Manufacturing

Millennials drawn to car-sharing services, but eventually, they buy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Car- and ride-sharing programs are changing the way city dwellers get around and the way millennials think about car ownership. Automakers have noticed and are experimenting with ways to adapt -- creating partnerships with car-sharing services or offering their own transportation services.... Read More »

 

Nissan expands U.S. recall of cars with defective Takata airbags

2:45 pm U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Nissan is expanding by 226,326 vehicles a U.S. recall of older models equipped with defective airbags made by Takata, Nissan said in an amended filing posted Saturday by U.S. safety regulators.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi retools flagship Japan plant before hybrid push

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Mitsubishi is overhauling its flagship assembly plant in Japan to slash production costs and boost capacity as it readies for increased output of plug-in hybrid vehicles. The renovations at Mitsubishi's Okazaki plant in central Japan aim to cut the cost of body assembly 30 percent.... Read More »

 

Fisker's Chinese owner plans 2nd model after Karma output resumes

5:51 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
The Chinese owner of Fisker Automotive hopes to launch a second model that would join the $100,000 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid in three years, according to the company’s chairman.... Read More »

 

ZF's pursuit of TRW may spark wave of mergers in supply chain

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
The biggest auto-parts deal since 2007 may be just the start of consolidation, with Autoliv and Visteon among the next potential targets, analysts say. More auto parts companies may combine as overcapacity constrains their ability to add scale on their own.... Read More »

 

Lear profits rise on higher vehicle output, record seating volume, electrical gains

8:03 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
Lear's second-quarter profits rose to $148.5 million on higher light-vehicle output, record seating sales, and solid gains and expanded profit margins in its electrical distribution business.... Read More »

 

Hella planning IPO later this year, report says

2:49 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
German automotive supplier Hella is working with Citigroup and banks on an initial public offering later this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.... Read More »

 

South African union said to reject wage deal to end strike, resume car output

9:49 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
South Africa's biggest union will probably reject the latest pay offer from employers to end a three-week strike that has idled light-vehicle output and other manufacturing because of a clause related to workplace bargaining, a union official said.... Read More »

 

Mazda expands U.S. recall of cars with faulty Takata airbags

12:51 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
Mazda will broaden a recall of cars sold in the United States because an airbag inflator, supplied by Japanese supplier Takata, could rupture and seriously injure occupants.... Read More »

 

Valeo raises 2014 profit forecast

July 25, 2014 06:01 CET
French car parts supplier Valeo has raised its full-year earnings forecast following a 21 percent rise in first-half profit, due mainly to overseas expansion and increased demand for fuel-saving technologies.... Read More »

 

Gentex Q2 net income grows 47 percent

3:19 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Automotive mirror supplier Gentex reported $76.7 million in net income with total revenue of $338.4 million for the second quarter.... Read More »

 

GM may put Brazil workers on paid leave

9:21 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
GM wants to put nearly a fifth of its workers at a factory in Brazil on paid leave, an auto workers union says, amid falling output in Latin America's largest economy.... Read More »

 

Cooper-Standard begins operations at Asia Pacific tech center

2:44 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Auto supplier Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. began operations at its Asia Pacific Technical Center today in Shanghai.... Read More »

 

UK car output boosted by new models in first half

July 24, 2014 10:41 CET
UK car production grew by 4 percent in the first six months thanks to new models, but the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warned that further growth must be backed by bolstering the UK's parts supply chain.... Read More »

 

Hyundai's Q2 profit falls 7% on currency strength, weak global demand

July 24, 2014 11:34 CET
Hyundai's second-quarter profit fell 7 percent as a strong won, weakening global sales and incentives in the U.S. took their toll on earnings. To combat a strong currency, the automaker will now consider adding production overseas.... Read More »

 

Federal-Mogul posts $5 million net loss in Q2 as revenue rises

3:34 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Auto supplier Federal-Mogul today reported a $5 million net loss after factoring in one-time charges, along with a $128 million revenue gain for the second quarter. The company, controlled by longtime Wall Street investor Carl Icahn, had one-time restructuring and impairment charges of $32 million and posted a $3 million loss from continuing operations.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM recalls 717,950 vehicles, pushing year's recall tally to 60

2:07 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
General Motors is recalling another 717,950 vehicles in the United States, mostly 2010-12 model year cars and crossovers, lifting its total for the year to a record 60 safety campaigns covering around 29 million vehicles globally.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings

10:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine.... Read More »

 

Brakes supplier Brembo to build new U.S. plant

July 23, 2014 12:05 CET
Italian brakes manufacturer Brembo will build a new foundry in Michigan to expand its manufacturing capability in the United States, betting on the continued strength of the country's automotive sector.... Read More »

 

Brembo to invest nearly $100M in new Michigan foundry, expand capacity

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Italian brakes maker Brembo will build a new foundry in Michigan to expand its manufacturing capability in the United States, betting on continued strength of the country's automotive sector.... Read More »

 

Metals and plastics company NN to buy supplier Autocam in $300 million deal

11:23 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
A Tennessee metals and plastics company said it has agreed to acquire auto parts supplier Autocam in a deal valued at $300 million.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls older Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees for ignition switch

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the “on” position, causing a stall and possible loss of power to the airbags. Engineers are still developing a fix, and the company says it is initiating a recall “out of an abundance of caution.”... Read More »

 

Kia in talks to open $1.5 billion Mexico assembly plant, report says

6:52 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Kia is in talks with Mexico to open a new auto assembly plant worth at least $1.5 billion, officials from Nuevo Leon's state government told Reuters. The factory, which sources say will have an annual capacity of some 300,000 cars, would be built on the northeastern fringe of the city of Monterrey.... Read More »

 

Sogefi reports first-half loss on restructuring costs, Brazil downturn

July 22, 2014 15:29 CET
Italian supplier Sogefi reported a first-half net loss, hit by restructuring costs, the negative impact of the strong euro on South American currencies and a sharp slowdown in the Brazilian market.... Read More »

 

GM to invest $800 million to renovate operations, add 1,750 jobs in Michigan

6:07 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
GM plans to invest $800 million in Michigan as part of plans to renovate facilities throughout the state to support future vehicle platforms and programs. The company will also add 1,750 jobs in the state after consolidating various engineering functions outside Michigan to a site in Michigan, the state said Tuesday in enhancing economic development incentives for the automaker.... Read More »

 

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