Management Briefing Seminars

At the half: North America car and truck production by platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2014....
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DUSTIN WALSH

How suppliers can gain from fuel efficiency push

11:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
In the era of regulation, fuel efficiency is king. Automakers, more than ever, are relying on suppliers to innovate fuel saving technology -- even incrementally....
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Nissan brings suppliers closer to the line

10:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Nissan North America is pulling back from a strategy of buying parts from low-cost countries and is now encouraging suppliers to locate near its assembly plants in the United States instead....
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Southeast Asia: Next boom market?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Auto industry executives are still upbeat about China, but their enthusiasm for the other BRIC countries has waned. New markets are in demand -- and are being discovered -- such as Southeast Asia....
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With the push for standard parts, quality is key

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Automakers have long sought standard parts that can be used in various autos to cut costs. Now they want standardized modules and systems. That puts a premium on quality....
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GM: Vette Z06 to get high power, high mpg

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The supercharged 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that goes on sale early next year will produce 650 hp, the highest ever for a General Motors production car. But the engine is only half the powertrain story....
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Q&A

In down market, Webasto sees 'hope' for roof systems

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The market for convertible roofs has declined nearly by half in recent years. But Holger Engelmann, CEO of Webasto AG, stands by the convertible and sees bright spots for the roof systems business long term....
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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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Q&A

Ram exec says first company with a 30 mpg pickup 'wins'

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Ram launched the 1500 EcoDiesel, the first light-duty diesel pickup in the United States in more than a decade, early this year. Sales are strong, and Ram is working to increase the supply of the 3.0-liter Italian-made turbodiesel....
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Mitsu Electric teams with tech heavyweights on infotainment

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc. is partnering up to stay competitive in the infotainment market....
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Mexico wants more Tier 2 suppliers

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Mexico's auto industry has launched a long-term effort to develop a national network of Tier 2 suppliers. Tier 1 suppliers, the global giants that ship parts directly to automakers, are well represented in Mexico. But they import a lot of parts and raw materials that they need....
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Crash testing is still a good business

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Crash simulations and calculations are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and yet more and more real-life tests are being carried out. A little-known company south of Munich is benefiting from the trend....
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Dana CEO says purchasers are collaborating with suppliers earlier

9:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Like other Tier 1 suppliers, Dana, a major supplier of axles and driveshafts, has been working to strip weight out of its products, says CEO Roger Wood. Meanwhile, he says automakers are working earlier with suppliers on product development....
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GM's Google Glass trial and other factory visions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
General Motors is experimenting with Google Glass to improve quality on the factory floor. American Axle is building a tech center to train tomorrow's workers. A software company envisions employee uniforms that stream data. These are just a few ways automakers and suppliers are gearing for a hypercompetitive future while attracting new talent to the auto industry....
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At the half: Top 25 North American plants and models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Each issue of the Traverse City Daily features production highlights for the first half of 2014....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Fuel regs will stymie industry after 2018, NADA economist says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The federal targets for higher vehicle fuel efficiency will curb the industry's ability to sell more cars after the end of this decade, a leading economist predicts....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers to get rude wake-up call on voice recognition

11:41 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Check your pride at the door Wednesday afternoon when JD Power plans to lay into the auto industry for one of the most poorly executed technologies it peddles to consumers -- voice recognition....
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N.A. auto market seen outshining other regions, despite threats

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Auto sales will continue to rise in North America through 2020 despite lingering effects of the 2009 recession, economist Jeff Schuster predicted today....
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California prepares for hydrogen fuel stations

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Now that Toyota and other automakers are preparing to introduce fuel-cell vehicles in California, entrepreneurs are starting to build a network of hydrogen fuel stations....
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Auto sales suffer when young adults work only part-time, economist says

3:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
New-vehicle sales are climbing steadily, but they are still depressed by a lack of full-time jobs for young adults, an economist said....
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Center of North American auto industry moves further southwest, IHS says

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
The geographic center point of the North American auto industry, which was located in central Illinois in 2000, has now crossed south into Arkansas from Missouri and moving southwest about 14 miles a year. The calculation by consultant IHS Automotive is derived from the production data of North American assembly plants....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

Why automakers can't beat up suppliers any more

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Remember the old days when automotive purchasing czars such as General Motors' Inaki Lopez and Ford's Carlos Mazzorin threw their weight around with suppliers? Those days are gone....
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Hybrid technology helps fuel transmission transformation

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Transmission manufacturers such as ZF Friedrichshafen AG are adapting their transmissions for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles by replacing the torque converter with an electric motor....
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North American tooling demands growing from foreign automakers

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
As North American production rises, Asian and European automakers are asking their tool-and-die suppliers to set up shop in North America, a consultant says....
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Auto sales would be higher in 'normal' recovery, researcher says

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
If this were a normal recovery, the auto industry should be selling a lot more cars than it is this year, says an economist. But this is no normal recovery, said Itay Michaeli, director of Citi Investment Research and Analysis....
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