Manufacturing

Delphi profits jump on higher N.A., Asia parts demand

9:21 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2014
Delphi Automotive reported a 16 percent rise in first-quarter profits, helped by strong parts demand in Asia and North America, and raised its 2014 earnings outlook.... Read More »

 

Valeo sales increase 6% as Europe rebounds

April 24, 2014 11:23 CET
Valeo reported a 6 percent increase in first-quarter sales on higher demand in China and North America and the end of a six-year contraction in Europe.... Read More »

 

UK car production returns to growth, boosted by increased European demand

April 24, 2014 08:40 CET
British car production returned to growth in March, boosted by increased demand in Europe and by automakers completing retooling to build new models. Output increased 12 percent last month.... Read More »

 

Renault freezes plans for Russian van production on weak ruble

April 24, 2014 13:35 CET
Renault has frozen plans to build vans with Russian truckmaker ZIL due to a weakening of the ruble. The company had planned to build Renault and Fiat vans with ZIL in Moscow.... Read More »

 

Sogefi posts loss on restructuring costs, currency woes

April 24, 2014 11:52 CET
Sogefi reported a net loss of 6.3 million euros for the first quarter after results were hit by restructuring charges and the negative effect of exchange rates.... Read More »

 

Johnson Controls profit rises 59% on increase in automotive business

April 24, 2014 06:01 CET
Johnson Controls, which counts on Europe for about half of its sales, reported a 59 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by higher sales in its automotive unit.... Read More »

 

Showa latest supplier to plead guilty to price-fixing, will pay $19.9 million

12:01 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Showa has agreed to plead guilty to fixing the prices of electric power steering assemblies and to pay a million fine, the Justice Department said today.... Read More »

 

JCI Q1 profit rises 59% on increase in automotive business

7:57 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Johnson Controls reported a 59 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by higher sales in its automotive unit.... Read More »

 

J.D. Power to buy Korrelate to measure digital ad spending effectiveness

10:00 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
J.D. Power is acquiring analytics company Korrelate in a move to measure consumer online shopping behaviors and trends, the company said today.... Read More »

 

Siemens, BAIC to jointly build parts for green vehicles in China

April 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Germany's Siemens and state-owned Chinese automaker Beijing Automotive will form a joint venture to produce motors and inverters for hybrid and full-electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you would expect a conference in the United States on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Daimler, BYD show production-ready Denza EV

April 22, 2014 13:22 CET
Daimler and Chinese partner BYD unveiled a production-ready version of their Denza electric car at the Beijing auto show ahead of a sales launch in September.... Read More »

 

Daimler says new Beijing plant has potential capacity to build 350,000 Mercedes cars

April 22, 2014 03:03 CET
Daimler can expand production at its Beijing plant to 350,000 vehicles a year if demand calls for it, said Rene Reif, the head of manufacturing at Beijing Benz Automotive. By the end of 2014, output in Beijing will be about 140,000 cars.... Read More »

 

NHTSA opens probe of Bosch EV chargers

11:43 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation of electric-vehicle chargers made by German supplier Robert Bosch LLC after a driver of a 2013 Nissan Leaf reported one emitted smoke while charging.... Read More »

 

Payout czar set to dive into GM legal mess

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Kenneth Feinberg soon may begin trying to put a dollar figure on the damage inflicted by the faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Snow-covered sensors are no help

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
I was fascinated and dismayed to read "Camera Ready?" in the April 7 issue.... Read More »

 

Famed Mustang modifier Saleen will soup up Tesla's Model S

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The first company to give Tesla's Model S battery-powered sedan a styling and performance makeover has stepped up.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan to offer smart mirror in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Nissan's newly developed smart rearview mirror -- which it had planned to offer only as an aftermarket dealer option in Japan -- will become a U.S. factory feature next year.... Read More »

 

Automakers grow cautious as output rises

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
North American auto production continues to rise with the economy, but automakers are watching inventory closely and starting to get cautious about their second-quarter production schedules.... Read More »

 

Next big thing for A123 may be shift to small batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Now that battery-maker A123 Systems has the same corporate parent as Fisker, the supplier's strategy might seem clear: make lithium ion battery packs for electric vehicles. Not so fast. CEO Jason Forcier is eyeing a bigger target.... Read More »

 

Q&A: TOM BONEY, GENERAL MANAGER, AUTOMOTIVE, NOVELIS NORTH AMERICA

Aluminum gains automotive momentum with F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The Ford F-150 pickup will switch to an aluminum body late this year, and more mass-market vehicles are bound to follow. But aluminum will have to fight for its place on autos with carbon fiber, magnesium and high-strength steel, says Tom Boney, general manager of automotive for Novelis North America, a major aluminum supplier.... Read More »

 

Q&A: BOB CONRAD, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, AUTOMOTIVE MICROCONTROLLER DIVISION, FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR

Vehicles add computer power for high-tech tasks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Now that automakers are racing to add infotainment systems, collision avoidance systems and even self-adjusting seats, it seems like a good time to be in the computer business. Bob Conrad, 54, is senior vice president of Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s automotive microcontroller division.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Nvidia adapts gaming chips to autos

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The redesigned Audi TT, scheduled to arrive in the United States in 2015, benefits from chipmaker Nvidia's quad-core chip, which works with a 3-D graphics program and can execute 8 billion operations per second. Danny Shapiro, director of Nvidia's automotive division, has worked closely with Audi and other automakers since 2009.... Read More »

 

More vehicles, walkers join accident prevention study

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The University of Michigan plans to triple the number of study vehicles outfitted with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the next phase of a road test of equipment designed to prevent accidents.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Jaguar Land Rover to start China production at the end of this year

April 20, 2014 13:49 CET
Jaguar Land Rover plans to start building vehicles in China by the end of this year. A Land Rover SUV will be the first model made at the plant, which will have an initial annual capacity of 130,000 vehicles.... Read More »

 

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