Manufacturing

EDITORIAL

Takata must supply answers, replacement parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
It's time for Takata to open up about airbags it manufactured that have prompted recalls of about 11 million vehicles in the United States since 2008....
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TRW investment to help Takata replace defective airbags would be short-term, ZF CEO says

Nov. 17, 2014 10:49 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is ready to invest more through TRW Automotive in airbag inflator output to meet replacement demand following the recall of defective airbags made by Takata. The investment would not be a strategic shift to win market share, ZF CEO Stefan Sommer said....
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N.A. output rises 3% in October

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
North American car and truck production in October rose 3 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,672,685 vehicles....
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Suppliers start moving closer to GM plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
General Motors' drive to cut $900 million a year from its North American logistics spending in 2015 and 2016 is beginning to bear fruit. Early this year, the company called on its suppliers to build factories close to GM's assembly plants. Now the suppliers are starting to comply....
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Semiconductor demand spurs merger activity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Spurred by fast-growing markets for infotainment and collision avoidance, semiconductor suppliers are bulking up with a wave of mergers....
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LIGHT IN ACTION

In smart headlight, 1 LED emits beams that can be controlled

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
A German consortium is developing a "smart headlight" that would require just one LED bulb instead of the array of 25 LEDs required for an Audi A8-style high beam. The consortium led by Osram Opto Semiconductors has developed a single LED light source that can emit 256 pixels -- each a separate beam of light that can be individually controlled....
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Mustang driver injured by airbag fragment in N.C. crash

10:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Ford said on Sunday night it was cooperating with federal safety regulators investigating a report the driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was injured in August by a metal fragment from the car's airbag....
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Inside Ford's retooled F-150 plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Ford's conversion of a 2.6-million-square-foot Michigan truck assembly plant to build the aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup has altered the look of the factory, body shop and adjoining stamping operations....
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Rehired exec at center of Takata storm

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014
This past summer, Takata rehired a retired engineering executive to oversee its embattled quality-control operation -- an executive who is now at the center of a fresh controversy involving the company's disclosures about its defective airbags....
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Brembo Q3 net profit increases 51%

Nov. 15, 2014 06:15 CET
Italian brake maker Brembo reported a 51 percent rise in third-quarter net profit, boosted by higher sales and better margins. The supplier now targets sales to grow about 14 percent to 15 percent this year, up from a previous goal of 13 percent....
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VW boosts dual-clutch output in China

Nov. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
VW has boosted production of its dual-clutch transmission at a second plant in China. The plant, in the northern city of Tianjin, will build up to 450,000 units of VW's so-called DSG gearbox annually, with output rising to 1.2 million units by 2016, VW said....
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Ford extends Ranger recall in U.S. to look at driver's side airbag

8:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
A recall of Ford Ranger pickup trucks in the United States was expanded to include more flawed Takata airbags after a fatal accident in Malaysia exposed a defect that wasn't previously known....
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AUTOMOBILWOCHE CONGRESS 2014

Ford taps independent software developers

Nov. 14, 2014 08:23 CET
Ford is betting on open systems and the innovative capabilities of external software developers in its vehicle connectivity strategy, Barbara Samardzich, Ford of Europe's chief operating officer, said....
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Takata to hike inflator output at Mexico plant

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Under heavy pressure to boost output of replacement inflators for airbags amid a recall crisis, Takata is preparing to build two new production lines at its plant in Monclova, Mexico. The company said the lines should start up in January -- a delay caused by the need to install and test new tooling....
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Jaguar Land Rover's UK staff rejects pay deal

Nov. 13, 2014 15:46 CET
Jaguar Land Rover's UK workers have voted overwhelmingly against an offered pay rise and pension changes as the Unite union says the automaker should return to the negotiating table or face a ballot for industrial action....
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Senate to hold hearing on Takata airbag recalls; company subpoenaed by U.S. grand jury

6:24 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
A Senate Committee hearing into the recalls of defective Takata airbags that have so far been linked to five deaths is slated for next Thursday, the committee announced today. Also, the supplier earlier today confirmed it received a subpoena from a federal grand jury looking into the handling of the flawed airbags....
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THE GM RECALL

Delphi turns over GM recall evidence in deal with plaintiffs

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Delphi Automotive agreed to give thousands of documents to lawyers suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and to let the lawyers speak with the supplier's employees in exchange for being dropped as a defendant....
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Mazda to offer unlimited mileage warranty in Canada

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Mazda Motor Corp. will offer an unlimited mileage warranty to consumers who buy or lease a vehicle in Canada beginning with the 2015 model year, the automaker said today....
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Local Motors builds another 3-D car, invites public to design their own

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Local Motors, the company that 3-D printed and assembled a drivable car in just five days, is at it again -- this time with one less day and several more ambitious plans for 2015....
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Subaru to hit North America sales target ahead of plan

4:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
The parent of Subaru said it will reach its mid-term sales target in North America at least three years ahead of plan, helped by demand for the Forester crossover and Legacy sedan....
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Takata says it modified compound involved in airbag recalls

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata has modified the composition of an airbag propellant that contains a volatile chemical at the center of a recall of millions of cars worldwide, the company told Reuters....
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Takata disputes report it hid airbag tests before recall crisis

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata said it tested airbags in 2004 for an issue separate from the flaw at the center of an auto-safety crisis, disputing a report by the New York Times last week....
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Carlyle’s Axalta auto-paint company rises in trading debut

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Axalta Coating Systems, the former DuPont auto-paint unit now backed by Carlyle Group LP, rose in its first day of trading after raising $975 million in an initial public stock offering....
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VW details new labor policy for Tenn. plant

9:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
A new policy at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga would let organized labor groups hold regular meetings at the plant and engage with plant executives but stops short of extending collective bargaining rights to any particular labor union....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

On the line, new F-150 is good for workers, not so ideal for haberdashers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Now that there are no longer any big robot-mounted welding guns throwing off showers of sparks, engineer Ron Ketelhut doesn't have to worry about getting burn holes in his shirts as he walks the body shop floor....
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