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GKN Driveline sees big gains for awd business on global success of SUVs

Dec. 1, 2016 14:10 CET

The automotive arm of British engineering firm GKN is in an enviable position as profits rise and growing global sales of SUVs boost demand for its all-wheel-drive systems. CEO Phil Swash expects business to continue thriving, as he explained to Automotive news Europe.... Read More »

ZF to sell 20% Haldex stake to Knorr-Bremse

Dec. 1, 2016 10:35 CET

ZF said it had agreed to sell a 20 percent stake in Swedish brake systems firm Haldex to rival German bidder Knorr-Bremse. ZF and Knorr-Bremse have been locked in a bidding war over Haldex but ZF failed to win a majority and has been reviewing its options.... Read More »

Trump plans to nominate Wilbur Ross to head U.S. Commerce Department

11:55 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump said today he plans to nominate billionaire investor and auto supplier executive Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary and Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, as deputy Commerce secretary.... Read More »

Adient to spend $75 million to buy, renovate new headquarters in Detroit

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2016

Adient said today it has acquired the Marquette Building in downtown Detroit -- walking distance from Cobo Center, the home of the Detroit auto show -- for its new global headquarters.... Read More »

Takata shares slump after influential day trader tweets he sold shares

6:39 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2016

Takata, finalizing a buyer after spurring record auto industry recalls, fell in Tokyo trading after a Japanese day trader told his more than 103,000 Twitter followers he sold shares in the airbag maker.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Toyota boss takes charge of EV push

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2016

Toyota boss takes charge of EV push; Chao nomination praised, Ross expected to get Commerce nod; Ford reveals Fiesta; VW hearing delayed; Snyder: The price of sales ambition.... Read More »

VW stake in carbon-fiber maker SGL will fall after new share issue

Nov. 29, 2016 11:11 CET

Volkswagen Group will not buy into a new share issue by SGL, reducing its stake in the German carbon-fiber maker and allowing rival BMW Group more control over one of its key materials suppliers.... Read More »

Delphi taps Intel for chips in self-driving technology

12:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2016

Delphi Automotive has formed a partnership with Intel Corp. to use Intel chips for a technology package being developed for self-driving vehicles. Late next year, Intel will start delivering computer chips to run Delphi's decision-making software .... Read More »

2016 ALL STARS | SUPPLIERS

Amnon Shashua

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

The co-founder and chief technology officer of Mobileye stood up to Tesla's public attacks, countering that Tesla was "pushing the envelope in terms of safety" and asserting that Mobileye argued against Tesla's decision to allow its Autopilot system to offer hands-free driving.... Read More »

Ford steps up effort to hire people with autism

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Ford Motor Co. is expanding a program to employ adults with autism, bringing on an additional 12 to 24 hires next year.... Read More »

Jaguar I-Pace to be built by Magna Steyr

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Jaguar, a British brand owned by an Indian company, will use a Canadian-owned contract manufacturer to build full-electric crossovers in Austria.... Read More »

American Axle's Dauch defends Metaldyne deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2016

Analysts say David Dauch's acquisition of Metaldyne is ill-timed. Dauch says they're wrong.... Read More »

Trump expected to tap Wilbur Ross for Commerce post

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate as secretary of commerce investor Wilbur Ross, who became a billionaire by acquiring and restructuring troubled companies, according to a person familiar with the transition planning.... Read More »

Infineon reports 2% fall in quarterly operating profit

Nov. 23, 2016 11:56 CET

German chip maker Infineon reported a 2 percent drop in quarterly profit today, but raised its medium-term operating margin target to 17 percent from 15 percent as the company expects to benefit from favorable currency conditions and the acquisition of the U.S. company International Rectifier.... Read More »

Takata narrows buyer bids to Autoliv, Key Safety Systems

Nov. 22, 2016 09:53 CET

Takata has narrowed a list of bidders to Autoliv and Key Safety Systems for a final round of negotiations, moving the airbag maker a step a closer to securing a buyer to steer it through biggest safety recall crisis in automotive history, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

ArcelorMittal to open plant near GM in Detroit, create at least 120 jobs

12:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2016

ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks, a unit of Luxembourg steel producer ArcelorMittal, plans to spend $83 million to set up a manufacturing plant in Detroit and create at least 120 jobs over five years, the state of Michigan said Tuesday.... Read More »

Michigan awards $2 million to Adient for Detroit headquarters move, 115 new jobs

11:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2016

The state of Michigan is backing auto seat maker Adient in its bid to move its corporate headquarters to Detroit, awarding the company a $2 million grant in exchange for 115 new jobs.... Read More »

MORRY MARKOWITZ

There's room on the road for all ZEVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Given the challenges we face progressing toward a cleaner transportation future, pitting fuel cell vehicles against battery electric vehicles is detrimental to advancing all zero emission vehicles and meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals.... Read More »

KKR to buy Nissan-backed supplier Calsonic for up to $4.5 billion

3:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

U.S. buyout firm KKR & Co. is buying Nissan Motor-backed auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei for up to 498.3 billion yen ($4.5 billion) in its biggest deal in Japan, seizing on a rare chance there to do a multi-billion dollar purchase.... Read More »

Toyota seeks to smooth supply stream

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Sean Suggs, vice president of manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, spoke with News Editor Lindsay Chappell during last month's Southern Automotive Conference.... Read More »

Wilbur Ross vetted for key posts in Trump cabinet

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Wilbur Ross, who launched automotive supplier IAC Group in 2006, is under consideration by President-elect Donald Trump for two key cabinet positions, according to several reports.... Read More »

RANDY MILLER

5 survival keys for the industry disruption ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Automakers and suppliers need to open up and collaborate to avoid being swept aside by more agile companies.... Read More »

Samsung-Harman deal could speed infotainment advances

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

The union of consumer giant Samsung Electronics Co. and automotive leader Harman International Industries will speed up developments in future vehicle infotainment products.... Read More »

Crain, MSX will hold auto tech summit in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

Crain Communications Inc., the publisher of Automotive News, will team with MSX International to hold an automotive technology summit next September.... Read More »

BorgWarner ready for another acquisition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2016

BorgWarner CEO James Verrier doesn't care which way the political winds blow. He wants to take the supplier deeper into hybrid and EV power electronics.... Read More »

 
Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2016

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Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. ...
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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years
New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market sinc ...
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UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says
German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand wil ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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