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JULY U.S. SALES

Crossovers, trucks drive Nissan, GM, Ford, FCA to gains

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

Robust demand for trucks and crossovers, along with summer promotions, helped Nissan Motor, GM, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler post higher U.S. sales last month. Nissan Group's deliveries rose 7.8 percent to 130,872 -- a July record. GM volume climbed 6.4 percent to 272,512 on a 14 percent rise in retail deliveries.... 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 »

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 »

COMMENTARY

Takata apology is a sign that accountability is new normal

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

Times have changed. Today, consumers hold the key to the economy. The Detroit 3 control less than half the U.S. market. Consumers expect greater corporate responsibility and accountability, particularly on health and safety.... 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 »

Denso maps out two-pronged mpg drive

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

Yasushi Yamanaka, the newly appointed global r&d chief at Toyota Group mega supplier Denso Corp., is chasing two elusive methods to radically improve fuel efficiency by 2025. And neither involves sexy next-generation technologies such as electric-gasoline hybrids.... Read More »

Penske reports strong 2nd quarter, expands its online sales pilot

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

Penske Automotive Group reported big gains in second-quarter net income on rising unit sales and a solid performance in all business segments. It also said it is expanding its online sales initiative.... Read More »

Today's Volvo XC90: A rolling computer chip

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

When the XC90 was introduced in 2002, it had as many as 38 electronic control units -- small computers that receive data from sensors and components and issue control instructions. Now, it has as many as 107.... Read More »

Aisin aims to increase sales beyond top customer Toyota

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

Aisin Seiki, Toyota Motor Corp.'s second-biggest supplier, is taking a counterintuitive approach to building business with its top customer. Aisin aims to increase sales to Toyota, in part, by selling more parts to Toyota's rivals.... Read More »

JTEKT targets diversification and steer-by-wire technology

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

JTEKT Corp. is not just the world's biggest supplier of steering systems, it is the world's 19th largest auto parts supplier, period. Yet to President Tetsuo Agata, his company is still not a “real global company.” Of JTEKT's 40 top executives, for example, only one is a non-Japanese.... Read More »

Swift and secure vehicle software updates?

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

When it comes to connected cars, Redbend, an Israeli software company, is sitting in a prime position. As automakers add software to vehicles, those systems will require updates, just as home computers and mobile devices do. And Redbend's specialty, first developed for the smartphone and personal computer markets, is to update software quickly and efficiently.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Performance rules -- despite the push for more mpg

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

Right now, we are in the golden age of high-performance cars, be they gasoline, electric or hybrid.... Read More »

OESA zeros in on Mexico, new-tech suppliers

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

Tier 1 companies are struggling to build networks of Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers in Mexico because smaller vendors are reluctant to shoulder the financial risk, says Julie Fream, CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.... Read More »

Diversity is Calsonic Kansei's top priority

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

Hiroshi Moriya, CEO of Calsonic Kansei Corp., wants a bigger slice of sales from customers beside Nissan Motor Co., its top shareholder with a 42 percent stake. He also wants to internationalize Calsonic Kansei's management. Of its 23 top global executives, only three are non-Japanese. Finally, he wants to develop new products by mixing and matching the company's broad range of components.... Read More »

Seeking N.A. niche, China's Minth expands in Mexico

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

Minth Group, a maker of roof racks, hopes to gain a niche in North America. The company supplies the Detroit 3 along with Audi, BMW, Honda and Nissan, and it already has three plants in Mexico and one in Michigan.... Read More »

Nissan inspired by high-end fashion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015

Nissan wanted some European fashion to move its American-made Maxima sedan further upscale for 2016. It turned to Alcantara, the Italian producer of material used in high-end apparel and automotive seating, to give the Maxima SR sport package the look of some exotic European sport coupes.... Read More »

REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT

Subaru's low-paid foreign workers power an export boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

At the heart of Subaru's ongoing U.S. sales boom has been the Forester SUV, which has carved out a following with American drivers for its performance, price and aura of social responsibility. What Subaru does not tout is that its boom is made possible in part by asylum seekers and other cheap foreign laborers from Asia and Africa.... Read More »

Pacific trade talks end without deal; vehicle tariffs, rules remain a hurdle

3:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

High-level negotiations in Hawaii on a trade agreement in the Pacific Rim wrapped up without a final deal as disagreements over vehicle tariffs and other rules trumped progress in other areas. The dialogue may resume within weeks.... Read More »

GM powertrain plan calls for advancing on many fronts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

When you ask Dan Nicholson about a certain powertrain or technology, he doesn't tell you why it can't be done. Chances are, he'll tell you where it fits in General Motors' ambitious global powertrain portfolio. Nicholson, 51, who took over as GM's vice president of global powertrain late last year.... Read More »

REUTERS ANALYSIS

BMW, Apple could rekindle courtship with an eye on car collaboration

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars.... Read More »

Honda quarterly profit rises 20% as U.S. sales, weak yen offset quality costs

4:49 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

Honda's quarterly profit jumped 20 percent as strong sales in the U.S. and a weak yen helped to absorb the impact of higher quality-related costs linked to a recall of cars equipped with Takata airbags.... Read More »

German carmakers near $3 billion deal for Nokia's maps, report says

3:52 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

A group of German luxury-car makers including BMW are close to sealing the purchase of Nokia Oyj's digital-maps business for about 2.7 billion euros ($3 billion), people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Supplier to the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

3:58 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is the first generation of the premium midsize CUV. It is assembled in Vance, Ala., on Mercedes’s W164/V251/W166 platform. The program code is : C292. Suppliers include BorgWarner, Federal-Mogul and Inteva. The supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

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