Front-end supplier HBPO adding two plants in Mexico
HBPO, which makes front-end modular systems, is expanding its North American presence by adding two new plants in Mexico.
Tesla exploring China car plant with Shanghai government
Tesla said it is exploring the possibility of establishing a Chinese manufacturing plant with the Shanghai municipal government.
U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer 'troubled' by Ford's China move
Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he was concerned about Ford's announcement that it will move some production of its Focus small car to China and import the vehicles to the U.S.
Accuride agrees to acquire German wheel supplier
Automotive wheel and related parts supplier Accuride agreed to acquire German competitor Mefro Wheels in its second acquisition this quarter.
Dodge Grand Caravan output idled to meet U.S. airbag safety rule
Dodge Grand Caravan output will continue this fall -- but not for U.S. customers, according to a union official at the Canada plant where Fiat Chrysler builds the minivan, as the company races to meet a new airbag safety rule.
Takata will file for bankruptcy on Monday, report says
Takata will seek bankruptcy protection on Monday, Reuters reported. The troubled airbag supplier faces billions of dollars in liabilities.
Honda halts Japan plant after WannaCry virus hits computer network
Honda halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network.
EU fines Automotive Lighting and Hella over cartel but Valeo escapes punishment
The EU fined Automotive Lighting and Hella 27 million euros ($30.1 million) for operating a cartel. Valeo escaped a fine because it revealed the cartel's existence.
ZF, Hella form partnership to boost self-driving sensors business
ZF said it is collaborating with fellow German component supplier Hella to develop radar and camera technology in a bid to bolster its autonomous system portfolio.
Ford to import U.S. Focus from China instead of Mexico
Ford plans to import its next-generation Focus sedan from China, abandoning plans to build the small car in Mexico. Production will begin in the second half of 2019.
GM Canada extends two summer plant closures as it evaluates market demand
GM Canada will add more downtime to a pair of Ontario plants as it grapples with balancing supply and demand through the summer months.
Continental joins BMW, Intel, Mobileye platform for self-driving cars
Continental will join a self-driving platform developed by BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye with the supplier handling integration of components and software. Continental said it would play a key role in commercializing the new platform, which is to be sold to other auto manufacturers.
Tesla driver in fatal crash wasn't watching video, witness tells investigators
A witness said the driver involved in a fatal crash while using Tesla's Autopilot function was not playing a video in his car, a government report said.
GM cuts shift at Kansas car plant
GM, for the fifth time this year, is cutting a production shift at one of its U.S. assembly plants in response to slowing industry sales. As many as 1,000 workers will be laid off when the overnight shift at a Chevrolet Malibu factory in Kansas is dropped in late September.
Lear's Simoncini namechecks competitors at museum benefit in Detroit
Matt Simoncini shouted above the noisy crowd at a fundraiser he was sponsoring last week for the Motown Museum in Detroit. "Delphi! Delphi! Anybody here from Delphi!"
Bosch to build $1.1 billion chip plant for self-driving cars
Bosch will build a $1.1 billion semiconductor plant in Germany, the biggest single investment in its history. The supplier is ramping up for demands for self-driving technologies.
FCA to dealers: Stock up on Grand Caravans
FCA told dealers this month to stock up on the Dodge Grand Caravan because production will go on a hiatus in mid-August and won't resume until December.