Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 6 Oct 2015 06:00:00 EST Continental defends software caught up in VW emissions crisis Mon, 5 Oct 2015 05:53:20 EST Continental said software it supplied to VW Group cannot be used to manipulate emissions test results. Conti provided engine control system parts for 1.6-liter versions of the EA 189 engines caught up VW's emissions cheating scandal. Bridgewater Interiors names Ron Hall Jr. as CEO Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:42:37 EST Bridgewater Interiors LLC appointed Ron Hall Jr. to CEO of the joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and Epsilon Technologies LLC. Making conventional vehicles more electrified Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Mahle, one of the world's top producers of engine components, is figuring out how to electrify the vehicle. With QNX, BlackBerry finds more room in the car Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST This year, QNX notched a huge victory by delivering the underlying software for the latest version of Ford Motor Co.'s Sync system. Autoliv expanding into crash prevention tech Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Autoliv Inc., the world's top producer of airbags and seat belts, is trying to muscle its way into the small fraternity of mega-suppliers that design collision-avoidance systems for autonomous cars. Pacific trade pact would open Japanese market to U.S. vehicles, report says Fri, 2 Oct 2015 20:04:48 EST A U.S.-Japan agreement on autos trade as part of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal would have its own dispute settlement mechanism, including penalties, if Japan does not open its market enough to U.S. The Japanese emissions equipment maker that humbled VW Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST Horiba, an obscure Japanese manufacturer that makes about 70 percent of the world's auto emissions testing systems, played a key role in uncovering violations that promise to dog Volkswagen for months to come. Ford adds overtime at Michigan F-150 plant as Missouri strike deadline nears Fri, 2 Oct 2015 11:44:22 EST Ford canceled a planned overtime shift this weekend at its F-150 plant in Missouri, where workers threaten to strike as soon as Sunday, and is diverting frames for the pickups to its other F-150 plant in Michigan to minimize the consequences of a... Autoliv ready to cut more staff in China as car sales stall Fri, 2 Oct 2015 08:47:23 EST Autoliv is ready to cut more jobs in China as the supplier reacts to a decline in light vehicle production in the market in the past few quarters. Schaeffler pushes ahead with IPO amid VW scandal Fri, 2 Oct 2015 07:31:21 EST Schaeffler Group is sticking to plans for an initial public offering, shrugging off the market turbulence prompted by the Volkswagen Group diesel scandal. VW Group is the part supplier's biggest customer. PSA sees connectivity boosting customer loyalty Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST PSA wants its connectivity solutions to strengthen customer loyalty by being simple and seamless, but matching what they get from their consumer electronics will not be easy because that skill is not part of any automaker's DNA, the automaker's... Bosch, Conti, ZF, others drawn to booming market for driver-assistance tech Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST The auto industry's adoption of driver-assistance systems is looking like a gold rush. This year, global sales of the radar, cameras, controllers and software used for the technology will total $10.6 billion, analysts say. Autoliv targets $12 billion in sales by end of the decade Thu, 1 Oct 2015 05:02:10 EST Auto safety specialist Autoliv targets $12 billion in sales by the end of the decade and could potentially reach $15 billion, it said today. The company had sales of $9.2 billion in 2014. LG Chem CEO Prabhakar Patil to retire Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:20:38 EST Prabhakar Patil will retire as CEO of LG Chem Power, effective Wednesday, the battery maker said today. He will be succeeded by Denise Gray, who helped develop the Chevrolet Volt's lithium ion battery system, starting Thursday. Autos key to driving Pacific trade deal over finish line Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:39:39 EST For auto parts makers in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, the fine print of a Pacific trade deal negotiators aim to wrap up this week could make or break an export industry boom built up over the last 20 years that is now worth $60 billion. Brembo will buy controlling stake in China brakes manufacturer Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:25:58 EST Brembo has agreed to buy a 66 percent stake in Chinese brakes manufacturer ASIMCO Meilian Braking Systems for 616 million yuan ($97 million) as it follows car-making customers into areas with high growth potential. Turning wood and orange peels into car parts stronger than steel Tue, 29 Sep 2015 07:39:18 EST The molecules of plant fibers are being transformed into a lightweight material five times stronger than steel that can be used to make everything from auto parts to electronic displays. Aluminum supplier Alcoa to split into 2 companies Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:47:12 EST Alcoa will split into two companies to separate its struggling aluminum smelting operations from production of lightweight metals for its faster-growing aerospace and automotive business. Automakers gamble on wireless charging standard Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers are putting wireless chargers into their cars, but they're still waiting for a clear signal from Apple, which has yet to build the technology into its iPhone. NHTSA considers expanding Takata airbag recalls Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:21:52 EST The U.S. regulator overseeing the replacement of Takata airbags is considering an order that would expand the recalls and has contacted seven manufacturers who could be affected, including Volkswagen AG and Tesla Motors Inc. Lithia founder takes a pay cut -- for life Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Lithia Motors Inc. founder Sid DeBoer is stepping down as an executive officer of the company and will take a massive pay cut -- for life. An Apple EV? Lutz not biting Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Apple Inc. had nothing to say about a Wall Street Journal report last week that it plans to have an electric vehicle ready to go by 2019. But Bob Lutz did: "I think this is going to be a gigantic money pit.' Connected car finally may have found a parking spot Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Parking is drawing a new level of attention from in-car navigation specialists such as Inrix, of Kirkland, Wash., which already taps into smartphone data to beam down cloud-based traffic updates to millions of cars. App makers eager for clear path to car Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST To get their apps into cars, developers like Pandora have to rewrite their code for every brand, but that could soon change. Bosch warned VW about illegal software use in diesel cars, report says Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:00:13 EST Bosch warned VW in 2007 that it would be illegal to use engine management software at the heart of the diesels emissions rigging scandal in production cars, a German newspaper said. Bosch supplied the software for test purposes, the paper said. VW managed fake U.S. test results from Germany, report says Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:43:46 EST Volkswagen AG executives in Germany controlled the key aspects of emissions tests whose results the carmaker now admits were faked, three people familiar with the company's U.S. operations told Bloomberg. Honda plans $210 million paint line in Ohio Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:07:32 EST Honda of America's manufacturing unit said today it plans to invest $210 million in a new paint line at its Marysville, Ohio, plant that will cut water use, energy consumption, and emissions. Nissan taps Microsoft exec to lead global communications Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:27:27 EST Nissan has hired Microsoft communications manager Jonathan Adashek to head global communications. He will replace Jeff Kuhlman, who is returning to the U.S. for family reasons. BorgWarner, ZF, GKN have key parts in new Land Rover Discovery Sport http://www.autonews.com Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST BorgWarner, ZF and GKN Driveline play keys roles in helping to reduce CO2 in the new Land Rover Discovery Sport. Magna CEO sees smart robots shifting parts output away from China Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:02:38 EST The falling cost of intelligent robots may help repatriate some auto production away from low-cost locations like China back to factories in Germany and North America, Magna International CEO Donald Walker says. West Virginia engineer presented VW emissions findings a year ago Wed, 23 Sep 2015 06:44:10 EST Daniel Carder, an unassuming engineer from West Virginia, said he and his research team publicly presented their findings about Volkswagen's diesel emission discrepancies about a year ago. VW officials questioned them at the time. Bosch says VW responsible for configuring diesel engine parts Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:25:13 EST Bosch said it had delivered components including delivery and metering modules for exhaust gas treatment and common rail injection systems to VW Group but responsibility for configuring handling characteristics of components lies with Volkswagen. Apple aims to 'ship' electric car in 2019, report says Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:32:23 EST Silicon Valley technology giant Apple has set a goal of finalizing an electric car in 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported. Schaeffler plans IPO to cut debt, raise up to $3.4 billion Mon, 21 Sep 2015 04:10:59 EST Schaeffler plans an initial public offering to pay down debt. The supplier may raise as much as about 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in the IPO, sources said. Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology. Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology. 2 suppliers steer in opposite directions Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Two of the world's biggest steering suppliers have diametrically opposed views of the importance of steer-by-wire to the future of autonomous driving. Auto-brake pact offers boon to big suppliers Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST When 10 automakers agreed this month to voluntarily make automatic emergency braking systems standard, they were promising off-the-shelf technology priced for the mass market that includes an assortment of cameras, radar, lidar and computer chips... Suppliers team up to provide starter kit for self-driving cars Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Autonomous cars have a dirty little secret: No matter how dazzling they seem, most of the prototypes shown to date rely on a trunkful of computers rigged up with bespoke software that's far from production-ready. Cylinders take turns to deliver proper power Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST An advanced, fast-acting cylinder-deactivation system expected to be launched within five years - probably by General Motors - proposes to save fuel by continuously varying the number of cylinders firing. Mirror, mirror off the car? Focus turns to cameras Sat, 19 Sep 2015 00:01:00 EST Many of today's better-appointed vehicles have side mirrors that tuck away automatically. Major suppliers are working on making those mirrors disappear altogether. Ghosn sees tough time ahead for industry disruptors Fri, 18 Sep 2015 04:50:44 EST Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said aggressive hiring of auto industry executives by software companies shows how vital it is for new players to understand manufacturing and vehicle design and how tough it will be for new players to enter the auto... Valeo sees gradual recovery in Chinese car market Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:26:25 EST Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich said China's auto market is showing signs of recovery and confirmed the company's full-year target of improving on its 7.4 percent first-half operating margin. Design legend Giugiaro plans return after Piech setback Fri, 18 Sep 2015 05:43:10 EST Design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro is striking out alone after selling the remaining part of his styling company to VW Group's Audi division following his friend Ferdinand Piech's ouster from the German automaker. Gentex transforms rear-view mirror into high-tech vision system Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:49:01 EST Gentex is broadening its role from a traditional Michigan-based auto parts maker to a supplier of high-tech vision systems that eventually could be integrated into self-driving cars. JCI targets 3,000 job cuts in salaried ranks Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:04:21 EST Johnson Controls will cut as many as 3,000 salaried jobs over the next two years under an ongoing cost savings program and ahead of plans to streamline and divest its auto interiors business. Wave your hand, watch the hood pop (minus grimy fingers) Fri, 18 Sep 2015 06:00:00 EST Auto suppliers are not only working to make for clean air. Some also want clean hands. Japanese supplier Kayaba to pay $62 million criminal fine for price-fixing conspiracy Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:17:21 EST Japanese supplier Kayaba agreed to plead guilty and pay a $62 million fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of shock absorbers sold to automakers in the U.S., federal prosecutors said today. Mercedes open to battery alliance with BMW, Audi, Zetsche says Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:32:27 EST Mercedes is open to the idea of creating an alliance with rivals BMW and Audi to manufacture next-generation batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the automaker's CEO, Dieter Zetsche, said. Delphi, GM ready advanced cylinder deactivation Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:45:00 EST An advanced, fast-acting cylinder deactivation system expected to be launched within five years -- probably by General Motors -- could revolutionize gasoline internal combustion engines by firing only the number of cylinders needed. %]