The government says Honda and Mazda are increasing spending and a Daihatsu-owned components maker is on its way, but questions surround the company granted the country’s first energy-efficient vehicle license....More
In addition to Toyota, Subaru and Lexus, Aisin AI supplies Mazda and Mitsubishi in Japan and PSA Peugeot Citroen, General Motors and Lotus overseas. The supplier is developing a new 6-speed transmission for the Porsche 911 sports coupe....More
The supplier has a Puebla plant already supplying dry clutches for DCTs to Ford. The new facility will manufacture torque converters for North America. “It’s a good problem that we have to increase capacity,” an executive says....More
The outlay includes $600 million for facility upgrades, including a new paint shop, at the automaker’s Flint, MI, assembly plant, and $121 million to build a logistics center at its Detroit-Hamtramck site....More
A $900 million expansion, raising cumulative investment at the facility to nearly $6 billion, will boost capacity once again to 350,000 units in 2015. And with it will be the addition of the new X4 reportedly due out in early 2014....More
For the third consecutive year in 2012, BMW’s Spartanburg plant led the U.S. auto industry in exports. The year’s total rose to $7.4 billion as an estimated 211,000 X3, X5, and X6 CUVs were shipped to 130 countries.
Without 2-step variable valve lift, the ’15 version of the Pentastar always operated in high-lift mode, consuming more fuel. FCA says the new system results in less overall pumping work, singlehandedly accounting for a fuel-economy gain of up to 2.7%....More
Drivers may hear the self-cleaning taking place during a hot idle, and the process could last from 10 seconds to as long as 10 minutes, depending on driving patterns and the amount of build-up on the injectors....More