Manufacturing

Volkswagen will cut production, jobs at Russian plant

March 23, 2015 11:55 CET

Volkswagen said it will reduce shifts and lay off at least 150 workers at its car plant in Kaluga, Russia, as demand shrinks. The company builds Audi, VW and Skoda cars in Kaluga.... Read More »

Insurance rates on aluminum F-150 hold for now

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

For now, motorists' yearly insurance premiums for the 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 are about the same as for the 2014 steel model -- good news for Ford. But premiums could change once insurance companies study accident repair data for the redesigned pickup.... Read More »

Pirelli to be bought by ChemChina in $7.7 billion deal

March 23, 2015 09:37 CET

China National Chemical will buy into Pirelli in a $7.7 billion deal that would place one of the symbols of Italy's manufacturing industry in Chinese hands. But the bid may turn into a protracted takeover battle.... Read More »

Honda hires U.S. engineering firm Exponent to investigate Takata airbags

6:21 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Honda has hired Exponent, a U.S. engineering consulting company enlisted by Toyota during its recall crisis in 2010, to investigate the cause of ruptures in some airbags made by Takata.... Read More »

An Audi obstacle, and a lesson in creating self-driving cars

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

The tale of an Audi prototype and a piece of desert tumbleweed illustrates one of the most daunting challenges in designing self-driving cars: teaching them to deal with the unexpected. It’s all part of the field of “deep learning,” which aims to train computers to process data in a way that mimics the human brain.... Read More »

Is a focused, all-in Visteon now stable?

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

When Tim Leuliette steps down as CEO of Visteon Corp. late this year, he will leave behind a company working in just one major product sector: cockpit electronics. That's a radical change for Ford Motor Co.'s former in-house parts division, which had a vast, disjointed product portfolio.... Read More »

N.A. output falls 1.7% in February

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

North American car and truck production in February slipped 1.7 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,397,838 vehicles. Following January's 1.1 percent drop, February marked the first time since September-October 2009 that output fell for two consecutive months.... Read More »

Honda recalls 104,000 vehicles for inflators

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

Honda Motor Co. last week added more than 100,000 vehicles in the U.S. to existing recalls for flawed airbag inflators made by Takata Corp.... Read More »

Cars hear you, but when will they get you?

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

Almost all vehicles sold in America today are programmed to respond to a driver's voice commands. But still on the frontiers of automotive research are vehicles that can determine what a driver really wants -- and respond intelligently. Getting to that point is a profound engineering challenge that is leading researchers beyond voice recognition and into the realm of artificial intelligence.... Read More »

IT'S ABOUT TIME

Automakers see Apple Watch as chance to widen acceptance of connected-car features

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

Smartwatches are in their early days, but automakers see the rollout of the Apple Watch as a seminal moment. If any company has the clout to make smartwatches desirable to the masses, clearing the way for automakers to pitch new connected-car features, they say, it is the company that invented the iPod and iPhone.... Read More »

Why a Japanese supplier is upping its game

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

Aisin Seiki, the world's fifth biggest auto supplier, is doubling the size of its global design division as it expands into new products and targets new customers.... Read More »

Nissan faces U.S. safety probe into airbag recall

5:34 pm U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

U.S. safety regulators are looking into whether a recall last year by Nissan failed to fix a flaw in the airbag control systems on almost 1 million vehicles.... Read More »

How Faurecia made over a Visteon relic

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

Faurecia knew it had a big job converting a castoff Visteon plant it bought in 2012 in Michigan into a profitable operation. But Saline now has three key ingredients for survival: an owner with deep pockets; a loyal customer, Ford; and a pragmatic union.... Read More »

In era of streaming music, radio rocks on

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

Radio has proved incredibly resilient, and the auto industry has taken notice, investing in digital radio even as CD players disappear from the dash. This year in the U.S., about half of new cars sold will be outfitted with a service called HD Radio, which offers a crisper signal and thousands of extra stations.... Read More »

Navistar deal shows UAW president's pragmatism

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

The UAW's latest pact with Navistar -- including a raise for workers and changes that embrace lean manufacturing to aid the company's turnaround -- signals the pragmatic approach new union chief Dennis Williams is expected to deploy in talks later this year with the Detroit 3.... Read More »

Cadillac will fit CT6 with a new twin-turbo V6

10:48 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Cadillac has promised that its forthcoming CT6 will form the tip of its technological spear, packing features such as an autonomous-drive system and a rearview mirror that streams video from a rear camera.... Read More »

Russia approves $166 million in subsidies for car plants

March 20, 2015 09:47 CET

Russia will provide carmakers with 10 billion rubles ($166 million) in subsidies in a bid to support an industry struggling to cope with the country's economic downturn. The Russian car market is forecast to shrink by up to 35 percent in 2015 after falling by 10 percent last year.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

BLOG: That vroom-vroom … is it real or digital?

11:03 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

The sound of a car's exhaust is its sonic signature. But there's something about outright digitally manufactured sound that crosses a line in the sand for those who like their tailpipes to sound pure and natural.... Read More »

AutoCanada rises on dealership purchases, sounds caution for '15

1:26 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

AutoCanada, the nation’s largest publicly traded dealership group, said earnings and revenue soared in the latest quarter and the full year, driven by the addition of 17 stores.... Read More »

INTERACTIVE

Guess that tune: Will these digital exhaust notes trick you?

10:43 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Here are three car exhaust sounds generated by Faurecia, being played over a BMW 328i 2.0 liter 4-cylinder. Can you identify which engine makes the sound?... Read More »

Nissan adds muscle to U.S. field ops

1:23 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz continues to put more power into the rising brand's US field organization, adding personnel to react faster to local dealer requests.... Read More »

Honda launches $1 million campaign to draw Ohio students to manufacturing

12:15 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Honda is joining a push in Ohio to interest middle and high school students in manufacturing careers, a move stemming from increasing concerns about possible future shortages of qualified workers.... Read More »

Calif. recall bill would tighten used-car loopholes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

California lawmakers are considering potentially precedent-setting legislation designed to protect consumers from unknowingly buying used vehicles that have been recalled but not repaired.... Read More »

Japan far outpaces U.S. in replacing Takata airbag parts

6:49 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

As automakers plead with U.S. customers to fix potentially deadly Takata airbags, recalls in Japan are drawing much stronger responses, with more than two-thirds of the total already repaired.... Read More »

GM's Russia sales hit by low adaptability to consumers, ruble fall, report says

March 19, 2015 10:59 CET

GM's car sales in Russia suffered because the company did not adapt to Russian consumer needs, the government's industry and trade ministry was quoted as saying. GM is idling its St. Petersburg plant and pulling Opel and mainstream Chevrolet models from the market.... Read More »

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