Suppliers

New Aisin Seiki boss pressures supplier to compete

July 22, 2015 10:58 CET

A former Toyota executive, Yasumori Ihara, is telling Aisin Seiki, the carmaker's second-biggest supplier. to raise its game across its auto-parts businesses or risk falling behind.... Read More »

TomTom, Bosch step up joint effort to gain ground in car maps race

8:13 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Dutch mapmaker TomTom has deepened its partnership in high-definition mapping with German auto supplier Robert Bosch to refine the technology crucial for autonomous driving.... Read More »

Nokia nears agreement with BMW, Audi, Mercedes on maps unit, report says

July 21, 2015 12:55 CET

Nokia is nearing an agreement to sell its maps business to BMW, Audi and Mercedes, with a decision possible as early as next week, sources said.... Read More »

VW will set up new truck business headquarters

July 21, 2015 12:14 CET

Volkswagen plans to set up its new truck business near its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The carmaker aims to build a heavy goods vehicle operation capable of taking on rivals Daimler and Volvo.... Read More »

Faurecia explores sale of bumpers unit, report says

July 21, 2015 10:26 CET

Faurecia is exploring a sale of its bumpers business, sources said, as the supplier seeks to free up resources to fund expansion in China. The unit may fetch as much as $450 million, the sources said... Read More »

Betts, ex-Chrysler quality chief, joins Apple

9:43 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Doug Betts, the former head of global quality at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and an expert in auto manufacturing, has joined Apple, according to the auto industry veteran's LinkedIn profile.... 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 »

RICHARD TRUETT

All self-driving cars will need V2V capability

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

Two SUVs on a California street try to merge into the same lane at the same time and get too close. Happens all the time. Except these two vehicles were self-driving cars.... Read More »

Ferrari recalls 814 supercars for improper airbag installations

10:51 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Luxury supercar maker Ferrari is recalling 814 vehicles, costing from $200,000 to more than $1.4 million, to fix driver-side airbags that were installed at an improper angle.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler exploring $3.3 billion sale of auto parts unit Magneti Marelli, report says

4:45 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is considering whether to sell its auto parts maker Magneti Marelli after receiving interest from potential buyers, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. At least two private equity funds are looking to team up with industry players and submit joint bids for Magneti Marelli, which supplies all major carmakers in Europe, the Americas and Asia, three sources said.... Read More »

Autoliv agrees to buy M/A COM automotive tech unit for $100 million

6:58 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Swedish auto safety products supplier Autoliv agreed to purchase the automotive unit of semiconductor provider M/A COM Technology Solutions for a base price of $100 million plus incentives and fees.... Read More »

CHAD HALCOM

BLOG: Is the DOJ auto parts price-fixing crackdown winding down?

2:35 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

After scouring the U.S. auto supply chain in a five-year crackdown on price-fixing, has the Department of Justice found something else to do?... Read More »

Nissan likely to purchase LG batteries, report says

10:19 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Nissan may follow alliance partner Renault by purchasing batteries for its future electric cars instead of exclusively building its own, CEO Carlos Ghosn said in a Wall Street Journal interview published today.... Read More »

China's Yanfeng plans $55 million Tennessee factory to supply VW

12:32 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, a Chinese supplier, will build a $55 million factory in Chattanooga to supply components to Volkswagen AG's nearby assembly plant.... Read More »

Honda used airbag inflators made by ARC as probe widens

6:39 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Honda, the automaker worst affected by the global safety crisis involving defective airbags, said it had used inflators made by a second company under investigation in the U.S. for suspected flaws.... Read More »

Senate panel reverses course on rentals of recalled vehicles

9:26 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

A Senate panel killed a proposal to permit companies to continue renting vehicles that have been recalled, a measure criticized by consumer groups, automakers and even some rental-car companies.... Read More »

Magna will buy Getrag for $1.9 billion to expand in transmissions

July 16, 2015 13:29 CET

Magna International, North America's biggest supplier, agreed to buy German manufacturer Getrag for 1.75 billion euros ($1.9 billion), gaining control of one of the largest independent producers of vehicle transmissions.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Nexteer helps make Opel Corsa's steering safer

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Nexteer Automotive's column-assisted electric power steering system in the new Opel/Vauxhall Corsa is safer because of improvements to the steering column.... Read More »

Swedish supplier SKF sees demand falling as carmakers cut orders on China

July 16, 2015 11:35 CET

Swedish supplier SKF predicts demand at its automotive unit will drop in the current quarter as clients see weakening orders from China.... Read More »

Strike at Spanish seating supplier ends

July 15, 2015 14:53 CET

Employees at a Spanish factory of seating supplier Johnson Controls today resumed work. Their strike had hit production at Volkswagen Group's Seat unit.... Read More »

Magna near deal to acquire German transmission maker Getrag, report says

2:30 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Magna International is nearing an agreement to buy Getrag, one of the largest independent makers of transmissions. A deal could be announced as soon as this week, Bloomberg reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the talks.... Read More »

Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Plastic Omnium boss foresees further gains from toughening emissions rules

July 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Plastic Omnium CEO Laurent Burelle wants to boost revenue 32 percent to 7 billion euros by 2018 at the French supplier of bumpers and fuel tanks. Much of the increase is expected to come from components that will help automakers meet tougher global emissions rules, Burelle told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 
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