Management Briefing Seminars
 

Suppliers need equipment, workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Buying equipment and adding workers are North American automotive suppliers' top priorities as production orders soar.... Read More »
 

Boom is on; enjoy the ride

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Automakers are on track to exceed the North American production record of 17.2 million units in 2016.... Read More »

GM says mid-sized Chevrolet pickup to keep Colorado name in U.S.

10:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
GM said its mid-sized pickups will keep the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon names when redesigned models reach showrooms next year, after the automaker considered a change.... Read More »

Nissan presses suppliers to locate closer

5:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
After 30 years of building autos in the United States, Nissan is turning up the pressure on its suppliers to locate their operations closer to Nissan's assembly lines in Tennessee and Mississippi.... Read More »

Automakers add more capacity at U.S. operations

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Automakers, enjoying the best U.S. sales since 2007, so far this week have disclosed plans to spend $434 million to boost their capacity to make vehicles and engines.... Read More »

Parts makers reluctant to build plants, survey says

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
To meet rising production orders, North American suppliers are hiring employees and purchasing more capital equipment, but they are less willing to finance plant expansions, a new industry survey shows.... Read More »

Ford futurist sees Africa shift

4:35 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Demographic trends unfolding in China could ultimately lead Africa to replace the world's most populous country as a global center of low-cost manufacturing, according to Ford's official futurist.... Read More »

Clemson project uncovers what Gen Y drivers really want

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Think the auto industry pros have America's massive rising Gen Y youth market all figured out? Sometimes it becomes painful apparent that you don't know what you don't know.... Read More »

Qualcomm develops sytem to avoid pedestrians, cyclists

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
It's not clear when, if ever, automakers will equip their cars with vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems that would prevent fender-benders at intersections.... Read More »

Scanners, lasers lift Chrysler's build quality

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Special rooms inside almost all of Chrysler Group's assembly plants, including its sprawling Toledo Assembly Complex, are helping the company improve its build quality.... Read More »

Ford helps workers get healthy

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
In its push for more efficient auto factories, Ford is zeroing in a new manufacturing cost item: unhealthy Ford workers.... Read More »

Suppliers meet demands by boosting parts shipments from other regions

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Big suppliers are easing production shortfalls in better-selling regions, such as North American and China, by shipping more parts from factories on other continents.... Read More »

Honda will expand to build more engine parts in Ohio

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Honda North America intends to invest another $180 million in its Anna, Ohio, engine plant to boost aluminum die-casting and engine parts production.... Read More »

Nissan poised to boost Leaf output

7:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Nissan is making plans to begin building more electric Leafs as dealers clamor for more of the once slow-selling car.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2014 Chevrolet Impala

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Suppliers to the 2014 Chevrolet Impala include Behr-HELLA, Plastomer, Omron, Magna, APAG, ZF, Janesville Acoustics, Toyoda Gosei, SPOILER ABC, Cadillac Products, Flexitech, EFC, FAIST ChemTec, Uniseal, ContiTech, HellermannTyton, BorgWarner,...... Read More »

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

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2013.... Read More »

Q&A: STEFAN SOMMER

ZF goes full-speed on 9-speeds (but not 10)

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
ZF Friedrichshafen AG plans to boost production of eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions by 50 percent to 1.2 million units by 2016. Stefan Sommer, ZF's CEO, spoke recently with Special Correspondent Richard Truett.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

9:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Suppliers to the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder includes Shawmut, Coastal, GR Spring & Stamping, Clarion, Mahle, Johnson Electric, American Mitsuba, ThyssenKrupp, Federal-Mogul, Valeo, EFC, INA, FAG, Yorozu, Uniseal, Stabilus, TWB, ElringKlinger, TI...... Read More »

Torchbearers help guide innovations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Auto suppliers have until Aug. 30 to apply for the 2014 Automotive News PACE Awards. The awards, in their 20th year, recognize innovation.... Read More »

Chrysler-Fiat won't invest in EVs until pricing improves, exec says

1:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Chrysler and Fiat will not invest in electrified powertrains until consumers are willing to step up and pay for the technology, said Bob Lee, head of Fiat and Chrysler global Powertrain.... Read More »

Global platforms prompting supplier shakeout

5:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
The auto industry's switch to global platforms will trigger a shakeout of the world's component suppliers.... Read More »

Continental, Cisco collaborate on connected car concept

10:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Continental AG today unveiled a proof-of-concept vehicle with technology from Cisco Systems that is designed to offer next-generation connectivity.... Read More »

Economist sees scrappage juicing U.S. sales in next two years

3:39 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Auto sales in the United States will boom in 2015 when drivers replace aging vehicles, an economist with Citigroup argues. Itay Michaeli, director of U.S. autos and auto parts for Citi Investment Research and Analysis, argues that the 11.... Read More »

Forecasters see bountiful times ahead in North America

1:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Economists continue to be bullish on the North American auto industry, despite a slow-growing economy, forecasting record production and a surge in sales in the next few years.... Read More »

Ford expands purchases with preferred suppliers

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Ford's preferred suppliers will get a bigger share of the automaker's purchasing budget -- 70 percent, up from 65 percent -- as the automaker continues to downsize its network of suppliers.... Read More »

VW plans global diesel for U.S. in 2015

10:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Volkswagen plans to install a new 2-liter turbocharged diesel engine in Volkswagen brand and Audi models about a year from now that is cleaner, more powerful and more fuel efficient than the current motor.... Read More »

At the half: Top 25 North America models and plants

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2013.... Read More »

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Interiors giant Faurecia eyes exteriors in N.A.

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Faurecia, a giant in interior parts, is now setting its sights on exteriors. The French supplier believes there is opportunity in bumper fascias, hoods and front-end modules in North America, says Mike Heneka, president of Faurecia North America.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2014 Nissan Versa Note

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Suppliers to the 2014 Nissan Versa include Valeo, Grupo Antolin, Otscon, Rehau, Bowles Fluidics, JTEKT, BorgWarner, Roechling, Schaeffler, EFC, TRW, MacLean-Fogg, GKN Driveline, Faurecia, Carbody, Narmco and Coastal.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2014 GMC Sierra

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Suppliers to the 2014 GMC Sierra include HELLA, Gentex, Eagle Ottawa, Aisin, Magna, Pilkington, Automatic Spring, P&R, Gestamp, Bay Fabrication, Superior, Uniseal, Leggett & Platt, Neumayer Tekfor, BorgWarner, American Axle, Valeo, ABC and Koyo.... Read More »

Bosch: Clutch-by-wire prevents stalling, boosts mpg

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Robert Bosch's eClutch system could help put manual transmissions back on car buyers' shopping lists.... Read More »

Register by Aug. 30 for PACE Awards

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Auto suppliers have until Aug. 30 to apply for the 2014 Automotive News PACE Awards. The awards, now in their 20th year, recognize innovation.... Read More »

VW nears decision on U.S.-built crossover

10:42 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Volkswagen will make a decision by year end about whether to expand its Chattanooga assembly plant to produce a new three-row crossover.... Read More »

Recipe for Cherokee delay: new vehicle, new powertrain, renovated plant

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Chrysler Group's attempt to launch a new vehicle with an innovative new powertrain in a just-renovated plant is contributing to the delays in launching the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.... Read More »

Hand-made auto parts? They're coming, says researcher

10:18 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Is there an auto assembly worker in the near future who is strong enough to form metal parts with his bare hands? Handmade chassis parts are an actual concept for a future generation of low-volume vehicles, says Paul Venhovens, who holds the BMW...... Read More »

Lighter, stronger, more fuel efficient

6:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
While most fuel economy gains will come from more efficient powertrains, shedding weight also can help. Automakers improve fuel economy about 1 percent for each 110 pounds they remove from their design, regardless of other changes.... Read More »

Device promises more efficient transmissions

1:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
An energy saving device in production on electric bicycles could earn a spot under the hood of autos. Two major transmission suppliers, Dana and Allison, have signed licensing agreements with Fallbrook Technologies of Cedar Park, Texas.... Read More »

Onboard device can help guard driver's safety

5:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
As far as infotainment is concerned, the next big thing may be electronic nannies. Andrew Brown Jr.... Read More »

Denso wants to shrink its factories, invest $1 billion in N.A.

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso will embark on a new global drive to operate smaller factory lines that handle smaller jobs for customers.... Read More »

'Big data' from a car is worth $1,400 a year, Cisco exec says

4:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Big data is the latest buzz phrase within infotainment circles, and a Cisco executive now has estimated its value: $1,400 per vehicle.... Read More »

At the half: North America car and truck production by plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2013.... Read More »

Shiloh acquires Revstone subsidiary Contech Castings

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Shiloh Industries acquired Revstone Transportation subsidiary Contech Castings for $54.4 million. The transaction closed on Aug. 2.... Read More »

VW's product system: 1 chassis, many vehicles

10:16 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Volkswagen has devised a new product development system that can produce hundreds of variations from the same basic chassis.... Read More »

Innovators' success blends people, ideas

10:17 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Auto suppliers have until Aug. 30 to apply for the 2014 Automotive News PACE Awards. The awards, now in their 20th year, recognize game-changing innovation.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette

10:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Suppliers to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette include Sunstone, Plastomer, Nippon Seiki, Wellington, AGC, Shawmut, Infasco, P&R, Brembo, Peer, Angell-Demmel, HellermannTyton, Harada, Bourns, Metaldyne, SPAL, Nemak, ElringKlinger and Burgess-Norton.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2014 Jeep Cherokee

11:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Suppliers to the 2014 Jeep Cherokee includes Leggett & Platt, Coastal, Sika, Shawmut, Haartz, Narmco, Guelph Tool, Corvac Composites, MacLean-Fogg, General Bearing, Hirschvogel, Oiles, Martinrea, Magneti Marelli, ElringKlinger, INA, FAG, HELLA,...... Read More »



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