Manufacturing

Volvo, ABB to develop fast-charging buses

7:22 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Swiss engineering group ABB and Volvo said they were setting up a global partnership to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with fast-charging systems.... Read More »

 

Why refresh Expedition? For Texans, Saudis

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The Ford Expedition, the last full-sized, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV in Ford's lineup, is getting a new look, a new engine and a load of new technology for the 2015 model year.... Read More »

 

Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial reality" and a "regulatory minefield." That is exactly why he wants to hit the technology hard and fast right now.... Read More »

 

The vision for self-driving cars? 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The self-driving car is moving from research lab to product plan, with a wave of advanced features due to hit the market by 2020, automakers and suppliers say.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen puts its faith in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
In conjunction with its announcement last week that it would invest $900 million to expand its Tennessee factory to accommodate a mid-sized cross-over tailored to the U.S. market, VW also mapped out plans for a new vehicle r&d center at its Chattanooga site, deviating from a tradition of central planning from Wolfsburg.... Read More »

 

More power to the redesigned Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week finally answered the two questions Mustang fans have wondered about all year: weight and power.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

1 great leader can turn GM around

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Great leaders of other large, struggling companies have demonstrated conclusively that GM is just one great leader away from regaining and surpassing its former greatness.... Read More »

 

Can Linux speed in-car systems?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers.... Read More »

 

BMW open to sharing battery technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI.... Read More »

 

WATCH THE ROAD

New head-up displays could change views for drivers and the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Head-up displays with "augmented reality," the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how drivers see the road.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Cue from airlines helps dealership cut no-shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Robert Karbaum came up with is an "appointment boarding pass" to send to customers' smartphones via text or e-mail minutes after they schedule a test drive.... Read More »

 

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

Valeo boosts its N.A. r&d with hundreds of engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
French supplier Valeo SA is hiring hundreds of engineers in North America and is opening an office in Silicon Valley.... Read More »

 

THE RUSH TO ALUMINUM

Aluminum's per-vehicle use expected to rise 56% from 2012 to 2025

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The advent of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup has monopolized the aluminum vs. steel debate, and understandably so.... Read More »

 

Renault puts more focus on India, Iran

July 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault is splitting its Asia Pacific region in two to help boost sales growth in India and the Middle East. Renault expects China and India will become the world's two leading economies within the next 20 years.... Read More »

 

Warning in your car may be about you

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014
Automakers are tinkering with a variety of in-car health apps that monitor biometric data such as heart rate, blood sugar, allergies or alertness and relay the information to a driver.... Read More »

 

ZF needs TRW's tech know-how, CFO says

8:54 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
ZF Friedrichshafen believes buying TRW Automotive would give it a better foothold in the market for self-driving and connected cars, its finance chief told a German paper.... Read More »

 

Tire makers roll into South Carolina

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
South Carolina became the nation's leading tire producer in the fourth quarter last year with estimated daily output of 89,000 tires, edging Oklahoma's 88,000 units.... Read More »

 

Mazda2 output starts; Europe sales begin in 2015

July 18, 2014 11:03 CET
Mazda has given its Mazda2 subcompact the sharp creases and sportier stance of the brand's new Kodo design language.... Read More »

 

Silverado, Sierra, Yukon Denali with V-8 to feature new 8-speed transmission

1:57 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
A new eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard on some 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine, GM said today.... Read More »

 

LG Chem targets EV batteries with range of more than 200 miles in 2016

1:19 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
South Korean supplier LG Chem plans to supply batteries for electric vehicles that can travel more than 200 miles, or 321 kilometers, per charge in 2016, its CFO said on Friday.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi to recall some 2004-05 Lancer sedans in U.S. with defective Takata airbags

9:58 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors is recalling cars made with Takata Corp. airbags in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mitsubishi is one of nine automakers to say it will conduct a recall that includes those areas.... Read More »

 

Takata to book $440 million special loss for wave of recalls

7:25 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Takata will book a special loss of around $440 million in the April-June quarter after several automakers recalled vehicles due to potential problems with the supplier's airbags. The cost of the recalls could increase if a safety probe in the United States finds evidence that driving in high humidity increases the risk of the airbags exploding, or if automakers decide to expand the recalls beyond certain U.S. regions.... Read More »

 

Continental Structural Plastics to buy 5 plants from Magna

10:28 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Continental Structural Plastics signed a definitive agreement to acquire five North American plants from Magna International.... Read More »

 

JCI profits fall on restructuring charges

8:46 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2014
Johnson Controls' fiscal third-quarter earnings slid 68 percent as restructuring and other charges offset a modest rise in revenue.... Read More »

 

VW goes local in India to lift sales

July 17, 2014 16:52 CET
VW will increase the amount of locally made parts in the cars it sells in India to help lift falling sales. Five years after entering India, VW has captured just 2.1 percent of the market because its cars are seen as relatively expensive.... Read More »

 

 
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