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Guide to Industry Executives - August 2014

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Suppliers to the 2015 Chrysler 200

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,... Read More »

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Suppliers to the 2015 Ford F series

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,... Read More »

Check out the ANE e-magazine for August

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. Read More »

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PAYLOAD 'GAMESMANSHIP':

Ford, GM play with numbers for bragging rights

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. Read More »

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AutoNation sales up 8 percent in its best July since 2006

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. Read More »

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

Jared Rowe, former president of Kelley Blue Book, has been appointed president of AutoTrader.com, effectively immediately, the two companies said Monday. Read More »

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GM Financial says Justice Dept. seeks subprime loan records

GM's lending unit said the Department of Justice subpoenaed documents related to its subprime lending practices. Read More »

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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS:

Imagining the impossible -- a Bimmer pickup?

Would any self-respecting BMW enthusiast be caught dead hauling cargo around town in an open-bed 3-Series? Read More »

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German car sales bounce back in July

New-car sales in Germany bounced back in July, suggesting further improvement in second-half demand in Europe's largest auto market. Read More »

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

Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2014. Read More »

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COMMENTARY: JAMES B. TREECE:

A failure to punish fails members

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. Read More »

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Ford probes fire that destroyed pickup during testing

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. Read More »

Mercedes cuts Chinese parts prices under pressure from regulators

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. Read More »

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Lenders listen to satisfy dealers

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. Read More »

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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:

Why the supplier price-fixing investigation looms large

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. Read More »

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RICHARD TRUETT:

JLR still tops when it comes to aluminum

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. Read More »

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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS:

Safety regulators working on cars that can detect drunk drivers

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. Read More »

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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS:

Lightweight vehicles pay manufacturing dividends to automakers

Lightweight vehicle materials are delivering significant side benefits to automakers striving to improve fuel economy. Read More »

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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS:

U.S. launches safety inspections of Southern auto suppliers

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. Read More »

China business helps Pininfarina to cut its first-half loss

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Porsche's rapid growth brings risks

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. Read More »

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Death toll from blast at Chinese GM supplier rises to 75

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. Read More »

Italian car sales rose 5% in July

New car sales in Italy rose 5 percent in July compared to the same month a year ago to 113,777 vehicles Read More »

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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS:

Jaguar exec touts XE's fuel efficiency

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Chinese parts, made in USA

Suppliers are building factories, snapping up U.S.-based rivals; U.S. subpoenas GM Financial; industry's skills shortage. Read More »

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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS:

Why auto workers will be wearing their jobs

New factory technology is in the pipeline that will turn workers' clothing into data-emitting devices for plant management. Read More »

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Novelis expects to double auto aluminum production in 4 years

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. Read More »

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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS:

GM tries new tools to lure young talent

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS:

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

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. Read More »

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DAVID SEDGWICK:

How researcher quantifies the value of good supplier relations

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. Read More »

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Acura hopes awd helps it recoup sales

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. Read More »

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Lincoln seeks styling edge with MKC liftgate

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. Read More »

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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS:

VW touts new MQB architecture on Golf hatchback

Volkswagen, hoping to boost sales of the new Golf hatchback in the United States, today touted the vehicle's MQB architecture. Read More »

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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS:

American Axle plans tech center in Detroit

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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First Shift: July winners, losers

Industry again posts robust sales, but could rising incentives spoil the party?; blast death toll grows; a youthful take on BMW. Read More »

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SELF-CONFIDENT:

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

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. Read More »

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