An automaker that can develop or license a unique technology essentially can claim a specific market segment for itself. This is difficult in the auto business, given its high level of differentiation based on well-known common technologies....More
More than 10% of ’15 model-year vehicles already meet CAFE standards for 2020 or later, including many pickups and other utility vehicles. Automakers outline how a diversity of powertrain solutions has helped it all come about....More
The Nissan CEO tells The Wall Street Journal the automaker may follow alliance partner Renault's lead and purchase batteries for its electric cars, rather than build its own in a joint venture with NEC....More
Ford President and CEO Mark Fields plans to transform the company’s India subsidiary into a multiproduct manufacturer with entries in several segments and aiming to grow volumes and profitability....More
The automakers credit common vehicle architecture for increasing synergies, which include savings, new revenues and costs avoided through cooperation, with a 32% year-on-year cost savings in 2014....More
Honda thus far is the only automaker to win Green Label certification that indicates all of its vehicles have passed environmental regulations that cover production processes, uses and disposal as well as resource-management efficiency....More
The alliance introduced its CFA architecture in 2013 with the all-new ’14 Nissan Rogue CUV. It and other CFA models are sold in developed markets, but CMF-A designates affordable vehicles destined for emerging markets such as India....More
Bosch's complex near Stuttgart has manufactured 5 billion highly intelligent MEMS sensors since 1995, and every single chip on every wafer undergoes rigorous and redundant quality checks. The defect rate is fewer than five for every 1 million produced.
Nissan Casting Australia’s operations include high- and low-pressure diecasting, precision machining, component assembly and accessories manufacturing. The factory has been running nonstop for the past six months....More
The impetus behind EPIC is concern the auto industry will lack manufacturing expertise in coming years, either because current workers’ skills will become outdated or the number of new mechanics and engineers will fall short of demand....More
“Ablation casting was a key concept in order to produce this spaceframe,” Chief Engineer Ted Klaus says of the new NSX. “Without being able to apply castings at all the suspension points, we couldn’t produce a body this rigid.”...More
Honda uses this week’s SAE World Congress in Detroit to trickle out some tantalizing nuggets of information about the car’s body rigidity, aerodynamics and drivetrain in an extensive Powerpoint presentation.
The start of XE production is the first step in making Solihull a dual-branded manufacturing operation. Earlier this year, JLR confirmed its breakthrough Jaguar performance CUV, the F-PACE, is to be built at the site....More
Las Vegas this week is hosting the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, a massive conference that draws 180,000 people and extends to multiple facilities up and down the Strip. Virtually every sector of consumer electronics is represented at the show, including automotive. For the past several years, automakers and key suppliers have stepped up presence at CES. Ten automakers are participating this year.
Responding to a global recall of more than 20 million vehicles equipped with airbags that can explode, a defect blamed in five deaths, Takata is stepping up the pace of quality inspections at its key suppliers....More
Assuming the industry and world survive, historians and economists of the future will decide where leadership in sustainability came from. The general perception here that the U.S. will not be the leader....More
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.