Management Briefing Seminars
 

54.5 mpg isn't a done deal, EPA official says

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
A top EPA official today shot down the notion that the agency has already decided to implement the 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average proposed for 2025.

As supplier business turns up, so will pressure

8:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
The good news for North American auto suppliers is that a robust industry is about to turn up the business volume with record numbers of new-vehicle launches.

ZF opens office in Mexico to find Tier 2 suppliers

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
When ZF North America wanted to find Tier 2 suppliers in Mexico to make parts for a transmission plant in Graycourt, S.C.

Tesla critics still don't get it, executive says

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
Tesla Motors continues to be misunderstood and erroneously portrayed, the company's vice president of business development told an audience at the...

Car buyers getting older, richer, NADA economist says

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
The auto industry must prepare for a challenging demographic shift as baby boomers age and millennials gain more buying power, the National...

GM economist predicts new U.S. sales records

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
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How GM makes a business case for its electrified vehicles

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
GM uses modular parts to dramatically reduce costs for batteries, motors and other components in its fleet of six electrified cars, its chief...

RICHARD TRUETT

Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
Launch it and leave it is a death sentence for sporty cars. And no company has been more successful at failing with sporty cars than Toyota.

Survey: Raw material costs are declining

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
The cost of raw materials for the average vehicle produced in May is a hefty $476 lower than last August, according to a survey by AlixPartners.

Acquisitions make Mahle a major player

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
Just two years after German powertrain systems supplier Mahle GmbH acquired a majority stake in climate control specialist Behr Group, Mahle has...

Digital images may turn mirrors into museum pieces

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
The lowly rearview mirror may be on the way out.

Q&A

GM, Honda join forces for one fuel cell design

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
Nearly two years have passed since General Motors and Honda announced their partnership to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles.

From hotel basement to global stage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
The Management Briefings Seminars launched 50 years ago in the basement of the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City.

Favorable tariffs, inexpensive labor boost Mexico

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
By 2018, light-vehicle production in Mexico is expected to approach 4.

Tesla executive challenges rivals to make better EVs

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
A Tesla Motors executive called on rival automakers to put more compelling electric vehicles on the road and said fuel-efficiency standards should be...

Steelmakers prep Ala. plant to battle aluminum

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
A joint venture plant in Alabama, AM/NS Calvert, is preparing to produce the latest generation of ultra high-strength steel for the North American...

Turbo suppliers expect a lift from diesels

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
Rising U.S. demand for diesel-powered cars and trucks could be a windfall for turbocharger suppliers such as Honeywell Inc.

Army eyes self-driving convoys

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
The United States Army is getting ready to conduct road tests of automated truck platoons, in which convoys of computer-guided vehicles follow each...

At the half: N.A. car and truck production by plant

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
The Wednesday and Thursday issues of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2015.

How a quiet visionary changed an industry

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015
Don Smith, "the real author of the management briefing seminars," was a quiet, thoughtful man content to let the facts and numbers speak for...

New steels, execs say, save weight

5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
Audi and BMW officials detailed a mixed-materials approach to lightweighting automobile bodies Monday at the seminars, saying they will use a...

JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
The executive who is orchestrating the spin-off of Johnson Controls' $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit has a straightforward message for...

N.A. output will hit new records to meet sales, export demands, forecaster says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
North American vehicle output will continue rising to new records over the next two years as non-Detroit 3 automakers localize more production, a...

Storm hits automated driving car; human grabs the wheel

5:07 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
Many people drove their cars to the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, but few traveled in the same style as Ibro Muharemovic, head...

How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight.

Storm blitzes Traverse City, disrupts Management Briefing Seminars

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
A violent summer storm blitzed through Traverse City on Sunday, knocking out power to more than 10,000 homes and numerous businesses including the...

For GM, Clemson creates a party car

9:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
The Deep Orange 5 concept, shown here Sunday night as industry managers gathered for the 50th annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars, is one part...

Subaru's non-automotive engine a big hit at CAR's event

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
It wasn’t a turbo. And it didn’t sport the company’s trademark “boxer” opposed engine.

Q&A

Plastic Omnium: Stiffer emissions rules will fuel gains

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
Laurent Burelle, CEO of Plastic Omnium, is a high-energy executive who at 65cq says he plans to retire “sometime in the next 50 years.

Jet design inspired interior of 2016 Maxima

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
To design the interior of the 2016 Maxima, Nissan designers were looking for ways to present drivers a lot of safety, navigation and entertainment...

Bosch targets cylinder deactivation for 4-bangers

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
A senior executive at Robert Bosch confirmed that the German supplier is developing cylinder deactivation technology for four-cylinder engines, to...

Stop-start systems pick up speed in North America

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
Stop-start systems are starting to take off in North America.

Q&A

High-tech turbos, rear axles push Continental's sales

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
Continental AG's sales rose nearly $1 billion last year compared with 2013. One reason: turbochargers.

RICHARD TRUETT

Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all.

Suppliers to the 2016 Cadillac CT6

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015
The brand-new 2016 Cadillac CT6 premium luxury sedan is assembled in Hamtramck, Mich., on General Motors' OMEGA platform. The program code is O1SL.

Management Briefing Seminars will resume this afternoon

10:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015
Organizers of the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars said they will hold afternoon sessions beginning today at 1 p.m.

Supplier to the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

3:58 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is the first generation of the premium midsize CUV. It is assembled in Vance, Ala.

A new Suzuki leader for a new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015
Toshihiro Suzuki, tapped June 30 as president of Suzuki Motor Corp., is a different leader for a different era.