Manufacturing

TIM LEULIETTE, CEO, VISTEON CORP.

Visteon zeros in on 1 segment: The connected car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
With Visteon Corp.'s announcement last month that it would sell its division that produces heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the supplier is concentrating on one product segment: cockpit information systems.... Read More »

 

PHIL MARTENS, CEO, NOVELIS

Game on with steel, says aluminum supplier Novelis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Phil Martens, CEO of aluminum giant Novelis, knows both sides of the auto metals business.... Read More »

 

STEFAN SOMMER, CEO, ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

With TRW, ZF can offer advanced driverless tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
ZF Friedrichshafen AG's acquisition of TRW Automotive will make it a key player in collision avoidance and driverless cars.... Read More »

 

2014 N.A. output up 6%

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
North American car and truck production rose 6 percent to 17,568,729 vehicles in 2014, according to preliminary estimates. It is the third-largest year ever, surpassed only by 17,598,866 in 2000 and 17,582,611 in 1999.... Read More »

 

Exec: Enterprise holds steady on program cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Unlike its two closest competitors, Hertz Corp. and Avis Budget Group Inc., Enterprise Holdings is not increasing the percentage of its 2015 fleet filled by program cars, vehicles for which the automaker takes responsibility for remarketing, said the executive in charge of the company's vehicle acquisitions.... Read More »

 

GM's got no beef with suppliers' dough

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
If Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is looking for an ally to wring price concessions from suppliers, he won't find one in Steve Kiefer, General Motors' new head of purchasing.... Read More »

 

Maps to track every bump in the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Navigation maps that display roads and highways accurately to within 20 centimeters could be available as early as 2017.... Read More »

 

EJECTING CD PLAYERS

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces.... Read More »

 

ZF chief: TRW to keep its own identity -- for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
TRW Automotive Holdings will remain a stand-alone company for at least three to five years after the completion of its merger this spring with ZF Friedrichshafen AG.... Read More »

 

Suppliers dream up future innovations. Will automakers bite?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Suppliers try to look over the horizon and craft new features and equipment for autos.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Chevy store redo goes above and beyond

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Keith McCluskey put on steroids the Apple Inc.-like approach that many dealers are using to modernize their customers' experience.... Read More »

 

Porsche plans EV-only Pajun to fight Tesla, report says

Jan. 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine said.... Read More »

 

How to contain aluminum dust?

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Curtains or walls? It's a big decision that Ford dealers with body shops face as they gear up to repair the 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup, arriving late this year.... Read More »

 

Porsche recalls 13,500 Cayennes, Panameras to fix fuel-seal flaw

7:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Porsche is recalling about 13,500 vehicles worldwide to fix a seal that may allow fuel to evaporate.... Read More »

 

EU regulators to rule on ZF's bid for TRW by Feb. 26

Jan. 23, 2015 15:09 CET
EU antitrust authorities will decide by Feb. 26 whether to approve German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for U.S. rival TRW Automotive.... Read More »

 

GM to cut production of Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano

11:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors is cutting production of its Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano small cars amid higher-than-normal inventories, a sign that low gasoline prices could be weakening the sales outlook for small cars.... Read More »

 

Saab parts sales thrive without showrooms

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Saab may have shipped its last car to North America three years ago, but the business of supplying parts for the estimated 450,000 Saabs on American roads goes on.... Read More »

 

Honda signals shift from Takata, hires rival to supply Accord airbags, report says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Honda has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata to supply airbags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision told Reuters... Read More »

 

UK 2014 car production rises to highest since 2007

Jan. 23, 2015 09:48 CET
UK car production rose to its highest level since 2007 last year, up 1 percent to 1.53 million cars. The UK is a major center for manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Nissan, Honda, Toyota and GM.... Read More »

 

NHTSA to add automatic braking to star ratings

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Federal regulators will add automatic braking to a list of technologies considered in its influential star-rating advisory system for consumers. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the change today during a meeting in Washington with automotive engineers.... Read More »

 

JCI quarterly net income grows 12% on higher volume

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Supplier Johnson Controls said today its quarterly net income grew 12 percent, reaching $507 million, compared with $451 million during the same quarter last year. JCI is typically one of the first suppliers to release quarterly earning results, serving as a bellwether for supplier financial trends.... Read More »

 

Takata executive indicted in U.S. for fixing prices of seat belts

1:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
An executive at embattled Japanese auto supplier Takata was indicted today for conspiring to fix the prices of seat belts sold to carmakers, the US Justice Department said.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Maine store's free tires bring customers back

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Stanley Subaru gives its new-vehicle buyers a benefit it calls "Tires for Life."... Read More »

 

GM issues stop-sale on crossovers for problem with Goodyear tires

10:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
General Motors has told dealers to stop delivery of about 6,300 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers because of a pending recall to replace tires that are prone to cracking.... Read More »

 

PSA winds down hybrid air fuel-saving project, still seeks partner to share costs

Jan. 22, 2015 12:45 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said it will continue development of its Hybrid Air technology to reduce fuel use, despite reports in the French press that the project almost certainly will not see commercialization.... Read More »

 

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