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PHIL MARTENS, CEO, NOVELIS

Game on with steel, says aluminum supplier Novelis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Phil Martens, CEO of aluminum giant Novelis, knows both sides of the auto metals business....
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TIM LEULIETTE, CEO, VISTEON CORP.

Visteon zeros in on 1 segment: The connected car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
With Visteon Corp.'s announcement last month that it would sell its division that produces heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, the supplier is concentrating on one product segment: cockpit information systems....
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STEFAN SOMMER, CEO, ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

With TRW, ZF can offer advanced driverless tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
ZF Friedrichshafen AG's acquisition of TRW Automotive will make it a key player in collision avoidance and driverless cars....
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Maps to track every bump in the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Navigation maps that display roads and highways accurately to within 20 centimeters could be available as early as 2017....
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EJECTING CD PLAYERS

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces....
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ZF chief: TRW to keep its own identity -- for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
TRW Automotive Holdings will remain a stand-alone company for at least three to five years after the completion of its merger this spring with ZF Friedrichshafen AG....
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Suppliers dream up future innovations. Will automakers bite?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Suppliers try to look over the horizon and craft new features and equipment for autos....
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BEST PRACTICES

Chevy store redo goes above and beyond

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Keith McCluskey put on steroids the Apple Inc.-like approach that many dealers are using to modernize their customers' experience....
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Honda signals shift from Takata, hires rival to supply Accord airbags, report says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Honda has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata to supply airbags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision told Reuters...
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EU regulators to rule on ZF's bid for TRW by Feb. 26

Jan. 23, 2015 15:09 CET
European Union antitrust authorities will decide by Feb. 26 whether to approve German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for U.S. rival TRW Automotive....
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JCI quarterly net income grows 12% on higher volume

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Supplier Johnson Controls said today its quarterly net income grew 12 percent, reaching $507 million, compared with $451 million during the same quarter last year. JCI is typically one of the first suppliers to release quarterly earning results, serving as a bellwether for supplier financial trends....
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Takata executive indicted in U.S. for fixing prices of seat belts

1:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
An executive at embattled Japanese auto supplier Takata was indicted today for conspiring to fix the prices of seat belts sold to carmakers, the US Justice Department said....
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GM issues stop-sale on crossovers for problem with Goodyear tires

10:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
General Motors has told dealers to stop delivery of about 6,300 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers because of a pending recall to replace tires that are prone to cracking....
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PSA winds down hybrid air fuel-saving project, still seeks partner to share costs

Jan. 22, 2015 12:45 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said it will continue development of its Hybrid Air technology to reduce fuel use, despite reports in the French press that the project almost certainly will not see commercialization....
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Chinese aerospace firm pursues acquisition of U.S. supplier Henniges, report says

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
AVIC, China's biggest aerospace company, is among bidders pursuing an acquisition of US auto supplier Henniges Automotive Holdings, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. AVIC could pay $1 billion for the acquisition, Bloomberg reported....
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Toyota supplier weighs raising airbag capacity as demand climbs

9:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Toyoda Gosei, a supplier part-owned by Toyota, is considering increasing its capacity for making airbags to cater to expanding global demand for the safety devices....
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Schaeffler shifts 34% Continental stake off balance sheet

Jan. 21, 2015 10:58 CET
Schaeffler says a 34 percent stake in rival Continental has been shifted off the books in a move toward a possible stock market listing. Schaeffler borrowed heavily to buy Continental in 2008 in a deal that unraveled during the financial crisis....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Michelin CEO aims to win share from Chinese rivals

Jan. 21, 2015 07:48 CET
Michelin aims to counter rising pressure from low-cost Chinese brands in Europe and North America by increasing the number of cheaper tires it offers from budget subbrands, the tire maker's CEO, Jean-Dominique Senard, told Automotive News Europe....
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THE TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

Takata airbag review panel members named by Skinner

10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner said six experts -- including Cerberus Chairman John Snow -- will serve on an independent panel that will oversee Takata's efforts to ensure that its airbag inflators meet federal safety standards....
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Google's self-driving car underpinned by Detroit area suppliers

11:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
The fate of Google's self-driving car rests in the hands of Roush Industries and several other Detroit area suppliers. Roush, an engineering and specialty manufacturing company known for its custom Ford Mustang models, will assemble a test fleet of 100 Google prototypes in 2015....
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Japan's Daicel to lift inflator output after Takata recalls

8:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Japan's Daicel said it would boost production of airbag inflators to meet demand for the component at the heart of rival Takata's quality problems, which have led to the recall of more than 24 million vehicles worldwide since 2008....
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Hyundai posts biggest gain in global patent filings, report says

1:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Hyundai posted the biggest gains in the number of patent filings over the past five years, narrowing the gap with industry leader Toyota, according to an analysis of global patent applications released today....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

After '11 quake, Renesas is ready for next disaster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
At the International CES this month, chipmakers such as Renesas, Nvidia and Freescale were eager to brag about their readiness to supply the silicon brains for infotainment and driverless cars. But when I chatted with Ali Sebt -- chief of Renesas' U.S. operations -- I was preoccupied with thoughts of floods, earthquakes and fires....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Honeywell turbo boss expects to gain from hot sector's growth

Jan. 16, 2015 06:01 CET
Honeywell, the world's leading turbocharger supplier, foresees big gains for the performance-boosting, CO2-reducing technology, Terrence Hahn, CEO of the Switzerland-based Honeywell business unit, told Automotive News Europe....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Takata recalls prompt Japan to consider supplier regulations

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Japanese Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said today his ministry was considering whether to revise existing laws to beef up oversight of auto suppliers in the wake of massive recalls of Takata airbags....
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