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Hong Kong firm acquires majority stake in supplier Key Safety Systems

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Hong Kong private equity firm FountainVest Partners completed a deal to become the majority shareholder in automotive safety products supplier Key Safety Systems. The deal could be worth as much as $800 million, a Bloomberg report out of China said in April....
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Ford wins dismissal in U.S. of claims it aided apartheid

9:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Ford won dismissal of a lawsuit claiming the company aided South Africa's apartheid regime, with a judge saying it couldn't be sued in the U.S. over actions of their units overseas....
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Lear agrees to buy leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in $850 million deal

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Lear agreed to buy automotive leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in a deal valued at $850 million that aims to strengthen the company's global seating business....
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Schaeffler first-half earnings rise 9% on China demand

Aug. 27, 2014 11:37 CET
Schaeffler expects sales growth in excess of 7 percent this year after first-half earnings rose 9 percent and profit margins improved because of demand in China....
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Volvo counts on high-cost Sweden for crucial XC90

Aug. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Volvo is sticking to its Scandinavian roots with its first model since being acquired by Chinese owners four years ago. Rather than chase low wages, Volvo will build the new XC90 SUV in Sweden, where auto workers get about $62 an hour....
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German suppliers asked to form JVs in China, report says

Aug. 25, 2014 10:39 CET
China has told three German suppliers they can no longer manage their Chinese units independently but need to form partnerships with local peers, the CEO of partsmaker ElringKlinger told a German newspaper....
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JCI, Unifor labor deal averts threat to GM output in Canada

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
About 300 unionized workers at a Johnson Controls interiors plant in Ontario ratified a new three-year contract, heading off a potential strike at the factory and work stoppage at General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex....
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Cash surge, lighter batteries power A123 comeback

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A123 Systems LLC is in the midst of a recharge. Despite political opposition, it emerged from bankruptcy last year under the ownership of Chinese supplier conglomerate Wanxiang Group, made sweeping business plan changes and is expected to be cash flow positive for the first time in its history this year....
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Continental's high-tech strategy shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Continental's pick-up of Google executive underscores how the supplier sees specialized software and services as increasingly crucial to its future....
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Magna ready to loosen purse strings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Magna International Inc., the largest auto supplier in North America, will consider major acquisitions....
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Supplier Metaldyne Performance files for stock offering

8:16 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Metaldyne Performance Group, a holding company for three auto suppliers merged earlier this month by private equity firm American Securities LLC, filed with federal regulators for an initial public offering of its common shares....
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Canadian JCI workers reach tentative pact

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Canadian union workers at an interiors plant that supplies General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex have reached a tentative contract agreement that could avert a strike at the supplier plant....
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Novelis: Aluminum sales to automakers will nearly triple on new emissions, mpg rules

8:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of aluminum sheeting to carmakers, expects sales to customers including Audi and Ford to rise almost three-fold as new emissions rules restrict the use of steel....
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Sixt says BMW car-sharing venture is profitable in most cities

Aug. 21, 2014 11:43 CET
Germany's Sixt said its DriveNow car-sharing venture with BMW is profitable in cities where it has been operating for more than a year as sign-ups exceed forecasts....
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Conti exec says automated driving requires tight ties with many partners

Aug. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Continental executive Helmut Matschi says automated driving will emerge gradually in the next decade. He also believes that to be successful, suppliers will need to collaborate more than ever with non-automotive companies....
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Hertz investor presses board to replace CEO Frissora

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Hertz investor Fir Tree Partners, which holds more than 3 percent of the stock, is urging the company's board to replace CEO Mark Frissora because the firm disapproves of how he's running the car-rental provider....
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A123 hires former JCI executive as chief technology officer

7:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
A123 Systems hired former Johnson Controls executive Patrick Hurley as its new chief technology officer....
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2 Japanese suppliers fined in China's antitrust crackdown

6:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
China's antitrust regulator fined Japanese bearing makers NSK Ltd. and NTN Corp. a combined 4.8 billion yen ($47 million) for violating rules in a probe into industry pricing practices....
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Lear to buy leather supplier Eagle Ottawa for $800 million, reports say

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Lear is finalizing a deal to acquire automotive seat leather supplier Eagle Ottawa, media reports said, citing sources close to the deal. Lear, based in Michigan, is expected to pay more than $800 million for Eagle Ottawa, the world's largest supplier of leather to the automotive market....
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Japan's NGK pleads guilty, to pay $52.1 million U.S. fine for price fixing

5:10 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Japanese supplier NGK Spark Plug agreed to plead guilty and pay a $52 million criminal fine over its role in a conspiracy to fix prices and rig bids for spark plugs and other automotive parts, the Department of Justice said....
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Aisin's North American growth drives more investment, new HQ

10:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Aisin opened a new North American headquarters in suburban Detroit in July as part of the foreign subsidiary's ongoing growth stateside....
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Magna CEO in a shopping mood in post-Stronach era

6:54 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Magna International, the largest auto supplier in North America, will consider purchases of as much as $4 billion as it distances itself from debt-averse founder Frank Stronach....
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Toyota makes stronger showing in J.D. Power seat quality study

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Toyota made sizable gains in a JD Power seat quality study, with six of the 21 vehicles recognized for superior seating, two more than last year. Ford's C-Max also had a strikingly lower instance of seat-related problems than any other car in the study....
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Sensata to buy pressure-sensor maker Schrader in $1 billion deal

7:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Sensata Technologies Holding NV plans to buy Schrader International Inc. from Madison Dearborn Partners LLC for an enterprise value of $1 billion to expand in sensors that warn against low tire pressure....
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Continental lures Google self-driving exec in Silicon Valley push

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
German supplier Continental AG is growing its Silicon Valley presence to help car companies roll out autonomous driving and other “intelligent” features over the coming years -- and it has hired one of Google's self-driving car executives to lead the effort....
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