Manufacturing

Porsche extends contract of production boss

May 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Porsche has extended the contract of its production and logistics boss, Oliver Blume, by five years. Blume is a former head of global production planning at VW who started his career at Audi.... Read More »

House panel sets hearing on Takata recalls

3:19 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

A House of Representatives panel has called a June 2 hearing to probe the Takata airbag recalls that last week mushroomed to cover 34 million vehicles.... Read More »

Supplier EFI Automotive opens N.A. headquarters in Alabama

5:05 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

French supplier EFI Automotive opened its first North American headquarters, in Elkmont, Ala., after spending $2.5 million to expand the site of its plant there.... Read More »

Auto industry's $23 billion investment in Mexico may face snarls at ports

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Carmakers from Nissan to Mazda are churning out record numbers of vehicles in Mexico destined for consumers abroad, but some executives are worried that the factory hum will slow in coming years as exports get bogged down by congestion at the nation's ports.... Read More »

NGK says 2 execs retired before price-fixing indictments

2:38 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Two former executives with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug had retired before they were indicted Thursday on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold to some automakers in the US and elsewhere.... Read More »

GM unveils $1.2 billion investment plan for Indiana pickup plant

1:15 pm U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

GM will invest $1.2 billion to improve the Indiana plant where it makes full-size pickups. The investment, part of the $5.4 billion that GM said last month it will spend on its US operations over the next three years, will include a new paint shop and an expanded body shop.... Read More »

Hyundai wins race to offer Android Auto

8:00 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Hyundai has become the first car company to offer Google's new Android Auto interface by launching it in the 2015 Sonata. The launch is a big win for Hyundai, which had raced to be first to offer Android Auto, and for Google, which could get its sleek, colorful system into tens of thousands of cars before archrival Apple can do the same with its iPhone interface, known as CarPlay.... Read More »

Ford's Turkish unit halts output as labor dispute resumes

May 26, 2015 08:56 CET

The Turkish unit of Ford suspended operations at one of its plants after a week-long labor dispute flared up again.... Read More »

Daimler, Baidu team up in connected-car venture

May 26, 2015 12:24 CET

Daimler will team up with web services company Baidu to make software available in its Mercedes cars sold in China. Services will include a feature that allows users to access content such as music and Internet services from smartphones via their dashboards.... Read More »

VW opens new China car plant despite slowing sales

May 26, 2015 10:51 CET

Volkswagen Group has expanded production in China with a new car plant despite slowing sales in the market. The $194 million factory can build up to 300,000 VW brand and Skoda vehicles a year.... Read More »

Lamborghini set to announce Italian production for new SUV, report says

May 25, 2015 19:24 CET

Lamborghini is set to announce Wednesday that it will build a new SUV in Italy, sources said. The carmaker has said it has the potential to sell 3,000 SUVs a year, more than doubling the size of the brand.... Read More »

Renault offers concessions to workers in bid to end Turkish strike

May 25, 2015 11:08 CET

Oyak Renault, the Turkish arm of the French carmaker, has offered concessions including a cash lump sum to striking workers if they return to work. Turkey's automotive sector has been hit by wider labor unrest that has also affected Ford and Fiat units in the country.... Read More »

Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the costs of the body switch would have outweighed the benefits.... Read More »

Ford makes over another icon by going aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The F-150 isn't the only Ford Motor Co. icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you'll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval.... Read More »

Software issues hold back some Renegades

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here?... Read More »

GM wrings more pickups out of busy plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant is trimming lunch breaks and hiring extra weekend staff to fill surprisingly strong demand for its midsize pickups and commercial vans.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lear: 'Facts speak for themselves'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Recently, you may have seen some allegations in the media by the UAW about unfair labor practices or unsafe working conditions at Lear. Those allegations are untrue.... Read More »

Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

The April announcement that Toyota will move Corolla production from Canada to a new Mexican plant has rejuvenated a unionizing campaign aimed at the automaker. Unifor is hoping to drum up support for a vote by the end of the year to determine if factories in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, will become Toyota's first unionized plants in North America.... Read More »

Daimler, Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging

4:43 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

Daimler formed a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables.... Read More »

Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plants

May 22, 2015 10:31 CET

Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. But production at Renault's local plant remained disrupted and the automaker has said it might review investment in the market.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover close to deciding on eastern European plant, report says

May 22, 2015 21:33 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is close to deciding on a new plant in eastern Europe that likely will build its next Defender SUV, reports said.... Read More »

Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new models

May 22, 2015 15:10 CET

Daimler plans to invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, Germany, in preparation to build two new models.... Read More »

Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study.... Read More »

Wal-Mart revamps auto-care centers

2:40 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Wal-Mart's auto centers, the car-maintenance areas attached to many of its stores, are getting a service overhaul. To improve the experience and entice more customers, the company is dedicating staffing and training programs to the department.... Read More »

Hyundai to boost output of Tucson SUV

2:01 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Hyundai said today it would boost output of its Tucson SUV by adding production at a South Korean assembly line that currently makes sedans in order to meet demand from markets including the United States.... Read More »

 
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