Manufacturing

Some Jeep Renegades being held for software issues

10:18 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said some new Jeep Renegade subcompact crossovers are being withheld from dealers because of software problems.... Read More »

Takata acknowledges defect in airbags

2:15 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

After months of pressure from U.S. regulators, Takata Corp. acknowledged that its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective, a decision that sharply expands the scope of the airbag crisis and could prompt one of the largest recalls for a safety defect in U.S. history.... Read More »

Continental to buy Elektrobit auto unit in bid to boost autonomous tech

May 19, 2015 11:07 CET

Continental will buy the automotive business of Finnish software and hardware company Elektrobit Oyj for 600 million euros ($680 million) as the German company seeks to strengthen its position in automated driving technology.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: The easiest path to good supplier relations? Meet your targets!

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

After seeing the latest "Henke Report" on supplier-OEM relations, I strongly suspect that the biggest thing that automakers could do to win a little supplier love is fundamental: Issue accurate volume forecasts.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: A new golden age for high performance

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Forget the 1960s. Now is the golden age of performance.... Read More »

Hyundai group considers 3rd India factory

7:03 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Hyundai Motor Group said today it is looking at building a third factory in India, highlighting its growing appetite for expanding globally after an unofficial two-year moratorium on boosting capacity.... Read More »

Aston Martin CEO says Alabama 'obvious choice' for U.S. plant

May 19, 2015 12:01 CET

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says the U.S state of Alabama is the “obvious choice” for a new plant to build the upcoming DBX crossover.... Read More »

Lynn Tilton, Patriarch Partners named in investor fraud suit

6:22 pm U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Lynn Tilton, the CEO of Dura Automotive and the so-called Diva of Distressed who's already defending SEC claims of overcharging customers by almost $200 million in fees, must now answer fraud allegations brought by her clients.... Read More »

THE GOOD GLUT

Production capacity balloons, but today's industry can support it

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Despite a building boom in North America, with seven new plants coming on line in the next half decade, experts say the risk of a capacity glut is low. That's because globalization and Detroit's contraction during the Great Recession have changed the North American auto industry fundamentally.... Read More »

In the eyes of suppliers, Toyota and Honda surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

As far as North American suppliers are concerned, Toyota and Honda are the gold standard, while Ford, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors are also-rans. That's the takeaway from John Henke's latest study of supplier-automaker relations.... Read More »

Fiat, Renault output in Turkey hit by labor dispute

May 18, 2015 10:59 CET

Production was halted at Fiat's joint venture factory in Turkey today as a labor protest over working conditions that hit Renault last week widened.... Read More »

Volvo: Back 'on the attack' in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Volvo's proposed South Carolina car plant is far bigger than its current U.S. sales volume. But a big factory will be critical to helping Volvo catch up with luxury competitors that have already invested in local manufacturing.... Read More »

Fight for Nokia map unit may set industry's course

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

The quest for control of the mapping company Nokia Here is shaping up as a fight between competing visions for the future of the automobile, as well as an old-school industry battle for control of the supply base.... Read More »

N.A. output rose 5.3% in April

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in April rose 5.3 percent from the year-earlier month to 1,561,094 units.... Read More »

Volvo U.S. plant a long time coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Volvo long toyed with building cars in this country before announcing last week that it had chosen a site in South Carolina for its first U.S. plant.... Read More »

More suppliers join active-safety fray

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

You might think that the market for collision avoidance systems - with their complex mix of radar, cameras, processors and software - would be dominated by a handful of mega-suppliers. But it hasn't happened yet, and new players are jumping into this red-hot segment.... Read More »

Audi plans backups for key safety tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

For its next big step in collision avoidance - vehicles that can swerve to avoid an obstacle - Audi AG is adopting a belt-and-suspenders approach. All key technologies, including the processors, software and sensors, will have a redundant backup system in case of failure.... Read More »

Turin's past as global design hub inspire new event

May 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Two Italian design companies will unveil high-performance sports coupes at an event that aims to recall the glamor of auto shows held in Turin when the city was a global design hub.... Read More »

Mobileye software mimics how the human eye sees

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Obstacle detection software has become a must-have technology pursued by just about every megasupplier of safety equipment. Yet, the hottest entrant in this field is a small Israeli company called Mobileye.... Read More »

Takata, Japan automakers stuck in uneasy reliance

7:46 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Airbag supplier Takata and Japanese carmakers including Honda are locked in the commercial equivalent of a bad marriage -- not entirely happy in each other's company but unable to break apart and wary of potentially costly court battles.... Read More »

Next-gen Camaro loses 200 pounds, gains turbo-4 base engine

4:15 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Chevrolet is giving the sixth-generation Camaro a leaner design and a broader engine lineup as it tries to challenge the revitalized Ford Mustang for pony car sales supremacy. The 2016 Camaro coupe retains the overall shape of the late 1960s-era cars, but loses some of the hard edges of today's model. Its slightly reduced size and broader use of aluminum make it more than 200 pounds lighter than the current car, which GM vows will result in more nimble, responsive handling.... Read More »

Fiat, Renault production in Turkey halted by protests

May 16, 2015 10:26 CET

Production at the Turkish factories of Renault and Fiat stopped as workers protested wages and other employment conditions.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How Apple and Google could reshape the connected car sector

May 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Leading automakers believe that Apple and Google will play a key role in the connected car. The question is whether they will be partners or rivals to companies such as VW, Fiat Chrysler and Renault-Nissan.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Volvo finally gets its American factory

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Volvo has wanted an American car factory for decades. But complications and setbacks have gotten in the way -- including an entire decade spent as a brand owned by Ford Motor Co.... Read More »

Brembo raises sales growth outlook for 2015

May 15, 2015 15:47 CET

Italian supplier Brembo is expecting sales growth of as much as 12 percent this year, more than previously anticipated, after a promising first quarter.... Read More »

 
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