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ZF opens office in Mexico to find Tier 2 suppliers

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

When ZF North America wanted to find Tier 2 suppliers in Mexico to make parts for a transmission plant in Graycourt, S.C., the German transmission company decided it needed to get better acquainted with the local supplier community.... Read More »

Tesla critics still don't get it, executive says

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Tesla Motors continues to be misunderstood and erroneously portrayed, the company's vice president of business development told an audience at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars Tuesday.... Read More »

Favorable tariffs, inexpensive labor boost Mexico

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

By 2018, light-vehicle production in Mexico is expected to approach 4.4 million units, up 26 percent from last year's output, according to a forecast by the Center for Automotive Research.... Read More »

GM plans $877 million modernization for Michigan plant

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM plans to invest $877 million to modernize its assembly plant in Flint, Mich., one of its two U.S. full-size pickup factories. GM said the investment in its oldest North American plant will include a new body shop, which will be located close to a nearby metal center that supplies sheet metal for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.... Read More »

New steels, execs say, save weight

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

Audi and BMW officials detailed a mixed-materials approach to lightweighting automobile bodies Monday at the seminars, saying they will use a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to save weight.... Read More »

N.A. output will hit new records to meet sales, export demands, forecaster says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

North American vehicle output will continue rising to new records over the next two years as non-Detroit 3 automakers localize more production, a chief industry forecaster says.... Read More »

How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. They included switching to lighter-weight tires, adopting a new vehicle acoustics material that weighs less, changing suppliers where necessary to find lighter solutions, and even redesigning parts that BMW had already previously redesigned to cut weight.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Nissan wants you to know that size matters

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Nissan executives have grown fond of telling audiences that their vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is now North America's largest. Last year's output: 648,000 cars and SUVs.... Read More »

Subaru's non-automotive engine a big hit at CAR's event

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It wasn’t a turbo. And it didn’t sport the company’s trademark “boxer” opposed engine. But the Subaru-powered generator at the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars just may be the most important engine here.... Read More »

Management Briefing Seminars will resume this afternoon

10:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015

Organizers of the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars said they will hold afternoon sessions beginning today at 1 p.m. Morning sessions were canceled due to the lack of power at the Grand Traverse Resort.... Read More »

REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT

Subaru's low-paid foreign workers power an export boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

At the heart of Subaru's ongoing U.S. sales boom has been the Forester SUV, which has carved out a following with American drivers for its performance, price and aura of social responsibility. What Subaru does not tout is that its boom is made possible in part by asylum seekers and other cheap foreign laborers from Asia and Africa.... Read More »

REUTERS ANALYSIS

BMW, Apple could rekindle courtship with an eye on car collaboration

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: A new Normal? Don't bet on it

12:54 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

Given Mitsubishi’s low U.S. output, it was not totally surprising to hear the Japanese automaker will end U.S. production. More surprising was hearing company officials say that they have several prospects to buy the plant in Normal, Ill.... Read More »

Ford engine plant reopened after bomb threat

10:42 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Ford's engine plant in suburban Detroit was reopened this afternoon after the first shift was sent home earlier today because of a bomb threat.... Read More »

GM to invest $1 billion in India, plans to double market share by 2020

6:59 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in the next few years to turn operations in India into a new global export hub aimed at boosting sales in fast-growing emerging markets, top executives said today.... Read More »

Daimler, Renault-Nissan detail plans for Mexico JV plant

1:44 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance said today their new plant for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti cars in Aguascalientes, Mexico, will employ some 3,600 staff and have an initial production capacity of more than 230,000 vehicles.... Read More »

Chinese supplier YFS to build plant in Detroit

3:08 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Chinese auto supplier YFS Automotive Systems said it plans to construct a 150,000-square-foot plant on 30 acres of vacant industrial property in Detroit.... Read More »

GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal with union

9:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

General Motors' South Korean unit tentatively reached an annual wage deal with its labor union today, averting a major strike at one of its key Asian production bases, a union spokesman told Reuters.... Read More »

China's Yanfeng plans $55 million Tennessee factory to supply VW

12:32 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, a Chinese supplier, will build a $55 million factory in Chattanooga to supply components to Volkswagen AG's nearby assembly plant.... Read More »

GM plans $1.4 billion expansion, retooling of Texas SUV plant

2:00 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $1.4 billion in its Arlington, Texas, plant to keep pace with brisk demand for its big SUVs. GM will reconfigure the factory, including the addition of a new paint shop, new body shop and retooled assembly areas.... Read More »

Marchionne wants UAW to embrace flexible pay as talks begin

4:20 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, speaking at the ceremonial opening of UAW negotiations, said pay increases for workers should be in the form of profit-sharing and other flexible compensation to avoid locking in higher costs during an industry downturn.... Read More »

Ford stops sales of some 2015 Edges for water leak

1:47 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Ford has ordered dealers to stop selling some 2015 Edge crossovers because water can leak inside the cabin. Ford is encouraging owners -- without issuing a formal recall -- to take their vehicle to a dealership for a lengthy inspection process and possible repair.... Read More »

GM will stick with U.S. production of small cars as UAW talks commence

12:36 pm U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says GM has no plans to follow Ford's move to relocate its small-car production in the face of slowing demand.... Read More »

Local Motors prepares 3-D car production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2015

The world's first fleet of 3-D printed cars is on its way, startup Local Motors said, but you won't see a mass-produced 3-D car anytime soon.... Read More »

Ford to move production of Focus, C-Max from Michigan Assembly

2:35 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Ford today said its Michigan Assembly Plant will stop building the Focus and C-Max in 2018, in a sign that the automaker sees slow demand for small cars to continue in the foreseeable future.... Read More »

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