Management Briefing Seminars

Audi's Scott Keogh: 'We didn't want to be patient'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2013
Audi suffered from a U.S. identity crisis seven years ago. So says Scott Keogh, the ex-Mercedes exec who is now Audi of America's 44-year-old CEO. A big point of confusion: Was Audi a near-luxury brand or luxury brand? As marketing boss, Keogh answered that question with some stinging ads that put Audi on the same stage as Lexus. Since then? A steady rise in U.S. luxury share -- and a thirst for more.... Read More »

 

Boom is on; enjoy the ride

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Automakers are on track to exceed the North American production record of 17.2 million units in 2016.... Read More »

 

Suppliers need equipment, workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
Buying equipment and adding workers are North American automotive suppliers' top priorities as production orders soar.... Read More »

 

Ford futurist sees Africa shift

Aug. 9, 2013 06:01 CET
Demographic trends unfolding in China could ultimately lead Africa to replace the world's most populous country as a global center of low-cost manufacturing, according to Ford's official futurist.... Read More »

 

DUSTIN WALSH

People, knowledge are the 'secret sauce' for sustainable business, Freudenberg exec says

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
Sustainability, in terms of the automotive industry, was a move toward more environmentally-friendly manufacturing and products, and a marketing machine. But Ted Duclos, general manager of the global fluid power division at supplier Freudenberg-NOK, says it's more than environmental and economical -- it's social.... Read More »

 

VW's U.S. plant: Blueprint for the world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
Volkswagen's new plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., shoulders twin responsibilities: Raise the German automaker's profile in the United States and serve as a blueprint for new VW plants around the world. A striking bridge entranceway has practical and symbolic significance. The interior design brings workers and managers together, shaves the distance between managers and problems, and minimizes accidental scratches on the assembly line.... Read More »

 

GM says mid-sized Chevrolet pickup to keep Colorado name in U.S.

10:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2013
GM said its mid-sized pickups will keep the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon names when redesigned models reach showrooms next year, after the automaker considered a change.... Read More »

 

Torchbearers help guide innovations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Auto suppliers have until Aug. 30 to apply for the 2014 Automotive News PACE Awards. The awards, in their 20th year, recognize innovation.... Read More »

 

Nissan poised to boost Leaf output

7:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Nissan is making plans to begin building more electric Leafs as dealers clamor for more of the once slow-selling car. Bill Krueger, the automaker's North American factory chief, has been visiting with retailers in recent days and cautions that production will move ahead in small and careful steps.... Read More »

 

How the Acura MDX lost 275 pounds

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Acura put the redesigned MDX on a diet. A blend of high-strength steel and other materials helped the 2014 crossover shed 275 pounds compared with its predecessor. But engineer Jim Keller says Honda's work on the MDX reflects an industry in its lightweighting infancy. A host of materials and technologies -- some proven, some not -- will compete for automakers' attention as they perform a high-stakes balancing act: keeping vehicles rigid and safe while reducing weight to meet stricter U.S.... Read More »

 

Scanners, lasers lift Chrysler's build quality

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Special rooms inside almost all of Chrysler Group's assembly plants, including its sprawling Toledo Assembly Complex, are helping the company improve its build quality. The rooms, called metrology centers, house specialized laser measuring devices, scanners and other equipment that teams of engineers and hourly workers use to diagnose assembly and parts problems.... Read More »

 

Ford futurist sees Africa shift

4:35 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Demographic trends unfolding in China could ultimately lead Africa to replace the world's most populous country as a global center of low-cost manufacturing, according to Ford's official futurist.... Read More »

 

Ford helps workers get healthy

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
In its push for more efficient auto factories, Ford is zeroing in a new manufacturing cost item: unhealthy Ford workers. Ford, in a statement on Wednesday, detailed an initiative to make workers healthier and safer -- and the company wants to use a variety of components, including advanced training and protection, to achieve the goal.... Read More »

 

Q&A: STEFAN SOMMER

ZF goes full-speed on 9-speeds (but not 10)

Aug. 7, 2013 06:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen plans to boost production of eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions by 50 percent to 1.2 million units by 2016.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Crash warning devices must earn drivers' trust

6:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
It's unclear when -- if ever -- automakers will equip cars with vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems that would prevent fender benders at intersections. But one supplier, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., is developing such a system to help motorists avoid pedestrians and cyclists.... Read More »

 

RHODA MIEL

Fuel economy is a distant concern for these shoppers

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Sure, consumers may say that fuel economy is important. They rank it as the second thing they look for when considering a vehicle, right behind value for their money. But look behind the overall statistics and a more complicated picture emerges.... Read More »

 

Nissan presses suppliers to locate closer

5:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
After 30 years of building autos in the United States, Nissan is turning up the pressure on its suppliers to locate their operations closer to Nissan's assembly lines in Tennessee and Mississippi.... Read More »

 

Automakers add more capacity at U.S. operations

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Automakers, enjoying the best U.S. sales since 2007, so far this week have disclosed plans to spend $434 million to boost their capacity to make vehicles and engines.... Read More »

 

Parts makers reluctant to build plants, survey says

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
To meet rising production orders, North American suppliers are hiring employees and purchasing more capital equipment, but they are less willing to finance plant expansions, a new industry survey shows.... Read More »

 

Clemson project uncovers what Gen Y drivers really want

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Think the auto industry pros have America's massive rising Gen Y youth market all figured out? Sometimes it becomes painful apparent that you don't know what you don't know.... Read More »

 

Suppliers meet demands by boosting parts shipments from other regions

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Big suppliers are easing production shortfalls in better-selling regions, such as North American and China, by shipping more parts from factories on other continents.... Read More »

 

Honda will expand to build more engine parts in Ohio

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
Honda North America intends to invest another $180 million in its Anna, Ohio, engine plant to boost aluminum die-casting and engine parts production.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why the road to autonomous vehicles is uphill

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
To hear a panel of industry experts describe it Tuesday afternoon, taking consumers into the world of fully autonomous self-driving cars is going to be a long and challenging trip. For starters, consumers don't particularly want it.... Read More »

 

Q&A: STEFAN SOMMER

ZF goes full-speed on 9-speeds (but not 10)

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
ZF Friedrichshafen AG plans to boost production of eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions by 50 percent to 1.2 million units by 2016. Stefan Sommer, ZF's CEO, spoke recently with Special Correspondent Richard Truett.... Read More »

 

Qualcomm develops sytem to avoid pedestrians, cyclists

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2013
It's not clear when, if ever, automakers will equip their cars with vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems that would prevent fender-benders at intersections. But one supplier -- Qualcomm Technologies -- is trying to design such a system to help motorists avoid pedestrians and cyclists.... Read More »

 

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