Management Briefing Seminars

PACE Awards website taking applications

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The deadline to apply for 2016 Automotive News PACE Awards, which honor game-changing, commercialized innovation by suppliers, is Sept. 4....
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RICHARD TRUETT

The knock on higher octane

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Expect the debate over raising the octane levels at U.S. gasoline pumps -- perhaps making 93 octane the new regular -- to get a lot louder between now and 2017....
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Production cost savings lure suppliers to Eastern Europe

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Thanks to lower production costs, suppliers continue to head to Eastern Europe, often following the trail of their customers....
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German suppliers chase opportunities in China

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Companies in China with Western participation such as SAIC Motor Corp. and China FAW Group Corp. are still the engines of growth there. But domestic Chinese companies such as Chery Automobile Co. and Geely have been carried along in their wake and are strongly advancing on them. That could give German suppliers a new foothold in China....
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Q&A

Jaguar Land Rover bets big on making its fleet connected

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Mike Bell was appointed to the newly created position of global connected car director at Jaguar Land Rover in 2012 when interest in the sector was just starting to develop. Times have changed quickly. Bell, 44, says JLR aims to have all its new vehicles connected by year end....
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ARaymond expands in U.S. with unique training methods

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

ARaymond, based in Grenoble, France, is expanding in the United States to meet demand for fluid connectors to handle urea for diesel engines, battery coolant and other new technology in vehicles....
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Q&A

Multiphysics? Joining disciplines to design parts

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Complex technologies are forcing automotive engineers to work in areas outside their field of expertise. Now, a mechanical engineer, for instance, can be called upon to use electronics, fluid dynamics and other fields that can influence the performance of a component....
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Common parts complicate suppliers' efforts

10:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Automakers are making more common parts, globalizing their platforms and saving money in the process. But that doesn't necessarily save manufacturing costs for suppliers....
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EPA studies potential benefits of higher octane gasoline

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The EPA is studying whether raising the octane level of gasoline could improve the efficiency of automobile engines, Christopher Grundler, director of the agency's office of Transportation and Air Quality told Automotive News today....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Back when Detroit had to learn efficiency from Japan

9:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

People here at the Management Briefing Seminars are talking about the urgency to embrace new information technologies to run better factories, reduce wasteful practices and empower workers to make processes work better. I'd like to point out how easy these ideas and tools are to come by today....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Tensions over U.S. electric vehicle mandates spill out at MBS

8:13 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

A long-simmering dispute between automakers and U.S. regulators over policies to promote electric vehicles spilled into the open on Tuesday, in the high stakes struggle over the future of automotive technology....
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VIDEO: CAR's David Cole on suppliers, Sergio, 'a wild and crazy time'

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

'Fast and furious.' That's how Center for Automotive Research chairman emeritus David Cole describes an auto industry that may never see stability again. He sees Sergio Marchionne's partnership quest as part of a necessary trend and says FCA may end up as the apple of another company's eye....
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At the half: N.A. car and truck production by plant

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The Wednesday and Thursday issues of the Traverse City Daily feature production highlights for the first half of 2015....
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54.5 mpg isn't a done deal, EPA official says

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A top EPA official today shot down the notion that the agency has already decided to implement the 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average proposed for 2025....
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As supplier business turns up, so will pressure

8:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The good news for North American auto suppliers is that a robust industry is about to turn up the business volume with record numbers of new-vehicle launches. What's the bad news? According to Michael Robinet, one of the industry's chief trackers of North American manufacturing: The frequency of the launches will accelerate....
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ZF opens office in Mexico to find Tier 2 suppliers

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

When ZF North America wanted to find Tier 2 suppliers in Mexico to make parts for a transmission plant in Graycourt, S.C., the German transmission company decided it needed to get better acquainted with the local supplier community....
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Tesla critics still don't get it, executive says

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Tesla Motors continues to be misunderstood and erroneously portrayed, the company's vice president of business development told an audience at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars Tuesday....
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Turbo suppliers expect a lift from diesels

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Rising U.S. demand for diesel-powered cars and trucks could be a windfall for turbocharger suppliers such as Honeywell Inc., BorgWarner and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries....
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Favorable tariffs, inexpensive labor boost Mexico

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

By 2018, light-vehicle production in Mexico is expected to approach 4.4 million units, up 26 percent from last year's output, according to a forecast by the Center for Automotive Research....
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Army eyes self-driving convoys

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The United States Army is getting ready to conduct road tests of automated truck platoons, in which convoys of computer-guided vehicles follow each other on paved or dirt roads....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Conti's Cruising Chauffeur: The beauty of 2 of everything

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

If Continental AG is right about driverless cars, the trick to the technology is to have at least two of everything....
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Tesla executive challenges rivals to make better EVs

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A Tesla Motors executive called on rival automakers to put more compelling electric vehicles on the road and said fuel-efficiency standards should be far more stringent....
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Car buyers getting older, richer, NADA economist says

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The auto industry must prepare for a challenging demographic shift as baby boomers age and millennials gain more buying power, the National Automobile Dealers Association's chief economist said today....
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GM economist predicts new U.S. sales records

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

U.S. auto sales could set a new historic record this year or at least during the current upward business cycle, General Motors' chief economist predicted today....
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Steelmakers prep Ala. plant to battle aluminum

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A joint venture plant in Alabama, AM/NS Calvert, is preparing to produce the latest generation of ultra high-strength steel for the North American automobile industry....
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