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First Shift: Report: Bentley CEO Duerheimer to step down

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:30:00 EST

Report: Bentley CEO Duerheimer to step down; GM strike's ripple effects; Tesla kills cheapest Model S; London strips Uber's license; Fiat, Alfa product plans; Barra's top ranking.



GM invited to resume negotiations with striking Canadian union

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:49:59 EST

The union representing 2,500 striking workers at GM Canada's CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., says it has invited management to get talks rolling again in hopes of reaching a settlement.



Automakers survey earthquake damage in Mexico

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:15:00 EST

Automakers were surveying plants in central Mexico for earthquake damage on Wednesday, with Nissan evacuating two facilities while VW and Audi temporarily halted production in Puebla.



GM Canada prepares to idle transmission plant if CAMI strike continues, union says

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:45:46 EST

GM Canada has warned about 300 workers who make Chevy Equinox transmissions in Ontario they will be laid off soon if the automaker and Unifor can't reach a new contract at the nearby CAMI plant.



Delphi, BlackBerry form partnership on turnkey self-driving software system

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:38:50 EST

Delphi Automotive has entered into a commercial partnership with BlackBerry for the development of its turnkey automated driving platform.



Swiss tech company ABB will supply EV charging stations for German autobahns

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:33:41 EST

Swiss company ABB will deliver 117 EV charging stations to help boost Germany's electric infrastructure. The units will be installed at service station operator Tank and Rast locations on German autobahns by the end of the year.



Pioneer teams up with digital mapping company Here

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:46:50 EST

Electronics giant Pioneer and digital mapping group Here said they had agreed to invest in one another so the companies can develop maps for autonomous driving services.



Knorr-Bremse drops bid for Haldex

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:05 EST

German supplier Knorr-Bremse has dropped its 5.5-billion-crown ($692 million) bid for smaller Swedish rival Haldex, ending for now a heated bidding process that has lasted more than a year.



Intel collaborates with Waymo on self-driving compute design

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:05:02 EST

Intel said it will collaborate with Google affiliate Waymo, saying it worked with the company during the design of its compute platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time.



Pirelli CEO says core shareholders have no plans to sell stakes

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:09:47 EST

Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti says key shareholders have not expressed an intention to sell their remaining stakes in the firm after it returns to the stock market next month.



First Shift: Workers strike at GM Equinox plant

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:15:00 EST

Workers strike at GM Equinox plant; Ford, Mahindra consider alliance; New CEO at Hyundai Motor America; Cadillac's Big Apple bet; Grim anniversary for VW.



An idea that could stop robots from hurting factory workers: Airbags

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:38:59 EST

In a development that's drawn interest from automakers, two entrepreneurs in Germany say they have designed a way to better safeguard interactions between humans and factory robots.



Driverless taxis could be riderless, too, survey finds

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Many drivers say they want no part of a robo-car. But that might be an opportunity for suppliers.



Working closely with suppliers pays

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

It is great to see that the Toyota team has rekindled that process and brought the experts in the individual manufacturing processes back into the development mix.



Auria Solutions forged from long friendship

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

When IAC decided to spin off its global soft-trim business, an old friend in China was the first person they called.



Suppliers say Silicon Valley firms aren't ready for Tier 1

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Industry watchers think Silicon Valley tech companies will take over as Tier 1 systems suppliers. Big manufacturers respond: 'Good luck with that.'



Can Tesla propel Panasonic into top supplier ranks?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic believes its association with Tesla will help it leapfrog into the top 10 global auto suppliers in just five years.



Visteon argues for more centralized controls

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Visteon's emerging technology in augmented reality head-up display first required customers to consider a different way of controlling vehicle features.



#8203;

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

ZF needs the fresh thinking of tech startups to help it into an autonomous technology future. Enter ZF's investment operation, Zukunft Ventures.



GM struck by Unifor at Equinox plant in Ontario

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:00:35 EST

Canadian workers assembling GM's top-selling crossover are on strike. Unifor Local 88, which represents about 2,750 workers at CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ont.



Unifor says 'intense' contract talks progressing at GM's Ontario Equinox plant

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:49:12 EST

Contract talks between General Motors and Unifor were described by local union leadership as intense but progressing just hours before Sunday night's strike deadline at CAMI Assembly in Ontario.



Interior suppliers show visions of the driverless car cockpit

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Interior suppliers at the Frankfurt auto show signal a growing consensus about how cockpits of the future will look -- with preference for armrest controls, no knobs and no center consoles.



Icahn, Federal-Mogul trying to sell Fel-Pro for $1.5 billion, report says

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:27:26 EST

Carl Icahn's Federal-Mogul is considering a sale of its Fel-Pro engine parts business, seeking about $1.5 billion if it pursues a deal, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.



Alphabet weighs $1 billion investment in Lyft

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:34:20 EST

Google parent Alphabet has held conversations with Lyft about a potential investment in recent weeks, signalling strong support for Uber's main competitor, Bloomberg reported.



ZF, IBM to use Blockchain for mobility services

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:06:30 EST

The eWallet program uses blockchain, a system that makes it hard to tamper with payments.



Samsung will form new business unit for self-driving to build on Harman buy

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:52:40 EST

Samsung plans to become a major player in autonomous driving following its $8 billion acquisition of supplier Harman.



Autoliv eyes split of business into two listed companies

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 05:44:36 EST

Autoliv intends to create two publicly traded companies, one focused on passive safety equipment such as airbag systems and one focused on electronics.



VW will recall nearly 5 million vehicles in China over Takata airbags

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:26:32 EST

VW Group and its Chinese joint ventures will recall nearly 5 million vehicles in China due to potential issues with Takata airbags.



BMW targets $2.4 billion cut to parts outlays in EV push

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:49:20 EST

BMW aims to slash roughly $2.4 billion in annual purchases by squeezing costs for transmission components and other parts to help finance a shift to EVs.



Continental still interested in mapping firm Here

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:59:12 EST

Continental says it is still interested in working with digital mapping firm Here. A German report in July said the supplier was in talks to acquire an 8 to 10 percent stake in the company, which is controlled by BMW, Audi and Mercedes.



Don't let regulation put the brakes on autonomous vehicle innovation

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:11:35 EST

As we work to make autonomous driving a reality, one thing that has become clear is that innovation needs to be nurtured by policy, not regulation.



Suppliers warn EPA against regulatory rollback

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

While auto manufacturers have welcomed the second-chance EPA review of mpg targets under the Trump administration, suppliers of emissions-control and fuel-efficiency technology are pushing back.



Time's running out to apply for PACE Awards

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Suppliers have until Sept. 14 to apply for the 2018 Automotive News PACE Awards.



Suppliers adjust powertrain plans as pressure mounts on combustion engines

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

As the internal combustion comes under increasing pressure because of air pollution and emissions fears, suppliers such as Bosch, Delphi and Continental are adjusting their powertrain operations.



Brexit deterring suppliers, Jaguar Land Rover warns

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 04:07:53 EST

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said the automaker is starting to feel the first effects of Brexit, with international suppliers less willing to commit to the country.



Denso gets $950,000 grant from Michigan for N.A. headquarters expansion

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 10:30:08 EST

The state of Michigan will offer Denso International America a $950,000 grant as the Toyota-affiliated supplier expands its North American headquarters in suburban Detroit.



Auto industry braces for massive influx of data

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:39:42 EST

Self-driving vehicles will generate unfathomable amounts of data, and companies will need to work together if they want to take advantage of new and larger sources of information, an Intel executive says.



VW eyes sale of assets accounting for 20% of revenue, report says

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 14:40:08 EST

Volkswagen is actively working on deals to sell non-core assets accounting for as much as 20 percent of the German carmaker's annual revenues, The Wall Street Journal reported.



Canada grants permit to Ambassador Bridge owner to build new bridge in Detroit

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 12:09:49 EST

Canada's transportation agency has given conditional approval to Detroit International Bridge to build a long-sought new Detroit River bridge that would replace the aging Ambassador Bridge.



Delphi, Magna join funding round for lidar company Innoviz

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:43:01 EST

Top suppliers Delphi Automotive and Magna International have joined a $65 million funding round for Innoviz Technologies, the maker of laser-based sensor technology for autonomous vehicles.



India's Eicher set to offer up to $2 billion for Ducati, report says

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 04:35:51 EST

Eicher Motors, maker of Royal Enfield motorcycles, is set to bid for VW Group's Ducati for up to $2 billion, an Indian daily paper reported.



Shift to electric cars will boost steel demand, Thyssenkrupp says

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 05:14:25 EST

Thyssenkrupp is highlighting the potential value of the steel business in future as major car industry customers shift away from combustion engines towards battery technologies.



Knorr-Bremse's bid for Haldex dealt blow by Swedish regulator

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 04:16:12 EST

German brake systems maker Knorr-Bremse's attempt to buy Swedish rival Haldex was dealt a blow when Sweden's securities regulator rejected its request to extend the acceptance period for its bid.



Lear to launch connective tech in Audi vehicles in 2018

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:25:53 EST

Lear plans to launch vehicle connectivity technology in Audi vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2018.



China takes lead in EV deployment, according to new measure

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:14:45 EST

China, once lagging in electrified-vehicle deployment, has become a global leader, according to a new measurement created by consulting firm AlixPartners.



How Delphi is building its autonomous tech team

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Delphi's has spent the last two years turning its focus toward becoming a leader in developing technology for autonomous, connected and electric vehicles.



Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 05:23:18 EST

Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. The move comes as payment disputes with suppliers resulted in the temporary shutdown of production last month at four of the automaker's China factories.



Check out the ANE monthly magazine for September

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at why Ford, Nissan, Kia and Volkswagen are packing their new subcompact cars with cutting-edge technology.



Key Safety well-positioned, departing CEO Jason Luo says

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Jason Luo told Ford headhunters that he had to see Key Safety's acquisition of Takata through before moving on -- but now he's leaving Key with a plan for growth.



China's Luxshare goes global in autos

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Chinese computer supplier Luxshare just made a big play to move into the auto industry by acquiring ZF's body control unit.