21 suppliers named PACE Award finalists

10:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Twenty-eight innovations from 21 different automotive suppliers have been named finalists for the 2016 Automotive News PACE Awards.... Read More »

3 execs tied to supplier accused of price fixing

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

Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. have been indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in a price-fixing scheme.... Read More »

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says fired employees go work for Apple

10:12 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Elon Musk called Apple a “Tesla Graveyard” where his fired employees go to work. The Tesla CEO, in an interview with a German newspaper, dismissed the notion that Apple hires top engineers away from his company.... Read More »

3 Nishikawa Rubber execs indicted by U.S. for price-fixing

5:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. were indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in the auto supply chain’s ongoing price-fixing scandal.... Read More »

Suppliers shouldn't pay for VW diesel scandal, executive says

11:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

VW should not try to make up for the costs of its emissions scandal by putting pressure on suppliers to lower their prices, the head of a German engine parts maker ElringKlinger said today.... Read More »

Bosch's popular diesel engine software was not preprogrammed to cheat

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

A popular diesel engine management program used by several top automakers, including Volkswagen AG, was not pre-programmed to detect when a vehicle was undergoing laboratory emissions testing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a former EPA official.... Read More »


Continental defends software caught up in VW emissions crisis

Oct. 5, 2015 11:53 CET

Continental said software it supplied to VW Group cannot be used to manipulate emissions test results. Conti provided engine control system parts for 1.6-liter versions of the EA 189 engines caught up VW's emissions cheating scandal.... Read More »

Bridgewater Interiors names Ron Hall Jr. as CEO

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Bridgewater Interiors LLC appointed Ron Hall Jr. to CEO of the joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and Epsilon Technologies LLC.... Read More »


Making conventional vehicles more electrified

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Mahle, one of the world's top producers of engine components, is figuring out how to electrify the vehicle.... Read More »


With QNX, BlackBerry finds more room in the car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

This year, QNX notched a huge victory by delivering the underlying software for the latest version of Ford Motor Co.'s Sync system. Now, the division that operates QNX, known as BlackBerry Technology Solutions, is broadening its portfolio of automotive offerings to include over-the-air software updates and back-end software for automated driving.... Read More »


Autoliv expanding into crash prevention tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Autoliv Inc., the world's top producer of airbags and seat belts, is trying to muscle its way into the small fraternity of mega-suppliers that design collision-avoidance systems for autonomous cars.... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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