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Denso air conditioner designed to fit in any vehicle, save money

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
What if a supplier could design a one-size-fits-all component for all of its customers, a product that would allow major economies of scale? Denso Corp. is trying it with air conditioners.... Read More »

 

Ford seeks infotainment middle ground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. In the process, it exchanged grand ambition for toned-down aspirations, including easy to use.... Read More »

 

Whose dashboard is it anyway?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2014
When car companies do business with Apple Inc. or Google Inc., they like to say they are dealing with a "partner" -- not a supplier. It's becoming clear that they won't always be silent partners.... Read More »

 

Chrysler expands airbag recall tally following NHTSA criticism

6:31 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Chrysler Group has agreed to further expand its regional recall of older-model Dodge and Chrysler vehicles equipped with airbag inflators manufactured by Takata -- a week after federal safety regulators criticized the automaker's response to the airbag crisis.... Read More »

 

Convert traditional vehicles to EVs? Ford, GM and others are brainstorming

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Tony Earley, CEO of utility Pacific Gas and Electric in California and a member of Ford Motor Co.'s board, said today that he and his colleagues, along with Ford and General Motors employees, have discussed ways to convert gasoline vehicles into electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

Ford dumps MyFord Touch name in revamp of infotainment system

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford is dropping the name “MyFord Touch” in an overhaul of the touch-screen infotainment system that sent its quality ratings plummeting in recent years.... Read More »

 

Ford, Magna, Verizon commit $2 million to bring 10 transportation-related startups to Detroit

11:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford, Magna, and Verizon are sponsoring what is being billed as Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit, an accelerator program to foster innovative transportation-related startups.... Read More »

 

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UK dealer puts BMW's Future Retail program to the test

Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's Future Retail program, which launched last year in Europe and China, offers customers a high-tech but unrushed explanation of BMW products. Elms BMW in the UK was an early adopter as it wanted a new way to lure customers.... Read More »

 

Honda hiring supplier auditor as Takata airbag crisis grows

6:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Honda, the automaker at the center of a global auto-safety crisis, is seeking to hire a senior quality engineer who would lead audits of suppliers’ quality assurance.... Read More »

 

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Audi exec says cyberstores link physical, virtual worlds

Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's cyberstores in London, Beijing and Berlin showcase the brand's technology by presenting its entire model lineup in a digital format. Horst Hanschur, Audi's head of business development, explained the benefits to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

Cars.com cuts 32 Chicago jobs

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Cars.com cut 32 jobs last week at its Chicago headquarters in a 2.5 percent headcount reduction that comes just months after it was acquired by media giant Gannett.... Read More »

 

Honda issues stop-sale on some Acura TLX sedans that could roll away

6:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Honda Motor told dealers in the United States to stop selling some of its Acura TLX sedans because the parking lock may fail to engage, the latest quality shortcoming at the automaker after President Takanobu Ito took a pay cut.... Read More »

 

Takata patent history shows decades spent seeking safer airbags

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Airbag patents show researchers probed ways to make the devices more durable and the explosive propellant inside them more stable for decades before Takata products designed to save lives started killing people.... Read More »

 

White House rolls out tire safety, efficiency program with NASCAR

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
The White House rolled out a new program aimed at getting American consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes.... Read More »

 

Honda planning worldwide recall for Takata airbags, Ito says

5:53 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Honda President Takanobu Ito said his company is planning to launch a worldwide investigative airbag recall, just days after extending a similar callback in the United States. Ito also expressed frustration with the response of Japanese airbag supplier Takata, but said Honda will offer support if Takata tips into financial difficulties.... Read More »

 

Mazda recall of Takata airbags to be expanded nationwide

7:41 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Mazda will soon expand a recall of vehicles in the U.S. involving potentially defective airbags from Takata, the automaker said today.... Read More »

 

Nissan recalls about 470,000 SUVs, cars for possible fuel leaks

9:51 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Nissan said today it is recalling about 470,000 SUVs and cars globally for possible fuel leaks. Nissan is recalling the vehicles from model years 2012 through 2015 because fuel pressure sensors may not have been sufficiently tightened during production.... Read More »

 

Nissan recalls 470,000 SUVs, cars globally to fix potential fuel leaks

9:40 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Nissan Motor is recalling about 470,000 SUVs and cars globally, including 143,000 in North America, for possible fuel leaks.... Read More »

 

Jaguar recalls 7,079 F-Type sports cars in U.S. for airbag wiring

9:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 7,079 Jaguar F-Type sports cars in the U.S. because potential incorrect wiring could lead to the front-passenger airbag not activating, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators.... Read More »

 

Hyundai recalls 42,925 Genesis, Equus sedans in U.S. for brake lights

9:14 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Hyundai is recalling 42,925 sedans in the U.S. due to potentially faulty brake lights, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators.... Read More »

 

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Faurecia expects to gain from megasupplier trend

Dec. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Faurecia CEO Yann Delabriere expects the trend toward consolidation of the Tier 1 supplier base will continue, supported by two major industry drivers: globalization and technology.... Read More »

 

U.S. judge stalls Takata class action as jurisdiction gets decided

6:43 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Consumers can't immediately pursue a lawsuit against Takata and multiple carmakers claiming loss of vehicle value tied to airbag recalls while awaiting a decision that would combine more than 50 cases before one judge.... Read More »

 

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Valeo boss says strong portfolio trumps size

Dec. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Valeo is countering the trend toward ever-larger suppliers highlighted by ZF's planned acquisition of TRW. The right technology and implementing trends quickly are more important, says Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich.... Read More »

 

In-store kiosks put F&I right in front of customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Michael Fastman is buying kiosks for BMW of Silver Spring, in Silver Spring, Md., where he is general manager, and BMW of Catonsville, in Baltimore, where he is in charge of operations.... Read More »

 

ONWARD ONLINE

After decades of store confinement, the F&I office is inching digital

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village in Cicero, N.Y., says he has embraced putting financing tools on the dealership group's e-commerce website. Why not? The features that enable online car shoppers to get firm financing quotes, monthly payment calculations and trade-in values are helping the 16-dealership, 20-franchise group sell vehicles.... Read More »

 

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