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Cost quandary hits Japan's advanced factories

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014 | UPDATED: 4/14/14 9:25 pm ET - adds correction
It's a cruel paradox for Japan's manufacturers. Auto suppliers here have some of the world's most automated factories. But because they also serve as global mother plants for low-tech operations overseas, they sometimes have to dumb down lines, making output more costly and labor intense.... Read More »
 

Tests toughened F-150 bed

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Ford Motor Co. decided to increase the thickness of the aluminum used in the 2015 F-150's bed floor by almost half after conducting testing with three commercial fleet customers.... Read More »

Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing

6:27 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices.... Read More »

MyFord Touch bugs are getting squashed, Hinrichs says

3:10 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Ford has brought its problem-plagued MyFord Touch communications system up to exceed industry-average reliability -- and plans an upgrade to improve the system's capability, Ford executive Joe Hinrichs said today.... Read More »

GM alliance key to Tavares' turnaround plan for PSA

7:48 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will keep its industrial partnerships with General Motors, Toyota and Fiat despite the arrival of China's Dongfeng as a stakeholder in the automaker, CEO Carlos Tavares said.... Read More »

Clues in GM crashes easy to miss

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
At the time, many of the crashes now tied to faulty General Motors ignition switches looked like the predictable consequences of drunken driving, speeding or inattentiveness late at night.... Read More »

ADP Dealer Services to spin off, go public

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Hot U.S. auto sales and the rise of online shopping have triggered a frenzy of merger and capital-raising activities among auto-retailing vendors.... Read More »

Automotive News moves 2 reporters, adds copy editor

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automotive News will open a Silicon Valley bureau this year to cover the technology companies that are playing a greater role in the industry.... Read More »

14 new Toyota engines seek 10% gain in mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. will unleash a blitz of 14 new gasoline engines through 2015 in a long-awaited powertrain overhaul that aims to boost fuel efficiency by at least 10 percent.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keys, push buttons and first responders

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
I have had concerns about push-button, fob and stop-start systems for some time now.... Read More »

'Inner frame' makes Fit stronger, less costly

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
In creating the 2015 Honda Fit's body-in-white, Honda engineers changed the manufacturing process to make the car lighter, stronger and less expensive. Honda welds the upper body -- without the sheet metal -- to the lower body as a single "inner frame."... Read More »

Bosch plans automatic park system in '15

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Robert Bosch GmbH says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify.... Read More »

Detroit 3: High octane has pluses

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automakers could increase fuel economy as much as 5 percent if the United States used the same blend of high-octane gasoline that is sold in Europe, Detroit 3 powertrain chiefs say. Automakers could fine-tune engines to boost fuel economy and reduce engine sizes on future engines without sacrificing power.... Read More »

Innovation, safety are winners at PACE Awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's difficult to look disruptive dressed in a tuxedo.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Refreshed 2015 Chevy Cruze enhances connectivity, revises styling

8:24 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
Chevrolet is refreshing the compact Cruze, General Motors' top-selling car in the United States, and adding enhanced connectivity features for 2015. It will be introduced this week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows

5:15 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
A document created by supplier Delphi Automotive in May 2006 and released Friday by a congressional committee confirms that a General Motors engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, agreed to a redesign of the now-recalled ignition switch without changing the part number.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

Deadly GM ignition switches started with 2003 Saturn Ion

3:13 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The 2003 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a pivotal car for GM. Instead, it came to represent the compromises and corner cutting that almost destroyed GM and now find the company in a global recall of some of its most popular models. The Ion debuted two years before the Chevy Cobalt, the model most associated with the current recall of 2.... Read More »

Aisin Seiki is among suppliers involved in Toyota's recalls, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Aisin Seiki is among suppliers involved in Toyota's recall of more than 6 million vehicles, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The company made the seat rails involved in the April 9 recall and will discuss the costs with Toyota, the person said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private.... Read More »

Most drivers believe connected-car tech will improve safety, survey says

3:07 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
More than 80 percent of consumers in the United States, Australia and Britain believe connected-vehicle technology will make driving safer, a new survey by the University of Michigan finds.... Read More »

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