Four generations of M3 have earned BMW the kind of respect every automaker envies. The dual-purpose car is designed to be just at home on the racetrack as tootling through suburbia. Having done a little of both here at the legendary Road America track and in and around this quaint Upper Midwestern town, it’s easy to understand this car’s vaunted status.
Recognized for producing brakes for high-performance cars, Italy-based Brembo has expanded its product strategy to include high-volume mainstream vehicles. But BMW, Mercedes and the new Chevrolet Corvette remain core customers....More
Brembo stepped up its presence in the market for foundation brakes as one of the top players, Robert Bosch, was exiting because profit margins are thin, compounded at the time by declining volumes. Rivals TRW and Continental remained. But Brembo’s biggest advantage over the established giants was entering the segment without extensive legacy costs and large amounts of capacity going unused.
Lacks’ only customer to date is Audi, which is using the innovation on its flagship ’15 A8 Quattro. The A8 is a low-volume car, but for the privately owned supplier the application marks a significant breakthrough....More
Ford’s current level of localization in Russia is estimated at 40%, and the automaker says it intends to raise that share to 83%-85% by 2019. That is significantly higher than the 60% target stipulated in an agreement with the government....More
Sergio Marchionne declines to reveal potential partners or whether he is in discussions with other OEMs, but says financial analysts must play role in promoting the need for industry consolidation....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the auto industry will lack manufacturing expertise in coming years, either because current workers’ skills will become outdated or the number of new mechanics and engineers will fall short of demand....More
The in-vehicle experience continues to evolve rapidly, with both automakers and suppliers ramping up the rate of innovation. Here are a few thoughts on how we can bring a human touch to these connected features....More