Manufacturing

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 »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Suppliers hit back against automakers' cost-cut demands

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Relations between automakers and suppliers are deteriorating as vehicle manufacturers seek annual price decreases as high as 10 percent, according to the 2014 Global OEM-Supplier Relations Study conducted by IHS Automotive.... Read More »

 

Automakers say selection of firm to test Takata inflators will come soon

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Automakers investigating the scope and cause of sudden ruptures in Takata airbags concluded their first meeting Thursday in metro Detroit without selecting an outside engineering firm to conduct the group's testing.... Read More »

 

GM to double Mexico production capacity, invest $3.6 billion in plants

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $3.6 billion in Mexico to double its production capacity at its plants around the country, officials said today.... Read More »

 

Ford, Magna, Verizon commit $2 million to bring 10 transportation-related startups to Detroit

11:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford, Magna, and Verizon are sponsoring what is being billed as Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit, an accelerator program to foster innovative transportation-related startups.... Read More »

 

PSA will invest 150 million euros in French plant

Dec. 11, 2014 12:05 CET
PSA has agreed to invest 150 million euros ($187 million) over the next three years to add models such as upscale compact car at its plant in Poissy, France, unions said.... Read More »

 

Honda hiring supplier auditor as Takata airbag crisis grows

6:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Honda, the automaker at the center of a global auto-safety crisis, is seeking to hire a senior quality engineer who would lead audits of suppliers’ quality assurance.... Read More »

 

Automakers meet to coordinate Takata airbag testing

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Several automakers were meeting in metro Detroit today to begin an industrywide investigation into the cause and scope of faulty Takata airbag inflators, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans. Toyota proposed the initiative last week to pool industry resources quickly and accurately identify Takata inflators that need to be replaced.... Read More »

 

Takata patent history shows decades spent seeking safer airbags

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Airbag patents show researchers probed ways to make the devices more durable and the explosive propellant inside them more stable for decades before Takata products designed to save lives started killing people.... Read More »

 

White House rolls out tire safety, efficiency program with NASCAR

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
The White House rolled out a new program aimed at getting American consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes.... Read More »

 

Honda planning worldwide recall for Takata airbags, Ito says

5:53 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Honda President Takanobu Ito said his company is planning to launch a worldwide investigative airbag recall, just days after extending a similar callback in the United States. Ito also expressed frustration with the response of Japanese airbag supplier Takata, but said Honda will offer support if Takata tips into financial difficulties.... Read More »

 

Mazda recall of Takata airbags to be expanded nationwide

7:41 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Mazda will soon expand a recall of vehicles in the U.S. involving potentially defective airbags from Takata, the automaker said today.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen said to plan car production in Nigeria

Dec. 9, 2014 18:54 CET
VW plans to start assembling cars in Nigeria, joining PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Nissan, which build cars in the country. Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation and is emerging as a key growth driver for the continent.... Read More »

 

Minority supplier council names former retail executive as new leader

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council has hired Michelle Sourie Robinson as its new CEO. She will succeed Louis Green in the nonprofit's top post, starting January 5.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

You can call it a crossover, but I know a hatchback when I see one

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Small utility vehicles -- or maybe small vehicles with a lot of utility -- are starting to look like The Next Big Thing. And so automakers are tattooing what are basically hatchbacks with the crossover label. Will buyers be fooled?... Read More »

 

UAW will propose works council at VW after partial recognition

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The UAW said it will propose a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and continue its push for collective bargaining for members there following the company’s recognition that the union represents at least 45 percent of plant workers.... Read More »

 

Chrysler poised to invest $266M to expand 8-speed transmission production

11:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to invest $266 million into its massive Kokomo Transmission complex in Indiana to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission. On Monday night, elected officials in Kokomo unanimously approved a request by Chrysler for a 10-year tax abatement for the project, local media reported.... Read More »

 

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