Manufacturing

BMW may need to boost i8 output to cut waiting time

Nov. 20, 2014 18:26 CET
BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said.... Read More »

 

Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearly warn customers of the danger some vehicles could pose. He also acknowledged that the automaker still doesn't know for sure the extent of the problem but said it is working to find out and to make repairs as quickly as possible.... Read More »

 

Schaeffler posts 36% jump in Q3 profit on car demand rebound in Europe

Nov. 20, 2014 15:12 CET
Schaeffler said profit rose 36 percent in the third quarter because of recovering car demand in Europe and growth in China. The supplier has lowered debt to 5.77 billion euros from more than 10 billion euros when its bid for Continental backfired.... Read More »

 

Millions of cars need airbag fix as Senate grills auto industry

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
The world's biggest automakers have fixed a fraction of almost 8 million cars recalled for Takata airbags, providing fuel for a Senate committee the grilled industry executives today for their handling of the crisis.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM sued by Arizona on claims it hid safety defects

6:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Arizona filed a lawsuit against General Motors, claiming the carmaker put the public at risk by concealing safety defects to avoid the cost of recalls. Arizona was seeking an estimated $3 billion from GM, the New York Times reported.... Read More »

 

GM names Stephen Carlisle to head Canada unit

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
General Motors today named Stephen Carlisle the new president and managing director for GM Canada as the company’s current chief for Canada, Kevin Williams, prepares for retirement at year's end.... Read More »

 

U.S. lawmakers plan bill to encourage auto employees to report faulty parts

10:25 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Two US senators plan to introduce legislation today to encourage employees in the auto industry to report information on faulty parts to federal authorities, a spokeswoman for one of the lawmakers said.... Read More »

 

NHTSA's decision to decline Takata documents spurs criticism

10:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Five months after an exploding airbag killed a Virginia woman on Christmas Eve of 2009, the manufacturer offered the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration additional documents, but the agency said it was unnecessary because it has just closed its investigation.... Read More »

 

REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT

Takata airbag plant in Mexico with troubled past at center of probe

9:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Takata's plant in Ciudad Frontera, Mexico, has been confirmed as the source of defective airbags made in 2001 and 2002 and again around 2012, Reuters reported today, citing information from recall records, automakers and regulators. In 2006, the factory blew up -- driving home for workers and residents the volatility and risk of the explosive compound at the core of Takata's airbags.... Read More »

 

Mobileye, maker of collision-avoidance tech, reports 70% revenue hike for Q3

3:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Mobileye, which produces collision-avoidance technology, reported a 70 percent rise in revenue but posted a net loss for the third quarter.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Ghosn sets the record straight on price-fixing conspiracy

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
In our package of stories on supplier price-fixing published Monday, one report said Carlos Ghosn inadvertently created the bid-rigging tradition. It was an intriguing scenario. But Carlos Ghosn begs to differ.... Read More »

 

NEAL BOUDETTE

Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Tech giants Apple and Google have generated a lot of hype over the past 12 months over their plans to tightly integrate their smartphones and app technology with in-car infotainment systems.... Read More »

 

UK car production likely to miss full-year target on weak overseas demand

Nov. 20, 2014 12:09 CET
UK car production is unlikely to hit a full-year goal of 1.59 million as demand from key western European markets and Russia continues to fall, the SMMT industry association said.... Read More »

 

TRW shareholders approve $13.5 billion takeover by ZF

7:21 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
TRW Automotive shareholders today approved a $13.5 billion takeover offer by Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen, the companies said, paving the way for a new global automotive supply powerhouse to rival Robert Bosch.... Read More »

 

Ford to cut 20% of staff at B-Max plant in Romania

Nov. 19, 2014 15:35 CET
Ford will lay off 20 percent of the workforce at the Romanian plant that builds the B-Max as it adjusts to falling sales of the subcompact minivan.... Read More »

 

Airbag angst preceded U.S. demand for nationwide Takata recall

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Consumer worries about the safety of their airbags played a key role in why federal regulators now are demanding that carmakers recall cars with Takata airbags nationwide -- even at the potential risk of endangering drivers who most urgently need replacements.... Read More »

 

BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany

7:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Takata plans to shift production of BMW airbag inflators from Mexico to Germany, BMW said on Wednesday in a filing with federal safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant.... Read More »

 

Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors.... Read More »

 

Ford, GM business seen buoying Takata as U.S. probes airbags

6:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Carmakers continue to support Takata even as the Japanese supplier suffers widening scrutiny by United States regulators over airbags blamed for at least five deaths. Ford, Honda and GM have worked with Takata on new car features over so many years that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to quickly move to alternative supplier.... Read More »

 

Toyota's Lentz says more replacement inflators coming next month

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Toyota, seeking to speed up progress on a recall begun in 2013, is anticipating a greater supply of inflators for Takata airbags being replaced in millions of cars.... Read More »

 

GM pickup production forecast bumped up by 6% for 2015

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
IHS Automotive raised its 2015 production forecast for General Motors' full-sized pickups by 6 percent over previous estimates -- betting that tamer gasoline prices will juice demand for GM's biggest money-maker and help blunt the threat from Ford’s new aluminum-bodied truck.... Read More »

 

Takata faces nationwide recall order for driver's-side airbags

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Federal safety regulators are seeking to expand regional recalls of faulty driver's-side airbags made by Takata into a nationwide campaign, prompting the supplier to warn of potential parts shortages.... Read More »

 

Ford recalls 65,000 Fusion models on ignition key issues

9:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Ford said today it is recalling about 65,000 Fusion sedans in North America because the key can be removed from the ignition even if the car is not in the "park" position 30 minutes after the ignition is off, the company said.... Read More »

 

Honda owners can request new airbags even if their cars weren't recalled

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
After recalling millions of vehicles over potentially life-threatening Takata airbag inflators, Honda said it will replace airbags, as appropriate, for concerned customers who were not subject to the recall.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler.... Read More »

 

 
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