Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:00:00 EST U.S. seeks to expedite Takata airbag replacements Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:28:19 EST The U.S. Department of Transportation today said it will press the auto industry to accelerate the pace of replacements for defective Takata airbag inflators and signaled a likely widening of the industry's largest ever recall. Detroit wants to maintain control of technological advances Fri, 9 Dec 2016 15:42:48 EST Detroit is willing to let Silicon Valley into the car, but it's not ready to hand over the keys. Former Mitsubishi plant in Ill. may house startup automaker Fri, 9 Dec 2016 12:20:45 EST The former Mitsubishi assembly plant in Normal, Ill., soon could be purchased by little-known startup automotive firm Rivian Automotive. PSA scouts for startups to counter Silicon Valley threat Fri, 9 Dec 2016 06:12:07 EST PSA is ramping up its venture-capital investments to compete against tech companies such as Apple and Uber as it seeks to gain access to technologies for next-generation cars, from ride-sharing apps to batteries and cloud computing. BMW selects Magna to replace Lear for X5, X6 seating business in S.C. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:04:54 EST Magna International will replace Lear as the seat supplier to the BMW X5 and X6 with seats manufactured in its new Spartanburg, S.C., seating plant. Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. Confused? So was I until I strapped a $5,000 computer on my head and entered into the world of augmented reality (AR). Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. Confused? So was I until I strapped a $5,000 computer on my head and entered into the world of augmented reality (AR). German supplier Brose breaks ground on China plant to supply VW, Volvo, JLR Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST German supplier Brose started construction on a factory in Taicang in east China's Jiangsu province to supply carmakers in the region including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen Group, Volvo and Geely. Samsung SDI to supply batteries for startup Lucid Motors' EVs Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:47:39 EST Lucid Motors, a California-based, EV startup, said it will partner with Samsung SDI as a major supplier for the lithium ion battery cells in its sedan set to debut next week. Knorr-Bremse wins Haldex takeover battle against ZF Wed, 7 Dec 2016 05:52:17 EST German supplier Knorr-Bremse has won the first stage of its battle to take over Haldex by obtaining 86.1 percent of the brake systems firm's shares. Knorr's offer is still conditional on the company obtaining clearance from antitrust regulators. ZF to sell body control systems division Wed, 7 Dec 2016 08:27:33 EST German supplier ZF will sell its body control systems division as it seeks to shed assets it no longer deems essential after its takeover of rival TRW. Harman's first bet after Samsung deal is car dashboard projector Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:51:58 EST Harman invested in a startup that makes projection displays that sit in front of car windshields, signalling a new area it plans to explore under the ownership of Samsung Electronics Co. AutoNews Now: GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg; More cars get rear-seat alert; Infiniti expects sales record; Mazda's one-two punch; Report: Renault-Nissan powertrain shakeup; Chevy Blazer spied? Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:01:50 EST Visteon said today it appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler AG as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) development. Can Lucid succeed where others have failed? Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Lucid Motors' luxury EV prototype feels like an entirely viable product. But the car and the company are venturing into an automotive landscape littered with startups that promised to be the real thing. Lear venture advances on 3 projects Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Lear says it is partnering with three automakers to bring advance-concept vehicle seating to market as early as 2019 through its Crafted by Lear pilot program. Panasonic in final talks to buy headlight maker ZKW, report says Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:12:32 EST Panasonic is in the final stages of talks to buy Austrian automotive headlight maker ZKW Group for up to $1 billion, accelerating its push into the automotive electronics market, the Nikkei business daily reported today. Check out the ANE monthly magazine for December Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at what Chinese automakers have done to put themselves in position to succeed in Europe after a decade of failures. Mercedes van plant opens door to suppliers Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Daimler converts a U.S. kit factory to a bona fide vehicle assembly plant -- and creates a new scenario for local Mercedes parts. Autos will be key for Trump's success Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST President-elect Donald Trump is at the start of one of the toughest acts in politics: making the pivot from campaigning to governing. One thing he'll need for success is a vibrant auto industry. Apple signals a readiness to join the self-driving car race Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:06:25 EST Apple is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles. Mexico prepares its defense of NAFTA Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement as Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House. ANE's December issue goes live Monday Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 5. The new edition looks at what Chinese automakers have done to put themselves in position to succeed in Europe after a decade of failures. Denso to help study car-sharing technologies in Mich. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:54:02 EST Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso and the University of Michigan-Dearborn said Thursday a car-sharing technology study would take place on the university's campus. European auto sector surges in Q3 Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:35:43 EST Europe's automakers, suppliers and retailers rebounded in the third quarter after a dismal six-month stretch for their shareholder values, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services Shareholder Value... GKN Driveline sees big gains for awd business on global success of SUVs Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:10:48 EST The automotive arm of British engineering firm GKN is in an enviable position as profits rise and growing global sales of SUVs boost demand for its all-wheel-drive systems. ZF to sell 20% Haldex stake to Knorr-Bremse Thu, 1 Dec 2016 04:35:41 EST ZF said it had agreed to sell a 20 percent stake in Swedish brake systems firm Haldex to rival German bidder Knorr-Bremse. Trump plans to nominate Wilbur Ross to head U.S. Commerce Department Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:55:53 EST President-elect Donald Trump said today he plans to nominate billionaire investor and auto supplier executive Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary and Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, as deputy Commerce secretary. Adient to spend $75 million to buy, renovate new headquarters in Detroit Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:13:52 EST Adient said today it has acquired the Marquette Building in downtown Detroit -- walking distance from Cobo Center, the home of the Detroit auto show -- for its new global headquarters. Takata shares slump after influential day trader tweets he sold shares Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:39:49 EST Takata, finalizing a buyer after spurring record auto industry recalls, fell in Tokyo trading after a Japanese day trader told his more than 103,000 Twitter followers he sold shares in the airbag maker. First Shift: Toyota boss takes charge of EV push Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:30:00 EST Toyota boss takes charge of EV push; Chao nomination praised, Ross expected to get Commerce nod; Ford reveals Fiesta; VW hearing delayed; Snyder: The price of sales ambition. International Harvester Scout blazes early trail for SUVs Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:30:00 EST International Harvester's first Scout rolls off the line at the company's Fort Wayne, Ind., plant on Nov. 30, 1960. VW stake in carbon-fiber maker SGL will fall after new share issue Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:11:06 EST Volkswagen Group will not buy into a new share issue by SGL, reducing its stake in the German carbon-fiber maker and allowing rival BMW Group more control over one of its key materials suppliers. Delphi taps Intel for chips in self-driving technology Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:15:00 EST Delphi Automotive has formed a partnership with Intel Corp. to use Intel chips for a technology package being developed for self-driving vehicles. Late next year, Intel will start delivering computer chips to run Delphi's decision-making software . Amnon Shashua Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST The co-founder and chief technology officer of Mobileye stood up to Tesla's public attacks, countering that Tesla was "pushing the envelope in terms of safety" and asserting that Mobileye argued against Tesla's decision to allow its Autopilot system... Ford steps up effort to hire people with autism Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. is expanding a program to employ adults with autism, bringing on an additional 12 to 24 hires next year. Jaguar I-Pace to be built by Magna Steyr Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar, a British brand owned by an Indian company, will use a Canadian-owned contract manufacturer to build full-electric crossovers in Austria. American Axle's Dauch defends Metaldyne deal Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Analysts say David Dauch's acquisition of Metaldyne is ill-timed. Dauch says they're wrong. Trump expected to tap Wilbur Ross for Commerce post Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:47:22 EST President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate as secretary of commerce investor Wilbur Ross, who became a billionaire by acquiring and restructuring troubled companies, according to a person familiar with the transition planning. Infineon reports 2% fall in quarterly operating profit Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:56:15 EST German chip maker Infineon reported a 2 percent drop in quarterly profit today, but raised its medium-term operating margin target to 17 percent from 15 percent as the company expects to benefit from favorable currency conditions and the acquisition... Takata narrows buyer bids to Autoliv, Key Safety Systems Tue, 22 Nov 2016 03:53:15 EST Takata has narrowed a list of bidders to Autoliv and Key Safety Systems for a final round of negotiations, moving the airbag maker a step a closer to securing a buyer to steer it through biggest safety recall crisis in automotive history, Bloomberg... ArcelorMittal to open plant near GM in Detroit, create at least 120 jobs Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:21:12 EST ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks, a unit of Luxembourg steel producer ArcelorMittal, plans to spend $83 million to set up a manufacturing plant in Detroit and create at least 120 jobs over five years, the state of Michigan said Tuesday. Michigan awards $2 million to Adient for Detroit headquarters move, 115 new jobs Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:59:47 EST The state of Michigan is backing auto seat maker Adient in its bid to move its corporate headquarters to Detroit, awarding the company a $2 million grant in exchange for 115 new jobs. There's room on the road for all ZEVs Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Given the challenges we face progressing toward a cleaner transportation future, pitting fuel cell vehicles against battery electric vehicles is detrimental to advancing all zero emission vehicles and meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals. KKR to buy Nissan-backed supplier Calsonic for up to $4.5 billion Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:48:12 EST U.S. buyout firm KKR and Co. is buying Nissan Motor-backed auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei for up to 498.3 billion yen ($4.5 billion) in its biggest deal in Japan, seizing on a rare chance there to do a multi-billion dollar purchase. Toyota seeks to smooth supply stream Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Sean Suggs, vice president of manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, spoke with News Editor Lindsay Chappell during last month's Southern Automotive Conference. Wilbur Ross vetted for key posts in Trump cabinet Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:13:02 EST Wilbur Ross, who launched automotive supplier IAC Group in 2006, is under consideration by President-elect Donald Trump for two key cabinet positions, according to several reports. 5 survival keys for the industry disruption ahead Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers and suppliers need to open up and collaborate to avoid being swept aside by more agile companies. Samsung-Harman deal could speed infotainment advances Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST The union of consumer giant Samsung Electronics Co. and automotive leader Harman International Industries will speed up developments in future vehicle infotainment products. Crain, MSX will hold auto tech summit in 2017 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Crain Communications Inc., the publisher of Automotive News, will team with MSX International to hold an automotive technology summit next September.