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Retiring Lear CEO sees bets pay off

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

CEO Matt Simoncini is leaving Lear in a healthy position -- flush with money to make acquisition deals if necessary, but for the moment, not needing to.



EV startups try to avoid being stepped on as auto giants push into market

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Fighting to create a segment of the automotive industry a decade ago was much different from taking on legacy automakers for a piece of that burgeoning market today.



China looms large in plans for EV startups

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Legacy automakers and year-old startups alike see a gold rush in the Chinese EV market and the ripple effects it will have across the globe.



VW rethinks parts units' competitive potential

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

As its German supplier neighbors get bigger and more advanced, Volkswagen moves to make its own parts operations more competitive.



Toyoda Gosei stalks a new world of products

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Toyoda Gosei is preparing for the shift to electrification and autonomous driving by branching into sensor-compatible body paneling, LED lighting, and lightweight resin parts.



Honeywell's turbocharger business goes it alone in '18

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Honeywell will spin off its turbocharger business in the coming year, and CEO Olivier Rabiller is ready to take it in new directions.



Honda took the appropriate action

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

I sincerely appreciate the comprehensive approach to the complex Takata story, but please be aware of some important facts.



Takata recalls are improving, industry notes

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Collaboration between automakers and dealerships on Takata airbag recalls has improved in the past 18 months, making it easier to perform repairs, according to industry officials and a key regulator.



Renault turns French coastal town into sports-car making hub

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Renault aims to show it can build a reliable sports car with the Alpine A110. The automaker has invested $42 million in its plant in Dieppe, France, to build the rival to the Porsche Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C.



Aptiv, Valens working to slash car wiring

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Aptiv has partnered with Israeli tech firm Valens Automotive to rewire future vehicles with fewer wires.



Lidar a hot investment #8212; even for Bill Ford

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:10:07 EST

Bill Ford's investment company just took a stake in lidar supplier Ouster as industry interest heats up for the technology.



BorgWarner appoints new COO

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:58:38 EST

BorgWarner promoted Frederic Lissalde to chief operating officer, filling a post that has been vacant since James Verrier was named CEO in 2013.



Rising Stars finish year with a flourish

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:36:17 EST

Three members of Automotive News Europe's Rising Stars family are finishing the year on high notes, putting themselves and their companies in position for future success.



Toyota, Visteon begin using new $135 million autonomous vehicle testing center in Mich.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:22:20 EST

Michigan's autonomous and connected vehicle testing site, the American Center for Mobility, officially opened this week near Ann Arbor, Mich., with Toyota and Visteon beginning testing.



Continental to showcase 2 battery charging systems at CES

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:21:21 EST

Continental has developed two battery charging systems that aim to tackle the obstacles of range, weight and cost often associated with charging technology.



First Shift: Toyota, Panasonic unite on battery research

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:15:00 EST

Toyota, Panasonic unite on battery research; Automakers rap Calif. ZEV mandate; Speeding up at Ferrari?; Ex-NHTSA exec sounds alarm; Car software content to triple, study predicts.



Schaeffler expands into EV motors as core ball-bearings business comes under threat

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:00:17 EST

Schaeffler has taken full control of high-performance electric-motor manufacturer Compact Dynamics as the supplier aims to strengthen its position in the race to develop electric cars.



Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:39:34 EST

Toyota and Panasonic are considering jointly developing batteries for EVs, a partnership that could help the Japanese automaker in its late bid to begin EV production after concentrating on plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles.



Aptiv preps new tech center in Boston

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:21:02 EST

Aptiv, formerly Delphi Automotive, will open a technology center in Boston next year to expand engineering efforts and advance autonomous-vehicle programs.



Autoliv expects to complete spinoff of electronics business next year

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:23:16 EST

Autoliv expects the spinoff of its electronics business, which makes radars, visions systems and driver assistance software, to be completed next year. Its airbags and seat belts business will continue to operate under the Autoliv name.



After split, Delphi looks to the future

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:23:43 EST

Last week, storied auto supplier Delphi split into two separate public entities -- one focused on the headline-grabbing autonomous vehicle phenomenon, the other on the century-old powertrain.



Lear to acquire GPS technology company EXO Technologies

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:06:06 EST

Lear said it agreed to acquire EXO Technologies, a GPS technology firm based in Israel, to boost its connected vehicle systems. Terms were not disclosed.



On recalls, Honda goes the extra mile

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

It took a while for Honda to recognize the scope of its problem with bad Takata airbag inflators, but since it did, the company has led the way in finding affected vehicles and getting their owners to come in for repairs.



Costs sink Sommer, but ZF committed to autonomous

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Boardroom unease over ongoing acquisitions just brought down ZF's CEO. But the parts giant knows it must press on to be a true global autonomous vehicle competitor.



Intel-Nvidia rivalry gets chippy

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Trying to figure out who is in the lead takes patience and math skills.



ZF CEO's 'reckless' buying spree led to his departure

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 05:25:56 EST

The departure of ZF CEO Stefan Sommer shows that politics and entrepreneurism rarely are a good match.



Sogefi sees Opel, turbocharging boost despite diesel slump

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 04:24:10 EST

Sogefi expects a boost to its business through PSA's acquisition of Opel as the German automaker shifts to using PSA engines equipped with Sogefi components.



ZF CEO Sommer steps down after losing power struggle

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:57:44 EST

ZF said CEO Stefan Sommer is leaving the company. Sommer's departure likely signals the end of an expansion strategy that drove the German supplier's $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW Automotive, creating the industry's second-largest partsmaker.



PSA expects electrification boost with motor JV

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 09:13:47 EST

PSA says its joint venture to design and build electric motors with Nidec will put the automaker in a stronger position as the car industry transitions to electrification from internal combustion.



Self-driving CEO sees 2018 as dawn of robotaxis, delivery cars

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 07:25:56 EST

Self-driving vehicles will be ready to roll next year, though the work to make them affordable to individual consumers is still "in the first inning," according to the CEO of a company working on the technology.



Stelco, steel maker once seen as a relic, is stirring to life

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 07:54:35 EST

After decades of crisis, a renewed sense of purpose has settled over 107-year-old Stelco, which just completed the first initial public offering of a North American steel maker in seven years.



Recall process still waiting for repair

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Three years after massive recalls engulfed the auto industry, the process for finding vehicle owners and completing the necessary repairs remains disjointed at best, with few reforms to protect the public when the next major vehicle safety crisis...



Automakers can begin applications for Takata restitution

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 16:27:02 EST

Automakers that installed faulty Takata airbags can now apply for compensation, the special master in charge of managing the $850 million restitution fund said Monday.



Ohio firm eyes major steel plant in Michigan to serve automakers

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:40:37 EST

An Ohio steel technology firm is eyeing nearly 1,000 acres of rural Michigan farmland to build a massive steel plant along Interstate 69. GM and Tesla may have interest in the project.



Check out the ANE monthly magazine for December

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 13:00:00 EST

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view.



PSA and Nidec plan joint venture for electric motors

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 04:41:37 EST

PSA envisages production capacity of 900,000 electric motors annually by 2022 from its joint venture with Nidec. The partners will produce motors for EVs, plug-in hybrids and mild hybrids.



Continental gains edge with electronics

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

In this QandA, the head of Continental's powertrain business discusses how the supplier will respond to the rise of electrified vehicles, and the future of diesels.



Intel chief calls out competition in battle over self-driving car chips

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

The war over the self-driving car chip got a little personal last week at the Los Angeles auto show, where Intel CEO Brian Krzanich started naming names and calling out the competition.



Panasonic chief sees short product cycles

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Panasonic North America CEO Tom Gebhardt says short cycles are used to fix errors.



Now in Chinese hands, MagneRide is riding high

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Eight years ago, a little known Chinese venture stepped up to buy the chassis business from American parts giant Delphi. A jewel of a technology there has translated to global fortunes #8212; and now the Chinese company is reinvesting in U.S.



Fiat Chrysler is in talks with Hyundai on tech partnership, Marchionne says

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 10:50:09 EST

Fiat Chrysler is in talks with Hyundai about a technical partnership, but there are no merger talks, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said.



PSA will build Aisin transmissions France, report says

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 03:27:30 EST

PSA plans to build Aisin automatic transmissions in-house after failing to persuade the Toyota-owned supplier to invest in joint production, a report said. Automatics are growing in importance as the industry moves to electrified and autonomous cars.



German automakers' Here to buy 'over the air' software update company

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 04:30:22 EST

Digital mapping company Here plans to acquire Advanced Telematic Systems, a Germany-based company that provides software updates for connected and autonomous vehicles.



ZF chairman resigns after owners oppose growth strategy, reports say

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:54:29 EST

ZF is locked in a power struggle over its growth strategy that has led its supervisory board chairman, Giorgio Behr, to step down, reports said.



Automakers pledge ethical minerals sourcing for electric cars

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:18:57 EST

Leading carmakers including Volkswagen and Toyota pledged to uphold ethical and socially responsible standards in their purchases of minerals for an expected boom in electric vehicle production.



Velodyne rolls out smaller, more powerful lidar sensor

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:00:00 EST

Lidar supplier Velodyne, which made a name for itself with its spinning, coffee-can shaped laser sensors, has a new look. The company introduced its latest lidar sensor for automated driving.



Tesla Semi trucks ordered by DHL, Canada's Fortigo Freight

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:38:19 EST

DHL and Fortigo Freight Services, one of Canada's largest fleet management companies, said they had preordered Tesla's electric truck unveiled earlier this month to test on limited routes.



Volkswagen's talks with cobalt producers for EV battery materials end without a deal

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 05:32:27 EST

Volkswagen's meetings last week with major cobalt producers to supply the automaker with the material used to make batteries for EVs ended without a deal, cobalt industry sources said.



Brose to invest $105 million, add 300 jobs at two Michigan operations

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:42:39 EST

German auto supplier Brose plans to invest $105 million over five years at its U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills and its New Boston manufacturing plant, adding 300 jobs.



Yanfeng JV to lay off 345 at Detroit area plant

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:10:14 EST

Auto supplier joint venture Yanfeng US Automotive Interiors plans to lay off 345 employees at its Highland Park plant near Detroit, according to a notice filed with the state of Michigan.