Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST Lear CEO says he's not planning run for Mich. governor Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:45:26 EST The rumors continue to circulate: Will Lear CEO Matt Simoncini run for governor of Michigan? He says there are no such plans. Bosch, Mahle to bail out of turbochargers JV Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:19:05 EST Mahle and Robert Bosch plan to sell their turbocharger partnership, citing a failure to achieve economies of scale despite strong sales growth. First Shift: Wal-Mart jumps into car sales Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:15:00 EST Wal-Mart jumps into car sales; Ford Credit launches online buying, financing; Penske ends no-haggle pilot; Google search exec joins Uber; Nissan, Hyundai-Kia join fleet elite. Cheaper lidar on the way Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Lidar sensing technology is perceived as a critical component for autonomous vehicles, but is too costly to use. Some suppliers say they finally know how to produce lidar less expensively. Calsonic Kansei takes top Shareholder Value Awards Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Calsonic Kansei Corp., of Japan, grabbed both the one- and three-year crowns in the 2016 Global Automotive Shareholder Value Award from PwC and Automotive News, presented at the Automotive News World Congress Jan. 11. Denso changes its recruiting as needs widen Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Denso's new strategy for filling engineering vacancies: recruit engineers in Detroit and dispatch them all over the country. Yanfeng to invest in new HQ, tech center near Detroit Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:43:25 EST Yanfeng Automotive Interiors plans to invest $8.45 million in a new technical center and headquarters, which the supplier is moving to the Detroit suburb of Novi. Engineering firm ABB to build $90 million r&d operation in Montreal Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:59:59 EST Swiss engineering firm ABB plans to build a $90-million randd center in Montréal, where Canadians will help develop some of the next-generation technologies for electric vehicles. First Shift: Trump, trade, confidence and CARB Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:30:00 EST Autos and Trump: Ghosn talks consumer confidence, Germany insists on trade compliance, Calif. digs in on EVs; BMW design chief leaving?; 13 automakers issue Takata inflator recalls. BMW said to plan more purchasing with Daimler Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:18:10 EST BMW plans to expand its cooperation with Daimler in purchasing components, the automaker's new head of purchasing, Markus Duesmann, told a German newspaper. Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe http://www.autonews.com Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2015. Output is expected to peak at more than 80,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive. UK looks to ensure best EU market access for 'key' auto industry Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:47:52 EST Britain's car industry is a key part of the economy and the government is looking to ensure the best possible EU market access after the country quits the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said. Another round of Takata airbag recalls filed by 13 automakers Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:21:53 EST More than a dozen automakers this week recalled another 652,000 vehicles with Takata airbag inflators in the U.S. Icahn to gain full control of Federal-Mogul with $300 million deal Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:10:33 EST Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, after nearly a year of posturing with Federal-Mogul's shareholders, will take full ownership of the diversified auto parts supplier in a roughly $300 million deal. First Shift: Winterkorn apologizes, defends tenure Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:30:00 EST Winterkorn apologizes, defends VW tenure; Report: Takata bidders seek restructuring in Japan; EPA nominee pledges to review ruling; Hyundai's on-the-fly ad; Future role of brands. Panasonic aims to move Tesla auto partnership beyond batteries Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:32:30 EST Panasonic aims to extend its partnership with electric car maker Tesla Motors beyond batteries and into self-driving technology, as the Japanese conglomerate continues to shift its focus to the automotive business. Takata's remaining two bidders to seek court-led turnaround in Japan, report says Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:24:46 EST Takata's two remaining bidders plan to propose a court-mediated turnaround for the Japanese operations of the troubled airbag supplier, the Nikkei business daily reported. AutoNews Now: Supplying jobs by shifting into park Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:15:00 EST How GM creates supply jobs by shifting into park; SEC fines GM; Amazon patents tech for autonomous commutes; Jag E-Pace spied; Mini Countryman gets the Works; Loyalty awards. GM's $1 billion investment plan to take toll on American Axle Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:36:02 EST General Motors' plan to invest $1 billion into U.S. factories and add thousands of jobs comes at the expense of one Detroit supplier. Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra http://www.autonews.com Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Ellesmere Port, England, in October the same year. Yanfeng envisions a lounge on wheels Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is preparing for the day when people need more to do in a car than drive. Continental-Nexteer JV targets self-driving cars Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Now that automakers are preparing to roll out driverless cars in the next three to five years, suppliers are forming alliances to offer a complete product portfolio. Linamar CEO urges unity against tariffs Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Suppliers from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. need to come together and make a case against import tariffs to the incoming Trump administration sooner rather than later, Linamar Corp. CEO Linda Hasenfratz said. Magna puts doors on a diet Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST While suppliers lined up at the Detroit auto show to showcase their involvement in autonomous-drive and connected-car technologies, Magna International reminded the industry that automakers are still hungry to reduce vehicle weight for improved fuel... Facial-recognition technology comes to the car Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In a car-sharing economy, how does a vehicle recognize which motorist is in the driver's seat? Judging by Chrysler's Portal electric minivan concept, the answer may be facial recognition. Suppliers say recruits are demanding more money Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Suppliers have their work cut out for them in 2017 when it comes to hiring talent. The man who assembled Tesla's supply base Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Peter Carlsson was a Swedish purchasing executive in cellphones and computer chips before taking over procurement and supply chain management for Tesla Motors in 2011. Aisin Seiki reboots for electric age Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Aisin Seiki Co., the massive Toyota Group supplier of transmissions and powertrain components, is looking long term, and the company doesn't necessarily like what it sees. Suppliers' pitch: We're one-stop shops Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The complexity of self-driving vehicles has created a golden opportunity for key suppliers to market themselves as one-stop shops for automakers. Number to watch: 604 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST A settlement pool of $604 million is awaiting final court approval to be distributed to consumers in an auto parts price-fixing class-action lawsuit. Toyota's line into Trump: Mike Pence Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Broadsided by this month's Trump tweet targeting Toyota, the Japanese carmaker's president, Akio Toyoda, is wasting no time in appealing to the new administration. AutoNews Now: Takata to plead guilty, accept $1B fine Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:45:00 EST Takata to plead guilty: $1 billion U.S. fine, 3 indictments, Feinberg to oversee payouts; FCA faces U.S. criminal probe - report; EPA lets 2025 mpg rules stand; Traffic deaths rise. Mobility business could make room for everyone Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:46:11 EST In a future filled with mobility services and self-driving vehicles, some executives say there will be room for everyone. Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world' Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by batteries and that can drive themselves. First Shift: Imagining a hybrid Ford future Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:15:00 EST Imagining a hybrid Ford future; Takata expected to plead guilty in $1B U.S. settlement, Ford, Toyota expand recalls; Civic homecoming; Warning for VW execs; Buick Super Bowl plans. Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world' Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by batteries and that can drive themselves. Takata to plead guilty, pay victims and automakers in $1 billion deal, reports say Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:50:46 EST Takata is expected to agree to plead guilty to fraud charges Friday as part of a $1 billion settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve the government's investigation into deadly air bag ruptures, sources said. Ford expands Takata airbag recall, now affects 3 million vehicles Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:22:43 EST Ford will recall about 816,000 vehicles as it widened previous actions affecting models with Takata airbags. Ford owes suppliers payouts after Mexico car plant aborted Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:10:18 EST Ford is working on a plan to compensate parts makers that were preparing to supply the plant the company canceled last week and will return the land to the government of Mexico, an executive said. First Shift: An 'interesting' time at Ford Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:45:00 EST An 'interesting' time at Ford; Honda's Mendel sounds alarm on long loans, fleet sales, spiffs; Uber view on autonomy; Border-tax idea called 'troubling.' Suppliers compelled to think simpler Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:31:06 EST While it may seem counterintuitive, connected, self-driving vehicles are forcing suppliers to simplify their components. Linamar CEO says suppliers must press case against tariffs Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:53:43 EST Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz said the so-called border tax that President-elect Donald Trump has threatened against automakers such as Ford, General Motors and even Toyota would be detrimental to business. First Shift: Nissan's 'big, hairy, audacious goals' Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:45:00 EST Nissan's Munoz on unhappy dealers and 'big, hairy, audacious goals'; NADA exec decries 'trust-killers'; Rosekind's tip for next NHTSA boss; Audi, video games and self-driving cars. Tesla taps Apple engineer for Autopilot software Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:52:45 EST Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc. has hired a key Apple Inc. software engineer to oversee its Autopilot self-driving software efforts, Tesla said in a blog post Tuesday. Yanfeng reimagines the interior for autonomous driving Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST A major Chinese supplier is reimagining vehicle interiors for the day when motorists may not have to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. German supplier ZF to create 800 U.S. jobs, mostly in Michigan Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:39:52 EST German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen plans to create as many as 800 jobs with most of them being filled in Michigan, CEO Stefan Sommer said Tuesday at the Detroit auto show. Magna says ultralight automotive door cuts weight by 42.5% Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:13:10 EST Magna International created a vehicle door that is almost half the weight of the average door, the supplier said Monday at the Detroit auto show. AutoMobili-D serves as bellwether for new mobility technology Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:00:09 EST The auto industry, as technology makes transportation more accessible, is drawing new entrants to the market with pie-in-the-sky plans to save the world. FBI arrests Volkswagen exec on fraud charges Mon, 9 Jan 2017 02:39:26 EST The FBI arrested a VW Group executive on charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S.. Oliver Schmidt, who headed the company's regulatory compliance office in the U.S., was arrested by federal investigators in Florida. Bain closes on purchase of MSX International Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:30:12 EST Boston-based Bain Capital Private Equity has closed on its purchase of MSX International for an undisclosed amount.