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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

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 »

 

Suppliers to the 2013 Acura RDX

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
Acura replaced the turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a V-6 in the 2013 RDX. The transmission has six instead of five gears. Standard features include a moonroof, 18-inch wheels, keyless access and heated leather power seats. This supplier data is compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

 

Study: 127 mpg is feasible -- with compromises

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
What technology would it take to produce a gasoline-powered car that could get 127 mpg on the highway? The answer: very little that is not already on the road. Lotus Engineering Ltd. has done an internal design study of a 1,150-pound three-seater powered by a 600cc two-cylinder motorbike engine.... Read More »

 

VW shuffles Chattanooga management

10:41 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
Now that its Chattanooga assembly plant is up and running, Volkswagen Group of America is bringing in local managers to replace the international team that launched the factory.... Read More »

 

Supplier personnel

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
Personnel changes for Behr GmbH & Co., Pi Innovo and Timken Co.... Read More »

 

Raw materials prices drop amid Europe and China slowdowns

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
For automotive suppliers, the economic slowdown in Europe and China has a silver lining: Raw materials prices have declined sharply. Over the past year, a price index of 16 key raw materials has declined about 21 percent, according to a study by AlixPartners, a financial advisory firm based in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

Carmakers maintain solid output despite slow economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
Despite slow jobs growth in the United States and a tepid economy, automakers are maintaining solid North American production schedules this summer. Mike Jackson, IHS Automotive's director of North American forecasts, says U.S. sales have slowed a bit from the strong monthly rates early this year. But it's still going to be a good year for the industry.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Insurance institute gives stamp of approval to collision avoidance

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
You could hear suppliers sighing with relief on July 3 after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its safety analysis of collision-avoidance technology.... Read More »

 

Rush to add gears to trannys is ending, ZF says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2012
The auto industry's race to add gears to automatic transmissions is running out of steam. After ZF introduced its eight- and nine-speed transmissions, a press report said that Hyundai Motor Group was developing a 10-speed gearbox. Julio Caspari, president of ZF's North American operations, says that additional gears may fail to improve fuel efficiency enough to justify the cost.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Supplier seeks solution to dated computer chips

2:00 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2012
For automakers, one of the biggest headaches posed by infotainment systems is instant obsolescence. The auto industry, with its stately three- to five-year product cycles, simply can't keep up with the rapid product cycles of smartphone makers. But that might be changing.... Read More »

 

Rail-car shortage hampers auto shipments

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2012
North American automakers are struggling with a shortage of rail cars used to transport cars and light trucks from assembly plants to dealerships.... Read More »

 

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