Electronic Stability Control Turns 25

Bosch has produced some 250 million units since introducing the anti-skid technology in 1995


Toyota, Aisin Invest $800 Million in Texas Plants

Toyota Motor Corp. and its Aisin AW Co. supplier affiliate are investing a combined $791 million in Texas as the carmaker expands production at its San Antonio truck plant.


The Challenge of China

In late November the New York Times ran a 20-page special report in a Sunday edition titled “China Rules.” If you know anything about the state of publishing—especially newspapers—in this age of reading things on screens, you probably know that running 20 pages, of which only one was an ad, and a house ad at that, is no small undertaking.


Ram 3500 Ups Torque to 1,000 lb-ft

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says the re-engineered 2019 Ram 3500 heavy-duty pickup truck will generate an industry-best 1,000 lb-ft of torque with its 6.7-liter inline-six Cummins diesel engine.


GAC Opens EV Factory in Guangzhou

China’s Guangzhou Automotive Group Co. (GAC) has completed construction of the first phase of its 4.7 billion-yuan ($680 million) electric vehicle factory in Guangzhou.

Autonomous Vehicles

Toyota Affiliates Plan Autonomous-Car Tech Venture

Four Toyota Motor Corp. suppliers are teaming up to form J-Quad Dynamics Inc., which will develop software and provide engineering services related to automated driving and vehicle motion control.

Autonomous Vehicles

Denso to Expand Autonomous Car Testing Capabilities in Japan

Denso Corp. is building a proving ground and prototype complex adjacent to the Haneda Airport outside Tokyo.


Toyota Affiliates to Form Self-Driving-Tech Venture Unit

Four members of the Toyota Motor group intend to pool their resources to integrate autonomous-vehicle systems with artificial intelligence controls.


PSA Unveils European Powertrain Plan, Minus Germany

PSA Group has reported new powertrain production assignments for its facilities in Europe—except in Germany, where labor talks continue about hiking efficiency at its Opel unit.


Toyota Forms Autonomous Tech Venture with Aisin Seiki and Denso

Toyota Motor Corp. is teaming up with supplier affiliates Aisin Seiki Co. and Denso Corp. to form a new company that will develop software for self-driving cars.


PSA to Produce Aisin Transmissions in France

PSA Group is pushing ahead with plans to assemble automatic transmissions designed by Aisin Seiki Co. after the Japanese company opted not to form a joint venture production company in France, sources tell Reuters.


Guangzhou Auto Breaks Ground on EV Plant

China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC) has begun construction of a 1.9-sq-mile industrial park that will produce electrified vehicles, components and other advanced vehicle technologies.


Aisin Readies Trio of New Transmissions

Japan’s Aisin AW is rolling out three new transmissions: an 8-speed automatic for front-drive applications, a 10-speed rear-drive automatic and a “multi-stage” 8-speed unit for rwd hybrid vehicles.


Toyota’s President to Head Company’s EV Efforts

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda has been named head of the company’s new electric-car planning unit, Reuters reports.


Toyota Sets Up In-House EV Team

Toyota Motor Corp. says it will launch a four-member “venture company” in December to quickly develop all-electric vehicles.


Toyota Forms EV Task Force

Next month Toyota Motor Corp. will launch an “in-house venture company” to speed the development of electric vehicles.  

Materials & Lightweighting

Lighter Doors Make a Massive Difference for 2025 (To Say Nothing of the Rest of the Closures)

Here’s a look at a study conducted to get a sense of just how much mass can be taken out of closures through the use of mixed materials rather than just one. You may be surprised at what they determined.

Nissan Targets Work Truck Market with 2-Door Titan

Nissan Motor Co. is adding a two-door version of its Titan fullsize pickup truck to better compete in the U.S. commercial vehicle segment, which has long been dominated by U.S. Big 3 carmakers.


Suzuki Factories Idled by Supplier Plant Explosion

Suzuki Motor Corp. is halting production at three assembly plants in Japan until Monday because of a shortage of brake components, Reuters reports.


Disrupted Toyota Plants Resume Production in Japan

Several Toyota Motor Corp. assembly plants that were idled in Japan on Monday by an explosion at a supplier facility will be back online today, the company says.


Supplier Plant Blast Disrupts Toyota Production in Japan

Toyota Motor Corp. has again idled some of its plants in Japan because of a problem with one of its domestic suppliers.


Toyota Extends Shutdown after Second Quake Hits Japan

Toyota Motor Corp. says its will idle much of assembly capacity across Japan for about one week after a second earthquake struck the country on Saturday.


Japan Earthquake Idles Two Assembly Plants

Nissan Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. each have idled an assembly plant in Japan following a major earthquake and aftershocks in southwest Japan on Thursday that killed at least 10 people.


On the Nissan Titan XD: The Industrial-Strength Pickup

While Nissan will have various cabs and powertrain offerings for its all-new pickup, it is starting with a crew cab and a V8 turbodiesel to underscore the fact that this is a serious truck.

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