Suppliers

Supplier Linamar to add 1,200 jobs, invest $425 million

10:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Canadian supplier Linamar will add up to 1,200 jobs at a plant in Guelph, Ontario, developing fuel-efficient transmissions, with 10 percent of the new investment paid by the Canadian government.... Read More »

 

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Bosch outlines 10-year path to door-to-door driverless car

6:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH -- the world's largest automotive supplier -- is preparing to roll out the technology needed to allow cars to pilot themselves and change lanes at high speeds on the autobahn.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Google in talks with OEMs, suppliers to build self-driving cars

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Internet giant Google has started talks with most of the world's top automakers and assembled a team of global suppliers to speed its push to bring self-driving cars to market, Chris Urmson, the head of the project, said today at the Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »

 

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Suppliers learn to innovate quickly

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
From Tesla to the Google driverless car to the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 pickup to active safety systems that promise zero fatalities, the auto industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. For auto suppliers, that means relentless pressure to innovate at warp speed.... Read More »

 

Magna forecasts surprise fall in 2015 revenue

9:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Canadian supplier Magna International forecast a surprise fall in fiscal 2015 revenue, hurt by falling sales in its production and contract manufacturing businesses.... Read More »

 

TI Automotive, Bain near deal a year after failed effort, report says

9:10 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
TI Automotive, the auto fuel-systems maker that came close to a deal with Bain Capital Partners LLC last year, is again near an agreement to sell itself to the private equity firm, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Verizon offers to hook up drivers of disconnected, older cars

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Drivers of older cars can gain some of today's technology when Verizon introduces a product linking them with its wireless network for help in a breakdown and advice on how to fix their aging set of wheels.... Read More »

 

VIA Motors delivering hybrid fleet trucks, Lutz says

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
For former GM product czar Bob Lutz, his latest project is hitting the startup sweet spot, shipping retrofitted hybrid pickups to fleet customers.... Read More »

 

Dana CEO Wood to retire in 2016

10:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Roger Wood, CEO of powertrain component supplier Dana, will retire in April 2016, the company said today.... Read More »

 

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Mercedes increases emphasis on China in bid to pass BMW, Audi

Jan. 13, 2015 06:01 CET
Mercedes could become the first luxury carmaker to launch new models in China before rolling them out in Europe and the U.S. after it strengthened its local r&d operations in a bid to narrow the gap with Audi and BMW in the market.... Read More »

 

WORLDS COLLIDE

International CES fast becoming high-tech world's auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The International CES in Las Vegas is fast becoming the high-tech world's own auto show. This year's meeting spotlighted the intersection of the two spheres in areas such as safety, autonomous driving and entertainment.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

ZF CEO tells TRW staffers that jobs are safe

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive Holdings by Germany's ZF Friedrichshafen AG has many in metro Detroit afraid. But ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said at the Detroit auto show that those worries are for naught.... Read More »

 

Continental plans 5% revenue gain in 2015 on car-market growth

Jan. 12, 2015 12:15 CET
Continental is targeting a 5 percent revenue gain in 2015 after car-market growth in the U.S. and China helped sales rise 4 percent last year to hit a fifth consecutive record high.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

'Hive mind' could help cars expect the unexpected

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Perhaps the key obstacle to the adoption of self-driving cars is fear of the unexpected -- a road encounter with an unfamiliar object that the vehicle's computer can't classify and thus can't anticipate. But what if each autonomous car could benefit from a central supercomputer that could identify the unknown object by analyzing images transmitted by millions of vehicles?... Read More »

 

HOLD THE PHONE

Suppliers resist ceding controls in the cockpit to Apple and Google

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Most automakers and traditional suppliers aren't content to let mobile-phone technology dictate how drivers interact with their vehicles.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Picking up the pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Some traditional automotive suppliers are reinventing themselves to keep up with Silicon Valley's blistering pace of product development.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Honeywell sees hot turbo growth ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Honeywell Transportation Systems, the leading turbocharger supplier with an estimated 34 percent share of the global market, foresees big gains for the performance-boosting, carbon-emissions-reducing technology, especially in the U.S. and China. Terrence Hahn, 48, CEO of the Switzerland-based business unit of Honeywell International Inc., shared his views on the sector with Automotive News Europe Managing Editor Douglas A. Bolduc.... Read More »

 

JCI battery powers vehicle stop-start systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Johnson Controls Inc. has developed a small lithium ion battery that boosts the efficiency of vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Michelin aims to fight off Chinese rivals on 2 fronts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Michelin Group will counter rising pressure from fast-growing, low-cost Chinese brands in Europe and North America by increasing the number of cheaper tires it offers from budget subbrands such as Tigar, Kleber and Riken. The French company also aims to double its revenues in China in the next 10 years. Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard, 61, discussed both topics with Automotive News Europe Correspondent Nick Gibbs.... Read More »

 

Big suppliers try to move like a startup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Silicon Valley's blistering pace of product development has prompted some very large, very traditional automotive suppliers to try to reinvent themselves as technology startups.... Read More »

 

Honda's Ito vows to scrutinize operations, raise quality

6:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Honda President Takanobu Ito, beset by record recalls last year, told suppliers the carmaker will examine operations to improve quality and safety standards.... Read More »

 

CAR CUTAWAY

ZF provides Maserati Quattroporte with leaner, smarter transmission

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
ZF supplies the new-generation Maserati Quattroporte's eight-speed automatic transmission, which is 4kg lighter than the six-speed transmission used in the car's predecessor.... Read More »

 

Honda agrees to pay $70 million in U.S. fines for under-reporting death, injury claims

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Honda agreed to pay a record $70 million in fines and submit to stricter oversight for failing to tell the US government about warranty claims and more than 1,700 injuries and deaths linked to potential defects in its cars.... Read More »

 

KAR Auction names Peter Kelly president of new digital group

1:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
KAR Auction Services, parent of ADESA, has named Peter Kelly president of its new Digital Services Group, effective immediately. Kelly, 46, co-founded Openlane in 1999 and has been KAR’s chief technology officer since 2013.... Read More »

 

JCI to unveil battery just for vehicle stop-start systems

6:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Johnson Controls has developed a small lithium ion battery for use only by vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds.... Read More »

 

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