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What JCI sale isn't: Prelude to a leap into EV batteries

JCI's big battery unit just sold for billions -- and believe it or not, electric vehicles are not where the future action is.

Johnson Controls exits the auto industry

Automotive giant Johnson Controls exits the industry stage to return to its 135-year-old roots of focusing on climate control systems for buildings.

Calsonic reinvents itself with German CEO

If you really want to transform a company, hire a foreigner to run it. Japan's Calsonic Kansei did.

Chinese automaker Zotye begins recruiting U.S. dealers, plans to sell budget crossover

China's Zotye Automobile International has begun recruiting U.S. dealers and has charged two import-industry veterans with the task of bringing a budget crossover to America in 2020.

Fabricante chino de autos Zotye recluta concesionarios en EEUU

La empresa china Zotye Automobile International comenzó a reclutar concesionarios en los EEUU y contrató a dos veteranos de la industria de importación con la tarea de llevar un 'crossover' de precio bajo a Estados Unidos en 2020.

Tariff slows China's move into U.S. market

Despite years of buzzing about when China's automakers would make it to the United States, the market is still waiting.

Detroit retirees helped Tiger Lu open shop

To bring Sanhua to the American auto market, Tiger Lu sought help from two seasoned U.S. veterans.

Nexteer's lessons for Chinese investors

Nexteer is flying high as a Chinese-owned supplier. But there have been bumps in the road.

Magneti, Calsonic enter infotainment fray

The combined company will boast global sales of $17.3 billion, big enough to make it No. 11 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers. But it's still the new kid on the block.

Material prices hammer the industry

Automakers building cars in the United States get most of their steel from North America, but certain types — such as stainless and electrical steel — are imports subject to the 25 per cent U.S. tariff.

Material prices hammer the industry

Automakers buy most of their steel in North America, but certain types — such as stainless and electrical steel — are imports subject to the 25 percent U.S. tariff.

Toyota pleased Canada joined NAFTA 2.0

UPDATED: 10/01/18 10:08 am ET -- New story

The Japanese automaker is Canada’s top vehicle producer. Last year, the automaker’s two assembly plants in Cambridge and Woodstock produced 572,000 vehicles.

Toyota pleased Canada joined NAFTA 2.0

UPDATED: 10/2/18 9:42 am ET

Toyota dodged a bullet when Canada agreed to participate in NAFTA 2.0. The Japanese automaker is Canada's top vehicle producer.

Adient's next CEO gets head start on turnaround

When Doug DelGrosso becomes Adient's CEO on Oct. 1, he won't have to start his turnaround of the struggling seat maker from scratch.


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