Manufacturing

U.S. prepares for legal battle with Takata over airbag recall

10:33 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
U.S. regulators investigating failures of Takata Corp. airbags are preparing for a legal fight in case the Japanese parts maker doesn’t comply with a request to expand a recall.... Read More »

 

Takata hires PR firm Sard Verbinnen amid airbag recall crisis

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Takata said it has hired public relations firm Sard Verbinnen as the company contends with the fallout from its recall crisis for potentially defective airbag inflators that can spray vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel.... Read More »

 

Nissan Titan goes big rig

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Despite lackluster sales, Nissan is giving the Titan another shot. An all-new version of the full-size pickup is scheduled to be shown in Detroit in January at the North American International Auto Show.... Read More »

 

TRW strikes $440 million deal to shift U.S. pensions

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
TRW Automotive Holdings struck a deal to transfer U.S. pension obligations to MetLife as the maker of auto parts works to limit liabilities.... Read More »

 

Honda recalls 569,000 vehicles in China over Takata airbags

6:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Honda is calling back about 569,000 vehicles in China to investigate potential defects with airbags made by Takata, underscoring the global reach of the safety crisis after similar campaigns in the US, Canada and Japan.... Read More »

 

Volvo plans 3-cylinder engines for 60-series cars

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Volvo is developing new three-cylinder engines that will appear in its 60-series cars, like the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and the XC60 crossover.
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UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new-hire compensation closer to that of legacy workers.... Read More »

 

Diamond Electric moves N.A. headquarters to W.Va.

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Japanese supplier Diamond Electric has relocated its North American headquarters to West Virginia from Michigan. The company supplies ignition coils to Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru.... Read More »

 

N.A. output eases 1% in Nov.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
North American car and truck production in November fell 1 percent from November 2013, to an estimated 1,394,923 units, on one less production day than the year-earlier month.... Read More »

 

Tax deal sets up Chrysler to churn out more 8-speeds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions by investing $266 million in its massive Kokomo, Ind., transmission complex.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem.... Read More »

 

ONE PART FOR ALL

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 »

 

Toledo's 500,000th Jeep due this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo Assembly Complex are expected to stop their lines for a few minutes late this week to acknowledge something they've never done before: build over 500,000 Jeeps in one year.... Read More »

 

Takata tightens screws on suppliers as airbag crisis mounts, report says

8:05 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Takata has begun enforcing tighter quality controls on a group of parts suppliers as the auto safety equipment maker boosts production to replace millions of air bags recalled for a potentially deadly defect, people familiar with the situation told Reuters.... 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 »

 

Audi Q7 slims down for 2015

1:48 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Audi is shrinking the Q7 SUV. By reducing the size slightly and constructing the body with a mixture of high-strength steel and aluminum, the three-row SUV drops 716 pounds.... 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 »

 

Renault-Nissan Alliance shuffles purchasing team

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi, 58, to executive vice president of the two companies' joint purchasing operation.... Read More »

 

Mazda expands airbag inflator recall

11:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Mazda said it will replace driver-side Takata airbag inflators in some 330,000 vehicles in the United States, expanding an earlier effort limited to regions with high humidity.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

BWI Group gives Lamborghini Huracan added stability

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
BWI Group provides added stability to the new Lamborghini Huracan with its optional magneto-rheologic suspension damper control system. Harman supplies the supercar's infotainment and navigation system.... Read More »

 

Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van.... Read More »

 

Nissan doubles output at Russian plant

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan is boosting production in Russia as the collapse in the ruble hits its profits. The company started production of its X-Trail SUV at its St. Petersburg factory this week and will add the Qashqai next year.... Read More »

 

Ford-Getrag JV names new COO

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss.... Read More »

 

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