Suppliers

JCI: Future of battery market isn't EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Johnson Controls will spend $780 million to expand capacity for advanced absorbent glass mat batteries around the world. JCI's battery chief, Joe Walicki, believes the product is powerful enough to support the industry's move into bigger power users, such as stop-start systems.... Read More »

Digital world requires collaboration

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Automakers will have to collaborate more and adapt to change faster as pressure from companies such as Tesla, Apple and Google increases the need to offer connected, electrified, autonomous cars, executives said.... Read More »

Supplier M&A is glowing hot again

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Supplier M&A surged last year as conglomerates sorted out what's profitable and what's not. In the center of it? Interiors.... Read More »

How GM contained quake's ripple effect

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

An April earthquake in Japan forced the closure of four GM plants in North America - but the fallout could have been far worse if not for changes in GM's supply chain management to keep parts flowing to key plants.... Read More »

Personnel

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2016

Peter Fong, 52, to senior vice president of dealership operations. Fong, who has held executive positions in sales and marketing at Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group, most recently was executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Judge Group, which specializes in technology consulting, staffing and corporate training.
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Pickups with a French accent

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2016

This month, Faurecia added to its growing list of pickup seat jobs when it launched a factory in Simpsonville, Ky., to make seats for the Ford Super Duty pickup.... Read More »

Mexican supplier Tremec to establish U.S. plant, headquarters in suburban Detroit

7:26 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2016

A Mexico City-based transmission supplier Tremec plans to invest $54 million to establish a manufacturing plant and U.S. headquarters in suburban Detroit, a move that will create 133 jobs, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Thursday.... Read More »

Durr opens consolidated technical center in suburban Detroit

3:06 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2016

Durr AG, the No. 1 global builder of automotive paint shops, has consolidated three Detroit-area facilities into a $40 million technical center in Southfield, Mich.... Read More »

Tower's board OKs $100 million stock buyback program

3:15 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2016

Tower International, which makes a variety of metal components for cars and trucks, said its board authorized a share repurchase program of up to $100 million of the company's common stock.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: For Europe's small cars, it's war

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2016

Ford's other small-car battlefront; Why Smart's not planning SUV; Cruze hatchback price: $22,190; Canadian supplier chats with Google, Apple; Hyundai safety tech, in song.... Read More »

Canadian supplier Linamar says it has talked with Apple, Google

7:48 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2016

Canadian supplier Linamar has talked with Apple and Google about potentially supplying the technology giants if they begin making cars. CEO Linda Hasenfratz declined to give specifics about the discussions but said she was excited about the potential to work with new players in the industry.... Read More »

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Schaeffler sees e-clutch as key to making manual gearboxes more frugal

June 17, 2016 06:01 CET

Schaeffler is counting on the electrification of the clutch to boost the fuel economy and driving comfort of manual transmissions without a significant increase in the cost of the world's most popular gearbox.... Read More »

Brembo boss says brake maker's strong growth will continue

June 16, 2016 06:01 CET

Italian brake manufacturer Brembo's profits are growing at a faster rate than its sales. It finished 2015 with earnings before interest and taxes up 41 percent to 251 million euros on a sales growth of 15 percent to 2.1 billion euros. Alberto Bombassei, the supplier's chairman, told Automotive News Europe why he thinks the growth spurt isn't over.... Read More »

U.S. indicts two Japanese auto suppliers for bid-rigging

6:04 pm U.S. ET | June 15, 2016

Two Japanese auto suppliers, Tokai Kogyo Co. and Maruyasu Industries Co., were indicted on Wednesday on price-fixing charges along with five executives, the U.S. Justice Department said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: VW overhaul in the works?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2016

VW mulls shedding assets, bundling units, report says; More Mitsu trouble?; JLR opens Brazil plant; Orlando: Dealers reach out, pitch in; Tesla to open gallery in LA Nordstrom store.... Read More »

VW said to weigh asset sales in end to era of empire building

4:32 pm U.S. ET | June 14, 2016

Volkswagen is shifting away from its era of empire building with plans to bundle its fragmented components businesses and review its portfolio for possible asset sales.... Read More »

Supplier SRG plans to move HQ within Detroit suburbs

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 14, 2016

Exterior trim supplier SRG Global Inc. is moving its world headquarters in suburban Detroit to Troy from Warren.... Read More »

WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Inside one of the last of Ford's flatheads

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2016

Through this time-lapse video, you can see the intricate, and often unseen, design of the Ford flathead.... Read More »

Takata selling shares in automakers to raise cash

6:55 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2016

Takata, the embattled airbag maker behind the biggest automotive safety recall, said it's selling shares it owns in automakers to raise funds as the company faces compensation claims for its defective devices.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Nissan's ethanol fuel cell

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2016

Nissan develops ethanol-powered fuel cell; Takata sheds auto stocks; BMW remarketing site open to other dealers; GMC acts to prevent hot-car deaths; Steering wheel's last go-round?... Read More »

Continental plans new brake plant, r&d center in China

June 14, 2016 11:19 CET

Continental will build a $91 million brake plant and technical center in Chongqing to establish a presence in western China, a report said.... Read More »

Takata says it is selling automakers' shares to raise cash

June 14, 2016 10:41 CET

Takata, the embattled airbag maker behind the industry's biggest ever automotive safety recall, said it's selling shares it owns in automakers to raise funds as it faces compensation claims for its defective devices.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: All quiet on Ford's mobility front

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2016

All quiet on Ford's mobility front; JCI stop-start investment; Fleet-only Impala ends; Investors drawn to Takata?; VW changes media agencies; Honda's answer to Chevy's F-150 stunt.... Read More »

Johnson Controls to double N.A. production of stop-start batteries

7:00 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2016

Johnson Controls said it plans to invest $245 million through 2020 to double North American production of absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries for vehicles with stop-start systems.... Read More »

Bold bet on a 727-hp Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2016

Lebanon Ford's improbable promotion for a 727-hp Mustang GT went viral, catapulting the Ohio dealership into the national spotlight. Now it's selling more of the supercharged pony cars than it has time to count.... Read More »

 
Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10 2016

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Ford of Europe's 6. ...
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Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities

Bruce Gain
9:46 am U.S. ET | June 1 2016

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Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and... ...
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Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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French car sales jump 22% in May on extra selling days
French registrations rose 22 percent in May, benefiting from three extra selling days. ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Ford picks VanDyke to be new Europe marketing chief
Ford has picked Matt VanDyke as its new marketing chief in Europe. VanDyke currently leads Lincoln's ...
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Nissan Europe names new product planning chief
Nissan Europe has named Ponz Pandikuthira, its current light commercial vehicle director, as the aut ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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