Manufacturing

Mercedes plans to move R-class production to AM General in Indiana

10:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Mercedes-Benz plans to shift production of the R-class crossover from its Alabama plant to contract manufacturer AM General in Indiana this summer. The German automaker said it needed to free up space in its assembly operations near Tuscaloosa, Ala....
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EJECTING CD PLAYERS

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces....
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Toyota to move to merit-based pay for Japan factory workers, report says

8:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Toyota will change the way it pays factory workers, focusing on their performance rather than their seniority, the Nikkei reported on Monday....
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PHIL MARTENS, CEO, NOVELIS

Game on with steel, says aluminum supplier Novelis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Phil Martens, CEO of aluminum giant Novelis, knows both sides of the auto metals business....
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Porsche plans EV-only Pajun to fight Tesla, report says

Jan. 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine said....
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How to contain aluminum dust?

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Curtains or walls? It's a big decision that Ford dealers with body shops face as they gear up to repair the 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup, arriving late this year....
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Porsche recalls 13,500 Cayennes, Panameras to fix fuel-seal flaw

7:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Porsche is recalling about 13,500 vehicles worldwide to fix a seal that may allow fuel to evaporate....
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GM to cut production of Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano

11:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors is cutting production of its Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano small cars amid higher-than-normal inventories, a sign that low gasoline prices could be weakening the sales outlook for small cars....
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Honda signals shift from Takata, hires rival to supply Accord airbags, report says

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Honda has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata to supply airbags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker's best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision told Reuters...
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NHTSA to add automatic braking to star ratings

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Federal regulators will add automatic braking to a list of technologies considered in its influential star-rating advisory system for consumers. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the change today during a meeting in Washington with automotive engineers....
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BEST PRACTICES

Maine store's free tires bring customers back

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Stanley Subaru gives its new-vehicle buyers a benefit it calls "Tires for Life."...
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GM issues stop-sale on crossovers for problem with Goodyear tires

10:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
General Motors has told dealers to stop delivery of about 6,300 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers because of a pending recall to replace tires that are prone to cracking....
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PSA winds down hybrid air fuel-saving project, still seeks partner to share costs

Jan. 22, 2015 12:45 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said it will continue development of its Hybrid Air technology to reduce fuel use, despite reports in the French press that the project almost certainly will not see commercialization....
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VW targets 'significant' savings by reducing variety of parts

Jan. 21, 2015 16:36 CET
Volkswagen Group plans to boost profitability by scaling back the range of components at its main VW brand. Reducing the variety of parts used in VW vehicles will offer "significant savings potential," finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch said....
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Toyota supplier weighs raising airbag capacity as demand climbs

9:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Toyoda Gosei, a supplier part-owned by Toyota, is considering increasing its capacity for making airbags to cater to expanding global demand for the safety devices....
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Michelin CEO aims to win share from Chinese rivals

Jan. 21, 2015 07:48 CET
Michelin aims to counter rising pressure from low-cost Chinese brands in Europe and North America by increasing the number of cheaper tires it offers from budget subbrands, the tire maker's CEO, Jean-Dominique Senard, told Automotive News Europe....
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THE TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

Takata airbag review panel members named by Skinner

10:52 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner said six experts -- including Cerberus Chairman John Snow -- will serve on an independent panel that will oversee Takata's efforts to ensure that its airbag inflators meet federal safety standards....
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Japan's Daicel to lift inflator output after Takata recalls

8:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Japan's Daicel said it would boost production of airbag inflators to meet demand for the component at the heart of rival Takata's quality problems, which have led to the recall of more than 24 million vehicles worldwide since 2008....
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Nissan to go big on Altima midcycle change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Nissan's volume-leading Altima sedan is to get substantial midcycle changes for the 2016 model year. The company will not tip its hand on the details, but Nissan's North American product planner describes the planned freshening as "significant."...
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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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