Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:00:00 EST U.S. auto recalls top 60 million as response to defects shift Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:38:42 EST Automobile recalls surpassed the 60 million mark in the United States for the first time in a single year, largely because of the rush to prevent more deaths from defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata airbags. Honda dealers face recall phone blitz Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Suppliers, regulators, automakers and consumers are struggling to understand the scope and implications of a defect in Takata airbags that has led to recalls of millions of vehicles. FCA US recalls 3.3 million more vehicles with Takata airbag inflators Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:49:18 EST FCA US said today it will replace driver-side airbag inflators in as many as 3.3 million more older-model vehicles, in a capitulation to a demand by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:59:43 EST General Motors has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made airbag inflators widens, forcing the automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said today. Cadillac says CT6 rearview mirror will have high-res video Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:00:00 EST Cadillac plans to introduce a rearview mirror embedded with high-resolution streaming video that gives the driver more expansive rearward vision, unobstructed by headrests, passengers and the car's roof or rear pillars. Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:57:36 EST Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers. Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag recall in U.S. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:08:03 EST Ford today expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata airbags with inflators to include about 502,500 vehicles. Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:09:59 EST The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components. Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:27:36 EST Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company's CEO told the Nikkei newspaper. Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:34:29 EST Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests. Volvo to provide 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic, weather information Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:40:40 EST Volvo customers will receive a 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic and weather information when purchasing a 2015 1/2 model equipped with the latest generation of Volvo Sensus Connect, the company's connected car platform, Volvo said Wednesday. Visteon to sell Halla Climate unit stake for $3.6 billion Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:38:06 EST Visteon has agreed to sell a majority stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control to South Korea's Hankook Tire and its investment partner for $3.6 billion, to focus on connected-vehicle solutions and cockpit electronics. Supplier Brose to invest $97.6M in Detroit area expansion, add 388 jobs Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:21:50 EST Brose North America plans to invest $97.6 million to expand at three locations around Detroit, generating 388 new jobs. U.S. prepares for legal battle with Takata over airbag recall Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:33:56 EST U.S. regulators investigating failures of Takata Corp. airbags are preparing for a legal fight in case the Japanese parts maker doesn't comply with a request to expand a recall. Nissan Titan goes big rig Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:00:00 EST Despite lackluster sales, Nissan is giving the Titan another shot. An all-new version of the full-size pickup is scheduled to be shown in Detroit in January at the North American International Auto Show. TRW strikes $440 million deal to shift U.S. pensions Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:49:21 EST TRW Automotive Holdings struck a deal to transfer U.S. pension obligations to MetLife as the maker of auto parts works to limit liabilities. Diamond Electric moves N.A. headquarters to W.Va. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:49:29 EST Japanese supplier Diamond Electric has relocated its North American headquarters to West Virginia from Michigan. The company supplies ignition coils to Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru. Big recalls are a dilemma for us all Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The auto industry, including the National Automobile Dealers Association, SAE International and everyone else, must come up with a comprehensive solution before this happens again. In D.C., Takata finds no friends, just cross hairs Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Years from now, automotive historians will agree that Takata Corp.'s fate in the U.S. was sealed during a congressional hearing on Dec. 3, 2014. Eaton on the prowl for software engineers Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Denso air conditioner designed to fit in any vehicle, save money Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST What if a supplier could design a one-size-fits-all component for all of its customers, a product that would allow major economies of scale? Denso Corp. is trying it with air conditioners. Ford seeks infotainment middle ground Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. Takata tightens screws on suppliers as airbag crisis mounts, report says Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:05:25 EST Takata has begun enforcing tighter quality controls on a group of parts suppliers as the auto safety equipment maker boosts production to replace millions of air bags recalled for a potentially deadly defect, people familiar with the situation told... Whose dashboard is it anyway? Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST When car companies do business with Apple Inc. or Google Inc., they like to say they are dealing with a "partner" -- not a supplier. It's becoming clear that they won't always be silent partners. Chrysler expands airbag recall tally following NHTSA criticism Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:31:19 EST Chrysler Group has agreed to further expand its regional recall of older-model Dodge and Chrysler vehicles equipped with airbag inflators manufactured by Takata -- a week after federal safety regulators criticized the automaker's response to the... Renault-Nissan Alliance shuffles purchasing team Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:04:41 EST The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi, 58, to executive vice president of the two companies' joint purchasing operation. Mazda expands airbag inflator recall Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:52:27 EST Mazda said it will replace driver-side Takata airbag inflators in some 330,000 vehicles in the United States, expanding an earlier effort limited to regions with high humidity. Nissan offers rare peek into battery making Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van. Ford-Getrag JV names new COO Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss. Suppliers hit back against automakers' cost-cut demands Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Relations between automakers and suppliers are deteriorating as vehicle manufacturers seek annual price decreases as high as 10 percent, according to the 2014 Global OEM-Supplier Relations Study conducted by IHS Automotive. Automakers say selection of firm to test Takata inflators will come soon Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:15:00 EST Automakers investigating the scope and cause of sudden ruptures in Takata airbags concluded their first meeting Thursday in metro Detroit without selecting an outside engineering firm to conduct the group's testing. Ford, Magna, Verizon commit $2 million to bring 10 transportation-related startups to Detroit Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:06:33 EST Ford, Magna, and Verizon are sponsoring what is being billed as Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit, an accelerator program to foster innovative transportation-related startups. Honda hiring supplier auditor as Takata airbag crisis grows Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:36:49 EST Honda, the automaker at the center of a global auto-safety crisis, is seeking to hire a senior quality engineer who would lead audits of suppliers' quality assurance. Automakers meet to coordinate Takata airbag testing Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:00:00 EST Several automakers were meeting in metro Detroit today to begin an industrywide investigation into the cause and scope of faulty Takata airbag inflators, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans. Takata patent history shows decades spent seeking safer airbags Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:35:40 EST Airbag patents show researchers probed ways to make the devices more durable and the explosive propellant inside them more stable for decades before Takata products designed to save lives started killing people. Honda planning worldwide recall for Takata airbags, Ito says Tue, 9 Dec 2014 05:53:21 EST Honda President Takanobu Ito said his company is planning to launch a worldwide investigative airbag recall, just days after extending a similar callback in the United States. Mazda recall of Takata airbags to be expanded nationwide Tue, 9 Dec 2014 07:41:04 EST Mazda will soon expand a recall of vehicles in the U.S. involving potentially defective airbags from Takata, the automaker said today. Minority supplier council names former retail executive as new leader Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:37:58 EST The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council has hired Michelle Sourie Robinson as its new CEO. She will succeed Louis Green in the nonprofit's top post, starting January 5. Chrysler poised to invest $266M to expand 8-speed transmission production Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:35:28 EST Chrysler Group plans to invest $266 million into its massive Kokomo Transmission complex in Indiana to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission. Faurecia expects to gain from megasupplier trend Tue, 9 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Faurecia CEO Yann Delabriere expects the trend toward consolidation of the Tier 1 supplier base will continue, supported by two major industry drivers: globalization and technology. U.S. judge stalls Takata class action as jurisdiction gets decided Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:43:38 EST Consumers can't immediately pursue a lawsuit against Takata and multiple carmakers claiming loss of vehicle value tied to airbag recalls while awaiting a decision that would combine more than 50 cases before one judge. Toyota overhauls supply chain to aid randd efforts Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:30:15 EST Toyota is overhauling its Toyota Group supplier network to better support its next generation product platform and develop advanced active safety technologies. Valeo boss says strong portfolio trumps size Tue, 9 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Valeo is countering the trend toward ever-larger suppliers highlighted by ZF's planned acquisition of TRW. The right technology and implementing trends quickly are more important, says Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich. Takata brass waits in the bunker as airbag crisis grows Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Takata promoted Swiss-born Stefan Stocker to president last year to inject global thinking and openness into the insular, family-dominated Japanese supplier. Skills gap imperils small-town auto suppliers Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:36:01 EST Auto suppliers such as Continental Structural Plastics have gravitated to small towns. Takata just doesn't get it Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Takata has become the poster child for how to mishandle recalls and customers. Company executives seem to be stonewalling their automaker customers, then stonewalling federal regulators and, finally, stonewalling Congress. Time to turn off threat and disable recalled airbags Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Dealerships should prepare to turn off potentially explosive airbags. And the government should support that. Trust in Takata to solve crisis is dissolving Sun, 7 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Takata, the world's second-largest supplier of airbag inflators and a company once considered too big to fail, is rapidly losing control of the recall crisis. BMW tackles car sharing in London after Daimler's exit Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST BMW has launched its car-sharing service in London, barely six months after Daimler said it was quitting the city with its service. A strong culture of private car ownership and parking problems make London difficult for car-sharing schemes. NHTSA criticizes Chrysler for limited expansion of recalls Fri, 5 Dec 2014 17:13:09 EST Chrysler Group's decision to limit an expansion of an earlier recall of vehicles with possibly defective passenger-side airbag inflators made by Takata has put drivers at risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's top official said... %]