Manufacturing

GM to invest $439 million in paint shop expansion at Corvette plant

6:34 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $439 million in its Chevrolet Corvette plant in Kentucky as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on U.S. factory upgrades....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall

11:54 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged on Tuesday that parts contained in nearly 34 million U.S. vehicles were defective....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Fixing Takata fiasco must become top priority

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

The Takata airbag crisis continues to mushroom into the largest safety recall disaster in auto industry history. That's no small feat just a year after the General Motors ignition switch scandal. This is the auto industry at its absolute worst -- both in Japan and in the U.S....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Can Takata survive historic U.S. airbag recall?

6:53 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Automakers have largely stood behind airbag component maker Takata, taking the hit to their own reputations from a series of recalls related to the Japanese company's products that began in 2008. That loyalty is about to be put to the test....
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Consumers overwhelm NHTSA website

7:29 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible....
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Timeline of Takata airbag recalls

7:05 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata....
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Autoliv is ready to increase capacity after Takata expands recall

May 20, 2015 11:10 CET

Swedish supplier Autoliv said it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators....
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Takata recall poses dilemma for U.S. backing untested fix

6:48 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata's latest recall leaves U.S. regulators with a dilemma: swap defective airbags with parts that may be no safer than the original ones, or shoulder automakers with replacing 34 million vehicles....
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Takata changed design of its airbags in 2008, report says

6:32 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Troubled airbag supplier Takata began changing the safety devices in 2008 to reduce the risk that humidity would cause them to deploy abnormally, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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More replacement airbag production planned, Takata says

1:25 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata said it plans to boost production of parts needed to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators that could spray vehicle occupants with metal shards....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing

1:49 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Embattled airbag supplier Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators ruptured in the company's testing since September. The ruptures occurred in ballistic tests of more than 30,000 airbag inflators Takata retrieved from recalled vehicles....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Honda works smart to fill UK plant

4:52 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Honda has reduced the problem of drastic undercapacity at its factory in Swindon, England, after the automaker's production took a hit from Europe's economic slump, by inviting suppliers to utilize the empty space....
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Some Jeep Renegades being held for software issues

10:18 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said some new Jeep Renegade subcompact crossovers are being withheld from dealers because of software problems....
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Continental to buy Elektrobit auto unit in bid to boost autonomous tech

May 19, 2015 11:07 CET

Continental will buy the automotive business of Finnish software and hardware company Elektrobit Oyj for 600 million euros ($680 million) as the German company seeks to strengthen its position in automated driving technology....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: The easiest path to good supplier relations? Meet your targets!

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

After seeing the latest "Henke Report" on supplier-OEM relations, I strongly suspect that the biggest thing that automakers could do to win a little supplier love is fundamental: Issue accurate volume forecasts....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: A new golden age for high performance

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Forget the 1960s. Now is the golden age of performance....
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Hyundai group considers 3rd India factory

7:03 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Hyundai Motor Group said today it is looking at building a third factory in India, highlighting its growing appetite for expanding globally after an unofficial two-year moratorium on boosting capacity....
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THE GOOD GLUT

Production capacity balloons, but today's industry can support it

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Despite a building boom in North America, with seven new plants coming on line in the next half decade, experts say the risk of a capacity glut is low. That's because globalization and Detroit's contraction during the Great Recession have changed the North American auto industry fundamentally....
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In the eyes of suppliers, Toyota and Honda surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

As far as North American suppliers are concerned, Toyota and Honda are the gold standard, while Ford, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors are also-rans. That's the takeaway from John Henke's latest study of supplier-automaker relations....
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N.A. output rose 5.3% in April

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in April rose 5.3 percent from the year-earlier month to 1,561,094 units....
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Audi plans backups for key safety tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

For its next big step in collision avoidance - vehicles that can swerve to avoid an obstacle - Audi AG is adopting a belt-and-suspenders approach. All key technologies, including the processors, software and sensors, will have a redundant backup system in case of failure....
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EDITORIAL

Can GM regain trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Six months ago, GM introduced a new purchasing strategy -- dubbed the One Cost Model -- that aims to treat suppliers as partners rather than foes. Now the company has started to implement it....
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EDITORIAL

A callous response to the airbag crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. We wish we could say the same for their trade group....
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Mobileye software mimics how the human eye sees

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Obstacle detection software has become a must-have technology pursued by just about every megasupplier of safety equipment. Yet, the hottest entrant in this field is a small Israeli company called Mobileye....
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Takata, Japan automakers stuck in uneasy reliance

7:46 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Airbag supplier Takata and Japanese carmakers including Honda are locked in the commercial equivalent of a bad marriage -- not entirely happy in each other's company but unable to break apart and wary of potentially costly court battles....
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