BLOG: David Sedgwick

ZF-TRW talks mean industry megadeals are possible

Posted 3:44 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 6
blogs David Sedgwick is a special correspondent Automotive News.
 
Somehow, it always seems like a good time for mergers and acquisitions, at least as far as Wall Street is concerned. In times of recession, companies are on the lookout for bargains: wounded suppliers that are struggling to maintain cash flow as vehicle production plunges. And in times of plenty -- like now -- profitable suppliers want to put their cash to work, perhaps ...
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Why automakers can't beat up suppliers any more

Posted 2:00 pm U.S. ET, Aug. 5
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Remember the old days when automotive purchasing czars such as General Motors’ Inaki Lopez and Ford’s Carlos Mazzorin threw their weight around with suppliers? Those days are gone. At a time when suppliers are developing systems for cutting-edge features such as collision avoidance, infotainment and augmented reality, those vendors expe ...
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How researcher quantifies the value of good supplier relations

Posted 10:30 am U.S. ET, Aug. 4
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- 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. Henke, who does an annual survey of supplier relations of major automakers in North America, even took a whack at quantifying the contribution suppliers made to automakers&rs ...
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Aston Martin learns the scary meaning of 'China price'

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Feb. 10
For any automaker or supplier doing business in China, Aston Martin's decision to recall 17,590 sports cars built since 2007 has got to be a nightmare.To recap briefly, the British automaker discovered last May that the accelerator pedal arm in its cars was made of inferior counterfeit plastic and was subject to breakage.Twenty-two of those pedal arms failed, according to ...
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What's the real benefit of driverless cars?

Posted 1:24 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 29
Driverless cars are the auto industry's equivalent of an Armani suit: They give any company a touch of class.A small fleet of driverless cars -- displayed by BMW, Audi, Ford and others -- was displayed this month at the International CES, along with a self-parking vehicle designed by Valeo.At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, for example, a hands-free BMW 2-series coupe mainta ...
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At GM, Barra gains a key operation

Posted 11:02 am U.S. ET, Oct. 23
Mary Barra, General Motors' chief of global product development, is starting to look like a serious candidate to run the company some day.GM CEO Dan Akerson has said nice things about her, and she keeps amassing more power. He recently gave her oversight of the company's vast purchasing operation.As of Aug. 1, GM purchasing chief Grace Lieblein began reporting directly to ...
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