Manufacturing

Denso, NGK fined by S. Korea for price-fixing

2:46 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

South Korea's antitrust regulator will fine five auto parts firms, including Japan's Denso, NGK Spark Plug and their local units, a total of $3.2 million for fixing prices and rigging bids for engine parts.... Read More »

Alcoa receives committment for $259 million U.S. loan to expand aluminum output

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

The U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment to lend Alcoa Inc. $259 million to expand automotive aluminum sheet production capacity at the supplier's Tennessee factory, reviving a long-dormant loan program to support the development of energy-efficient vehicles.... Read More »

Ford aims to triple exports from India with new plant

March 26, 2015 10:09 CET

Ford has invested $1 billion in a new plant in India that will help the automaker triple exports from the country. The factory will build the EcoSport subcompact SUV, which Ford exports to Europe.... Read More »

Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. The overhaul, part of a switch to new modularized product platforms, has been years in the making and is designed to fuel the company's expansion.... Read More »

Pininfarina investor confirms Mahindra's interest in acquisition

March 26, 2015 11:39 CET

Pininfarina's controlling shareholder, Pincar, confirmed that India's Mahindra & Mahindra has expressed interest in buying the Italian car designer. Mahindra is one of heavily indebted Pininfarina's most important customers.... Read More »

Schaeffler's 2014 profit rises by more than half

March 26, 2015 13:09 CET

German part supplier Schaeffler said its operating profit jumped by more than 50 percent to 1.52 billion euros ($1.67 billion) in 2014 because of robust demand for cars in U.S. and China. Its operating margin climbed to 12.6 percent in 2014 from 9.0 percent in 2013.... Read More »

Delphi employees killed in France plane crash

March 25, 2015 12:26 CET

Two Spain-based Delphi employees were among the 150 victims of a plane crash in a remote part of the French Alps. The employees were traveling to a meeting in Germany.... Read More »

New generation of cheaper batteries adds power to hybrids, cut fuel use

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

A new generation of hybrid cars that combine electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for automakers and consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient. The new microhybrid systems are coming on line just as automakers face a U.S. goal of 54.5 miles per gallon on average by 2025.... Read More »

Kia to build Forte compact and a small car at Mexico plant

9:53 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Kia Motors plans to make its Forte compact and an unidentified small car targeted at the local market at its planned factory in Mexico.... Read More »

Detroit Diesel to invest $208 million in Mich. plant upgrades, create 245 jobs

10:04 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Detroit Diesel Corp. plans to upgrade its nearly 75-year-old manufacturing plant in suburban Detroit. The manufacturer of diesel engines is expected to invest $208 million to add new machinery and equipment for a new medium-duty diesel engine line, creating an anticipated 245 jobs.... Read More »

Automakers race to double the driving range of affordable electric cars

March 25, 2015 12:06 CET

Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that breakthroughs by battery suppliers will increase demand and help them compete better with Tesla.... Read More »

TRW in talks with India’s Amtek to sell suspension business, reports say

10:29 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Amtek Auto, an Indian car parts maker, is among companies in talks to acquire TRW's suspension business, people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

Former GM Europe chief Forster will lead UK taxi builder

March 25, 2015 06:01 CET

Auto industry veteran Carl-Peter Forster, who once headed GM Europe and Tata Motors, is new board chairman at London Taxi Company, which builds the UK's iconic black cabs.... Read More »

India's Mahindra said to be in talks to buy car designer Pininfarina

7:49 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Mahindra & Mahindra, India's largest maker of SUVs, is in talks to buy Italian auto design and engineering company Pininfarina SpA, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

UAW rank-and-file decry Tier 2 pay at bargaining convention

3:10 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Opposition to the Tier 2 pay scale is so pervasive at this week’s UAW bargaining convention that the only delegates speaking against a proposal to reduce the pay gap between veteran and entry-level workers at the Detroit 3 are those who want to see it eliminated outright.... Read More »

Chevrolet's Teen Driver safety feature to debut on redesigned Malibu

11:15 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Chevrolet says Teen Driver is the first feature in the industry to offer what is essentially a report card that allows parents to view on a display how their teens drive. Teen Driver automatically mutes the radio until the front seat belts are fastened. Parents can set the radio's maximum volume to a lower level and select a maximum speed between 40 and 75 mph, which activates a visual warning and audible chime if exceeded.... Read More »

Mercedes begins output of GLA engines in China

March 24, 2015 12:28 CET

Mercedes has added production of engines for the GLA compact crossover at its powertrain plant in Beijing. The automaker has now localized all engine production for the three models it produces locally with partner Beijing Automotive, that also include the C class and E class.... Read More »

Mercedes plant has highest per-hour labor cost in U.S.; VW and BMW pay least

March 24, 2015 10:42 CET

Workers at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama, have the highest hourly pay among employees at U.S. car factories while Volkswagen and BMW workers earn the least, a study shows.... Read More »

Remote updates speed Tesla's Autopilot push

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

Tesla doesn't have the r&d budget of rivals such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. But the Palo Alto, Calif., startup sees its ability to send over-the-air software updates as a crucial edge in the race to self-driving cars because it can quickly roll out technology to vehicles that have already been sold.... Read More »

Ford poised to surpass Hyundai in China capacity with new plant

3:06 pm U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Ford will open its fourth passenger-car assembly plant in China today as part of a $4.9 billion expansion drive, putting it on track to overtake Hyundai in the world’s largest auto market.... Read More »

Toyota may approve first Mexico car plant in weeks, reports say

7:56 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Toyota is finalizing plans for its first passenger-car assembly plant in Mexico that could be approved by its board as early as next month, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.... Read More »

Volkswagen will cut production, jobs at Russian plant

March 23, 2015 11:55 CET

Volkswagen said it will reduce shifts and lay off at least 150 workers at its car plant in Kaluga, Russia, as demand shrinks. The company builds Audi, VW and Skoda cars in Kaluga.... Read More »

Insurance rates on aluminum F-150 hold for now

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

For now, motorists' yearly insurance premiums for the 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 are about the same as for the 2014 steel model -- good news for Ford. But premiums could change once insurance companies study accident repair data for the redesigned pickup.... Read More »

Pirelli to be bought by ChemChina in $7.7 billion deal

March 23, 2015 09:37 CET

China National Chemical will buy into Pirelli in a $7.7 billion deal that would place one of the symbols of Italy's manufacturing industry in Chinese hands. But the bid may turn into a protracted takeover battle.... Read More »

Honda hires U.S. engineering firm Exponent to investigate Takata airbags

6:21 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Honda has hired Exponent, a U.S. engineering consulting company enlisted by Toyota during its recall crisis in 2010, to investigate the cause of ruptures in some airbags made by Takata.... Read More »

 
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