Manufacturing

U.S. indicts 2 execs from NGK for price-fixing

1:39 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

One current and one former executive with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug were indicted today on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold in the United States, the Justice Department said today.... Read More »

THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall

11:54 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged on Tuesday that parts contained in nearly 34 million U.S. vehicles were defective.... Read More »

PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Fixing Takata fiasco must become top priority

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

The Takata airbag crisis continues to mushroom into the largest safety recall disaster in auto industry history. That's no small feat just a year after the General Motors ignition switch scandal. This is the auto industry at its absolute worst -- both in Japan and in the U.S.... Read More »

Ford trims China output as market slows, pricing pressure builds

2:22 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Ford, which is in the midst of a plant-opening blitz in China, reduced production there slightly in the first quarter in response to a market slowdown and price cuts by rivals, the head of Ford’s Asia Pacific region said today.... Read More »

Renault may reconsider Turkey investment amid instability from strike

May 21, 2015 15:02 CET

Renault says it could reconsider investment in Turkey after a labor dispute over working conditions stopped production at its Turkish joint venture. Ford and Fiat also halted output after the dispute began last week.... Read More »

GM to invest $439 million in paint shop expansion at Corvette plant

6:34 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $439 million in its Chevrolet Corvette plant in Kentucky as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on U.S. factory upgrades.... Read More »

PSA plans factory in low-cost Morocco, report says

May 21, 2015 17:05 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to build a car factory in Morocco to help increase sales in Africa, a report said. The plant would have an initial annual capacity of under 100,000 vehicles and would build vehicles from the middle to lower portion of PSA's product range.... Read More »

U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit added to Takata criminal case

10:50 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

US prosecutors in Detroit have joined the federal probe into Takata's defective airbag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally.... Read More »

German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report says

May 21, 2015 16:48 CET

Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said. Automakers use HERE's maps in vehicle navigation systems and are counting on them to provide crucial context for upcoming collision-detection systems.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Can Takata survive historic U.S. airbag recall?

6:53 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Automakers have largely stood behind airbag component maker Takata, taking the hit to their own reputations from a series of recalls related to the Japanese company's products that began in 2008. That loyalty is about to be put to the test.... Read More »

Consumers overwhelm NHTSA website

7:29 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible.... Read More »

Schaeffler Q1 profit buoyed by vehicle demand, weak euro

May 21, 2015 11:41 CET

German supplier Schaeffler reported a 3.8 percent rise in quarterly operating profit because of robust demand from carmakers in the U.S. and China as well as the effects of a weaker euro.... Read More »

PSA, Dongfeng plan to start production in Vietnam, report says

May 21, 2015 11:12 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Dongfeng will open an assembly plant in Vietnam as part of plans to expand in Southeast Asia, China's Xinhua news agency reported. The automakers have also started production in Malaysia, the report said.... Read More »

Timeline of Takata airbag recalls

7:05 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata.... Read More »

Autoliv ready to pump up capacity to meet Takata replacement inflator demand

6:30 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Swedish auto safety gear maker Autoliv said today that it is ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata acknowledged its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective.... Read More »

Autoliv is ready to increase capacity after Takata expands recall

May 20, 2015 11:10 CET

Swedish supplier Autoliv said it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators.... Read More »

Takata recall poses dilemma for U.S. backing untested fix

6:48 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata's latest recall leaves U.S. regulators with a dilemma: swap defective airbags with parts that may be no safer than the original ones, or shoulder automakers with replacing 34 million vehicles.... Read More »

Takata changed design of its airbags in 2008, report says

6:32 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Troubled airbag supplier Takata began changing the safety devices in 2008 to reduce the risk that humidity would cause them to deploy abnormally, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

More replacement airbag production planned, Takata says

1:25 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata said it plans to boost production of parts needed to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators that could spray vehicle occupants with metal shards.... Read More »

THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing

1:49 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Embattled airbag supplier Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators ruptured in the company's testing since September. The ruptures occurred in ballistic tests of more than 30,000 airbag inflators Takata retrieved from recalled vehicles.... Read More »

Ford's Turkish plant cancels shift as labor unrest hits suppliers

May 20, 2015 08:27 CET

Ford Otosan, the Turkish arm of Ford, cancelled an extra working shift, citing supply chain problems amid widening labor unrest in Turkey's automotive sector.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Honda works smart to fill UK plant

4:52 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Honda has reduced the problem of drastic undercapacity at its factory in Swindon, England, after the automaker's production took a hit from Europe's economic slump, by inviting suppliers to utilize the empty space.... Read More »

Some Jeep Renegades being held for software issues

10:18 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said some new Jeep Renegade subcompact crossovers are being withheld from dealers because of software problems.... Read More »

Takata acknowledges defect in airbags

2:15 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

After months of pressure from U.S. regulators, Takata Corp. acknowledged that its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective, a decision that sharply expands the scope of the airbag crisis and could prompt one of the largest recalls for a safety defect in U.S. history.... Read More »

Continental to buy Elektrobit auto unit in bid to boost autonomous tech

May 19, 2015 11:07 CET

Continental will buy the automotive business of Finnish software and hardware company Elektrobit Oyj for 600 million euros ($680 million) as the German company seeks to strengthen its position in automated driving technology.... Read More »

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