Even when running near 100% capacity, auto supplier margins are razor thin, so investing millions in new construction based on OEM sales projections and economic forecasts takes a major leap of faith....More
“The industry is in good shape. We’re not over our skis,” Visteon CEO Tim Leuliette says. “Not just Visteon, but as an industry we are all running pretty good balance sheets and being very conservative.”...More
More than 500 people attended the recent WardsAuto Interiors Conference in Dearborn, MI, to hear two compelling keynote speeches and eight panel sessions. Also honored at the conference were winners of the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors and the College for Creative Studies Student Design Competition.
In 2017, California’s emissions rules will change and FCVs will carry the traveling credits automakers use to remain 50-state compliant. The rule change could lead to a shift in OEM capital investment....More
The new model should appeal to customers of high-end European makes but “who really want an American car,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s chief marketing officer. “This is an in-your-face (car); there’s nothing subtle about it.”...More
How come we are not getting back to levels of the previous LV sales peak in 2006? The best answer to that question is the underperformance of pickups, especially the untapped potential of small pickups....More