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N.A. auto plant for Magna Steyr?

Global manufacturer Magna International might consider a North American assembly plant in the next few years.

N.A. auto plant for Magna Steyr?

Global manufacturer Magna International might consider a North American assembly plant in the next few years.

Experts share their visions of what's ahead in a changing industry

At the Management Briefing Seminars last week in Michigan, the annual high-level "big think" held by the Center for Automotive Research, executives, engineering leaders, consultants and automotive startup entrepreneurs...

More supplier buyouts coming this year

PwC forecasts that supplier mergers and acquisitions will remain on a hot pace this year.

Nissan begins its next wave of sedans

A wave of electric vehicles and new technology are coming to Nissan. But first, the automaker has some traditional sedans to redesign.

Future Product: Infiniti prepares for EV sweep

Infiniti plans to electrify its product portfolio after 2021 — raising the stakes in the meantime for two updated products: the QX50 and QX80.

The supply chain that sees ahead

Supply chains have gotten pretty good over the last 20 years. But they can get much, much better.

Suppliers lining up for 2019 PACE Awards

PACE awards went home with 14 suppliers this year. More suppliers are lining up to try in 2019.

Sergio Marchionne: Improbable leader of impossible missions

Sergio Marchionne came into the auto industry 15 years ago as an outsider, a paunchy middle-aged accountant-turned-corporate strategist with no experience running a car factory.

Suppliers lining up for 2019 PACE Awards

PACE awards went home with 14 suppliers this year. More suppliers are lining up to try in 2019.

Juke dropped from Nissan lineup

The Nissan Juke was intended to be a "polarizing" product, but it was too much so, and has been dropped from the U.S. lineup.

Sergio Marchionne, turnaround virtuoso who built Fiat Chrysler, dies at 66

UPDATED: 7/25/18 7:29 pm ET - adds Trump statement

Sergio Marchionne, the man in black and self-proclaimed fixer who plucked Chrysler from the ashes of bankruptcy in 2009 and hitched it to Fiat to create a money-making global automaker, has died. He was 66.

Sergio Marchionne, turnaround virtuoso who built Fiat Chrysler, dies at 66

Former Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has died, the carmaker's controlling family shareholder said on Wednesday.

Tom Mignanelli, first American CEO of Nissan, has died at 73

Tom Mignanelli, a former Ford executive who gave Nissan's U.S. sales company a transfusion of American business culture in the early 1990s, has died following surgery for a brain tumor. He was 73.

Nissan flips part of Altima engine

UPDATED: 7/13/18 12:37 pm ET - corrected

The 2019 Altima's design required a re-engineering of its engine compartment.

Nissan flips Altima engine

The 2019 Altima's design required a re-engineering of its engine compartment.

Alabama shows the prep work required to make it look easy

Alabama has been making it look easy to attract the auto industry for the past 20 years.

Swirling global trends stimulate local investment

The world sometimes gets the impression that the auto industry is slowing down, or even receding. That's not happening.

Greenfield or brown, the money rolls on

When auto companies invest in new plants, the public takes notice. But turning raw ground into a new auto plant is just one piece of the economic force of automotive capital expenditure.

NISSAN: Trucks pad a milestone month

UPDATED: 7/5/18 12:22 pm ET - adds details

Forecasters widely predicted a lousy month for Nissan, but U.S. sales rose 2.5 percent in June, helped by strong light-truck demand.

Magna's Walker: Investment in EV tech grows

Magna International CEO Don Walker has a Jaguar EV in production in Austria, deals in China to deliver EV systems and a tie-up with Lyft to make its cars self-driving.

Magna CEO Walker: Investment in EV tech grows

Magna's CEO has a Jaguar EV in production in Austria, deals in China to deliver EV systems and a tie-up with Lyft to make its cars self-driving.

Despite steady numbers, supplier sector churns

Beneath the surface of steady growth, change and repositioning are roiling the global supplier industry.

What's five seconds worth to a paint supplier?

Coatings supplier Durr Industries recently was named a top supplier of FCA US, recognizing Durr for its assistance in launching the Jeep Compass at FCA's Toluca, Mexico, assembly plant.

Design innovations spark Pierburg investments

The project illustrates a trend in manufacturing capital spending today: As auto suppliers roll out new technologies, many are relying on more automated production processes to make the work fit into their existing space.


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