There is no denying that vehicle electrification will change the automotive industry. In fact, it can be argued that electrification will be the biggest disruption in the history of the automotive industry.
Managing Director, Paul Eichenberg Strategic Consulting
Benefits include improved fuel efficiency, pinpointing road hazards
Hitachi Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. are creating a new company that combines four of their automotive and motorcycle components businesses.
Four Japanese auto suppliers have been fined a combined 92 billion won ($76 million) by South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission for rigging bid prices on electrical components sold to Korean carmakers.
Denso Corp. and partner Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device Ltd. have developed a new diode technology that they say can improve an alternator’s power generation efficiency by 6%.
French auto supplier Faurecia SA says it will make a tender offer tomorrow to buy audio and nav system supplier Clarion Co. from Tokyo-based Hitachi Ltd.
The aluminum F-150 increased anxiety levels at GM and FCA, but the Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 engineering teams responded with mixed materials and detail engineering for their new vehicles.
Christopher A. Sawyer
France’s Faurecia SA reportedly plans to take a majority stake in Japanese audio and navigation system supplier Clarion Co. Ltd.
Honda Motor Co., struggling with the monumental costs of technologies to electrify, connect and roboticize its vehicles, is giving up its go-it-alone heritage.
Honda Motor Co. plans to accelerate its recent push to partner with other companies on emerging technologies—but don’t expect any equity deals with other carmakers.
A joint venture set up in July between Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. is building a facility in Guangdong, China, to develop and produce motors for electric vehicles.
Toyota Motor Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. plan to jointly create a new production system based on an Internet of Things (IoT) platform.
Today Honda Motor Co. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. launched their previously announced joint venture company to develop and produce electric motors for hybrid and all-electric vehicles.
Subaru Corp. is evaluating Autoliv Inc. along with current supplier Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. to supply stereo cameras for its next-generation EyeSight technology for automated vehicle systems, Bloomberg News reports.
Honda Motor Co. and Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. are launching a joint venture in July to develop and make motors used to propel electric and hybrid cars.
Bosch has filed the most patent applications (2,710) related to autonomous vehicle technologies since 2010, according to a study by Grunecker Patent Attorneys.
Japan’s Elna Co. and Rubycon Corp. and Samoa’s Holy Stone Holdings Ltd. have agreed to plead guilty of conspiring to fix prices on electronic capacitors sold in the U.S. and elsewhere.
According to the U.S.
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Design & Production
Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of at least $55 million for fixing prices on shock absorbers it sold to Suzuki and Toyota, the U.S.
Honda Motor Co. and Hitachi Ltd. have developed a prototype breathalyzer system to help prevent drunk driving.
Honda Motor Co. is implementing a high-speed laser system that can cut sheet steel into blanks quickly enough to keep up with assembly line production speeds, The Nikkei reports.
The European Commission has levied a combined €138 million ($150 million) in fines against Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. for conspiring to fix prices on automotive electrical components in Europe between 2004 and 2010.
Takashi Toyokuni, a former manager with Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd., has pleaded guilty and sentenced to 15 months in a U.S. prison for conspiring to fix prices on multiple components supplied to Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan and Toyota.