Manufacturing

Korean buyout fund considers buying Halla Visteon Climate Control stake

6:43 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
South Korean buyout fund Hahn & Co. is considering purchasing shares in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. from Visteon Corp., a person familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 

Airbag inflator shortage plagues industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma. Even if automakers fend off federal regulators' request for a nationwide recall of driver-side airbags, it could take two years or so for Takata to produce enough replacement airbag inflators.... Read More »

 

GM's savvy new face to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Addressing an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., this summer, General Motors' global powertrain boss Steve Kiefer asked a room packed with about 500 people how many owned a GM vehicle.... Read More »

 

GM: Strong welds, low costs

As Ford spends big, GM joins aluminum with simple welds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
General Motors is adding more lightweight aluminum to its vehicles. But unlike Ford Motor Co., GM is not spending hundreds of millions of dollars to retool its assembly plants for the metal.... Read More »

 

Ford F-150 rivals: Let's rumble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150. But the Ford numbers fell short of taking the overall mpg title for full-size pickups. Ford's two biggest rivals said the 2015 F-150's mpg numbers leave plenty of room for competition in the hotly contested full-size pickup segment.... Read More »

 

Grand Cherokee, Durango plant will be idled for paint shop redo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Chrysler Group will stop production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango for three weeks starting in December to upgrade the paint shop at the vehicles' assembly plant in Detroit. The revised shop will be able to paint the vehicles with more complex exterior colors.... Read More »

 

ZF expects surging sales of driver-assist systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG, which agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings in September for $13.5 billion, expects the combined company's sales of driver-assist safety systems to grow 15 to 25 percent a year. Those technologies, which will underpin tomorrow's autonomous cars, also will be the "major" part of the combined company's $2.1 billion r&d budget, ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said.... Read More »

 

Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week, signaling a push for more auto safety regulations.... Read More »

 

VW on track to reach 2018 margin goal, report says

Nov. 23, 2014 20:41 CET
VW Group, which is cutting costs and overhauling its development and production, is on track to reach its goal of a pretax profit of 8 percent of sales by 2018, a German magazine reported.... Read More »

 

Continental mulls German factory closure

Nov. 23, 2014 20:58 CET
Continental is reviewing whether to close its factory in Gifhorn, Germany, which makes electric motors and hydraulic braking systems, because of a lack of customer orders. About 1,600 people work at the plant.... Read More »

 

ZF CEO: We're not chasing 10-speeds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014
ZF Friedrichshafen AG will not follow rivals in pushing for 10-speed transmissions. the German supplier will stop at 9-speed transmissions, says CEO Stefan Sommer.... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

Automakers can stop supplier price-fixing now, but will they?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
Auto supplier price-fixing is a global criminal epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. The auto industry can make it all stop right now, but will they?... Read More »

 

Honda in talks with other suppliers for Takata airbag fix, report says

7:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
Honda is in talks with two airbag suppliers to help it stock replacement parts for defective Takata Corp. airbags, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people aware of the planning.... Read More »

 

Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model.... Read More »

 

Takata exec warns about ability to fix deadly airbag flaw

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
An executive from Japan's Takata told lawmakers on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough.... Read More »

 

Ford stamping plant operations suspended after Buffalo snowstorms

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
After lake-effect snowstorms this week pounded upstate New York, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant has suspended operations until employees are able to travel to work.... Read More »

 

Wilbur Ross steps down as chairman of IAC to take bank board spot

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Wilbur Ross, the billionaire turnaround artist who launched International Components Group in 2006, is stepping down as IAC’s board chairman to take a senior position at the Bank of Cyprus.... Read More »

 

Retired Ford exec Mascarenas joins ON Semiconductor's board

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Retired Ford chief technical officer Paul Mascarenas has joined ON Semiconductor's board of directors. Mascarenas, 53, also joined the semiconductor supplier’s science and technology committee, the company said Thursday.... Read More »

 

Hertz hires airline veteran Tague to revive company

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Hertz Global Holdings named John Tague as its new CEO, appointing the manager credited with boosting sales at United Airlines to restore investors' confidence in the car-rental company plagued by an aging fleet and sloppy accounting.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Japan's fugitive execs have called DOJ's bluff

9:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Are the fugitive Japanese businessmen indicted for alleged price fixing calling the U.S. government's bluff?... Read More »

 

German builder of crash-test facilities forms China unit

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Messring, a German manufacturer of crash-test facilities, has established a wholly owned Chinese subsidiary. The company has built 10 crash-test facilities in China over the past decade.... Read More »

 

Suzuki plant in Hungary will return to double shifts ahead of Vitara launch, report says

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Suzuki will return to two-shift production at its plant in Hungary as it prepares to launch the new Vitara subcompact crossover, a report said.... Read More »

 

Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearly warn customers of the danger some vehicles could pose. He also acknowledged that the automaker still doesn't know for sure the extent of the problem but said it is working to find out and to make repairs as quickly as possible.... Read More »

 

Schaeffler posts 36% jump in Q3 profit on car demand rebound in Europe

Nov. 20, 2014 15:12 CET
Schaeffler said profit rose 36 percent in the third quarter because of recovering car demand in Europe and growth in China. The supplier has lowered debt to 5.77 billion euros from more than 10 billion euros when its bid for Continental backfired.... Read More »

 

BMW may need to increase i8 production to cut waiting lists

Nov. 20, 2014 18:26 CET
BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said.... Read More »

 

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