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Suppliers to the 2015 Chrysler 200

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 Chrysler 200 includes Mitchell Plastics, MCI Mirror Controls, Guardian AutomotiveMagna, IEE, TRW Automotive, TE Connectivity, HP Pelzer, Delfingen, GT Technologies, Ideal Tridon, Sika, Filtran, Sanluis Rassini, BASF, AGM Automotive, Prince Metal Products, Janesville Acoustics,...

Suppliers to the 2015 Ford F series

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Suppliers to the 2015 Ford F series includes Avery Dennison, Auma-Bocar Group, HellermannTyton, Methode Electronics, Cequent Performance Products, Eagle Ottawa, Guardian, HellermannTyton, Gestamp, SRG Global, Leggett & Platt, Hitachi Cable America, ITT Friction Technologies, Inergy Automotive,...

Check out the ANE e-magazine for August

Aug. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at the potential risks and rewards facing Porsche as it strives to achieve global sales of 200,000 vehicles a year.


Ford, GM play with numbers for bragging rights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Ford and GM delete the weight of some heavy parts, such as spare tires and rear bumpers, in calculating the maximum payload of some profitable pickups. The practice is raising questions of confidence.

AutoNation sales up 8 percent in its best July since 2006

11:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
AutoNation said today new-vehicle retail sales in the United States increased 8 percent in July from a year earlier to 27,484 units -- the company's best July since 2006.

Rowe moves to president of AutoTrader.com from Kelley Blue Book

7:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Jared Rowe, former president of Kelley Blue Book, has been appointed president of AutoTrader.com, effectively immediately, the two companies said Monday.

GM Financial says Justice Dept. seeks subprime loan records

11:36 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
GM's lending unit said the Department of Justice subpoenaed documents related to its subprime lending practices.


Imagining the impossible -- a Bimmer pickup?

8:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Would any self-respecting BMW enthusiast be caught dead hauling cargo around town in an open-bed 3-Series?

German car sales bounce back in July

Aug. 4, 2014 10:43 CET
New-car sales in Germany bounced back in July, suggesting further improvement in second-half demand in Europe's largest auto market.

At the half: N.America car and truck production by plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2014.


A failure to punish fails members

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
A New York Times report on July 20 cast some car dealerships once again as unscrupulous businesses. Both the NIADA and NADA issued strong statements against the practices outlined in the report. Fine, but what matters is action.

Ford probes fire that destroyed pickup during testing

12:36 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Ford is studying a fire that destroyed a pickup truck during recent testing in California. According to a spy photographer, the truck, heavily clad in black vinyl, is an aluminum-bodied 2016 Ford Super Duty pickup.

Mercedes cuts Chinese parts prices under pressure from regulators

Aug. 4, 2014 08:10 CET
Mercedes will voluntarily cut the prices of more than 10,000 spare parts in China by an average of 15 percent from the beginning of September in response to pressure from China's anti-monopoly regulators.

Lenders listen to satisfy dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
As auto lenders seek to do a better job of serving dealers, there's no single solution, said Mark Kaczynski, CEO of captive finance company Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., which serves the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In the J.D. Power 2014 U.S.


Why the supplier price-fixing investigation looms large

9:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
There's three dozen people in the auto supply chain who should be on the mind of everyone attending the Management Briefing Seminars here this year.


JLR still tops when it comes to aluminum

1:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Nobody in the world auto industry makes more aluminum-bodied vehicles than Jaguar Land Rover. Its latest, the Jaguar F-Type sports car, is a global hit, as are the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. All have aluminum bodies.


Safety regulators working on cars that can detect drunk drivers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Federal safety regulators are working on a “seamless” technology that can detect alcohol by touch and breath and can be used to reduce or eliminate alcohol-related vehicle crashes.


Lightweight vehicles pay manufacturing dividends to automakers

5:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Lightweight vehicle materials are delivering significant side benefits to automakers striving to improve fuel economy.


U.S. launches safety inspections of Southern auto suppliers

8:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Alarmed by what it calls higher than normal incidents of injuries and safety lapses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an inspection of auto parts plants across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

China business helps Pininfarina to cut its first-half loss

Aug. 4, 2014 13:05 CET
Pininfarina had an operating loss of 4.5 million euros in the first six months, 1.8 million euros less than in the same period last year.

Daimler will raise its Aston Martin stake to 5% as it deepens ties with UK sports-car maker

Aug. 4, 2014 15:39 CET
Daimler will raise its stake in Aston Martin to 5% and supply the U.K. sports-car producer with electric and electronic parts to deepen an alliance that started last year.


Porsche's rapid growth brings risks

Aug. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche sales are booming as the carmaker looks set to hit a target of 200,000 annual global sales before a 2018 deadline, but some industry watchers worry that too much emphasis on volume jeopardizes the brand's exclusivity.

Death toll from blast at Chinese GM supplier rises to 75

6:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The death toll from the explosion at the factory of a GM supplier near Shanghai rose to 75, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Italian car sales rose 5% in July

Aug. 4, 2014 13:49 CET
New car sales in Italy rose 5 percent in July compared to the same month a year ago to 113,777 vehicles


Jaguar exec touts XE's fuel efficiency

5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The upcoming Jaguar XE small sedan is poised to become the most fuel efficient car Jaguar has ever built, based on fuel economy estimates for the European diesel model.

Toyota dreams of green car future, but light-truck gains are driving profits

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyota is hitching its future to green cars, investing billions of dollars in gasoline-electric hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles, but for now its record profit performance is being powered largely by a gas-guzzling U.S. market.

ZF explores steering unit sale as part of TRW deal, reports say

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
ZF Friedrichshafen is considering selling its steering business as part of its proposed acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. to resolve expected antitrust issues, people familiar with the matter said today.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Chinese parts, made in USA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Suppliers are building factories, snapping up U.S.-based rivals; U.S. subpoenas GM Financial; industry's skills shortage.


Why auto workers will be wearing their jobs

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
New factory technology is in the pipeline that will turn workers' clothing into data-emitting devices for plant management.

Novelis expects to double auto aluminum production in 4 years

9:08 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Novelis, the world's largest sheet aluminum producer, expects to double its North American production of automotive aluminum by 2018 or so from 2014 levels.


GM tries new tools to lure young talent

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
General Motors needs new workers, but young people have the impression that factory work is dull, dingy and monotonous. That partly explains why GM is experimenting with a stream of new tools and innovative factory ideas.

U.S. upgrades Honda Accord airbag probe after nearly 300 complaints

9:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
U.S. safety regulators have upgraded the investigation of an estimated 335,195 Honda Accord sedans a step closer to a recall after receiving almost 300 complaints that airbags can deploy when the car door is shut with too much force.

Used-vehicle prices to fall 5% by 2017 as supply recovers, ALG says

2:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Used-vehicle prices in the U.S. are poised to fall as the supply increases because rebounding new-vehicle sales are putting more trade-ins on dealer lots, TrueCar Inc.'s ALG division said.


Standardized robotic stations can improve quality as lightweight materials gain favor, exec says

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Automakers' rapid embrace of lightweight materials will dramatically increases manufacturing complexity that can be solved with automation and standardization, says Martin Kinsella, director of advanced materials and process technology for Comau.


How researcher quantifies the value of good supplier relations

10:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
What is it worth for an automaker to have good relations with its suppliers? For Honda and Toyota, quite a lot, according to a study published today by researcher John Henke.

Acura hopes awd helps it recoup sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Acura expects its improved, next-generation all-wheel-drive technologies in two upcoming sedans to help make up lost ground from a delayed product launch as the brand chases a full-year U.S. sales increase.

Lincoln seeks styling edge with MKC liftgate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The wraparound liftgate on the 2015 Lincoln MKC is unlike those on most crossovers. Because the MKC's liftgate has such a complex, curvy shape, it must make a three-stop odyssey before being attached to the vehicle at Ford Motor Co.'s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky.


VW touts new MQB architecture on Golf hatchback

11:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Volkswagen, hoping to boost sales of the new Golf hatchback in the United States, today touted the vehicle's MQB architecture.


American Axle plans tech center in Detroit

11:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
American Axle & Manufacturing plans to build a technical center at its Detroit headquarters to develop prototype components and to test manufacturing lines, CEO David Dauch said today.

Supplier relationships cost top 6 automakers in U.S. $1.4B in profit, study says

7:06 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The six largest automakers in the United States could have earned $1.4 billion more last year if they had improved their relationships with suppliers, a study says.

VIDEO: First Shift: July winners, losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Industry again posts robust sales, but could rising incentives spoil the party?; blast death toll grows; a youthful take on BMW.


Mercedes-Benz's autonomous driving features dominate the industry -- and will for years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Silicon Valley is making waves with news about self-driving cars. But the most-advanced vehicles that consumers can actually buy today came out of Mercedes-Benz in Germany.

Kia aims to take lead on leads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Kia Motors America wants to cut its outsize dependence on third-party shopping sites for online sales leads. Now, 80 percent of the online leads Kia sends to dealerships come from third-party vendors or sources other than its retail Web site. Kia wants to reduce the figure to 55 percent.