Manufacturers

Daimler deepens its product ties with Aston Martin

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Daimler will supply Aston Martin with electric and electronic parts to extend a product alliance that started last year.... Read More »

 

Trouble looms as industry zooms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
As U.S. auto sales and output roar back to levels many in the industry feared they would never see again, leading industry economists and forecasters have a warning: Dark clouds are on the horizon.... Read More »

 

Hyundai hit with $17M fine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Federal regulators last week slapped Hyundai with a $17.35 million fine for taking too long to report a safety defect in its 2009-12 model year Genesis sedans, signaling a strict reading of safety laws in the wake of General Motors' ignition-switch crisis.... Read More »

 

EDITORIALS

Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Toyota is asking 400 North American suppliers to detail their disaster plans in an effort to minimize the harm and duration of future production shutdowns.... Read More »

 

EDITORIALS

Who's to blame for luxury vehicle gray market? Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
A booming gray market of mostly European luxury vehicles being exported from here to China is unnecessarily roiling the U.S. auto market.... Read More »

 

Nissan goal: Instant retail feedback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Nissan will try to speed feedback from vehicle shoppers and move beyond widely accepted customer satisfaction practices.... Read More »

 

HELP WANTED

Making the young less restless

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2014
For Rick Case Fiat, Cynthia Toro-Azicri's rise was another coup in a long effort to attract young people to the sales floor and keep them motivated enough to stick around.... Read More »

 

What is pickup payload?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
A pickup's maximum payload is the weight of all of the items that it carries, including passengers and cargo.... Read More »

 

Acura task force's job: Define brand's identity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
rbeene@crain.com
MIDDLEBURG, Va. -- While working to revive its sedan sales, Acura created a task force last spring charged with overhauling everything from product development and manufacturing to purchasing.
Led by Honda North America Executive Vice President Erik Berkman, the Acura Business Planning Office was given a free hand by bosses in Japan. It is still working on a blueprint.... Read More »

 

Merger ends 'precarious life of Fiat'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Fiat and Chrysler have officially entered a new era, with a new name, new corporate headquarters and, perhaps, a future free of the brushes with bankruptcy that have been part of both companies' recent history.... Read More »

 

Sub-$30,000 Lexus car? 'Can't do it'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
While other luxury brands are adding lower-priced vehicles to their lineups, a senior Lexus executive vowed that his brand won't, because a car priced below $30,000 would not be worthy of the Lexus logo.... Read More »

 

Toyota to name fuel cell vehicle Mirai, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyota will name its $69,000 fuel cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a source told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

New VW Credit chief wants to expand floorplan footprint

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The new CEO of Volkswagen and Audi's finance arm wants to get more of each brand's dealers on its books.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Integrity matters much more than bragging rights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
We might be willing to write off Ford Motor Co.'s payload math as merely the work of an overeager marketer. But it's not an isolated incident; it's the latest in a string of questionable Ford practices.... Read More »

 

N.A. is key Nissan profit center in quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Declining incentives, rising sales and added production at Nissan Motor Corp.'s North American operations fueled a 22 percent surge in operating profit in that region in the latest quarter.... Read More »

 

Plant switch boosts Mazda's N.A. profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Rising sales of Skyactiv models and resumed local production helped Mazda Motor Corp. nearly quadruple its North American operating profit in the most recent quarter. North America emerged as Mazda's second most profitable region in the fiscal first quarter that ended June 30, from its least profitable a year earlier.... Read More »

 

Automakers seek pedestrian-alert delay

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Automakers have asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to postpone rules that would require hybrids and electric vehicles to be equipped with pedestrian-alert systems.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Toyota steps in to avert supply bottlenecks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
As North American production rises to record levels, Toyota Motor Corp. is taking steps to prevent production glitches among its suppliers. Bob Young, the automaker's North American purchasing chief, is providing assistance to 50 suppliers that are struggling to keep up with Toyota's production needs.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Comau helps automakers meet changing mpg goals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
As fuel economy standards grow more stringent, automakers are turning to aluminum and other lightweight materials and more complex manufacturing methods to meet their goals. And they have turned to Comau Inc., a subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A., to make their designs buildable.... Read More »

 

Mercedes' rivals develop self-driving features, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The luxury competition has a number of advanced self-driving features, but they aren't as integrated as what's offered by Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

 

M-B, Infiniti engines get global input

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To source fuel-efficient engines for their new small, premium cars, competitors Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti joined forces to create the Infiniti Powertrain Plant. Its an engine plant that is a little bit German, a little bit Japanese, a little bit American and very much global.... Read More »

 

Toyoda Gosei aims to be 'real global supplier'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyoda Gosei Co., the Toyota Motor Corp.-affiliated Japanese auto parts supplier, boasts all the hallmarks of a global industrial giant. But to President Tadashi Arashima, it's just a small Japanese player. He wants to change that.... Read More »

 

Tape emerges as go-to wonder bond

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Time was, any vehicle worth its mettle was a lumbering construct of solid steel welded together by fiery robots. But increasingly, today's cars are being held together in ways other than hot-fused metal. Tape is the new go-to bonding agent.... Read More »

 

Carmakers bet on big global platforms to cut costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The auto industry's switch to global platforms is rapidly picking up momentum. In 2020, the top 10 platforms are expected to generate production of 27.8 million vehicles, according to IHS Automotive, a consulting firm based in suburban Detroit. That's up from 19.2 million units this year.... Read More »

 

NSK: Electric power steering saves fuel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
NSK Ltd., a Japanese auto supplier best known for its ball bearings, sees a big future in electric power steering as carmakers rush to boost fuel economy. But its engineers are avoiding steer-by-wire technology now coming to market.... Read More »

 

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