Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. Cadillac CT6 to pack 34-speaker Bose sound system Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:20:52 EST Cadillac's new flagship sedan will come with a new sound system that will leave nothing uncovered inside the cabin. Tesla presses Japanese battery suppliers to innovate, take risks Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:19:20 EST A Tesla executive courted partners in Japan for its so-called gigafactory, praising local companies for top-notch quality and technology while cautioning against slow decision-making and risk aversion. Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:55:59 EST Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. Pirelli CEO sees strong future with ChemChina, no talks on counterbid Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:07:19 EST Pirelli has a strong future with China National Chemical Corp. and is not talking to others about a possible counterbid, CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said. Takata sued in Canada over airbag-related vehicle recalls Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:31:46 EST Takata, the Japanese supplier whose airbags have been linked to six fatalities globally, has been sued in Canada in three separate cases, it said in a statement today. Pininfarina investor confirms India's Mahindra is interested in buying Italian design company Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:39:23 EST Pininfarina's controlling shareholder, Pincar, confirmed that India's Mahindra and Mahindra has expressed interest in buying the Italian car designer. Mahindra is one of heavily indebted Pininfarina's most important customers. Denso, NGK fined by S. Korea for price-fixing Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:46:59 EST South Korea's antitrust regulator will fine five auto parts firms, including Japan's Denso, NGK Spark Plug and their local units, a total of $3.2 million for fixing prices and rigging bids for engine parts. Alcoa receives committment for $259 million U.S. loan to expand aluminum output Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment to lend Alcoa Inc. Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:30:00 EST Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. Schaeffler's 2014 profit rises by more than half Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:09:53 EST German part supplier Schaeffler said its operating profit jumped by more than 50 percent to 1.52 billion euros ($1.67 billion) in 2014 because of robust demand for cars in U.S. and China. Its operating margin climbed to 12.6 percent in 2014 from 9. Delphi employees killed in France plane crash Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:26:24 EST Two Spain-based Delphi employees were among the 150 victims of a plane crash in a remote part of the French Alps. The employees were traveling to a meeting in Germany. New generation of cheaper batteries adds power to hybrids, cut fuel use Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST A new generation of hybrid cars that combine electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for automakers and consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient. Detroit Diesel to invest $208 million in Mich. plant upgrades, create 245 jobs Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:04:38 EST Detroit Diesel Corp. plans to upgrade its nearly 75-year-old manufacturing plant in suburban Detroit. TRW in talks with India's Amtek to sell suspension business, reports say Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:29:24 EST Amtek Auto, an Indian car parts maker, is among companies in talks to acquire TRW's suspension business, people familiar with the matter said. Former GM Europe chief Forster will lead UK taxi builder Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Auto industry veteran Carl-Peter Forster, who once headed GM Europe and Tata Motors, is new board chairman at London Taxi Company, which builds the UK's iconic black cabs. India's Mahindra said to be in talks to buy car designer Pininfarina Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:49:35 EST Mahindra and Mahindra, India's largest maker of SUVs, is in talks to buy Italian auto design and engineering company Pininfarina SpA, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Honda hires U.S. engineering firm Exponent to investigate Takata airbags Mon, 23 Mar 2015 06:21:40 EST Honda has hired Exponent, a U.S. engineering consulting company enlisted by Toyota during its recall crisis in 2010, to investigate the cause of ruptures in some airbags made by Takata. Pirelli to be bought by ChemChina in $7.7 billion deal Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:37:25 EST China National Chemical will buy into Pirelli in a $7.7 billion deal that would place one of the symbols of Italy's manufacturing industry in Chinese hands. But the bid may turn into a protracted takeover battle. An Audi obstacle, and a lesson in creating self-driving cars Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The tale of an Audi prototype and a piece of desert tumbleweed illustrates one of the most daunting challenges in designing self-driving cars: teaching them to deal with the unexpected. Is a focused, all-in Visteon now stable? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST When Tim Leuliette steps down as CEO of Visteon Corp. late this year, he will leave behind a company working in just one major product sector: cockpit electronics. That's a radical change for Ford Motor Co.' Honda recalls 104,000 vehicles for inflators Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda Motor Co. last week added more than 100,000 vehicles in the U.S. to existing recalls for flawed airbag inflators made by Takata Corp. Automakers must learn to be better supplier customers Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST It's no secret that automakers are striving to obtain advanced features from suppliers before their rivals get them. Automakers see Apple Watch as chance to widen acceptance of connected-car features Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Smartwatches are in their early days, but automakers see the rollout of the Apple Watch as a seminal moment. Why a Japanese supplier is upping its game Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Aisin Seiki, the world's fifth biggest auto supplier, is doubling the size of its global design division as it expands into new products and targets new customers. How Faurecia made over a Visteon relic Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Faurecia knew it had a big job converting a castoff Visteon plant it bought in 2012 in Michigan into a profitable operation. In era of streaming music, radio rocks on Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Radio has proved incredibly resilient, and the auto industry has taken notice, investing in digital radio even as CD players disappear from the dash. This year in the U.S. Navistar deal shows UAW president's pragmatism Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The UAW's latest pact with Navistar -- including a raise for workers and changes that embrace lean manufacturing to aid the company's turnaround -- signals the pragmatic approach new union chief Dennis Williams is expected to deploy in talks later... That vroom-vroom #8230; is it real or digital? Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:03:28 EST The sound of a car's exhaust is its sonic signature. But there's something about outright digitally manufactured sound that crosses a line in the sand for those who like their tailpipes to sound pure and natural. Guess that tune: Will these digital exhaust notes trick you? Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:43:50 EST Here are three car exhaust sounds generated by Faurecia, being played over a BMW 328i 2.0 liter 4-cylinder. Can you identify which engine makes the sound? Japan far outpaces U.S. in replacing Takata airbag parts Fri, 20 Mar 2015 06:49:28 EST As automakers plead with U.S. customers to fix potentially deadly Takata airbags, recalls in Japan are drawing much stronger responses, with more than two-thirds of the total already repaired. India's Mahindra stills wants to sell in the U.S. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:24:17 EST Pawan Goenka has not given up on the idea of entering the US auto market. Honda adds more vehicles to U.S. recalls on Takata airbag flaws Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:24:00 EST Honda added about 100,000 vehicles in the United States to existing recalls for flawed airbags made by Takata after discovering it hadn't properly identified these models as being produced for the market. Magna plans $135 million exterior parts plant in Mexico Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:37:43 EST Magna International plans a $135 million plant in Queretaro, Mexico, to produce molded and painted exterior parts such as fascias and rocker panels. Spain's Gestamp surged when main rivals slumped Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Spanish supplier Gestamp will continue along the growth path it started down when the auto industry was hit by the last financial crisis when it went on an expansion spree that boosted its operations in markets as far apart as Germany and China. Ford taps Microsoft to handle wireless software updates Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:00:00 EST Ford, seeking to beam down wireless software updates to its next generation of cars, has assigned the task to an old, familiar friend: Microsoft. U.S. judge taps lead lawyers for Takata airbag cases Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:30:10 EST Four plaintiffs' lawyers, including high-profile attorney David Boies, were appointed by a federal judge to lead civil litigation against Takata and several automakers for injuries caused by allegedly faulty airbags. Self-driving cars will prove safer than humans, Musk says Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:54:09 EST It may become illegal for humans to take the wheel once self-driving cars have proven themselves, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said. Nissan plans $160 million supplier park in Tenn. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:48:07 EST Nissan plans to add more than 1,000 supplier jobs at its Tennessee operations as part of a $160 million supplier park project. Game-changing suppliers seek PACE Awards Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST With pressure mounting to save fuel, cut weight, improve safety and connect to the Internet, automakers increasingly are turning to major suppliers for solutions. Why suppliers need to think differently or face extinction Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:56:17 EST Auto suppliers need to have a plan that accounts for likely scenarios 10 years from now that may include Silicon Valley giants engineering cars that drive themselves. This is no small change. Valeo open to acquisitions in growth areas Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:08:22 EST Valeo is open to acquisitions that could bolster its product offerings in high-growth areas such as fuel efficiency and autonomous driving, CEO Jacques Aschenbroich said. Visteon CEO Leuliette to leave by year-end Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:39:22 EST Auto supplier Visteon said today that CEO Tim Leuliette will step down as head of the company by the end of this year as soon as a successor is named. Audi, Mercedes execs bullish on self-driving cars Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg believe autonomous driving is the next big thing. Today's Delphi focuses on smart technology, software Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Delphi Automotive's brain trust thinks it has a winning business strategy -- smart technology with a heavy dose of software -- and it's likely to stick with that plan under its new CEO. A123 shifts focus to rebound from bankruptcy Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST A123 CEO Jason Forcier says he is focusing on starter batteries. O'Neal's goal: Smaller but stronger Delphi Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST When Delphi Automotive took journalists for rides in its driverless Audi SQ45 this winter during the International CES, the retrofitted crossover wasn't restricted to the highway. Nissan plants and suppliers ready to meet Ghosn's 8% target Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan has up to 400,000 units of Japanese factory capacity standing at the ready to help the automaker meet CEO Carlos Ghosn's mission to capture 8 percent of the world's auto market in 2017. GM steps up supplier courtship Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST GM purchasing chief Steve Kiefer's courtship of suppliers at an awards ceremony underscores how heavily General Motors and its rivals are leaning on their supply base for innovation. China's BYD takes aim at Tesla in battery factory race Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:04:14 EST Chinese automaker BYD aims to triple its production of batteries as it takes on Tesla Motors in the race to supply electric vehicles and boost energy storage. %]