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VIDEO: Suppliers face stress test as automakers prepare product blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Partsmakers are already experiencing pressure points in a thriving U.S. auto market. And with automakers set to introduce dozens of new models in the coming years, suppliers are preparing their 'A-Teams' to enhance communication, anticipate demand and ensure smooth launches.  ... Read More »

GM: New 'no-bid' strategy catches on with suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

For General Motors' suppliers, no-bid contracts have become the norm rather than the exception, now that GM has rolled out a new parts-buying program that forgoes traditional bidding.... Read More »

Lexus: 'Dealers set the price, and that's the price'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Lexus will take on one of the car business's most troublesome traditions next year -- haggling with customers over vehicle prices -- as the brand enlists dealer volunteers and allows them to set their own firm prices.... Read More »

Regulator's reminder: 54.5 mpg goal isn't final yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

The strict federal fuel economy targets that have triggered furious re-engineering, and some hand-wringing, across the auto industry should be regarded as just a rough draft for now, according to Christopher Grundler, the EPA's top auto industry regulator, who sought to dispel the notion that the Obama administration's 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average targeted for the 2025 model year is set in stone.... Read More »

JASON STEIN

Fore! A full recovery takes flight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2015

The Center for Automotive Research celebrated a half century of its supplier-rich Management Briefing Seminars last week. Fifty years of tradition rest here along Grand Traverse Bay, but there's also the real feel that the industry is stepping into uncharted waters.... Read More »

FCA swaps cudgel for counsel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2015

Exactly one year after Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne slammed suppliers for their double-digit profit margins, the company has adopted a more supplier-friendly approach in its purchasing operations.... Read More »

VIDEO: Lexus' Jeff Bracken and his 'groundbreaking' dealers

10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015

Lexus boss Jeff Bracken calls a special group of U.S. dealers groundbreakers. A dozen stores are helping him pilot a haggle-free pricing program. And more than 50 are set to spend an average of $15 million each to reinvent their facilities. It's all part of an effort to set examples for everyone to follow - instead of dictating behavior.... Read More »

Lear targets acquisitions to enhance electrical unit

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015

Lear is looking for acquisitions of as much as $1 billion for its electrical unit as automakers' demand for global vehicle platforms drives consolidation among their suppliers.... Read More »

Lexus plans 2nd 'flagship' model to augment LS sedan

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Toyota Motor's Lexus brand is planning to launch a second top-of-the-line "flagship" model to accompany a new generation of its LS sedan, the head of the brand's U.S. operations said.... Read More »

Go big or go home: Supplier mergers accelerate

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

It's a banner year for mergers and acquisitions. In the first six months of the year, the world's automotive suppliers have spent $28 billion to buy other companies - more than in all of last year, when M&A deals totaled $20 billion.... Read More »

VIDEO: Battle of 'The Big Three' in lightweighting

10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Nothing fuels innovation like competition. Just witness the high-cost battle among makers of steel, aluminum and composites for the automotive lightweighting title. Each is scoring significant technological victories and -- if current patterns hold -- earning a role in the vehicle of the future.... Read More »

FCA will free purchasing staff from cost restraints to focus on quality

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler plans to no longer hold its purchasing staffers to individual cost-saving goals on parts. The goals had effectively tied the staffers' hands when suppliers sought pricing relief. Instead, the automaker says that cost savings goals will be managed by teams, allowing greater flexibility with individual suppliers.... Read More »

At the half: Top 25 N. America models and plants

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The Wednesday and Thursday issues of the Traverse City Daily feature production highlights for the first half of 2015.... Read More »

Lexus experiments with no-haggle dealer pilot, Bracken says

11:39 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Lexus is piloting a haggle-free pricing program with 12 of its 236 U.S. dealers this year, says Jeff Bracken, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s Lexus Division.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Chris Grundler and the EPA hot seat

11:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

You think your job is tough? Try walking in Chris Grundler's shoes at the EPA.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

BLOG: Sergio is right, but industry avoids consolidation

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne set the industry on its ear recently when he said it has a dangerous problem: a chronic addiction to burning capital at an unsustainable rate.... Read More »

VW plans big role for Chattanooga engineers

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Volkswagen's new U.S. engineering office will have critical responsibility when it is fully staffed and operational later in this decade. The office will create new models adapted to U.S. tastes, a key goal for the German automaker.... Read More »

Consumers shrug fuel efficiency goals, McConnell says

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Fuel efficiency gains are nice, but the car-buying public does not seem to be interested, a prominent Honda dealer said at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars.... Read More »

Local Motors details plans for street-legal 3-D car

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Local Motors, the Arizona start-up company that uses 3-D printing technology to make cars, said it plans to have a street-legal two-seat coupe ready for sale to consumers by the third quarter of 2017.... Read More »

Opportunities grow for U.S. parts suppliers moving into China

4:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The U.S. government would like you to know that China’s automotive market is beckoning, even to small companies who lack the funds to get in.... Read More »

EVs boom in China, but some hesitate to ramp up

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Given China's lack of public re-charging stations -- and the lack of garages -- it seems implausible for the world's largest car market to spawn significant demand for electric cars. And yet, it's happening.... Read More »

Michigan governor markets state's automotive high-tech future

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has kicked off a new marketing campaign, entitled “We Run on Brainpower.” The goal is to remind engineers that Michigan is the place to go for jobs in automotive high tech innovation.... Read More »

GM goes full speed ahead in China despite slowdown

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Unmoved by a sharp sales slowdown in China this year, General Motors is sticking with its $14 billion plan to expand production and introduce new models in that market.... Read More »

JCI boosts production of stop-start batteries

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Johnson Controls is betting that the market for stop-start systems in North America is about to take off. By 2020, the supplier expects 40 percent of light vehicles produced in North America will have stop-start systems, up from 10 to 12 percent this year.... Read More »

Key vehicles generate K.C. supplier boom

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Eleven suppliers have opened plants in the Kansas City area since 2013, generating 1,800 jobs and $75 millioncq in new payroll. Kansas City's supplier community is booming because of a lucky convergence. A trio of big volume vehicles cranked up production in close order.... Read More »

 
Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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