Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 29 May 2015 06:00:00 EST Ford F-150 output pinched by frame shortage, workers say Fri, 29 May 2015 11:55:35 EST Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official. Harman acquires Bang and Olufsen Automotive Fri, 29 May 2015 16:13:52 EST Harman Industrial Industries, a supplier of infotainment, audio and software services, said today it has completed the $156 million acquisition of Bang and Olufsen Automotive, a supplier of audio products to luxury automakers. American Axle may land tenants for Detroit site Fri, 29 May 2015 14:15:52 EST American Axle and Manufacturing is in talks with prospective manufacturing tenants to be located at its former manufacturing grounds near the company's Detroit headquarters. German automakers fear possible UK exit from EU Fri, 29 May 2015 04:42:51 EST As the UK prepares to make a decision on its future within the EU, German companies are beginning to count the cost of a possible exit, with automakers such as BMW possibly having the most to lose. ANE's June e-magazine goes live Monday Fri, 29 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, June 1. This month's edition looks at why Europe's stronger-than-expected sales rebound is not expected to provide an equally large boost to profits. Key Safety ramps up airbag inflator production Thu, 28 May 2015 16:10:46 EST Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems said today it will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December. Honda expands airbag recall in Japan Thu, 28 May 2015 04:32:46 EST The global Takata airbag recall widened again today with Honda calling back another quarter million vehicles in Japan equipped with possibly defective airbag inflators. BMW recalls vehicles with Takata airbags Thu, 28 May 2015 15:31:27 EST BMW is recalling 420,661 vehicles in the U.S. due to issues involving Takata airbags. The automaker is recalling 20 models to replace driver-side front airbag inflators. Apple exec adds to chatter that tech company is working on a car Thu, 28 May 2015 05:29:25 EST Apple has increased speculation that it will use its massive cash reserves to work on a car after a senior company executive said a car would be the "ultimate mobile device" when asked about new products at a technology conference. FCA, Ford, Honda expand Takata airbag recalls Thu, 28 May 2015 14:17:48 EST Following Takata's admission last week that its defective airbags were in millions of U.S. vehicles, Fiat Chrysler will add more than 1.8 million vehicles vehicles to its Takata recalls while Ford will add more than 950,000 to its campaigns. Opel will offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay Thu, 28 May 2015 05:24:34 EST Opel will offer Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay across its model range as part of the brand's goal of becoming a leader in car connectivity. New Mich. group wants to take driverless-car mantle from Silicon Valley Wed, 27 May 2015 07:01:06 EST Detroit put the world on wheels and should be the place that takes the driver out of the driver's seat, according to a coalition of Michigan business leaders and politicians. Apple exec calls car 'ultimate mobile device' Wed, 27 May 2015 14:35:49 EST A senior Apple executive said developing a car would be the "ultimate mobile device" when asked about new products at a technology conference today. How suppliers can seize new opportunities in Mexico Wed, 27 May 2015 10:10:03 EST Major automakers from around the globe are establishing or expanding operations in Mexico, and that means new challenges -- and opportunities -- for automotive suppliers. Valeo expects higher sales, profits this year Wed, 27 May 2015 06:05:17 EST Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich reiterated that the supplier's sales in 2015 will outpace growth in global markets. Aschenbroich expects an operating margin slightly higher than the 7.2 percent margin in 2014. Supplier EFI Automotive opens N.A. headquarters in Alabama Tue, 26 May 2015 17:05:58 EST French supplier EFI Automotive opened its first North American headquarters, in Elkmont, Ala., after spending $2.5 million to expand the site of its plant there. House panel sets hearing on Takata recalls Tue, 26 May 2015 15:19:24 EST A House of Representatives panel has called a June 2 hearing to probe the Takata airbag recalls that last week mushroomed to cover 34 million vehicles. NGK says 2 execs retired before price-fixing indictments Tue, 26 May 2015 14:38:47 EST Two former executives with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug had retired before they were indicted Thursday on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold to some automakers in the US... Hyundai wins race to offer Android Auto Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EST Hyundai has become the first car company to offer Google's new Android Auto interface by launching it in the 2015 Sonata. Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. Lear: 'Facts speak for themselves' Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Recently, you may have seen some allegations in the media by the UAW about unfair labor practices or unsafe working conditions at Lear. Those allegations are untrue. Daimler, Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging Sat, 23 May 2015 16:43:48 EST Daimler formed a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables. Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plants Fri, 22 May 2015 04:31:51 EST Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. Audi open to others joining bid for Nokia mapping unit Fri, 22 May 2015 09:34:52 EST Audi could imagine more bidders for Nokia's HERE maps business, the automaker's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said. Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru add more cars to Takata airbag recall Fri, 22 May 2015 05:04:52 EST Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries said they would recall about 715,000 more cars equipped with airbag inflators made by parts supplier Takata. NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall Thu, 21 May 2015 11:54:45 EST Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged on Tuesday that parts contained in nearly 34 million U.S. U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit added to Takata criminal case Thu, 21 May 2015 10:50:09 EST US prosecutors in Detroit have joined the federal probe into Takata's defective airbag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally. U.S. indicts 2 execs from NGK for price-fixing Thu, 21 May 2015 13:39:13 EST One current and one former executive with Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug were indicted today on a charge of conspiring to fix prices of spark plugs, standard oxygen sensors and air fuel ratio sensors sold in the United States, the Justice... Fixing Takata fiasco must become top priority Thu, 21 May 2015 14:30:50 EST The Takata airbag crisis continues to mushroom into the largest safety recall disaster in auto industry history. That's no small feat just a year after the General Motors ignition switch scandal. German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report says Thu, 21 May 2015 10:48:23 EST Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said. Can Takata survive historic U.S. airbag recall? Thu, 21 May 2015 06:53:41 EST Automakers have largely stood behind airbag component maker Takata, taking the hit to their own reputations from a series of recalls related to the Japanese company's products that began in 2008. That loyalty is about to be put to the test. Consumers overwhelm NHTSA website Thu, 21 May 2015 07:29:50 EST Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible. Schaeffler Q1 profit buoyed by vehicle demand, weak euro Thu, 21 May 2015 05:41:51 EST German supplier Schaeffler reported a 3.8 percent rise in quarterly operating profit because of robust demand from carmakers in the U.S. and China as well as the effects of a weaker euro. Timeline of Takata airbag recalls Wed, 20 May 2015 07:05:42 EST Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata. Autoliv ready to pump up capacity to meet Takata replacement inflator demand Wed, 20 May 2015 06:30:43 EST Swedish auto safety gear maker Autoliv said today that it is ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata acknowledged its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective. Autoliv is ready to increase capacity after Takata expands recall Wed, 20 May 2015 05:10:52 EST Swedish supplier Autoliv said it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators. Takata recall poses dilemma for U.S. backing untested fix Wed, 20 May 2015 06:48:32 EST Takata's latest recall leaves U.S. regulators with a dilemma: swap defective airbags with parts that may be no safer than the original ones, or shoulder automakers with replacing 34 million vehicles. Takata changed design of its airbags in 2008, report says Wed, 20 May 2015 06:32:06 EST Troubled airbag supplier Takata began changing the safety devices in 2008 to reduce the risk that humidity would cause them to deploy abnormally, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. More replacement airbag production planned, Takata says Wed, 20 May 2015 13:25:25 EST Takata said it plans to boost production of parts needed to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators that could spray vehicle occupants with metal shards. Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing Wed, 20 May 2015 13:49:42 EST Embattled airbag supplier Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators ruptured in the company's testing since September. Honda works smart to fill UK plant Wed, 20 May 2015 04:52:39 EST Honda has reduced the problem of drastic undercapacity at its factory in Swindon, England, after the automaker's production took a hit from Europe's economic slump, by inviting suppliers to utilize the empty space. Borgward revival led by former Daimler China boss Tue, 19 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Borgward named former Daimler China boss Ulrich Walker as its CEO as the company prepares to resurrect the German brand with Chinese backing. Takata acknowledges defect in airbags Tue, 19 May 2015 14:15:00 EST After months of pressure from U.S. regulators, Takata Corp. Continental to buy Elektrobit auto unit in bid to boost autonomous tech Tue, 19 May 2015 05:07:39 EST Continental will buy the automotive business of Finnish software and hardware company Elektrobit Oyj for 600 million euros ($680 million) as the German company seeks to strengthen its position in automated driving technology. The easiest path to good supplier relations? Meet your targets! Tue, 19 May 2015 11:30:06 EST After seeing the latest "Henke Report" on supplier-OEM relations, I strongly suspect that the biggest thing that automakers could do to win a little supplier love is fundamental: Issue accurate volume forecasts. A new golden age for high performance Tue, 19 May 2015 11:30:00 EST Forget the 1960s. Now is the golden age of performance. Lynn Tilton, Patriarch Partners named in investor fraud suit Mon, 18 May 2015 18:22:24 EST Lynn Tilton, the CEO of Dura Automotive and the so-called Diva of Distressed who's already defending SEC claims of overcharging customers by almost $200 million in fees, must now answer fraud allegations brought by her clients. More suppliers join active-safety fray Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST You might think that the market for collision avoidance systems - with their complex mix of radar, cameras, processors and software - would be dominated by a handful of mega-suppliers. In the eyes of suppliers, Toyota and Honda surge Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST As far as North American suppliers are concerned, Toyota and Honda are the gold standard, while Ford, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors are also-rans. That's the takeaway from John Henke's latest study of supplier-automaker relations. Fight for Nokia map unit may set industry's course Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The quest for control of the mapping company Nokia Here is shaping up as a fight between competing visions for the future of the automobile, as well as an old-school industry battle for control of the supply base. %]