Manufacturing

JCI's spinoff must refocus to remain on top

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Just two years ago, Johnson Controls Inc. was a major automotive supplier, but it has been transformed by a series of deals that have split up its operations, leaving its interior parts business in a joint venture with a Chinese partner and making its seating unit an independent company. Its automotive battery division and building controls business will remain with a new Ireland-based company to be created in a proposed merger with Tyco International....
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Lear's goal: Seats with style, smarts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Automotive parts supplier Lear Corp. is developing a seat of the future to appeal to automakers as they look increasingly to interiors to set their vehicles apart. The new design is the product of an engineering unit Lear has set up in Southfield, Mich....
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V-series variant unlikely for Caddy's top-end CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Cadillac has no plans for a V-series high-performance model of its new CT6 large sedan, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said....
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Got gadgets?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Some of the most revolutionary innovations originate not with carmakers but with the suppliers who provide the building blocks and concepts that reshape the industry. Here is a sampling of some of the most cutting-edge technologies....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

Woo suppliers with longer deals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

As auto sales and production have climbed steadily over the past six years, so has capacity utilization among parts makers. And now OEMs -- each certain their own market share is about to take off -- are leaning on their suppliers to add production capability....
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EDITORIAL

Cheap fuel forces industry to make tough choices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's product shift to more trucks and fewer cars rests on the conclusion that low oil prices are permanent. Set aside considerations of why FCA made such a strong commitment. Focus on a larger question: Is it certain that oil prices will stay low?...
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How GM saved itself from Flint water crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2016

Thanks to its fortuitous location and some heads-up planning, GM was able to sidestep a crisis that has befallen everyone else in the city where it was born more than a century ago....
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Toyota to suspend Japan output for 6 days as steel parts run low

8:54 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2016

Toyota will suspend production at all assembly lines in Japan for six days this month due to a parts shortage, hitting exports of such cars as Lexus luxury vehicles. The shutdown comes after a Jan. 8 explosion at a steel factory in Japan....
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VW halts production at Passat, gearbox plants in Germany

Jan. 30, 2016 09:54 CET

Volkswagen halted production at a German factory that builds Passats and at its main gearbox plant as the automaker grapples with reduced demand and technical problems....
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Toyota, crimped by steel shortage, may suspend Japan output

10:18 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Toyota said it may halt production at its plants in Japan early next month due to a steel shortage, following an explosion at a steel plant operated by one of its affiliates....
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Autoliv predicts 5% growth in 2016, but market wanted more amid Takata recalls

10:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Swedish car safety products supplier Autoliv predicted sales growth of 5 percent this year, but analysts expected more because of potential new business Autoliv could win amid the Takata airbag crisis....
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Nissan recalling 870,000 Altimas in U.S., Canada for hood latch problem

9:11 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2016

Nissan said it will recall about 870,000 Nissan cars in the United States and Canada for potentially faulty hood latches, marking the third time since 2014 the automaker has recalled vehicles to address the problem....
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Takata says CEO has no plans 'as of now' to step down

Jan. 29, 2016 11:22 CET

Takata said its CEO Shigehisa Takada had no intention to resign "as of now" as the airbag maker struggles with a long-running safety recall crisis....
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ANE's February e-magazine goes live Monday

Jan. 29, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Feb. 1. This month's edition looks at how Ford and Opel plan to turn their businesses in Europe into consistent money makers after years of struggle....
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Ford, aiming for pickup fuel economy crown, preps diesel-powered F-150

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Ford appears to be gearing up to launch a diesel-powered version of the F-150, possibly as early as next year, and wrest the fuel efficiency crown from the hot-selling Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Diesel-powered F-150 test trucks have been spotted running around Ford's product development center in Dearborn, Mich....
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VW wins approval to start European recall of rigged diesels

Jan. 28, 2016 11:12 CET

VW Group won approval for the first stage of its recall of 8.5 million VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat vehicles in Europe with rigged diesel engines - while at the same time disputing that the recall means the models have "defeat" devices as defined by EU law....
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Automatic braking reduces rear-end crashes, IIHS study finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Automatic braking systems were shown in a new study to reduce rear-end crashes by about 40 percent on average, adding momentum to a push by safety groups, regulators and some automakers to equip all new cars with the technology....
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Gentex Q4 profit, sales rise as mirror shipments increase

12:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

Gentex today reported a 25 percent year-over-year rise in fourth-quarter profit. The supplier posted net income of $88.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, up from the $71 million during the same period in 2014....
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Takata prepares CEO exit over airbag safety crisis, report says

Jan. 28, 2016 11:20 CET

Takata is preparing the ground for the exit of its CEO, Shigehisa Takada, Reuters reported, as pressure builds on the airbag maker following a huge global recall over faulty inflators that can explode with excessive force....
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Lexus recalls RX350, RX450h crossovers for airbag flaw

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Toyota is recalling 6,000 new Lexus RX350 and RX450h crossovers from the 2016 model year to fix issues related to airbags....
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FCA to idle plant that makes Chrysler 200 for six weeks

1:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will idle its plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., which makes the midsize Chrysler 200 sedan, for six weeks starting on Monday....
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EU regulators fine Japanese suppliers 138 million euros for price fixing

Jan. 26, 2016 13:09 CET

EU antitrust regulators fined Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Ltd. a total of 137.8 million euros ($149.8 million) for fixing prices of car alternators and starters. Supplier Denso avoided a fine after alerting officials to the existence of the cartel....
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Ford expands recall for Ranger pickups with Takata airbags

10:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Ford is expanding a recall of vehicles with Takata airbags after an inflator exploded in a Ford Ranger last month and the driver was killed....
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Takata says 5.1 million more vehicles in U.S. have defective airbag inflators

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Takata declared another 5.1 million U.S. vehicles defective as the company disclosed an 11th death could be linked to a faulty airbag, federal auto safety regulators said....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Why the time has come for a Takata bailout

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

It's time for Takata's largest customers to seize the company and ensure it can meet all of the legal and safety obligations arising from its faulty airbag inflators....
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