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The friendship that formed Auria Solutions

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

Nissan promotes manufacturing exec Martin to Alliance role

Nissan's North American factory boss John Martin will move up to the role of executive vice president for manufacturing engineering and supply chain management for the global Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Nissan positions Leaf as affordable EV choice

Nissan redesigns the Leaf for 2018 and reconceives the marketing strategy that launched it.

Supply chains await Harvey's ripple effects

As bad as Hurricane Harvey's destruction was to the Texas coastal area, it will likely continue spinning out trouble for auto industry logistics in the weeks ahead.

NISSAN: Double whammy knocks sales

Nissan Division sales fell 15 percent in August -- partly due to the Texas storm and partly due to a planned reduction in fleet volumes. Infiniti sales rose.

VW's hippie-mobile goes commercial

Bringing back the 1960s-era Microbus might seem like a fun nostalgia play, but Volkswagen has something more functional and potentially lucrative up its sleeve.

What Toyota and Faraday have in common

The industry has witnessed two automakers tacitly acknowledging this month that they got their new factory plans wrong.

What does Nissan's exit from battery business mean?

Nissan's exit from battery-making stirs the pot on its new-gen Leaf, as well as on North American EV battery capacity.

VW's retro bus to take dealers on a commercial trip

VW will use the I.D. Buzz to help put its U.S. dealers in the commercial vehicle business -- a segment where the company has global aspirations.

Prototype 9: Where history meets fantasy

With the Prototype 9, Infiniti imagines a 1940s racing heritage for a brand that did not debut until 1989.

Tesla will reduce electrical wiring in Model Y, Musk says

Whatever new technologies Tesla's new Model 3 contains as it reaches consumers this year, there is one thing it will have much less of -- and that's wiring.

Nissan's next Altima slips out

The 2018 Nissan Altima, based on new spy images, will feature less rounded surfaces than the current sedan, and a more pronounced back side. Body sculpting appears to have traces of the Vmotion 2.

Road to the future paved with doubt

The industry has been suiting up for a new world of electric and autonomous vehicles for the past few years. But as auto sales soften, some executives are having a moment of angst.

Musk: Tesla will slash wiring on Model Y

Tesla's upcoming Model Y small crossover will require a fraction of the wiring as previous models, thanks to new electrical systems and power transmission hardware.

Nissan counts on Bosch, Continental

Robert Bosch and Continental AG will move into high volume production this year to supply Nissan Motor Co. with advanced automated braking systems. The systems will be used across most of its U.S. product line.

Denso looks far into the future

Denso's strategists have peered into the year 2050 -- and now they intend to remake the company accordingly.

Tooling companies told to brace for a crash

North American tool-and-die makers, including those in Canada, are facing a business downturn in three to four years that will be severe enough to put many of them out of business, a top industry consultant says.

Tooling companies brace for a crash

North American tool-and-die makers are facing a business downturn in three to four years that will be severe enough to put many of them out of business, a top industry consultant says.

Careful words: Hold the wheel!

There will be a lot of talk this week about what upcoming vehicles will be able to do. But let's keep that under wraps.

EV​ bodies: 'Part of the power source'

Dutch Constellium is jumping into North American vehicle structures with a plan to help improve EV performance.

Infiniti queues up restyled crossovers

Infiniti will enter 2018 with a pair of updated products that represent the brand's highest volume product potential.

Altima, Leaf take the limelight at Nissan

After a wave of pickup, crossover and SUV launches, Nissan resumes its cycle of car redesigns.

World markets reach out for auto investment

A contraction in vehicle sales volumes will not hold back the powers of industry investment in the coming years.

Infiniti Canada confirms QX70 has been dropped

Infiniti has killed its QX70 midsize crossover, effective immediately, as it prepares to shift more attention to other crossovers.

Infiniti drops midsize QX70

Infiniti has killed its QX70 midsize crossover, effective immediately, as it prepares to shift more attention to other crossovers.

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