Manufacturing

VW to roll out high-end safety tech across lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volkswagen Group has long sold sensor-based crash prevention systems in high-end models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley. Last week, it showed the trickle-down effect in action as it detailed plans to roll out features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and automated parking across the entire U.S. lineup of the Volkswagen brand for the 2016 model year.... Read More »

New steels, execs say, save weight

5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Audi and BMW officials detailed a mixed-materials approach to lightweighting automobile bodies Monday at the seminars, saying they will use a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to save weight.... Read More »

JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The executive who is orchestrating the spin-off of Johnson Controls' $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit has a straightforward message for customers: steady as she goes.... Read More »

N.A. output will hit new records to meet sales, export demands, forecaster says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

North American vehicle output will continue rising to new records over the next two years as non-Detroit 3 automakers localize more production, a chief industry forecaster says.... Read More »

Suppliers to the Cadillac CT6

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The brand-new 2016 Cadillac CT6 premium luxury sedan is assembled in Hamtramck, Mich., on General Motors' OMEGA platform. The program code is O1SL. Suppliers to the CT6 include HELLA, Inalfa, Nemak and Roechling. The data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Suppliers to the Acura ILX

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Acura ILX received a face-lift for the 2016 model year. The compact luxury sedan is assembled in Marysville, Ohio, on Honda's C-5 platform. The program code is 2TA. Suppliers to the ILX include American Mitsuba, Nissan Brake, Pancon and Weastec.... Read More »

How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. They included switching to lighter-weight tires, adopting a new vehicle acoustics material that weighs less, changing suppliers where necessary to find lighter solutions, and even redesigning parts that BMW had already previously redesigned to cut weight.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Nissan wants you to know that size matters

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Nissan executives have grown fond of telling audiences that their vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is now North America's largest. Last year's output: 648,000 cars and SUVs.... Read More »

JULY U.S. SALES

Sales rise 5.3% on hardy crossover, truck volume

8:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicles sales -- fueled by healthy truck demand and gains at most major automakers -- rose 5.3 percent in July, helping the industry begin the second half of 2015 on a strong note. Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., GM, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai-Kia all had gains between 5 percent and 8 percent while Subaru scored its sixth double-digit advance of the year.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Why Conti has the inside track on automated maps

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Now that Mercedes, BMW and Audi are buying Nokia's HERE navigation map unit for $3.1 billion, the big winner could be Continental AG.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: July's secret sauce? 'Nothing bad happening'

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Why did auto sales flourish in July? “Nothing bad happening,” which as it happens, is my favorite explanation this month.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: HERE acquisition shows maps are the new oil

4:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry -- the new oil.... Read More »

Subaru's non-automotive engine a big hit at CAR's event

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It wasn’t a turbo. And it didn’t sport the company’s trademark “boxer” opposed engine. But the Subaru-powered generator at the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars just may be the most important engine here.... Read More »

BMW, Audi and Daimler open to other investors in map consortium, report says

Aug. 3, 2015 17:12 CET

BMW, Audi and Daimler plan to invite other investors to join the mapping consortium they have forged to compete with Google, Bloomberg reported. Talks have been held with other automakers including GM, according to the report.... Read More »

BMW, Audi, Daimler will boost self-driving push with Nokia maps acquisition

Aug. 3, 2015 08:05 CET

BMW, Audi and Daimler will buy Nokia's digital-map unit for 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion) in a push to extend the reach of automakers into digital services for self-driving cars.... Read More »

Q&A

High-tech turbos, rear axles push Continental's sales

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Continental AG's sales rose nearly $1 billion last year compared with 2013. One reason: turbochargers. Continental's new turbos are on such vehicles as the redesigned Mini Cooper and the BMW i8 hybrid sports coupe.... Read More »

Stop-start systems pick up speed in North America

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Stop-start systems are starting to take off in North America. By 2020, about 35 percent of vehicles sold in North America will feature stop-start systems, up from 10 percent this year, predicts Navigant Consulting, a Chicago research firm.... Read More »

Bosch targets cylinder deactivation for 4-bangers

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

A senior executive at Robert Bosch confirmed that the German supplier is developing cylinder deactivation technology for four-cylinder engines, to improve fuel economy in small and midsize cars.... Read More »

Jet design inspired interior of 2016 Maxima

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

To design the interior of the 2016 Maxima, Nissan designers were looking for ways to present drivers a lot of safety, navigation and entertainment information - without overloading their senses. Product planning manager Vishnu Jayamohan said Nissan designers found clues and inspiration in the cockpits of F-18 fighter jets.... Read More »

Q&A

Plastic Omnium: Stiffer emissions rules will fuel gains

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Laurent Burelle, CEO of Plastic Omnium, is a high-energy executive who at 65cq says he plans to retire “sometime in the next 50 years.” There is no time to slow down because Burelle wants to boost revenue 32 percent to 7 billion euros by 2018 at the French supplier of bumpers and fuel tanks founded by his family in 1946.... Read More »

NHTSA uses FCA order to clean up industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's July 24 consent decree with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles seeks to punish and remedy the automaker's safety shortcomings while also addressing recall issues vexing the entire industry.... Read More »

HARD-CORE SOFTWARE

A new breed of software engineer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

As auto suppliers beef up their software development, the hunt for software talent has taken on the urgency of a gold rush.... Read More »

Delphi invests in connectivity, driver assistance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Delphi agreed to buy the HellermannTyton Group for 1.07 billion ($1.7 billion) to add cabling gear used in cars.... Read More »

Japanese score big in N.A. in 1st quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Booming business in North America was a gleaming bright spot for Japanese automakers in the latest quarter, as sales and operating profits climbed higher in the region for Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Honda and Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries.... Read More »

In Bob Lutz's crystal ball, Apple, Google may win

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Bob Lutz, 83, has been around longer than most in the auto industry. The former General Motors, BMW, Ford and Chrysler executive knows a lot about change because he's seen so much of it. Lutz offered his vision of personal mobility in the future. He didn't say when it would happen, but he was fairly explicit on what it would look like.... Read More »

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