Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:00:00 EST Mercedes to build GLC in Finland starting in 2017 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:52:44 EST 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. Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:11:29 EST 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. Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:10:06 EST Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. Continental invests 250 million euros to expand China tire plant Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:28:52 EST 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. GM may contract out van production to boost capacity for pickups Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:27:59 EST 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. Rivian Automotive to build randd center for high-tech vehicles in Mich. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:26:09 EST Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn randd center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley. Toyota monitoring suppliers to ensure disaster readiness Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST When Hurricane Patricia slammed into Mexico last month, it offered Toyota Motor Corp. an opportunity to test its supplier monitoring system. Ford latest automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:37:17 EST Ford will become the fourth automaker to stop using certain Takata airbag inflators. Haunting memories of another Paris attack Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST 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. GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST 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. Restructured Renesas seeks its footing on platforms Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Renesas is no longer bleeding red ink, but it faces stiffer competition than ever. German auto firms try to nurture Silicon Valley boldness Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST 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. Volvo, Microsoft will bring augmented reality into showrooms Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:18:34 EST 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 #8211; and even to offer test drives using a hologram. U.S. probes Bosch in VW cheating scandal, report says Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:36:46 EST 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. N.A. auto production will remain strong in 2016, analyst says Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:51:42 EST 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 and Co. Japanese supplier INOAC agrees to $2.35 million U.S. price-fixing fine Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:35:32 EST 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. UAW partners with Germany's IG Metall to push for better U.S. wages, union representation Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:10:57 EST 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. Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:57:47 EST Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness. Penske buys N.J.-based dealership group Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:46:32 EST Penske Automotive Group Inc. has bought the Schneider Nelson Auto Group in a deal expected to generate annual revenue of about $175 million. Takata airbag recall gets more complicated, and messy Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST 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. NHTSA finally puts foot down on propellant Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST 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. Auto execs expect uptick in MandA deals through 2016 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:36:18 EST Global automotive merger and acquisition activity is expected to increase in the next 12 months, according to a recent survey of auto executives. Takata crisis dents keiretsu argument Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST 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. Brose pushes electrification beyond the powertrain Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST 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. Tech puzzle: Just what features do drivers want? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Infotainment presents a delicate balancing act for automakers. They want to stand out from the pack with pioneering features without overly complicating things for motorists. Chinese glass maker brings new life to former GM Moraine plant Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST With 65 percent of China's automotive glass sales, Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. dominates its home market. And with 18 percent of the global market, Fuyao is challenging heavyweights such as Pilkington, Saint-Gobain and Pittsburgh Glass Works. Pininfarina sees agreement on sale to Mahindra in next few weeks Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:27:44 EST Car designer Pininfarina says it expects to reach a deal to be acquired by Indian automaker Mahindra in the next few weeks. Dieselgate hits shareholder value of automakers, suppliers hard in Q3 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's emissions scandal, combined with overall volatility in the global market, had a big effect on the shareholder value of automakers and their suppliers in the third quarter of 2015. VW diesel-emissions scandal could have significant impact on Italian suppliers, Brembo says Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:09:15 EST Italian supplier Brembo says the diesel-emissions scandal that has engulfed Volkswagen Group could have a significant impact on Italian components manufacturers. Richard Newsted, chairman of supplier Chassix, dies at 58 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:55:59 EST Richard Newsted, chairman of automotive supplier Chassix Holdings and former CEO of Meridian Automotive Systems, died Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. He was 58. Takata crisis hands rival Autoliv chance to go big in Japan Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Sweden's Autoliv could capitalize on the crisis engulfing its rival Takata by finally extending its global leadership to the one major auto hub it has been unable to dominate -- Japan. Tower explores sale of European business Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:14:17 EST Auto parts supplier Tower International Inc. is considering selling its European operations. That would allow the structural metal components supplier, based in suburban Detroit, to strengthen its North American unit, Tower CEO Mark Malcolm said. As Takata crashes, Japan's keiretsus lose some luster Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:10:54 EST Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda have decided to stop using airbag components supplied by Takata. It's a split that wasn't supposed to happen in the cozy, family-relations corporate world of Japan's keiretsus. VW recruits exec linked to Apple electric car project Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:45:42 EST Volkswagen has recruited Apple executive Johann Jungwirth, who was linked to the tech company's electric car project, to head a newly established digital strategy unit. Crash rarity adds challenge to autonomous push Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Renault-Nissan's head of autonomous vehicle development is unsure whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that there have been no serious crashes while the automaker has tested its technology. Continental boosts earnings on Europe, U.S. growth Mon, 9 Nov 2015 06:03:19 EST Continental said its third-quarter earnings rose 11 percent as Europe and the U.S. offset slower growth in China's car market. U.S. senators seek to ensure Takata recall is completed Mon, 9 Nov 2015 18:42:31 EST Two influential U.S. senators, worried about Takata's ability to complete a recall of potentially deadly airbag inflators, sought regulatory guidance on how to hold the Japanese supplier accountable if its U.S. subsidiary goes bankrupt. Auto industry shift to aluminum slower than expected, Novelis warns Mon, 9 Nov 2015 13:56:35 EST Novelis, the world's largest rolled aluminum producer, warned on Monday that plans to shift rolling mill capacity to automotive body sheet are progressing slower than anticipated as automakers prove slow to follow Ford's lead in widespread use of... The shunning of Takata Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The debate is over: Takata is expendable. Suppliers give Tesla high praise for innovation Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla has cracked the ranks of top-performing OEMs in a survey that measures carmakers on their ability to foster innovation and adopt new technology from suppliers. BMW again ranked first. TALK FROM THE TOP: Hachigo steers back-to-basics strategy at Honda Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Takahiro Hachigo took over as Honda Motor Co. CEO last June as the company was recovering from several body blows. Secretive EV startup plans $1 billion factory in U.S. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The secretive electric vehicle startup Faraday Future says it is considering several states for a $1 billion U.S. assembly plant. CEO revelations increase burden on JCI's board Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The Johnson Controls board must be diligent and engaged as the company executes an audacious strategy to exit its primary industry to focus on another. Apple car was already planted in Steve Jobs' mind Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Count Steve Jobs among those curious about what an Apple car would look like. In 2008, not too long after the Apple co-founder introduced the iPhone, Jobs was considering the possibilities of a much bigger gadget, Bloomberg reported. 7 innovations in auto interiors Sun, 8 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST In the digital age, technology is transforming what carmakers can do with interiors. The rise of autonomous driving will change how customers spend their time in the cabin. Nissan joins Toyota, Honda in dropping Takata airbag inflators Sat, 7 Nov 2015 12:24:02 EST Nissan joined Toyota and Honda in saying they won't use key components made by Takata, as more automakers distance themselves from the airbag supplier whose defective devices are behind the biggest ever automotive safety recall. Magna says factory glitches to hurt profit; Q3 revenue, margins decline Thu, 5 Nov 2015 07:29:03 EST Magna International said operational glitches at three of its plants in North America would weigh on its earnings in the current quarter and spill over to the first half of next year. Visteon, with new focus on electronics, swings to small profit Thu, 5 Nov 2015 16:05:35 EST Visteon said today it posted a small but improved profit during the third quarter -- its first quarter as a supplier focused solely on cockpit electronics. Mazda snubs Takata; supplier's survival in doubt Thu, 5 Nov 2015 05:42:18 EST Analysts are openly questioning the survival chances of Takata as more automakers consider no longer using its airbag inflators, which are at the center of a recall crisis. Mercedes to recall 126,260 vehicles in U.S. for airbag flaw Wed, 4 Nov 2015 12:37:37 EST Mercedes-Benz is recalling 126,260 cars for a defect that can cause airbags to inflate unexpectedly without a crash -- or not at all during one. %]