A massive vehicle recall by four Japanese automakers because of faulty airbags underscores the perils of huge global supply chains as companies increasingly rely on a handful of suppliers for common or similar parts.
Suppliers Continental Automotive Systems and Federal-Mogul Corp. led the field of winners by picking up two Automotive News PACE Awards each on Monday night. The 19th annual awards honor outstanding innovations from suppliers.
When you find a thriving seven-franchise dealership in sparsely populated South Dakota that has been in the same family for 106 years, you know they've learned a thing or two about finding and keeping customers.
As automakers in North America crank up production, suppliers that chopped capacity during the recession have become a critical bottleneck. Asked to boost production, many suppliers say they finally are making money again and are loath to take risks.
With the help of key suppliers -- ZF Friedrichshafen and American Axle & Manufacturing -- that developed two major innovations, the Cherokee is Jeep's best hope to compete with today's Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.
The UAW, which has been trying more aggressively to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the United States over the past two years, is taking another shot at organizing the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala.
Ford and GM are developing nine- and 10-speed transmissions jointly for use in cars, crossovers, pickups and SUVs. The rivals say partnering on the automatic front- and rear-wheel-drive gearboxes will get them to market faster and cheaper.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steve Dyer, CEO of Dick Dyer & Associates Mercedes-Volvo here, died March 27. He was 56. Steve Dyer had worked for Dick Dyer & Associates, which was founded by his father, since he was a teenager.
During a recent visit to China, Ford COO Mark Fields ran the company's global business-plan review meeting -- a weekly gathering that includes all of the company's senior leaders -- from Ford's China headquarters in Shanghai. The meeting ran until 1 p.m.
BWI Group provides the Mini Roadster's struts and shocks. The company's dampers, which are used by all models in the Mini lineup, incorporate compression and rebound valving designs that are specifically engineered to specifications developed for the BMW subsidiary.
Automakers will test China's huge appetite for crossovers and SUVs with introductions at the Shanghai auto show. Acura, BMW, Citroen, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen plan world debuts for compact crossovers, while Jeep -- which arguably started the SUV craze -- will roll out its new Cherokee.
After testifying last week before Texas legislators, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk talked in depth with Automotive News about his reluctance to use franchised dealers. The following is an excerpt of the interview with Automotive News reporter Amy Wilson:
Ford and General Motors are developing nine- and 10-speed transmissions jointly for use in cars, crossovers, pickups and SUVs. The rivals say partnering on the automatic front- and rear-wheel-drive gearboxes will get them to market faster and cheaper.
Automakers will test China's huge appetite for crossovers and SUVs with introductions this week at the Shanghai auto show. Acura, BMW, Citroen, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen plan world debuts for compact crossovers, while Jeep -- which arguably started the SUV craze -- will roll out its new Cherokee.
The departure of Fred Diaz, head of Chrysler Group's Ram brand, to become Nissan Division's top sales executive marks the first time a Chrysler brand chief has voluntarily left for another automaker since Fiat S.p.A. took over Chrysler four years ago.
The "world's best-selling vehicle nameplate" has a nice ring to it, and last week Ford laid claim to that title in 2012, just as it had for 2011. But Toyota would have none of it, claiming that its Corolla was the real No. 1.
American Axle & Manufacturing had been trying unsuccessfully for years to expand into the clutch business. But it wasn't it realized that its clutch design had a better use beyond an automatic transmission that it found an enthusiastic buyer in Chrysler Group.
Hyundai-Kia U.S. retail sales, excluding fleet sales, totaled about 248,900 vehicles in the first quarter, down 9 percent from last year. Meanwhile, major competitors all increased sales to retail customers.
Cadillac chief Bob Ferguson has picked Steve Majoros, a veteran of ad agency Campbell-Ewald and a force behind such well-known Chevrolet campaigns as "Like A Rock" and "American Revolution," as his global marketing director.
China gets part of the credit for Ford Motor Co.'s newest EcoBoost engine, a 1.5-liter powerplant. China gives car buyers a roughly $300 tax break for buying a vehicle with an engine of 1.5 liters or less.