'Japanese dominate' list of innovators

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2015

If companies' r&d chops are measured by the number of patents received, the Japanese auto industry -- led by Toyota and Honda -- appears to be outracing the competition.... Read More »

Mercedes to build GLC in Finland starting in 2017

Nov. 26, 2015 11:52 CET

Mercedes will shift some production of its newest SUV, the GLC, to Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet starting in 2017. It is part of an expansion that could eventually include building new factories.... Read More »

Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says

11:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.... Read More »

Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 CET

Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection.... Read More »

Continental invests 250 million euros to expand China tire plant

Nov. 25, 2015 11:28 CET

Continental has started expanding its tire plant in China with an investment of 1.7 billion yuan (250 million euros) in a bid to boost annual output by 40 percent at the factory by 2017.... Read More »

GM may contract out van production to boost capacity for pickups

11:27 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

GM is in talks to offload some of its commercial van production to contract manufacturer AM General, a move that would free up capacity at GM's plant near St. Louis to make more of its hot-selling midsize pickups.... Read More »

Rivian Automotive to build r&d center for high-tech vehicles in Mich.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn r&d center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley.... Read More »

Toyota monitoring suppliers to ensure disaster readiness

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

When Hurricane Patricia slammed into Mexico last month, it offered Toyota Motor Corp. an opportunity to test its supplier monitoring system.... Read More »

Ford latest automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators

11:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Ford will become the fourth automaker to stop using certain Takata airbag inflators. “Ford Motor Company products currently in development will not be equipped with Takata airbag inflators that use ammonium nitrate,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said today in a statement.... Read More »


BLOG: Haunting memories of another Paris attack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The recent wave of terrorism in Europe was a reminder of a violent period in the mid-1980s when Renault's president was assassinated and a bomb was set off near Peugeot's Paris headquarters.... Read More »

GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book’s website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing efforts with third-party lead providers.... Read More »

Restructured Renesas seeks its footing on platforms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Renesas is no longer bleeding red ink, but it faces stiffer competition than ever. So the company has embarked on a new strategy around back-end software that has historically been a headache, betting that automakers will finally learn its name -- this time, for the right reasons.... Read More »


German auto firms try to nurture Silicon Valley boldness

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2015

German automakers and suppliers fear that America's audacious tech companies are grabbing the initiative within the auto industry as cars become more about software and successful data manipulation and less about traditional hardware. Their response is to try to ingrain that risk-taking Californian ethos into their own companies.... Read More »

Volvo, Microsoft will bring augmented reality into showrooms

Nov. 20, 2015 11:18 CET

Volvo and Microsoft are working together to bring the tech company's augmented-reality goggles to Volvo showrooms next year to improve safety-feature demonstrations, car customization – and even to offer test drives using a hologram.... Read More »

U.S. probes Bosch in VW cheating scandal, report says

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

U.S. authorities are investigating German auto supplier Robert Bosch over its role in Volkswagen's massive scheme to cheat U.S. emission standards, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

N.A. auto production will remain strong in 2016, analyst says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

North American auto production rose 1 percent in October and “should remain strong” through the next 12 to 18 months thanks to strong truck demand, healthy inventories and a strengthening economy, Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst David Leiker wrote in a note today.... Read More »

Japanese supplier INOAC agrees to $2.35 million U.S. price-fixing fine

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Japanese supplier INOAC agreed to plead guilty to fixing prices -- and pay a $2.35 million criminal fine -- on auto parts sold to Toyota between 2004 and 2012, the U.S. Justice Department said today.... Read More »

UAW partners with Germany's IG Metall to push for better U.S. wages, union representation

3:10 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The UAW and Germany's largest autoworker union, IG Metall, have joined forces to push for improved wages and working conditions at the U.S. plants of German auto and parts manufacturers.... Read More »

Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness.... Read More »

Penske buys N.J.-based dealership group

10:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Penske Automotive Group Inc. has bought the Schneider Nelson Auto Group in a deal expected to generate annual revenue of about $175 million.... Read More »

Takata airbag recall gets more complicated, and messy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Craig Jorgensen owns a Honda CR-V and a Toyota Avalon, both originally fitted with potentially deadly Takata airbags. His experience in the biggest combined safety recall in U.S. automotive history shows just how complicated the process is.... Read More »


NHTSA finally puts foot down on propellant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Federal regulators are taking over efforts to recall 19 million U.S. vehicles and replace 23 million potentially faulty airbag inflators. But they are going beyond that. Regulators also set a deadline for halting the use of ammonium nitrate as an airbag propellant.... Read More »

Auto execs expect uptick in M&A deals through 2016

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Global automotive merger and acquisition activity is expected to increase in the next 12 months, according to a recent survey of auto executives.... Read More »


Takata crisis dents keiretsu argument

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Honda has decided to stop using airbags supplied by Takata Corp. That's a catastrophic turn of affairs for Takata after a run of quality glitches that have resulted in 19 million U.S. vehicle recalls and as many as eight deaths. But it's also a dramatic twist in what the auto industry has long assumed about Japanese keiretsus.... Read More »

Brose pushes electrification beyond the powertrain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

The auto industry's push toward electrification is driving changes that increasingly go beyond the powertrain and are transforming other parts of the modern vehicle.... Read More »

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