Manufacturers

Nissan's on-site suppliers free to serve competitors

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In hopes of wooing more Midwestern parts makers to its side in Tennessee, Nissan says it will allow them to supply other automakers from under the roof Nissan will put over their heads.... Read More »

Panoz street car advances despite suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design.... Read More »

N.A. output falls 1.7% in February

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

North American car and truck production in February slipped 1.7 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,397,838 vehicles. Following January's 1.1 percent drop, February marked the first time since September-October 2009 that output fell for two consecutive months.... Read More »

Porsche nears a decision on 7th model line

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Porsche is close to announcing plans to expand its model lineup. "In the not-too-distant future, we will present a seventh model line" that would hit the market by 2020, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said at the automaker's annual press conference this month.... Read More »

Honda recalls 104,000 vehicles for inflators

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Honda Motor Co. last week added more than 100,000 vehicles in the U.S. to existing recalls for flawed airbag inflators made by Takata Corp.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Automakers must learn to be better supplier customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

It's no secret that automakers are striving to obtain advanced features from suppliers before their rivals get them.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Dealer profits riding on Wrangler decision

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

FCA's ultimate decision on Wrangler is likely to have an outsized impact on every dealership in the nation that sells Jeeps.... Read More »

Driving schools a chance to rev sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

BMW's Future Retail program includes two driving schools -- programs not only for customers but potential conquests. "This, too, is part of Future Retail," said Peter Miles, vice president of sales channel development and customer relations for BMW of North America. "It is huge."... Read More »

Cars hear you, but when will they get you?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Almost all vehicles sold in America today are programmed to respond to a driver's voice commands. But still on the frontiers of automotive research are vehicles that can determine what a driver really wants -- and respond intelligently. Getting to that point is a profound engineering challenge that is leading researchers beyond voice recognition and into the realm of artificial intelligence.... Read More »

IT'S ABOUT TIME

Automakers see Apple Watch as chance to widen acceptance of connected-car features

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Smartwatches are in their early days, but automakers see the rollout of the Apple Watch as a seminal moment. If any company has the clout to make smartwatches desirable to the masses, clearing the way for automakers to pitch new connected-car features, they say, it is the company that invented the iPod and iPhone.... Read More »

How Faurecia made over a Visteon relic

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Faurecia knew it had a big job converting a castoff Visteon plant it bought in 2012 in Michigan into a profitable operation. But Saline now has three key ingredients for survival: an owner with deep pockets; a loyal customer, Ford; and a pragmatic union.... Read More »

In era of streaming music, radio rocks on

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Radio has proved incredibly resilient, and the auto industry has taken notice, investing in digital radio even as CD players disappear from the dash. This year in the U.S., about half of new cars sold will be outfitted with a service called HD Radio, which offers a crisper signal and thousands of extra stations.... Read More »

Navistar deal shows UAW president's pragmatism

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

The UAW's latest pact with Navistar -- including a raise for workers and changes that embrace lean manufacturing to aid the company's turnaround -- signals the pragmatic approach new union chief Dennis Williams is expected to deploy in talks later this year with the Detroit 3.... Read More »

Game-changing suppliers seek PACE Awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

With pressure mounting to save fuel, cut weight, improve safety and connect to the Internet, automakers increasingly are turning to major suppliers for solutions.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Hot water over Hellcats

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Dealers operate in a retail market where information on the Internet often helps consumers shave thousands from a vehicle's sticker price.... Read More »

Today's Delphi focuses on smart technology, software

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Delphi Automotive's brain trust thinks it has a winning business strategy -- smart technology with a heavy dose of software -- and it's likely to stick with that plan under its new CEO.... Read More »

A123 shifts focus to rebound from bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

A123 CEO Jason Forcier says he is focusing on starter batteries.... Read More »

O'Neal's goal: Smaller but stronger Delphi

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

When Delphi Automotive took journalists for rides in its driverless Audi SQ45 this winter during the International CES, the retrofitted crossover wasn't restricted to the highway.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Face it: Cadillac has too many dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Despite great new products, there's one big problem that Cadillac can't seem to face: It has too many dealers.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Pickup leasing is lucrative but carries big risks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Lease rates for pickups are climbing as the workhorses add capabilities and features that rival those of more traditional luxury vehicles.... Read More »

Supplies tight before spring selling season

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

U.S. auto sales softened in a stormy final week of February, but automakers still started March with relatively tight stocks. The industry's 69-day supply on March 1 was below the 71-day average for that date over the previous decade. Stocks fell sharply from an 82-day supply on Feb. 1 despite the slower selling pace.... Read More »

Top luxury brands have luxury of growing lineups

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

When it comes to winning share in the ultracompetitive luxury car market, it helps to have more models on sale than your competitors. The 2014 sales champion, BMW, offered more models - 27 - than any of its competitors. Audi was second with 25, followed by Mercedes-Benz with 19, Lexus with 16 and Cadillac with 12.... Read More »

Toyota will add engineers in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to add 2,275 employees in Japan in the fiscal year beginning April 1, 30 percent more than it added a year earlier. The biggest increases are coming in engineering and manufacturing operations.... Read More »

Nissan plants and suppliers ready to meet Ghosn's 8% target

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15, 2015

Nissan has up to 400,000 units of Japanese factory capacity standing at the ready to help the automaker meet CEO Carlos Ghosn's mission to capture 8 percent of the world's auto market in 2017.... Read More »

Will drivers need logins for tomorrow's cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Might drivers someday need to log into their vehicles instead of just unlocking and starting them? Such a day may be drawing closer as vehicles begin to collect enough information to raise the privacy and data security concerns that have long existed with computers.... Read More »

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