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Suppliers cut prices in 2012 by survey's smallest margin ever

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

As North America's vehicle production increases, suppliers are resisting automakers' demands for price cuts. A newly released survey of 130 suppliers by IRN Inc. found that automakers requested price cuts averaging 3.0 percent this year on existing contracts.... Read More »

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BLOG: Suppliers just say no to this automaker most often

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

If a recent survey by IRN is any indication, suppliers are learning to just say no when their customers demand price cuts. And you might be surprised which automaker gets rejected by suppliers most often.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2013 SRT Viper

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

Engineers added 40 hp to boost the Viper's V-10 to 640 hp. Torque is up 7 percent to 600 pounds-feet. Chrysler plans a production run of about 2,000 cars a year. These supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Tire repair kits gain ground, but consumers still like spares

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

Automakers would dearly love to shed the weight, cost and bulk of full-sized or mini spare tires, and it's starting to look like they've found a preferred alternative: tire repair kits. According to Edmunds.com, 70 car models sold in the United States in the 2012 model year were equipped with tire repair kits, up from 23 in 2009.... Read More »

Suppliers to the 2013 Tesla S

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

The Tesla S is built at the former New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. final-assembly plant in Fremont, Calif., which was a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. Tesla began production of the sedan there in late June. These supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

Supplier personnel

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

Personnel changes for Nexteer Automotive, BASF and Schaeffler Group.... Read More »

Superchargers expand -- slowly -- beyond high-performance niche

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

The supercharger -- traditionally consigned to a niche of high-performance cars -- is getting a second look as a fuel saver. Eaton Corp., the world's leading supplier of superchargers, says it has a production contract from an unnamed global automaker that plans to pair Eaton's TVS supercharger with a turbocharger to boost a small engine.... Read More »

Production will flatten in first quarter -- but don't panic

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

North American production is expected to decline 1.4 percent from 2012 levels to 3.9 million light vehicles in the first three months of 2013, but that's not a sign the economic recovery is endangered. LMC Automotive, a suburban Detroit research firm, is forecasting a slight drop in production from the year-ago period, when Japanese automakers were replenishing inventories after the March 2011 tsunami.... Read More »

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