Manufacturing

Lackluster profits drive FCA's higher invoice prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The reason behind Fiat Chrysler's wholesale pricing action is simple: profits -- or the lack thereof....
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S.C. called a contender for Volvo plant site

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volvo Cars is weighing a site in South Carolina against one in another Southern state as it prepares to invest $500 million in its first U.S. plant, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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EDITORIAL

Toyota's Mexico move

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Production capacity is shifting rapidly to Mexico. Last week, Toyota was the latest automaker to announce plans to build or expand a plant there....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving tech building blocks already in place

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Kathy Winter, Delphi's vice president of advanced engineering and software service, declined to predict when autonomous cars would be ready for the market. But she did say it'll probably be regulatory and insurance issues - not the readiness of the technology - that slows the rollout of autonomous cars....
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High-volume battle of the in-car audio brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

On March 26, Bose Corp. said its 34-speaker Panaray system will appear in the 2016 Cadillac CT6 sedan. Five days later, rival Harman International Industries Inc. counterpunched, saying it would pay $154 million to acquire Bang & Olufsen. The dueling announcements threw into sharp relief the different strategies of the two leading companies in branded automotive audio....
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DANIEL SANDBERG, CEO, BREMBO NORTH AMERICA

Brembo thrives on growing performance market

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Brembo, the Italian brake manufacturer, is on a roll. The company's global 2014 revenue grew 15 percent to nearly $2.20 billion. But Brembo has plenty of challenges. The company wants to hire more engineers, and automakers are demanding lighter weight parts....
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Shanghai GM to spend $16 billion to boost China product portfolio, market share

6:19 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors and China's SAIC, plans to spend $16 billion over the next five years developing new vehicles and to lift its Chinese market share....
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VW board members came close to demanding Piech's resignation, paper says

April 18, 2015 22:33 CET

Senior members of Volkswagen's supervisory board were prepared to demand Chairman Ferdinand Piech's resignation had he not agreed to a statement backing CEO Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper reported. Piech had initially resisted pressure from other board members to back Winterkorn during an emergency meeting....
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BMW to recall 91,800 Mini Coopers over airbag flaw

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

BMW of North America will recall about 91,800 Mini Coopers in the U.S. to fix a flaw with the front passenger seat mat that may prevent the passenger airbag from deploying....
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Lotus plans to build cars in China

April 17, 2015 16:24 CET

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the UK sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said. The venture will involve an investment of $1.6 billion over 15 years....
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Ford to spend $2.5 billion on new Mexico engine, transmission operations

1:08 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Ford, confirming reports from earlier this week, will spend $2.5 billion to build a new generation of fuel-efficient engines and transmissions in Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs. The company will build a new engine line within its engine plant in the northern state of Chihuahua. The company will also build a transmission plant in the central state of Guanajuato....
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Oman will use Italian expertise to help build auto industry

April 17, 2015 06:01 CET

The Oman government has bought into an Italian supplier as part of its goal to develop car production in the oil-rich Middle Eastern state. The state-owned Oman Investment Fund last month bought a 40 percent stake in Italian thermoplastic parts supplier Sigit....
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Volvo narrows choices for U.S. plant to S. Carolina, 2nd state, report says

11:57 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Volvo Cars is weighing a site in South Carolina against another southern state as it prepares to invest $500 million in its first US plant, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today....
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Lotus forms joint venture to build cars, engines in China

9:34 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the U.K. sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said....
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Aluminum F-150 improves crash-test rating from all-steel predecessor

9:48 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has earned a better government crash-test rating than its all-steel predecessor, countering any concerns that the lighter material would result in a weaker truck and eliminating one of the Chevrolet Silverado's advantages....
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Magna to sell interiors unit to Grupo Antolin for $525 million

9:17 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Canadian auto supplier Magna has agreed to sell its interiors operations to Grupo Antolin, a Spanish supplier with global operations, in a deal valued at about $525 million, Magna said today in a statement....
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Volkswagen extends Routan ignition-switch recalls

12:55 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Volkswagen is recalling 20,676 Routan minivans with potentially faulty ignition switches. It is an extension of recalls for ignition-switch defects that replaced only detent plungers, instead of the full ignition switch....
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Grupo Antolin to buy Magna unit for $525 million

April 16, 2015 15:17 CET

Spain's Grupo Antolin has reached an agreement to purchase Magna International's interiors unit for about $525 million, creating what Antolin estimates will be the world's third-largest player in the consolidating sector....
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Toyota investments in Mexico, China to usher in new cost-efficiency strategy

9:00 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

Opening its purse after a three-year expansion freeze, Toyota announced plans today to spend nearly $1.5 billion on a new factory in Mexico and a new line in China to support sales growth in key markets and underpin a global overhaul in the way it builds vehicles....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Self-driving building blocks already in place

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

It will largely be the work of software writers that determines the safety, performance and comfort of autonomous cars. Engineers have already built and incorporated into today's cars much of the mechanical hardware needed for self-driving vehicles....
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Ford to unveil $2.5 billion Mexico investment on Friday, report says

12:58 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Ford plans to announce on Friday an investment of about $2.5 billion in Mexico, industry sources told Reuters. Ford will invest $1.3 billion to expand its plant in northern Chihuahua state, where it will build two new diesel engines. Another $1.2 billion is destined for a transmission plant in central Guanajuato state, the sources said....
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2012 Subaru Impreza under investigation for potential airbag flaw

8:05 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into 2012 Subaru Imprezas because the front passenger seat airbags may fail to operate....
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ThyssenKrupp plans to sell axle systems unit, report says

9:40 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp is selling its automotive contract assembly unit, which makes axle systems for car makers, as it seeks to streamline its activities and beef up profitability, two sources familiar with the deal told Reuters....
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Honda confirms Takata airbag rupture injured driver in March accident

6:44 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Honda confirmed that a faulty airbag inflator made by Takata ruptured in a March 20 crash of a car in Florida, injuring the driver. A Honda vehicle's airbag exploded and a piece of metal shot from the bag into the driver's neck, police and hospital reports said last week....
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Valeo says Audi will use its supercharger to reduce lag and save fuel

April 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Valeo says other automakers likely will follow Audi in using its electric supercharger that boosts an engine's acceleration while also saving fuel. The supplier said Audi will launch a production car with the supercharger next year....
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