VW managed fake U.S. test results from Germany, report says

10:43 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Volkswagen AG executives in Germany controlled the key aspects of emissions tests whose results the carmaker now admits were faked, three people familiar with the company's U.S. operations told Bloomberg.... Read More »

Honda plans $210 million paint line in Ohio

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Honda of America's manufacturing unit said today it plans to invest $210 million in a new paint line at its Marysville, Ohio, plant that will cut water use, energy consumption, and emissions.... Read More »

Nissan taps Microsoft exec to lead global communications

9:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Nissan has hired Microsoft communications manager Jonathan Adashek to head global communications. He will replace Jeff Kuhlman, who is returning to the U.S. for family reasons.... Read More »


BorgWarner, ZF, GKN have key parts in new Land Rover Discovery Sport

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

BorgWarner, ZF and GKN Driveline play keys roles in helping to reduce CO2 in the new Land Rover Discovery Sport.... Read More »

Magna CEO sees smart robots shifting parts output away from China

11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

The falling cost of intelligent robots may help repatriate some auto production away from low-cost locations like China back to factories in Germany and North America, Magna International CEO Donald Walker says.... Read More »

West Virginia engineer presented VW emissions findings a year ago

6:44 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Daniel Carder, an unassuming engineer from West Virginia, said he and his research team publicly presented their findings about Volkswagen's diesel emission discrepancies about a year ago. VW officials questioned them at the time.... Read More »

Bosch says VW responsible for configuring diesel engine parts

Sept. 22, 2015 16:25 CET

Bosch said it had delivered components including delivery and metering modules for exhaust gas treatment and common rail injection systems to VW Group but responsibility for configuring handling characteristics of components lies with Volkswagen.... Read More »

Apple aims to 'ship' electric car in 2019, report says

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Silicon Valley technology giant Apple has set a goal of finalizing an electric car in 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported. Apple has internally designated an electric car as a “committed project,” the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.... Read More »

Schaeffler plans IPO to cut debt, raise up to $3.4 billion

Sept. 21, 2015 10:10 CET

Schaeffler plans an initial public offering to pay down debt. The supplier may raise as much as about 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in the IPO, sources said.... Read More »


BLOG: Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology.... Read More »


Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology.... Read More »

2 suppliers steer in opposite directions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Two of the world's biggest steering suppliers have diametrically opposed views of the importance of steer-by-wire to the future of autonomous driving.... Read More »

Auto-brake pact offers boon to big suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

When 10 automakers agreed this month to voluntarily make automatic emergency braking systems standard, they were promising off-the-shelf technology priced for the mass market that includes an assortment of cameras, radar, lidar and computer chips that make up collision avoidance systems. The suppliers that will profit are a well-defined group of big suppliers with production-ready components.... Read More »

Suppliers team up to provide starter kit for self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Autonomous cars have a dirty little secret: No matter how dazzling they seem, most of the prototypes shown to date rely on a trunkful of computers rigged up with bespoke software that's far from production-ready. Now, two big Tier 1 suppliers think they have a solution for that problem.... Read More »

Cylinders take turns to deliver proper power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

An advanced, fast-acting cylinder-deactivation system expected to be launched within five years - probably by General Motors - proposes to save fuel by continuously varying the number of cylinders firing. As a result, the engine delivers only the power that is needed.... Read More »


Mirror, mirror off the car? Focus turns to cameras

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2015

Many of today's better-appointed vehicles have side mirrors that tuck away automatically. Major suppliers are working on making those mirrors disappear altogether.... Read More »

Ghosn sees tough time ahead for industry disruptors

Sept. 18, 2015 10:50 CET

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said aggressive hiring of auto industry executives by software companies shows how vital it is for new players to understand manufacturing and vehicle design and how tough it will be for new players to enter the auto industry.... Read More »

Valeo sees gradual recovery in Chinese car market

Sept. 18, 2015 15:26 CET

Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich said China's auto market is showing signs of recovery and confirmed the company's full-year target of improving on its 7.4 percent first-half operating margin.... Read More »

Design legend Giugiaro plans return after Piech setback

Sept. 18, 2015 11:43 CET

Design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro is striking out alone after selling the remaining part of his styling company to VW Group's Audi division following his friend Ferdinand Piech's ouster from the German automaker. Giugiaro is discussing potential projects with Chinese and Korean companies.... Read More »

Gentex transforms rear-view mirror into high-tech vision system

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Gentex is broadening its role from a traditional Michigan-based auto parts maker to a supplier of high-tech vision systems that eventually could be integrated into self-driving cars.... Read More »

JCI targets 3,000 job cuts in salaried ranks

9:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Johnson Controls will cut as many as 3,000 salaried jobs over the next two years under an ongoing cost savings program and ahead of plans to streamline and divest its auto interiors business.... Read More »


BLOG: Wave your hand, watch the hood pop (minus grimy fingers)

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Auto suppliers are not only working to make for clean air. Some also want clean hands.... Read More »

Japanese supplier Kayaba to pay $62 million criminal fine for price-fixing conspiracy

4:17 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Japanese supplier Kayaba agreed to plead guilty and pay a $62 million fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of shock absorbers sold to automakers in the U.S., federal prosecutors said today.... Read More »

Mercedes open to battery alliance with BMW, Audi, Zetsche says

Sept. 16, 2015 15:32 CET

Mercedes is open to the idea of creating an alliance with rivals BMW and Audi to manufacture next-generation batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the automaker's CEO, Dieter Zetsche, said. A deal would extend an alliance formed by the three automakers earlier this year to buy Nokia's maps business, Here.... Read More »

Delphi, GM ready advanced cylinder deactivation

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

An advanced, fast-acting cylinder deactivation system expected to be launched within five years -- probably by General Motors -- could revolutionize gasoline internal combustion engines by firing only the number of cylinders needed. The system works on all types and sizes of gasoline engines.... Read More »

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