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Suppliers to the 2013 Ford Escape

The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape, due this summer, will be loaded with electronic features, such as parking assist and Curve Control, which automatically slows the vehicle when it's going too fast in a corner. Ford is dropping an available V-6 and a hybrid version. Read More »


Ford's Koswick: Fleets profitable if disciplined

Three out of every 10 Fords sold in the U.S. go to fleet buyers. It has also boosted its share of the U.S. fleet market to 27 percent from 22 percent five years ago. In this segment, Kevin Koswick talks about the direction of fleet sales and how it continues to be a growing business for Ford. Read More »


Renault-Nissan launch new production line in Russia with AvtoVAZ

Renault-Nissan and their Russia partner AvtoVAZ have opened a new production line at the Russian automaker's factory in Togliatti. The line has an annual capacity of 350,000 units and will build vehicles for the three brands, Renault said. Read More »


Nissan will invest $200 million to build Golf rival

Nissan plans to invest $200 million to build a new compact hatchback in England. Production of the car, which will compete against models such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, will start in 2014. Read More »


GM sees new models spurring rebound from lower U.S. market share

GM Vice Chairman Stephen Girsky said last week the automaker wasn't panicking over its U.S. market share slide. At 17.5 percent, GM's domestic market share through March “may have surprised some people,” Girsky told analysts April 4. Read More »


AutoNews Now: Chrysler grabbing share

Chrysler gains, GM loses in race for U.S. market share; a survival step for Canada's auto union; and Chevy returns to days of 'Baseball, hotdogs.' Read More »


First Shift: Making driving obsolete

GM's former R&D chief sees autonomous cars on roads by 2020, Dart will offer wireless smartphone charging, inside look at Chevy facilities plan. Read More »


Russian car sales growth slows in March

Sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia rose 13 percent in March to 252,816, the Association for European Businesses said. Despite the rise, growth was markedly lower than in the first two months. Read More »

Prices for smaller used cars may rise in next few weeks

Trade-in values of compact and mid-sized used cars are expected to peak over the next few weeks, a senior analyst at NADA Used Car Guide predicts, citing a shortage of used-vehicle inventory, rising gasoline prices and demand for fuel-efficient vehicles. Read More »


Audi's signature e-sound: Can you hear Hollywood?

Here's something to ponder: If you were an electric Audi R8, what would you sound like? Audi engineers are working to answer this very question. Read More »

George Richard Grubbs dead at 82

George Richard Grubbs, a retired auto dealer, died April 2. He was 82. Read More »


Chrysler to use Jvis wireless charging systems on 3 vehicles

Jvis USA LLC will supply its in-vehicle wireless charging for consumer electronics to three Chrysler models as part of the automaker's Mopar division. Read More »

Robert Bosch N.A. names Mansuetti its new president

German supplier Robert Bosch GmbH today named Mike Mansuetti president of its North American business, Robert Bosch LLC. Mansuetti, 46, will assume the role July 1 from Werner Struth, 55, who will remain chairman of Robert Bosch LLC and a board member for its German parent. Read More »


Johnson Controls gets $5.48 million U.S. battery contract

The federal Advanced Battery Consortium has awarded a $5.48 million contract to automotive supplier Johnson Controls to continue development of lithium ion battery technology for plug-in hybrid vehicles. Read More »

March new-car purchases set new record for average mpg, study says

The average fuel economy for new vehicles purchased in the United States rose to a record 24.1 mpg in March, from 23.9 the previous month, researchers at the University of Michigan said. Read More »


Avoiding collisions -- the new frontier in vehicle safety -- has arrived

If you want to know how collision-avoidance technology will develop, study the new Mercedes GL.
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Belt maker Autoliv pursues crash avoidance

Autoliv Inc., the world's largest maker of airbags and seat belts, continues to muscle into collision avoidance. Read More »


At Infiniti and Hyundai, humans backstop voice commands

Despite voice recognition's growing popularity, two brands - Infiniti and Hyundai - have hedged their bets on infotainment systems by using call centers to backstop voice commands. Read More »


Cars that drive themselves? They're coming

Driverless vehicles, which allow an onboard computer to accelerate, brake and steer in place of the motorist, may be closer than you think. Read More »


Mazda asset sales loom for Japan's unprofitable automaker

The diversity of Mazda's assets -- including a professional baseball team, a hospital and more than $5 billion in land -- illustrates why scrutiny may intensify on Mazda President Takashi Yamanouchi's plans to revive a company that's forecasting its biggest annual loss in 11 years. Read More »


Audi sets new sales record in March

Audi sold a record 143,500 vehicles in March, a rise of 14.1 percent from a year earlier and the most cars the company has ever sold in a single month, the automaker said. Read More »

China parts flow briskly to U.S., but will it last?

Fast-rising labor wages have shaken China's claim as the world's lowest-cost auto parts producer, but it's unclear whether this means the flow of Chinese parts to the United States will slow. Last year, U.S. imports of China-made parts jumped 23 percent to $11. Read More »

TRW introduces touchpads for infotainment

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. has introduced a touchpad sensor with software that recognizes handwriting. Read More »

Severstal, UAW negotiate five-year labor contract

Severstal North America has negotiated a tentative five-year agreement with UAW Local 600 that covers 1,100 hourly workers at the company's steel mill in Dearborn, Mich. Read More »

MacLean-Fogg forms new polymer unit with EPC

MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions has merged its Polymer Technologies unit with EPC of Menomonee Falls, Wis. The new unit, called Engineered Plastics Co., will be aligned with MacLean-Fogg's engineered components group. EPC, a supplier of plastic injection moldings, has been in business since 1981. Read More »

JCI, Pricol form Indian JV to make interior components

Johnson Controls Inc. has formed a joint venture with Pricol Ltd. to produce instrument clusters, displays and body electronics. The 50-50 partnership will be named Johnson Controls Pricol Private Ltd. Read More »

Grede acquires Virginia-based foundry

Grede Holdings LLC has acquired a foundry and other assets of Virginia Casting Industries LLC, which is based in Radford, Va . The foundry, which produces steering knuckles and lower control arms, employs 170 workers. As Grede adds new business, employment is expected to rise to 270 workers in 2013. Read More »

Denso to acquire 3D business unit from I-Net

Denso Corp. has acquired a 3D business unit from I-Net Corp., which provides software to create and analyze three-dimensional images. Read More »

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