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Suppliers to the 2013 Ford Fusion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Shoppers may choose from three gasoline-powered versions -- 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines -- along with a gasoline-electric hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid arrives early next year. There's no V-6.

Denso invites automakers, rival suppliers to share driver stress research

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Denso wants to form a research group with automakers and suppliers to study driver stress. Denso has studied people's physiological reactions to using infotainment devices while driving.

GM names Kim Brycz interim purchasing chief

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
GM has named Kim Brycz, a veteran purchasing executive, as interim purchasing chief while the company seeks a permanent replacement for Bob Socia.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Capitol Hill to Cadillac

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
GM taps lobbyist to lead brand; carmaker keeps door open to outsiders; Ram, Honda Hispanic ad strategy; 616 HP for $354K.

VIDEO: First Shift: Fiat to revise outlook

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Marchionne under pressure as European market slumps, Japanese sales slide in China, Jeremy Lin's Volvo ad, a green idea.

McLaren teams up with Neiman Marcus to offer 12 special Spiders for Christmas

4:46 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Looking for a special holiday gift for the exotic car lover on your shopping list? Neiman Marcus is featuring 12 special-edition red 2013 McLaren 12C Spiders -- priced at $354,000 -- as part of its 2012 Christmas catalog.

Honda dangles $3,000 gift card to buyers of natural gas Civic

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
American Honda, taking advantage of high gasoline prices in some parts of the country to pitch alternative fuels, is offering a $3,000 card to buyers of the compressed natural gas-powered Honda Civic.


Now we'll see if the C-Max Hybrid lives up to the hype

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Congratulations, Alan Mulally, Jim Farley, Mark Fields, et al. I believe you. I've bought the hype. I'm in, and I have freely agreed to break nearly every car-buying rule I hold dear because of it. Let's just hope you're right.

Lithium ion battery breakthrough could cut costs, researchers say

3:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
University of California, San Diego researchers say they have developed a way to better estimate what goes on inside lithium ion batteries -- a breakthrough that could lead to lower battery costs and faster charging times for electric vehicles.

GM lobbyist Ferguson, former AT&T exec, to steer Cadillac worldwide

11:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
GM named a former AT&T executive who served as the automaker’s voice in Washington after its U.S.-steered rescue to become global chief of Cadillac. Robert Ferguson, 53, a former AT&T executive who has been GM's vice president of global public policy, becomes vice president of global Cadillac.

Strong September helps BMW maintain sales lead over Audi, Mercedes

Oct. 9, 2012 10:58 CET
BMW increased vehicle sales at its flagship BMW brand by 14.3 percent to 146,843 in September thanks to strong demand in China, the United States and Europe. The growth helped BMW to maintain its sales lead over premium competitors Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

GM weighs powertrain headquarters expansion in suburban Detroit

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
General Motors may expand its global powertrain engineering headquarters in suburban Detroit, where an $87.6 million tax abatement has been approved.

BorgWarner CEO says Q4 may be 'difficult'

1:26 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Supplier BorgWarner, which makes turbochargers, is concerned the fourth quarter may be “more difficult” for companies as a slowdown in Europe widens, CEO Tim Manganello said in an interview.


The unscientific proof that the U.S. auto industry has recovered

11:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
The auto industry and, by extension, Michigan’s economy are back on their feet again. It’s official. At least it is by my personal measure.

Suppliers to the 2013 Nissan Altima

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
The redesigned Altima boasts fuel economy of 27 mpg city/38 highway. And it retains a V-6 option while many mid-sized sedans are dropping V-6s. The car, assembled in Canton, Miss., went on sale in June. These supplier data are compiled by

Ford would have shut without GM, Chrysler aid, Rattner says

11:20 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Ford, the only large U.S. automaker that didn’t receive a U.S. government bailout, would’ve failed along with General Motors and Chrysler if President Barack Obama’s administration hadn’t rescued the industry, said Steven Rattner, who headed Obama’s auto task force.

Japanese auto sales plunge in China as territorial dispute festers

10:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Toyota and Nissan reported their biggest drops in China sales since at least least 2008 after consumers shunned Japanese cars amid a territorial dispute between Asia's two largest economies.

Chrysler and 2 rejected N.Y. dealers may head to court

9:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Attorneys for Eagle Auto Mall, Terry Morris Chrysler-Jeep and Chrysler Group are scheduled to meet Thursday, Oct. 11, in a final pre-trial conference to hammer out a settlement or set a court date in a lawsuit that stems from when the dealerships were rejected during Chrysler's bankruptcy.

TRW, Continental expand use of electro-hydraulic brakes, first developed for hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Electro-hydraulic braking, a technology developed to meet the needs of hybrid-powered vehicles, is poised for wider use in conventional cars and trucks.

VW brand sales rise 4.3% in September

Oct. 9, 2012 12:29 CET
Volkswagen said global vehicle deliveries of its core VW-brand were up by 4.3 percent to 492,500 last month, as the automaker increased sales in most major markets except western Europe.

TRW, Continental expand use of electro-hydraulic brakes

Oct. 9, 2012 06:01 CET
Electro-hydraulic braking, a technology developed to meet the needs of hybrid-powered vehicles, is poised for wider use in conventional cars and trucks.

Marchionne to update Fiat-Chrysler plan due to Europe woes

Oct. 9, 2012 06:01 CET
Sergio Marchionne, who heads Fiat and Chrysler Group, will revise two-year growth plans for both automakers later this month to reflect the slump in European auto sales.

Varin says PSA job cuts are an 'internal matter'

Oct. 9, 2012 09:23 CET
PSA's restructuring is an "internal matter," the French automaker's CEO told reporters during a factory visit by industry minister Arnaud Montebourg. Philippe Varin's comment was a rebuff for Montebourg who had said he would wring concessions from the carmaker in talks on its restructuring plans.


At last, a driver-friendly warning device for lane departures

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
I've never been a fan of lane-departure warning devices. Vehicles with these systems seemed like overanxious nannies, buzzing with alarm whenever I even thought about changing lanes. But now I'm willing to give the technology a second look.

Honeywell: Turbochargers will power 1 in 4 U.S. vehicles sold in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
U.S. sales of turbocharged light vehicles are expected to triple by 2017 as automakers downsize their powertrains to meet federal corporate average fuel economy targets, Honeywell Transportation Systems predicts.

Sterling Group to buy Dexter Axle for $360 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
An affiliate of Sterling Group of Houston has agreed to purchase Dexter Axle in a deal worth $360 million.

Magna to produce sunroofs in Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Magna International Inc. plans to invest $10.1 million to develop and sell sunroofs.

Harman to open software center in Chicago

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Harman International Industries says it will open a software center in suburban Chicago to provide engineering for infotainment.

Hitachi to build suspension component factory in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Inc. has started building a factory in Queretaro, Mexico. By 2016, Hitachi expects to spend $100 million on the plant.

Prism builds new plant and headquarters in Detroit area

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Prism Plastics has moved into its new factory and corporate headquarters in suburban Detroit, a $2.5 million complex in Chesterfield Township, Mich.

Surprise: Older drivers do well with speech controls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
This summer, Agero Inc., a Medford, Mass., telematics provider, tested the ability of motorists 65 to 75 years old to operate a voice-activated navigation system while driving. "They did very well," said Thomas Schalk, Agero's vice president of voice technology.

Supplier personnel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Personnel changes for The Car Connectivity Consortium, Calstart and Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.