Manufacturers

Merger ends 'precarious life of Fiat'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Fiat and Chrysler have officially entered a new era, with a new name, new corporate headquarters and, perhaps, a future free of the brushes with bankruptcy that have been part of both companies' recent history.... Read More »

 

Sub-$30,000 Lexus car? 'Can't do it'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
While other luxury brands are adding lower-priced vehicles to their lineups, a senior Lexus executive vowed that his brand won't, because a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the Lexus logo.... Read More »

 

Toyota to name fuel cell vehicle Mirai, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyota will name its $69,000 fuel cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a source told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

New VW Credit chief wants to expand floorplan footprint

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The new CEO of Volkswagen and Audi's finance arm wants to get more of each brand's dealers on its books.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Integrity matters much more than bragging rights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
We might be willing to write off Ford Motor Co.'s payload math as merely the work of an overeager marketer. But it's not an isolated incident; it's the latest in a string of questionable Ford practices.... Read More »

 

N.A. is key Nissan profit center in quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Declining incentives, rising sales and added production at Nissan Motor Corp.'s North American operations fueled a 22 percent surge in operating profit in that region in the latest quarter.... Read More »

 

Plant switch boosts Mazda's N.A. profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Rising sales of Skyactiv models and resumed local production helped Mazda Motor Corp. nearly quadruple its North American operating profit in the most recent quarter. North America emerged as Mazda's second most profitable region in the fiscal first quarter that ended June 30, from its least profitable a year earlier.... Read More »

 

Automakers seek pedestrian-alert delay

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Automakers have asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to postpone rules that would require hybrids and electric vehicles to be equipped with pedestrian-alert systems.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Toyota steps in to avert supply bottlenecks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
As North American production rises to record levels, Toyota Motor Corp. is taking steps to prevent production glitches among its suppliers. Bob Young, the automaker's North American purchasing chief, is providing assistance to 50 suppliers that are struggling to keep up with Toyota's production needs.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Comau helps automakers meet changing mpg goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
As fuel economy standards grow more stringent, automakers are turning to aluminum and other lightweight materials and more complex manufacturing methods to meet their goals. And they have turned to Comau Inc., a subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A., to make their designs buildable.... Read More »

 

Mercedes' rivals develop self-driving features, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The luxury competition has a number of advanced self-driving features, but they aren't as integrated as what's offered by Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

 

M-B, Infiniti engines get global input

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To source fuel-efficient engines for their new small, premium cars, competitors Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti joined forces to create the Infiniti Powertrain Plant. Its an engine plant that is a little bit German, a little bit Japanese, a little bit American and very much global.... Read More »

 

Toyoda Gosei aims to be 'real global supplier'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyoda Gosei Co., the Toyota Motor Corp.-affiliated Japanese auto parts supplier, boasts all the hallmarks of a global industrial giant. But to President Tadashi Arashima, it's just a small Japanese player. He wants to change that.... Read More »

 

Tape emerges as go-to wonder bond

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Time was, any vehicle worth its mettle was a lumbering construct of solid steel welded together by fiery robots. But increasingly, today's cars are being held together in ways other than hot-fused metal. Tape is the new go-to bonding agent.... Read More »

 

Carmakers bet on big global platforms to cut costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The auto industry's switch to global platforms is rapidly picking up momentum. In 2020, the top 10 platforms are expected to generate production of 27.8 million vehicles, according to IHS Automotive, a consulting firm based in suburban Detroit. That's up from 19.2 million units this year.... Read More »

 

NSK: Electric power steering saves fuel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
NSK Ltd., a Japanese auto supplier best known for its ball bearings, sees a big future in electric power steering as carmakers rush to boost fuel economy. But its engineers are avoiding steer-by-wire technology now coming to market.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Magna Steyr hunts acquisitions that will add expertise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To compete in the hotly contested market for engineering services, Austrian supplier Magna Steyr is heading in new directions. Karl-Friedrich Stracke, head of contract manufacturing and engineering at the unit of Magna International Inc., is betting on targeted acquisitions and growth in China.... Read More »

 

Supplier goal: 'Emperor of the electrical world'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Kunihiko Ohnuma, CEO of Hitachi Automotive Systems, isn't shy about his quest to transform his company into the "emperor" of electric and hybrid powertrains.... Read More »

 

After investment, Aisin eyes N.A. profit surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
After scrambling to improve its North American manufacturing base, Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki Co. targets a dramatic improvement of profit margin in the region. But its biggest challenge remains finding high-quality American subsuppliers.... Read More »

 

Can transparency help GM mend supplier ties?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
GM's Strategic Supplier Engagement process was rolled out this spring in an effort to smooth contentious supplier relations that have kept GM from accessing the best of suppliers' technical innovations. It is gaining fans.... Read More »

 

Electric turbocharger eliminates lag, Valeo says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2014
French supplier Valeo has developed an electric turbocharger that it says eliminates "turbo lag." The new turbocharger is powered by an electric motor instead of exhaust gases.... Read More »

 

Suppliers may offer cameras to watch drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
Many of the cars on sale today carry as many cameras as a cluster of paparazzi, pointing five or more lenses at lane lines and blind spots to assist drivers. The next step, experts say, could be cameras that observe the driver instead of the road.... Read More »

 

Tesla digs, but isn't sold on Reno

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
Tesla Motors hasn't decided on a site for its so-called gigafactory, but it's moving forward as though it has.... Read More »

 

GM stands by its 1990s vintage vans; Fleet exec says customers are content

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
General Motors' full-sized commercial van -- sold as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana -- has officially become the old man of that mainstay fleet segment.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tell us the true towing rating

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
I don't understand why Ford doesn't rate its new Super Duty pickup using the SAE J2807 standard.... Read More »

 

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