Manufacturing

As supplier business turns up, so will pressure

8:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The good news for North American auto suppliers is that a robust industry is about to turn up the business volume with record numbers of new-vehicle launches. What's the bad news? According to Michael Robinet, one of the industry's chief trackers of North American manufacturing: The frequency of the launches will accelerate....
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ZF opens office in Mexico to find Tier 2 suppliers

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

When ZF North America wanted to find Tier 2 suppliers in Mexico to make parts for a transmission plant in Graycourt, S.C., the German transmission company decided it needed to get better acquainted with the local supplier community....
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Tesla critics still don't get it, executive says

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Tesla Motors continues to be misunderstood and erroneously portrayed, the company's vice president of business development told an audience at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars Tuesday....
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Turbo suppliers expect a lift from diesels

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

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....
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Favorable tariffs, inexpensive labor boost Mexico

5:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

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 Automotive Research....
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Harman calls software flaw that allowed FCA hacking an isolated case

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Harman International, the maker of the audio system in the Jeep Cherokee that was hacked remotely, said the software flaw that allowed that incident isn't in infotainment systems it supplies to other automakers....
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VW plans new 4-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection on '16 Jetta

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A new downsized, turbocharged engine will replace a more than 20-year-old four-cylinder motor currently powering entry-level Volkswagen Jetta compact cars, Volkswagen of America said today....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The race to find the perfect aluminum alloy

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Novelis is working on lighter, stronger aluminum and sees welding as the future of joining the metal....
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Steelmakers prep Ala. plant to battle aluminum

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

A joint venture plant in Alabama, AM/NS Calvert, is preparing to produce the latest generation of ultra high-strength steel for the North American automobile industry....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Is a 400-hp, quad-turbo diesel engine in BMW's future?

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Tri-turbos are so last season. Aiming to keep up with fashion BMW is reportedly working on quad-turbo engines....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Honda's formula for recruiting assembly workers

10:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Jeff Tomko was one of the speakers who got deleted from the Monday program by the chaos of the local power outage. That's too bad, because he would have been a good counter-point to some of the comments heard here about the difficulty of recruiting manufacturing workers....
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Survey: Raw material costs are declining

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

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....
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Acquisitions make Mahle a major player

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Just two years after German powertrain systems supplier Mahle GmbH acquired a majority stake in climate control specialist Behr Group, Mahle has agreed to acquire Delphi Automotive's thermal division. With the move, Mahle further consolidates its position as a leader in the thermal systems segment....
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Digital images may turn mirrors into museum pieces

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The lowly rearview mirror may be on the way out. Several suppliers are developing digital mirrors -- that is, cameras that would replace rearview mirrors....
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GM plans $877 million modernization for Michigan plant

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

GM plans to invest $877 million to modernize its assembly plant in Flint, Mich., one of its two U.S. full-size pickup factories. GM said the investment in its oldest North American plant will include a new body shop, which will be located close to a nearby metal center that supplies sheet metal for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups....
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VW to roll out high-end safety tech across lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volkswagen Group has long sold sensor-based crash prevention systems in high-end models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley. Last week, it showed the trickle-down effect in action as it detailed plans to roll out features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and automated parking across the entire U.S. lineup of the Volkswagen brand for the 2016 model year....
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New steels, execs say, save weight

5:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Audi and BMW officials detailed a mixed-materials approach to lightweighting automobile bodies Monday at the seminars, saying they will use a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to save weight....
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JCI exec says seating and interiors business is healthy

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

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....
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N.A. output will hit new records to meet sales, export demands, forecaster says

2:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

North American vehicle output will continue rising to new records over the next two years as non-Detroit 3 automakers localize more production, a chief industry forecaster says....
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How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. They included switching to lighter-weight tires, adopting a new vehicle acoustics material that weighs less, changing suppliers where necessary to find lighter solutions, and even redesigning parts that BMW had already previously redesigned to cut weight....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Nissan wants you to know that size matters

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Nissan executives have grown fond of telling audiences that their vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is now North America's largest. Last year's output: 648,000 cars and SUVs....
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Subaru's non-automotive engine a big hit at CAR's event

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It wasn’t a turbo. And it didn’t sport the company’s trademark “boxer” opposed engine. But the Subaru-powered generator at the 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars just may be the most important engine here....
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Stop-start systems pick up speed in North America

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Stop-start systems are starting to take off in North America. By 2020, about 35 percent of vehicles sold in North America will feature stop-start systems, up from 10 percent this year, predicts Navigant Consulting, a Chicago research firm....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why others aren't adopting Ford's aluminum strategy

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

It's starting to look like the switch to all-aluminum bodies for high-volume vehicles may not happen at all. Here's why: Ford's strategy for the change in metals doesn't apply to other automakers....
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Bosch targets cylinder deactivation for 4-bangers

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

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 small and midsize cars....
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