Manufacturers

A V-series version of Cadillac's coming crossover? Don't count on it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen isn't interested in affixing a V badge to a crossover any time soon.... Read More »

Lotus won't bring Elise back to U.S. before '20

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Lotus will reintroduce the two-seat Elise sports car in the U.S. after the company brings out the next generation of the car in 2020, the company's CEO said.... Read More »

FCA profit surges on strong Jeep sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Strong sales in North America and flat Europe operations pushed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' second-quarter profits up 69 percent to $364 million.... Read More »

Ford says earnings will be even better in 2nd half

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Ford earned in the first half of this year nearly as much as it did in all of 2014. And it says the second half will be even stronger.... Read More »

Delphi invests in connectivity, driver assistance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Delphi agreed to buy the HellermannTyton Group for 1.07 billion ($1.7 billion) to add cabling gear used in cars.... Read More »

Japanese score big in N.A. in 1st quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Booming business in North America was a gleaming bright spot for Japanese automakers in the latest quarter, as sales and operating profits climbed higher in the region for Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Honda and Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries.... Read More »

Hyundai may be ready to add small pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Hyundai appears close to adding a compact pickup to its U.S. lineup.... Read More »

Denso maps out two-pronged mpg drive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Yasushi Yamanaka, the newly appointed global r&d chief at Toyota Group mega supplier Denso Corp., is chasing two elusive methods to radically improve fuel efficiency by 2025. And neither involves sexy next-generation technologies such as electric-gasoline hybrids.... Read More »

Infiniti: App will add sales panache

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Infiniti launches a tablet software tool to help streamline its showroom process.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Sweet harmony: How trade pacts could pay off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Harmonizing global auto standards and regulations is an elusive goal, but two pending trade pacts offer a window of opportunity.... Read More »

Today's Volvo XC90: A rolling computer chip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When the XC90 was introduced in 2002, it had as many as 38 electronic control units -- small computers that receive data from sensors and components and issue control instructions. Now, it has as many as 107.... Read More »

Aisin aims to increase sales beyond top customer Toyota

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Aisin Seiki, Toyota Motor Corp.'s second-biggest supplier, is taking a counterintuitive approach to building business with its top customer. Aisin aims to increase sales to Toyota, in part, by selling more parts to Toyota's rivals.... Read More »

JTEKT targets diversification and steer-by-wire technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

JTEKT Corp. is not just the world's biggest supplier of steering systems, it is the world's 19th largest auto parts supplier, period. Yet to President Tetsuo Agata, his company is still not a “real global company.” Of JTEKT's 40 top executives, for example, only one is a non-Japanese.... Read More »

Swift and secure vehicle software updates?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When it comes to connected cars, Redbend, an Israeli software company, is sitting in a prime position. As automakers add software to vehicles, those systems will require updates, just as home computers and mobile devices do. And Redbend's specialty, first developed for the smartphone and personal computer markets, is to update software quickly and efficiently.... Read More »

OESA zeros in on Mexico, new-tech suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Tier 1 companies are struggling to build networks of Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers in Mexico because smaller vendors are reluctant to shoulder the financial risk, says Julie Fream, CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.... Read More »

Diversity is Calsonic Kansei's top priority

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Hiroshi Moriya, CEO of Calsonic Kansei Corp., wants a bigger slice of sales from customers beside Nissan Motor Co., its top shareholder with a 42 percent stake. He also wants to internationalize Calsonic Kansei's management. Of its 23 top global executives, only three are non-Japanese. Finally, he wants to develop new products by mixing and matching the company's broad range of components.... Read More »

Nissan inspired by high-end fashion

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

Nissan wanted some European fashion to move its American-made Maxima sedan further upscale for 2016. It turned to Alcantara, the Italian producer of material used in high-end apparel and automotive seating, to give the Maxima SR sport package the look of some exotic European sport coupes.... Read More »

GM powertrain plan calls for advancing on many fronts

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

When you ask Dan Nicholson about a certain powertrain or technology, he doesn't tell you why it can't be done. Chances are, he'll tell you where it fits in General Motors' ambitious global powertrain portfolio. Nicholson, 51, who took over as GM's vice president of global powertrain late last year.... Read More »

Audi performance unit kills manual gearbox, naturally aspirated V-8

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Audi's quattro GmbH performance division is slaughtering a few sacred cows among sports car enthusiasts.... Read More »

N.A. output rises 4.6% in June

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in June rose 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 1,608,369 units. It was the 47th consecutive month for production to exceed 1 million units.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Car hacking is real, and auto industry must respond

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

When two hackers took command of a Jeep Cherokee while journalist Andy Greenberg was driving it on public roads, an exploit revealed last week in a Wired magazine story, everything changed. Car hacking got real.... Read More »

Volvo, industry flex their CPO sales muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

At the half-year mark, industrywide sales of certified used vehicles stood at 1,275,411, up 13 percent compared with the same period last year. The industry sold 212,843 certified units in June, an 18 percent increase over June 2014.... Read More »

Mercedes revamps supply chain to trim costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Mercedes-Benz aims to reduce its logistics costs by about 20 percent per vehicle as the company invests hundreds of millions of euros in a global reorganization of its supply chain network. The automaker has increased production outside of its German home over the past decade but many of the components used in its cars are still sourced from Europe.... Read More »

Making a car's sensors work like our senses

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Autopilot systems like Cadillac's Super Cruise will rely on “sensor fusion,” in which supercomputers stitch data from many sensors into a 360-degree view.... Read More »

Car haulers fight driver shortage

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2015

Long wait times to pick up cars and paperwork contributes big-time to car-hauler driver job dissatisfaction. It is among the reasons the car hauling industry has a shortage of about 3,000 drivers.... Read More »

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