Suppliers

An Audi obstacle, and a lesson in creating self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

The tale of an Audi prototype and a piece of desert tumbleweed illustrates one of the most daunting challenges in designing self-driving cars: teaching them to deal with the unexpected. It’s all part of the field of “deep learning,” which aims to train computers to process data in a way that mimics the human brain....
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Is a focused, all-in Visteon now stable?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

When Tim Leuliette steps down as CEO of Visteon Corp. late this year, he will leave behind a company working in just one major product sector: cockpit electronics. That's a radical change for Ford Motor Co.'s former in-house parts division, which had a vast, disjointed product portfolio....
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Honda recalls 104,000 vehicles for inflators

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Honda Motor Co. last week added more than 100,000 vehicles in the U.S. to existing recalls for flawed airbag inflators made by Takata Corp....
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EDITORIAL

Automakers must learn to be better supplier customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

It's no secret that automakers are striving to obtain advanced features from suppliers before their rivals get them....
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IT'S ABOUT TIME

Automakers see Apple Watch as chance to widen acceptance of connected-car features

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Smartwatches are in their early days, but automakers see the rollout of the Apple Watch as a seminal moment. If any company has the clout to make smartwatches desirable to the masses, clearing the way for automakers to pitch new connected-car features, they say, it is the company that invented the iPod and iPhone....
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Why a Japanese supplier is upping its game

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Aisin Seiki, the world's fifth biggest auto supplier, is doubling the size of its global design division as it expands into new products and targets new customers....
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How Faurecia made over a Visteon relic

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Faurecia knew it had a big job converting a castoff Visteon plant it bought in 2012 in Michigan into a profitable operation. But Saline now has three key ingredients for survival: an owner with deep pockets; a loyal customer, Ford; and a pragmatic union....
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In era of streaming music, radio rocks on

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Radio has proved incredibly resilient, and the auto industry has taken notice, investing in digital radio even as CD players disappear from the dash. This year in the U.S., about half of new cars sold will be outfitted with a service called HD Radio, which offers a crisper signal and thousands of extra stations....
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Navistar deal shows UAW president's pragmatism

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21, 2015

The UAW's latest pact with Navistar -- including a raise for workers and changes that embrace lean manufacturing to aid the company's turnaround -- signals the pragmatic approach new union chief Dennis Williams is expected to deploy in talks later this year with the Detroit 3....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

BLOG: That vroom-vroom … is it real or digital?

11:03 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

The sound of a car's exhaust is its sonic signature. But there's something about outright digitally manufactured sound that crosses a line in the sand for those who like their tailpipes to sound pure and natural....
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INTERACTIVE

Guess that tune: Will these digital exhaust notes trick you?

10:43 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Here are three car exhaust sounds generated by Faurecia, being played over a BMW 328i 2.0 liter 4-cylinder. Can you identify which engine makes the sound?...
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Japan far outpaces U.S. in replacing Takata airbag parts

6:49 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

As automakers plead with U.S. customers to fix potentially deadly Takata airbags, recalls in Japan are drawing much stronger responses, with more than two-thirds of the total already repaired....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: India's Mahindra stills wants to sell in the U.S.

10:24 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Pawan Goenka has not given up on the idea of entering the US auto market. The head of automotive operations for India's Mahindra & Mahindra, Goenka acknowledges that the company is “still in the middle of it” on the legal fallout from his first attempt at entering....
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Honda adds more vehicles to U.S. recalls on Takata airbag flaws

6:24 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

Honda added about 100,000 vehicles in the United States to existing recalls for flawed airbags made by Takata after discovering it hadn’t properly identified these models as being produced for the market....
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Magna plans $135 million exterior parts plant in Mexico

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Magna International plans a $135 million plant in Queretaro, Mexico, to produce molded and painted exterior parts such as fascias and rocker panels....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Spain's Gestamp surged when main rivals slumped

March 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Spanish supplier Gestamp will continue along the growth path it started down when the auto industry was hit by the last financial crisis when it went on an expansion spree that boosted its operations in markets as far apart as Germany and China....
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Ford taps Microsoft to handle wireless software updates

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Ford, seeking to beam down wireless software updates to its next generation of cars, has assigned the task to an old, familiar friend: Microsoft....
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U.S. judge taps lead lawyers for Takata airbag cases

6:30 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Four plaintiffs' lawyers, including high-profile attorney David Boies, were appointed by a federal judge to lead civil litigation against Takata and several automakers for injuries caused by allegedly faulty airbags....
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Self-driving cars will prove safer than humans, Musk says

2:54 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

It may become illegal for humans to take the wheel once self-driving cars have proven themselves, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said. “In the distant future, I think people may outlaw driving cars because it's too dangerous,” Musk said at a conference earlier today....
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Nissan plans $160 million supplier park in Tenn.

4:48 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Nissan plans to add more than 1,000 supplier jobs at its Tennessee operations as part of a $160 million supplier park project....
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Game-changing suppliers seek PACE Awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

With pressure mounting to save fuel, cut weight, improve safety and connect to the Internet, automakers increasingly are turning to major suppliers for solutions....
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GUEST BLOG - DARON GIFFORD

BLOG: Why suppliers need to think differently or face extinction

1:56 pm U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Auto suppliers need to have a plan that accounts for likely scenarios 10 years from now that may include Silicon Valley giants engineering cars that drive themselves. This is no small change....
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Valeo open to acquisitions in growth areas

March 16, 2015 14:08 CET

Valeo is open to acquisitions that could bolster its product offerings in high-growth areas such as fuel efficiency and autonomous driving, CEO Jacques Aschenbroich said....
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Visteon CEO Leuliette to leave by year-end

8:39 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Auto supplier Visteon said today that CEO Tim Leuliette will step down as head of the company by the end of this year as soon as a successor is named....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Audi, Mercedes execs bullish on self-driving cars

March 16, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg believe autonomous driving is the next big thing. But other industry leaders wonder whether customers really want cars to take over a task that many people still enjoy doing themselves....
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