Auto makers are looking for less-costly places to produce vehicles as Canada becomes more expensive, but key government measures can help boost, or at least maintain, current momentum driving into 2013 and beyond....More
Auto makers are stepping up plans for new or expanded vehicle-assembly plants. Yet, despite the new vehicles rolling off the line, few workers who produce them will have the means to purchase one, an expert says....More
Stuck with too much capacity to make parts when the industry tanked three years ago, North American auto suppliers spent much of 2012 trying to fill the pipeline as vehicle production increased. Reluctance to add capacity is understood....More
Honda’s U.S. market share rose 7 percentage points to 9.8% through October, closing in on its high of 10.6% in 2010 and helping put distance between it and Asian rivals that are thought to have benefited from the auto maker’s decline....More
Tim Leuliette discusses profitability, regional concerns and the future of Visteon’s interiors, electronics and climate-control businesses. “I get up in the morning thinking great things about Visteon,” he says....More
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, hosted its fifth annual Maker Faire Detroit this past weekend in highlighting the importance of grassroots innovation and problem-solving. Some 400 creators participated in this year’s event, including 100 for the first time.
“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw....More
The earnings swoon also reflected difficulties in international markets, specifically South America, where economic headwinds are affecting sales, and in Europe, where GM continues to book losses as it restructures its business....More
Popularity of this new breed of vehicles is growing rapidly worldwide, and more automakers are beginning to test the U.S. market, where buyers are expected to migrate from small hatchbacks and sedans....More
“We must recognize that fully driverless cars require a great deal more comprehensive testing and development before they can be made commercially available in the U.K. – or anywhere in the world,” says a top insurance industry official....More
The Henry Ford in Dearborn will host this weekend’s celebration of creativity in parts of the museum and adjacent parking lot. The family-friendly festival is like a traveling circus, highlighting the works of local tinkerers at each stop....More
Mercedes-Benz launched its first and only U.S. vehicle assembly plant in 1995. Officially known as Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, MBUSI has solely produced SUVs and CUVs for North America and export markets until production of the C-Class luxury sedan began in June.