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Smart lighting brightens Varroc's prospects

The lighting segment is hot in part because it is going through a smart technology revolution.

Honeywell bets on internal combustion with new spinoff

Honeywell's automotive business will spin off next month to turbocharge future powertrains.

How one Subaru dealer turned the Great Recession into a 'speed bump'

UPDATED: 9/9/18 1:24 pm ET - corrected

Having a Subaru store — and lessons learned in earlier recessions — helped Rick DeSilva navigate the last one.

Mass. dealership group went 'full speed ahead' with advertising

Boch Automotive stuck to its fat ad budget during the recession in anticipation of the rebound and in keeping with its maverick owner's approach.

GM network targets 'streamlined' repairs

GM's new collision repair network, scheduled to launch next year, pushes back on insurers.

Q2 auto originations rise only in highest credit tiers

Auto lenders continue to dial back on originations, even with customers in the lower categories of prime-risk credit, in response to a gradual uptick in delinquencies.

Johnson Controls ponders fate of its battery business

JCI has given itself until November to decide whether to spin off its battery business, sell it outright or keep it.

GM warns dealers against using aftermarket parts to fix driver-assist vehicles

GM is warning dealers not to use aftermarket bumpers and fascias to fix vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems.

AFSA opposes proposed changes to military lending

A legislative effort underway to expand and toughen the Military Lending Act, which regulates loans to military service members on active duty, is drawing pushback from a lender trade group.

GM offers collision network to 3rd parties

General Motors is launching the GM Collision Repair Network next year for qualified dealerships and body shops in the U.S.

GM partners with Mitchell International on U.S. collision repair network

UPDATED: 8/8/18 10:18 am ET - adds details

General Motors' Customer Care and Aftersales division is launching the GM Collision Repair Network for qualified dealership collision repair facilities and independent body shops in the U.S.

Business idea emerged from bad trip to gas station

The idea for a mobile vehicle service business came to its founders from a bad trip to a gas station.

Mobile mechanic service wants to expand with GM retailers

A fast-growing San Francisco company plans to expand mobile mechanic service to 25 U.S. markets.

Industry's new hot skill set: Potential

Analyst Mike Ramsey says job recruitment in today's auto industry isn't about what you've done in the past -- it's about what you can grow into tomorrow.

High-tech tools can help low-tech lean

Lean manufacturing was always about the people -- not the technology. Buy new technology can help.

Aptiv to partner with Hertz on autonomous fleets; Q2 operating earnings rise

Automotive tech supplier Aptiv has entered a partnership with Hertz to cooperate on implementing fleets of autonomous vehicles, starting with a pilot program of an initial 75 vehicles in Las Vegas, to launch this fall.

Voltage rising on EV technology

One challenge facing the auto industry is that recharging and operating systems for EVs are trending strongly toward higher voltage, said Eaton executive Scott Adams.

Will auto, airplane seats become more alike?

Auto seats are already taking on characteristics of airline seats -- and not in a bad way.

Visteon takes a hit in Q2 while new business soars

Visteon took a hit from falling North American production, but it logged two big new contracts in the second quarter.

Henderson says Adient results 'nowhere near satisfactory'

Seat supplier Adient is climbing back from some well-publicized production glitches and quality problems earlier this year, but the recovery is not going fast enough, said interim CEO Fritz Henderson.

BorgWarner Q2 net income surges 28%

BorgWarner's increase in net income came despite customer downtime related to a supplier fire that interrupted production of the Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty pickups in May, said outgoing CEO James Verrier

New contracts light up Dana Q2 profits

Dana profits are swelling as new contracts kick in.

Gentex boosts Q2 net income 23%

UPDATED: 7/20/18 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

Mirror supplier Gentex reported a healthy gain in net income for the second quarter, but trimmed its full-year 2018 revenue guidance slightly.

Gentex considers options for possible tariffs, foreign retaliation

Supplier Gentex is exploring how to avoid proposed U.S. tariffs on imported auto parts if they are enacted, plus likely retaliation on U.S. exports by other countries, especially China.

Asahi Kasei to buy interiors supplier Sage for $1.1 billion

UPDATED: 7/19/18 3:14 pm ET - new story

Asahi Kasei, as part of a long-term strategy to triple its automotive business, said it plans to acquire U.S. interiors supplier Sage Automotive Interiors in a deal valued at $1.1 billion.

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