Production Line

New CEO David Dauch looks beyond SUV era, GM at American Axle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2012

Now that David Dauch has succeeded his father as CEO of American Axle & Manufacturing, he must reduce his dependence on GM, the customer that saved his company from bankruptcy three years ago. Dauch says he has a plan to do just that. American Axle, which derived 73 percent of its revenue last year from GM, has begun to win a considerable number of non-GM contracts.... Read More »

Aluminum suppliers expand rapidly as demand soars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2012

The auto industry’s weight watchers should have a field day with the redesigned Range Rover to be displayed this month at the Paris auto show. The vehicle’s all-aluminum body is 926 pounds lighter than its predecessor, and Land Rover brags that the vehicle is the world’s first all-aluminum SUV.... Read More »

Waste not, want not: Engineers make use of lost engine heat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2012

Engineers say that 60 percent of the energy used by a gasoline engine is wasted because of thermal losses from exhaust heat and radiator coolant. By contrast, engine friction wastes just 3 percent.... Read More »

8 automakers could set N.A. production records in 2012

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2012

As a group, automakers won't come close to the North American light-vehicle production record set in 2000. But eight automakers are poised to set their own North American output records this year.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2012

The redesigned Malibu's standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The Eco version, already on sale, has an electric motor that assists a 2.4-liter engine. These supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2012

The C-Max Hybrid, new to Ford's lineup, is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor.These supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Supplier personnel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2012

Personnel changes for SET Enterprises, International Automotive Components Group, Timken and PPG Industries.... Read More »

Toyota, Ford, Honda get high marks for paying material costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2012

Toyota, Ford and Honda are the automakers most willing to compensate suppliers for rising raw material costs, according to a survey by IRN Inc. The Grand Rapids, Mich., consulting firm polled 92 suppliers in May and June about the raw material pricing policies of nine automakers that assemble vehicles in North America.... Read More »

Suppliers’ optimism declines as hiring and expansion plans continue

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2012

Automotive suppliers in North America are less optimistic than they were in May, but they still plan to hire workers and expand production, a recent survey by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association concludes.... Read More »

Q&A

Bosch expanding production and sourcing in North America

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2012

Robert Bosch has targeted North America as a high-growth market. The German supplier is spending $350 million this year to expand production in North America, and it is buying more components here, too.... Read More »

Supplier personnel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2012

Personnel changes for Eaton, Alea Leather Specialist, Alcoa, Freescale Semiconductor and Commercial Vehicle Group.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2012

Mitsubishi recalibrated the available continuously variable transmission on the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for better acceleration. Inside, the 2013 model has new fabric choices and chrome accents. These supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2013 Cadillac ATS

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2012

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is a rwd compact sport sedan aimed at the BMW 3 series. Available is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 that generates 272 hp. Production started in July at General Motors' Lansing (Mich.) Grand River assembly plant. These supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Production bottleneck? That's a good thing -- really

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2012

At an auto conference here last week, all the chatter was about production bottlenecks and suppliers that were running six days a week to keep up with demand.... Read More »

Alliance touts industrywide infotainment software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2012

The Genivi Alliance, an industry group that is creating a common software for infotainment systems, has scored an initial success: BMW AG will introduce Genivi software next year.... Read More »

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