Manufacturing

Toyota's big leap to aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota is set to become the next big automaker to begin making the expensive shift from steel to aluminum for parts like hoods and liftgates. Look for them on upcoming versions of the Lexus RX 350 crossover and Toyota Camry.... Read More »

 

ZF-TRW 'playing in a new league'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
ZF's acquisition of TRW will put the German company in an elite group: Megasuppliers able to feed automakers' growing appetite for collision-avoidance technology.... Read More »

 

Honda, GM, crack down on certified-used rule benders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Honda and GM, among others, are closely monitoring dealerships' compliance with certified used-vehicle programs -- and cracking down on rule breakers.... Read More »

 

Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico.... Read More »

 

Forward-looking powertrains set for next VW Phaeton

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The second generation of Volkswagen's Phaeton luxury sedan will offer turbocharged direct injection diesel and plug-in hybrid engines.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Chevy gears up to roll out tech, trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Chevrolet's biggest marketing campaign this fall is in support of a technology: the launch of 4G LTE wireless Internet service across much of its lineup. The campaign is running across TV, digital platforms, movie theaters and in-flight media and highlights not only the technology's benefits, but also the brand's innovation as the first to widely deploy 4G, Chevy's Global Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney says.... Read More »

 

Arcelor: We can do what aluminum can

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit the new fuel economy targets mandated for 2025: You don't have to make vehicles out of aluminum to do it.... Read More »

 

Tier 2 wage fight at Lear moves to Detroit 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
A new UAW contract that eliminates lower pay for new hires at a Lear Corp. seat plant in Indiana is the opening salvo in a fight over so-called Tier 2 wages that will play out next year in contract negotiations between the UAW and the Detroit 3.... Read More »

 

Opel shakes up operations in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Opel will reduce output at its St. Petersburg plant to one shift, because of the Ukraine crisis. It will operate the plant a total of 16 days in the three-month period from August through October.... Read More »

 

Porsche SE cash gives Inrix fuel to grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Inrix Inc., the traffic information provider that drew a $55 million investment this month from Volkswagen AG holding company Porsche Automobil Holding SE, is officially in growth mode.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X4

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X4 include BorgWarner, Gustav Wahler, BorgWarner, Gustav Wahler, Montaplast, Angell-Demmel, Harman, Benecke-Kaliko, Haartz, APAG Elektronik, P&R Fasteners, Shiloh Industries, Fraenkische, FTE Automotive, Filtran, GKN Driveline, HELLA, KSPG Automotive, Nemak and Preh.... Read More »

 

UAW local ratifies Lear contract ending 2-tier wages

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014
UAW-represented employees at a Lear seat plant in Indiana ratified a new contract today ending a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran colleagues.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM recalls Cadillacs, Impalas; Chrysler to fix Jeeps, Dodges

9:26 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
General Motors is recalling some Cadillac and Impala cars while Chrysler Group called back some Jeep and Dodge SUVs, according to government reports.... Read More »

 

BMW puts i8 at center of tech-based campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
BMW is learning that what distinguishes the ultimate driving machine can be a matter of taste. To win over the growing ranks of wealthy car buyers who care more about technology than horsepower or heritage -- think Tesla fans -- the German brand is delivering its message through a new marketing vehicle: the i8.... Read More »

 

LEARNING CURVE

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople.... Read More »

 

Fiat will suspend Panda production at Italy plant as demand falls

Sept. 19, 2014 18:00 CET
Fiat will temporarily suspend production at its Pomigliano plant in southern Italy from Oct. 16-27 amid weak demand. The Fiat Panda minicar is built at the factory.... Read More »

 

Tesla sends traffic help via software upgrade

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Tesla Motors, which equipped its Model S sedan with a cellular connection to download wireless software updates over time, today revealed a sixth update that gives the Model S real-time traffic information for the first time and allows an owner to start the car remotely from a cellphone.... Read More »

 

Magna stock falls 4.7% after Brazil antitrust regulator visits local unit

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Magna International shares tumbled the most in more than two years after the supplier said the offices of its Brazilian unit were visited in connection with an antitrust investigation.... Read More »

 

Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015

6:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year. GM declined to name the car, saying only that it would be slotted above the CTS midsize sedan and XTS large sedan.... Read More »

 

A 3D-printed car is close to reality -- if Local Motors has its way

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Imagine a car, as functional and drivable as any other, coming off a three-dimensional printer and assembled in a matter of days.... Read More »

 

Ford to cut Fiesta output in Germany

Sept. 19, 2014 10:47 CET
Ford said it will cut production of its Fiesta subcompact at its plant in Cologne, Germany, in the fourth quarter because of slowing demand in some of the region's key markets.... Read More »

 

EU antitrust chief says more cartel fines on way for suppliers

Sept. 19, 2014 12:41 CET
EU regulators say they are ready to penalize several suppliers found guilty of price fixing. The EU has already fined two supplier cartels more than 1 billion euros in the last year.... Read More »

 

ZF net debt seen at $11 billion after TRW deal, report says

Sept. 18, 2014 18:05 CET
ZF's net debt will rise to about 8.5 billion euros ($11 billion) -- about 2.4 times core earnings -- after it buys rival TRW, a banker familiar with the deal said. Earlier this week, ZF agreed to buy TRW for $13.5 billion including debt.... Read More »

 

7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to fix auto parts prices, the Justice Department said today.... Read More »

 

China's Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma with 2012 design, report says

4:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Chinese auto parts producer Wanxiang Group, which bought electric car pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the relaunch of Fisker's Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design from the company's last year of production, people close to the companies said.... Read More »

 

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