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GM starts harvesting tech from startups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
General Motors is starting to harvest technology from the 20-plus startup companies in which it has invested. ...

China's currency move a setback, not a calamity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
China's devaluation of the yuan will certainly squeeze global automakers' profits -- and it should give a mild boost to Chinese auto exports -- but it's not going to blow ...

FCA gives some no-bid contracts to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
In an effort to upgrade quality and improve relationships with suppliers, Fiat Chrysler is reviving long-term, no-bid contracts. ...

Finelli gets serious about improving FCA's supplier relations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16
In various surveys, suppliers have given Fiat Chrysler's purchasing unit low grades. Tom Finelli, the automaker's vice president of purchasing in North America, wants to ...

GM: New 'no-bid' strategy catches on with suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
For General Motors' suppliers, no-bid contracts have become the norm rather than the exception, now that GM has rolled out a new parts-buying program that forgoes traditi ...

Go big or go home: Supplier mergers accelerate

UPDATED: 8/11/15 8:13 am ET -- corrections
It's a banner year for mergers and acquisitions. ...

EVs boom in China, but some hesitate to ramp up

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Given China's lack of public re-charging stations -- and the lack of garages -- it seems implausible for the world's largest car market to spawn significant demand for el ...

GM goes full speed ahead in China despite slowdown

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Unmoved by a sharp sales slowdown in China this year, General Motors is sticking with its $14 billion plan to expand production and introduce new models in that market. ...

JCI boosts production of stop-start batteries

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Johnson Controls is betting that the market for stop-start systems in North America is about to take off. ...

Turbo suppliers expect a lift from diesels

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Rising U.S. demand for diesel-powered cars and trucks could be a windfall for turbocharger suppliers such as Honeywell Inc., BorgWarner and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. ...

Favorable tariffs, inexpensive labor boost Mexico

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
By 2018, light-vehicle production in Mexico is expected to approach 4.4 million units, up 26 percent from last year's output, according to a forecast by the Center for Au ...

Army eyes self-driving convoys

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The United States Army is getting ready to conduct road tests of automated truck platoons, in which convoys of computer-guided vehicles follow each other on paved or dirt ...

Conti's Cruising Chauffeur: The beauty of 2 of everything

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
If Continental AG is right about driverless cars, the trick to the technology is to have at least two of everything. ...

Why standard batteries are a tough sell for automakers

11:23 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
There's a simple way to reduce EV battery costs without using any exotic new technologies, but it’s a tough sell for automakers. ...

Survey: Raw material costs are declining

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The cost of raw materials for the average vehicle produced in May is a hefty $476 lower than last August, according to a survey by AlixPartners. ...

Digital images may turn mirrors into museum pieces

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The lowly rearview mirror may be on the way out. Several suppliers are developing digital mirrors -- that is, cameras that would replace rearview mirrors. ...

JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy

UPDATED: 8/3/15 6:56 pm ET - corrected
The executive who is orchestrating the spin-off of Johnson Controls' $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit has a straightforward message for customers: steady as she goes. ...

Why Conti has the inside track on automated maps

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Now that Mercedes, BMW and Audi are buying Nokia's HERE navigation map unit for $3.1 billion, the big winner could be Continental AG. ...

Stop-start systems pick up speed in North America

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Stop-start systems are starting to take off in North America. ...

Bosch targets cylinder deactivation for 4-bangers

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
A senior executive at Robert Bosch confirmed that the German supplier is developing cylinder deactivation technology for four-cylinder engines, to improve fuel economy in ...

A new breed of software engineer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
As auto suppliers beef up their software development, the hunt for software talent has taken on the urgency of a gold rush. ...

Today's Volvo XC90: A rolling computer chip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
When the XC90 was introduced in 2002, it had as many as 38 electronic control units -- small computers that receive data from sensors and components and issue control ins ...

OESA zeros in on Mexico, new-tech suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Tier 1 companies are struggling to build networks of Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers in Mexico because smaller vendors are reluctant to shoulder the financial risk, says Juli ...

Seeking N.A. niche, China's Minth expands in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Minth Group, a maker of roof racks, hopes to gain a niche in North America. The company supplies the Detroit 3 along with Audi, BMW, Honda and Nissan, and it already has ...

Chasing profits, JCI jumps out of seats

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27
Johnson Controls' spinoff of its $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit, announced last week, underlines an uncomfortable truth for suppliers: Sometimes it's not enough to ...
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