Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:00:00 EST Can Continental score big with 48-volt hybrids? Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Continental's previous hybrid solutions failed to win over automakers because they were too "exotic," the supplier's powertrain boss, Jose Avila, said. AutoNews Now: Flat sales, fat spiffs in Feb. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:45:00 EST Forecasters see flat Feb. sales, fat spiffs; Peek at VW Arteon; Tesla's cash-burning ways; Pensions hang over Opel talks; Cadillac takes on 'nation divided' in Oscars ad. Magna Q4 report warns about 'protectionist sentiments' in North America Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:46:38 EST Diversified Canadian auto supplier Magna International said increased protectionist measures in North America could pose a substantial risk to the supplier achieving 'desired results' in the future. Key Safety, Takata aim to reach deal by end of March, source says Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:37:21 EST Key Safety Systems is expected to sign a definitive agreement to acquire troubled Japanese auto supplier Takata by the end of March, according to a person close to the negotiations. Visteon builds on electronics segment gains in Q4 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:12:22 EST Electronics supplier Visteon said it swung to a $31 million profit on its continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with a loss of $68 million last year. Mobileye Q4 net income climbs 73% in strong finish to 2016 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:37:01 EST Mobileye's stream of self-driving partnership announcements and success with aftermarket products pushed it to a strong finish in 2016. Interiors supplier AGM being acquired by Flex Ltd. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:44:34 EST Flex Ltd. is buying automotive supplier AGM Automotive. AGM, headquartered near Detroit, supplies interior systems including overhead consoles, interior lighting, electronic components and carpet. GM supplier organized after strike by UAW in Kansas City Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:42:40 EST Workers at a Kansas City factory that supplies General Motors on Tuesday ratified their first UAW-bargained contract with a nearly unanimous vote after a three-week strike. AutoNews Now: Lexus, Porsche top dependability study Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:45:00 EST Lexus, Porsche top dependability study, Fiat struggle continues; PSA eyes partnership with Lotus owner Proton; BMW inks deal with Mobileye; Boost in range for VW's e-Golf. First Shift: Automakers take case to new EPA boss Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:30:00 EST Automakers take case to new EPA boss; Poll puts Takata reputation on 'critical' list; Smoother CUE?; New Range Rover model: Velar; Benz dealers get a break; 'One price' expansion. AutoNews Now: Leadership shift at American Honda Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:15:00 EST American Honda's Mendel retiring, Conrad assumes duties; Lithia wants in on FCA's store expansion; Shell, Toyota team up on hydrogen stations; Spy photos of '18 Buick Enclave. Takata ranks last in reputation among 100 most-visible companies in U.S. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:11:48 EST Troubled airbag supplier Takata took last place on a list ranking the reputations of the 100 most-visible companies in the U.S., landing in the 'critical' score category, the Harris Poll said Tuesday. BMW, Mobileye in deal to collect map data for self-driving cars Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:55:12 EST Israel's Mobileye and German automaker BMW said they signed an agreement to install Mobileye's data generation technology in BMW cars starting with 2018 models. Can tiny Key Safety digest Takata? Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Key Safety Systems is starting to look like the Mouse that Roared. The Michigan airbag maker is engaged in an uphill battle to acquire Takata Corp. Will the self-driving car become a vomit rocket? Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The autonomous future isn't always glamorous. In our latest podcast episode, car designers tackle a gross, unexpected side-effect of more free-time in the car. Steering supplier JTEKT begins reinventing the wheel Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST JTEKT, the world's No. 1 steering system supplier, is preparing for the day that self-steering autonomous cars make its main bread-and-butter products obsolete. Suppliers' mood turning up, survey finds Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Now that the election turmoil is over, suppliers say they are more confident about business. But they are still anxious about the Trump administration's trade issues. Amazon could shake up parts business Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Amazon used to be too slow to satisfy aftermarket parts customers. That's no longer the case - and parts makers are taking notice. Suppliers sort out Mexico options Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Suppliers don't know what impact trade rule changes will bring - but they are thinking about alternatives. Mahle zooms in on wiring headaches Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Mahle Service Solutions has launched a technology venture using wire harness data to let assembly technicians zoom to the heart of vehicle test failures. Denso U.S. chief seeks partners Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Since becoming CEO of Denso's North American business last year, Kenichiro Ito has been busy reaching out to U.S. technology companies as partners. The stakes? Denso's future. When driverless cars call for backup Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Technology suppliers see redundant systems as the most logical answer to the driverless car dilemma - what happens if an autonomous drive function fails? Restoring jobs at Canadian GM plant key to new contract, union says Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:49:58 EST GM must restore hundreds of jobs being cut at a southern Ontario assembly plant or risk failing to reach a new contract with the factory's workers this fall, the president of Canada's largest auto workers union said on Friday. Cooper-Standard says Q4 net income rises 43% Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:03:28 EST Cooper-Standard Holdings said fourth-quarter net income rose 43 percent to $31.1 million. Sales improved 2.4 percent to $875.4 million. Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers? Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old idea -- becoming one-stop cockpit integrators. China buys auto suppliers as Takata deal looms Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:23:28 EST Chinese companies started talking a decade ago about cracking the U.S. auto market. That hasn't happened, so instead they're getting under the hoods of American cars by buying up suppliers. First Shift: Layoffs slated for Toledo Jeep plant Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:30:00 EST Layoffs at Toledo Jeep plant; PSA, Opel/Vauxhall lag rivals in sales growth; Audi name on D.C. soccer field; Jaguar, Shell launch in-car payment app; FCA's Gilles in Netflix series. VW said to reduce Passat output in Germany due to parts shortage Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:06:49 EST VW has been forced to reduce production of Passat cars at its Emden plant in Germany because of a shortage of components caused by a fire at one of its suppliers, a report said. AutoNews Now: What suppliers want from Trump Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:15:00 EST What suppliers want from Trump; Plug-in to outpace original Prius?; Barra: PSA purchase of Opel, Vauxhall mutually beneficial; Hyundai teases '18 Accent; Lambo recalls $4M car. Tower's adjusted earnings rise 23% in Q4 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:13:54 EST Tower International reported fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of $56.2 million, up 23 percent from $45.9 million a year ago, while net income plummeted 88 percent for the quarter. First Shift: Barra visits Opel amid sale talks Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:30:00 EST Barra visits Opel amid sale talks; VW, Bosch deals win preliminary OK; Toyota recalls fuel-cell Mirai; Ford Focus, Audi A6 spied; 194-day supply of Buicks; Musk, man and machine. Suppliers see opportunity as auto industry shifts to mobility Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:31:32 EST The automotive industry landscape is changing via rapid advancements in technology. So much so, that suppliers are joining their manufacturing customers in a whole new industry -- mobility. AutoNews Now: For GM, a clean exit from Europe? Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:30:00 EST GM's chance for clean exit from Europe; Automakers make case for more autonomous cars; VW, Mobileye team up on maps; Pay too good at Google?; End of a Klan-confusion nightmare. VW, Bosch diesel settlements receive preliminary court approval Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:39:10 EST A federal judge granted preliminary approval of a VW settlement to pay at least $1.22 billion to fix or buy back nearly 80,000 polluting 3.0 liter diesel-engine vehicles. U.S. Grammer looks to counter Hastor family with stake sale to China's Ningbo Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:07:27 EST German automotive interiors maker Grammer plans to sell a stake to China's Ningbo as the supplier looks to counter activist shareholders, the Hastor family. Huge paychecks at Google car project led to talent departures Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:40:39 EST For the past year, Google's car project has been a talent sieve, thanks to leadership changes, strategy doubts, new startup dreams and rivals luring self-driving technology experts. Another force pushing people out? Money. A lot of it. How Enterprise recruits future leaders Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST A training system aimed at career growth helps Enterprise Rent-A-Car keep a steady flow of recent college grads coming in as new hires. VW plans to use Mobileye sensing and localization technology Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:45:02 EST VW said it would use Mobileye's camera sensors and localization technologies on upcoming vehicles, allowing both companies to collect road data, like lane markings and construction signs, for cloud-based realtime maps. Dana to buy U.S. Manufacturing operations for $100 million Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:01:21 EST Dana has reached an agreement with U.S. Manufacturing Corp. to purchase the company's operations in suburban Detroit for $100 million in cash. First Shift: CEOs ask Trump to review mpg rule Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:30:00 EST CEOs ask Trump to review mpg rule; Dealership throughput dips; 52 mpg for Cruze diesel; Ford's $1B 'brain' buy; Toyota's challenge: Marketing Citizen Camry and Wild Child C-HR. Canadian CEOs brace for NAFTA changes as Trump and Trudeau meet Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:46:18 EST Canada and the U.S. have knitted together one of the world's most integrated economies since signing free trade agreements 30 years ago, trading everything from fertilizer to oil, auto parts to drugs. Ditch the Porsche, buy a scooter Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Carmakers build cars, right? Well, not always. In our latest podcast episode, we investigate why the future of transportation might arrive on two wheels instead of four, and how this shift might solve a decades-old problem for cities. Lear snaps up seat business in Europe Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Lear's deal to buy Spain's Grupo Antolin seat operations strengthens the suburban Detroit company in Europe. Gentex reflects on the future of the mirror Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Advance tech thinkers imagine cars with no mirrors. Gentex, a top producer of auto-dimming mirrors, says bunk. The supplier is betting that rearview mirrors will be around for a while 48-volt hybrids challenge Europe's diesels Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Schaeffler's technology chief believes diesel's grip on the European market will give way to new combustion powertrain advances. AutoNews Now: Blog ignites Musk-UAW spat Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:30:00 EST Musk, UAW trade jabs over worker's blog; Ford invests $1B in artificial intelligence startup; Bernhard leaves Daimler; Takata projects loss; VW offers windshield warmth without wires. American Axle Q4 net falls 25% as demand slows Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:15:00 EST American Axle reported lower net income in the fourth quarter of 2016 amid lower parts demand. Takata forecasts third annual loss after U.S. criminal settlement Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:10:25 EST Takata, the troubled airbag supplier behind the biggest auto safety recall, said it will probably report a third consecutive annual loss as it booked a one-time charge after agreeing to settle a U.S. criminal investigation. BorgWarner records $441 million charge to fight asbestos claims Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:58:04 EST BorgWarner, the supplier of turbocharger and emissions systems, reported a net loss of $293 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 as it announced a one-time asbestos-related charge of $441 million. Peugeot delays 5008 to protect hot-selling 3008 Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:11:46 EST Peugeot has delayed the launch of its 5008 large SUV by two months to protect output of its strong-selling 3008 compact crossover. Both models were affected by a fire at supplier Recticel's plant in the Czech Republic.