Manufacturing

PLANT LIFE - PART 3

The Missouri job shop behind Toyota's makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2015

Toyota's New Global Architecture strategy is launching at Bodine, the old Missouri casting company Toyota bought 25 years ago.... Read More »

North America churning out vehicle records

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2015

Production of cars and trucks in North America is running at historic levels. In July, 1,382,380 vehicles were produced, an increase of 6.9 percent and a new record for the month. It also marked the 48th straight month in which North American output surpassed 1 million.... Read More »

GM, Ford use 'veiled threat' of imports to gain leverage with UAW

7:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

GM and Ford are contemplating building cars with lower-paid workers in Mexico and China, a strategy that would improve their hand in contract talks as the UAW seeks higher pay. The automakers and union are in their final weeks of talks to replace four-year contracts that end Sept. 14.... Read More »

Tesla engineer joins Apple's growing team of automated car experts

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Apple has hired a senior engineer from Tesla, according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple's effort to build a team of experts in automated driving.... Read More »

2008 Honda Accords probed by NHTSA for airbags that may fail to deploy

10:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

NHTSA opened an investigation into 348,000 Honda Accords for a flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.... Read More »

GM recalls Impalas for airbags flaw involving infant seats

12:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

General Motors is recalling 8,989 Impalas for passenger-side airbags that can fail to turn off if an infant seat is in the front seat.... Read More »

VW trims Chinese plant workload as new sites go on stream

Aug. 21, 2015 12:46 CET

VW said average utilization at its Chinese factories will fall as overall production capacity increases with the opening of new plants. The automaker denied it plans to reduce output of key models in China by between 10 percent and 20 percent.... Read More »

Zetsche mulls cooperation with Apple, Google, report says

8:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Daimler's CEO said "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts.... Read More »

Toyota may buy replacement airbag inflators from three Takata rivals

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota, recalling about 12 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata airbags, said it may tap three additional suppliers to boost supply of the components. The automaker said today it is considering using inflators from Autoliv, Daicel and Nippon Kayaku for replacement airbags.... Read More »

2016 Honda Pilot nabs Top Safety Pick+ rating

3:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Honda’s redesigned 2016 Pilot was awarded the top rating in five crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as well as the highest distinction for its performance when equipped with front collision-prevention technology.... Read More »

U.S. senators urge recall of all autos with Takata airbags

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

After reports this week of a ruptured Takata airbag in a Volkswagen vehicle, two U.S. senators today called on Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's airbags. U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey said their move was prompted by an incident in June, in which a Takata airbag inflator in a 2015 VW Tiguan ruptured after a collision... Read More »

Renault-Nissan will cut jobs, production in India

Aug. 20, 2015 12:32 CET

Renault-Nissan plans to cut several hundred jobs in India and reduce production at its plant near Chennai. The move is in reaction to slowing sales caused by the slow pace of new product launches and growing competition from rivals such as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai.... Read More »

UK car output falls 11% as plants retool for new models

Aug. 20, 2015 11:34 CET

UK car production fell by 11 percent in July as changes to holiday patterns and upcoming new launches such as the Vauxhall/Opel Astra resulted in early annual shutdowns at some plants.... Read More »

Toyota said to seek supplier price cuts

Aug. 20, 2015 11:38 CET

Toyota plans to ask suppliers to cut prices for the first time in about a year in an effort to boost competitiveness, Nikkei reported. A recent drop in raw material prices has increased suppliers' ability to cut prices, the paper said.... Read More »

Schaeffler will cut 500 jobs as first-half earnings drop nearly 2%

Aug. 20, 2015 11:04 CET

Schaeffler plans to cut up to 500 jobs in Europe at its industrial division. Earnings at the unit, which makes ball bearings for cars, airplanes and industrial tools, fell 1.7 percent to 171 million euros ($190 million) in the first six months.... Read More »

GM extends Oshawa assembly line operations until 2017

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

GM will keep an Oshawa, Ontario, assembly line operating until 2017, the company's Canadian unit said today, extending the life of a line that has been repeatedly scheduled for closure over the last decade.... Read More »

GM expands headlight recall to 180,504 more vehicles

11:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

General Motors is expanding a recall of Buicks and Pontiacs with defective low-beam headlights to include 180,504 more vehicles, the automaker said today.... Read More »

Autoliv says M/A-COM unit acquisition will beef up automated-driving tech

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Automotive safety systems supplier Autoliv Inc. said it completed the acquisition of the automotive unit of M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc.... Read More »

Japan faces shortage of replacement airbags as recalls expand

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Japan may face a shortfall in supply of replacement airbags as automakers recall 9.8 million vehicles in the country to swap out potentially defective devices made by Takata, according to its transport ministry.... Read More »

UAW calls potential China-made Buick 'alarming'

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

The UAW is criticizing the prospect of General Motors importing a Buick crossover from China, calling the potential move "alarming."... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: How to solve global emissions rift, without dealing in reality

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

A single, global standard for emissions would be ideal, and can't be overstated enough, because the auto industry is burning precious capital at what may turn out to be an unsustainable rate.... Read More »

Toyota ends Land Cruiser production in Russia but remains bullish on market's prospects

Aug. 18, 2015 12:31 CET

Toyota has ended production of the Land Cruiser Prado SUV in Russia but will not pull out of the crisis-hit market. The company said its plan to double annual output at its St. Petersburg plant is still on track.... Read More »

Tesla, VW remain only Takata airbag users without recalls

6:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

Volkswagen and Tesla are the only automakers that have avoided U.S. recalls while continuing to use Takata Corp. airbag inflators, which have triggered a global safety crisis.... Read More »

Skoda purchasing boss sees sourcing EV parts as a challenge

Aug. 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Veteran Volkswagen Group executive Dieter Seeman became Skoda's purchasing boss last year, moving from a similar position at sister brand Seat. Seeman, 57, spoke to Automotive News Europe Editor Luca Ciferri about purchasing synergies, supplier consolidation and the rise of EVs.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Automakers in Russia left with nowhere to turn as economic woes deepen

Aug. 18, 2015 11:08 CET

Automakers building cars in Russia such as VW and Ford have been hit as the ruble's steep decline increases the cost of foreign parts they import. Companies are being forced to increase car prices despite the country's economic crisis that leaves consumers with little money for big purchases.... Read More »

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