative braking and new automatic transmissions.... Read More »

Will automakers go for Gorilla Glass?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015

Gorilla Glass, the tough, lightweight, scratch-resistant glass made by Corning and used on the screens of billions of smartphones and tablets, is getting closer to being used in windshields and other glass apertures of light vehicles.... Read More »

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The UAW benefits failure that wasn't

10:42 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

Five years ago, GM, Ford and Chrysler, with the UAW's blessing, created an independent entity to provide health insurance for more than 700,000 retirees. Despite predictions of failure, the $61 billion UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust is thriving today.... Read More »

GM's Duramax V-8 engine to power U.S. Army's Humvee replacement

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

GM's powertrain division will supply the engine for the successor to the Army's Humvee -- a deal that could see GM deliver as many as 55,000 diesel V-8 engines. The new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, to be built by Oshkosh Defense, will be powered by a military specification version of the Duramax turbodiesel V-8 used in GM's heavy-duty pickups.... Read More »

Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo

9:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars.... Read More »

Volkswagen will invest $340 million in South Africa

Aug. 27, 2015 15:52 CET

Volkswagen is investing more than $340 million in South Africa for new products and infrastructure. Automakers in the country, where Toyota, BMW and Mercedes also produce vehicles, are stepping up exports as the local market shrinks.... Read More »

Toyota poised to restart production at China plant

10:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work today at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin. Workers at two lines in the Tianjin Economic Technological Development Area were expected to return today and start preparation to begin production on Friday, Toyota said in an e-mailed statement.... Read More »

ZF says TRW integration on track, sees stable profits despite China slowdown

Aug. 27, 2015 13:01 CET

ZF Friedrichshafen said the integration of rival TRW is progressing well and it expected full-year sales and profits to remain stable despite a slowing Chinese economy. Unlisted ZF released its first-half results for the first time in its history.... Read More »

VW considers exporting Russia-built cars as market slumps

Aug. 26, 2015 18:50 CET

Volkswagen may export Russia-built cars to other countries to offset collapsing sales in the crisis-hit market. The automaker builds VW brand and Skoda vehicles at its Russian plant south of Moscow.... Read More »

Ten automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Ten of the world's biggest automakers were sued today by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from millions of vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions.... Read More »

T.RAD, Fujikura settle U.S. price-fixing civil litigation

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

T.RAD and Fujikura are the latest to agree to civil settlements linked the ongoing U.S. criminal antitrust investigation into automotive supplier fixing. Attorney Hollis Salzman of the Robins Kaplan law firm in New York represented a group of more than 50 individuals who purchased or leased a new vehicle containing auto parts at issue in the federal litigation.... Read More »

Acura, Mercedes, Mazda get top rating in IIHS collision prevention tests

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Acura, Mercedes and Mazda made an impressive showing in the most recent IIHS testing of vehicles with front collision prevention technology. More than a dozen of the 19 vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned a “superior” rating -- the highest rating offered in this test.... Read More »

Toyota poised to restart production at China plant shut in blast

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2015

Toyota said it will restart work Thursday at China plants that were shut after explosions in the city of Tianjin.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why UAW VEBA could be model for contract talks between union, Detroit 3

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams recently said an independent health care cooperative might be formed to negotiate health care services contracts jointly with the UAW trust. The resulting clout of up to 1.7 million former and current autoworkers, and hundreds of thousands of other dependents, could reduce or slow health care costs for all, Williams said.... Read More »

Honda to unwrap retooled 2016 Civic sedan on Sept. 16

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

Honda says the 10th generation of the venerable Civic compact sedan will be introduced Sept. 16 in simultaneous events in both Detroit and Los Angeles.... Read More »

Jeep Grand Cherokee being probed by NHTSA for rollaway risk

11:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

An estimated 408,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees are the subject of a preliminary NHTSA investigation after drivers complained that newer models rolled away after being put in park.... Read More »

Jeep hacker leaves Twitter

7:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter after three years on the job, a person familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

Toyota tests potential alternatives to Takata airbag inflators

Aug. 25, 2015 10:54 CET

Toyota said it is testing airbag inflators made by Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to potentially lethal parts supplied by Takata. Toyota said it wanted to ensure the parts were compatible with its vehicles.... Read More »

3-D printing accelerates Honda Pilot development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Automakers are again taking a run at accelerating the new-car development cycle, this time with an assist from 3D printing. The latest example comes from Honda, whose just-launched 2016 Pilot is the product of a new computer-driven development process in which the automaker was able to eliminate the production of hand-built prototypes.... Read More »

Mazda turbo to do double duty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Mazda has engineered a potent turbocharged version of its 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine to power the redesigned CX-9 crossover that goes on sale in early 2016, according to two sources familiar with Mazda's product plan.... Read More »

Daimler still positive on China business despite stock market rout

Aug. 24, 2015 15:36 CET

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is counting on China to be a leading driver of car sales growth this year despite the country's stock market turmoil. The automaker expects vehicle ownership levels to rise and will continue to invest more in compact cars in the market where it has been adding dealerships, Hubertus Troska, head of Daimler China, said.... Read More »

Cox working way toward broader role in auto retail

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Cox Automotive, parent of Autotrader.com, Kelley Blue Book and other well-known brands, wants to cross-pollinate its units' tools. In doing so, Cox, along with other so-called third-party vendors, is seeking to navigate its way to a larger role in auto retailing. But missteps in doing so can easily alienate those vendors' dealer partners, as Cox discovered recently.... Read More »

GM suspends 800 job cuts in Brazil, ending strike

9:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Workers at a General Motors plant in Brazil ended a two-week strike on Monday after the company agreed to suspend nearly 800 job cuts, buying time in an industry where idle assembly lines have roiled labor tensions.... Read More »

Toyota extends halt in Tianjin operations through Wednesday

6:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Toyota said its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain shut at least through Wednesday due to safety concerns as fires continue to break out at the site of last week's deadly chemical explosions.... Read More »

Rare mascots are something to crow about

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Du Pont Motors represented a fairly significant portion of awesome mascots - that's hood ornaments - on the show field at Pebble Beach. There were a handful of rare, coveted Lalique eagles on display, along with one Lalique rooster... Read More »

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