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A callous response to the airbag crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. We wish we could say the same for their trade group....
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Mobileye software mimics how the human eye sees

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Obstacle detection software has become a must-have technology pursued by just about every megasupplier of safety equipment. Yet, the hottest entrant in this field is a small Israeli company called Mobileye....
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Takata, Japan automakers stuck in uneasy reliance

7:46 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Airbag supplier Takata and Japanese carmakers including Honda are locked in the commercial equivalent of a bad marriage -- not entirely happy in each other's company but unable to break apart and wary of potentially costly court battles....
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Next-gen Camaro loses 200 pounds, gains turbo-4 base engine

4:15 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Chevrolet is giving the sixth-generation Camaro a leaner design and a broader engine lineup as it tries to challenge the revitalized Ford Mustang for pony car sales supremacy. The 2016 Camaro coupe retains the overall shape of the late 1960s-era cars, but loses some of the hard edges of today's model. Its slightly reduced size and broader use of aluminum make it more than 200 pounds lighter than the current car, which GM vows will result in more nimble, responsive handling....
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BLOG: Volvo finally gets its American factory

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Volvo has wanted an American car factory for decades. But complications and setbacks have gotten in the way -- including an entire decade spent as a brand owned by Ford Motor Co....
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Brembo raises sales growth outlook for 2015

May 15, 2015 15:47 CET

Italian supplier Brembo is expecting sales growth of as much as 12 percent this year, more than previously anticipated, after a promising first quarter....
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Nvidia plans leap from Audi navigation systems to self-driving cars

May 15, 2015 11:52 CET

Nvidia had a thriving business in supplying powerful graphics processors for video game consoles and laptop computers when VW Group asked it to adapt the same three-dimensional displays for the dashboards of Audi vehicles. Now the chipmaker has its eye on self-driving cars....
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Audi's move to e-charger will boost Valeo, Honeywell, other turbo makers

May 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will be the first automaker to use electrically boosted turbocharging in a mass-production model. The trend toward electrifying turbos is expected to benefit suppliers Valeo, Honeywell and BorgWarner....
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Lotus Formula One team not for sale, chief says

May 15, 2015 12:29 CET

The Lotus Formula One team is not for sale despite lingering speculation about former engine partner Renault's intentions in the sport, the team's boss said. Lotus switched from Renault to Mercedes engines at the end of last season but won titles in 2005 and 2006 as the French manufacturer's works team....
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Honda, Daihatsu add 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

4:40 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

The Takata airbag recall expanded by millions more vehicles for the second time in as many days, with Honda and Daihatsu calling back more inflators. The latest recalls affect some 4.89 million vehicles at Honda and about 260,000 at Daihatsu, the mini vehicle subsidiary of Toyota....
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FCA's Dundee Engine Plant achieves silver designation for productivity

3:39 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's Dundee Engine Plant, which builds the automaker's North American line of inline-four engines, has achieved silver status under FCA's World Class Manufacturing system....
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Honda adds nearly 5 million cars to Takata airbag recall

May 14, 2015 11:00 CET

Honda today said it will recall 4.89 million cars globally to replace potentially fatal airbag inflators made by Japan's Takata. The recall comes a day after Toyota and Nissan said they were taking back 6.5 million vehicles worldwide over the same issue....
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Toyota, Mazda form partnership to share technologies, confront cost challenges

6:39 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Toyota and Mazda have agreed to form a “long-term partnership” that deepens collaboration on products, manufacturing and technologies as carmakers race to spread spiraling development costs amid ever-stricter emissions standards....
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FCA cancels summer shutdown at several plants

2:57 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Several key Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plants will continue to operate all summer instead of shutting down for the customary two weeks for model and tooling changeovers....
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U.S. pledges to speed up V2V mandate

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Federal rules requiring new cars and trucks to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication equipment will be proposed earlier than expected as part of a government move to speed the deployment of connected-car technologies....
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Nissan Murano gets top rank after IIHS small-overlap test

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2015

The Nissan Murano, Jeep Wrangler and Ford Flex earned high ratings in the latest round of small-overlap front crash testing, helping the Murano and Flex win coveted “top safety” honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety....
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GM to suppliers: Let's see books, not bids

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

General Motors has launched a new way to buy parts that foregoes the conventional bidding process for suppliers. Instead, the new process lets GM inspect suppliers' factories and analyze their internal cost data. Suppliers who submit to the procedure, dubbed the One Cost Model, will get contracts for periods ranging up to the life of the vehicle....
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'Nutty' demand has Tesla rethinking battery market

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Musk says Tesla's stationary batteries may need twice as many battery cells as its cars, signaling that Tesla may not be a car company forever....
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Is danger lurking in junkyards?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

American Honda is reaching out to thousands of salvage yards and auto recyclers offering to buy up inventories of recalled Takata airbags in an effort to keep them out of circulation. The effort casts a spotlight on a murky segment of the automotive supply chain and a weak spot in the nation's recall regime....
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SELLING THE MUSCLE

How Dodge stoked viral flame for Hellcats

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10, 2015

The 707-hp Hellcat trims of the Dodge Challenger and Charger sparked a viral flame on the Web after their unveilings last year. Dodge just stood back and let viral marketing magic do its work as the automaker steadily released morsels of information - showing just how powerful the Web can be for stirring up excitement well before any ads reach the airwaves....
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Volvo focuses on Georgia, S. Carolina for factory, reports say

2:55 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

Volvo is nearing a decision on its first US factory, and sites in Georgia and South Carolina are on the short list, according to reports....
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PSA eyes re-entry to Iran's auto market, report says

May 8, 2015 15:17 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is in talks about a possible joint venture with Iranian carmaker Iran Khodro if sanctions against the Islamic Republic are lifted, a German magazine reported, citing Peugeot brand chief Maxime Picat....
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Takata says it will return to profit in 2015-16

7:13 am U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

Japan's Takata said today it expects to return to profit this financial year on higher Asian and US sales, but the troubled company made few provisions for possible costs related to a massive global recall of its exploding airbags....
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PSA and Ford will extend diesel tie-up, report says

May 7, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA and Ford will extend their partnership for small diesel engines, a report said. Ford will get variants of PSA's new DV-R family of diesels, which will be introduced in 2017....
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Tesla to buy Mich. stamped-parts supplier

1:09 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2015

Tesla Motors is acquiring one of its suppliers of stamped parts, Michigan-based Riviera Tool, the automaker confirmed today....
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