Manufacturing

N.A. output will hit new records to meet sales, export demands, forecaster says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

North American vehicle output will continue rising to new records over the next two years as non-Detroit 3 automakers localize more production, a chief industry forecaster says....
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JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The executive who is orchestrating the spin-off of Johnson Controls' $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit has a straightforward message for customers: steady as she goes....
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Subaru's non-automotive engine a big hit at CAR's event

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It wasn’t a turbo. And it didn’t sport the company’s trademark “boxer” opposed engine. But the Subaru-powered generator at the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars just may be the most important engine here....
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Stop-start systems pick up speed in North America

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Stop-start systems are starting to take off in North America. By 2020, about 35 percent of vehicles sold in North America will feature stop-start systems, up from 10 percent this year, predicts Navigant Consulting, a Chicago research firm....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all. Here's why: Ford's strategy for the change in metals doesn't apply to other automakers....
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Bosch targets cylinder deactivation for 4-bangers

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

A senior executive at Robert Bosch confirmed that the German supplier is developing cylinder deactivation technology for four-cylinder engines, to improve fuel economy in small and midsize cars....
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Jet design inspired interior of 2016 Maxima

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

To design the interior of the 2016 Maxima, Nissan designers were looking for ways to present drivers a lot of safety, navigation and entertainment information - without overloading their senses. Product planning manager Vishnu Jayamohan said Nissan designers found clues and inspiration in the cockpits of F-18 fighter jets....
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Q&A

Plastic Omnium: Stiffer emissions rules will fuel gains

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Laurent Burelle, CEO of Plastic Omnium, is a high-energy executive who at 65cq says he plans to retire “sometime in the next 50 years.” There is no time to slow down because Burelle wants to boost revenue 32 percent to 7 billion euros by 2018 at the French supplier of bumpers and fuel tanks founded by his family in 1946....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Why Nissan wants you to know that size matters

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Nissan executives have grown fond of telling audiences that their vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is now North America's largest. Last year's output: 648,000 cars and SUVs....
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HARD-CORE SOFTWARE

A new breed of software engineer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

As auto suppliers beef up their software development, the hunt for software talent has taken on the urgency of a gold rush....
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JASON STEIN

Putting Sergio's thesis to the test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Automotive News has devoted enormous time and resources and turned a mirror on the industry -- questioning whether the entire structure, the bones of the business, needs a rethink. We have explored the thesis that the industry burns too much capital, wastes too much effort and is beautifully inefficient at what it professes to do so well....
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GM prepares to fight aftermarket repair parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

General Motors plans to roll out a new pricing system later this year for its original-equipment collision parts, a bid to take back market share from aftermarket parts makers....
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EDITORIAL

Sweet harmony: How trade pacts could pay off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Harmonizing global auto standards and regulations is an elusive goal, but two pending trade pacts offer a window of opportunity....
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VW to roll out high-end safety tech across lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volkswagen Group has long sold sensor-based crash prevention systems in high-end models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley. Last week, it showed the trickle-down effect in action as it detailed plans to roll out features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and automated parking across the entire U.S. lineup of the Volkswagen brand for the 2016 model year....
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Today's Volvo XC90: A rolling computer chip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When the XC90 was introduced in 2002, it had as many as 38 electronic control units -- small computers that receive data from sensors and components and issue control instructions. Now, it has as many as 107....
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Swift and secure vehicle software updates?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

When it comes to connected cars, Redbend, an Israeli software company, is sitting in a prime position. As automakers add software to vehicles, those systems will require updates, just as home computers and mobile devices do. And Redbend's specialty, first developed for the smartphone and personal computer markets, is to update software quickly and efficiently....
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Management Briefing Seminars will resume this afternoon

10:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015

Organizers of the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars said they will hold afternoon sessions beginning today at 1 p.m. Morning sessions were canceled due to the lack of power at the Grand Traverse Resort....
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Nissan inspired by high-end fashion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015

Nissan wanted some European fashion to move its American-made Maxima sedan further upscale for 2016. It turned to Alcantara, the Italian producer of material used in high-end apparel and automotive seating, to give the Maxima SR sport package the look of some exotic European sport coupes....
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REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT

Subaru's low-paid foreign workers power an export boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

At the heart of Subaru's ongoing U.S. sales boom has been the Forester SUV, which has carved out a following with American drivers for its performance, price and aura of social responsibility. What Subaru does not tout is that its boom is made possible in part by asylum seekers and other cheap foreign laborers from Asia and Africa....
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FCA recalls 284,153 Dodge Chargers for airbag flaw

11:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 284,153 Dodge Chargers for a flaw that could lead side airbag inflatable curtains and seat airbags to deploy unexpectedly, raising the risk of crash and injury....
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GM powertrain plan calls for advancing on many fronts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

When you ask Dan Nicholson about a certain powertrain or technology, he doesn't tell you why it can't be done. Chances are, he'll tell you where it fits in General Motors' ambitious global powertrain portfolio. Nicholson, 51, who took over as GM's vice president of global powertrain late last year....
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REUTERS ANALYSIS

BMW, Apple could rekindle courtship with an eye on car collaboration

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars....
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Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler, Rosekind says

1:11 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said today....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: It's too early to settle aluminum vs. steel repair-cost debate

11:59 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

It seems like everyone wants to know if the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 is more expensive to repair than the steel-bodied pickup it replaced. We don't know -- and we won't know for a long time....
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Hacked Jeep Cherokee exposes weak underbelly of high-tech cars

6:49 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The Jeep Cherokee brought to a halt by hackers last week exposed wireless networks as the weakest link in high-tech vehicles, underscoring the need to find fast over-the-air fixes to block malicious intrusions....
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