Automotive News Supplier News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:00:00 EST Grupo Antolin completes purchase of Magna interiors unit Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:33:25 EST Grupo Antolin closed on its acquisition of Canadian auto supplier Magna International Inc.'s interiors operations today in a deal valued at about $525 million. Automakers' high tech collects dust Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST According to J.D. Power's first Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report, at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners never have used 16 of the 33 technology features measured. Denso goes green with center to grow algae-based biofuel Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso, better known for its fuel injectors, air-conditioners and electronics, will open a large testing center in Japan to develop biofuel from algae. Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerative braking and new automatic transmissions. Will automakers go for Gorilla Glass? Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Gorilla Glass, the tough, lightweight, scratch-resistant glass made by Corning and used on the screens of billions of smartphones and tablets, is getting closer to being used in windshields and other glass apertures of light vehicles. GM's Duramax V-8 engine to power U.S. Army's Humvee replacement Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:45:00 EST GM's powertrain division will supply the engine for the successor to the Army's Humvee -- a deal that could see GM deliver as many as 55,000 diesel V-8 engines. Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:43:33 EST German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars. ZF says TRW integration on track, sees stable profits despite China slowdown Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:01:35 EST ZF Friedrichshafen said the integration of rival TRW is progressing well and it expected full-year sales and profits to remain stable despite a slowing Chinese economy. Unlisted ZF released its first-half results for the first time in its history. T.RAD, Fujikura settle U.S. price-fixing civil litigation Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:21:59 EST T.RAD and Fujikura are the latest to agree to civil settlements linked the ongoing U.S. criminal antitrust investigation into automotive supplier fixing. Toyota tests potential alternatives to Takata airbag inflators Tue, 25 Aug 2015 04:54:52 EST Toyota said it is testing airbag inflators made by Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to potentially lethal parts supplied by Takata. Toyota said it wanted to ensure the parts were compatible with its vehicles. Cox working way toward broader role in auto retail Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Cox Automotive, parent of, Kelley Blue Book and other well-known brands, wants to cross-pollinate its units' tools. Rare mascots are something to crow about Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Du Pont Motors represented a fairly significant portion of awesome mascots - that's hood ornaments - on the show field at Pebble Beach. There were a handful of rare, coveted Lalique eagles on display, along with one Lalique rooster The Missouri job shop behind Toyota's makeover Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota's New Global Architecture strategy is launching at Bodine, the old Missouri casting company Toyota bought 25 years ago. Tesla engineer joins Apple's growing team of automated car experts Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:53:08 EST Apple has hired a senior engineer from Tesla, according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple's effort to build a team of experts in automated driving. Zetsche mulls cooperation with Apple, Google, report says Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:03:52 EST Daimler's CEO said "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts. Toyota may buy replacement airbag inflators from three Takata rivals Fri, 21 Aug 2015 07:24:29 EST Toyota, recalling about 12 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata airbags, said it may tap three additional suppliers to boost supply of the components. U.S. senators urge recall of all autos with Takata airbags Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:15:43 EST After reports this week of a ruptured Takata airbag in a Volkswagen vehicle, two U.S. senators today called on Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's airbags. U.S. Sens. Toyota said to seek supplier price cuts Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:38:40 EST Toyota plans to ask suppliers to cut prices for the first time in about a year in an effort to boost competitiveness, Nikkei reported. A recent drop in raw material prices has increased suppliers' ability to cut prices, the paper said. Schaeffler will cut 500 jobs as first-half earnings drop nearly 2% Thu, 20 Aug 2015 05:04:30 EST Schaeffler plans to cut up to 500 jobs in Europe at its industrial division. Earnings at the unit, which makes ball bearings for cars, airplanes and industrial tools, fell 1.7 percent to 171 million euros ($190 million) in the first six months. Autoliv says M/A-COM unit acquisition will beef up automated-driving tech Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:00:26 EST Automotive safety systems supplier Autoliv Inc. said it completed the acquisition of the automotive unit of M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc. Japan faces shortage of replacement airbags as recalls expand Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:33:12 EST Japan may face a shortfall in supply of replacement airbags as automakers recall 9.8 million vehicles in the country to swap out potentially defective devices made by Takata, according to its transport ministry. VW faces NHTSA probe after Takata airbag incident Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:51:04 EST NHTSA is widening its Takata airbag probe after a Takata side airbag in a Volkswagen SUV ruptured in June. Lear buys technology from California automotive app developer Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:34:17 EST Lear said today it has acquired the intellectual property and technology of Autonet Mobile, a software and device developer of automotive applications in California. Tesla stock price predicted to nearly double, Morgan Stanley says Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:49:33 EST Forget about a mere 15 percent increase in stock value -- how about a 90 percent one? That's how bullish Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas is on Tesla. Germany's Mann + Hummel will buy U.S. peer Affinia's auto filter unit Mon, 17 Aug 2015 04:42:06 EST German industrial filter maker Mann + Hummel has agreed to buy U.S. peer Affinia to boost its annual sales by $1 billion, or by more than a third, and gain access to the U.S. market for heavy-duty and hydraulic filters. Ford exec says Google, Apple collaborations won't impact brand's identity Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford doesn't feel threatened by Google and Apple's growing interest in the auto industry, said Christof Kellerwessel, the automaker's electrical engineering chief. GM starts harvesting tech from startups Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors is starting to harvest technology from the 20-plus startup companies in which it has invested. CarPlay and Android Auto: They're not just for millennials Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Look past the chrome-ier grille and LED taillights on the refreshed 2016 Accord, and you'll notice Honda has integrated both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto into the dashboard. FCA gives some no-bid contracts to suppliers Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST In an effort to upgrade quality and improve relationships with suppliers, Fiat Chrysler is reviving long-term, no-bid contracts. Digital maps are a precious resource Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST High-quality digital maps, which will play a crucial role in the connected, automated cars of the future, have basically become a critical resource to the auto industry -- the new oil. Finelli gets serious about improving FCA's supplier relations Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST In various surveys, suppliers have given Fiat Chrysler's purchasing unit low grades. Tom Finelli, the automaker's vice president of purchasing in North America, wants to change that. Automakers scout the startup world for next-wave technology Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers get it: It's risky to ignore the fountain of ingenuity found at startups. That's why they're using "hackathons" and other efforts to tap the innovation flowing into the car business. Autonomous cars will crash and be hacked ... and that's OK Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Cybersecurity and the threat of chaos is a new reality in the age of connected and autonomous cars. This is the reality we live. Cars can, and will, be hacked Fiat Chrysler poised to keep momentum after Ferrari spinoff Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:22:37 EST A recovering European car market, improving margins and well-received new models have made some analysts more bullish that Fiat Chrysler's shares will continue to rise even after it spins off Ferrari. Apple eyes proving grounds for self-driving car, report says Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:44:04 EST Apple is looking into using a former military base northeast of San Francisco as a high-security proving ground for autonomous vehicles it is developing, according to an online report by The Guardian, a British newspaper. Delphi adds tech executive to its board Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:49:00 EST Delphi Automotive said it has expanded its board of directors to include tech industry veteran Bethany Mayer. Auto sector takes hit in Q2 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST As European stock markets retreated in the second three months of this year automakers and suppliers relinquished some of the strong gains they had recorded in shareholder value in the first quarter. Audi develops 500km-range battery for electric SUVs Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:59:46 EST Audi said it will develop batteries for electrically powered SUVs that can run more than 500km per charge. Audi said it will get cell modules for the batteries from LG Chem and Samsung SDI. Autoliv, ZF TRW gain from Takata's recall troubles Thu, 13 Aug 2015 04:33:10 EST By March, Autoliv, Daicel and ZF TRW Automotive will make about 68 percent of the inflators used to repair faulty Takata airbags behind a record vehicle-safety recall. Auto parts MandA value seen reaching record $48 billion this year Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:26:44 EST Auto-supplier deal value will rise to a record this year as parts makers seek size and skills to meet demand for software that powers autonomous driving and hardware that boosts fuel efficiency, PricewaterhouseCoopers said. Supplier MandA may triple to $48 billion this year, PwC says Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:00:37 EST The value of global transactions in the auto supplier sector will more than triple to about $48 billion, PwC forecasts, as partsmakers seek size and skills to meet demand for software that powers autonomous driving and hardware that boosts fuel... Takata sets campaign to alert drivers on recall for airbag risk Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:23:43 EST Takata, whose exploding airbag modules have been tied to at least eight fatalities, is planning an extensive advertising campaign to urge consumers to get the defect fixed. Audi's 605-hp S8 Plus dials the power up to 11 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST Audi is introducing an even more powerful version of the S8 sedan unimaginatively dubbed S8 Plus. Mercedes R class production launched at AM General Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:01:09 EST AM General today launched production of the Mercedes-Benz R class at its assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind. The agreement with Mercedes-Benz makes AM General the German automaker's first U.S.-based contracted manufacturer. Thai stamping supplier to expand in Michigan Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:51:25 EST Thai Summit America will break ground later this month on a 44,000-square-foot expansion in Michigan. The North American subsidiary of Thailand-based Thai Summit Group announced earlier this year it would spend $52. Jaguar Land Rover plans new plant in Slovakia Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:39:51 EST Jaguar Land Rover has signed a letter of intent to build a new car plant in Nitra, western Slovakia. Novelis: Automakers test stronger aluminum Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Novelis has developed a new grade of high-strength aluminum for use on doors, bumpers and other safety-critical areas, but steel industry officials say new blends of ultra-high-strength steel are already available. Autonomous cars will bring change Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Regarding "Industry on Trial": I think the capital-intensive business model will change when autonomous cars become ubiquitous -- around 2050, in my opinion. GM: New 'no-bid' strategy catches on with suppliers Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST For General Motors' suppliers, no-bid contracts have become the norm rather than the exception, now that GM has rolled out a new parts-buying program that forgoes traditional bidding. Mapmaker's team of rival automakers may expand Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST As they spent $3.1 billion to acquire Here, the auto industry's dominant map supplier, Audi, BMW and Daimler sent a message to rivals: Don't fear us. Join us. %]