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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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Updated Pilot to become Honda's priciest U.S. vehicle

5:00 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

When the third-generation Pilot crossover goes on sale in June, its fully loaded Elite trim level will carry a sticker price of $47,300, including shipping....
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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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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: How auto dealerships can 'starve' a union drive

4:12 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

A tried-and-true method of getting union-sympathizing mechanics to quit is assign them electrical fixes and other tough jobs that end up taking longer than their allotted time....
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Ford's Turkish plant cancels shift as labor unrest hits suppliers

May 20, 2015 08:27 CET

Ford Otosan, the Turkish arm of Ford, cancelled an extra working shift, citing supply chain problems amid widening labor unrest in Turkey's automotive sector....
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Renault bets on cheap car with high-end features in India

May 20, 2015 10:24 CET

Renault hopes to succeed where Nissan's Datsun brand has stumbled by introducing the Kwid minicar in India. The hatchback will start at $4,700 and offer equipment not common in the country's best-selling small cars such as an airbag and navigation functions....
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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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Borgward revival led by former Daimler China boss

May 19, 2015 06:01 CET

Borgward named former Daimler China boss Ulrich Walker as its CEO as the company prepares to resurrect the German brand with Chinese backing....
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What people are saying about 2016 Chevy Camaro

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

Chevrolet, on the heels of the redesigned Ford Mustang, is bringing out a reskinned and re-engineered Camaro sports car for 2016, raising the ante in Detroit's pony car battle. Here's a look at what some journalists and analysts have to say about the latest Camaro....
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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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Price cutting threatens automakers' rich margins in China

12:34 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

International automakers are slashing prices for vehicles they sell in China in response to a slowdown in demand that threatens the industry's rich profit margins....
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Takata acknowledges defect in airbags

2:15 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

After months of pressure from U.S. regulators, Takata Corp. acknowledged that its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective, a decision that sharply expands the scope of the airbag crisis and could prompt one of the largest recalls for a safety defect in U.S. history....
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Driverless cars may cut U.S. sales by 40%, Barclays says

3:19 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

US auto sales may drop about 40 percent in the next 25 years because of shared driverless cars, forcing mass-market producers such as General Motors and Ford to slash output, a Barclays Plc analyst said....
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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 gives 2016 Elantra compact a Value Edition variant

11:15 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Hyundai, preparing for a 2017 redesign of the Elantra compact car, is adding a 2016 variant with a Value Edition trim while keeping the vehicle’s starting price at $18,075, including shipping....
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Will Buick Envision ever land in U.S. showrooms?

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Buick plans to introduce the Envision in Europe badged as an Opel and a Vauxhall, as well as a Holden in Australia, and has floated the possibility of bringing the new crossover to the U.S. in 2016....
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JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: The science, psychology and secrecy behind the Ford GT

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Ford did a ton of work understanding the psychology of the driver during development of the GT and found that driving performance follows a bell curve that relates to distractions....
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Supercar makers neglect women at their peril

May 19, 2015 15:49 CET

Supercar makers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and Aston Martin are seen by some industry observers as failing to communicate properly with female customers. But they may need to learn quickly or risk losing out on sales, particularly in emerging markets....
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Price cutting by VW, GM and Ford threatens automakers' rich margins in China

May 19, 2015 12:57 CET

Automakers including VW, GM and Ford are slashing prices for vehicles they sell in China in response to a slowdown in demand that threatens the industry's rich profit margins....
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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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