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GM: New 'no-bid' strategy catches on with suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015
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.

Lexus: 'Dealers set the price, and that's the price'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015
Lexus will take on one of the car business's most troublesome traditions next year -- haggling with customers over vehicle prices -- as the brand enlists dealer volunteers and allows them to set their own firm prices.
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Regulator's reminder: 54.5 mpg goal isn't final yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015
The strict federal fuel economy targets that have triggered furious re-engineering, and some hand-wringing, across the auto industry should be...

FCA swaps cudgel for counsel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2015
Exactly one year after Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne slammed suppliers for their double-digit profit margins, the company has adopted a more...


Fore! A full recovery takes flight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 9, 2015
The Center for Automotive Research celebrated a half century of its supplier-rich Management Briefing Seminars last week.

Lear targets acquisitions to enhance electrical unit

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015
Lear is looking for acquisitions of as much as $1 billion for its electrical unit as automakers' demand for global vehicle platforms drives...

Lexus plans 2nd 'flagship' model to augment LS sedan

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Toyota Motor's Lexus brand is planning to launch a second top-of-the-line "flagship" model to accompany a new generation of its LS sedan, the head of...

Lexus experiments with no-haggle dealer pilot, Bracken says

11:39 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Lexus is piloting a haggle-free pricing program with 12 of its 236 U.S. dealers this year, says Jeff Bracken, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales U.

GM goes full speed ahead in China despite slowdown

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Unmoved by a sharp sales slowdown in China this year, General Motors is sticking with its $14 billion plan to expand production and introduce new...

EPA studies potential benefits of higher octane gasoline

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
The EPA is studying whether raising the octane level of gasoline could improve the efficiency of automobile engines, Christopher Grundler, director...


Tensions over U.S. electric vehicle mandates spill out at MBS

8:13 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
A long-simmering dispute between automakers and U.S.

Go big or go home: Supplier mergers accelerate

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
It's a banner year for mergers and acquisitions.

VW plans big role for Chattanooga engineers

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Volkswagen's new U.S. engineering office will have critical responsibility when it is fully staffed and operational later in this decade.

JCI boosts production of stop-start batteries

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Johnson Controls is betting that the market for stop-start systems in North America is about to take off.

Key vehicles generate K.C. supplier boom

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Eleven suppliers have opened plants in the Kansas City area since 2013, generating 1,800 jobs and $75 millioncq in new payroll.

PACE Awards website taking applications

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
The deadline to apply for 2016 Automotive News PACE Awards, which honor game-changing, commercialized innovation by suppliers, is Sept. 4.


The knock on higher octane

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Expect the debate over raising the octane levels at U.S.

Production cost savings lure suppliers to Eastern Europe

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Thanks to lower production costs, suppliers continue to head to Eastern Europe, often following the trail of their customers.

German suppliers chase opportunities in China

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Companies in China with Western participation such as SAIC Motor Corp. and China FAW Group Corp. are still the engines of growth there.


Jaguar Land Rover bets big on making its fleet connected

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Mike Bell was appointed to the newly created position of global connected car director at Jaguar Land Rover in 2012 when interest in the sector was...

ARaymond expands in U.S. with unique training methods

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
ARaymond, based in Grenoble, France, is expanding in the United States to meet demand for fluid connectors to handle urea for diesel engines, battery...


Multiphysics? Joining disciplines to design parts

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Complex technologies are forcing automotive engineers to work in areas outside their field of expertise.

Consumers shrug fuel efficiency goals, McConnell says

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Fuel efficiency gains are nice, but the car-buying public does not seem to be interested, a prominent Honda dealer said at the CAR Management...

Local Motors details plans for street-legal 3-D car

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Local Motors, the Arizona start-up company that uses 3-D printing technology to make cars, said it plans to have a street-legal two-seat coupe ready...

Opportunities grow for U.S. parts suppliers moving into China

4:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
The U.S. government would like you to know that China’s automotive market is beckoning, even to small companies who lack the funds to get in.

EVs boom in China, but some hesitate to ramp up

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Given China's lack of public re-charging stations -- and the lack of garages -- it seems implausible for the world's largest car market to spawn...

Michigan governor markets state's automotive high-tech future

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has kicked off a new marketing campaign, entitled “We Run on Brainpower.

Common parts complicate suppliers' efforts

10:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Automakers are making more common parts, globalizing their platforms and saving money in the process.

At the half: Top 25 N. America models and plants

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
The Wednesday and Thursday issues of the Traverse City Daily feature production highlights for the first half of 2015.

FCA will free purchasing staff from cost restraints to focus on quality

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015
Fiat Chrysler plans to no longer hold its purchasing staffers to individual cost-saving goals on parts.

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...

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

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...


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.


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.