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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 »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

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 »

 

Is there enough business for three roof system suppliers?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2012
After a round of bankruptcies and buyouts, the world of roof system suppliers has narrowed to three major players: Webasto Roof Systems, Magna Steyr and Valmet Automotive. With convertible production in Europe and North America stuck at recessionary levels, it is unclear whether all three can make much money in this segment.... Read More »

 

Pricing power shifts to suppliers

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2012
With North American vehicle production headed toward 15 million-plus units next year, automakers are encountering a new breed of supplier: the one that says “no.” To automakers' chagrin, some suppliers -- mainly those in capital-intensive industries -- can pick and choose their customers.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Suppliers dodge a bullet named Sandy, but still must track parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2012
Hurricane Sandy destroyed thousands of cars and trucks at dealerships along the East Coast, but automotive suppliers survived with relatively little damage.
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Head-up displays get a new pitch: Safety gear

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2012
Head-up displays are getting a fresh look as safety-alert devices. Suppliers such as Denso, Nippon Seiki, Continental and Delphi Automotive are developing head-up displays that project larger, brighter and more detailed images on the windshield.... Read More »

 

JV pushes Valeo to No. 2 HVAC supplier in N.A.

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2012
Valeo is poised to become North America's second-largest producer of climate-control systems now that the French supplier has formed a joint venture to acquire operations producing those systems from Ford's Automotive Components Holding unit.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2013 Honda Accord

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2012
The redesigned Accord, 3.5 inches shorter than its predecessor, is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-four engine with gasoline direct injection. The available 3.5-liter V-6 engine has cylinder deactivation. These supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2013 Lincoln MKZ

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2012
The redesigned MKZ’s base version is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-four with turbocharger and gasoline direct injection. Available is a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and a hybrid version. These supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

 

Supplier personnel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2012
Personnel changes for Visteon, Dura Automotive, Federal-Mogul, TI Automotive, Eaton, Sirius and Fallbrook Technologies.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2013 Ford Fusion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Shoppers may choose from three gasoline-powered versions -- 1.6- and 2.0-liter EcoBoost and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines -- along with a gasoline-electric hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid arrives early next year. There's no V-6. Ford began shipping the redesigned Fusion to dealerships in mid-September from its Hermosillo, Mexico, factory. These supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

 

Denso invites automakers, rival suppliers to share driver stress research

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Denso wants to form a research group with automakers and suppliers to study driver stress. Denso has studied people's physiological reactions to using infotainment devices while driving. Now, the company wants to share its research to help develop biometric yardsticks to help determine whether infotainment systems are user-friendly.... Read More »

 

Suppliers to the 2013 Nissan Altima

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
The redesigned Altima boasts fuel economy of 27 mpg city/38 highway. And it retains a V-6 option while many mid-sized sedans are dropping V-6s. The car, assembled in Canton, Miss., went on sale in June. These supplier data are compiled by SupplierBusiness.... Read More »

 

TRW, Continental expand use of electro-hydraulic brakes, first developed for hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Electro-hydraulic braking, a technology developed to meet the needs of hybrid-powered vehicles, is poised for wider use in conventional cars and trucks.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

At last, a driver-friendly warning device for lane departures

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
I've never been a fan of lane-departure warning devices. Vehicles with these systems seemed like overanxious nannies, buzzing with alarm whenever I even thought about changing lanes. But now I'm willing to give the technology a second look.... Read More »

 

Honeywell: Turbochargers will power 1 in 4 U.S. vehicles sold in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
U.S. sales of turbocharged light vehicles are expected to triple by 2017 as automakers downsize their powertrains to meet federal corporate average fuel economy targets, Honeywell Transportation Systems predicts.... Read More »

 

Surprise: Older drivers do well with speech controls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
This summer, Agero Inc., a Medford, Mass., telematics provider, tested the ability of motorists 65 to 75 years old to operate a voice-activated navigation system while driving. "They did very well," said Thomas Schalk, Agero's vice president of voice technology.... Read More »

 

Supplier personnel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2012
Personnel changes for The Car Connectivity Consortium, Calstart and Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Opportunity knocks with Toyota's supplier shake-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2012
Toyota's famed keiretsu network of suppliers has begun to crack under the stress of the strong yen.... Read More »

 

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