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N.A. output will hit new records to meet sales, export demands, forecaster says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

North American vehicle output will continue rising to new records over the next two years as non-Detroit 3 automakers localize more production, a chief industry forecaster says.... Read More »

JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The executive who is orchestrating the spin-off of Johnson Controls' $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit has a straightforward message for customers: steady as she goes.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Why Conti has the inside track on automated maps

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Now that Mercedes, BMW and Audi are buying Nokia's HERE navigation map unit for $3.1 billion, the big winner could be Continental AG.... Read More »

For GM, Clemson creates a party car

9:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Deep Orange 5 concept, shown here Sunday night as industry managers gathered for the 50th annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars, is one part affordable small car and one part social hangout.... Read More »

Subaru's non-automotive engine a big hit at CAR's event

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It wasn’t a turbo. And it didn’t sport the company’s trademark “boxer” opposed engine. But the Subaru-powered generator at the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars just may be the most important engine here.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: GM's fuel cell ideas take on new relevance

10:11 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When GM decided to own fuel cell technology about 15 years ago, one of the ways the company used to justify the massive investment in the technology was that the stacks could be used to generate electricity in emergencies. That idea has taken on new life.... Read More »

Q&A

High-tech turbos, rear axles push Continental's sales

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Continental AG's sales rose nearly $1 billion last year compared with 2013. One reason: turbochargers. Continental's new turbos are on such vehicles as the redesigned Mini Cooper and the BMW i8 hybrid sports coupe.... Read More »

Stop-start systems pick up speed in North America

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Stop-start systems are starting to take off in North America. By 2020, about 35 percent of vehicles sold in North America will feature stop-start systems, up from 10 percent this year, predicts Navigant Consulting, a Chicago research firm.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all. Here's why: Ford's strategy for the change in metals doesn't apply to other automakers.... Read More »

Bosch targets cylinder deactivation for 4-bangers

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

A senior executive at Robert Bosch confirmed that the German supplier is developing cylinder deactivation technology for four-cylinder engines, to improve fuel economy in small and midsize cars.... Read More »

Jet design inspired interior of 2016 Maxima

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

To design the interior of the 2016 Maxima, Nissan designers were looking for ways to present drivers a lot of safety, navigation and entertainment information - without overloading their senses. Product planning manager Vishnu Jayamohan said Nissan designers found clues and inspiration in the cockpits of F-18 fighter jets.... Read More »

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Plastic Omnium: Stiffer emissions rules will fuel gains

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Laurent Burelle, CEO of Plastic Omnium, is a high-energy executive who at 65cq says he plans to retire “sometime in the next 50 years.” There is no time to slow down because Burelle wants to boost revenue 32 percent to 7 billion euros by 2018 at the French supplier of bumpers and fuel tanks founded by his family in 1946.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Why Nissan wants you to know that size matters

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Nissan executives have grown fond of telling audiences that their vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is now North America's largest. Last year's output: 648,000 cars and SUVs.... Read More »

Management Briefing Seminars will resume this afternoon

10:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015

Organizers of the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars said they will hold afternoon sessions beginning today at 1 p.m. Morning sessions were canceled due to the lack of power at the Grand Traverse Resort.... Read More »

Supplier to the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

3:58 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is the first generation of the premium midsize CUV. It is assembled in Vance, Ala., on Mercedes’s W164/V251/W166 platform. The program code is : C292. Suppliers include BorgWarner, Federal-Mogul and Inteva. The supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

A new Suzuki leader for a new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toshihiro Suzuki, tapped June 30 as president of Suzuki Motor Corp., is a different leader for a different era. A wallflower next to his father Osamu, Toshihiro says he has no intention of sitting as long at the helm as the chairman CEO.... Read More »

VIDEO: Ford, Toyota reshape supplier strategies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014

Ford purchasing boss Hau Thai-Tang is reaching out to supplier CEOs in a bid to get their best teams working with Ford to deliver cutting-edge technology. As a lure, he's dangling global contracts and greater access to product info. Toyota's Robert Young is engaging suppliers earlier in the vehicle-development process. After an endorsement from parts makers, he's promoting an open-door policy and relationships 'built on trust.'... Read More »

Next-generation Volt to debut at Detroit show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014

The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in will debut at the Detroit auto show in January. Tim Mahoney, Chevy's global chief marketing officer, disclosed the plans at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich.... Read More »

Trouble looms as industry zooms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014

As U.S. auto sales and output roar back to levels many in the industry feared they would never see again, leading industry economists and forecasters have a warning: Dark clouds are on the horizon.... Read More »

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Next-gen Chevy Volt to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show

10:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

General Motors will show the next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in at the Detroit auto show in January, Chevy's top marketer said today. Tim Mahoney, Chevy's global chief marketing officer, disclosed the plans at the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich.... Read More »

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Ford touts supplier innovations on Mustang, F-150

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

Ford's purchasing chief is touting some of the innovations created with suppliers on the all-new Mustang sports car and F-150 pickup.... Read More »

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Nissan taking more time to hire new N.A. ad boss

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

Nissan is taking its time to hire its next North American advertising chief, and it will not necessarily be someone from the auto industry who takes the job.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Why GM is re-engineering its 'political punching bag'

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

GM critics might think the company is wasting money -- a lot of which came from taxpayers who often moonlight as critics of GM -- by continuing to invest in the Volt. But the Volt may be GM’s most successful money-losing car ever.... Read More »

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Magna points supply chain toward local sourcing

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

Canadian automotive supplier Magna International sees local strategy and efficiency improvements as key cost-saving measures within its supply chain.... Read More »

2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Volt marketing will get redesigned next year with new vehicle

12:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014

Chevrolet will overhaul its marketing plan for the Chevy Volt when it launches the second-generation in 2015, using existing Volt owners as product evangelists focusing marketing efforts regionally.... Read More »

 
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