OEM Coverage

Airbag inflator shortage plagues industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma. Even if automakers fend off federal regulators' request for a nationwide recall of driver-side airbags, it could take two years or so for Takata to produce enough replacement airbag inflators.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 rivals: Let's rumble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150. But the Ford numbers fell short of taking the overall mpg title for full-size pickups. Ford's two biggest rivals said the 2015 F-150's mpg numbers leave plenty of room for competition in the hotly contested full-size pickup segment.... Read More »

 

'15 Chrysler 300 gets electric steering, Wi-Fi

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 features a new front fascia, rotary shifter and Wi-Fi service. Chrysler's flagship sedan is the last of the automaker's three full-size cars to receive an upgrade, following refreshes to the Dodge Challenger and Charger earlier this year.... Read More »

 

Ford moves 2016 Explorer upscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The freshened 2016 Ford Explorer unveiled here last week will come with a new version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a new, loaded Platinum trim level that will be priced above the current top-of-the-line Explorer Sport.... Read More »

 

Korean buyout fund considers buying Halla Visteon Climate Control stake

6:43 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
South Korean buyout fund Hahn & Co. is considering purchasing shares in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. from Visteon Corp., a person familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 

Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin.... Read More »

 

GM's savvy new face to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Addressing an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., this summer, General Motors' global powertrain boss Steve Kiefer asked a room packed with about 500 people how many owned a GM vehicle.... Read More »

 

GM: Strong welds, low costs

As Ford spends big, GM joins aluminum with simple welds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
General Motors is adding more lightweight aluminum to its vehicles. But unlike Ford Motor Co., GM is not spending hundreds of millions of dollars to retool its assembly plants for the metal.... Read More »

 

M-B exec: S class 'is now our flagship platform'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Mercedes-Benz thinks there's a new, hot niche in the global auto industry: $100,000-plus cars.... Read More »

 

Ford to build longer, 3-row Edge for China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford Motor Co. will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for China.... Read More »

 

Family celebration

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Some notable names were on hand when Ford introduced the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang last week in California.... Read More »

 

Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist.... Read More »

 

JLR speaks up for voice recognition with startup's tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Voice-recognition systems have fallen far short of their promise. Android Auto and CarPlay both use voice recognition, but CloudCar wants to go even further with JustDrive.... Read More »

 

YASUYUKI YOSHINAGA, PRESIDENT, FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES

Subaru boss: Strong growth brings new challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Hot-selling Subaru is going from strength to strength under Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries. The brand is poised for a sixth straight year of record U.S. sales, and profits are getting a big boost from favorable exchange rates.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Where's HQ? It's like musical chairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Nissan and Infiniti, Toyota, Cadillac, and maybe Chrysler? Why car companies are headquartered where they are in the U.S. seems obscure. Why they move sometimes makes sense, but it is always disruptive.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week in South Carolina. This after being built, then disassembled in Germany. The gyrations some automakers perform to avoid the 25 percent tariff seem wasteful and crazy.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

More time for victims

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
General Motors is right to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation. The cut-off date has been extended a month to Jan. 31.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Global companies should abide by the same rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Of all forms of price fixing, the practice of suppliers pre-arranging high and low bids on various contracts to share the business is distinctly Japanese. Nominally, it fits a national culture that values consensus and avoids conflict.... Read More »

 

Grand Cherokee, Durango plant will be idled for paint shop redo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Chrysler Group will stop production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango for three weeks starting in December to upgrade the paint shop at the vehicles' assembly plant in Detroit. The revised shop will be able to paint the vehicles with more complex exterior colors.... Read More »

 

CARLOS GHOSN, CEO, NISSAN MOTOR CORP.

Ghosn: 'We're going to continue the offensive' in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, 60, is one of the auto industry's longest-serving chief executives. He is pressing the Japanese automaker to reach an 8 percent global market share by the end of March 2017 -- up from 6 percent on Sept. 30, the end of the first half of Nissan's current fiscal year.... Read More »

 

ZF expects surging sales of driver-assist systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG, which agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings in September for $13.5 billion, expects the combined company's sales of driver-assist safety systems to grow 15 to 25 percent a year. Those technologies, which will underpin tomorrow's autonomous cars, also will be the "major" part of the combined company's $2.1 billion r&d budget, ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said.... Read More »

 

OSAMU MASUKO, CEO, MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORP.

Masuko aims to build on Mitsubishi's momentum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Osamu Masuko, at the helm of beleaguered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for nearly a decade, wrapped up a hard-fought restructuring this year. Now, things are looking up. He restructured the company around electrified drivetrains and cars for emerging markets, and he engineered the company's return to a regular shareholder structure that no longer gives outsized influence to Mitsubishi Group companies.... Read More »

 

MARK FIELDS, CEO, FORD MOTOR CO.

Fields forges ahead as Ford faces new competition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Mark Fields spent his first few months as Ford Motor Co. CEO traveling the world to talk to employees about his strategy -- continuing and accelerating the One Ford plan created by his predecessor, Alan Mulally. Now, Fields says, Ford can take that framework into a challenging future where it faces not only competing automakers but "fierce nontraditional competitors."... Read More »

 

Tesla, BMW in talks over batteries, light-weight parts, Musk says

11:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Tesla Motors is in talks with BMW over a possible alliance in battery technology and light-weight components, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a German weekly magazine.... Read More »

 

Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week, signaling a push for more auto safety regulations.... Read More »

 

 
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