Manufacturing

U.S., Japan have 'significant gaps' on auto market access, trade official says

11:25 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Acting Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for US automobiles in the Japanese market.... Read More »

PSA's Slovakia unit expects to boost output with new model

March 31, 2015 15:29 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen expects to raise annual capacity at its factory in Trnava, Slovakia, to more than 300,000 by 2017 with the production of a new Citroen model. PSA did not name the new model but previous reports have said the automaker will move production of the Citroen C3 hatchback to the plant from its factory in Poissy, France, where the company will add a subcompact model for the upscale DS brand.... Read More »

Audi picks Delphi for technology bundling self-driving functions

10:44 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Audi is developing a device the size of an iPad tablet that will pack all the computing power needed for a car to drive itself safely along streets and highways without crashing.... Read More »

Bang & Olufsen to sell car-audio unit to Harman

8:31 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Bang & Olufsen A/S plans to sell its automotive sound-system business to Harman International Industries Inc., the US maker of JBL audio equipment, as the Danish company reorganizes to focus on consumer electronics.... Read More »

Honda will upgrade UK plant, move CR-V production to Canada

March 31, 2015 10:30 CET

Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its European-market CR-V crossover from the UK to Canada.... Read More »

Faurecia forms joint venture with China's Dongfeng

March 31, 2015 11:26 CET

Faurecia has agreed to form a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor to help increase its presence in the world's biggest car market. Faurecia is majority-owned by PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. Dongfeng has a 14 percent stake in PSA.... Read More »

Volvo plans $500 million U.S. assembly plant

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Volvo will spend about $500 million to build its first assembly plant in the United States as part of an ambitious effort to jump-start lagging sales. The automaker is talking to three states on a possible location and plans to start production in 2018.... Read More »

VW halts output for 3 weeks at Brazil plant, union says

March 30, 2015 19:14 CET

Volkswagen has halted production at its second-largest factory in Brazil for three weeks, a local union said, as a steep decline in demand forces carmakers to manage excess capacity. VW is one of many automakers working to cut costs in the country, where sales and output are down more than 20 percent in the first two months.... Read More »

NHTSA would get stop-sale power under U.S. bill

2:59 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would be able to order automakers to cease the sale of vehicles with dangerous safety defects under the Obama administration's multiyear surface transportation funding bill sent to congress today.... Read More »

Key Safety to use Mobileye vision tech to aid drivers

4:08 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Supplier Key Safety Systems said it has signed an agreement with Mobileye NV to use the software developer's vision processing chip for new types of driver assist technologies.... Read More »

Magna negotiating to sell interiors business to Grupo Antolin, report says

12:25 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Canada's Magna International is in talks to sell its car-interior business to Spain's Grupo Antolin, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall reports

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

Automotive News has won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the General Motors ignition-switch recall crisis. The Grand Neal, given by the Association of Business Information and Media Companies, marks the pinnacle of achievement in business-to-business media.... Read More »

ChemChina hopes to re-list Pirelli in Italy; says counterbid will hurt investors

March 30, 2015 09:14 CET

The chairman of China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina), Ren Jianxin, said he hopes to re-list Italy's Pirelli on the Italian stock exchange. A counterbid for Pirelli would hurt the Italian firm's investors and long-term strategy, he warned.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: While others stand up, Italy stands aside

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

Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner, while Ferrari styling house Pininfarina could be acquired by an Indian company. Ducati, Lamborghini and Italdesign Giugiaro are already in German hands. So why isn't Italy doing what other countries are doing to protect its domestic auto sector?... Read More »

Toyota's better cars get better plants

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

Toyota Motor Corp., which made "lean manufacturing" a global buzzword, is about to unleash a new wave of ultraefficient assembly plants. The streamlining -- which will slash capital investment costs, lead times and even the overall size of future factories -- will underpin a new generation of modularized product platforms.... Read More »

Delphi's driverless cross-country adventure

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

In 1903, a 31-year-old physician named Horatio Nelson Jackson journeyed from San Francisco to New York in a Winton touring car, the first motor car to traverse the U.S.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SIA was a success from the start

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

Lindsay Chappell's March 16 commentary encouraging Jaguar Land Rover to build a North American plant ("A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already," autonews.com) overlooks perhaps one of the most imaginative and successful variations on that theme: Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, the shared plant in Lafayette, Ind.... Read More »

LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs

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

Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc.... Read More »

Nissan's on-site suppliers free to serve competitors

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

In hopes of wooing more Midwestern parts makers to its side in Tennessee, Nissan says it will allow them to supply other automakers from under the roof Nissan will put over their heads.... Read More »

Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade.The French supplier said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years.... Read More »

Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones

March 27, 2015 17:55 CET

Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. The French supplier said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years.... Read More »

Cadillac CT6 to pack 34-speaker Bose sound system

3:20 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Cadillac's new flagship sedan will come with a new sound system that will leave nothing uncovered inside the cabin.... Read More »

Tesla presses Japanese battery suppliers to innovate, take risks

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

A Tesla executive courted partners in Japan for its so-called gigafactory, praising local companies for top-notch quality and technology while cautioning against slow decision-making and risk aversion.... Read More »

PSA picks France factory over Spain for engine production expansion

March 27, 2015 09:47 CET

PSA said it has chosen a French factory over a rival Spanish plant to expand engine production. PSA will upgrade its Tremery site to produce the turbocharged version of a three-cylinder engine already manufactured there. The plant beat out PSA's factory in Vigo, Spain, for the additional 200,000 engines a year.... Read More »

PSA, Mitsubishi cuts jobs in Russia, halt output again

March 27, 2015 11:06 CET

PSA and Mitsubishi will halt production at their joint venture plant in Russia for the second time this year and cut 100 jobs.... Read More »

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