Suppliers

NHTSA opens probe of Bosch EV chargers

11:43 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation of electric-vehicle chargers made by German supplier Robert Bosch LLC after a driver of a 2013 Nissan Leaf reported one emitted smoke while charging.... Read More »

 

Automakers grow cautious as output rises

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
North American auto production continues to rise with the economy, but automakers are watching inventory closely and starting to get cautious about their second-quarter production schedules.... Read More »

 

Next big thing for A123 may be shift to small batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Now that battery-maker A123 Systems has the same corporate parent as Fisker, the supplier's strategy might seem clear: make lithium ion battery packs for electric vehicles. Not so fast. CEO Jason Forcier is eyeing a bigger target.... Read More »

 

Q&A: TOM BONEY, GENERAL MANAGER, AUTOMOTIVE, NOVELIS NORTH AMERICA

Aluminum gains automotive momentum with F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The Ford F-150 pickup will switch to an aluminum body late this year, and more mass-market vehicles are bound to follow. But aluminum will have to fight for its place on autos with carbon fiber, magnesium and high-strength steel, says Tom Boney, general manager of automotive for Novelis North America, a major aluminum supplier.... Read More »

 

Q&A: BOB CONRAD, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, AUTOMOTIVE MICROCONTROLLER DIVISION, FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR

Vehicles add computer power for high-tech tasks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Now that automakers are racing to add infotainment systems, collision avoidance systems and even self-adjusting seats, it seems like a good time to be in the computer business. Bob Conrad, 54, is senior vice president of Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s automotive microcontroller division.... Read More »

 

DAVID SEDGWICK

Cars become computers on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. The r&d required to develop the underlying architecture for the computer chip that powers a vehicle's infotainment system can easily top $1 billion.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Nvidia adapts gaming chips to autos

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The redesigned Audi TT, scheduled to arrive in the United States in 2015, benefits from chipmaker Nvidia's quad-core chip, which works with a 3-D graphics program and can execute 8 billion operations per second. Danny Shapiro, director of Nvidia's automotive division, has worked closely with Audi and other automakers since 2009.... Read More »

 

SEAT RELIEF

Lear, others devise high-tech ways to support bad backs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Lear Corp. wants motorists to sit up straight. The seat maker is developing a "smart" seat that adjusts itself automatically to correct a motorist's posture, important for comfort on long trips.... Read More »

 

Continental named in GM recall suit

April 18, 2014 13:18 CET
Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

Labor dispute at Jeep supplier in Ohio ends after one-day walkout

2:22 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2014
A supplier labor dispute that temporarily disrupted production of the hot-selling 2014 Jeep Cherokee in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday has been resolved.... Read More »

 

Johnson Controls diversifies away from autos with $1.6 billion deal

2:54 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Johnson Controls, seeking to lessen its reliance on the cyclical auto industry, agreed to acquire Texas-based ventilation products company, Air Distribution Technologies, for $1.6 billion.... Read More »

 

GM ordered redesigned ignition switch from Delphi for Cadillac SRX

3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Delphi redesigned the ignition switch for the Cadillac SRX crossover to increase its torque about two months before making similar changes to the Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch at the center of General Motors' recall crisis.... Read More »

 

U.S. senators press Delphi for answers on recalled GM cars

1:46 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
Lawmakers probing how GM used faulty ignition switches in many vehicles are turning their scrutiny to the supplier of the part, Delphi Automotive. A group of senators on Tuesday wrote to Delphi CEO Rodney O'Neal, asking for information about whether the parts supplier pushed back against GM after the automaker apparently did not accept a proposed fix to the switches.... Read More »

 

Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing

6:27 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices. And a fourth executive formerly employed by Bridgestone agreed to plead guilty in a related case today.... Read More »

 

Cost quandary hits Japan's advanced factories

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's a cruel paradox for Japan's manufacturers. Auto suppliers here have some of the world's most automated factories. But because they also serve as global mother plants for low-tech operations overseas, they sometimes have to dumb down lines, making output more costly and labor intense.... Read More »

 

Automotive News moves 2 reporters, adds copy editor

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automotive News will open a Silicon Valley bureau this year to cover the technology companies that are playing a greater role in the industry.... Read More »

 

Bosch plans automatic park system in 2015

April 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Bosch says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify.... Read More »

 

Innovation, safety are winners at PACE Awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's difficult to look disruptive dressed in a tuxedo.... Read More »

 

ADP Dealer Services to spin off, go public

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Hot U.S. auto sales and the rise of online shopping have triggered a frenzy of merger and capital-raising activities among auto-retailing vendors.... Read More »

 

Bosch plans automatic park system in '15

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Robert Bosch GmbH says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Deadly GM ignition switches started with 2003 Saturn Ion

3:13 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The 2003 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a pivotal car for GM. Instead, it came to represent the compromises and corner cutting that almost destroyed GM and now find the company in a global recall of some of its most popular models. The Ion debuted two years before the Chevy Cobalt, the model most associated with the current recall of 2.6 million vehicles, and it was the first car with the defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths, when engines turned off, disabling airbags.... Read More »

 

Aisin Seiki is among suppliers involved in Toyota's recalls, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
Aisin Seiki is among suppliers involved in Toyota's recall of more than 6 million vehicles, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. The company made the seat rails involved in the April 9 recall and will discuss the costs with Toyota, the person said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private.... Read More »

 

Eberspaecher to launch $122 million expansion, create 545 jobs in Michigan

4:12 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Automotive exhaust and HVAC supplier Eberspaecher North America is investing $122 million to expand operations in Michigan. The five-year expansion plan, beginning in late 2014, is expected to create 545 new jobs to accommodate its growth, the German auto supplier said in an announcement today.... Read More »

 

Rainbow PUSH targets new imbalance with Japan

11:36 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Mention trade deficits with Japan, and the phrase usually conjures the 1980s trade wars with Tokyo over the flood of made-in-Japan imports to the United States. But for civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, there is a new trade gap with Japan.... Read More »

 

Airbag, seat belt supplier Key Safety expected to be sold to Chinese firm, report says

6:32 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Key Safety Systems, a maker of components for the auto industry, is close to being bought by Chinese private equity company FountainVest Partners for as much as $800 million, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

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