The Japanese emissions equipment maker that humbled VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Horiba, an obscure Japanese manufacturer that makes about 70 percent of the world's auto emissions testing systems, played a key role in uncovering violations that promise to dog Volkswagen for months to come.... Read More »

Ford adds overtime at Michigan F-150 plant as Missouri strike deadline nears

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Ford canceled a planned overtime shift this weekend at its F-150 plant in Missouri, where workers threaten to strike as soon as Sunday, and is diverting frames for the pickups to its other F-150 plant in Michigan to minimize the consequences of a work stoppage. Ford has also added mandatory overtime shifts at the Michigan factory.... Read More »

Pacific trade pact would open Japanese market to U.S. vehicles, report says

8:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

A U.S.-Japan agreement on autos trade as part of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal would have its own dispute settlement mechanism, including penalties, if Japan does not open its market enough to U.S. vehicles, a source close to the trade negotiations said.... Read More »

Autoliv ready to cut more staff in China as car sales stall

Oct. 2, 2015 14:47 CET

Autoliv is ready to cut more jobs in China as the supplier reacts to a decline in light vehicle production in the market in the past few quarters.... Read More »

Schaeffler pushes ahead with IPO amid VW scandal

Oct. 2, 2015 13:31 CET

Schaeffler Group is sticking to plans for an initial public offering, shrugging off the market turbulence prompted by the Volkswagen Group diesel scandal. VW Group is the part supplier's biggest customer.... Read More »


PSA sees connectivity boosting customer loyalty

Oct. 2, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA wants its connectivity solutions to strengthen customer loyalty by being simple and seamless, but matching what they get from their consumer electronics will not be easy because that skill is not part of any automaker's DNA, the automaker's connectivity boss Brigitte Courtehoux, explained to .... Read More »


Bosch, Conti, ZF, others drawn to booming market for driver-assistance tech

Oct. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The auto industry's adoption of driver-assistance systems is looking like a gold rush. This year, global sales of the radar, cameras, controllers and software used for the technology will total $10.6 billion, analysts say. By 2020, they expect that figure to double.... Read More »

Autoliv targets $12 billion in sales by end of the decade

Oct. 1, 2015 11:02 CET

Auto safety specialist Autoliv targets $12 billion in sales by the end of the decade and could potentially reach $15 billion, it said today. The company had sales of $9.2 billion in 2014.... Read More »

LG Chem CEO Prabhakar Patil to retire

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Prabhakar Patil will retire as CEO of LG Chem Power, effective Wednesday, the battery maker said today. He will be succeeded by Denise Gray, who helped develop the Chevrolet Volt's lithium ion battery system, starting Thursday.... Read More »

Autos key to driving Pacific trade deal over finish line

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

For auto parts makers in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, the fine print of a Pacific trade deal negotiators aim to wrap up this week could make or break an export industry boom built up over the last 20 years that is now worth $60 billion.... Read More »

Brembo will buy controlling stake in China brakes manufacturer

Sept. 29, 2015 15:25 CET

Brembo has agreed to buy a 66 percent stake in Chinese brakes manufacturer ASIMCO Meilian Braking Systems for 616 million yuan ($97 million) as it follows car-making customers into areas with high growth potential.... Read More »

Turning wood and orange peels into car parts stronger than steel

7:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

The molecules of plant fibers are being transformed into a lightweight material five times stronger than steel that can be used to make everything from auto parts to electronic displays. No wonder the technology, called cellulose nanofiber, has piqued the interest of executives in Japan.... Read More »

Aluminum supplier Alcoa to split into 2 companies

9:47 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Alcoa will split into two companies to separate its struggling aluminum smelting operations from production of lightweight metals for its faster-growing aerospace and automotive business.... Read More »


Automakers gamble on wireless charging standard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Automakers are putting wireless chargers into their cars, but they're still waiting for a clear signal from Apple, which has yet to build the technology into its iPhone.... Read More »

NHTSA considers expanding Takata airbag recalls

7:21 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

The U.S. regulator overseeing the replacement of Takata airbags is considering an order that would expand the recalls and has contacted seven manufacturers who could be affected, including Volkswagen AG and Tesla Motors Inc.... Read More »

Lithia founder takes a pay cut -- for life

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Lithia Motors Inc. founder Sid DeBoer is stepping down as an executive officer of the company and will take a massive pay cut -- for life.... Read More »

An Apple EV? Lutz not biting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Apple Inc. had nothing to say about a Wall Street Journal report last week that it plans to have an electric vehicle ready to go by 2019. But Bob Lutz did: "I think this is going to be a gigantic money pit.”... Read More »


Connected car finally may have found a parking spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Parking is drawing a new level of attention from in-car navigation specialists such as Inrix, of Kirkland, Wash., which already taps into smartphone data to beam down cloud-based traffic updates to millions of cars.... Read More »

App makers eager for clear path to car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

To get their apps into cars, developers like Pandora have to rewrite their code for every brand, but that could soon change.... Read More »


Bosch warned VW about illegal software use in diesel cars, report says

Sept. 27, 2015 16:00 CET

Bosch warned VW in 2007 that it would be illegal to use engine management software at the heart of the diesels emissions rigging scandal in production cars, a German newspaper said. Bosch supplied the software for test purposes, the paper said. VW was also warned by one of its own engineers in 2011 about illegal emissions testing practices, another paper said.... Read More »

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 »

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