R&D

Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest $73 billion by 2018

6:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015

South Korea's Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-largest automaker, said it would spend $73 billion over four years on expanding capacity, building a new headquarters and developing new vehicles....
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Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

11:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014

Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich....
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Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014

Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology....
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Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014

Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors....
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PSA may take low-cost step with Moroccan outsourcing

Nov. 6, 2014 15:36 CET

PSA will open an engineering center in Morocco and may build cars in the country as part of CEO Carlos Tavares' plan to reduce costs and return the automaker to profit, sources said....
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Daimler opens China r&d center to help Mercedes close gap with Audi, BMW

Nov. 3, 2014 14:55 CET

Daimler has opened an r&d center in Beijing tasked with further tuning its Mercedes brand to wealthy Chinese tastes and closing the sales gap with Audi and BMW....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Why Honda is venturing into Oculus' virtual world

11:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014

From the back seat of an Acura MDX, I peered out at a stone house on a cliff, fields of wind-swept grass and blue butterflies close enough to touch. All of it was a mirage. In reality, I was in the parking lot of the Honda Silicon Valley Lab in Mountain View, Calif....
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Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

China, UC Davis collaborate on EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

In China and the U.S. alike, the commercialization of EVs is happening through a collaboration of automakers and government policymakers to produce and incentivize their increased adoption by consumers....
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NEW PROVING GROUNDS

Where will autonomous cars prepare for urban challenges?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014

The advent of autonomous cars is forcing automakers to rethink the traditional proving ground and strike a balance between existing test tracks and the realities of today's bustling cities. The big hurdle for self-driving cars remains urban America, where the environment is more complex and the range of risks -- cyclists, stray dogs, children running into the street -- is greater....
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Toyota supplier celebrates Nobel Prize winners

7:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014

A Toyota-affiliated supplier is applauding two of its researchers as winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics....
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After 4 Fit Hybrid recalls, Honda adds another r&d gate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Burned by four recalls of its redesigned Fit Hybrid in just nine months, Honda Motor Co. is overhauling its r&d process to intercept problems better....
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VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production....
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N.A. robot sales poised for record

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

A bumper crop of North American vehicle launches this year has triggered what is shaping up as a record wave of robot purchases by automakers and suppliers....
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ZF plans big expansion of Shanghai r&d center

Aug. 17, 2014 06:01 CET

ZF Friedrichshafen is investing 50 million euros (412 million yuan) in a fivefold expansion of its Shanghai headquarters and research hub....
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GM Tech Center nears full operation while pumps run

11:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014

General Motors' Technical Center is nearly back to full operations after Monday's record rainfall in Detroit caused flooding and power issues....
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RICHARD TRUETT

New systems amaze, but what about the joy of driving?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014

Recent visits to Visteon Corp. and Valeo North America threw me into a bit of a funk. They are working to create a cloud-based, always-connected information pod. Taking a back seat is the joy of driving....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Standardized robotic stations can improve quality as lightweight materials gain favor, exec says

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

Automakers' rapid embrace of lightweight materials will dramatically increases manufacturing complexity that can be solved with automation and standardization, says Martin Kinsella, director of advanced materials and process technology for Comau....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

VW touts new MQB architecture on Golf hatchback

11:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

Volkswagen, hoping to boost sales of the new Golf hatchback in the United States, today touted the vehicle's MQB architecture....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

American Axle plans tech center in Detroit

11:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

American Axle & Manufacturing plans to build a technical center at its Detroit headquarters to develop prototype components and to test manufacturing lines, CEO David Dauch said today....
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Robotics suppliers post record business in North America

3:29 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014

Robotics suppliers, paced by automakers preparing for new-product launches, posted records for orders in North America during the second quarter and first half of the year, an industry trade group reported today....
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Toyota r&d boss: EVs in need of a Nobel idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014

The technology needed to make electric vehicles viable hasn't even been invented yet, says Mitsuhisa Kato, Toyota's global r&d chief....
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SKF opens China bearings plant, tech center

June 26, 2014 06:01 CET

Swedish supplier SKF has opened a new bearings factory and r&d campus in the Jiading district of Shanghai in China....
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Audi draws up plans for range of electric cars, report says

12:23 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014

Audi has drawn up blueprints for a range of high-performance electric cars to help it take on its German rivals and Tesla Motors if the market picks up, sources at the carmaker told Reuters....
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