Automotive

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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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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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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Harman calls software flaw that allowed FCA hacking an isolated case

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Harman International, the maker of the audio system in the Jeep Cherokee that was hacked remotely, said the software flaw that allowed that incident isn't in infotainment systems it supplies to other automakers....
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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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Jaguar F-Pace undergoes final tests ahead of Frankfurt debut

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Jaguar’s first crossover, the midsize F-Pace, is going through final tests ahead of its sales launch next year....
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VW plans new 4-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection on '16 Jetta

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

A new downsized, turbocharged engine will replace a more than 20-year-old four-cylinder motor currently powering entry-level Volkswagen Jetta compact cars, Volkswagen of America said today....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal....
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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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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Is a 400-hp, quad-turbo diesel engine in BMW's future?

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Tri-turbos are so last season. Aiming to keep up with fashion BMW is reportedly working on quad-turbo engines....
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Chevy Colorado lineup grows with all-terrain, ‘Midnight’ variants

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Chevrolet is looking to maintain sales momentum for the Colorado midsize pickup with two new special editions, including an all-terrain model....
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How GM makes a business case for its electrified vehicles

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM uses modular parts to dramatically reduce costs for batteries, motors and other components in its fleet of six electrified cars, its chief engineer for electrified vehicles said today. The gasoline-electric powertrain in the upcoming Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, for example, is nearly identical to that of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, even though both operate differently....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Honda's formula for recruiting assembly workers

10:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Jeff Tomko was one of the speakers who got deleted from the Monday program by the chaos of the local power outage. That's too bad, because he would have been a good counter-point to some of the comments heard here about the difficulty of recruiting manufacturing workers....
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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 features production highlights for the first half of 2015....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Sports cars: Launch 'em and leave 'em? No way

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

Launch it and leave it is a death sentence for sporty cars. And no company has been more successful at failing with sporty cars than Toyota....
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Survey: Raw material costs are declining

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

The cost of raw materials for the average vehicle produced in May is a hefty $476 lower than last August, according to a survey by AlixPartners....
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Acquisitions make Mahle a major player

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

Just two years after German powertrain systems supplier Mahle GmbH acquired a majority stake in climate control specialist Behr Group, Mahle has agreed to acquire Delphi Automotive's thermal division. With the move, Mahle further consolidates its position as a leader in the thermal systems segment....
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Digital images may turn mirrors into museum pieces

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

The lowly rearview mirror may be on the way out. Several suppliers are developing digital mirrors -- that is, cameras that would replace rearview mirrors....
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GM, Honda join forces for one fuel cell design

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

Nearly two years have passed since General Motors and Honda announced their partnership to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. Charlie Freese, GM's general director of global fuel cell engineering, spoke recently about the partnership with Staff Reporter Richard Truett....
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GM plans $877 million modernization for Michigan plant

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM plans to invest $877 million to modernize its assembly plant in Flint, Mich., one of its two U.S. full-size pickup factories. GM said the investment in its oldest North American plant will include a new body shop, which will be located close to a nearby metal center that supplies sheet metal for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Dodge Challenger needs more internet horsepower

7:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

We all know the Dodge Challenger can be ordered with an asphalt peeling 707-horsepower Hellcat Hemi V-8 engine. But Monday I found one area where the Challenger’s performance can be greatly improved: The Uconnect system....
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