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BLOG: Saab turbo engines to power Chinese Jeep Wrangler clone

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The Beijing Auto BJ40, a 4x4 clone of the Jeep Wrangler, will soon receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that its parent company, BAIC, received from GM's fire sale of Saab parts bin items in 2009, along with the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 platforms.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler delays many future vehicle programs

4:58 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has in the past year delayed the redesign or release of at least a dozen current or new vehicles in North America including the Ram 1500 and the Jeep Wrangler, suppliers familiar with the company's plans told Reuters. The unusual number of delays could let the automaker defer billions of dollars in investment while searching for a partner.... Read More »

Ford shortens summer shutdowns to meet consumer demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Ford today said it plans to shorten the summer shutdown period to just one week at 16 North American plants, including all six assembly plants that build highly profitable pickups and crossovers.... Read More »

VW's next W-12 engine unites direct injection, turbo

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Volkswagen's next-generation W12 engine will combine direct-injection technology and turbocharging. The new 12-cylinder will be used with the VW Group's MLB platform for bigger vehicles with longitudinally mounted engines and the upcoming MSB platform that generally underpins rear-wheel-drive sports cars and luxury sedans.... Read More »

Takata will drop a troublesome airbag inflator design

3:53 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Takata will stop producing one type of driver-side airbag inflator that's used in more than 17 million U.S. vehicles covered by its expanded recalls, a top Takata executive plans to tell lawmakers on Tuesday.... Read More »

A123 to double lithium-ion battery capacity

9:00 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

A123 Systems LLC plans to double the manufacturing capacity at its three lithium-ion battery plants in a $200 million investment.... Read More »

GM plans $119M upgrade of components plant

11:44 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $119 million to add new tools and equipment at its components plant in Grand Rapids, Mich., as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on its U.S. operations.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for June

June 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Europe's stronger-than-expected sales rebound is unlikely to provide an equally large boost to profits.... Read More »

ANE's Car Cutaways supplement ready to view

June 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The Automotive News Europe Car Cutaways supplement provides a peek underneath the skin of Europe's hottest new vehicles to showcase the contributions of hundreds of suppliers.... Read More »

Frame shortage slows F-150 output

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official.... Read More »

Stored Jeeps, Fiats to head to dealers this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

The "software issue" that led FCA US to park hundreds of Jeep Renegades and, later, scores of Fiat 500X subcompact crossovers at a test track here involved only the identification numbers of the vehicles, said a source with direct knowledge of the issue.... Read More »

Key Safety will ramp up airbag inflator production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December.... Read More »

Volvo plant to build vehicles popular in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Volvo will focus production at its first U.S. plant on vehicles that sell best in the U.S., but not the XC-90 crossover.... Read More »

GM returns Camaro output to U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

General Motors' $175 million investment in new tooling and equipment for its Grand River plant in Lansing, Mich., helps pave the way for U.S. production of the Chevrolet Camaro for the first time since 1992.... Read More »

Jatco CEO seeks global transmission title

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Jatco's new president aims to propel his company past Japanese rival Aisin AW to become the world's largest supplier of automatic transmissions by 2020, by rapidly broadening its customer base beyond Nissan.... Read More »

Camaro gets a 4-cylinder, but GM's not sure it will be a hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

For the first time in three decades, Chevrolet's Camaro is getting a four-cylinder engine, and General Motors officials have no idea how it will sell.... Read More »

Automakers race to meet sizzling demand for performance vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2015

Despite ever-tightening emissions laws and fuel economy requirements, sales of high-performance models in the U.S. have outpaced global growth since the teeth of the recession in 2009.... Read More »

BMW partner will build X4 in Russia from U.S. kits

May 31, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add production of the X4 SUV in Russia with local partner Avtotor using kits shipped from the automaker's U.S. plant. BMW and rival Mercedes-Benz are keen on Russian production despite the market's downturn to avoid import tariffs.... Read More »

Ford F-150 output pinched by frame shortage, workers say

11:55 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official. They said Ford has canceled some planned overtime at the two plants that build the pickup and sent workers there home early multiple times in the past few months.... Read More »

Harman acquires Bang & Olufsen Automotive

4:13 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Harman Industrial Industries, a supplier of infotainment, audio and software services, said today it has completed the $156 million acquisition of Bang & Olufsen Automotive, a supplier of audio products to luxury automakers.... Read More »

American Axle may land tenants for Detroit site

2:15 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

American Axle & Manufacturing is in talks with prospective manufacturing tenants to be located at its former manufacturing grounds near the company's Detroit headquarters.... Read More »

Takata's U.S. deal will lead to faster airbag fixes, Foxx says

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

The legal order signed by troubled supplier Takata with federal regulators last week will speed the investigation to determine the reason airbags are exploding and injuring motorists, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.... Read More »

Daimler chases Tesla in solar-powered batteries

12:24 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Daimler is chasing Tesla Motors in a push to sell batteries for storing energy generated in daylight hours from rooftop solar panels to homeowners and businesses.... Read More »

German automakers fear possible UK exit from EU

May 29, 2015 10:42 CET

As the UK prepares to make a decision on its future within the EU, German companies are beginning to count the cost of a possible exit, with automakers such as BMW possibly having the most to lose.... Read More »

Volvo plans rapid growth in U.S. with new factory

May 29, 2015 11:05 CET

Volvo aims to boost the brand's annual U.S. sales to 100,000 vehicles "as soon as possible" with help from a factory the company will open in 2018. The plant could one day build a Geely car, officials said.... Read More »

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