Manufacturing

Ford, GM business seen buoying Takata as U.S. probes airbags

6:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Carmakers continue to support Takata even as the Japanese supplier suffers widening scrutiny by United States regulators over airbags blamed for at least five deaths. Ford, Honda and GM have worked with Takata on new car features over so many years that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to quickly move to alternative supplier....
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Toyota's Lentz says more replacement inflators coming next month

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Toyota, seeking to speed up progress on a recall begun in 2013, is anticipating a greater supply of inflators for Takata airbags being replaced in millions of cars....
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GM pickup production forecast bumped up by 6% for 2015

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
IHS Automotive raised its 2015 production forecast for General Motors' full-sized pickups by 6 percent over previous estimates -- betting that tamer gasoline prices will juice demand for GM's biggest money-maker and help blunt the threat from Ford’s new aluminum-bodied truck....
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Ford recalls 65,000 Fusion models on ignition key issues

9:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Ford said today it is recalling about 65,000 Fusion sedans in North America because the key can be removed from the ignition even if the car is not in the "park" position 30 minutes after the ignition is off, the company said....
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Honda owners can request new airbags even if their cars weren't recalled

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
After recalling millions of vehicles over potentially life-threatening Takata airbag inflators, Honda said it will replace airbags, as appropriate, for concerned customers who were not subject to the recall....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler....
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As China's luxury car wave slows, foreign automakers seek domestic foothold

Nov. 18, 2014 11:18 CET
Daimler will present its new ultraluxury Mercedes-Maybach subbrand at this week's Guangzhou auto show, even as analysts warn the end is approaching for China's 10-year high-end car sales boom....
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GM grants another month for victim filings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
General Motors said late Sunday it agreed to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation by another month to January 31....
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Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango output goes grayscale for a few months

5:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Plans to upgrade a paint shop at a Chrysler Group factory in Detroit will leave the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango colorblind for a couple months. The automaker informed dealers it is suspending orders of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango in any color other than black, white, silver or gray until at least February....
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Harold Coker, founder of antique tire maker Coker Tire, dies at 84

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire in Chattanooga, which produces tires for antique vehicles, died Sunday. He was 84....
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EDITORIAL

Takata must supply answers, replacement parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
It's time for Takata to open up about airbags it manufactured that have prompted recalls of about 11 million vehicles in the United States since 2008....
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TRW investment to help Takata replace defective airbags would be short-term, ZF CEO says

Nov. 17, 2014 10:49 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is ready to invest more through TRW Automotive in airbag inflator output to meet replacement demand following the recall of defective airbags made by Takata. The investment would not be a strategic shift to win market share, ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said....
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N.A. output rises 3% in October

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
North American car and truck production in October rose 3 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,672,685 vehicles....
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Suppliers start moving closer to GM plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
General Motors' drive to cut $900 million a year from its North American logistics spending in 2015 and 2016 is beginning to bear fruit. Early this year, the company called on its suppliers to build factories close to GM's assembly plants. Now the suppliers are starting to comply....
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Semiconductor demand spurs merger activity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Spurred by fast-growing markets for infotainment and collision avoidance, semiconductor suppliers are bulking up with a wave of mergers....
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LIGHT IN ACTION

In smart headlight, 1 LED emits beams that can be controlled

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
A German consortium is developing a "smart headlight" that would require just one LED bulb instead of the array of 25 LEDs required for an Audi A8-style high beam. The consortium led by Osram Opto Semiconductors has developed a single LED light source that can emit 256 pixels -- each a separate beam of light that can be individually controlled....
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Mustang driver injured by airbag fragment in N.C. crash

10:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Ford said on Sunday night it was cooperating with federal safety regulators investigating a report the driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was injured in August by a metal fragment from the car's airbag....
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Inside Ford's retooled F-150 plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Ford's conversion of a 2.6-million-square-foot Michigan truck assembly plant to build the aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup has altered the look of the factory, body shop and adjoining stamping operations....
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Rehired exec at center of Takata storm

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014
This past summer, Takata rehired a retired engineering executive to oversee its embattled quality-control operation -- an executive who is now at the center of a fresh controversy involving the company's disclosures about its defective airbags....
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Brembo Q3 net profit increases 51%

Nov. 15, 2014 06:15 CET
Italian brake maker Brembo reported a 51 percent rise in third-quarter net profit, boosted by higher sales and better margins. The supplier now targets sales to grow about 14 percent to 15 percent this year, up from a previous goal of 13 percent....
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VW boosts dual-clutch output in China

Nov. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
VW has boosted production of its dual-clutch transmission at a second plant in China. The plant, in the northern city of Tianjin, will build up to 450,000 units of VW's so-called DSG gearbox annually, with output rising to 1.2 million units by 2016, VW said....
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Ford extends Ranger recall in U.S. to look at driver's side airbag

8:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
A recall of Ford Ranger pickup trucks in the United States was expanded to include more flawed Takata airbags after a fatal accident in Malaysia exposed a defect that wasn't previously known....
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AUTOMOBILWOCHE CONGRESS 2014

Ford taps independent software developers

Nov. 14, 2014 08:23 CET
Ford is betting on open systems and the innovative capabilities of external software developers in its vehicle connectivity strategy, Barbara Samardzich, Ford of Europe's chief operating officer, said....
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Takata to hike inflator output at Mexico plant

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Under heavy pressure to boost output of replacement inflators for airbags amid a recall crisis, Takata is preparing to build two new production lines at its plant in Monclova, Mexico. The company said the lines should start up in January -- a delay caused by the need to install and test new tooling....
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Jaguar Land Rover's UK staff rejects pay deal

Nov. 13, 2014 15:46 CET
Jaguar Land Rover's UK workers have voted overwhelmingly against an offered pay rise and pension changes as the Unite union says the automaker should return to the negotiating table or face a ballot for industrial action....
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