Interiors

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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NEWS ANALYSIS

Chasing profits, JCI jumps out of seats

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Johnson Controls' spinoff of its $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit, announced last week, underlines an uncomfortable truth for suppliers: Sometimes it's not enough to be No. 1. Seats don't generate the profits that they once did, and that's due to a new trend in purchasing....
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Strike at Spanish seating supplier ends

July 15, 2015 14:53 CET

Employees at a Spanish factory of seating supplier Johnson Controls today resumed work. Their strike had hit production at Volkswagen Group's Seat unit....
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How to erase that odor: Clean, deodorize, sanitize

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Odor Doctors has a three-step, vehicle odor-busting process, owner Frank Simmons says....
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Hyundai recalls 140,000 Sonatas in North America over seat belt concerns

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Hyundai said it is recalling about 140,000 Sonata mid-sized sedans in the U.S. and Canada due to potential defects in the front passenger seat belt buckle....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Interiors sector will get smaller, but not too small

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Grupo Antolin's planned purchase of most of Magna's interiors operations and JCI's possible sale of its seating business are just the beginning of the upheaval in the automotive interiors world. The sector, however, will remain competitive, an expert with vast M&A experience said....
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With '16 Mitsubishi Outlander, flair is free

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Bang for the buck is key for the 2016 Outlander, so Mitsubishi made glitzy styling standard on every trim level, not just the most expensive ones....
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Why the seat king wants out of the seat business

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Johnson Controls is the world's biggest producer of complete seats. So why is CEO Alex Molinaroli putting the company's seating operation and interiors unit up for sale?...
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Johnson Controls to explore spinoff of its auto business

8:13 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Johnson Controls said it is "exploring strategic options" for its automotive business -- the first step in the possible sale or spinoff of its seating and interiors units. CEO Alex Molinaroli said the company “had no specific timetable for the completion of the strategic review, which includes a full range of strategic options for the automotive business.”...
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Musk asked to make Tesla animal friendly

7:18 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Tesla's Model S sedan already ditched gasoline. Now two shareholders from Texas want the electric-car maker to stop using animal products as well....
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Nissan wants Maxima to skew younger

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Nissan is aiming its eighth-generation Maxima, redesigned for 2016, at younger buyers, with racier exterior styling, a floating roof, a beefier beltline, an enlarged front grille and a fastback rear design....
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Lear Q1 net income, revenue up after Eagle Ottawa acquisition

11:25 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Seating and electronics supplier Lear acquired leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in the first quarter and said that net income during the period increased 20 percent and revenue jumped 3.7 percent from the year earlier....
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Magna to sell interiors unit to Grupo Antolin for $525 million

9:17 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Canadian auto supplier Magna has agreed to sell its interiors operations to Grupo Antolin, a Spanish supplier with global operations, in a deal valued at about $525 million, Magna said today in a statement....
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Grupo Antolin to buy Magna unit for $525 million

April 16, 2015 15:17 CET

Spain's Grupo Antolin has reached an agreement to purchase Magna International's interiors unit for about $525 million, creating what Antolin estimates will be the world's third-largest player in the consolidating sector....
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Magna negotiating to sell interiors business to Grupo Antolin, report says

12:25 pm U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Canada's Magna International is in talks to sell its car-interior business to Spain's Grupo Antolin, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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How Faurecia made over a Visteon relic

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22, 2015

Faurecia knew it had a big job converting a castoff Visteon plant it bought in 2012 in Michigan into a profitable operation. But Saline now has three key ingredients for survival: an owner with deep pockets; a loyal customer, Ford; and a pragmatic union....
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Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015

The next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The minivan also will be slightly taller and wider than the current version. The revelations come from spy photographers and supplier documents posted online....
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EJECTING CD PLAYERS

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces....
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Signature sound

Autos, audio amplify each other

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's partnership with Meridian is part of an intensifying competition among luxury carmakers to use high-end audio brands to enhance their vehicles' appeal. In December, Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln became the latest entrant, announcing a 10-year partnership with Revel, a premium speaker brand owned by Harman International Industries....
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Lear completes acquisition of automotive leather supplier Eagle Ottawa

10:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015

Seating and electronics supplier Lear has closed on its $850 million acquisition of automotive leather supplier Eagle Ottawa LLC....
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Shifting eyes back to the road ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

Interior designers are working to concentrate more of a vehicle’s critical information directly in front of the driver and away from center-stack display screens....
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The ultimate marketing vehicle?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

The center stack is already a hub for entertainment and navigation, but what if it could help you get half off a turkey sandwich at a deli that's just around the corner? For automakers and their technology partners, it's an appetizing thought....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Art program could help shape auto industry's next creative minds

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014

Thursday night, I went to a fundraiser, called #onthefridge, for Art Road. The group's latest art on display was cool, but I was more drawn to some of the earlier years’ artworks, especially those related to cars....
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Visteon completes major part of sale of interiors business

8:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

Visteon said today it completed the largest phase of a deal to transfer its automotive interiors business to Dutch firm Reydel Automotive Holdings BV....
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Toyota ordered to pay $12.5 million to woman 'virtually decapitated' by seat belt

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014

A California jury ordered Toyota to pay $12.5 million for being responsible for debilitating lap-only seat belt injuries in a 2010 crash....
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