Manufacturing

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Marchionne's Wrangler conundrum will require creativity

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
I truly believe that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne would prefer to write a big check and keep the next generation Jeep Wrangler in its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. The problem? There's not much wiggle room right now in the corporate checking account....
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Signature sound

Autos, audio amplify each other

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover's partnership with Meridian is part of an intensifying competition among luxury carmakers to use high-end audio brands to enhance their vehicles' appeal. In December, Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln became the latest entrant, announcing a 10-year partnership with Revel, a premium speaker brand owned by Harman International Industries....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Honeywell turbo boss expects to gain from hot sector's growth

Jan. 16, 2015 06:01 CET
Honeywell, the world's leading turbocharger supplier, foresees big gains for the performance-boosting, CO2-reducing technology, Terrence Hahn, CEO of the Switzerland-based Honeywell business unit, told Automotive News Europe....
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Subaru expects 7th year of record U.S. sales

11:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Subaru expects US sales to climb 5 percent in 2015, for a seventh straight record year, pushing North America volume to within a hair of its 2020 target -- five years ahead of schedule....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Takata recalls prompt Japan to consider supplier regulations

6:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Japanese Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said today his ministry was considering whether to revise existing laws to beef up oversight of auto suppliers in the wake of massive recalls of Takata airbags....
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Hyundai Mobis to build $418 million parts factory in Mexico

6:29 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Hyundai Mobis, an automotive parts affiliate of Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, said it has signed a deal to build a $417.71 million factory in Mexico to meet demand from the South Korean automakers....
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Two Italian suppliers pick Indiana for new U.S. operations

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Two Italian auto suppliers -- OMR Automotive and Sirmax -- today picked Indiana for significant new operations, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced....
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Autoliv has contracts for 25 million replacement Takata airbag inflators

12:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Autoliv, the world’s largest supplier of automotive airbags, says it has signed contracts with several automakers to deliver up to 25 million inflators to fix potentially defective airbags produced by Takata....
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Supplier Linamar to add 1,200 jobs, invest $425 million

10:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Canadian supplier Linamar will add up to 1,200 jobs at a plant in Guelph, Ontario, developing fuel-efficient transmissions, with 10 percent of the new investment paid by the Canadian government....
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Toyota to build more SUVs as U.S. demand provides edge over VW

7:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Toyota will build more SUVs this year at factories in Japan and Canada to meet rising US demand, the carmaker’s top North American executive said....
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Honda invests $340 million in Ohio for fuel-efficient cars

8:50 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Honda will invest $340 million to build fuel-efficient, gasoline engines in Ohio, as it plans a slate of new electric cars in a push for more vehicles with lower emissions....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Suppliers learn to innovate quickly

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
From Tesla to the Google driverless car to the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 pickup to active safety systems that promise zero fatalities, the auto industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. For auto suppliers, that means relentless pressure to innovate at warp speed....
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GM to crank up production of Escalades amid tight supplies

12:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Cadillac is boosting production of its Escalade SUV amid strong demand for the redesigned truck, which rolled out last spring....
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Local Motors brings its 3-D car factory to Detroit

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
In rectangular space on the Detroit auto show floor about the size of an extended van, Local Motors is using a 3-D printer to create the body of its Strati car in about 44 hours. In a few days, the Strati, which means "layers" in Italian, will be assembled and drivable....
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Volvo sees two new sedans helping it rebuild U.S. sales

5:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Volvo debuted two new sedans today: its Chinese-made S60 Inscription and S60 Cross Country....
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Marchionne says industry may have over-reacted on recalls

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne today said incentive spending in the United States is not excessive and that the industry may have over-reacted on recalls....
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Pohanka body shops sold to repair chain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
A major body shop chain has acquired Pohanka Collision Centers, a 12-store auto body shop group in Maryland and Virginia affiliated with Pohanka Automotive Group. Body shops are being bought and bundled to get more business from insurance companies and to control rapidly escalating capital costs....
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EDITORIAL

A 'world car' that works for buyers and automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The concept of a "world car" has been an elusive goal for decades, with lots of false starts....
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Q&A

Honeywell sees hot turbo growth ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Honeywell Transportation Systems, the leading turbocharger supplier with an estimated 34 percent share of the global market, foresees big gains for the performance-boosting, carbon-emissions-reducing technology, especially in the U.S. and China. Terrence Hahn, 48, CEO of the Switzerland-based business unit of Honeywell International Inc., shared his views on the sector with Automotive News Europe Managing Editor Douglas A. Bolduc....
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JCI battery powers vehicle stop-start systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Johnson Controls Inc. has developed a small lithium ion battery that boosts the efficiency of vehicle stop-start systems. The battery is about the size of a tissue box and weighs around 9 pounds....
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Q&A

BMW moves top tech from i3, i8 into mainstream vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
BMW wants its mainstream models to benefit quickly from the cutting-edge technology offered in its i3 and i8, such as carbon fiber construction and high-performance, low-CO2 powertrains. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson explained the company's strategy to Automotive News Europe Editor Luca Ciferri....
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Jaguar Land Rover targets record 500,000 global sales in 2015

Jan. 12, 2015 03:13 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is counting on new models such as the Jaguar XE sedan and Land Rover Discovery Sport to help it boost sales to a record of more than 500,000 vehicles in 2015....
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Volvo mulls U.S. plant; Chinese-made 'strategic flagship' may be exported to U.S., report says

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Volvo is considering building an assembly plant in the United States and also may export a "strategic flagship" sedan made in China to the US, people familiar with the Chinese-owned automaker's plans told Reuters....
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FCA's planned 90-day Windsor shutdown could squeeze dealer supplies of minivans

4:41 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
A planned three-month shutdown of Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant starting in mid-February could leave dealers scrambling to find minivans. But Reid Bigland, the automaker's head of US sales as well as the head of FCA Canada, said dealers will have sufficient inventory during the shutdown to prepare for the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country....
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Viper to offer new one-of-one customization options in Feb.

11:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Dodge will begin offering “one-of-one” customized Vipers next month to customers, complete with a personalized name tag embossed into the instrument panel. The custom Vipers will be available in a new GTC trim level in more than 25 million unique build combinations, Dodge said in a statement....
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