The Cummins engine plant in Columbus, IN, is in pilot production of the 5.0L turbodiesel V-8 soon to be delivered to Nissan for the all-new Titan XD fullsize pickup truck. Sales are set to begin by year's end.
Releasing first-half financial results for the first time in its history, ZF reports earnings before interest and tax increased 89% from prior-year and says its acquisition of rival supplier TRW is progressing well....More
A spokeswoman for Japan's No.1 automaker says it is testing airbag inflators made my suppliers Autoliv and Nippon Kayaku as possible alternatives to Takata inflators linked to eight deaths and more than 100 injuries....More
Toyota is buying airbag inflators from Tier 2 supplier Nippon Kayaku instead of Takata, whose defective inflators have been linked to at least eight deaths and prompted a global recall of millions of vehicles....More
The NHTSA investigators have asked Takata and VW for information about a side airbag in a '15 Tiguan that ruptured in June, an incident apparently unrelated to defects in Takata airbag inflators....More
The automaker says it has received no reports of airbags failing to deploy because of the possible defect, but it nevertheless is recalling 420,000 VW Golf, Passat, Jetta and Tiguan models built between 2010 and 2014....More
A new digital lab in Dearborn ramps up Ford’s ability to use virtual reality in solving problematic vehicle-assembly operations. Ergonomic issues are down 90%, and the number of days missed by injured employees has dropped 75%....More
JLR is expected to create up to 4,000 direct jobs at its Slovak plant. But its location within 100 miles of Volkswagen, PSA and Kia facilities has raised concerns the luxury automaker may have trouble finding enough qualified workers....More
Automakers and suppliers are looking for leaders to guide them through the digital transformation, but only a minority of executives surveyed believes their company has the right people in place....More
There will be two versions of the next Focus, one with a more expensive independent rear suspension for mature markets and another with a less-pricey solid rear axle for cost-sensitive emerging markets, the automaker’s purchasing chief reveals....More
The devices fit most of the 2 million Toyotas sold in Australia over the past 10 years. Toyota says tests found there are up to four ways the bogus part could fail to deploy an airbag in a crash....More
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
Toyota vehicles never involved in an accident are not affected by the bogus parts. But Toyotas repaired after an airbag deployment in a crash reportedly may have been fitted with fakes not tested to manufacturer standards....More
“We can get there with the technology,” Magna’s Swamy Kotagiri says at the Management Briefing Seminars. “The biggest hurdles relate to how much infrastructure (is necessary) and issues related to ethics and liability.”...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.