Manufacturing

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups.... Read More »

Mercedes readies advanced safety tech for next E class

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new suite of advanced safety and autonomous driving features on the redesigned E-class sedan next spring. Calling the new features “real life safety,” Mercedes-Benz executives say the intelligent and safety systems bring its vehicles closer to accident-free and autonomous driving.... Read More »

Quality Metalcraft acquired by private equity firm

2:34 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Automotive metal components and assemblies supplier Quality Metalcraft was acquired last month by private equity firm The Watermill Group LLC.... Read More »

Toyota, PSA boost joint Czech output 38% on updated models

July 7, 2015 16:35 CET

Toyota and PSA increased first-half production by 38 percent at their joint car factory in the Czech Republic thanks to the launch of updated versions of the minicars the two automakers build together.... Read More »

Takata, Autoliv named in Brazil price-fixing probe

8:39 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Brazil's antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into a suspected cartel involving local units of Japanese auto parts maker Takata and Swedish-American rival Autoliv, citing potential price collusion in safety belts, airbags and steering wheels.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Renault China boss counts on SUVs, Nissan to help win in key market

July 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault is convinced it can become a key player in China because of the addition of two locally built SUVs and its strong ties to alliance partner Nissan, which is well established in the market. Renault's China boss, Jacques Daniel, outlined the automaker's plans to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

BEAR TRAP?

Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. In an online commercial slated for possible TV play, focus group members are asked which cage they will use for refuge when a grizzly bear lumbers into the room: one made of aluminum or another made of high-strength steel.... Read More »

Chassix finds support for Chapter 11 exit plan

3:29 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Debt-laden auto supplier Chassix Holdings Inc. entered its bankruptcy court confirmation hearing late last week with nearly unanimous creditor support for its Chapter 11 exit plan.... Read More »

Mexico auto production, exports rise in June

12:43 pm U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Mexico auto production rose 6.7 percent in June to 306,694 units versus the same month last year, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said.... Read More »

Eberspaecher said to explore partnership or partial sale

July 6, 2015 15:01 CET

German supplier Eberspaecher is exploring a partnership with an overseas peer or a partial sale as it seeks to expand internationally, several sources familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for July

July 6, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Skoda's rising sales and profits both help and hinder its parent, VW Group.... Read More »

PACE Awards website taking applications for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Automotive News PACE Awards, jointly presented with EY and TRC Inc. and which honor game-changing, commercialized innovation by suppliers, has opened its website to accept applications for the 2016 competition.... Read More »

Germany issues fines to 5 suppliers for price fixing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Federal German Cartel Office has fined five automotive acoustic parts suppliers a total of 75 million euros ($83.1 million) for their roles in price fixing.... Read More »

Giugiaro steps aside; Audi takes over

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original Volkswagen Golf and first Fiat Panda, last week resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A., the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968.... Read More »

Austria deal to ease JLR production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to build vehicles at Magna Steyr's plant in Graz, Austria, to ease production constraints in the United Kingdom.... Read More »

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: TADASHI ARASHIMA, PRESIDENT, TOYODA GOSEI CO.

Toyoda Gosei 'on track' to loosening Toyota ties

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyoda Gosei President Tadashi Arashima says his company is on track to reducing its dependence on Toyota Motor Corp., which accounts for nearly two-thirds of the Japanese supplier's annual sales.... Read More »

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS: GUILLAUME DEVAUCHELLE, HEAD OF INNOVATION, VALEO

'Everything will be different' with self-driving tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Autonomous driving will become Valeo's main growth driver by 2020, says Guillaume Devauchelle, who is head of innovation at the French supplier. Valeo expects to combine its expertise in sensors, radar and other technologies to play an integral role in automakers' development of autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

Scion packs automatic braking into iA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2015

Scion's new iA sedan packs impressive collision avoidance tech for a little sedan that starts under $17,000. Thanks to Mazda.... Read More »

Toyota finds airbags are in demand on world's deadliest roads

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

For many years, carmakers have been loath to make airbags standard on models in India, worried that higher costs will hurt sales. But Toyota has found that customers don't mind paying more for safety on the world's deadliest roads.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover in talks on plant in Poland or Slovakia

July 3, 2015 18:20 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has made Poland one of two finalists for an auto factory, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said. Poland is competing with Slovakia to provide a site for the plant, which would produce 350,000 vehicles a year starting in 2019, he said.... Read More »

INTERACTIVE

VW, Renault maintain engine plant lead in Europe

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe's Guide to Powertrains shows more than 80 locations where global automakers and suppliers produce the engines and transmissions that help drive the auto industry in Europe and beyond.... Read More »

Saab owner to build EV plant in China

July 3, 2015 11:06 CET

China's National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which owns the assets of bankrupt Swedish automaker Saab, broke ground on a plant in China to produce electric vehicles. The company did not release any details about the EVs and it's not clear whether they will be marketed as Saabs.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German carmakers are right: Grexit can save Europe

3:39 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

German automakers are right to believe that Greece's exit from the Europe could save Europe.... Read More »

CLEPA names Brembo exec as next president

July 3, 2015 06:01 CET

European suppliers association CLEPA named Brembo executive Roberto Vavassori as its next president. Vavassori will help to carry forward CLEPA's priorities that include CO2 emissions, vehicle safety, connectivity, automated driving and a successful conclusion of an EU-U.S. trade pact.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Swedish royalty and the XC90

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

The Volvo XC90 has become synonymous with the Swedish royal family on multiple levels.... Read More »

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