The 8th annual Automotive News Europe/SupplierBusiness OEM-supplier relations online survey is underway. Suppliers around the world are invited to take part in the survey, which asks partsmakers to rate their automaker customers on everything from commercial aspects to organizational issues.
Toyota's new compact coupe will be marketed in the United States as the Scion FR-S. The initials stand for "front engine, rear-wheel drive, sport." In other words, it's a small sporty coupe for drivers who appreciate speed and good driving dynamics.
Mercedes may regain its position as the world's second-largest manufacturer of luxury cars in 2015 after losing it to Audi last year, a German newspaper reported, citing forecasts from the Center of Automotive Research at the university of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.
Auto sales in April are expected to remain on pace with the previous month, continuing the momentum that saw America's appetite for new vehicles drive first-quarter demand to its highest rate in four years.
A strike by a parts supplier that shut down Chrysler Group's Windsor Assembly plant early this morning ended after workers revoted today and overwhelmingly approved the contract -- allowing Chrysler to restart minivan production this afternoon.
Tenneco, which makes emission control and ride control systems, posted lower quarterly profits because of headwinds in the aftermarket segment. Net income in the first quarter sank to $30 million, or 49 cents a share, compared with $47 million, or 75 cents a share, a year ago.
Zero to 60 in just under 16 seconds normally is nothing to brag about. Unless you're Ed Peper. GM recently floated a press release touting a 15.58-second acceleration time for its Chevrolet Express 4500 van.
It was inevitable, right? China was too hot not to cool down. And the country's once-torrid auto market, which surged 54 percent in 2009 and another 33 percent in 2010, hasn't just slowed. In the first quarter, auto sales actually fell. But global automakers are more gung-ho than ever.
Renault may sign an agreement in early May to build a factory in Algeria, an industrial source told Reuters. CEO Carlos Ghosn had confirmed the ongoing discussions on Feb. 9 on the sidelines of a ceremony to inaugurate a plant in neighboring Morocco.
Drivers passing by Greg Holman's GMC dealership outside Cincinnati likely can't help but notice the four-story mountain of boulders strewn with more than a dozen pickups and SUVs. But as big as the boulder display is, it's only a small aspect of Holman Motors.
It's early, but Chrysler Group's comeback effort in California is showing results. In the first two months of this year, Chrysler Group vehicles accounted for 6 percent of all retail registrations in the state, its largest share of the California market since 2008, according to Polk data.
Jim Farley, Ford Motor Co.'s global marketing chief, calls 2012 "Ground Zero for the American garage." Translated, that means Ford is launching redesigned versions of two of its top three sellers this year into segments where the competition is white hot: mid-sized sedans and crossovers.
It's pretty simple when you do business in the United States. You don't cheat or bribe anyone to increase your company's revenue or profits. That simple, straightforward rule works well for most of the Western world.
There can be no illusions that a few court convictions will shut down China's thriving counterfeit auto parts industry. But recent convictions of counterfeiters prove that fighting back can make a difference.
I read with disbelief what Keith Crain said about the brake-throttle override mandate ("Brake-throttle override? This is nuts," April 23). I would like to point out that many auto manufacturers have had such an override system for several years, including Mercedes-Benz.
Shareholder values turned upward in the first quarter in all automotive sectors after six months of mixed or losing results. Automakers, suppliers and retailers all posted substantial returns for investors in the quarter, as measured by the Automotive News-PwC Shareholder Value Index.
Auto executives expect the industry to avoid shutdowns from the shortage of an ingredient used in resins for fuel lines, brake lines and other plastic products. But industry experts say there's no guarantee the proposed solutions will work.
"Escape Routes," Ford's experiment in prime-time reality TV, is drawing more than 1 million viewers per episode. The program, which airs on NBC and the Hispanic network called mun2 Saturday nights, pits six teams against one another.