David Sedgwick

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JCI-Yanfeng could be first domino
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
The major joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and China's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. ...

Ford shrinks its supplier 'watch' list
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Despite a blitz of model launches this year -- topped by the aluminum F-150 pickup -- Ford Motor Co. has fewer vendors on its "watch" list of suppliers that are strugglin ...

Ford and suppliers jointly benchmark competitors' vehicles
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19
Ford is inviting suppliers to help benchmark other companies' vehicles and parts before Ford launches new models -- a move that is starting to pay dividends. ...

Demand skyrockets for collision-avoidance sensors
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Fully autonomous cars may be a decade away, but the sensors they'll need for collision avoidance -- radar, cameras, ultrasound and lidar -- have become a big business alr ...

Ford asks top suppliers for disaster plans
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Ford Motor Co. is asking Tier 1 suppliers to make backup production plans for key plants that could disrupt Ford's vehicle assembly if they shut down. ...

Panasonic takes simple path to 'smart' voice
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
How can automakers help motorists who struggle with voice recognition, the technology that generates more customer dissatisfaction than any other in-vehicle gadgetry? Pan ...

Battery maker shrugs off Tesla competition
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
After years of disappointment, the EV market is ready to grow, predicts Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc. ...

Five technologies auto suppliers can bank on, analyst says
3:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10
The next six years will be boom times for suppliers with the right technology. ...

Brose launches output at $62M Michigan plant supplying Detroit 3
2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26
German supplier Brose North America launched production today at a $62 million factory in southeast Michigan to manufacture liftgates, door modules, latches and seat stru ...

ZF-TRW 'playing in a new league'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
ZF's acquisition of TRW will put the German company in an elite group: Megasuppliers able to feed automakers' growing appetite for collision-avoidance technology. ...

Pay attention! It's your turn to drive now
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
In conjunction with the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, Toyota unveiled Automated Highway Driving Assist, a technology that allows the central computer to g ...

Industry learns to share road with tech giants
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Now that North America's mobile-phone market has matured, corporate behemoths such as Verizon, AT&T, Google and Apple have zeroed in on autos as the next big thing. ...

Why Google cars? The software, stupid
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Does Google really want to become an automaker, or does it have some other goal for its driverless cars? ...

N.A. robot sales poised for record
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
A bumper crop of North American vehicle launches this year has triggered what is shaping up as a record wave of robot purchases by automakers and suppliers. ...

Verizon to launch app for car sharing, rentals
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Wireless telecommunications giant Verizon today announced plans to introduce a new smartphone app that would allow rental car customers to unlock a vehicle. ...

Toyota to add active safety tech to entire U.S. lineup by 2017
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Toyota Division plans to adopt accident-avoidance features throughout its U.S. lineup by 2017, said Bill Fay, Toyota Division's general manager. ...

Delphi lands GM for vehicle-to-vehicle warning system
5:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5 | UPDATED: 9/8/14 3:10 pm ET - adds GM as customer
Delphi Automotive PLC said it has lined up a contract to produce a vehicle-to-vehicle communication device that will warn drivers of possible accidents. General Motors la ...

Toyota will expand active safety systems to entire U.S. lineup
9:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3
Toyota Division plans to make active safety technology -- including anti-collision systems -- available throughout its entire lineup in the United States by 2017, said Bi ...

Suppliers prepare for growth, allocate more funds for M&A
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
North American suppliers are budgeting more funds for mergers and acquisitions as they seek to boost market share and expand product lineups. ...

Suppliers see money in software
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18 | UPDATED: 8/18/14 11:37 am ET - corrected
Harman International, a top producer of speakers and other in-car audio equipment, plans to ease out of hardware so it can concentrate on software as its core automotive ...

Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little ti ...

Confident parts makers plan to expand and hire
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Flush with cash and fat order books, North American suppliers are increasing capital expenditures, hiring workers and raising funds for possible acquisitions. ...

Novelis beefs up recycling of aluminum
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Novelis Inc. is putting its new automotive aluminum recycling line through final testing to reuse scrap from customer Ford Motor Co. ...

Automakers make room for Pandora
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16
Internet radio is starting to look like a must-have infotainment feature, judging by the number of Pandora users. ...

GM finishes grading its top 200 suppliers
11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
General Motors has completed assessments of its 200 largest suppliers under a program dubbed Strategic Supplier Engagement and has begun assessing the next 200. ...

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