Manufacturers

Hyundai may be ready to add small pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Hyundai appears close to adding a compact pickup to its U.S. lineup.... Read More »

Denso maps out two-pronged mpg drive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Yasushi Yamanaka, the newly appointed global r&d chief at Toyota Group mega supplier Denso Corp., is chasing two elusive methods to radically improve fuel efficiency by 2025. And neither involves sexy next-generation technologies such as electric-gasoline hybrids.... Read More »

Infiniti: App will add sales panache

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Infiniti launches a tablet software tool to help streamline its showroom process.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Sweet harmony: How trade pacts could pay off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Harmonizing global auto standards and regulations is an elusive goal, but two pending trade pacts offer a window of opportunity.... Read More »

Today's Volvo XC90: A rolling computer chip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When the XC90 was introduced in 2002, it had as many as 38 electronic control units -- small computers that receive data from sensors and components and issue control instructions. Now, it has as many as 107.... Read More »

Aisin aims to increase sales beyond top customer Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Aisin Seiki, Toyota Motor Corp.'s second-biggest supplier, is taking a counterintuitive approach to building business with its top customer. Aisin aims to increase sales to Toyota, in part, by selling more parts to Toyota's rivals.... Read More »

JTEKT targets diversification and steer-by-wire technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

JTEKT Corp. is not just the world's biggest supplier of steering systems, it is the world's 19th largest auto parts supplier, period. Yet to President Tetsuo Agata, his company is still not a “real global company.” Of JTEKT's 40 top executives, for example, only one is a non-Japanese.... Read More »

Swift and secure vehicle software updates?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When it comes to connected cars, Redbend, an Israeli software company, is sitting in a prime position. As automakers add software to vehicles, those systems will require updates, just as home computers and mobile devices do. And Redbend's specialty, first developed for the smartphone and personal computer markets, is to update software quickly and efficiently.... Read More »

OESA zeros in on Mexico, new-tech suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Tier 1 companies are struggling to build networks of Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers in Mexico because smaller vendors are reluctant to shoulder the financial risk, says Julie Fream, CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.... Read More »

Diversity is Calsonic Kansei's top priority

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Hiroshi Moriya, CEO of Calsonic Kansei Corp., wants a bigger slice of sales from customers beside Nissan Motor Co., its top shareholder with a 42 percent stake. He also wants to internationalize Calsonic Kansei's management. Of its 23 top global executives, only three are non-Japanese. Finally, he wants to develop new products by mixing and matching the company's broad range of components.... Read More »

Nissan inspired by high-end fashion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015

Nissan wanted some European fashion to move its American-made Maxima sedan further upscale for 2016. It turned to Alcantara, the Italian producer of material used in high-end apparel and automotive seating, to give the Maxima SR sport package the look of some exotic European sport coupes.... Read More »

GM powertrain plan calls for advancing on many fronts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

When you ask Dan Nicholson about a certain powertrain or technology, he doesn't tell you why it can't be done. Chances are, he'll tell you where it fits in General Motors' ambitious global powertrain portfolio. Nicholson, 51, who took over as GM's vice president of global powertrain late last year.... Read More »

Audi performance unit kills manual gearbox, naturally aspirated V-8

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Audi's quattro GmbH performance division is slaughtering a few sacred cows among sports car enthusiasts.... Read More »

N.A. output rises 4.6% in June

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in June rose 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 1,608,369 units. It was the 47th consecutive month for production to exceed 1 million units.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Car hacking is real, and auto industry must respond

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

When two hackers took command of a Jeep Cherokee while journalist Andy Greenberg was driving it on public roads, an exploit revealed last week in a Wired magazine story, everything changed. Car hacking got real.... Read More »

Volvo, industry flex their CPO sales muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

At the half-year mark, industrywide sales of certified used vehicles stood at 1,275,411, up 13 percent compared with the same period last year. The industry sold 212,843 certified units in June, an 18 percent increase over June 2014.... Read More »

Mercedes revamps supply chain to trim costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mercedes-Benz aims to reduce its logistics costs by about 20 percent per vehicle as the company invests hundreds of millions of euros in a global reorganization of its supply chain network. The automaker has increased production outside of its German home over the past decade but many of the components used in its cars are still sourced from Europe.... Read More »

Making a car's sensors work like our senses

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Autopilot systems like Cadillac's Super Cruise will rely on “sensor fusion,” in which supercomputers stitch data from many sensors into a 360-degree view.... Read More »

Car haulers fight driver shortage

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

Long wait times to pick up cars and paperwork contributes big-time to car-hauler driver job dissatisfaction. It is among the reasons the car hauling industry has a shortage of about 3,000 drivers.... Read More »

Tesla Model S gets 'Ludicrous'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

The electric-vehicle maker, channeling one of the more absurd moments of the Mel Brooks comedy Spaceballs, announced a $10,000 option on its newest Model S variant that runs from 0 to 60 mph in a face-stretching 2.8 seconds -- a feature Tesla calls "Ludicrous Mode."... Read More »

For Bosch, sensors make sense

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

To understand the future of the high-tech automobile, check out the $1.1 billion “clean plant” built here in 2010 by Robert Bosch GmbH. The plant produces pressure sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes that feed data to the computer chips that control a vehicle's engine, stability control system, air bags and other key functions.... Read More »

2 deal makers take charge at suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Deal makers Kamsickas and Miller take charge of 2 major suppliers, Dana and IAC.... Read More »

Deal positions Magna to be a major transmission player

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Magna International's $1.9 billion deal to buy German gearbox supplier Getrag gives the giant Canadian company the technology to supply transmissions for small cars to big vans and nearly everything in between.... Read More »

Ford moves put UAW on roller coaster

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Ford Motor Co. has given the UAW some good news and some bad news as it prepares for a contentious round of contract talks. The company last week confirmed plans to build the 2017 Lincoln Continental in Flat Rock, Mich., a week after revealing plans to move production of the Focus and C-Max out of a nearby plant.... Read More »

Volvo seeks power boost with Polestar tuning unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Volvo Cars has acquired Swedish race car maker Polestar's tuning division and will use the name for an expanded high-performance line to challenge Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M models.... Read More »

 
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