Manufacturing

N.A. Sept. output rises 7 percent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
North America car and truck production in September rose 7 percent from the year-earlier month, to 1,524,207 vehicles. It marked a record 38th month in a row for production to top 1 million vehicles.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

China, UC Davis collaborate on EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
In China and the U.S. alike, the commercialization of EVs is happening through a collaboration of automakers and government policymakers to produce and incentivize their increased adoption by consumers.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keep the Wrangler in Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Collectors take note: If you want a real Jeep Wrangler, better buy it now. The Wrangler is special, and it has a large following. The company should improve powertrain efficiency but otherwise leave it alone, and customers will continue to buy it.... Read More »

 

JCI-Yanfeng could be first domino

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
The major joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and China's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. has created momentum for further consolidation of the auto interiors business, says Beda Bolzenius, president of Johnson Controls' seating and interiors business.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ford shrinks its supplier 'watch' list

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Despite a blitz of model launches this year -- topped by the aluminum F-150 pickup -- Ford Motor Co. has fewer vendors on its "watch" list of suppliers that are struggling to meet production targets. Ford purchasing chief Hau Thai-Tang says the company learned its lesson about unreliable parts supply from the troubled Lincoln MKZ launch last year.... Read More »

 

Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours.... Read More »

 

Startups see opportunities flowing from data port

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Some startups, impatient with automakers' progress and promising to bring older vehicles into the data-driven age, are racing to market with hardware and apps that tap into the OBD-II diagnostic port built into all new U.S. light vehicles' dashboards beginning in 1996.... Read More »

 

NEW PROVING GROUNDS

Where will autonomous cars prepare for urban challenges?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014
The advent of autonomous cars is forcing automakers to rethink the traditional proving ground and strike a balance between existing test tracks and the realities of today's bustling cities. The big hurdle for self-driving cars remains urban America, where the environment is more complex and the range of risks -- cyclists, stray dogs, children running into the street -- is greater.... Read More »

 

TEAR-DOWN TEAM

Ford and suppliers jointly benchmark competitors' vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014
Ford is inviting suppliers to help benchmark other companies' vehicles and parts before Ford launches new models -- a move that is starting to pay dividends.... Read More »

 

UAW, politicians will fight to keep Wrangler output in Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
UAW and political leaders plan to gather Monday in a community-wide effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production in its original home of Toledo, Ohio. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne this month said the next Wrangler may have be built off a unibody platform, changes that could mean the SUV would have to find a production site outside Toledo.... Read More »

 

Renault's China vehicle sales could reach 800,000 a year, Ghosn says

Oct. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault, a latecomer to China, could sell up to 800,000 vehicles annually in the country, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Renault has a 4 percent market share globally and it is a "reasonable" objective to reproduce this in China, Ghosn said.... Read More »

 

Takata engineers struggled to maintain airbag quality, documents reveal

9:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
Manufacturing problems with Takata airbags go beyond what the supplier has disclosed to federal safety regulators about why the devices are at risk of exploding with dangerous force, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Wrangler’s Toledo decision may depend on keeping the money spigot flowing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
It’s been just over two weeks since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne casually revealed that he might have to move Jeep Wrangler production out of its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. Why? Because it might cost too much to shut down the plant long enough to convert it for the use of aluminum parts.... Read More »

 

GKN expands powdered metal output in China

Oct. 17, 2014 14:59 CET
UK supplier GKN Powder Metallurgy is investing 8.7 million pounds (about 11 million euros) to build a new factory at its Danyang site in China that will be completed in September 2015.... Read More »

 

IAC opens 2 plants in China

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
International Automotive Components, the interior auto parts supplier formed from other companies including Lear's interiors business and the assets of the bankrupt Collins & Aikman, opened two plants in Changshu, China, this week.... Read More »

 

Fourth U.S. traffic death linked to Takata airbags

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
A fourth traffic death in a Honda car has been linked to a defective airbag made by Japanese supplier Takata, according to a county medical examiner in Florida.... Read More »

 

Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata airbags

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A fatal accident near Los Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata airbag -- the third death in the United States linked to a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier, according to local officials and the automaker.... Read More »

 

Faurecia sales rise on European auto recovery, U.S. rebound

Oct. 16, 2014 17:55 CET
Faurecia said third-quarter revenue rose 6.5 percent on a rebound in U.S. sales and a tentative recovery in Europe's vehicle market.... Read More »

 

Russia may allow Serbia export quota for Fiat cars

Oct. 16, 2014 18:01 CET
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said an export quota may be agreed with Russia for Fiat 500L cars built in Serbia. Exports to Russia from Serbia have high customs duties.... Read More »

 

Ex-Fiat exec Soave named to marketing post at Federal-Mogul Motorparts

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Laura Soave, the ex-Fiat brand chief in the United States who left after the flawed launch of the Fiat 500, has been named chief marketing and communication officer of Federal-Mogul Motorparts.... Read More »

 

China to punish carmakers that fail to meet fuel economy targets

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
China, taking another step to clean the nation's polluted skies, plans to punish automakers by restricting vehicle output and publicly naming violators if they fail to meet fuel economy rules on light vehicles set for 2015.... Read More »

 

Former Showa exec indicted in U.S. price-fixing probe

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A former executive of Japanese auto parts supplier Showa has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cincinnati on a charge of conspiring to fix the prices of parts sold to American Honda and others.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Motor to use cash to fund $10 billion land deal

7:17 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Hyundai Motor and its two affiliates will use cash to fund their 10.6 trillion won ($10 billion) purchase for a land site in Seoul, raising concern the companies will reduce shareholder payouts.... Read More »

 

Volvo will add jobs, boost production in Sweden

Oct. 16, 2014 11:45 CET
Volvo will add 1,300 jobs and a third shift at its plant in Sweden next year to meet rising demand for its cars, including the new flagship XC90.... Read More »

 

Audi tests driverless car technology at 190 mph

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers.... Read More »

 

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