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Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem.... Read More »

 

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Denso air conditioner designed to fit in any vehicle, save money

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
What if a supplier could design a one-size-fits-all component for all of its customers, a product that would allow major economies of scale? Denso Corp. is trying it with air conditioners.... Read More »

 

Ford seeks infotainment middle ground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. In the process, it exchanged grand ambition for toned-down aspirations, including easy to use.... Read More »

 

Takata tightens screws on suppliers as airbag crisis mounts, report says

8:05 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Takata has begun enforcing tighter quality controls on a group of parts suppliers as the auto safety equipment maker boosts production to replace millions of air bags recalled for a potentially deadly defect, people familiar with the situation told Reuters.... Read More »

 

Whose dashboard is it anyway?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2014
When car companies do business with Apple Inc. or Google Inc., they like to say they are dealing with a "partner" -- not a supplier. It's becoming clear that they won't always be silent partners.... Read More »

 

Chrysler expands airbag recall tally following NHTSA criticism

6:31 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Chrysler Group has agreed to further expand its regional recall of older-model Dodge and Chrysler vehicles equipped with airbag inflators manufactured by Takata -- a week after federal safety regulators criticized the automaker's response to the airbag crisis.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan Alliance shuffles purchasing team

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi, 58, to executive vice president of the two companies' joint purchasing operation.... Read More »

 

Mazda expands airbag inflator recall

11:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Mazda said it will replace driver-side Takata airbag inflators in some 330,000 vehicles in the United States, expanding an earlier effort limited to regions with high humidity.... Read More »

 

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Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van.... Read More »

 

Ford-Getrag JV names new COO

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss.... Read More »

 

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Suppliers hit back against automakers' cost-cut demands

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Relations between automakers and suppliers are deteriorating as vehicle manufacturers seek annual price decreases as high as 10 percent, according to the 2014 Global OEM-Supplier Relations Study conducted by IHS Automotive.... Read More »

 

Automakers say selection of firm to test Takata inflators will come soon

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Automakers investigating the scope and cause of sudden ruptures in Takata airbags concluded their first meeting Thursday in metro Detroit without selecting an outside engineering firm to conduct the group's testing.... Read More »

 

Ford, Magna, Verizon commit $2 million to bring 10 transportation-related startups to Detroit

11:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford, Magna, and Verizon are sponsoring what is being billed as Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit, an accelerator program to foster innovative transportation-related startups.... Read More »

 

Honda hiring supplier auditor as Takata airbag crisis grows

6:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Honda, the automaker at the center of a global auto-safety crisis, is seeking to hire a senior quality engineer who would lead audits of suppliers’ quality assurance.... Read More »

 

Automakers meet to coordinate Takata airbag testing

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Several automakers were meeting in metro Detroit today to begin an industrywide investigation into the cause and scope of faulty Takata airbag inflators, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans. Toyota proposed the initiative last week to pool industry resources quickly and accurately identify Takata inflators that need to be replaced.... Read More »

 

Takata patent history shows decades spent seeking safer airbags

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
Airbag patents show researchers probed ways to make the devices more durable and the explosive propellant inside them more stable for decades before Takata products designed to save lives started killing people.... Read More »

 

Honda planning worldwide recall for Takata airbags, Ito says

5:53 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Honda President Takanobu Ito said his company is planning to launch a worldwide investigative airbag recall, just days after extending a similar callback in the United States. Ito also expressed frustration with the response of Japanese airbag supplier Takata, but said Honda will offer support if Takata tips into financial difficulties.... Read More »

 

Mazda recall of Takata airbags to be expanded nationwide

7:41 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Mazda will soon expand a recall of vehicles in the U.S. involving potentially defective airbags from Takata, the automaker said today.... Read More »

 

Minority supplier council names former retail executive as new leader

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council has hired Michelle Sourie Robinson as its new CEO. She will succeed Louis Green in the nonprofit's top post, starting January 5.... Read More »

 

Chrysler poised to invest $266M to expand 8-speed transmission production

11:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to invest $266 million into its massive Kokomo Transmission complex in Indiana to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission. On Monday night, elected officials in Kokomo unanimously approved a request by Chrysler for a 10-year tax abatement for the project, local media reported.... Read More »

 

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Faurecia expects to gain from megasupplier trend

Dec. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Faurecia CEO Yann Delabriere expects the trend toward consolidation of the Tier 1 supplier base will continue, supported by two major industry drivers: globalization and technology.... Read More »

 

U.S. judge stalls Takata class action as jurisdiction gets decided

6:43 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Consumers can't immediately pursue a lawsuit against Takata and multiple carmakers claiming loss of vehicle value tied to airbag recalls while awaiting a decision that would combine more than 50 cases before one judge.... Read More »

 

Toyota overhauls supply chain to aid r&d efforts

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Toyota is overhauling its Toyota Group supplier network to better support its next generation product platform and develop advanced active safety technologies.... Read More »

 

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Valeo boss says strong portfolio trumps size

Dec. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Valeo is countering the trend toward ever-larger suppliers highlighted by ZF's planned acquisition of TRW. The right technology and implementing trends quickly are more important, says Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich.... Read More »

 

Takata brass waits in the bunker as airbag crisis grows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Takata promoted Swiss-born Stefan Stocker to president last year to inject global thinking and openness into the insular, family-dominated Japanese supplier. But the company has been anything but transparent in its response to the worldwide uproar over exploding airbag inflators.... Read More »

 

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