Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:00:00 EST Tesla faces industry scrutiny over the best way forward for autonomous cars Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla's decision to equip all of its vehicles with self-driving hardware has intensified competition over what equipment will be on board cars of the future. First Shift: Airbag flaw claims 11th U.S. victim Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:15:00 EST 11th U.S. death tied to Takata inflator flaw; Mercedes gives Daimler Q3 profit boost; Tesla teases ride service; Subaru Impreza price hike: $100; Why Honda's happy to stay single. AutoNews Now: Big players, big opportunities Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 EST Big players, big opportunities: Why Ghosn's betting on Mitsu; Geely takes stab at 'tough' U.S. market; Tesla sends self-driving safety message; 'Netflix of China' seeks a new stage. Gentex posts 18% gain in Q3 net income Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:43:28 EST Mirror and electronics supplier Gentex saw its third-quarter net income climb 18 percent to $92.1 million as sales at its automotive unit increased. Dana Q3 net income drops to $57 million Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:13:34 EST Dana, the longtime supplier of various drivetrain components, today reported net income of $57 million in the third quarter, down 52 percent from the year-earlier period as sales from its commercial-vehicle units fell again. Continental tried to buy stake in Osram, report says Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:03:48 EST Continental tried to buy Siemens' stake in lighting group Osram in the summer but was turned down, a German business magazine reported, citing company sources. First Shift: Ghosn brings Mitsubishi into fold Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:30:00 EST Ghosn to chair Mitsubishi as Renault-Nissan Alliance grows; Tesla to equip lineup with autonomous tech; Show goes on at LeEco; Geely unit plans SUV for U.S.; Mirror on technology. China's LeEco stumbles out of gate with U.S. debut of autonomous car Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:13:36 EST Chinese technology company LeEco on Wednesday made an inauspicious entry into the race to develop self-driving electric cars when its prototype car could not make it down the runway during an introduction in San Francisco. Le Holdings Co. AutoNews Now: Toyota takes prize in truck loyalty Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:45:00 EST Toyota tops in pickup owner loyalty - study; Lear CEO: Why suppliers see need for speed; Wagoneer peek, Wrangler recall; Hurricane help from Nissan; Restoring Honda's first U.S. car. VW suppliers keen to avoid disputes despite price squeeze Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:12:59 EST Volkswagen suppliers seem keen to avoid more disputes with the company even as they face growing pressure from the automaker to accept price cuts in the wake of its diesel-emissions scandal. Lear seeks edge in seating, electronics with new Detroit design, innovation center Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 EST Lear CEO Matt Simoncini believes a new design and innovation center in downtoww Detroit will give the company an advantage as a supplier and designer of advanced seating and electronics technologies. Is the Apple car shelved? Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:00:00 EST Those hoping to line up around the block to buy an Apple car after lining up around the block to buy an iPhone may have to wait ... forever. First Shift: Ford idling production of F-150 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford idling output of F-150, other models amid sales drop; VW's day in court; Bolt sales prediction; Honda China expansion; Infiniti mulls EV; Snyder: Fleeting way to boost share? LG Chem expects GM to sell over 30,000 Bolts next year Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:13:00 EST LG Chem, a battery supplier for General Motors' upcoming Bolt electric vehicle, said today it expected the automaker to sell more than 30,000 of the cars next year. Renault-Nissan creates tech division to accelerate mobility push Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:42:19 EST Nissan, aiming to parry rivals from Silicon Valley and emerge a leader in next-generation mobility, is forming a 300-person in-house startup division with French partner Renault to focus on software development, cloud engineering and big-data... Volvo sees Microsoft HoloLens speeding up car development Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:00 EST Volvo says it is the first automaker to test Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality goggles as a tool. China's Yanfeng makes big moves in U.S. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST With Johnson Controls in its fold, China's Yanfeng is amassing contracts in the U.S. German truck supplier wants to diversify Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Eberspaecher is a king of commercial truck exhaust systems -- now it plans to go after North America's passenger vehicle market. AutoNews Now: Setting a course for U.S. shores Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:45:00 EST Overseas automakers set a course for U.S. shores; Benz spy shots; Mini's EV plans; Tesla partners with Panasonic, delays product reveal; Why Toyota's not rushing to ride-sharing. How Apple scaled back titanic plan to take on Detroit Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:50:48 EST Apple has dramatically scaled back its automotive ambitions, leading to hundreds of job cuts and a new direction that, for now, no longer includes building its own car, people familiar with the project told Bloomberg. Nissan plans will change role of suppliers Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan's Motor Co.'s global chief planning officer, Philippe Klein, has his mind focused on what vehicles will be designed, built and sold in the years ahead. Suppliers scolded over complex tech features Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST J.D. Power's new tech survey pulls vehicle suppliers into the consumer criticism hot seat. Continental cuts profit guidance on warranty cases, supply disruptions Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:52:56 EST German car components supplier Continental AG trimmed its profit forecast for the year, citing warranty cases and possible expenses for antitrust proceedings as well as supply disruptions following earthquakes in Japan. They're coming to America -- someday Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Think the U.S. market is competitive now? With sales at historic highs, a number of overseas makers are seeking to set up shop in a landscape known to be hostile to newcomers. German car industry warns UK that 'hard Brexit' could trigger shift east Mon, 17 Oct 2016 04:49:19 EST Parts of the UK's car industry could move to central and eastern Europe if the country loses access to the single market after quitting the EU, Germany's VDA auto industry association said. Dealer's recall policy proves his integrity Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST I am glad to see that Stewart's policy is shown as a "best practice" and hope other dealers will follow suit. Conti autonomous driving chief cautious about tech's rollout Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Continental's systems and technology chief, Ralph Lauxmann, says fully automated driving will be available by 2020 but its use will be severely restricted. He explained why in an interview with Automotive News Europe. First Shift: And the winner is: Yark Subaru Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:30:00 EST Top honors for Toledo's Yark Subaru; BMW reveals redesigned 5 series; Wes Lutz in line to lead NADA in '18; Report: Samsung fires stall FCA talks; Ontario ready to aid automakers. Bosch's starter motors unit attracts private equity, Chinese interest, report says Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:57:55 EST Robert Bosch has attracted interest from private equity firms as well as Chinese groups for its starter motor and generator business, Reuters reported, citing people close to the matter. Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo http://www.autonews.com Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint venture plant with Tofas in Bursa, Turkey. Output is expected to peak at more than 170,000 units in 2017, according to IHS Automotive. Gestamp mulls stock market listing in 2017 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:16:37 EST Spanish supplier Gestamp, which supplies components to manufacturers from VW to Renault, is considering listing at least a quarter of the company on the stock market next year. Fiat Chrysler, Samsung talks stall amid Note 7 crisis, report says Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:49:20 EST Fiat Chrysler's talks with Samsung Electronics over a partnership with its car-parts unit have stalled because the Korean company is focused on resolving the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone crisis, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. JTEKT agrees to pay $62.5M to settle class-action lawsuits over price-fixing Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:00:00 EST Automotive-parts supplier JTEKT agreed to pay $62.5 million to settle class-action lawsuits over price-fixing allegations. JTEKT will pay $47.5 million to U.S. AutoNews Now: Decline of the midsize sedan Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Decline of the midsize sedan; Supplier Faurecia feels the fallout; GM adding third shift in Tenn.; FCA-Cummins battle; Lincoln Continental recalled; Mazda's quick sellout. FCA cuts prompt Faurecia to close 2 plants, lay off 348 near Detroit Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:19:04 EST Faurecia North America plans to lay off 348 employees and close two metro Detroit plants as a result of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles discontinuing production of its Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart models. Two finalists expected to be named in Takata bid process Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:30:12 EST The list of suitors for embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata is expected to be reduced to two following a meeting in New York or Detroit at the end of this month. Infineon buys Dutch firm in move to reduce cost of autonomous technology Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:12:33 EST Infineon has acquired Dutch electronics company Innoluce, a designer of miniature lidar laser-scanning modules that the German chip giant says can help it develop affordable sensor systems for self-driving cars. France's Mecaplast agrees to acquire Key Plastics Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:23:38 EST French auto supplier Mecaplast Group plans to acquire Key Plastics LLC in a bid to expand its global presence. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The deal is subject to regulatory approval. Delphi chief hails U.S. autonomous rules Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Safety system maker Delphi sees a breakthrough in U.S. technology work, now that the feds have proposed testing rules, says CEO Kevin Clark. Japan urges automakers to cut suppliers slack Sun, 9 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Japan's powerful Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is pressuring Japanese carmakers to lighten up on their pricing demands to suppliers. 30 finalists vie for PACE Awards Sat, 8 Oct 2016 15:00:00 EST Innovations from 30 automotive suppliers representing seven countries have been named finalists for the 2017 Automotive News PACE Awards. Deutsche Post upsets VW 'beyond measure' by dropping Caddy for its own electric van Fri, 7 Oct 2016 08:37:03 EST Deutsche Post has designed and built its own electric delivery van, exploiting changes in manufacturing technology that simplify the process. The German logistics giant has dropped VW's Caddy vans, annoying VW 'beyond measure.' BMW, Toyota plan data-sharing deal with autonomous start-up Nauto Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:45:43 EST Toyota, BMW and insurer Allianz will license technology from Silicon Valley start-up Nauto as part of a wider push by the automakers to develop their autonomous vehicle strategies. Takata hires law firm Weil Gotshal with bankruptcy among options, report says Fri, 7 Oct 2016 15:31:41 EST Japanese auto supplier Takata, whose defective airbag inflators triggered the biggest recall in auto industry history, hired law firm Weil Gotshal and Manges to help it weigh options that could include bankruptcy or a sale, people with knowledge of... Chinese auto glassmaker Fuyao to invest $70 million in Mich. plant Thu, 6 Oct 2016 15:34:48 EST Fuyao Automotive North America plans to invest $70 million to transform the former American Blind and Wallpaper Factory building in suburban Detroit into an automotive glass plant and randd center. Denso invests in deep-learning software firm Thinci Thu, 6 Oct 2016 14:27:13 EST Toyota-affiliated auto supplier Denso said today it agreed to be the lead investor in Thinci, a machine-learning and vision processing startup. Daimler unit to pay $28.5 million to settle U.S. Clean Air Act claims Thu, 6 Oct 2016 13:29:04 EST Detroit Diesel, a unit of automaker Daimler AG, will spend $14.5 million to reduce pollutants and pay a $14 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the U.S. Clean Air Act, the Justice Department said today. FCA's Comau eyed by Shanghai Electric, other Chinese buyers, report says Thu, 6 Oct 2016 07:48:14 EST Chinese firms including Shanghai Electric have approached Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to express an interest in buying its Comau robotics business, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. LG Chem taps electric-car boom with battery plant in Poland Thu, 6 Oct 2016 05:51:01 EST South Korea's LG Chem is seeking to tap Europe's booming electric-car market by setting up a battery plant in Poland to supply automakers. Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488 http://www.autonews.com Thu, 6 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. Output is expected to peak this year at more than 4,000 units, according to IHS Automotive.