Protesters voiced UAW demands for better wages and respect for workers’ right to join a union, particularly in the South, where anti-union sentiment is high. The Lear plants at the center of the protest are located in Alabama and are non-union....More
Jeongyoo Kim won the grand prize for a concept that features modular seating and a centrally located steering wheel that allows front-seat occupants to face rear-seat passengers during autonomous driving, but also provides a strong, highly bolstered center seat to provide necessary support during off-roading adventures.
Lear says tests conducted by it and OSHA show air quality in the Renosol plant, which makes foam for seat cushions used by Hyundai supplier Lear, is at acceptable levels. It also contends the UAW is staging the dispute to win support for its organizing effort at Renosol....More
The assignment is to design the interior of a compact CUV or SUV aimed at active professionals who want a car that drives itself on daily commutes but who also want the option to physically drive in the country on weekends....More
In its sixth collaboration with the College for Creative Studies and sponsors Lear and IAC, WardsAuto challenged transportation design students to create a compact CUV for 2030 that is autonomous on daily commutes, but becomes a driver’s car on weekends.
“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.
The student projects, currently on display at WardsAuto booth 1209 at the SAE World Congress, also will be on exhibit at the WardsAuto Interiors conference May 21 at The Henry hotel in Dearborn, MI....More
Automakers are investing heavily in lightweighting and new engine technology to improve fuel economy. But they could get a bigger bang for the buck simply by replacing batteries with supercapacitors in stop-start applications, Ioxus’ marketing chief says....More
Additional North American production capacity in 2016 from a new plant at Volkswagen and increases at existing facilities among other automakers will raise available straight-time production to 18.4 million units....More
It used to be no one got to see the new model before its big reveal. Now automakers are leaking early glimpses of future cars and trucks through spy photographers and other means. Is this a good thing?...More