Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 28 May 2016 06:00:00 EST Molinaroli will lead JCI-Tyco for 18 months; successor named Fri, 27 May 2016 13:44:40 EST Johnson Controls Inc. CEO Alex Molinaroli, who has steered his company away from the automotive seating and interiors businesses during his two-and-a-half-year tenure, will serve as CEO for the combined JCI-Tyco International for 18 months. First Shift: Buick dropping Verano in U.S. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Buick drops Verano in U.S.; GM's 2-for-1 credit move; 12 million vehicles with Takata inflators recalled; Daimler spending more to cut emissions; Premium versus regular gasoline. Apple explores EV charging stations, report says Thu, 26 May 2016 09:35:31 EST Apple is said to be investigating electric car charging in what could be part of the the tech giant's plans to build an EV. First Shift: Investors eyeing Takata? Thu, 26 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Investors eyeing Takata?; UAW endorses Clinton; Google plans Detroit-area facility; Milestone at FCA factory; At Ford: Autism, opportunity; Automakers building on JFK's challenge. Apple's next big moneymaker could be cars Thu, 26 May 2016 07:28:02 EST Apple's $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing startup Didi is unlikely to be its last in the auto industry. The tech giant is burning more cash than the top 14 automakers combined, say Morgan Stanley analysts. Takata said to holds talks with possible buyers Thu, 26 May 2016 05:35:53 EST Takata, the airbag maker facing billions in possible costs for the biggest recall in automotive history, is said to be in talks with potential buyers including the U.S-based fund KKR. Bill Ford's connections with Flex-N-Gate owner help land Detroit plant Wed, 25 May 2016 15:19:43 EST Two auto industry executives with ties to NFL football franchises -- Bill Ford of the Detroit Lions and Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars -- played key roles in bringing a top-tier auto parts plant to Detroit. Takata hires financial adviser to mull restructuring options Wed, 25 May 2016 15:51:46 EST Takata hired investment bank Lazard to lead efforts to seek new investment and help resolve financial issues stemming from its record-setting recall of tens of millions of airbag inflators that can rupture. AutoNews Now: When car-making meets ride-hailing Wed, 25 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Car-making meets ride-hailing: GM, Toyota, VW hop in; Back-seat dummies; Dodge's new ad agency; F-150 recall; Elkann: No FCA deal to sell stake; Nissan Sentra Nismo, Titan spy shots. Daimler's Detroit Diesel union workers ratify new labor contract Wed, 25 May 2016 10:31:46 EST UAW members at Detroit Diesel ratified a contract Tuesday that includes a wage increase and commits Daimler Trucks North America to new engine production. First Shift: New Mitsu RandD chief, lower profits Wed, 25 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Mitsu names RandD chief, reports 39% profit drop; Toyota forms partnership with Uber; Judge: VW, U.S. making 'substantial progress'; Flex-N-Gate, Cosworth plants; How GM lightens up. VW, Toyota invest in ride-sharing services Wed, 25 May 2016 03:08:14 EST VW and Toyota are investing in ride-sharing companies in the latest in a wave of high-profile moves by automakers to embrace their potential upstart rivals as partners, customers and sources of valuable data. Cosworth to build engine parts in suburban Detroit Tue, 24 May 2016 16:07:39 EST Cosworth, an English supplier of electronics and powertrain products to high-performance vehicles, said today it will open a $30 million plant in suburban Detroit to make V-8 cylinder heads for an unnamed manufacturer. Flex-N-Gate to supply Ford from new Detroit plant Tue, 24 May 2016 15:01:57 EST Auto supplier Flex-N-Gate plans to invest $95 million and buy 30 acres of city land to build a new plant that will create up to 750 jobs in Detroit, after approval today of a $3.5 million performance-based state grant. First Shift: Bigland new Alfa, Maserati chief Tue, 24 May 2016 00:01:00 EST FCA's Bigland named Alfa, Maserati chief; Toyota adds 1.6M vehicles to airbag recall; Tesla loses in N.C.; Report: Nissan may sell stake in supplier; Still not sold on self-driving. Nissan may sell Calsonic Kansei stake to help fund EV research, report says Tue, 24 May 2016 04:51:04 EST Nissan is mulling selling its 41 percent stake in supplier Calsonic Kansei to raise cash for research and development in electric cars and artificial intelligence, the Nikkei newspaper reported. S. Korea's Mando said to be in talks to supply parts for Tesla Model 3 Tue, 24 May 2016 06:52:45 EST Mando Corp. is in talks with Tesla Motors to supply parts for its Model 3 car, an industry source said, as it seeks to join other South Korean firms supplying components for Tesla's more affordable electric cars. Audi, BMW, Mercedes lead in user-friendly connectivity, study shows Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi, BMW and Mercedes lead other automakers in offering easy-to-use connected features, a study shows, but more needs to be done to make customers aware of the technology so they don't choose Apple and Google for their Internet-enabled navigation... Toyota expands Takata airbag recall by 1.6 million vehicles Mon, 23 May 2016 18:00:23 EST Toyota is recalling almost 1.6 million additional U.S. vehicles for front passenger side Takata airbag inflators that could rupture. Feds flash their badges on auto data Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST On Feb. 12, some of the auto industry's leading cybersecurity experts gathered at a sprawling FBI complex to meet with an elite digital SWAT team called the Operational Technology Division. Mobileye will supply 2 fully autonomous vehicles by 2021 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Mobileye reveals programs to supply two automakers with fully autonomous drive systems as soon as 2019. GM's Cruise Automation tests autonomous Bolt EVs Fri, 20 May 2016 15:45:00 EST General Motors and Cruise Automation have begun testing autonomous prototypes of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle. ATandT adds connected-car plans, launches first ad campaign aimed at consumers Fri, 20 May 2016 15:00:00 EST ATandT has added Volkswagen and Infiniti to its wireless connected-car program and is introducing a new connected-car data plan for existing tablet or smartphone customers with unlimited plans. AutoNews Now: How GM will atone for mpg goof Fri, 20 May 2016 00:01:00 EST GM to offer debit cards, warranties to atone for MPG goof; Suppliers skeptical about Tesla goals; VW's march to 'mobility'; Removing self-driving barriers; Get a job, drive a Model 3. Suppliers question Tesla's ambitious goals for Model 3 output Fri, 20 May 2016 12:15:00 EST Tesla Motors has surprised auto parts makers with plans to move up high-volume production of the Model 3 to 2018, two years earlier than planned -- an acceleration that supplier executives and industry consultants say would be difficult to achieve... Panasonic may ramp up investment in Tesla battery plant Fri, 20 May 2016 06:28:55 EST Panasonic is prepared to move up its investment plans for Tesla's battery plant, if needed, to meet strong demand for the EV maker's upcoming Model 3 sedan, an executive at the Japanese electronics group says. Auto sector stumbles in Q1 Fri, 20 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The European auto industry began 2016 on a low note, with sharp falls in shareholder value for all automakers, all retailers and most partsmakers. Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia http://www.autonews.com Fri, 20 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile's factory in Cassino, Italy. Output is expected to peak at more than 55,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive. Daimler to set aside $560 million to cover airbag recall Thu, 19 May 2016 14:53:55 EST Daimler said today it would set aside around 500 million euros ($560 million) this year for the recall of some of its vehicles, which contain airbags made by Takata Corp. Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee output disrupted by steering wheel shortage Thu, 19 May 2016 12:15:00 EST A shortage of steering wheels is disrupting production of the Jeep Cherokee and also has slowed output of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Cruise Automation ex-partners settle dispute after GM deal Thu, 19 May 2016 14:51:22 EST The two co-founders of Cruise Automation, the self-driving car startup acquired by General Motors for a reported $1 billion, settled their dispute and will dismiss their lawsuits against each other. Google positions updated Android as a standard for cars Wed, 18 May 2016 12:00:00 EST In a play to persuade automakers to run cars on its Android operating system, Google is introducing an updated version of Android that it promises will work easily with key in-car features such as climate control, AM/FM radio and digital instrument... Startup Elio Motors, supplier Linamar team up to build engines Tue, 17 May 2016 16:12:40 EST Startup car company Elio Motors and Canadian supplier Linamar said today they formed a partnership to produce engines for Elio's three-wheeled vehicle. U.S. residuals predicted to drop 4.2 percentage points, Black Book says Tue, 17 May 2016 15:24:13 EST Black Book predicts a drop of 4.2 percentage points in used-vehicle residual values over the next three years. New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. in May and June will retain about 47. Conti powertrain boss confident about meeting EU's tougher emissions limits Tue, 17 May 2016 00:01:00 EST VW Group's admission to cheating emissions tests means that regulators plan stricter testing, but that doesn't worry Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila. MPG grows into global foundry player Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST With plants in 13 countries, Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. now can compete for contracts to supply global platforms, says Doug Grimm, MPG's chief operating officer. Corning unit to pay $66.5 million for price fixing Mon, 16 May 2016 14:23:50 EST A subsidiary of Corning Inc. agreed to pay $66.5 million in criminal fines and plead guilty to fixing the prices of materials used in vehicle catalytic converters, the U.S. Department of Justice said today. Who can fix the Takata mess? Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The Takata recalls keep getting bigger and bigger and keep pulling more and more automakers and suppliers into the fray. Nissan loses, GM gains supplier favor Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Parts supplier dissatisfaction with purchasing departments at most automakers worsened last year, a closely watched annual survey shows. But there was some improvement at GM and Ford. First Shift: A 'precipitous' drop for Nissan Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST 'Precipitous' drop in Nissan supplier relations, GM gains ground; Hyundai hires another ex-Bentley designer; Audi production exec joins Tesla; General Motors seals Cruise Automation deal.. FCA 'doing the wrong things,' supplier survey says Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Despite repeated efforts to fix its supplier relations problems, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continues to lag behind its chief competitors in an influential survey that measures the quality of cooperation between carmakers and parts makers. Rental fleets adjusting to softer demand Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Avis Budget and Hertz sold risk vehicles in the first quarter to match softer demand for rental cars and to mitigate declining residual values. Fire up the foundries Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST New investment is pouring into the once-declining end of North American automaking - casting plants and iron foundries - as production soars. Suppliers, irked by cuts, take VW to task Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Suppliers aren't very happy with Volkswagen. In fact, Volkswagen's North American purchasing operation got rock-bottom ratings in Planning Perspectives Inc.'s 2016 survey of senior supplier executives. Automakers must learn to value supplier partners Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST How many times must automakers repeat errors before learning a lesson? Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control Sun, 15 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution that puts the detection zone for gestures on the steering wheel instead of the center console. Big rigs, no driver Sat, 14 May 2016 12:00:00 EST A new market worth more than $23,000 in autonomous content per large truck awakens suppliers. AutoNews Now: GM halts crossovers to fix MPG labels Fri, 13 May 2016 00:01:00 EST GM stops sale of big crossovers with overstated EPA labels; Bill Ford defends Fields amid stock slump; Report: Magna Steyr to make BMW, Toyota roadsters; Apple invests in Uber rival; Chevy and MLB. First Shift: Honda posts surprise Q4 loss Fri, 13 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda posts surprise loss, expands Takata airbag recall; GM reviews sales-performance metric after legal defeat; Ghosn: Nissan won't impose management on Mitsu; 'Hyperloop' milestone. Apple, Chinese ride-hailing deal heats up smart-car race Fri, 13 May 2016 16:00:00 EST Apple's $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing intensifies a race to acquire technology, talent and market access in a rapidly evolving global personal transportation market.