Manufacturing

Daicel, Toyoda Gosei plan capital tie-up to expand airbag businesses

7:19 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2017

Japanese suppliers Daicel and Toyoda Gosei said they will invest in each other's equity, deepening ties as both companies expand their airbag businesses.... Read More »

American cars: Fast and furious these days

10:15 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2017

The horses in the auto industry are running free. If a 1976 driver were to somehow get behind the wheel of a 2017 car, whiplash would likely result. Horsepower in the U.S. has almost doubled in recent decades, with the median model climbing from 145 hp to 283 stallions.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: U.S. ready to sue Fiat Chrysler

8:30 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2017

U.S. said to be ready to sue FCA; GM to halt India sales, sell S. Africa unit; Mueller, Trump and Takata; Wrangler-based pickup spied; Do more techy cars equal more totaled cars?... Read More »

GM will refocus operations in India for exports

May 18, 2017 12:03 CET

GM will stop selling cars in India but doesn't plan to leave the market entirely. It will keep its tech center and refocus production by making one of its two local plants an export-only factory. The other will be sold to China's SAIC Motor.... Read More »

Volvo to start XC90 production in India

May 18, 2017 09:48 CET

Volvo will start production of its XC90 flagship SUV in India as part of a drive to double its sales in the country. While India's premium market is relatively small, it is forecast to grow rapidly in the coming years.... Read More »

Former FBI boss expected to leave role at Takata fund to head U.S. election probe

9:33 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2017

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is expected to resign from a role overseeing a fund for Takata airbag victims to head the new U.S. election probe.... Read More »

Subaru weighs Sweden's Autoliv as camera supplier, report says

3:28 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2017

Subaru is considering Autoliv's stereo cameras for its driver-assist system as the Japanese automaker looks for options beyond longtime supplier Hitachi, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Opel bears fruit for PSA in Aisin gearbox talks

May 17, 2017 16:09 CET

PSA is in talks to build Toyota-owned supplier Aisin's automatic gearboxes at one of its own plants, sources told Reuters, in what would be an early reward for the French automaker's purchase of Opel from GM.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford slashing 1,400 salaried jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2017

Ford slashing 1,400 salaried jobs; Volvo weighs exit from diesel business; Uber CEO sought partnership with Tesla, new book reveals; Magna system blends cameras, side-view mirror.... Read More »

Commerce Dept. investigates steel imports used in auto parts

2:00 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2017

The Department of Commerce is looking into U.S. steel industry complaints that foreign competitors have gained an unfair advantage by selling at artificially low prices.... Read More »

Mexico fines Panasonic over Ficosa acquisition

11:39 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

Mexico's competition watchdog fined Panasonic for failing to disclose that its purchase of Spanish parts maker Ficosa would boost its indirect ownership of Ficosa Mexico.... Read More »

GM gets its groove back with suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

General Motors ranks just behind Toyota and Honda in the opinion of suppliers surveyed in a closely watched annual study. Nissan dropped to last place.... Read More »

GM commits to 'green' natural rubber for millions of tires

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

GM is pledging to buy sustainable natural rubber for the 49 million tires it buys a year under a plan aimed at helping small farmers while protecting company profits by ensuring the material’s long-term availability.... Read More »

German supplier Schaeffler hit by explosion; 13 people injured

May 15, 2017 13:43 CET

Thirteen people were injured, four of them seriously, in an explosion at a German factory operated by ball-bearings maker Schaeffler, police said.... Read More »

Lyft partners with Waymo for self-driving cars

May 15, 2017 09:31 CET

Ride services company Lyft and Waymo, an automotive business owned by Google parent Alphabet, have launched a self-driving vehicle partnership, bringing together two rivals to dominant ride-sharing service Uber.... Read More »

Suppliers turn to matchmaking events

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

Auto parts suppliers in Tennessee mingled and table hopped from customer to customer here last week in a bid to "speed date" their way to new business contracts.... Read More »

CLUTCH PLAY

To grow globally, Jeep turned to driveline maker GKN

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

The redesigned 2017 Compass is the key to Jeep's strategy to grow its global sales. And the key to the Compass is an innovative driveline system developed by GKN.... Read More »

Nvidia, Intel battle to supply autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

Toyota's self-driving vehicles will carry Nvidia's platform, making the chipmaker the dominant supplier of the brains of autonomous vehicles.... Read More »

A hint of what's happening with Silverado

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2017

The front end of Chevrolet's redesigned Silverado coming next year looks to have a less rectangular shape than the current generation.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan resume nearly all production after cyberattack

May 14, 2017 15:01 CET

Renault-Nissan said output had returned to normal at nearly all of their plants, after a global cyberattack caused widespread disruption including stoppages at several of the alliance's factories.... Read More »

MTS scandal offers lessons on China dealings

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2017

A management scandal in its Chinese office cost MTS Systems millions of dollars and played havoc with the supplier's recent financial reports.... Read More »

Workers at French supplier destroy machines

May 13, 2017 17:01 CET

Workers at a French supplier facing liquidation have destroyed machinery and say they have rigged gas tanks to explode in an effort to put pressure on customers, including Renault and PSA, to commit to enough orders to keep the plant open.... Read More »

Renault, Nissan European operations deal with global cyber attack

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2017

Renault stopped production at several European sites on Saturday to prevent the spread of a global cyber attack that hit its computer systems. Nissan's plant in England also was impacted.... Read More »

Driver killed in crash with bus carrying 55 Tesla workers near S.F.

1:04 pm U.S. ET | May 12, 2017

A collision between a bus transporting 55 Tesla employees and a VW Beetle east of San Francisco resulted in the death of the car's driver.... Read More »

BMW plans to double output in China, report says

May 12, 2017 14:09 CET

BMW plans to double production capacity in China over the next five years, a German newspaper reported, citing company sources.... Read More »

 
Lotus can thrive under Geely

Nick Gibbs
5:47 am U.S. ET | May 24 2017

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Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving... ...
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How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19 2017

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Renault hopes to keep the Captur as Europe's top-selling subcompact SUV by giving it an upgraded int ...
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After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10 2017

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Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to. ...
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Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

Christiaan Hetzner
7:14 am U.S. ET | May 3 2017

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One aspect of VW Group's first-quarter report is the plunge in revenue at its core brand. ...
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VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati


4:33 am U.S. ET | May 2 2017

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Volkswagen's 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati might not have been based on any industrial logi ...
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China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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Premium brands gain ground as UK sales plunge 20%
UK new-car registrations slumped 20 percent in April, the biggest year-on-year drop for over six yea ...
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German sales fall 8% as diesel share declines
German new-car registrations fell 8 percent in April as buyers turned away from diesel cars and fewe ...
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Renault, Skoda and Citroen among winners as Italy sales fall 5%
New-car registrations in Italy fell 4.6 percent last month with most major automakers losing volume ...
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Renault, PSA suffer as French sales decline 6%
French registrations fell 6 percent in April on two fewer selling days. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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BMW adds 2 execs to North American leadership
BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive the au ...
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VW names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandal
Volkswagen's U.S. unit named a KPMG director, Stephanie Davis, as its chief compliance officer after the automaker was sentenced in April in its diesel-emissions scandal. ...
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Continental names new head of China operations
Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China ...
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BMW i subbrand exec to join energy group Innogy
German energy group Innogy has recruited Stefan von Dobschuetz, a key executive from BMW Group's i s ...
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Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing
Mini USA has appointed new heads of both sales and marketing. ...
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VW names new communications, logistics chiefs for North America
Volkswagen Group of America has promoted two executives to top positions running the company's commu ...
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Ex-Ferrari exec Lanzone hired by autonomous car start-up Zoox
Autonomous vehicle startup Zoox said Corrado Lanzone, former operations director of Ferrari's racing division, has joined the company as its vice president of manufacturing... ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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