The supplier, whose potentially defective airbag inflators prompted a global recall of millions of vehicles, says the quarterly improvement resulted from higher sales in the U.S., India and Southeast Asia....More
GM’s purchasing chief concedes the automaker has needed to mend supplier relations, but he says the push for component and vehicle commonality has resulted in longer-term sourcing, which benefits both sides....More
An expert says lower wages, growing technology prowess, improved quality and productivity, plus its favorable location amenable to exports, are contributing to Mexico’s success in luring automotive investment....More
An MBS panel, which included interests from the steel, aluminum and plastics sectors, makes it appear, at least, there’s not quite as much competition between materials suppliers as widely believed....More
JCI’s Jeff Williams says the shift to mega-platforms will place new pressure on suppliers’ quality, reliability and systems control. A major engineering miscue on a mega-platform will be, well, a mega-mistake....More
A Frost & Sullivan report says emerging middle classes in countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan will create a demand for more, and updated, cars....More
The knowledge gap already could be affecting sales of advanced-technology vehicles, which last year accounted for 3.5% of the nearly 17 million cars and trucks sold in the U.S., according to WardsAuto data....More
The satellite-radio service says robust U.S. auto sales prompted it to raise its full-year subscriber forecast from 1.2 million to 1.4 million, and boost its revenue forecast from $4.5 million to $4.47 million....More
Engineers and designers from ZF and the former TRW have been sharing notes, exchanging ideas and identifying best practices, and some of the resulting technologies will be ready for market in the near future....More
How many automotive suppliers can design, manufacture and deliver a complete axle, 9-speed transmission, steering rack, suspension, brake calipers, electronic controllers, seatbelts and every airbag necessary to protect vehicle occupants?
Only one: Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen, after its acquisition of TRW.
Details of Carbon Revolution’s deal with Ford have not been released, but the Australian government, presiding over the impending manufacturing departure of Ford, GM Holden and Toyota, is quick to take credit....More
Ann Arbor’s Mcity test track includes four traffic lights, an underpass, metal bridge deck, gravel roadways and parking spaces that are angled, perpendicular and parallel. Efforts are under way to open a similar but larger facility nearby in Ypsilanti....More
Located on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mcity is a $10 million 32-acre (13-ha) test track with roundabouts, bike lanes, a tree canopy and 4-way intersections to simulate small-town traffic situations.
Dutch map developer TomTom and German automotive-electronics supplier Bosch say their collaboration will result in "high-precision maps for automated driving" on German freeways and eventually spread to the rest of Europe and North America....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.